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Above Board

Maritime news from the seven seas


August 1, 2018

Two Port of Long Beach crane operators set a new US record for moving cargo at Total Terminals International’s Pier T. Using a single crane, the pair moved 564 containers on the Gudrun Maersk vessel during an eight-hour shift, surpassing the previous record, set back in 2014 at the same port, by 30 containers.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

In the Netherlands, the Bow Jubail oil freighter allided with a pier at the Port of Rotterdam, resulting in approximately 220 tons of fuel oil spilling into the Harbor. A pilot was on board at the time of the incident but there were no injuries to crew.

In Storasund, Norway, the Urter OSV ran onto the shore after losing steering control. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident. Despite minor damage to the bow, the vessel was refloated by the crew.

A Boston Harbor cruise excursion was interrupted not long after getting underway. The Odyssey passenger vessel, carrying 328 people, suffered unexpected mechanical problems and ended up hitting six sailboats in the process.

Near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, two crewmembers working aboard the KS Flora bulker had to be medevaced after sustaining injuries due to rough weather. A helicopter carrying a rescue swimmer and government paramedic were dispatched to help get the two to safety.

A suction dredge with two crew and a Master aboard near the port of Suances, Spain, had to be abandoned after a flood began in the engine room. The Barlovento Primero subsequently sank, despite the pumping efforts of the crew who were able to get to another dredger that was close by. At the time of sinking, the vessel apparently had not released any pollution into the ocean.

Piracy Pulse

Near Lagos Port, Nigeria, a group of seven bandits got themselves aboard a ro/ro vessel where they stole ship stores after taking one of the duty crew as hostage. Despite the crewman getting free and raising the alarm, the robbers got away.

Again in Nigeria, at Apapa Port, Lagos, stores were also taken off a berthed containership by four thieves. The alarm was raised by the duty crew, but the marauders were still able to make off with their bounty.

At Tarahan Anchorage in Indonesia, a group of five pirates brandishing knives threatened and tied up a bulk carrier’s duty AB. Then they went in search of items they could grab and were able to get some engine spares as well as ship’s properties before they made their getaway.

Odds and Ends

A freighter master under the influence of alcohol and a bridge navigational watch alarm that wasn’t turned on, were the reasons behind the grounding of the Ruyter off Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland, according to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch of the UK. Reportedly, the Chief Mate had noticed the aroma of alcohol on the Master but decided he was still fit to do his job. Some time during the voyage from Denmark to Warrenpoint, the Master decided to leave the bridge with no one in charge. Unfortunately, the Chief Mate had no idea what was going on until it was too late and the vessel grounded.

Owners of the 35-foot pleasure craft Catviar could be on the hook for charges mounting to more than $41,000 after illegally operating as a charter vessel. Personnel from Coast Guard Station Miami, Florida got involved after a good Samaritan had to rescue two people from the water.

Kathy Smith writes for global maritime trade journals and provides marketing copy to maritime businesses worldwide. She can be reached at


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