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Coast Guard Rescues Four Fishermen From Sinking Trawler

By MarEx 2018-11-14 21:13:00

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued four fishermen Wednesday morning after they were forced to abandon ship off the coast of Rockland, Maine. The captain of the trawler Aaron & Melissa II radioed watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at 0745 hours on Wednesday and reported that his boat was taking on water. The crew donned survival suits, activated their EPIRB and abandoned ship into an inflatable life raft.  An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and an MH-60 Jayhawk...

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Three Missing in Freighter Sinking off Kamchatka Peninsula

By MarEx 2018-11-14 17:08:00

Russian authorities are investigating the sinking of the coastal freighter Anatoly Krasheninnikov, which went down Friday off Kambalny Bay, near the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Five crewmembers and five passengers were rescued by a fish processing vessel, but three others have not been found. The Kamchatka division of Russian emergency management agency EMERCOM dispatched an Mi-8 helicopter to conduct a search on November 10, and covered an area of about 800 square miles. Surface and shoreline search efforts...

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Photos: Stricken Norwegian Frigate Sinks Near Bergen

By MarEx 2018-11-13 16:14:00

Despite salvage efforts, the wrecked Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad has sunk beneath the waves near Bergen, Norway. The Ingstad collided with a merchant tanker on Thursday and was intentionally grounded in an attempt to prevent her from fully sinking.  Over the weekend, salvage divers and shoreside teams connected steel cables from the Ingstad's hull to hard points on shore in hopes of restraining her movement. However, multiple wires parted last night, and salvage supervisors determined that it was not safe for...

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Three Seafarers Dead in Confined Space Accident

By MarEx 2018-11-12 17:37:00

Three crewmembers of the timber carrier Apollo Kita died Friday while working in one of the vessel's holds. The suspected cause of death was asphyxiation.  While the Kita was under way off Ishigakijima, bound for Osaka with a load of wood, the three crewmembers entered the hold and became unconscious. They were flown to a hospital in Ishigaki for treatment, but they did not recover. Authorities in Ishigaki believe that the oxygen level in the hold may have fallen too...

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Duck Boat Captain Indicted After 17 Deaths at Table Rock Lake

By MarEx 2018-11-11 15:20:24

The captain of the duck boat that sank at Table Rock Lake last summer, resulting in the deaths of 17 people, was indicted by a federal grand jury late last week. Kenneth Scott McKee, 51, of Verona, Missouri, was charged in a 17-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Missouri. McKee was the captain of Stretch Duck 7, operated by Ripley Entertainment, Inc. The indictment charges McKee with misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s...

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The Winners of the IMRF Awards Are…

By MarEx 2018-11-10 16:28:56

The winners of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards 2018 have been announced at a formal dinner and award ceremony attended by shortlisted finalists from around the world. The winner of the IMRF Award 2018 for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation is Captain Siddarth Sharma, a ship's master from Mumbai, India. The winner of the IMRF Award 2018 for Outstanding Team Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation is the crew of KNRM Station Terschelling Paal 8,...

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Last Sail-Driven Tanker is Bound for Scotland

By MarEx 2018-11-09 18:49:56

The Falls of Clyde, the last sail-powered oil tanker in the world, will soon return to Glasgow, the city where her keel was laid some 140 years ago.  The Clyde has been moored in Honolulu, Hawaii since 1963, and she is in deteriorating condition. A non-profit group, Save the Falls of Clyde International, hopes to move her to Scotland and restore her. It has recently reached an agreement with heavy lift firm Sevenstar Yacht Transfer to provide the transportation. She...

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Wrecked Norwegian Frigate Was Warned Prior to Collision

By MarEx 2018-11-09 16:00:54

Prior to her collision with the Suezmax tanker Sola TS on Thursday, the Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad was repeatedly called over VHF, both by the approaching vessel and by the nearby Fedje VTS center, according to a new report. However, the bridge team on the frigate allegedly responded that they had the situation under control. The Ingstad and the Sola TS collided shortly thereafter.  Norwegian defense outlet Aldrimer first reported the radio exchange in an update Friday, citing "five...

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Norwegian Frigate Driven Aground Near Port of Bergen

By MarEx 2018-11-08 17:02:00

On Thursday, salvors intentionally pushed the stricken frigate KNM Helge Ingstad onto a rocky shore near the port of Bergen, Norway, in order to prevent her from sinking in deep water.  At about 0400 hours, the Ingstad suffered a collision with the Aframax tanker Sola TS near the Sture petroleum terminal, which is located on the approaches to Bergen. The Ingstad was transiting south after the end of NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2018, and the Sola TS had just departed the...

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Russian Navy Has No Replacement for Sunken Drydock

By MarEx 2018-11-07 21:29:00

The Russian Navy does not have a domestic replacement with equivalent capacity for the giant floating drydock PD-50, which sank out from beneath the service's only aircraft carrier last month. According to United Shipbuilding Corporation CEO Alexei Rakhmanov, there are no other graving docks or floating drydocks in Russia with the capacity to handle the carrier, the aging Soviet-era vessel Admiral Kuznetsov. The PD-50 was a key facility at the 82nd Shipbuilding Plant, located near the Northern Fleet's home port of...

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