The "AidaBlu" assisted a boat in distress enroute from Palma to Sant Elm on Oct 3, 2015. The cruise ship remained on standby while assets of Salvamento Marítimo saved the Crew of two of the slowly sinking vessel. After it had gone down, the cruise ship resumed its voyage.
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The "Formosa 16", being moored on Kukup Anchorage 2,2 miles southwest of Tanjung Piai, was arrested by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Oct 2, 2015, for illegal anchorage in Malaysian waters. The vessel wasn’t able to present any papers permitting Malaysia waters enter and anchorage, no dues were paid. Two crew members, presumably the master being one of them, were taken ashore to the police station. If found guilty, the perpetrator would be facing fine of up to $22300, or two years prison, or both.
A Coast Guard HC-130 search and rescue crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, spotted the life ring late on Oct 3 about 120 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Island, Bahamas, and approximately 75 miles northeast of the ship's last know position. A Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter crew recovered the life ring and confirmed it belonged to the missing ship. Search and rescue crews have searched more than 30,000 square-miles since Thursday.
Sea conditions in the search area on Oct 4 have been reported to be 20 to 40-feet with winds in excess to 100 knots. Visibility for search and rescue flying between 500 and 1,000 feet has been reported to be less than one nautical mile at times.
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In the night of Oct 3, 2015, a fire broke out in the air conditioning system (AC station) of the "Silver Spirit" in the laundry on deck 3. The master alerted the crew and later also passengers were informed.The ship was underway from Agios Nikalaos, Crete, to Thira where the ship berthed on Sep 4 at 6 a.m. The crew responded fast, and the fire was tackled with CO2. Passengers were asked to remain in their cabins until everything was checked. Some cabins in zone II were hit by a power failure in the aftermath of the incident, but the power was restored in the morning except of the laundry area. The crew was stood down except the containment party. The air condition of the laundry area remained out of operation.
In the morning of Sep 28, 2015, at 5.30 a.m. a fire broke out aboard the "Odin", 1251 ts (EU-No.: 04003900) which was berthed in the port of Schwedt. When the deckhand remarked the fire in the cabin at the aft of the vessel, he alerted another ship crew. After attempts to extinguish the fire failed, the fire rescue from Schwedt and Vierraden was called which attended with 25 men tackled the fire with lots of foam. When the fire was out and the foam removed from the gutted galley and cabin area, they found a body, probably the 30 year old Polish master of the ship which had on board a cargo of ash and slag from Magdeburg and moored in the port on Sep 27.
The deckhand initially gave unclear information and always spoke of three persons. He spoke no German and was obviously very drunk. It later emerged that the Crew had changed at the weekend and only two people had been on board at night. According to testimonies from the neighbouring ship the new crew had been drinking in the evening.
The Police Eberswalde investigated regarding a possilbe homicide, but the cause of the fire, the cause of death and the identity of the dead have not yet been clarified beyond doubt until an autopsy was carried out by the coroner's office.
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A life ring has been found from the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing on Thursday after sailing through Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Twitter on Saturday.
A search-and-rescue crew found the life ring in waters to the northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas, about 75 miles (120 km) from the ship's last known position before it went missing on Thursday morning, the Coast Guard said. A spokesman said crews will resume the search in the same area at sunrise.
"Because we found a life ring, the assumption can be made that we are searching in the right area," said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.
"When we commence searching tomorrow morning at sunrise, hopefully we'll be able to find something else. Every little bit helps," he added.
This is the first trace of the El Faro, a 735-foot (224-meter) cargo ship with 33 crew on board that went missing on Thursday morning after it was overcome by heavy weather from Joaquin.
The vessel, with 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals on board, was headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida when it reported losing propulsion and that it was listing and taking on water, the Coast Guard said.
There had been no further communications after a distress call received at about 7:30 am (1130 GMT) Thursday, the Coast Guard said. Search and rescue efforts continued Saturday, after covering 850 square nautical miles on Friday, but turned up no sign of the U.S.-flagged ship.
"We are very surprised that we lost all communication with the ship," Mike Hanson, a spokesman for El Faro's owner, Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, said on Saturday.
"The ship was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time," he added, saying Joaquin was just a tropical storm when El Faro set out from Jacksonville but later intensified rapidly into a major hurricane. maritime-executiv...
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