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 Eleni  (Bulk Carrier)
287 days ago by Timsen

Bulkcarrier sank boxship off Vung Tau
Following the collision of the "Eleni" with the "Heung-A Dragon" the latter ship sank and came to rest with a strong list to port. Several of the on the whole containers fell over the side of the ship which remained above water only with a small part of its starboard side off Phu My in the Tan Thanh District. The container ship was underway from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City. The crew, 12 sailors from South Korea and seven from Myanmar, were saved from the sea by rescuers from Ba Ria and Vung Tau. They were accomodated in a guest house of the Border Squadron 2 in Vung Tau The lost containers were drifting towards the Phuoc Province in the Long Dien District and Gio in Ho Chi Minh City. 16 containers were recovered on Nov 8 at 9 a.m. by the Coastguard and port authorities. The "Eleni" was detained for investigations. Vietnames reports with photos and video: www.baomoi.com/2-... www.thanhnien.com... www.baomoi.com/Ph... vtc.vn/2-459956/x...

 Heunga Dragon  (Container Ship)
287 days ago by Timsen

Container recovery started after boxship sank
Following the collision of the Marshall Islands-flagged bulkcarrier "Elani" with the "Heung-A Dragon" the latter ship sank and came to rest with a strong list to port. Several of the on the whole containers fell over the side of the ship which remained above water only with a small part of its starboard side off Phu My in the Tan Thanh District. The container ship was underway from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City. The crew, 12 sailors from South Korea and seven from Myanmar, were saved from the sea by rescuers from Ba Ria and Vung Tau. They were accomodated in a guest house of the Border Squadron 2 in Vung Tau The lost containers were drifting towards the Phuoc Province in the Long Dien District and Gio in Ho Chi Minh City. 16 containers were recovered on Nov 8 at 9 a.m. by the Coastguard and port authorities. The "Eleni" was detained for investigations. Vietnamese reports with photos and video: www.baomoi.com/2-... www.thanhnien.com... www.baomoi.com/Ph... vtc.vn/2-459956/x... tuoitre.vn/Chinh-...

 Aratere  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
287 days ago by Timsen

Aratere may be sidelined for nine months
Replacing a propeller which fell off the "Aratere" could take up to nine months. Interislander were trying to identify the location of the propeller in a bid to recover it. Furthermore, it would be very helpful in understanding the nature of the failure of the propeller whch was worth around $200,000. KiwiRail wouldn't have any confirmation on costs of recovery until the propeller's location was identified. The recovery cost would then be weighed against the cost of a new one. Producing and delivering a new propeller would take around nine months, so it was unknown how long Aratere would be out of service, and a temporary replacement ship was being considered. More than 500 passengers due to sail on the "Aratere" had their bookings shifted and hundreds more were believed to have cancelled theirs. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission started investigating the incident.

 Tustumena  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
287 days ago by Timsen

Tustumena sailing cancelled after bow thruster failure
On Nov 7, 2013, the "Tustumena" had to cancel a sailing to Seldovia due to a faulty bow thruster.´An electrical panel that operated the bow thruster failed, but the ferry crew expected to be able to fix the problem without further service disruption. The captain made the decision not to go to Seldovia without the bow thruster due to the inclement weather, as the wind was too severe for the vessel to safely dock and depart the port. The "Tustumena" was scheduled to depart for Homer from Kodiak Island in the evening after winds there calm down.

 Princess Of Acadia  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
287 days ago by Timsen

Grounding at Digby Terminal
On Nov 7, 2013, at noon, the "Princess of Acadia" suffered an engine failure when passing through Digby Gut as the ferry was about to dock at the Digby terminal. The south wind pushed the disbled ship onto a rocky beach about 200 or 300 metres off the terminal. The crew called the passengers into one lounge to count them all and told them a generator had stopped working and without electricity the ferry was not able to steer. The passengers were all offered lunch on board and were given full refunds. The rising tide floated the vessel about 1:15 p.m. The ship dropped anchor in the deeper water of the channel and a small tug kept the ferry in position. At about 2:15 p.m. the ferry lifted her anchors and moved towards the wharf where she docked at 2:25 p.m. None of the 63 passengers aboard and the 30 crew members were harmed. Bay Ferries has cancelled the scheduled 9 a.m. run from Saint John to Digby on Nov 8 while they continued to inspect the ship. The ferry would only resume service when it is clear there was no underwater damage and that all systems were operating properly. Divers went under the ship after she docked to check for any damage or punctures but reported no damage. Report with photos: www.digbycourier....

 Epsilon  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
287 days ago by arnekiel

Irish Ferries to introduce new ferry 'Epsilon' on its Dublin to Holyhead route
Irish Ferries is to increase its capacity and frequency on the Dublin to Holyhead route through the introduction of a third ship in December 2013. Currently, the ferry company operates eight sailings per day on the key Irish Sea route using its flagship Ulysses and the High Speed Craft Jonathan Swift Irish Ferries has chartered the Epsilon ( 2011 built ) to supplement its existing Ireland to Britain services. The ship will provide two additional departures per day in each direction which will result in an increase in the company’s schedule to a maximum of twelve sailings between Dublin and Holyhead each day. The recently built vessel will provide significant vehicle capacity along with modern facilities on board including cabins, bar/cafeteria and self-service restaurant. Targeting the growing Freight and Tourism markets, the Epsilon will further improve Irish Ferries’ range of offers to its customers on the Irish Sea. In addition to the improved frequency on its Dublin to Holyhead route, the chartered vessel will also provide opportunities for improved annual dry-dock cover within the company’s fleet along with scope for increased capacity on other Irish Ferries’ Irish Sea and Ireland to France services. Details of the new schedule will be confirmed shortly.

 Shah Deniz  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Crude Oil Tanker)
287 days ago by arnekiel

US Coast Guard District of Miami awards the crew of Shah Deniz
Commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District of Miami (Florida, USA) Rear Admiral J.H.Korn has sent his sincere appreciation to Aleksey Pchelintsev, Captain of M/V Shah Deniz (Palmali Group) for the assistance to the crewmembers of the Sailing Ship Moon Shadow in saving a person, Palmali Group says. On the afternoon of June 24, 2013, the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) Miami received a report through Coast Guard Sector Miami of the S/V Moon Shadow, who reported a person on board had jumped overboard 11 nautical miles west of Cat Cay, Bahamas. The S/V Moon Shadow reported the person would not take life saving devices and was unwilling to re-embark the sailing vessel due to a domestic dispute.

 Heunga Dragon  (Container Ship)
287 days ago by arnekiel

Collision of container ship Heung A Dragon and cargo ship Elani off Vung Tau City
A collision between two cargo ships occurred off Vung Tau City late Thursday, causing 15 containers and 19 crewmembers to fall into the sea. These sailors were rescued and taken ashore safely, authorities reported. The incident happened at 10:30 pm in the water at Buoy No 2 off of Vung Tau. It involved the container ship Heung- A Dragon, of South Korea nationality, and the cargo ship Elani, of Majuro nationality. After the collision, Heung- A Dragon sank to the left side, causing 19 sailors and 15 containers to fall into the sea, while the other ship suffered damage to its prow. Both ships used life buoys to rescue all the crewmembers and sent SOS messages. After being informed of the incident, the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center sent rescuers to the scene and brought all crewmembers of both boats safely ashore. More at tuoitrenews.vn/so...

 Arctic Sunrise  (Service Ship > Research Vessel)
287 days ago by arnekiel

Greenpeace activists to face additional charges
Russian is to press additional charges against several Greenpeace activists who were arrested for a protest at the country's first offshore Arctic oil rig, investigators said on Thursday, Nov. 7. Russia has drawn international criticism over the arrest and subsequent treatment of the 30 people on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise when activists tried to scale the Gazprom-owned Prirazlomnaya oil platform. Russian investigators initially charged all 30 with piracy but said last month they were changing the charge to hooliganism, cutting the maximum jail sentence they face to seven years from 15 years. But Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for a state investigative team which reports directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said some of the activists, in addition to being charged with hooliganism, will face charges of resisting law officers, which would carry a maximum five year-prison sentence. More at www.turkishweekly...

 OOCL Southampton  (Container Ship)
287 days ago by odinfm

m/v Hang Sheng 18 sank after collision with boxship OOCL Southampton off Hong Kong
Boxship OOCL Southampton collided with Chinese cargo vessel near Hong Kong some 6 miles off the coast in the morning Nov 5 13. Chinese vessel, presumably under the name of Hang Sheng 18, sank after collision, 12 crew rescued by vessels in the vicinity. Oil stain of some 2000 by 100 meters reported spotted in the area, believed to be oil leaking from Hang Sheng 18. OOCL Southampton proceeded to Lamma Anchorage. Vessel left Hong Kong on Nov 6 bound for Singapore.


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