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Merchant Vessel Attacked by Houthi Rebels Near Aden, Crew Safe

UK-owned ship set on fire off the coast of Yemen in suspected Houthi attack | The Independent According to the UK Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO), a merchant vessel fell victim to a missile attack by Houthi rebels approximately 70 nautical miles southeast of Aden. The vessel, identified as the General Cargo ship ISLANDER (IMO: 9136565), was reportedly struck by a missile launched by the rebels on February 21, 2024. According to maritime security firm Ambrey and ship tracking data, ISLANDER, flagged in Palau and owned by the UK, was en route from Thailand to Egypt. As per media reports the attack ignited a fire on board. Fortunately, all crew members are reported safe, and the vessel has diverted to a safe location for inspection. UKMTO confirmed minor damages to the vessel. Further investigations are underway to assess the extent of the damage.   UKMTO WARNING INCIDENT 037 UPDATE 002 ATTACK #MarSec pic.twitter.com/xTmhuuh2nX — United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) (@UK_MTO) February 22, 2024


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Barge Collision Disaster: Bridge Breaks, Vehicles Plunge in Guangzhou Tragedy

2 dead, 3 missing after Guangzhou bridge collapse - RTHK Two fatalities have been reported after a barge collided with a bridge over the Pearl River Delta in China's Guangzhou city, causing a section of the bridge to collapse, state media announced on Feb 22. The incident occurred at 5:30 a.m. local time in the Hongqili Waterway as the barge traveled from Foshan city to a southern district of Guangzhou. Images from China Central Television (CCTV) revealed the barge lodged between two columns of the Lixinsha Bridge, with part of the bridge's road deck missing. The collision resulted in four vehicles, including a bus, falling into the water, while three vehicles landed on the barge. Two individuals died, one crew member sustained injuries, and two others were rescued, with three still missing. Emergency and rescue teams, including divers and salvage vessels, have been dispatched to the scene by city authorities.     "Bridge of Stupidity" in Chinese: a cargo ship demolished a bridge span in the city of Guangzhou. The emergency happened early in the morning. An empty container ship was sailing along the Pearl River under the Humen Suspension Bridge, but hit one of the structure's supports. As… pic.twitter.com/duf7tB6sQd — Jack Straw (@JackStr42679640) February 22, 2024


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AMSA Bans Bulk Carrier for 12 Months Amid Safety Concerns

Australia Bans Bulker for a Year When Ship Fails to Provide Repair Updates The Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has taken action against the Liberian-registered bulk carrier KMAX Leader, marking its first ban of 2024. The vessel, with a deadweight tonnage of 91,800, arrived in Gladstone in late October 2023, reporting unidentified engine room vibrations. Despite initial assurances of a quick fix within 8 to 10 days, the ship remained disabled in Gladstone during cyclone season, posing safety risks. AMSA issued a "refusal of access Direction" effective February 15, citing serious safety violations by the ship's master and owner. Multiple notices were sent to conduct damage surveys and arrange towage, but the lack of cooperation led to the 12-month ban.  Smit Lamnalco Australia engaged six tugs on February 4 to tow the vessel into anchorage. Subsequently, the KMAX Leader left under tow, prompting AMSA's ban due to non-compliance with international standards.   Michael Drake, AMSA's Executive Director of Operations, emphasized the importance of prompt and transparent engagement from ship operators. The incident reflects AMSA's increasing enforcement efforts, with nine bans issued in 2023, up from two in 2022 and four in 2021, totaling 20 since 2020. These measures aim to ensure vessel safety and adherence to labor regulations in Australian waters.  


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Cargo Ship and LNG Carrier Collide off South Jeolla Coast

Image credits: KBS  Two vessels, a cargo ship, and an LNG carrier SM JEJU LNG1 collided in waters near Yeoseo Island in South Jeolla Province early Saturday, prompting a swift rescue operation. The collision occurred around 4:20 a.m., involving a 5,900-ton freighter and a 9,000-ton LNG carrier SM JEJU LNG 1. Authorities deployed a helicopter and patrol vessel for rescue, successfully evacuating all 77 individuals on board within four hours. Fortunately, all passengers were wearing life vests, and there are no critical injuries reported. Both vessels sustained damage but are not at risk of sinking. The cargo ship was transporting vehicles and containers, while the LNG carrier was empty. The Coast Guard has initiated inspections to assess any additional damage and investigate the cause of the collision, particularly focusing on the possibility of the freighter exceeding its passenger limit.  


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Trinidad Government Hires Salvors to Recover Sunken Oil Barge

Trinidad Government Hires Salvors To Recover Sunken Oil Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Energy has announced the engagement of two specialized firms, T&T Salvage LLC and QT Environmental Inc, to address an ongoing oil spill crisis off Tobago's Atlantic coast. The spill originated from a barge running aground on a reef nearly two weeks ago, releasing oil into the Caribbean Sea and posing a threat to neighboring Venezuela and Grenada. The firms will focus on oil recovery, surveying, and executing plans for cargo lightering and wreck removal. The barge, reportedly carrying up to 35,000 barrels of fuel oil, was being towed from Panama to Guyana via Aruba when it sank. Efforts to identify the barge's owners and contain the spill's impact on coastal resorts and the Scarborough cruise ship port are underway, with diplomatic communications initiated with Panama, Aruba, and Guyana.  


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