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November 24, 2015

Ferry MV Suilven sinks in Suva, Fiji

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Ferry MV Suilven sinks in Suva, Fiji

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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MV Suilven, a ferry in service in Fiji, capsized and sank in Suva Harbour today.

Around thirty people, all crewmembers, were on board. Local media report all were rescued. The 41-year-old vessel previously saw service in Scotland and New Zealand.

The ship capsized early this afternoon and sank within an hour. It had been converted from passenger to cargo use following its most recent sale, to Venu Shipping in 2012 or 2011. Local reports indicated police, the Navy, local tug boats, and volunteer rescuers all attended the accident.

The converted ferry reportedly began to list on entering the harbour. It was working a route carrying cargo between Suva and the Northern Division.

Built in Norway, in service from 1974, the ship served with Scottish ferry firm Caledonian MacBrayne until 1995, connecting the mainland town of Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. It was ultimately replaced by a larger, faster vessel and was sold to Strait Shipping who used it until 2004 to ply New Zealand’s seas, connecting Wellington to Picton and to Nelson.

The name MV Suilven is in reference to the Suilven mountain in Scotland’s Sutherland region.



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October 19, 2015

Searchers find wreckage of New Zealand fishing boat \’Jubilee\’

Searchers find wreckage of New Zealand fishing boat ‘Jubilee’

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Monday, October 19, 2015

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Ariel view of the mouth of the Rakaia River, from file. The wreck site is nearby.
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Searchers looking for New Zealand fishing boat FV Jubilee found the vessel on the sea floor overnight local time (UTC+13).

The search was sparked by a mayday call from the three-man crew early yesterday morning. The three fishermen said they were abandoning ship in favour of a lifeboat. The search, which covered roughly 170 square km, earlier located an empty lifeboat from FV Jubilee.

A police dive team was sent today to look for bodies. Police and owner-operator Ocean Fisheries believe the missing men are deceased. Weather conditions at the site, around 40 m deep and 22 km from the Rakaia River mouth, are reported with dropping wind and swells of 1.5 m.

“The sea conditions were rough,” said Ocean Fisheries boss Andrew Stark; “without knowing what was going wrong with the vessel we really can’t speculate, whether the sea was a cause or a contributing factor. Rough conditions are usual at sea, so we don’t believe the weather was severe enough to be the main contributing factor. There must have been something involved prior to that which caused the vessel to sink.”

Stark said the accident is “a mystery”. He said the company had trawled the area with other ships in the hope of retrieving corpses from the sea bed. In addition to Ocean Fisheries boats FV Legacy and FV Frontier, which used technology designed for locating fish to search for the wreck, search vehicles included a helicopter, a plane, and two Coastguard vessels. An emergency beacon, oil, fishing bins, and documentation are among the floating debris found.

Launched in January 2008, FV Jubilee is 16 m long and weighs 100 t.



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October 18, 2015

New Zealand fishing boat \’Jubilee\’ found wrecked

New Zealand fishing boat ‘Jubilee’ found wrecked

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ariel view of the mouth of the Rakaia River, from file. The wreck site is nearby.
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Searchers looking for New Zealand fishing boat FV Jubilee found the vessel on the sea floor overnight.

The search was sparked by a mayday call from the three-man crew early last morning. The three fishermen said they were abandoning ship in favour of a lifeboat. The search, which covered 170sqm, earlier located an empty lifeboat from FV Jubilee.

A police dive team is preparing in Christchurch, to the north of the wreck site, to look for bodies. Police and owner-operator Ocean Fisheries believe the missing men are deceased. Weather conditions at the site, 40m deep and around 22m from the Rakaia River mouth, are windy with swells of 3m.

“The sea conditions were rough,” said Ocean Fisheries boss Andrew Stark. “without knowing what was going wrong with the vessel we really can’t speculate, whether the sea was a cause or a contributing factor. Rough conditions are usual at sea, so we don’t believe the weather was severe enough to be the main contributing factor. There must have been something involved prior to that which caused the vessel to sink.”

Stark said the accident is “a mystery”. He said the company had trawled the area with other ships in the hope of retrieving corpses from the sea bed. In addition to Ocean Fisheries boats FV Legacy and FV Frontier, which used technology designed for locating fish to search for the wreck, search vehicles included a helicopter, a plane, and two Coastguard vessels. An emergency beacon, oil, fishing bins, and documentation are among the floating debris found.

Launched in January 2008, FV Jubilee is 16m long and weighs 100T.



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September 7, 2015

South Korean fishing boat flips over, kills several passengers

South Korean fishing boat flips over, kills several passengers

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File photo of waves crashing into the Jejudo coastline during high winds.
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A fishing boat has capsized off of South Korea’s southern coast, killing at least ten passengers. At least three people survived the accident. The vessel lost contact with another boat on Saturday, and was found yesterday near the island of Jejudo.

The capsized vessel, the 9.8 tonne Dolphin, had 22 people on its passenger list. The actual number of passengers is unclear; not all of those passengers have boarded as planned, and one survivor was not listed in the passenger list.

News agency Yonhap quoted one survivor as saying big waves caused the accident. “I was sleeping when the boat’s engine went off and the captain told us to get out and water started to fill the boat, I was the last to come outside and as soon as I did, the boat capsized.”

The survivor says not all of the passengers on the boat were equipped with life jackets. He added some passengers holding on to the capsized boat were swept away by the waves as they lost strength.

The coastguard says 44 boats were involved in the ensuing rescue operation.

This accident comes after a South Korean ferry sank last year, killing around 300. In December a fishing trawler accident killed around 50.



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January 11, 2015

SpaceX launches fifth resupply rocket to International Space Station

SpaceX launches fifth resupply rocket to International Space Station

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

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Space transport services company SpaceX launched their fifth Dragon resupply vehicle to the International Space Station yesterday. The spacecraft — containing more than 2,200kg (5,000 pounds) of food, experiments, and spare parts — successfully decoupled from the launch rocket and should reach the station early tomorrow.

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The launch was postponed from Tuesday because of a technical issue on the second stage of the rocket. The shipment includes replacements for cargo aboard the spaceship Cygnus, destroyed during a failed launch in October. Cygnus belonged to the rival Orbital Sciences Corporation.

SpaceX tried unsuccessfully to land the Falcon 9 delivery rocket for reuse. The rocket reached an unmanned barge in the Atlantic, but landed too hard. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the landing “bodes well for the future, though”. The attempted salvage of the rocket was experimental, using new retractable fins. Next time they will add extra hydraulic fluid, Musk said.

The ship’s support equipment was damaged but, according to Musk, the barge is intact. Last year saw two successful SpaceX splashdowns but landing on such a small target as a ship is unique.



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January 1, 2015

United Nations analyzes oil spill in Sundarbans, Bangladesh

United Nations analyzes oil spill in Sundarbans, Bangladesh

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A United Nations (UN) team assessed the damage from an early December oil spill in Sundarbans, Bangladesh, to the world’s largest mangrove forest. Team leader Emilia Wahlstrom yesterday presented preliminary assessment results at a press conference in the capital, Dhaka.

Mangrove forests in Sundarbans, Bangladesh in 2008.
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The 25-member UN team arrived in Bangladesh on December 18 and visited the Sundarbans from December 22 to December 27.

At the press conference, Wahlstrom said the pollution was spread 40 kilometers up and downstream, but no impact on the mangrove forest floor was observed. She said the Pashur and Shela rivers contributed by washing some of the oil. She also suggested a ban on water traffic in the area, saying “regular monitoring and stopping traffic through the Sundarbans are needed to tackle the long-term impact.”

Anwar Hossain Manju, Minister for Forest and Environmental Affairs of Bangladesh, acknowledged that vessel traffic in Sundarbans was suspended. He also said “alternative options” were “being explored”.

Wahlstrom also commented cleanup by local villagers removed about a fifth of the oil spill.

On December 9, the OT Southern Star 7 tanker sank in an accident with another vessel. Reportedly visibility was poor due to thick fog. OT Southern Star 7 was carrying about 350,000 L of fuel oil.

Sundarbans is a World Heritage Site. The UN plans to release a final report in two weeks.



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December 31, 2012

Iranian Navy conducts drills in Strait of Hormuz

Iranian Navy conducts drills in Strait of Hormuz

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Monday, December 31, 2012

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The Islamic Republic of Iran says it is conducting naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz. According to the Iranian navy’s Habibollah Sayyari, the “Velayat 91” drills — to be held for a six day period ending on Wednesday — are intended to showcase “the armed forces’ military capabilities.”

Iran’s state-run media reports that the Iranian government warns all ships to stay away until the end of the exercises. According to this report the drills — which began on Friday — are to be conducted over roughly half a million square miles (a million square kilometers) of waters stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the northern part of the Indian Ocean which includes the Gulf of Oman.

The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Scout maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz during joint training in November 2010

The Strait of Hormuz is a major shipping route of great strategic importance. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 17 million barrels of oil passes through this part of the Persian Gulf per day. That is nearly 20% of the worldwide oil trade and about 35% of oil transported by sea.

This is only one in a series of major naval drills held by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. Ten days of drills, “Velayat 90”, was conducted last December and “Velayat 89” a year and a half before that in May 2010. Four months ago, the United States with some of its allies also conducted a series of exercises and naval drills, concerned with keeping the strait open. Iran has said it might close the strait if its nuclear program were attacked.



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December 28, 2012

Iranian Navy conduct drill in Strait of Hormuz

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The Islamic Republic of Iran says it is conducting naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz. According to Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, the “Velayat 91” or “Guardianship 91” drills—which will be held for a six day period ending on Wednesday—are intended to showcase “the armed forces’ military capabilities.”

Iran’s state-run media reports that the Iranian government warns all ships to stay away until the end of the exercises. According to this report the drills—which began on Friday—will be conducted over roughly half a million square miles of waters stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the northern part of the Indian Ocean which includes the Gulf of Oman.

The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Scout maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz during joint training in November 2010

The Strait of Hormuz is a major shipping route of great strategic importance. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 17 million barrels of oil passes through this part of the Persian Gulf. That is nearly 35% of the world’s seaborne oil shipments and 20% of oil traded worldwide.

This is only one in a series of major naval drills held by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. Ten-days of drills, “Velayat 90” was conducted last December and “Velayat 89” a year and a half before that in May 2010. Four months ago, the United States and it’s allies also conducted a series of exercises and naval drills. They continue to prepare for a worse case scenario of an attempt by Iran to block the major shipping route with the use of mines. This scenario is a distinct possibility as Iran has said many times that it would be a possible strategy if it ever came under attack from the west over its nuclear program.



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Iranian Navy conducts drill in Strait of Hormuz

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The Islamic Republic of Iran says it is conducting naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz. According to the Iranian navy’s Habibollah Sayyari, the “Velayat 91” drills — to be held for a six day period ending on Wednesday — are intended to showcase “the armed forces’ military capabilities.”

Iran’s state-run media reports that the Iranian government warns all ships to stay away until the end of the exercises. According to this report the drills — which began on Friday — are to be conducted over roughly half a million square miles (a million square kilometers) of waters stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the northern part of the Indian Ocean which includes the Gulf of Oman.

The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Scout maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz during joint training in November 2010

The Strait of Hormuz is a major shipping route of great strategic importance. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 17 million barrels of oil passes through this part of the Persian Gulf per day. That is nearly 20% of the worldwide oil trade and about 35% of oil transported by sea.

This is only one in a series of major naval drills held by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. Ten days of drills, “Velayat 90”, was conducted last December and “Velayat 89” a year and a half before that in May 2010. Four months ago, the United States with some of its allies also conducted a series of exercises and naval drills, concerned with keeping the straight open. Iran has said it might close the straight if its nuclear program were attacked.



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May 2, 2012

Hundreds feared dead after Indian ferry boat capsizes

Hundreds feared dead after Indian ferry boat capsizes

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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Two small fishing boats framed by hills on both sides of the Saraighat Bridge across the river Brahmaputra.

A double-decker ferry capsized late Monday in the Brahmaputra River near Guwahati, India. The ferry was over capacity when a storm caused it to overturn and break in half. The ferry passengers were mostly women and children. Officials estimate there are at least 200 casualties. Inclement weather hindered rescue attempts and as of Tuesday, 103 bodies have been recovered. No life jackets or lifeboats were aboard the ferry at the time of the event.

According to officials, many of the bodies may have floated 25 miles down river to Bangladesh, due to strong currents. The river is a vital source of irrigation and transportation to the people along its coast. It is approximately 1,800 miles long, making rescue efforts difficult to pursue quickly. Rescuers are working around the clock in efforts to locate any remaining survivors.

About 150 passengers swam to a nearby shore. The remaining passengers are missing and are feared dead. Reports indicate this is one of the worst ferry accidents ever recorded in India. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a statement expressing his remorse over the death of the passengers and announcing that he would compensate the next of kin of all casualties Rs 200,000, or about $4,000 US dollars.



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