90 miles northwest of Brest, a 70-year-old English single-hand-sailor got in difficulties in the night of Jan 23, 2020, aboard his 8,5-meter sailboat when being injured when his ship was dismasted. The man has no more means of radio communication. Luckily, the brdige watch 'Maersk Nienburg', coming from Bremerhaven, remarked his distress light signals west of the Ouessant Traffic Separation System At 9 p.m. the CROSS Corsen which had already organized the rescue of two sailors whose sailboat sank off the Pointe du Raz in the afternoon, was alerted and coordinates the rescue operation. Despite wind force the container ship managed to recover the British sailor at 10.20 p.m. The ship was then asked to approach the French coast. At the same time, the SNSM station Conquet was alerted and deployed the lifeboat 'SNS 151 - La Louve' to rendezvous with the freighter 10 miles off the coast. On Jan 24 at 6 a.m. he was transferred aboard the lifeboat 'La Louve' which took him back to shore at Le Conquet, where the injured was taken care of and transported to the Cavale Blanche hospital in Brest. The 'Maersk Nienburg meanwhile had resumed its voyage, heading south-west. The damaged sailboat remained adrift in the sea, and an urgent notice to mariners (AVURNAV) was issued to reinforce the watch. The last known position of the boat was 48.52 N 06.46 W with navigational lights on. French report with photos: https://voilesetvoiliers.ouest-france.fr/securite-en-mer/naufrage/blesse-a-90-milles-de-brest-un-marin-solitaire-de-70-ans-sauve-de-nuit-par-un-porte-conteneurs-9baf2740-3eaa-11ea-9684-70194a6e810b
On Jan 12, 2020, at 8.40 a.m. he 'Seaways Skopelos' suffered main engine issues in Vancouver, British Columbia, in position 49 18 18.6 N, 123 06 48.6 W. The vessel proceeded to anchorage X in Vancouver Harbour for repairs. It left the port again on Jan 13 at 8 a.m., headed to Crockett, where it arrived on Jan 16 aroudn 6 p.m.
On Jan 24, 2020, a medical evacuation was requested by the 'Polar King' which was located in the Menorca Canal. Salvamento Marítimo deplyed the 'Salvamar Aldebarán' which took the patient off and transferred him to the port of Ciutadella, where he is taken to the hospital for further treatment.
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arrived Bhavnagar Anchorage 24.01.20
Salvage operations of the 'Vietsun Integrity' had yet to be completed. Officials from the Ministry of Transport on Jan 23 visited the incident site to check on the salvage workers and the progress of the removal of the shipwreck. They urged the crew to complete the salvage operations as soon as possible while ensuring the safety of the people and the environment. Salvors are cutting parts of vessel to remove the wreck from the Saigon - Vung Tau navigational channel.
On Jan 24, 2020, around 2 a.m. the "Nene Francine - St.315095' 27,52 gt, suffered water ingress and sank with a list to port in front of the Criée du Grau at the auction quay of the fishing port in Agde, while it was moored at the wharf. Sodéal agents intervened to secure the vessel to prevent any risk of pollution in particular. The superstructure remained partially above the water. An oil boom was laid out around the wreck. French reports with photo and video: https://www.herault-tribune.com/articles/209003/le-grau-d-agde-un-chalutier-victime-d-une-voie-d-eau-en-pleine-nuit/ https://www.midilibre.fr/2020/01/24/agde-un-chalutier-coule-devant-la-criee,8683932.php
After 13 months of inactivity, the 'F.-A.-Gauthier' will resume its service between Matane, Baie-Comeau and Godbout in the coming days. The ship headed to sea on Jan 20, 2020, for trials which were going well. On Jan 23, the ship made the round trip Matane-Baie-Comeau. On Jan 24 it sailed between Matane and Godbout. On Jan 23, the preparation of the crew for the operationalization stage started, and the last tests and mechanical adjustments were effected. The captains will also be re-acquainted with the orders and docking in our various infrastructures. There were several safety tests and exercises to do and also everything relating to customer service such as checkouts, computer system, food service, etc. to be tested. Experts from Europe to identify problems with the electric motors who were working for General Electric were still on board the ferry. The 'Le Vacancier', which has actually been acting as a relief vessel, will make its last crossing on Jan 25. The next day, she will leave for his home port of Cap-aux-Meules in the Magdalen Islands. If be F.-A.-Gauthier will not be able to take over service on Jan 26, the state-owned ferry company STQ will bring back the 'Saaremaa', which is currently moored at the port of Trois-Rivières. The service will be offered continuously and without interruption. In addition, the STQ continues to offer air links between the airports of Mont-Joli, Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles until Jan 31.
The situation of the 'Reem 5' further deteriorated after being abandoned by its crew. The aspahlt tanker was drifting in western direction on Jan 23 partially submerged in pos. 22 19 00N 65 03 00 E. Due to the engine room flooding the vessel finally sank in pos. 22 19 20 N, 065 06 36 E on Jan 24. The Indian Coastguard had continued to monitor the status of the vessel, failing to contact its operator, the Aurum Ship Management of the United Arab Emirates. Also the 'Ganga K' had waited to monitor the condition of the asphalt tanker, before taking the rescued 13 crew members to Mumbai. The 'Reem 5' had been detained in Oman in June 2019 due to a problem with ship certificates.
Beached at Aliaga 24.01.20
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The 'Sei Deli III' was detained in the waters off Batam in Indonesia, on Jan 20, 2020. The vessel was caught allegedly selling oil illegally to a Singapore-flagged vessel. An investigation was ongoing.
After the engine room fire aboard the 'Northern Jupiter' in the Malacca Strait General Average has been declarred. After the fire was extinguished, the vessel towed back to Singapore on Jan 9 following a class survey and approval from the Malaysian authorities. She arrived back in Singapore on Jan 14 and underwent a detailed inspection to assess damage to the vessel and its cargo. The owner, the VC N Jupiter Shipping from Hamburg, declared General Average on Jan 17. The vessel remained at anchor in Singapore. The owners have appointed Stichling Hahn Hilbrich (Hamburg & London) as Average Adjusters. They will be arranging for the collection of General Average securities from parties concerned in cargo, containers and bunkers. The shipping line recommended customers to inform their cargo insurers of the development as soon as possible.
A Latvian crew member of the 'Margriet - KW36' and another man were injured in the evening of Jan 23, 2020, about nine nautical miles off the coast of IJmuiden when he was hit by fishing nets on board. A KNRM boat was alerted by the Coast Guard around 6.30 p.m. While the cutter set course for IJmuiden, the KRNM lifeboat headed towards the cutter. Once on board it turned out that one of the crew members had trouble breathing and had trouble with his ribs after the gear had hit him. Another man had a head injury and a broken arm. After arriving in the fishing port of IJmuiden at 7.45 p.m., he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. His colleague was checked, but did not have to go to the hospital and was allowed to stay on board. Dutch reports with photos: https://www.nhnieuws.nl/nieuws/260627/visser-gewond-bij-ongeluk-aan-boord-kotter-voor-kust-ijmuiden https://www.noordhollandsdagblad.nl/cnt/dmf20200123_90551834/veel-hulpdiensten-ingezet-voor-gewonde-op-viskotter?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic
More than 2,5 years after its collision with the ferry 'Finnsky' on the Warnow on Aug 12, 2017, the 'Stettin' finally entered the Norder Yard in Hamburg on Jan 24, 2020, at 7 p.m. for permanent repairs. Drydocking had been planned for this day, but dense fog prevented the ice breaker from being shifted there, so the planned dock date was now on Jan 27. The repairs were expected to take eight weeks. The starboard side of the ship had been sliced on a length of two meters at starboard side, luckily above the water line. The breach had only been patched with a steel plate which had been welded onto the hull. Now it is to be restored in original condition with rivets. At this opportunity the hull will also be painted and general maintenance be carried out. The repairs costs were expected to take be about one million Euros. During the Port Birthday in Hamburg in May the 'Stettin' will offer tours again from its berth in Hamburg-Övelgönne.
The 'Jolanta', en route from Newport to Belfast with 11 crew members on board, suffered a leaking coolant pipe 13 miles northwest of Saint Davids Head in position 51 57 18.6 N, 005 38 18.0 W, on Jan 23, 2020 at 3.10 p.m. The crew carried out repairs, and the ship resumed its voyage at 8.40 p.m. Ir arrived at the Sinclair Wharf in Belfast on Jan 24 at 3 p.m.
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Beached at Chittagong 24.01.20
The 'Mehran 77' sank in position 25 28 22.8 N, 55 24 55.8 E, near the Ajman pilot station in the waters of the United Arab Emirates on Jan 20, 2020. The reason for the sinking was unknown. Pakistan issued a Navigational Warning after the accident.
On Jan 24, 2020, the 'Pasió Per Formentera' suffered engine trouble and was forced to suspend the sailings between Ceuta and Algeciras at 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. The booked passengers were relocated to the next sailing of a ship of the company which was the ‘Avemar Dos’ that left the port of Ceuta at 7:30 a.m., arriving in Algeciras at around 8:30 a.m. After the technical failure was rectified, the ‘Passió Per Formentera’ was operational again on the scheduled trip at 10:45 a.m. from Ceuta.