After the "Lite Ferry 26" was rescued a few kilometers southeast of Mandaue City in the afternoon of Oct 20, the ship was banned from sailing by the Philippine Coast Guard in Cebu (PCG) until further notice. The LCT was bound for Tubigon town in Bohol, located 52 kilometers southeast of Cebu City, from Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City. But one hour after its scheduled departure, the PCG received reports from its crew, asking to be rescued as seawater had entered the vessel. It was safely pulled back by two tugs from Lite Shipping Corporation a few minutes after the alert from its position 15 kilometers southeast from the coast of Mandaue City. It arrived at the Ouano Wharf at 10:26 p.m. and will remain docked there until authorities have released it. All 14 passengers and crew were safe. The shipping company refunded the passengers and provided food and transportation money to them when they disembarked from the vessel. The captain, in accordance with rules and regulations from Marina, will have to file a marine protest before Marina because the latter is the one who will grant them clearance to set sail again. They will have to prove before Marina why their ship is suited to resume its operations after what happened. The extent of damage was still being determined on Oct 21.
Access to Port of Corpus Christi closed after oil barge blast leaves one dead, one missing
A crew member died and another was missing on Friday after an explosion and fire on an oil barge off of Texas, according to Reuters. Six of the eight-person crew were rescued without suffering serious injuries. The barge, carrying a load of 133,000 barrels of crude to a Corpus Christi refinery, The barge, carrying a load of 133,000 barrels of crude to a Corpus Christi refinery, was being towed by the tug boat Buster Bouchard when a rebroke out leading to the explosion at around 4.35am. It was about three miles offshore between Port Aransas and Rockport at the time. The fire
burned itself out before being extinguished.
US Virgin Islands on track to reopen for cruise business
The US Virgin Islands has started work to repair the damage caused by two recent hurricanes so it can reopen to cruise ships in the next couple of months.
Volunteers and aid organisations have provided resident with food and shelter, as well as supplies to help with the clean-up of the islands so it can return to normality and once again welcome visitng cruise passengers and other tourists.
“Hopefully in the next number of days we will be making a formal announcement about the return of cruise traffic to the territory,” said Mapp, who will meet with the Department of Tourism and the port authority to develop a strategy for handling future cruise visits. “The turnstiles cannot be opened without adequate infrastructure in place...to ensure that visitors can have a good and safe time and a very positive experience.”
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which completed two ‘mercy missions’ to help evacuate visitors and residents from the Caribbean territory, is one of the first lines to demonstrate its commitment to returning to the US Virgin Islands when possible. Further reading at www.cruiseandferr...