Blazing ship to be pulled out of Hafnarfjarðarhöfn again
Fire rescue and police asked the residents in Hafnarfirði to close the windows because of the smoke from the burning "Fernanda" after she was pulled into the harbor this morning. Smoke divers were sent onto the ship and he hopes that the fire-fighting was going on. Another fire erupted in the vessel after it came into the harbor in the morning accompanied by tremendous. Preparations were made to pull the ship out of port again. The fire brigade which was on scene with 80 men had not expected that such a large fire still was in the ship. The Coast Guard vessel "Thor" participated in the fire fighting using its powerful pumps. There were about 100 tonnes of oil on the vessel when the fire ignited causing the risk of an Explosion. Representatives of the Public Health SPH and Kópavogs were monitoring the Situation. Short before noon it was decided to pull out the ship again and allow it to burn on sea which could take a long time. The authorities were evaluating where to go with the ship.
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Preliminary report regarding ship breakup published
Following the loss of the "MOL Comfort", ClassNK established a special Casualty Investigation Team in order to investigate and determine the cause of the casualty. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) further established a Committee on Large Container Ship Safety to develop measures to ensure the safety of large container vessels on Aug 29, 2013. In addition to its independent investigation, ClassNK serves as members of the Committee and is actively involved in its deliberative and investigative work. Based on both the results of its own independent investigation as well as the deliberations of the third meeting of the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety held on Oct 28, 2013, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team has released preliminary findings and safety measures resulting from the investigation as follows.
Based on the presence of water-ingress in the bottom of the vessel’s midship at the outset of the casualty, the fracture in the vessel’s hull is considered to have originated from the bottom part of the vessel.
Hull strength and loads at the time of accident were assessed in order to investigate how the fracture occurred and progressed. Structural hull capacity was analyzed using non-linear finite element 3-hold modeling, and dynamic wave loads including whipping effects were also analyzed.
Weather, sea state and cargo loading condition data from the vessel’s previous voyages are being investigated to estimate the loads acting on the vessel. In addition, structural inspections were conducted on the sister vessels of the ship.
During the inspections of the sister vessels, buckling type deformations measuring approximately 20 mm in height were observed on the bottom shell plates in the vicinity of center line of midship area. However, it remained unclear at this stage as to whether this type of deformation could have served as a trigger for the casualty. Reinforcement work to increase the hull strength of the sister vessels is already being carried out as a preventative safety measure.
With cooperation from shipowners, structural investigations were also being carried out to determine whether similar deformations have occurred in large container vessels with designs differing from those of the "MOL Comfort".
Based on the preliminary findings noted above, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team has proposed the following safety measures be carried out on large container ships in order to prevent the occurrence of similar casualties.
• It is recommended that crew inspect the midship section to the extent possible in order to determine whether deformations have occurred on the bottom shell plates. At the request of shipowners, ClassNK will dispatch qualified surveyors to attend such inspections free of charge.
• If consecutive deformations in the transverse direction are observed on the bottom shell plates an occasional survey is recommended. ClassNK will dispatch qualified surveyors upon request.
The ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team will continue to work closely with the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety as it continues to investigate the casualty and compile its final report on the incident.
Bimini ferry service halted due to bad weather since Oct. 24th
The Bimini business community is experiencing a sharp decline in revenue as rough seas have led to a temporary halt in the service of Resorts World Bimini, turning the island into a virtual ghost town overnight. The cruise ship has brought over 40,000 visitors to the island in its first three months of operation and now, after only a week without the service, business owners who have become accustomed to the robust revenue generated by the daily cruise are calling for its speedy return.
Bimini SuperFast service was halted on October 24 due to rough seas. While the ship easily maneuvers through the powerful Gulf Stream, the transfer of passengers from the ship to the island via catamaran is untenable under such conditions. The establishment of a pier would eliminate the need for catamarans, which owners could then deploy as touring craft. Weather permitting, the Bimini SuperFast will resume service on November 1. More at www.thebahamaswee...
Between 30 and 40 fire fighters are currently working to put out the fire on the tramp steamer Fernanda, which caught fire on Wednesday 20 kilometers south of Vestmannaeyjar (The Westman Islands) and was towed into Hafnarfjörður harbor, Southwest Iceland, this morning, ruv.is reports. A massive plume of smoke can be seen rising from the ship in Hafnarfjörður harbor. When the ship came into harbor it was decided to try to open space in the bridge of the ship but the vessel erupted into smoke. Report with photo on www.icelandreview...