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15.11.13 Brand a/b MS Edmy  
 

Om 23.20 uur op 12.11.13  ontving het Kustwachtcentrum Den Helder van het onder de vlag van de Cook Islands varende schip 'Edmy' dat het brand in de machinekamer had. Aan boord zijn 8 personen. Door het Kustwachtcentrum zijn de reddingboten van de KNRM-stations Stellendam, Neeltje Jans en Westkapelle gealarmeerd. Het schip bevindt zich nabij de Schouwenbank, 25 kilometer west van Schouwen Duiveland

foto©J.Oosterboer

 MS Edmy is met behulp van de sleepboten Multratug-4 en Texelbank in Rotterdam aangekomen. Rond het middaguur passeerde de sleep de havenhoofden en rond 15.00 uur in de Eemhaven gearriveerd. 

 
     
     
29.10.13 Zware aanvaring op Kielerkanaal, ms Siderfly maakt slagzij.   
  Bij een aanvaring op het Kielerkanaal tussen het ms Siderfly en het ms Coral Ivory heeft de Siderfly 45 graden slagzij gemaakt.
Het schip heeft twee gaten van drie bij vijf meter in de romp.  Bij de aanvaring kwam gasolie in het kanaal terecht. Er vielen geen gewonden.

De aanvaring gebeurde in de nacht van zondag op maandag ter hoogte van de Hochbrücke op het Kielerkanaal rond drie uur.
De Siderfly was onderweg van Brunsbüttel naar Antwerpen, de Coral Ivory van Brunsbüttel naar het Finse Uusikaupunki.


 Foto: Havariekommando 

Het ms Siderfly (100 x 14 meter) vaart onder de vlag van St. Vincent en heeft negen bemanningsleden uit de Oekraïne en Rusland aan boord. Het ms Coral Ivory (116m x 16 meter vaart onder de Nederlandse vlag en heeft een Nederlandse kapitein en negentien  bemanningsleden uit de Oekraïne en Rusland.


foto Michael Ruff

Hoe de schepen met elkaar in aanvaring konden komen, is nog niet bekend. Twee slepers houden de Siderfly stabiel.

General cargo vessel Siderfly, IMO 8412405, dwt 4380, built 1985, flag St. Vincent, manager EESTINOVA OU, Estonia.LPG tanker Coral Ivory, IMO 9207039, dwt 6875, built 2000, flag Netherlands, manager VEDER CHARTERING BV. 
Bron: Dagblad Transport- nieuwsbrief L. Kramer
 
     
21.10.13 Berging van vissersschip Petten 'op schema'  
 

Een snel einde aan de bergingsoperatie rond een vissersschip dat bij Petten aan de grond is gelopen, lijkt niet in zicht te zijn. ,,De voorbereidingen nemen veel tijd in beslag'', legde een woordvoerder van Rijkswaterstaat zaterdag uit. Het vaartuig moet uiterlijk dinsdag zijn weggesleept. 

Medewerkers van bergingsmaatschappij Mammoet zijn al wel begonnen aan de berging van het Belgische schip. Volgens Rijkswaterstaat liggen de bergers op schema: ,,Er zijn gaten gedicht en de olie is weggepompt'', stelde een woordvoerder. 

Een sleepboot ( Triton ) kan het schip alleen bij hoogwater vlot trekken. Dat lukte zaterdagmiddag niet, dus de eerste poging zal op de vroege zondagochtend zijn. Dan is het hoogwater tussen 3 en 5 uur. Het schip wordt na het vlottrekken naar Mammoet in Schiedam gesleept.

De bergingsoperatie trok zaterdag veel belangstellenden. Tientallen nieuwsgierige mensen sloegen de activiteiten rond het schip gade bij de strekdam in de Noordzee. Het schip Z75 Zeldenrust uit Zeebrugge was donderdag aan het vissen toen een net in de schroef terechtkwam waardoor het onbestuurbaar raakte. Het sloeg lek en strandde bij Petten. Bron: ANP / K. v Duyvenvoorde/ nieuwsbrief L.Kramer 

 
     
  Update: Kabel gebroken: kotter nog steeds niet vlotgetrokken (20.10.13)  
  Het zit de bergers van de Belgische kotter die voor de kust van Petten ligt niet mee. De hele dag werd er gewerkt om het schip vlot te trekken. Om 17.30 uur was het moment daar, maar toen knapte de kabel. Naar alle waarschijnlijkheid wordt er morgenochtend tussen 5.30 en 6.00 uur een nieuwe poging ondernomen. Dan is het weer hoogwater. Bron: RTV N-H  
     
27.08.13 Transfer of oil from mv Smart begins.  
 

A Mil Mi-8MTV heavylift helicopter which is assisting with the salvage work on board the Smart. Picture courtesy Gerard Griessel

The transfer of 1700 tons of heavy fuel oil and 130 tons of diesel from the shipwrecked bulker SMART (151,279-dwt, built 1996) got underway yesterday following the arrival of the necessary equipment including heavyweight pumps and a barge that was towed up from Durban.

With everything in place and expectations of relatively calm weather, the salvage team from Subtech Salvage were hoping to achieve a pump rate of between 30 and 40 tons an hour, which could mean four days to clear the ship of all fuels if pumping operations take place only in daylight.

The bulker went aground and broke her back last Monday as she was leaving the port of Richards Bay, laden with a full cargo of 148,000 tons of coal intended for China. It appears that her engines failed at the critical moment as the ship left the safety provided by the Richards Bay south breakwater and entered into 10 metre swells.

With no propulsion power available and a strong wind blowing off the sea, the giant ship was washed onto a sandbank adjacent to the harbour entrance and opposite the town’s main swimming beach. Once on the bank the ship’s back broke almost immediately, with the hull twisting to a 90° angle leaving the stern, with the engine compartment and accommodation block, suspended in the air.

Coal from at least one hold has spilled into the sea and efforts are being made to prevent pollution washing up on the Zululand coast and into its river mouths. This includes the entrance to the Richards Bay harbour. A boom has been laid surrounding the stricken ship.

The Durban-based Subtech tug TERAS HYDRA (486-gt, built 2009) which is in attendance at the casualty site. Picture by Gary Grenfell

 
     
 

Smit aan de slag bij gebroken bulkschip 'Smart'  

Bergingswerkers zijn dit weekend voor de kust van Richards Bay (Zuid-Afrika) begonnen olie te pompen uit het bulkschip ‘Smart’ dat daar een week geleden aan de grond liep en doormidden brak. 

Het Nederlandse bergingsbedrijf Smit heeft samen met de Zuid-Afrikaanse bedrijf onderneming opdracht gekregen om te voorkomen dat het scheepsongeval uitdraait op een milieuramp. Tot nu toe is er geen olielekkage geweest. 

De 'Smart', met aan boord een kleine 150.000 ton steenkool, liep vorige week maandag in zware weersomstandigheden aan de grond vlak nadat het schip de haven van Richards Bay (de grootste steenkoolhaven ter wereld) had verlaten, op weg naar China. Het bulkvaartuig brak vervolgens, net als eerder deze zomer gebeurde met het containerschip 'MOL Comfort', doormidden. De scheepsbemanning kon veilig van boord worden gehaald.

Smit en Subtech kunnen met hun werkzaamheden voor de 'Smart' al snel revanche nemen voor de niet geslaagde bergingsoperatie van het Duitse bulkschip 'Kiani Satu'. Dat vaartuig, geladen met 15.000 ton rijst, strandde op 8 augustus voor de kust van Buffalo Bay, eveneens in Zuid-Afrika, nabij een natuurreservaat. Medio vorige week moesten de bergers het schip laten zinken, op een locatie ver genoeg uit de kust om geen verdere milieuschade te veroorzaken.  

Het ongeluk met de 'Kiani Satu' zorgde eerder wel voor olieverontreiniging. Afrikaanse dierenbeschermers haalden met reddingshelikopters enkele honderden met olie vervuilde dieren op, maar een aantal Afrikaanse pinguins is inmiddels overleden. 

Het bergingsschip 'Fairmount Glacier', dat vorige week moest toezien hoe de 'Kiani Satu' onder de golven verdween, is dit weekend aangekomen bij de 'Smart'. 

 
     
09.08.13 KIANI SATU (16,660-gt, built 1997) is in difficulty and at risk of going aground  
 
A general cargo ship carrying a cargo of rice, KIANI SATU (16,660-gt, built 1997) is in difficulty and at risk of going aground in Walker Bay, between Knysna and Sedgefield on South Africa’s south coast. Fog and rough seas are hampering efforts at keeping the ship from further danger. A tug, the FAIRMOUNT GLACIER is on scene and attempting to hold the ship from drifting ashore, while SAMSA has despatched another tug, SMIT AMANDLA from Cape Town - she is due on scene at nightfall today (Thursday).

The sea is running at 5 metre swells with westerly winds gusting to 45 knots. The ship’s master has decided that due to the sea conditions during the night that the crew of 19 Filipinos and Ukrainians would not attempt to abandon ship. The NSRI and a rescue helicopter are meanwhile on standby to assist if necessary.

foto©NRSI

The ship is owned by German interests and is managed by Esmeralda Shiffahrts of Germany.

The ship is understood to be touching bottom on the swells. The public has been requested to not approach as the coastline in the area is dangerous and the ship cannot be viewed from shore.

further news update

The NSRI advises that all 19 crew members are being evacuated off the Kiani Satu in relays by NSRI Knysna and NSRI Wilderness sea rescue boats. Once safely ashore the crew will be processed and handed into the care of Police and Tourism officials. No injuries have been sustained and the first 9 crew members were brought safely ashore at 09h34.

third update crew safe but ship in peril

By 10am this morning (Thursday, 8 August 2013) all 19 crewmembers from the ill-fated general cargo ship KIANI SATU were safely ashore, having been hoisted from their ship into a Titan Helicopters Sikorsky 76 helicopter and taken to the nearby beach. From there they were ferried by NSRI rescue vehicles to a parking are in the Goukamma Nature Reserve.

foto©NRSI

The seafarers were later taken to Mossel Bay for visa control processing and accommodation. There were no serious injuries.

The ship meanwhile has been washed side-on onto the shore during the early morning and has come to rest hard aground, after her anchor dragged and the attending tug could not hold her off against rough seas with 5 metres swells and a gusting 45 knot onshore wind. It was when this occurred that the captain made the decision to abandon the ship.

As no further rescue is involved the NSRI from Knysna and Wilderness have been stood down. SAMSA is attending any possible salvage of the ship, while the salvage tug SMIT AMANDLA is due on scene early this evening.

The ship is loaded with a cargo of rice and according to an early report today was bound for Gabon. She was experiencing engine problems and had come to anchor when the drama began during the night.
 
07.08.13 VLCC Long Hu San disabled during sea trials.  
  VLCC Long Hu San issued distress signal on Aug 2 13, being some 60 nautical miles east off Yangtze estuary, East China Sea, presumably during sea trials. Two rescue vessels, East China Sea Rescue 101 and East China Sea Rescue 111, towed vessel to Shanghai Changxing Shipyard. Towage was hampered by strong wind and other negative factors, including depth restrictions, a lot of fishing nets around, and big wind area, because super tanker was in ballast.



Vessel was docked in shipyard in the evening Aug 4. VLCC Long Hu San, IMO 9534054, dwt 318000, built 2013, flag Singapore, manager OCEAN TANKERS PTE LTD, Singapore.
    Bron: Maritime Bulletin / Foto: China Rescue & Salvage Bureau.  nieuwsbrief L. Kramer
 
27.06.13 MOL Comfort geïnspecteerd: 'Het lijkt er goed uit te zien'  
  Het lijkt erop dat de twee helften van het containerschip 'MOL Comfort' geborgen kunnen worden, zegt teamleider Marius Bakker van schade-expert Cunningham Lindsey in Rotterdam. Hij zegt dat op basis van de eerste inspecties die zijn uitgevoerd door mensen van Smit en Nippon Salvage die maandag met patrouille- en bergingsschepen bij de delen van het ongeluksschip zijn gearriveerd.

Vanaf de 'Capricorn', een sleepboot uit Sri Lanka die bij het voorste gedeelte van de 'MOL Comfort' is aangekomen, is volgens Bakker bij een eerste inspectie vastgesteld dat die scheepshelft weliswaar drie meter naar voren helt (‘met de kop naar beneden drijft’), maar dat een waterdicht schot nog in orde is. 'En dat is goed nieuws voor de berging. Het lijkt erop dat het er vrij goed uit ziet.'

De sleepboot 'Pacific Terrier' bevindt zich elders op de Arabische Zee bij het andere, achterste deel van de 'MOL Comfort'. 'Ook dat lijkt er goed uit te zien', aldus Bakker. 'Van dat deel is de machinekamer nog in tact, en het is het gedeelte met het meeste drijfvermogen.'  
De afstand tussen de twee delen van het schip, die beide richting India drijven, groeit met de dag. Het voorste deel gaat zo hard, dat het binnen een week op de kust van India zou zijn gelopen, als de sleepboten er niet op tijd bij zouden zijn geweest. Het achterste deel, dat voor het weekend 170 kilometer achterop lag, vaart inmiddels 360 kilometer achter het voorstuk.

Als de bergingsoperatie inderdaad met succes op gang zou komen, is het nog wel de vraag welke haven bereid is de delen van de 'MOL Comfort' te ontvangen, aldus Bakker. 'Want je zal als ontvangende haven onder meer met stank te maken krijgen. De stroom op de reefercontainers is er al een tijdje af.' Bron: Nieuwsblad Transport/ nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
 
     
  Update : Incident Involving the Containership MOL Comfort   
  TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) updates the status of the containership MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on June 24, 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean. 
Vessel The fore and aft parts are drifting near 15'25"N 67'53"E and 13'48"N 64'50"E respectively in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse.
Containers Some of the containers were lost, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the fore and aft part.
Rescue of the cargo and hulls We have contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls. One patrol boat and three tugboats have arrived at the site on June 24. Total of five boats including one more boat which is expected to arrive on June 26 will prepare for the rescue.
Oil leakage
 
We confirmed there is no oil film around the vessel.
Safety inspection on sister vesselsWe have started an investigation of the causes together with the shipbuilder, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (hereafter MHI). Although the cause of this incident has not been identified yet, MOL, together with MHI and the classification society (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, ClassNK), is arranging inspection of the all six sister vessels (*) as quickly as possible. This inspection is in addition to the one carried out by the crew during navigation.



MOL also started operational precautions to reduce the stress on the hull as an interim contingency plan.(*)MOL Creation, MOL Charisma, MOL Celebration, MOL Courage, MOL Competence, MOL Commitment 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the incident. We take the incident very seriously and continue to devote every effort to rectify the situation at the earliest possible moment. We will also conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause and take company-wide measures aimed at preventing reoccurrence of such incident in the future.
 
Bron: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines / Foto:MRCC Mumbai/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
 
     
09.05.13 Weser traffic stopped after collision and grounding  
  The "Conmar Avenue", being enroute Hamburg-Bremerhaven was in collision with the "Maersk Kalmar" (IMO: 9153862) on the Outer Weser in the afternoon of May 7, 2013. The "Conmar Avenue" ran aground after the collision. The whole ship traffic on the Weser was stopped. The lifeboat "Hermann Rudolf Meyer", the "Alte Weser", "Ems", RT Pioneer", "RT Darwin", "Elbe", "Bugsier 6", "Nordergründe" and "Lesmona" were dispatched to assist. The "Maersk Kalmar" which was coming from Antwerp, proceeded to Bremerhaven with one tug as escort.
The "RT Pioneer", "RT Darwin" and "Ems" connected to the "Conmar Avenue", and the ship was refloated in the evening.






Bron: Vesseltracker / Foto: Havariekommando/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
 
     
  Six containers lost after collision went adrift on the Weser  
  After its collision with the "Conmar Avenue" around 4 p.m. on May 7 the "Maersk Kalmar" berthed at the Strom Quay in Bremerhaven at 5.20 p.m. Nonoe of its crew of 28 was hurt. The casualty command in Cuxhaven took over the on-scene-command at 6 p.m. An oil surveillance flight started, but no pollutants were reported.  The "Conmar Avenue" which had run aground following the collision was pulled off by tugs at 6.30 p.m. and was docked at the Stromquay around 9.30 p.m. The ship had come from Kotka at the time of the accident. Its crew of 15 reained uninjured too. The ship, however, lost some containers from deck which were treated by on the whole five tugs which tried to get the boxes under control.



The anti pollution vessel "
Neuwerk" established a security zone. The emergence tug "Nordic" was dispatched for further assistance in the Weser estuary and was on site on May 8 at 1 a.m. The lost containers were to be recovered after daybreak on May 8. The Weser traffic was reopened for ships with a depth of up to 9,5 meters.  During the night hours, six containers broke lose from the tugs in the strong current. Two were recovered by the "Neuwerk", but four went adrift in the wetlands and were surveyed by radar. The sonar ship "Zenit" of the Shipping Authority Bremerhaven was surveying the fairway of the Weser.     Bron: Vesseltracker / Foto: Havariekommando/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
 
     
23.03.13 Jack up rig in difficulties off Glénan.  
 

On March 21, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. the CROSS Etel was alerted by the Dutch tug "André B" which was towing the "Excalibur" and got in difficulties south of the Glénan archipelago. The jack up rig with seven people on board was coming from Ijmuiden and headed for St. Nazaire with the tug and its four crew members. The weather situation was not favorable with winds of 35 km/h, rough seas and heavy swells. As the weather conditions deteriorated the convoy drift northwards. Immediately, the CROSS Etel mobilised the salvage tug "Abeille Bourbon" and a Cayman helicopter of the French Navy in Lanvéoc as well as a police boat from Concarneau, and three fishing vessels also offered their assistance.

By 3:30 p.m. the barge was located one nautical mile off Glénan and was able to lower its eight legs of 30 meters length in the water until it rested on the bottom and could no longer drift away. The situation was now under control. The Cayman helicpoter winched a rescue swimmer onto the barge, and the "Abeille Bourbon" remained on scene to provide expertise. The convoy was to resume the voayge once the weather became favorable and with the agreement of the maritime prefecture. ( bron vesseltracker)

 
     
  Puerto Rico Towing Assists Drifting Vessel Rescue Efforts  
  tugs TRITON and HONCHO of Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. assisted a drifting vessel off the coast of Puerto Rico.
The GLOBAL DESTINY ( ex Rotterdam ), owned and operated by Diavlos Maritime based in Athen, Greece, called for assistance the morning of Saturday, March 16. The vessel reported that it had run out of fuel and was drifting approximately five (5) miles off the coast of Dorado, approximately nine (9) miles north west of San Juan.
Puerto Rico Towing’s tug TRITON came to the vessel’s aid and stood by the vessel until it was directed by the United States Coast Guard to proceed to the San Juan harbor anchorage.



On Monday, March 18, the GLOBAL DESTINY was towed by the tug TRITON and tug HONCHO to anchorage. After receiving inspection and clearance by the USCG, the vessel was towed to Pier 11 for refueling.Puerto Rico Towing’s Captain Neftali Padilla, celebrating his 15th year with the Company, was in charge of the rescue operation.Puerto Rico Towing& Barge Co., headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico, provides marine transportation services including harbor assistance, cargo transportation, and emergency services to commercial vessels and barges from its base of operations in San Juan. The Company provides services to other ports in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, other islands of the Caribbean, and other Caribbean ports, as well as between Puerto Rico and the other islands and the U.S. mainland. The Company is commonly known as "PRT.
(Bron: The Maritime Executive / Photo credit Puerto Rico Towing)
 
     
 

Tug allided with bridge

 
  On Mar 20, 2013, the "Miss Lizzy" was in allision with the Brooks Bridge near Highway 98 east of Destin. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Alabama, received a report at approximately 3:30 p.m. that the tug had allided with the Brooks Bridge on the Intracoastal Coastal Waterway, which resulted in damage to the bridge, potable water and power lines.
The "Miss Lizzy" was reportedly transiting under the bridge pushing four barges of heavy equipment and cranes when they allided with the bridge. The Coast Guard established a safety zone closing the bridge to both marine and vehicular traffic until a satisfactory inspection can be completed to ensure safe transit.

The Florida Department of Transportation has completed its survey of the bridge and has since reopened the bridge to pedestrian and motor traffic; however, the center span of the bridge is still closed to marine traffic until a survey is completed to ensure that no debris will continue to fall and that previous debris did not affect the navigable channel depth under the bridge. Temporary repairs have been effected to correct the damage to the water and power lines. (bron vesseltracker/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

 
     
 

Tug Boat Spills Oil In Buzzards Bay

 
  The Coast Guard says about 350 gallons of gear oil was spilled when a tug boat ran aground in Buzzards Bay near the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal.
The tug Justice ran aground ran just after midnight Thursday.



It has now been towed to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is no longer leaking oil. State environmental officials say there is an oil sheen on the water from the academy to Butler Cove. The Coast Guard says the grounding is under investigation and drug and alcohol tests have been given to the crew. The canal has been closed.
  (Bron: wbur / Foto: Robert Allan/L.Kramer)
 
     
 

Lift ship loads up Kulluk in Dutch Harbor, headed for Singapore

 
  On March 9, the Royal Dutch Shell drillship Noble Discoverer left Seward, bound for Korea on the back of the 708-foot heavy lift ship Xiang Yun Kou. Now, Shell's other drill rig, the ill-fated Kulluk, is getting ready for a Pacific crossing of its own.
On Tuesday, the conical rig was loaded onto the deck of the Xiang Yun Kou's sister vessel, the Chinese-flagged Xiang Rui Kou, in the waters near Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands.
The Kulluk, 266 feet in diameter, arrived in Dutch Harbor on March 5 to await its haul to an Asian shipyard for repairs after running aground south of Kodiak Island on New Year's Eve.
Curtis Smith, Shell Alaska spokesman, said that the Kulluk would be bound for a shipyard in Singapore where it will undergo assessment and repair.
"The (Xiang Rui Kou) has moved underneath the Kulluk and crews are beginning to secure the rig to the cribbing (deck)," Smith said in an email. He added that the exact departure date and timeline for repairs has yet to be determined.The Xiang Rui Kou is what's dubbed a "semi-submersible" vessel.



When it comes time to load a vessel onto its long deck, the ship sinks partway into the water, allowing the vessel being towed to be positioned over the deck before refloating. By Tuesday afternoon, the Kulluk was resting atop the Xiang Rui Kou. The whole process takes several hours for both the sinking and refloating.The Kulluk became grounded after its towing vessels lost their tether to the rig in high seas in the Gulf of Alaska in late December. After days of attempting to re-establish a connection and numerous vessels being called out to assist, the Kulluk ran aground just hours before the new year.
The grounding of the Kulluk was a big blow to Shell's dreams of reaching into Arctic Alaska oil, and along with numerous problems with the Noble Discoverer -- the company's other primary drilling rig operating in the region -- was largely responsible for the company's decision to suspend drilling for the 2013 season.

Shell has expressed hope that it will be able to return in 2014 to finish what it started -- namely, completing exploratory wells to the level of hydrocarbons in hopes of tapping into some of the estimated 25 billion barrels of oil thought to lie underneath the Arctic seabed.
The Coast Guard authorized the Kulluk to be towed to Dutch Harbor in February, more than a month after its initial grounding, after determining the tow posed no environmental or safety threats.As for the Noble Discoverer, that vessel is well on its way to its eventual destination in Korea-- Smith said Tuesday that the Xiang Yun Kou had moved out of the Bering Sea and that the "transport is going well."
(bron: Alaska Dispatch / Foto: J. Paulin /nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)
 
     
21.03.13 Engine room finally drained  
 

On Mar 16 the last water waa pumped out of the engine room of the "Emma Maersk" in Palermo. Experts will next be trying to find the cause of the accident and whether it can occur at the seven other ships of the series too. The aim is to find out how the water could penetrate from the over 100-meter-long shaft tunnel into the engine as there were more watertight doors, which should have kept the water out. A team of experts of Maersk Line, Force Technology and Rolls-Royce, together with the classification bureau ABS inspected the damage in detail.

The detached thruster gear must now be examined by the manufacturer Rolls-Royce, while the crack in the tunnel is to be cut out and sent to study at Force Technology in Copenhagen.  (Bron: Vesseltracker/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

 
     
  Container ship adrift in Tauranga after engine failure  
  The port master of Tauranga recommended the evacuation of the salvage tug "Resolve Commander" and the nearby fishing vessel "Adelaide Star" on MAr 12, 2013, when the "Kota Lukis" lost power shortly after leaving the Sulphur Point wharf at 8.20 a.m. The tugs pulling the containership off the wharf slipped their lines when the "Kota Lukis"’ main engine failed which meant hydraulic steering was also lost, leaving the unpowered ship heading towards the Mount Maunganui wharf. Port of Tauranga tug masters and the port company pilot positioned themselves on either side of the ship’s bow to try and stop the fully loaden ship.
 A collision was prevented by the tug pilots turning the ship, which came within 40 metres of the wharf, and the pilot ordering the anchor to be dropped. The main engine was then able to be re-started and the "Kota Lukis" continued to an anchorage outside the port where the engine controls were inspected and data was taken by a Maritime New Zealand inspector.The "Kota Lukis" has since sailed for Port Kelang with an ETA of Mar 23.
        (Bron: Vesseltracker / Sun Live/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)
 
     
20.03.13

Worsening weather complicating salvage

 
 

The attempt to pull the "Danio" off on Mar 18 could be threatened because of bad weather conditions. The vessel remained caught on rocks on the Farne Islands about 3 miles from the mainland. The ship was sitting quite safe and was high and dry at low water. There were about 27 tonnes of diesel oil on board, but there were no real concerns about pollution. The ship could, however, remain stranded for two weeks due to tide patterns if it was not pulled off on Mar 18. Weather conditions on scene were worsening. A second tug, additional salvage equipment and possibly a helicopter were brought in to assist the tug "Hemiksem" which has been on standby at Seahouses since Mar 16 to pull the vessel off the rocks.

Salvage experts were also considering bringing in a commercial helicopter to land equipment such as a portable generator and pumps on the vessel to aid the recovery operation. The plan to move the vessel at high tide around 5-6 p.m. was provisionally agreed in the afternoon of Mar 17 following a meeting between the salvage company Titan, the Coastguard’s counter-pollution unit, the National Trust, which looks after the islands, and a Department for Transport representative.

The vessel was stuck near the Longstone Lighthouse, close to where heroine Grace Darling and her lighthouse keeper father carried out the famous rescue from the steamship Forfarshire in 1838. The Farnes Islands are internationally known for the thousands of puffins which live there, as well as 6,000 grey seals and more than 20 bird species that breed there.         (Bron: Vesseltracker / BBC nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

 
  Kulluk Transport Vessel Arrives in Dutch Harbor  
  A ship (Xiang Rui Kou ) that will transport a damaged Royal Dutch Shell Arctic drilling barge has arrived in the Alaska port of Dutch Harbor.
S
hell spokesman  says in an email Monday the Kulluk will be prepped for loading and transported aboard the XRK to a shipyard in Singapore for repairs.
The loading could start as soon as Tuesday.
The Kulluk drilled in the Beaufort Sea last year and was being towed to Seattle when it broke loose from its towing vessel and ran aground on New Year's Eve. The Coast Guard found 16 safety violations with Shell's other ship, the Noble Discoverer, when it came into port after drilling in the Chukchi Sea. That ship is en route to a shipyard in Korea for repairs.   ( Bron: KTUU/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

 
15.03.13 MTS TAKTOW gezien in de Waalhaven. (09.03.13) Mogelijk om een schade te herstellen  
  Dover’s RNLI lifeboat "City Of London II" launched on service justafter 8 p.m. on Feb 27, 2013, to assist the "MTS Taktow" who’stowline had become entangled on the South Falls buoy, 10 miles northeast of Dover. The 40 m barge which the tug had been towing had gone one side of the buoy and the tug had gone the other and there was a danger of the tug capsizing. Dover lifeboat stood by together with Ramsgate lifeboat, while the tug used the tide to assist in freeing itself from the buoy. During this process the tow parted. The tug Taktow eventually freed itself from the buoy and proceeded to the south to pick up his tow. Whilst manoeuvring to pick up the tow, the tug fouled his starboard propeller and further tug assistance was requested. The "MTS Valiant" responded and proceeded to help.On arrival of the "MTS Valiant" at 1.42 a.m., the tow was transferred and the tug escorted by the lifeboat, headed towards Dover. Dover lifeboat returned to station at 4.30am after eight hours at sea. The crew remained on standby until mid-morning in case any further assistance was required. (bron M.Kodde maasmondphoto.nl)


foto©M.Kodde   maasmondphoto.nl
 
  Tug allided with pier in Newcastle  
  On Mar 11, 12013, the "Svitzer Myall" allided with a pier in Newcastle, Australia, around 3 p.m. The vessel began taking on water and had to be assisted by several other tugs and harbor work staff to come into port. A technical failure was blamed for the accident. None of the crew were injured in the allision.        (Bron: Vessetracker/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)
 
  MSC Flaminia' toch voor reparatie naar Roemenië  
  De 'MSC Flaminia', die medio vorig jaar afbrandde, vertrekt binnenkort voor reparatie naar Roemenië. Het schip wordt dus niet gesloopt. Dat meldt rederij NSB in Buxtehude, de eigenaar van het schip. Lange tijd was het onzeker of het nog mogelijk was om het schip te herstellen.
Het is de bedoeling dat het schip op eigen kracht naar Roemenië vaart. Alle benodigde papieren om de zee weer op te mogen, zijn geregeld.
De rederij zegt nu alleen nog te wachten op de bevestiging van de Roemeense overheid. Reparatie moet plaatsvinden in de haven van Mangalia. Daar bevindt zich een scheepswerf van Daewoo. Deze is een zusterbedrijf van de Daewoo-scheepswerf in Zuid-Korea waar het schip is gebouwd. Momenteel ligt de 'MSC Flaminia' nog steeds in de JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven.        (
Bron: De Lloyd-nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)
 
08.03.13 Fire extinguished, ship refused to enter Portuguese territory  
  The two Svitzer tugs "Svitzer Leixoes" and "Svitzer Sines" reached the "Harbour Crystal" in the run of Mar 6. The ship was adrift 13 miles southwest of Cape Espichel with 8000 tons tons of naphtha, a petroleum derivative.

The ship had a crew of 18 on board. The explosion occurred at 8:12 a.m. for reasons still unknown in the area of
​​the bow of the ship. One Filipino was missing since. At 8:34 a.m., the Centre for Maritime Search and Rescue (MRCC Lisbon) was alerted. In the early afternoon the fire has been extinguished. The risk of environmental accidents was minimal.
The tanker was being accompanied by the corvette "Jacinto Cândido" of the Portuguese Navy, a lifeboat of the station Sesimbra, an Air Force EH101 helicopter and two merchant ships.


Between 12.20 and 2 p.m. a C-295 aircraft of PAF replaced the EH-101 Merlin helicopter. Also a P3C Orion aircraft was dispatched. The Navy issued a warning to shipping. The tanker has to stay 12 miles from shore.

The Navy was considering sending teams of the Directorate General for Natural Resources, Security and Maritime Services and the Directorate-General for Maritime Authority, to make technical inspections on board. The waves on scene were four feet high.Chemical tanker Harbour Crystal, IMO 9330020, dwt 11262, built 2006, flag Bahamas, manager NORDIC TANKERS TRADING A/S, Denmark.
Bron: Marinha / Vesseltracker/LKramer
 
06.03.13 m/v Armada Tuah 22 hijacked, f/v Orange 7 attacked, master killedUPDATE  
  Offshore tug/supply vessel Armada Tuah 22 presumably hijacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on Mar 4 13 at around 17:00 LT, last known position 03 42N 005 39E, some 50 nm SW of Brass, area, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Vessel doesn’t reply to radio calls, AIS was switched off at around 17:15.

Vessel probably hijacked for using as pirates mother ship, like it was with Armada Tugas tug in Feb 7 – 13. Armada Tuah 22 works in Oyo oil field under contract with AGIP. Crew reportedly includes Ukrainian and Indonesian nationalities, Chief Eng is Indonesian.
Offshore tug/supply vessel Armada Tuah 22, IMO 9334624, dwt 1465, built 2005, flag Liberia, manager BUMI ARMADA NAVIGATION SDN BHD, Malaysia.

Offshore tug/supply vessel Armada Tuah 22 reappeared on Mar 5, moving to Onne. What happened to the vessel, is still unknown.
Fishing vessel Orange 7 was attacked by pirates on Mar 2 at around 11:00 LT in position 04 07N 005 36E, 40 nm SW of Brass. Master was killed during the attack, pirates fled before the Navy patrol arrived to the scene.  Bron: Maritime Bulletin-nieuwsbrief L. Kramer
 
     
26.02.13 Cargo ship close to major strait incident.  
 

A cargo ship that broke down shortly after sailing from the Rock yesterday morning came dangerously close to running aground in the Strait of Gibraltar.

The 39,000 tonne bulk carrier Yong Tong suffered engine trouble and drifted to within 1.2 milesof Tarifa Island, at the western end of the strait.     The ship dropped anchor to slow its drift toward shore as Spanish rescue tugs raced to its assistance.By mid afternoon, the vessel was being towed to Algeciras by the Salvamento Maritimo tug Luz de Mar. The Yong Tong was built in 2001 and is flagged in Hong Kong. It is operated by the Chinese state-owned company COSCO (Hong Kong) Shipping Company.

It was empty at the time of the incident and en route to the US port of NewOrleans.                                                                                                              Bulk carrier Yong Tong, IMO 9228019, dwt 74382, built 2001, flag HK, manager COSCO HK SHIPPING CO LTD.

Salvage vessel Luz de Mar, IMO 9320104, 1780 gt, flag Spain.      Bron: GibraltarChronicle-nieuwsbrief L.Kramer

 
23.02.13 Emma Maersk voor reparatie naar Palermo  
 

De Nederlandse sleepboot ‘Fairmount Alpine’ sleept de ‘Emma Maersk’ naar een reparatiewerf bij het Italiaanse Palermo. Dat gebeurt met een machinekamer die vol water staat.

Het schip lag sinds een paar weken in de Suez Canal Container Terminal in Port Said.

Maersk heeft besloten de naar schatting 13.000 kuub water, wat overeen komt met een stuk of vijf Olympische wedstrijdzwembaden, voorlopig in het schip te laten om corrosie van cruciale onderdelen zo veel mogelijk te voorkomen. De rederij gaat ervan uit dat de schade volledig hersteld kan worden. Geschat wordt dat de sleepreis ongeveer een week in beslag gaat nemen.

Het leegpompen van de machinekamer gaat waarschijnlijk een maand in beslag nemen. Palle Laursen, hoofd scheepsmanagement van Maersk Line, verwacht dat de totale reparatieklus ruim drie maanden gaat duren. De lading van ruim 13.500 teu is inmiddels met andere schepen op weg naar de bestemming.

De ‘Emma Maersk’, met een capaciteit van 15.550 teu een van de grootste containerschepen ter wereld, maakte twee weken geleden bij het invaren van het Suezkanaal in zuidelijke richting plotseling water. Oorzaak bleek een kapotte hekschroef te zijn, waardoor via de tunnel van de as water kon binnendringen. De zeven zusterschepen van de Emma mogen hun hekschroeven in afwachting van nader onderzoek voorlopig niet gebruiken.

De berging wordt uitgevoerd door Svitzer, eveneens onderdeel van A.P. Møller-Mærsk, die daarvoor de ‘Fairmount Alpine’ van het in Rotterdam gevestigde Fairmount Marineheeft gecontracteerd. Die 75 meter lange zeesleper heeft een vermogen van ruim 16.000 pk en een zogenoemde paaltrek van ruim 200 ton.   Bron: De Lloyd/ nieuwsbrief L.Kramer

 
     
 

Tug Nelson II missing in South China sea.

 
  Tug Nelson II missing in South China sea since Feb 14 13, last known position 22 05.104N 114 50.434E, off Hong Kong. Tug was en route from Shanghai to Singapore.



Tug Nelson II, IMO 9596442, 479 gt, built 2011, flag Singapore, manager MEP SYSTEMS PTE LTD, Singapore.                                                                   
 Bron: Maritime Bulletin / Foto: Mepsystems/ nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
 
     
18.02.13 Towing the Kulluk to Dutch Harbor  
  The conical drilling unit Kulluk will be towed from Kiliuda bay to Captains Bay in Dutch harbor. The tow plan was developed by Crowley Marine Services and Shell Exploration & Production company, with oversight from the u.s. coast guard and several other entities. the safety of personnel and the environment remains our top priority.

Since the Kulluk was safely towed to Kiliuda bay, it has undergone a thorough assessment. Det Norske Veritas (DNv) has reviewed that data and certified the Kulluk as stable and fit to tow to Dutch harbor.
Prior to departure, all systems on the tugs have been inspected and verified seaworthy.   A route has been developed for the vessels.

Once underway, the actual routing can change at the discretion of the onboard tow master for reasons such as weather or sea state.Upon review of all relevant and available information, capt. Paul Mehler iii, the u.s. coast guard’s captain of the Port, will lift his order on the Kulluk and it will be permitted to leave. The route is expected to take approximately 10 days. a favorable weather window for tow is required by shell before commencing departure operations.

Tug masters will also evaluate pre-departure conditions, as well as monitor the conditions and forecasts en route. Recognizing the nature of the tow, a marine-monitoring center will be established by shell to provide additional support for the tow master.
The Kulluk will be towed by three ocean-going tugs at the same time: the Corbin Foss, the Ocean Wave and the Lauren Foss.

The root cause of the Aiviq’s loss of power is currently under investigation, so the vessel is not being used for the tow. An additional tug will escort the tow to observe and provide contingencies during operations. The oil spill response vessel Nanuq will also be on scene as a precautionary measure.
   Bron: Kulluk Response/ nieuwsbrief L. Kramer
 
     
15.01.13

Tug salvage operation 'going well'

 
  Published on Monday 14 January 2013 17:02 A salvage operation to save a tug containing 200 tonnes of diesel from sinking off the coast of Devon is "going well".Engineers and seaman are now onboard the Christos 22 and are pumping water from it.

Divers have also been deployed to inspect and repair the hull of the damaged vessel.
The tug, which was travelling from Germany to Turkey, was damaged by a vessel it was towing as it tried to anchor a mile off Hope's Nose in Torbay on Sunday night.Christos 22 had pulled into the coastline in order to check a problem with the tow when it was hit and began taking on water rapidly.

The Moto Vessel Emsstrom, the decommissioned vessel being towed by the tug, became separated but has now been secured.
A total of eight crew members were rescued after the alarm was raised.


foto©tughunter.nl

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: "The pumping out of water continues to go well. The situation is more stable and it was confirmed at first light that there is no report of pollution."Salvors are onboard the tug Christos XXII, pumping operations continue to go well. Divers now deployed to inspect and repair."

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "The tug Christos 22, damaged after the vessel it was towing collided into its side off Torbay yesterday, is now stable with risk of pollution very low. "Attention has now turned to the towed vessel, an ex-German naval training ship the Emsstrom, which had been listing too heavily for salvors to get onboard.

"This vessel has now sunk, approximately 2.5 nautical miles east by north from Hope's Nose, Torquay, in 23 metres (75ft) of water.                         This ship is empty and is not a pollution risk."   Copyright (c) Press Association Ltd. 2013,