Maritime Incidents

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Date: 19/05/2018

Saturday 19th May, 6:41pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by the 21ft Centre Console ‘SEA HAPPY’ reporting vessel disabled but at anchor off North Shore, near Grotto Bay, with two persons onboard. Bermuda Radio commences callouts to vessels able to assist while vessel owner also speaks with friend ashore to arrange a tow. Just after midnight, SEA HAPPY reports that vessel is now back at moorings in Flatts after friend towed them ashore.


Date: 18/05/2018

Friday 18th May, 4:50pm. RCC Bermuda receives a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert via the COSPAS-SARSAT Satellite Distress Alerting System from Bermuda registered fishing vessel ‘STEALTH II’. Vessel owner is contacted, reporting that boat is on land in St. David’s, and unable to confirm reason for beacon alert. No further alerts were received with incident closed a few hours later.


Date: 18/05/2018

Friday 18th May, 10:34am. A member of the public ashore reports a 17-20ft vessel adrift between Fort St. Catherine’s Point and Narrows shipping channel, with no persons sighted onboard. Bermuda Radio commences broadcasts to mariners in area while also arranging for Marine & Ports work boat ‘Dragon’ to attend. At 1:08pm, Dragon reports that it has the 18ft vessel ‘SILENT RAGE’ in tow to St. George’s Harbour. Vessel owner is contacted while Bermuda Radio cancels broadcast to mariners.


Date: 18/05/2018

Friday 18th May, 10:45am. A 65-year-old male crew member from sailing vessel 'SUN KOZ 2' was safely landing ashore in Bermuda this morning after initially taking ill a few days earlier, approximately 600 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. RCC Norfolk along with RCC Bermuda coordinated patient transfer by small boat to USS Gravely for disembarkation off the east end of Bermuda. Local EMS services were alerted as patient disembarked via pilot boat ‘St. David’ early Friday morning and was taken via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 17/05/2018

Thursday 17th May, 3pm. Bermuda Radio is contacted by S/v STARSHIPANNIE requesting commercial tow on final approach to island due to engine failure. Local company ‘Bermuda Yacht Services’ was contacted to assist with vessel ‘LINE TWO’ taking the sailing vessel under tow into St. George’s Harbour.


Date: 17/05/2018

Thursday 17th May, 10:41pm. A 911 caller to BMOC reports what is believed to be a Distress flares sighted off the Tyne’s Bay Incinerator on North Shore. The person reported seeing several flares (Red/Orange in colour), approx. two minutes apart. Bermuda Radio commences broadcast to mariners in area while also tasking a police land unit to investigate. BMOC closes the incident a short while late as no further reports were received and no vessels reported overdue or in Distress.


Date: 15/05/2018

Tuesday 15th May, 12:55pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by a member of the public reporting the 37ft sailing vessel ‘THIRD ANGEL’ unmanned and adrift in Ely’s Harbour, now possibly aground near entrance to Harbour. Boat was previously abandoned during storms a few years ago. Police Marine boat ‘Rescue One’ is tasked to investigate, reporting that vessel is aground and not a danger to mariners. Marine Police & Boats & Moorings personnel attend morning of the 16th for follow-up investigations.


Date: 15/05/2018

Tuesday 15th May, 8:55pm. RCC Bermuda receives a call from a member of the public concerned for friends on board the local F/v ‘’Marva J’’, possibly taking on water near North Rock Beacon with two persons onboard. RCC Bermuda establishes direct communication with vessel who report that they struck something earlier causing water intake via drive shaft. Water ingress is now under control with vessel initially under tow to Burchall’s Cove, but now bound for St. George’s Harbour where vessel will be hauled. At 10pm. MARVA J is sighted having safely arrived into St. George’s Harbour.


Date: 15/05/2018

Tuesday 15th May, 2:39pm. RCC Bermuda receives a 911 call from a visiting tourist on board a rental boat, currently disabled off Daniels Head, near the ‘’Vixen’’ wreck, with four persons on board. Person confirms that they have launched a Distress Flare which was sighted by the ‘CORAL SEA’ who have come to their assistance. Bermuda Radio also contacts rental company (H2O Watersports) who dispatch one of their own vessels to assist. CORAL SEA takes the rental boat under tow to Dockyard accompanied by H2O vessel, with both vessels arriving a short while later.


Date: 14/05/2018

Monday 14th May, 9:25am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives an SSAS alert (Ship Security Alerting System) from the Bermuda flagged container vessel ‘DUSSELDORF EXPRESS’, in the Bay of Biscay. A call to Company Security Officer confirmed that all was safe and well onboard with crew carry out a ‘test only’ of system.


Date: 13/05/2018

Sunday 13th May, 9:54am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert from the formerly Bermuda registered vessel RUTLAND, which departed the Bermuda register in 2013. Unfortunately, this is the sixth false alert from this beacon which was not properly disposed of when vessel was scrapped a few years ago. Mariners are reminded of the need to correctly dispose expired beacons, thereby limiting the number of false alerts. The Duty Officer at BMOC can be contacted at 297-1010 for further advice if need be.


Date: 12/05/2018

Saturday 12th May, 1:44pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert via the COSPAS SARSAT Satellite Distress Alert system, indicating a Distress on board local vessel TIDAL PULL. BMOC contacts vessel owner who reports that vessel is safe and well at a dive site in Castle Harbour, but cannot explain reason for beacon alert. There have been several false alerts from this beacon which is due for imminent replacement.


Date: 10/05/2018

Thursday 10th May, 1:34am. Bermuda Radio is contacted by the 53ft Ketch ‘SPINDRIFT’, a participant in the ARC Europe 2018 Rally, reporting that vessel has suffered loss of engine power and steering on final approach to St. George’s Harbour. Bermuda Radio tasks another ARC competitor ‘BLONDE MOMENT’ to assist, but a few minutes later, SPINDRIFT reports all systems restored onboard and now making way (under escort) into St. George’s Harbour. At 2:25am. S/v SPINDRIFT is confirmed safely at anchor in Powder Hole with further checks of engine to be conducted in the morning.


Date: 08/05/2018

Tuesday 8th May, 3:25pm. Bermuda Radio observes police boat ‘RESCUE ONE’ transiting Town Cut with a small vessel in tow. RESCUE ONE reports that the 26ft sailing vessel ‘LADY BUGG’ was located disabled 3.5 nm north of Fort St. Catherine with two persons onboard. Vessel was subsequently taken under tow into St. George’s Harbour.


Date: 08/05/2018

Tuesday 8th May, 12:04am. Bermuda Radio overhears vessel calling Mayday Relay on VHF CH16. S/v Manana advises that S/v Elsa has sighted a yellow flare approx. 57nm northeast of Bermuda. S/v Manana requested to remain in vicinity and relay communications with Bermuda Radio, while S/v Smoke & Mirrors also reports similar sighting but not sure if Distress flare. Bermuda Radio commences Mayday Relay broadcast as S/v Elsa proceeds to position of flare sighting. At 2:24am, S/v Manana reports that S/v Elsa is on scene and nothing found in area. All vessels were subsequently stood down with sighting believed to have been a shooting star. Bermuda Radio cancels Mayday Relay broadcast.


Date: 07/05/2018

Monday 7th May, 2:25pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by local vessel ‘ZARA’, reporting a punt without engine, adrift in Paradise Lakes, with two young males onboard. Zara was unable to assist but reports that punt is now secure alongside Ports Island. BMOC contacts the caretaker on Ports Island who takes the punt under tow back to Harbour road.


Date: 07/05/2018

Monday 7th May, 2:04pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a call from the owner of 33ft Trojan ‘THE INTIMIDATOR’, reporting vessel disabled in Grassy Bay with smoke also sighted on board. Marine Police boat ‘Rescue One’ was tasked to assist, taking the vessel under tow back to Dockyard. No further smoke was sighted and believed to have emanated from running vessel engine after lying idle for a few months.


Date: 06/05/2018

Sunday 6th May, 3:37pm. Bermuda Radio is contacted by Marine Police boat ‘Rescue One’, reporting that the 33ft Tiara ‘INFLATABLE’ is under tow, after becoming disabled in Dundonald Channel with three persons onboard. Rescue One later confirms ‘Inflatable’ safely alongside in Dockyard.


Date: 06/05/2018

Sunday 6th May, 2:11pm. Bermuda Radio is contacted by person onboard an 18ft Power boat reporting that engine has exploded, and vessel is taking on water in the Great Sound near Morgan’s Point, with two persons onboard. Bermuda Radio commences Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (PANPAN) while also dispatching Marine Police boat ‘Rescue One’ to assist. Sailing vessel ‘SONOMA’ responds to Bermuda Radio’s call for assistance, reporting that they have casualty in sight and will be on scene in a matter of minutes. Rescue One arrives on scene reporting that the casualty ‘B-12’ has taken on too much water and capsized. However, both persons are safe and well with vessel under tow to slip at Morgan’s Point.


Date: 06/05/2018

Sunday 6th May, 8:15am. A member of the public contacts Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre to report that his friend is on a boat off Hamilton Princess which is taking on water. BMOC requests cell number for person in Distress, making direct contact with the 34ft Tiara ‘QUALITY TIME’. The single-handed boater reports that vessel is taking on water through drive shaft, but bilge pump is keeping up with water intake. Vessel will continue to Red Hole where it will be hauled. At 8:36am, 'Quality Time' reports that vessel has arrived safely at Red Hole and is about to be hauled.


Date: 06/05/2018

Sunday 6th May, 12:42 am, A 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) Distress signal was received from the ‘Stena Seafarer’ via the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite alerting system. This beacon was removed from the Bermuda register in 2011 and believed to have been scrapped. However, incorrect disposal has resulted in the fifth false alert from this beacon over the last twelve months. This is a good reminder to all mariners of the need to correctly dispose of expired beacons, thereby reducing the number of false alerts.


Date: 05/05/2018

Saturday 5th May, 8:27 pm. Police COMOPS contact Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre regarding a report of boats rafted up and playing loud music in St. George's Harbour. BMOC observes six vessels rafted up between Higgs Island and Paget Island, who disperse a short while later.


Date: 05/05/2018

Saturday 5th May, 11:30 pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from ‘Floatel Triumph’ indicating a Piracy/Armed attack in the Timor Sea region. A call to the Company Security Officer confirmed that the alert was sent in error and all crew were safe and well. Investigations into reason for alert are ongoing.


Date: 30/04/2018

Monday 30th April, 5:31pm. RCC Bermuda receives a 406 MHz ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) alert from a U.S. registered beacon via the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite alerting system. A few minutes later the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) at L.F. Wade International Airport contacts RCC Bermuda to report that a Cessna aircraft with one person onboard has crashed on land, short of main runway, with Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service responding to incident (No marine response required). RCC Norfolk (US Coastguard) also contacts RCC Bermuda querying reason for beacon alert. The female pilot was taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial hospital while Air accident investigations are ongoing.


Date: 26/04/2018

Thursday, 26th April, 6:35am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by local shipping agent reporting that the Bulk Carrier ‘LANNA NAREE’ was inbound to Bermuda for medical evacuation of 48-year-old Thai national, suffering from suspected heart issue. At 10:30am the Patient transferred ashore via pilot boat ‘St. George’ for onward transit to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.