Collision: Aarsleff Jack III/ Johanna – Spuds and Manuals

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Jan 052013
An unexpected surprise

An unexpected surprise

Spud barge Aarsleff Jack III left a nasty pile behind while on an easterly course  in the South of Gedser Traffic Separation Scheme, TSS, in the western Baltic Sea. Three hours later a containership, Johanna, made contact with the piles, holing her above the waterline.

In the early afternoon of 18 December 2011, the tug Westsund was towing the barge.  During the tow operation one spud pile – barge leg – on the barge came loose, lowered itself, hit the seabed and broke off. Later that afternoon, another spud pile came loose and lowered itself to the seabed, resulting in the barge grounding. After an unsuccessful attempt to repair the jack-up unit holding the spud pile, the second spud pile including a pontoon broke off. Continue reading »

Barge Owner Pleads Guilty – Failed To Act On Leaks

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Jul 202012

Bret A. Simpson, the owner of Principle Metals, LLC, has pleaded guilty in US District Court in Tacoma to two criminal violations of the Clean Water Act; failing to report a discharge of oil, and unlawfully discharging oil into the Columbia River near Camas, Washington. The failure to report offense is punishable by up to five years in prison, while the unlawful discharge offense is punishable by up to one year in prison.

Simpson admits that he was informed about oil left on the barge Davy Crockett while conducting salvage operations. However, Simpson failed to have the oil removed before workers started cutting up the metal barge. When the first oil spill occurred in early December 2010, Simpson failed to notify authorities and failed to take any affirmative steps to monitor the vessel or protect it from natural forces and further structural damage.

Subsequent spills in January 2011 led U.S. Coast Guard investigators to identify the Davy Crockett as the source and initiate a federally funded cleanup effort. Ultimately the US Coast Guard spent eight months and about $20 million working with environmental authorities to clean up the spill and remove the derelict barge from the river. Continue reading »

SILO 99-B, the Certificated Sieve

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Dec 202010

They went to sea in a sieve, they did, they went to sea in a sieve...

What is a Class Certificate worth? Not a lot if it’s Bolivian, suggests Brazil’s investigation into the sinking of the barge SILO 99-B in Corumba.

SILO 99-B finally sank despite wooden wedges, rags and judicious cementing of its corroded hull despite being in class.

Brazilian Maritime Authority says: “…one has to question the role of the
Classification Society in this case. How is it possible that a craft in an advanced stage of corrosion as is the case of barge SILO 99-B, classified by the Bolivian Register of Shipping S.A. was in class and its certificates were valid on the date of the accident?…

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HK Director of Marine orders investigation into collision

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Dec 062010
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Hong Kong’s  Director of Marine has ordered an investigation into a collision that occurred early this morning (December 7). Meanwhile, the Marine Department’s Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre is co-ordinating a search and rescue operation for seven missing crew of a sand barge involved in the collision.

At 3.15am, the Marine Police received a report that a sand barge with 14 crew members on board and a container vessel with nine crew members collided east of Tung Lung Chau.

The sand barge capsized and is semi-submerged at the southern tip of Tung Lung Chau. A marker buoy has been laid to mark the position.

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USCG On Barge Bang

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Mar 272010

image US Coast Guard crews are responding to a barge explosion that occurred at Superior Docks in Ingleside, Thursday.

Two men were treated for minor injuries and released.  Bystanders rescued one man, who was thrown into the water when the barge exploded.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at 3:12 p.m. from the captain of a tugboat, who reported he had just witnessed a major explosion at Superior Docks.  The witness stated that the blast was so strong, it blew his boat’s windows out.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 11 August 2009

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Aug 112009

Texas barge collision halts oil traffic: USCG
There were no injuries but five crew members aboard the Caroline were rescued by a nearby vessel after the Caroline began taking on water, the Coast Guard

50-Foot Vessel Runs Aground in Newport, Oregon
Coast Guard crews have responded to the grounding of the 50-foot fishing vessel Lori Ann, formerly the Little Linda, on Nye Beach near Newport, Oregon,

Vessel sailing under Georgian flag detained by Kamchatka Coast Guard
Daily Georgian Times
Only after a warning fire, the coast guard was able to detain the vessel. Reportedly, the vessel is registered in Batumi Port in 2006.

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Maritime Safety News Today – 17th July 2008

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Jul 172008

Bridge Alarms on the Button for Denmark

After the general cargo ship KAREN DANIELSEN collided with the Great Belt Bridge in 2005, Denmark and the Bahamas submitted a proposal to the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) on a carriage requirement for a bridge navigational watch alarm system. The system triggers an alarm if the OOW is incapacitated, e.g. has fallen asleep. The significance of such a system was once again made topical with the collisions off the Danish island Bornholm earlier this year.

Based on the Danish proposal the IMO Sub-Committee for Safety of Navigation (NAV) agreed to forward the proposal to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). MSC is now to decide if new ships must be equipped with a bridge navigational watch alarm system as of 1 July 2011. With regards to existing ships, the Sub-Committee agreed that, the equipment should be installed in connection with the first survey after 1 July 2012. The same applies to other ships over 3,000 GT. Ships below 500 GT and 150 GT the deadline for installation is 1 July 2013 and 1 July 2014 respectively.

The proposal from the Sub-Committee is now pending the approval by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its session in November this year. Since it is a matter of new mandatory regulations, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) stipulates a number of provisions on the coming into force of the regulations, which leads to the above mentioned phasing in of the requirement on a bridge navigational watch alarm system.

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UK – caution advised during planned strike weekend

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice advising mariners in UK waters to exercise caution this weekend (July 18-20) during the planned strike by some MCA employees.

Official: Norwegian ship hijacked by pirates in Nigeria, released
International Herald Tribune – France
Solberg says Wednesday’s incident aboard has been reported to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Barge Collision: 400 Tonnes of Diesel Spilled in Elbe River Germany
By OldSailor
How super absorbent Imbiber beads contain oil and chemical spills at sea; Vessel of opportunity skimming system for pollution response; Nanowire membranes of MIT to absorb and recover oil from oil spills at sea

Cruise Ship Passengers Rescued After Fall From Princess Cruise Liner
Lawfuel (press release) – Wellington,New Zealand
According to reports by Princess Cruise Line accident lawyers at Ehline Law, a spokes person for Crown Princess, Julie Benson have released information in .

Cruise Ship With 1200 Passengers Detained After Discrepancies Found
By cgnews
Further investigation by the Coast Guard team identified 66 discrepancies such as fire safety, lifeboat damages and life jacket issues on the vessel during an inspection that lasted from Sunday morning to Tuesday evening.

High drama as office goes up in smoke
Glebe – Sydney,Australia
“We thought the ship was on fire; it was very dramatic,” he said. “The smoke was thick and black, as high as a city skyscraper, and the flames were probably

Barge Collision: 400 Tonnes of Diesel Spilled in Elbe River Germany
By OldSailor
How super absorbent Imbiber beads contain oil and chemical spills at sea; Vessel of opportunity skimming system for pollution response; Nanowire membranes of MIT to absorb and recover oil from oil spills at sea

Philippine Headline News – Manila,Philippines
Gamolo succumbed to injuries the following day, making him the 13th fatality at the shipbuilding facility since it was established in Subic in 2006.

St. Louis – river re-opened to all traffic

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that, with the abatement of high water conditions, the Upper Mississippi River at St. Louis has been re-opened to traffic without restrictions.

Sulpicio fires 136 from 8 vessels
Sun.Star – Philippines
Suazo said he already submitted to the Marina Board a partial report of the audit conducted by a Manila team that he created shortly after the sinking of

Stern-wheeler Jean Mary Successfully Removed From the Water
By cgnews
Jack Perkins, the vessel master, was aboard the 80-foot stern-wheeler at the time of the sinking and immediately notified the Coast Guard when he noticed the vessel taking on water. The vessel sank Sunday morning in approximately

Tall ship carries unusual crew »»
The Independent Online – Brighton,Ontario,Canada
The Brigantine are seeking leads on fire extinguishers, marine varnish, paint, brushes, mahogany and quarter-sawn Douglas Fir for the decks. .