On Jan 26, 2017, at 7 p.m. "Geja S", 2200 ts (EU-No.: 02322710), which had sailed from Bottrop at 5.50 p.m. and was enroute to Duisburg, allided with the Sterkrade Road Bridge of the Konrad-Adenauer-Allee crossing the Rhein-Herne-Canal in Oberhausen, suffering a damage of more than 50.000 Euro. Possibly the 70 year old master misjudged the passage height of 4,5 meters, and the wheelhouse hit the bridge and was almost completely destroyed. The master was not injured. The bridge did not sustain damage. The police launched an investigation into the accident.
German report with photos:
On Jan 24, 2017, the water police Brunsbüttel had a case of
illegal fishing off the German coast. At around 8:15 a.m., the police stopped the "Ebonnie" between Heligoland and the German mainland which was fishing wells without valid approval. The fishermen were asked to cease fishing and recover the 900 traps which were still put out. The Federal Agency for Agriculture and Forestry ordered the payment of a safety fine of 5,000 Euros which was paid by the fisherman by bank guarantee.
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In the morning of Jan 25, 2017, the water police stopped the "E.R. Tallinn“ in the locks of the Kiel-Canal in Kiel. When leaving the port of Hamburg, a measuring station of the Federal Maritime and Hydrography Agency had reported a significant overshooting of the limits for sulfur in the exhaust gases of the freighter. The Federal Office alerted the water police Kiel while the ship was traveling through the Kiel Canal to the Baltic Sea.
There is no exhaust gas purification system on board the ship. For this reason, the crew could only use marine diesel oil with a sulfur content of 0.1 per cent. The fuel now used by the crew was now to be investigated. The policemen therefore inspected oil samples and checked the data and diaries of the engine. The prosecutor in Kiel ordered a security fine of € 5,000. A criminal complaint against the responsible members of the crew was made in the lock. After the end of the inspection and the deposit of the safety performance the "E.R. Tallinn" was allowed to continue the voyage to Copenhagen.
The "PDZ Mewah" of the Malaysian domestic line PDZ Holdings was arrested by Dan-Bunkering (Singapore) over fuel supply issues. Awarrant of arrest has been served on the vessel over the supply of marine fuel oil and/or marine gas oil. The ship dropped anchor off Pasir Gudang anchorage earlier in January 2017. The board was seeking legal advice and intends to take steps to defend the arrest of vessel and any claims that may subsequently be filed and set it aside.
Cruise ship returned to Hobart for medical emergency
A medical emergency aboard the "Ovation of the Seas" forced the ship to return to Hobart soon after leaving on Jan 25, 2017. The ship returned to Hobart to offload 53-year-old woman with a chronic medical condition after she became ill. The woman was transferred from the ship off Sandy Bay by tender and transferred to an awaiting ambulance at Kings Pier. She was being taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital. The passenger was not critically ill. The "Ovation of the Seas" had left Hobart about 5.30 p.m. bound for Sydney but was back in Hobart about 9 p.m. She was carrying 4180 passengers and 1500 crew members and was next expected back in Hobart on Feb 11.
Unpaid crew stranded in Zonguldak without supplies
On Jan 18, 2017, the "Aydemir" arrived at Zonguldak, coming from Illichivsk, in a state of emergency. The vessel ran out of fuel and supplies, and the crew hasn’t been paid for three months. The 24 crew members decided to stay on board until they have got their money, notwithstanding almost inhabitable conditions with no food, no water, and no fuel for heating.