Maritime Incidents

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Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 3:19 pm – BMOC receives a call from the s/v DR. DIESEL who reports his dinghy has broken loose from the vessel, and has drifted onto the shoreline in the vicinity of the St. Georges Dinghy Club. Dingy was recovered Thursday morning with assistance from other visiting yachts.


Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 12:15 pm – BMOC receives a call from a member of the public reporting the 24ft PC LONG WOOD low in the water on its moorings at Foot of the Lane. The registered owner was contacted to attend vessel.


Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 12:20 pm – BMOC receives a call from the s/v GALE concerned for the 40ft s/v HONEY BUM BUM adrift in St. Georges Harbour. The registered owner was contacted to attend vessel.


Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 11:55 am – BMOC receives a call from a member of the public reporting the 16ft PC THE JITLA low in the water on its moorings in St. Davids. The registered owner was contacted to attend vessel.


Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 11:30 am – BMOC receives a call from the visiting s/v CELTIC C concerned for the security of its anchor in Powder Hole with the gale force winds experienced. Pilot Boat ST DAVID assisted the sailing vessel setting a second anchor provided by the Department of Fisheries.


Date: 27/11/2018

Tuesday 27th November, 12:50 pm - BMOC received a VHF call from the visiting 44ft Sloop STORM PETREL reporting that vessel had become disabled in the Narrows Channel shortly after departing St George’s Harbour bound for Hamilton. A commercial tow was arranged via Bermuda Yacht Services as STORM PETREL was returned to anchor in St George’s Harbour.


Date: 27/11/2018

Monday 26th November, 10:07 pm – BMOC was contacted by the Captain of passenger ship QUEEN MARY 2, on passage between New York and St Thomas, reporting that a passenger onboard had suffered a retinal tear and was in danger of losing their sight. After discussion with USCG flight surgeon and Emergency Department at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, it was decided that vessel, then 300 nm WNW Bermuda, should make best speed towards Bermuda for patient transfer ashore via pilot boat. At 1pm local time, Tuesday 27th November, Queen Mary 2 arrived off the east end of Bermuda where patient was successfully transferred ashore via pilot boat St. David, for onward transfer to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 24/11/2018

Saturday, 24th November 2018, 10:05 AM, Canadian sailing vessel CELTIC C contacts BMOC via third party reporting that the vessel was weather stressed 65NM North of Bermuda with 3 persons onboard. Crew have jury-rigged a sail arrangement but are in need of a tow into St George’s Harbour on arrival as vessel engine has also failed. Crew intention is to ride out gale to the north of Bermuda and continue for a daylight approach. At 5:48 pm, Sunday 25th November, S/v CELTIC C was taken under tow by pilot boat St. David and anchored safely in St. George’s Harbour.


Date: 24/11/2018

Saturday, 24th November 2018, 9:55 AM, A member of the public contacts BMOC reporting that the sailing vessel CRUSADER had washed up on Nine Beaches. Owner was notified of situation and would attend to vessel.


Date: 23/11/2018

Friday, 23rd November 2018, 7:30 PM – Sailing vessel MARIELLA contacts Bermuda Radio to report that vessel tender is disabled and adrift in St George’s Harbour with two persons onboard. Bermuda Radio commences a broadcast to all vessels in St. George’s Harbour, with S/v EROS reporting that they have a tender in the water and will assist. Tender to Mariella is towed back to vessel and Eros thanked for assistance.


Date: 22/11/2018

Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 10:47 AM – A member of the public reported seeing a person emptying fuel from a motorbike down a storm drain in Hamilton. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre passed the details to the Department of Environment & Natural Resources.


Date: 19/11/2018

Monday 19th November, 1:19pm. RCC Bermuda received a telephone call from a member of public reporting the 20ft vessel BOUT TIME, very low in the water at her moorings located off from Harbour Road, in the vicinity of Newstead. Bermuda Radio contacted the registered owner who attended and pumped out vessel out.


Date: 18/11/2018

Sunday 18th November, 10:30 AM. Norwegian SV MATHILDE, a 26ft sloop, with one person onboard, arrived WSW of Eastern Blue Cut Beacon, appearing to be heading onto the reef. After numerous calls from Bermuda Radio and no response from vessel, SV Mathilde crossed over Western Blue Cut and into the shallows. Upon dispatch of the Marine Police, they discovered that the lone sailor had experienced engine failure, had no working radio equipment and no navigation charts. The vessel was escorted to Robinson's Marina and attended by Customs and Marine Police.


Date: 18/11/2018

Sunday 18th November, 4:22 PM. PC SOLSTICE, on its moorings in Flatts Inlet, was reported low in the water, by a member of the public. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre contacted the registered owner and he proceeded to check the vessel.


Date: 16/11/2018

Friday 16th November, 7:10PM. The UK Coastguard contacted RCC Bermuda, advising concerned relatives for persons onboard the 44ft U.K. registered sloop Sailing Vessel BURASARI, got in touch with the UK Coastguard, having not heard from the vessel for some days. SV BURASARI was on passage in the Atlantic between Newport and Bermuda with 2 persons onboard. RCC Bermuda was able to immediately supply information with details from SV BURASARI, submitted online before the vessel left Newport. RCC Bermuda briefed the UK Coastguard, and then contacted SV BURASARI by satellite telephone, and determined the vessel was located 125nm NW of Bermuda making slow progress towards St. George's Harbour in heavy weather. Everyone onboard was reported well and in good health and required no assistance, a regular communications schedule was established reporting progress for the vessel. SV BURASARI made safe arrival at 6:50pm Sunday 18th November and all concerned parties were notified.


Date: 15/11/2018

Thursday 15th November, 9:45pm. The inbound 45ft sailing vessel ‘PIRATE’ with four persons onboard, on passage from Port Charles, Virginia to Bermuda, contacts Bermuda Radio on VHF to report that they are unable to start their engine and are in need of a tow on arrival in the morning into the harbour. BMOC make arrangements for the Pilot/Rescue Boat St David to assist, and safely tow the PIRATE into St Georges Harbour.


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.