Failed engine repair responsible for passengers being stranded in Victoria
The "Norwegian Star" spent days stuck off Victoria's coast in February with 2000 passengers because a repair job on the engine failed at sea, a report has found. Two tugs were deployed to tow it into Melbourne for repairs. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau preliminary investigation was released on Apr 27. It showed the field exciter unit for the main propulsion motor failed in December, January and February. The engine could only be properly repaired if the ship was taken out of service, so a standard modification was made to keep it running in December. The change to the engine's operation meant the "Norwegian Star" was running with one propulsion unit, giving it full manoeuvrability but at a reduced speed of between 13 to 16 knots. The engine also broke down in January, but in February the modified part of the engine broke down, leaving the cruise liner with no options for repairs. The investigation was ongoing and will focus on the failure of the propulsion units, the modifications made and the vessel operation with one unit. The passengers spent days stranded in Melbourne, with about 350 quitting the cruise rather than travel on to New Zealand.
The "City of Amsterdam" left the communal port in Rendsburg on Apr 26 at 4.30 p.m. bound to Bremerhaven after having been cleared to sail. She berthed in the Fishing Port of Bremerhaven at 11.40 p.m.
The Moroccon trawler “Abou Al Wafa”, 431 gt (IMO: 8820987), caught fire in the morning of Apr 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. at dock no. 6 Agadir during maintenance works. Fire fighters were soon on scene and trying for two hours to control the fire which was thought to have started during a welding operation. But it subsequently spread to the whole vessel. The other ships which were docked next to the ship were removed to avoid the spread of the fire. The vessel became unstable and started tilting to starboard side and leaned onto the quay. Two firefighters and one worker were seriously injured and taken to the provincial hospital Hassan II at Agadir. The trawler capsized and sank, still ablaze.
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DP World, Port of Fujairah End Concession Agreement
Dubai-based ports operator DP World said on Sunday it and the Port of Fujairah have agreed to terminate the company's concession agreement to operate the port.
DP World entered into the agreement in 2005 on a build, operate and transfer basis to expand and develop the container terminal in Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates. https://www.marinelink.co...