Monday, 30 September 2019

The ship hit rough weather off Queensland coast. Several containers lost overboard. Fully auto twistlocks...

Lashed on the forward end due to stanchions but not on the aft end as lashed from the deck !!!!!!!!!!!

Ernst Schulze starts as DP World's UK CEO

Ernst Schulze has taken up the reigns as DP World’s UK Chief Executive Officer.
He takes over from Chris Lewis, who is retiring after a long and successful 36 years in the ports industry.

Mr Schulze joins the global trade enabler’s UK operations, overseeing the Southampton and London Gateway container terminals, the Logistics Park at London Gateway and Community Network Services (CNS), which provides customs clearance and digital logistics services.

Mr Schulze has moved from Ecuador where he has been heading up the development of DP World Posorja, the first deep-water port in the South American nation, which will sit adjacent to a 100 hectare logistics zone.

Prior to his role as CEO there, Mr Schulze was CEO at Embraport in Santos, Brazil. He has also held senior port and logistics roles in the Philippines, France, at the Port of Felixstowe and in the Netherlands.

Rashid Abdulla, CEO, DP World Europe & Russia, said:
“I would like to welcome Ernst to the DP World Europe & Russia family – and indeed, introduce him to our customers, stakeholders and partners across the region.

“He brings - both to the wider Europe region, but more specifically to the UK – a wealth of experience within the logistics industry, amassed from a variety of leadership roles all over the world.

“Ernst assumes this important role with our UK businesses going from strength-to-strength. A series of exciting developments are being announced on the Logistics Park at London Gateway, there is continued growth and excellent service in the ports and an ever-present desire among the team to innovate and ensure that the UK continues to trade efficiently, reliably and via the most sustainable means with every corner of the globe.

“To that end, I would also like to wish Chris the very best in retirement! He has been an outstanding leader in our UK businesses for many years and his considered, customer-centric approach has been key to the success we have seen in recent years.”

Ernst Schulze, UK CEO, DP World, said:
“This is clearly a very exciting time to be taking up the helm of DP World’s UK portfolio. I’m really looking forward to meeting staff, customers and our trade enabling partners over the coming weeks and months – and continuing the work that contributes to facilitating trade between the UK and every continent, making it more sustainable and more efficient.”

Chris Lewis, the outgoing UK CEO, DP World, said:
“It has been a privilege to work alongside so many brilliant customers and colleagues over the years. I have had a great time and I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved! I wish Ernst and the whole of the DP World group every success over the coming years.”

STOLT tanker explosion, fire spread to ODFJELL tanker, Korea. VIDEOS. UPDATE

Powerful explosion shattered tanker STOLT GROENLAND, docked t Ulsan port, Korea, at around 1100 Seoul time Sep 28. Explosion was followed by major fire, as of 1300 Seoul time fire is still raging, it spread to tanker BOW DALIAN, moored alongside STOLT GROENLAND and engaged, understood, in STS operation. Of STOLT GROENLAND 25 crew, 19 are accounted for, 6 are missing. Firefighting, SAR are on. STOLT GROENLAND arrived at Ulsan on Sep 26 from Kobe Japan.
UPDATE: All crew accounted for, safe:
Press release:
Press statement on Stolt Groenland September 28,2019 Stolt Tankers reports that today at about 11:00 AM local time its vessel Stolt Groenland suffered from an explosion and consequent fire whilst berthed in the port of Ulsan, South Korea. All crew of the vessel are safe and unharmed and have assembled on shore. Coast Guard and local authorities in Ulsan are responding to the fire. Stolt Groenland is currently in a stable condition alongside. Stolt Tankers would like to express its deepest concern about the incident. The safety of those in the vicinity of the vessel is paramount to the company. Stolt Tankers has activated its emergency response team and is liaising with the local authorities. The exact cause of the incident is yet unknown. More information will follow once available. On behalf of Stolt Nielsen Cor Radings MTI Network
UPDATE 1300 UTC Sep 28: Reportedly, explosion was caused by cargo overheating, STOLT GROENLAND had styrene monomer load in No.9 tank, with neighbouring tanks containing liquids, which should be kept heated. Styrene monomer is a nasty stuff, very toxic and emitting toxic fumes, when on fire. According to latest Korean reports, fire was extinguished after much efforts, with many firefighting teams deployment. STOLT GRONELAND crew consists of 10 Russian and 15 Filipino nationalities, information on injures differs, 8 or 10 or 12 people, including crew and port workers, were injured, all save 1 slightly. One unidentified man suffered serious injures. Officials said, that fire was taken under control by 1630 Seoul time, and fully extinguished by the time this report was written, i.e. by 2200 Seoul time.

STOLT latest press-release:
Stolt Groenland Incident Update 
Stolt Tankers reports that the fire in the cargo section of Stolt Groenland is reported as extinguished, following the explosion at about 11:00 AM local time whilst berthed at Yeompo Quay in the port of Ulsan, South Korea. All seafarers aboard the vessel have been safely evacuated and their families have been informed. Emergency responders continue with fire suppression efforts until all fire risks are eliminated. Senior officers from Stolt Groenland continue to support onsite emergency responders, and Stolt Tankers emergency response team continues to liaise with local authorities. 
The vessel Bow Dalian, moored alongside at the time of the incident, has shifted away from Stolt Groenland. 
Stolt Tankers would like to express its deepest concern about the incident and any potential impact on those that were on board or in the vicinity of the two vessels. The safety of all people on site and the protection of the environment is paramount to the company’s operations. 
Stolt Tankers would like to thank the rescue services for their immediate response to this serious situation. 
The exact cause of the incident is yet unknown.
More information will follow once available.
IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed STOLT GROENLAND as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 32% (11-APR-19), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
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IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed BOW DALIAN as having a ‘amber’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 38% (06-JUN-18), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.
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Scrubber corrosion repairs required less than six months after installation

Pipework problems are requiring costly repairs to scrubber systems less than six months after installation in some cases, corrosion experts have told Lloyd’s List.

SCRUBBER pipework is having to be replaced less than six months after installation because of corrosion problems that experts have told Lloyd’s List is almost impossible to predict, and not widely understood by either shipowners or installation teams. 
Several major classification societies are tracking an uptick in scrubber-related issues and while no class society is prepared to reveal hard numbers, experts within societies have confirmed there have been several instances of corrosion related to quality issues traced back to the installation.
Scrubber manufacturers and owners who have installed systems have told Lloyd’s List there are no issues with systems, many of which have operational experience dating back almost a decade. 
However, the recent acceleration of scrubber installations to meet the 2020 sulphur cap deadline has resulted in a significant increase in corroded pipework repairs handled by companies being called in to fix problems. 
“Corroded scrubber pipework and discharge outlets is a serious problem that is not widely understood by people installing these systems, and we’re seeing more of it,” said Boud Van Rompay, chief executive of Hydrex, an underwater repair and corrosion specialist.
“Piping is being eaten by corrosion because it is handling acidic residue… the problems we are seeing are quite astonishing and the speed of the corrosion is like nothing I’ve seen before,” he told Lloyd’s List.
According to Gary Rawlings, a marine engineering expert at the Bureau Veritas consultancy TMC Marine, corrosion occurs because of the acidic nature of the residue being processed, but the problem is not with the manufacturing of the scrubber itself, rather it is the ancillary piping and pump mechanisms that can cause issues. 
Corrosion can happen if pipes are not cleaned properly prior to coating, or if the coating has not been properly applied, or if damage occurred, for example the equipment was bumped during the installation, he said at a conference during London International Shipping Week. 
“Materials and coating choices are critical to avoid issues,” he said, but pointed out that expensive corrosive-resistant materials are becoming harder to source and some manufacturers have stopped taking new orders as lead times can be four months or longer.
“One of the key problems is that there is no reliable way to predict the speed of the corrosion and that can result in safety issues,” said Mr Van Rompay.
Mounting delays at shipyards to retrofit scrubbers on vessels are already causing costly delays for owners racing to hit the January 1, 2020 deadline for sulphur emission compliance. The average time for installation is currently running at around 40 days depending on the type of ship. 
Despite the concern from corrosion experts, owners who have already installed systems report no significant downtime due to repairs and one major shipowner has cautioned that much of the anti-scrubber rhetoric being widely disseminated around the industry can be pinned on stakeholders with a vested interested in discrediting scrubber systems. 
Following an engine failure aboard the 2016-built, 209,200 dwt bulk carrier Helena Oldendorffearlier this month in the Singapore Strait, industry rumours were rife that the incident was related to the scrubber installation.
A spokesman for owners Oldendorf has denied that is the case but also pointed out that “unscrupulous people have made false claims about the incident”, pointing to the political agenda that still colours much of the industry debate around scrubbers.
When Lloyd’s List approached the Clean Shipping Alliance, a lobby group formed last year by major shipping companies that have invested in scrubber technology ahead of the 0.5% sulphur cap, for a comment, a spokesman pointed Lloyd’s List to DFDS — a company that reports almost no downtime due to its scrubbers. 
“As one of the first commercial operators of marine scrubber systems, ferry operator DFDS has just celebrated 10 years of continued operation of its first scrubber installation, on Ficaria Seaways. During this period the scrubber exceeded 55,000 working hours. DFDS also looked at scrubber off-hire for its fleet for the 12 months ending June 30, 2019. Results show a downtime of 0.0012%,” DFDS’s environment and sustainability director Poul Woodall told Lloyd’s List in a statement.
Approximately 3,000 scrubbers are forecast to be installed by the end of the year as a means of complying with the International Maritime Organization’s low-sulphur rules and the International Energy Agency has estimated that up to 30% of the world fleet will ultimately install a scrubber.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Dockers fail to land rebar onto moving vehicle

A port operating company has been fined £300,000 after an attempt to load a bundle of reinforcing steel onto a reversing truck went badly wrong.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that on 28th May 2015, three agency workers at the Port of Liverpool in Seaforth were loading bundles of rebar onto HGV trailers for onward transfer.
One man was acting as banksman while the other two each operated a fork lift truck to lift the long bundles in tandem.
During the loading procedure a single bundle of rebar weighing 1,924 kg, sitting on the forks of the two trucks, was struck by the reversing HGV’s headboard. This caused it to fall onto the banksman who was standings on the far side by the vehicle’s cab.
The victim sustained multiple fractures, lacerations, scarring and abrasion, ligament reconstruction to his left knee and has undergone four operations, culminating in the amputation of two toes. He has been unable to return to work since the incident.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found no suitable risk assessment relating to the hazards arising from loading bundles of rebar onto reversing flatbed trailers had been carried out. The tandem lifting operation was also not properly planned, supervised or carried out in a safe manner.
The Mersey Docks & Harbour Company Limited of Maritime Centre, Port of Liverpool pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,593.55.

HSE inspector Rohan Lye said after the hearing: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure they provide safe methods of working and a safe working environment. If suitable controls had been in place the serious physical injuries sustained by this worker could easily have been prevented.”

Watch: to sea or not to sea

Pic credit Nick Barrett - White

The UK Chamber of Shipping and Merchant Navy Training Board have today launched a broadcast quality advert as part of the Careers At Sea campaign, to boost the number of young people entering maritime careers.
An ageing population and growth in the global shipping industry has led to an increased demand for British seafarers, and the campaign will highlight the diverse range of professional opportunities available to young people who choose to enter the UK’s most international sector.
The short film, was produced by ITN Productions and will be promoted across social media in an effort to raise awareness of the maritime sector.

The campaign coincides with activity by the UK Chamber to encourage the government to double its contribution to maritime training, from £15m per annum to £30m. The new scheme, called SMarT (Support for Maritime Training) Plus, would see industry match any government contribution to seafarer training as well as guaranteeing a job for newly-trained cadets for a minimum of one year.
A recent study conducted by the Chamber pointed to the shortfall of British seafarers that the industry may have to face, and the campaign represents an effort to address this issue head on.
Data in the study show that for every pound spent by the Government on SMarT between 2011/12 and 2015/16, the UK economy has benefited by £4.8, and that for every job created in the maritime sector, five are created elsewhere in the country. 
The UK’s seafarer population is ageing. If the UK does not respond with positive measures to ensure that employment prospects for its seafarers remain strong, it will lose its pool of talent and expertise.
And the industry is facing increasing competition from elsewhere. Other maritime centres, most notably Hong Kong and Singapore, are actively seeking to attract maritime business.  Countries whose living costs are lower than the UK’s are training seafarers to the required international standards who can work on UK ships.
Jonathan Roberts, Communications Director at the UK Chamber of Shipping, said:
“This film is the latest example of our determination to raise shipping’s profile.  The industry needs to continuously modernise its communications approach if it is to be relevant to the national media, political and public audiences. 
“The UK has a diverse economy, with many industries competing to attract the attention of young talent.  This film is a statement of our ambition, it makes us stand out from the crowd and will help us to find the next generation of world class seafarers.
“It should also be seen in the context of our proposals to increase government funding for seafarer training.  We are doing our bit to promote a career at sea, and if government is able to do the same than we can achieve our aim of doubling the number of young people entering the industry.”
Kathryn Neilson, Director of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), said:
“We know there are many talented young people in the UK who want a career in the Merchant Navy, but there are many more talented young people out there who we could attract to the industry if only they knew of the opportunities available to them.
“This film marks a shift in our approach. In the months ahead we will dedicate significant resource to targeting social media users, and together with our Careers At Sea Ambassadors who travel the country to speak at careers events, schools and youth groups, we will ensure young people from all backgrounds, and all corners of the UK, are able to see the vast opportunities a career at sea can provide.”
The film was funded by the Maritime Educational Foundation with support from Maersk and the Port of Felixstowe.

Sunny future for Mersey peanut imports

The Wirral is home to one of the largest centres for peanut imports in the country. They’re brought across the Atlantic from the US by the UK’s biggest independent peanut processor - Sun Valley Ltd. Operating since 1949 and with an annual turnover of £40m, Sun Valley is  responsible for 12 per cent of all peanut imports into the UK which it processes and sells under its own brand as well as into the private label and food ingredient sectors.
Given its location close to the Port of Liverpool, Sun Valley is keen to continue to strengthen its historical links with the Port, and has facilitated a visit to the Peel facilities with its industry body The Nut Association (TNA) on a fact finding mission to see how using the port could benefit the entire supply chain. 
Peter Robinson, Sun Valley’s Head of Procurement explains why Liverpool is the port of choice not just because it is the closest in terms of location but because of the port’s health credentials and depth of experience with peanut supply.
As longstanding active members of the TNA, we’re keen to continue to develop our relationship with the Port of Liverpool, and we hope to see a major increase in the volumes of product we ship through the port.  
With the majority of US peanuts coming from the east coast, Liverpool is a key port for the industry and for the manufacturers based in the north in particular. Taking advantage of the transatlantic links with Liverpool makes better business sense – in terms of cost, efficiency and route to market.  
Since taking up my position with Sun Valley three years ago, I’ve been taking a close look at our supply chain and building our relationships with key stakeholders. Working more closely with the TNA and the Port of Liverpool has always been high on my agenda, as I know that with a stronger relationship, we can collaborate better both locally and internationally.
On a recent visit to the port, the TNA members were able to see the intricacies of quayside operations. It was also a great opportunity for the members to explain the challenges we face and the importance of ensuring we have an efficient, cost effective supply chain to support our sector. Partnership working is central to any successful supply chain relationship, so I was extremely keen to facilitate the dialogue between our industry and the Port so they can fully understand the members’ goals and work together on the best solutions.
There’s been a lot of investment into Liverpool in recent years, including the progressive L2 container terminal. We have a long history of supply to our business through the port of Liverpool and first-rate container capabilities are fantastic for industries like ours.By working with the Port of Liverpool, we can get our products onto shelves more efficiently by optimising our supply chain.  
The products we import are subject to regulatory Port Health checks and the frequency of these tests is set to change. What we look for in a strong supply chain partner is an understanding of the impacts this can have on end users and a willingness to work with our industry to make the process as efficient as possible, minimising any delays and costs.  
Speaking from a Sun Valley perspective, the investment into L2 and the increased capabilities of the port together with the greater willingness of the Port’s commercial and operational teams to reach out into industry and the greater ties we’ve built up over the last 3 years with the Port Health team will support  the business to grow, with the port acting as a trusted partner with a deep understanding of the nature of our products – allowing us to meet our aspirations.
Ultimately, we hope that members of the TNA will continue to see the value of the solutions on offer, future growth plans of the port, outcomes of recent investment and in particular the role of port health – which has a massive impact on our business.

ONE mega container ship struck, badly damaged tanker in Perama, Greece UPDATE

ONE mega container ship ONE BLUE JAY struck Turkish tanker GUNECE while proceeding to container terminal berth in Perama port, Piraeus, Greece, at around 1110 UTC Sep 26, on arrival from Singapore via Suez. One crew of tanker was injured, hospitalized. Tanker reportedly is badly damaged, there are some 5-6 tugs on the site, attempting to prevent tanker sinking. No other details available at the moment, probably situation isn’t so dramatic. ONE BLUE JAY was berthed at around 1140 UTC. Judging from track, container ship wasn’t stopped or turned in time, moved on and struck berthed tanker.
Sep 27 UPDATE: According to officials, tanker with 3200 tons of fuel cargo on board suffered hull crack, situation under control, tanker fenced off with booms.
Sep 27 UPDATE: Tanker was hit starboard, suffering hull breach and reportedly, water ingress in ballast tanks. Tanker developed stb list, see photo. Confirmed ONE BLUE JAY went out of control, couldn’t stop or turn in time, and allided with berthed tanker.
Container ship ONE BLUE JAY, IMO 9741372, dwt 145251, capacity 14026 TEU, built 2016, flag Japan, manager ONE – Ocean Network Express.
Chemical tanker GUNECE, IMO 9140841, dwt 6285, built 1998, flag Turkey, manager BEYKIM PETROLCULUK GEMI.

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Maritime and Crimean Shipping News

Fatal Incident of a Drunken Crew Engaged in Cargo Operations


‘MV European Endeavour’ is a combined Passenger and Freight Roll-on Roll- off vessel, operating a service between the ports of Liverpool and Dublin. 22nd June 2017, on arrival of the vessel at Dublin, the vessel discharged its cargo of vehicles, both accompanied and unaccompanied. 
When ‘MV European Endeavour’ commenced loading the vehicular cargo for the next voyage, from Dublin to Liverpool, a crew member moved behind the load he was directing into place and was crushed to death from injuries.

The incident

At approximately 13.30 hrs the Chief Officer received a call from the Bosun requesting immediate medical assistance on Deck five.
The trailer was moved forward to give access to the casualty. He was given first aid treatment and was removed by ambulance to a nearby hospital where unsuccessful resuscitation attempts were made and stopped at 14.09 hrs, at which time he was declared dead. 

The Operation 

The crew was engaged in cargo operations, discharging Dublin cargo and then loading Liverpool cargo. 
  • The trailer involved was the fifth unit to be loaded on Deck five. 
  • The Chief Officer was in overall charge of the activity. 
  • The Second Officer (Duty Officer) was on deck at the time positioned at the stern ramp. 
  • The supervision of the upper deck was the responsibility of the Bosun. 
  • Deck crewmembers (Able Bodied Seafarers) were tasked with different duties. 
  • On this occasion the casualty was tasked with guiding the trailers into position on Deck five. 
  • There were no witnesses to the incident. 

Autopsy report

The Coroner’s autopsy report states that death “was due to injuries sustained from a significant abdominal thoracic blunt force trauma.” 
The autopsy report also shows a significant blood alcohol level. The results of toxicological analysis provided to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) are provisional at the time of publication. The determination of the death causation is a matter for the coroner’s inquest. 


  • There were no witnesses to the event that caused the death of the casualty.
    • Something caused the casualty, an experienced seafarer, to move behind the load he was directing into place. 
    • As a consequence the casualty was crushed and died from his injuries. 
  • The Coroner’s autopsy report stated that there was a significant level of ethanol (alcohol) in the casualty’s blood. 
    • The level present in the toxicology report was in excess of the standard set out in the IMO STCW Convention as above. 
    • The Coroner’s Post Mortem Report conclusions and the accompanying toxicology report are provisional at the time of publication of this report. 
    • It is the role of the Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death. 
  • Under the system of loading unaccompanied trailer units, the driver of the tug cannot see the AB guiding him into position and the crew rely on whistles by the guide to alert drivers to any issue. 
    • During this incident the driver did not have sight of the guide and the whistle system was not effective, either because no whistle was heard or the guide was not in a position to blow the whistle. 

Safety Recommendations

The Company should:
  • Review the system of work in relation to cargo operations for unaccompanied trailers.
  • Review the application and enforcement of its drug and alcohol policy to ensure that it is fit for purpose.
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Saturday, 28 September 2019

Update: Bourbon Offshore Tug Missing After Getting Caught in Hurricane Lorenzo

bourbon rhode
Photo courtesy Bourbon Offshore

A rescue operation is underway for a Bourbon tug with fourteen crew members on board after the vessel found itself caught near the eye of Hurricane Lorenzo in the Atlantic Ocean. 
France-based Bourbon Offshore said its offshore tug Bourbon Rhode was in transit approximately 1,200 nautical miles off Martinique island, located in the Caribbean Sea, when it sent a distress signal that picked up by French authorities on Thursday morning. 
At one point the Bourbon Rhode was reported as being just 60 nautical miles from the eye of Hurricane Lorenzo, a major Category 4 hurricane, according to Bourbon.
The vessel is experiencing water ingress in the rear part of the vessel. 
“A crisis cell has immediately been activated and it ensures the coordination, out of Marseilles, of the rescue of the vessel and its crew, in close collaboration with authorities, including the Regional Operational Center of Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) West Indies-Guyana,” Bourbon Offshore said in a statement. 
Authorities have diverted the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier SSI EXCELLENT to render assistance. As of Thursday, the bulk carrier was located approximately 200 nautical miles from the tug. Arrival on scene was anticipated for Friday morning. 
“An update on crew and vessel situation will be published as soon as possible,” Bourbon said. 
Bourbon Rhode is part of Bourbon’s fleet of terminal tugs which provide assistance operations, standby, and support of offshore oil and gas terminals, and is specialized in assisting FPSOs. 
Update: A search for the offshore tug Bourbon Rhode with fourteen people on board is now underway with a general cargo ship now in the search zone. 
Bourbon said in a update that weather conditions remain particularly adverse in the search area due to impacts from Hurricane Lorenzo. 
According to reports on social media, at least one NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft have been diverted to assist in the search. Other maritime means are being mobilized in order to provide assistance to the crew, as well as air support from NHC (National Hurricane Center),” Bourbon said in an update. 
The rescue is being coordinated by the Regional Operational Center of Surveillance and Rescue (Cross) of West Indies-Guyana.
The crisis cell is working in very close cooperation with the Cross. BOURBON’s teams are mobilized to keep the families of the crew members informed and bring them full support in this difficult time,” Bourbon said. 
On Thursday, the NWS National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Lorenzo had maximum sustained winds of near 140 mph with higher gusts, a major category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 45 miles from the center with tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 255 miles, according to the NHC. 
The storm weakened slightly on Friday, but remained a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 m.p.h.

A search-and-rescue operation is underway in the Atlantic Ocean after a tug supply vessel sent a distress call while taking on water near Hurricane Lorenzo, French officials say. Three people have been rescued but 11 others remain unaccounted-for.
The vessel, the Bourbon Rhode, was traveling from the Canary Islands to Guyana when it sent a distress signal on Thursday morning, when the ship was roughly halfway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles, or 60 nautical miles (111 kilometers) from the eye of Hurricane Lorenzo.
A statement from Bourbon, which provides marine services for offshore oil and gas companies, said the Bourbon Rhode was taking on water in the rear at the time of the distress call. A crisis cell was immediately activated and the search is being coordinated from Marseille, the company said.
The bulk carrier SSI Excellent, which was 200 nautical miles (370 km) south of the ship, changed course and arrived in the area on Friday morning, but the search was hampered by waves up to 7 meters (23 feet) high and visibility of less than 1 nautical mile (1.8 km). They were later joined by a Hurricane Hunter from the U.S. Air Force, and the French frigate Ventôse is expected to arrive on Sunday night or Monday morning.
Three of the crew members were rescued on Saturday when their lifeboat was spotted by a French Navy plane, but 11 crew members remain unaccounted-for. The crew members were taken on board a commercial vessel, where they were placed under medical observation.
“It has been confirmed that the vessel has sunk. The search continues to be carried out in weather conditions that are improving,” Bourbon said in a statement on Saturday, adding that numerous flyovers were being carried out by U.S. and French planes, and commercial vessels have changed their course to provide assistance.
Some of the crew members of the Bourbon Rhode are reportedly from Ukraine, but a company spokeswoman would not comment on the nationalities of those on board. The Luxembourg-flagged ship is described as highly maneuverable and is able to assist with offshore oil and gas off-loading, terminal assistance, and anchor handling.

BOURBON offshore tug reportedly sank, 3 rescued, 11 probably missing or dead

BOURBON offshore tug reportedly sank, 3 rescued, 11 probably missing or dead
Sep 28 1520 UTC: According to Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AHL tug BOURBON RHODEunderstood sank, 3 crew including 2 Ukrainians rescued, fate of 11 unknown. Bulk carrier SSI EXCELLENCE according to track, left SAR area. MFA statement refers to owner information. Information not yet verified, and not complete, let’s hope for the best.
Full story

In the context of search operations of tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode started on September 26, the mobilized rescue teams have recovered a lifeboat with 3 crew members on board, the lifeboat having been identified by a Falcon 50 especially equipped for this type of mission and sent by the French Navy. The 3 crew members are currently taken in charge by the medical support team onboard the commercial vessel, which provided assistance, and are currently placed under medical observation.
It has been confirmed that the vessel has sunk. The search continues to be carried out in weather conditions that are improving. All necessary means are implemented by the Cross AG and the French Navy, under the authority of the Prefect representing the State’s maritime authority, namely numerous flyovers carried out by the Falcon 50 over the search zone. Numerous commercial vessels have had their course changed in order to bring assistance, as well as a plane of the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
The crisis cell put into place by BOURBON works in very close collaboration with the Cross AG and the French Navy. BOURBON’s teams are mobilized to keep the families of the crew members informed and bring them full support in this difficult time.
An update on the situation will be published soon.

The latest news received from 3 survivors: They managed to launch 4 Life rafts // 12 crew members boarded these 4 Life rafts // I am assuming 3 in each LR // ETO and 2nd Engineer sunk with the ship // 2 survivors are Ukrainian ABs and 1 survivor is Russian Flying fitter // Except the fact that 3 survivors were found, these latest news, which were revived from the closest source to rescue operation, still should be officially confirmed //

Thanks to Ray Gamble for the above info