Dozens of people on board the "Balmoral" which docked in Norfolk on Apr 28, 2016, have been sickened by a norovirus.
The ship was berthed at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. 153 of 917 passengers on board have become ill, and six out of 518 crew members have reported becoming ill. In response to the outbreak, the ship has increased cleaning and disinfection procedures, begun collecting stool samples from passengers and crew for testing, and sent a public health and sanitation manager from the cruise line corporate office to oversee and assist with implementation of the sanitation and outbreak response procedures.
Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers from the CDC were planning to board the ship when it arrives in Baltimore on April 30 or May 1 to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response.
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Engine trouble caused grounding - tugs attend ship after refloating
The "MSC Fabiola" was still blocking traffic at the southern end of the Suez Canal after running aground at canal km 144. Northbound convoys have been suspended on April 28, 2016. The vessel ran into trouble due to an engine blackout en route from Malta to Oman. It was the tenth vessel in the Southbound convoy of 20 vessels, while the rest of Southbound convoy of eight vessels have been detained.
The Southbound convoy started at 8 a.m. local time and stopped and waited at Great Bitter Lakes. The ship was refloated on Apr 29 and was to be towed to Suez allowing all Soutbound vessels - the remaining eight from 25) to clear the canal following trials. Actually the tugs "Mosaed 4" (IMO: 9581502) and "Port Said" (IMO: 9305984) were connected to the casualty which was still in its position.
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A project manager from the Maersk Group's port and terminal unit APM Terminals in Angola was kidnapped a few days ago. He was held captive for four days before he was released.
ShippingWatch was informed about the case Monday night. Today, the Maersk Group confirms the following:
"Maersk Group can confirm an employee was abducted in Angola and held captive for four days and that he has been released unharmed. The Maersk Group is supporting him and his family with the necessary support in this difficult time. Due to the ongoing investigation by local authorities and the security of our employees, the Maersk Group will not be providing any further details. We kindly ask that this and the privacy of our colleague are respected and protected," Maersk says in a statement.
According to ShippingWatch's sources, the case concerns a French employee in joint venture Sogester, Sociedade Gestora de Terminais, S.A, a terminal company owned by Maersk and an Angolan partner. The employee was allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday when he was en route from his home to Sogester's inland terminal in Viana.
Sources say the employee was released on Saturday, possible following payment of a ransom, though it has not been able to confirm this.
This marks the second time in just a short period of time that Maersk has been the target of criminal activities in West Africa.
The first ship has sailed through the New Panama Canal after a test operation was carried out on the Pacific side via the use of simulation.
It was the first operation of this kind to check the effective functioning of the locks that will allow the new giant Post-Panamax ships to pass through the American continent.
The new canal is being completed by the international consortium led by Salini Impregilo, with Sacyr (Spain) and Jan de Nul (Belgium). The new canal will officially be opened on June 26, 2016. This manoeuvre, when everything will be in function, will be made in about two hours, and it will only take 8-10 hours to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.