An offshore worker was injured in a fire incident on Monday, October 14, on board the Taqa’s Tern Alpha platform in the North Sea, located about 90 nm to the northeast of the Shetland Islands in the UK, leading to a temporary production shut-down. The worker suffered an arm injury due to the fire and was then medevaced by helicopter to Lerwick for treatment, after a request to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
The Norwegian Maritime Authority issues an alert concerning a small fire that erupted in the battery room onboard Ytterøyningen passenger ferry and provides recommendations on dealing with unsafe situations onboard vessels.
As Reuters reports, Hungarian prosecutors are expected to charge the captain of the cruise ship that hit and sank the ‘Mermaid’ tourist vessel on the River Danube, which led to 28 people onboard losing their lives. The tourist boat had 35 people onboard, from whom 28 were found dead after research operations.
The Iranian news outlet Shana published the first images of the damaged tanker Sabiti, which was hit by missiles in the Red Sea, last week, off Saudi Arabia’s coast and suffered two hull breaches, while Iranian PMO’s Managing Director Mohammad Rastad commented that it was definitely a missile hit.
The cargo vessel Habib Express which ran aground off the Beata Island in the Dominican Republic in late September, was refloated on October 7, according to Dominican Republic Navy. The Tanzanian-flagged vessel was sailing from Miami,Florida, to the port of Haina when its bow beached on September 11.
A cargo ship ran aground on October 13 in a marine reserve in the Strait of Bonaficio, off Corsica, France. No oil appears to have been spilled, according to the maritime police said, but anti-pollution measures are being deployed.
Two workers lost their lives at a shipbreaking yard in in Bangladesh, on Saturday, October 12. According to local sources, the probable cause of the deaths may have been that they inhaled toxic gas. Dangerous shipbreaking in Bangladesh is a great area of concern for human rights organizations and working unions around the world, over the unsafe working conditions and polluting ship dismantling practices.
The Chinese Embassy confirmed to Xinhua that five Chinese crewmembers died, three are missing and four have been rescued from the Panama-registered vessel that sank in Tokyo Bay, Saturday October 12. The vessel was discovered undersea on October 13.
After the Iranian oil tanker Sabiti was hit by missiles in the Red Sea, last week, off Saudi Arabia’s coast, leakage of cargo has been stopped. The ship is now heading for the Gulf, while the incident has not been independently confirmed yet, and there is no claim of responsibility.
In its latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB describes an accident of a Master’s injury onboard a tug, which was caused by miscommunication and not proper sharing of information. The Master fell through a hatchway which was open while contractors were conducting operations.
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