Maritime Incidents

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Date: 04/02/2017

Saturday 04th February 2017, 11:19am. RCC Bermuda receives a call from the Captain of the Liberian flagged Oil Tanker, ‘TOWER BRIDGE’, advising that vessel was diverting to Bermuda to land a Russian crew member, suffering from a suspected Hernia. The 27705 GRT, 182 meter long vessel had initially departed Port Arthur, Texas, with 25 persons onboard, bound for FOS, France. Logistics were put in place including appointment of local shipping agent; arrangement of ambulance and attendance on scene by Pilot/Rescue boat St George. Around 5pm, Saturday afternoon, the transfer was successfully completed with patient taken ashore by pilot boat St. George and subsequently by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 27/01/2017

Friday 27th January, 2017, 4:10pm - RCC Bermuda received a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the Bermuda registered Chemical Tanker ‘SICHEM NEW YORK’, operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Following a call to the Company Security Officer, the vessel was confirmed safe and well with the company now investigating the reason for the alert.


Date: 23/01/2017

Monday 23rd January 2017, 11:00am - Bermuda Radio receives a call from a member of the public, reporting that the 24ft wellcraft ‘RUM RUNNER’, had sunk alongside a dock in Riddell’s Bay. The vessel owner was contacted by the Duty Officer, confirming that a local marine contractor had been arranged for recovery of vessel.


Date: 22/01/2017

Sunday 22nd January 2017, 7:54pm - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a call from a concerned member of the public reporting the 31ft fishing vessel 'DIRTY MARY' overdue from a recent fishing trip. Bermuda Radio commences VHF Radio calls to F/V Dirty Mary and other vessels with information on vessel whereabouts. A short while later, the concerned family member confirms that the fishing vessel had arrived safely back ashore.


Date: 21/01/2017

Saturday 21st January 2017, 2:24pm - An SSAS alert (Ship Security Alert System) was received by the Maritime Operations Centre from the Bermuda flagged Chemical Tanker, 'Sichem Hong Kong', operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Following a call to the Company Security Officer, the vessel was confirmed safely alongside in New Orleans.


Date: 19/01/2017

Thursday 19th January 2017, 7:25am - RCC Bermuda (Rescue Coordination Centre) received a call from the U.S. Coastguard in Norfolk, Virginia, reporting that an Emergency signal had been received from a 406 MHz PLB (Personal Locator Beacon), approximately 250 miles southwest of Bermuda. The beacon was tracked down to a local owner in Bermuda who confirmed that the 75ft catamaran ‘NINAH’, which departed Stuart, Florida, a few days earlier, had been struck by a rogue wave early that morning, suffering damage to vessel steering; electrical systems and failure of one engine. It was unclear if the six crew onboard (Including 4 Bermudians), wished to abandon vessel. A few minutes later, RCC Bermuda received a call from S/v Ninah confirming damage to vessel due to a rogue wave and intention of crew to abandon. At approx. 9:00am, a C-130 fixed wing aircraft was dispatched to the area while the 63,000-ton Japanese registered merchant vessel, HERCULES LEADER (on route from Jacksonville, Florida to Gibraltar), was also diverted to the last known position. At 11:26am, the C-130 aircraft arrived on scene, continuing to direct the merchant vessel towards S/v Ninah. M/v Hercules Leader, arrived on scene a short while later, creating a lee for the sailing vessel to come alongside, with survivors then using a combination of nets, pilot ladder and ship’s crane to board the vessel. At around 1pm, all crew were successfully onboard Hercules Leader, which then proceeded towards the east end of Bermuda for disembarkation of survivors the following morning. At 7am, Friday morning, all survivors were safely disembarked to pilot boat St. David and taken to Ordnance Island, St. George’s Harbour. M/V Hercules Leader was thanked for their assistance, continuing its voyage to Gibraltar.