Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 31/05/2020

Sunday 31st May, 5:55pm - Bermuda Radio received a call on VHF Radio reporting a jet ski abandoned and partially submerged off Morgan’s Island in Ely’s Harbour. The report included the jet ski registration number allowing Bermuda Radio to contact the owner who was able to confirm that the jet Ski operator was accounted for and they were in the process of recovering the vessel.


Date: 30/05/2020

Saturday 30 May 5:20am – RCC Bermuda received an email from the 44ft S/V ZULA, inbound to Bermuda with 3 POB, advising that she was taking on water through the propeller shaft. The ingress of water was under control using the bilge pump and RCC Bermuda were able to monitor the vessels progress with a regular communications schedule. S/V ZULA safely arrived at 8am on Monday morning, with plans being made for its removal from the water for repairs.


Date: 29/05/2020

Friday 29 May 10:45am - Bermuda Radio received a phone call from the 25ft P/C BLACK MAGIC with 1 POB advising that they had run out of gas near Agars Island and required a tow. The Bermuda Coast Guard where advised and able to assist, however, a passing vessel was flagged down and towed the disabled vessel ashore.


Date: 29/05/2020

Friday 29 May 3:12pm - Bermuda Radio received a call from a single jet skier in the vicinity of Clearwater Beach, St David’s. The jet ski was reported disabled and requesting assistance after failed attempts at being towed by another jet ski. The Coast Guard were tasked to assist but were unable to locate the disabled jet ski, which was later reported to have been trailered ashore at Clearwater.


Date: 29/05/2020

Friday 29 May 4:30pm - Bermuda Radio received an email from 86ft S/V Nordwind, inbound to Bermuda, reporting the need for non-urgent medical assistance for one of the Crew Members onboard. The yacht arrived into St Georges Harbour on Monday 1st of June and With cooperation from Port Health was able to received medical assistance while remaining in quarantine conditions.


Date: 29/05/2020

Friday 29 May 5:15pm - RCC Bermuda received an SSAS (Ship Security Alerting System) message from the Bermuda Registered LNG Carrier SOLARIS operating in the Pacific Ocean. A call to the Company Security Officer confirmed that the alert had been sent during routine testing of the SSAS system and all was well onboard.


Date: 25/05/2020

Monday 25th May, 4:15pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a cell phone call from the 21ft Centre Console Power Craft LORD OF THE RINGS, with 3 pob, reporting that they where disabled, at anchor in Mangrove Bay, given the location, the Bermuda Coastguard where able to promptly respond and safely towed the vessel to Boaz Island Gas Station to refuel.


Date: 24/05/2020

Sunday 24th May, 10:00pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received an e-mail from a member of public reporting a suspected Distress Flare in the vicinity of Great Sound towards Watford Bridge, while the reported sighting was white/yellow in colour, Bermuda Radio commenced Urgent Marine VHF Broadcasts for any further sightings or information, Bermuda Coastguard also assisted by doing a patrol in the area of Great Sound, paradise Lakes and Two Rock Passage, confirming no vessels observed in Distress.


Date: 21/05/2020

Friday 15th May, 9:00 pm - The Bermuda Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) received information from RCC Norfolk regarding the 38 foot U.S. sailing vessel HOBO GIRL with 1 person onboard who had reportedly indicated via a SPOT satellite message back to family ashore that he was possibly in distress. The vessel had sailed from Fort Pierce, Florida, on May 1st bound for Valencia, Spain. The distress position was thought to be some 180 miles Northeast of Great Abaco, Bahamas while further information from family ashore suggested a stop in Bermuda was planned. The U.S. Coast Guard commenced an aircraft search between the last known position and Bermuda, while Bermuda Radio commenced urgency broadcasts to shipping in the area to maintain a sharp lookout for the HOBO GIRL. With nothing found, the USCG suspended their aircraft search on the evening of 19th May as it was unclear that the yacht was actually in distress. At 9:00 pm Tuesday May 19th, Bermuda Radio detected a vessel approaching the island on radar which turned out to be the HOBO GIRL and the single handed sailor confirmed by radio that he was not in distress. The yacht was directed under sail by Bermuda Radio up to the entrance of the Town Cut shipping channel but due to engine problems the yacht then requested a tow into the harbour. While Bermuda Radio was in the process of arranging a commercial tow, the Bermuda Coast Guard vessel RESCUE 1 volunteered to assist and proceeded from Watford House, Somerset to St. George's where they subsequently towed the HOBO GIRL from the vicinity of the Sea Buoy to the Yacht Reporting Centre dock where she was secured for Customs clearance.


Date: 20/05/2020

Thursday 14th May, 7:55am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a telephone call from a member of public located in St Georges, reporting what appeared to be a capsized vessel adrift in Murrays Anchorage, off North Shore. Bermuda Radio broadcast on Marine VHF, for any vessels in the area to offer further information, or possible assistance to the report. Bermuda Radio quickly tasked the Marine & Ports Pilot/Rescue Boat St David to proceed to the position and ascertain no persons where in distress, arriving promptly on scene they confirmed the vessel appeared to have been adrift for some time due to growth on the hull, and may have originated from overseas. The St David established a tow and brought the stricken vessel into St Georges Harbour. The Bermuda Coast Guard where subsequently able to assist, by taking and removing the vessel from the water at Watford House, further investigations have not been able to confirm the identity or origin of the 18ft Centre Console Power Craft.


Date: 12/05/2020

Tuesday 12th May, 1:55 pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, received a VHF call from the Ferry Corona, reporting a MARPOL sighting in the vicinity of the M/V Oleander, secured alongside Hamilton Harbour Docks, observing a sheen of oil on the surface of the water, following investigation it was established that the source emanated from a Hydraulic Oil leak off one of the Shoreside Cranes, the source was contained, with boom deployed in the area from the Dock, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources where advised, and the Superintendent at Hamilton Docks, later confirming that the surface oil had dissipated naturally and no further action was required.


Date: 08/05/2020

Friday 8th May, 2:10 am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, received a Distress 406 MHz EPIRB alert from the Bermuda registered vessel PIRATE KING, the emergency contact listed on RCC Bermuda’s, EPIRB database was called, but unfortunately advised, the vessel had recently been sold and the EPIRB had not been re-registered to reflect the new owners contact details. The EPIRP remained activate indicating the distress position was to the East end of the island, Bermuda Radio broadcast a Marine Urgency, “Pan Pan” message requesting further information on the status of the 48ft P/C PIRATE KING. The new owner of the vessel was eventually established from the previous owner, who were contacted, and able to confirm that PIRATE KING was secure out of the water at St Georges Boatyard. The owner attended the vessel but was unable to establish why the emergency beacon was transmitting but suspect as the battery for the EPIRB was expired, had caused the false activation.


Date: 03/05/2020

Sunday 3rd May, 4:20 pm – The Bulk Carrier SPAR LIBRA contacted Bermuda Radio via satellite telephone from a position 200 miles North North West of Bermuda to advise that they had sighted a capsized vessel approximately 10 m in length. The ship could not see any sign of habitation onboard and no identifying marks could be seen on the vessel. The sighting did not appear relate to any SAR cases known to Bermuda or USCG, Bermuda Radio issued a Notice To Mariners regarding the floating hazard to navigation, no further reports were received.