The "Iver Aasen" suffered technical problems on Aug 3, 2015, so that the ferry service from Sølsnes to Åfarnes was suspended for repairs in Sølsnes. Long queues of vehicles built up at the Sølsnes-side until repairs were completed.
Norwegian report with photo:
On Aug 1, 2015, at 3.40 p.m. a convoy consisting of the tugs "Kiel", "Stein" and a floating dock which had been overhauled at Nordic Yards in Rostock was in collision with a fairway buoy off the port. The buoy suffered damage. The convoy continued to Rendsburg where the dock was delivered at the Lürssen Yard.
German report of the transit with photo:
Port of Aden reopens following damage from Yemen war
The Port of Aden in southern Yemen is back in business just days after the Yemeni government announced the recapture of the city from Houthi militants and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
War and militant activities in the area forced the port to shut down last April, when the Houthis captured Aden.
After being taken by the militant group, the port suffered huge damage to its infrastructure due to clashes between Houthi and pro-Saleh militias on one side and Popular Resistance Committees loyal to ousted President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on the other.
At the end of last June, the Houthis shelled al-Zait port in Aden, causing a huge fire to break out amongst the fuel tanks.
The total losses arising from the incident was around 143 million liters of oil, according to a government report.
Out-of-service Soo Lock slows shipping on Great Lakes
When it comes to the shipping industry, "summer sailing" is the best sailing on the Great Lakes. Not yet braced for November's gales and free of spring's lingering ice, summer sailing finds the big ore boats and other vessels running at optimal speed.
But a shutdown this week of one of the two operating Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has slowed the industry when it least expected it.
"Summer sailing is when we're supposed to be making our best times of the year," said Glen Nekvasil, vice president of the Lake Carriers' Association that represents U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes. "Now, we've got this; this is going to have significant impact on shipping over the next eight to 10 days."
The Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the closing of the MacArthur Lock on Monday, leaving only the Poe Lock for traffic between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. One set of gates on the MacArthur Lock is not closing properly, the Corps said in a news release, estimating a minimum 10-day outage. The Corps will "dewater the lock so the cause can be determined," after which immediate repairs will commence.
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