Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 28/06/2020

Sunday 28th June, 12:25pm - The 30ft P/C OVERLOAD contacted Bermuda Radio via 911 call to report a large amount of smoke onboard in the vicinity of Hawkins Island. The Bermuda Coast Guard attended and also collected Fire and Rescue staff from Barr’s Bay. It was found that the cause of the smoke was a burnt-out water pump. OVERLOAD arranged to be towed back to their moorings by P/C A LITTLE NAUGHTY.


Date: 25/06/2020

Thursday 25th June 1:00pm - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 911 call from a person on the 20ft vessel WHY NOT US 2, with one person onboard, advising the vessel was disabled due to running out of fuel, but secure at anchor just North from Devonshire Dock. Bermuda Radio commenced marine broadcasts to all vessel in the vicinity without response, tasking a Coast Guard unit a short while later. The Bermuda Coast Guard arrives on scene and subsequently tows the vessel safely to Dockyard to refuel.


Date: 25/06/2020

Thursday 25th June, 1:10pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received an e-mail from Meyers Shipping Agents, representing the Panamanian Registered Bulk Carrier NEWSEAS JADE in a position approximately 500nm North West of Bermuda, on passage from Luga, Russia, to Port Manatee, USA. The ship is diverting to Bermuda to disembark a 32-year-old, Chinese National Crew Member, who has suffered an abdominal medical condition onboard the vessel. The Master of NEWSEAS JADE was given instructions to proceed to the Deep Draft Position, and is scheduled to be transferred to the pilot/rescue boat St David at 07:00 am on Saturday 27th June for transfer to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by Ambulance, COVID-19 Port Health Precautions will be employed throughout this medical transfer.


Date: 24/06/2020

Wednesday 24th June 09:00am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a designated MF DSC man overboard distress alert from the Maltese Registered LPG Tanker HELLAS GLADIATOR in position 34-19 North 068-16 West approx. 200nm North West from Bermuda. The vessel advised the USCG that the crew member was last seen at 11pm the previous night, and failed to turn to for watch at 4am when the alarm was raised. The US Coast Guard coordinated a search of the area tasking two merchant vessels and a C130 aircraft, the search was stood down by the USCG on Friday 26th June at 1pm with unfortunately no further sightings of missing crew member.


Date: 24/06/2020

Wednesday 24th June 5:10pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was advised by a member of the public that the 31ft Power Craft WEST WIND was hard aground in the vicinity of Coney Island. The Coast Guard on patrol in the area where tasked to the scene and confirmed the vessels intention to wait for high tide, advising they had gone aground due to an error in navigation. It was subsequently confirmed the vessel had been pulled free on high tide and was now safe and secure on her moorings.


Date: 22/06/2020

Monday 22nd June 9:30am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a call from a member of public reporting the 20ft Centre Console, GYPSEA, Capsized on its moorings in Devils Hole. The registered owner was contacted who subsequently arranged for a Marine Contractor to remove the vessel from the water.


Date: 21/06/2020

Sunday 21st June 6:40pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, receives an e-mail reporting concerns for possible oil pollution in Burchalls Cove, BMOC advise the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who follow up with inspection of the area by Fisheries Wardens. Fisheries were able to confirm no serious pollution observed but possible discharge from automatic bilge pumping, from any of the number of Fishing Vessels located in this small bay.


Date: 19/06/2020

Friday 19th June 9:15pm - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received multiple 911 telephone calls reporting a possible distress flare sighting off South Shore and additional sighting off St Georges Harbour and Ely’s Harbour. The descriptions given, a white light low on the horizon, and noting the multiple areas of the sightings these did not fit the description of a distress flare and were probably the result of atmospheric activity, no further action was taken.


Date: 15/06/2020

Monday 15th June, 8:42pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is advised of a 911 call received from a member of public reporting concern for a Kayak off South Shore in the vicinity of Sinky Bay, by the Hamilton Princess Beach Club. Bermuda Radio commenced urgent marine VHF broadcasts for any vessels in the area able to assist, and the Coast Guard where tasked to proceed to the potential Distress Situation. The Bermuda Coast Guard arrived on scene a short while later and confirmed the Kayaker and 2 spear fisherman where not in distress, no further action was required.


Date: 15/06/2020

Monday 15th June, 3:18am - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 406 MHz Distress ELT alert from the Bermuda Registered Aircraft, VP-BCL. Upon further investigation the aircraft was confirmed safely on the ground while undergoing maintenance in Slovenia.


Date: 14/06/2020

Sunday 14th June, 6:44pm - BMOC receives a 911 cell call from a person on the 22ft vessel BACKLASH with three persons onboard advising the vessel was disabled due to damaged steering, the vessel was secure at anchor in Whale Bay. Bermuda Radio commenced marine broadcasts to all vessel in the vicinity without response, tasking a Coast Guard unit a short while later. RESCUE ONE arrives on scene and subsequently tows the vessel safely to Robinsons Marina.


Date: 12/06/2020

Friday 12th June, 5:46pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from a member of public reporting concern for the condition of mooring lines securing a 36ft Luhrs Power Craft located in Ely’s Harbour. The owner of the vessel was contacted by BMOC, who responded promptly and secured the vessel and expressed his gratitude to the reporting source for taking time to make the report.


Date: 08/06/2020

Monday 8th June 10:00am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a telephone call from a member of public, who had found an EPIRB floating in the water in Hamilton Harbour, having retrieved the Distress Beacon, it had not activated due to the age of the device. It was confirmed using the beacons unique ID code that it had originated from the local 72ft Charter Vessel MAJESTIC LADY, Bermuda Radio contacted the owner of the vessel who proceeding to check on his vessel, discovered that it had sunk on its moorings in Soncy Bay. Evidence of a slight sheen from fuel was observed in the area, and plans to deploy boom to contain pollution are ongoing with subsequent plans, for the vessels removal from the water being made by Crissons Marine.


Date: 07/06/2020

Sunday 7th June, 4:50 am – RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz ELT distress alert from the Bermuda registered aircraft VP-BFO. Contact was made with the airlines operations department who were able to confirm this was a false alert and the aircraft was safely on the ground in Moscow undergoing maintenance.


Date: 07/06/2020

Sunday 7th June 10:00am – Bermuda Radio is advised by a sailing vessel in Convict Bay anchorage, that a vessel appears to have capsized on its moorings due to the inclement weather conditions in close proximity to Bermuda Yacht Services dock area. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre contacts BYS who confirm they are aware the 21ft P/C FISH HAWK is capsized and will liaise with the registered owner to have it recovered as soon as possible.


Date: 07/06/2020

Sunday 7th June 10:30am – Bermuda Radio received a marine VHF call from the 36ft Ketch S/V HOBO GIRL with 1 pob, reporting the vessel was dragging anchor in Convict Bay anchorage area of St George Harbour, due to inclement weather, Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre tasked the Bermuda Coast Guard to assist and RESCUE 1 proceeded and safely secured the vessel alongside at Market Wharf in St George.


Date: 05/06/2020

Friday 5th June, 9:18 am – Bermuda Radio contacted fisheries regarding radar targets identified as being within a seasonally protected area, fisheries wardens attended and found the three people onboard the suspect vessel were unaware of their position and did not have any illegal catch onboard.


Date: 05/06/2020

Friday 5th June, 4:18 pm – Bermuda Radio received a telephone call from a 24 ft vessel disabled and at anchor off North Shore with 2 People onboard in a position North of the North Channel in the vicinity of Buoy 7A. As planned assistance from a friends boat did not materialize the Bermuda Coast Guard attended and were successful in starting the disabled vessel.


Date: 05/06/2020

Friday 5th June, 5:50 pm – Bermuda Radio received a telephone call from the 24 ft P/C ALICE IRENE with 3 people onboard advising they were disabled at Cambridge Beaches, the Bermuda Coast Guard were in the vicinity and able to tow the vessel ashore.


Date: 04/06/2020

Thursday 4th June, 8:45 am – The visiting sailing vessel JATINGA called Bermuda Radio on VHF Radio as the skipper onboard was suffering from shooting pains in his arm. Bermuda Radio arranged for an ambulance to proceed to Ordnance Island to meet the patient who was able to tender ashore without assistance.


Date: 04/06/2020

Thursday 4th June, 7:15 pm – RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz EPIRB alert from a Bermuda programmed beacon registered to the floating production and storage vessel PETROBRAS 63. The location of the alert resolved to a position near Rio de Janerio, Brazil, however records showed the vessel left the Bermuda register in 2013 and had been subject to recent false alerts. RCC Bermuda contacted the previous owners of the vessel who were unable to provide current contact details for the new owners, RCC Bermuda then corresponded with RCC Brazil and after no further alerts were received the case was closed.