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Date: 21/02/2017

Tuesday 21st February, 9:10am. The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was advised that the 22656 GRT Bulk Carrier, ‘SFL Medway’, was inbound to Bermuda to disembark two crew members, one who had suffered a head injury and the other who had ‘fever like’ symptoms. Following medical advice from shore and continued treatment onboard, the vessel was advised to make best speed towards Bermuda. SFL Medway, then 571 miles northeast of Bermuda, had departed Gibraltar bound for Mobile, Alabama. At 5pm, Thursday 23rd February, both patients were safely disembarked by Pilot boat St. George and taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 16/02/2017

Thursday 16th February, 10:03am. The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert from the 28-foot fishing vessel ‘Lady J’, followed by a call from the vessel owner a minute later. The owner reported that vessel was safe and well while undergoing inspection by a fisheries officer when beacon was inadvertently activated. A check of RCC Bermuda database indicated that beacon registration details were not current with owner advised to re-register beacon immediately with RCC Bermuda.


Date: 15/02/2017

Wednesday 15th February, 10:10am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a satellite telephone call from the Captain of Motor Tanker ‘NARMADA SPIRIT’, reporting that the vessel had experienced a small discharge of oil (24 hours prior), approximately 205 nm northwest of Bermuda. The Captain advised that some oil staining was sighted on deck during bad weather on the 14th and a small patch of oil was sighted overboard as ship rolled heavily in rough seas. Once weather had subsided, the area was inspected; soundings (Checks) of tanks under taken with hull and tanks confirmed intact. The vessel on route from Fujairah, UAE, continued to its next port in Delaware Bay. Due to the negligible amount of oil spilled and rough seas in the area, no further response was warranted. RCC Norfolk (U.S. Coast Guard) were appraised of the situation and impending arrival of vessel in U.S. waters on the 16th February.


Date: 05/02/2017

Sunday 5th February at 1:27pm. RCC Bermuda was contacted by the bulk carrier GOLDEN TAURUS, reporting that medical assistance was required for a 21-year-old Filipino crewmember, found in a semi-conscious state onboard. Following Medical advice from CIRM Roma (Centro Internazionale Radio Medico), the vessel continued under best speed towards Bermuda, as RCC Bermuda and RCC Miami coordinated an emergency evacuation plan. GOLDEN TAURUS, then approximately 375nm SW of Bermuda, had departed the port of Myrtle Grove, New Orleans with a cargo of wheat grain, bound for Oran, Algeria, in North Africa. Despite medical advice from shore and efforts by the crew onboard, the crew member was reported deceased a short while later. GOLDEN TAURUS arrived off the east end of Bermuda Monday morning to disembark the deceased crew member. Local Coroner; Marine Police and company representatives have since boarded the vessel to carry out further investigation into the incident.


Date: 04/02/2017

Saturday 04th February 2017, 11:19am. RCC Bermuda receives a call from the Captain of the Liberian flagged Oil Tanker, ‘TOWER BRIDGE’, advising that vessel was diverting to Bermuda to land a Russian crew member, suffering from a suspected Hernia. The 27705 GRT, 182 meter long vessel had initially departed Port Arthur, Texas, with 25 persons onboard, bound for FOS, France. Logistics were put in place including appointment of local shipping agent; arrangement of ambulance and attendance on scene by Pilot/Rescue boat St George. Around 5pm, Saturday afternoon, the transfer was successfully completed with patient taken ashore by pilot boat St. George and subsequently by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 27/01/2017

Friday 27th January, 2017, 4:10pm - RCC Bermuda received a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the Bermuda registered Chemical Tanker ‘SICHEM NEW YORK’, operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Following a call to the Company Security Officer, the vessel was confirmed safe and well with the company now investigating the reason for the alert.