The "PWP 1" on Jan 5 has been disabled off Sanya city, China, after a fuel tank leaked and the vessel lost power. The unladen ship was heading from Singapore to Guangzhou. The China’s Nanhai Rescue Bureau dispatched the rescue vessel "Nan Hai Jiu 115" immediately after receiving a distress call from the vessel. On the evening of Jan 5 rescuers found the ship and started to tow it back to Sanya. A total of 16 crew members from Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Malaysia were aboard the vessel. At 3.20 p.m. LT on Jan 7 the "Nan Hai Jiu 115" and "PWP 1" arrived at the Sanya port. The 30-year-old vessel was due to be broken up.
The US Coast Guard was investigating the allision of the "Overseas Reymar" with the San Francisco Bay Bridgeon Jan 7 at approximately 11:20 a.m. The vessel was immediately directed to an anchorage area just west of Alcatraz Island by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. The vessel was in ballast at the time of the incident. There were no reports of injuries and no reports of pollution. As a precautionary measure, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of San Francisco ordered pollution-control boom to be staged. The Coast Guard and other agencies immediately dispatched response assets to the scene, which included Coast Guard response boats, a cutter, and helicopter as well as additional resources from other federal, state, and local agencies. Coast Guard pollution response personnel, investigators and vessel inspectors were also deployed to check for any signs of pollution to begin an investigation into the incident and determine the ship's structural integrity. The double-hulled ship sustained damage to its starboard quarter.
Immediately following the report of the allision, the California Department of Transportation sent a structural maintenance team to investigate the bridge and found no structural or foundation damage. Caltrans was continuing to inspect the bridge and the bridge fender system damaged in the incident and will develop a plan for repairs. Vehicle traffic over the bridge was not impacted. The tanker was headed outbound to sea at the time of the incident. Drug and alcohol testing were being conducted in accordance with federal regulations.
On Dec 31, 2012, at 9.50 p.m. the NSRI volunteers at Port Elizabeth were called out for a medevac from the "Priwall". A crew member needed to be taken ashore complaining of bad headaches. He was transferred to the PE rescue boat "Spirit of Toft" at 11.20 p.m. and handed over to the ship's agent short past midnight in the early morning of Jan 1, 2013. The agent took him to hospital for evaluation.
Aiviq disconnected from Kulluk and remains on standby
The "Aiviq" on Jan 7 has has disconnected from the rig "Kulluk" but remained standing by. The "Warrior", "Ocean Wave", "Perseverance", "Nanuq" and "Alex Haley" also were standing by. The support vessels "Alert", "Lauren Foss" and "Corbin Foss" remained connected to the rig after it has arrived in a safe harbor location in Kiliuda Bay where it will undergo assessment. At approximately 12:15 p.m. Alaska Time the "Kulluk"’s anchor was lowered to the bottom of the Bay. A Coast Guard overflight did not observe any sheen in the vicinity.
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Drunk Russian captain sentenced to one month prison
The 60-year-old Russian captain of the "Sunny Maria" was sentenced to 30 days prison on Jan 7 by the Court of Helsingør. Moreover he is facing his deportation from Denmark and a travel ban for six years. He was also disqualified from acting as captain, mate or engineer on a ship in Danish waters for one year. In the evening of Jan 6 he had threatened to run the "Sunny Maria" aground with a BAC of 2,75 which was proved by a blood sample. The Danish SOK had several times in vain to contact him over the radio. In the morning of Jan 8 the "Sunny Maria" had resumed its voyage and was north of Bornholm, bound for Kaliningrad.
MV Pwp 1
(Specialized Cargo Ship > Heavy Load Carrier)
Heavylift PWP 1 suffered an engine failure in South China sea off Sanya port, south of Hainan island, on Jan 5 13, en route from Singapore to Guangzhou. Vessel requested an assistance, tug was dispatched from Sanya, and on Jan 6 PWP 1 was towed to Sanya. Maritime Bulletin www.odin.tc
(Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
Trailer drivers on the way to Stavanger had to leave their trucks aboard the "Bastø IV" when the ferry moored for the weekend following an engine damage. The engine failure occurred on the last trip of the "Bastø IV" on Jan 3, 2013. After a yard stay it had problems with the electronics. Once the ferry had docked, there was no truck available to pull the trailers off the deck, and due to maintenance works at the landside ramp on Jan 4 the trailers were caught aboard until Jan 5.
In the late morning of Jan 6, 2013, the "Overseas Reymar" while being seaward bound, allided with the protective barrier of one of the Bay Bridge towers in San Francisco. The tanker struck the so-called "Echo Tower", the closest to Treasure Island heading east, on the far east side of the bridge's western span around 11:20 a.m. The tanker was detained in the Bay and sent to an anchorage while the Coast Guard responded. The San Francisco Fire Department dispatched crews at around 11:37 a.m. to the west end of the span. Traffic was moving with no problems on the bridge. There was, however, some damage to the base of the bottom floating portion of the concrete base of the bridge. Bridge maintenance crews were heading out to inspect the structure. The vessel also had some minor damage and scrapes to its starboard side. No leaks nor injuries reported.
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The "Aiviq" and the "Kulluk" approached a safe harbor location in Kiliuda Bay on Jan 6 at approximately 10 a.m., Alaska Time. The final location for assessment within the Bay will be determined by environmental conditions, including weather. The "Kulluk" traveled 45 nautical miles since the start of the tow, roughly 12 hours ago. Average speed has been 3.5 knots or 4 mph. The "Nanuq" crew utilized infrared equipment on board and reported that there were no signs of an oil discharge. Results of soundings of fuel tanks taken since the "Kulluk" refloated were consistent with earlier soundings taken by the recovery crew. The rig will remain connected to its support vessels while it undergoes assessment in Kiliuda Bay, located about 30 miles north of Ocean Bay. The Coast Guard Cutter "Alex Haley" escorted the tow to Kiliuda Bay along with two oil spill response vessels and other support vessels. A 500-yard radius safety zone around the Kulluk followed the escort and remains in place in Kiliuda Bay. Monitoring by the oil spill response vessels escorting the tow confirmed that there were no signs of a discharge of oil during the transit. The combined fleet has 15,000 feet of boom should it be needed. Additional boom has been staged in various locations.