A British passenger died aboard the "Thomson Dream" while it was en route to Tortola, authorities said Tuesday.
The 59 year aged man was pronounced dead by the ship’s doctor at 9:18 a.m. on Nov 30, 2013, after being treated overnight. The ship arrived in Road Town on Dec 2 morning. The cause of death was still unknown at this time. He had complained of difficulty breathing. The crew notified the authorities upon arrival. The case was being treated as a sudden death.
On Dec 4 at 11 a.m. the initial fire on the "Corona Seaways" was extinguished in the port of Helsingborg. The stern ramp was opened at 10 a.m., and the fire rescue which was on scene with 50 men, including additional personnel from Malmö, entered the deck with thermal cameras. When the ship had come into the harbor, the fire had blazed up again, and the response was a very complicated effort. The packed cargo deck with in some cases only 20 centimeters between the containers, was emptied from behind to gain access to the fire, before smoke divers equipped with infrared cameras boarded it. The cargo was secured with straps, and visibility was limited by the heavy smoke. After they had extinguished the initial fire, there were still smoldering fires they had to take care of. There was no fire on the deck with hazardous materials. None of the crew of 10 and 19 passengers had had to be taken to hospital. The load was to be removed and then loaded again, and it was hoped that the ship would be able to continue its voyage in the afternoon.
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On Dec 4, 2013, at 7 a.m. the "Klosterneuburg" drifted perpendicular on the Main between Wörth and Obernburg. The "Klosterneuburg" was sailing river downstream when it veered off course and got stuck, blocking ship traffic since. The barge train was loaded with 4.000 tons soy grist and sunflower seeds. The police Aschaffenburg proceeded to the grounding site.
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Salvage, cleanup and environmental protection efforts continued in response to the sunken "Stephen L. Colby" on the Mississippi River near LeClaire on Dec 3. A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and local and industry representatives was working closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent wildlife from pollution exposure. The unified command is working in conjunction with the community to ensure the environment is restored to its original state. The response has brought in local, regional and national all-hazard pollution response experts to assist in the efforts. The unified command has deployed 3,700-feet of containment boom, 3,480-feet of sorbent boom, four skimmer vessels, five workboats and approximately 160 response personnel responding to the cleanup and salvage operations.
Approximately 61,970 gallons of oily-water mixture has been recovered from the river, 88,801 gallons of oily-water mixture recovered from the tug itself, and more than 1,800 cubic-feet of oily waste has been collected. A safety zone has been established along the Iowa riverbank extending outward 1,000 feet near Ferry Street to one mile down river near Canal Shore Drive SW, to protect the public and response crews during salvage and cleanup operations. Vessels desiring to transit the safety zone should contact the vessel "Marc" on VHF-FM radio channel 16 and 9 or call 563-320-5382. The local public was urged not to handle oiled or injured wildlife. Representatives with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are proactively engaged in conducting wildlife protective measures.
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The bulk carrier Donald Duckling could be stranded at the Port of Tyne in South Shields “for years”, a shipping inspector has warned. Crew members on the Panamanian-registered carrier were so poorly fed they were forced to fish off the side of the vessel and burn loose wood on the deck to cook their food. Because of the poor conditions on board, the ship has been detained at the port by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the last two weeks ago.
Now it has been officially declared an “abandoned vessel” after owner TMT Shipping of Taiwan failed to provide the crew with food, water, heat, lighting - or pay their wages. More to read at www.shieldsgazett...
The "Twins MJ" ran aground on Aliaga roads on Dec 3, 2013, odin.tc reports. The vessel drifted aground in stormy weather after anchor dragged. The crew was safe, and tugs were contracted to refloat the vessel which had arrived on Aliaga roads coming from Alexandria to be broken up in November.
Australia’s Largest Research Vessel Ready for Launch
At the end of 2013, the team of Sembawang Shipyard of Singapore and Teekay Shipping Australia will hand over the new scientific Research Vessel Investigator to her owners, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Federal Government of Australia.
The Investigator will be among the most capable and quietest non-naval research vessels in the world. It will serve Australia in diverse scientific operations ranging over an area from the equator to the ice shelf of Antarctica and spanning almost 1/3rd of the circumference of the globe. More to read at www.marinelink.co...
The "Ever Linking" allided with a quay at the container terminal in Perama, Piraeus, in the early morning of Dec 3 2013, around 3 a.m. The accident happened during mooring operations whilst coming from Tanjung Pelepas, odin.tc reports. The vessel suffered a dent of 10-12 meters length and a crack of some 1.2 meters length and 1.2 – 1.5 meters height on starboard side and wa detained for surveys.
Gibraltar shipyard completes upgrade work on CGG vessel
Gibdock in Mid-October 2013 completed an overhaul of the seismic survey vessel Viking Vanquish, which is operated by CGG and owned by Eidesvik. Main scope of work involved a tailshaft withdrawal and full overhaul of the shaft, couplings, liners, and related equipment. This was a complex process, Gibdock explained, as removing the shaft required cutting away a section of the stern tube to gain access.
The yard in Gibraltar additionally performed tests on the vessel’s winches, along with pipe works, propeller blade/seal renewal, and blasting/painting of the vessel’s exterior areas. For this project the yard used a new cleaning product from Ultraclean, a combination of gel and chemicals, to remove corrosion on Viking Vanquish’s gun-deck and cranes. The material was then washed away with water to prepare surfaces for coating.
On Dec 2, 2013, the “Hercules – ZK 65” ran aground on the beach of Schiermonikoog after encountering an engine failure. The buoy tender “Waddenzee” attended, and a a salvage company was on scene at 10 p.m., but a first salvage attempt failed. The crew remained on board, and on Dec 3 at 10 a.m. another attempt by the salvors of Bos Marine Services and the “Vigilant” was carried out. After the ship was refloated, it was escorted to Lauwersoog where it was inspected.
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