China Continues to Experience Problems Due to Fog
China continued seeing a long standing problem in and around their harbors and seas. Blamed mostly on fog, the Chinese have witnessed a number of boat collisions in their waters. Fortunately, most accidents occurred with no fatalities according to https://floridainsurancequotes.net/boat-insurance-quote/, though that wasn’t always the case. Many accidents featured a number of serious injuries too. Collisions ranged from ferry boats, to merchant vessels to military vehicles. With over half a dozen accidents occurring in December alone, it’s clear 2014 needs to see the Chinese act to prevent future problems.
China and US Have Near Collision
Speaking of China, the country’s navy also had a close call with that of the US. On December 18th, it seems China took issue with a US naval vessel that was present in the South China Sea. The vessel, a guided missile cruiser, was apparently in the waters to observe the operation of China’s one and only aircraft carrier, a ship known as the Liaoning.
Taking issue with their presence, a Chinese warship is said to have come within two hundred yards of the US vessel, cutting off its forward progress. A collision is said to have been narrowly missed and China alleged the warship was on normal patrols.
The near miss exasperates already tense relations in terms of the two countries’ navies. China has long claimed territory in the South China Sea that Japan and the US refuse to recognize with their navies.
Many readers will remember that back in 2009, the two countries had another incident in the South China Sea. A US naval vessel collided with a Chinese passenger ship, stoking the flames of contention. This latest incident certainly doesn’t help things.
Fishing Vessels Held in South Africa for Three Months
Earlier this year South Africa’s International Transport Workers Federation issued arrest warrants for 75 fishermen caught illegally operating in the country’s waters. The fishermen, who were mostly from Indonesia, were already in enough trouble before matters got worse for them.
While they were being processed by the Federation, their vessels were left in the harbor. Unfortunately, they were left aboard and not allowed to leave. Obviously, it didn’t take long for food and supplies to run out. Many men encountered medical problems as well.
Fortunately, a local woman named Mariam Augustus made it her personal mission to cook for the men and deliver necessary supplies, including medical attention. Fortunately, as of early December, the men were being processed and sent back home. The boats, however, will be held in custody by the South African government until their owners pay the applicable fines.
Vessel in Singapore Capsizes
A barge operating just outside the Horsburgh Lighthouse area near Singapore found itself in dire straits when it capsized earlier this month. The country’s port authority received a call at around 8 am the morning of December 19th. At the moment, an investigation into the reason behind the occurrence is still pending.
Rescue workers found six crew members aboard a safety raft near the site of the barge’s capsizing. Unfortunately, at the time of the incident, a search was still ongoing for five other members.
The incident served to highlight the dangers many commercial vessels face when undertaking even the simplest of missions.
Cargo Vessel Catches Fire Outside Brazil
There are a number of things that can go wrong with a cargo vessel. Of them, fire is perhaps the most dangerous. When a ship catches fire, there are very few places for passengers to escape to besides the surrounding waters, which can often be just as dangerous.
Thankfully when the Golden Miller caught fire, it was docked in Aratu, Brazil. While workers were loading a cargo full of propane, something went wrong that resulted in an immediate blaze taking over the ship in minutes.
Fortunately, everyone aboard escaped with their lives. It’s troubling to think about what the result would have been had the Golden Miller been at sea. Although two members were slightly injured, they should consider themselves lucky in light of what could have happened.
It took a full day for the fire to be extinguished and that was only with the help of Port Aratu firefighters as well as three tug boats loaded with water cannons. The ship is expected to need extensive repairs before it will be seaworthy again.
Accident by the Solomon Islands Caused by Ignoring Ship’s Capacity
Everyone knows a ship can only carry so much cargo and/or people. Most people follow this limit unquestionably for fear of sinking. The captain of the Francis Gerena, a ferry boat operating in the Solomon Islands decided to ignore this limit, however.
On December 18th, the Francis Gerena was awaiting approval to leave the harbor. Whether the captain simply grew impatient or didn’t want his boat to be inspected, we’ll never know for sure. What we do know is that the ferry was loaded with 390 people. The Francis Gerena was only approved to carry 80.
Soon after the ferry left the harbor, its pump failed due to the amount of weight onboard. After that, it was only a matter of time before the ship sank. Fortunately, there were no fatalities and no one was seriously injured.
Scientists Stuck in Arctic
Finally, we close out the year with a story that’s still unfolding from in the Arctic Ocean. The MV Akademik Shokalskiy took 74 people into the Arctic. The crew is a combination of scientists there to study global warming’s effect on the ice and tourists.
Unfortunately, there seems to have been more ice than they expected and the crew became stuck. Worse yet, three separate icebreakers have been sent to help the ship dislodge and all three have been forced to turn around because of the problematic ice.
Luckily, the ship has more than enough food to survive for many weeks. At the time of this article, helicopters are expected to execute an air rescue by Friday if other options aren’t available.