The 691-foot-long cruise ship Silver Spirit crashed into a mooring dolphin in Key West, on November 28, due to heavy winds. Because of the crash, Mallory Square will be unusable for three months. The ship was not significantly damaged, while no injuries were reported.
US NTSB published its report on the allision of the container ship ‘Helsinki Bridge’, with the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal on December 6, 2017. According to the report, the Massachusetts Port Authority did not provide proper berthing arrangements during ongoing construction at the Conley Container Terminal.
The Norwegian Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) released its preliminary report for the collision of the Norwegian frigate ‘KNM Helge Ingstad‘, which collided with the oil tanker ‘Sola TS’ off Bergen, Norway, on 8 November 2018. The warship sustained significant damage and sank a few days later.
The rescue boat ‘Idar Ulstein’ drove on land due to high speed, at Sunnmøre, Norway, on November 29. The boat had three people on board during the incident, all of whom are not injured seriously, while local media report that there has been an oil spill.
An underwater drone, usually used for hull inspections of shipping and offshore vessels, will now help the Norwegian Armed Forces during the marine salvage operations of the wrecked frigate KNM Helge Ingstad.
The LNG tanker ‘Grand Elena’ hit a berth at Russia’s Sakhalin Energy project, carrying 145,000 cubic metres of LNG. The accident took place on November 27 and it is not clear when the ship will leave the port. The production was not affected, while an investigation into the in incident is ongoing.
The US warship USS John S. McCain was successfully launched from dry dock and moored pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, on 27 November. The ship entered dry dock at the Navy’s Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka in February, to undergo repairs from the damage it sustained in a major collision with a merchant ship in August 2017.
The container ship Hua Yuan 9999 collided with the dry bulk vessel Pu Hui 1 on Yangtze River near Taicang Port, on November 27. After the collision Hua Yuan 9999’s containers fell overboard, and blocked the navigation channel of the Port.
The general cargo ship Paksoy 1, carrying the Turkish flag, collided with the Dutch ship ‘EEMS Cobalt’, on November 15, 25 kilometers off Borkum, Germany. According to the German maritime authorities, all 21 crew on board the vessels are safe and no injuries have been reported.
Although being hold with wires, the Norwegian frigate ‘Helge Instad’ was depicted almost fully submerged on Tuesday, following collision last week with the Maltese-flagged oil tanker ‘Sola TS’ in Hjeltefjorden, off Bergen, in the early morning hours of Thursday. The Norwegian Coastal Administration is leading the oil spill response, while the Navy is leading the work on the crash investigation.
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