Maritime Incidents

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Date: 17/04/2018

Tuesday 17th April 2018 10:44am: Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 911 call from a member of public reporting two kayakers, indicating signs of distress, drifting offshore from the Dockyard area, BMOC calls staff at Snorkel Park, who swiftly respond with jet skis securing and towing the kayakers back safely inshore.


Date: 17/04/2018

Tuesday 17th April 2018 1:25pm: Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 406Mhz EPIRB alert from the local Bermuda fishing vessel SALLY ANN, Bermuda Radio makes contact with the owner of the vessel, and confirms the vessel is safe and secure on her moorings in Mangrove Bay, advising the EPIRB battery had expired and was the probable cause of the false alert, the EPIRB was subsequently destroyed to avoid any further false alerts.


Date: 17/04/2018

Tuesday 17th April, 10:40pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 911 call from a concerned member of public, who reported hearing persons on board a small centre console shouting for assistance, believed to be broken down in the vicinity of Heritage Wharf, Dockyard. Bermuda Radio contacts the Cruise Ship ‘’Celebrity Silhouette’’ (berthed at Heritage Wharf) to enquire if they are able to get a better visual of the situation. A short while later, the ‘’Celebrity Silhouette’’ confirmed the reported disabled vessel was safely underway.


Date: 15/04/2018

Sunday 15th April, 6:20pm. A member of public calls Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, concerned for the welfare of 3 dogs swimming in the water and following a kayaker between Spanish Point and Dockyard. A Police land unit was dispatched to investigate. A short while later, the kayaker and 3 dogs were observed returning safely ashore.


Date: 11/04/2018

Wednesday 11th April 2018, 05:46am: Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the 29,666 GRT Bermuda flagged OIL tanker ‘STENA IMPECCABLE’, indicating a piracy / armed attack onboard. Contact was made with the Company Security Officer who confirmed that vessel was safe and well in the vicinity of the Gulf of Oman, having inadvertently sent an alert while testing Ship Security Alerting System (SSAS).


Date: 10/04/2018

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 09:40am: Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the 29,666 GRT Bermuda flagged OIL tanker ‘STENA IMPORTANT’, indicating a piracy / armed attack onboard. Contact was made with the Company Security Officer who confirmed that vessel was safe and well in the vicinity off Northern Venezuela, having inadvertently sent an alert while testing Ship Security Alerting System (SSAS).


Date: 04/04/2018

Wednesday 4th April, 11:15am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the 109,004 GRT Bermuda flagged LNG tanker ‘METHANE PATRICIA CAMILA’, indicating a piracy / armed attack onboard. Contact was made with the Company Security Officer who confirmed that vessel was safe and well in the vicinity of Angola off the West Coast of Africa, having inadvertently sent an alert while testing Ship Security Alerting System (SSAS).


Date: 04/04/2018

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 11:35am: Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted via e-mail by the Department of Environmental & Natural Resources DENR, advising a member of public had reported a marine pollution incident, located in Mills Creek, BMOC tasked the Marine Police to investigate the reports, Rescue 2 proceeded to Mills Creek and patrolled the area, confirming no signs or observations of pollution were present, no further action was taken pending further reports.


Date: 02/04/2018

Monday 2nd April, 12:06pm. A local vessel on Challenger Bank, reported a migrating whale found distressed with entanglement in rope or wire around the creature’s fluke. Having advised Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre who relayed the plight of the whale to BAMZ staff Dr Ian Walker, it was concluded that Bermuda at this time, lacked the necessary specialist equipment to assist the whale and was unable to offer further assistance to the animal, it has been discussed with the Aquarium that following this incident attempts will be made to obtain the equipment required should this situation arise again.


Date: 01/04/2018

Sunday 1st April 2018, 2:14pm. The Yacht “LUCKY CAT” was on passage from Antigua Bound for the Azores with 5 persons onboard, and was approximately 700 miles east from Bermuda, when concerned parties ashore reported a break in steady communications from the vessel. “LUCKY CAT” had been transmitting its position via Satcom ashore, but this was interrupted for some time, giving rise to concerns over safety onboard. The reporting party was eventually able to make contact with the yacht, discovering there was a temporary electrical problem onboard, which had been resolved, and the position reporting had resumed without further incident. RCC Bermuda remained on standby and monitored the vessel's progress to ensure that communications were maintained.


Date: 31/03/2018

Saturday 31st March, 12:33pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by a member of the public reporting a strong smell of diesel fuel, in Ely's Harbour, Sandys. Bermuda Radio tasked the Fisheries Protection Vessel in the area to proceed and investigate the report, whereupon they discovered the 47-foot Cabin Cruiser “SOJOURN” had sunk on its moorings and was clearly visible resting on the seabed. With a small amount of fuel onboard having leaked to the surface creating a sheen in the area, the vessel owner was contacted and advised of the situation, who confirmed would task a Marine Contractor as soon as possible to remove the vessel. The “SOJOURN” was lifted and brought ashore to Dockyard during the evening Monday 2nd April. The residual fuel in the area has since dissipated with no further action required.


Date: 30/03/2018

Friday 30th March, 11:18am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the 8562 GRT Bermuda flagged tanker ‘SICHEM MUMBAI’, indicating a piracy / armed attack onboard. Contact was made with the Company Security Officer who confirmed that vessel was safe and well in the vicinity of the Florida Straits, having inadvertently sent an alert while testing Ship Security Alerting System (SSAS).


Date: 30/03/2018

Friday 30th March 2018, 1:26pm. Bermuda Radio received a VHF call from the 20 foot Power Craft "LORD OF THE RINGS" Advising they were disabled approximately 3.5NM Southeast from Gibbs Hill Lighthouse with 2 pob, Bermuda Radio commenced urgency Broadcasts requesting assistance from any local mariners, a short while later it was confirmed that Friends had proceeded offshore to assist and safely towed the vessel back into Dockyard.


Date: 21/03/2018

Wednesday 21st March, 3:15am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the 31789 GRT Bermuda flagged floating production storage and offloading FPSO vessel ‘BW CIDADE DE SAO VINCENT’, indicating a piracy / armed attack onboard. Contact was made with the Company Security Officer who confirmed that vessel was safe and well in the vicinity of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Having inadvertently sent a real alert while testing Ship Security Alerting System (SSAS).


Date: 21/03/2018

Wednesday 21st March, 10:20pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the 8562 GRT Bermuda flagged tanker ‘SICHEM MUMBAI’, indicating a piracy / armed attack onboard. Contact was made with the Company Security Officer who confirmed that vessel was safe and well in the vicinity of Nova Scotia, Canada. Having inadvertently sent a real alert while testing Ship Security Alerting System (SSAS).