July 8: Indian NDTV reported that the fire on MOL Comfort fore section was put under control by Indian Coast Guard, which means that ICG ship Samudra Prahari was able to successfully fight the fire with its powerful foam cannons. NDTV said the towage will soon resume.
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Coast Guard reopens Mississippi River with restrictions, allowing Carnival Elation cruise ship to reach New Orleans overnight
The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened a 10-mile stretch of the Mississippi River above Head of Passes late Sunday (July 7, 2013) after determining it to be safe for navigation. The reopening will allow the Carnival Elation cruise ship to proceed as scheduled to the Erato Street cruise terminal in New Orleans overnight, said Carnival Cruise Lines spokeswoman Joyce Oliva. However embarkation for the next cruise will be delayed to 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, and the ship will depart at 7 p.m. The delay will not impact the ship's scheduled itinerary, Oliva said. "Survey operations are ongoing in an effort to locate the sunken 48-foot tug boat C-Pec between mile marker eight and Head of Passes," said a news release issued by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River will oversee traffic management measures to ensure safe navigation.
$90 million to breathe new life into QE2 - to arrive at Singapore on Nov. 1, 2013
Dubai's plan to build a majestic floating hotel from the retired ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) finally seems to have hit the right note with a change of ownership and new project completion dates. The cruise liner will now be owned by QE2 Shipping, a Dubai Government entity which will oversee the project's development and take over operations from Istithmar, the private equity arm of Dubai World. Unveiling plans for the future he noted that the original design had been slightly modified to increase capacity to a 400-room all suite hotel on board the liner. Once technical works are completed by mid-August, a major sail-off party will be hosted in Dubai on October 18 to bid farewell to the QE2. It is expected to reach Singapore on November 1 where it will be berthed for three days before proceeding to Hong Kong and finally reach a shipyard in China where the transformation will be completed. Restoration works are expected to take between 8 to 12 months. Once complete, the ship will be maintained at an annual cost of 2.5 million.
Taiwan-mainland passenger ferry finds its new cargo business booming
A cross-Strait Ferry (CSF), the Mainland-Taiwan joint venture passenger ferry company, going between the mainland's Pingtan city in southeastern province Fujian to Taiwan's Taichung city, has carried nearly US$100 million's worth of goods as of mid-June. Year to date, the service has moved 1,800 tonnes of freight valuing more than $77 million, according to Xinhua's report. Statistics from Fujian's port and shipping authority show, the province ran 239 cross-strait sailings on direct passenger ferry service from January to May, a 35 per cent year-on-year increase. These services carried 65,600 passengers, which increased 3.93 per cent. CSF carried 52,800 passengers.
Turkey's Tersan Shipyard Delivers New Trawler to Volstad Shipping
Norway’s reputed offshore and fishing company Volstad Shipping has taken over their new state-of-the-art stern trawler fishing vessel from Tersan Shipyard on July 6, 2013.
Volstad Shipping’s Managing Director Mr. Eivind Volstad said that this new fishing vessel is Volstad Shipping’s fourth fishing vessel named “Volstad”. The naming ceremony took place in Tersan Shipyard’s premises in Yalova with the participation of the Owner, Volstad Shipping AS, the Designer Skipsteknisk, and many guests from Norway.
Fire on fore section of MOL Comfort out of control
A fire that broke out on Saturday (July 6) on the fore section of the stricken MOL COMFORT is still blazing out of control. Now the fire is ravaging the remnants of the five-year old 7,000 teu containership. “The fire is not under control due to adverse weather yet,” the ship’s owner Mitsui OSK Lines said in a release on Sunday July 7th. The salvage company has requested fire fighting assistance from the Indian Coast Guard, and its patrol boat Samudra Prahari, which is equipped with powerful external fire fighting system, is now proceeding to the scene. Source : GulfShip News