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ReCAAP issues Tug Boats and Barge Guide

Guide to prevent tug boats and barges from hijacking ReCAAP has issued Tug Boats and Barge guide to capture tips, guidelines, reporting procedures and contact details for tug boat owners, operators and crew in avoiding hijacking and robbery onboard tug boats and barges.The guide contains inputs and experience of tug boat owners, operators and masters whose vessels had been robbed or hijacked; and modus operandi of the robbers and hijackers. In planning a passage, the guide highlights the responsibilities of the ship owner, ship master and crew at the variousphases: the pre-sailing, sailing and post incident reporting/follow-up phases.In past four years (2008-2011), it was observed that more tug boats and bargeshad been targets of robbery and hijacking in certain locations of Asia. The inherent characteristics and activities of tug boats towing barges had made these vessels relatively more vulnerable, particularly the low freeboard, slow speed of a tug boat which on an average moving between 8-10 knots, small number of crew onboard a tug boat, and unmanned barges with cargoes and logistic items onboard.View more information by clicking at ReCAAP - Tug Boats and Barge (TaB) GuideSource: ReCAAP

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No one in charge when Chiefton tugboat sunk

Tugboat crewman drowned in the River Thames A tugboat crewman drowned in the River Thames in a towing operation where no one had been nominated to be in charge, according to a report.Darren Lacey, 40, was on the tug Chiefton when it capsized and sunk after colliding with the crane barge it was towing in Greenwich, south London.The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said the collision happened after the barge hit a buoy.It said action to avoid the collision was "inappropriate and taken too late"."Chiefton's lack of reserve power and short tow ropes then made collision with the barge inevitable," said the report.The Chiefton was pulling the barge, which had two pilots aboard, while another tug, Steven B, was pushing it.The MAIB said Mr Lacey, an engineer and deckhand from Gravesend, was not wearing a lifejacket when the Chiefton sunk on 12 August last year.'Limited experience' The Chiefton's skipper and mate were rescued from the river."All of those involved had very limited experience with the specific tug configuration used."No one had been nominated to be in overall charge of the towing operation."The MAIB added the Port of London's tow-specific risk assessment and passage plan focused on the bridge transit part ...

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USCG monitors progress as 648-foot vessel regains power

Safely crosses Columbia River bar The Coast Guard has been closely monitoring the progress of the Morning Spruce, a 648-foot vessel that lost, then regained, power off the Oregon Coast Sunday.The Morning Spruce successfully crossed the Columbia River bar under escort of the tug Kokua. The Morning Spruce and Kokua were joined by the tug Vancouver near Astoria. Both tug vessels will escort Morning Spruce to Portland, Ore., where the Coast Guard will ensure a proper inspection of the vessel and its recent repairs.Initial plans to anchor the vessel near Astoria were canceled as its draft is too deep to anchor safely.Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Ore., has been coordinating actions to protect the Oregon Coast and the shores of the Columbia River from any threat posed by the 648-foot, Singapore-flagged car-carrier Morning Spruce that lost all power and was adrift in 12-foot seas, for approximately 4 hours, southwest of the Columbia River entrance Sunday.At approximately 3:30 p.m., Sunday, the Morning Spruce's engineer was able to restore the ship's power. The Coast Guard directed the Morning Spruce to remain offshore until repairs were verified and a tug arrived on scene.The vessel contains approximately 543,000 gallons of heavy, diesel and lube ...

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Tugs to suffer alleged mechanical problems

'Loch Rannoch', which delivers oil to the port from the BPcollided with the tug 'Solan' Two new Spanish-built tugs stationed at UK Shetland's oil port of Sullom Voe have been taken out of service, following an incident with one of the tugs with a tanker.Shetland Islands Council (SIC), which operates the port, has launched an investigation and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has been informed of the collision.SIC harbourmaster Roger Moore confirmed to local media that the shuttle tanker 'Loch Rannoch', which delivers oil to the port from the BP operated Schiehallion oil field west of Shetland, collided with the tug 'Solan'.The 'Solan' is one of two 7 mill tugs delivered to the port from a Spanish shipyard in February last year. The vessels are claimed to be two of the most powerful harbour tugs in the world with a bollard pull of 90 tonnes. Crews have said that the tugs have been beset by technical problems since their delivery, local reports said.The latest incident occurred shortly after the ballasted 'Loch Rannoch' left the jetty to return to the oil field.'Solan' was close by the 128,700 dwt tanker and still had a rope attached when she suddenly lost both ...

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Indonesia Rescues Hijacked Tug Boat

Tug boat with nine crewon board Indonesian authorities have rescued a tug boat with nine crew believed to have been hijacked in the Straits of Singapore, a sea lane seeing a rise in attacks, an official said on Monday.The boat was recovered on Saturday off Indonesia, said Noel Choong, head of the piracy reporting center of the International Maritime Bureau.It had been towing a barge laden with heavy machinery and piling materials which an Indonesian aircraft and three warships found in the same area a day later, he added.The tug and barge, heading from peninsular Malaysia to Borneo island, last made contact on Dec. 27 off southern Malaysia near the Straits of Singapore before it was hijacked, Choong said."IMB is very pleased with the Indonesian authorities' quick response because of which we managed to recover the tug and barge," he said.Choong urged authorities to step up patrols and ships to be vigilant in the Straits of Singapore, which saw 11 attacks last year, up from three in 2010.Malaysian maritime authorities in October rescued a tanker they said was also hijacked in the straits, which runs between Singapore and Indonesia.In September, a Malaysian court sentenced six Indonesians to 10 years in ...

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ReCAAP issues report on hijacked/missing tug boats and barges in Asia

During the period March-June 2011 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a Special Report on hijacked/missing tug boats and barges in Asia during the period March-June 2011.Five potential incidents were reported, but only three could be confirmed as constituting piracy (one incident) or armed robbery against ships (two incidents). In the first incident, the tug boat and barge remain missing. In the second incident, the barge was found and the crew rescued, but the tug boat remains missing.In the third incident, both the tug boat and barge were recovered and the crew was rescued. Owners and masters of tug boats in Southeast Asia are advised to exercise caution (particularly where the tug boat is relatively new)Source: ReCAAP

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