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Marine round-up : 4th June 2024

As a result of the crisis in French territory New Caledonia, Budd New Caledonia ([email protected]) reports that, although the state of emergency has now been lifted, and the security forces have cleared most of the barricades in the country’s capital, Noumea, the Port of Noumea remains closed, with no trucks allowed to enter the port and no vessels able to load or discharge cargo. There is still a curfew operating throughout the territory from 18:00 to 06:00 (except for health emergencies). There is a ban on carrying arms or alcohol. All commercial flights at the international airport of La Tontouta are suspended until further notice.

Four Indonesian fishermen were rescued by container ship CMA CGM Rivoli (IMO 9839193) on May 16th after their fishing vessel collided with an unidentified container vessel in the Malacca Strait. The fishermen were adrift at sea for more than 10 hours before being rescued. The incident occurred on May 16th at around 09:00 local time when the suspected container vessel collided with the fishermen’s boat, which was anchored while fishing in the Malacca Strait. The fishermen immediately jumped into the water to save their lives. It was 19:00 before the CMA CGM RIVOLI passed by and identified four distressed fishermen, who had remained afloat by clinging to a piece of wood from their destroyed fishing boat. A fifth fisherman was rescued at a different location by fishermen from Langkat. Thick fog and general poor weather conditions were thought to have been the cause of the accident. One of the fishermen said that the visibility was less than five metres, which made it difficult for the fishermen to spot the approaching vessel. He also claimed that the unknown container vessel had failed to sound the horn. A day later the four fishermen were shifted from the CMA CGM Rivoli to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) Pekar boat. One of the fishermen had a broken arm with other injuries and was rushed to a hospital in Malaysia. On May 27th the four fishermen departed from Penang for their homeland, Pangkalan Brandan, Langkat, with the assistance of the Indonesian Consulate General Protection Team.

2021-built, France-flagged, 236,583 gt CMA CGM Rivoli is owned by Aoqin Bail SAS care of CMA CGM of Marseilles, France. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Aoqin Bail. As of June 3rd it was located off Namibia, en route from Singapore to Dunkirk, France, ETA June 15th.

The US Coast Guard medevaced a 31-year-old man from cargo ship Ocean Destiny (IMO 9485045) on May 29th when the vessel was about 63 miles off Southwest Pass, Louisiana. At about 19:00 local time the local USCG received a phone call from the bulk carrier, requesting a medevac for the crew member who was experiencing a medical emergency. Coast Guard District Eight watchstanders coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station helicopter aircrew to conduct the medevac and a USCG Aviation Training Centre Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew to provide communications. The seafarer was transported to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at University Medical Centre in New Orleans. He was reported to be seriously ill.

2011-built, Liberia-flagged, 31,540 gt Ocean Destiny is owned by Trustone Shipping Co Ltd care of manager Transwobia Shipping & Trading Co of Istanbul, Turkiye. ISM manager is Columbia Shipmanagement of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of TrustOne Shipping Co Ltd. As of June 3rd it was off the east coast of Central America, en route to the Panama Canal (ETA June 3rd) having departed new Orleans on May 29th.

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The US Coast Guard medevaced a crew member from container ship Matson Lanai (IMO 9334143) on May 25th when it was about 125nm southwest of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The USCG received a medevac request from the vessel’s Captain who reported a 27-year-old crew member was experiencing stroke-like symptoms. He was evacuated by helicopter and transferred to an awaiting commercial medevac service in Dutch Harbor.

2007-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 39,906 gt Matson Lanai is owned by Longshi International Ship Lease care of Cosmoship Management of Piraeus, Greece. It is managed by Navios Containers Management of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Longshi International Ship Lease, and with Gard AS for Hull on behalf of Navios Shipmanagement Inc. As of June 3rd it was off the west coast of Japan, heading from Long Beach, California (departed May 15th) for Shanghai, China, (ETA June 6th).