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 Hyak  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
310 days ago by Timsen

Captain and second mate put on leave after collision
Washington State Ferries has relieved a captain and a second mate of their duties following the collision of the "Hyak" with the sailboat "Norma Rae" on Sep 13. The captain and second mate of the ferry have been placed on paid administrative leave. At the same time, the state has convened a Board of Inquiry to establish what went wrong. The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a parallel investigation. The ferry crew members were given breathalyzer tests and all passed after the "Hyak" docked safely. The Olympic Peninsula man whp was the only person aboard the 25-foot sailboat was hospitalized with unknown injuries, but discharged over the weekend. No one aboard the "Hyak" was hurt. The ferry returned to service on the San Juan Islands run later in the day.

 Crown Princess  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
310 days ago by Timsen

Cruise ship saved more than 100 refugees
The "Crown Princess" on Sep 16, 2013, rescued more than 100 Syrian refugees from boat in the Mediterranean which was adrift and in danger of sinking. Medical teams on board the vessel were able to give emergency treatment to a heavily pregnant woman rescued from a rickety boat. The "Crown Princess", which was due back in Southampton on Sep 26, were able to give her immediate medical attention before she was lifted off the cruise ship into a helicopter hovering over the vessel’s deck. As soon as the helicopter touched down at a hospital in the Sicilian city of Catania the woman gave birth to a baby. The full-scale rescue operation swung into action when an unseaworthy boat, crammed with 44 children, 20 women and 94 men, was spotted about 100 miles off the coast of Sicily on Sep 16. An Italian naval aircraft then circled over the boat until a Coastguard cutter arrived on the scene and was able to transfer the refugees to two other naval ships and onward to the port of Syracuse. The "Crown Princess" had left Southampton earlier this month on Sep 9 on a voyage to the Mediterranean. Report with photos:

 Yara Gas 2  (Gas Tanker > Co2 Tanker)
310 days ago by BerndU

sold to breakers
sold to Orla’s Product Forretning of Frederikshavn for breaking 09/2013

 Scan Fjord  (General Cargo Ship)
310 days ago by Timsen

Scan Fjord listing in Trondheim
On Sep 16, 2013, the "Scan Fjord", which had come from Sandnes, suffered a leak and tilted in the port of Trondheim. The fire department was notified that the freighter took in water just before 10.30 p.m. At 11.45 p.m. the ship had a starboard list of 15 degrees. Half an hour later, the fire department reported that the Civil Defence was in place with two dewatering pumps and the water level was reduced by about half a meter. On Sep 17 at 12.45 a.m. it was announced that they pumped more water out than was flowing in. The water ingress was about 150 liters per minute, and the pump capacity was 1000 liters. The list was correccted and the leak patched. Also the fire boat "Anne Kathrine" attended. The ship had loaded about 52.5 tons of rebar steel in the night. The ship was about to leave the dock when the crew discovered the hole. The reason why the hull was holed was not known, but it seemed that a metal object pierced through the hull. Report with video and photos:

 Stena Polaris  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
310 days ago by arnekiel

Korean company Hyundai Glovis launches shipping service on North Pole sea route
The Swedish icebreaking tanker Stena Polaris set sail from the port of Ust-Luga on the Gulf of Finland in western Russia on Sunday, Sept. 15 carrying Korean cargo for Hyundai Glovis. The company is making use of a new Arctic Ocean route, becoming the first Korean shipper to send cargo through the North Pole. The ship is carrying 4,000 tons of naphtha to Korea. Using the Arctic route can cut the travel distance from Korea to northern European countries by 7-thousand kilometers and the duration of the journey by about 10 days compared to the time it takes using the conventional shipping route through the Indian Ocean and the Suez Canal. Video on

 Smart  (Bulk Carrier)
310 days ago by Timsen

Smart settling off Richards Bay
Only the hatches 1 and 2 of the foreship of the "Smart" actually remained above water with hold 3 open to the sea, a sorry sight off the beaches of Richards Bay. On standby was the Subtech Salvage tug "Reier", and the "Armada Condor", a Bumi Armada crane ship , which was fortuitously in the region for maintenance repairs when the bulkcarrier wrecked, and has been called in to assist with the salvage operation. Photo: www.shipspotting....

 Sima Sapphire  (Container Ship)
310 days ago by arnekiel

One dead, seven missing in boat collision with container ship
One Vietnamese fisherman died and seven others are still reported missing after a Vietnamese fishing boat collided with a Singapore container ship, the Sima Sapphire, on September 16. The collision occurred at 3am off Vung Tau City in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on September 16. After receiving news of the collision, Do Hong Thai, Deputy Chief of Vietnam Maritime Administration, arrived in Vung Tau City to direct search and rescue operations. According to him, the Sima Sapphire was departing from Cat Lai Port in Ho Chi Minh City for Malaysia when it collided with the fishing boat from the Mekong delta province of Tien Giang, about 50 nautical miles south of Vung Tau. The Administration ordered its subdivisions, including Vietnam Maritime Rescue Coordination Center for Zone 3 (Vung Tau MRCC) to mobilize forces to conduct search and rescue operations to search for victims of the collision. More to read at www.saigon-gpdail...

 Costa Concordia  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
310 days ago by Timsen

Costa Concordia on even keel
The "Costa Concordia" was resting on even keel on Sep 17 around 4 a.m. On Sep 16 at 5 p.m., the parbuckling process had been halfway through with just some hours delay. At 7 p.m. salvage leader Franco Gabrielli had informed the media about some problems with the pulling wires. Salvors had to board the wreck and clear some of them. At 7.30 p.m. the ship was moving again. In this phase, the list was reduced from 65 to 52 degrees. At 9.15 p.m. the next salvage phase started. By midnight, salvage workers were able to switch off the pulleys and open valves in the sponsons to allow water in at 1,000 cubic feet a minute, adding the necessary ballast to bring the ship down onto the platforms. At 2 a.m., when the hull was turned upright 35 degrees, the best point to right the ship was reached. The hull had contact with the platform, and the hull had to be turned 30 deegrees. At 3.12 a.m. the gutted bridge had emerged completely above the water. The stern was partially crunched.The starboard side was found to be very severely damaged. Now the salvors, which expressed surprise regarding the amount of damage, will have to calculate how to handle this. No pollutants escaped during the parbuckling operation. Report with photos and video:

 Costa Concordia  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
310 days ago by arnekiel

Stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia raised in ‘perfect operation’
There were celebrations in the dark as the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia was raised. The sight of the upright hull at just after four o’clock in the morning of Sept. 17 was greeted with celebrations by the locals on the island of Giglio and by the engineers who had raised her in a nineteen-hour salvage operation at a cost of more than 600 million euros. It was one of the most expensive and complex operations of its kind. Engineers confirmed there had been no problems ‘parbuckling’ or breaking the huge hulk away from the rocks. “It was a perfect operation, I would say, and from the environmental point of view I have to say there is no evidence so far of any impact to the environment,” confirmed Franco Porcellacchia vice-president of Carnival Corporation.

 Ruebezahl  (Other)
310 days ago by Timsen

Rübezahl temporarily sailing again
The "Rübezahl" was allowed to sail between Flaesheim and Hiddingsel until end of September inspite of the severe damage in the cabins which were completely gutted by the fire. The ship has a sand transport contract until then. The wheelhouse remained almost intact. The crew will be accomodated in the foreship. The further proceedings were, however, yet unsolve and depend on the estimations of the insurance regarding the remaining value of the ship.

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