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In the evening of May 7, 2019, the "Stella Polaris-SD 28“, 42 gt, suffered a water ingress in the Northsea seven miles north of Wangerooge island and was threatened to sink. The ship was located on the New Weser Roads. The German fregate "Nordrhein-Westfalen“ responded and sent a boarding team to support the fishermen in tackling the water ingress. The lifeboat "Hermann Marwede" of the DGzRS station Heligoland followed with powerful dewatering pumps which managed to cope the flooding. Jointly with the Navy forces the ship could be kept afloat. Other vessels in the vicinity as well as the lifeboat "Hermann Rudolf Meyer" of the DGzRS station Bremerhaven were on standby during the SAR operation. The "Stella Polaris" was then taken alongside the "Hermann Marwede" and slowly moved to the port of Wilhelmshaven. The crew of two remained on board, the electric supply on board was kept running by the lifeboat. The "Hermann Rudolf Meyer" and the multi purpose ship "Neuwerk" of the shipping authority in Cuxhaven escorted the ships. The other good samaritans could be released then. On May 8 at 2 a.m. the convoy reached Wilhelmshaven where the "Stella Polaris" was berthed at the Hannover Quay. The water police Wilhelmshaven launched an investigation. German reports with photos: https://www.seenotretter.de/aktuelles/seenotfaelle/ansicht/news/seenotretter-und-marine-bewahren-buesumer-fischkutter-vor-dem-sinken-beide-fischer-wohlauf-kutter/ https://www.wzonline.de/nachrichten/newsdetails-top-thema/artikel/kutter-havariert-fregatte-hilft-bei-seenotrettung.html
angladesh Meteorological Department has issued marine warning, today, Sept. 20,2018. It asked the Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox?s Bazar, Mongla and Payra to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No.3, as the depression over East-central Bay and adjoining area moved west north-westwards and lies over the west-central Bay and adjoining area. It was centred at 0900 hrs, about 700 kilometres southwest of Chittagong port, 655 kilometres southwest of Cox?s Bazar port, 580 kilometres south-southwest of Mongla port and 575 kilometres south-southwest of Payra port. It is likely to intensify further and move in a northwestern direction. Under its influence steep pressure gradient persists over North Bay and adjoining area. Maximum sustained wind speed within 44 kilometres of the depression centre is about 40 kilometres per hour rising to 50 kilometres per hour in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain moderate near the depression centre. Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh. All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Astoria made history during her inaugural visit to Poole this summer when she also became the largest ship to dock at the UK port’s new cruise berth since it opened in May 2018. The 160-metre-long Astoria berthed at the new £10 million deep-water South Quay, which can accommodate 220-metre-long ships and is said to be one of the largest port developments on the UK’s south coast in recent years.
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The US Coast Guard rescued five fishermen from a life raft on May 7, 2019, after they were forced to abandon the "Masonic" which was taking on water southeast of Sitka. The Coast Guard Juneau Command Center watchstanders monitoring Channel 16 heard “Mayday, vessel Masonic going down,” at approximately 2:33 a.m. Watchstanders located the vessel’s last position south of Cape Decision via their automatic identification system (AIS) after attempts to raise the caller on the radio were unsuccessful. Sector Juneau watchstanders requested the launch of the Sitka helicopter crew and the Petersburg-based Coast Guard Cutter "Anacapa" to the area, and issued an urgent marine information broadcast. The cruise ship "Oosterdam" responded to the UMIB to offer assistance. Loading Ad An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka located the life raft on the north side of Coronation Island at approximately 4 a.m., with all five people aboard wearing cold weather survival suits. The life raft was tied off to the stern of the grounded fishing vessel. The helicopter hoisted all five fishermen and brought them to Sitka. The "Masonic" had requested and received a commercial fishing vessel dockside examination prior to departing on this fishing trip. A Sitka-based Coast Guard commercial fishing safety specialist examined the vessel and its equipment, including verifying the presence of emergency gear. The crew had conducted an abandon ship drill the day before the exam, including donning the survival suits. Pollution responders from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka were monitoring the area for any indications of pollution from the grounded vessel. The cause of the incident was under investigation. Report with video: https://mustreadalaska.com/coast-guard-rescues-five-near-coronation-island-in-southeast/
London, Sep 19 -- A press report, dated today, states: An earthquake of magnitude 5.8, struck the Western Province of Solomon Islands, just before midnight, local time, on Sep 18. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake's epicentre was located at a depth of 10 kilometres, about 48 kilometres east-southeast of the provincial capital Gizo. No Tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre. There are no official reports of damages, as of now.
Saga Cruises’ first newbuild boutique cruise ship is to be christened during a ceremony at the Port of Dover, UK on 5 July 2019. Spirit of Discovery will be the first vessel to be named at Dover in more than a decade, which will also make her the first to be christened at Dover Western Docks following a £250 million (US$330 million) redevelopment. “As the place that Saga’s first cruise ship set sail from more than 20 years ago, Dover was ‘the natural choice,” said Nigel Blanks, Saga’s COO.
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A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a 28-year-old man who was injured aboard the "High Progress" off the coast of San Francisco in the morning ofMay 7, 2019. At approximately 2:20 p.m. Coast Guard watchstanders received an email from the tanker about a member who reportedly fell and suffered a neck injury. Due to aircraft limitations, a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew could not immediately be dispatched to recover the injured man. Watchstanders monitored the man’s condition while the oil tanker continued its course towards San Francisco. At approximately 4:20 a.m., the Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene approximately 65 miles off the coast of San Francisco, hoisted the man and transported him to Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto.
All four of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ocean ships met in Cádiz, Spain on 10 September, marking the second time in history that the entire ocean fleet has been in the same place at the same time. Following on from the first four-ship meet in Bergen, Norway in July 2015, the Captains in Cádiz event saw Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch sailed into the Spanish port just before 8am. Their 4,000 guests were welcomed by the Los Sones de Cádiz band. Planned in collaboration with Cádiz Port Authority and various Cádiz and Andalusian tourism partners, the event enabled guests to tour the ships, participate in a ‘Siege of Cádiz’ themed treasure hunt, watch performances by live bands and Flamenco dancers, sample local produce and local sherry, and watch the crew competing in an inter-ship Tug of War competition. The celebration also enabled the fleet’s eight ship masters to meet up with one another and key executives, including the company’s chairman Fred Olsen
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It's as much a sign of the changing seasons as the yellow leaves and bulky jackets: The last cruise ship of the year, in Anchorage, docked Monday morning and will leave about 10 p.m. the same night. The cruise industry as a whole is one of the bright economic spots in what has been a less-than-exciting past few years. "It is doing very, very well. The demand has stayed," Ralph Samuels, vice president of external relations for Holland America Line, said. According to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation's 3-year outlook, growth in cruise passenger traffic this year and next will pump another $100 million into the Alaska economy, and push total summer visitor spending to well over $2 billion. Samuels calls this year a "record" and says next year will most likely be the same. "About 1.2 million, that will be a record year for cruise traffic this year," Samuels said, "next year will be probably 1.3 million. So it will be another record year." Samuels says that about 60 percent of the total traffic that arrives in Alaska gets here by ship. He says out of the other 40 percent, a quarter of those visitors have previously cruised to Alaska and have returned to the state on their own. "Alaska is a unique enough destination to be very different, but it is still affordable enough to go to," Samuels said.