On March 20, 2018, around 6 p.m. a fire broke out aboard the German flagged, self propelled barge "Wilhelm Hubele“, 2079 ts (EU-No.: 04701230), which was sailing on the Neckar river and just approaching the lock in Feudenheim near Mannheim. The ship berthed, and the crew could get to safety. The alerted fire rescue Mannheim with a fire boat and the volunter forces from Feudenheim and the German Lifesaving Society (DLRG) attended and were able to extimmnguish the fire underneath the cabin area within short time. The water police Mannheim launched an investigation. Whether welding works which had been carried out aboard the ship in a yard in Neckarsteinach were responsible for the fire was not yet clear.
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On March 20, 2018, the "Andrea“ (EU-No.: 08557075; MMSI-No.: 203999349; CS: OED9009), sank on the Rhine in the port of Emmerich. The bow, which was connected with a pushed barge, remained above water, while the stern with the cabins foundered completely. The fire rescue, police and river authority were on scene in order to prevent a pollution of port and river. Three rings of oil barriers were laid out around the wreck. Attempts to dewater the tug failed, so a sheerleg will have to raise the "Andrea" in the forthcoming days.
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The Port of Kiel has revealed the design of the Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal’s second facility that will handle cruise ships and passengers.
The 3,700m² two-storey terminal building is designed by architects Hillenkamp and Roselius under a multi-phase co-operative workshop process.
Construction of the €7.5m terminal is scheduled to begin in August, with completion and operation expected to commence in 2019.
Port of Kiel managing director Dr Dirk Claus said: “Sea tourism is a strong growth market sector for the port of Kiel. “With a second terminal building, we will be in a position to expand our capacities and increase handling quality. We are taking a great leap forward against a background of ever more visits by cruise ships and increases in the sizes of those ships. A terminal for every ship berth means the best possible service for shipping companies and passengers. We are taking a great leap forward against a background of ever more visits by cruise ships and increases in the sizes of those ships.”
When completed, the new terminal will be an integrated northern extension of the current terminal building with connections on both levels.
The terminal’s frontage will be equipped with large glass surfaces.
Both the existing and new terminal buildings will form a V-shaped reception area for the arriving visitors to enter the terminal.
Baggage handling will be conducted on the ground floor, while the upper floor will be reserved for passengers and check-in procedures.
Claus further added: “The new terminal building will replace two existing baggage halls. This is something which also has town planning significance.”
The Port of Kiel operates three terminals in Ostseekai, Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai. So far this year, it has handled 166 visits by 32 different cruise ships.
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