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Attempted Mutiny Leads to Grounding

On Thursday, the geared bulker Benita went hard aground on reefs near the small city of Mahebourg, Mauritius – reportedly due to an attempted mutiny and a brawl among her 23 Taiwanese and Filipino crew.

Armed members of the Mauritius National Coast Guard responded to reports of a violent fight and attempted to board the grounded vessel via helicopter. Mauritius' Defi Media reports that the helicopter operations were hindered at first by citizen-operated drones. "The police helicopter has great difficulty because there are drones flying over the area . . . the police appeal to people who run these drones to avoid flying [them]," said a police press officer in a local radio address.

Once aboard, the coast guard team entered the engine room, which had been barricaded, and arrested the chief engineer, who was the suspected leader of the fight aboard the ship. He was evacuated for medical treatment; local reports indicate that he had been shot. The remainder of the crew are safe.

Investigators are still looking into the exact cause of the fight and the grounding.

Five Oceans Salvage has been contracted to remove the vessel from the rocks. One towing vessel, the Five Oceans anchor handling tug supply ship Ionian Sea Fos, attended the 45,000 dwt Benita as of Friday evening. The Fos, stationed in Port Louis, Mauritius, has a 100 ton bollard pull, and is equipped with salvage pumps, fenders, welding machines, pollution control supplies, and a full set of diving equipment for two.

The Benita was empty at the time of the grounding, and has 145 tonnes fuel oil and 30 tons diesel aboard. No pollution has been observed.

source: The Maritime Executive


Rena’s ‘Four-D’ salvage problem


A 350 tonne bridge section of the former container ship Rena lies on the seafloor near Motiti Island today as salvors attempt to re-rig the crane barge's lifting blocks for another lift.

The section was carried to the eastern side underwater, suspended from the crane barge RMG 500 that cut and lifted the section from the back end of the sunken wreck at Astrolabe Reef earlier this week.

Resolve Salvage and Fire have been working to lift the section clear of the water and place it on the accompanying deck barge RMG 1000 for cutting up.

But spokesperson for the ship's owners and insurers, Hugo Shanahan, says the chains securing the section shifted during the operation, preventing salvors from lifting the section high enough from the water to get the second barge underneath.

It is now lying in about 35 metres of water east of Motiti Island where it will be re-rigged for the lift.

Roger King, a consultant with TMC Marine Consultants London, describes the operation as a “Four-D” problem; it's difficult, dangerous, deep, and there are lots of delays.

The salvage has continued since the former container ship struck the Astrolabe Reef on October 5, 2011.

The latest chapter involves cutting the ship's six-storey accommodation block off the rear of the hull, now lying in water up to 50 metres deep on the north eastern face of the reef.

The wreck's owners and insurers say because it is made of lighter gauge steel than the hull, the ‘house' represents a pollution threat as it decays, and is being removed.

They also stated previously that removing the accommodation section opens easier access to the ship's rear hold, which will make clearing container and cargo debris easier.

The owners and insurers are on record saying once the current salvage and clean-up is complete, they want to leave the remainder of the wreck on the reef.

Source: SunLive

Costa Concordia pulled upright

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The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat.

Shortly after 4 a.m., a foghorn wailed on Giglio Island and the head of Italy's Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, announced that the ship had reached vertical and that the operation to rotate it — known in nautical terms as parbuckling — was complete.

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