The Spanish Coastguard rescued five Filipino sailors Feb 3 2016, as the "Esnaad 715" ship was buffeted by a storm off northwestern Spain and in danger of sinking 50 nautical miles from the port of La Coruna. The sailors were lifted to safety in adverse weather conditions with southeasterly winds of 45 knots, which complicated the rescue operation. The sailors were flown to nearby Viveiro and a tugboat was dispatched to assess the "Esnaad 715", which had been on the way from the Netherlands to Abu Dhabi.
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Draining of fuel from the "Sea Worker" off Bjerregaard Strand, went according to plan. On Feb 12 18 cbm oil were pumped out of the tanks, and removing of diesel oil continued on Feb 13. The weather was very good to do it, so salvors were working from first daylight to night. The crew of the "Gunnar Seidenfaden" was s ready to help, should there be an oil spill.
Turkish port operator Yıldırım Holding to construct large port in Ecuador
Yildırım Holding will invest in the construction of a port in Ecuador, and the framework agreement for the $750 million project was signed in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Ecuador.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency about the project, Yıldırım Holding CEO Yüksel Yıldırım noted that the project would be completed in five phases, each with 500,000 TEU capacity, and $240 million would be invested in the first phase, using the holdings equities plus loans. The project will be Turkey’s biggest investment in the country, and once completed, the port will be the largest container port on the Pacific Ocean coast of Latin America.
“This will be a crucial port in the YILPORT network, once we include it in our global port portfolio. Mostly bananas, shrimps, other seafood and mineral products will be exported from the port, known as Puerto Bolivar, which at the same time will support the exports of the country,” said Yıldırım.
The dredging depth will first be 14 meters, and then will increase to 17 meters to allow even the largest vessels to moor. The handover ceremony for the port is scheduled to be completed in April.
Source: Anadolu Agency
In the evening of Feb 3, 2016, a fierce fire started in the port of Fredericia as a tank with liquid fertilizer sprang a leak and then ignited a tank with coconut oil. The fire broke out in an area with many chemicals. The harbor was closed to ship traffic until the situation was under control. From the quayside, the two Svitzer tugs "Svitzer Mjolnir" and "Svitzer Nari" cooled down the tanks with water cannons. Residents wwere evacuated from their homes. Two people have been treated in the emergency room. After the fire was under control on Feb 4, the barricaded area was restricted to a radius of about 50 meters from the fire area and a few roads for the sake of the many emergency vehicles. One tanker left the port when the fire started and lay at anchor in Båring at the entrance to the Little Belt. Another tanker that should have called at Fredericia also anchored in Båring. Also German fire fighters were involved in tackling the blaze.
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