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    Re: Random maritime accidents.

    Latest on the Rena off Tarunga, NZ from Shipwreck Log 26. Nov.:
    Oil Recovery

    The final 319 tons of heavy fuel oil was pumped from the Starboard No. 5 tank on November 13 completing the removal of fuel off the Rena. Salvors will continue to remove any residual oil found in other parts of the vessel. It is believed that some 60 tons of oil may be trapped in the vessel’s keel.

    Container Removal

    The crane barge Sea Tow 60 took up position at the stern of the Rena and has removed a total of 95 containers from the vessel. The containers can only be removed with good weather conditions. Large swells or high winds cause the greatest risk to operations and have slowed the recovery process. Some 220 transponders have been attached to containers that have either dangerous cargo or at risk of falling into the sea. There are over 1100 containers still on board the Rena.

    Environmental Recovery

    Authorities have reported that 922 tons of waste has been removed from the area beaches. Crews have used water blasting and washing rocks by hand along the rocky shorelines. The wildlife facility is currently caring for 409 animals. Over 2000 dead birds have been collected.

    Editorial

    The container vessel Rena has remained intact long enough to allow salvage crews to avoid an environmental disaster. The Rena was predicted not to survive several storms after going aground on October 5 on Astrolabe Reef. The vessel did suffer structural damage with several cracks along its hull, but has remained intact long enough to allow salvage crews to pump some 1000 tons of fuel off the vessel. This is a great accomplishment for the salvage company and their employees. However, the damage to the coastline has already been done. Over 350 tons of oil was spilled from the vessel fouling the coastline around Tauranga, New Zealand. Government and the private sector must be prepared for shipwrecks occurring anywhere in the world.
    Situation picture:

    Photo by MNZ

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      Re: Random maritime accidents.

      From Shipwreck Log today:
      The 213 meter long passenger ship Spirit Of France went aground at Rauma, Finland. High winds had caused the passenger ship had broke from its moorings and it drifted aground. The Spirit Of France was pulled free and docked. The vessel will undergo an inspection for any damage. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Spirit Of France was being prepared at a shipyard for delivery to its owners at the time of the incident.
      This picture is hopefully distorted:

      otherwise this is one ugly ferry!!

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        Re: Random maritime accidents.

        Ferries are frequently featured in Shipwreck log:
        The 50 meter long, 204 dwt passenger vessel Aeroeskoebing went aground on a sandbank between Svendborg and Ærøskøbing, Denmark. The passenger ship was stuck for 18 hours until the tide returned allowing it to refloat itself free. No reports of injuries to the crew or the 148 passengers on board. The Aeroeskoebing was able to proceed to Ærøskøbing, Denmark under its own power. No reports of damage or pollution being released.
        Somewhat better looking ferry at least:

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          Re: Random maritime accidents.

          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
          Otherwise this is one ugly ferry!!
          Poor Spirit - I don't think she's bad looking, although this photo doesn't do her any favours. It's hard to look pretty with a 'cow catcher' on the front, and a pedestrian walkway at the back!!

          P&O has invested a lot of money in Spirit of France and Spirit of Britain, and they are significantly different to anything P&O have used on the short sea before.

          Spirit of Britain is already in service between Dover and Calais, but vibrates rather more than she should do. SoF is running very late - according to other blogs, STX Rauma are fighting against vibration issues which are causing the delay to delivery - with the potential that SoB will have to undergo repairs when they've fixed SoF.

          Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - compared to some of the DOCA ferries we've had over the years, this one is fine!!

          By the way - spot the lifeboats - there aren't any!! Marine Ark only.

          Here's SoB on the run earlier in the year.

          Last edited by PoloUK; November 29th, 2011, 20:18.
          Cheers,

          Mark.

          www.pologlover.co.uk

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            Re: Random maritime accidents.

            A car ferry crash in Stavanger:

            http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/r...eren/1.7892935
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              Re: Random maritime accidents.

              From Shipwreck Log today:
              The 212 meter long passenger ship Superspeed 1 became disabled off Oksøy Lighthouse, Norway. The passenger ship was struck by a large wave which damaged the vessel’s bridge causing an engine failure. The crew was able to restart the engine and the vessel proceeded at reduced speed. Tugs and Lifeboats were dispatched and escorted the Superspeed 1 to Kritiansand. No reports of injuries to any of the 350 passengers or 100 crew on board. Reports state the wave heights were 4 to 5 meters at the time of the incident. The vessel cancelled later voyage due to the bad weather.
              PS> Reported first on CVF. (Carferry thread)

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                Re: Random maritime accidents.

                From Shipwreck Log today:
                The 103 meter long self-propelled barge Silke Diane went aground on the Waal River near Kekerdom, Netherlands. The Silke Diane was proceeding upriver with 1700 tons of scrap metal when it struck bottom due to the low water level. The vessel suffered damage allowing water ingress into the cargo hold and engine room. The local fire department responded to the scene with dewatering pumps and were able to keep the Silke Diane from sinking. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Silke Diane was lightered and refloated later.
                Surprise, surprise, she didn't sink!!. There probably wasn't enough water in the river to sink in.

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                  Re: Random maritime accidents.

                  Another from Shipwreck Log today.
                  Big is not necessarily better and cheap is not necessarily good:
                  The 361 meter long, 404,389 dwt dry bulk carrier Vale Beijing suffered water ingress while loading iron ore at Ponta da Madeira, Brazil. The VLOC (Very Large Ore Carrier) suffered multiple cracks in it’s ballast tanks. The cracks have allowed water to flood into the No. 7 hold. The Vale Beijing was scheduled to load 384,000 tons of iron ore but stopped when after 200,000 tons had been loaded. The vessel is to be pulled out of service for repairs. The Vale Beijing just started service on September 27, 2011 as the largest ore carrier afloat. The Vale Beijing, classified as Valemax, is nearly twice the size of a typical capsize vessel that carries iron ore from Brazil to China. One report states the cause of the hull cracks may be the result of poor quality in the construction of the vessel. Reports state if the vessel would sink, it could delay further shipments of iron ore from the port. No reports of injuries.
                  Last edited by ombugge; December 8th, 2011, 06:03. Reason: Removed inaccurate text

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                    Re: Random maritime accidents.

                    Ooooops. Who made the construction? Also the Chinese?
                    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                      Re: Random maritime accidents.

                      If they fall apart whilst being loaded, one must wonder what will happen when they are out in swells of just the wrong length?
                      Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                        Re: Random maritime accidents.

                        Ooooops, I gave some wrong info here.

                        From Lloyds List: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/...icle385908.ece

                        Vale Beijing was built at STX Offshore and Shipbuilding in Jinhae, South Korea, and inspected by Norwegian classification society Det Norske Veritas. It is registered in the Marshall Islands.
                        From DNV Exchange:
                        Loa: 361 m GT (ITC 69): 199,959
                        Lbp: 353.5 m NT (ITC 69): 77,072
                        Lload: 353.52 m DWT: 374,400
                        Lwl:

                        Bext: 65.64 m GT (pre 69):
                        B: 65 m NT (pre 69):

                        D: 30.5 m Freeboard: 5209
                        Draught: 22 m
                        A ship of this size can "easily" be damaged if the loading/discharging sequence is incorrect. It has happened before.

                        Bulk carriers are usually designed to have every second Cargo Hold empty, but pure Ore Carriers may be designed to carry cargo in all holds.
                        But with heavy load spread over the length of the vessel, regardless.
                        Last edited by ombugge; December 8th, 2011, 04:02.

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                          Re: Random maritime accidents.

                          Looking closely, there is a big difference in deadweight between the article in Shipwreck Log and DNV Echange; 404,389 / 374,400 DWT.
                          The first figure is also used in Miramar Shipindex. All other figures are the same.

                          She is not a beauty, that is for sure:




                          Being towed to a safe anchorage, where repairs can be carried out while afloat:




                          She appears to be towed around in circles at the moment though.

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                            Re: Random maritime accidents.

                            Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                            In Shipwreck Log a few days ago:


                            I don't know where "The Sund" is, but the name of the Rescue Vessel may be a hint for those in the know?
                            A late answer, but it all happend in Vågsfjorden, near Vågsøy
                            Regards,
                            Eskild
                            Master Mariner

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                              Re: Random maritime accidents.

                              Latest on the Vale Beijing from Shipwreck Log:
                              The massive ore-carrier Vale Beijing was reported to be towed to Fortaleza, Brazil for repairs. The vessel is to be anchored in water clearer to allow divers to make repairs to the hull. The latest report states the hull has suffered multiple large cracks in the outer hull which allowed water ingress into the cargo hold. Brazilian authorities have requested the owners to have the fuel removed from the vessel to prevent any oil pollution being released. No details have been released to the cause of the cracks in the ballast tanks at this time. A recent report states the design of the Vale Beijing was altered from the other massive Valemax ore carriers constructed at other shipyards. The report did not state if this change may have weaken the vessel’s structural integrity, but it may be a factor. The owners of the Vale Beijing, STX Pan Ocean Co. stated the vessel would be repaired and be placed back into service.
                              If only the OUTER hull was affected, why would there be water ingress into a Cargo Hold????
                              Somebody is not getting the facts right here. (Or not being entirely honest???)

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                                Re: Random maritime accidents.

                                From Shipwreck Log today:
                                The 70 meter by 80 meter jackup rig Kolskaya was lost off Sakhalin Island, Russia. The Kolskaya was being transferred from Kamchatka to Zyryanskaya Bay when a snow storm struck area. The storm with high winds and waves reaching 13 meters damaged the Kolskaya’s air tanks. The rig also suffered water ingress forcing the rig’s pumps to be engaged at full capacity. The crew sent out a mayday just before the rig capsized and sank. Fourteen of the 67 crew on board were rescued by the towing vessels. A search and recovery recovered four bodies.
                                If this had happened in the North Sea and/or GOM with West European or American crew on board, would it warrant more than a brief mentioning on the news?

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