In less than a week, I have noted 3 ships capsizing, 1 in Baja, MX, July 4th.....another in Jayapura, Papua and the most recent in Russia in the Volga River.

Across the globe we hear more and more stories of fisherman who can't bring their boats out to do their work.  The seas are angry and unpredictable.  Here''s another story of a fishing boat carrying 27 tourists with 16 Mexican crew members struggling in the sea when the ship capsized.

California residents rescued in fatal boat accident in Mexico

Fishing boat sinks in Baja

One person was reported dead and seven others missing Monday afternoon after a fishing boat carrying 27 U.S. tourists and 16 Mexican crew members capsized in rough seas in the Sea of Cortez, officials said.

The 27 tourists, most of them from California, were aboard the charter vessel Erick when a sudden storm struck the area about 2:30 a.m., hurling people into the ocean in the vicinity of San Luis Island, about 60 miles south of the Baja California port of San Felipe, the Mexican Navy said in a statement. The body water in which the ship capsized is also known as the Gulf of California.

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"The weather was calm, and then a strong wind came,"  Dora Winkler, a spokeswoman with the Port of San Felipe, told the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the first people rescued -- two tourists and the boat's cook -- were plucked from the water by a Mexican fishing boat, according to Winkler.

All of the 16 Mexican crew members were rescued, she said. The tourist who died was only identified as an adult male. Initial reports said six people were missing; officials later raised the number to seven.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from San Diego was assisting the Mexican navy as rescue crews scoured the area for survivors, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Pamela Boehland.

She said the Coast Guard was told by the Mexican Navy that most of the passengers were from Northern California and that one was from Port Angeles, Wash. The search was launched after one of the victims swam to shore and alerted Mexican officials, Boehland said.

"He swam to shore and actually walked to the nearest location," Boehland said, adding that she was unsure whether it was a town or village.

Mexican officials said all of the survivors were wearing life jackets. They were taken to local hospitals and appeared to be in good condition, the Mexican Navy said.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 10, 2013 at 7:46am

Bulk Carrier Kiani Satu Runs Aground Off South Africa [IMAGES]


Image: NSRI

Image: NSRI

Image: Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Image: Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Image: NSRI

Image: NSRI

South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has reported that as of 1002 local time, all 19 crew members from the bulk carrier Kiani Satu are safe after being airlifted from their stricken vessel.

The 165-meter bulk carrier was transporting a cargo of rice from Cape Town to Gabon Hong Kong to Ghana when it encountered engine troubles along the southern shore of South Africa. They alerted the NSRI at 0339 this morning of their situation.

Buffels Bay South Africa

Buffels Bay, South Africa


“The crew members, Ukranian and Filipino nationals, are handed into the care of Police Sea Borderline and they will be transported to Mossel Bay for visa control processing and accommodated,” commented Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander.

“The ship had washed side on to the shore during the early morning and came to rest hard aground after her anchor dragged and the tug boat was not able to hold her off against rough sea swells of 5 meters and strong gusting to 45 knot onshore winds. The decision was taken by the ships Captain to abandon the ship and the safest method was to deploy the helicopter and hoist the crew off the ship while our NSRI rescue boats stood by to assist if necessary.”

The salvage vessel SMIT AMANDLA has been dispatched from Cape Town and is expected to reach the scene the evening of 8 August, notes the NSRI.

A wet cargo of rice could spell the demise of the Kiani Satu however.  As one person has noted, rice absorbs water, and thus a cargo of wet rice could put an order of magnitude more strain on the hull, complicating salvage efforts.

Rice could also be a fairly dangerous cargo from salvage standpoint.  As a friend of mine in the food business explained, wet (saturated) rice is an incredibly good breeding ground for bacteria.  Removing hundreds of thousands of pounds of moldy rice could require an entirely different approach to this salvage job.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 2, 2013 at 9:07am

Cargo Ship Capsized Off Thailand. 11 Crew Members Missing

Posted on Jul 5th, 2013  

Cargo Ship Capsized Off Thailand

Bangladeshi cargo ship MV Hope capsized in heavy seas south of Phuket, Thailand on Thursday morning with 17 crew members onboard, the Royal Thai Navy reported.

Six MV Hope’s crew members were rescued. Five of them were found in a lifeboat and rescued by a German container ship Buxmoon. The Royal Thai Navy managed to recue one injured sailor by a helicopter and transferred him to Phuket Hospital for recovery.

The Navy told local news portals that the search is ongoing for other 11 sailors that have gone missing.

The ship was sailing from Lumut port in Malaysia to Chittagong port, Bangladesh when it capsized due to high waves reaching up to four meters.

The MV Hope’s certificate showed that the vessel had been overloaded by 1,000 metric tonnes of cargo more than its capacity, which might have caused the accident, according to the information provided to Chittagong Port Authority by the owners, BD News 24 reports.

Comment by Beva on June 24, 2013 at 12:22am

Container Ship Carrying Weapons for Syrian Rebels Splits in Half/Sinks

‘A large fleet named “Mol Comfort” carrying Arms for FSA from the U.S. has crashed in the Indian Ocean as it made its way from Singapore to Jeddah, on board were 4,500 containers loaded with arms for the Syrian rebels’

‘MOL Comfort sank due to yet unclear reasons, sailing from Singapore to Jeddah and after that to North Europe, leaving behind hundreds of drifting containers and a huge aftershock hitting liner sector and all of the maritime industry.

Even the scale of the consequences is hard, impossible, to estimate, not to mention consequences themselves. This is the 1st case in liner sector, when modern ocean-going liner container vessel (built in Japan!) sank in the ocean after breaking in 2 parts, like a poorly built and managed bulk carrier or over aged coaster. Nothing like this ever occurred, and no one believed it was possible, even theoretically. It just could not happen, but still, here it is.’


Comment by jorge namour on May 8, 2013 at 11:08pm

May 8, 2013
7 dead after cargo ship crash in Italy

(CNN) -- At least seven people were killed and four others were hospitalized after a cargo ship smashed into a maritime traffic control tower in the Italian city of Genoa, the Italian Fire Brigade said Wednesday.

Genoa Port Authority personnel were inside the 51-meter-high structure when the crash took place, the Italian Fire Brigade said.

Two people were missing as emergency responders undertook rescue operations in the rubble of the collapsed tower, the brigade said

Comment by Howard on February 9, 2013 at 11:56pm

Series of Freak Rogue Waves Crash Over Seawalls in Italy (Jan 23)

The closed-circuit cameras on a yacht in Portosole, Sanremo, Italy captured the moment Jan. 23, 2013 when a wave crashed over the sea wall, sending a motorcyclist, his bike and a car into the marina.

Portosole and other marinas as far as Cannes were hit by a series of rogue waves that crushed cars parked on the dock. Emergency vehicles responding to the scene were also pushed around by waves, according to a captain in the marina.

Swells picked up about 3:30 in the afternoon with the first wave crashing over the sea wall about 4 p.m. without warning or alert from weather monitoring systems, said First Mate Sue Mitchell of M/Y Aquilibrium, which is in the nearby Cantiere Navale Riviera shipyard in Sanremo. Bad weather continued until after 9 p.m., she said.

Large waves had been seen in the area rarely, perhaps once a decade, but have become more frequent. The previous one was about four years ago when the wall at Portosole marina was washed out, Mitchell said.


Comment by SongStar101 on February 4, 2013 at 8:41am

Unexpected ground swelling looks like....

Philippines: Seawater pumped into U.S. warship to keep it stable on reef

January 28, 2013
The U.S. Navy-contracted Malaysian tug Vos Apollo removes petroleum-based products and human wastewater on January 28 from the mine countermeasure ship USS Guardian, a U.S. Navy minesweeper trapped on a reef off the western Philippine island of Palawan since January 17. 

(CNN) -- The tanks of a U.S. Navy warship stuck on a Philippine reef have been pumped full of seawater to keep the vessel stable while salvage ships make their way to the site of the grounding, officials said Monday.

Navy-led salvage teams have also removed most of the materials from the minesweeper USS Guardian that could pose environmental problems for Tubbataha Reef, a Philippine national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those materials include paint, solvents and lubricants, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

"We continue to place extra scrutiny on removing everything we can to mitigate possible damage to the marine environment," U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Tom Carney, the on-scene commander of the salvage operation, said in a statement.

All of the 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the 224-foot-long, 1,312-ton ship were removed Friday, the Navy said.

"An equivalent amount of seawater was pumped on her fuel tanks," Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo told the official Philippine News Agency.

Dry food stores and the personal effects of the Guardian's crew of 79 have also been removed, the Navy statement said.

The seawater pumped aboard the Guardian should keep it stable until salvage ships with heavy cranes arrive this week to begin the process of lifting the minesweeper off the reef, Balilo said.

Salvage experts have also begun to reinforce the wood-and-fiberglass hull of the minesweeper with Kevlar lines to mitigate stresses from waves hitting the vessel, the U.S. Embassy said.

The $61 million vessel was on its way from Subic Bay, Philippines, to its next port call in Indonesia when it struck the reef, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east-southeast of Palawan Island in the Sulu Sea, on January 17.

Initial efforts to free the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship at high tide were unsuccessful. Its crew was evacuated to other vessels, and the ship was battered by waves that pushed it farther onto the reef.

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the grounding. A Navy spokesman, Lt. Cmdr. James Stockman, said last week that the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which prepares the digital navigation charts used by the Navy, has reported the location of the reef was misplaced on a chart by nine miles.

The Tubbataha Reef is home to a vast array of sea, air and land creatures, as well as sizable lagoons and two coral islands. About 500 species of fish and 350 species of coral can be found there, as can whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and breeding seabirds, according to UNESCO.

Philippine officials said this week that the Philippines would seek compensation for damage to the reef. About 1,000 square meters (about 10,760 square feet) of the reef have been damaged.

Comment by Howard on January 28, 2013 at 2:50am

Russian Fishing Vessel Capsizes and Sinks in Sea of Japan (Jan 27)
A Russian fishing vessel flipped over in the Sea of Japan off its far east Primorye Territory on Sunday, leaving 20 crewmembers missing.
The vessel Chance-101 rolled over and sank Sunday in Japanese waters off Russia's Primorye Territory 50 kilometers east of the town of Svetloye in the Sea of Japan at 3:20 p.m.(1120 GMT) early Sunday. "It was carrying a 30-member crew, among them 19 Russian nationals and 11 Indonesians.

Shortly afterward, the freighter Anatoly Torchinov reported rescuing six Russian and four Indonesian sailors from a lifeboat. Emergency officials say 13 Russians and seven Indonesians are reported missing.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 22, 2013 at 6:43am

Big waves cause boat to capsize in Caubian island

Cebu Daily News

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Fishermen in two boats rescued at least 15 persons off the seas of Caubian Island in Lapu-Lapu City after big waves in the area caused the boat they were riding on to capsize.

Those rescued include four government employees from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 7, five police officers, and a mother and her daughter.

Investigation showed that the group sailed at 10 a.m. from barangay Caw-oy in Olango Island where the DSWD employees had a seminar and validation of new beneficiaries for the Pantawid Pamilyang Program in barangay Caw-oy. They were accompanied by the policemen.


They were heading for Caubian Island to hold another seminar about the program there when the accident happened.

PO1 Basher Boriongan, a Police Community Relations Officer (PCR) of Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, said that they proceeded to Caubian because when we left Caw-oy there was no sign that the waves were big.

But 30 minutes later, they  encountered large waves near their destination.

“We didn’t notice any big waves when we left but when we reached midway between Caw-oy and Caubian, the waves started to get bigger,” he said in Cebuano.

The boatmen tried to maneuver the boat to return to Caw-oy but the big waves caused the boat to capsize at 10:30 a.m., each of the passengers and the three boatmen held on to the capsized boat.

“I thought that we would be lost at sea after the boat capsized and we were left holding on to the boat’s outrigger,” said Grace Gumpay, one of the DSWD-7 workers, in Cebuano. She was still dripping wet when she was interviewed. Article continues.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 26, 2012 at 2:48am

Wicked tide capsizes and sinks tugboat in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

October 24. 2012 8:35PM

Tugboat capsizes, sinks at Portsmouth work site

The tugboat Benjamin Bailey sinks near the Memorial Bridge construction site in Portsmouth on Wednesday after being pinned sideways against a barge. (Bruce Addison)
PORTSMOUTH — Bruce Addison just happened to look out his office window at One Harbour Place Wednesday morning when he saw a tugboat pinned sideways against a barge at the Memorial Bridge construction site.

In February, he witnessed another tugboat in a similar position get partly sucked under by the tide before being pulled out by Moran Tugboat of Portsmouth.

But the Benjamin Bailey was not so lucky Wednesday.

“I saw the tugboat sideways to the current against the barge and the first thing that crossed my mind is ‘I can’t believe that tugboat is like that after what almost happened before,’” Addison said.

Addison said that within two minutes the boat was listing to one side and two people were escaping through a side window before the boat sank into the river.

It remained submerged there Wednesday evening after crews failed to lift it out of the water during the afternoon’s slack tide.

Addison said he could see the boat labor a bit, and then list to one side before he popped his cell phone out and began taking video.

He said it was a “frantic” couple of minutes as the two men jumped from the boat onto the nearby barge.

Shortly after the ship sank, a life raft popped up downriver.

“It was pretty scary. It was almost like watching a plane crash,” Addison said.

Carol Morris, spokesman with Archer Western Construction, the lead contractor on the Memorial Bridge project, said the submerged tugboat has been secured and crews led by the Coast Guard will try again to salvage it today.

The 1,200-horsepower two screw tug owned by Riverside Marine in Eliot, Maine, was on hand to assist with the bridge reconstruction project when it became pinned against a barge, capsized and sank.

Comment by Howard on October 14, 2012 at 6:42am

This is extraordinary.  For such an event to occur, multiple collision avoidance precautions would need to have failed.

U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine, Cruiser Collide Off Florida (Oct 13) -

Two Navy vessels collided this afternoon off the coast of northeastern Florida, there were no injuries aboard the submarine and cruiser involved in the collision.

According to a Navy statement the submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765) and the Aegis cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) collided at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET.

The statement adds that there were no injuries aboard either ship and that the submarine’s nuclear powered reactor “was unaffected by this collision.”

The incident is under investigation.

A Navy official says the two ships were participating in a “group sail” along with another vessel.  The three ships were participating in an anti-submarine exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment as part of the strike group for the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman.

The Navy official says that at approximately 3:30 p.m. the bridge watch aboard the San Jacinto saw the submarine Montpelier rise to periscope depth about 100 to 200 yards ahead of them.  The bridge ordered an “all back,” but still collided with the sub.

According to the official, the initial assessment of damage is that there was a complete depressurization of the sonar dome aboard the San Jacinto. Located below the water line of surface warships, sonar domes provide the bulbous shape to the bows of warships.

After the collision the official said the submarine surfaced and communications were established between all the ships on the scene.

The carrier USS Harry S Truman is also there, available to provide assistance.

The two ships involved in the collision are both operating under their own power.

Collisions between Navy submarines and surface warships are rare.

In March, 2009 the submarine USS Hartford suffered severe damage to its Con tower after colliding with the amphibious transport ship USS New Orleans in the Strait of Hormuz.  The subsequent investigation found fault for the collision lay with the commanders aboard the submarine. Several officers and crew aboard the submarine were later disciplined for their roles.

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