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Salvage companies hired to refloat ‘MV Priscilla’

HM Coastguard informed that a consortium of salvage companies, Multraship, Ardent, Wagenborg, have been appointed by the owner of ‘MV Priscilla’ to move the ship. Representatives from Ardent will arrive at the vessel later today, to conduct an initial assessment on Saturday 21 July. 

13 die as ‘duck boat’ sinks due to storm

At least 13 people have drowned after a tourist ‘duck boat’ sank during a storm on a lake in Missouri. As Missouri Governor Michael Parson informed, authorities are continuing the search for other missing victims. Seven victims, including two who were critically injured, were being treated at the Cox Medical Center in Branson.

Fishing vessel sinks after being trapped between two ships

On July 14, the fishing vessel ‘Kristi’ lost power near Clark’s Point, a Bristol Bay village near Dillingham, Alaska. The boat became trapped between two ships and its crew escaped moments before the vessel sank. USCG is currently investigating the incident, in order to identify the causes of it.

Cargo ship ran aground off Caithness

On 18 July, HM Coastguard received a report that a vessel ran aground on the Pentland Skerries approximately 5nm north east of Duncansby Head. The 89m cargo ship ‘Priscilla’, carrying six people onboard, did not report significant damage, while there is no sign of any pollution.

Debris in Ro-Ro’s engine cause fire

On 12 September 2017, while approaching Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, the ro-ro passenger ferry Wight Sky suffered a catastrophic failure of one of its main propulsion engines, and fire broke out. The fire was control immediately, but the vessel’s engineer suffered serious burn injuries. He was subsequently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and had not returned to work until now, UK MAIB informs.

Ferry runs aground off Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore informed that on July 9 2018, the Indonesian-flagged ferry, ‘SRI Kandi 99’, ran aground on a rock bund at the southern tip of Pulau Tekong, within Singapore port waters. The ship was carrying 45 people onboard. All are safe and accounted for.

Five ships collide at Suez Canal

A total of five ships collided in the Suez Canal, on July 15. Namely, the container ship ‘Aeneas’ experienced an engine failure and stopped, causing three bulk carriers Panamax Alexander, Sakizaya Kalon and Osios David to collide as they weren’t able to stop. A little later, the container ship NYK Orpheus hit Panamax Alexander.

12 injured on board lava tour boat

Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from 911 of three crewmembers and three sightseers injured in an incident that happened near a lava flow in Kapoho Bay aboard the tour boat ‘Hot Shot.’ I total, 12 total injured, three seriously and nine minor, while the injuries range in severity with the worst being a broken leg.

Broken valve causes oil spill while bunkering

In its Monthly Safety Scenario for July, the Swedish Club describes a case of an oil spill during a vessel’s bunkering operations. Following investigation, the Club recommended that all involved parties should be informed when tanks are switched and that crew should always ensure the valves are completely shut and working.

USCG: Public hearing underway for Bouchard Tank Barge explosion

In accordance with a formal announcement in May, a public hearing is now underway at the USCG Sector Houston-Galveston, to consider evidence related to an incident that occurred aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge back in October, with explosion, fire and two fatalities and oil discharge into the water.


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