Maritime Incidents

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Date: 11/11/2018

Sunday 11th November, 12:00 AM – Inbound 45ft sailing vessel ‘JULIA MAX’ with three persons onboard, contacts Bermuda Radio to report that they are unable to start engine and in need of a tow later in the morning. BMOC contacts a local salvage company which takes the sailing under tow, arriving into St George’s Harbour a few hours later.


Date: 10/11/2018

Friday 9th November, 10:44 am – BMOC received a call from the USCG (RCC Norfolk) regarding the overdue Salty Dog rally participant ‘MOLTO BENE’, a 42ft sloop with two persons onboard, which departed Hampton, Virginia, bound for Bermuda. The vessel satellite tracking device ceased transmitting with concern now raised for vessel. BMOC commences pre-comms checks with arriving yachts for additional information with sailing vessel ‘LYRA MAGNA’ reporting that they overheard radio communications from MOLTO BENE (9th Nov) and all was well onboard. RCC Norfolk are advised of latest update as BMOC continues to monitor for vessel arrival. On Saturday 10th Nov, at 1:25am., MOLTO BENE arrives safely into St. Georges with RCC Norfolk advised accordingly.


Date: 09/11/2018

Friday 9th November, 10:45 pm – RCC Bermuda is contacted by JRCC Piraeus advising that the Bermuda registered LNG Tanker ‘GASLOG SARATOGA’ has gone aground off the coast of Crete. The vessel has since been refloated with no apparent damage or pollution and is currently at anchor at Heraklion. Bermuda Shipping & Maritime Authority (BSMA) were advised as investigations into grounding continue.


Date: 07/11/2018

Wednesday 7th November 12:30pm – BMOC is contacted by the 49ft Canadian sloop FLUENSEA, 300nm to the northwest of Bermuda, and part of a sailing regatta from Portsmouth to Tortola, now diverting to Bermuda due to rudder issues. BMOC continues to monitor the progress of vessel which should arrive on Friday with the assistance of a tow into St Georges Harbour.


Date: 06/11/2018

Tuesday 6th November, 11:30pm – Meyer Shipping Agency contacts BMOC to report that the passenger vessel KONINGSDAM was diverting to Bermuda for medical disembarkation of an ill person onboard. A further call on Wednesday afternoon reported that the patient’s condition had improved, and the ship was continuing to its original next port of call.


Date: 06/11/2018

Tuesday 6th November 2:25am. An SSAS (Ship Security Alerting System) message was received by RCC Bermuda from the 133,000 gross ton LNG tanker LNG RIVER NIGER, indicating that the vessel was under attack by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, near Nigeria. Although the pirates opened fire on the vessel, evasive action was undertaken by ship’s crew with the attack aborted and unsuccessful boarding of vessel. The Nigerian Navy was dispatched in attempt to trace the source of the attack while the LNG RIVER NIGER continued under escort of a security vessel, for pilot and entry into the port of Bonny, Nigeria. Gladly there were no reported injuries onboard.


Date: 05/11/2018

Monday 5th November, 11:16am. A barman at Spanish Point Boat Club contacted RCC Bermuda via 911 after noticing an unmanned 20ft boat adrift off Spanish Point. Marine Police were tasked to assist reporting that friends of the vessel owner had arrived on scene with intention to secure vessel. Marine Police were subsequently stood down and no further assistance required.


Date: 04/11/2018

Sunday 4th November, 2:24pm. RCC Bermuda was contacted by visiting SV ECLIPSE to advise that vessel had suffered sail damage and was safely making its way towards Bermuda, having departed Boston on 29th of October with 4 persons onboard, and due into Bermuda on Monday 5th November. As a precaution the Captain wanted to alert RCC Bermuda to the situation as vessel progressed towards the island. After monitoring progress, the yacht made VHF radio contact with Bermuda Radio approx. 25 miles north of Bermuda, entering port a few hours later without further incident.


Date: 04/11/2018

Sunday 4th November, 3:42am. RCC Bermuda was contacted by the Bermuda Police Service reporting an alarm onboard the passenger ferry SPIRIT OF ST. GEORGE in Dockyard. The vessel operator was notified and proceeded to the area, reporting that the false alarm was the result of a technical fault onboard.


Date: 04/11/2018

Sunday 4th November, 11:28am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre contacted the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to report the presence of a vessel in one of the seasonal protected areas. Fisheries protection vessel SENTINEL arrived on scene reporting that the fisherman was surface fishing and had no protected species onboard. The vessel operator was reminded of the need to remain clear of the protected area.


Date: 04/11/2018

Sunday 4th November, 7:15pm – Bermuda Radio is contacted by the yacht RUBICON, part of the NARC 2018 Rally, reporting that vessel had become entangled with rope from a drifting buoy to the North East of North Rock. Vessel managed to free itself while quickly resuming passage into St Georges. A Notice to Mariners was issued with no further sightings received.


Date: 03/11/2018

Saturday 3rd November, 10:45pm. Bermuda Radio received a call from a vessel off Coney Island with one person onboard, advising that vessel had run out of fuel and was now disabled. Bermuda Radio commenced a broadcast to mariners in the area with a good Samaritan boater arriving on scene a few minutes later, taking the casualty under tow back to its mooring.


Date: 25/10/2018

Thursday 25th October, 4:32pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by 911 dispatchers reporting that a 60-year-old male has suffered cardiac arrest while participating in the pilot gig regatta at Sandy’s Boat Club. CPR was administered on site as patient was taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 25/10/2018

Thursday 25th October, 11:46am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by Air Traffic Control at L.F. Wade international airport reporting that an aircraft had received 121.5 MHz signals on final approach. BMOC requested that a search of aircraft on the ground be conducted to eliminate these as the source of signals. No further signals were detected, and incident closed a few hours later.


Date: 24/10/2018

Wednesday 24th October, 10:05am. RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz ELT Alert from the Bermuda registered Aircraft VQ-BAE. After investigation, it was a confirmed False alert, and the aircraft was located safely on the ground at Vnukovo Airport, Moscow, Russia.


Date: 23/10/2018

Tuesday 23rd October, 8:20am. RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz EPIRB Alert from the previously registered Merchant Vessel M/V RUTLAND. After investigation, it was noted that this was one of multiple false alerts received recently from this 406 MHz Beacon, and no further action was taken.


Date: 20/10/2018

Saturday 20th October, 4:15pm. RCC Bermuda received a call from Bermuda Air Traffic Control Tower reporting the approach of American Airlines flight AA225 with 166 persons onboard, having declared an emergency following a cracked windscreen. Marine police unit Heron III was immediately tasked to Ferry Reach, while a section of the Kindley Field road was closed by Bermuda Police Service in preparation for aircraft arrival. At 5pm, the aircraft landed safely and all units stood down.