Maritime Incidents

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Date: 18/01/2019

Friday 18th January 2019, 5:16 pm. An SSAS alert (Ships Security Alerting System) was received from the Bermuda registered Motor Tanker SICHEM MUMBAI operating in the Gulf of Mexico. RCC Bermuda contacted the ships Company Security Officer who confirmed that vessel was safe and well.


Date: 17/01/2019

Thursday 17th January 2019, 9:45am. An SSAS alert (Ships Security Alerting System) was received from the Bermuda registered motor yacht SUSSURRO, operating off the coast of La Ciotat, France. A call by RCC Bermuda to the vessels Company Security Officer confirmed that all was safe and well on-board.


Date: 16/01/2019

Wednesday 16th January, 2:40pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by Meyer Ships agents, regarding the cruise ship ANTHEM OF THE SEAS, reporting the urgent need to disembark a 77 year female passenger, who had been placed on life support, and required ICU treatment. The vessel on passage from St Kitts to Bayonne, New Jersey, continued under best speed towards the island for arrival later that evening. At 10:45pm, Wednesday 16th January, the patient was successfully transferred ashore by the pilot boat St. David, under escort by ships medical team, and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 16/01/2019

Wednesday 16th January 2019, 6:33 am. A 406MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert was received from a UK programmed distress beacon, registered to the sailing vessel DUNKERS OF TINTERN, in position approximately 5NM West of Gibbs Hill Light House. Follow-up investigations by RCC Bermuda, RCC Norfolk & UK Maritime & Coast Guard Agency, including tasking by RCC Bermuda of a local vessel to search the area, attributed Distress signal to a false alert. No additional signals or signs of a vessel in Distress were received.


Date: 11/01/2019

Friday 11th January, 7:27am. The 43626 GRT container vessel ‘POLAR MEXICO’ Is diverting to Bermuda to disembark an injured crewmember who has suffered a suspected Compound Fracture to his left ankle. The 46-year-old Polish national is due to be disembarked by pilot boat St. David at 11pm local time, Saturday night, for onward transfer to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 09/01/2019

Tuesday 8th January, 6:25pm. The 35ft fishing vessel ISLAND SPIRIT contacted Bermuda Radio advising that vessel was very low on fuel North of North Rock Beacon, proceeding at slow speed, but may not make it to shore. Unsuccessful attempts were made by the four persons onboard to contact friends ashore as Bermuda Radio commenced broadcasts to other mariners in the area able to assist. OG FISH KILLER responded to Bermuda Radio’s calls for assistance, taking ISLAND SPIRIT under tow at 9pm, arriving into St Georges Harbour just after midnight.


Date: 09/01/2019

Wednesday 9th January, 7:00pm. BMOC received a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the Bermuda registered vessel LNG SOKOTO. A call to the ship's company security officer confirmed that is was false alert during testing of system onboard.


Date: 08/01/2019

Sunday 6th January, 2:36am. A concerned member of the public contacts BMOC advising that the 72ft Ketch HYDRAGALE, with 2 people onboard, was diverting to Bermuda to conduct engine repairs. On Monday evening (7th) HYDRAGALE contacted Bermuda Radio via Satellite phone from a position 60 Miles South of Bermuda to advise of engine problems and difficulty with current weather conditions. Vessel was making little headway under engine power with concern expressed that engine may not last much longer. Bermuda Radio provided latest weather forecast including live input from the duty forecaster at the Bermuda Weather Service, while advising vessel to ‘hove to’ until early morning. Winds eased as forecasted and HYDRAGALE continued the last leg towards Bermuda, arriving into St. George’s Harbour early Tuesday afternoon.


Date: 03/01/2019

Thursday 3rd January, 12:40pm. The 27ft sailing vessel 'Elizabeth Rose' was reported aground on the rocks off Perot’s Island. BMOC contacts the owner who will attend to vessel.


Date: 01/01/2019

Tuesday 1st January 2019. 5:38am. Marine Police unit Rescue One responded to a boat grounding incident near Lefroy House early New Year’s Day, which sadly resulted in the death of one person onboard. The 24-year-old male was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital but tragically succumbed to his injuries. The boat driver and female passenger also sustained non-life-threatening injuries with the driver held overnight in ICU and female passenger released a few hours later. The 18ft craft has since been impounded by Bermuda Marine Police for follow-up investigation.


Date: 31/12/2018

Monday 31st December, 3:08pm. Bermuda registered MV SICHEM MARSEI, underway to the east of Turks Island Passage, approx. 800 miles to the SSW of Bermuda, inadvertently activated the on-board Ship's Security and Alerting System (SSAS), resulting in a call from RCC Bermuda. The ship's company security officer confirmed that it was a false alert with no security issue on-board.


Date: 25/12/2018

Tuesday 25th December, 8:39 am – BMOC received a telephone call from JRCC Trenton (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre), raising concern for the 35ft Canadian registered catamaran OH, reportedly on passage from the Canary Islands to Antigua. Family members had stopped receiving tracking information from a SPOT device on board leading to calls for assistance. Bermuda Radio commenced information broadcasts on S/v OH, however, later that morning an updated position was received and no further assistance required.


Date: 23/12/2018

Sunday 23rd December, 8:41 am – BMOC received a 406 MHz EPIRB alert from a Bermuda registered beacon, programmed for local fishing vessel REEL ADDICTION. After further investigation it was discovered that the beacon had been transferred to another local fishing vessel, (C002 (No Name), located safe at sea. Investigations continue into reason for beacon alert and incorrect registration of beacon.


Date: 21/12/2018

Friday 21st December, 1:37pm. A US Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter arrived into L.F. Wade international airport this afternoon after picking up an injured crew member from M/V Eddy Stone. The 59-year-old British national had fallen the previous week and suffered a suspected fractured rib, and over the course of the week experienced shortness of breath, leading to a call for assistance. The patient was taken on-board a US Navy ship operating in the vicinity and treated by ships medical team who assessed that he was suffering from right lower lobe pneumonia. The casualty was flown by helicopter to Bermuda once within 100 miles of the island and taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.