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Grounded Spanish warship refloated and towed to port

A week after it ran aground about 400 meters off the coast of La Manga, the Spanish minesweeper Turia has been refloated and returned to the naval base at Cartagena, Spain, as the Spanish Navy informed. 

Refloating efforts continue for grounded Spanish warship

Refloating efforts continue after the Spanish Navy minesweeper ‘Turia’ ran aground off La Manga while participating in a search and rescue operation for a downed Spanish Air Force C-101 training jet. Installation of the outer balloons was completed on Monday morning.

Spanish warship runs aground while searching for downed aircraft

The Spanish Navy minesweeper Turia ran aground on August 27, off La Manga, Spain. The ship was participating in a search and rescue operation for a downed Spanish Air Force C-101 training jet, when the grounding took place. After the incident, some of the ship’s crew, as well as a dive team, remained on board the ship during the night, in order to monitor any changes.

Final conviction for the Captain of Thorco Lineage

The Captain of the Philippines-flagged general cargo ship ‘Thorco Lineage’, which ran aground in French Polynesia in June 2018, has received a final conviction after initially appealing the sentence. The captain was sentenced for failing to communicate the engine failure.

Balearia ferry runs aground off Spain

A Spanish ferry, carrying around 400 passengers, ran aground while sailing from Ibiza and Majorca, on August 16. After the incident rescue operations were launched by the coast guard and other emergency services. The ferry ‘Pinar del Rio’ is operated by Balearia, and grounded off Benidorm, southeastern Spain, while the ship was preparing to moor in harbor with 393 passengers and 70 vehicles on board.

Grounded bulk carrier off Falmouth Bay had no insurance

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the grounding of bulk carrier ‘Kuzma Minin’ in Falmouth Bay, in December 2018. The report highlights the unexpected pressures caused during salvage efforts due to the vessel’s lack of P&I insurance. 

Passengers evacuated after ferry runs aground off Indonesia

The passenger ship Indera Bupala ran aground on July 15 about 1.5 nautical miles, off Mengkilo, Bintan, Indonesia. The ship was carrying 40 passengers on board, and was heading from Singapore to Lobam Port, western Bintan. Initial information indicated that the hull was not damaged, while there was not leak from the ship after the incident.

Ro-Ro runs aground off Chile, crewman dies onboard

The Ro-Ro cargo ship ‘Coyhaique’, owned by Chilean ferry operator Navimag, grounded in Aysén waters, off the Chilean Port of Aguirre in the early morning hours of 3 July. All of the ship’s crew and passengers were evacuated as a result. 

Lessons learned: Sailing in shallow waters leads to grounding

In its latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB describes a case of a yacht grounding during an ocean race. With respect to this incident, MAIB advised that every vessel sailing at sea needs a passage plan that has identified all potential hazards for the voyage ahead.


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