Problem with Carnival ship causes itinerary changes
One of industry giant Carnival's 24 ships is experiencing a propulsion problem that has left it unable to travel at top speed.
In a statement, Carnival says the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle has had to slow its maximum speed from 21 knots to 18 to 20 knots, depending on wind and sea conditions, due to what it is calling a "technical issue."
Carnival says all safety and hotel systems on the ship are operating normally, but the slower speed will force changes to more than a dozen of the vessel's upcoming Alaska and Hawaii sailings. A repair to fix the problem won't be done until the Carnival Miracle enters a drydock in early 2015 for previously scheduled maintenance, the line says. More at www.usatoday.com/...
Port at Burns Harbor opens 2014 salty season; first ships carry foreign steel
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor opened the 2014 international shipping season on Thursday with the arrival of the M/V Isolda and the M/V Federal Nakagawa.
Both ships carried steel from Ijmuiden, Holland, destined for Midwest manufacturers and were being unloaded by port stevedore Federal Marine Terminals with local workers from the International Longshoremen's Association and International Union of Operating Engineers.
“Our port is open year-round to river barges and lake vessels depending upon ice conditions, but the arrival of the first ocean vessel signifies the start of the international shipping season,” Rick Heimann, port director at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, said in a statement released on Thursday. “The first ships not only bring important cargoes for local businesses and jobs for dockworkers, but also symbolize that Northwest Indiana's gateway to the world is once again open for business.”
The Cyprus-flagged Isolda, a 653-foot bulk carrier built in 1999, stopped in Cleveland before coming to the Port of Indiana. The vessel is skippered by Capt. Arkadiusz Sienkiewicz from Poland and manned by a 23-person crew. The Isolda was also the first ship of the season in 2007.
The Federal Nakagawa was built in 2005. The 21-person crew, led by Capt. Rizwan Abdullah Mammoo, hails from India and Sri Lanka. The Hong Kong-flagged vessel also stopped in Cleveland and will next head to Milwaukee.
Ferry captain says evacuation was delayed for lack of rescue ships
The arrested captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized with 476 people on board said on Saturday he had delayed evacuating the ship because of the sea conditions and the absence of rescue ships.
Lee Joon-seok and two of his crew were taken into police custody in the early hours of the morning, charged with negligence and failing to secure the safety of passengers in violation of maritime law.
During his police arraignment, during which he stood, head bowed, in a hooded raincoat, Lee was asked by TV reporters why passengers had been ordered to remain in their seats and cabins for more than 40 minutes after the ferry first sent a distress signal just before 9am local time on Wednesday.
"At the time a rescue ship had not arrived. There were also no fishing boats around there for rescues or other ships to help," Lee said.
"The currents were very strong and water was cold at that time in the area.
"I thought that passengers would be swept far away and fall into trouble if they evacuated thoughtlessly without wearing lifejackets.
"It would have been the same even if they did wear lifejackets," he said. Source and more at www.theguardian.c...