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Bulk carrier grounding highlights gaps in port risk assessment

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued an investigation report on the grounding of the bulk carrier ‘Orient Centaur’, which lost power while transiting a channel from the Port of Weipa, in November 2017. This incident highlighted gaps in the port’s risk plans, ATSB noted. 

Dutch company to salvage grounded chemical tanker off India

A Dutch salvaging company called ‘Marine Masters BV’, was chosen to salvage the grounded chemical tanker Nu Shi Nalini. The ship had broken loose from its anchor on October 25, and ran aground off India. The salvage operation, it is expected to last 30 days, while the offloading of the ship’s cargo is forecast to last up to 12 days.

Barge grounded on Quadra Island, British Columbia

Officials are trying to refloat a barge that ran aground, damaging its hull on Quadra Island, British Columbia, on November 9. As Transport Canada informed, it is now considering a salvage plan, and when the barge is refloated, it will be towed to a facility near Campbell River for repairs.

Ferry runs aground off Stockholm after electric power interruptions

The ferry ‘Princess Anastasia’ was grounded off the Port of Stockholm, on November 6. According to initial information brief electric power interruptions were the cause of the incident. The ship has been refloated. The ferry has arrived at the port of Stockholm, and it will continue on its way after conducting the necessary technical inspections and obtaining an opinion from the port authorities of Sweden.

New Zealand ferry company fined NZ $380,000 following grounding

A New Zealand ferry company was fined with the amount of NZ $380,000 because the company’s ferry “City Cat” grounded on April 2017; The fine was also issued because the company failed to ensure the safety of the passengers’ and other sea users.

Ship grounding stresses importance of bridge resource management

New Zealand’s TAIC issued an investigation report on the grounding of the Danish-registered container ship Leda Maersk off the Port of Otago in June 2018. The investigation revealed that neither the harbour pilot nor the ship’s bridge team recognised that the Leda Maersk was deviating from the planned track. 

White smoke coming from Golden Ray stabilized

The white smoke that has been coming from Golden Ray, has now been stabilized by Unified Command response crews. The cause of the smoke is yet unknown, as the car carrier is being salvaged in St. Simons Sound, Georgia.

Grounded bulker in St. Lawrence Seaway now refloated

After the Canadian-flagged self discharging bulk carrier ‘RT Honorable Paul Martin’ ran aground on the American side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, on 6 October, it has now been refloated and anchored outside of the port of Johnstown, Ontario. The ship is now waiting for repairs.

Navy of the Dominican Republic refloats grounded cargo vessel

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.

Cargo ship runs aground in French nature reserve

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.


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