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Tanker vessel M/T Prosperity rummaged a reef in Kiamba town

First time that a ship ran aground at Bakud Reef A tanker vessel rummaged a reef in Kiamba town, Sarangani on Sunday, the Philippine Coast Guard station in General Santos City said.Noel Ramos, PCG seaman II, identified the ship as M/T Prosperity.He did not give anymore details as they were still waiting for the report of the team that investigated the incident.John Heitz, an American expatriate in General Santos, rushed to Kiamba and went to the vessel on a pump boat and confirmed that a vessel was stuck at Bakud Reef.He said the stuck cargo ship was manned by Filipino crewmen and loaded with coal bound to India from Australia.Heitz said that three-fourths of the boat got stuck on the reef, although the propeller was not jammed, adding that he also saw a small hole in the hull on the front left side of the vessel.He said it will be difficult to remove from the vessel from the reef, adding that a tug boat is needed during high tide.Bakud Reef, which locals also referred to as Tambilil, is about 7 kilometers from the shore. Divers describe Bakud Reef as the "only good reef" left in the area.This was not the ...

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500 migrants ran aground just off the Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa

No loss of life as ship runs aground Tragedy was narrowly averted early yesterday morning when a ship carrying an estimated 500 migrants ran aground just off the Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.The ship, which is believed to have sailed from Libya and was carry mainly sub-Saharan Africans, went out of control after its steering stopped working just as it came into port. Despite a rough sea, there was remarkably no loss of life.Three Italian police officers who had taken over the boat managed to ram it up on to the rocks in shallow water. At that point, an ad-hoc rescue operation saw people make their way to land, some aided by a rope. Others simply jumped into the water and waded the short distance to the shore.Despite the seas and the fact the rescue took place in the dark, police reported no loss of life, with only some minor injuries.With the warmer weather returning, the traffic in boat people to Lampedusa increased over the weekend. Half an hour before the near-miss incident, another boat, carrying 800 mainly sub-Saharan Africans, had docked in Lampedusa. Since the beginning of this year, more than 30,000 mainly African immigrants have landed in Lampedusa.In ...

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Nautica ship ran aground at Almere

The crew of three was not injured The "Nautica" ran aground in the evening Apr 6, 2011, at Almere on the Oostvaarder dam. It was underway from the port of Lelystad to Amsterdam.By yet unknown reasons the vessel came off course and ran rectangular on the dam. The crew of three was not injured. The ship was later refloated by tugs.Source: Vessel Tracker

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German cargo ship runs aground in Connemara

Grounded off Ireland The Shannon-based coastguard helicopter has just left for the scene of a 7,000-ton German cargo ship which has gone aground in Cashla Bay in Connemara.The Pantanal ran aground at 5 am in heavy seas and strong winds according to Valentia coastguard.It has 14 men on board and had arrived in the bay yesterday to pick up two small passenger ferry boats at Rossaveal Harbour today.The two boats had been repossessed by a bank and were sold in Galway last month.Source: Galwaynews

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Antarctica cruise ship runs aground

Ship was on its way back to Argentina EIGHT Australians are among 115 people on a cruise ship that has run aground on its way back to Argentina from a visit to Antarctica, without causing injuries, officials said. Rescue workers based at the Chilean port of Punto Arenas were evacuating the ship, which left the southern Argentine port of Ushuaia last week with 80 passengers and 35 crew members, the Argentine Army said today.The Polar Star, which flies the Bahamas flag, was not significantly damaged when it ran aground in the Matha Strait, and its 86-metre hull was not breached, officials said.The Matha Strait is between islands just to the north of the Antarctic continent.The passengers included 32 Americans, nine Canadians, 14 Britons and eight Australians, and the majority of the crew was Filipino, according to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).Interest in Antarctic tours has soared over the past decade, with the number of visitors doubling in five years, with as many as 46,000 tourists in 2008, though the number dropped in the past two years due to the economic crisis.The frequency of accidents in the chilly waters has also increased, with at least one ship stuck ...

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