A team of three divers from Lochs Diving Services arrived in Lochmaddy on Sep 26 to assess the damage to the "Hebrides". Due to a technical failure the ferry had overshot its berth at speed, It hit a rocky outcrop and in steering off the rocks and destroyed the top end of a pontoon system. CalMac’s teams were continuing to work directly with passengers affected in order to find the best solutions for them.
The pontoons were jumbled, upturned and leaking polystyrene fragments into the tide. The marina was closed at the moment for health and safety reasons until people have looked at it. A team from CalMac and Gael Force, the engineers who installed the pontoons, were to meet with CNM for an in depth assessment of the damage.
The "Lord of the Isles" undertook two return sailings on the Lochboisdale, South Uist to Mallaig route, to ease some of the disruption. An additional return sailing was also added to the Berneray to Leverburgh, Isle of Harris route.
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was alerted by a Mayday call of the "Horizon" on Sep 26, 2016, at 5.46 p.m. The crew of three reported the trawler was taking in water rapidly and in danger of sinking 20 miles off the Seven Heads in West Cork. In poor conditions with 6-7 Beaufort wind and bad visibility the lifeboat reached the casualty at 6.40 p.m. By 7 p.m. the lifeboat had succeeded in getting its pump onto the trawler to stop the intake of water. The damaged trawler was being towed at low-speed to the small fishing village of Union Hall in Co Cork.In a complicated tow the lifeboat moored the casuality at the pierhead at 10.30 p.m. The Navy vessel "LÉ Niamh" stood by and a Coast Guard helicopter was tasked from Waterford.
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In the afternoon of Sep 26, 2016, the "Ballstadøy" suffered propulsion trouble off Sveggen in Averøy. The lifeboat "Erik Bye" was called to assist and established a towing connection at 3.45 p.m. to the trawler which had a gear problem. Due to the calm weather it was an easy task to tow the casualty to the Stor Quay in Kristiansund where it was safely moored at 4.40 p.m.
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The police launched investigation against a security guard suspected of assaulting a woman in a cabin aboard the "VIking Cinderella" on Sep 23, 2016, between midnight and 6:40 a.m. A warrant request was submitted to the Stockholm District Court to have him arrested for aggravated assault and assault. The suspect man works as an employee of a government agency. The man was arrested at 5:11 p.m. by the prosecutor on duty. The crime was allegedly committed on the ferry at night. Initially, the man was suspected of attempted murder, but the prosecutor Christina Voigt adjusted to aggravated assault. The man was heard on Sep 26. On Sep 27 detention hearings against him were held in the District Court of Stockholm.
New Knutsen LNG Tanker Capable of Delivering $1 Million Annual Bunker Savings
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) Monday announced it has delivered a newbuild liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, which it says is capable of delivering $1 million in annual bunker savings, to Knutsen OAS Shipping AS (Knutsen), LNG World Shipping reports.
The 176,000 cubic metre (cbm) La Mancha Knutsen has a number of energy saving features, including a boil-off gas system that, in contrast to conventional systems that can only partially re-liquefy BOG, is said to be capable of re-liquefying 100 percent of the BOG for later use as fuel by the ship fuel. shipandbunker.com...
On Sep 26, 2016, at 6.53 p.m. the NSRI Port Elizabeth was activated following a request by a ships agent to rendezvous with the "Anangel Seafarer", sailing from Singapore to Brazil, to medevac a 36 year old Greek sailor who had suffered a left hand injury.
The NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew requested the assistance of the Transnet National Ports Authority pilot boat and an NSRI Port Elizabeth rescue team, with extrication equipment and accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic, rendezvoused with the bulk carrier two miles off Port Elizabeth and found the patient to be walking wounded and in a stable condition with his hand, suffering a fractured middle finger and lacerations, bandaged by his ships medics.
The patient was transferred onto the pilot boat and brought into Port and he has been transported to hospital by the ships agent for further treatment.
First new passenger excursion ship on Neckar River for almost half a century
The first new passenger excursion ship on Germany’s Neckar River for almost half a century has gone into service out of Heidelberg and come in for swift praise for its modern design and low fuel consumption.
The 59.2m long and 10.6m wide Königin Silvia, drawing 1.1m, is named after Sweden’s German-born queen, who comes from Heidelberg. It went into operation for owners Weisse Flotte after completion at the Lux Werft in Niederkassel 240kms downstream on the Rhine.
The new ship cost about €3.5 million to build and as well as being the first new passenger ship to go into service on the Neckar since 1969, it is also the biggest ship of its kind to operate on the river.
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Marine and Towage Services Group’s vessel, the MTS Xplorer, has successfully completed 'as built' survey works.
This was as part of marine cable installation activity conducted by contractor James Fisher at the pioneering Wave Hub site off the Cornwall coast.
Wave Hub provides a dedicated testing location for innovative offshore renewable energy technology. Its purpose built transmission infrastructure enabling installed devices to export to the grid.
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On Sep 21, 2016, the "Orka LO-44" was in collision with the "Onderneming - UK 179" in the Northsea off the Dutch coast. The "Orka" was hit at port side and suffered damage to the boom. The skipper-owner Bas van der Meulen from Dokkum returned his ship to Lauwersoog where it had to undergo a repair of estimated 1,5 weeks time. The "Onderneming" entered the port of Harlingen, leaving again on Sep 26.