The "C Star" may have been halted in dramatic circumstances, with the navy surrounding the vessel and taking over responsibility on July 21. An employee at the Suez Canal Authority confirmed that the detaining of the ship had nothing with the Canal Authority but rather by the security authorities, as it was a matter of security due to the lack of documentation and papers.
This is no doubt a huge blow for the Defend Europe project and will likely be draining the already stretched resources of the far-right project.
This revelation certainly explains why the project has been stalled for nearly a week and the ship has not reached the Mediterranean by the dates first circulated by Defend Europe.
There was evidence including the criminal past of the ship’s owner and the terrifying prospect of an armed crew being on board being provided by a company that has had its certification suspended in the UK.
The Russian port tug "MB-348" capsized and sank in the the morning of July 21, 2017, in the Olga Bay, Primorye, while assisting the "Stepan Geyts" during its unmooring operation. A failed towing gear was thought to have been the cause of an accident. The three crew members managed to leave the vessel and were rescued.
DP World's new passenger terminal opens at Limassol, Cyprus
A new modern terminal designed to accommodate the largest operating cruise vessels, is scheduled to open in the summer at DP World Limassol port, the terminal operator said in a press release.
The new terminal consists of seven pods with an internal area of 7,000 square meters. Along with 24-hour availability the terminal offers integrated services including Home Call and Day Call handling capability, ensuring an improved customer experience.
DP World Limassol has a draft of up to 11 metres (tide free) and three 400 metre berths that can accommodate cruise vessels. It is the third addition to the cruise terminal portfolio that DP World operates globally, after cruise terminal operations in Mina Rashid, Dubai and Quinquela Martin, Argentina.
The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) is preparing to welcome the latest generation of mega container ships as it continues with its investment and modernization plans.
Namely, the Authority said that it would invest up to EUR 18 million to increase the maximum depth at its three terminals to 17 and 18 meters in an effort to accommodate 20,000 TEU-ships.
Expected to be finalized by the summer of 2018, the upgrades would include removing up to 690,000 m3 from the sites. The extracted land would be used in the phase 1 landfill of the new container terminal that will be located in the northern extension of the port of Valencia.
When completed, the upgraded port is set to feature 1,900 meters of dock and be capable of accommodating up to four mega container ships at the same time. worldmaritimenews...