Spanish Warship Rescues 68 Off Somalia

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-+*On Saturday 8 September, Spanish warship ESPS Relámpago, currently operating as part of the EU Naval Force – Operation ATALANTA, fighting piracy off the Somali Coast, rescued 68 people after finding them adrift in a small boat in the middle of the Gulf of Aden. The stricken vessel was first sighted from the air by […]

Rena’s Front Fell Off… Literally

The bow section shown on June 1. No new photos of the wreckage have been released since this latest incident, however reports indicate that this section is basically gone.  Smit and Svitzer working in a joint salvage venture

-+*Nearly a year after the MV Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef off New Zealand, the vessel is still not done breaking up. Maritime New Zealand says that high winds and rough seas at the site earlier this week caused a 25m section of the vessel’s bow to be ripped free and sink. MNZ says […]

Jailed Rena Officers See Early Release

Fly-over shots of the M/V Rena stuck on the Astrolabe Reef on October 8, three days after grounding. Photo: Dudley Clemens

-+*The Master and Second Officer of the stricken M/V Rena have been released from prison after serving only half of their seven-month sentence. A Department of Corrections spokesman confirmed to the New Zealand Herald that the men, Captain Mauro Balomaga and navigation officer Leonil Relon, had been released from prison and were handed “straight over” […]

Search and Rescue Operations Conclude off Indonesia, Nearly 100 Still Unaccounted For

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-+*Yesterday, four merchant vessels and HMAS Maitland recovered 55 survivors out of a total of 150 passengers of the ill-fated refugee boat that capsized and sank west of Java yesterday morning. Following medical advice that there is no realistic prospect of survivability, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority announced today that they have completed its assistance […]

Massive Search and Rescue Operation Underway Off Indonesia, 120 Feared Drowned

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-+*More than 120 asylum seekers may have drowned off Indonesia, according to the Australian government, which is reopening offshore detention centers in an attempt to deter refugees from attempting the boat journey. “There were up to 150 people that were aboard this vessel,” which is believed to have sunk, Home Minister Jason Clare told reporters […]

Chinese Ships Battered in Typhoon, 5 Dead, 10 Missing

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-+*(Bloomberg) — Typhoon Bolaven killed at least eight people as it lashed the Korean peninsula with strong winds and heavy rain, capsizing fishing boats and grounding aircraft. Five fishermen from two Chinese vessels drowned, 10 remained missing and 18 were safe ashore after the storm passed Jeju Island off the southern tip of Korea, according […]

Iranian Mariners Abandon Floating Inferno, US Navy Responds [IMAGE]

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-+*The crew of the guided missile destroyer, James E. Williams rendered assistance to 10 Iranian mariners yesterday who had to abandon their burning vessel in the Gulf of Oman. Deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet, the James E. Williams is currently conducting maritime security operations and theater security […]

MSC Box Carrier Catches Fire in Middle of North Atlantic

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-+*Update (Tues. 7/24/12): Blaze Contained on MSC Flaminia Update (Fri. 7/21/12): Salvors Board Burning MSC Flaminia Wednesday Update: Photos Reveal Damage to MSC Flaminia, Second Blast Disrupts Firefighting Tuesday Update: MSC Flaminia Update: Blast Leaves Two Dead, Three Injured The 75k gross ton container ship, MSC Flaminia, is adrift and burning far out in the […]

LPG Carrier Rescues Chinese Fishermen in South China Sea

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-+*On June 30, Linden Pride, an NYK-owned LPG carrier rescued four Chinese fishermen in the vicinity of a fishing trawler sinking in the South China Sea. Linden Pride was sailing from Nagoya Japan, to Ras Laffan, Qatar, when Singapore’s Port Operations Control Centre received a distress call from the trawler at around 6 p.m. (local time) on the […]

3rd Time’s the Charm, Australian Navy Responds to Asylum Seekers in Distress

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-+*While transiting from Singapore to Christmas Island, HMAS Wollongong was tasked to respond to a vessel in distress which was eventually located approximately 52 nautical miles southwest of Tanjung (Cape) Layar, West Java. The Australian warship remains in close proximity to the vessel this morning and is continuing to monitor it closely. The Australian Maritime […]