The "Baltic Performer" got in difficulties in heavy weather off south-west of the tip of Brittany, 112 miles south of Penmarc'h, on Oct 21 at 3 p.m.Part of the cargo of 6,120 tons of vegetables, arranged on pallets, had shifted, causing a portside list of 15 degrees. It asked for assistance in the morning of Oct 22, 2017. The emergency tug "Abeille Bourbon" was deployed as an escort. It sailed from Camaret at 7 p.m. and reached the reefer on Oct 22 at 2 a.m. The convoy headed for shelter in Brest. The reefer had sailed from Flushing on Oct 19 bound for Dakar and has a crew of 25 on board. Weather on scene was wind force 7 on the Beaufort scale and swell of 6 to 9 meters.
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Mutineers neutralized by special forces off Argentina
The "Friederike" requested assistance while en route from Lagos to Buenos Aires, reporting a mutiny on board. Four Nigerian stowaways mutinied and posed a threat to crew. The bulkcarrier was advised to change course and proceed to the AUDAZ Barreminas anchorage 40 miles southeast of Montevideo. Personnel of the frigate "ROU 01 - Uruguay", a support unit of the Naval Prefecture, a negotiator aling with the Reconnaissance Section of the Naval Fusiliers Corps boarded the vessel on Oct 21 after it approached to Montevideo, and neutralized the stowaways. They were disembarked at Montevideo, then the ship was moored at Montevideo anchorage.
Access to Port of Corpus Christi closed after oil barge blast leaves one dead, one missing
A crew member died and another was missing on Friday after an explosion and fire on an oil barge off of Texas, according to Reuters. Six of the eight-person crew were rescued without suffering serious injuries. The barge, carrying a load of 133,000 barrels of crude to a Corpus Christi refinery, The barge, carrying a load of 133,000 barrels of crude to a Corpus Christi refinery, was being towed by the tug boat Buster Bouchard when a rebroke out leading to the explosion at around 4.35am. It was about three miles offshore between Port Aransas and Rockport at the time. The fire
burned itself out before being extinguished.
US Virgin Islands on track to reopen for cruise business
The US Virgin Islands has started work to repair the damage caused by two recent hurricanes so it can reopen to cruise ships in the next couple of months.
Volunteers and aid organisations have provided resident with food and shelter, as well as supplies to help with the clean-up of the islands so it can return to normality and once again welcome visitng cruise passengers and other tourists.
“Hopefully in the next number of days we will be making a formal announcement about the return of cruise traffic to the territory,” said Mapp, who will meet with the Department of Tourism and the port authority to develop a strategy for handling future cruise visits. “The turnstiles cannot be opened without adequate infrastructure in place...to ensure that visitors can have a good and safe time and a very positive experience.”
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which completed two ‘mercy missions’ to help evacuate visitors and residents from the Caribbean territory, is one of the first lines to demonstrate its commitment to returning to the US Virgin Islands when possible. Further reading at www.cruiseandferr...