Ore coal carrier Azul Victoria (IMO 9374026) became disabled and adrift in the South Atlantic on November 24th about 1,000 miles northwest of Cape Town, while en route from Singapore to San Paulo. Tug APL Ippon (IMO: 9344978) was contracted for salvage, and the vessel was taken on tow towards Cape Town on November 27th. On December 4th they were about 100 miles west of Cape Town, proceeding at five knots speed. As of December 12th she was moored at Cape Town. 2006-built, Panama-flagged, 104,728 gt Azul Victoria is owned by G.O.D Shipping Inc care of manager Doun Kisen Co Ltd, Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Imabari Office).
Two Finnpilot employees died after pilot boat L242 capsized in the Gulf of Finland south of Porvoo Lighthouse east of Helsinki on the evening of Friday December 8th. Rescue divers worked for eight hours to determine if survivors might be trapped within the vessel’s upturned hull. Eventually the bodies of both individuals were found in the boat’s interior compartments. The boat was on its way to pick up a pilot at the time of the accident. Heavy swells at the site made it difficult for the response team. The responders attempted to right the boat, but it sank during the process. After the sinking, divers searched the interior and found two bodies.
An NSSR lifeboat was called on December 4th to assist 1982-built, Norway-flagged, 469 gt fishing vessel Skjongholm (IMO 8304830) which had been disabled by ropes in the propulsion mechanism. Divers went down in the port of Maloy, Norway to remove the obstructions. The ship sailed again shortly after midnight on December 5th. As of December 5th she was engaged in fishing off Norwegian coast.
Almost 200 people were being treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis after on cruise ship Ovation of the Seas (IMO 9697753) which arrived in Hobart on December 5th carrying more than 5,800 people. The ship had been at sea for 14 days. She was due to leave Hobart later and arrive in Sydney on December 7th, but new passengers due to board the ship in Sydney for a new cruise were delayed to allow for further cleaning: “Upon arrival into port in Sydney, the ship and terminal will be comprehensively sanitised and cleansed to help prevent the spread of illness, resulting in a delay to boarding for new guests,” the company’s statement said. As of December 12th the vessel was moored in Dunedin. 2016-built, Bahamas-flagged, 168,666 gt Ovation of the Seas is owned by Ovation of the Seas Inc care of manager Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL), Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Americas G7 Group) on behalf of RCL Cruises Ltd. It is entered with Gard AS (claims leader) on behalf of RCCL for Hull, Freight, Hull & Machinery (4/4).