Thursday, July 29, 2010
An official at the UAE Foreign Ministry stated on Thursday that the Japanese oil tanker M Star, which was heading to Japan, had met with an accident on Wednesday while transitting the Strait of Hormuz, as a result of which it had to sail back to the Port of Fujairah. Director of Media Affairs and Government Communications at the Foreign Ministry Sultan Al Ali said in a statement that investigations by authorities to determine the causes of the accident are still underway. The statement further said that M Star, owned by Mitsui of Japan and flagged in the Marshal Islands, met with an accident, reasons for which are unknown. The vessel was transitting the Strait of Hormuz carrying two million barrels of oil loaded at Um Saeed, Qatar and Das Island, UAE. It arrived at the UAE territorial waters off Fujairah at 06:45pm on Wednesday.No casualties have been reported and there has been no oil spillage or pollution; the statement added. Director of Fujairah Port Musa Murad confirmed that the M Star had met with an accident. Addressing a press conference held at the port of Fujairah and attended by journalists from local and global media, Murad said that investigations are still underway to determine the real cause of the accident. Capt. M. Mathew of the oil tanker said that the damaged vessel did not cause any pollution and there was no injury to crew except a minor one to a Second Officer. In a letter on Wednesday, Matthew said the vessel is totally mobilised and moving under her own power without any assistance.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Second Body Spotted Near Duck Boat Crash Site
A second body has been spotted in the water near the site of a collision between an amphibious tour boat and a 250-foot barge in the Delaware River. As divers began preparations to haul the sunken boat from the water Friday morning, television cameras captured the image of a body floating face-down near the salvage site. The body surfaced briefly before submerging again. Hungarian officials said U.S. authorities had informed them that a body recovered earlier Friday belonged to a missing female tourist.Sixteen-year-old Dora Schwendtner was one of two people who disappeared following the collision. The other, 20-year-old Szabolcs Prem, has not been found. Thirty-five people on board were rescued before the tour boat sunk. Ride the Ducks, the Norcross-based tour company that operated the boat as well as a similar ride at Stone Mountain Park, has voluntarily suspended all operations nationwide .