5 May 2017 - Southern Ocean Loss
Refrigerated cargo ship, 1993-built, 10,629 gt Uruguay Reefer (IMO:
9017264) suffered a massive intake of water on May 5th in her number two hold,
possibly as a result of striking ice, eventually forcing the crew to abandon
ship on May 7th. The flooding was initially reported from a position about 100
nm off Elephant Island, an isolated outcropping in the Southern Ocean near the
tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The vessel still had propulsion and her master
planned to seek assistance from two company-owned vessels in the vicinity of
the Falkland Islands. On Sunday, vessel operator Baltmed Reefer Services
reported that the Uruguay's crew was unable to halt the ingress of water and
that flooding was worsening in persistent rough weather. Early on May 7th the
master ordered abandon ship, and all 42 of the Uruguay's crew safely
transferred to another merchant vessel, the reefer Taganrogskiy Zaliv (also
operated by Baltmed). As of May 8th Uruguay Reefer appeared to be stationary
about 100 nm east-southeast of the Falklands. Uruguay
Reefer is entered with the UK P&I Club on behalf of member Diamond Faith
Shipping of Athens.
23 February 2016 - Icebreaker goes aground in Antarctica – high winds break moorings
Australia-chartered icebreaker Aurora Australis
has gone aground in Antarctica off Mawson Station. The 6,600-gt P&O vessel (built 1989) was on a resupply mission. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) confirmed the ship had broken free of its mooring lines during a blizzard on Wednesday afternoon. A total of 67 passengers and crew were on board, but no injuries were reported. Bad weather has prevented a full inspection of the hull. The AAD said winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour were recorded just before the ship broke free. Aurora Australis is owned by P&O Maritime Services and chartered by AAD and is due to be replaced by a new AUD 500m ($358m) icebreaker in 2019.
There are regular casualties in ice areas as these two spreadsheets
Increased Risk of Grounding in Barranquilla, Colombia
23 February 2015: Bulk carrier stuck in ice for several days - freed by two icebreakers
The 27,128-dwt Arthur M. Anderson (built 1952) got trapped in the frozen Lake Erie last Tuesday, while on its way to Wisconsin. A US Coast Guard ship came to help the stranded vessel but it got stuck as well. The Canadian Coast Guard sent a larger icebreaker and it helped the trapped US icebreaker before freeing Arthur M. Anderson. During the rescue, the crew of the US Coast Guard vessel was running low on food so a helicopter was deployed to supply the vessel. The ice at the area between Canada’s Ontario and Ohio in the US was reportedly up to 10 feet thick.
Area 9 – 16 January 2014: Crew rescued from Ice
12 men from the 9,600-dwt Diomid
were taken off by helicopter, rescuers said. Three men - two mechanics and a guard - will remain on board until the spring to stop looters. The ship was en route from Magadan to the port of Vladivostok when it became trapped in ice off the northwestern coast of Sakhalin Island on 30 December, the RIA Novosti agency said.
Antarctic - 3 January 2014: Chinese rescue ship also runs into trouble
A Chinese ship which supplied the helicopter to airlift the stranded passengers from the 1,764-gt Akademik Shokalskiy
to safety was struggling to move through the heavy ice away from the trapped Russian vessel. The Aurora Australis
, carrying the rescued passengers, had been placed on standby should the 8,800-dwt Xue Long
require help. The Russian vessel became trapped on 24 December in thick sea ice around 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Tasmania.
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