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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Severe fire aboard ST. CLAIR in Toledo, OH on: Yesterday at 04:45:46 pm
On Saturday, 2/17 a fire broke out on the 770’ self-unloading bulker ST. CLAIR (IMO 7403990), leaving the aft superstructure destroyed, as well as much of the internal self-unloading machinery and possibly the hull. The vessel was sitting in winter layup when the incident occurred, one that was believed to be caused by welding work taking place on the ship. Rubber from the ship’s unloading system and conveyor belt caught fire, and it is still unclear the exact amount of damage inside the vessel. At one point, the ship’s entire 250’ self-unloading boom was engulfed in flames, as you will be able to view in a photo gallery I will post with this topic. The fire burned for over a day before it could be completely extinguished, and speculation arises about whether it will be determined a total constructive loss, or could be rebuilt efficiently.

Here is the original reports from Saturday and Sunday:

2/17 - Oregon, Ohio - Noon update - Thick black smoke is still coming from the cabin area of the St. Clair. This is almost 16 hours since the first alarm was sounded for this fire.

The Coast Guard was conducting pollution assessment of the Maumee River. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Detroit Command Center were notified of the fire about 9: 30 p.m. by members of Coast Guard Station Toledo. The Coast Guard responded along with fire fighters from eight local fire departments

The external fire is currently under control. Preventative measures continue on adjacent ships using water-cooling techniques.

A helicopter crew and a pollution responder, aboard a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, conducted an aerial observation of the area at first light Sunday and determined there was no pollution in the Maumee River.

9 a.m. update - Sunday morning the fire is still burning in the accommodations block of the St. Clair. Pictures from the scene show extensive heat damage through the vessel from the unloading system at deck level to the upper cabins. Fire crews are reported to be making progress but it is unknown when the fire will be extinguished.

12 a.m.  update  –  Late Saturday firefighters in Toledo were battling flames aboard the St. Clair docked at the Port of Toledo. The fire department was dispatched about 8:45 p.m. to the Torco Dock. Arriving firefighters reported seeing smoke and fire from the vessel’s stack. An aerial ladder was hoisted to attack the blaze.   No one was aboard, and there was no cargo on the vessel at the time of the fire.

Nearly two hours later, residents several miles away reported they smelled burning rubber and saw gray smoke in the air. The St. Clair arrived for winter lay-up at the Torco Dock on January 14.  Repair work is performed on a vessel while they are in lay-up, it is not uncommon to have welding crews completing steel work.

Pictures posted to social media showed fire crews pumping water onto the stern and others showed the entire length of the self unloading boom on fire. The unloading conveyor belts run under the cargo hold and then loop through the accommodations block. A fire spreading through these spaces could cause catastrophic damage to a vessel covering multiple decks.

Fire fighting efforts have also been hampered by lack of water, there was only one hydrant reported in that area and the river was said to be frozen. Crews have been unable to fight the fire from aboard the vessel adding to the concern for the fire spreading through the ship.

Fire crews have been working to keep the fire from spreading to the Great Republic, dock off the St Clair's starboard side.

Reports from Toledo Blade, WTOL, USCG, local reports and various Social Media reports.

There is a forum topic with ongoing discussion about this on the Great Lakes & Seaway Discussion Board, which you can view here:

There is also a collective photo gallery from multiple sources of the during and aftermath of the fire on the ship: - Click on the “News Channel” tab, and there is a post with gallery attached to it, (the gallery doesn’t seem to have a unique link, otherwise I would share it directly) as well as several other updates posted about the fire. Really interesting pictures!

I thought I would share this incident with the worldwide community, and would love to hear thoughts on it. Specifically, I’d like to hear thoughts about the possible hull damage that could possibly take place with extreme heat on the steel that sits in frozen water, if anyone has any knowledge on that.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Renamings on: January 25, 2019, 07:20:09 pm
Back in November, I mistakenly did not post this when Algoma Central made the purchase, and do not see any post of it otherwise..

RAMIRA (IMO 9362152) Sweden  renamed  ALGONORTH  Canada

Renaming occurred within dates November 9-12, 2018. It is unclear which day exactly. (If anyone knows the exact date, I’ll gladly update/correct.)

November 9th was the exact date of the renaming.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Renamings on: December 18, 2018, 06:21:00 pm
VIDAR VIKING (IMO 9199646) Norway    renamed    CCGS CAPTAIN MOLLY KOOL  Canada
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Stephen B Roman on: December 18, 2018, 05:17:27 pm
I checked the AIS and it shows that as of 4 hours ago, she had officially been beached. Prior to being beached, she had been sitting in anchorage for a couple days.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: MarineTraffic Corrections on: December 16, 2018, 01:55:23 am
Thank you Vlad and Geir.

How long does it usually take for them to send you a response? It has been several days for me and I haven’t heard a response. Perhaps they form in which I suggested corrections is not the proper way to do so..
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / MarineTraffic Corrections on: December 14, 2018, 04:58:58 am
MarineTraffic isn’t completely perfect, which you cant blame it for, and sometimes I notice errors on specs for vessels. Mostly improper length/size, vessel type, etc. So, sometimes I am able to recognize a fault and I go in and “suggest changes” and place the proper length, etc, and submit for moderator review.

I was just wondering; does anyone here have any experience with correcting and submitting info on MarineTraffic to be fixed? Do your suggestions ever bring about any fixes to vessel info on the application? Are the moderators usually good with correcting errors when brought to their attention?
I’d like to hear your thoughts and experiences with this.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Stephen B Roman on: December 07, 2018, 07:50:39 pm
She has shown back up on AIS, currently about 260 miles west of Casablanca.

ETA Aliaga 16 Dec 13:00 UTC+3
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Stephen B Roman on: November 21, 2018, 04:19:27 am
Stephen B Roman now headed towards Bermuda, according to AIS.
She never actually docked in Halifax, only met with the launcher Eastcom, assumingly to drop off Canadian crew that assisted navigation through Canadian waters. Redwise is the Dutch ship delivery company that has been providing proper management and crew for the voyage.

Anyone know why she would be headed to Bermuda if she was bound for scrap? Is there a scrapper in Bermuda or somewhere else in that general southern direction that she’s possibly headed for, rather than the typical trip east?
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Stephen B Roman on: October 29, 2018, 02:27:36 am
I have done some digging to figure out the fate of this vessel but have had little luck so far. What I do know is that ownership of the vessel was taken over by McKeil Marine Ltd. from Algoma Central Corp. in early 2017, and she was laid up in Toronto in March of that same year, having not moved since.

A little over a week ago, Boatnerd website posted a news update stating that the vessel’s Canadian registry had closed on October 10, and she was scheduled to depart Toronto for Montreal on October 20, where her future ownership/fate would be further decided. Her registry has been changed to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, suggesting a possible move/change of ownership to come soon, but she has obviously been delayed, as she still sits in Toronto currently. The reason for the delay by Boatnerd has been listed as, “approval from the required authorities.” Other speculation on Boatnerd’s forum has stated that availability for a pilot could be the reason for delay.

As for the vessel’s fate, there is no clearly stated destination that I could find, but several possible options have been listed on the Boatnerd forum, those being:
-she travels overseas, (most likely Turkey) under her own power to be scrapped
-she travels overseas under tow to be scrapped
-a Caribbean firm has taken ownership of the vessel and she will re-enter service in that area

Of course this is all speculation, but the last option (Caribbean purchase) makes the most sense for the current situation.

There is not a lot of concrete evidence currently about the vessel’s future, but this is what I have been able to dig up so far, and Boatnerd is my best bet for future updates.

If you would like me to post links to the forum topics and news postings about the vessel,  I will gladly do so. As for now, I will keep my eye out for future updates, and try to remember to post them here when I see them.
Hope this has helped!
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: How come I don't see any ship icons in Hawaii waters? on: September 24, 2015, 02:02:10 am
Have your tried using Marine Traffic?
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Topic 3: Distortion, enhancement and appearance on: September 16, 2015, 02:26:32 am
Here is an example of what I was talking about earlier with helis and go pros.

Credit of photos goes to Denis O'Hara
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Topic 5: Ship as Main Subject on: September 14, 2015, 02:35:04 am
I agree with Ted, that photos with the ship in one part of the photo and something else that is picture-worthy on the other part: lighthouse, tugs, etc.

Photo examples: (all photos credited to Ken Newhams)
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Topic 3: Distortion, enhancement and appearance on: September 14, 2015, 02:24:02 am
GoPros have fisheye lenses which is right now not allowed as it is stated. But I think that GoPro pictures should be allowed even though they have fisheye lenses because GoPro cameras can take amazing photos in places that a normal camera cannot like drones, RC Helicopters, etc.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Coast Guard suspends search for man that jumped overboard on: September 01, 2015, 12:04:08 am
8/26 - Further reports say that the man jumped due to being confronted about alcohol use, as the company has a zero tolerance policy. As reported by the Mason County Sheriff, the man was confronted about his drinking and was told to stay in his quarters until the ship made port. Instead, the 41 year-old man from Cleveland, Ohio jumped into Lake Michigan. He has still not been found.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Joseph L. Block rescues boater from the cold water in Lake Michigan on: August 31, 2015, 11:55:49 pm
8/24 - Lake Michigan - The freighter Joseph L. Block responded to a distress call and pulled a man out of the 49 degree water after his 28 foot boat started to sink 10 miles of of Port Washington, Wisconsin.
The ship was in the area and quickly diverted towards the distress call. The crew spotted the sinking vessel and a man in a life jacket waving his arms. They acted quickly and threw heaving lines to the boater and lifted him from the water.
A Sheboygan Coast Guard Station vessel and an Ozaukee County Marine vessel arrived on scene to take that boater to the Port Washington Municipal Marina for medical attention.
The Ozaukee County Marine vessel towed the 28 foot vessel towards the marina with two dewatering pumps, but the vessel was essentially too unstable and the vessel's tow was released where it immediatly sank about 8 miles offshore in more than 350 feet of water. Several floating items were recovered and no visible pollution was reported.
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