Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 28/11/2022

Monday 28th of November 2022, 8:39am. RCC Bermuda received an unscheduled Ship Security Alert from the Bermuda registered, LNG tanker M/V LNG Ondo. Bermuda Radio then contacted the on duty company security officer CSO for this ship, and was informed that the alert had been sent in error whilst the system was undergoing routine maintenance checks.


Date: 26/11/2022

Saturday 26th November, 2:12am. RCC Bermuda was notified that a 406Mhz EPIRB distress beacon, from the local Fishing Vessel SHEER LUCK was active. The owner was contacted, and swiftly confirmed the boat was safely her moorings in Mills Creek and not operational. He shortly attended the vessel and removed the EPIRB, which was found inactive, but during testing of the unit, it indicated a failure and hence un-reliability. He removed the unit with the intention of disposal as hazardous material and plans to obtain a replacement unit. This incident, serves to demonstrate the immediate response of the 406 MHz system, and how proper owner and registration details being recorded at RCC Bermuda assists in dealing with these incidents.


Date: 25/11/2022

Friday 25th November, 1:05pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, received a Marine VHF call from a 20ft Power Craft with 1 pob, reporting they were disabled in the vicinity of the entrance to Mills Creek, and requested assistance with a tow back to the vessel’s moorings, agreeing to the use of a commercial tow, with local marine contractor Sea Assist. Who arrived on scene a short while later, and assisted the 20ft vessel, which had suffered engine failure. By 2pm Sea Assist confirmed they had safely moored the disabled vessel on its own moorings.


Date: 21/11/2022

Monday 21st November 2022, 10:00 am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received information from the Bermuda Coast Guard, of an unmanned 10ft RIB tied to channel marker #26 in the South Channel. A short while later the registered owner of the boat called and confirmed his intention to retrieve the boat later in the day, Bermuda Radio continued to receive a number of reports from good Samaritans reporting this vessel, thankfully the owner recovered and secured this vessel by end of day.


Date: 21/11/2022

Monday 21st November 2022, 3:00pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received an email from the USCG RCC Norfolk, informing about an overdue sailing vessel with 1 person onboard. The 32ft Sailing Vessel PIROUETTE was on a voyage between Nova Scotia, Canada and St Martin. This is a repeat from the same vessel when on Passage from St Martin bound Nova Scotia in July 2022 also being unreported. At the request of the USCG, Bermuda Radio has commenced broadcasting urgent PAN PAN messages on VHF/MF radio and Navtex for any information or sightings of the S/V PIROUETTE. On Thursday 24th November, The S/V PIROUETTE Was confirmed safely in Port in the Caribbean, no further action was required.


Date: 18/11/2022

Friday 18th November 2022, 1:10 am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received notification from the ships management company, advising that the Liberian Registered 160,061grt Oil Tanker M/V C-Grace, was proceeding to Bermuda to transfer a crew member suffering from a medical condition, that required attention at a local Hospital Facility. The vessel was on passage from Singapore bound for Yuum Kak Naab, Mexico. The vessel Arrived offshore, in Bermuda Waters on Monday 21st November at 3:00pm. Where the 33-year-old South Korean Crew Member was safely transferred to Ordnance Island by the Pilot/Rescue Boat St David, and subsequently taken by ambulance to KEMH for medical treatment.


Date: 18/11/2022

Friday 18th November 2022, 08:34am – The 40ft Sailing Vessel QUE SERA SERA, which was inbound to Bermuda, from Chester, CONNECTICUT with 1 person onboard. Reported to Bermuda Radio by VHF Radio, that they had suffered from engine failure on approach to Bermuda, and where unable to enter St Georges under engine power. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, liaised with Bermuda Yacht Service to arrange a commercial tow, and S/V QUE SERA SERA, was subsequently towed into St Georges Harbour by BYS Line 1, arriving safely at Ordnance Island later that evening.


Date: 17/11/2022

Thursday 17th November 2022, 2:00 pm – The 65ft Sailing Vessel THE BLUE PETER, which was inbound to Bermuda, from Martha’s Vineyard MA. Reported to Bermuda Radio, that they had suffered from a fouled propeller on approach to Bermuda, and where unable to enter St Georges under engine power. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, liaised with Bermuda Yacht Service to arrange a commercial tow, and THE BLUE PETER, was subsequently, safely towed into St Georges Harbour by BYS Line 1.


Date: 16/11/2022

Wednesday 16th November 2022, 2:00 pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, was advised that a crew member onboard the inbound 49ft sailing vessel Frog’s Leap, was suffering from severe dehydration due to sea sickness. S/V Frog’s Leap, had diverted to Bermuda, and was scheduled to arrive at approx. 01:30 am on Thursday 17th November. An ambulance met the vessel on arrival and the patient was safely transferred to KEMH.


Date: 13/11/2022

Sunday 13th November 2022, 5:40pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a cellular call from a 20 ft power-craft, with 4 persons onboard, anchored 1 mile from SOL Pier, off North Shore. Advising that they had a flat battery, and requested assistance, during the call by cellphone, the person onboard observed a vessel approaching his area and flagged the vessel down, to request assistance. Later the disabled vessel confirmed that the good Samaritan, had provided a tow to the disabled vessels moorings in Flatts and was now safely secure.


Date: 09/11/2022

Wednesday 9th November 2022, 07:40am - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a phone call from a concerned member of the public, reporting a red Malibu ski boat sitting very low in the water on its moorings in Flatts Inlet. The caller could not provide the registration number or name at the time and offered to get that information and call back. The caller subsequently called back a short while later to inform that the vessel had been attended to, and was now sitting well on her moorings.


Date: 09/11/2022

Wednesday 9th November 2022, 2:58pm - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a phone call from a concerned member of the public. Reporting an 18-foot power craft sitting low in the water on her moorings near Tee Dock in Flatts Inlet. The caller supplied the vessel’s registration number, which was used to contact the owner and inform them that they should attend to their vessel asap. Bermuda Radio followed up and called the owner a few hours later to check up on the progress. The owner confirmed that he had bailed out the boat by hand, and it was now safely secure on her moorings.


Date: 05/11/2022

Saturday 5th November, 01:30 am – 406 MHz ELT first alert received from an aircraft on the Bermuda register, Rcc Bermuda contacted the emergency contacts and found the aircraft to be safe on the ground near Dubai, UAE. The cause of the false alert was found to be a defective beacon onboard.


Date: 02/11/2022

Wednesday 2nd November, 12:20 pm – The visiting 66 ft sloop SE CAYO with 4 POB contacted Bermuda Radio on approach to advise of engine problems. The wind direction made it impossible for SE CAYO to sail into St Georges Harbour, Bermuda Yacht Services were able to provide a commercial tow and the yacht anchored in Convict Bay later in the afternoon.