The Oceanbank assisted in refloating a Spanish fishing vessel the Nuevo Ria Aldan, which ran aground on rocks at Ardnakinna Lighthouse, Bere Island on Saturday 27th October 2012. The vessel was bound for Castletownbere harbour when she went onto rocks below the lighthouse at 5am that morning. All eleven crewmembers were safely transferred from the vessel; none sustained any injuries during the incident. Conditions were very good at the time of the grounding. The Oceanbank successfully refloated the 30m steel-hulled vessel at 4pm that afternoon. A Coastguard helicopter flew over the scene to confirm that there was no oil leakage or pollution. The vessel was escorted into Castletownbere where the…Details
Atlantic Towage & Marine has recently purchased a new multi purpose work-boat. The vessel Trojan is a twin-screw highly manouverable work-boat / tug ideal for working with marine construction projects, dredging and coastal towage. The Trojan is in the process of getting a new deck crane and hydrolic A-frame fitted to make her even more versatile.
Dangerous cargo containers which toppled off a chemical ship were floating towards Irelands south-west coastin September 2012. It is understood that some harbour hazardous chemicals which could present a danger to transatlantic vessels on the main shipping lanes. The containers slipped off German-registered ship MSC Flaminia, which caught fire on Jul 14 (small photo). It caused an explosion that forced the crew to abandon the ship. Salvage operations were under way yesterday as some of the containers were towed into Castletownbere, West Cork, by tug boat Ocean Bank of Atlantic Towage & Marine LTD, Bere Island, West Cork. The Hamburg-registered ship had originally been on its way from Charleston in the US to…Details