MARITIME

14 September 2022: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

U. S. Coast Guard and federal, state, local agencies and industry organizations from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands conducted a functional area maritime security exercise Wednesday, 14 September, throughout the Captain of the Port Zone area of responsibility. The exercise was part of the nationwide Area Maritime Security Training Exercise Program. Agencies focused on their capacity to alert, mobilize and activate personnel, facilities, and resources for an emergency response.

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23 August 2022: Gibraltar, Spain

A superyacht reportedly worth $75-million and linked to Russian steel billionaire was auctioned on 23 August in Gibraltar. This sale is the first of its kind since Russia invaded Ukraine in February of this year. The yacht, Axioma, was impounded by authorities in March after JPMorgan said its alleged owner, Dmitry Pumpyansky, had reneged on the terms of a $20 million loan. He was sanctioned by Britain and the European Union shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine.

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6 September 2022: Green Cay, Bahamas

A cruise ship passenger from died after being attacked by a shark. The passenger was snorkeling according to authorities. The woman, in her 50s, was cruising on the Royal Caribbean ship, Harmony of the Seas, and was attacked in Green Cay, off the coast of Nassau, as confirmed by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings. While the cruise ship was docked in Nassau, the family booked an excursion with a local tour company that took them to a popular snorkeling area, she said. Family members then saw a shark attacking the woman and rushed to her aid. The mother had suffered bites to her “upper extremities,” Skippings said at the time. Paramedics responded to the scene but the passenger perished.

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2 September 2022: Miami Beach, Florida

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous offloaded approximately 22 pounds of cocaine and 1,256 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $3 million, on 2 September at their base in Miami Beach. The drugs were interdicted in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean by crews from Cutter Vigorous and Cutter Legare. “Vigorous is glad to have been able to make an important contribution to the Coast Guard’s counterdrug mission,” said Cmdr. Ryan A. Water, commanding officer of Vigorous. “I’m incredibly proud of the hardworking Vigorous crew’s proficiency teamwork and devotion to duty that enabled the detection, interdiction and boarding of a vessel suspected of drug smuggling.”

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27 June 2022: Aqaba Port, Jordan

A gas leak at Jordan’s port of Aqaba killed 13 and injured more than 260 others, according to a state media report. A crane malfunctioned while moving a storage container filled with chlorine gas, the state reported. CCTV footage captured the event and showed the container being hoisted into the air and then slipping off of the crane hook and the ensuing explosion of yellow gas. The cloud of yellow gas is seen spreading through the ship, over the ground, and sent bystanders and workers running for safety. State media said as of Monday night, 123 of the injured were still being treated at hospital for chemical exposure. Some of those were in critical condition.

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2 July 2022: South China Sea

The engineering vessel Fujing 001 and its 30 crew members were carrying out work when Typhoon Chaba hit on Saturday, July 2. The vessel was caught in the storm and snapped in half, then dragged anchor, the anchor chain broke and the vessel floated away, eventually sinking. Rescuers saved at least four people, however, 12 bodies were recovered approximately 50 miles south of the area the vessel sank. The vessel was a floating crane with 30 people on board. The search for survivors or bodies was ongoing.

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31 July 2022: Off the Coast of the Bahama Islands

At Least 17 Haitian migrants heading for the United States died when their boat capsized. The incident happened off the coast of the Bahama Islands on Sunday, July 31. Bahamamian defense forces were called when witnesses observed the situation in the early morning hours. “Rescue teams recovered 17 — sadly — 17 bodies from the water,” Prime Minister Philip Davis, said. He added 25 people were rescued from the water.

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7 August 2022: Near Pingtan Island, China

Close to a dozen Chinese and Taiwanese boats from each country’s navy were reportedly staying close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait near Pingtan Island amid heightened tensions between the two countries. The Chinese boats repeatedly “pressed” into the unofficial buffer, while Taiwan’s navy stayed close-by to monitor the movements, according to a source. The source, who is familiar with the security planning in the region, said the two were exercising restraint. Taipei’s military said 68 Chinese fighter jets and 13 warships crossed the median line that runs down the Taiwan Strait during August 5, 2022 military drills by Beijing’s forces.

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17 August 2022: Off the Coast of Sicily

A group of migrants were rescued by the Spanish charity group Open Arms after nine days at sea. The migrants, 101 mostly Egyptian male migrants in a rickety wooden boat, had been adrift for days. One man needed immediate medical attention and was release to hospital. The others had to await their fate but eventually were released into the country of Italy.

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22 August 2022: Mediterranean Sea

The Italian coastguard were able to rescue the nine people on board – four passengers and five crew. It was reportedly heading from Gallipoli to Milazzo when it sank. An investigation into the reason the yacht sank is ongoing.