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November 2012 Archives

EURODAM - Washington State Passenger Overboard

EURODAM, a Holland America cruise ship which left Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 24 for a seven-day cruise, alerted the Coast Guard at 5:00 this morning of a possible man overboard, after his wife reported him missing. His baseball cap was found on deck. EURODAM was about 80 miles northwest of Puerto Rico, bound for the Bahamas from St. Thomas, at that time. The U.S. Coast Guard launched a helicopter, a patrol boat, and a cutter out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to search for the man; Holland America reported that EURODAM turned around in hopes of locating him. The man's name has not been released, but he is said to be a 42-year-old from Washington State.

Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Ocean Peace, and United States Seafoods Fined for Violations of Clean Water Act

Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc., Ocean Peace, Inc., and United States Seafoods, LLC, have each been fined by the EPA for violations of the Clean Water Act. A total of four vessels from these three companies were found to have violated seafood waste discharge permit regulations in Alaskan waters. According to regulation, such waste must be ground to an half-inch or less in order to facilitate waste dispersal at sea, and appropriate records of sample-taking and regular inspections must be maintained on board each vessel. The EPA found the Aleutian Spray and United States Seafoods violations in 2011 and the Ocean Peace violation in 2010.

COSTA CONCORDIA - U.S. Coast Guard and NTSB to Take Part in Wreck Investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard, joined by the National Transportation Safety Board, will take part in the Italian investigation of the January 13 grounding of COSTA CONCORDIA. Joining non-U.S. investigations abroad is not unusual for the USCG; they also have a role with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressing global ecological, security, and safety issues.

T/V POLAR WIND and Barge Carrying Seafood Ground On Ukolnoi Island, Alaska

On the night of November 13, 78-foot T/V POLAR WIND ran aground and started taking on water on Ukolnoi Island, which is about twenty miles from Cold Bay, Alaska. The 250-foot barge she was pulling also ran aground. The Coast Guard arrived shortly after 2:00 a.m. the following morning and airlifted the crew of five to safety in two trips. Conditions at the time were 40 mph winds with up to eight-foot seas. The tug and the barge, which is loaded with about ninety refrigerated cargo containers above deck, still lie aground. According to local reports, the majority of the containers are empty, but about thirty of them contain frozen seafood belonging to Seattle-based Trident Seafoods.

OCEANIC DISCOVERER - $180,000 Fine for Fatal Safety Violations

On February 19, 2009, during a fire and emergency drill aboard OCEANIC DISCOVERER, the chief engineer became trapped in an automatic watertight sliding emergency door in the engine room. Before the crew could turn off the power to the door and rescue him, he lost consciousness, passing away at hospital three weeks later.

COSTA CONCORDIA: Florida Judge Rules on Italian Lawsuit Venue

Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Robin Rosenbaum ruled that lawsuits brought by Italian business owners in regard to damages caused by the wreck of COSTA CONCORDIA will not be heard in the U.S., where the business owners tried to bring action. Likely, any of their cases will be heard in Italy. (COSTA CONCORDIA is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, which is based in Florida. Costa Crociere, based in Genoa, Italy, is a subsidiary of Carnival.)

Wreck of AMURSKAYA Found

Yesterday, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry announced that M/V AMURSKAYA had indeed been located about 80 feet under water near where the EPIRB attached to AMURSKAYA had activated on October 28 near the Shantar Islands in the Sea of Okhotsk. Please click here to read details in our original post.

Commercial Fishing Vessels - Highest Fatality Rate Among All Vessels at Sea

The Coast Guard recently released information on the top ten most severe marine casualties from 2006 through 2010, rating these ten in terms of loss of life, loss of vessel, damage, and pollution. In 2010, the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) Deepwater Horizon explosion made headlines, with 11 deaths, 17 injured workers, and estimated damages of $350 million. But, for all of that, the overall highest fatality rate among those who work at sea is in the commercial fishing industry. During the same time period, 30 fishing industry members perished while working.

Alaskan State Ferry COLUMBIA Crew Member Injured

During boarding on November 2 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Bellingham, WA, an Alaska State Ferry worker was injured when the cable of the passenger ramp she was lowering at the stern of 418-foot COLUMBIA snapped. Witnesses say that they heard a pop, the ramp shook, and then there was another pop. Then the ramp collapsed and fell onto some wooden pilings. According to reports, the worker was standing near the edge of the ramp, and when the ramp collapsed, she fell about twenty feet onto it, suffering multiple injuries. She was rushed to nearby St. Joseph's Hospital.

AMURSKAYA Carrying Gold Ore Still Missing in Sea of Okhotsk

On October 28 at 8:15 a.m. Moscow time, the emergency beacon of M/V AMURSKAYA activated near the Shantar Islands, in the southwest region of the Sea of Okhotsk. When a nearby tanker, M/T NOVIK, arrived at the position indicated, AMURSKAYA was nowhere to be seen. Conditions were stormy with waves averaging twelve feet. Various aircraft and boats have searched the area since Sunday without results.

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