Overloaded ferry returned to quay, state troopers ordered passengers off
The "Cathlamet" on Aug 15, 2014 had to return to the Bremerton terminal in the afternoon when state ferries employees forgot how many passengers it was allowed to carry. The terminal staff thought the capacity was 1,600 passengers, and 1,684 were allowed on board. Shortly after the ferry departed, staff realized that the Cathlamet’s capacity was only 1,200. The ferry returned to the Bremerton terminal, and its captain asked for volunteers to leave the ferry, but only about 100 people complied.
Washington State Patrol troopers were sent onboard to order passengers off, and the ferry finally departed at 5 p.m. The people who left the Cathlamet were given a free voucher to cover their return trip from Seattle.
Storm and heavy rain along the Sunshine Coast enforced the cancellation a visit of the Pacific Pearl on Aug 16, 2014. The ship anchored early in the morning about one kilometre offshore from Mooloolaba carrying a full complement of 1800 passengers on a four-day cruise from Sydney. The plan for passengers to disembark to visit the region was called off because of the appalling weather. The cruise ship was expected to return to Sydney.
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The "OMS Pollux" which allided with one of the turbines at DONG Energy’s Walney Offshore Windfarm was allowed to enter Liverpool docks after a 36-hour wait, circling in the Irish Sea, and arrived at Birkenhead on Aug 15 at around 4 p.m. where it will be repaired. The damage to the turbine has only been superficial. A small diesel spillage has been spotted on the surface of the sea next to where the collision took place but was not thought serious enough to warrant special attention.
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In the evening of Aug 14, 2014, at 8 p.m. the "Steinau" ran aground on the Pinnau near Neuendeich. Sailing upstream, the vessel got stuck on a shallow off the port of Klosterdeich in a narrow curve on the left shore. Attempts to pull the ship off by pulling a wire connected to a piling ashore with a winch on board failed. The flood barrier was closed when the tide receded to prevent the ship from breaking in two. On Aug 15 at 7.30 p.m. the tug "Windrose" which had been called from Stade was able to refloat the ship which had loaded 880 Tonnen tons pulp bound to the paper mill Stora Enso in Uetersen. The shipping authority permitted the ship to proceed to Uetersen oncce it was refloated to unload the cargo. The ship docked at 8.15 p.m. and will have to be surveyed before being allowed to sail on.
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In the afternoon of Aug 13, 2014, the "Geestemünde" assisted a sinking cabin cruiser along with the lifeboat "Hermann Rudolf Meyer" of the DGzRS Station Bremerhaven. The crew of the "Geestemünde" remarked at 3.30 p.m. that the 10 meter cruiser was in difficulties on the Lower Weser near the Kaiser Lock after having hit a drifting obstruction. The boat with a crew of two had suffered a gash of 10x80 centimeters in the foreship underneath the waterline and was flooding rapidly. The "Geestemünde" took the casualty in towe and secured it, until the lifeboat had arrived and started strong dewatering pumps which recovered 2-3 tons of water from the boat which would have foundered a few minutes later.
They managed to Keep it afloat until it was towed into port and taken ashore by a crane.
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The "E.R. Visby", 12514 gt (IMO: 9448695), was towed along the Nieuwe Waterweg (Hoek van Holland), by the tugs "Smit Hudson" and "Thamesbank" as a dead ship on Aug 12. The vessel had been berthed at the ECT Euro Container Terminal in the Amazone Port of Rotterdam and was pulled to the northern Waal Port where she remained moored remained since.
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Prosecutors examining whether barge was properly maintained
The "Nawatrans VI" meanwhile could leave the lock channel in Langwedel and was permitted to head to a shipyard to Minden with own power after the whole cargo of 1200 tons coal was unloaded. The Water Police in Bremen has found out that a technical defect led to the allision with a pillar and a walkway. Due to material wear of a control lever the master was unable to navigate correctly so that the ship came off course. Prosecutors in Bremen were examining whether the ship had been properly maintained, or whether someone should have noticed the wear.