Tokyo Express assists at rescue of crew of sinking ship off Seattle
A containership crew and the Coast Guard both sent boats to help two people abandoning a sinking ship north of Dungeness Spit on Friday morning.
The Coast Guard rescued the man and woman aboard the 67-foot Lady A.
They were not injured.
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received the distress call from the Lady A around 7:31 a.m. Friday reporting that the people on board were abandoning ship into their life raft.
Sector Puget Sound dispatched a response boat and a helicopter to the situation and alerted other vessels in the area of the distress situation.
The crew of the Tokyo Express, a 664-foot container vessel, launched a small boat crew to assist.
That boat arrived on scene about the same time as a Coast Guard Response Boat at 8:09 a.m.
The rescuers found both people still aboard the Lady A. More at www.kval.com/outd...
Crew members on board the MV Ocean Discovery, which arrived in Chaguaramas on Thursday from Ebola-raved west Africa, have been cleared to come ashore by doctors attached to the Health Ministry. This was the word from Health Minister Fuad Khan last night as he tried to allay fears by fishermen in the region and members of the public that there are no vessels in T&T territorial waters carrying Ebola-infected crew members.
“The doctors have decided that they are eligible to enter the country because they have already spent more than 21 days since they left Africa,” Khan said. Chaguaramas fishermen were yesterday suspicious of the crew members aboard the ship, which arrived here after two stops at ports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and Ghana. “We not going near there. Them people have Ebola, we don’t want to die,” one fisherman at a depot near the Crews Inn marina said.
When a news team from the T&T Guardian visited the area seeking to charter a fishing boat to have a closer look at the ship, only one of the dozen fishermen present was willing to take the job offer. Even then, as soon as the vessel came into sight on the boat trip, he quickly expressed strong reservations about going further. “Allyuh really want to go so near to it? I ent feel that make sense,” he said. www.guardian.co.t...
Stowaway dies after jumping into the sea at Takoradi
DAILY GUIDE has gathered that one out of nine stowaways who jumped from a foreign vessel into the sea at the Takoradi Port in the Western Region last Wednesday, met his untimely death.
The nine, all residents of New Takoradi, were allegedly hiding themselves in a Singaporean vessel, MV Kota Bunga, without the Ship Master noticing them.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that the foreign vessel was at the Takoradi Port to load bauxite from Ghana to China.
According to sources, the nine hid themselves in various apartments, including the anchor hole of the vessel. The name of the deceased was given only as Kwansa, 20 years old.
Kwansa’s death was said to have been noticed during departure formalities.
Confirming the incident in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, Chief Supt. Samuel Owusu Berko, Director of Marine Police, wondered why the nine thought they would be able to make it as stowaways to foreign countries.
He noted that at about 8:30 pm on Wednesday his outfit received information that nine persons had entered the port and sneaked into the vessel.
He indicated that the crew of the vessel detected some human activities during the departure formalities and had to conduct a search all over again.
He pointed out that, realising danger, the nine came out of their holes and jumped into the sea.
However, Kwansa was unable to swim. He was said to have taken in more sea water and allegedly died in the process.
5,000-ton Russian cargo ship docks at Iranian port
A 5,000-ton Russian cargo ship has docked at the northern Iranian port of Astara in the Caspian Sea, in what has been the first such event in history of the Iranian port. Rasoul Bahrami, the manager of Astara Port, said the ship, Pyotr Strelkov, carrying 1,175 packs of raw medium-density fibreboard (MDF) entered the port
Edith Maersk: The Largest Ship Ever To Arrive On The Thames
The largest ship ever to enter the Thames is due to call at DP World London Gateway at the weekend, with estimated time of arrival in the early hours of Sunday morning, October 19.
The 397-metre-long, 56-metre-wide Edith Maersk has a draught of 16 metres and can carry up to 15,500 standard containers.
As the UK’s new deepwater container port welcomes one of the largest containerships in the world, photographers and journalists are welcome to witness this record-breaking event. DP World London Gateway will be setting up a time-lapse recording of the Edith Maersk’s arrival at the port and of unloading/loading operations, and a video will be available for downloading on Sunday evening.
A Canadian Coast Guard vessel is continuing to slowly tow a disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel away from British Columbia's pristine northern coast. The move lessened the threat of the ship running aground, hitting the rocks and causing a spill.
The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it made its way from Everett in Washington state to Russia.
The Council of the Haida Nation said the Coast Guard ship Gordon Reid managed to secure a towline and the two vessels were moving away from the coastline at Gwaii Haanas at 1.5 knots. Officials said the outcome was subject to weather, but the danger has been lessened.
Acting Sub. Lt. Ron MacDougall said the ship, originally nine miles (14.5 kilometers) offshore, is now 18 miles offshore (28.9 kilometers). He said the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier and U.S. Coast Guard cutter Spar are there to provide assistance but they haven't yet been needed. The ocean going tug Barbara Foss was also due to arrive later Saturday morning.
The ship was drifting northwest in stormy seas Friday, away from shore, after losing power late Thursday, officials said.
The fear of oil spills is especially acute in British Columbia, where residents remember the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989. Such worries have fed fierce opposition — particularly from environmentalists and Canada's native tribes — to a current proposal to build a pipeline that would carry oil from Canada's Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia. Opponents say the proposed pipeline would bring about 220 large oil tankers a year to the province's coast.
British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak said she hopes the incident underlines for the Canadian federal government the need to develop a world leading response to possible tanker spills.
The president of the Council of the Haida Nation warned earlier Friday that a storm coming into the area was expected to push the ship onto the rocky shore, but later President Pete Lantin told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. their worst fears have subsided.
"Right now they may have averted what we thought would be the worse-case scenario," Lantin said.
About 5,000 people live on the island and fish for food nearby, Lantin said.
Roger Girouard, an assistant commissioner with the Canadian Coast Guard, said their top concern was the fuel and diesel oil onboard and the risk that the ship could hit the rocks and break apart.
He earlier said if the ship did come apart the rough seas would break up the oil "so we would have an ally there. It's cold weather so we don't have a lot of migratory species right at the moment."
He said they have been already moving assets to the region to respond should the break apart and spill.
Acting Canadian Sub. Lt. Ron MacDougall said the Simushir, which is about 440 feet (135 meters) long, was carrying "a range of hydrocarbons, mining materials and other related chemicals." That included 400 tons of bunker oil and 50 tons of diesel.
The vessel is not a tanker but rather a container ship. In comparison, the Exxon Valdez, spilled out 35,000 metric tons of oil.
A spokesman for Russian shipping firm SASCO, the owners of the vessel, said it is carrying 298 containers of mining equipment in addition to heavy bunker fuel as well as diesel oil onboard for the voyage. abcnews.go.com/In...
A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tonnes of fuel has lost power and is adrift off the coast of British Columbia.
There are concerns that high winds could run the vessel aground --- with the potential to cause an environmental disaster.
The 135-meter Simushir is reported to have lost propulsion due to unknown mechanical issues. Authorities say it is floating off the coast of Haida Gwaii after getting caught up in a storm.
The Canadian Forces' joint rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria says the Russian ship lost power overnight as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia.
Canadian Navy Lt. Paul Pendergast told CTVNews.ca that a Cormorant helicopter has rescued the ship’s captain and transported him to Sandspit, B.C. in order to receive medical treatment for undisclosed injuries. Ten crew members remain on board.
U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are standing by to assist if an evacuation is required, Pendergast said.
Strong winds and high seas continued to pose a problem after the ship lost power, but the weather was expected to improve Friday night.
Acting Sub. Lt. Ron MacDougall says the ship is currently about 17 kilometres off Haida Gwaii and carrying 400 tonnes of bunker oil and 50 tonnes of diesel. The ship is also carrying mining equipment and chemicals. A tugboat is en route from Prince Rupert but is not expected to arrive Friday.
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Ebola scare forces Carnival Magic cruise ship to skip Cozumel, return to Texas
A U.S. cruise ship carrying a worker who handled a lab specimen from an Ebola-infected man who died is being forced to skip its last port and reroute.
The Carnival Magic was unable to dock Friday morning in Cozumel, Mexico because authorities would not allow it, said 7NEWS reporter Eric Lupher, who is on the cruise ship.
The ship docked in Belize on Thursday, but when passengers returned Thursday night, Lupher said the ship didn't leave right away and there was no explanation why.
On Friday morning, passengers expected to wake up in Cozumel. However, at 7 a.m. MT, the captain told the passengers there was a delay and they would be at the Port of Cozumel shortly.
Three hours later, the captain said that someone who worked at a hospital in Texas was on the ship and that due to a change in CDC monitoring procedures, the CDC requested the woman be returned home from Belize. However, authorities tried to get the person on a flight from Belize to the U.S., but officials in Belize wouldn't allow the passenger to leave the ship.
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The captain then explained that the ship was skipping its planned stop in Cozumel and returning to its home port of Galveston, Texas. It is expected to arrive in Galveston Sunday morning as originally scheduled
"[He] never said the word Ebola, but everyone knew, " Lupher said. "On the elevators, people were talking about it."
Lupher said so many passengers are now on their phones, he's getting a busy signal trying to call out. He said the internet was also down.
The worker self-quarantined on the ship and is being monitored for any signs of infection.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday that the woman has shown no signs of the disease and has been asymptomatic for 19 days. The incubation period for Ebola is 21 days.
Psaki said that when the woman left the U.S. on the cruise ship on Sunday, Oct. 12, health officials were requiring only self-monitoring. More and video www.thedenverchan...