Maritime Incidents

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Date: 20/04/2019

Saturday 20th April, 5:05 pm. Bermuda Radio received a cellular telephone call from the local 28ft sailing vessel ‘’Friendship’’, advising they were disabled in the Great Sound with 4 Persons Onboard, due to a fault with the vessels steering system. Bermuda Radio commenced Marine VHF Broadcasts requesting assistance from any other vessels in the area able to help, the local Boston Whaler ‘’Secret Smiler’’ kindly replied and offered to proceed and assist. A short while later, ‘’Secret Smiler’’ confirmed they had safely towed the ‘’Friendship’’ back to its moorings in Jews Bay.


Date: 11/04/2019

Thursday 11th April, 1:18 pm. The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert via the COSPAS-SARSAT Global Satellite alerting system, indicating that a Dutch registered vessel was in Distress near Northrock beacon. At the same time the Duty Officer was dealing with a recently arrived sailing vessel and noticed that a crew member had arrived at Ordnance Island with a 406 MHz EPIRB in his hands. The crew member confirmed that the beacon was flashing with the hexadecimal code matching that received from the Distress alert. All crew were confirmed safe and well and beacon battery subsequently disconnected. A follow-up brief was provided to RCC Norfolk and the Netherlands Coast Guard.


Date: 10/04/2019

Wednesday 10th April, 5:38 pm. Bermuda Radio received a telephone call from Crisson’s company reporting that their Tug / Barge had a fire in the engine room, currently located in South Channel, and person onboard no longer answering his telephone. Pilot boat St. David was put on standby as Bermuda Radio attempted to contact the person onboard via cellphone. A few minutes later, Bermuda Radio was informed that the fire onboard was since extinguished with vessel and barge continuing under own steam towards St. George’s Harbour. Pilot boat St. David was subsequently stood down with tug and barge arriving safely into St. George’s around 6:30 pm


Date: 09/04/2019

Tuesday 9th April, 6:59am. Bermuda Radio received a VHF call from the 25 ft PC ‘’O.G. Fish Killer’’ advising that vessel was disabled approx. 4nm SW of Chubb Heads with 3 persons onboard, currently secure at anchor but in need of assistance. Bermuda Radio contacts a friend ashore who advises that he will tow vessel back ashore once finished fishing for the day. At approximately 6:00 pm, the ‘’O.G. Fish Killer’’ reports that vessel is under tow by PC ‘’EXOTIC’’, arriving back into Mills Creek a short while later.


Date: 31/03/2019

Sunday 31st March, 00:55 am – BMOC received a satellite telephone call from the Bulk Carrier SUPER EMMA in a position approximately 500nm ENE of Bermuda, on passage from Brake, Germany to Port Canaveral, Florida. The ship diverted to Bermuda to disembark the Bosun, a 41 year old, Chinese National, who had suffered severe burn injuries while setting up a BBQ. The Master of SUPER EMMA was given medical advice by the USCG, and the patient was safely transferred to the pilot boat St David with the aid of a stretcher at 4:30 pm on Monday 1st April, and was subsequently transferred to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by Ambulance.


Date: 26/03/2019

Tuesday 26th March, 6:07pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by Holland Americas Fleet Operations Centre, acting on behalf of the Cruise Ship Prinsendam, reporting that vessel is diverting to Bermuda for medical disembarkation of an 82-year-old male passenger who sustained an injury onboard the vessel. MS Prinsendam, was on route from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Madeira, Portugal, arrived off the east end of Bermuda late Wednesday evening. At 11pm, Wednesday 27th March, the patient was safely landed ashore, accompanied with a member of the ships medical staff, by pilot boat ‘St. David’ and then taken via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.