Greek tanker Energy Centurion with Russian crew hijacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on August 28 2012 in the vicinity of 05-52N 001-24E, last known position at 08:30 UTC Aug 28 05-50N 001-44E, tanker loaded with 50,000 tons of gasoil was en route to Lome, Togo. There was a a fire exchange with a patrol boat, but luckily, 24 crew, all Russians, was unharmed. Most probably pirates hijack the vessel for stealing part of her cargo, and tanker will be released in several days. A week ago in the same area pirates hijacked UK tanker Anuket Emerald with Russian-Filipino crew, see map and Anuket Emerald hijack details at www.odin.tc/news/...
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In the midday hours of Aug 28 an expert team consisting of a salvage expert, a fire fighter and a chemist boarded the "MSC Flaminia" in order to take samples from the tanks and the water in the cargo holds to assess how dangerous the fluids are. The work was to last until Aug 29, results are to be expected in the forthcoming week.
Hockey party may have caused damages of some 100000 Euro
The party of German participants of After the London may have caused damaged of around 500 000 Euro to the ship. The German national hockey team had apologized for possible damage, and the Hockey Association had declared to pay for the removal in a first reaction. But President Stephan Abel on Aug 28 declared that the amount of that loss now was "disproportionate". A spokesman for the Deilmann Reederei did not confirm the sum mentioned but made clear that a substantial loss was incurred. A glass ceiling on the Lido deck broke and had to be repaired overnight. In addition, teak wood had been damaged. Another issue wasthe damage to the carpets, which will amount to approximately 50000 Euro. The carpets are reportedly so badly damaged that they could no longer be used and would be replaced in short term. The ship will have to be taken out of use for some days. Would the ship fail six days, this would mean a loss of 450 000 Euro. The Hockey Association said they were not the organizer of the party, they were not invited and were not liable for what 400 guests do at the the hockey party with 18 players.
Protests ended after Greenpeace activists were doused with water cannons
Environmental activists from Greenpeace announced on Aug 28 that they have ended their ongoing protest against Russia’s oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The series of actions began on Aug 25, when six activists, led by executive director of Greenpeace International Kumi Naidoo, scaled the side of the oil rig "Prirazlomnaya" in the Pechora Sea and remained suspended there for 15 hours, holding a banner reading “Save the Arctic.” On Aug 27 Naidoo and 13 other activists approached the "Anna Akhmatova", which ferries oil workers to the Prirazlomnaya rig, in inflatable boats and chained themselves to the vessel’s anchor. They were forced to end the protest when sailors aboard the ship doused them with high-pressure water cannons. Greenpeace criticizes what it claims is Gazprom's lack of a spill response plan for its Arctic operations. Gazprom has said to start drilling this summer and begin oil production by early 2013.
Bastø Fosen had problems with the "Stavanger" on Aug 27, 2012, and several sailings had to be cancelled thus. The ship had encountered technical problems which could be fixed only at 5.30 p.m. The ferry returned to service with a departure from Moss at 6.15 p.m. The problems arose in connection with the vacuum system of the waste facility on board.
On Aug 17, 2012, the "Ilya" ran aground on the Congo river while being underway to Matadi. The ship has a draught of 6,7 meters. Short time later the feeder "Maersk Arizona" had to anchor off Boma until the river was open for ship traffic again. On Aug 18, the ship berthed at Matadi and was remaining at anchor off Pointe Noire since Aug 23.
Wind gusts of up to 70 mph caused the "Carnival Breeze" to break lose from its moorings in the early evening of Aug 26, 20ß12, during embarkation in Venice. No one was injured and the ship remained undamaged. Two mooring lines broke, and the captain immediately ordered the release of the other lines. The captain maneuvered the ship at an angle in the port to avoid and damage to the ship. He managed to stabilize its movement. Though the gangways were attached when the ship began pulling at its moorings, they were immediately disengaged. There were several announcements of the emergency address system with the advisement of the captain keeping the passengers informed of the situation. No one was on the gangways when the ship pulled away from the pier. More than an hour later, the ship was able to re-dock with the assistance of tug boats and embarkation resumed. The "Carnival Breeze" was embarking passengers for an 11-night Mediterranean sailing. The ship overnighted in Venice as scheduled and departed on Aug 27 in time.
Rongsheng Heavy Industries deliveres largest chinese built VLOC Vale Liwa
China Rongsheng Heavy Industries delivered, on August 20, Oman Shipping’s first 380,000 DWT class VLOC. The vessel, namely VALE LIWA, is the fourth VLOC delivered by the Group following VALE CHINA, VALE DONGJIAKOU and VALE DALIAN. With its measures of 360 meters in length, 65 meters in breadth and 30.4 meters in depth, 380,000 DWT class VLOC is the ever largest dry bulk carrier built by Chinese shipbuilders.