The "Getan" is still stuck on the Danube at Osterhofen due to the low river tides which have left the ship partially high and dry. Meanwhile the fire rescue and Water Guard are supporting the crew with water and food supplied by the people of Osterhofen. The ship was underway to the Ukrainian port Ismajil, but the ship's master Eugen Kuklanov had been blinded by the sun on Feb 23 at 8.45 a.m. and did not remark an oncoming Dutch vessel. To dodge the ship he turned to the side and ran over a fairway buoy before running aground. The ship made a final turn to starboard before remaining firmly stuck.
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In the afternoon of Mar 3, 2014, the "Jonni Ritscher" ran aground on the Elbe at Oevelgönne while changing berths. The traffic control was alerted at 4 p.m. Two police boats secured the grounding site. The vessel, which had come from Rotterdam on Mar 2, refloated with own power short time later and docked at Steinwerder 1-3 ex UCT where it was detained for inspection. At 10.15 p.m. the vessel sailed again being bound for Muuga with an ETA of Mar 5, 7 p.m. The police launched an investigation and secured the relevant data.
Crippled fleet oiler underway to Hawaii with five knots
The HMCS "Protecteur" remained under tow and is now approximately 220 nautical miles NE of Pearl Harbor on MAr 4. Despite weather challenges the past two days, crews continued to work diligently during this towing operation. Weather conditions have improved over the past 24 hours and the vessels awee currently moving at approximately five knots. The USS "Michael Murphy", which has been providing assistance to HMCS "Protecteur" up this point, was expected to detach from the scene and proceed back Pearl Harbor with family members and civilian contractors A team of military personnel left CFB Esquimalt on Mar 2 and were on their way to Pearl Harbor on order to provide the necessary support to the family members returning to Pearl Harbor. They will also provide support to HMCS "Protecteur" crew members and the ship itself once she has arrived in Pearl Harbor where efforts would commence to prepare HMCS "Protecteur" for her return to Esquimalt.
The first significant chunk of the "Rena" accomodation block was on its way to the surface off Mt. Maunganui on Mar 3. The salvage company has been working around the clock and the "RMG 500" has just lifted a section of the accommodation block. The section was being dragged around six nautical miles inland, where it was to be loaded onto the barge "RMG 1000". Increasing swells meant the salvage company couldn't lift it onto a barge out over the reef, so instead dragged it just under the surface of the water to a more sheltered spot off Motiti Island. Once the swells has reducde, the chunk was to be lifted slowly up on to a large barge and transported into the Tauranga Port where it would be brought onto land and dried out.
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Japan has hit back at Sea Shepherd over allegations the two whaling vessels "Yushin Maru" and "Yushin Maru 3" attacked the "Bob Barker" in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research said the ships were simply defending themselves against a Sea Shepherd attack as the "Bob Barker" sabotaged the two Japanese ships which began trailing warning buoy wires as a safety measure after warnings to the "Bob Barker" which was dangerously close to back off were ignored. Both parties agreed the "Bob Barker" launched two small rigid inflatable boats, and crew members tried to cut the cables.
Japan demanded New Zealand and Australia step in and stop Sea Shepherd's activity.
Crew of FOC ship wins 2-year fight over unpaid wages
A claim to secure wages owed to the Ukrainian and Russian crewmembers on the "Dyckburg" which is under detention in Liverpool for more than two years was settled thanks to the intervention of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). The crew received a total of $75,000 in back wages, plus repatriation expenses. The case began after the vessel was stopped in Birkenhead in September 2011 when a Coastguard inspection discovered 17 deficiencies, including problems with safety management and life-saving and firefighting equipment. The ship arrived in Liverpool the same month under tow because of serious engine failure, and by Christmas that year the crew was repatriated at ITF expense pending settlement. The ITF lodged a protest with the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Kingdom after uncovering evidence that the mariners had been threatened for seeking the wages they were owed and asking to be repatriated. The ship, now renamed "Alex Y", left Liverpool on Feb 28, 2014, at 3 p.m. being bound for Constanta with an ETA of Mar 16.
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Cargo delivery to Belgrano-2 Argentine Antarctic Station completed
The Kapitan Dranitsyn icebreaker has completed providing ice escort and ice towing of the Vasiliy Golovnin ship, which have carried equipment, personnel, food and other provision to the Argentine Antarctic Station Belgarno-2 located in the southern part of the Weddell Sea, Rosmorport says in its press release. The ice escort of Vasiliy Golovnin was performed as requested by Arkadia PTE, LTD. Its success was ensured by efficient and well-coordinated work of all the creq members of Kapitan Dranitsyn. During the voyage the icebreaker crew frequently conducted damage control exercices to prepare for work in the harsh ice conditions of Antarctica.
Since 17 December 2013, which is the date when Kapitan Dranitsyn left Murmansk Seaport, the icebreaker sailed 10.6 thousand sea miles, including more than 2.9 miles in ice.
At present the icebreaker is going to Murmansk Seaport, its arrival is expected in the second decade of March 2014.