In stormy weather the "Hao Xiang 19" (IMO-No.: 884904) ran aground on a reef off Luxi island, east of Wenzhou in the Zhejiang province, on Sep 25, 2018, at 3 a.m. The ship loaded with steel and with 13 crew members on board, was en route from Taizhou to Wenzhou. SAR ships were sent to assist. The ship developed heavy starboard list caused by hold flooding. Two of the crew managed to abandon ship ina life raft, the rest were trapped on board because all life boats and rafts were were not accessible. By 05.30 a.m. SAR boats managed to take all remaining 11 crew members off the ship, later the two men were recovered from the life raft. The ship capsized.
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The ferry "Blue Horizon" was in collision with the "Blue Galaxy" at the port of Piraeus in the night of Sep 24, 2018, during the departure. The ferry with 493 passengers on board was destined for Heraklion, and the "Blue Galaxy" with 603 passengers was headed to Chania. The stern of the "Blue Horizon" touched the starboard side of the "Blue Galaxy"'s bow and created a small dent. The "Blue Horizon" suffered superficial damage to the port side of the aft. Both ships were detained until they were inspected by the attending classification society and received a certificate of airworthiness within about one hour. The "Blue Galaxy" left the port of Piraeus at 10.30 p.m. bound to Souda, the "Blue Horizon" sailed at 10.40 p.m. and berthed in Heraklion on Sep 25 at 8 a.m.
At Least 42 Drowned in Lake Victoria Ferry Sinking, Officials Say Death Toll Could Top 200
DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 20 (Reuters) – At least 42 people drowned when a ferry sank on Thursday in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria and government officials feared the final death toll could be more than 200, a senior local official said.
Ukerewe District Commissioner Colonel Lucas Magembe told Reuters that the rescue mission to find survivors from the disaster had been halted until dawn on Friday with 42 people confirmed dead.
Initial estimates showed that the MV Nyerere was carrying more than 300 people onboard. It went down in the afternoon just a few meters from the dock in Ukerewe district, according to national ferry services operator TEMESA said.
But it was hard to establish the precise number of passengers on board since the person dispensing tickets had also drowned with the machine recording the data lost.
Earthquake of magnitude 5.8, strucks Western Province of Solomon Islands
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.