Enroute from Hamburg, where she had sailed on Jan 10, 2017, to Antwerp, ETA Jan 12, the "Red Cedar" lost 15 containers in the North Sea near Texel in the afternoon of Jan 11 as a result of the hard north-westerly wind. They were loaded with corn. At least two containers were spotted by a helicopter bfore the darkness fell. The patrol ship "Guardian" was deployed to try to locate other containers. The Coast Guard warned maritime traffic to be careful adn keep an eye on the drifting containers.
Holland America Line Launches Commuter 'Ships' at Seattle Port
Holland America Line launched three new commuter “ships” Monday, Jan. 9, that will run on the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle. The trains, which are wrapped to resemble Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will cruise the tracks through April 2017, when the summer cruise season to Alaska begins from the Port of Seattle.
A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the University of Washington Station, with Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford and Honorary “Captain” Miles Lamb, an 11-year-old cancer survivor and patient of Seattle Children’s Hospital — a local nonprofit partner of the cruise line. During the ceremony Holland America Line presented a $5,000 check to Strong Against Cancer, an effort to gain funding for a cancer immunotherapy treatment being developed at Seattle Children’s Hospital with support from volunteer team captain Russell Wilson. www.maritimeprofe...
The crew of 26 of the "Chong Gen" was rescued from lifeboats by a boat of the Nagasaki Coast Guard Department after their vessel capsized and sank 30 miles southwest of Fukue Island, Goto Islands, Nagasaki Prefecture, in the East China Sea. The ship had issued a distress signal on Jan 11, 2017, at 4.55 p.m. reporting water ingress and the danger of sinking. A patrol boat of the 7th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Kitakyushu city approached the distressed vessel, which was anchored, and initially found no immediate danger of sinking. The vessel developed an increasing list to starboard side and went down by the bow until it finally rolled over just before dawn 27 kilometers from the shore. It sank on Dec 12 at 5.45 a.m. The "Chong Gen" was carrying a cargo of 5720 tons rice from the North Korean port of Nampo on the west coast to Wonsan in the east, which meant getting around the Korean peninsula by the south. The fate of the 26 unharmed North Koreans remained undetermined, as Japan does not have diplomatic relations with Pyongyang.
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A fire broke out on the "Deepsea Atlantic" which was working for Statoil at the Johan Sverdrup field around 140 kilometers west of Stavanger on Jan 4, 2017, just before 6 a.m. Flames were observed flames in the service loop in the derrick of the rig. The crew were mustered according to the instructions at such events. After the fire was first extinguished, it flared up again. After about an hour the situation was under control. The rig not drilled when the incident took place. The case was reported to the Petroleumstylsnet and will be followed up by Statoil and Odfjell Drilling. The field is under development and production was started by the semi submersible rig, which is being operated by Odfjell Drilling, in November 2016.
Salvors were readying a more powerful tug to refloat the "Acra 1" now after the failed attempt to dislodge the tanker on Jan 10. The bid to refloat and tow the "Arca 1" resulted in only minor movements towards deeper water. The tow was called off shortly after high tide, and it was determined the larger tug "Tim McKeil" would be required.
The company had hoped that by pumping out the 300 tonnes of ballast water from the tanker, it would have permitted a smaller tug to pull the vessel off the sand north of Sydney Mines. However, difficulties breaking through half a metre of ice to install portable pumps to remove ballast water caused slowdowns, and it turned out additional portable pumps will be needed to fully empty the tanks between low and high tides. Only about half of the ballast water was pumped off in the first attempt. The firm remained optimistic the tanker could be moved in a few days, but it will require bringing in additional steel wire and floating rope because the more powerful tug must stay about a kilometre away from the grounded vessel which was sitting in just 60 centimetres of water. There will be challenges in setting up the next towing effort, including worsening weather and the freezing of ballast water.
Tests will also be needed to ensure the force of the tow doesn't rip off the connection points to the tanker. The precise timing of the next attempt to move the ship will depend on daily forecasts and wind speeds, and the Canadian Coast Guard must approve the plan.
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In the afternoon of Jan 11, 2017, the rescuers of the SNSM station Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains were alerted to the "Corviglia" to carry out the medical evacuation of a Ukrainian seafarer suffering aboard the ship. He was taken to the Port of Rivière des Galets.
On Jan 4, 2017, the CROSS Réunion was advised that a French crew member of the "Cap Horn 1" had to be evacuated to the island of Kerguelen in order to be taken over by the base doctor. The Kerguelen base has a medical team that can intervene in case of emergency. He was disembarked onto the the research vessel "La Curieuse", and it would take about a dozen days to get there, depending on weather conditions. In order to secure the medical evacuation, the deputy physician of the Base of Port-aux-Français will also be embarked and will be repatriated later by the first available means.