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Two additional tugs to assist Yantian Express

After a fire broke out on the the deck of the Yantian Express, on 3 January, Hapag Lloyd informed that a decision was made to evacuate the crew. The fire is under control and two additional tugs were sent to assist the vessel. The newly-added tugs are the DonJon-owned Atlantic Enterprise and the Boskalis AHTS Sovereign, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Hapag Lloyd’s fire-hit container ship to be towed to Halifax

The commercial tugboat Maersk Mobiliser will tow Hapag Lloyd’s fire-stricken container ship to Halifax, New Scotland, the US Coast Guard informed in an official update. The fire broke out on 3 January in one of the containers onboard the 7,510 TEU container ship ‘Yantian Express’ about 1,015 miles northeast of Bermuda.

Workers evacuated from Shell’s platform in North Sea after power outage

More than 130 workers were evacuated from Shell’s ‘Brent Charlie’ oil platform in North Sea, due to power outage, on 27 November. Crew onboard ‘Brent Charlie’, located 185km North East of Lerwick, Shetland, contacted the HM Coastguard in the early morning hours of Tuesday reporting that they had lost power and were running on backup batteries.

15 evacuated from capsized liftboat in Gulf of Mexico

A total of 15 crew members were evacuated from the 134-foot liftboat ‘Ram XVIII’, after the vessel started taking on water near Grand Isle, Louisiana, on Sunday. The US Coast Guard and good Samaritan vessels headed to the scene after watchstanders at USCG Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 3:16 a.m. from the ‘Ram XVIII’ that it was taking on water approximately 23 nm west of Southwest Pass.

Norwegian warship collides with tanker in fjord

Seven people were slightly injured after the Norwegian frigate ‘KNM Helge Ingstad’ collided with the oil tanker ‘Sola TS’ off Bergen, Norway, in the early hours of Thursday 8 November. The warship developed dangerous list and all of its 137 crew were evacuated. The tanker suffered minor damage and there was no injury or oil spill reported.

Lessons learned: Descent through Marine Evacuation System slides

The UK MAIB analyzed an injury case during trials of marine evacuation system (MES) slides. The investigation highlighted that the MES design concept was to accommodate mass evacuation of passengers wearing normal clothing, but not survival suits.  

22 crew saved after bulk carrier runs aground in Philippines

About 22 crew members were safely evacuated by the Philippine Coast Guard and local authorities, after a bulk carrier, carrying 22 crew and loaded with 20,000 bags of cement, ran aground approximately 100 yards Southeast of Lighthouse Station Tubigan Point, San Jose, Antique, on Monday.

Three injured after pipe bursts onboard dredger

Three men were injured after a pipe burst onboard the cutter suction dredge ‘C.R. McCaskill’, while the vessel was operating off the coast of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, in the afternoon hours of Monday. Initial eyewitness reports suggested that an explosion had occurred, due to the magnitude of the blast.

More than 100 people evacuated from ferry on fire off Cebu

Over 100 people were evacuated from the passenger ship ‘Lite Ferry 28’ after a fire broke out onboard, while the ship was sailing approximately 300 meters off Taloot Port Argao, Cebu, in the afternoon hours of Sunday, 2 September, the Philippine Coast Guard informed. 

Two crewmen seriously injured from heavy weather off Port Elizabeth

Two crew members suffering injuries were evacuated after a fall onboard the 177-meter bulk carrier ‘Bona’, on the evening hours of 28 August. The two men were seriously injured after a wave washed over the vessel in heavy seas causing them to be washed up against machinery onboard the vessel.


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