Remembering 2008

Our good friend John Konrad of gCaptain  posted the following list of vessel losses for 2008 on his excellent blog.  It’s from the Cargolaw website.

These are, it should be noted, vessel losses.  Cases in which seafarers died but which did not involve loss or damage to a vessel, like the Viking Islay in which three seafarers died, are not included. It would certainly be a much longer list.

Maritime Casualties 1Jand08 to 8Feb08

15-m tugboat Check-Mate III, under ferry transport, took on water and sank off the shores of eastern Newfoundland on Jan. 31. The two workers aboard did not survive. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

28-m Tawler Harvester PD 98 capsized at Karstensen’s Shipyard in Danish port Skagen on Feb. 4 at 2000LT. The vessel came to rest at a 90 degree list on the harbour bottom. The three works aboard were rescued by a nearby tug. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

136-ton F/V 102 Soyang capsized and sank in heavy weather 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Mara, South Korea on Jan. 30. 3 fisherman were rescued, but 10 crew remain missing. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

Unidentified 600-ton South Korean cargo ship sank after colliding with a 270-ton tug boat off the country’s west coast on Feb. 4. Two crew reported dead and another missing. Three crew were rescued. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

110-m Inland tanker M/V Eiltank 123 ran aground on the Rhine at Karlsruhe-Rappenwört on Feb. 1. The vessel’s cargo was lightered and the vessel was refloated and towed to the Rhine harbour in Karlsruhe where the remaining cargo was unloaded. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

115-m oil tanker Jinyuanyou 9 struck cargo vessel Jintaishun in the Yangtze Delta, China, on Jan. 30. Jintaishun sank immediately and only one of 17 crew believed to have survived. 15 bodies recovered. The cause of the accident is yet unknown, but low visibility because of snow is suspected as a contributing cause. Police have taken the master of the unharmed tanker into custody. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

12,887-ton refrigerated cargo vessel Horncliff was battered by a storm and took on water off Cornwall on Feb. 2. Injured personnel were air-lifted to a hospital. The vessel is now moored in Falmouth Harbour where surveyors found an 18-in (.46-m) hole in the vessel’s side. 90 containers were lost overboard. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

50-60-ft charter F/V Sun Seeker, with 12 people aboard, took on water and sank near Treasure Island, Florida, on Feb. 2 shortly after 1800LT. The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan helped the passengers to safety. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

71.5-m, 3,353-gt F/V Paerangi, built 2003, suffered fire while berthed in Bremerhaven on Feb. 2. The vessel was being enlengthened at the time. Two workers suffered intoxications and were taken into hospital. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

193-m, 22,899-gt Turkish ro-ro ferry Und Adriatik (IMO 9215488), Istanbul to Trieste with 22 crew and nine passengers, caught fire close to Croatian territorial waters, 13 nautical miles west of the Adriatic town of Rovinj, on Feb. 6. All crew members and passengers were safely evacuated and rescued by Greek ferry Ikarus Palace, which was sailing to nearby Venice. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Feb 6 2008).

Trawler Spinningdale, with 14 crew, was driven aground in gale force winds and high seas on the island of Hirta, St. Kilda, Scotland, on Feb. 1. All crew, who were unable to launch life rafts due to the severe conditions, were winched to safety by helicopter air rescue. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen and our Correspondents Charles Emberton, Tony Collins, A.L. Griffiths, and Ashley Black (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

155-m, 1997-built, Roll-on roll-off Seatruck Ferry Riverdance, with 150 tonnes fuel and cargo from Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland to the port of Heysham in Lancashire, washed ashore and ran aground in severe seas after being struck by freak wave off Blackpool, Irish Sea on Jan. 31. The vessel developed a 60-degree list. Rescuers airlifted 23 passengers and crew. A Rotterdam-based salvage team is on its way. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen and our Correspondents Charles Emberton, Tony Collins, A.L. Griffiths, and Ashley Black (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

Navy bunker barge BAP Supe, with 17 crew and crude oil, exploded and sank in Zorritos, northern Peru, on Jan. 30 at 1045LT. All wounded crew have been rescued and transported to nearest hospital. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

295-m, 28,000-gt Dutch roro M/V Trica (IMO 9307684) struck cargo M/V Cleopatra on the eastern part of the Kiel Canal coming from astern on Jan. 29. Both ships were inspected in the locks in Brunsbuettel after the incident. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

Indian Navy troop-carrier INS Jalashwa (former USS Trenton, bought from US Navy last year) suffered gas leak which killed five soldiers taking part in an exercise in the Bay of Bengal on Feb. 1. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

Unidentified pusher tug with barge NORSUL 12 capsized near the port of Sao Francisco do Sul, in state of Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil, on Jan. 20 at 2300LT. The 12 crew and pilot were reported safe. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

142-m Scandlines ferry Schleswig Holstein collided with quay in the port of Fredericia, Denmark. The ship suffered a gash of 7 metres length and 25 centimeters breadth and started to list toward the quay. The fire brigade prevented the ship from sinking. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

73-m Netherland-Antilles flagged cargo M/V Capadocia (IMO 8511938) suffered allision with the breakwater in Rijeka, Croatia, on Feb. 1 at 0530LT. The vessels bow suffered significant damage. The captain test positive on alcohol tests. The vessel was refloated under its own power on the same day. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

Cargo M/V Gerda Vesta, with 10 crew, became grounded off the coast of Epanomi, near Thessaloniki, Greece on Jan. 28. No injures reported. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

1992-built Pluto Shipping Company’s 12,887-ton refrigerated vessel Horncliff, with 31 people aboard, lost 90 containers overboard in rough weather approximately 225 miles west south west of the Isles of Scilly on Feb. 1-2. Three people reported injured, one seriously. Several people airlifted from vessel. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

1981-built heavy lift carrier Zhen Hua 10, built 1981, ran aground off Hoek van Holland at Maasvlakte in 8-m waves on Feb. 2. The crew of 33 remained on board. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

Cargo M/V Siddnath, with 17 Indian sailors and rice from the UAE to Iraq, capsized in heavy seas off the Bahrain coast on Feb. 1. No injuries reported. The crew were plucked from their life raft by police helicopter. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

Two underwater cables that carry Internet traffic deep under the Mediterranean Sea, named FLAG Europe Asia and SEA-ME-WE 4, snapped on Feb 1. Service across a swath of Asia and the Middle East was disrupted, with India taking one of the biggest hits. The cause is not yet known, but vessel anchoring is suspected. Service has since been restored. From our Correspondent Brandon Byers (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

140-M Russian cargo M/V Volga 4004 (IMO 8720216) suffered a total machine blackout on the Kiel Canal at Kudensee thereby blocking the whole traffic on Jan. 29. The vessel was towed to Brunsbuettel and repaired. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

205-m, 640 TEU, 28,289-gt Dutch roro M/V Kraftca (IMO 9307360), built 2006, was in allision with the new Northern lock of the Brunsbuettel locks of the Kiel Canal. The lamps of the Northern chamber were torn off when the ship hit. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Feb 2 2008).

Vessel Loss Dispatches For January 2008


Unidentified Vopak tanker, loaded with benzol, exploded in the port of Rotterdam in the evening on Jan. 30. The explosion is believed to have occurred in the machine room as a result of an overheating pump motor. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Thurs. Jan 31 2008).

140-m barge train 2430 collided with 67.41-m Dutch dredger Ijsseldelta on the South Elbe on Jan. 31. The barges were carrying coal river upstream when they collided bow-to-bow with the dredger after having passed the Kattwyk bridge. The front barge sprang a leak in the foreship and had to be dewatered by the fire brigade. The dredger suffered only minor damage. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Thurs. Jan 31 2008).

German inland cargo M/V Heinrich collided with the lowering gate of the shiplift at Scharnebech, causing the wheelhouse to crash against it, on Jan. 30. The captain was injured and the wheelhouse suffered damage. The police started investigations why the gate was lowered while the ship was still beneath. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Thurs. Jan 31 2008).

118-m, 5,955-gt Marshall-Islands flagged chemical tanker M/V Cape Elizabeth (IMO 9272747), built 2004, ran aground in the outer Maas in Rotterdam on Jan. 26. The vessel stuck fast on the dam of the Geul harbour, but was refloated by two tugs of Smit Salvage after one hour. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Thurs. Jan 31 2008).

78.72-m. 1,859-ft German ferry Ostfriesland (IMO 88324622) ran aground in the port of Borkum island while departing on Jan. 28. The vessel was refloated after two hours and proceeded to Emden. The passengers remained on board during this time. There were no apparent damages. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Thurs. Jan 31 2008).

796-ft Panama-flagged Mediterranean Shipping Company’s cargo M/V Japan ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay on Jan. 28. No injuries or spills have been reported, and the vessel was freed after approximately 5 hours. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Unidentified cargo vessel collided with another cargo vessel at the estuary of the Yangtze River near Shanghai in China on Jan. 29. At least 10 people reported drowned, only 1 survivor reported. More than 50 feared dead. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Orkney F/V Excelsior took on water after hitting rocks on Deerness, eastern Orkney, Scotland, on Jan. 29. All crew rescued without injury. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

10,098-gt Finish bulk carrier Tali ran aground in the Jøssing sound in Rogaland on Jan. 29 at 0830LT. The vessel suffered water ingress but was safely towed to Titania quay in Jøssingfjord. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Lebanese-flagged cargo M/V Gevo Victory, with 14 crew, suffered water ingress, lost cargo, and ultimately sank in severe seas off the Lebanese coast on Jan. 30. All crew were rescued by German Navy vessel Bayern, with only one sailor incurring minor injuries. German warships patrol the Lebanese coast as part of a UN mission to stop arms shipments to the Lebanese fundamentalist Hezbollah movement. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

218.22-m, 40,485-gt, 14,268-dwt Liberia-flagged bulkcarrier M/V Trans Pacific ran aground at Hatter Barn off Samsø Island, Denmark on Jan. 27. A Coast Guard vessel, pollution control ship, and tugs were dispatched to the scene. Fuel lightering efforts were commenced in efforts to refloat the vessel. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Greek tanker M/V Edgeless (IMO 9000194) broke loose from its moorings at Marseille on Jan. 27. The drifting vessel was in allision with quay and suffered damages from impact. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Unidentified wooden boat, with at least 60 aboard, sank on Lake Tanganyika, off the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Jan. 30. At least 10 bodies have been recovered, and at least 3 people remain missing. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

A weekend storm in Santa Barbara, California washed five boats ashore from their anchorage on Jan. 26 and another 40-ft sail boat on Jan. 27. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Twin-hulled, 30-m, 288-tonne pleasure cruiser Millennium City took on water after striking unknown object near Westminster Pier on the River Thames in London on Jan. 26 at 2230LT. In an operation that lasted more than four hours, firefighters pumped water out of the vessel to keep it afloat and sealed. Salvage discussions ongoing. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Former Norwegian ferry Tjeldsunferja 3 sank at the Rådhus quay in Oslo on Jan. 16. The ship had been used as a floating restaurant. Only the superstructure remained above water. The ship was intended to be raised and repaired at Sjursøya. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

131.8-m 2006-built inland passenger M/V Viking Helvetia, with 14 aboard, suffered a machine room fire on the Rhine at Colonia in the evening of Jan 25. Two crew hurt, one of them seriously. The ship was able to berth with own power, and crew started to fight the fire. The captain called the fire brigade of Koeln which extinguished the flames. The vessel was intended to serve as a hotel ship during a fair in Colonia from Jan 26 on. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Scandlines ferry Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was in allision with a quay in Trelleborg, Sweden, due to stormy winds on Jan 26 at 1400LT. The vessel suffered damage above the waterline, and will be replaced with ferry Ask until repairs have been completed. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

23.75-m 1984-built F/V Maarten Post – UK 53 broke lose from is moorings in the old fishing harbour of Cuxhaven on Jan. 28 at 1230LT. The ship was secured by the rescue boat Hermann Helms and the police until the tug Taucher Otto Wulf 8 was on scene and towed the ship back to its berth at 0230LT. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Dutch F/V Willem Jacob – UK 158 caught fire in the port of Lauwersoog on Jan 26. The fire was extinguished with assistance from the fire brigade from Zoutkamp and KNRM. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

Palmali Shipping’s M/V Brothers-12 (IMO 8881371) lost chief engineer, presumably overboard, at position 46.25N 037.20E, Azov Sea on Jan. 26. Search and rescue efforts suspended the same day in light of un-survivable conditions. From our Moscow Correspondent Mike Voitenko (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

3,933-dwt refrigerator vessel Ice Stream (IMO 8609814), en route to Vladivostok, Russia, suffered engine failure and reported adrift at position 45.36N 149.14E (Friza strait, Kuril Islands) on Jan. 25 at 1305LT. Salvage tug Atlas was dispatched to assist, and the problem was fixed at 1730LT, allowing the vessel to resume its voyage. From our Moscow Correspondent Mike Voitenko (Wed. Jan 30 2008).

55.4-m German inland passenger M/V Rheingold was in allision with a quay, sprung a leak, and developed serious list in Neuss in harbour basin I on Jan. 25 at 1800LT. 500 passengers had been waiting to board the ship for a party. The water ingress was contained and the leakage patched. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

Cambodian-registered Russian cargo M/V Captain Uskov, with 17 crew aboard, reported missing after losing contact with coastal services in the East Sea of China on Jan. 20. The vessel set out from Nakhodka on Jan. 15 and was scheduled to reach Hong Kong on Jan 24. All vessels currently in the East China Sea have also been informed of the disappearance of the ship. Japan said it would send searchers to an area 221 miles (355 km) west of Shanghai, from where the ship last contacted the ground services. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen and our Moscow Correspondent Mike Voitenko (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

210-ft Dependable suffered fire in engine room at the Coast Guard Training Center at Cape May, New Jersey, on Jan. 24. The fire was put out quickly by firefighters from the U.S. Coast Guard, Cape May, and the Town Bank section of Lower Township with no injuries and no major damages. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

669-ft, 43,500-dwt, 33,070-gt Liberian flagged vessel Orange Sun collided with dredging vessel New York at Newark Bay, New Jersey, on Jan. 24 at 1351LT. The New York took on water and leaked a small amount of hydraulic fluid. No injuries were reported. Coast Guard Station New York immediately launched two small boat rescue crews who arrived on scene minutes after initial report. 140-ft Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon Bay was also dispatched to the scene. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

69-ft F/V Haeshin, with 3 crew aboard, struck a jetty and sank near Westport, Washington on Jan. 21. The Coast Guard rescued all 3 crew before the vessel went down. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

78-ft F/V Anna Marie, with 4 crew, ran aground near Copalis Beach, Washington on Jan. 23. The Coast Guard and other state, local and tribal agencies coordinated with the vessel’s owner to have the boat removed from the area. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

89-m cargo M/V Norsund (IMO 9007075), with cargo of salt, suffered machine damage and went adrift in the morning of Jan 25 near Gjeslingene. A Coast Guard vessel was to tow the vessel to Vårøy. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

Cargo M/V South Michelle grounded in the Nakskov Sound, Denmark, on Jan. 22. The vessel was stuck fast between Enehøje and Barneholm. A canal is to be dug out to free the vessel which has resisted traditional salvage efforts. A pollution control vessel is monitoring the efforts. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

Belgian ferry De Zijpe sank in the harbour of Antwerp on Jan 24. As oil is leaking out of the machine the harbour authorities are eager to raise the wreck as soon as possible. The De Zijpe was laid up since 1988 but remained structurally intact. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

Norwegian cruise ship Balmoral, which had been enlengthened at Blohm & Voss Yard in Hamburg, developed a list of 2 degrees when the dry dock 17 was flooded for the first time on Jan 17. The vessel was unable to leave the dock on Jan 18 until the problem was solved. It departed from Hamburg to Dover on Jan. 24, almost a week delayed. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

118-m, 5,549-gt Antigua-Barbuda-flagged container M/V North Express (IMO 9141053) lost a propeller blade on the Elbe river near the buoys 16/18 off Neuwerk on Jan 18 at 1900LT. The vessel performed an emergency anchoring and was ultimately towed to Bremerhaven for repairs on Jan. 21. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

Inland water craft Eert J from Giesbeek, Netherlands, with a cargo of gravel, ran aground on Jan. 23. The vessel was freed with the assistance of a tug and rescue boat. It resumed its voyage after inspection for seaworthiness. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

Cruise Ship Pacific Star was battered by high seas and winds of Cyclone Funa on Jan. 20. The vessel’s rolling caused frantic conditions aboard and five passengers were injured. The vessel returned to Auckland from the eight day cruise from Vanuatu on Jan. 22, one day late. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

Passenger M/V Alte Fähre, with 14 aboard, suffered machine failure between Ruegen Island and Hiddensee, Germany, in the evening of Jan 23 between Ruegen island and Hiddensee. The rescue boat Nausikaa was called from Vitte, Hiddensee, and towed the drifting ship into the harbour of Schaprode, Ruegen, where it was berthed. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

79-m inland water craft Berkemar S, was in allision with mooring bridge of the DGzRS rescue ship Wilhelm Kaisen in Bremen on Jan 23 at 1800LT. The mooring bridge structure suffered serious damage. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

99-m, 2,856-gt Dutch-Antilles flagged cargo M/V South Michelle (IMO 7429267) ran aground in the Danish Nakskov Fjord off Enehøje in the afternoon of Jan 22 . The ship had suffered technical problems before when coming from Assens. The pollution control vessel Marie Miljø was called and tugs were dispatched to refloat the ship. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

5,900-dwt Italian chemical carrier Cosmo, built 2003, grounded outside an Italian port in Ancona on Jan. 21. No damage reported. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

Port of South Louisiana’s new $1.5 million 57-ft river patrol boat Responder exploded while docked on Jan. 22 at 1345. The explosion tore holes in the vessel and shattered windows. The cause is unknown. The port has hired a surveyor to investigate the explosion, along with the vessel’s manufacturer. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

45-ft tugboat Joe Foss, Seattle area to Depoe Bay, Oregon, with three crew, took on water and sank near Tillamook, Oregon on Jan. 23. The crew donned survival suits and entered into the water before being picked up by F/V Kilchis and later transferred to a 47-ft lifeboat from Station Tillamook River. A HH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., also responded. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

Tug Martijn-Eva capsized and sank while assisting another vessel at Sluiskil, Netherlands. The crew was rescued by tug Multratug 2, which had been assisting the same vessel. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sat. Jan 26 2008).

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