• 2017 November 21 17:23

    Mathilde Maersk rescues stranded fishermen

    The Mathilde Maersk was on a routine voyage, until a crew member spotted a floating life raft. The five fishermen had been stranded for two days, but thanks to the crew’s skill and quick thinking, all survived, and were reunited with their families, the line shipping company said in a press release.
    Imagine being stranded in an inflatable life raft for 2 days in rough seas with dwindling supplies. This was the dire reality for five Hong Kong and Taiwanese fishermen whose fishing boat had sunk two days earlier in the South China Sea. Thanks to the quick thinking of the crew of the Mathilde Maersk and Captain Martin Hansen, these five fishermen have been safely reunited with their families.

    It was a routine voyage between Singapore and Yantian for the Mathilde Maersk. But on Friday, the 3rd of November 2017, approximately 170 miles south of Hong Kong, a crew member of the Mathilde Maersk spotted something out of the ordinary – a brightly orange coloured, life raft floating past.

    The Mathilde Maersk immediately informed the Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre. Suspecting that some of their fellow seafarers were in trouble, the crew of the Mathilde Maersk turned around and headed back to look for the life raft and render assistance.

    The occupants of the life raft were in a dangerous situation.

    With sunset fast approaching and the persistent rough seas, Captain Martin Hansen, sensed the urgency of the situation. Ordinarily, the Captain would try to get the vessel’s own rescue boat in an optimal position for the rescue but the strong winds and 4-5 meter waves made this impossible.

    Captain Hansen, decided it would be safer to maneuver a 399-meter vessel rather than the rescue boat, bobbing in the waves. Considering the winds, waves, vessel dynamics and the safety of the crew of both vessels, Captain Hansen skillfully maneuvered the giant Mathilde Maersk in the perfect position, positioning the life raft right next to the gangway.

    “I didn’t think about the difficulty of maneuvering this huge vessel in tough conditions. It was the only option we had. It took some time, but in the end, it was achievable” said Captain Hansen.

    Once safely on board, the five fishermen told the crew that due to the rough seas, their engine malfunctioned and therefore they were unable to steer the vessel. Compounding their worrisome situation was the severe waves, which ultimately flooded the engine room, causing their vessel to sink.

    “The rescue was a team effort”
    After rescuing the fishermen, the crew of the Mathilde Maersk provided medical assistance, food and dry clothes for the seafarers, who were grateful of the support. The fishermen were relieved and happy, but also extremely tired after 48 hours in a life raft in rough seas.

    “This rescue was a team effort, where every member of the crew performed their role to the highest standard. Yes, I maneuvered the vessel in position, but the repairman spotted the life raft, the crew prepared the vessel, conducted the rescue safely and successfully and the galley crew provided food and other assistance once the fishermen were on board. I am very proud of my crew” said Captain Hansen.
    The five fishermen disembarked safely in Hong Kong a few days later.

2018 March 21

18:29 Wight Shipyard wins second order for fast ferry duo from Mexican ferry operator
18:16 Dorian LPG announces third Japanese fnancing
18:14 GasLog Partners LP announces acquisition of GasLog Gibraltar for $207 million and repayment of intercompany loan
18:04 ABP South Wales achieves new ISO 9001:2016 standard for bulk handling operations
17:42 Port of Gdansk to breathe new life into Dworzec Drzewny Quay
17:20 ABB wins contract to equip two next-generation shuttle tankers with future-proof solutions
17:13 Finnlines decides to exercise the options to lengthen two more ro-ro vessels
17:03 Throughput of Chinese ports up 4.7% to 1.45 billion tonnes in 2M’18
16:39 Pavel Bezmaternykh elected as Director of Eastern-Siberian Inland Navigation Company
16:18 Port of Gdansk overhauls its quays
16:00 Novikombank provides a $100 million loan to STLC
15:47 Huntington Ingalls names two vice presidents
15:21 Gulf Island Fabrication secures contracts for two specialized vessels
15:04 Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018 to be held in Dubai on 29-31 October as part of UAE Maritime Week
14:42 LUKOIL’s profit in 2017 more than doubled YoY to RUB 418.8 bln
14:23 Wärtsilä and Crowley extend maintenance agreement for 11 articulated tug barges
13:56 IMO launches a video outlining how GMN initiative is uniting MTCCs into a global network
13:29 Ulstein built SOV Acta Auriga completes sea trials
13:11 Dubai will host MARACAD Maritime Innovation Awards on 3 October 2018
13:02 MARACAD 2018 will be held in Dubai on 2-3 October
12:30 17 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 20-21
12:09 Port of Quebec to cooperate with Port of Zeebrugge
11:47 Port of Immingham and partners hosted Driving Safety Forward forum
11:39 Vostochny Port JSC exported 5 million tonnes of coal YTD (photo)
10:50 Claimants and defendants in the case on allision of Delta Pioneer tanker with a pier at Primorsk port come to amicable agreement
10:31 Finnlines plans to lengthen two more Ro-Ro ships
10:15 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $67.58, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.25% to $63.7
09:51 ABP's Port of Ayr took delivery of Liebherr crane
09:44 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,122 points
08:08 Scottish ports secure AEO status for Leith, Rosyth and Grangemouth
00:32 Ontario Government accepts Damen proposal for full ferry electrification

2018 March 20

18:20 Sirius Petroleum announces delivery of compact well head systems for Ororo-4 and Ororo-5
18:02 Leningrad Region Governor visits Vyborg Shipyard
17:56 PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals enhances Nhava Sheva connectivity with first barge and train volumes
17:40 Van Oord posts results for 2017
17:25 Nevsky Shipyard designed a unique test stand
16:58 Multi-Link Terminals Ltd Oy orders Konecranes ship-to-shore crane for its Helsinki terminal
16:40 SMM 2018: green shipping makes headway
16:01 Transit shipments of containers on Russian Railways' network increased by 40% in January-February 2018
15:36 Rotterdam, the Netherlands will host 21st Ballast Water Management Conference on 7-8 November, 2018
15:13 NWSA container volumes grow 6 percent in February 2018
14:50 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke at International Shipping Summit in Istanbul
14:24 More than half of spaces at icebreaker Arktika being built by Baltiysky Zavod are ready for outfitting (photo)
14:12 Maersk Line increases FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
13:35 Dredging works to be performed at seaport of Vladivostok
13:13 BP charters Safe Caledonia for West of Shetland
12:47 Traffic of passenger cars and buses through Crimea Bridge to be launched in May 2018 – RF Transport Ministry (photo)
12:01 Wan Hai Lines to launch new China to Vietnam service
11:51 40 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 19-20
11:28 Bunker prices level up at the Far East ports of Russia following last week’s fall (graph)
11:19 Maersk Line stops Winter Fee from world to St Petersburg FCT, RU, St Petersburg, RU, St Petersburg FP, RU, Ust Luga, RU and Kronshtadt
11:03 Skangas celebrates milestone with 1,000 LNG bunkering operations in 2017
10:40 Experts say Wärtsilä – Transas transaction is a step towards Wartsila localization in Russia
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.3% to $66.25, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.34% to $62.34
09:37 Rosneft produced 225.5 mmtoe of liquid hydrocarbons in 2017, up 7.3% YoY
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,136 points

2018 March 19

18:06 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East Africa
18:00 NIBULON awarded first advanced training certificates of state standard to shipbuilders
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