Rescue Coordination Centre

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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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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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – 86 souls rescued by German Sailing Yacht NADIR – 16.06.2021

Currently at the Grand Harbour, under COVID-19 Quarantine there is the 18 metre long German sailing yacht NADIR anchored in Bighi. She entered Grand Harbour on Friday 18th June at 1736 hrs and proceeded to Bighi Bay on anchors as instructed by Valletta VTS after she dropped anchors close to the Tank Cleaning Farm ( …

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Casualties – Turkish Cargo Ship GOKBEL sinks – 28.12.2014

On the morning of Sunday 28th December, 2014 around 0830 hrs the 2011 built Turkish general cargo ship GOKBEL with 11 crew collided with the 1991 built general cargo ship LADY AZIZA and sank in poor visibility just a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna. Guardia Costiera (Italian Coast Guard) Capitano Di Vascello …

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Casualties – EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA Salvage Update (0815 UTC) -07.04.2021

Boskalis has confirmed that its subsidiary Smit Salvage has been hired to salvage the EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA which is currently adrift as an abandoned ship after a heavy list with all crew rescued off the coast of Norway last Monday 5th April, 2021. Read also yesterday article – https://maltashipnews.com/2021/04/06/casualties-crew-abandon-ship-eemslift-hendrika-05-04-2021/ Salvage team arrived as early as Tuesday …

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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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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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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – OCEAN VIKING Saga – 06.07.2020

On Friday 3rd July, 2020 the NGO SOS Mediterranee ship OCEAN VIKING with rescued illegal immigrants in Central Mediterranean has issued a state of emergency after 6 souls embarked attempted suicide in 24 hours, 2 of them that went on a hunger strike. “This is an unprecedented step in the history of SOS Mediterranée, triggered …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – EUROPA II had to return to Valletta due to immigrants mutiny aboard – 06.06.2020

The Italian built short sea ferry boat EUROPA II had to enter Grand Harbour, Malta on Saturday 6th June, 2020 after the 160 illegal immigrants threatened the crew aboard including putting the boat on fire by gathering sleeping bags with gas. She left Bunkering Area 4 of which she shifted from Hurd Bank around 1020 …

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