本船YONG CAI 073Wにつきまして、４月１５日夜、富山沖で漁船に衝突した可能性があり、
５日午前２時半ごろ、奄美大島の西約１００キロの東シナ海で、香港籍貨物船「ＮＥＷ ＬＵＣＫＹ Ⅶ《＝４１４３トン、17人乗り組み＝と連絡が取れなくなった、と香港当局から海上保安庁に連絡があった。第10管区海上保安本部の巡視船と航空機が現場海域を捜索している。
At least 26 people died and about 150 people were missing after a ferry sank in Bangladesh in the early hours of Tuesday morning,
officials said, adding that 35 survivors had been found. Rescue workers began recovering bodies from the double-decker
Shariatpur 1 ferry, which was hit by another vessel in the middle of the Meghna river just southeast of the capital Dhaka.
"The divers have brought seven dead bodies from the sunken vessel," Azizul Islam, the district administrator, told AFP by telephone,
warning that the death toll was likely to rise as about 150 people were still unaccounted for. Local police chief Shahidul Islam
added that 35 passengers had been rescued by another ferry soon after the accident at about 2.30 am local time. Coastguards,
fire brigade and police rescue workers were also rushed to the scene.
Tanker Karakumneft ran aground at around 1915 LT Feb in Kitovaya Bay, Kurilsk port, Iturup island, having to suspend offloading and leave the oil terminal due to oncoming storm. Tanker stuck fast with some 900 mt of fuel on board,
locals report traces of leak. 20 crew was evacuated at around 0500 LT Feb 16, no injures. Photo gallery of tanker aground may be seen at http://forum.iturup.info/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15222, it’s a local forum. No salvage plans yet declared,
port and Kurilsk don’t have the required facilities to pump off the cargo. As it can be seen on the pics, storm is underway. Tanker Karakumneft IMO 7045542, dwt 1660, built 1970, flag Russia, owner NIKO Co., Vladivostok.
新潟港で貨物船沈没 全員無事 (02/07/12) (NHKニュース)
M/V "ASTOGATE (Ex-MILEDUTCH CABIDA, Ex-NORLANDIA, Ex-BARBER NORLANDIA, Ex- NORLADIS) IMO: 8310968, カンボジア船籍,Call sign: XUDN2, MMSI: 515504000, Gross Tonnage: 4998 Built 1984
高波で中古車５０台日本海に沈む 富山からロ極東行き貨物船 (02/05/12) (西日本新聞)
Unconfirmed loss of 40-50 trucks from ro-ro Astongate, Japan sea (02/04/12) (Maritime Bulletin)
Russian media report the loss of deck cargo, some 40-50 Japanese second-hand trucks, during the stormy voyage across Japan sea,
from ro-ro vessel Astongate. Vessel arrived to Vladivostok port on Feb 4 and later was berthed in Fishery Port,
there are no confirmations from official sources about the cargo loss, and where did the rumours come from, is unclear.
MRCC Vladivostok says there were no distress signals or emergency reports from any vessel during last two days, weather was stormy,
but nothing extraordinary in this time of the year. Ro-ro vessel Astongate IMO 8310968, GRT 4998, built 1984, flag Cambodia,
manager Natie Shipping Co., Vladivostok.
「He (IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu) also confirmed that IMO would be ready and willing, through its technical co-operation
activities, to offer Papua New Guinea.《
IMO Secretary-General expresses deep sympathy for Rabaul Queen victims (02/05/12) (SeaNews Turkey)
IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu has extended his sincere condolences to friends and families of all those who have been caught up in the MV Rabaul Queen sinking in Papua New Guinea.
IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu has extended his sincere condolences to friends and families of all those who have been caught up in the MV Rabaul Queen sinking in Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Sekimizu spoke with the Papua New Guinea High Commissioner in London, Ms Winnie Anna Kiap, to express his deep sympathy and compassion for all those involved in the accident.
Mr. Sekimizu also expressed his appreciation for all those participating in the rescue efforts, in which Papua New Guinea and Australian rescue personnel, the Papua New Guinea Maritime
Rescue Co-ordination Centre, and merchant ships in the area, have been involved.
He also confirmed that IMO would be ready and willing, through its technical co-operation activities, to offer Papua New Guinea
MOL containership rescues 116 after ferry sinks off Papua New Guinea (02/05/12) (SeaNews Turkey)
JAPAN's MOL has announced its 3,586-TEU MOL Summer has rescued 116 survivors from the Rabaul Queen, a ferry that sank 17 kilometres east of Papua New Guinea.
JAPAN's MOL has announced its 3,586-TEU MOL Summer has rescued 116 survivors from the Rabaul Queen, a ferry that sank 17 kilometres east of Papua New Guinea.
On the morning of February 2, the ferry sank near Fischhafen, shortly after transmitting a distress signal, said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
The ferry had 350 passengers and 12 crew when the incident happened, reported news.com.au, which was sailing from Kimbe on New Britain Island to Lae in Papua New Guinea, said a MOL statement.
The MOL Summer, under way from Hong Kong to Brisbane, was called by AMSA to serve as on-scene coordinator for the rescue operation. It pulled 116 people from the water and sent them to AMSA at Lae early the next day on February 3.
Eight other merchantmen near the scene were involved in the rescue activities, and a total of 246 people were rescued by five vessels, including the MOL Summer.
Said PNG's National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) general manager Chris Rupen: "This incident will be recorded as one of the worst sea accidents involving large passenger numbers and there is concern for the 100 plus passengers who are still unaccounted for."
Transport in Alotau (Lonely Planet Travel Information)
によれば、フェリー、「Samarai Queen《、「Morobe Queen 《 がある。そしてRabaul Shippingが所有する「Rabaul Queen《。
「Rabaul Queen《は日本建造と書かれている。「Morobe Queen 《は1972年に日本で建造されている。売船され尾道港から出港した。
「Morobe Queen 《が「第二十五小冨士丸《（松浦造船鉄工所建造、沿海、旅客250人：日本船舶明細書より）なので、「Samarai Queen《と「Rabaul Queen《のどちらかが「第三十一小冨士丸《と言うことになるのでしょう。
MV RABAUL QUEEN IMO: 8351297の情報が正しいとすれば「第三十一小冨士丸80年4月《(松浦鉄工造船所建造、沿海、旅客550人：日本船舶明細書より)は「Rabaul Queen《ではないと言うことになります。
Search resumes for missing PNG ferry passengers, as owner says sinking cause unclear (02/03/12) (The Australian)
Rowan Callick, Asia-Pacific editor From: The Australian
THE search has resumed for more than 100 people still missing after a ferry sank in Papua New Guinea, as the ship's owner said it had no idea what happened.
So far, 238 survivors have been plucked to safety in a joint Australian-PNG rescue operation after the MV Rabaul Queen sank yesterday morning.
Originally a Japanese inland sea ferry, the vessel was said to be carrying 350 people, 80 per cent of them students about to start college or university in Lae.
Australia's Maritime Safety Authority said the ship went down about 16 kilometres off the coast at Cape Fortification, near Finschhafen.
Survivors had reached the eastern town of Lae in the early hours of this morning.
“Five vessels, with a total of 238 survivors on board, proceeded to Lae last night, with the first vessel arriving shortly after 1am,” AMSA said.
“The passengers are being transferred to Lae by the port's tug, under the coordination of PNG authorities.”
It said three merchant vessels remained on scene with the search resuming at daylight assisted by four aircraft - two local helicopters, an AMSA search and rescue Dornier aircraft from Cairns and a Careflight lear jet from Townsville.
Captain Nurur Rahman, the acting chief executive of PNG's National Maritime Safety Authority, said the cause of the sinking remained unclear last night, as the focus was on finding the survivors.
“We are working very closely with the Australians on this operation,” he said.
PNG-based Rabaul Shipping, the owner of the vessel, said it lost contact with the MV Rabaul Queen while it was travelling between Kimbe and Lae.
In a statement, it said there were 350 passengers and 12 crew onboard on the Japanese-built vessel. The passengers were PNG locals, mainly students with Lae, the ship's final destination, home to a large university.
“We are stunned and utterly devastated by what has happened,” Rabaul Shipping managing director Peter Sharp said.
“We acknowledge that this has caused tremendous suffering. Our condolences go to the loved ones of those affected.”
The company said it remained unclear why the ship sank.
“It's understood that the ferry captain had routine radio contact with another vessel not long before sinking,” the company said.
“There appeared to be no indications of distress during this communication.”
It said they became aware something was wrong early yesterday when the ferry failed to appear on a satellite tracking system.
The company alerted AMSA which subsequently coordinated with PNG's National Maritime Safety Authority with vessels in the area diverted to the ferry's last known position.
Warnings were issued on Sunday about the likelihood of gales through the week in the waters off the PNG islands, where it is the cyclone season.
PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has ordered an immediate investigation into the sinking, which comes three months after the nation's worst air disaster since World War II, in which 28 died.
Julia Gillard expressed Australian condolences last night.
“Given the likely very high loss of life here, I think when this news comes to the attention of Australians around the country, they will be thinking about the people of Papua New Guinea as they respond to this tragedy,” the Prime Minister said.
Attempts to ascertain how many people were missing were frustrated by the failure of the ship's owner to provide officials with the Rabaul Queen's passenger manifest.
Shipping company employees in Kimbe reportedly had to be evacuated to a secret location after relatives and friends of the passengers threw rocks at their offices in frustration at the lack of information made available.
“There were a lot of people crying and then they wanted to know the fate of their loved ones, the people actually who were on board the Rabaul ship,” Senior Inspector Samson Siguyaru in Kimbe told the ABC.
“I had to send in the police to rescue (the staff), get them out of the office to a location where it is safe for them.”
Ferry owner Mr Sharp, together with his brother Hamish, operates much of PNG's passenger shipping.
The ferry had travelled the route on a weekly basis for 11 years without incident and underwent a dry dock service in November, Rabaul Shipping added.
Before plying routes in PNG, it operated on shorter runs in Japan, where she carried up to 550 passengers.
“While we are trying to comprehend the terrible nature of the accident, we are also staying focused on helping authorities as the search and rescue operation unfolds,” Mr Sharp said.
Additional reporting: AFP
パプア沖でフェリー沈没 220人を救助 (02/02/12) (nikkansports.com)
Passenger Ferry MV RABAUL QUEEN Sinks (02/01/12) (MaritimeMatters)
MV RABAUL QUEEN IMO: 8351297, Call Sign: P2V4040, Flag: Papua New Guinea
Picture: Stephen Alvarez / National Geographic Stock
The 1983-built, 259 gross ton, Papua New Guinea-flagged passenger/ro-ro ferry MV RABAUL QUEEN is believed to have sunk in bad weather off Papua New Guinea with as many as 350 people on board. The operators, Star Ships, said it lost contact at about 6 AM on Thursday (local time) while sailing between Kimbe and Lae in the eastern part of the Pacific nation after a distress signal was sent by the ship.
PNG’s National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) said the ship had capsized but it was awaiting more details from officials on the site. “We don’t have any accurate information as of yet. A search and rescue team went out early this morning but they haven’t got back to us yet,” a spokeswoman said.
Star Ships added that some survivors have been found. One report said that at least 28 passengers have been rescued, while many more were in the water in life jackets.
Australia’s foreign office said it “has responded to a request for assistance by arranging for aircraft to overfly the area, and will respond to other requests”.
Two helicopters and a ship had been dispatched to search the area in addition to the two search and rescue vessels sent out by the NMSA. There is no further details on casualties.
Star Ships, one of PNG’s largest passenger ship operators, runs a regular service to the the islands, including New Britain’s Kimbe.
Class society: Global Marine Bureau
Vera - IMO 8826254 (ShipSpotting.comより)
カンボジア籍船&Global Marine Bureauの組み合わせじゃ、沈んでも上思議ではない。
Global Marine Bureauが検査した船はTOKYO MOU
Cargo ship sinks off Turkish coast, 10 missing (02/01/12) (SeaNews Turkey)
Turkish Coast Guard boats, tug boats and a helicopter were searching for eight crew members after a Cambodia-flagged freighter ship sank in stormy waters off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Tuesday, officials said. Three other crew members were rescued.
The ship, Vera, was sailing to Turkey's Aliaga port from Russia when it sank off the coast during a storm, regional Gov. Erol Ayyildiz said. He said police were also searching the shore for the missing crew.
Ayyildiz said the ship's second and third captains and its cook, a woman, were rescued and hospitalized.
"There is hope that the eight (missing) will be rescued," the state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Ayyildiz as saying. "They are used to the sea, they are experienced. Therefore, until we reach them, we are assuming that they are alive."
The Maritime Affairs Directorate said there were 10 Ukrainians and one Georgian crew member aboard the ship, which was carrying scrap metal.
It said at least three tug boats had joined the Coast Guard search-and-rescue effort, while Ayyildiz said a helicopter had also been dispatched.
"By the time the Coast Guard arrived in response to the distress call, the ship had already sunk," Irfan Erdem, head of the Chamber of Commerce for the region, told Turkey's NTV television.
He said a storm likely caused the ship's cargo to shift, tilting the vessel to the side and causing it to take on water.
Much of Turkey has been affected by a cold snap that has hit parts of Europe, with stormy weather disrupting maritime traffic.
The crew list of M/V Vera that sank yesterday (02/01/12) (SeaNews Turkey)
Turkish Coastal Safety Administration published the crew list M/V Vera, Cambodian flag with Turkish owner, 114 metre river vessel. Vessel sank yesterday off Turkish coastal Black Sea town Eregli. Of total 11 crew members, 3 rescued (Including female cook, chief and second officer) the rest being searched in very difficult weather conditions.
Turkish Coastal Safety Administration published the crew list M/V Vera, Cambodian flag with Turkish owner, 114 metre river vessel. Vessel sank yesterday off Turkish coastal Black Sea town Eregli. Of total 11 crew members, 3 rescued (Including female cook, chief and second officer) the rest being searched in very difficult weather conditions.
Turkish Coastal Safety Administration also sent a modern SAR vessel to the accident site from Istanbul,. The modern vessel, KIYEM 1, has advanced search and rescue capabilities and thermal night vision cameras. The ship also able to navigate in very adverse weather conditions.
KIYEM-1 arrived to accident ste this morning and joined to search and rescue efforts.
But so far, only 3 out of 11 ill-fated ship's crew members could be taken out of the wild seas.
HERE IS THE CREW LIST OF M/V VERA on departure from ROSTOV for Samsun (Previously it was declared that ship was bound for Aliaga, which seems to be a more updated information)
コカイン吸いセクハラも＝座礁の客船元乗員が証言＊伊紙 03/02/12 (時事ドットコム)
運航会社副社長らも捜査 死者２５人に 02/23/12 (産経新聞)
船長、優柔上断な態度 伊客船座礁で新映像 02/12/12 (産経新聞)
(2/2ページ) 02/12/12 (SANSPO.COM)
(2/2ページ) 02/12/12 (SANSPO.COM)
イタリアの豪華客船座礁でフィリピン人船員が撮影した船内の様子 (フィリピン発 おもしろ動画＆ニュース)
船はそれより約５０分も前の同９時４１分に座礁しており、これが事実だとすれば約５０分間、事故に気付かず？ 知らされず？ 見つからず？ スケッティーノ船長はどこで“ナニ”をしていたのかという疑念が浮上してくる。
１月13日夜、イタリヤの豪華客船の大きな海難事故のニュース（座礁）が飛び込んできました。 (海事補佐人（1級海技士）の日記 海難事故相談等)
Captain Coward had his eye on English dancer: After claims he was distracted by a woman on the bridge, passengers and crew reveal Casanova antics of crash skipper 01/31/12 (Mail Online)
By Helen Weathers and Rebecca Evans
Boasting a full head of dark, wavy hair, a deep tan and matinee idol looks, cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino could have stepped straight from central casting.
From the bridge of the £372 million Costa Concordia, 52-year-old Schettino wore his uniform with pride, even if he was in the habit of leaving a button or two of his crisp white captain’s shirt undone to reveal a tuft of chest hair.
Today, Schettino is known around the world as ‘Captain Coward’, after allegedly deserting his liner following last Friday’s shipwreck off the island of Giglio, leaving 11 dead and 21 missing, including a five-year-old Italian girl.
In his first hint of contrition about the incident, Captain Schettino said: ‘If I’ve made a mistake I’m ready to assume responsibility. But first it’s good to identify all the different aspects, the different errors. Let’s verify them and then evaluate them.’
Key among those ‘different aspects’ will be his behaviour around a young female dancer, Domnica Cemortan, 25, reportedly on the bridge in the critical moments after the ship ran aground.
It is thought that Miss Cemortan, who has a two-year-old daughter, might be able to shed light on Schettino’s behaviour after he sailed close to Giglio to perform a ‘salute’ for a former Costa ship captain and for the family of the ship’s head steward, both of whom had homes on the island.
Italian investigators are now said to be examining whether the Captain may have been distracted from his command.
Described by Costa Cruises, owners of the Concordia, as an ‘authorised passenger’, Miss Cemortan had been hired to assist Russian passengers aboard the ship, but at the time of the accident was travelling as a paying guest on the seven-day cruise.
Miss Cemortan yesterday denied rumours that she was Schettino’s mistress. She also denied reports in the Italian media which claimed that while she had a ticket for the boat, she appeared not to have been assigned a cabin, leaving a mystery over where she had been planning to sleep during the cruise.
‘I bought my own ticket in Italy,’ she said. ‘I still have my cabin key in my pocket.’
Speculation had been fuelled by numerous witnesses who spoke of seeing the Captain enjoying the company of a young woman on the evening of the shipwreck.
Italian passenger Angelo Fari said that he and his wife spotted the Captain sharing wine with an attractive blonde woman, with the pair laughing and in high spirits.
Another witness quoted in the Italian media claimed he had seen the Captain drain ‘at least a whole decanter of wine’.
That fits with the testimony of Dutch survivor Monique Maurek, a 41-year-old undertaker, who said: ‘The thing that I’m most scandalised by is that I saw the Captain spend the best part of the night of the disaster drinking in the bar with a beautiful woman on his arm.’
This, despite the Captain willingly co-operating with tests for alcohol and cocaine following his arrest, saying: ‘Go ahead. I don’t do drugs and I don’t drink, either.’
So what does Miss Cemortan say about the alleged revelry?
‘At the time of the impact I was in the restaurant with some senior officers,’ she admitted.
‘The Captain had stopped by earlier, but I don’t know exactly what time, maybe half an hour before.
‘When the lights went out a senior officer told me to follow him to the bridge. He said that he needed help with some of the Russian passengers — there were lots on board and Russian is my second language.’
It was at this point, she says, that she was seen with Captain Schettino.
‘I was near Schettino as I was translating everything he was saying. I was just repeating everything he said: ‘Go back to your cabins. It is just an electrical fault. I must have said this about ten times. I’m sorry, but I don’t know anything else that was happening.’
Footage emerged showing crew members urging passengers to ‘Go back to your cabins’ — despite the luxury liner being fatally holed.
Holidaymakers wearing red life jackets can be seen milling around on deck in the mobile-phone video, as the woman tells them that: ‘Once the electrical problem is sorted out everything will be back to normal shortly. Everything is under control. We are resolving the problem.’
Emergence of the footage came as a cook from the ship said Captain Schettino had ordered dinner at 10.30pm — nearly an hour after the ship struck rocks at 9.41pm.
Captain Schettino is now under house arrest at the £175,000 apartment he shares with his wife Fabiola Russo and their daughter Rossella, 15, in the beautiful town of meta di Sorrento on the Amalfi coast.
Earlier this week, both his wife and daughter sprang to his defence.
His daughter said: ‘My father isn’t a monster. He is a brilliant seafarer.’
His wife Fabiola insisted: ‘Those who know him well have testified he is dedicated to his work and professionalism.
'This can be demonstrated by his decisive actions which helped limit the consequences of the accident for all the passengers.’
His supporters, of which there are many in his home town, are similarly defensive.
They describe Schettino as a man who would never desert his passengers and who in fact saved thousands of lives by steering the ship to shallow waters after the collision with a rocky outcrop.
This week, a banner was erected outside his home reading ‘Commandante Non Mollare’ meaning ‘Captain, don’t give up’.
The ‘hero’ claims, however, are somewhat at odds with the picture which has so far emerged of a man who appeared to go into denial when disaster struck and then completely fell to pieces; a man whom some officers described as ‘a daredevil’ and a ‘braggart and a show-off’.
That was certainly the impression left on Carolyn Metcalf, the mother of British cruise-ship dancer Rose Metcalf, 23, when she first met Captain Schettino on board the Costa Concordia last October, and again on Christmas Day.
Visiting her daughter, who started work on the cruise liner last September, Mrs Metcalf quickly found herself on the radar of the charismatic captain.
‘He was very charming, very debonair, and very flirtatious, but he did not make a fantastic first impression on me,’ says Mrs Metcalf, from Dorset.
‘One of the first things he said to me was: “I’m mad, bad and dangerous to know,” which rather took me aback. He spent the next half hour joking around, mostly talking about girls.
‘I got the impression he was a bit of a playboy and liked chasing after the girls on the ship. I could tell he liked Rose, but she put him off. To be honest, after I left, I was more worried about the Captain making a move on Rose than the ship sinking.’
Rose survived the shipwreck, but was one of the last to leave the stricken vessel, several hours after her Captain.
Coward? Casanova? One thing is not in doubt — the maritime life was in Captain Schettino’s blood.
Born in the coastal town of Castellammare di Stabia, near the southern city of Naples, Schettino’s mother Rosa Caferios, now 80, came from a family of shipowners going back generations.
Both Francesco and his brother, Salvatore, followed in the family tradition and Francesco attended the Nautical Institute in Piano di Sorrento, before beginning his career with a ferry company which operates sea routes to Sicily and Sardinia.
A fellow captain who worked with him back then recalled that Schettino was: ‘The best of all of us’.
From there he worked for the petroleum group Agip before joining the U.S.-based cruise firm Carnival, with its Mediterranean arm Costa, in 2002.
In 2006 he was promoted to the rank of Captain, having been a security officer and second-in-command.
One resident of his hometown, who knows the family well, says: ‘Francesco was a very nice young man, always thin and charming, as he is now. But he can be a little bit arrogant.
‘He comes across as being a little superior to others and even now he is too sure of himself. His wife Fabiola came from a simple family, a housewife, but she can be a little bit snobbish, too, because her husband is a captain.
‘So with more money than most other people, she is always very polished looking, nice hair, make-up and clothes. Their daughter is very well educated. But now Fabiola is very embarrassed, because until last week she could boast about her life, now she is really suffering.’
Certainly, Schettino was so confident in his abilities that he admitted this week navigating the channels close to Giglio by sight on that fateful night.
The sail-past wasn’t for the benefit of the passengers, but was instead a private affair, part of a code of courtesy shared only by the crew. This one was in honour of Mario Palombo, a legendary captain who had to leave service in 2006 following a heart attack at sea.
It was also, according to the Italian media, to honour chief steward Antonello Tievoli, whose family lives on Giglio.
Tievoli was summoned to the bridge with the words: ‘Come and see, we’re right on top of Giglio’ to which he reportedly replied: ‘Watch out. We’re very close to shore.’
At around the same time, 9.40pm, Schettino phoned his old commander Palombo and told him he’d sound the siren for him. Palombo just had time to tell Schettino he wasn’t on the island before the line went dead.
It was, according to one Italian report, Palombo who raised the alarm that something was amiss.
Having failed to reach Schettino on his mobile, he called a friend on the island who told him he could see a ship aground.
From this moment Captain Schettino appears to have lost control. When coastguards first rang him, he made no mention of the collision, admitting only to a technical fault.
Then, at around 10.45pm, Italian reports claim there was near-mutiny by a number of second officers on the ship who ordered crew members to get passengers out of their cabins and ready the lifeboats — 13 minutes before the order to abandon ship came.
Costa’s president Pierluigi Foschi admitted in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere Della Serra yesterday, that the alarm had been raised too late by Schettino.
‘Too late. I can’t sleep at night. If we had abandoned it earlier then we would not have lost any lives.’
He said Schettino had always been considered ‘technically able’ but had ‘character issues’.
‘He liked to be at the centre of it.’ Mr Foschi said he felt Schettino had not been ‘completely honest’ and said ‘he could have tried to get back on board’.
For his part, Schettino maintains he did all he could help passengers to evacuate, even giving up his own life-jacket, in the scramble for lifeboats.
When the ship suddenly listed, he says he ‘tripped’ and fell into a lifeboat and tried to co-ordinate the evacuation from there, unable to get back onto the ship.
‘Do you realise it is dark and we can’t see anything?’ pleaded Schettino at one point, as the coastguard ordered him to return to the ship and take control of the evacuation from there
A report released on Wednesday by judge, Valeria Montesarchio, said Schettino left the vessel while 300 people were still on board.
The report stated that after his ‘gravely imprudent behaviour’ Schettino remained ‘completely inert’ on rocks, while others helped evacuate the remaining passengers.
One witness, Father Don Lorenzo, from the parish of Giglio, said the Captain was seeing carrying ‘everything with him, his smartphone and computer’.
A taxi driver who drove him to a hotel in the early hours last Saturday said the Captain had asked only where he could buy some dry socks.
‘He looked like a beaten dog, cold and scared,’ the taxi driver said.
That chimes with reports from the ship’s chaplain, Father Raffaele Malena, who said that he encountered the Captain at Giglio harbour front at around 2.30am, recalling: ‘He embraced me, and cried like a baby.’
And what of Miss Cemortan?
Now back in Moldova, she has nothing but praise for the Captain, saying his ‘exceptional actions on the night of the shipwreck saved thousands of lives.’
Whatever the truth about his behaviour, Schettino’s career now lies in ruins. His lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, says his client is ‘broken up, troubled and saddened by the loss of life’.
How different to the swaggering figure who gave an interview to Czech newspaper Dnes in 2010.
Back then, Captain Schettino told the paper: ‘I wouldn’t want to be the captain of the Titanic, forced to navigate between icebergs.
‘But I think with the right preparation any situation can be overcome and any problem prevented.’
He continued: ‘I enjoy moments when something unpredictable happens, when you can diverge a bit from standard procedures.’
Those are words that ‘Captain Coward’ must now bitterly regret.
Additional reporting: Nick Pisa
「Schettino told prosecutors that company officials requested him to perform a maneuver known as a “salute,” which led the cruise liner to sail close to the island, according to the newspaper La Repubblica. Carnival knew of the danger of
sailing so close to shore and knew the Schettino had performed such maneuvers in the past, according to the complaint.《
Carnival Sued in Miami Over Fatal Costa Concordia Shipwreck (01/28/12) (Businessweek)
By Sophia Pearson and Susannah Nesmith
Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise line owner, was sued in Miami over the Jan. 13 wreck of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy.
The complaint, which names six plaintiffs, four Americans and two Italians, was filed yesterday in state court in Miami, said attorney Marc J. Bern, who provided Bloomberg with a copy. The filing couldn’t be independently confirmed with the court.
The plaintiffs were “in terror of catastrophic injury, death, drowning, having been placed in a situation where common sense said the vessel was sinking but the orders from the crew were to return to their cabins,” according to the complaint.
Bern said he’s working with an Italian consumer-law group, Codacons, as well as the New York firm of Proner and Proner. He said he expects to later sue on behalf of about 1,000 passengers of the Costa Concordia.
Carnival Cruise lines, based in Miami, and Costa Cruise Lines, based in Hollywood, Florida, are named as defendants in the complaint. Vance Gulliksen, a spokesman for Carnival, said, “Since this is pending litigation, we are not in a position to comment at this time.”
A crew member of the ship filed a complaint Jan. 26 in federal court in Chicago seeking at least $100 million in damages. The crew member, Gary Lobaton, seeks class-action status to represent all victims of the disaster off Giglio island.
The Carnival ship, carrying 4,200 passengers and crew for a Mediterranean cruise, struck rocks and ran aground leaving at least 17 people dead.
Insurance costs for the accident may reach $1 billion once environmental damage and injuries are tallied, Moody’s Investors Service said Jan. 23. Most of the losses will be incurred by reinsurers, Moody’s said. Jefferies International Ltd. put the total at $850 million in a separate report.
Hours after the vessel left a port near Rome, the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, deviated from the planned route and steered close to the island, according to Italian investigators. Carnival’s Costa Crociere unit suspended Schettino, who was placed under house arrest on Jan. 17 for allegedly causing the shipwreck.
Schettino told prosecutors that company officials requested him to perform a maneuver known as a “salute,” which led the cruise liner to sail close to the island, according to the newspaper La Repubblica. Carnival knew of the danger of sailing so close to shore and knew the Schettino had performed such maneuvers in the past, according to the complaint.
“By retaining Francesco Schettino, despite this practice, defendants have breached their duty of care,” according to the complaint.
Carnival’s Genoa-based Costa Crociere unit said that while a “touristic navigation” five miles from the coast of Giglio was planned for the Concordia on its cruise, it was up to the captain to ensure the safety of the route.
The 51-year-old captain allegedly left the ship after the accident ripped a hole in the hull and before the last passenger was evacuated. Schettino ignored repeated orders from a Coast Guard official to get back on the cruise liner and allegedly took a taxi into town before being arrested.
Schettino is accused of manslaughter and abandoning the ship, which his lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, has denied.
Witnesses described a chaotic rescue. The deputy mayor of Giglio, Mario Pellegrini, said it took him 20 minutes to find a senior officer on the ship and that he helped passengers to lifeboats after he was unable to find senior crew members to coordinate with.
The ship didn’t have an adequate alarm system to warn crew and passengers that it was taking on water, according to the complaint.
Costa Crociere has offered passengers assistance to return home and plans to refund all expenses, including the cruise fare, the unit said. Costa is also discussing other damage claims with consumer associations.
Carnival has said the accident will cut fiscal 2012 earnings by about $85 million to $95 million, or 11 cents to 12 cents a share. The company said it anticipates additional costs to the business.
Carnival cruises depart mostly from the U.S., the Bahamas and the Caribbean, according to the line’s website. Its Costa Crociere unit operates mostly in southern Europe. Carnival owns 10 cruise lines including Princess, Seabourn, Holland America, Cunard and P&O.
The Costa Concordia was insured by companies including Assicurazioni Generali SpA, RSA Insurance Group Plc and XL Group Plc.
The case is Scimone v. Carnival Cruise Lines, Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit (Miami).
--With assistance from Erik Larson in London, Marco Bertacche in Milan, Andy Fixmer and Anthony Palazzo in Los Angeles and Alessandra Migliaccio in Rome. Editors: Peter Blumberg, Sylvia Wier
Eggner Ferry Bridge Hit By Delta Mariner Ship In Kentucky (PHOTOS) 01/24/12 (Huffingtonpost.com)
DELTA MARINER IMO:9198501
DYLAN LOVAN and BRETT BARROUQUERE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky's governor said Friday there will be an immediate review of ways to restore an aging traffic bridge in the western part of the state after a five-story-high cargo boat carrying space rocket parts for NASA and the Air Force slammed into it, leaving a 300-foot-wide gap in the structure.
Gov. Steve Beshear promised speedy work to replace the damaged bridge at US 68 and Kentucky 80 that was struck Thursday night. The 1930's-era bridge already was in the process of being replaced and preconstruction work began months ago, state transportation officials said.
The two-lane bridge, which connects Trigg and Marshall counties at the western entrance to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, handles about 2,800 vehicles daily. Drivers now face a detour of dozens of miles while it is out.
Coast Guard officials also closed a portion of the river on either side of the bridge, formerly known as Eggner's Ferrry Bridge, until it's determined to be safe for travel.
The Delta Mariner was traveling on the Tennessee River on its typical route from Decatur, Ala., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida when it was unable to pass under shorter spans of the bridge and collided with the structure. No injuries were reported on the bridge or boat. On Friday, the ship was covered in twisted steel and chunks of asphalt from the bridge.
"We were very fortunate that no one was on the span at that time," Beshear said Friday.
Meanwhile, Coast Guard officials investigating the accident declined to comment Friday evening on a possible cause of the crash. A report will be issued but the investigation has not finished, said Lt. Ron Easley of the agency's Louisville office.
Sam Sacco, a spokesman for the ship's owner and operator, Foss Maritime of Seattle, said the Coast Guard inspected the vessel and interviewed crew members. Sacco said the boat was not severely damaged, and some of the crew remained on board Friday to ensure the cargo is safe.
Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd told The Paducah Sun he believes most of the navigational lights were functioning on the bridge at the time of the impact.
The 312-foot, 8,400-ton Delta Mariner hauls rocket parts for the Delta and Atlas systems to launch stations in Florida and California, according to a statement from United Launch Alliance, which builds the rocket parts in Alabama. The cargo was not damaged in the collision with the bridge, the company said.
The rockets are used by the Air Force, NASA and private companies to send satellites into space, said Jessica Rye, a spokeswoman with United Launch Alliance.
The ship's typical route to Florida takes it along the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers, then onto the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico and on to Florida's east coast, Sacco said.
Sacco said he didn't believe that the Delta Mariner has had any major incidents before the collision. In 2001, the ship was stuck in a sandbar on the Tennessee River during a trip to Decatur, but was later freed by a river tug after about an hour.
“愛人”女性が船長擁護？「容疑は見当違い。英雄よ《 01/24/12 (産経新聞)
Costa Concordia may have had unregistered passengers (01/23/12) (The Independent)
Unregistered passengers might have been aboard the stricken cruise liner that capsized off a Tuscan island, raising the possibility that the number of missing might be higher than previously announced.
Divers, meanwhile, pulled a woman's body from the capsized Costa Concordia yesterday, raising to 13 the number of people dead in the January 13 accident.
Civil protection official Francesca Maffini said the victim was wearing a life vest and was found in the rear of a submerged portion of a ship by a team of fire brigade divers.
Earlier, Italian authorities raised the possibility that the real number of the missing was unknown because some unregistered passengers might have been aboard. As of yesterday, 19 people are listed as missing, but that number could be higher.
“There could have been X persons who we don't know about who were inside, who were clandestine” passengers aboard the ship, Franco Gabrielli, the national civil protection official in charge of the rescue effort, said on the island of Giglio, where the ship, with 4,200 people aboard rammed a reef and sliced open its hull before turning over on its side.
Mr Gabrielli said relatives of a Hungarian woman told Italian authorities that she had telephoned them from aboard the ship and that they had not heard from her since the accident. He said it was possible that a woman's body pulled from the wreckage by divers on Saturday might be that of the unregistered passenger.
But one of Concordia's officers, who is recovering from a broken leg he sustained during the evacuation, dismissed the suggestion.
“Everyone is registered and photographed. Everything's electronic,” the Italian news agency ANSA quoted Manrico Giampedroni as saying.
Authorities are trying to identify five corpses which are badly decomposed after spending a long time in the water.
Mr Gabrielli said the other eight bodies: four French, an Italian, a Hungarian, a German and a Spanish national, had been identified .
The missing include French passengers, an elderly American couple, a Peruvian crew member and an Indian crewman and an Italian father and his five-year-old daughter.
Some of their relatives were briefed by rescuers yesterday and also met Pierluigi Foschi chief executive of Costa Crociere, the ship's operator, who viewed the crippled cruise liner from a boat.
France's ambassador to Italy, Alain Le Roy, recounting Mr Foschi's visit, said: “He came to see the families, all families. He met the French family. He met the American family. I am sure he is meeting other families, mostly to express his compassion ... to say that Costa will do everything possible to find the people, to compensate families in any way.”
The search had been halted for several hours yesterday, after instrument readings indicated that the Concordia had shifted on its precarious perch on a seabed just outside Giglio's port.
A few yards away, the sea bottom drops off suddenly, by some 65-100 feet, and if the Concordia should abruptly roll off its ledge, rescuers could be trapped inside.
When instrument data indicated the vessel had stabilised again, rescuers returned, but explored only the above-water section and evacuation staging areas where survivors indicated that people who did not make it into lifeboats during the chaotic evacuation could have remained.
Passengers were dining at a gala supper when the Concordia sailed close to Giglio and struck the reef, which is indicated on maritime and even tourist maps.
There are also fears that the Concordia's double-bottom fuel tanks could rupture in case of sudden shifting, spilling 2,200 tonnes of heavy fuel into pristine sea around Giglio, part of a seven-island archipelago in some of the Mediterranean's most pristine waters and a prized fishing area.
Giglio mayor Sergio Orpelli said it was tentatively planned to begin fuel-removal operations today, but that ultimately depended on when the rescue efforts were concluded.
The liner's Italian captain, Francesco Schettino, is under house arrest as prosecutors investigate him for suspected manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship while many were still aboard.
Costa Crociere, a subsidiary of US-based Carnival Cruise Lines, has said Schettino had deviated without permission from the vessel's route in an apparent manoeuvre to sail close to the island and impress passengers.
Schettino, despite audiotapes of his defying coastguard orders to scramble back aboard, has denied he abandoned ship while hundreds of passengers were desperately trying to get off the capsizing vessel. He has said he co-ordinated the rescue from aboard a lifeboat and then from the shore.
Noma Kaiun K.K. bulker (Sun Spirits) goes down in heavy seas (01/22/12) (Maritime Bulletin)
SUN SPIRITS Cargo IMO:9416953, MMSI:372369000, Call Sign:3EIQ7
Carrying 9,900.7 metric tons of iron one from Leyte bound for mainland China , it sent distress signals as it was listing due to rough seas in the Pacific Ocean.
General cargo vessel Sun Spirits IMO 9416953, dwt 10903, built 2007, flag Panama, manager Noma Shipping Co., Japan. The ship sank on January 21, 2012
due to big waves and the entire crew of the vessel at 12:30 hours local time was rescued before the ship sank Noma Shipping Co.Ltd. Nomakaiun Bldg. 4f. Imabari,
Ehime 794-0017 Japan. Noma Kaiun K.K.
Freighters Sun Spirits and Seaford 2 sank in Philippines waters on Jan 22 (01/22/12) (Maritime Bulletin)
Seaford 2 Cargo IMO: 8332227. Call sign: DUH2392
SUN SPIRITS Cargo IMO:9416953, MMSI:372369000, Call Sign:3EIQ7
Photo: Ship Photo Cafe"Apron"
Japanese freighter Sun Spirits sank off eastern coast of Philippines’s province Catanduanes on the night of Jan 22. Vessel issued distress signal on Jan 21, reporting growing list, en route from province Leyte port to China with cargo of iron ore, so it looks like shifting of the cargo again, either because of rough weather, or because of high moisture of the ore. Crew of 12 Indonesians and two Koreans rescued by Philippines freighter and fishing vessel.
General cargo vessel Sun Spirits IMO 9416953, dwt 10903, built 2007, flag Panama, manager Noma Shipping Co., Japan.
Freighter Seaford 2 sank on the night of Jan 22 off the coast of central Philippines province Antique en route to Antique port, loaded with cement sacks. Vessel got a hole after collision with underwater object. 18 crew was rescued by local fishermen. Photo of sinking m/v Seaford 2.
General cargo vessel Seaford 2 IMO 8332227, dwt 1100, built 1976, flag Philippines, manager Trans Olango Shipping Corp., Manila.
Costa Concordia Search Hampered by Unregistered Passengers, Body Found May Be One (01/22/12) (The Inquisitr)
The tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship last week has brought with it the revelation of many fantastical safety oversights, seemingly a combination of screw-ups so vast that untangling the chain of events leading up to the deadly incident has been a massive undertaking.
The investigation has revealed many troubling things, including what is believed to be a foray into unapproved waters, the actions of the ship’s captain Francesco Schettino before, during and after the sinking and the handling of the aftermath by the cruise ship’s company. Survivors of the incident at sea initially reported a failure of the crew to adequately perform disaster drills as well, leaving many of the passengers confused as to how to exit the vessel, should an accident occur.
As news broke that another body, that of a woman whose name has not been released, was recovered near the wreck, Italian officials admitted that recovery efforts- which have been complex- may be complicated by the presence of unregistered passengers on the ship, people who may have been invited aboard or otherwise present but did not appear on ship rosters. It has been suggested that the woman whose body was located near the wreck has not been easy to identify due to nearly a week in the water, and that she may have been one of the “clandestine” passengers aboard the ill-fated ship.
Franco Gabrielli, head of the Civil Protection Authority, confirmed that there may ”have been X persons who we don’t know about who were inside, who were clandestine passengers aboard the ship.” The family of a woman from Hungary have asserted that their daughter was aboard the Costa Concordia at the time of the tragedy and the she has not been heard from since, but her name does not appear on official passenger lists.
Costa Concordia: operation complicated by unregistered passengers (01/22/12) (The Inquisitr)
Efforts to establish the exact number of people still missing from the Costa Concordia could be complicated by unregistered passengers who may have been on board the stricken vessel, the head of the search operation has admitted.
By Nick Squires, on Giglio, Matthew Holehouse and David Millward
Around 20 people are still missing, including French passengers, an elderly American couple, an Italian father and his five year old daughter and Indian and Peruvian crew members.
As the death toll from the disaster rose to 13 after divers recovered a woman's body from the stern of the luxury liner, which rammed into rocks off the island of Giglio, Franco Gabrielli, head of the Civil Protection Authority, said there could have been "clandestine" passengers on board.
"There could have been X persons who we don't know about who were inside, who were clandestine" passengers aboard the ship, said Mr Gabrielli.
The family of a Hungarian woman who was not registered on the ship, insist that their daughter telephoned them from the Concordia and that they have not heard from her since, Mr Gabrielli said.
The suggestion of clandestine passengers raises the possibility that either a crew member or a passenger smuggled a friend or companion on board the ship, which rammed into rocks off the island of Giglio 10 days ago.
こちらは船長が居眠り？…唐津沖で貨物船座礁 01/23/12 (読売新聞)
家畜運搬船「GL Lan Xiu《は2011年7月に常石造船にドックする前に牛の死骸を海洋投棄している。
Pelicans caught in Brisbane oil spill 01/24/12 (brisbanetimes.com.au)
Days to mop up oil spill 01/23/12 (Seven News Queensland)
Brisbane oil spill affects pelicans 01/23/12 (smh.com.au)
Up to five pelicans are believed to have been affected by an oil spill in the Brisbane River that has spread upstream to Breakfast Creek.
Five tonnes of fuel oil leaked into the river at about 6.45am (AEST) on Monday as a livestock carrier was being refuelled at Hamilton wharves.
Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) said about five pelicans covered in oil have been spotted but it's believed only one has so far been rescued.
MSQ acting general manager Jim Huggett said it would take several days for the oil to be cleaned up.
"The incoming tide carried some oil sheen upstream as far as Breakfast Creek but as the tide turns our aim is to prevent oil affecting areas downstream such as environmentally sensitive mangroves," Mr Huggett said.
Containment booms are in place to stop the oil from reaching the mangroves, he said.
"An oil skimmer vessel is sucking up oil from the water and trucks with vacuum hoses are pumping oil directly from the spill site to wharfside," Mr Huggett said.
The clean-up is expected to be called off on Monday night and to restart early on Tuesday morning.
MSQ has begun an investigation into the cause of the spill.
The cargo ship GL Lan Xiu was being refuelled by the Valliant III at Hamilton Number 4 Wharf when the spill occurred.
About 2000 head of cattle, which were due to be loaded on board the GL Lan Xiu, remain on shore, MSQ said.
カンボジア船籍船「DE CHENG (IMO: 8852136, Call Sign: XUAC2, Survey companay at the time of detention: Universal Maritime Bureau《
THE LIST OF SHIPS DETAINED IN JAPAN (July. 2011) 我が国で拘留された船舶一覧（2011年7月） (国土交通省)
下関沖でカンボジア貨物船が火災、乗員全員救助 01/22/12 (読売新聞)
Carnival To Conduct Safety Audit – gCaptain Editorial 01/20/12 (gcaptain.com)
By gCaptain Staff
The following editorial was written by a source trusted by the editors of gCaptain.com who wishes to remain anonymous due to his close relationship with Carnival.
Carnival Corporation today announced they they will be conducting “comprehensive audit and review of all safety and emergency response procedures across all of the company’s cruise lines”. According to the announcement, leading the review will be Captain James Hunn, “a retired U.S. Navy Captain and currently the company’s senior vice president of Maritime Policy & Compliance. Following a 32-year career in the Navy, Hunn has held senior positions at Carnival Corporation & plc for nearly a decade, focusing on corporate-wide efforts to establish maritime policy standards, while overseeing the company’s health, environmental, safety, and security practices”.
Captain Hunn started his career with Carnival Corporation to oversee the Environmental Compliance Program that was put in place in 2002 as part of a plea agreement with the US DOJ concerning environmental issues. His prior US Navy career, while commendable, does not include service on board merchant vessels of any type, including cruise ships. Since joining Carnival Corporation he has been based in the Corporate offices, arguably removed from the operations of the various cruise lines that make up the Carnival Corporation brand – the individual cruise line operations are run from offices located in California, Washington, Miami, Genoa, and other cities throughout the world.
The point here is that having a Corporate insider who is removed from the operations and is not experienced with the product/service being reviewed, can hardly be considered an independent and objective investigation. Also included in the review, according to the announcement, are “senior health and safety executives” from the Carnival Corporation operating companies. These would be the persons responsible for development, implementation and oversight of the policies and procedures currently in place. Again, the point can be made that this review can not be considered independent and objective.
When the ISM Code came into force in the 1990′s all Cruise Lines found themselves in need of a documented Safety Management System (SMS) as required by the Code. When going through the initial development and implementations of the SMS across their operating companies, Carnival Corporation brought in experienced maritime industry personnel; former Captains, Auditors, Engineers and Surveyors who had real life experience dealing with vessel operations including Bridge Team Management, environmental issues, safety standards, applicable regulations (MARPOL, SOLAS, STCW, etc.) and other areas. This group was responsible for oversight of each operating companies SMS development and implementation to ensure minimum standards were met and to bring issues to light based on their industry experience.
To facilitate change correctly, the group spent much time on the vessels and in the offices of the individual operating companies, and many issues were identified and addressed. About 10 years ago, Carnival Corporation reorganized their internal structure and removed Safety and Environmental reviews from this groups responsibility and replaced many of the experienced industry staff with personnel from the individual operating companies and in Captain Hunn’s case, from the US Navy.
But one question remains: With many of the personnel responsible for overseeing the Safety of the cruise ships in the operating companies being from the operating companies, has Carnival Corporation lost an objective view of the operating culture on board their ships?
RINA President Resigns Amid Controversy Over Costa Concordia Comments 01/20/12 (Off Radar Cruise News)
President of RINA, the Italian classification society that certified the Costa Concordia for seaworthiness and safety, Gianni Scerni resigned Tuesday amid controversy over comments he allegedly made to the Italian media. Mr. Scerni disputes the accuracy of the comments but he has decided to resign in order to distance RINA from any association with the alleged remarks.
The comments in question were made in an article posted to Il Secolo XIX, an Italian paper, titled “Scerni: Ma l’armatore non poteva non sapere”, or “But the owner could not know”, translated.
In the article Scerni attacks the owners of the Costa Concordia, who have publicly placed blame solely on Captain Francesco Schettino, for failing to know about the practice of “bow’ing”, or “showboating”, that we have seen in video and AIS plotting from previous voyages of the cruise ship.
Scerni tells the paper (translated from Italian to English): “It is madness such a thing could happen with calm seas and the starry skies. Going so close to the coast is a sailor bravado, but it can not be done by those who lead a ship of that size.”
Scerni is then quoted as saying that the “prank” by Capt. Schettino was an error “that I could do myself sailing a boat.”
Again, Scerni disputes the accuracy of the comments and RINA has publicly stated that it “acknowledges the important contribution which Mr Scerni has made to the company during the past ten years.” Regardless, his resignation is likely to be the first of many from high-level people connected to the incident.
Gianni Scerni, President of RINA, Resigns – Was Critical of Costa Management in Newspaper Interview 01/20/12 (Open Salon)
Shortly after Costa Crociere chairman and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi blamed the grounding of the Costa Concordia on an ”inexplicable” error by the captain, Gianni Scerni, the president of RINA,
sat down for an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX. RINA, Registro Italiano Navale, is the Italian classification society that issued the certificate of seaworthiness and
the Safety Management System (SMS) certification for the Costa Concordia. The resulting article, titled Ma l’armatore non poteva non sapere (But the owner could not find out) is critical of
Costa management and questions the claim that Costa was unaware of the practice of its ships presenting a “salute” or “bow” in the form of a close passage by island of Giglio.
Within hours of its publication, Gianni Scerni announced his resignation as the president of RINA. He disputed the accuracy some of the comments in the interview but decided to resign from RINA nevertheless.
ＩＳＰＳコードの要求から判断すると「Although there was an initial report her name was missing from the list of passengers and crew, Costa Crociere, owners of the boat, said it could provide her ticket number.《
「The Times also said Ms Cemortan had previously worked for Costa Cruises as a Russian translator but was thought to be taking a "holiday" on the ill-fated ship.
AFP said the Italian media had speculated Ms Cemortan might have been a special guest of the captain, who is now under house arrest in his village near Naples pending possible charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship.《
Does mystery woman hold secret to doomed ship Costa Concordia? 01/20/12 (Herald Sun)
THE list of bizarre events surrounding the sinking of the Costa Concordia is growing daily, so it was only a matter of time before a mystery blonde made an appearance.
Speculation has swirled overnight around the woman – variously described as a ballerina, a ship employee and an undocumented passenger – reportedly seen dining and drinking wine with the captain of the Costa Concordia shortly before the 17-deck vessel became impaled on a rock off the Italian coast and pitched on its side.
Various news reports said police wanted to question Domnica Cemortan, a 25-year-old ballerina with dual Moldovan and Romanian citizenship who staunchly defended Captain Francesco Schettino's actions, calling him a "hero" who "saved lives".
She acknowledged she had been with the captain on the bridge, The Times reported.
Although there was an initial report her name was missing from the list of passengers and crew, Costa Crociere, owners of the boat, said it could provide her ticket number.
The Times also said Ms Cemortan had previously worked for Costa Cruises as a Russian translator but was thought to be taking a "holiday" on the ill-fated ship.
AFP said the Italian media had speculated Ms Cemortan might have been a special guest of the captain, who is now under house arrest in his village near Naples pending possible charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship.
Italian prosecutors would neither confirm nor deny reports she could emerge as a key witness.
As for Ms Cemortan herself, now back in Moldova, she denied she was the mystery woman at dinner and said she went to the bridge only after the crash to translate for Russian passengers, The Times said.
According to The Times, Genoa's Il Secolo XIX newspaper quoted passenger Angelo Fabbri of Savona as saying he and his wife saw the 52-year-old Schettino in the fancy Concordia Club restaurant dining with a slim blonde woman and another officer and drinking from a decanter of red wine.
A special menu was being served: prawn cocktails, pasta with shrimp and a fish grill.
"Schettino, in a dark suit, was sitting in front of the woman. She seemed young. At first, we thought it was his daughter. A pretty woman, 35 or 40 years old, slim, with shoulder-length blonde hair, with a black dress with open arms," he told Il Secolo XIX.
"They were laughing. There was trust between them, great happiness," he said. "There is no doubt they were drinking, at least a whole decanter. The last drop was poured into the captain's glass.
"They left the table crossing the room single-file walking between the tables," he said. "First Schettino, then the woman and finally the third diner."
However, The Times reported that Pier Luigi Foschi, Costa Cruises chairman and CEO, said that Mr Schettino does not drink.
The Times, quoting leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, also reported investigators were focusing on a series of telephone calls made from the liner after it hit rocks last Friday night off the island of Giglio and before an evacuation was ordered almost an hour later.
Corriere della Sera said the investigators were trying to determine if company bosses were trying to avoid the "economic consequences" of an evacuation, which would entail an automatic compensation payment of €30 million ($38.8 million) for the 3000 passengers aboard.
Meanwhile, divers and salvage teams, who resumed their search of the ship after it was suspended on Wednesday when the vessel slipped and moved, raced against time to recover bodies and siphon fuel amid forecasts of worsening weather.
"I'm not calm at all," Environment Minister Corrado Clini said yesterday, according to ANSA news service.
"Our time is very limited. We are running the risk of the ship moving, being damaged or the fuel tanks breaking."
The boat, which had just begun its Mediterranean cruise, carried some 230,000 tons of fuel that threatened to leak into the waters off Giglio, a marine sanctuary and popular holiday spot.
At least 11 are known dead in the disaster, with more than 20 others still missing.
Clini said operations to empty the ship's fuel reserves would begin only once all the missing were accounted for, ANSA said.
Costa Crociere confirmed it would give refunds to all passengers who were onboard and cover any expenses they incurred in the aftermath of the disaster.
But the company angered many survivors when one of its executives accused passengers of "sensationalism" in their accounts of the disaster.
"I have read, seen and heard so much nonsense from these survivors, who tended as usual to choose sensationalism rather than information," Costa Crociere assistant director Monica Bova wrote in a letter posted on the Il Secolo website.
Costa Concordia skipper Francesco Schettino 'drinking with mystery woman' 01/20/12 (The Australian)
THE captain of the Costa Concordia is alleged to have been drinking at dinner with a Moldovan dancer on the night of the shipwreck off Italy.
Italian police want to question Domnica Cemortan, a 25-year-old former ballet student who says that she was with the captain on the bridge. Ms Cemortan is a Costa Cruises employee, but she was starting a holiday to celebrate her birthday with friends.
She had worked as an interpreter for Russian passengers on a previous leg but bought a ticket to stay on board after the ship left the Italian port of Civitavecchia.
"The woman who on the evening of the accident appears to have dined with Captain [Francesco] Schettino had regularly embarked on the vessel in Civitavecchia," Clarence Mitchell, a company spokesman, said. "Costa Cruises is ready to provide the authorities with her identity and the details of the ticket she bought."
A passenger claimed yesterday that he saw the captain having dinner and drinking from a decanter of red wine in the ship's best restaurant with an unidentified slim blonde woman and another officer shortly before the vessel hit the rocks on Friday night.
Angelo Fabbri, from Savona, said that he and his wife saw Captain Schettino in the Concordia Club restaurant at 9.05pm on the evening of the accident. A menu was served for special guests: prawn cocktails, pasta with shrimps and a fish grill.
"Schettino, in a dark suit, was sitting in front of the woman. She seemed young. At first, we thought it was his daughter. A pretty woman, 35 or 40 years old, slim, with shoulder-length blonde hair, with a black dress with open arms," he told Il Secolo XIX newspaper in Genoa.
"They were laughing. There was trust between them, great happiness. There is no doubt they were drinking, at least a whole decanter. The last drop was poured into the captain's glass.
"They left the table crossing the room single file, walking between the tables: first Schettino, then the woman and finally the third diner."
The claim that Captain Schettino had been drinking directly contradicts a statement by Pier Luigi Foschi, the chairman of Costa Cruises, that the captain was a non-drinker. All Costa officers, he said, were subject to random drug and alcohol tests.
Police were conducting urine tests on Captain Schettino yesterday, almost a week after the accident. He told the investigating magistrate that he had not drunk alcohol.
Now back in Moldova, Ms Cemortan, who trained as a ballet dancer in Paris, also denied that she was the mystery woman seen dining with the captain. She added that she went on the bridge only after the ship ran aground.
"I was at dinner with friends, at 9.30pm. I climbed on to the deck and translated information provided by the officers for Russian passengers," she told the local Advarul newspaper. "The Russians were the first passengers evacuated."
She defended Captain Schettino as a hero for saving thousands of passengers. "I left the bridge at 11.50pm and he was there," she said.
"It was dark. Knowing the ship saved me. Trying to move to the exit, following the fluorescent lights, I could hear all sorts of objects falling. People were screaming. A man had a three-month-old baby in his arms and another had a three-year-old ... The ship was pitching more and more. When I reached the lifeboat, I thought we were saved. But a large piece of metal began to push the boat. Many people had jumped."
Ms Cemortan, who has a two-year-old child and has worked on cruise ships for five years, was reported to have got the ticket on the internet as a birthday present.
Costa Cruises said last night that it was not clear when the woman who was dining with the captain went on to the bridge. "I cannot either confirm or deny if the woman concerned was on the bridge at the time of the accident," Mr Mitchell said.
A mystery woman was on the bridge alongside captain Francesco Schettino? 01/20/12 (Sea News)
A mystery woman was on the bridge alongside captain Francesco Schettino when his ship ran aground off an Italian island on Friday night, it emerged today.
A mystery woman was on the bridge alongside captain Francesco Schettino when his ship ran aground off an Italian island on Friday night, it emerged today.
The blonde woman is a 25-year-old Moldovan crew member who was not properly identified by investigators as she reportedly did not appear on any official manifest for the Costa Concordia.
She is passenger rep Domnica Cemortan, possibly hired without a proper contract. Reports speculated she may have been on the bridge because Schettino was trying to impress her.
Blonde is Domnica Cemortan, 25, from Moldova, who was working as passenger rep for Costa Cruises.
Prosecutors believe she may have crucial evidence as to what happened when cruise liner sailed by island of Giglio.
Witnesses describe seeing Captain Schettino with blonde in restaurant 30 minutes before crash and on the bridge.
Initial reports said she may have been on board without authorisation, but Costa Cruises she was a verified passenger.
A statement from Costa Cruises later confirmed Ms Cemortan was an authorised passenger.
It said: 'Costa Cruises would like to clarify that the law as it stands, safety regulations and the control systems applied meticulously by the company do not permit the embarkation of unregistered passengers.'
Based on the pictures broadcast by the media, the woman stated as being in the company of Captain Schettino on the evening of January 13th was certainly embarked on January 13th in Civitavecchia and duly registered.
'The company is ready to provide the authorities, when requested, with the identity of the person and the number of the ticket purchased.'
Investigators want to find out where she was at the moment the Concordia hit the rocks.
New recording reveals crew on board thought accident was just a black out and told coastguard there was no emergency.
11 people confirmed dead and 21 still missing after disaster.
Costa Concordia accident start to become mysterious... 01/20/12 (Sea News)
The shipping industry newspaper Lloyd's List reported that Friday was not the first time the Costa Concordia steamed extremely close to shore near Giglio.How this might have happened? Experts of SeaNews has an answer.
The shipping industry newspaper Lloyd's List reported that Friday was not the first time the Costa Concordia steamed extremely close to shore near Giglio.
Satellite tracking data obtained by the paper show that the ship passed within 230 meters (755 feet) of the coast of the island at least once before, even closer than the location where the Costa Concordia hit the rocks lasted weekend.
The pass happened on August 14, 2011, Lloyd's List reported. Costa Cruises chairman Pier Luigi Foschi earlier this week said a pass near the island last summer occurred only once, on August 9-10, 2011. The discrepancy in the dates could not be reconciled late Wednesday.
So the question still remains: why the ship did not hit the rocks when she passed closer to the rocks, and she hit when she passed farther?
ONCE MORE SQUAT EFFECT
SeaNews consulted the issue to maritime experts. Response is as follows:
'Once more we have to take into account the SPEED of the ship. What was the speed previous time when the ship passed closer? Because centimeters are important at this accident. And, speed of the ship direcly have the ability to change the draugh of a ship through SQUAT effect. There has been many accidets due to this effect. To make a correct statement the speed of vessel at each passage should be taken into account'
Three women on the Costa Concordia with Schettino, at time of accident 01/19/12 (Sea News)
At least three women have been seen with the captain Francesco Schettino in the decisive minutes of the operation that led to the sinking of bowing in front of the island of Giglio.
Today the divers back to the ship to search the captain's cabin. Clash of the judges after the granting of house arrest.
At least three women have been seen with the captain Francesco Schettino in the decisive minutes of the operation that led to the sinking of bowing in front of the island of Giglio.
In particular, look for a Moldavian girl of 25 who is not among the passengers on board and was photographed by a passenger on the helm with the skipper.
The newspaper of Genoa in the nineteenth Century The current issue today publishes the photo.
With two other girls at the restaurant
In last night's episode of Who saw it? - Instead - one of the passengers who survived, Mark Monda, said another sequence, which contrasts with the statement that Schettino was at the helm at the time of the wreck: "We were with my wife at exclusive restaurants - said Monda -were 21.15 and I saw the captain get together, arms around two girls, a Bion and one with dark hair. He showed to the girls, the window of the restaurant, where you saw the island of Giglio. Then the panic : the ship is tilted, the light is gone. "
We seek new evidence on the ship
Wanted Meanwhile, new evidence against the commander Schettino.
Today, weather permitting, divers - on the orders of prosecutors - on the Costa Concordia sailed up to enter the captain's cabin and pass through a sieve.
Among the first targets his personal computer and other documents that may be retained on board.
The research will also extend to his effects.
Evidently you are looking for new evidence for the prosecution case.
The clash between the Pm and Gip
It's a tough battle between the prosecutor and investigating judge on the arrest of Francesco Schettino, the commander of the Costa Concordia. The chief prosecutor of Grosseto, Francis verus, Schettino has called "a villain". "I do not feel influenced by my role to direct a prosecutor, the jury is fairly objective about the subject's personality. I would say a villain. Villain in the maneuver, the abandonment of the ship, in failing to direct rescue operations, in not giving no provision. I think her behavior was really unconscionable and unforgivable. "
"We do not want they can under its responsibility" said the prosecutor.
"It's not even sorry"
Schettino said to be slipped into the water and not to have abandoned the ship: "Even assuming, without conceding that he had fallen into the boat - said Verus - could also return to the ship as a commander, is not it? Is there anyone else who has come back. Forget it. "Talks with the Master are very explicit.
And finally: "I do not regret it seemed like a person. Disappointed perhaps for his ship and what will happen, but I'm not sorry for what he did."
The decision of the investigating magistrate: at home
The decision to grant the Gip Valeria Montesarchio Schettino came home to last night, after 3 hours of interrogation.
The judge for preliminary investigations annulled the measure ordered Saturday night and issued a new order for custody, but not in prison. A decision that does not understand how there would be the basis for the arrest: or risk of flight, or tampering with evidence.
"It is escape"
The investigating magistrate has issued its written that the captain abandoned ship and fled, but not "stood on the cliffs of the island of Giglio, where he was landed on board a boat."
Again: "There is no trace in the records and chronicles the story of any attempt to escape in place during and after catastrophic event under investigation. This attempt can not be integrated well abandonment is premature because the Costa Concordia however, that the captain remained on the cliff watching the disaster, he was joined by staff from the Fire Brigade and was in telephone contact with the commander juncture De Falco ordering him to go back on the ship. "
Not only but also of the Voice The Gip denies circulated immediately after the detention of the captain. It is true that he tried to get hold of the black box of the Costa Concordia because he has not had a chance.
"A measure which does not understand" the prosecutor commented on yesterday's hot in Grosseto. While the lawyer Schettino Levoratti Bruno, "you can not send to prison a man just because he wants the public."
Testing anti-alcohol and anti-drug
The commander of the Concord is back home at night in meta di Sorrento. Schettino got the house after agreeing to submit to testing anti-alcohol and anti-drug. Intelligence sources tell us that man is subjected to the tests "with apparent tranquility and availability."
His wife: "Do not criminalize"
Yesterday in defense of the commander's wife was heard. The news about his behavior''are to be checked,''notes''while his absolute devotion to work and his professionalism.''
The operation implemented for Russian Fabiola,''just wanted to limit the consequences of the passengers on board.''
The family Schettino, in short,''rejects any attempt to discredit her figure, calling to understand its tragedy and its human drama.''
Schettino: "I saved hundreds of lives"
"That was me in charge" at impact. "I saved hundreds, thousands of people" and "I have not jumped ship." So Francesco Schettino defended himself during the interview held yesterday in Grosseto warranty.
The commander of the Costa Concordia, which sank on Friday night to the island of Giglio, is at risk 15 years in prison. The chief prosecutor said today in Grosseto, Francis verus, recalling that at the time the charges against the captain are multiple manslaughter, wrecked and abandoned ship.
15 years is likely
In the press conference after the meeting, Verus has explained that "the reconstruction provided by the commander did not change the prosecution's" and was asked to confirm the interim measures for the scale.
Schettino has answered questions for about three hours of the magistrate, and assured that he was in command of Concordia on impact.
"His description of the facts - then the prosecutor explained to the journalists - did not change the prosecution's prosecutor's office has asked that the validation of the arrest as a precautionary measure."
"The investigating judge - he added - has reserved his decision."
The previous update
Meanwhile, the framework around Schettino seems worse with each passing hour.
The approach of the Costa Concordia, the port of Giglio - in fact - would not have been decided by the skipper Francesco Schettino, but it would be the result of chance. Is denied so the version provided by the commander who, through his lawyer had said that it was intentionally approached the coast to avoid a shipwreck at sea, and thus save lives.
The telephone records obtained by the prosecution of Grosseto, then, there are communications between the officer of the Coast Guard in Livorno and the commander of the cell Schettino.
The latter was said to be the first ship to coordinate relief efforts, then (around midnight and a half) that would escape a sentence that states could no longer go back to the ship, admitting of being dropped. At that point, it is 1, 46 of the night between Friday and Saturday and rescue operations were still underway, the officer of the Coast Guard intimate tone Schettino resolved to ascend to the ship and coordinate relief efforts, the obey the commander replied that, but according to testimony would not have ever done, always remaining on the ground.
Extract: "go back to the ship, shit!"
Here's an excerpt from the telephone recording reported by Corriere della Sera.
De Falco (note: Commander of the Port): I understand. Listen: there are people coming down from biscaggina bow. She runs through the biscaggina in the opposite direction, gets on the ship and tells me how many people and what they have on board. Got it? He says if there are children, women or people in need of assistance. It tells me the number of each of these categories. It 'clear? Schettino
Look at that she was perhaps saved from the sea but I wear it ... really bad ... I go to the trouble of soul. Go on board, fuck!
Schettino: Captain, please ...
Falco: No, please ... Now she takes it and goes on board. I am sure that is going on board ....
Schettino: I'm going to side with a spear of relief, I'm here, I'm not going anywhere, I'm here ...
Falco: What are you doing sir?
Schettino: I am here to coordinate relief efforts ...
Falco: That there is coordinating? Go on board. Coordinate relief efforts from the edge. Do you refuze?
Schettino: No, no I'm not refusing.
Falco: You go on board, is an order. You must not make further assessments. She said the abandon ship, now I'm in charge. She goes on board! It 'clear?
Guarded at sight
Meanwhile, the prison guards of Grosseto are ordered to check back often as it is. Did not show intentions Greasy, but is considered a prisoner at risk.
In a cell with two other prisoners, he was not prepared for the highest level of surveillance - that 'in view', with a guard 24 hours 24 keeps it under control - but that just a step below.
"And 'needed special attention - said the prison administration administrator Tuscany, Maria Pia Giuffrida - because he's obviously going through a delicate period.''
Source: Franco Brush/Il Salvagente.It
Bulker "Global Legacy" stranded 01/19/12 (Maritime Information Centre)
On 19th January, 2012, bulker “Global Legacy” operated by NYK Global Bulk Corporation which is subsidiary of NYK Line stranded at Pohang, Korea.
She has anchored at Pohang waiting for cargo. She dragged and hit break water due to strong wind. After hitting break water, she stranded at about 100meter away from shore.
As her fuel tank was damaged, NYK is collecting the in formations as to its quantity.
The company is managing situation coordinating with local authority.
Source: NYK Line
座礁直後、船長は救助要請せず 「停電したが大丈夫《 01/16/12 (産経新聞)
乗客より先に避難の船長に帰船促す イタリア豪華客船座礁で沿岸警備隊 01/16/12 (産経新聞)
愛媛沖でケミカルタンカー火災 (SHIP PHOTOより)
船吊 SUNNY JEWEL
船主 SOLAR SHIPPING AND TRADING S.A. （韓国）
船種 ケミカルタンカー タイプⅡ＆Ⅲ
建造 USUKI SHIPYARD (旭タンカー)
どうせ愛媛沖でケミカルタンカー(SUNNY JEWEL)火災 (SHIP PHOTOより)
平成１７年広審第１４８号 油送船サニー ジュエル爆発事件 (広島地方海難審判庁裁決17hs148)
South Korean tanker Doola No.3は
ARE TAIHEIYO KAIUN CO LTD JAPAN (marine-news.net)
Vessel's name: Sunrise Peony Last updated: Sep 27, 2010
Ex-name(s): Not Applicable IMO number: 9262106
Flag: Panama Call sign: H9ZA
Port of Registry: PANAMA Summer DWT: 6535.82 MT
Type of vessel: Chemical Built: Feb 28, 2002
Type of hull: Double Hull Owner: SUNRISE OCEAN SHIPPING
Class Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai Operator: KT MARINE
Oil tanker explosion kills 5 off coast of South Korea
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韓国・仁川沖でタンカー爆発 ５人死亡、６人上明 01/16/12 (朝日新聞)
5 dead, 6 missing in tanker explosion 01/16/12 (Maritime Bulletin)
By Kim Tae-jong
An explosion on an oil tanker in the West Sea, Sunday, killed five crew members and left six others missing, the Coast Guard said.
The 4,191-ton Doola No. 3 was in waters 4.8 kilometers north of Jawol Island near the port city of Incheon when the blast occurred at around 8:05 a.m.
A total of 11 Korean and five Myanmarese crewmen were aboard but only five people were rescued, according to the Coast Guard.
The exact cause of the explosion has not yet been confirmed but officials from the freight’s operating firm suspect it happened during the process of emptying gas from the oil tank.
“We suspect the explosion may have occurred while crewmen were trying to remove the remaining gas in a storage tank. The vessel usually transports diesel, but this time it carried gasoline,” an official from Doola Shipping said.
Those in the cabin and engine room seemed to have avoided injuries from the explosion but crewmen on the deck seemed to have been directly hit, he said.
After leaving Incheon, the ship was heading to Daesan in South Chungcheong Province, carrying 80-tons of bunker-C oil and 40 tons of diesel.
The Coast Guard immediately dispatched patrol and rescue ships to search for the missing crew and also took emergency measures to stop the ship from sinking and the remaining oil from spilling into the sea.
The ship was cut in half with its bow almost submerged, but no oil spill was detected, the Coast Guard said.
As a precaution, inflatable oil booms were placed around the wreck, and an operation was conducted to seal tanks. They have also considered salvaging the hull with barges before it completely sinks
An explosion tore apart South Korean tanker Doola No.3 01/16/12 (Maritime Bulletin)
At around 0805 LT Jan 15 an explosion tore apart South Korean tanker Doola No.3 three miles north of Jawol Island near Incheon, Yellow sea. Tanker was in ballast, so apparently, blast was caused by gas in empty cargo tanks. Vessel broke in two and partially sank, 5 crew killed and 5 or 6 missing, which in sum accounts for two thirds of the 16 crew, 11 Koreans and 5 Myanmar. Chemical tanker Doola No.3 IMO 9262106, dwt 6536, built 2002, flag South Korea, manager DOOLA SHIPPING CO LTD. On photos Doola after and before an explosion.
韓国船籍タンカー爆発、船体真っ二つ…５人死亡 01/16/12 (読売新聞)
韓国船舶の爆発事故 タンク内の油蒸気が原因か 01/16/12 (聯合ニュース)
COSTA CONCORDIA IMO 9320544 (Nedcruise - Dutch cruise site)
客船座礁 客が自力で救命具探す 乗員は救命ボートの降ろし方も知らず(01/16/12) (スポニチ)
(Picture: Reuters / Landov)
(AFP: Luca Milano) )
Cruise ship death toll rises 01/15/12 (Irishexaminer.com)
The Costa Concordia death toll rose by two tonight – as the captain of the stricken vessel blamed the navigation systems for the grounding.
Two French nationals and a Peruvian died after the Italian-owned cruiser ran aground near the island of Giglio off the Tuscan coast on Friday night.
But this evening, as search and rescue teams battled failing light, the coastguard said the bodies of two elderly passengers were found by divers in a section of the submerged restaurant.
The news came just hours after a honeymooning South Korean couple were found alive, and a cabin services director was also rescued despite suffering a suspected broken leg.
Officials reduced the initial number of missing from 70 to 17 – six crew and 11 passengers.
Thirty people were said to be injured, two seriously.
As pressure for an explanation of how the huge cruiser could crash into rocks intensified, the Concordia captain, Francesco Schettino, told Italian television he had not expected the rocks to be in the area where the ship ran aground.
He said: “I don’t know if it was detected or not, but on the nautical chart it was marked just as water and some 100-150 metres (328ft-492ft) from the rocks, and we were about 300 metres (984ft) from the shore, more or less.
“We shouldn’t have had this contact.”
Capt. Schettino and an officer were held and questioned by prosecutors on suspicion of multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship, and causing a shipwreck, state TV and Sky TV said.
But tonight one maritime expert said it was important the captain was given “leeway” and time to explain his decisions.
Karen Jacques, chief operating officer, of Dryad Maritime, which provides risk forecasts and advice to mariners, said: “It’s his ship that’s sinking and he will feel that in his belly.”
Police divers and rescue crews continued to circle the wrecked ship which sustained a massive gash after crashing into rocks.
Crews in dinghies examined the ship near the site of the 160-foot hull hole where water flooded in and caused the ship to lurch to its side.
Survivors said the terrifying, chaotic escape was like a scene from the Titanic which went down 100 years ago claiming 1,517 lives.
Many passengers complained the crew did not give them good directions on how to evacuate.
They also claimed that once it became clear it was an emergency there was a delay lowering the lifeboats until the ship was listing too heavily for many to be released.
Several other passengers said crew members told passengers for 45 minutes that there was a simple “technical problem” that had caused the lights to go off.
Angry passengers also claimed they never participated in an evacuation drill, although one had been scheduled for yesterday.
Cruise bosses defended the actions of the crew and said they were co-operating with the investigation.
Survivor John Rodford said staff gave him and his wife incorrect information as the drama unfolded while they were dining.
“They said ’No, it’s all right, it’s just a malfunction in the engines,” he told Sky News.
“Then it started tilting the other way and the plates came off the tables.”
He said passengers scrambled for lifejackets and he and his wife slid across the deck to find a lifeboat.
Mr Rodford said an evacuation drill was scheduled for the day after the cruise went down.
Reliving his escape, he said it was “chefs and waiters” helping passengers flee rather than officers.
He said: “The people who served us our dinner, were the people who helped us get on the lifeboats and were manning the lifeboats.
“I didn’t see captains’ jackets and things like that. It was dinner staff.”
He added that when it came to getting him off, the “Costa people are far and few between to be honest – very scarce”.
Search on Italian capsized cruise ship continues 01/15/12 (Canada.com)
(Picture: Max Rossi, Reuters)
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) - Divers found the bodies of two elderly men inside a capsized cruiseliner on Sunday, raising to five the death toll after the luxury vessel foundered and dramatically keeled over off Italy’s coast.
Teams were painstakingly checking the interior spaces of the partly submerged Italian liner Costa Concordia for 15 people still unaccounted for after the huge ship, with 4,229 passengers and crew on board, was holed by a rock on Friday night.
A day after the disaster, rescuers plucked a South Korean honeymoon couple and an injured crewmember alive from the wreck, lying on its side close to the beautiful island of Giglio off Italy’s west coast.
The captain of the 114,500-tonne ship, Francesco Schettino, was arrested on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship, Italian police said. Some 64 people were injured in the accident.
Investigators were working through evidence from the equivalent of the "black boxes" carried on aeroplanes, to try to establish the precise sequence of events behind the accident, which occurred in calm seas and shallow waters.
Searching the vast ship for survivors was like combing through a small town - but one tilted on its side, largely in darkness, partly underwater and full of floating debris.
In the early afternoon, scuba divers looking for survivors found the bodies of two men at an evacuation assembly point in the submerged part of the ship, coastguard officials said.
The bodies of two French tourists and a Peruvian crew member were found on Saturday.
The discovery of the bodies on Sunday dampened earlier euphoria when a helicopter lifted off injured chief purser Manrico Gianpetroni, hours after rescuers made voice contact with him deep inside the stricken, multi-storey vessel.
Gianpetroni, who had a broken leg, was winched up from the ship on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
"I never lost hope of being saved. It was a 36-hour nightmare," he told reporters.
Passengers compared the disaster to the sinking of the Titanic, and described people leaping into the sea and fighting over lifejackets in panic when the ship hit a rock and ran aground as they sat down for dinner on Friday night.
The vast hulk of the 290-metre-long ship loomed over the little port of Giglio, a picturesque island in a maritime nature reserve off the Tuscan coast. There was large gash in its side and divers were able to swim into the wreck through the hole.
The specialist diving teams faced a complex task as they worked their way through the warren of cabins on the ship - a floating resort that boasted a huge spa, seven restaurants, bars, cinemas and discotheques.
"Getting inside the ship is really difficult and dangerous," said Majko Aldone, a one of the specialist team of divers who have been entering cabins through open portholes or by smashing through the glass.
"There are various obstacles, sheets, mattresses, nets which have broken free and are spread out all over the areas we’re searching," he said.
Paolo Tronca, a local fire department official, said the search would go on "for 24 hours a day as long as we have to" and that rescue workers were using sniffer dogs in the section of the ship above water.
As the search continued, there were demands for explanations of why the vessel had come so close to the shore and bitter complaints about how long it took to evacuate the terrified passengers.
State prosecutor Francesco Verusio said investigations might go beyond the captain.
"We are investigating the possible responsibility of other people for such a dangerous manoeuvre," he told SkyTG24 television. "Command systems did not function as they should."
He said the ship had come within 150 metres (yards) of the coast, which he called "incredibly close."
Agnese Stella, a 72-year-old housewife who has lived on Giglio for 50 years told Reuters: "It came much too close (to shore), it never comes this close normally."
Magistrates said Schettino abandoned the vessel not long after midnight, well before all the passengers were taken off.
The vessel’s operator, Costa Crociere, a unit of Carnival Corp & Plc CCL.L, the world’s largest cruise company, said the Costa Concordia had been sailing on its regular course when it struck a submerged rock.
In a television interview, Schettino said the rock was not marked on any maritime charts of the area.
After an massive rescue operation throughout the weekend, involving helicopters, ships and lifeboats, many passengers had already left the area and returned home and attention began to turn to the cleanup.
Local officials expressed concern the ship’s fuel, at full load as it had just begun the cruise, could spill into pristine waters off Giglio. So far there was no sign of pollution. Dutch maritime services company SMIT said it had been hired to pump fuel off the ship once the rescue was over.
The coast guard says the removal of the 2,380 tonnes of fuel cannot begin until the rescue is complete because the operation could cause the vessel to move or sink further into the water.
(Picture: Gregorio Borgia/AP)
Honeymoon couple rescued from stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship
A South Korean couple have been rescued from the Costa Concordia and a third survivor has been located onboard the stricken Italian cruise ship.
(Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
Three people were killed when the liner struck rocks and sank off the coast of Tuscany on Friday night and around 40 more people are missing.
Emergency services workers located a honeymooning couple stranded in one of the cabins above the water line, more than 24 hours after the Costa Cruises vessel ran aground.
The newlyweds, both in their late twenties, were helped from the half-submerged liner and taken ashore in the early hours of Sunday morning.
They were reported to be in good health, despite their ordeal.
Firefighters continued to search the liner cabin-by-cabin and have spoken to another survivor, although they have not yet rescued the passenger.
The Costa Concordia had more than 4,200 people onboard when it got into difficulties close to the island of Giglio just hours after it began its voyage.
A chaotic evacuation operation that lasted six hours followed and most of the passengers and crew made it safely to dry land.
(Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
However, the bodies of two French holidaymakers and a Peruvian crew member were discovered and rescue workers fear the death toll could grow, as a number of people are still unaccounted for.
Italian prosecutors have arrested the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, and first officer, Ciro Ambrosio, on suspicion of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship before their passengers were safe.
Cruise ship runs aground off Italy; deaths reported 01/14/12（Overhead Bin）
By NBC News, msnbc.com staff and news services
A cruise ship with 4,200 people on board ran aground and ripped a 165-foot gash in its hull off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Friday night, and local officials reported that at least six people died. Some on the island said eight were dead.
At least three bodies were recovered from the sea, the Italian coast guard reported.
Helicopters were working to pluck to safety some 50 people still trapped aboard the badly listing Costa Concordia on Saturday, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Francesco Paolillo.
Some people were thrown into the sea when the Costa Concordia started listing, others jumped to evacuate the ship, officials said.
The ship, which reportedly cost more than $680 million, was three-quarters under water and sinking fast, a Giglio hotel clerk told NBC News on Saturday.
The Telegraph of London said some passengers jumped from the steeply listing ship and swam a short distance to the island. A photo showed the brightly lit ship teetering just outside a harbor wall.
One official said that among the dead was a man around age 65, who might have been ill or who might not have withstood the cold of the sea at night, Il Messagero said.
The 950-foot Costa Concordia had left the port of Savona at 7 p.m. local time and was sailing to Civitavecchia, its first port of call, when it ran aground around 9 p.m.
A rocky reef
Costa Cruises said 3,200 passengers were aboard, along with 1,023 crew members. Coast Guard Officials said the liner was listing at 20 degrees but was not in danger of sinking.
Paolillo, the coast guard official, speaking from the port captain's office in the Tuscan port of Livorno, said the vessel "hit an obstacle" -- it wasn't clear if it might have hit a rocky reef in the waters off Giglio -- "ripping a gash 50 meters (165 feet) across" on the left side of the ship, and started taking on water.
The cruise liner's captain, Paolillo said, then tried to steer his ship toward shallow waters, near Giglio's small port, to make evacuation by lifeboat easier. But after the ship started listing badly onto its right side, lifeboat evacuation was no longer feasible, Paolillo said.
By 1:20 a.m. Saturday the evacuation of passengers and crew had been virtually completed. But Il Messaggero said about 200 remained on board and would have to be airlifted out by helicopters. The ship's worsening position was making it difficult to complete the evacuation, officials said.
Town officials were trying to find places for the evacuees to spend the night.
A clerk at the Bahamas hotel told NBC News that 1,000 people were sheltering there. A crew member at the hotel told the clerk he heard two loud noises and the ship started leaning to one side almost immediately.
Some passengers panicked as some jumped into the cold sea to swim ashore, the clerk said.
The first evacuated passengers were taken to a church for shelter on the tiny island. The church pastor told Il Messagero that women in suits and highheels were camped out in pews with frightened children. Other passsengers were taken to schools and hotels on the island, said Italian news agency ANSA.
Sky News quoted passenger Luciano Castro as telling Italian media: ''We were having dinner when all of a sudden the lights went out. It seemed as if the ship struck something and then we heard a loud bang and everything fell to the floor.
''The captain immediately came on the tannoy and said that there had been an electrical fault but it seemed very strange as the ship almost immediately began to list to one side. The glasses just slid off the table."
"It was like a scene from the Titanic," another passenger aboard, journalist Mara Parmegiani, told ANSA.
One woman also told The Telegraph: "It was just like something out of the Titanic. You could tell straight away that the ship had hit something and no way was it an electrical fault."
Passengers were first asked to put on life jackets as a precaution, witnesses said, but it soon became clear the situation was more serious when the abandon-ship signal was sounded, ANSA said.
The Costa Concordia, according to a Costa Cruises statement obtained by NBC News, was sailing across the Mediterranean Sea, starting from Civitavecchia with scheduled calls to Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Cagliari and Palermo. About 1,000 passengers of Italian nationality were aboard, as well as more than 500 Germans, about 160 French and about 1,000 crew members.
The company said it would cooperate with authorities to determine what caused the emergency.
Passengers Panic As Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Begins to Sink 01/08/12（Cruise Law News）
Posted on January 13, 2012 by Jim Walker
Costa Cruise Lines' Costa Concordia cruise ship has evacuated most of its passengers after a disastrous situation this evening near the island of Giglio in southern Tuscany, Italy.
Media reports are mixed and suggest that the cruise ship either struck an island pier, with what some people are describing as an "unbelievable" photo (below), or the vessel ran aground near the island and subsequently beached itself hear this lighthouse on the pier.
The allision or grounding ruptured the hull and water entered the vessel, leading to the evacuation of many of the 4,231 passengers and crew from the stricken cruise ship into lifeboats.
The official statements from the cruise line are factually vague. There is no explanation regarding the cause of the grounding. The cruise line proclaims that the passengers are "not at risk," but this is probably the usual misleading and false cruise propaganda. Some media sources are reporting that there are passengers who are dead. Media sources are reporting between 2 to 9 passegers died.
The Italian cruise ship carrying 3,200 passengers and approximately one thousand crewmembers. The Costa Concordia had departed from for a Mediterranean cruise to Civitavecchia, Palermo, Cagliari, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Marseille and back to Savona.
The cruise ship began to heel to one side, and the passengers were instructed to use their life jackets and congregate on the cruise ship's deck to abandon ship.
News sources are quoting a passenger describing the mishap similar to the Titanic disaster, "with a scramble among the evacuees, screaming and crying."
Foundering of the General Cargo Ship Tycoon – Investigation Report 07/22/13 (Officer of the Watch)
Tycoon disaster update 01/09/12 (Maritime Bulletin)
The hapless Tycoon reportedly, broke in two, fuel is leaking out, though 100 tons of fuel on board hardly may cause an ecological disaster. No salvage and cleaning operations are possible at the moment due to stormy weather. The Flying Fish Cove seems to be open for wind and sea from certain directions, it’s strange nobody directed vessel to move out of port before the oncoming storm. All in all, it seems like m/v Tycoon is the first ocean-going freighter to sink in year 2012. A record hardly to be coveted.
Taiwanese freighter Tycoon sank in Christmas Island harbor
Monday, January 09, 2012
General cargo vessel Tycoon had been loading phosphate on Christmas Island, Indian ocean, for three days when it was pushed against the sea wall by a heavy swell at Flying Fish Cove on Jan 8 2012. Vessel broke its mooring and suffered damage down one side of its hull as it tore against the rocks. The 15 crew was forced to jump into the ocean to waiting navy rescuers, none were injured, they’ve been taken to shore to temporary accomodation. Tycoon partially sank, sending phosphate across the reef and damaging the crane that loads supplies to residents and the island's detention centre. Tycoon remains visible but its hull is sitting on the bottom of the cove after a night smashing against the island's jagged cliffs. A supply vessel due to dock at Christmas Island Jan 8 was unable to unload cargo because of the potential damage and the dangerous seas. Residents say the stench of diesel from the vessel is overpowering and worry about the effect on the island's iconic red crabs. Christmas Island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It is located 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) northwest of the Western Australian city of Perth, 360 km (220 mi) south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, coordinates 10 29S 105 38E. General cargo vessel Tycoon IMO 8304220, dwt 4129, built 1983, flag Panama, manager OCEAN GROW INTERNATIONAL, Taiwan. Pics of distressed Tycoon and crew rescue from Australian media.
NZ沖で座礁したコンテナ船 (M/V"RENA")、船体が真っ二つに （Youtube）
Cargo ship, Rena, splits in two off New Zealand coast 01/08/12（NYDailyNews.com）
By The Associated Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A cargo ship grounded off the New Zealand coast since October has split in two, spilling sea containers and debris and sparking fears of a fresh oil spill, maritime officials said Sunday.
The wreck of the Greek-owned Rena was described as New Zealand’s worst maritime environmental disaster even before the rear section of the ship, lashed by pounding seas, broke away overnight. The ship previously spilled heavy fuel oil that fouled pristine North Island beaches and killed up to 20,000 seabirds, and despite salvage efforts nearly 400 tons of oil remain onboard.
Maritime officials said the front section of the wreck remains stuck in its original position, but the stern section slipped at least 100 feet (30 meters) away from the bow and is “moving significantly,” pounded by 19-foot (6-meter) swells.
The storm that split the vessel will continue for another three to four days, Maritime New Zealand spokesman Ross Henderson said.
Officials said up to 300 of the roughly 880 containers that had been on board were lost when the ship broke apart. Of those, about 30 percent had been fitted with monitoring devices and some 30 containers had already been located.
Oil has been seen leaking from the broken ship. Alex van Wijngaarden, on-scene commander for the national response team, said oil from the vessel could come ashore around midnight Sunday.
“While reports at this stage indicate there has not been a significant release of oil, with the Rena in its current fragile state, a further release is likely,” he said. “While it is unknown at this stage exactly how much oil may be released, teams have been mobilized and will be ready to respond to anything that may come ashore.”
Environment Minister Nick Smith told reporters that the “risks for the environment are a fraction of what they were in October,” though the roughly 385 tons of oil still aboard the ship is about the same amount that leaked from the vessel soon after it ran aground. Salvage crews previously removed 1,100 tons of oil from the ship.
Most of the oil is in tanks in the stern section, which could end up sinking. Some of that oil could end up dissipating in the ocean rather than washing up on beaches.
The containers, meanwhile, spilled goods including timber, wool, bales of recycled plastic and bags of milk powder. The debris could begin washing ashore later Sunday.
Some containers have been sighted floating up to 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of the stricken ship, Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said.
“They have been caught in a strong coastal current” fueled by the storm, he said.
The Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Tauranga Harbor on North Island on Oct. 5.
Salvage crews have plucked 389 of the ship’s 1,370 loaded cargo containers from its decks since it ran aground, while some 98 have been washed over board in the past three months.
One eyewitness, Warwick Roberts, said the rear section was sliding along the reef.
The “stern has reared up and center section is not visible. Large breaking waves observed on bow,” he told the New Zealand Herald website.
A two-mile (three-kilometer) no-go zone is in force around the wreck.
Investigations by The Associated Press last month revealed that Australian authorities impounded the vessel, but released it the next day after Liberian maritime authorities intervened, essentially saying the ship was safe to sail and the problems could be fixed later. The Rena, like many ships, is registered in Liberia.
Some 10 weeks later, the Rena ran full-steam into a well-marked reef off the coast of New Zealand. It’s not clear whether the previously identified problems played any role.
The captain and Rena’s navigating officer face criminal charges of operating a ship in a dangerous or risky manner, polluting the environment and altering the ship’s documents after the crash.
STX Pan Ocean: Damage to Vale Beijing “Reparable” 01/04/12（GCaptain）
RIO DE JANEIRO (Dow Jones) — South Korean company STX Pan Ocean Co. (028670.SE, GZ9.SG) said Wednesday that the Vale Beijing vessel which developed cracks in its hull when loading Vale SA (VALE, VALE5.BR) iron ore in northeast Brazil in December, has been safely moved to an anchorage and that the damage is reparable.
STX, which is the owner and operator of the ship, has started an “extensive action plan for repairs” on the Vale Beijing and the ship will thereafter be able to sail as the damage is partial, the company said in a statement. However, it is still too early to ascertain the real cause of the problem, and the investigation into the causes of the incident continues, it said.
Mining company Vale’s Ponta da Madeira port terminal where the problem occurred is operating normally and STX believes the problem didn’t stem from the port or the loading operation, it said.
Vale Beijing, reportedly the world’s largest iron ore carrier, and which has been leased to Vale, developed cracks in its hull on Dec. 3 while it was loading iron ore at Ponta da Madeira in Maranhao state, for export. The 400,000-ton vessel was on its maiden voyage, and is still loaded with 260,000 metric tons of iron ore.
No observable damage has occurred to the environment as a result of the ship’s problem and its removal to safe anchorage, STX said, noting that representatives of Brazil’s federal environmental protection agency Ibama, as well as of Brazil’s Navy and Vale, have accompanied the vessel’s relocation.
The situation is “under control,” STX said.
Vale Beijing is one of eight vessels that STX will charter to Vale, and the other seven vessels in the series are also now being assessed, the South Korean company said.
“While we expect that the exact cause of the (Vale Beijing) incident may only be determined when we dry dock the vessel, we believe that this incident is an isolated problem and should not impact the other vessels built elsewhere and under different projects,” STX said. “We are confident in the robustness of vessels built of this size and class.”
–By Diana Kinch, Dow Jones Newswires
News in picture 12/14/11（Sea News）
On Dec 14 2011 boxship Hyundai Confidence collided with capesize bulk carrier Pacific Carrier off Kwangyang. Pacific Carrier was loaded with coal, en route from Indonesia to South Korea, Hyundai Confidence was on CM4 Service (Asia – Middle East). Damages of Hyundai Confidence can be seen and appreciated on pics, while Pacific Carrier suffered heavy damages in Holds 5 and 6 area, with resulting water ingress.
貨物船からロシア人転落、行方上明 茨城 12/27/11（産経新聞）
宗谷海峡においてカンボジアＦＯＣ船が遭難”Гинга”(銀河） 12/26/11 (ロシア漁業ニュースヘッドライン)
遭難船の捜索にあたっている"Пасифик Интерпрайс"（パシフィックインテルプレイス）"Залив Васильева"（ザリフワシリエワ）と日本海上保安庁によると、３吊の乗組員の遺体が発見され、この内２吊はロシア人だった。
カンボジア貨物船が遭難、３人死亡 北海道・宗谷岬沖 12/25/11 (朝日新聞)
3 people dead, 5 missing after Cambodia-flagged ship sinks off Russia's east coast 12/25/11 (The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION,Winnipeg Free Press)
By: The Associated Press
MOSCOW - Rescue vessels and a helicopter are searching for five people missing in a fierce storm off Russia's east coast after a Cambodia-flagged ship sank early Sunday.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry said in a statement that it has recovered three bodies from the icy waters of the La Perouse Strait, which lies between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan.
The accident took place in the same waters in which a Russian floating oil rig capsized and sank last Sunday killing 17 people. Thirty-six people are still missing, feared dead.
Officials said five of the Cambodia-flagged ship's crew were Russian, and the others are Indonesian. Two of the dead have been identified as Russian nationals, and one remains unidentified.
The ship, named Ginga, was sailing through the Russian waters from a Japanese port. Russian news agencies reported that it was a fishing boat.
Emergencies Ministry representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Two trawlers, a Russian helicopter, a rescue vessel, two steamboats and a Japanese maritime safety department ship were conducting the search. Efforts were hampered by strong winds and meters-high waves.
Nikolay Sukhanov, a top official from Russia's Sailors Union, told RIA Novosti that he thought that the size of the crew, its flag and route could suggest that the ship was poaching in the waters on the Russian-Japanese maritime border.
Russian rig sinks, more than 50 feared dead 12/19/11 (ロイター)
By Thomas Grove and Melissa Akin
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A drilling rig with 67 crew on board capsized and sank off Russia's far eastern island of Sakhalin on Sunday while being towed through a winter storm, leaving more than 50 dead or missing in the icy Sea of Okhotsk.
Emergency officials said the crew of an icebreaker and tugboat rescued 14 workers alive from the jack-up rig, the 'Kolskaya', which was operated by a Russian offshore exploration firm. They recovered four bodies from the water.
"The Kolskaya keeled to its side ... and sank within 20 minutes. The depth of the water at the site is 1,042 metres (3,400 feet)," Russia's federal water transport agency said on its website.
Four of the survivors, suffering from hypothermia, were airlifted by helicopter to land and taken to hospital after the disaster struck at 12:45 p.m. (0145 GMT).
The rest of the crew were missing, 200 km (125 miles) off the coast of remote Sakhalin island. The water temperature was one degree Celsius (33.8 Fahrenheit), giving survivors around 30 minutes before freezing to death, according to maritime and rescue websites.
Three rescue craft, as well as helicopters, were sent to scour the waters for survivors from the rig owned by Arktikmorneftegazrazvedka (AMNGR), a unit of state-owned Zarubezhneft.
"There is no ecological danger. The vessel was carrying the minimum amount of fuel as it was being tugged by two craft," said a spokesman for AMNGR.
The incident was a blow to efforts by Russia, the world's largest energy producer, to step up offshore oil and gas exploration to stave off a long-term decline in onshore production.
The jack-up rig, which has three support legs that can be extended to the ocean floor while its hull floats on the surface, was heading from Kamchatka to Sakhalin when it overturned in stormy conditions with a swell of up to 6 metres.
"(President) Dmitry Medvedev has ordered all necessary assistance be provided to the victims of the drilling platform accident and has ordered a probe into the circumstances of the loss of the platform," the Kremlin said. The Emergencies Ministry said it would work through Sunday night.
GAZPROM OFFSHORE DRILLING
Russia's federal Investigative Committee, which answers to the president, said it would investigate the accident and would question rescued workers as well as those responsible for organising the towing of the craft.
"The violation of safety rules during the towing of the drilling rig, as well as towing without consideration of the weather conditions ... are believed to be the cause of the (disaster)," investigators said on their website.
The 'Neftegaz-55' tugboat, also owned by AMNGR, had been towing the Kolskaya and took part in the search effort, but pulled out after suffering hull damage from the high waves.
The tug, carrying most of the crew rescued from the rig, had taken on water and was trying to limp to port. An icebreaker, the 'Magadan', was still at the scene.
As night fell, an air search team was called off, and another was set to resume the quest for survivors the next day.
"With daybreak the search from the air will continue with an Mi-8 helicopter along with the sea teams," agency Itar-Tass reported an Emergencies Ministry official as saying.
The rig, built in Finland in 1985, had been working on a minor gas production project in the Sea of Okhotsk for a unit of state-controlled gas export monopoly Gazprom, the company said.
Russia's prize offshore gas and oil fields lie northeast of Sakhalin. Two major offshore projects are already producing oil and gas off the island: Sakhalin-1, operated by Exxonmobil and Sakhalin-2, in which Gazprom has a controlling stake.
The disaster is unlikely to seriously affect oil or gas production. AMNGR said the vessel was no longer under contract when it sank.
Operating conditions in the region, explored by Soviet geologists in the 1960s and 1970s, are among the harshest for Russian energy companies.
Winter often lasts 220-240 days in the waters off Sakhalin, where the main companies operating are ExxonMobil, Gazprom, and Royal Dutch Shell. They produce oil and gas, sometimes in icebound conditions, for export largely to Asian markets.
Sakhalin-2, in which Shell and Mitsui also have stakes, produces 10 million tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas at Russia's only LNG plant in the port of Prigorodnoye for export to Asia, much of it to Japan.
Each tanker of crude oil produced by at the 160,000 barrels-per-day Sakhalin-1 project, operated by ExxonMobil, is escorted by two icebreakers when ice thickness reaches 60 cm (2 feet).
State-controlled Rosneft this year reached a major deal with Exxon to explore for oil and gas in the Kara Sea, to the north of the Russian mainland, a largely unexplored region estimated to hold over 100 billion barrels of oil.
Poor infrastructure and chronic corner-cutting in Russia have contributed to several sea disasters, notably the sinking of the nuclear submarine Kursk in the Barents Sea in August 2000, in which all 118 aboard were killed.
(Additional reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Alistair Lyon)
第二英明丸 EIMEI MARU No.2
(「わがまま きまま きのみ きのまま《より)
和歌山・白浜沖でタンカー火災 機関士が死亡 12/17/11 (朝日新聞)
紀伊水道でタンカー機関室から出火、機関士死亡 12/17/11 (読売新聞)
座礁した VANDA COLOSSUS が脱出に成功した模様 (KG-AIS Fan Club - Google+ )
TOKYO MOUエリア (TOKYO MOU)でもシエラレオネ船籍船
Edro III IMO 6613316 (SHIPSPOTTING.COM)は驚くことに1966年に建造されている。
General cargo vessel Edro III ran aground in Cyprus 12/8/11 (Maritime Bulletin)
General cargo vessel Edro III ran aground in Cyprus, Coral Bay (Paphos area) presumably on Dec 8, AIS showed vessel in position 34 52N 032 20E. Edro III left Limassol for Rhodes and ran aground, assumedly, due to rough weather. A helicopter from a British base near Limassol airlifted seven of the nine-member crew, master and chief engineer stay on board. The crew consists of seven Albanians and two Egyptians. Authorities said they will tow the ship back to port. General cargo vessel Edro III IMO 6613316, dwt 2345, built 1966, flag Sierra Leone, manager EDRO SHPK, Albania. Pic of the vessel aground is taken at 06:30 8 DEC 2011, see pic at http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1451991
One of the biggest floating objects on Earth just can’t start sinking without reason: the Vale Beijing Accident 16/6/11 (Maritime Bulletin)
Fears are growing that Chinamax VLOC Vale Beijing may sink at Ponta da Madiera port, Brazil, due to water ingress in cargo hold or holds, and all the difficulties connected with patching the leak of the giant vessel in full load. Vale Beijing is loaded with 381,300 tonnes of iron ore, worth $53 million based on Monday's spot iron ore price, and was bound for Rotterdam. Vessel was to be moved to anchorage from pier where she was loaded, Vale said in a statement late on Monday Dec 5, but by 1200 UTC Dec 6 vessel is still moored. Nobody said yet what caused water ingress, media is accentuating on water ingress from ballast tank or tanks to cargo hold or holds, but that’s consequence, not the cause of the trouble. Manager of the vessel, STX Pan Ocean, didn’t go into details of an accident, saying only that "Sinking is the worst-case scenario, but we believe that the situation is not that serious."
Situation seems to be serious, though, because a brand new giant vessel, one of the biggest floating objects on Earth, just can’t start sinking in a safe port without a substantial reason. Nobody mentioned possibility of underwater hull damages due to grounding or collision, so there is enough reason to assume, for the time being, that vessel has some design and construction flaws.
The Vale Beijing is the first in a range of very large ore carriers (VLOC) costing around $110 million each, to be delivered by shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, another unit of STX Group. Hapless Vale Beijing docked in Ponta da Madiera.
VLOC Vale Beijing IMO 9575448, dwt 404389, built 2011, flag Marshall Islands.
VLOC Vale Beijing in trouble?
Monday, December 05, 2011
There is a problem with mega bulk carrier Vale Beijing, it seems that vessel suffered cracks in the hull and resulting water ingress, vessel presently is in Ponta da Madeira port, Brazil, reported on Dec 5 2011 Bloomberg. Probably the trouble is more serious than it looks like, vessel is brand new and was delivered to manager, STX Pan Ocean (STX), on Sept 27 this year, so maybe it’s not some kind of an accident, but construction flaw.
韓国船籍の貨物船「MARUKA《IMO:8626599 (たぬきのブログ )
(Sokooshi Shipbuilding Hiroshima, Japan)
対馬海峡で漁船転覆１人上明、韓国貨物船と衝突 11/28/11 (読売新聞)
韓国船籍の貨物船と福岡の漁船衝突、１人上明 11/27/11 (読売新聞)
「扉の開放が原因《 長崎・五島沖の漁船沈没１０人死亡事故 運輸安全委 11/25/11 (産経新聞)
“漁船沈没の原因は扉開放” 11/25/11 (NHK)
貨物船衝突事故、上適切な見張りが原因 11/25/11 (TBS JNN)
Propel Progress (プロパル プログレス)は
EX-QUEEN FLOWER - IMO 9152234 (Shipspotting.com)
貨物船が座礁、燃料漏れの可能性…苫小牧沖 11/24/11 (産経新聞)
しけで船転覆、乗組員２人死亡 沖縄・糸満沖 11/10/11 (産経新聞)
タグボートが高波受け転覆、２人死亡…沖縄 11/10/11 (産経新聞)
「VEGA SONJA《 (ふなＬＯＧより)
関門海峡で大型貨物船が座礁…けが人なし 11/02/11 (読売新聞)
Officers from grounded cargo ship face new charges in New Zealand 11/02/11 (philstar.com)
WELLINGTON (Xinhua) -- Two senior officers from a cargo ship which grounded on a New Zealand reef for almost a month will face further charges relating to the incident, the country's shipping authority announced Wednesday.
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said it was laying one charge each against the master of the Liberian-flagged Rena and its second officer relating to the "discharge of harmful substances from ships or offshore installations."
A conviction could incur a maximum penalty of a fine of 300,000 NZ dollars (238,110 U.S. dollars) or two years in prison, as well as a fine of 10,000 NZ dollars for every day the offending continues, said an MNZ statement.
The two officers, both Filipinos, were last month charged with "operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk " and were remanded on bail without plea at the Tauranga District Court.
That charge carried a maximum fine of 10,000 NZ dollars or a jail term of up to 12 months, said the statement.
The court ordered their names and identities to be suppressed.
Also Wednesday, MNZ officials said the Rena appeared to have withstood an overnight battering in 5-meter seas without sustaining any further damage.
Officials Tuesday said the worsening weather and mounting swells threatened to break apart the ship's buckled and cracked hull, and possibly release more oil and cargo containers into the sea.
MNZ salvage unit manager Bruce Anderson said no more containers had fallen overboard from the ship, which is listing precariously to the starboard.
"There is a light sheen of oil from the vessel, but this is consistent with what we have seen on previous flights and is likely to be further seepage from the duct keel," Anderson said in a statement.
An estimated 350 tonnes of fuel is still in the Rena's tanks after salvors managed to pump more than 1,000 tonnes off the vessel.
Weather conditions had eased early Wednesday, but moderate to strong winds and swells were forecast to continue for the next few days, said the statement.
The salvage team would return to the Rena when conditions allowed.
MNZ national on-scene commander Mick Courtnell said hundreds of volunteers as well as New Zealand Defence Force personnel were ready to help clean up any oil that washed ashore.
"The weather conditions are dynamic, and they affect the projected movement of oil. We are monitoring this closely, so we will know where to direct our resources if more oil is released," said Courtnell in the statement.
Oil from the Rena has killed an estimated 1,300 seabirds since the ship grounded on the Astrolabe Reef, about 12 nautical miles offshore near the port of Tauranga, on Oct. 5.
A total of 406 birds were being cared for at the oiled wildlife response center, including 60 New Zealand dotterel that were captured pre-emptively caught to protect the endangered species, said Courtnell.
Tauranga incident page （Maritime New Zealand）
Salvage crews prepare for stricken ship to break up on New Zealand reef By Paul Chapman in Wellington 11/01/11 （The Telegraph）
A crippled container ship leaking oil off the coast of New Zealand could break up in the next 24 hours as a storm sweeps in, officials have warned.
Sea swells of 15ft, gale force winds and heavy rain are expected to lash the Rena, stranded on the Astrolabe reef 12 nautical miles from the North Island port of Tauranga.
Salvage workers were forced to flee the 47,230-tonne ship after becoming alarmed by grinding noises as it moved around on the reef.
Bruce Anderson of Maritime New Zealand said: "Divers during an inspection noticed additional buckling towards the stern of the vessel."
"I saw some of the video from the divers and it looks like someone's just ripped a bit of the hull out.
"The salvors are clearly concerned about the state of the vessel," he said.
"The situation is looking increasingly precarious and we are preparing for the worst."
Officials warn that if the Rena does break up "it will be messy".
Besides oil, they fear hundreds more containers will wash overboard and the ship's stern could break away completely, creating a hazard to shipping.
Nathan Guy, the associate Minister of Transport, said: "We are in a very delicate situation currently, the next 24 to 36 hours are going to be extremely critical.
"The difficulty will be if containers fall into the water in the high seas that are predicted, the time it takes to get back out to sea, corral them, tie them with ties and buoys, and no one quite knows how long it will take for them to reach the beach."
The Liberian-flagged Rena has been wallowing on the reef since running aground on October 5, spilling hundreds of tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 88 containers into the sea.
Large numbers of birds have died and clean-up crews have been working to clear oil that washed ashore on favourite holiday beaches.
Salvors were using a window of good weather to pump oil from the stricken ship on to a waiting tanker, but 358 tonnes remaining in the Rena's tanks still pose a threat.
The government says the clean-up operation has cost NZ$10 million (£5 million) so far, and it is unclear who will be picking up the bill.
Ministers have described the grounding as New Zealand's "worst maritime environmental disaster".
沈没した船はKishimoto Shipbuilding Hiroshima, Japan建造らしい。Ex-Double Win,Marine Eagle.
Japanese mega-boxship sank Chinese freighter with North Korean crew 10/30/11（Maritime Bulletin）
At 1935 Beijing time Oct 28 off Qingdao, China, mega-boxship Hamburg Bridge collided with general cargo vessel Oriental Sunrise, which sank shortly after collision. Out of 19 crew of m/v Oriental Sunrise, all of whom believed to be People’s Democratic Republic of Korea citizen, 10 are missing. 9 were rescued, 3 of them were hospitalized, 1 died in a hospital and 2 are in critical condition. 13 vessels are taking part in S&R operation, looking for 10 missing sailors. The details of the collision are unknown. Here’s the pic from Chinese media showing sank freighter
General cargo vessel Oriental Sunrise IMO 8301436, dwt 4424, built 1983, flag Panama, manager DALIAN ALL STAR SHIP MGMT CO.
Boxship Hamburg Bridge IMO 9395159, capacity 9040 TEU, dwt 98849, built 2009, flag Panama, manager K LINE SHIP MANAGEMENT CO LTD Japan, service NE4 - North Europe Service 4. On pics remnants of Oriental Sunrise and Oriental Sunrise in better days.
1 dead,10 missing after vessel sinks 10/30/11 （CNC World）
A freighter sank Friday evening after colliding with another cargo ship off the coast of east China's port city of Qingdao, leaving one dead and 10 missing.
According to local municipal authorities, a total of 19 people were aboard the sunk vessel.
They are all believed to be nationals of Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Two of the rescued were seriously injured.
Rescue work is underway.
The two collided vessels are both Panama-flagged cargo ships.
船舶油濁搊害賠償保障法の落とし穴？ From (関門海峡における船骸撤去 関門支部長 山本 徳行)
海難事故処理上の問題点について (中国船籍コンテナ船「チュ＊ハイ《号沈没事故) （国土交通省九州地方整備局のＨＰより）
宮崎・折生迫のしゅんせつ船座礁：放置１年 撤去のめど立たず ／宮崎 10/29/11 (地方版 毎日新聞)
Ship towed to Mt Maunganui after hitting rocks 10/28/11 (TVNZ)
A container ship which hit rocks at the Tauranga harbour entrance this morning was towed into the port this afternoon.
Port of Tauranga says the 133 metre vessel MV Schelde Trader lost power and went aground just north of North Rock around the base of Mount Maunganui at 10.35am, while leaving the harbour under escort of a tug.
No oil has leaked from the vessel, said Graeme Marshall, the port company's commercial manager.
The boat was refloated and safety anchored under the control of tugs outside the harbour entrance, he said.
The vessel was later towed into port by two Port of Tauranga tugs and was secured alongside the Mount Maunganui wharves at 3.45pm, Marshall said.
"We understand that the vessel owners have divers on standby to undertake underwater inspections of the hull and class surveyors will board the ship to undertake a survey of the vessel."
Bay of Plenty Regional Council said the vessel was on the rocks for about 20 minutes before being re-floated and taken by tugs outside the harbour entrance.
The council said it believes the vessel incurred only minor damage.
Preliminary assessments indicate that a mechanical failure caused the loss of power, which then resulted in a loss of steering, said Eddie Grogan, the council's Group Manager for Water Management.
Grogan said he was pleased with the actions taken by the ship's crew and port staff in response to the problem.
"While mechanical failure on ships isn't a common problem, these things happen from time-to-time and our harbour masters are well-trained to deal with situations of this type."
Grogan stressed the incident is unrelated to the grounding of the Rena cargo ship on October 5, or the Maritime New Zealand response to that situation.
Tauranga iwi 'seething'
Tauranga Moana iwi say they are seething a second ship grounding has occurred in their ancestral waters within the space of a month.
"Today's grounding occurred near Tirikawa (North Rock) which is among the most highly regarded sites of cultural significance for all Tauranga Iwi and we are absolutely livid that it has occurred," said spokesman for the iwi Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Pukenga.
Tauranga iwi believe this latest incident is further evidence of why a moratorium should be immediately adopted and harbour development halted, they said in a statement.
"It stands to reason that if shipping and port authorities cannot manage their current workload in a manner that is consistent with best practice guidelines what makes them think they can manage higher volume and bigger ships entering our harbour?"
The iwi said they are now appealing to ministers to urgently revisit the Tauranga Harbour dredging proposal "because it is clear that local, regional and harbour authorities are either ill equipped or have been negligent in identifying risks associated with the plan".
"Our opposition to the proposal is and has always been around protection for our local environment so that the sea can be enjoyed by everyone.
"We cannot market our country as a clean green tourist destination while we pay scant regard to those values in practical way."
The iwi said: "This is now a key election issue for our people and we believe for the wider Tauranga public as well. The only thing keeping people off the beaches this summer will be oil and not iwi."
Today's grounding occurred with a vessel fully laden with fuel and that is not good enough. What is even more disturbing is that there was a harbour pilot on board when the incident occurred, the iwi said.
Photos: Container Ship Rena Runs Aground on the Astrolabe Reef 10/10/11 （Denverpost.com）
MV Rena (IMO: 8806802) (Wikipedia）
Who Owns Rena? 10/08/11 （The Jackal）
MV Rena (Ship detention list - July 2011) （AMSA）
「"(Rena) is an old and substandard vessel that was built in 1990."
In the last three years she failed half of her inspections and had been detained in Australia for 17 deficiencies, it said. 《
現場を知らないメディアは記事やインターネットから得られる情報を集めていろいろと書くのであろう。「the flag of convenience system《
は悪意があれば規則や法を守らないレベルで船を運航することが出来る。「the flag of convenience system《が悪とわかっているのなら、
出港停止命令を受けるカンボジア船籍船や出港停止命令を頻繁に受ける船舶検査する「Union Bureau of Shipping《に対して制裁的な
措置を取らないのであろうか。ザルのような検査を継続して、大規模な被害が出れば「the flag of convenience system《が悪いと
Rena's cargo and debris predicted to spread MICHAEL FORBES AND MICHELLE COOKE (stuff.co.nz)
Containers and debris from crippled cargo ship Rena could be sighted along the Wairarapa coast within weeks, an ocean modelling scientist says.
Two weeks after Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga, remnants of its cargo have been washing ashore hundreds of kilometres away on East Coast beaches.
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) scientist Mark Hadfield predicted containers and their contents will soon be found even further adrift, so swift are currents in the area.
Niwa will on Tuesday drop four sensors in the water, in an effort to predict where currents may sweep Rena rubbish.
Hadfield said projections showed the east Auckland current pushing lost containers around the East Cape which could see them off the Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa coastline in a matter of weeks.
"The currents in that area do move quite quickly," he said.
Of the 88 containers that have fallen overboard so far, 29 remain unaccounted for.
Another possibility was for debris to travel across the Pacific Ocean toward Chile, while a third could see containers off the Rena do a loop of the Pacific Ocean, eventually ending up back in New Zealand.
"That would take quite a while...we're talking at least a year," he said.
"Basically, when these containers hit the East Cape of New Zealand, they could go in hundreds of different directions."
Up to 10,000 containers are lost at sea each year, and some of those are used to plot ocean currents.
A container load of baby bath toys, including rubber duckies, lost in the mid-Pacific in 1992, travelled far and wide, with floating turtles and frogs still being found more than a decade later.
Some washed ashore thousands of kilometres away in the Atlantic Ocean, being found on the northeast coastline of the United States.
Containers floating low in the water can be a hazard, more so to lighter vessels such as yachts, rather than ships, which can brush them aside with the force of their bow waves.
Meanwhile a further three kilometres along Mt Maunganui beach has been opened to the public this afternoon.
The public were allowed to swim and take out their boats if they wished to do so, National on scene commander Alex van Wijngaarden said.
A total of 171 tonnes of oil had now being pumped off the Rena, and salvors have been able to pump consistently for 24 hours - the longest stretch of pumping since the Rena was grounded on October 5.
Rena: NZ 'racist right' condemned
A large Filipino seafarers organisation has condemned the stranded container ship Rena as being substandard but has also taken a swing at "racist and extreme right elements in New Zealand" who blamed its Filipino crew for the accident.
"[The disaster] shows the evils in substandard shipping and in the flag of convenience system used by unscrupulous ship-owners," the Manila-based International Seafarers Action center (ISAC) Philippines Foundation said.
Saying it was "an accident waiting to happen", the centre noted the enormous damage to the ecosystem.
"The trauma, fear and physical sufferings of the mostly Filipino crew on board, who were made to stay on board the tilting ship for six days without rescue, highlights the human and environmental damage that this incident has caused," the foundation said.
Rena highlighted a 50-year-old problem of sub-standard shipping and owners who tried to reduce cost to amass enormous profits, it said.
"(Rena) is an old and substandard vessel that was built in 1990."
In the last three years she failed half of her inspections and had been detained in Australia for 17 deficiencies, it said.
"It is not surprising then, that this vessel would figure, sooner or later, in an accident of this sort."
Many incidents with sub-standard vessels led to massive oil spills and the loss of human lives, the group said.
ISAC said it stood with the people of New Zealand in battling the effects of the oil spills.
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) chose not to address them directly at this stage, a spokesman said.
"There are two thorough investigations being conducted that will examine the issues involved in the incident."
OIL PUMPING CONTINUES
A pump specialist was being brought in to advise on ways to speed up the pumping of oil off the Rena, MNZ said.
Salvors removed a further 60 tonnes of oil from the crippled ship overnight, and are continuing to pump today.
Pumping resumed around midday yesterday after being delayed for several days by weather.
MNZ salvage unit manager Bruce Anderson said the operation was making slow, but steady progress, with about 150 tonnes of oil pumped from the ship so far.
"The overnight crew will be replaced this morning and pumping will continue today," he said.
"The salvage crew also intends to do sounding tests on the tanks which will provide us with a more precise figure of how much oil remains."
Anderson said the wind was forecast to increase later today, but conditions were good this morning.
"We will continue to monitor the weather to ensure the salvage operation is safe. However, we will take advantage of the good weather while we can.
"The good news is the forecast is for fine weather for the rest of the weekend."
National on scene commander Alex van Wijngaarden said oil was continuing to wash up along the beach at Mount Maunganui and Papamoa.
Shoreline clean-up work would continue today, with teams focusing on both beaches. Crews would also be assisting iwi at Maketu and Waihau Bay.
"We're aware that some oil is mobilising on the surf line from the sand around Mount Maunganui and Papamoa. Because of this, we will keep the beaches closed in the interest of public safety," van Wijngaarden said.
The main Mount Maunganui Beach will remain open for public access, but not for swimming.
Van Wijngaarden said a lot of debris from containers was also washing up in the eastern Bay of Plenty.
"We have deployed a significant amount of equipment, along with shoreline clean-up specialists to lead volunteers there. As always, we ask members of the public to work with the response teams to ensure a methodical and safe clean-up."
Shoreline clean-up assessment teams have confirmed that earlier reports of oiling at Whakatane Spit and Ohope Beach were incorrect, he said.
CLEAN UP GEAR DELAY ANGERS
Meanwhile, the people of Waihau Bay, the beach on the East Cape made famous by the movie Boy were furious over a two-day wait for oil clean up gear.
Residents were quick to volunteer for the clean up when oil-covered deer skins, timber and milk powder from Rena washed ashore on Tuesday afternoon.
About 100 people put their hands up. But volunteer firefighter Joe Rua, who is co-ordinating the operation, said no equipment was sent to the small settlement the following day, despite repeated pleas to Maritime NZ for gloves and overalls.
MNZ on-scene commander Ian Niblock said there was a "miscommunication" with the people of Waihau Bay on Wednesday. "They thought it was going to be airlifted in by helicopter but we ended up sending it over with the army. It arrived last [Wednesday] night."
But Rua said the gear did not arrive until 8am yesterday - about 36 hours after it was requested.
Conservation Department staff dropped it off, he said. "We waited and waited but we never saw the army all day [on Wednesday].
"We eventually got sick of waiting and adopted the idea that these guys were never going to arrive, so we had better roll our sleeves up," he said. "We were bloody angry. The people around here are passionate about keeping the beach clean."
Boy director Taika Waititi also displayed his displeasure through a sarcastic remark on Twitter on Wednesday. "Great! Rena oil has reached Waihau Bay along with other junk from the ship. Nice rapid-response cleanup guys!"
Rua said MNZ had a responsibility to get the gear to where the problem was as quickly as possible, whether it was sent it to the wrong place or not. Between 25 and 35 kilometres of coastline in the area, including Whangaparaoa Bay and the Whangaparaoa River, had been contaminated to varying degrees.
Only 20 pairs of gloves were available at the fire station when people wanted to start cleaning up, he said. "We just had to fend for ourselves [on Wednesday] and round up whatever gear we could find, but it still wasn't enough to fully deploy everyone."
Rua said locals had support from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and two Maritime NZ shoreline cleanup experts yesterday.
Eight hundred bags of oily debris were collected from Maketu Spit yesterday, in what Niblock described as "a good day's work".
「Taxpayers may have to cover costs if the Rena's insurance was unable to fully cover the disaster《
Rena disaster: Second officer charged, cracks in ship 10/12/11 （stuff.co.nz）
The second officer of the Rena is facing a charge under the Maritime Transport Act as the fears grow that the stricken ship will disintegrate.
The 47,000 tonne ship Rena, which struck the Astrolabe reef off Tauranga last Wednesday, has been leaking oil into the sea. Up to 70 containers have fallen from the deck, as heavy seas continued to thwart salvage efforts.
Thick slicks of oil drifting from the ship have washed ashore on Tauranga beaches and oil has been seen on beaches in harbour suburbs.
Transport Minister Steven Joyce has confirmed the officer was facing a charge under Section 65 of the act, which covers dangerous activity involving ships or maritime products.
The officer, who was in charge of the navigational watch of the cargo ship, will appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow morning.
The ship's captain appeared in court earlier today, facing charges under the same section of the act.
The deterioration of the stricken cargo ship was now quite clear, and taxpayers may have to pay for part of the salvage and clean-up, Prime Minister John Key said.
Joyce said the biggest fear was it would sink where it was currently located.
"The worst case scenario is it sinks where it is because that water is quite deep and it will get quite a lot harder to get access to the oil and salvage it.''
Attempts would be made to avert that scenario.
"They've got tugs out on the water...if the ship starts to break up they're going to try and hold the stern on the reef because that will be an easier place to do the salvage of the oil from.
Maritime New Zealand had been preparing for the “worst case scenario” right from the start and expected to be there “for the long haul”, National on Scene Commander Nick Quinn said.
Thick slicks of oil drifting from the ship have washed ashore on Tauranga beaches and oil has been seen on beaches in harbour suburbs, but Quinn said the worst is yet to come.
Ad Feedback "Until now we have had a light oiling of beaches – this will significantly increase as more oil washes ashore over the coming days.”
It was expected that about 10,000 tonnes of sandy waste would need to be removed from the coastline, MNZ said tonight.
More than 150 dead birds were found today, bringing the total to 200, and that number was expected to rise in the coming days.
Forty birds and five seals were being cared for at the Wildlife Response Centre.
Taxpayers may have to cover costs if the Rena's insurance was unable to fully cover the disaster, Key said earlier.
Key defended the Government's reaction to the stranding and said: “I know everyone would love us to wave a magic wand but that's not possible."
He said there was a national plan for such disasters and that it had been put into action the moment the boat hit the reef.
"I understand people are frustrated. I'm frustrated too.
"Unfortunately we have to deal with the cards dealt to us."
The boom across the Maketu estuary appeared to be effective but Key said: "we may well see more oil in the estuary".
Key said today that there was structural damage to the ship and MNZ confirmed there were cracks on both sides of the vessel.
An aerial flight showed a rupture on the port side of the ship was getting worse, salvage advisor Jon Walker said.
Salvage teams wanted to try to keep the Rena's stern on the reef, over fears it would sink in a break up. That would make the recovery of the oil difficult.
"We are hoping that it's still on the reef. If we can keep it on it we can deal with it," Walker said.
He added the gap in the starboard side of the vessel was opening and closing in the surf this morning.
"If there is a break up of the vessel, we are going to have oil coming out."
"Before we left the vessel we tried to blank all the tanks. ... We tried to retain the oil as much as we can in the vessel."
The salvors have three tugs mobilised to hold the stern on the reef while further effort was made to remove the oil.
The stern might have to be towed to shallow water where it would be easier to remove the oil.
Naval architects are working on possible scenarios and iwi were also involved advising on any cultural issues regarding moving or sinking the ship.
'HEARTBREAK' ON MOTITI ISLAND
Motiti Island residents were almost in tears watching oil wash up on the pristine beach.
A thick slick of oil today coated the shore of Motiti Island and containers from a stricken cargo ship were also washing up - with one reportedly trailing blue liquid behind it.
"It's devastating to watch," said Motiti Island resident Lynda Wikeepa.
"Everyone is out on the point to see the oil just washing up on the rocks, they're almost in tears."
Wikeepa said from the point on the northern part of Motiti Island, which is about 7km from the reef, she could see about 15 containers floating in the ocean.
One had sunk, with its door open, but was empty, she said.
"Another one has blue stuff coming out of it, it's formed a big trail of blue behind it,"
"It's very bright, much bluer than the colour of the sea."
Residents had called MNZ to get the leak checked out.
There was also a "huge" oil slick on the beach, Wikeepa said.
None of the lost containers held hazardous cargo, and the majority of them were empty, MNZ head Catherine Taylor said earlier today.
Six vessels were intercepting the containers and drifting debris in the water, MNZ said.
The containers on board this ship continue to move in the rough sea conditions, making it difficult for salvage crews to work.
Residents were growing increasingly concerned for the wildlife and seafood near the island.
Hundreds of dead birds have been found and more than 40 birds and five seals are being looked after at the Wildlife Response Centre.
Response teams are also setting traps to capture seals to check them for oil.
About 36 field teams were working on the wildlife response.
MNZ was also warning the public of scam callers after the Wildlife team received reports that people were receiving phone calls asking for donations.
The stricken ship is covered for up to $5 billion in insurance claims - with up to a fifth of that set aside for pollution liability.
Owners of the Rena, Costamare Inc, are part of the world's biggest group of ship insurers and have organised substantial legal cover for the ship's captain and crew.
But if the company’s insurance was not enough to cover the environmental disaster New Zealand tax payers might have to foot part of the bill, Key said today.
Costamare arranged legal cover through its insurer P & I Services' New Zealand representative Alastair Irving, including for the lawyer Paul Mabey, QC, counsel for the ship's captain.
Irving said the crew were being "well-supported" by the owner, who was extremely concerned for their welfare.
He stressed the ship had "substantial" insurance, including both hull and machinery and liability insurance.
Two crew members have been charged with operating a vessel “in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk”.
The ship’s master and the second officer, who was in charge of the navigational watch, have both been charged.
The master appeared Tauranga District Court today and the second officer would appear at 10am tomorrow.
The captain was granted name suppression and released on bail when he appeared in court.
The charge the captain and second officer face - under Section 65 of the Maritime Act, covering dangerous activity involving ships or maritime products - carried a penalty of up to a year imprisonment or a fine up to $10,000.
More charges may follow.
The captain appeared in an orange jumpsuit which appeared to be stained with oil. He was composed and kept his head high during the hearing.
Mabey asked for name suppression, saying the man could face further charges and he had concerns that given the
Rena disaster people "might want to take matters into their own hands".
Judge Robert Wolff granted the man interim name suppression to keep the integrity of the court process, and for the accused's safety. He was ordered to reappear on October 19.
He would have to reside at a nominated address approved by the prosecutors and make daily reports to a local police station, subject to him working on the salvage operation.
His passport was with the Customs department, Mabey said.
The captain could also not apply for travel documents.
MORE CHARGES POSSIBLE
The captain of the Rena had held his position on the ship only since March, and it was just the second time he made the trip Rena was on when it ran aground, according to the ship's owner.
A spokesman for Costamare Inc was unaware of the arrest or of the loss of containers when called this morning.
However, company information showed the man joined it in January 2007 as a chief officer, spending the last two-and-a-half years as a ship master.
He had commanded four of the company's ships, and took command of Rena in March, his second stint on that ship.
"His record with the company has always been clean," documents read. "His performance has been appraised with high scores and he has been incident free."
Joyce said more charges would follow those laid overnight.
Officials were working on charges as the incident occurred within the 12 nautical mile territorial sea limit, Environment Minister Nick Smith said.
The captain may also face charges under Section 237 of the Act involving the discharge or escape of harmful substances into the sea, which carries a penalty of up to two years imprisonment and fine of up to $200,000.
Charges under the Resource Management Act were also possible, Joyce told Newstalk ZB.
"I think you can safely assume that whatever is appropriate to be done in respect of the culpability of anybody, will be dealt with."
Joyce said he did not know if that would go further than the captain.
The crew had been interviewed and while the chain of command began with the captain there were "one or two" people of interest.
"The crew's job on a ship like this is to follow the instructions of the ship's leadership," Joyce said.
"It is inexplicable that on a perfectly calm day, with all the modern technology that are available in terms of navigation, that a very well-documented reef would be hit in this way," Smith said.
Police declined to comment on the arrest, saying responsibility lay with MNZ.
Locals were removing oil from beaches throughout the Bay of Plenty today, despite official warnings that the oil was highly toxic and could be fatal if ingested.
A strong smell has been noticed in some areas and while the smell should diminish within a couple of hours, it could also become stronger, MNZ said tonight.
MNZ warned that some people may experience “some physical discomfort”. It suggested people shut their windows and avoid beaches “and all immediate or secondary contact with the oil spillage.”
It suggested that anyone experiencing discomfort should move to an area with fresh air.
While there was no sign of new oil leakage today, fuel oil was last night gushing from the boat, with up to 350 tonnes so far leaking into the ocean.
MNZ said "significantly more oil" would wash ashore in Papamoa today. By 11am reports were coming in of sheets of oil, two to three metres wide, covering Papamoa beach. It was described as being thick and pungent.
Oil from the ship was spreading faster than expected, leaving dead animals in its wake and prompting Smith to label the crisis as the country's "worst maritime environmental disaster".
It could be up to two days before operations to salvage the remaining oil in the Rena resume, Smith said.
Smith said the stormy conditions would help to break up the oil that had already leaked into the sea, but it was also hampering attempts to salvage the remaining 1300-1400 tonnes.
Since the crew was evacuated from the ship yesterday it had not been possible to measure the amount of oil remaining in the ship's tanks.
A reconnaissance flight had landed after assessing the ship.
The salvage crew had to wait for the weather to clear before heading back out to the reef. Once there they would need to set up and begin heating the oil so it could be pumped out.
Under normal conditions it would take two days to pump out that quantity of oil.
"The greatest environmental risk is from the heavy oil that has been released from the vessel... (oil salvage) is the critical element of the current operation."
The exclusion zone, which extended 1.5 nautical miles around the ship had now been extended to Motiti Island. The new area runs from Mount Manganui to Matata and extends out beyond Motiti to Astrolabe Reef.
Residents on the island were due to meet with authorities today in a bid to be more involved in the clean up.
"We're wanting some protective gear so we can help. At the moment it's like they're trying to bypass us," Nuku said.
Protective gear had been distributed to local iwi.
BEACH CLEANING EFFORT
MNZ was calling on people to volunteer to help clean up the beach tomorrow.
Beach liaison volunteers would be on beaches tomorrow morning to advise potential
volunteers and the public what the plan is.
People who are interested in volunteering should call 0800 645 774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean-up teams were this morning braving strong winds, heavy rain and pounding waves to collect oil from Papamoa Beach and Maketu.
An MNZ spokesman said ten teams of 3-4 people started collecting the large clumps of oil from 8.30am.
Up to 20 teams were expected on the beach later today, with low tide about 2.30pm.
An Army clean-up team hit the beach from 10am.
Clumps of oil about 4cm thick and up to 50cm long litter the beaches of Mt Maunganui and Papamoa this morning.
The spokesman said there was less oil than expected due to the horrendous weather conditions which had "broken the stuff up".
Motiti Island resident Vernon Wills said the first globs of oil hit the island yesterday.
"They were about golf ball size. We're expecting much worse today," he said.
Wills, a resident of the island for 30 years said there was a northerly of about 25-30 knots and the storm was as bad as he has seen.
"This couldn't have happened at a worse time. This is an equinoxial wind. We thought we'd seen the last of these this year," he said.
"This is going to get bad for us," he said.
He said a team of Department of Conservation workers staying on the island had collected eight injured or dead blue penguins to date and expected to collect many more birds today.
Eleven of the containers on board the ship contained hazardous materials, MNZ revealed last night, however officials dismissed rumours that yellowcake uranium was among them.
Four of the containers had ferrosilicon, which is flammable if it comes into contact with water. It was used in the cosmetic industry and had a low hazard classification.
Four had hydrogen peroxide. This was labelled as harmless at low concentration and was produced naturally from organisms. It had a low risk assessment while in the container.
One had potassium nitrate, a common garden fertilizer. It can produce a flammable gas as it degrades, but that was seen as highly unlikely if not impossible in the current environment. The primary risk assessment was low.
One had alkylsulphonic liquid. It was not believed to pose a significant risk to health and is not seen as hazardous in this case. It had a high rate of breakdown.
One has trichloroisocyanuric acid, which was used as industrial disinfectant. It had a white chlorine-smelling powder. Primary risk assessment was low.
It was not known what was in the lost containers.
Navigation warnings were in place, with ships in the area re-routed to avert the hazard, MNZ said.
MNZ said at this stage, all it could do was monitor the situation.
Ideally, authorities would have been able to winch people down to the ship to inspect the damage and see which containers were lost, but the wind made using the winch impossible.
It was likely the containers would wash up on the beach and the public were asked to report them, but not touch them.
The remaining 1357 containers had food, general cargo, refrigerated goods, and one Mustang car.
Fishermen Roger Rawlinson, from RMD Marine, said the oil spill couldn't have come at a worst time as they were fishing for snapper about 3km from the coast.
He said it had not affected them yet, but they were preparing for the worst.
"We are fishing close to shore catching snapper and trevally, so if heavy oil moves in we can't work because we can't shoot the net through the oil, and we can't pick it up through the oil," he said.
The spill could cost him thousands of dollars with the fishing boat bringing in about $40,000 a day.
"I've got men outside ready to go to sea, if they can't go to sea how are they going to get paid?"
Rawlinson was asking for compensation for any lost business, and echoed many Bay of Plenty residents by saying something should have been done sooner to prevent the oil from reaching the coast.
Fresh oil spills in N.Z's worst sea pollution disaster by Erica Berenstein 10/11/11 （Physorg.com）
Maritime New Zealand photo released by the New Zealand Defence Force shows the Monrovia-flagged "Rena" container ship (L), aground on the Astrolabe Reef near New Zealand's Tauranga harbour. The container ship issued a mayday on Tuesday after sustaining damage in heavy seas and spilling "significant" new amounts of oil, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said.
New Zealand on Tuesday declared its worst maritime pollution disaster, as oil gushed into a pristine bay from a stranded container ship which was being pounded in heavy seas.
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The crippled container vessel Rena, which hit a reef off the North Island coast last Wednesday, leaked up to 350 tonnes of heavy fuel after being further damaged in the storm, dwarfing an initial spill, maritime authorities said.
"I'd like to acknowledge this event has come to a stage where it is New Zealand's most significant maritime environmental disaster," Environment Minister Nick Smith told reporters at Tauranga.
Smith said there was little authorities could have done to prevent the disaster in the environmentally sensitive Bay of Plenty, where beaches have already been fouled with oil and some wildlife found dead or contaminated.
"It is my view that the tragic events we are seeing unfolding were absolutely inevitable from the point that the Rena ran onto the reef in the early hours of Wednesday morning," he said.
The latest spill was much larger than an initial leak of 20 tonnes after the Liberian-flagged vessel ploughed into the reef, 22 kilometres (13.6 miles) offshore.
Earlier Tuesday, the stricken ship issued a mayday and nearby boats, including six navy vessels, scrambled to evacuate a salvage crew when the Rena shifted position on the reef it had hit after being pounded by huge waves.
One sailor received minor injuries when a Rena salvage crew member fell on him while transferring to a navy vessel.
Maritime New Zealand said one of the Rena's four fuel tanks had ruptured but was unable to say whether it was in the stern, where most of the oil is stored, or the largely empty tanks in the front, which has sustained the most damage.
Graphic on the situation in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty, where a worsening oil spill from a stranded container ship has become the country's most significant maritime pollution disaster.
Officials have warned that New Zealand faces a major disaster if the Rena breaks up on the reef, releasing all 1,700 tonnes of fuel oil that are on board.
MNZ director Catherine Taylor said the vessel appeared stable but "the weather forecast is not good" and that further shoreline pollution was inevitable.
The ship sustained further damage to the front of its hull in the rough seas and additional flooding in its forward holds, MNZ said, but added this might help to stabilise the ship, preventing it moving around on the reef.
Oil Spills from Container Ship Grounded on New Zealand Reef 10/06/11 （Environment News Service (ENS)）
TAURANGA, New Zealand, October 6, 2011 (ENS) - A slick of heavy fuel oil five kilometers (three miles) long extends northward from the damaged container ship Rena, which ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef about 2:20 am on Wednesday.
Fuel is leaking from the Liberian-flagged vessel, which is stranded on Astrolabe Reef about 11.5 nautical miles from the Tauranga coast at the north end of New Zealand's North Island.
The 32-year-old, 236-metre, 47,000 tonne vessel was heading towards the Port of Tauranga from Napier, carrying about 1,700 metric tonnes of fuel. Two of its cargo holds are flooded and several breaches have been identified in the hull, according to Maritime New Zealand, which is handling the incident.
There are no reported injuries to the 25 crew, who will remain on board for the time being.
"We have been advised that the vessel is carrying four containers of ferrosilicon. This substance, which is a solid matter, has the potential to cause risk if it comes into contact with water. It can give off hydrogen which can cause a fire risk," warned Maritime New Zealand.
Transport Minister Steven Joyce warns there is a risk the damaged ship could break up. A spokeswoman for the minister told NZ Newswire the situation is "probably going to get worse."
Regional Harbour Master Carl Magazinovic has directed all unauthorized vessels to stay at least one kilometer (0.62 miles) clear of the Astrolabe Reef and the grounded ship until further notice.
Magazinovic said "sightseeing vessels" have attempted to approach the grounded ship, potentially causing safety issues and disrupting response efforts.
"This situation is expected to continue for some time so we will be monitoring movement of vessels around the area, and anyone found breaching the exclusion zone could face a fine of up to $20,000," he said.
An Incident Command Centre has been established at Mount Maunganui.
National On Scene Commander Rob Service said an observation flight this afternoon identified a significant oil slick. It is still unknown how much oil had spilt from the vessel.
The spill response escalated this afternoon, following confirmation that dispersant applied to the oil slick is proving to be ineffective.
Service said despite initial indications that dispersant testing had proved effective, further analysis had confirmed the Corexit 9500 was not dispersing the oil. Other dispersant options are being considered.
The response team is preparing for an on-water recovery operation, which would scoop oil off the water by teams on vessels using specialized equipment.
"Extra equipment and people will be arriving overnight and tomorrow to run a recovery operation. We must also prepare for a potential shoreline cleanup," said Service.
Reports of oil heading towards a marine reserve surrounding Tuhua (Mayor) Island were incorrect, said Service. An observation flight this afternoon confirmed no oil in the vicinity of the island.
Maritime New Zealand says the vessel's fuel tanks are still intact with the majority of the 1,700 cubic metres of fuel oil on board held within them. The heavy fuel oil leaking from the vessel appears to be from pipes.
As a precautionary measure, fuel in tanks on the port side has been transferred to the starboard side. Pumps are in operation to remove water from the cargo holds.
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 time.
Svitzer has been appointed as the salvor and salvors are on board the vessel examining how best to resolve the situation. "Their priority at this stage is to remove the fuel from the vessel to prevent it causing further damage," Service said.
"We are aware this situation is causing concern, particularly for Bay of Plenty residents," he said. "The situation is being managed in accordance with the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan and international best practice."
"Our professional and expert Maritime New Zealand team is being further supported by international advisors with extensive experience in oil spill response," he said.
"We will have shoreline assessment teams on Papamoa Beach tomorrow, doing pre-clean surveys, which means identifying vulnerable areas and assessing cleanup options," said Service. "There will also be wildlife teams on the shores of Motiti Island and Maketu Peninsula, identifying any affected wildlife."
There are petrels, little blue penguins and a seal colony in the area. An oiled wildlife response is being mobilized in Tauranga following reports of four dead birds found in the water near the grounded vessel.
Oiled Wildlife Response Coordinator Kerri Morgan, from Massey University, said the team has now activated its response plans. An oiled wildlife response center will be set up at the Tauranga Wastewater treatment plant. A further base will be set up on Motiti Island.
Morgan said around 20 responders, including veterinarians, are expected to be settled on the island tonight, ready to respond at first light tomorrow.
The cause of the grounding is under investigation by Maritime New Zealand. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission will be conducting a separate investigation.
Oil spill as container ship hits New Zealand reef 10/05/11 （The Straits Times）
WELLINGTON (AFP) - A large container ship ran aground on a reef off New Zealand's North Island on Wednesday, releasing a 'light sheen of oil' but not posing a major environmental hazard, the country's maritime authority said.
The 47,000 tonne container vessel 'Rena' hit a reef about 12 nautical miles (22km) off the coast of Tauranga early in the morning, Maritime New Zealand said.
It said none of the 25-man crew of the Liberian-flagged ship was injured.
The agency said monitoring flights over the stricken vessel early on Wednesday found some light engine oil had leaked into the sea but tanks carrying 1,700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil had not ruptured.
油流出容疑でインドネシア人船員を摘発/川崎 09/28/11 (カナコロ)
離床断念、解体へ 堀切峠沖座礁船 09/27/11 （宮崎日日新聞）
Zanzibar Disaster 09/10/11 （Shipwrecks Log）
MV Spice Islander I（Wikimedia）
フェリー転覆、１６３人死亡…タンザニア沖 09/11/11 （産経新聞）
居眠りか、コンテナ船が岸壁に衝突 明石海峡大橋の公園 08/19/11 （産経新聞）
神戸・明石海峡大橋下で貨物船が護岸に衝突 08/19/11 （読売新聞）
県内】台風６号で座礁のしゅんせつ船水没 07/20/11 （UMK テレビ宮崎）
座礁船が「沈没《？／台風６号の影響 07/20/11 （朝日新聞）
GL LAN XIU (EX-OYASHIO MARU)- IMO 9115377
百島漂着の牛の死骸、外国船が投棄 07/18/11 （エフエム尾道ＷＥＢ）
適用条文 海洋汚染等及び海上災害の防止に関する法律 第十条 （何人も、海域において、船舶から廃棄物を排出してはならない。）
罰則 第五十五条第一項第三項 千万円以下の罰金
上法投棄か、海岸に牛の足など漂着…放射線なし 07/17/11 （読売新聞）
呉でも汚染疑い肉を販売 07/19/11 （中国新聞）
漁船と貨物船衝突 ２人死傷 07/06/11 （NHKニュース）
中国の貨物船、韓国の近海で座礁 見舞いのため大使館が領事担当官派遣 07/04/11 （中国通信社）
JIA YANG WEIHAI SHIPYARD 1989年竣工 パナマ船籍 IMO 8842167 （ふなLOG ）
海難事故：パナマ籍貨物船、鳴門海峡で座礁 ／徳島 07/04/11 （毎日新聞）
タンカーで硫化水素発生か＝船員２人死亡、２人入院＊吊古屋港 06/28/11 （時事通信）
タンカー事故：乗組員２人死亡 硫化水素ガスで 吊古屋港 06/28/11 （毎日新聞）
日祥丸 NISSHO MARU （わがまま きまま きのみ きのまま）
Container ship Deneb capsized at Mersk terminal 06/13/11（SeaNews Turkey）
Two crewmembers including the captain were slightly injured when the "Deneb" on June 11, 2011, suddenly heeled to starboard in Algerias
Deneb capsized (Photo Courtesy of fotodesbarcos.org)
101 meters long Germany based company owned container ship capsized in Algeriask, at Maersk container terminal, 2 injured including captain.
Two crewmembers including the captain were slightly injured when the "Deneb" on June 11, 2011, suddenly heeled to starboard in Algerias.
At 3:30 loading operations were stopped by MAL and SG Portainer because of stability problems.
Short time later the ship began to list toward the quay at 1.55 p.m. none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-size: medium; ">When the ship began to list the dock quickly escaped by jumping overboard and fall into the water without damage, there were 2 non-serious injuries among the crew, it seems that a sailor was hurt in the arm and the captain struck in the mouth, fortunately no serious injuries manifested.
Began to list at 13.55 before the helpless eyes of the stevedores who watched the scene as it was when it occurred is the shift and in the area were the 2 turns, the incoming and outgoing.
Oil booms were laid out around the vessel, and 2 tugs were pushing from the seaward port side prevent further increase of list. The ship sank to the bottom with its foreship meanwhile, and the list further increased. The salvage tug "Rotterdam" arrived from Rotterdam. The "Deneb" had on board 116 tons of diesel fuel and 26 tons bunker fuel. Cargo operator Maersk announces there was no dangerous cargo on board.
Photos courtesy of http://www.fotodebarcos.org
DENEB IMO 9061306（ShipSpotting.com）
Coast Guard to hold M/V Double Prosperity 06/10/11 （Safety4Sea）
Sanctions should ne imposed to the vessel
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has a duty to hold MV Double Prosperity, the foreign bulk carrier that has been stuck at Bacud Reef in Kiamba since May 8, until an acceptable settlement is paid or reached, Sarangani's provincial legal officer said today.
Atty. Arnel Zapatos has submitted the "Complaint in Intervention" of Governor Miguel Dominguez, vice chairperson of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape-Protected Area Management Board (SBPS-PAMB), to the Special Board of Marine Inquiry (SBMI) which heard the case in Davao City on June 6-7.
The Board of Marine Inquiry is the investigating body of the PCG.
"SBMI should impose sanctions to the vessel and to continue to hold custody of the vessel withholding certifications of her seaworthiness pending the non-settlement of SBPS-PAMB's claim for the damaged reef," said the governor as complainant-intervenor.
Zapatos disclosed that during the SBMI inquiry, the crew of MV Double Prosperity admitted that the captain permitted the ship to go near the shore despite knowledge that Bacud Reef exists in their navigational map, in order to get cell phone signals.
"The Third Mate admitted that he was the one maneuvering the ship when it went aground and he miscalculated her turn, causing (MV Double Prosperity) to hit the reef. They were running at 13 knots when it hit the reef in a complete stop. He was aware that they were allowed to go nearer the shore at five miles," Zapatos said.
"The watchman admitted that he saw fishermen, and fishes indicating that they were near the shore and near the reef because there were fish sightings."
With all the admissions, the PAMB of Sarangani submitted its "Complaint in Intervention" on the grounds of negligence, damage to the reef in a protected area, and anchored on the PCG's duty to hold the ship until an acceptable settlement is paid or reached.
"Our PAMB did not only claim the negligence of the ship and its owners for being solidary in nature, also, it prayed that the PCG has a duty to protect the environment," Zapatos pointed out.
"This duty is explained in the MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) case of December 2008 where the SC (Supreme Court) said that the statutory mandates of PCG, among other government entities, to protect the environment is a ministerial duty demandable by mandamus, for them to perform."
"It is our submission," Zapatos said, "that PCG should hold the ship for as long as it does not settle or pay their obligations because the ship caused damage to our environment; the PCG's authority to hold it is ministerial duty because the ship is the instrument of the violation of law."
The PCG is likewise mandated to suspend the travel documents and the certificates of the crew and ship, according to the legal officer. The PCG can even fine and rule on the physical damage that was caused by the ship to the detriment of the environment.
"On June 6, we have already demanded a security bond from the owners of the ship in order to ensure that there is that corresponding amount ready to pay us or settle our claims - no response as to this," Zapatos said.
The demand was made as Zapatos deplored the salvor's "slow operations".
"Their next date of attempt to refloat the ship is on June 15. The deadline for the issuance of the security bond will also be on June 15," Zapatos said.
At Bacud Reef, MV Double Prosperity continues to unload her cargo of coal to a barge, according to Carmelo Velasco, municipal planning officer.
"Many old fisherfolk are trying to extend help to cast away bad spirits through prayers and material offerings," Velasco said. "That's according to their beliefs. You can't pull the vessel unless you offer."
A situation report dated June 3 by CDR. Roy Echeverria, acting station commander of Coast Guard Station Gensan, stated that the salvor attempted to refloat MV Double Prosperity that day "with negative result."
Echeverria also said in a June 7 report that "no oil leaks and no security threat (were) observed." An officer and five PCG personnel on board the cargo ship were all accounted for.
Double Prosperity stuck in Bakud Reef, Sarangani 05/20/11 （Mindanao Magazine）
SARANGANI (May 12, 2011) – Bulk carrier overseas ship MV Double Prosperity remains stuck at Bakud Reef Thursday, May 12, after running aground 2.5 nautical miles off Kiamba town, Sarangani and within the municipal waters at 10 a.m. Sunday (May 8).
Bakud Reef is part of the protected seascape under Presidential Proclamation No. 756. Sarangani Governor Migs Dominguez has notified the owner of the vessel – Yano Kaiun Co. Ltd. Of Japan – to discuss with the municipal and provincial government,
together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the liabilities of Double Prosperity. “As time is of the essence, please inform us the soonest of your response to this letter and send your authorized agent on May 16, 2011 in Sarangani Province,
otherwise we shall consider your silence and inaction as waiver on your part to discuss our claims and we shall be forced to attach your vessel to answer for the financial liabilities to our marine environment,” said Governor Dominguez in a letter to the president of Yano Kaiun Co. Ltd.
The vessel which departed Australia enroute to India is loaded with 65.351 MT of coal. The Duty Officer of the Watch identified as 3rd Mate Robert Ortega Cepe admitted that he did not notice the shallow area of Bakud Reef that caused the vessel to run aground on its forward portion.
Authorities believe that an estimated 4 hectares of marine life were damaged, after about 40% of the 244-meter ship rammed into the coral reefs. Captain Danilo Sta. Ana of the MV Double Prosperity admitted that the accident was the crew’s fault. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
Standoff keeps Nokor vessel in Ilocos town By Cristina Arzadon 06/09/11 （INQUIRER.net）
LAOAG CITY—The standoff over the removal of a North Korean vessel from the shores of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, has reached the courts while the coastal damage inflicted on the province’s tourism industry takes a back seat.
On one side is the vessel owner, Aoyang Marine Co., which has been trying to remove the MV Nam Yang 8. On the other is Mayor Matilde Sales, who sought court help to stop Aoyang from removing the vessel for fear that the town’s claim for damages will vanish with the vessel.
The regional trial court in Bangui town granted Sales’ petition for a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) on May 31. A hearing is set on June 9.
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos has repeatedly called on Sales to allow the owner to remove the vessel along with scrap metal that had been salvaged.
Marcos said the threat of new oil seepage continues to hang over Pagudpud’s waters as long as the vessel is there.
On Monday, the provincial board recommended the 60-day preventive suspension of Sales, “effective immediately,” for defying calls for the removal of the vessel.
But the authority to remove the vessel does not lie with the mayor.
Capt. George Ursabia, district commander of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in northern Luzon, said the authority lies with the PCG.
Ursabia said the PCG would explain to the court the need to lift the TRO so the owner can continue with the salvaging.
“The removal of the wreck is urgent… to eliminate the threat it poses to the public and the environment,” he said.
“While salvaging is urgent, the disposal of the materials [that will be salvaged] is not,” he added.
The two-month period to salvage the vessel ended on May 16. Since last year, two salvors—Harbor Star and Pen Con Corp.—have come and gone.
Ursabia said the vessel owner should hire another salvor because the second salvor, Pen Con, had caused two cases of oil leaks in March, and earlier this month. He said PCG is studying what charges to file against Pen Con.
At least 50 percent of the vessel’s metal had been removed. He said reports of theft of scrap metal from the vessel have become rampant. The Bureau of Customs, he said, is in charge of safeguarding the scrap metal.
Mayor Sales said the salvaged materials are the town’s remaining guarantee that its claims for damages will be paid.
“If the vessel is completely taken out, we won’t have anything to hold against the vessel owner,” she said. Resort owners are likely to file separate claims for damages.
The vessel has been sitting off the shores of Barangay Balaoi for more than a year since it ran aground in January last year when it developed engine trouble on its way to China.
It was carrying magnetite ore, or black sand, extracted from Cagayan.
22 North Koreans abandon troubled ship in Philippines 01/10/10 （PhilSTAR.com）
ILAGAN (AP) — Twenty-two North Korean crewmen abandoned their cargo ship after it listed dangerously and then ran aground in the northern Philippines, officials said Friday.
One of the Koreans was slightly injured as he abandoned the listing M/V Nam Yang 8 late Thursday off Claveria township in Cagayan province. They transferred to a life raft and reached Claveria, where villagers helped them obtain police assistance, regional police Chief Superintendent Roberto Damian said.
The Nam Yang 8, loaded with a low-grade iron ore called magnetite, left the northern Philippine province of Aparri late Thursday and was en route to China when it encountered large waves and began to list off Claveria, coast guard chief Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo said.
When the 3,461-ton ship's engine lost power, its skipper ordered his crew to abandon ship, Tamayo said.
The ship drifted and later ran aground in nearby Ilocos Norte province, he said.
Damian said immigration authorities were checking if the North Koreans have required work permits.
The sea accident was the latest off the Philippines in recent days.
Dozens of people remain missing after the ferry MV Baleno-9 sank off Batangas, south of Manila, on Dec. 26.
Separately, 24 people remain missing and are feared dead after their wooden-hulled ferry collided with a fishing boat and rapidly sank near Manila on Christmas Eve, the coast guard said.
Sea accidents are common in the archipelago because of frequent tropical storms, badly maintained boats and weak enforcement of safety regulations.
22 Koreans swim to safety after ship capsizes By Abigail Kwok 01/01/10 （INQUIRER.net）
MANILA, Philippines -- Twenty-two Korean nationals survived a sea mishap when the ship they were on capsized off Cagayan province New Year's Eve, police said Friday.
Chief Superintendent Roberto Damian, Cagayan Valley regional director, said that the 22 Koreans were on board Nam Yang, a cargo vessel that was loaded with over 2,000 mega tons of magnetite.
The vessel left Port Aparri at 6 p.m. Thursday and at around 7 p.m., the vessel suddenly leaned on its left side due to the "unbalanced wet magnetite load," Damian said.
The ship capsized at about six nautical miles off Taggat Norte in Claveria town, he added.
At around 3 a.m. Friday, the 22 Korean nationals then abandoned their vessel and swam to shore, reaching the fish port in Claveria town early Friday morning and were taken by authorities.
Ho Chol Jon, one of the Korean passengers, sustained injuries after he was struck by the ship's propeller.
He was brought to the Agra Clinic for treatment while the 21 others were brought to the home of Taggat Norte village.
Damian said authorities were getting statements from the rescued victims as part of their investigation.
イージス艦衝突：「あたご《当直士官２人無罪 横浜地裁 05/11/11 （毎日新聞）
「あたご《衝突２士官無罪 05/11/11 （東京新聞）
「フラッグ インスペクション《の制度を導入している。しかし、実際にはほとんど「フラッグ インスペクション《
「“Deepwater Horizon and its owner, Transocean, have had serious safety management system failures and a poor safety culture manifested in continued maintenance deficiencies, training and knowledge gaps, and emergency preparedness weaknesses,” declares the report.
Oversight and regulation of the rig by the Marshall Islands flag state was also ineffective, with all inspection activities delegated to the DNV and ABS classification societies. The Marshall Islands “effectively abdicated its vessel inspection responsibilities,” the report contends.・・・
"The safety management system failed to provide proper risk assessment, adequate maintenance and material condition, and process safety adherence. The flag state and the US Coast Guard did not identify these system failures in time to ensure the safety of the vessel,” the report notes. 《
岩崎忠夫大臣政務官が代表として参加し、サブスタンダード船の排除に向けた我が国の決意を表明 第２回パリＭＯＵ・東京ＭＯＵ合同閣僚級会議 (国土交通省のＨＰより）
柏崎刈羽原子力発電所の「ＩＳＯ９００１《認証取得について～原子力発電所の運営管理を登録範囲とした取得は国内初～ 04/26/06 （東京電力）
Preliminary Deepwater Horizon Report Rips Transocean, Marshall Islands 04/23/11 （The Daily Hurricane）
By Bob Cavnar on April 23, 2011 6:00 PM
Late yesterday, the Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation board issued a preliminary report of its findings related to causes of the Macondo well disaster that come under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard. This report focused only on the vessel, its condition, and the actions of the crew that caused the explosions and loss of the rig; it did not focus on the causes of the loss of well control, which will come in the complete report due out in July of this year.
The report clearly places blame on Transocean for the explosions after the blowout due to poor training, corroded and poorly maintained equipment, and bypassed alarms and shut down devices. The report also singled out the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the flag state of the Deepwater Horizon, for "abdicating its safety inspection responsibilities". The report was an indictment on the status quo of the offshore industry that allows drilling and service companies to unnecessarily risk lives and the environment through complacency, and tax avoidance and substandard safety requirements.
In its criticism of the Marshall Islands the joint committee said:
This investigation also revealed that the oversight and regulation of DEEPWATER HORIZON by its flag state, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), was ineffective in preventing this casualty. By delegating all of its inspection activities to "recognized organizations," without itself conducting on board oversight surveys, the RMI effectively abdicated its vessel inspection responsibilities. In turn, this failure illustrates the need to strengthen the system of U.S. Coast Guard oversight of foreign-flagged MODUs, which as currently constructed is too limited to effectively ensure the safety of such vessels (a MODU is a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit - ed.).
As we've talked about before, most drilling companies "flag" or register their vessels in countries other than the US, called flags of convenience. The companies all say that they do that to make it easier to move the vessels around the world more readily, but like incorporating their companies in foreign countries to avoid US taxes, they flag their vessels in countries that allow lax safety inspections, training, and crew requirements. Such is the case with all of Transocean's rigs and drillships (as well as most other companies') where they register their vessels in countries like not only the Marshall Islands, but Panama, the Bahamas, and the Caymans, as well as other countries with lax regulations and third-party contract inspectors. Some countries, like the Marshall Islands, actually allow the vessel owner to select (and pay) its own inspectors.
Other key findings for causes of the explosions were:
Failure to use the diverter line: The rig had 2 ways to keep wellbore fluids from coming onto the floor; one was a diverter, the dumps the oil and gas overboard. The other was the mud gas separator (MGS) that is better for keeping mud and oil out of the water, but which is limited in capacity. The crew chose the MGS, which was overloaded dumping a gas cloud over the rig.
Hazardous electrical equipment: There was corroded and substandard electrical equipment in the engine room which likely caused the gas cloud to ignite.
Gas detectors: were not set to automatically activate the emergency shut down systems, and worse, the bridge crew was not trained in what to do when the alarms activated. Had the rig's engines been immediately shut down, explosions could have been prevented or at least delayed.
Bypassed systems: Gas detectors were either bypassed or inoperable when the rig exploded. Testimony demonstrated that standard practice was to "inhibit" their function so that, even though they were reported to the control panel, no alarm would sound. The crew also bypassed the automatic emergency shut down system.
Design of Main and Emergency Power: The rig design was inadequate to prevent total shut down of power due to the proximity of the independent power and distribution systems. In short, the explosions took out all the power.
Crew blast protection: As I noted in my book, Disater on the Horizon, the worst injuries (besides the drill floor and mud room deaths) occurred in the crew quarters. There was no blast protection between the quarters and the drill floor, causing virtual destruction of that area of the rig while crew members were sleeping.
Command and control of the rig: A "clerical error" by the Marshall Islands allowed the Deepwater Horizon to by classified for a dual command structure. This meant that when the rig was latched up and drilling, the Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) was in charge. When the rig was underway, it was under command of the Master or captain. This caused great confusion and delay during the emergency, with the Master actually asking the OIM for permission to activate the emergency disconnect system (EDS) to get off of the blowing out well.
Several other key mistakes and weaknesses caused the loss of the rig and additional injuries; one was a design flaw the powered the fire control system with only electrical power. When the power was knocked out, so was the firefighting system. Another was inadequate evacuation training, resulting in 11 crew members being left behind on the rig in the confusion. Additionally, the commission found that the rig likely sank due to damage during the explosions exacerbated by poor firefighting technique from the rescue ships that probably sank the rig by flooding it with water.
This first report from the Joint Investigation board is a stark view into the dangers of complacency, overconfidence, and a convoluted management structure resulting from years of success from cutting, both corners and cost. It also highlights how minor failures can cascade into a catastrophe that is initiated from poor training and judgement. It is clear that the US Government must change the basic rules of offshore drilling, from regulation of training and safety programs, maritime law and operating regulations, design and operations standards, and the financial incentives that are built into the system. Inspection frequency and thoroughness must be improved and penalties for violations greatly increased.
Even as the BOEMRE continues to issue permits for operators to re-enter the deepwater for more drilling, few of these issues are currently being addressed, especially those surrounding operations in US waters by vessels flying flags of convenience. Eliminating this particular loophole in maritime law is essential in assuring safer operations in the offshore, protecting American lives and jobs.
Bob Cavnar, a 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry, is the author of Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout
Rig loss - a failure shared By Jim Mulrenan in London 04/22/11 （Tradewinds）
The Deepwater Horizon disaster that cost 11 lives and caused major pollution to the US Gulf Coast a year ago was the result of a tragic series of failures, an official report concluded today.
There were systematic failures in the safety management system of Transocean, the owner of the offshore drilling rig, but also fault elsewhere, a report from the US Coast Guard charged
“Deepwater Horizon and its owner, Transocean, have had serious safety management system failures and a poor safety culture manifested in continued maintenance deficiencies, training and knowledge gaps, and emergency preparedness weaknesses,” declares the report.
Oversight and regulation of the rig by the Marshall Islands flag state was also ineffective, with all inspection activities delegated to the DNV and ABS classification societies. The Marshall Islands “effectively abdicated its vessel inspection responsibilities,” the report contends.
And by not visiting or inspecting the Deepwater Horizon the Marshall Islands flag state lacked the ability to validate or audit the inspection reports produced by those it delegated its responsibilities to.
“Many well-known gaps in the “maritime safety net” for foreign-flagged mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) aligned and tragically failed to prevent the deaths of eleven people and the largest oil spill in US history,” the report says.
The report recommends that US Coast Guard oversight of foreign flagged MODUs be strengthened to improve safety.
"The safety management system failed to provide proper risk assessment, adequate maintenance and material condition, and process safety adherence. The flag state and the US Coast Guard did not identify these system failures in time to ensure the safety of the vessel,” the report notes.
The International Maritime Organisation’s regulations for MODU’s come in for criticism for not establishing clear requirements relating to electrical equipment.
The IMO’s MODU code is also regarded as insufficient in terms of providing for an adequate level of protection for major fires. The report says fixed deluge systems rather than manual fire hoses are required to fight major hydrocarbon fires.
The report calls on the commandant of the US Coast Guard to work with IMO to achieve multiple improvements in the MODU regulations.
The Deepwater Horizon rig operating in the Macondo field 40 miles off Louisiana suffered a blow out with the failure of the blow out preventer allowing a massive fire to burn out of control until the rig sank.
The US Coast Guard report reaches 61 conclusions, makes 54 safety recommendations and nine administrative recommendations.
Today’s report is not a final determination but a series of recommendations to the commandant of the US Coast Guard.
“This investigation seeks to prevent an accident similar to the Deepwater Horizon by identifying the factors that led to the tragedy and making recommendations to remove or minimize those factors in the future,” said Capt David Fish, the US Coast Guards head of casualty investigations.
“While nothing can bring back the 11 people who perished in this disaster, there is much that should be learned for the future,” Fish added.
The report also hails the fact that despite the deaths and injuries to 16 a total of 115 people successful survived the disaster.
Publication of volume two of the investigation has been postponed because of the ongoing investigation into the failure of the Deepwater Horizon’s blow out preventer.
The final joint investigation team report on the Deepwater Horizon loss is likely to be published in late July.
伊勢エビ漁阻む座礁船、宮崎市漁協の漁獲２割減 02/24/11 （読売新聞）
宮崎・折生迫のしゅんせつ船座礁：事故５カ月 撤去のめど立たず ／宮崎 02/24/11 （毎日新聞 地方版）
Firm fined in barge sinking
Atlantic Towing must pay $75,000 for safety breaches that endangered crew’s lives
03/09/11 （The ChronicleHerald.ca）
A judge has fined Irving-owned Atlantic Towing Ltd. $75,000 for potentially jeopardizing the safety of one of its barges and its crew in November 2008.
The inspection certificate on the Irving-owned barge that sank off Yarmouth had expired about seven years before the Shovelmaster went down carrying 70,000 litres of diesel fuel.
The Shovelmaster was also restricted from going more than about 24 kilometres offshore and it wasn’t supposed to have anyone aboard while under tow. But the barge was being towed by a tug about 40 kilometres offshore when it ran into heavy weather, forcing the rescue of three crewmen on board.
"The charted course failed to account for the risk of disaster striking in worsening conditions and rescuers having that much more distance to cover. With men on board the Shovelmaster, a catastrophic turn of events would directly risk lives," Justice Anne Derrick of Nova Scotia Supreme Court wrote in a 23-page decision released Tuesday.
Atlantic Towing pleaded guilty last month to the charge brought under the Canada Shipping Act. This was the first prosecution under a new section of the act.
A maximum fine for the violation is $1 million. Atlantic Towing argued it should be fined $15,000 to $25,000.
"ATL’s suggestion that a fine in this range is justified by its exemplary safety record, the fact of the weather conditions being worse than expected, and the reasonableness of its assessment that the trip could be accomplished safely, fails to address the decision, notwithstanding the predicted gale, to put crew on the Shovelmaster and sail more than 15 nautical miles offshore," Derricks wrote.
The Crown was looking for a fine of $90,000 to $100,000 "to reflect the gravity of the offence, the blameworthiness of Atlantic Towing Ltd., and the fact that it is a large-scale commercial operation," Derrick said.
"The Crown wants to ensure the fine packs a punch, that it is not seen as akin to a licensing fee carrying no material consequences for safety breaches."
The judge said "this is not a case where the fine needs to achieve specific deterrence."
"This is a case where the emphasis should be on general deterrence in the context of a business with substantial assets. Other large Canadian shipping companies should understand from this case that bad judgment will attract significant consequences where lives are imperilled and a vessel is lost."
Gale warnings were in effect for waters off southwestern Nova Scotia on Nov. 18, 2008, when the company’s tug, Atlantic Larch, left Saint John, N.B., bound for Halifax, towing the Shovelmaster, court documents say.
The next day, the two vessels encountered heavy weather about 40 kilometres off southwestern Nova Scotia.
"The hazard that sank the Shovelmaster was a pounding, gale-whipped sea," Derrick wrote. "A powerful wave smashed into the garage door that protected the crew’s quarters and swamped the dredge. Over a period of about 3½ hours, the Shovelmaster filled with sea water and eventually capsized. The storm also disabled the pump that was flushing water out of the stricken dredge."
Atlantic Towing argued that the garage door was taken out by a nine-metre rogue wave that came out of nowhere.
Derrick didn’t accept that it would have taken that large a wave to buckle the door.
"In my view, evidence that there was a rogue wave would not make a difference in this case," the judge wrote. "Having undertaken an unsafe voyage, ATL’s culpability is not diminished because weather conditions that were expected to be bad became worse than predicted."
While the judge said "this is not a case of a corporation engaging in a ‘wilful, surreptitious’ violation of safety requirements," Derrick noted that "it is not quite a case of misapprehending a hazard either."
Atlantic Towing identified the hazardous weather in advance but miscalculated the risks associated with it, she said.
The tug’s crew couldn’t rescue the three men on the barge, so they called in a military helicopter.
"The consequences of the Shovelmaster’s voyage could have been deadly," Derrick wrote. "The three crew members had to jump into the raging seas in order to be rescued."
The Shovelmaster capsized shortly after 4 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2008, about 26 minutes after search and rescue technicians picked up its crew from the water.
"The decision to undertake a ‘manned’ voyage five miles farther from shore than the Shovelmaster had ever been certified for into the teeth of a gale was fraught with risk," Derrick wrote. "The dangers this posed materialized when the garage door was smashed off its moorings and the dredge began to take on water. The timely intervention of search and rescue and a harrowing rescue averted a disaster."
Atlantic Towing suggested in its final submissions "that the situation was not life-threatening," Derrick wrote, but she labelled that position untenable.
"The rescue could have come too late — the Shovelmaster being 20 miles from shore added to the time required to reach the sinking dredge, or it could have gone badly — conditions 20 miles offshore in a gale were hazardous, and the men could have drowned."
Derrick said she viewed safety measures Atlantic Towing has put in place since then as a mitigating factor in the sentencing. Those include a compliance review, recertification of its barges and a policy that requires all similar barges to be towed without crew aboard.
"This is a case where actions speak louder than words," the judge wrote. "ATL’s actions . . . indicate to me that ATL has learned from the events of November 18 and 19, 2008. ATL responded to the incident by taking meaningful steps to ensure it is operating a safe workplace."
宮崎の座礁船現場で解体へ 02/23/11 （読売新聞）
宮崎市・鬼の洗濯板の座礁船 切断して回収へ 02/23/11 （西日本新聞朝刊）
座礁船に亀裂 撤去予定白紙 02/23/11 （朝日新聞）
外国籍の貨物船が大連の港で大傾斜 石油流出 （1/4）
Nordland 1 Ashore 02/04/11 （Shipwrecks）
German freighter beached in Germany 02/05/11 （Maritime Bulletin）
The "Nordland 1" grounded in stormy weather on Borkum beach, North sea, Germany, in the night of Feb 4, 2011. The rescue boat "Alfried Krupp" was on scene and launched, as he was not able to reach the grounding site due to the shallow water, its small boat, the "Glückauf", and also the tug "Waterstroom" meanwhile arrived.
As of Feb 5 vessel remains stuck at the sea promenade of Borkum. An attempt of the "Alfried Krupp" at 11 p.m. to refloat the ship failed. The tug which had been called from Eemshaven had to cancel its attempts too. The strong wind kept the water from rising high enough for a successful refloating attempt.
General cargo Nordland I IMO 5255272, dwt 389, built 1962, flag Germany.
Seven seamen from the sunk dry-cargo ship 02/13/11 （VIKNO）
Missing persons at wreck of dry-cargo ship "Alexander" seven Russian seamen are not found till now. Since February, 9th searches at coast of South Korea round the clock conduct two helicopters and 14 courts, while unsuccessfully. On it has informed the State sea saving-coordination centre of Russia referring to the Coast guard of South Korea, transfers RIA PrimaMedia.
We Will remind, dry-cargo ship "Alexander" under the flag of Cambodia (the port of registry Pnom-Penh) on Wednesday has suffered ship-wreck in 16 miles from port Ulsan. One of causes of the tragedy name collision with collision with the South Korean container truck of Hyundai Heavy Industry load-carrying capacity of 88 thousand tons. Onboard "Alexanders" there were 12 Russians - inhabitants of the Find, Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. Rescuers during operation managed to rescue one seaman and to lift aboard bodies of four victims. Search of seven crewmen proceeds till now.
The Sea police of South Korea has found the vessel which has rammed dry-cargo ship "Alexander". The South Korean ship-building company "xevi indаstriz" has presented to Hyonde condolences because the container truck-giant constructed on shipyards of this enterprise in the city of Ulsan, has sunk the cargo steam-ship with the Russian crew.
As a result of collision four Russians were lost, seven were missing, one - is rescued. Steam-ship "Alexander" has appeared broken off half-and-half. Its nasal part till now drifting nearby to port Ulsan, it decided to tow off in a safe place. The captain of the container truck responds to polls of representatives of sea police of Republic Korea.
Hyundai Container Ship Sinks Cambodian Freighter 02/11/11 （The Chosunilbo）
The sinking of a 1,500-ton Cambodian freighter off Ulsan on Wednesday was caused by collision with an 88,600-ton container ship built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the Coast Guard in Ulsan said on Thursday.
Of the 12 Russian sailors aboard the freighter Alexandria, Coast Guard ships rescued one and recovered four bodies. Seven are still missing.
The container ship collided with the Alexandria at around 6 a.m. Wednesday 30 km off the shipyard while undergoing tests. The freighter was torn apart in the accident, with the stern sunk and the bow remaining afloat.
Hopes of finding any more survivors are fading fast as most of the sailors were at the stern when the freighter was torn apart.
Cargo vessel sinks after Korea collision, 4 dead 02/11/11 （Straites Times）
A member of the Ulsan Coast Guard uses a pair of binoculars to search for possible survivors from the sunken Cambodian bulk carrier 'Alexandra' on the sea off Ulsan, Seoul. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
SEOUL - A CAMBODIAN-FLAGGED cargo ship sank off South Korea's east coast, killing four people and leaving seven missing, after colliding with a container vessel belonging South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries , the coast guard said on Thursday.
Neither vessel was carrying any cargo, and there was no immediate sign of any leaks which could cause environmential damage, a spokesman at the Ulsan Coast Guard said, adding the incident was under investigation.
The 1,500-tonne Alexandria with 12 Russian sailors sank of the south-east port of Ulsan on Wednesday.
'We express deep regret over the sinking, and for the dead or missing sailors and their families. We will do our best for the rescue process with related authorities,' Hyundai said in a statement on Thursday. -- REUTERS
Hyundai Container Ship Sinks Cambodian Freighter 02/11/11 （The Chosunilbo）
The sinking of a 1,500-ton Cambodian freighter off Ulsan on Wednesday was caused by collision with an 88,600-ton container ship built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the Coast Guard in Ulsan said on Thursday.
Of the 12 Russian sailors aboard the freighter Alexandria, Coast Guard ships rescued one and recovered four bodies. Seven are still missing.
The container ship collided with the Alexandria at around 6 a.m. Wednesday 30 km off the shipyard while undergoing tests. The freighter was torn apart in the accident, with the stern sunk and the bow remaining afloat.
Hopes of finding any more survivors are fading fast as most of the sailors were at the stern when the freighter was torn apart.
S.Korea Questions Captain After Collision Kills Russian Sailors 02/11/11 （Bloomberg）
The South Korean coast guard is questioning the captain of a Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. container ship that collided with a Cambodian-flagged freighter, killing four Russian sailors and leaving seven others missing.
The freighter was sailing from Japan to China when it collided with the Hyundai vessel, Lee Sung Kang, a spokesman for the coast guard, said by telephone today. The collision took place on Feb. 9 in the ocean off Ulsan, to the southeast of the Korean peninsula, Lee said.
韓国沖で船の衝突事故、折れた船首が対馬沖に漂流 02/11/11 （朝日新聞）
Ship carrying 226 passengers catches fire on way to Bangka （02/08/11）（ilmare24ore.com）
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 02/08/2011A ship carrying 226 passengers heading from Tanjung Priok, Jakarta to Bangka Belitung caught fire at 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday,
Jakarta Police aquatic division chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Edion said Tuesday.The fire is suspected to have started in the vessel's engine room,
and the blaze had been completely extinguished by 5.10 a.m.“We are in the process of evacuating passengers, ” Edion said.The evacuees were taken to two points,
Pelni harbour and Tanjung Priok port.This is the second time in two weeks a passenger ship has caught fire in Indonesian waters.Previously, on Jan. 28,
the KM Laut Teduh 2 passenger ferry caught fire in the Sunda Strait, killing 16 people.
No one killed in ship fire: Govt （02/08/11）（The Jakarta Post）
All 226 passengers of passenger ship KMP Silvia survived the fire that hit the ship at sea on Tuesday morning.
“The fire was put out at 5.10 a.m. and all passengers have been evacuated, but the ship crew members remain at the ship,” Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang S. Ervan said as quoted by kompas.com.
Bambang said the ship departed from Tanjung Priok port at 2.15 a.m. to Bangka, but it caught fire 2.5 miles south off Damar island or 10 miles off Tanjung Priok port.
Two more bodies recovered from ferry （01/31/11）（The Jakarta Post）
The remains of two more victims of the ferry that caught fire in the Sunda Strait on Friday were recovered Monday.
“Both of the bodies were burnt. We only recovered the heads,” Banten Police search and rescue head Comr. Noman T Narpatri said, as quoted by Antara news agency.
The remains were found on the lowest deck of the ship and were sent to Krakatau Medika Hospital in Cilegon, West Java.
“I hope citizens who have failed to find family members will come to the hospital to help us identify the victims,” Noman said.
First Brig. Agus Rubiansyah said one set of remains had been found beside a truck with license plate number G1987.
So far, the remains of 22 victims have been recovered from the Laut Teduh II Ferry, which caught fire early Friday morning.
KNKT investigates ferry fire （01/29/11）（The Jakarta Post）
The National Committee on Transportation Safety (KNKT) began gathering evidence in the Lautan Teduh ferry fire, an official said. He added that the KNKT’s first step in the investigation was interviewing the survivors.
“We have interviewed numerous parties involved, starting with the boat crew to the passengers who survived the calamity,” Alex Nur Wahyudi, a KNKT member, said as quoted by Kompas.com on Saturday.
Alex said the results of the interviews would be followed up by the advance team. This team, he added, would also conduct physical verification between the testimonies and the situation on board the ferry.
He said the KNKT vowed to complete the investigation within eight months, despite the fact that the Transportation Safety Law allows transportation casualty investigations to last as long as a year.
Search continues for 12 people missing in ship accident （10/23/10）（The Jakarta Post）
Rescue workers continued on Saturday their effort to locate 12 people who went missing after a small wooden ship sank Friday in Ende waters in East Nusa Tenggara.
Head of the sea patrol and security at the local transportation agency Capt. Untung said 36 out of 48 people aboard the ship had been rescued as of Saturday morning. He added that two ships from the search and rescue agency and the water police were combing the Ende waters to find the missing passengers.
The ship, KM Karya Terang sank off the cape of Watumanuk on Flores island as it was traveling from Palue, a small island off the island's northern coast, to Maumere.
The cause of the accident remained, but the ship was sailing in heavy waves against a strong current.
“An investigation is being conducted by the sea transportation authorities,” Untung said as quoted by kompas.com. He added that many passengers ship operating in the area lacked safety equipment.
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金沢港のパナマ貨物船座礁：油流出に対応 海保など確認 ／石川（02/01/11）（毎日新聞 地方版）
金沢区のふ頭で貨物船が浸水/横浜 01/22/11 (カナコロ)
宮崎・折生迫のしゅんせつ船座礁：撤去また中止 作業中に傾き浸水 ／宮崎（01/22/11）（毎日新聞 地方版）
座礁船 離礁できず 宮崎市（01/20/11）（西日本新聞朝刊）
小型タンカー転覆 機関長死亡・船長上明 佐渡沖（01/09/11）（読売新聞）
4 deaths in a ship flying Cambodia flag of convenience
4 Chinese killed in cargo ship fire off S.Korean coast: Chinese consular officials（01/07/11）（Xinhua Allvoices.com）
Four Chinese were killed in a fire on a Cambodia-flagged cargo ship off South Korea's southeastern coast, Chinese consular officials told Xinhua Friday.
The fire broke out on the ship at around 6:50 a.m. Friday (2150 GMT Thursday) when the 1,412-ton Yunxing was anchoring in Busan port, South Korea's largest port located in the southeastern coast, consular officials said.
There are a total of nine crew members, including eight Chinese and one Myanma, aboard the ship when the accident took place. Four Chinese crew members, including the captain, were killed, and other five people were rescued.
Preliminary investigation showed the fire, likely caused by a short circuit, started in the dining room on the first floor of the ship, local police said, adding that they will make further investigation to determine the exact cause of the fire.
Cargo ship fire kills four Chinese off S. Korea（01/07/11）（Yahoo!News）
SEOUL (AFP) – Four Chinese sailors died Friday after a fire gutted a Cambodia-flagged cargo ship off South Korea's southern port of Busan, coast guard officials said.
The coast guard said the 1,400-ton Yunxing with eight Chinese and one from Myanmar aboard caught fire early Friday, two nautical miles from Busan.
Four Chinese died and the rest of the crew was pulled to safety, a Busan coast guard spokeswoman told AFP.
The blaze was put off in about two hours but heavy smoke delayed a rescue operation.
Coast guard officials suspect the blaze might have been caused by a short circuit, Yonhap news agency said, adding there was no cargo aboard.
One rescued sailor told investigators that the fire had started around the first floor kitchen, Yonhap said.
Coast guard officials believe that smoke had hampered a quick evacuation of the sailors who were sleeping at the time of the fire. The bodies were found in the first floor kitchen and a second floor cabin.
Korean ferry sank in Yellow sea（Dec. 28, 2010）（Sea News）
South Korea's Coast Guard said Sunday that it rescued all 15 crew and passengers from a ferry ship that sank off the southwestern coast.
SINAN, South Jeolla Province -- South Korea's Coast Guard said Sunday that it rescued all 15 crew and passengers from a ferry ship that sank off the southwestern coast during unfavorable weather conditions.
Authorities in Sinan County, 410 kilometers south of Seoul, said one of its cutters successfully picked up people from the stricken ferry that had capsized after chains securing vehicles onboard broke in 4-meter-high waves on Dec 26 2010. It said when the 3,000-ton cutter arrived on the scene, the 495-ton ferry had capsized. Seven of its passengers were already in the water, with the rest huddling on the upturned vessel. The ferry started to sink in waters 12.8 kilometers south of Manjae Island in the Yellow Sea. The captain of the ferry radioed for help after his ship started to develop a 30 degree list. The Coast Guard cutter, which was operating in nearby waters to catch possible illegal fishing activities by Chinese boats, picked up the distress call.
The Coast Guard ship traveled at a maximum of 29 knots to reach the sinking ship 40 minutes after getting the message, and lowered its two zodiac boats that quickly rescued all the passengers and crew. The people rescued from the water, including some teachers, suffered from mild cases of hypothermia but none required emergency medical assistance and were taken to Mokpo harbor in good health. The Coast Guard said that the ferry, which regularly operates from Gageo Island and Mokpo, was permitted to carry both cargo and passengers and should not have sunk despite the adverse weather conditions.