Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 12/07/2020

Sunday 12th July, 8:10 pm – Bermuda Radio received a VHF call from the P/C ANNA J reporting that they had broken down in the vicinity of Ely’s Harbour close to Somerset Bridge with 4 POB, they had secured the vessel by anchoring but requested assistance. The Coast Guard were on patrol in the area and able to tow the vessel to the public dock at Somerset Bridge.


Date: 11/07/2020

Saturday 11th July, 10:55pm – Local vessel P/C SEA FOAM calls Bermuda Radio on VHF to report a vessel aground just East of Riddell's Bay light. The vessel did not respond to marine radio calls from Bermuda Radio, P/C SEA FOAM remains in the area with her deck flood lights on. Bermuda Radio requested that Bermuda Coast Guard respond to the incident. The Coast Guard found the 17 ft vessel P/C DANGLER hard aground with 1 person onboard who was luckily uninjured, they were able to tow the vessel back to her mooring in Riddell's Bay without further incident.


Date: 09/07/2020

Thursday 9th July, 7:45pm. RCC Bermuda received a satellite call from the Marshall Islands registered product tanker MARJORIE K, from a position approximately 700 miles ENE of Bermuda, advising that they have seen a sailing vessel which appears to be in distress. The vessel was drifting, had torn sails and there was a light on but no sign of anyone onboard. The tanker was able to take photographs of the vessel and provide a detailed description, after investigation with the U. S. Coast Guard it was discovered that the vessel had been safely abandoned from a previous incident, leaving the vessel adrift since June. The MV MARJORIE K was then released to resume her passage to New Orleans and thanked for diverting to investigate.


Date: 04/07/2020

Saturday 4th July, 3:30pm - Bermuda Radio received a call on VHF radio from the ferry pilot onboard CORALITA advising that the local boat HOPE TWO, moored near Hinson's Island, was low in the water. The owner was contacted and resolved the situation by pumping out the vessel.


Date: 03/07/2020

Friday 3rd July 2020 4:25 pm – Bermuda Radio received a telephone call from the Marine & Ports Office in Hamilton advising that there was a small diesel spill while bunkering the ferry CECIL SMITH. Approx. 1 Gallon of Diesel went into the water at the Hamilton Ferry Depot. The spill had been boomed off and the oil has been cleaned up using absorbent pads.


Date: 28/06/2020

Sunday 28th June, 12:25pm - The 30ft P/C OVERLOAD contacted Bermuda Radio via 911 call to report a large amount of smoke onboard in the vicinity of Hawkins Island. The Bermuda Coast Guard attended and also collected Fire and Rescue staff from Barr’s Bay. It was found that the cause of the smoke was a burnt-out water pump. OVERLOAD arranged to be towed back to their moorings by P/C A LITTLE NAUGHTY.


Date: 25/06/2020

Thursday 25th June 1:00pm - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 911 call from a person on the 20ft vessel WHY NOT US 2, with one person onboard, advising the vessel was disabled due to running out of fuel, but secure at anchor just North from Devonshire Dock. Bermuda Radio commenced marine broadcasts to all vessel in the vicinity without response, tasking a Coast Guard unit a short while later. The Bermuda Coast Guard arrives on scene and subsequently tows the vessel safely to Dockyard to refuel.


Date: 25/06/2020

Thursday 25th June, 1:10pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received an e-mail from Meyers Shipping Agents, representing the Panamanian Registered Bulk Carrier NEWSEAS JADE in a position approximately 500nm North West of Bermuda, on passage from Luga, Russia, to Port Manatee, USA. The ship is diverting to Bermuda to disembark a 32-year-old, Chinese National Crew Member, who has suffered an abdominal medical condition onboard the vessel. The Master of NEWSEAS JADE was given instructions to proceed to the Deep Draft Position, and is scheduled to be transferred to the pilot/rescue boat St David at 07:00 am on Saturday 27th June for transfer to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by Ambulance, COVID-19 Port Health Precautions will be employed throughout this medical transfer.


Date: 24/06/2020

Wednesday 24th June 09:00am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a designated MF DSC man overboard distress alert from the Maltese Registered LPG Tanker HELLAS GLADIATOR in position 34-19 North 068-16 West approx. 200nm North West from Bermuda. The vessel advised the USCG that the crew member was last seen at 11pm the previous night, and failed to turn to for watch at 4am when the alarm was raised. The US Coast Guard coordinated a search of the area tasking two merchant vessels and a C130 aircraft, the search was stood down by the USCG on Friday 26th June at 1pm with unfortunately no further sightings of missing crew member.


Date: 24/06/2020

Wednesday 24th June 5:10pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was advised by a member of the public that the 31ft Power Craft WEST WIND was hard aground in the vicinity of Coney Island. The Coast Guard on patrol in the area where tasked to the scene and confirmed the vessels intention to wait for high tide, advising they had gone aground due to an error in navigation. It was subsequently confirmed the vessel had been pulled free on high tide and was now safe and secure on her moorings.


Date: 22/06/2020

Monday 22nd June 9:30am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a call from a member of public reporting the 20ft Centre Console, GYPSEA, Capsized on its moorings in Devils Hole. The registered owner was contacted who subsequently arranged for a Marine Contractor to remove the vessel from the water.


Date: 21/06/2020

Sunday 21st June 6:40pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, receives an e-mail reporting concerns for possible oil pollution in Burchalls Cove, BMOC advise the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who follow up with inspection of the area by Fisheries Wardens. Fisheries were able to confirm no serious pollution observed but possible discharge from automatic bilge pumping, from any of the number of Fishing Vessels located in this small bay.


Date: 19/06/2020

Friday 19th June 9:15pm - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received multiple 911 telephone calls reporting a possible distress flare sighting off South Shore and additional sighting off St Georges Harbour and Ely’s Harbour. The descriptions given, a white light low on the horizon, and noting the multiple areas of the sightings these did not fit the description of a distress flare and were probably the result of atmospheric activity, no further action was taken.


Date: 15/06/2020

Monday 15th June, 8:42pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is advised of a 911 call received from a member of public reporting concern for a Kayak off South Shore in the vicinity of Sinky Bay, by the Hamilton Princess Beach Club. Bermuda Radio commenced urgent marine VHF broadcasts for any vessels in the area able to assist, and the Coast Guard where tasked to proceed to the potential Distress Situation. The Bermuda Coast Guard arrived on scene a short while later and confirmed the Kayaker and 2 spear fisherman where not in distress, no further action was required.


Date: 15/06/2020

Monday 15th June, 3:18am - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 406 MHz Distress ELT alert from the Bermuda Registered Aircraft, VP-BCL. Upon further investigation the aircraft was confirmed safely on the ground while undergoing maintenance in Slovenia.


Date: 14/06/2020

Sunday 14th June, 6:44pm - BMOC receives a 911 cell call from a person on the 22ft vessel BACKLASH with three persons onboard advising the vessel was disabled due to damaged steering, the vessel was secure at anchor in Whale Bay. Bermuda Radio commenced marine broadcasts to all vessel in the vicinity without response, tasking a Coast Guard unit a short while later. RESCUE ONE arrives on scene and subsequently tows the vessel safely to Robinsons Marina.