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 Modern Express  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
430 days ago by BerndU

beached at Aliaga 13.10.16

 Transocean Winner  (Offshore Vessel > Drilling Ship)
430 days ago by Timsen

Transocean Winner not yet cleared to leave
The "Transocean Winner was now not likely to leave Broad Bay in Lewis on the deck of transport ship until Oct 13 or later in the week. Final minor repairs to damage and checks to its fastenings have still be completed. Paperwork clearing the way for its passage has also still to arrive. Turkish authorities must provide the documentation that would allow the rig to eventually be taken to a yard in Turkey where it will be scrapped. The "Transocean Winner"'s journey from Scotland would first involve a stop in Malta for the removal of certain parts of the structure. The government's team on Lewis was ready to allow the rig to leave as soon as the appropriate checks were done and paperwork received. The rig's departure on Oct 12 had been seen as timely as accommodation used by its salvage team is needed for people arriving for the Royal National Mòd, Scotland's biggest Gaelic cultural festival, which begins in Stornoway on Lewis on Oct 14.

 Seaspan Fraser  (Container Ship)
430 days ago by Timsen

Crew member died due to safety issues
A 52-year-old Filipino who fell from the "Madinah" near Lyttelton in July 2015 was not wearing a life jacket and had been clipped to a broken wire. His body was never found. The previous day a man had been seriously injured at Port Otago when a crane toppled whilst unloading the ship. The ship was three kilometres from Lyttelton port when the man, who was foreman of the Madinah's deck crew, was preparing the ship to dock. While setting up the accommodation ladder, a flight of steps running down the ship's side, he lost his balance and fell into the harbour. The man was last seen swimming towards a lifebuoy thrown into the water by a crew member. The man's hard hat and gloves were found in the water 20 minutes after he fell. Boats and a helicopter searched for several hours but could not find him. An investigation by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) has found that there were several safety issues which led to his death. The man had been wearing a safety harness but it was clipped to a severely corroded wire, which had not been installed properly. The wire was also plastic-coated, meaning it was unlikely the damage was obvious. Other crew members told investigators that they did not clip themselves to the wire because it looked unsafe. There was no procedure for setting up the accommodation ladder. Another crew member had gone to collect life jackets but the man had started working before he returned. Not wearing a life jacket had been the greatest contributor to the accident. A buoyancy vest would have significantly enhanced his chances of surviving after falling overboard. The report also found that the ship's bridge crew did not follow man overboard procedure. Their response was "not intuitive," the report said: the ship did not return to the position where the man fell, did not mark the area where it happened, and did not sound a general alarm. Whilst unlikely to have saved the man, the failure to follow procedure would have wasted valuable time if the man had been wearing a life jacket. In this case the most effective means of raising the alarm on board the ship, sounding the general alarm, was not used. "Consequently, not all of the crew were available to help manage the recovery." The commission did not make any new recommendations after its investigation, but urged the need to wear a floatation device when working over the ship's railing.

 Tjoetta  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
430 days ago by Timsen

Ferry troubled again after repair
On Oct 12 the "Tjøtta" was back into operation after a long period of repair. after it crashed into the ferry dock at Nesna and suffered extensive damage at the bow door and parts of the fuselage. On Oct 13 the ferry was out of service again due to a leak in a gear at 7 a.m. The ferry "Lovund Express" was inserted temporarily on the route Nesna-Levang at 08.45 a.m. until further notice. Unless the damage is repaired quickly, the car ferry "Alsten" could have been inserted into the route during the day. However, repairs of the "Tjøtta" were completed at 2.30 p.m. and the ship returned to service in Nesna. Norwegian report with photo:

 Sirene  (Other)
430 days ago by Timsen

Barge still stuck at Mannheim
The "Sirene" was still stuck 500 meters upstream of the Kurt-Schumacher-Bridge in Mannheim with 900 tons fertilizer which should only have been carried 10 kilometers Rhien upstream. The reason why the French crew left the fairway was still unclear. Due to the failed salvage attempts sand accumulated at the stern which first had to be removed, before lightering of the cargo might start on Oct 13. German reports with photos and video:

 Grindelwald  (Other)
430 days ago by Timsen

Another grounding in Mannheim
In the morning of Oct 12, 2016, the "Grindelwald" jointly with the barge "Mürren" got stuck on the Rhine in Mannheim underneath the Kurt Schumacher Bridge. The convoy was underway from Antwerp to Basel and intended to berth at the grain storage in Ludwigshafen at 9 a.m. for a crew exchange. While heading for the quay, the barges got stuck at starboard side. In the midday hours of Oct 13 a salvage attempt was carried out by the workboat "Speyer" (MMSI-No.: 211511260) and both barges refloated. The voyage to Basel was continued at 2 p.m. German reports with photos:

 Jane Carolyn  (Other)
430 days ago by Timsen

Medevac in Pamlico Sound
The US Coast Guard medevaced a man from the Jane Carolyn" in the Pamlico Sound near Hatteras on OCt 12, 2016. The Sector North Carolina watchstanders were notified at approximately 9:15 p.m. that a man aboard the fishing vessel was reportedly unconscious and would not awaken. A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Hatteras Inlet launched at approximately 10:00 p.m. and arrived on scene at approximately 10:40 p.m. The crew medevaced and transferred the man to Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head for further medical attention.

 Gorsk  (Fishing Vessel)
430 days ago by BerndU

towed to Scrapyard
Towed to Archangel,Russia Scrapyard 01.10.16 picture:www.shipspotting....

 Mary  (Bulk Carrier)
430 days ago by BerndU

arrived Chittagong anchorage
arrived Chittagong anchorage 13.10.16

 Vsg Glory  (General Cargo Ship)
430 days ago by Timsen

Grounding off Sandakan
The "VSG Glory" ran aground North of Sandakan at the northern tip of Borneo in the Sulu Sea. The ship was umderway from Bitung to Singapore, ETA Oct 13. As of Oct 12, the ship was still stuck.

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