There are regular casualties in ice areas as these two spreadsheets
Increased Risk of Grounding in Barranquilla, Columbia
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.
Area 9 - 30 December 2013: Diomid drifting towards shore due to bad weather
General cargo with container capacity Diomid
(6030 gt, built 1988), en route from Magadan to Vladivostok, was reported drifting towards the shore at a speed of 0.2 miles per hour, due to bad weather conditions. The vessel sheltered in Sakhalin Bay after encountering bad weather and decided to get underway as the weather improved on Dec 28, when the incident occurred.
NSR - 4 September 2013: Tanker Accident
The tanker Nordvik
was holed by an ice floe in the Matisen Strait, north of the Taimyr Peninsula. The 1985 built vessel, 138m long and 6,403 dwt was proceeding towards Murmansk at 4 knots. Whilst the vessel reportedly had permission to sail in the Kara and Laptev seas, its ice class was allegedly insufficient for the medium ice conditions in the Kara Sea. The seafarer's Union of Russia claimed the vessel should not have been in the area at all.
Alaska - 26 July 2013: Tug-barge grounded in Alaska
The vessel was clearing tsunami debris when it was washed into an ice floe off Hook Point-Alaganik, 65m SE of Cordova. The remoteness of the location means salvage operations are anticipated to take several weeks even though fuel and hydraulics have been pumped off.
Singapore Haze Risk
During March 2013 and into April and again in August, the Singapore Strait and port waters can have significantly reduced visibility due to haze. The port authority cautions masters to keep a proper lookout and to navigate with caution. To underline the risk, there were four collision incidents in March 2013. The haze, which is an annual problem is caused by fires in neighbouring countries set by farmers clearing land for cultivation.
St Lawrence - 28 February 2013: Non-ice class boxship stuck in ice! St Lawrence
sought icebreaker assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard when it became stuck in ice in the Strait of Belle Isle. Commentators questioned why such vessel (40,972 dwt, 2,808 teu built 1998) should be in an area normally subject to 70cm of ice at this time of year.
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