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Fleur de France in tow (Image: RNLI) Click to enlarge!
Cutter drifted off the Isle of Man
(07/30/13) The 19 meter long cutter “Fleur de France - J.86”, 68 GT, drove on 07/29. off Point of Avre near Ramsey, Isle of Man, and was disabled after the propeller and rudder became unclear. The RNLI boat from Ramsey, the “Ann and James Ritchie”, left at 11:56 am to tow the distressed vessel from Jersey. It was on site at 13:05 and had him in front of the port at 15:35. A local cutter was added here, which acted as a stern tug, so that the damaged vessel could be safely moored a little later.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Hot demolition in Cillicothe
(31.07.13) Three men who died on the afternoon of June 26th were busy with demolition work on the disused American tug “Mr Toad” in Cillicothe, accidentally set it on fire with welding sparks. An old casino boat lying nearby was also caught in the fire.
The workers from Indiana had been commissioned by Richard E. Hamm to scrap the tractor, which had been out of service for several years. At around 2 p.m., the Chillicothe Fire Department approached and found the ship in full fire. The defense forces from Henry, Lake, Princeville, Dunlap and Peoria Heights had to come to the rescue to get the fire, which was fed by acetylene and propane gas bottles and oxygen tanks on board, under control.
By midnight, the fire that had started in the engine room was fought down, and only three firefighters stayed until July 27th. back as a fire watch. At the time, flames were still licking here and there, but these could no longer spread and went out by themselves due to a lack of further food.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Tanker run aground at Bozcaada
(31.07.13) The Italian chemical tanker “Meteora”, 25400 GT (IMO-No .: 9322944), which was loaded with 27481 tons of kerosene, ran on 30.7. at 7.30 p.m. north of the Turkish island of Bozcaada when approaching the Dardanelles aground. He was on the way from Agioi Theodori, where he was on July 28th. had leaked through the Mediterranean to Poti in the Black Sea. After the ship ran aground, the master informed the Canakkale Vessel Traffic Services Management (VTS) of the situation and was instructed not to undertake any maneuvers of his own until a tug arrived on site. The coast guard sent the "Kurtarma 2" as well as the lifeboat "Kiyi Emniyeti 3" and the oil spill ship "Tahlisiye II". A crew of 25 was on board the tanker. The 175 meter long ship has a deadweight of 40,046 tons and was built in 2009.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Barge caused a serious break in Gustavsburg
(07/31/13) The Dutch 264 TEU container barge "Duc in Altum", 3903 ts (EU no .: 02331380), provided on 07/29. for a lot of break on the Rhine when entering the port of Gustavsburg. When the unloaded ship wanted to get to harbor basin IV at around 5.10 p.m., it began a turning maneuver in harbor basin I and then entered via the stern. During this maneuver, the captain apparently underestimated the remaining space for the 135 meter long ship. As a result of the collision with the ship's bow and the strong waves caused by the propulsion engines, several pleasure craft and a jetty were damaged. A pleasure boat was brought to sink. The police assumed that the cause of the accident was human error.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Suppliers in distress off Borkum
(31.07.13) The rescue cruiser "Alfried Krupp" of the DGzRS station Borkum opened on July 29th. assists the British offshore utility "ASP Tyne" (MMSI no .: 235092825), who suffered water ingress on the way to the offshore wind farm Borkum West. At 10.30 am, the Dutch emergency management had asked "Alfried Krupp" for support. The 18-meter-long supply ship “ASP Tyne”, which had 12 workers on board, was able to keep the situation under control with its own pumps. The captain turned around while the "Alfried Krupp" ran towards the ship. The rescue cruiser met the "ASP Tyne" about eight nautical miles north of Borkum. The sea rescuers escorted them to Eemshaven to be on the safe side. Since the maneuverability of the distressed vessel was limited, the rescue cruiser towed him into the port and laid it safely on the pier. At 3:20 pm the "Alfried Krupp" returned to Borkum.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Mast break after collision in front of Den Oever
(07/31/13) on 07/29 the "Dorus Rijkers" of the KNRM station Helder was alerted around noon after the 22-foot yacht "Ami" collided with a boat going to sea on the voyage to Den Oever in Malzwin. The mast was broken. When the sea rescuers arrived, the crew of two had already pulled the mast on board. Two rescue men were ferried over to make a tow connection and help with the reconnaissance. The sailors also had an outboard motor, but with wind force 5 and against the ebb current, a towing aid was essential. The yacht was brought to Den Oever and moored in the Waddenhaven. Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Towing aid developed into fire fighting
(07/31/13) on 07/29 a simple towing aid developed into a more complicated operation after smoke was suddenly detected in the engine room of the Dutch flat-bottomed ship "Op Hoop van Zegen", 117 ts (MMSI no .: 244730144) at buoy VS3 off Vlieland.
The local KNRM station was initially asked by the coast guard to assist the sailor, which had been converted from a freighter, after its engine had failed and it threatened to drift into shallow water with 14 passengers on board. The two lifeboats "De Graaf van Bylandt" and "Hubert Dijkstra" left to bring the ship to the Vlieland marina. A tow connection was quickly established and the target was already in sight when thick smoke came from the engine room.
The sea rescuers alerted the Vlieland fire brigade. The port authority prepared everything necessary at a berth at the outer harbor, where the passengers were put ashore before the fire brigade entered the engine room and found that although there was no open fire, two injection nozzles were leaking and an oil hose was broken. A technician has been called in to repair the damage.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Looters on the wreck of the Astrid
(07/31/13). On the night of July 27th it was possible for thieves to penetrate the wreck of the two-master “Astrid” under cover of darkness and, despite being guarded, steal the ship's bell, the oar wheel and the compass. The owner, Pieter De Kam, said that while he was grateful to the Irish for saving all 30 people on board, he was less grateful to whichever Irish had tampered with the wreck at low tide.
At least two people must have crossed over in a boat and then set about removing the bronze bell, the wooden oar wheel and the compass. It was still unclear whether they stole the items as souvenirs or for sale. What was certain was that they risked their lives in the process. An investigation has been launched.
The “Astrid” has meanwhile been inspected by the Castletownbere salvage company Blue Ocean. They found massive damage, dents, large cracks in the fuselage, leaking plates and flaking rivets. First, the estimated 3.5 tons of diesel would have to be pumped out. Two of the four tanks were empty when the ship sank.
Before a rescue, the rig would have to be cut off and the masts capped before a floating crane lifts the wreck onto a barge. The RNLI boat from Crosshaven has meanwhile taken over the surveillance of the sinking point. Rescuers expressed skepticism about a salvage of the ship - they expected that, like many others in the sea area, it would leave quickly and would be unsaved.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Wreck recovered in Airlie Marina
(07/30/13) After the fire and sinking of the 18 meter long wooden boat “Arawe” in the Airlie Marina on July 23, the day after the Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. came to the scene of the accident. Seven men set about removing oil, debris and diesel and putting in place an oil barrier. The work was completed within 2.5 days and a rescue using a crane barge on July 26th. initiated. The wreck was lifted and towed to the marina quay at high tide. Three bilge pumps pumped 10 tons of water per minute there, while the burn holes in the hull were sealed at low tide. Then the wreck could be towed to the Edges Boat Yard for further investigation.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Tug too fast - capsized
(07/31/13) The tug “Seribu” of the Pekanbaru Cipik, which was pulling a barge with coal, capsized and sank on 07/28. around 200 miles from Marina Port in Kuala Tungkal, West Tanjungjabung, at 11:30 a.m. The captain from Tanjung Pinang was locked in the wheelhouse and died, seven men jumped overboard and were able to save themselves. The captain's body was recovered and taken to Daud Arief Regional Hospital (RSUD), Kuala Tungkal. The tow train was on its way from Kualatungkal to Tanjung Bakung. The "Seribu" probably capsized because she was going too high.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Astrid on the rocks (Image: RNLI) Big picture click!
The fate of "Astrid" is still uncertain
(30.07.13) It is a scene like from the old days of sailing ships - two masts with torn sails protrude from the water at Ballymacus Point near the Sovereign Rocks in front of the mouth of Oysterhaven, not far from Kinsale. After the weather had calmed down, the glowing white hull of the Dutch squarerigger “Astrid” could also be seen in the clear water at low tide. The stern was impaled on the rock and at low tide a third over the water, the bow of the ship lying on its port side was at a depth of around 10 meters.
With waves now only half a meter to a meter high, it moved only a little and was reasonably stable on the ground. How the wreck will continue is still unclear - salvage experts and insurers have now got together to discuss the situation. Rescuing the ship, which is extremely close to the coast, would be a complicated matter in any case. Colm Harrington dived it and found it to be in good condition with the exception of a few torn plank walkways where the rocks cut open the hull. Owner and skipper Pieter de Kam was shown a video of the damage, and everyone agreed that repairs would be unlikely even in the event of a rescue. This is because a restoration would also have to be carried out with a high level of security in order to obtain approval for passenger transport.
For the skipper who lived on board, this is a tragedy, especially as he has already put a lot of money into the ship over the past 10 years to get it in its pristine condition to the point of sinking. The Irish Naval Service has meanwhile sent the patrol ship “LE Róisín” to the sinking site to monitor the security zone.
The 23 rescued trainees were on July 26th. Bussed to Dublin from the Kinsale shelters where they were housed and cared for after they were rescued. They had survived the shipwreck well, and while the rescue had been described as a miracle, it was generally believed that good training and knowledge of what to do was a decisive factor. Praise was also given to the Irish emergency services, which would have acted perfectly.
At the same point where the 42-meter-long squarerigger is now waiting for his further fate, a tall ship has already come to an end. On October 20th, 1911 the four-master "Garry", a barque of 2102 tons, which had been built in Glasgow in 1886 at Russell & Co Port Glasgow for the Falls Line (Wright & Breakenridge), Glasgow, followed on the voyage from Port Pieri Falmouth aground. All men could be rescued from this ship at the time.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Eight missing people off Singapore
(07/30/13) Eight people were missing after the barge “Gui Liang 677” capsized in the waters of Singapore around 1 pm. The shipwreck occurred about seven miles north of the Horsburgh Lighthouse. Divers were used in the search for the castaways. Only one crew member was initially rescued by a Police Coast Guard (PCG) patrol boat, and later a second man was rescued from another ship.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



One-handed sailor capsized off Langeoog
(30.07.13) Before Langeoog, on the afternoon of 29.7. a shipwrecked sailor rescued by the crew of the fishing boat "Komet". A passing thunderstorm had capsized the single-handed sailor's boat. He owed his life to the great coincidence that he was seen by the crew of the "Komet" from Accumersiel. The fishermen managed to save the man from the water. Due to heavy rain squalls, there was barely ten meters of visibility in the sea area of ​​the East Frisian Islands at this time. The rescue boat “Casper Otten” from DGzRS station Langeoog ran towards the cutter and took over the shipwrecked man who had been drifting in the water for about half an hour. He was slightly in shock, but otherwise uninjured. He was handed over for medical treatment.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Captured cutter left the sunken "albedo" off Somalia
(30.07.13) The EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) used patrol boats and airplanes last week to try to find out the fate of the missing crew members of the sunken freighter “Albedo”, 10859 GT (IMO-No .: 9041162), off Somalia . There were indications that prisoners could be on board the also hijacked cutter “Naham 3”. This had been lying alongside the freighter and was up until July 27th. was moored at the stern. That day he cast off and headed for an anchorage not far from the coast of the Galmudug region. Armed pirates showed up on board when a helicopter flew over the ship. The "Naham 3" was captured on March 26, 2010 with a crew of 28 on board. She lay for several months at the "Albedo", which in turn had anchored off the coast after the hijacking in November 2010 until the sinking on 7/7/2013. The fate of 15 men on this ship is still unclear. According to unconfirmed reports, four men were killed in the sinking, 11 survived the shipwreck and were taken to the "Naham 3". A few days after the sinking, EUNAVOR patrols discovered two of the freighter's lifeboats on a beach north of the sinking site, but found no signs of people.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Trawler salvaged from the sandbank off Lowestoft
(30.07.13) The British cutter "Gert Jan", 312 GT (IMO-No .: 8521725), ran on the morning of July 26th. aground on Newcombe Sands half a mile before Lowestoft Harbor Entrance. The RNLI boat "Spirit of Lowestoft" was alerted at 8:06 am and reached the trawler within a few minutes. This threatened to be pressed further onto the sand by the current. The lifeboat handed over a towline, turned the bow into the current and, supported by its own engine, was able to pull the ship off the reef edge within 10 minutes. The crew of the “Gert Jan” had previously tried in vain to get the ship off the sandbank. The trawler had been on its way from Den Helder to Lowestoft.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Indian supplier rammed drawbridge
(07/30/13) The Indian supplier “Nand Heera” collided on 07/23. with the Indira Docks Rim Bascule Bridge, which connects the mainland with the Indira Docks. The “Nand Heera” was waiting for the lock to pass when she suddenly became independent and tore herself away from the cables and hit the bridge, which suffered some damage in the process. The “Nand Heera”, 1769 tdw (IMO 8219138), was built in 1984 and runs for Tag Offshore Ltd.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Bulker anchored on the St. Lawrence Seaway
(07/30/13) The Canadian bulk carrier “Algoma Spirit” had to leave on July 23rd. Anchor at around 3 p.m. off Dark Island on the St. Lawrence Seaway after an engine failure due to an overloaded generator. The damaged vessel lay outside the fairway until the problem was resolved and he could go back to anchor. The “Algoma Spirit”, 34685 tdw (IMO-No .: 8504882), was built in 1986 and runs for the Algoma Central Corp.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Tanker rammed pier near Athens
(07/30/13). The Greek product tanker “Aegean Rose” collided on July 22nd. around noon with a pier at Aspropirgos, an Athens suburb. He wanted to moor at the Petroleum Terminal & xnbsp ;. The ship was torn open and dented in the aft section. Until the class was restored, he was banned from driving. The “Aegean Rose”, 4935 tdw (IMO-No .: 7729019), was built in 1978 and runs for Aegean Oil SA.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Tanker towed to the United Arab Emirates after an engine failure
(07/30/13) The Panama-flagged product tanker “Gulf Oasis” suffered on July 18th or 19th. before Pakistan on the way from Sri Lanka to Sharjah machine failure.A tug was set off for assistance from Port Quasim and brought the damaged vessel on July 22nd. there one. The tanker had cooking oil loaded. The "Gulf Oasis", 7544 tdw (IMO-No .: 8419051), was built in 1985 and is the manager of ES Oasis Marine Inc.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Kutter was stuck in Prince William Sound
(07/30/13) The 81 foot long cutter “Savannah Ray” ran on July 26th. aground in Bainbridge Passage in Prince William Sound. An HC-130 Hercules from Air Station Kodiak stepped up to inspect the ship in the late morning. At around 2 p.m. it got back on its feet with the incoming tide and made its way to Seward, Alaska. The Coast Guard Anchorage and the Marine Safety Unit Valdez monitored the transit of the “Savannah Ray”. She had about 8,000 gallons of diesel, 150 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 60 gallons of other fuel on board. The ship had suffered slight damage to the bow when it ran aground.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Towing bandage stranded near Cordova
(7/30/13) A 77 foot tow consisting of the tug “Hook Point” and the barge “Alaganik” ran 60 miles southeast of Cordova, Alaska on 7/24. due to. The owners hired Alaska Marine Response, LLC to lay out oil barriers around the ships and prepare for salvage.
Heavy fog and the remote place made the operation complicated. Alaska Marine Response, LLC waited for a suitable weather window to bring Cordova salvage equipment to the stranding site. The "Hook Point-Alaganik" had two men on board and had been busy clearing tsunami debris on the coast of Alaska when the association crossed across the sea in heavy seas and floating ice floes from the mouth of the Seal River and collided with large chunks of drift ice the mechanical system that held the tug and barge together broke and both vehicles landed on the beach.
The crew put on survival suits and fled to the beach. The Coast Guard dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Cordova with two men from the Marine Safety Unit on board. A light film of oil was seen near the barge. The push convoy had 2,050 gallons of diesel, 80 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 30 gallons of gas oil on board. On the evening of July 25th Alaska Marine Response, LLC personnel were on site and began lightening the oil. This work was until the afternoon of July 26th. completed. 1,740 gallons of diesel and 225 gallons of remaining oil had been pumped out and stored in containers above the flood line.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Coast Guard buoy laying boat rammed by barge
(07/30/13) A barge of the Alaska Marine Lines collided on July 28th. with the patrol ship "Sycamore" of the Coast Guard in Cordova. The 225 foot buoy laying boat had been lying on its moorings when the barge rammed it and caused damage to the bow. The Cordova-based ship is entrusted with navigational and SAR duties throughout Alaska.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Captured cutter left the sunken "albedo" off Somalia
(07/30/13) The City of Valdez and the Coast Guard were on the morning of July 29th. in action after the 28-foot recreational craft “Falcon” with two adults and three children on board caught fire at the Crowley bunker dock of Valdez Small Boat Harbor at 11:30 am. All five were saved injured. You were taken to Providence Medical Center. Meanwhile, Crowley Dock personnel secured the fuel pumps. The Valdez Fire Department found the “Falcon” in a full fire, and a minor fire had also broken out on the dock. The fire was extinguished within 45 minutes. The port was released again at 13:05. Oil barriers were installed around the “Falcon”.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Bulk carrier torn open in collision with quay
(07/30/13) on 07/21 The bulk carrier "Panorama", 44261 GT (IMO No.:9597771), flying under the Marshall Islands flag, collided with a quay in Port Alfred during the mooring maneuver. The ship was damaged on the starboard side. A crack 16 feet long was patched while the freighter was anchored in LaBaie before landing on July 23. moved to the Sept Isles.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Floating bed & breakfast in Terneuzen devastated by fire
(07/30/13) on 07/27 A fire broke out in Terneuzen on board the former inland ship “Black Pearl”, which was used as a bed and breakfast on the Beurtvaartkade. In addition to the fire brigade, the KNRN boat "Zeemanshoop" was also alerted, but was no longer used because of the position of the ship behind the lock. The fire was discovered shortly before noon. The fire brigade attacked the fire with four emergency vehicles, assisted by two Multraship fire boats. As a precaution, an oil barrier was installed on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. The fire was extinguished around 3 p.m. During the subsequent inspection, the fire brigade came across three dead dogs. People weren't on board. Before the ship became the “Black Pearl”, she had sailed as “El Gringo” and “Gersom”. The ship was built in 1955 by the De Wachter shipyard in Boom. It is 39.09 meters long, 5.05 meters wide and has a draft of 2.62 meters.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Barge demolished pleasure craft pier
(07/30/13). 07/29 a 135 meter long barge rammed several pleasure craft during a turning maneuver on the Rhine in the port of Gustavsburg and sank one of them. It had wanted to enter another harbor basin astern. The collision and waves caused by the propellers damaged a pier and several pleasure craft, one of them so bad that it sank. People were not injured in the accident. The police assumed human error.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Dannebrog cut the "Dannebrog"
(07/30/13) on 07/21 a cutter collided with the Danish royal yacht "Dannebrog" (MMSI no .: 219517000) in the port of Rudkøbing. The cutter had come too close to the ship at anchor when it was about to leave port. The flagstick was broken off and the Dannebrog hung in the water. The Royal Yacht's assistant in command, Steen Picture Jensen, opened an investigation.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Several people were slightly injured in a quay collision in Utne
(07/30/13). On July 25th. The Norwegian ferry "Jondal", 740 GT (IMO-No .: 7368839) collided with the ferry terminal in Utne, Hordaland at around 6 pm. Several people were slightly injured in the impact. The ferry had sustained propeller damage before the accident. Two ambulances and the fire brigade took up position at the port.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Ferry hit the bottom of the harbor
(30.07.13) The Norwegian ferry & xnbsp; "Røsund", 1010 GT (IMO-No .: 7601669), & xnbsp; ran on July 25th. briefly aground before Tjøtta when entering the port. The rudder and propeller were damaged. As the ferry service between Tjøtta and Forvik had to be stopped, traffic jams occurred. The shipping company Boreal requested divers to examine the ship's bottom.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



The hanging deck of the "Rosella" crashed in Mariehamn
(07/30/13) July 22nd three cars on the Swedish ferry "Rosella", 16879 GT (IMO-No .: 7901265), were damaged when the hanging deck on the starboard side suddenly crashed down. The accident occurred at 1.30 pm after the "Rosella" entered the port of Mariehamn in Åland. The other vehicles had to leave the suspended deck backwards. The following departures from Mariehamn and Kapellskar at 3 p.m. have been canceled. At 6.30 p.m. the "Rosella" started up again with reduced transport capacity from Mariehamn after provisional repairs had been carried out. The lock of a steel cable that holds the suspended deck, which is intended for nine vehicles, was broken so that it could fall down.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Oil from an American military transporter is to be pumped out
(07/30/13) From the American transport ship “Brigadier General M.G. Zalinsiki ”wants the Canadian Coast Guard to remove the bunker oil and other environmentally hazardous substances and wrote this work on July 26th. out. The wreck is 100 kilometers south of Prince Rupert and is now losing oil. It was carrying ammunition and military equipment to Alaska when it sank in a storm in 34 meters of water on a cliff in the Grenville Channel. An oil leak was observed for the first time in 2003. The site was examined with an ROV, and later divers who inspected the wreck recovered the ship's bell.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Gairsoppa's silver treasure recovered
(07/30/13) The American salvage company Odyssey has now recovered almost the entire treasure of the SS “Gairsoppa”. The British freighter was sunk by a German submarine off Ireland during World War II. Odyssey Marine Exploration has now announced that it has recovered 1,574 silver bars weighing 61 tons this year. In 2012, 1,218 bars were recovered. Under a contract with the UK Department of Transport, Odyssey is entitled to 80 percent of the value. The “Gairsoppa” sank on the voyage from India to England in February 1941. The wreck is around 4,800 meters deep in the North Atlantic, which made recovery very complicated. Now Odyssey wanted to turn to the salvage ship “Seabed Worker” of the SS “Mantola”, another British ship that was sunk in 1917 with a silver treasure on board.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Capsized Soviet DropShip discovered off Libya
(07/30/13) Within 10 days the Royal Navy HMS “Echo” found a number of shipwrecks off Tripoli and the port of Al Khum in Devonport, including a sunken amphibious ship from the Gaddafi era. It was located 160 feet below the surface, one of nearly 20 wrecks and objects investigated off the Libyan coast.
The research vessel was the first British Navy vessel to enter Libyan waters since the 2011 Civil War. With the sonar and the research boat “Sapphire” a luxury liner, two merchant ships, a warship, two cutters, at least half a dozen containers, two barges and four very large pontoons were tracked down. The amphibious ship was discovered six miles from Al Khums.
It is 91 meters long and could belong to the Polnocny class built in the Soviet Union. Gaddafi had four of these ships, one of which, the "Ibn Qis", burned out during a 1978 maneuver. HMS “Echo” also went in search of the wrecks of the 59ft long Italian luxury liners “Neptunia” and “Oceania”, which were requisitioned to transport German and Italian troops to North Africa in 1941 and torpedoed by HMS “Upholder” 60 miles off Tripoli were. But they were not found. However, the data obtained will now contribute to greater safety when navigating in the sea area.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Misunderstanding on the main wheelhouse destroyed
(07/30/13) In the Kostheimer Schleuse it happened on 07/19. at 1.30 p.m. to a collision in which part of the wheelhouse of the 135-meter-long German river cruise ship “Amadeus Silver” (MMSI no .: 211603060) was torn down. People were not harmed; the passengers had already disembarked in Frankfurt.
The ship was on its way from Budapest to Amsterdam via Frankfurt. When entering the Kostheim Main Lock, there were apparently communication problems between two captains. First, the two lowered the hydraulically extendable wheelhouse so that the ship could fit under the weir of the lock chamber. But they left documents and papers in there.
One of the two, a Romanian, then pulled up the wheelhouse, which could only be reached when it was extended, and took the forgotten papers. He then disembarked to take care of the administrative formalities in the lock office. The second man, a Ukrainian, hadn't noticed any of this and maneuvered the ship into the lock chamber from an auxiliary steering position.
The wheelhouse, which was about 20 centimeters too high, hit the weir. The roof was torn off on impact and parts of the superstructure fell onto the deck. Lock operation was only possible to a limited extent during the recording of the accident. The ship blocked one of the two chambers. The Waterways and Shipping Authority issued a driving ban for the damaged vessel. It was maneuvered into the underwater of the Kostheim lock, where on the same day work began on provisional repairs to the steering position and thus enabling the ship to continue its journey to the next shipyard. The damage to the lock amounted to around 20,000 euros.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Transverse push convoy caused a collision in the Kiel Canal
(30.07.13) In the early morning hours of the 28.7. caused a 170 meter long association consisting of the head tug "Westsund", 366 GT & xnbsp; (IMO-Nr .: 8616087), & xnbsp; from Svendborg, the 70 meter long & xnbsp; pontoon "SB 7020" and the stern tug "Vorwärts" from Brunsbütte a collision on the Kiel Canal at kilometer 12. He was traveling eastward from Rotterdam to Sassnitz. In the Buchholzer Moor area, the towing convoy suddenly turned to port for reasons that had not yet been clarified and came to rest across the canal. & Xnbsp;
The general cargo ship "Perseus" 1392 GT (IMO-No .: 8616087) sailing under the flag of Lithuania was traveling westward from Oxelosund to Hamburg. When the ship's command on the "Perseus" recognized that the towing convoy was turning to port, a "full back" maneuver was carried out. Due to the short distance, however, the collision could no longer be prevented.
The forecastle of the "Perseus" hit the starboard bow of the "Westsund", damaging both ships. The tug was also damaged in the stern area by the pontoon running up from aft. The responsible ship safety department of BG Verkehr prohibited both ships from continuing their journey. The towing association moored in Rendsburg and the freighter docked at the south quay in Brunsbüttel.
After an inspection, the "Perseus" was able to continue its voyage around 1 p.m. & xnbsp; She moored at Shed 84 in Hamburg around 5 p.m., then moved to the Norderwerft and returned after some repair work on July 29th. Back around 2 p.m. & xnbsp; The tug association remained for the time being & xnbsp; to repair & xnbsp; the "Westsund" in Rendsburg. The Brunsbüttel water protection police have started investigations into the cause of the accident. & Xnbsp;
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Diver on the wreck of the "Astrid"
(29.07.13) Irish divers have now inspected the almost completely flooded wreck of the Dutch brig "Astrid", 140 GT (IMO-No .: 5027792), off the Irish south coast near Cork. The Kinsale divers installed oil barriers to prevent pollution. There were 3.5 tons of diesel on board.
There is still no decision about a rescue. The Valentia Coast Guard had rescued the 30 people - seven crew members and 23 trainees - on board with two boats and two helicopters after the ship had drifted onto the rocks after an engine failure. Eight were rescued by the RNLI boat from Courtmacsherry, another 12 in four meter high waves and 30 knots of wind speed by the “Spirit of Oysterhaven”, a sailing training ship.
The RNLI boat from Kinsale was also there. Five ambulances were sent to Cork Airport, where the castaways were examined upon arrival. Some had slight hypothermia, otherwise they were unharmed except for the horror. The Dutch skipper, Pieter de Kam, had no idea why the plane was off-field when it approached Kinsale and wanted to support the investigation by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board.
He had tried to keep the ship from being stranded by setting more sails. But it was only a kilometer from the rocks on the coast that the current was pressing against it. A restricted zone was set up around the wreck by the Naval Service. Parts of the deck and rig were torn off by the waves. The 42 meter long “Astrid” was on her way from Southampton to Cherbourg.
She was built in 1918: as a sailing logger "Wuta" and rigged in 1921 as a schooner. In 1937 she started shipping as “Astrid” and was used between Poland and Sweden. In 1957 the rig was removed. In 1976 she went to Tripoli. On July 14, 1977 a fire broke out 16 miles from Dungeness and the ship was towed to Newhaven. In 1979 she was converted into a barge and on November 22nd. towed from Newhaven onto the Hamble River.
There it was discovered by the British John Amos, whose restoration failed because of the money. In 1984 it was converted into a sailing training ship in Poland, launched in St. Vincent in 1996 and made ready to sail again in 2000 at Scheepsreparatie Friesland, Harlingen.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Service boat ran aground
(29.07.13) The service boat “Amundoy” ran on the morning of July 25th. aground off Kjerringvåg after the engine failed. In order to avoid damage to the propeller, the crew waited until the water had run up so far that the ship floated up again.
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Kiel passenger ship impaled
(07/29/13) on 07/27 At 12.20 p.m. the Kiel passenger ferry "Schilksee", 159 GT (IMO no .: 8605507) collided with the traditional Dutch sailing ship "Atlantis", 380 GT (IMO no .: 8333635), at the Tiessenkai in Kiel-Holtenau.The captain of the “Schilksee” managed to moor at the crowded quay, but during the casting off maneuver the wind pushed the ship towards the sailor and hit the starboard chimney against the bowsprit of the “Atlantis”. Since the “Schilksee” initially did not succeed in loosening itself on its own, the crew called the tug “Bülk” for help. Their crew said, however, that the sailing ship would be damaged if they hooked the “Schilksee” and pulled it out. Therefore some employees flexed a piece out of the chimney so that the ship was released on its own. A new sheet metal was welded to the chimney overnight, and the "Schilksee" was open on July 28th. on duty again.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Seho in tow (Image: DGzRS) Large picture click!
Excursion boat drifted in front of Heiligenhafen
(29.07.13) For the guests of the passenger ship “Seho”, 170 GT (IMO: 5104253) an excursion from Heligenhafen ended on the hook of the sea rescue boat of the same name. The excursion ship was unable to maneuver due to a technical problem shortly before the port. The voluntary sea rescuers from the Heiligenhafen station towed the approximately 25-meter-long ship with 47 people on board and brought it safely back to the port.
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Truck rammed into ramp
(07/29/13) on 07/28 at 3 p.m. a truck rammed the ramp of the Canadian ferry “Coho”, 5841 GT (IMO No.:5076949), in Victoria. Since this could no longer be closed afterwards, the expiry was delayed by three hours. The ship had come from Port Angeles. At 6:25 p.m. the ramp was operational again, and at 7 p.m. the ferry left the port again.
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Container powered by the “Mol Comfort”
(29.07.13) Three gas tank containers and other flotsam from the “Mol Comfort”, which sank in the Indian Ocean, drove in Kasaragod and Kadmat in Lakshadweep. The containers were found on July 23. at Berika Beach near Kumbala in Kasaragod. Two tanks had a capacity of 24,000 liters, one of 24,300 liters. Fishermen also sighted football-like objects in the sea. Some debris was floating on Kadmat Island. The owners of the freighter were asked to remove the debris.
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Inland tanker got stuck on the Rhine
(29.07.13) The Belgian inland tanker "Synthesis 12", 2035 ts (EU-No .: 6004234), which was loaded with caustic soda on 22.7. ran aground at Deutz, could be made afloat again after another ship of the shipping company the cargo on 23.7. eased. The ship was set in Deutz. The "Synthesis 12" had got stuck in the area of ​​the Deutz Platte between the Severinsbrücke and the Deutz Brücke because of the low water level of 2.53 meters, measured at the Cologne level.
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Seven injured in a RIB collision
(29.07.13) Four members of the Navy and three civilians were injured when a RIB with the fleet tanker USNS “Big Horn”, 25742 GT (IMO: 8812162), on the morning of July 22nd. collided near the Thimble Shoals Channel. They belonged to the amphibious ship USS “Bataan”. Four of them were sent to Virginia Beach Hospital and the Little Creek-Fort Story Joint Expeditionary Base in Virginia Beach.
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Freighter catches fire while extinguishing
(29.07.13) The Norwegian freighter “Stove Trader”, 26966 GT (IMO-No .: 9182497), got into Aqaba while unloading a load of 20,000 tons of wood. On July 23 on fire. The crew and the fire brigade fought the one in one of the cargo holds with CO2. The ship was on July 18. Arrived in the port of Penang, Malaysia, and anchored in the roadstead of Aqaba. The 20-strong Filipino crew was unharmed. The “Stove Trader”, 46223 tdw (IMO no .: 9182497), was built in 1999.
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Missing engineer discovered dead in the burnt-out engine room
(29.07.13) The burned body of an engineer was recovered from the main control room on July 20, one week after the fire on the Sierra Leone-flagged tanker "Samudera", 10734 GT (IMO no .: 8217207). The Indian was located by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) around 3:30 p.m. and then recovered from the wreck.
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Hansa Brandenburg arrived at Port Louis
(29.07.13) Five Oceans Salvage and SMIT Salvage extinguished the fire on the 1,740 TEU container freighter “Hansa Brandenburg” and brought the ship 200 miles on the hook of the “Coral Sea Flos” to Port Louis. Parts of the superstructure and a cargo hold were badly damaged. On 7/22 the distressed ship arrived at roadstead, but had not yet received an entry permit from the Mauritius authorities. Further inspections should follow first.
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Inland tanker master seriously injured in collision
(07/29/13) on 07/19 The Czech inland tanker "Schloss Neuschwanstein", 1400 ts (EU-No .: 04033490), collided on the Rhine in Voerde-Friedrichsfeld near Wesel with the railway bridge on the Dinslaken-Wesel route over the Wesel-Datteln Canal and with two on the bank Ships. The wheelhouse was destroyed, the Dutch, 35-year-old captain was seriously injured in the hospital. The tanks filled with butane gas remained intact.
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The flood of locks caused an accident
(29.07.13) On the morning of July 26th, a cabin ship on the Main-Danube Canal in Nuremberg on the way from Basel to Vienna collided with the Eisenbaghn bridge in front of the Nuremberg lock at around 5:30 a.m. Here it had to wait because of another ship lock below the railway bridge at the level of the southwest bypass. The resulting flood of locks from the ship in front of him would hit the railroad bridge aft with the deck superstructures. Deck seating, awnings and rails were damaged. According to initial estimates, the property damage was given at around 5,000 euros. After an initial inspection, the bridge showed only a few scratches. After the accident was recorded by the Nuremberg water police, the ship was allowed to continue its voyage towards Vienna.
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Algarva was stuck on the Ems
(29.07.13) On July 27th, the Ems between Weener and Papenburg had to be temporarily closed to shipping due to the salvage of the German inland vessel "Algarve", 980 ts (EU-No .: 04600060), which was about 8:30 am at the height of the river kilometer 2.4 ran aground between Papenburg and Weener. She was on her way from Haren on the Ems to Veendam. The tugs “Gerd Bliede” and “Gruno” as well as the “Gruno II” came to the rescue and made the shipwreck afloat again during floods. He was then taken to Papenburg, two kilometers away. Machine damage had occurred shortly before the run-around. The captain tried to keep the ship in the ebb current with the transverse thruster, but this failed. He then ran onto a groyne on the Weeneraner Ufer, where the propeller and the steering gear were damaged. During the security work on the damaged vessel, the Emden water police on board already started the first investigations. The service boat “Leer” of the Waterways and Shipping Office and the “Wasserschutzpolizei 2? from Emden accompany the rescue and the subsequent towing maneuver of the distressed ship to the Papenburg port.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Oil recovery off Bornholm has begun
(29.07.13) Four divers pumped the first 200 liters of oil from the wreck of the Chinese bulk carrier "Fu Shan Hai" at a depth of 70 meters north of Bornholm. The operation began on July 24th. and should take three weeks. The oil was brought to the light of day from a bow tank with large hoses. The rescue ship “Vina” of JD Contractors is used, which already pumped over 1000 tons of heavy fuel oil after the sinking in 2003.
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Oil rig badly damaged in fire
(29.07.13) The “Hercules 265”, a jack-up rig, caught fire while preparing an oil production well in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana after natural gas leaked and ignited. Parts of the rig collapsed, crane foundations fell over. The fire could be extinguished after the borehole was sealed with sediment and sand. The 44-person crew was able to escape in boats after the blowout started.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Ferry sunk in front of Sulu
(29.07.13) The ferry “Sea Dayang 2” sank in heavy seas off Sulu, Philippines. She ran from Zamboanga City to Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, with nine passengers and a crew of ten, and then got caught in a storm. The Philippine Coast Guard and Navy rescued all Sept.
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Motor yacht threatened to sink in front of Cuxhaven
(07/29/13) A 13 meter long motor yacht threatened on 07/28. to sink in the mouth of the Elbe. She had suffered water ingress through the defective stern tube at buoy 3. The nearby multi-purpose ship “Mellum” came to the rescue and, together with the crew, prevented the boat from filling up. Then the Cuxhaver rescue cruiser "Hermann Helms" took over the damaged ship, took him in tow and brought him to Cuxhaven.
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Wild 13 tamed
(29.07.13) After three failed attempts, a salvage company took the yacht "Wilde 13", which sank in Sonwiker Hafen in Flensburg, on July 26th. finally recovered. The ship had sunk nine days earlier for an unexplained cause. On two occasions, volunteers from the technical relief organization tried unsuccessfully to get the wooden ship to the surface with lifting bags. Finally, the Hamburg owner of the ship commissioned a specialist company to come with a floating crane. The boat has an insurance value of 170,000 euros.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



'Astrid' reefed in 2008 (Image: RThiel) Big picture click!
Tall ship "Astrid" rams rocks and sinks
The Dutch brig "Astrid" (42 meters LÜA, 488 m2 Sail area, built in 1924) crashed into the cliffs off the Irish south coast near Cork.

The Astrid is a tall ship that was built in 1918 as a brig in the shipyard NV Scheepshelling Maatschappij in Scheveningen, the Netherlands. Today the ship has been completely restored and modernized and is used as an excursion ship for single or multi-day trips. It is one of only 14 sailing ships left with traditional brig rigging.

Axel F. Busse took photos “We took part of the crew on board, people told us the captain had taken a shortcut through a narrower driveway. Then the engine failed, the crew did not manage to set sails and get free from the coast. " The exact cause of the accident will be investigated by the maritime authorities. The crew and fellow sailors, mostly young people, went to the life rafts and were rescued with two helicopters and two lifeboats. The ship is a wreck. Some adolescents were treated with shock and hypothermia. Passports, cell phones, clothes - everything was lost.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



"Lady Law" and Berger (Image: USCG) Click to enlarge!
Small lifeboats hauled in cutters in tandem
(19.07.13) Two 47-foot boats "MLB 47216" and "MLB 47239" from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Washington, as well as the 225-foot buoy "Fir" from Astoria, Oregon, assisted on May 17. the 75-foot-long cutter “Lady Law”, which had become incapable of maneuvering in the Pacific near Copalis Beach. The crew of the cutter had alerted the Coast Guard Columbia River in Warrenton after the ship had suffered rudder damage and was drifting around 10 miles off Copalis Beach. The "Fir" was the first ship on site and pulled the wrecked vessel to Grays Harbor. There the two small boats towed the considerably larger cutter in a maneuver that had never been practiced before as a tandem. The "Lady Law" was then maneuvered to the Westhaven Marina, where she moored at 3:15 pm.
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(Photo: NSSR) Big picture click!
First shooting on board, then sinking
(19.07.13) A 72-foot-long cutter that was brought into Jarlsø on July 2nd after a shootout off Nøtterøy was killed on July 18th. capsized and sunk on the quay at Kaldnes. It had been towed here for security reasons. The ship had sustained some damage in the shooting, and the resulting leaks now seem to have become its undoing. It should be cleared again shortly.
In the shooting at Ramsholmen at the beginning of the month, one man was seriously injured and three were arrested afterwards. The ship was sold the same day in Mågerø Marina in Tjøme. The buyer came from Oslo by train to Tonsberg and was picked up by the seller at the train station and taken to Mågerø Marina. He was accompanied by three men and a dog. The ship should then be brought to Oslo.
After the news of the shooting in the Nøtterøy Archipelago, rescue workers were sent to the cutter. The seriously injured skipper who made the emergency call was taken to Ullevål University Hospital in a Seaking helicopter. The rest of the crew, two men and one woman, were then arrested. The rescue boat "RS 151" towed the cutter under police escort into the harbor.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Going deep threatened to go deep
(19.07.13) The US Coast Guard rescued on July 18. seven people off North Carolina from the 26 foot long “Going Deep”. The boat had broken 14 miles east of Cape Hatteras on 7/17. Suffered water ingress at 4.30 p.m. The Coast Guard sent two boats and a helicopter. The 29-meter-long sailor “Diamond Lady” (MMSI no .: 338121463) was still at the damaged ship before them, monitored the situation and ensured communications until the Coast Guard had arrived. The boat was successfully stabilized and towed to Teach's Lair Marina.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Who owns the "Georg Büchner"?
(19.07.13) The Polish authorities have given the owner of the "Georg Büchner" a deadline to report. Otherwise, the wreck of the Rostock museum ship, which capsized off Poland in May, is to be sold. The Polish Maritime Administration in Gdansk wants to try to find the current owner by the end of November. Should that not succeed, the wreck would become the property of the Polish state and put up for sale. The selling price would then be based on the cost of salvaging the wreck. The insolvency administrator responsible in Rostock, Tobias Schulze, has not yet been ready to reveal the identity of the buyer. The Polish Maritime Administration has meanwhile rejected responsibility for investigating the marine casualty because the "Georg Büchner" has not been included in any shipping register since 1998. This position was also confirmed by the Waterways and Shipping Office in Stralsund and the Federal Bureau for Maritime Casualty Investigation in Hamburg and thus also declared that they were not responsible.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Freighter Jorker Reeder brought in to Dover
(19.07.13) The Antigua-flagged freighter “Ocean Sirius”, 5029 GT, suffered on 15.7. machine failure when passing the English Canal on the journey from Stettin to Belfast. The ship was on July 16. introduced to Dover, where it remained for the following days. The “Ocean Sirius”, 7486 tdw (IMO-No .: 9353022), was built in 2005 and runs for Ocean Star Shipping GmbH in Jork.
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MSC Malin was stuck on the Westerschelde
(19.07.13) On July 16. At around seven o'clock the container freighter "MSC Malin", 21586 GT (IMO-No .: 8201636), registered under the Panama flag, ran onto the foreshore of the Westerschelde near Margarethapolder east of Terneuzen. The ship had suffered a rudder failure on the voyage from Helsinki to Antwerp and then ran into the embankment. It caused considerable damage to the dike foot, the reinforcement of which was damaged over a length of 50-60 meters. The rubble had disappeared and the pieces of zinc that should have held them in place were damaged.
The captain refused to provide tow assistance from Multraship and actually got the ship free again under his own steam. It moored at the Noordzee Terminal at 9.50 a.m. before going to the Delwaide Dock at around 5 p.m. Representatives from Scheldestromen and Rijkswaterstaat meanwhile inspected the damaged bank, which is to be repaired in the autumn. The “MSC Malin” left Antwerp again on July 17th. around noon with the goal of tea sports where on 18.7. Arrived at 5.45 p.m.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Ferry turned around with smoky engine room
(19.07.13) On the Norwegian ferry "Melderskin", 1974 BRZ (IMO-No .: 8412261), it came on 18.7. a strong smoke development in the engine room after the ship left Leirvåg for Sløvågand at 11.30 a.m. according to the schedule. The ferry turned and the passengers were disembarked in the face of the smoking chimneys. Further voyages were canceled while the ship was being examined at the dock in Mongstad.
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Ferry rammed the quay in Helsingborg
(19.07.13) on 18.7. The Danish Scandlines ferry "Hamlet", 10067 GT (IMO no .: 9150030) rammed the quay in Helsingborg. Apparently it had not been stopped in time and was getting too hard on the investor. The slightly damaged ship was then brought to Landskrona for repairs. It should be on 7/19. get going again.
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Inland tanker rammed bridge on Weser-Datteln Canal
(19.07.13) An inland tanker rammed into the night of 19.7. rammed a railway bridge at Voerde-Friedrichsfeld on the Wesel-Datteln Canal. His wheelhouse hit the structure, which was destroyed in the process.The captain was seriously injured and was hospitalized. He had probably not retracted the bridge deep enough or overestimated the clear height of the bridge. There was no damage to the bridge, but the railway line between Dinslaken and Wesel remained closed during the night.
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Three sailors rescued from distress off Newfoundland
(18.07.13) The sunken motorboat “Amphora” was blocked by a crane on the afternoon of 18.7. After it had blocked the Müritz-Elde waterway in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for over 24 hours. salvaged. The nine meter long boat was put aground near Plau, Ludwigslust-Parchim district. The recovery took several hours because water kept running into the hull and had to be pumped out because otherwise the wreck would have been too heavy for the crane. According to the waterway police, the cause of the accident was probably a driving error. The boat is considered a total loss.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Excavator is supposed to lift yacht in Greifswalder Bodden
(19.07.13) on 19.7. a ten-meter-long sailing yacht was to be recovered at Greifswald at the second attempt. An excavator is to be used on a pontoon for this purpose. The boat sank on July 5 after the collision with a cutter on the edge of the Bodden fairway to Greifswald. Only the mast protruded four meters from the water. The skipper saved himself by jumping into the water. The damage was estimated at around 20,000 euros. Initially, a salvage company tried to lift the ship out of the water with floats. However, this attempt failed.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Wreck found near Langeoog (Photo: Klaus Kremer) Large picture click!
Wreck off Langeoog is said to reveal its secret
(18.07.13) Since 17.7. was a team around the archaeologist Dr. Jana-Esther Fries and her colleague Michael Wesemann from the Archeology Department of the Lower Saxony State Office for Monument Preservation on the trail of an old wreck off Langeoog.
They were supported by the excavation technicians Angela Gerdau, Angelika Schwalke-Utku and Gerhard Stahn. Michael Wesemann had previously been involved in the investigation of five wrecks on Mellum, off Hooksiel, twice near the Weser and at Hohe Weg. There were ships from the 19th and 15th and the remains of a cog from the 12th century.
Shortly before the start of a planned beach cleanup, the researchers took the opportunity to take a close look at the wreckage of a former flat-bottomed ship, which rarely emerges from the sand.
This is only visible when a tidal creek runs directly over the wreck. Since this time it was even the exit of a creek, it protruded unusually far out of the sand.
In addition to countless photos of details and vertical images to prepare precise plan drawings, material samples were also taken. For this purpose, numerous measuring points were set and precisely measured using a tacheometer.
Two methods should be used to determine the age of the hull: A sample of the hull should be brought to the laboratory in order to determine the age of the wood with the help of a chronological examination. In addition, C14 analyzes of the caustic material that was once used to seal the planks and dowels should be carried out. During the investigation, old forge nails were also found in the fuselage.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Hamburg container freighter drifts deserted and burning in front of Mauritius
(18.07.13) On the Liberia-flagged container freighter "Hansa Brandenburg", 18334 GT (IMO-No .: 9236236), which has been operating since the morning of July 15. drifted around 200 miles northeast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, was on 17.5. a clear leakage of smoke continued to be perceived. The Liberian container freighter "Donau Trader", 28048 GT (IMO-No .: 9377559), built by HDW in Kiel in 2008, owned by the Leer shipping company Buss, which was nearby on the voyage from Cape Town to Colombo, saved the crew unharmed and brought them to Port Louis. Meanwhile, the shipping company Leonhardt & Blumberg sent another of their ships, the “Hansa Papenburg”, 18327 GT (IMO-No .: 9357858), which was on its way from Toamasina to Port Louis, to observe the burning ship. Leonhardt & Blumberg was delighted with the rescue of the crew of the "Hansa Brandenburg" and thanked the crew of the "Danube Trader" for their commitment. Representatives of the shipping company were on 17.7. expected in Port Louis to take care of the castaways.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Müritz-Elbe waterway closed after a boat accident
(18.07.13) On the Müritz-Elde-Wasserstraße near Plau, on 17.7. Not far from Plau is the six-ton ​​motor yacht “Amphora”. The pleasure craft ran aground after passing through the Plau lock and had a leak. The skipper from Lüneburg put the 8.5 meter long boat on the embankment, but the “amphora” turned 90 degrees and ran full. The skipper and his wife escaped to the bank. The canal then had to be completely closed to shipping, which led to traffic jams at the Plau and Barkow locks. On July 18 the boat should be lifted with the help of divers and a crane. Fire brigade forces put an oil barrier around the site of the accident.
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Well-equipped boaters rescued unscathed after capsizing
(18.07.13) The Norwegian ambulance boat "Eyr Bremstein" recovered two boaters who had had an accident southwest of Vega from the water on July 17th after their boat capsized After the boat had overturned in poor visibility and strong winds. The two boaters were discovered and rescued not far from their vehicle. They were wearing dry suits and life jackets and had been able to sound the alarm thanks to a mobile phone in a waterproof bag. The "University of Helgeland" hid after the successful rescue operation also their full-blown Eskimo boat.
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Negotiations to rescue the wyverns
(17.07.13) In mid-August, if all goes well, the wreck of the Norwegian two-master "Wyvern" could be recovered from the 50 meter deep Baltic Sea between Gotland and Öland. On July 17th Video published by the Swedish Coast Guard shows the Colin Archer with the sails still hanging on the mast upright on the seabed. The situation could make a rescue easier. The director of the Stavanger Maritime Museum has started talks with oil companies to see if they could work as salvage companies. A Danish salvage company was also contacted. The salvage costs would have to come from both public sources and private donations.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Complicated fire fighting operation on a burning barge
(18.07.13) On the evening of 17.7. a fire broke out in the engine room of a barge on the Rhine in Mehr and caused a large-scale deployment of the fire brigade. At about 8.30 p.m. the crew discovered the fire and alerted the brigade. At the time, the ship was lying on the bank of the former loading station of the Reckerfeld excavation in Mehr. Numerous vehicles from the fire brigades from Haffen-Mehr and Rees arrived, as did the DLRG and the water police. Getting anywhere near the ship turned out to be a problem. Finally, the firefighters ran with heavy breathing apparatus from a quayside street over the dike to the water and had a boat of the water police transfer them from there to the burning ship. Other emergency services were later brought to the scene of the fire in a small motor boat from the fire department. The fire brigade boat from Wesel also supported the extinguishing work, which was finished around 10 p.m. The cause of the fire was probably a technical defect on board.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Guesswork on wreckage on NATO ramp
(07/18/13) In the evening, the water rescuers of the DLRG Oppenheim discovered a 17-meter-long steel wreck at the NATO ramp in Oppenheim, where some maneuvering exercises with the boat train were to be carried out, the stern was badly damaged and had been under water for a long time would have. It was assumed that it was an old abandoned ship that had been lying aground in Nackenheim harbor on the island side until early summer and had been completely flooded during the flood. Traces of a caterpillar vehicle could be seen on the ramp, suggesting that the wreck had been pulled onto the ramp by one of them. The Mainz water police had no knowledge of the find, but assumed that it was actually the wreck from the Nackenheim harbor, which was probably salvaged by the water and shipping office and pulled ashore in Oppenheim. The WSA confirmed that after the water level had dropped, she actually brought the boat there and stored it temporarily on the ramp. Presumably it has to be broken down into parts on the spot.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Little ones helped big things on the Trave
(18.07.13) On the evening of 17.7. At around 7.30 p.m. the Dutch two-masted schooner “Eldorado”, 202 GT (IMO no .: 9509982), was unable to maneuver on the Trave after engine damage and had to anchor in the Siechenbucht. The rescue cruiser "Hans Ingwersen" was manned and ready to sail when the "Eldorado", a fishing cutter from 1964 that was rebuilt in 2012 and is 37.5 meters long, 6.5 meters wide and has a draft of 3 , 10 meters, reported that the Faaborg cutter "Christoph" was taking her on the hook. He managed to bring the damaged ship to a pier in Travemünde with his 200 hp machine.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Three sailors rescued from distress off Newfoundland
(07/18/13) The American sailing yacht "Melita" ran into Iceland on July 16. in distress in heavy seas off Newfoundland. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center (JRCC) Halifax was alerted at 6:53 pm when the boat threatened to sink 435 miles northeast of Gander and 400 miles south of Greenland. The JRCC Halifax sent the coast guard boat "Cygnus" to the 350 miles Another trip to the "Melita", also a Hercules from CFB Trenton rose.
Then the British freighter "Megan C", 9530 GT (IMO No.:9463578), was identified as closer and the JRCC Halifax asked for help at 20:19. It was 90 miles from the "Melita".
On July 17th At three o'clock the Hercules was on site, around seven the "Megan C" arrived and immediately took two of the three crew members on board, and within the next half an hour also the third sailor. Then she resumed her trip to Montreal, where she was on July 22nd. is expected with the castaways on board.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Tug recovered from Mississippi after two weeks
(18.07.13) The Brennan Marine recovered the 22 meter long tug "Megan McB" (MMSI-No .: 367548460) on July 17th. from Mississippi, where he had driven over Barrier No. 7 and capsized two weeks earlier. The wreck was pulled further downstream and out of the main fairway before it was straightened and pailed to the point where it was buoyant. The mud-encrusted tug was then pulled to Brennan's French Island Shipyard and moored there. The US Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation into how the tug got over the roller door, causing the 22-year-old deckhand Tyler Trussoni from Genoa to drown.
Brennan blamed mechanical damage, the flood and the strong current for the accident. The Coast Guard plans to publish an investigation report in August. The initial task was to pump out over 6,000 gallons of oil fluids from the sunken ship and a further 800 gallons, which previously could not be reached, on the quay.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Two dead and two missing after a collision near Vorontsovka
(07/18/13) on 07/17 At around 6 p.m., a cutter from the Ukraine collided with a Russian coast guard boat in the Azov Sea near the village of Vorontsovka. The cutter capsized, one man was able to save himself, two more were found dead, two more missing. The rescued man was a man from a village in the Donetsk region. Two boats from the Russian Emergency Ministry were looking for the missing people.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Astrid Andrea (Photo: Roar Jensen) Click to enlarge!
Kutter was stuck on the underwater structure
(17.07.13) On the evening of 15.7. The Norwegian cutter "Astrid Andrea N 28-0" (MMSI-No .: 257163120) ran aground in the port of Honningsvåg in Finnmark. He got stuck on the submerged part of the new breakwater in front of the harbor, which was still under construction, and lay on his side to starboard. The police were informed at 10.45 p.m., they informed the Hovedredningssentralen (HRS) in northern Norway, and a coast guard ship was put on the march to get the 10-meter-long damaged vessel afloat again.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Major fire on a Hamburg container freighter off Mauritius
(17.07.13) The container freighter "Hansa Brandenburg", 18334 GT (IMO-No .: 9236236) running under Liberia flag, arrived on the morning of July 15. A major fire broke out on the journey from Singapore to Durban 200 miles northeast of Mauritius. First there was an explosion in a container that was stowed in crane 2 directly in front of the superstructure on the upper deck.
The flames then spread to the superstructure. After a Mayday was received in Port Louis, the Coast Guard launched a rescue operation. A Mauritian Maritime Squadron aircraft ascends to come into contact with the ship and monitor the situation. One of the first observations was that around a third of the ship was on fire.
The freighter had a crew of 17 men. The Liberian container freighter “Donau Trader”, 28048 GT (IMO-No .: 9377559), which was nearby on the voyage from Cape Town to Colombo, set course for the damaged vessel to provide assistance. The "Hansa Brandenburg" had 1420 tons of heavy fuel oil and 590 tons of diesel oil on board.
The 1740 TEU freighter of the Hamburg shipping company Leonhardt & Blumberg, built in 2003 at the Wenchong Shipyard in Guangzhou, China, has a load capacity of 23,493 tons, is 175.53 meters long, 27.40 meters ready and has a draft of 10.90 meters . It ran from 2003 to 2007 as "Maersk Auckland" and until 2011 as "Tiger Jade" before it became "Hansa Brandenburg" again.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Steam tug on rampage in Svendborg
(17.07.13) The Swedish steam tug "Bjørn", 135 GT, a veteran built in 1909 at the Seebeck shipyard in Bremerhaven and based in Helsingør, judged on the afternoon of July 16. caused considerable damage in the port of Svendborg. He had just cast off from the Maritime Center when his stern first ran into the Danish galeasse "Palnatoke", 19 GT, a two-master built in Humlebæk in 1894.
Their bowsprit as well as the tug's flagstick broke. Then he next rammed the wooden bridge of Det gule Pakhus, which broke into pieces and damaged the Svendborger "Fionia", which was moored on the opposite side of the bridge at the Peter Ladefogeds boatyard. The rudder suffered a crack. Palnatoke "went to J. Ring Andersen's shipyard in Svendborg for a damage assessment.
The cause of the rampage was probably a misunderstanding between the captain of the “Bjørn” and his engineer, who caused the ship to continue astern instead of going ahead during a turning maneuver that wanted to get into Svendborgsund. The restoration of the “Bjørn”, which was on its first summer tour with a volunteer crew, was only recently completed after 30 years. She continued her charter trip after the mishap and should be on July 18th. be in Ærøskøbing.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Baltic Ace needs to be evacuated
(17.07.13) Rijkswaterstaat will shortly be tendering the salvage of the car freighter "Baltic Ace", which has sunk off Holland and which is to be cleared in 2014 or 2015 as a shipping and environmental hazard. In the past few months, ways to dispose of the 540,000 gallons of oil still in the wreck had been considered. The ship is moored on a busy shipping route to Rotterdam at a depth of around 40 meters.
The Ray Car Carriers, who would be financially responsible, have given up the ship. Rijkswaterstaat has already had to spend considerable sums to monitor the sinking site and to secure it with tons and a guard ship, which amounts to 60,000 to 90,000 euros per month. In addition, an oil leak had to be sealed. The salvage will also initially take place at the expense of the Dutch state.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Two children injured in a collision
(17.07.13) Two children were injured and were taken to hospital after the Swedish passenger ferry "Djurgården 8" (MMSI no .: 265586620) on July 16. Collided with the pier at Skeppsholmen Bridge in Stockholm around 10 a.m. The 28 meter long ship had apparently approached the bridge at too high a speed, so that the children fell on the impact. The ferry was then taken out of service for a technical investigation and a replacement ferry was used.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Cylinder leakage paralyzed the ferry
(17.07.13) The Norwegian ferry "Edøyfjord", 1632 GT (IMO-No .: 9614713), was launched on the evening of July 9th.in Kristiansund after a leak occurred in a cylinder of the main engine. The damage was repaired at Devold Holmen. The ferry "Stordalselva", which otherwise operates between Seivika and Tømmervåg, was called as a replacement. The repair of the "Edøyfjjord" should take place on July 17th or 18th. be shot down and the ship will then go back to the ferry service Sandvika - Edøya.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Ferry turned circles after propeller failure
(07/17/13) The Swedish vent graphics had to go on 07/16. take their ferry "Uraniborg", 1151 GT (IMO-No .: 9616125) out of service after a propeller failed shortly after leaving Landskrona and the ship began to turn in circles in front of the port. The involuntary carousel ride could only be stopped when a line was put ashore and the ship was pulled back to the quay with its help. Apparently an operating error after an error message from the computer system was to blame for the mishap.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Solyna (Image: KNRM) Click to enlarge!
Yacht high and dry at Verdronken
(07/16/13) KNRM Hansweert came on 07/15. to help the stranded sailing yacht “Solyna” near Verdronken. She was alerted at 1:23 p.m. after the boat with two sailors on board ran aground near the Belgian border at buoy S15. When the sea rescuers arrived, the yacht was already dry on the stones. Two men were dropped off on the yacht, and the Multraship salvage workers came to the rescue. A man was transferred to the "Jan van Engelenburg". The yacht, which could not be salvaged at low tide, was initially secured with anchors while waiting for the incoming tide.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



The captain put tankers at 2.5 per mille aground
(16.07.13) With the captain of the Dutch inland tanker "Ireen", 2780 ts (EU-No .: 02332901), who was on the way to Birsfelden on 15.7. ran aground on the Rhine between Bacharach and Lorchhausen with 2000 tons of highly flammable methanol, the St. Goar water police found 2.5 per thousand alcohol in the blood in a breath test. In the afternoon, the authorities blocked shipping at the scene of the accident for two hours while 225 tons of methanol were emptied onto a tanker that had gone alongside. Then the 110 meter long “Ireen” floated up again. The captain had to pay a security deposit of 700 euros, his patent was withdrawn by the authorities.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Yacht ran out on Scroby Sands
(07/16/13) The Humber Coastguard was launched on the evening of 07/15. alarmed after the yacht "Moonriver" was stranded on Scroby Sands in Great Yarmouth. There was a skipper on board. The Humber Coastguard, in turn, alerted the RNLI boat in Gorlestone, which stowed the woman and secured the yacht until it was salvaged.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Empire crew was warned of the threat of stranding
(16.07.13) The Dutch container feeder "Empire", 15924 GT (IMO-No .: 9387425), which was released on the night of July 15. ran aground four miles south-east of the island of Anholt on Østrev, was able to free himself again in the course of the day by pumping over ballast water and anchored 2.3 miles off Anholt in Pakhus Bay, where divers examined the hull.
The stranding in the Kattegat had occurred although the crew of the passing Kiel-Oslo ferry “Color Fantasy” had warned of the dangerous course to the island and radioed that they would be aground in 15 minutes. The "Empire" replied that everything was okay. A Danish pilot had also tried to intervene. The crew of the "Empire" later stated that their GPS had failed. The “Empire”, 20316 tdw (IMO-No .: 9387425), has a container capacity of 1400 TEU, was built in 2009 and is running for JR Ship Management BV.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



Coalition for the rescue of the "Wyvern" off Gotland
(16.07.13) The Norwegian ketch "Wyvern" (MMSI-No .: 257563910) is to be lifted and repaired according to the will of the Stavanger Maritime Museum. Underwater videos of the wreck encouraged the museum management not to give up the ship. It sank on a level keel and with the masts upright. The sails remained set even at a depth of 55 meters. Rescue would not be technically complicated.
It can be planned using the video recordings and would cost around two million Norwegian kroner. The mayor of Stavanger, Bjørg Tysdal Moe, is also urging that the ship be recovered quickly before major damage occurs to the ship. Numerous potential donors have already registered in the city who want to save the historic yacht. The city itself would also support the recovery financially.
Source: Tim Schwabedissen



A quarter-hour delay in the use of CO2 caused Brand to escalate to "Carnival Splendor"
(16.07.13) A 15-minute delay in the activation of the Hi-Fog systems resulted in the engine room fire on board the “Carnival Splendor” spreading 150 miles south of San Diego on the voyage to Puerto Vallarta on November 8, 2010 could and led to the failure of the board power.