Distress

Casualties – Medevac by French Navy after MSC RACHELE explosion – June 2022

On Tuesday 21st June, 2022 around 0900 hrs the Regional Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Toulon, France received a distress call from the 334 metre containership MSC RACHELE that due to engine room fire , followed by an explosion 3 injured crew members needed a medical evacuation (Medevac). She was sailing between Naples and the …

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Casualties – Tugboat FRANCO P sank with 5 fatalities and 1 rescued off Bari, Italy – 19.05.2022

On the evening of Wednesday 18th May, 2022 the 1978 built tugboat FRANCO P issued a distress call while she was towing the crane barge AD 3 sparking a rescue mission and request for aid assistance from all vessels in the area. The search for the seamen – 4 Italians (2 from Puglia & 2 …

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Casualties – Ship XELO sank after running aground off Tunisia – 16.04.2022

On Friday 15th April, 2022 the 1977 built 59 metre ship XELO issued distress signal reporting water ingress, flooded engine room, after she ran aground at the Gulf of Gabes, Tunisia . All 7 crew (2 Azerbaijanis, 4 Turkish and Georgian captain ) were reportedly rescued and hospitalised for checks and currently in a hotel. …

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Casualties – Fire breaks out on ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA with 290 souls on board – 18.02.2022

On Friday 18th February, 2022 around 0224 UTC the 1995 built ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA with 239 passengers and 51 crew members while she was on her way to Brindisi Port from the Greek city of Igoumenitsa fire broke out near the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. near the island of Corfu in the …

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Casualties – Turkish Fishing Vessel WHITE ANGEL at Malta – 01.01.2022

On New Year’s Day – Saturday 1st January 2022 at 1943 hrs the Turkish fishing vessel WHITE ANGEL requested assistance (rudder problem) to Valletta VTS being the second vessel that had asked for assistance. Vessel was on transit to Morocco and unfortunately there was a language barrier since the radio officer claimed that he don’t …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – 230 m bulker PAN UNITY with rescued souls at Malta – 28.12.2021

On Tuesday 28th December, 2021 the 2012 built 230 metre bulker PAN UNITY arrived at Bunkering Area 4 (Sheltered Area in North Westerly Wind) for rendezvous position taking place of the 141 m tanker FOREST PARK which completed uplifting bunkers and her bunkering tanker SCOT MUNCHEN. She had rescued souls aboard that were in distress …

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Casualties – Lift Boat SEACOR POWER capsize with 1 fatal and 12 missing – 13.04.2021

In the afternoon of Tuesday 13th April, 2021 around 1330 hrs the lift boat SEACOR POWER left Port Fourchon with 19 crew bound to Main Pass, about 25 miles to the east. At 1628 hrs, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) received a distress call from a good Samaritan reporting that the lift boat capsized …

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Casualties – Crew Abandon Ship EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA – 05.04.2021

In the morning of Monday 5th April, 2021 the 2015 built the multipurpose ship (MPP) EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA issued distress call in Norwegian sea 60 nm west of Olesund, Norway. Reportedly, the ship developed a heavy list after cargo shift. According to local media, 8 crew out of 12 were already evacuated, understood by helicopter. Salvage …

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RoRo Vessels – JOLLY AMARANTO

One of the most interesting roro’s built in late 70’s was the Linea Messina vessel JOLLY AMARANTO. Entering Grand Harbour, Malta back to Monday 16th June 2008. Built at Kawasaki in Kobe, Japan in 1977 as the Swedish TAUBE for the Swedish Shipping Company SCANDINAVIA MOTORSHIP A/S as a Boro (from the English B ulk O il Ro Ro ) freighter that …

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Casualties – VOLGO-BALT 179 sinks with fatalities – 11.03.2021

On Thursday 11th March, 2021 around 0440 hrs local time the vessel VOLGO-BALT 179 with 13 crew sent out a distress call while she was on her way to Constanta, Romania from Russia in a storm with 4 metres swell. One of the vessels that deployed in response to the call was the diving support …

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