The "Norcon Galatea" travelling from Pilley's Island to Little Bay Islands ran aground on Nov 29, 2015, after encountering difficulties. the ferry was carrying six passengers and five vehicles on board when it ran aground at around 6:30 p.m. The ship returned to Pilley's Island after about one hour. The incident was under investigation and service was suspended. The Department of Transportation and Works determined if a contingency service was needed, and provide an update to ferry users as soon as possible.
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The "Grand Princess", being headed to Hawaii from San Francisco, experienced a fire in its engine room and lost power about 100 miles from Hilo in the morning of Nov 30, 2015. The crew was able to extinguish the fire just before 8 a.m. and restarted its engine, resuming its voyage after drifting for about an hour. The ship left San Francisco on Nov 25 and was expected to return on Dec 10.
Hamburg creates more space for big ships at Tollerort
Already well advanced in the heart of Europe’s second biggest port – Hamburg - are extensive works to improve accessibility and manoeuverability for big container and cruise ships.
Three phase construction on the €98 million redesign and restructuring project at Tollerort in the German North Sea port began in 2014 and Maritime Journal has been told that work is still on schedule late year for completion in 2017.
The project, described by some as “open-heart surgery” because of the activity around it, involves the removal of the Tollerortspitze, a four hectare area of land which juts into the Norderelbe, the busy northern arm of the River Elbe. The excavated soil is being used to backfill the Kohlenschiffhafen harbour basin which lies alongside and that area will become replacement land for the adjacent big Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).
Martin Boness, spokesman for the Hamburg Port Authority, told Maritime Journal in November “work is progressing according to schedule. We plan to complete the project in early 2017”. More to read at www.maritimejourn...
Strikes Planned At Rotterdam Port In December And January
Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and January in protest at possible job cuts, threatening to freeze the movement of goods through Europe’s largest port.
Niek Stam, leader of the FNV Havens union, said in a statement members of the union had voted in favour of the strikes to back their demand for guarantees of no layoffs for the coming nine years.
Major container employers ECT, APMT and RWG have rejected that demand in contract talks which have been running since April. www.marineinsight...