12 September 2008

remember the crew of the m/v antalina

seen arriving in rotterdam on 18th june 2002
UPDATE: 9:56 am cdt [GMT -0600] saturday 13 september 2008

CNN: Freighter crew safe after riding out Hurricane Ike

excerpt: (CNN) -- A freighter that had been adrift in the Gulf of Mexico made it through Hurricane Ike safely and was awaiting a tugboat to bring it to shore Saturday morning.

All 22 people aboard the Antalina, a Cypriot-flagged freighter, were safe, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Mike O'Berry said Saturday.

The freighter rode out the storm until the heaviest of winds died down Friday night, O'Berry said. It remained 170 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, waiting for a motor tugboat to bring it back to port, he said.

The tugboat Rotterdam likely will reach the stranded vessel by noon CT Saturday (1 p.m. ET), Coast Guard Cmdr. Ron Labrec said.

The freighter suffered no major damage from the storm, said Darrell Wilson, a spokesman for the company that manages the ship. ~ read more


UPDATE aired at 9:57 p.m. cdt [GMT -0600] friday 12 september 2008

via mahalo:
The Antalina is a Cyprus-flagged freighter that became stranded off the coast of Galveston on September 12, 2008, as Hurricane Ike approached. Twenty-two crew members are on board and rescue efforts have been hampered by the high winds and seas. ~ source
Petroleum Coke Ship, Antalina, Stranded in Ike
by Joe DeFranceschi September 12, 2008

As Texans flee from Hurricane Ike, the 22 people aboard the Antalina have nowhere to run. Their freight ship carrying petroleum coke lost propulsion 90 miles southeast of Galveston and is getting battered by Ike's powerful winds.

The Antalina is a 584-foot boat that was caught in Ike's grasp while adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. They sent out a distress call to the Coast Guard who began to respond to their situation early this morning.

The Antalina is originally from Cyprus and has a cargo of petroleum coke which is a byproduct of traditional petroleum. The Coast Guard says they cannot fly helicopters in close enough to rescue the men because of Ike's strong wind gusts. Even if they could rescue the sailors, that would mean that the Antalina and it's cargo of petroleum coke would drift at sea, creating a possible safety and environmental hazard. ~ source
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freighter adrift in hurricane ike, rescue attempt fails
For Those in Peril on the Sea
(William Whiting)

Eternal Father, strong to save
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave.
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep
Oh hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word
Who walked'st on the foaming deep
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep.
Oh hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease
And give, for wild confusion, peace
Oh hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Trinity of love and power
Our brethren shield in danger's hour
From rock and tempest, fire and foe
Protect them wheresoe'er they go.
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

note: Written in 1860 after the Reverend William Whiting came
through a fierce storm. This is the official hymn of the
Naval Academy (US): the first verse closes every service.
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