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Australian navy saves ship from reef

No oil was spilled during the event and no one was injured An Australian naval vessel has helped prevent what authorities say could have been a maritime disaster off Papua New Guinea.Australia's Defence Department says a container ship, MV Vega Fynen, lost engine power and was drifting towards a charted reef 100 nautical miles south-east of Port Moresby early on Monday.After receiving a call for help from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the patrol boat HMAS Broome, based in Darwin, northern Australia, raced 146 miles to help the stricken ship.The Defence Department says the crew towed the 13,000 tonne vessel south and back into deeper waters.Lord Howe IslandThe patrol boat crew have been praised by authorities in Port Moresby for averting an environmental castastropheElsewhere off the Australian coast, a ship that ran aground in the harbour at Lord Howe Island has been cleared to return to service.The 485-tonne MV Island Trader grounded after unloading its cargo eight days ago on the east coast island but was refloated on the evening high tide on Monday.No oil was spilled during the event and no one was injured.Source: Radio Australia News

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Pollution investigators responding to grounded vessel north of Coos Bay entrance

No injuries were reported SEATTLE - Debris from the 50-foot fishing vessel New York has washed ashore on the beach north of the Coos Bay entrance near North Bend, Ore., Oct. 23, 2011. Coast Guard pollution investigators have responded to the incident. No injuries were reported. U.S. Coast Guard photo.SEATTLE - The Coast Guard is responding to a pollution incident on the beach just north of the Coos Bay entrance near North Bend, Ore., Sunday.The 50-foot fishing vessel New York ran aground on the beach shortly after reporting that the vessel was taking on water at approximately 5:30 a.m.Coast Guard Station Coos Bay in Charleston, Ore., launched a 47-foot motor life boat and Group Air Station North Bend in North Bend, Ore., launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter to respond. The helicopter crew attempted to hoist the three fishermen on board but was unable to because of the vessel's instability due to the surf. The fisherman eventually swam ashore on their own.The helicopter crew landed on the beach, picked up the fisherman and transferred them to awaiting EMS at Group Air Station North Bend.The vessel's captain later reported that approximately 300 gallons of diesel, 15 gallons of hydraulic oil and 1/2 ...

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Supply ship grounding an ‘accident waiting to happen’

Carrying 20 tonnes of marine diesel fuel i Investigations are under way into the grounding of a supply ship carrying 20 tonnes of marine diesel fuel in the lagoon of the world heritage-listed Lord Howe Island.As NSW Maritime sent a marine investigator to the coral-fringed island to inspect the MV Island Trader, which ran aground on Monday, the Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon told the Herald she warned the state government seven years ago that the operations of the ship were ''an accident waiting to happen''.''The state government has for too long got away with lax arrangements for this shipping service,'' Ms Rhiannon said.She had said there were grave fears that the ship, which rides very low in the water and carries fuel supplies in a single-skinned hull, could cause an environmental disaster if it was involved in an accident.The MV Island Trader, which has the monopoly on the route carrying food and fuel to the island from Port Macquarie, hit a sandbank after unloading its cargo on Lord Howe Island.Concerns have also been raised that environmental safety procedures were not immediately followed and pollution prevention booms were not put in place around the ship until more than 24 hours after ...

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Lawsuit for towing company over grounded ship

$24 million for the cost of environmental cleanup After the Canadian Coast Guard and the federal government washed their hands of responsibility for a beat-up 230-metre bulk carrier grounded off the coast of Cape Breton, the Nova Scotia government issued an order to the Russian captain of the tug boat that lost the ship to come and get it.The MV Miner has been stranded off the coast of Scaterie Island since late September, when high winds caused it to break free from The Hellas, the Russian tugboat that was dragging the ship to Turkey for scrap.The province released The Hellas from ship arrest Thursday morning on a security of $1,050,000, the value of the ship.But it also slapped the ship's owners, Pellas Shipping Company, with a removal order under the Crown Lands Act, and is planning to issue the same order to Arivina Navigation, the company that owns the MV Miner.Both companies must now provide the province with a detailed removal plan.What's more, the province is suing the owners of The Hellas for upwards of $24 million for the cost of environmental cleanup, and possibly the cost of removal, should they refuse to comply with the removal order.But that doesn't ...

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Oily water on ship stranded off Cape Breton now removed

MV Miner ran aground off Scatarie Island The Canadian Coast Guard says the remaining oily waste water has been removed from a badly damaged bulk carrier stranded off Cape Breton.The coast guard declined a request for an interview but sent an email Monday saying that all tanks on the MV Miner have been examined and emptied.Joe LeClair, superintendent of environmental response for the coast guard, said in an emailed statement that there are some oily sheens inside the engine room, but they are being contained by booms.LeClair's statement said about 10,000 litres of marine diesel fuel, lubricants and oily waste water have been removed from the vessel.The ship, which once carried coal, ore and grain on the Great Lakes, was on its way from Montreal to Turkey to be scrapped when it ran into trouble. The MV Miner broke free while being towed last month and ran aground off Scatarie Island, a provincially designated wilderness management area.There have been repeated attempts to free the 230-metre aging bulk carrier, but the vessel won't budge.The emailed statement from the Coast Guard said the vessel remains largely intact, but there are several large openings on the starboard side.It also said that a shoreline ...

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Large cargo ship with 25 crew onboard ran aground near the Tauranga Harbour

There are no reported injuries - a "light oil sheen" found on the surface Maritime New Zealand says hydraulic oil has spilt from a large cargo ship which has struck a reef near the Tauranga Harbour yesterday morning, however the vessel's fuel tanks are still intact.The 236m cargo vessel Rena, which carries a Liberian flag, struck the Astrolabe Reef, north of Motiti Island, around 2.20am.There are no reported injuries to the 25 crew on board.Authorities this morning flew a helicopter over the site to see if the anything had leaked from the vessel.A "light oil sheen" found on the surface has been identified as hydraulic oil, Maritime New Zealand says.The vessel, which left Napier bound for Tauranga Port, is reportedly on a 10 degree list, but is stable on the reef.Two of its cargo holds are flooded, and pumps are being used to extract the water."As a precautionary measure, fuel in tanks on the port side is being transferred to the starboard side," Maritime New Zealand said in a statement."The ship's captain is in discussion with the ship's owner and salvage experts to assess how best to move the ship off the reef - this is expected to take some ...

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Passengers rescued from grounded ferry

Maritime Safety Queensland investigates the grounding of the passenger ferry Maritime Safety Queensland is investigating the grounding of a passenger ferry in Redland Bay off Brisbane.Bay Islands Transit System says no-one was hurt when the ferry Jumpipin hit a sand bar near Garden Island at about 7:30am (AEST).The company's area manager Debbie Wilson says it took about two hours to transfer all 98 people on board to another ferry to continue their journey onto the Redland Bay mainland."It was quite a smooth operation - life jackets were available and it was very shallow water." she said.She says the experienced captain and the crew will be interviewed to determine what went wrong.Ms Wilson says the Jumpinpin should be refloated around 3:00pm (AEST) prior to the high tide at about 5:00pm (AEST)."There will be no interruption to service," Ms Wilson said."We have spare ferries."Police Inspector Peter Harding says it is unusual for a ferry to run aground before low tide."At the moment the conditions are very calm but there is a falling tide," he said."The ferry is expected to remain stranded for some time."Source: ABC News

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Taiwan: Cargo ship death toll rises to six

Cargo vessel ran aground off Taiwans northern coast The death toll in an accident involving a cargo vessel which ran aground off Taiwans northern coast has risen to six.Taiwans Coast Guard Administration said in a statement that it is continuing to search for four crew members still missing from the Panamanian-registered Jui Hsing.The ship, with a crew of 21, ran aground in stormy seas yesterday and broke in two off the port of Keelung.The administration said 11 seafarers have been rescued.Taiwanese officials said the accident caused 300 tons of oil to spill into the sea. Experts warned clean-up efforts could take a year.Taiwan was under the influence of Typhoon Nalgae over the weekend. The storm pummelled the northern Philippines.Source: Wales Online

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Seven remain missing after gravel ship ran aground in rough seas

The ship broke into two pieces and all the crew members jumped into the rough water Seven crew members remained missing Monday morning after a gravel ship ran aground off Keelung Harbor in northern Taiwan around midnight in stormy weather, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).Three of the 14 other crew members from the Jui Hsing showed no signs of life when they were rescued, but the others were not seriously hurt, CGA officials said.The missing crew members include the four Taiwanese nationals who were aboard the vessel, the officials said.Eight of the crewmen are Myanmar citizens and nine are Indonesians, according to CGA information.The CGA has decided to send more large patrol ships to search for the seven missing sailors, since inclement weather has hindered airborne rescue efforts, the officials said.CGA Minister Wang Chin-wang went to Keelung early in the morning to coordinate the rescue operations. As of the press time, five CGA vessels had been dispatched for the rescue mission and some CGA personnel had also joined police and firefighters in the search of the missing crew members.According to CGA data, the 11,500-ton gravel ship set off from Keelung late Sunday for China to collect a cargo ...

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