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 Olympus  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
vor 4 Tagen von arnekiel

‘Nomadic’ OLYMPUS sold to breakers
The 1980-built OLYMPUS has been sold to breakers after having spent the last four and a half years laid up in Adabiya, Egypt.

 MSC Seaside  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
vor 4 Tagen von arnekiel

MSC's Seaside named best new ship by Cruise Critic
Dozens of cruise lines received kudos Tuesday as cruise review website Cruise Critic announced its 10th annual Editors' Pick Awards. Winners range from small riverboats to some of the largest passenger ships sailing the world's oceans. Viking Cruises, with both river and ocean ships, scored five awards; MSC Cruises' Seaside was named best new ship; and Carnival Cruise Line was honored for the fourth year in a row with the award for best value. The winners are chosen by the site's team of editors, which look for "the lines that have stood out as the best of the best over the past year," according to Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor of Cruise Critic. Ocean awards included nods to Celebrity Cruises for best cabins and best for romance. The romance award was given because the line has hideaways aboard that allow couples to find a romantic escape, including a real lawn for picnics, according to Cruise Critic. www.latimes.com/t...

 Noordam  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
vor 4 Tagen von Timsen

Man arrested for sexual assault on cruise ship
A passenger on board the "Noordam" was allegedly sexually violated while it was docked in Dunedin on Dec 12, 2017. The vessel, which has 1900 passengers and 800 crew, had arrived from Akaroa and departed Port Chalmers at 6.10 p.m. Police have arrested a 33 year old man for an alleged sexual assault- They were called to investigate the reported assault on the cruise ship docked in Port Chalmers which occurred earlier that morning. Police spoke with the people involved, who were known to each other. The man would appear in Dunedin District Court on Dec 13.

 El Faro  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
vor 4 Tagen von Timsen

NTSB report on El Faro sinking to be published
Federal accident investigators on Dec 12 will determine the probable cause of the sinking of the "El Faro". The National Transportation Safety Board was expected to issue more than 50 safety recommendations related to the Oct. 1, 2015 loss of ship near the Bahamas whocj sank about 34 hours after leaving Jacksonville, Florida, on a cargo run to Puerto Rico. The freighter lost propulsion while sailing through Hurricane Joaquin, eventually coming to rest 4,570 meters on the sea floor. The NTSB said the board will address problems with weather forecasting, management of the ship, the suitability of the ship’s lifeboats and the oversight of the vessel by its owner, TOTE Maritime, Inc. The board’s final report comes after one issued by the U.S. Coast Guard on the second anniversary of the ship’s sinking. The Coast Guard’s report found the primary cause to be with the ship Capt. Michael Davidson, who they said underestimated the strength of the hurricane and overestimated the 40-year-old old ship’s strength. According to transcripts of audio recovered from the ship’s voyage data recorder, Davidson refused suggestions by his crew to take a slower, safer route as the storm grew into a Category 3 hurricane. The recorder caught the final hours of the ship’s increasingly desperate crew as they tried to save the "El Faro" and themselves. But the Coast Guard also said the ship’s owner TOTE had violated safety regulations to ensure the crew was well rested, and that the company had not replaced a safety officer management position. TOTE also had stopped employing port helpers who helped safely load cargo on the ships. The Coast Guard found that "El Faro"’s crew had difficulty keeping up with the brisk loading pace required to keep the ship on schedule. The ship also had open-top lifeboats, unlike the closed-top lifeboats used on modern ships. While legal, the ship’s use of the older-style boats was only allowed because of an exemption to safety rules for older ships like the El Faro. The Coast Guard was seeking civil penalties against TOTE, but not criminal. The NTSB’s findings could create a safer working environment for mariners in the future. For example, the board could help by calling for the removal of the safety exemption that allowed the "El Faro" to legally use old lifeboats. If the NTSB takes an aggressive course, they may be able to effectively change regulations and policies that will enhance safety at sea.

 Sewol  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
vor 4 Tagen von Timsen

Sewol salvage cost another 46,3 million US Dollar
The South Korean Cabinet was to approve 50.5 billion won (US$ 46.3 million) on Dec 12 in additional expenses to be paid to a Chinese salvage firm for raising the "Sewol" and for a planned operation to put the vessel in an upright position for an additional search. Shanghai Salvage had agreed with South Korea's government to lift the ferry Sewol for 91.6 billion won, but since raising the vessel in March, the company has demanded an additional 100 billion won, saying it cost much more than expected to raise the ship. The two sides have since negotiated the additional amount to be paid. The actual payment will be made only after the completion of an ongoing investigation into whether the firm deliberately dragged its feet in the operation. The Cabinet was also to authorize 17.6 billion won for an operation to put the raised vessel, which has been lying on its side, in an upright position for an additional search for the five people still missing in the deadly sinking that left more than 300 people, mostly high school students, dead.

 Resolve Pioneer  (Service Ship > Pollution Control Vessel)
vor 4 Tagen von Timsen

Tug hit by a snag southwest of Attu
The U.S. Coast Guard escorted the "Resolve Pioneer" back to Unalaska after it lost use of an engine last week. She had sailed from Busan on Nov 30, 2017, when hitting a snag in the western Pacific Ocean, somewhere southwest of Attu. There might be some fishing line or a net wrapped around one of the propellers. The ship has been slowed down and was running only on one main engine instead of two as a precaution. The tug is expected to reach the island around next week, along with the Coast Guard Cutter "Sherman". Back in port a dive team will cut away the snagged line and the "Resolve Pioneer" will resume its place in response, salvage, and towing operations after months of maintenance in Asia.

 Ashlyne  (Other)
vor 4 Tagen von Timsen

Disabled dragger towed to Astoria
On Dec 10, 2017, the US Coast Guard towed the "Ashyline" to Astoria after the main engine had failed about 17 miles west of Willapa Bay. The 52-foot lifeboat "Triumph II" was deployed from the Station Cape Disappointment and took the dragger with four people and 42,000 pounds of fish aboard on tow. It pulled them across the Columbia River bar into Astoria, Oregon. Towing the "Ashlyne" was estimated at a 70 to 80 miles round trip and 110 tons. That would make it close to the max towing capacity of the 47-MLBs, which is 150 tons. Being that close to the towing capacity made fuel consumption a concern. The large volume of water that moves out on an ebb tide across deep water bars such as the Columbia River bar and the struggle to operate a 47-MLB in that environment was also of concern. That same environment however has little effect on the operation of the 52-MLBs due to the nature of their construction. Report with photo: www.dailyastorian...

 Pride Of Kent  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
vor 4 Tagen von Timsen

Ferry to be repaired in Dunkirk
On Dec 12 the "Pride of Kent" was still docked at Pier 9 in Calais, where he had docked after the grounding. The ferry suffered damaged to a propeller shaft and had slight water ingress at two points of the hull. The ship was to be repaired in Dunkirk. It left the port of Calais on Dec 12 at 3 p.m. and headed to Dunkirk, where she docked at the Damen Shiprepair Yard at 6.30 p.m. The hull was to be examined in dry dock to assess the extent of the damage. There was no estimate how long this would take. At the pier 1, which had been hit by the ferry, it will be necessary to repair two or three dolphins and a mooring bridge which was twisted by the shock of the impact. The absence of the "Pride of Kent" did not cause too much trouble for cross-Channel traffic, as the "Pride of Burgund" will go to ten rotations a day. In the afternoon of Dec 11 the port of Calais had to interrupt the traffic for a good hour in order to repair one of the two port tugs “Noroît” and "Suroît”, which had been damaged during the salvage of the "Pride of Kent". As the winds were still strong and changed direction, the help of both two tugs proved indispensable for any ship entering the port. The "Spirit of France" and the "Pride of Burgundy", which had had to wait for the completition of the repairs, were able to enter the port with the resumption of traffic.

 Hordaland  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
vor 4 Tagen von Timsen

Human mistake caused grounding
Human failure was thought to have been the cause of the grouning of the "Hordaland" on Dec 7. The ferry was several hundred meters off course.It had been sailing between Årsnes and Varaldsøy in Kvinnherad and had 13 passengers and a crew of six on board who had to be evacuated. According to the ferry company Norled the navigator had been inattentive for several critical minutes.

 Pilot L242  (Other)
vor 4 Tagen von Timsen

Salvage within two weeks
The sunken "Pilot L 242" at Emsalö will be raised within the next two weeks once weather permits. The salvage will be carried out in cooperation with the Accident Investigation Center and the Finnish Environment Center. Both divers and a sufficiently large crane are needed to lift the boat, which was resting 20 to 30 meters deep south of Emsalö.


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