Either the USNS "Mercy" or a tug maneuvering it through a narrow channel may have struck the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii on May 27, 2015. At about 7:30 Aa.m. the tug was pushing the hospital ship past the memorial near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam when either the tug or the "Mercy" struck a dock adjacent to the memorial. Initial reports indicated that a tugboat hit the Memorial, but an investigation was underway. White boat passenger traffic onto the memorial has to be suspended as the full extent of damage had yet to be assessed to ensure the safety of visitors. According to a statement from the National Park Service, one of the ships had allided with a dock used to disembark visitors to the memorial and the site will be closed for several days while the Navy and the park service asses the damage. Initial visual assessments showed that the dock was moved about 10 feet toward the Memorial. A small area of concrete was damaged where the dock’s ramp joined the Memorial. The dock’s ramps and railings were also damaged. The site will be closed for several days while the park service and the Navy asses the damage.
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The "Million Trader", which had been reported as sold several times last winter, has finally found a buyer.
The Japanese owner, Nisshin Shipping, only fetched $9.3m for the 11-year-old ship. In March 2015, the vessel was tipped as sold to Modion of Greece for around $10m. This sale was never finalised however. Tanker specialist Avin International, which has a fleet of some 20 tankers,was now tipped as the buyer of the ship. The company also has a four-year-old, slightly smaller bulk carrier in its fleet list. A year ago a sister ship of the "Million Trader" was sold for twice the price.
28 workers evacuated from burning oil platform off Louisiana
A fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caused the emergency evacuation of 28 personnel on Friday.
All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform onto a nearby supply vessel and then to the shore. No one was hurt, according to the US Coast Guard (USCG).
The incident, in shallow waters near Breton Island, 20 miles offshore New Orleans, Louisiana, was on a rig owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Co, based in Houston.
Fire crews were fighting the blaze into Friday evening.
The well was shut and production closed down.
After initially estimating a possible release quantity of 4,000 barrels of oil into the water, the USCG scaled back its number to 130 barrels while also reporting from aerial observation that there was a visible 1.4 nautical mile “rainbow sheen” on the water.
A spokesman for Texas Petroleum Investment said the platform can produce up to 2,200 barrels per day of crude oil from up to 60 wells. That’s relatively modest by industry standards.
It was unclear what caused the incident, which happened in waters overseen by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources because of its relative proximity to the shore. splash247.com/28-...
Route to Rosario port blocked after Nord Hydra, laden with coal, ran aground
Pigs in China and bakers in Brazil will have to wait as Argentine exports from soybeans to wheat are delayed by the closing of the Parana River’s main channel. The route to Rosario port — from where 80 percent of Argentina’s grains and oilseeds are shipped — is blocked after the Nord Hydra, laden with coal, ran aground on Tuesday, 290 kilometers (180 miles) from Buenos Aires. That forced authorities to close the channel, delaying 48 other vessels, according to Rosario Port Manager Guillermo Wade. The holdup could be costing a total of $960,000 a day.