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Maritime news from the seven seas

 


Over the next four years, the demand for offshore maintenance, modifications and operations services is forecast to increase 30 percent due to surging oil prices, increasing offshore development and declining infrastructure.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

In Alaska, a very involved multi-pronged rescue operation occurred after three injured crew members from the cargo vessel Copacabana had to be airlifted to safety after the ship was hit by a large wave.

The Norwegian Breakaway suffered a malfunction of its Azipod, which left the ship with no steering or propulsion. The vessel was transiting the Hudson River, New York at the time of the incident. After being stranded for several hours, she was towed to a nearby pier.

Near Guam, an injured crewmember had to be airlifted to hospital from the merchant vessel Tenso. A 3- by 5-meter gaping hole on the portside of the chemical tanker Sten Moster was the result of a collision with the bulk carrier Orange Island in the English Channel.

In Bulgaria, at the port of Vrana, the Mohammed H cargo vessel capsized at dock while loading bagged soda. All crew abandoned ship after the Altinia, an Italian ro/ro cargo vessel, suffered a fire while sailing in the Gulf of Aden.

In Wreck Bay near San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos, the Galapaface 1 reefer vessel ran ground due to the engine room flooding with water. A helicopter carrying oilrig workers from Ghana’s western port of Takoradi to the Jack Ryag oilrig crashed into the sea. Three people died.

Offshore Onlookers

The world’s largest semi-submersible 150- by 110-meter platform is now under construction. The CPF, being built by Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, is expected to be in operation in late 2015 in offshore Western Australia.

Offshore surveyors and survey engineers now have the opportunity to receive training aboard Kongsberg Maritime Ltd.’s True North catamaran. The vessel adds a practical on-water component to the company’s existing classroom courses delivered through their Westhill, Aberdeen training center.

A new recommended standard for training dynamic positioning (DP) operators will help them gain more efficiency while being trained, leading to better effectiveness on the job. Launched by DNV GL, the practice is based on the latest training and certification principles and helps define the role simulators play in enhancing overall DP instructional efforts.

Piracy Pulse

A deadly bout of gunfire between pirates and armed security guards aboard the product tanker SP Brussels resulted in one merchant sailor dying, along with two of the pirates. Another crewmember was also injured in the incident.

In Freetown Port, Sierra Leone, a bulk carrier at dock was attacked by five armed robbers, two managed to get on the ship and take the duty cadet hostage before cutting off and stealing the aft mooring ropes and freeing the seafarer.

In another mooring rope-cutting incident, in Bangladesh, more than 30 robbers attempted to approach a chemical tanker at anchor. After cutting the aft mooring rope off, the alarm was raised and the absconders made their escape with a lifebuoy.

Shipwrecks Of Old

Archaeologists may have found the famous Santa María Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492 in search of new worlds, discovering America in the process. The ship ran aground on Christmas Day near Haiti in the Caribbean. Her anchor is on display at Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien.

Ancient shipwreck remains have revealed more than 150 amphorae from the Punic era. The finds, scattered around the site of what’s known as the Binisafuller shipwreck, are helping archaeologists piece together how trade was carried out in the Balearic Islands region during the early centuries BC.

The search for more treasure continues on the wreck of the SS Central America. Odyssey Marine Exploration has retrieved yet more gold coins and ingots. The 1853 vessel was a side-wheel steamship that operated along the Atlantic coast during the California Gold Rush. She sank in a hurricane off South Carolina in 1857.

Odds and Ends

Royal Caribbean is ordering the world’s largest cruise ship. The fourth Oasis-class vessel is set to be built by STX in South Korea and will boast 16 decks and have capacity of over 8,000 passengers and crew.

A New York man, who passed himself off as a ship’s captain carrying a fraudulent Coast Guard license and working on various commercial ships on the Great Lakes, was sentenced to seven years in jail after an investigation into the June 2012 grounding of one of the vessels. He also used the false credential to obtain close to $300,000 in deposits on several maritime construction contracts with no intention of doing the work.

 
 

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