Cargo ship Betanzos was finally refloated early on March 16th after more than a week aground a few miles off Lisbon, at the mouth of the Tagus. Tug Fairmount Alpine started to increase the pull at midnight and managed to move the vessel to a deeper zone. In the morning hours tugs Monte Da Luz, Montemuro and Montevil gathered around the ship in order to pull it to the Beato Dock in Lisbon, as Fairmount Alpine, with a 2.000-meter-towing wire was not suitable for this task. Betanzos reached Beato Dock before noon the same day., where she is being inspected. After technical inspections the shipowner will assess what actions to take.
Betanzos ran aground during the early hours of March 6th after suffering a power failure when leaving the Beato Docks, Lisbon, bound for Casablanca, Morocco. The skipper attempted to drop anchor, but strong waves pushed the boat into a sandbank beside Bugio, a small island with a lighthouse in the middle of the River Tagus estuary. There it remained, with several salvage attempts failing because of adverse weather.
2002-built, Spain-flagged, 4,941 gt Betanzos is owned and managed by Navigasa of Coruna, Spain. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Naviera de Galicia SA.
The 11 crew remaining on board chemical oil products tanker Sea Pioneer (IMO 9339650) will be repatriated to Pakistan or the Philippines from Amsterdam after the ship has been sold. Seven crew have already left. The ship had been detained last December 6th due to a debt of almost €11m by an American creditor of Greece-based Bondi Ship Holding. It was not known how long the repatriation would take and when the ship would sail. 2007-built, Marshall islands-flagged, 22,184 gt Sea Pioneer is/was owned by Bondi Ship Holding SA care of manager Trinity Ships Inc of Athens, Greece.
The US Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing crew member of bulker Lara Venture (IMO 9512575). The 33-year-old crewman was last seen when he reportedly fell overboard at about early on Tuesday, March 13th near Cape Charles, Virginia. The man was fastening a ladder on the anchored vessel’s starboard quarter when he fell overboard, according to the coast guard report. The seafarer was last seen wearing orange coveralls and a dark blue jacket. He was not wearing a life jacket. 2011-built, Hong Kong flagged, 52,718 gt Lara Venture is owned by Ocean Sunshine Shipping Ltd care of Wah Kwong Ship Management (Hong Kong) Ltd. It is entered with Britannia steamship on behalf of Ocean Sunshine Shipping Ltd.
Burry’s Shipyard has requested a tug to help pull passenger cargo RoRo Gallipoli (IMO 8510946) back into the water. A vessel was sent to Clarenville to help tow the vessel, which has been out of service since last September. In mid-February, the ferry was left stalled on a marine railway, prompting a shutdown at Burry’s Shipyard in Clarenville, where repair work was being done. Occupational Health and Safety issued a stop-work order at the site until an assessment could be undertaken. The tug was on site on March 11 to assist the ferry which was originally put in just for a 90-day scheduled refit. During that refit more problems were found, necessitating further repairs to the ferry. Some C$1.5m has been spent on the refit, with total costs likely to reach C$3m. 1986-built, Canada-flagged, 611 gt Gallipoli is owned by Xerox Canada Finance Inc of Toronto, Canada, and managed by Newfoundland and Labrador. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB) arrested chemical oil products tanker San Padre Pio (IMO 9610339) in Bonny, Rivers State on March 8th, for suspected illegal trading of oil. The ship, with 16 Ukrainian crew was charged with violating the law of cabotage. They were caught while carrying drums, suspected to contain gas oil, without any documentation. The crew were handed over to the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 2012-built, Switzerland-flagged, 5,422 gt San Padre Pio is owned by San Padro Pio Schiffahrt AG care of manager ABC Maritime AG of Nyon, Switzerland. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of ABC Maritime AG.
General cargo ship Leigh River (IMO 7628679) started taking on water in treacherous weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico during the early hours of March 13th, with eight crew on board. A distress call was issued but ultimately the ship was abandoned and sank. The castaways were safely recovered from a life raft half an hour after abandoning ship. 1977-built, Mexico-flagged, 681 gt Leigh River is owned by Mexicana Prestadora of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico, and managed by Marine Tech Sa De CV of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico.