Abel Tasman Aground

The 40 meter long passenger ship Abel Tasman went aground on the Prinses Margrietkanaal, a waterway navigable for vessels between Groningen and Lemmer, with 93 passengers on board.   The Abel Tasman was pushed aground by strong winds while heading towards Starteiland.  Passengers were transferred to a ferry which landed them at Sneek.    Local authorities aided in evacuating all the passengers.   No reports of injury.   The passenger ship was pulled freed by a tug the next day.

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Don’t Add Water to Cocktails…

The 100 foot long motor yacht Cocktails struck the Great Ledge off Little Harbor along Cape Cod’s southern shore.   The Cocktails was travelling from Woods Hole when it struck the rock.   The yacht began to flood as the pumps barely kept up with the water ingress.   The crew decided to beach the vessel on Nobska Beach so that temporary repairs could be made.   Upon inspection, the yacht’s hull was left with a 4 by 20 inch hole in its port side.   Salvage vessels, three patrol boats from Falmouth along with two Coast Guard vessels were at the scene.    A temporary repair was made and the yacht is to be towed to Fairhaven where it will be hauled out of the water for repairs.    No reports of injury or pollution being released.   The Cocktails usually charters between $42,500 to $45,000 per week.

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Collision off Sarangani Bay

The 48 meter long freighter Bulk Carrier I collided with the 161 meter long, 16,162 gt boxship HS Puccini off Tampuan Point near the entry to Sarangani Bay, Philippines.   The Bulk Carrier I had left the wharf at General Santos City into the bay.  The freighter was heading for Dumaguete City with a cargo of 246 tons of corn.   The HS Puccini was sailing from Davao City headed for General Santos City with 16,162 metric tons of cargo.   In the driving rain, the HS Puccini sliced into the starboard side of the Bulk Carrier I.  The freighter nearly rolled over as hull was breached near the engine room.  The Bulk Carrier I soon filled with water and sank.   After the collision, the master of the HS Puccini contacted the Philippines Coast Guard which dispatched rescue craft to the scene.   Other vessels including the passenger ship Superferry helped in the rescue operation.   Reports state 21 men were rescued while two perished from the HS Puccini.  Five of the crewmen rescued were found near the town of Maasim as they attempted to swim for shore.    Six men were reported injured.

An oil slick  has been reported where the Bulk Carrier I sank.   Officals stated that six tons of fuel was released.   The Coast Guard has released dispersants to break up the oil slick and environmental personnel are on scene to assist in the cleanup effort.

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