During a control of the "Lehmann Runner" in Brake on Jan 20 officers of the water police in Brake remarked that the loading marks were incorrect. Already when boarding the ship they remarked a slight list to port as the ship was overloaded and exceeded the draught by eignt centimeters. The 56 year old Lithuanian master explained that a ballast water tank had a leak since 11 months and caused a permanent intrusion of water in a quantity of 10 tons epr hour. The crew was dewatering the ship every six hours. Since the leak occurred, a clamping screw pressed a wooden wedge onto the crack. It was also found out that the ship had loaded 45 tons corn more than allowed in Sczcecin. The department for transport and ship safety in Hamburg was notfied and banned the ship from sailing based on the results of the port state control. The ship must undergo repairs at a nearby shipyard before being allowed to sail again. Since the ship was overloaded, the captain had to pay a fine of 1825 Euros.
Two crew members from the "Polar Nanoq" were arrested on Jan 19, 2017, Icelandic special forces who were flown out to the trawler in a helicopter. They have now been charged with killing a 20-year-old Icelandic woman.
Birna Bjránsdóttir who has been missing for more than seven days, has not yet been found, but the police believed that the evidence against the two arrested was so strong that it justified the charge. The two arrested pleaded not guilty.
Her mobile phone rang shortly before she disappeared, from a mast close to the pier where the trawler was. The phone was manually disconnected shortly after. One of Birnas Bjránsdóttirs shoes were also found in the same area.
The police has not released much about the interrogations of the suspects, but the investigation leader said that the crew membershave indicated that they met Birna Bjránsdóttir. The plan was that the "Polar Nanoq" must leave Reykjavik in they morning of Jan 23. Whether this happens was so far unknown.
Only 1 lock chamber at Kiel for 12 weeks in April, May, June and July .....
Kiel-Canal authorities have announced that due to maintenance work only one new big lock chamber at Kiel-Holtenau locks will available during following periods:
18.04.2017 until 30.05.2017 and 06.06.2017 until 18.07.2017
The Port of Kiel celebrated a record cruise season in 2016, handling 6% more passengers (485,000) and an 11% increase cruise calls, from 132 in 2015 to 147 last year.
In 2017, Kiel is set to host 440,000 passengers who will arrive during 133 calls from 28 different cruise ships. The season will open on 9 April with a call from AIDA Cruises’ AIDAcara and close on 21 October with a visit from AIDAvita.
This year, the port will also handle three simultaneous cruise calls on five occasions, and four cruise vessels on both 3 June and 12 August. Meanwhile, 15 ships will be in port during the Kieler Woche sailing regatta from 17-25 June, and TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 6 will sail her maiden voyage roundtrip from Kiel on 3-14 June.
MSC Cruises’ 3,970-guest MSC Fantasia will also start homeporting in Kiel on 29 April and offer 21 departures from the port.