Akacia underway from Kiel to Hamburg two weeks after allision
The "Akacia" was being towed to Hamburg on March 7, leaving Kiel at 8.35 a.m., being pulled by the SFK-tugs "Kiel" (IMO: 9405693) and "Stein (IMO: 9241243). The ship had been towed from the Voith Quay to Holtenau roads, turned around and then it was pulled back into the canal for its westbound voyage. Upon the arrival in Hamburg, ETA 11.45 p.m., first the container cargo will be unloaded on March 8 before the damage gets investigated and repaired in a shipyard. The cargo, which was destined for St. Petersburg, will be brought on the way to the East again on other ships.
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All contacts with the "Anis" were lost since the early morning of March 3, 2018, in position 14 37N 017 28E, about three miles off Dakar while the tanker was leaving port, bound for Aliaga. No other information, the tanker may be hijacked.
The US Coast Guard responded to the sinking of the "Nancy C" at mile marker 832 of Everett Lake near Dyersburg, Tennessee, on March 6, 2018. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report that the mtug of the Choctaw Transportation Company was in the process of building a tow at a fleeting area when it began taking on water.
While attempting to dewater the vessel, the two crew members aboard departed to retrieve another dewatering pump. Upon their return, the stern of the vessel had sunk.
Approximately 3.000 gallons of diesel were estimated to be on board. A boom has been deployed to contain release of oil. The cause of the incident was under investigation.
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Salvage efforts of the sand loaded "Betanzos" which grounded at the mouth of the river Tagus, off Lisbon, on March 6 at 1 a.m., had to be postponed at 8 p.m. The ship's anchor was hampering the salvage operations. At 6:20 p.m., at the peak of the tide, an attempt was made to tow the ship, which had recovered energy and propulsion, but the anchor was trapped in the bottom and could not be recovered despite the attempt of the tugs, with the aid of the ship. The tugs continued to try, but the tide was going out and it was decided to start a new attempt with the next flood on March 7 at 4.30 a.m. In the morning, the patrol boat "Ria Formosa" (MMSI: 263062001) was alongside the ship. At 7.45 a.m., the towing wire broke and had to be replaced, so the next attempt was scheduled for 6.40 p.m.
The 10 crew members, among them seven Gallegos, the captain and an officer from Asturias and a Canary, were safe on board. There was no danger to neither human lives, the ship nor to navigation. The crew was in permanent contact with the owner Navigasa.
A large scale fire broke out in the cargo of the "Maersk Honam" in the Arabian Sea at a distance of 570 kms from Agatti in the Lakshwadeep Islands on March 6 at 3.20 p.m. and has left four seafarers missing. She had sailed from Singapore on March 1, 2018, carrying 7,860 containers on a voyage to the Mediterranean, being deployed on the 2M Alliance AE11/Jade service that Maersk shares with MSC. Flames were raging from the main deck up to its bridge, a height of about 25 metres after an explosion. The crew sent out a distress call after firefighting efforts onboard were unsuccessful, and 23 out of 27 crew were successfully evacuated onto the "ALS Ceres", which arrived on the scene at 6.30 p.m. One of these, a Thai national, has since died from his injuries.
Several other ships in the area, including the "MSC Lauren", "Edith Maersk", "Gerd Maersk", "Maersk McKinney-Moller", "Seaspan Zambezi", "Navigator Centauri" and "Al Jasrah" have diverted to render assistance if required. The SAR operations were ongoing for the four crew members missing in the fire by rerouting other Maersk vessels, with assistance of vessels in the area – most notably the "ALS Ceres" that acted promptly upon the distress call – and the local authorities. The Indian Coast Guard and the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) were jointly carrying out the rescue operation. The Indian Coastguard sent its "Shoor" for further assistance. Boeing P8i was also launched to find missing crew members. The ICG planned to deploy its Dornier D-228 maritime reconnaissance aircraft from Agatti Island. The blazing vessel was currently 900 nm Southeast of Salalah, and the situation was described as “very critical” by Maersk. Two of the rescued crew members were receiving medical attention on the "ALS Ceres". The rescued seafarers were obviously distressed and the company was is the process of informing relatives of all crew members, offering crisis counselling for the seafarers signing-off and returning to their families. The nationalities of the 27 crew members were:India (13), among them the captain the Phillipines (9), Romania (1), South Africa (1), Thailand (2) and the United Kingdom (1).
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