The Hercules 265 jack-up rig caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. The rig had recently been preparing the well for production when natural gas came flowing out of the well. The natural gas caught fire a short time later developing into a large blaze. The Hercules 265 suffered significant damage as the fire caused part of the rig to collapse. The beams supporting the derrick and drilling rig floor have fallen over the rig structure. The fire extinguished after sediment and sand clogged the well. No reports of injuries on board as the 44 crew on board had escaped to the rig’s lifeboats when the natural gas began to spewing from the well. Photos of the area show that pollution had been released, but no reports on efforts to contain or clean-up the slick. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 42 meter long, 2-masted sailing vessel Astrid went aground and sank in the Irish Sea near Kinsale, Cork County, Ireland. The Astrid was en route to take part in a tall-ship regatta when it suffered engine failure. The disabled sailing vessel signaled the other nearby vessels it was in trouble. The vessel continue to drift towards shore until it crashed onto the rocks off the Sovereign Islands and began to take on water. The Astrid crew requested assistance with the RNLI launching several lifeboats and two helicopters to the scene. Another vessel arrived on scene and rescued 12 crew while the RNLI safely rescued the remaining 18 crew. No reports of injuries. Reports state the crew was being treated for hypothermia and shock. The other vessels taking part of the regatta were unable to pull the Astrid off the rocks. The waves pounded the Astrid on the rocks until it broke-in-two and sank. Later reports stated that 23 teenagers and 7 adults were on board the Astrid.
Search and rescue (SAR) operations for 8 missing crew members of the capsized Mongolian-flagged barge Guo Liang 677 continued for the fourth day today (July 27). The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has been co-ordinating the SAR operations since receiving report of the incident on 24 July 2013. The incident happened in Singapore waters about 7 nautical miles north of Horsburgh Lighthouse. As of 1830 hours (Singapore time) today, the SAR operations has involved a total of two Super Puma helicopters and two Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), four patrol vessels from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), four Police Coast Guard (PCG) patrol craft, divers and two diving support vessels from Resolve Salvage & Fire (Asia), and 91 passing commercial vessels.