Maritime Incidents

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Date: 15/07/2018

Sunday 15th July, 2:42pm. The Marine Police were notified by RCC Bermuda of complaints over a jet ski speeding in the area off Cambridge Beaches resort, in the company of a large cabin cruiser. Marine Police units ‘Rescue I’ and ‘Rescue II’ were tasked and quickly on scene, locating the offending parties. No further complaints were received following Marine Police attendance.


Date: 14/07/2018

Saturday 14th July, 3:09pm. Bermuda Radio receives a call from Marine Police unit ‘Rescue 1’ reporting that the 47ft Pc SOJOURN is sinking on its moorings in Ely’s Harbour. Unsuccessful attempts were made to keep vessel afloat as it sank a short while later with no reports of fuel or residual oil onboard. BMOC contacts vessel owner who has arranged for vessel to be lifted by a Marine Contractor, while a Local Navigational warning has been issued accordingly.


Date: 13/07/2018

Friday 13th July, 2:55pm – BMOC received an email from the Marshall Island flagged oil tanker STI AQUA, 126 nautical miles East of Bermuda, reporting that a 49-year-old crew member was suffering from chest pains, now attributed to a suspected heart attack. The vessel diverted at best speed towards Bermuda, safely disembarking the patient by pilot boat at 9:40 am. Saturday morning. STI AQUA continued to its next port of call in Houston, Texas.


Date: 11/07/2018

Wednesday 11th July, 04:19am – BMOC received a call from the Maltese flagged container ship BOMAR RESILIENT, 160 nautical miles South of Bermuda, reporting that a 59 year old crew member was suffering from chest pains, now attributed to a suspected heart attack. The Captain received medical advice from ashore with instructions to divert at best speed towards Bermuda. At 1:00pm, the patient was safely transferred ashore by pilot boat and taken via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, while BOMAR RESILIENT continued to its next port of call in Rotterdam.


Date: 10/07/2018

Tuesday 10th July, 4:38am. BMOC receives an SSAS (Ship Security Alerting System) message from the M/Y Le Grand Blue, indicating distress off the French coast. A call to the Company Security Officer confirmed that testing of system was taking place and all parties reported safe and well.


Date: 10/07/2018

Tuesday 10th July, 7:58am. BMOC received an SSAS (Ship Security Alerting System) message from the formerly Bermuda registered M/Y Callisto, indicating vessel position in the Mediterranean. A call to vessel Company Security Officer confirmed that the vessel was safe and well with alert inadvertently send to RCC Bermuda.


Date: 09/07/2018

Monday 9th July, 8:43pm – BMOC received a report of a suspected Diesel spill in the Narrows, between Smith’s Island and Chapel of Ease, St David’s. The report was initially investigated by BMOC staff and Police land unit who confirmed a smell of diesel in the area but were unable to see it due to fading light. Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) marine asset was tasked to investigate the area the following morning, reporting that a small spill had occurred from a vessel positioned alongside Blackhorse Wharf. A generator was being craned ashore with fuel line still connected, resulting in a small loss of fuel.


Date: 08/07/2018

Sunday 8th July, 1:34pm. BMOC receives a call from Police COMOPS reporting that a medico was in progress from charter vessel ‘WYUNA’, whereby a female had sustained a back injury when jumping overboard. Vessel is now proceeding to Albuoy’s Point where an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) will attend to patient.


Date: 07/07/2018

Saturday 7th July, 1:30am. BMOC receives an SSAS (Ship Security Alerting System) alert message from the Bermuda registered vessel ‘LNG LOKOJA’. A call to company security officer confirmed that all was safe onboard.


Date: 07/07/2018

Saturday 7th July, 2:45pm. BMOC receives a call from the 24ft P/C FATTER BUOY, reporting vessel disabled with anchor now entangled on rocks south of Spanish Point. Bermuda Radio dispatches Marine Police Unit ‘RESCUE ONE’ to assist, taking vessel under tow back to Dockyard.


Date: 07/07/2018

Saturday 7th July, 9:23pm. BMOC receives a call from crew onboard UBER VIDA reporting that they believe a collision has occurred in Hamilton Harbour. Going to investigate now accompanied by the ferry CAROLYN. Call back from UBER VIDA confirming that a collision has occurred between the SPIRIT OF BERMUDA and a smaller vessel, later confirmed to be the 31ft P/C PLEA COURT. One injured party was taken ashore by small boat as both vessel were instructed to berth alongside Albuoy’s Point for Police follow-up investigation. The injured party was treated by EMT’s and later transferred to Kind Edward VII Memorial hospital.


Date: 07/07/2018

Saturday 7th July, 11:26pm. Bermuda Radio receives a VHF radio call from the 22ft P/c GUMBOS aground off Spanish Point with four persons onboard and no reported injuries. Owner reports that there is no water ingress and content to wait until tide rises or passerby in area to assist. A Good Samaritan boater stopped to offer assistance, attempting to pull vessel free of reefs, later returning after dropping off passengers in Dockyard. At around 1am, the vessel was reported free of reefs and underway back to Dockyard.


Date: 06/07/2018

Friday 6th July, 7:42pm. Bermuda Radio receives a call from P/C UPGRADE reporting that vessel is out of fuel and disabled in the Great Sound with two persons onboard. Bermuda Radio commences broadcasts to other boaters in the area and shortly after receives confirmation that vessel is under tow back ashore.


Date: 06/07/2018

Friday 6th July, 9:21am. Bermuda Radio receives a call from MODERN SINBAD reporting that the 40ft vessel TSUNAMI has broken its moorings and is adrift in Ely’s Harbour. The vessel owner was contacted, quickly securing vessel back on its mooring.


Date: 05/07/2018

Thursday 5th July, 4:57am. BMOC receives an SSAS (Ship Security Alerting System) alert message from the Bermuda registered vessel LNG ENUGU, indicating distress onboard. A call to Company Security Officer confirmed that SSAS terminal was reset on board, resulting in false alert.


Date: 04/07/2018

Wednesday 4th July, 3:42pm. S/v WISDOM, an inbound sailing vessel to Bermuda with 3 persons onboard, contacts Bermuda Radio to report that they are encountering engine difficulties and will need assistance into harbour. At around 9pm, tender to M/Y DOROTHEA III, who earlier offered assistance, takes the vessel under tow into St. George’s harbour.


Date: 04/07/2018

Wednesday 4th July, 2:50pm. Bermuda Radio is contacted by the vessel SEA QUEST reporting a black oil substance moving towards Morgan’s Point, approximately 2-300 yards offshore. BMOC contact the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) while a Marine & Ports asset is deployed to investigate. Area searched from Riddell’s Bay to Morgan’s Point and along shoreline towards Five Star Island with nothing sighted in area. All assets were stood down pending further sightings.


Date: 02/07/2018

Monday 2nd July, 5:24pm. Bermuda Radio receives a call from the S/v MACKENZIE HOPE reporting that vessel is aground. Vessel was requested to provide a GPS position which placed it to the east of Dundonald Channel. Upon further investigation is was established that vessel had run aground off Wreck Hill with GPS position given in error. Marine police unit ‘RESCUE ONE’ was dispatched to assist, taking the sailing vessel under tow.


Date: 01/07/2018

Sunday 1st July, 2:43pm. BMOC is contacted by Police COMOPS who report that the 28ft power craft ARRIBO-CINCO, currently alongside Darrell’s Wharf, has an 86-year-old male onboard who is in and out of consciousness. An ambulance was immediately dispatched to the area taking the patient to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 30/06/2018

Saturday 30th June, 4:19pm. BMOC receives a 911 call from a member of the public onboard a 25ft vessel (Name unknown) with two persons onboard, currently adrift between Darrell’s Island and Port’s Island. Bermuda Radio commences broadcasts to all vessel in the vicinity without response, tasking marine police unit a short while later. RESCUE ONE arrives on scene reporting that the vessel ‘SANDRA’S ZION TRAIN’ has managed to restart engine and is underway again. Rescue One is stood down with no further action required.


Date: 30/06/2018

Saturday 30th June, 12:02pm. A member of the public reports a 53ft Catamaran (later identified as PRIVATE ISLAND), aground off Munro Cottages, slight list and four to five persons onboard. BMOC contacts Marine Police who dispatch RESCUE ONE to attend. An additional call indicates that vessel is now free of reef and trying to navigate the scene. RESCUE ONE reports that they have contacted catamaran who report only keel touched bottom, with no water ingress. Vessel continues under own power as RESCUE ONE is stood down and returns to Dockyard.


Date: 30/06/2018

Saturday 30th June, 8:32am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by the Hamilton Princess Dockmaster who reports a MARPOL (Marine Pollution) incident involving a visiting Sports Fishing vessel and its support vessel. A transfer of oil was taking place when 4 to 5 gallons of oil was accidentally spilled into the Harbour. Crews were quick to deploy oil spill clean-up equipment and by the end of the day there was no further pollution to report. Readily available resources allowed for a quick response and effective clean-up of area.


Date: 28/06/2018

Thursday 28th June, 3:27am. BMOC received a Ship Security alert (SSAS) from FLOATEL ENDURANCE, one of several semi-submersible accommodation and construction support vessels (Floatels) on the Bermuda Register. A call to the Company Security Officer revealed that the vessel was undergoing a Radio Survey in Rotterdam, when the SSAS system was inadvertently activated.


Date: 27/06/2018

Wednesday 27th June, 5:15pm. RCC Bermuda receives a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert from the Bermuda flagged vessel ‘DE ONIONS’. Vessel owner was contacted, reporting that he has since sold vessel which is safely alongside Stuart, Florida. Had technicians onboard today who may have disturbed beacon.


Date: 27/06/2018

Wednesday 27th June, 9:01pm. BMOC received a Ship Security alert (SSAS) from the 26,751 GRT Bermuda flagged oil/chemical tanker SITEAM LEADER, operating near Tuxpan, Mexico. Upon further investigation it was confirmed that the vessel was safe and well with SSAS alert sent in error.


Date: 27/06/2018

Thursday 27th June, 11:06am. The Bermuda Police Marine Section contacted RCC Bermuda to advise of a local tour boat operator near Hawkins Island, reporting a 75-year-old lady onboard with chest pains. RESCUE ONE attended and found the passenger in an un-responsive state as CPR continued to be administered. The person was transported to Barr's Bay and taken via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, but reported deceased a short while later.


Date: 26/06/2018

Tuesday 26th June, 5:48pm. Bermuda Radio is contacted by sailing vessel ‘BANK VON BREMEN’ with three persons on-board, reporting that vessel was maneuvering near Eastern Blue Cut on route to the Crescent but has run aground. Person reports that there is no water ingress and will attempt to clear vessel from reefs. At 6:01pm. S/v Bank Von Bremen reports that vessel is clear of reef and requests directions to safely navigate area. Bermuda Radio relays instructions to vessel which arrives safely back into St. George’s Harbour just after midnight.


Date: 24/06/2018

Sunday 24th June, 0:51am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives numerous 911 reports of an orange coloured flare, possibly fired from the Harbour Road area. Bermuda Radio commenced Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts (PAN-PAN) to vessels in area with additional information on sighting, while also tasking a police land unit to attend the Harbour Road area. Following a search of area and no reported sightings of a vessel in Distress, Bermuda Radio cancels the PAN-PAN broadcasts a few hours later.


Date: 23/06/2018

Saturday 23rd June, 12:50pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 911 call from a member of the public on South shore (Spittal Pond area) reporting three persons in the water attempting to push a small motor boat off rocks while another person has remained onboard, attempting to restart engine. Vessel is approx. 100 yards off shore with two other vessels in the vicinity. BMOC contacts Seagull Race Organiser who is aware of incident and tasking crash boat to assist. Bermuda Marine Police were also advised of incident with preparations to get underway while Bermuda Radio commenced Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts to vessels in area. A police land unit was also dispatched to the coast to relay information back to BMOC. At 1:05pm. SEA BISCUIT reports that they have casualty in sight and can also see crash boat SEA SLIPPER on scene and another whaler assisting. Bermuda Marine Police and land unit were both stood down as the casualty ‘BOOBY TRAP’ was taken under tow by SEA SLIPPER and the four persons taken ashore in the Boston Whaler. This was one of a number of Seagull racers reported in difficutly and requiring assistance during race event.


Date: 23/06/2018

Saturday 23rd June, 10:12pm. BMOC receives a report of an audible alarm coming from the NCL Ferry ‘SPIRIT OF ST. GEORGE’. BMOC contacts vessel owner who sends skipper to attend, reporting that alarm system onboard is over sensitive and yet to be resolved by technicians. All is safe and well onboard.


Date: 18/06/2018

Monday 18th June, 1:40pm. A caller to Bermuda Radio reports that the 25ft yacht HAY U was dragging anchor in St. George's harbour. Pilot boat St. David was tasked to assist, re-setting anchor of the un-manned vessel, while the owner was also notified by Bermuda Radio. Two hours later, the owner reported that the vessel had been re-secured to its moorings without further incident.


Date: 17/06/2018

Sunday 17th June, 3:59am. Motor Vessel TANJA contacted Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre from a position 210 miles ESE of Bermuda, to report a pollution incident onboard, whereby 20 liters of sludge had spilled onto the ship's deck. Immediate containment actions were undertaken and clean-up successful, except for some discharge that was washed into the sea due to heavy rain. Bermuda Department of the Environment and Natural Resources and U.S. Coast Guard were advised, with no further action deemed necessary.


Date: 17/06/2018

Sunday 17th June, 5:22pm. Bermuda Fire & Rescue Dispatch contacted RCC Bermuda, reporting that the local pleasure craft ROCK SCUTTLE was taking on water in the vicinity of Watford Bridge, with 4 persons onboard. Marine Police unit RESCUE 1 was already on scene and had conveyed the 4 persons to safety with no reported injuries or need for medical assistance. Soon afterwards, the semi-submerged vessel capsized during efforts to pump water from vessel, with owner arranging for a crane truck to haul vessel for temporary repairs and transit back to mooring.


Date: 17/06/2018

Sunday 17th June, 7:17pm. A 911 call to RCC Bermuda reported that the 20ft pleasure craft MINGI SHALINGI had suffered engine problems while underway from 9 Beaches resort to Riddell's Bay, with three persons onboard. Vessel engine would only run for short periods as the three persons remained in contact with someone ashore via What's App., until last heard from in Ely's Harbour. Marine Police unit RESCUE 1 was tasked to search Ely's Harbour but a short while later the overdue vessel was reported safely back at Riddell's Bay. This incident serves to highlight the importance in having a fitted Marine VHF Radio onboard which would have allowed those on board to call for assistance while alerting other boaters in the area to their plight.


Date: 16/06/2018

Saturday 16th June, 9:55am. BMOC received a call from Police COMOPS reporting that CORAL PRINCESS located at the wreck near Western Blue Cut, had a 60-year-old guest onboard suffering from shortness of breath. A Marine Police unit was dispatched to assist but Coral Princess confirmed that they had heaved anchor and were heading ashore with casualty. Marine Police unit was subsequently stood down.


Date: 16/06/2018

Saturday 16th June, 8:00pm. BMOC receives a 911 call reporting that a 26ft vessel (Later identified as LADY IN THE RED), with 12 persons onboard, was aground to the East of Hen Island in St George’s Harbour, but not taking on water. Marine Police unit HERON 1 was tasked to assist, taking vessel under tow a short while later. At 8:21pm. Vessel was confirmed safely alongside with no damage to vessel or injuries to persons onboard.


Date: 16/06/2018

Saturday 16th June, 3:18pm. BMOC received a 911 from a member of the public at Spittal Pond, South shore, advising that a kayak with 2 persons onboard seems to be in Distress. While caller was on the line it was determined that the Kayakers were not in Distress and no further action required.


Date: 16/06/2018

Saturday 16th June, 9:30pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received another alert from the 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) registered to MV STENA SEAFARER, which left the Bermuda flag in 2011. Vessel was scrapped in 2014 with beacon discarded somewhere in Turkey. This incident serves to highlight the necessity for proper disposal of expired beacons to eliminate false alerts received via the COSPAS - SARSAT Distress Alerting System.