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Reports about casualties, owner and name changes and other interesting incidents

 Zorturk  (General Cargo Ship)
4 days ago by Timsen

Zortürk to be dismantled at Penhoët
The "Zortürk" ship will finally be dismantled in the coming weeks at Penhoët. All safety measures regarding the asbestos removal were promised to be taken by the port. French report with photo: www.presseocean.f...

 Havsula  (Fishing Vessel)
4 days ago by Timsen

Sundt Flyer assisted in several cases
On Mar 24, 2015, the "Elnesfisk" suffered a fouled propeller at 4 a.m. and requested the lifeboat "Sundt Flyer" which has two divers on board to assist. A diver went down and picked up the yarn from the propeller. At 8 a.m. the "Havsula" suffered a similar problem in Stamsund off Oddvær with nets in the propeller. While the lifeboat crew was still dealing with the "Havsula", the "Texas" was fouled in the Austnesfjord. There was no choice but to summon the lifeboat which changed course into the Austnes fjord where the "Texas" was taken in tow and delivered at O. Marhaug in Svolvær, before the "Sundt Flyer" continued with the other requests along with "Det Norske Veritas". Norwegian report with photo: www.lofotposten.n...

 Elnesfisk  (Fishing Vessel)
4 days ago by Timsen

Sundt Flyer assisted in several cases
On Mar 24, 2015, the "Elnesfisk" suffered a fouled propeller at 4 a.m. and requested the lifeboat "Sundt Flyer" which has two divers on board to assist. A diver went down and picked up the yarn from the propeller. At 8 a.m. the "Havsula" suffered a similar problem in Stamsund off Oddvær with nets in the propeller. While the lifeboat crew was still dealing with the "Havsula", the "Texas" was fouled in the Austnesfjord. There was no choice but to summon the lifeboat which changed course into the Austnes fjord where the "Texas" was taken in tow and delivered at O. Marhaug in Svolvær, before the "Sundt Flyer" continued with the other requests along with "Det Norske Veritas". Norwegian report with photo: www.lofotposten.n...

 Ullensvang  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
4 days ago by Timsen

Ferry adrift on fjord
In the morning of Mar 25, 2015, the "Ullensvang" suffered technical problems when trying to dock in Sulesund, coming from Hareid. The ship drifted in the fjord for 45 minutes before managing to dock. The ferry was back on track at 9.30 a.m. It was found out that the trouble was caused by an error in maneuvering system. Norwegian report with photos: www.nrk.no/mr/_ul...

 Scan Master  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
4 days ago by Timsen

Hedda to drain the silage
The Norwegian fish carrier "Hedda" (IMO: 8304787) was chosen to receive the cargo of the "Scan Master" which enables the tanker to be emptied much faster than by the truck method. The ship was at the grounding site on Mar 25. Also on site was the tanker "Hordafor III" (IMO: 6721034). The "Scan Master" has on board 670 tons of liquid fish waste (silage) which may be pumped out within 18 hours. No salvage attempt was expected before the high tide on Mar 26. The tug "Abramas" (IMO: 8112196) remained in attendance at Sandstad. Norwegian reports with photos and video: www.adressa.no/ny... www.nrk.no/tronde...

 Go East  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
4 days ago by Timsen

Sold to overseas owners
Sold to new overseas owners and renamed from "Algoeast" to "Go East", leaving Sydney, Canada, on Mar 23, 2015, bound for Gibraltar, ETA Apr 4.

 Unistar  (General Cargo Ship)
4 days ago by Timsen

Grounding in Mälaren
On Mar 25, 2015, at 03:28 a.m. the Swedish Coastguard was notified that the "Unistar" had run aground in Mälaren enroute from St. Petersburg to Hasselby. The ship had just passed the locks in Södertälje when it got stuck underway to Mälaren possibly due to a rudder failure. No spills, no injuries reported. The Coastguard dispatched the "KBV 315" and "KBV 031", the latter having divers on board. After the "Unistar" managed to refloat at 4.21 a.m, she headed to Södertälje with own power where inspections were carried out by Coastguard divers after the ship docked at berth 4 in the outer port, proceeding further to Hasselby in the morning of Mar 26.

 Tortugas  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
4 days ago by Timsen

Engine trouble halted car carrier
The "Tortugas" suffered engine trouble while preparing to set sail for Japan from Lazaro Cardenas on Mar 24, 2015. The vessel remained docked in port, waiting for an expert team to fix the problem. It was expected to take several days to get the damage fixed.

 Queen Of Melbourne  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
4 days ago by Timsen

Ferry arrived in Fremantle to make final preparations ahead of its expected quarantine clearance
On Mar 4 , 2015, the "Queen of Melbourne" berthed in Fremantle fishing port at the request of Customs and Border Protection. The owner, the Victorian businessman Farooq Qamar, confirmed a hijacking off the Spanish coast in October 2014. The ferry had been bought just weeks before in Bergen where it was renamed, and Mr Qamar made preparations to have it head to Victoria to operate as a sightseeing vessel between Geelong and Frankston. Mr Qamar was not among the eight crew but enlisted a friend from Victoria to travel with seven Pakistanis.According to Mr Qamar, his friend wanted to buy into the business and when he was refused, became agitated at sea and convinced two crew to help take control. When the ship approached Algeciras for refuelling, the captain managed to call the Coastguard, which sent two boats to intercept it. The agitators gave up after a short chase and were ejected by Spanish authorities which left the problem of an undermanned vessel and Mr Qamar had no sooner begun recruiting replacement crew from Morocco when a fresh dilemma emerged. Australian authorities advised that the vessel did not have authority to enter Commonwealth waters, and it took two months before certification had been granted under the old name. Finally, it left Algeciras in January 2015 after picking up the replacement crew in Morocco. It charted a course for Fremantle via the Suez Canal, Maldives and Christmas Island. A mix up between Mr Qamar's shipping agent and Australian authorities resulted in the crew obtaining the wrong visas, and they were promptly taken to Northam's Yongah Hill immigration detention centre after arrival. Eight Pakistani crew had since voluntarily departed Australia. Mr Qamar, who has recruited another crew from Victoria to get the vessel to Melbourne, was in Fremantle to make final preparations ahead of its expected quarantine clearance.

 Petrojarl Knarr  (Offshore Vessel > Offshore Processing Ship)
5 days ago by Timsen

Fire on offshore processing platform
On Mar 24, 2015, a fire broke out on the "Petrojarl Knarr" on the Knarr 2 oil field 63 nautical miles west of Florø. 100 people were on board when the fire started. A rescue helicopter reached the platform at 2:45 a.m. with a fire Team on board. The helicopter remained on the platform in case the crew had to be evacuated. The fire could be extinguished aroudn 5 a.m. and none of the crew had to be evacuated. The cause of the fire was unknown. The rescue helicopter could leave the ship again, but a helicopter on a drilling rig nearby was kept in readiness in case of need.


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