Top Ten Maritime News Stories 05/01/2015

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 05/01/2015

1. Deliberate Solent Grounding

A car transporter ship was grounded in the Solent deliberately after it began to list, its owners have said. The "Hoegh Osaka" was run aground off the Isle of Wight on Saturday evening after developing problems once it had left Southampton, Ingar Skiaker, chief executive of Hoegh Autoliners said. The ship is now listing at more than 50 degrees. However, no oil is thought to have leaked from the ship. Mr Skiaker said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the accident and thanked the rescue teams who took all 25 crew on board to safety. The 51,000-tonne ship, was laden with 1,400 cars.



2. Solent Salvage Operation Cranked Up

The operation to free the car transporter "Hoegh Osaka" which that ran aground in the Solent, is now underway. The vessel was heading to Germany when it ran on to the Bramble Bank, in the entrance to Southampton Water, at about 21:30 GMT on Saturday. HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Operations Centre commander Steve Carson said: "The salvage operations have commenced. Not the removal of the vessel but the plans for its removal.  "The owners have appointed salvage operators and did so quite swiftly." Controller Andrew Jenkins said: "They’ll look at the best ways of removing the vessel".



3. Filipino Seafarers Lost

Two Filipino seafarers have died and 16 others were missing after their bulk vessel sank off the coast of Vung Tau city, Vietnam, last Friday. Only one crew had been rescued from the cargo vessel "Bulk Jupiter", according to Vietnam’s department of foreign affairs. The shipowner Gearbulk said the vessel departed Kuantan on 30 December 2014 with 19 crew members, all Filipinos. The ship issued distress signals at late on 1 January and the alert was picked up by the Japanese Coast Guard, which immediately initiated search and rescue operations, according to a statement by Gearbulk.


4. Scottish Capsize Tragedy

Eight seafarers are still missing from a 31-year old, Cyprus-registered cement carrier which was found capsized in the Pentland Firth off the north of Scotland on Saturday. The 1984-built, Cemfjord, managed by Brise Hamburg capsized in heavy weather while sailing from Aalborg, Denmark bound for Runcorn in the UK where it was due to arrive on Monday with a cargo of 2,000 tonnes of cement. The upturned hull of the cement carrier was spotted by a local ferry which contacted the Shetlands Coastguard. “No distress call was received from the vessel. Bad weather prevailed in the area at the time and conditions remain difficult at the scene".


5. Grateful Crew Thank Lifeboat and Mission

The grateful crew of the "Hoegh Osaka" stranded in the Solent have thanked life boat crews who saved their lives. Some of the 25 crew of the Singapore registered vessel are being cared for the Mission to Seafarers hostel based in the Southampton Seafarers Centre in Queens Terrace. The charity launched an immediate emergency action plan when they heard of their plight.  Staff from the centre met the men at UK Coastguards HMS Daeleus centre at 11pm before inviting them to their hostel in Queens terrace to clothe and feed them. From there the men went to a nearby hotel to stay the night.




6. Plucked From the Seas

The Philippine Coast Guard has confirmed that 19 crew members have now been rescued from life boats after the sinking of the cement carrier "Sea Merchant" in Batangas on January 1. A passing merchant vessel, "Mactan Island", rescued 11 of the crew after receiving a distress call from the vessel. Another man, chief engineer Almarito Anciano, died possibly as a result of hitting his head while evacuating from the vessel. "Sea Merchant" was carrying 20,040 bags of cement when the vessel reported being suddenly battered by big waves and strong winds on the port side. The cargo shifted to the starboard side causing it to list.



7. Explosive Laden Boat Detonated

A Pakistani fishing boat laden with explosives bound for India blew up, killing all four people on board, after the Indian coast guard tried to stop and search it, the Indian government said on Friday. Indian intelligence said the crew was planning "an illicit transaction" when the vessel was intercepted on New Year’s Eve in the Arabian Sea, 365 km (225 miles) off India’s western coast, according to a government statement. India put security agencies on nationwide alert for a militant strike. No name or other distinguishing characteristics were visible on the burning boat. No other physical evidence was presented by the Indian government.




8. New Philippine Seafarer Certificate Plans

The Philippine Transport department has released guidelines for the issuance and revalidation of Filipino seafarers’ Certificate of Proficiency (COP), in line with efforts to improve training and competency standards in the maritime industry, and with standards on maritime training by an agency of the European Union. Circular No. 2016-06 of the MARINA Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Office, published in newspapers over the weekend, outlined the documentary and procedural requirements for the COP under the STCW Convention, which covers all seafarers serving or planning to serve on board ships.


9. Cruise Passenger in Critical Condition

A 4-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being swept under the water in a wave pool on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. He remained underwater for five to 10 minutes before being rescued and resuscitated and is now in hospital in Port Everglades in the U.S. The ship returned to the port to seek medical assistance. A bystander noticed the boy and alerted a nearby swimmer who took him out of the water. The boy appeared to have no pulse at the time, and fellow passengers began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. He was then taken to the ship’s infirmary. Royal Caribbean does not have lifeguards stationed at pools.


10. Heading to Tackle Pirates

One of the Royal Navy’s most advanced warships embarked on a five-month counter-piracy operation. "HMS Dauntless" left Portsmouth on a routine deployment to the Gulf, where it will be “deterring piracy and keeping the sea lanes open for free and safe passage of merchant vessels,” the Royal Navy said.  The Type 45 destroyer will make several stops in the Mediterranean for training as well as visiting ports in a number of Gulf States to “strengthen ties in the region.”  “This will be a high-profile deployment for Dauntless during which we will provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region" the warship’s Commanding Officer said.





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