Tugs and search and rescue (SAR) services responded to a ferry capsize, ship fires and disabled vessels in the last week of June
Off Bali, Indonesian SAR services are continuing to search for 11 missing people follow the capsize of passenger ship KMP Yunicee. This ferry sank in the port of Gilimanuk at around 19:12 on 29 June with 15 crew and 42 passengers on board. Many of the 57 on board were rescued, but authorities reported seven people have died and 11 were still missing. SAR operations were being hampered by low visibility and high waves. KMP Yunicee was sailing from Ketapang, Java when it developed a list due to shifting cargo.
Off India, unladen Liberia-flag container ship MSC Messina was being towed to Singapore after a fire in the engineroom. This 1995-built ship was en route from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Singapore when the fire broke out on 25 June. 28 crew were on board, of which one was injured. The Indian Coast Guard said MSC Messina was in a stable condition and was being towed by oceangoing tug Vigour. Coastguard ship Vishwast was sent to the vicinity of the incident for security and assistance.
In Europe, a disabled freighter was towed by a Turkish emergency response tug to a safe anchorage after suffering mechanical failure on 27 June. General cargo ship Mega D was disabled east of Siviri Ada island, in the Marmara Sea. It was towed by a rescue tug to Ahirkapi anchorage, Istanbul, according to Fleetmon.
In Spain, maritime emergency responders were required to extinguish a fire on general cargo ship Ura which was berthed at La Coruna, Spain after arriving from Bayonne, France on 27 June. Tugs and SAR boats with fire-fighting equipment were mobilised to Ura to tackle the inferno on 29 June. The fire is thought to have been caused by welding work on the ship.
SAR services continue to search for survivors from sinking of passenger ship KMP Yunicee
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