Maritime Incidents

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Date: 05/02/2017

Sunday 5th February at 1:27pm. RCC Bermuda was contacted by the bulk carrier GOLDEN TAURUS, reporting that medical assistance was required for a 21-year-old Filipino crewmember, found in a semi-conscious state onboard. Following Medical advice from CIRM Roma (Centro Internazionale Radio Medico), the vessel continued under best speed towards Bermuda, as RCC Bermuda and RCC Miami coordinated an emergency evacuation plan. GOLDEN TAURUS, then approximately 375nm SW of Bermuda, had departed the port of Myrtle Grove, New Orleans with a cargo of wheat grain, bound for Oran, Algeria, in North Africa. Despite medical advice from shore and efforts by the crew onboard, the crew member was reported deceased a short while later. GOLDEN TAURUS arrived off the east end of Bermuda Monday morning to disembark the deceased crew member. Local Coroner; Marine Police and company representatives have since boarded the vessel to carry out further investigation into the incident.


Date: 04/02/2017

Saturday 04th February 2017, 11:19am. RCC Bermuda receives a call from the Captain of the Liberian flagged Oil Tanker, ‘TOWER BRIDGE’, advising that vessel was diverting to Bermuda to land a Russian crew member, suffering from a suspected Hernia. The 27705 GRT, 182 meter long vessel had initially departed Port Arthur, Texas, with 25 persons onboard, bound for FOS, France. Logistics were put in place including appointment of local shipping agent; arrangement of ambulance and attendance on scene by Pilot/Rescue boat St George. Around 5pm, Saturday afternoon, the transfer was successfully completed with patient taken ashore by pilot boat St. George and subsequently by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 27/01/2017

Friday 27th January, 2017, 4:10pm - RCC Bermuda received a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the Bermuda registered Chemical Tanker ‘SICHEM NEW YORK’, operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Following a call to the Company Security Officer, the vessel was confirmed safe and well with the company now investigating the reason for the alert.


Date: 23/01/2017

Monday 23rd January 2017, 11:00am - Bermuda Radio receives a call from a member of the public, reporting that the 24ft wellcraft ‘RUM RUNNER’, had sunk alongside a dock in Riddell’s Bay. The vessel owner was contacted by the Duty Officer, confirming that a local marine contractor had been arranged for recovery of vessel.


Date: 22/01/2017

Sunday 22nd January 2017, 7:54pm - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a call from a concerned member of the public reporting the 31ft fishing vessel 'DIRTY MARY' overdue from a recent fishing trip. Bermuda Radio commences VHF Radio calls to F/V Dirty Mary and other vessels with information on vessel whereabouts. A short while later, the concerned family member confirms that the fishing vessel had arrived safely back ashore.