A second search will be launched for evidence in the investigation of the "El Faro", the National Transportation Safety Board announced on Feb 11. The expedition to locate the voyage data recorder (VDR) is expected to begin in April and last about two weeks. Video from the initial search revealed the bridge structure and the deck below it had separated from the ship. Neither the mast nor the VDR was located by the time the first search mission was completed on Nov. 15. The exact launch date of the second mission has not yet been announced.
The Koninklijke Roeiers Vereeniging Eendracht (KRVE) (Royal Boatmen Association Eendracht) will be using their innovative ShoreTension system to right the "Modern Express" so that unloading can start. The vessel is currently awaiting unloading in Bilbao and KRVE assistance has been requested in order to achieve this. The "Modern Express" will be held in position using six ShoreTensions, with the ShoreTensions absorbing the vessel’s forces on the warps and compensating for the vessel’s movements. This will enable the cargo to be removed from the vessel safely.
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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