Svalbard: Det russiske helikopteret er hevet (Translated)

Svalbard: The Russian helicopter is raised
The rescue crew managed to raise the Russian helicopter that went down the sea just next to the helicopter base at Cape Heer on Thursday last week.

yesterday, at. 11:20
There were no victims in the helicopter. The vessel “Maersk Forza” came to the accident night to Thursday. Since then, it has been the job of raising the helicopter.

Earlier, a person found dead was 100 meters from the wreck. 7 are still missing

It was about at. 0200 night to Friday 4 November, rotor hulls and the seperate tail boom from the Mi-8AMT helicopter with registration number RA-22312 were raised on deck on the ship Maersk Forza.

Russian helicopter crashed on Svalbard.
Thus the helicopter was found on the seabed outside Kapp Heer
“The lifting operation was successful,” said William Bertheussen, Director of the Havarikommission.

Bertheussen also says that they have managed to collect some smaller parts from the helicopter.

“The storage operation is technically difficult, but we have the best equipment and crew to do the job,” says Bertheussen.

The helicopter’s Cocpit voice recorder (CVR) has been found. CVR and disassembled GPS units will be taken to Moscow for analysis. Flight data recorder (FDR) is not yet found, and the search for this continues.

There were no missing  persons in the helicopter, and the search for the missing continues on the seabed and along the beaches.

Unattended bridge can be dangerous

In the latest issue of its Safety Digest, UK MAIB presents a case where a chief engineer of a vessel rushed to meet the pilot of a pilot boat leaving the bridge unattended. UK MAIB provides a description of what happened and important lessons learned in order to prevent similar cases.

The incident

Early on a spring morning a small general cargo vessel was approaching its destination in autopilot. The chief officer was the OOW and a rating was acting as lookout.

The chief officer had previously spoken to the pilot station and was expecting the pilot boat in 30 minutes’ time. He completed the prearrival checklists and then directed the rating to prepare the boarding point for the pilot. The rating left the bridge, leaving the chief officer alone. The chief officer then notified the master and crew, informing them of the time for the pilot’s boarding and the intended standby time.

However, 15 minutes after calling the crew, the chief officer noticed that the pilot boat was approaching the general cargo vessel’s side. Although he could see that the boarding point on the ship was ready, the chief officer was not expecting the pilot boat for another 15 minutes, and neither the master nor the rest of the crew were ready. The chief officer saw there was no other traffic in the area and, taking into consideration the short distance between the bridge and deck he decided to nip down to meet the pilot himself.

Accordingly, when the pilot stepped across from the pilot boat to the general cargo vessel’s main deck he was greeted aboard by the chief officer. As soon as the pilot was safely on the deck, the chief officer ran back to the bridge, leaving the pilot to trail after him.

When the pilot eventually reached the bridge he saw an officer who looked very much like the officer who had met him on deck; a feeling that was amplified when the chief officer greeted him a second time. Feeling sure that the officer on the bridge was the same as the one who had greeted him on the deck, the pilot asked the chief officer a few questions and the chief officer was forced to confirm that he had left the bridge unattended in order to meet the pilot.

Lesson learned:The requirement to maintain a safe lookout is clear and should need no further emphasis. However, if a watchkeeper needs to leave the bridge for any reason, a competent person must be present on the bridge before the designated OOW leaves it. No matter how genuine the reason or how short an absence, situations can and do change rapidly as the MAIB reports on Coastal Isle (No 9/2013) and Orakai/Margriet (No 16/2015) demonstrate.

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November 4, 2017 at 02:50PM

Gallery: Refloating Glory Amsterdam

Gallery: Refloating Glory Amsterdam

 Central Command for Maritime Emergencies Germany (Havariekommando) published photos of the Glory Amsterdam’s refloating operation after the bulker grounded in the German Bight days ago.

The Panamax successfully reached the Port of Wilhelmshaven with the help of three tugs at around 19:30, November 2.

There has been no structural damage to the rudder of the ship, according to CCME. What is more, during the refloating and towing operations, no pollution could be detected.

The 77,200 dwt ship ran aground off the island Langeoog amid inclement weather on October 29.

Following a few unsuccessful refloating attempts, Glory Amsterdam was towed into deeper waters in the morning hours of November 2.

World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Havariekommando/Bundespolizei


Fire-Hit Maersk Pembroke Sold for Green Recycling in Turkey

Image Courtesy: Shipspotting

The Sub Panamax containership Maersk Pembroke has been sold for green recycling to a yard in Turkey, data from VesselsValue shows.

Based on the provided information, the sale took place at the end of September.

The demolition value of the 1988-built ship was set at USD 4.97 million.

The vessel is yet to reach its final destination, as, based on its latest AIS data, it remains moored in Rotterdam.

The Dutch-flagged 2,902 TEU container vessel, owned by Maersk Line, was earmarked for demolition following a fire in August.

The fire was reported in an auxiliary engine on August 22, while the ship was sailing some 125 nautical miles South West of Ireland. The ship was en route to Montreal, Canada when the fire erupted.

World Maritime News Staff Image Courtesy: Shipspotting/VictorRadio74


Creation of new land for Offshore Center Rotterdam progressing smoothly

The first 30 hectares of Offshore Center Rotterdam have been completed. PUMA, a project organisation created by a partnership between Dutch hydraulic engineering firms Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster NV and Van Oord NV that focuses specifically on the expansion of the Maasvlakte site, processed 6 million m3 of sand in four months to complete the work. Only 2 million m3 of sand are now needed to raise the other 40 hectares to the required level. There is considerable interest in the centre. The Port of Rotterdam expects the first companies to establish themselves on the site in 2019.

The creation of Offshore Center Rotterdam is in keeping with the Port of Rotterdam’s policy of further developing what is already a highly developed group of Rotterdam-based companies in the offshore and maritime industry.

70 hectares of land, 1,600 metres of quay infrastructure
Located in Princess Alexiahaven against the seawall, near the berth of Pioneering Spirit, Offshore Center Rotterdam will be a site at which leading companies cooperate in the offshore wind, decommissioning and oil and gas markets. Services will include construction, assembly, heavy lifting, logistics and mobilisation and demobilisation. The coming years look promising for offshore wind farms and decommissioning operations. Offshore Center Rotterdam will make it possible for the port to make the most of the opportunities and thereby enable Rotterdam to benefit from the expected growth in the offshore sector. Offshore Center Rotterdam will ultimately measure 70 hectares in size and have 1,600 metres of heavy-load, deep-sea quay infrastructure.

Offshore in Rotterdam
Rotterdam has traditionally been a leading port for the maritime industry, in which approximately 900 companies are active. That position is based on the shipbuilding and oil and gas sectors. Offshore has been a prime focus of the Port of Rotterdam’s policy for some time now, wind energy and decommissioning being key areas of this policy. Results of the policy include the completion of Pioneering Spirit and the formation of Sif, a company that specialises in producing foundations for wind turbines.

In this connection, a number of Rotterdam-based companies signed the ‘Rotterdam Offshore Wind Coalition’ manifesto last year. In addition, the Port of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Port Promotion Council are facilitating the Rotterdam Offshore Community, the purpose of which is to establish connections between companies within the offshore community and thereby encourage cooperation, the sharing of knowledge and business transactions both within and outside the community. Developing Offshore Center Rotterdam is a subsequent step.

Offshore Center Rotterdam (OCR)

Are you looking for the perfect site to realise your offshore projects: in the port of Rotterdam, surrounded by one of the world’s most important maritime clusters? The Port of Rotterdam Authority is realising Offshore Center Rotterdam (OCR).