Maritime Incidents

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Date: 18/10/2017

Monday 16th October 2017, 2:56pm. RCC Bermuda receives a call from the U.S. Coast Guard / Rescue Coordination Centre Norfolk, reporting that the 28ft sailing vessel ‘STELLA MARIS’, was overdue on a voyage from Virginia, USA to Portugal. Family members had expressed concern for the 70 year old single-handed sailor who departed Virginia on Friday 8th September with limited safety equipment onboard (VHF Radio and older model of GPS (Global Positioning System). Coast Guards throughout the North Atlantic Region were instructed to check all local ports in an effort to locate vessel, while RCC Bermuda commenced Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts (PANPAN) to vessels further north and east into the Atlantic. On Wednesday 18th October, Marine Rescue Coordination Centre Lisbon confirmed the safe arrival of ‘Stella Maris’ into Figueira da Foz harbour in Portugal. The skipper indicated his intention to remain in Portugal for one month before returning back to Virginia. Family members were subsequently advised of vessel safe arrival.

Date: 15/10/2017

Sunday 15th October, 11:08am. RCC Bermuda receives a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert from the Bermuda registered Oil Tanker ‘Stena Supreme’, indicating that the vessel was in Distress off the coast of Singapore. RCC Bermuda contacted the Ship Company Representative ashore who confirmed that vessel was safe and well in Rotterdam, Netherlands. RCC Bermuda requested that crew make visual check of beacon which was still active and indicating Distress in the Singapore region. After some investigation, it was confirmed that the old 406 MHz EPIRB had been replaced a few years ago but not properly disposed of, resulting in the false alert.

Date: 14/10/2017

Saturday 14th October, 12:07 pm. The MV CHESTNUT contacted RCC Bermuda requesting assistance in evacuating a sick crewman who had developed strong abdominal pain, and needed urgent medical assessment ashore. The 19,814 GRT bulk carrier had departed Baltimore, MD., U.S.A., on 11th October bound for Santos, Brazil, but following medical advice was now diverting to Bermuda for immediate evacuation of patient early Sunday morning. At 3:00am, Sunday 15th October, MV Chestnut successfully disembarked the patient to pilot boat ‘St. David’, and continued to next port of call in Brazil. The patient was landed ashore and taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial hospital.

Date: 13/10/2017

Friday 13th October, 8:35pm. RCC Bermuda received a call from Bermuda Air Traffic Control (ATC) advising that a private jet which had departed early this evening has declared an Emergency and is returning to Bermuda. The aircraft, originally on route to Venezuela, developed cabin pressure issue, resulting in the need to return to the island. Emergency services including Fire & Marine assets were positioned at the airport in response for aircraft arrival. At 9:32pm, the aircraft landed safely without further incident and all response units stood down.

Date: 12/10/2017

Thursday 12th October, 12:45pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre (BMOC) received a number of calls reporting that a 22ft Scout was low in the water at its mooring in Jews bay. BMOC attempted to contact vessel owner with all numbers on file out of service. Eventually, contact was made with owner who arranged for a Marine contractor to pump out vessel and to have it pulled from the water. Fortunately, on this occasion the vessel was saved. However, any delay in contacting vessel owner due to expired contact information, may result in the unnecessary loss of a vessel. Registration information can be checked and updated by contacting the Boats and Mooring Section of the Department of Marine & Ports Services at 294-0419 /

Date: 11/10/2017

Wednesday 4th October, 8:26pm. Local charter vessel PLAY PEN reported a derelict 17ft power craft partially flooded and adrift in Granaway Deep, between Hawkin's and Grace Islands. Bermuda Radio issues a Local Navigation Warnings to mariners transiting area with reports later received that vessel was re-sighted near Five Star Island. The reporting sources were unable to secure vessel or to relay vessel name or registration number which frustrated efforts in contacting vessel owner. There were no further sightings of vessel and incident closed on the 11th October.

Date: 01/10/2017

Sunday 1st October 2017. 1:51am. While returning to Dockyard following tanker operations at the Oil Docks in St. Georges, Tug FAITHFUL was contacted by the 17ft FV POND DOG (two persons onboard), reporting that vessel was disabled in South Channel near Beacon #20, and in need of assistance. FAITHFUL contacts Bermuda radio who requested tug to take casualty under tow to Dockyard, with both vessels reporting safe arrival a short while later.

Date: 30/09/2017

Saturday 30th September 2017. 2:46pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a ship security alert (SSAS) from the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel ‘FLOATEL TRIUMPH’, located off Western Australia. BMOC contacts vessel Company Security Officer who confirms that it was a false alert following accidently activation of system, with follow-up investigations continuing onboard.

Date: 29/09/2017

Friday 29th September 2017. 8:10am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a report that P/C PIPSTER is low in the water on its mooring in Harrington Sound, with caller speculating that bilge pump may not be working. Messages are left with vessel owner to attend and to contact BMOC. During follow-up investigations, vessel owner reports that he attended vessel and managed to prevent it from sinking.

Date: 29/09/2017

Friday 29th September 2017. 6:56pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a call from Bermuda Police Service reporting that the 21ft Boston whaler ’RI RA’ is low in the water at its mooring in Ely’s Harbour. BMOC contacts vessel owner who reports that he has attended to vessel which appears to have dragged its mooring. Intention is to contact local contractor to re-position mooring.

Date: 27/09/2017

Wednesday 27th September 2017. 7:33am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a ship security alert (SSAS) from the gas tanker ‘LNG RIVERS, located off the coast of Sierra Leone. BMOC contacts Company Security Officer who confirms that all is well onboard with follow-up investigations ongoing as to why system alerted.

Date: 19/09/2017

Tuesday 19th September, 9:57am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by a member of the public reporting that his 22ft center console 'Francesca' has broken from its moorings in Bailey’s Bay and is no-where to be seen. Bermuda Radio issues a call to local ferries transiting North Shore area to keep a sharp lookout for vessel. A few hours later, the boat owner reports that the vessel was located adrift between Kitchen Shoals and Northeast Breaker beacons and has since been taken under tow back to Bailey’s Bay.