Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 27/03/2020

Friday 27th March, 4:40 am – RCC Bermuda received a relayed DSC distress alert on 2187.5 KHz from the Bulk Carrier AQUALIBRA. The vessel was in a position approximately 700 miles North East of French Guiana, RCC Bermuda contacted the French SAR authorities responsible for the area and the AQUALIBRA was found to have suffered an engine room fire which was extinguished without any injuries to the crew.

Date: 26/03/2020

Thursday 26th March, 6:30 pm – RCC Bermuda received an email from the containership MAERSK BATAM in a position 600 miles to the South East of Bermuda, the ship reported seeing a capsized vessel of about 10m in length. After further discussion with the MAERSK BATAM the vessel was considered to be derelict, the U.S. Coast Guard were informed and RCC Bermuda issued a Notice to Mariners regarding the floating hazard.

Date: 19/03/2020

Thursday 19th March 6:15pm – BMOC receives call from a member of public regarding the 21ft Centre console PERSEVERNECE, disabled approx. 0.5nm South off Church bay, with 3 POB. Indicating they had ran out of fuel. Bermuda radio issues PAN PAN broadcasts for any vessels in the vicinity able to assist in the towage of the vessel. Police COMOPS where informed for a potential call out of the Bermuda Coastguard. Subsequently a friend of a person onboard, assists and proceeds offshore to rendezvous to the vessel with a supply of fuel. BMOC receives a call to confirm all back ashore safe by 10pm.