The "Castella" with about 25 cars had to abort the voyage to Rindö and returned to Vaxholm on May 23, 2018, at 5.45 p.m. due to an electric failure. The fault caused the ramp on the ferry to fall down and forced the ship to turn back to port with 25 cars on board. There was no estimate how long the work to repair would take, but the company was working to make arrangements for the affected cars. Both in Vaxholm and Oskarshams cars were waiting in long queues.
The scheduled sailings of the "Viking Grace" between Stockholm and Turk had to be cancelled from the evening of May 21, 2018, to the evening of May 22 due to an oil leakage in the hydraulic system. No spill was reported. Repairs were carried out in Turku.
The leak had already been discovered the week before, and as the repair stop had been planned since, passengers could be contacted by Viking Line in advance on May 18. On May 22 at 8 p.m. the ship left Turku again after completion of repairs and arrived in Stocholm on May 24 at 6.30 a.m.
Two weeks after the "Kamper Kogge" set course for a two-month tour, she was back in her home port already on May 19, 2018. After a journey to Blankenberge, the trip was continued to Germany with a cargo from Kampen, Doesburg and Deventer on board that was donated by these cities for promotion.
Because of a northern wind that would last all week, it was not possible to sail on this route, instead the auxiliary engines were used. Just before the piers at IJmuiden the starboard engine unfortunately failed. But the ship and its crew could safely reach the port of IJmuiden. The cause of the failure was investigated with support of the local KNRM workshop. It soon became clear that the damage could not be quickly fixed due to problems with the cooling water pump. It appeared that several gaskets had leaked and there was corrosion damage. It was decided to travel back to Kampen, arriving there in the afternoon of May 19. The starboard engine was sent to repairs to Emmeloord, and although the call at Bremerhaven had to be skipped, there was hope to visit the International Hanseatic Days in Rostock. In 1,5 weeks the foundation hoped to provide more clarity about the issue.
Dutch report with photos:
The "Hermann Onken" got stuck off the port of Fedderwardersiel when assisting a sailing yacht which had run aground after having encountered engine problems. The yacht could be refloated soon after with two rubber boats and headed to the port under sail when the "Hermann Onken" approached, which had previously been alerted. As the wind was good and the port nearby, the yacht crew refused further assistance, but the "Hermann Onken" got out of the fairway and stranded in shallow water. The DLRG boat "Butenland“ came to assist, but it failed to refloat the boat. The f/v "Seestern" from Fedderwardersiel finally managed to pull the lifeboat into deeper water again.
German report and photos:
The "Perkredes -RI 450", which went down in the North port of Hvide Sande on May 22 at 9.50 p.m., was due to be raised on May 24 at 2 p.m.. There have been meetings between the insurance company, the port authority and the company Storm Marine in Houvig - to remove the wreck. In the morning of May 23, divers went down to investigate the ship and detach the loose equipment to ensure the safety and the balance of the ship when it is lifted from a water depth of seven meters. In the morning of May 24 lifting balloons were attached to the hull, and once it has been brought to the surface, a mobile crane was pull it out of the water and place it on the dock. The weather was absolutely perfect for the task, so conditions could not be better. The lifeboat "Emile Robin" guarded the sinking site the whole nights and had projectors targeting the site to avoid the risk of anyone sailing into the wreck. In the morning, the "Emile Robin" was stood down. There has reportedly been no pollution of the water.
The Danish tug "Helle“ (MMSI-No.: 219011224) was deployed to assist in the work at the sinking site too. The Dutch cargo m/v "Bothnia“ (IMO:9279408),which had been trapped within the oil boom after the sinking, could leave the port of Hvide Sande on May 23 at 4.20 p.m. and headed to Brake, where it arrived on May 24 at 10.30 a.m.
Danish reports with photos:
In the port of Mokpo the removal of 66 steel beams at which the wreck of the "Sewol" had been righted on May 9 has commenced with the help of a mobile crane. In six steps she had been raised by 10 degrees, until she had reached a level of 94.5 degrees and was resting on even keel for the first time since the sinking, which was the ideal angle to balance the wreckage. After completion of the backup work, expectedly on June 10 another search for human remains may start. Three times the wreck had been combed so far, whereby the remains of four of the nine missing persons so far could be found. Only now the search parties can penetrate into the decks in the area of the engine room and a space on deck 4. Broken hatches had prevented this so far. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries wants to start the search in mid-June and end in early August.
At the earliest in July, further decisions on the future of the wreck should follow. This could be to preserve the ship in its present state or preservation of only part of the wreck. At present, experts' opinions were being collected about the technical feasibility as well as the expectations of relatives of the victims.
In the night of May 23, 2018, the "Citra Mulya 9" suffered water ingress in the engine room in position 05.33.571 S 110.57.747 E, about 30 NM northeast of Karimunjawa islands in the Java Sea. The ship had salied from Surabaya at 1.25 a.m. The 19 crew members on board sent a distress call and abandoned ship onto two life rafts and an auxiliary raft. The patrol boat "Kelimutu" was deplyoed to assist and recovered the castaways between 8.58 p.m. and 23.23 p.m. They were safe and sound execept stress and shock and were taken to Kumai, arriving there on May 24 at 3 p.m. before being carried on to Semarang where they joined their relatives.
MSC asked customers for additional payment due to huge costs
While the "Maersk Honam" remained off Jebel Ali, Maersk Line 2M alliance partner Meditterranean Shipping Co (MSC) was asking customers with containers which were not destroyed in the blaze, to an additional $750 per TEU and $1,250 per FEU for additional transhipment and storage costs. In consideration of the important geographical deviation provoked by the salvage operations and of the consecutive extra handling/storage costs that will accrue at port of refuge. MSC will not be in position to carry the cargo to its destinations without collecting additional charges. Shippers who do not accept making the payment will be deemed that the voyage terminated in Jebel Ali and handed back to local representatives and will be subject to payment for storage and demurrage as per MSC's tariff. Customers were given time until May 24 6 p.m. to give their decision to MSC, after which time if no decision is received the voyage will be deemed terminated.
No suspicion that bulkcarrier was smuggling explosives
On May 21 Col. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesperson for the Saudi military coalition in Yemen, confirmed that the recent explosion aboard the "Ince Inebolu" was not caused by explosive materials smuggled aboard. The explosion pattern otherwise indicated that the explosion occurred inside the top tank number 3, which caused local structural damage and a large hole in the hull. The crew had observed a boat on radar before the attack. The boat approached the bulkcarrier about four miles and returned after the explosion. Maliki prosecutor Yemes suspected that Houthi rebels carried out the attack. Saudi forces responded to the accident and brought the ship to the port of Gizan. No person was injured in the explosion.
The ship operator Ince Shipping has always claimed that the explosion was the result of a missile penetrating through the outermost hull and then detonating in an inner space.
The "Ince Inebolu" has already been inspected by U.N. Verification, Inspection and Monitoring (UNVIM), a process to detect smuggling of weapons and explosives. The ship transported a cargo of Russian wheat for delivery in the port of Saleef.
On May 23, 2018, the "Benyjor" suffered an engine breakdown 10 miles north-northwest of Cabo de Peñas. The crew of four sent a distress call. The SAR ship "Salvamar Capella" (MMSI: 224040360), was deployed from its station in Avilés to assist the casualty. The "Benyjor" was safely taken in tow and pulled to the nearby port.