After the "CSCL Indian Ocean" berthed in Hamburg-Waltershof on Feb 9 at 6. a.m., the German Central Command for Shipwrecks in Cuxhaven ended its work at 11 a.m. Involved had been 26 ships and an oil surveiilance aircraft. The salvage costs were estimated to be in a two digit million Euro range. The loss ot the ship cost the owners 54000 Euro per day. Short after the arrival in port representatives of the CSCL Indian Ocean Shipping Co, and the classification society DNV GL an went on board for safety inspections. Visual inspections of the interior and the hull above the water were planned as well as controls of the underwater hull, propeller and rudder by divers or ROVs. At the grounding site the 65000 cbm sand which have been removed are to be carried back onto the river bottom during the forthcoming days.
The wreck of the "Condor" has been found three miles east of Fehmarn island in pos. 54° 25,458 N; 011° 24,053 E, on Feb 9, 2016, in a water depth of 22 meters, by the survey ship "Deneb" which had arrived in the search area coming from Rostock in the afternoon of Feb 9. The sonar contact had been measured from the surface in the evening and marked with a buoy. On Feb 10 police divers from Eutin descended from the Kiel based police boat "Falshöft" to the wreck and identified it.
They started documenting the state of the wreck on the bottom to collect evidence. The Operation was supported by the Multi purpose ship "Scharhörn" of the relevant shipping authority, which is equipped with a crane to lift wreckage in case needed. The wreck is to be recovered by a private salvage company once released by the prosecutors in Kiel.
Turkish port operator Yıldırım Holding to construct large port in Ecuador
Yildırım Holding will invest in the construction of a port in Ecuador, and the framework agreement for the $750 million project was signed in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Ecuador.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency about the project, Yıldırım Holding CEO Yüksel Yıldırım noted that the project would be completed in five phases, each with 500,000 TEU capacity, and $240 million would be invested in the first phase, using the holdings equities plus loans. The project will be Turkey’s biggest investment in the country, and once completed, the port will be the largest container port on the Pacific Ocean coast of Latin America.
“This will be a crucial port in the YILPORT network, once we include it in our global port portfolio. Mostly bananas, shrimps, other seafood and mineral products will be exported from the port, known as Puerto Bolivar, which at the same time will support the exports of the country,” said Yıldırım.
The dredging depth will first be 14 meters, and then will increase to 17 meters to allow even the largest vessels to moor. The handover ceremony for the port is scheduled to be completed in April.
Source: Anadolu Agency
In the evening of Feb 3, 2016, a fierce fire started in the port of Fredericia as a tank with liquid fertilizer sprang a leak and then ignited a tank with coconut oil. The fire broke out in an area with many chemicals. The harbor was closed to ship traffic until the situation was under control. From the quayside, the two Svitzer tugs "Svitzer Mjolnir" and "Svitzer Nari" cooled down the tanks with water cannons. Residents wwere evacuated from their homes. Two people have been treated in the emergency room. After the fire was under control on Feb 4, the barricaded area was restricted to a radius of about 50 meters from the fire area and a few roads for the sake of the many emergency vehicles. One tanker left the port when the fire started and lay at anchor in Båring at the entrance to the Little Belt. Another tanker that should have called at Fredericia also anchored in Båring. Also German fire fighters were involved in tackling the blaze.
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