Two salvage teams have been appointed for the refloating operation of the 'Maa' which ran aground near Tenneti Park in Visakhapatnam in India on Oct 13. The Protection and Indemnity Club have appointed Visakhapatnam-based Gill Marines to remove the fuel from the tanks. Furthermore, the owners of the vessel have tasked Mumbai-based Resolve Marines to take up the salvage operation and refloat it. The entire process has two phases, first the removal of the fuel and the second pulling the vessel back to safer waters.
The 'Mississagi' ran aground with a cargo of stone while approaching Kingsville on the Lake Erie, Ontario, upon its arrival from Sandusky on Oct 17, 2020, at 2 p.m. The ship blocked the Kingsville harbour, so that ferry services to Pelee Island were delayed for nearly eight hours.Around 9 p.m. it could be refloated and sailed to Detroit where it was safely berthed.
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The 'Noah Satu', while enroute from Panjang to Makassar with a cargo of 2,500 tons of tapioca on board, ran aground at the northern coast of Sebuku island, Sunda Strait, in the morning of Oct 14, 2020. The ship was listing to port side. It was refloated in the morning of Oct 18 with the help of a tug and taken to Bakauheni anchorage. It was to be inspected on Oct 19 for possible damages.
On Oct 17, 2020, at 3.30 a.m. the 'VTB Star' dragged anchor and drifted aground at the beach near the town Ba Don in the Quang Binh Province of the Gulf of Tonkin. No damages were so far reported. The ship was sailing in ballast, bound to Sonduong Hatinh, and got stuck in pos. 17° 45.85' N 106° 27.75' E approximately 30 metres from the coast of Quang Tho ward. The Gianh Port Border Guard Station and Quang Binh Border Guards were unable to dispatch vessels to assist the stranded vessel due to bad weather conditions. Local authorities have reminded the crew and the shipping company to take measures to prevent any oil leak.
The Maritime Authority of Suriname has issued the following 2 Notices to Mariners: 1. "From September 5, 2020 to January 6, 2021, the Noble Sam Croft drillship will conduct exploration drillings off the coast of Suriname at the drilling location 07 ° 23 "401 N - 55 ° 55" 264 W (WGS 84). For safety reasons the shipping should keep a safe distance of 1000 (one thousand) metres from thenNoble Sam Croft. The Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) that will assist during the operations are: Southern Tide, States Tide and Polaris. Please note: ? Communication is through VHF, all international channels 13, 16, 69, 72. ? There is a SAFETY ZONE of 1000 (one thousand) metres from the drilling site. ? The Noble Sam Croft is not maneuverable and will display the relevant characters. All ships should take notice of the above mentioned." 2. "The drillship Maersk Developer will conduct exploration drilling of the Coast of Suriname from September 19th till December 3rd, 2020 at the drilling location 07° 21’.270 N – 055° 33’.247 W (WGS 84). For safety reasons vessels should keep a safe distance of 1000 (one thousand) meters from the drillship. The Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) that will assist during the operations are MV Bourbon Topaz, MV Gerard Tide, MV Felton Tide and MV National Energy Explorer. Please note: ? Communication is through the VHF channels 16 and 77. ? There is a SAFETY ZONE of 1000 (one thousand) meters from the drilling site. ? Maersk Developer is not maneuverable and will display the relevant characters. All ships should take notice of the above mentioned."
The 'PTI Nile', enroute from Dakar to Lome, was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, 115 nm south of Lome, on Oct 17, 2020, around 8 p.m. The ship stopped soon after the attack. The crew managed to shelter in the citadel.
The 'Methane Princess' was attacked and boarded by pirates on Oct 17, 2020, in the Gulf of Guinea, shortly after it had finished loading the LNG tanks. The alarm went off and most crew members managed to reach safety in the ship's citadel, but two did not make it and were taken hostage by the pirates. However, one of them managed to jump into the sea from the pirate ship. He was rescued but had sustained injuries. Several vessels from Equatorial Guinea's fleet were on the scene after 35-45 minutes, but it was not possible to find out in which direction the pirate vessel had sailed.
The Lebanese army on Sep 3 found a further 4.35 tonnes of the explosive ammonium nitrate a month after 2,750 tonnes of the substance exploded in the harbour and destroyed large parts of the city. The explosive substance was found in a warehouse immediately outside one of the entrances to the port, and engineers from the army took care of it. Simultaneously with the new discovery, it emerged that the outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab told the head of the investigation of the catastrophic explosion that he knew of the existence of the large amount of ammonium nitrate at the port before the explosion. 25 suspects have been arrested so far, including the port's chief of staff Hassan Koraytem and customs chief Badri Daher. Among the others arrested were also three Syrian workers who carried out welding work at the warehouse, where the huge amount of ammonium nitrate was stored, on the day the explosion took place. Up to 200 were killed and about 6,500 injured in the blast, causing damage to a double-digit billion.