The Polish Foreign Ministry reported that the crew members of the 'Tonsberg', who were captured by the pirates on Dec 13, 2021, in the Gulf of Guinea, have been released on Jan 17, 2022. One Polish sailor who was among the hostages has already returned home.
After repairs of the 'Ahmet Onel', which had been stationary with an engine failure at Yalova since Nov 15, 2021, were too expensive, the ship has been sold to a scrap yard. The tug 'Yumurtalik' (IMO: 7531761), was contracted to tow the vessel from Yalova to Aliaga. The towage operation has commenced on Jan 18, 2022 with an ETA at Aliaga as of Jan 20. The convoy arrived off the scrap beach at 10.50 a.m.
A crew member of the 'Joseph Roty II' was medevaced in the morning of Jan 20 off Penmarc'h, due to a suspected Covid-19 infection. The 56-year-old man had to be airlifted as he suffered from respiratory problems. As medical teams ashore suspected a case of Covid-19, it was therefore necessary to equip the Caïman helicopter of the French Navy accordingly before launching the operation, coordinated by the CROSS Etel. Finally, around 6:20 a.m., the man was recovered about 130 km southwest of Penmarc'h. He was transported to the Quimper hospital, where he was taken care of at 7:15 a.m. The suspicion of Covid was then ruled out. Already on Jan 17, a crew member had to be medevaced by helicopter due to an injury.
The Central Port Authority of Piraeus was informed in the afternoon of Jan 19, 2022, by the Captain of the'Flying Dolphin Athina', that en route from the port of Piraeus to the ports of Aegina and Agistri, that there was an increase in exhaust gas temperature in the starboard side main engine. The ferry returned to the port of Piraeus, where the 25 passengers disembarked safely. They were forwarded to their destinations with the care of the ship owner. The ship was banned from sailing by the Port Authority, until the repair of the damage and the presentation of a certificate of class maintenance by the classification society that monitors it.
The 'Joe 1', en route from Balchik to Larnaca, suffered a technical failure and dropped anchor at Datca Bay on Jan 18, 2022. The crew started carrying out repairs at the anchorage in position 36 44 53 N, 027 44 14 E. The ship remained stationary as of Jan 19.
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The 'MFV Harvester' ran aground with three crew members on board off Padstow in position 50 32 44.4 N, 004 56 04.3 W, on Jan 19, 2022, at 05.50 a.m. The crew informed Padstow harbour, and the 'Amber Mabel' was tasked to refloat the ship. The MRCC Falmouth was co-ordinating with the MCA Counter pollution and Salvage, Survey and Enforcement. The Padstow Lifeboat was tasked to stand by the vessel, and an Oil Spill Kit was deployed. Subsequently, the ship was successfully towed off and taken to Padstow, where it was inspected by Padstow Harbour Master with no signs of pollution and the hull integrity being intact. At 6.45 a.m. the operation was concluded.
Emergency services were alerted to the sudden death on board the 'Sakizaya Integrity' on Jan 18, 2022. Police were taken by Stornoway Lifeboat to the vessel, which was en route from Belfast to Murmanski. As it was within British waters it was required to divert to a UK port for the death of the 32-year-old Chinese national to be registered and investigated. Stornoway was the closest destination, but the ship was too large for the harbour and was instead anchored at Broad Bay. The lifeboat returned the police and the body back to Stornoway. A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal, but there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.
The 'Geo Barents' rescued 87 migrants from an overcrowded rubber boat in the Central Mediterranean in the morning of Jan 19. They were coming from Libay. Among the boat people were two toddlers. The rescue ship had sailed from Augusta on Jan 11.
The 'Spectrum of the Seas', which had been sailing on short ‘staycations’ from Hong Kong for several months, has cancelled the scheduled cruises on Jan 6, 9, 12, 14, and 17, 2022. Following the decision from the Hong Kong government to ban cruises for an additional 14 days from the city, Royal Caribbean has cancelled all cruises for the ship in January.
The 'Straits Energy', which had suffered engine trouble and anchored on the Bisan Seto East Traffic Route on Dec 21, 2021, left the anchorage again on Jan 1, 2022, at 10.30 p.m. The tanker arrived at the Yosu Anchorage on Jan 7. On Jan 8 it berthed in Busan.
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The 'Filicudi M', which had been disabled by a fire in the engine room in pos 37 22 43 N, 012 32 17 E on Nov 26, 2021, was taken in tow by the tug 'Megrez' (IMO: 9334911), from Augusta to Messina. The towage operation commenced on Jan 14, and the convoy arrived at Messina on Jan 19 at 10 a.m. and drydocked at the Palumbo S.P.A.
An international oil trafficking ring was believed to be hiding behind the case of the 'Eirini 1', which, although banned from sailing from the port of Rhodes island on Dec 8, 2021, escaped to Turkey. A control report prepared by customs authorities showed strong indications that the ship, before sailing to Rhodes, had loaded oil at the port of Zuwarah. It was estimated to have approached the Libyan coast between Nov 22 and 24 during which time the ship had deactivated its AIS. The investigation into the shipowner and leasing company of the ship led to a businessman based in Lasithi, who is active, among others, in the wholesale fuel trade. The tanker sailed to Rhodes on Nov 30, ostensibly to procure spare parts. However, an inspection revealed that all eight cargo tanks contained more oil than the allowed limit. The shipping documents presented to the customs inspectors by the captain showed that the oil was loaded near Palma de Mallorca by the 'Anuket Sapphire', which, however, never approached the area of Gibraltar as it operates exclusively in Latin America.
After having been damaged heavily in a collision in July 2021, the 'Manthanique S' has been shifted from a local shipyard at Maasbracht/Limburg, to be broken up in January 2022 at the Auto- en Scheepssloperij Treffers BV in Haarlem. Photos: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=3383595 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=3383597
Aboard the 'Martha Black' an electrical fire broke out in the wheelhouse ceiling in position 47 58 12 N, 069 41 48 W, about eight nautical miles West-Northwest of Cacouna, Quebec, on Jan 17, 2022, at 4.50 p.m. The crew was able to extinguish the fire, and no injuries were reported.
In the night of Jan 19, 2021, a fire broke out aboard the 'Royal Jade' at Karachi port. The ship with 57.750 tons of wheat as cargo had arrived from Novorossiysk on Jan 18 at 10.30 p.m. Barrels with carbide on cargo deck caught fire. Karachi Port firefighters responded to douse the fire, more fire brigade vehicles were put on standby. In the morning of Jan 20 the fire was extinguished. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45g_SgZjaoc
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