The "Hoang Song Sun" continued to remain at the transhipment hub until it is deemed seaworthy. The bulkcarrier arrived at the Port of Salalah on September 20, 2011, four days after it was freed after a capture of eight months. The vessel is currently at anchorage on the outer limits of the port pending the completion of surveys, inspections and other certifications necessary to declare the ship seaworthy again. A massive encrustation of barnacles on its hull is believed to have slowed the vessel’s voyage to Salalah. On its arrival at the transhipment hub, the "Hoang Son Sun" was immediately brought alongside to allow for its crew to disembark. All 24 seafarers were found in generally good health. They were accomodated in hotels in Salalah for a couple of days of recuperation and medical checks before arrangements were made for their repatriation. All 24 crew are since back in Vietnam.
Taking their place on board the bulkcarrier was a new crew of 24 Vietnamese sailors. The ship received supplies of bunker fuel, fresh water and other provisions. It then sailed to anchorage a day later pending instructions from the ship’s Vietnamese owners about the next leg of its voyage. Although the vessel is said to be in reasonable condition, some key pieces of onboard equipment that were allegedly stolen by the pirates would need to be replaced before it is declared seaworthy. It was likely that the vessel will remain in Salalah for at least another week before a decision is taken with regard to its next voyage. Details with regard to the carrier’s next port of call or ultimate destination have not been disclosed.
Thw "Fryderyk Chopin" which lost its masts off Cornwall in a storm almost one year ago, returnied to Falmouth on Sep 26, 2011. She had suffered a double dismasting 100 miles (160km) off the Isles of Scilly in October 2010. On board was a crew of 47 teenage cadet sailors en-route to the Caribbean. Its visit is part of the ongoing programme of visits to Falmouth harbour by tall ships from around the world. The first mast, which was 120ft high, was lost in southerly force nine gales. The second mast was lost several hours later. Towed into Falmouth following the incident, the Polish crew found themselves at the centre of a tangle of red-tape while officials struggled to agree the ship's repair, causing the vessel to be stuck in Cornwall for months with a skeleton crew. During the ship's stay, the captain and crew were welcomed by members of Falmouth Tall Ships Association, who even donated a Christmas tree for the ship. The "Fryderyk Chopin" is returning to Cornwall with the new rig, which was installed by A&P Falmouth.
Crusader waiting for start of defuelling the Bittern-wreck
The "NSO Crusader" remained at the quay in Sillum on Sep 27, 2011. There was still some preparation to be done before the start of pumping oil out of the "Bittern"-wreck. The start of the operation was scheduled for the end of the week. The British war ship went down April 30, 1940 after being shot bombed by German warplanes. About 190,000 gallons of oil were aboard the ship of which between 50,000 and 100,000 gallons are still thought to be inside the wreck which is under a lot of mud and silt, so the next few days it will be flushed clean. The wreck was located at about 150 meters depth in the Namsenfjorden in 1996. In 2006, divers inspected the wreck and found it in very poor condition. This year it was discovered that oil escaped from the wreck.
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On Sep 226, 2011, the "Marina Nusantara" collided with a tug and barge then caught fire on the Barito river, Borneo. The ferry had left Surabaya with 443 people on board and was bound for Banjarmasin when it struck the tug pushing a coal barge. Four people perished while another 68 were being treated in hospital for injuries. The fire started on the vehicle deck and quickly spread to other sections of the ferry.
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GL issues Safety Management Certificate for 5000th vessel
GL celebrated the hand-over of the Safety Management Certificate and International Ship Security Certificate to the MV KOTA BERKAT, Worldmaritimenews reports. The Kota Berkat, owned by Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd (PIL) and managed by Apex Ship Management, is the 5000th vessel sailing with ISM and ISPS certificate issued by GL as a Recognized Organization (RO) and being periodically audited for compliance. This marks an important milestone for the GL Group and its new service delivery section “GL Systems Certification” which has recently been established to offer both marine and non-marine management systems certification, including certification according to the ISM-/ISPS-Code, ISO standards, and the upcoming Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.
Wick RNLI lifeboat "Roy Barker 2" was called out on 24 September,2011, to go to the aid of the ‘Inge’ which had called Aberdeen Coastguard to request assistance, as she was drifting without power off Duncansbay Head. The lifeboat launched at 8.35 a.m., and was tasked to assist the vessel, which had suffered gearbox problems at the eastern entrance to the Pentland Firth, 11 miles north of Wick. The Ro-Ro ferry "Thorsvoe" which was nearby, was also requested to stand by until arrival of the lifeboat. The lifeboat arrived on scene within 40 minutes and secured a towline to the vessel, which was on passage from Kyle of Lochalsh to Grimsby with a crew of three on board. Due to tidal conditions, the tow back to Wick took over 4 hours, with the vessel safely alongside in harbour at 2.20 p.m.
The American exploration company Odyssey Marine has discovered a large haul of silver worth 150 million pounds in the wreck of the British cargo vessel "Gairsoppa" that was traveling from Kolkata to London, but was sunk by a German U-boat in the Atlantic in 1941. The company Odyssey Marine will keep 80 per cent of the cargo value, according to the Department of Transport, which awarded it the contract to explore the wreck. SS "Gairsoppa" set sail from Kolkata in December 1940 with a cargo of 240 tonnes of silver, iron and tea. The ship belonged to the British India Steam Navigation Company. It was headed for Liverpool but was forced to break away from its military convoy off the coast of Ireland as weather conditions deteriorated and it began to run out of fuel. As the ship tried to make it to Galway it was attacked by the German submarine "U101", 300 miles southwest of the Irish harbour, and on 17 February, 1941, a single torpedo sank the vessel, killing all 85 crewmen except one. In Septempber 2011 the "Odyssey Explorer", operating from Cork, found the shipwreck sitting upright, with the holds open and easily accessible. This should enable salvors to unload cargo through the hatches. The wreck was found nearly 4,700 m below the North Atlantic, 300 miles off the Irish coast, but it was only confirmed as SS "Gairsoppa" in mid-September. Work to recover the cargo will begin in the second quarter of 2012.
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The "Sir Wilfred Grenfell" took a disabled fishing vessel under tow on Sep 26, 2011. The vessel was dispatched early morning to assist the fishing vessel "Sir Eldon" north of Newfoundland. The 18-m-ship was more than 140 kilometres northeast of Cape Bonavista when the crew called for assistance. All three crew members were said to be in good condition, and both vessels were expected in St. John's Sep 27 morning.