In the afternoon of Aug 30, 2015, the "Mareno" arrived at Luderitz after having sailed from Walvis Bay on Aug 29, with burning containers on deck. Six containers loaded with charcoal had caught fire. A tug in vain tried to extinguish the fire so that the ship docked at the west jetty at 3.30 p.m., and the fire rescue attended with 12 volunteers. The fire had already burnt through the sides of the boxes. Due to the dense smoke it was complicated to unload the boxed with cranes due as the crane driver could hardly see these. Some of the glowing charcoal fell down when the containers were lifted. The boxes had to be lifted on one side with a crane to tip the contents onto the quay to be extinguished there. The process lasted for some hours. The crew of the ship, NamPort-personell and the volunteer rescue were busy until about 9 p.m. The ship next sailed to Cape Town, ETA Sep 2.
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The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained two tankers for illegal STS operations in the waters of Pengerang, Kota Tinggi on Aug 31, 2015. The vessels did not have required papers and permits, and the masters and chief engineers of both tankers were taken to police for investigation. One ship was the Goudeloupe-flagged product tanker "Marina 88", 1811 dwt (IMO: 8031639), the other the "Sea Fortune".
Ecological damage expected to be minimal after Seaspan barge lost cargo
British Columbia’s environment ministry expected the ecological damage to be minor after the barge "Seaspan 183" tipped and dumped scrap cars into Victoria’s inner harbour on Aug 28. Emergency program director Graham Knox said regulations require fuel to be removed from vehicles before loading but it’s impossible to clean them completely.
A sheen of hydrocarbons can be seen in the water but a large boom has been wrapped around the accident site to contain the fuel. The U.S. company that recycles the cars, Schnitzer Steel, was responsible for cleanup and has hired the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation. While the assessment could take days but all the debris will need to be removed from the water because it can pose an entangling risk to wildlife and displace habitat.
It was not yet known what caused the barge to tilt and spill more than 100 scrap vehicles into the water.
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P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways services resumed on Aug 31 after protesters used lifeboats to stop ships at port, leaving British Bank Holiday passengers stranded. Some services operated by P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways were still subject to delays. Up to 2,000 British holidaymakers and other travellers were stranded in Calais after French ferry workers blockaded the port on one of the busiest nights of the year. Families were trapped in their cars for hours as protesters used two lifeboats to circle the port exit to prevent vessels entering or leaving the terminal.
The action had been deliberately timed to cause maximum impact and came ahead of a planned visit to the port on Aug 31 by the French Prime Minister.
Services through the Channel Tunnel were not affected by the action, but that those trains were already full and only accepting passengers with pre-booked tickets.
The French workers were protesting over the potential 600 job losses caused by the sale of MyFerryLink, a ferry service between Dover and Calais.
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