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Date: 11/03/2019

Monday 11th March, 10:15am – RCC Bermuda received an email from RCC Taipei reporting a Man Overboard incident from the Taiwanese Registered fishing vessel CHEN HSING NO1, located approximately 280nm Northeast of Bermuda, the 30 year old crew member was last seen on deck at 10:50pm the previous evening. Bermuda Radio commenced Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts on Marine Radio VHF, SSB and Navtex. The US Coastguard RCC Norfolk, was also advised, and they subsequently established communications with the Captain of the F/v CHEN HSING NO1. The Captain confirmed that they witnessed the crew member fall overboard wearing no lifejacket, and the man was believed to be a poor swimmer. The CHEN HSING NO1 and a French Merchant Vessel searched the area, with Urgency Broadcasts being made by the USCG and RCC Bermuda no further sightings were received before darkness fell, and subsequently the search was called off with next of kin being notified via RCC Taipei.


Date: 11/03/2019

Monday 11th March, 12:10pm – Bermuda Radio received a 406 MHz EPIRB Alert from the previously Bermuda Registered bulk carrier RUTLAND. The vessel was removed from the Bermuda Register of ships back in 2013, however this EPIRB has been the source of multiple false alerts. After no position information resolution, or further alerts were received, no further action was taken.


Date: 10/03/2019

Sunday 10th March, 12:19pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received an SSAS alert from the Bermuda Registered Chemical Tanker ‘’TEAM ADVENTURER’’ / ZCEP7. The Company Security Officer was contacted and confirmed it was a false alert, and the vessel was located safe off the coast of Spain.


Date: 08/03/2019

Friday 8th march, 10:20pm - A 406 MHz ELT alert was received at RCC Bermuda via the USMCC, indicating the Bermuda registered aircraft VP-BDC, may have been in distress. The Airbus A321, capable of carrying 180 persons, is operated by Aeroflot Airlines. RCC Bermuda promptly contacted the operating company, who advised of a false alert and the aircraft was safe on the ground at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow.


Date: 08/03/2019

Friday 8th March, 9:36pm - A 911 call to RCC Bermuda reported the 22ft PC SEAGARDENS with 6 persons onboard was disabled with no fuel off Wreck Hill and unable to arrange assistance with anyone ashore. There were no responses to Bermuda Radio calls for assistance on VHF, however, relatives of persons onboard contacted friends and the local vessel HOT NOTCH responded and towed the vessel safely in to Robinson's Marina by 10:50pm.


Date: 07/03/2019

Thursday 7th March, 8:58am - RCC Bermuda was advised that the 26ft vessel AQUANAUT had broken from its moorings near Rogue Island, Ferry Reach. Although fishery staff at Coney Island were willing to assist, the weather conditions would not allow at the time. Just after 5pm, RCC Bermuda followed up to discover that in fact recovery ashore had been successful.


Date: 07/03/2019

Thursday 7th March, 4:38am - An inadvertent activation of the SSAS system onboard the mv LNG SOKOTO arose during onboard testing of the equipment. RCC Bermuda confirmed all was well with the vessel which was off Madagascar.


Date: 01/03/2019

Friday 1st March 2019, 8:55am – BMOC received a 406 MHz alert from an EPIRB registered to the 25ft Boston Whaler OUTRAGEOUS. The vessel was confirmed to be alongside in Boss’ Cove. However, the EPIRB onboard had not been activated and details of the active beacon could not be confirmed. It was believed to be an older beacon which was registered to OUTRAGEOUS and had been stolen from the vessel some time ago. The information broadcast by the active beacon gave a position in the vicinity of the Elbow buoy & BMOC broadcasted a PAN PAN message. A police land unit attended and looked out on the North shore from Black Watch Pass, and the Marine Police were deployed but were unable to find any new information from the vessels in the area. At 12:36 pm no further information had been received and the PAN PAN broadcast was cancelled.


Date: 01/03/2019

Friday 1st March, 9:18am – A member of the public contacted BMOC to report a vessel sunk in Mills Creek. No further information could be determined as only part of the mast was visible above the surface. Marine Police attended and reported no sign of pollution. Investigations to find the vessel owner are ongoing.


Date: 23/02/2019

Saturday 23rd February, 11:53pm - A member of the public called 911 concerned after observing a steady white light west of Wreck Hill. Upon investigation by RCC Bermuda and the caller, it was resolved to be a light onboard a fishing vessel in the area. There were no signs of distress and the incident was closed.


Date: 19/02/2019

Tuesday 19th February, 2:30 pm – BMOC observed an oil sheen in St Georges Harbour, which appeared to be coming from the fast ferry SPIRIT OF ST GEORGE. The operator of the ferry was contacted, and it was confirmed that the oil sheen was caused by the SPIRIT OF ST GEORGE inadvertently pumping oily water from the vessels bilge. The oil discharge was reported to the Department of Environment & Natural Resources who are investigating the incident further with the vessel owner.


Date: 16/02/2019

Saturday 16th February 2019, 5:32pm, USCG RCC Norfolk advised Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, they had received reports of a distress message sent via INMARSAT C, from the Greek registered Oil Tanker, m/v AEGEAN VISION in a position approximately 170NM West of Bermuda. Bermuda Radio commenced broadcasts on MF SSB to try and establish communications with the vessel. Within One-hour RCC Norfolk advised that vessel had been in contact with them, and confirmed the distress alert was sent in error and the vessel was safe.