On Feb 20, 2018, at 6.50 p.m. the "Black Eagle" arrived at Nemrut Bay. The ship carrying 6800 metric tonnes of steel scrap, had allided with fish farm cages, while departing from Ashdod port on Jan 25 at 01.20 a.m. The steering machine was distorted and severely damaged. The propeller blades were lightly bent and the vessel became unseaworthy. It was towed to its designated discharge port Nemrut Bay on Feb 8.
On Feb 9, 2018, the "Progress Ace" rescued three sailors form a yacht in distress in the North Atlantic Ocean.
At 10:05 a.m. the vehicles carrier, sailing from port of Brunswick to Walvis Bay received a distress relay message from the French Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers and rushed to the scene. By 3:45 p.m., all three survivors were safely rescued from the yacht. The three survivors were handed over to the local authorities in Walvis Bay on Feb 19.
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Malacca Straits VLCC traffic doubles in a decade as shipping traffic hits all time high in 2017
Defying difficult market conditions traffic in the world's busiest shipping lane, the Malacca Straits, continued to grow over the last three years hitting an all time high of 84,456 transits in 2017. A report by Singapore-based Nippon Maritime Center (NMC), provided exclusively to Seatrade Maritime News, and based on figures from the Marine Department of Malaysia, showed that traffic had grown consistently since 2011. “In the last three years, daily transit reports to Klang VTS increased from 222 vessels per day in 2015 to 231 vessels per day in 2017, despite challenging shipping market conditions,” the NMC said. This equates to nearly 10 vessels entering or leaving the straits every hour, or one vessel every six minutes. source : Seatrade Maritime News
ABP Container Terminal HULL to Double Trade with New Cranes
The arrival of two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes worth US$ 14.7 million (£10.5 million) will enable ABP’s Hull Container Terminal to handle double the volume of trade by increasing capacity at the UK port to more than 400,000 units per year. Giant 600 tonne,
50-metre-high STS cranes (pictured above) arrived fully assembled through the lock gates on February 15, 2018, marking the
beginning of a range of new equipment from a $21 million (£15 million) investment. Reach stackers, tug trailers, and the
creation of 9,000 square metres of new storage for customers are also part of the expansion as part of ABP’s commitment to
invest a total of £50 million in its container terminals on the Humber, located in Immingham and Hull, in response to continued
growth in demand. Liebherr designed and produced the bespoke cranes over a period of around 11 months in Ireland.
The cranes took three days to ship via a special 168-meter vessel called HHL LAGOS which used a heavy lift crane to move
the new STSs onto the quayside crane rails.