MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. announces that the port of Lome, Togo, will be added to our dedicated service which operates between Asia and West Africa, the company said in its press release. MSC will also introduce a feeder between Lome and Cotonou, ensuring a fast connection for onward transit to and from Asia. AFRICA EXPRESS DETAILS: Ship’s Nominal Capacity: 11 x 4,000 TEU Port Rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Chiwan, Singapore, Port Louis, Tincan Island-Lagos, Lome, San Pedro, Abidjan, Coega, Singapore, Shanghai First Sailing: Mare Caribicum FY 439A – ETA Lome 28/10/14
Vessels were being urged to travel carefully through the Mobile shipping channel on Tuesday after two boats containing 2,000 gallons of oil capsized the previous night, leaving a mile-long sheen, the U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Sector said.
Five crew members were rescued from the 52-foot (15-metre) Delta Amber tugboat and the 26-foot (8-metre) Nicholas as the two ships sank around 10:45 p.m.
The cause of the capsizing of the two boats, which were both employed in a dredging operation in the bay by Mike Hooks Inc, is under investigation by the Coast Guard.
A boom was placed around the sunken boats to prevent the fuel and lubricating oil inside them from disseminating into the bay. However, Lieutenant Bradley Parker said that "some oil has escaped and is emitting a sheen in the bay."
Vessel traffic through the shipping channel has been uninterrupted, but Petty Officer Chad Jackson with the Coast Guard Mobile Sector said they are "urging folks to transit the area with caution."
A salvage operation is being led by Oil Recovery Corp. at the site of the capsizings, which occurred north of Gaillard Island at the edge of the shipping channel.
Ebola Fight: Royal Navy Medical Ship Deployed to West Africa
The UK Ministry of Defence is ramping up its efforts in the fight against Ebola with the deployment of troops, equipment and a medical ship to West Africa as the World Health Organization warns that the outbreak could infect 10,000 new people per week.
This week, the MOD is preparing to deploy the RFA Argus on a mission to West Africa where it will serve as an offshore base for troops and medics working to set up an Ebola treatment unit in Kerry Town in Sierra Leone. The ship, a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship (PCRS) equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities, will be loaded with hospital beds, troops, army medics and 3 Merlin helicopters to facilitate the rapid movement of key personnel and equipment to areas where they are needed the most.
While RFA Argus can carry out much of the same missions as a Hospital Ship, it is not designated as one as defined by the Geneva Convention and so it does not display the International Red Cross symbol. Argus is part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary so it is therefore civilian-manned.
The deployment of the ship, troops and helicopters is part of the UK’s Operation Gritrock, which aims to help up to nearly 8,800 patients over a 6-month period. The UK has also promised at least 700 new beds Ebola treatment facilities in West Africa.
BBC notes that the ship itself will not be used to treat Ebola patients, rather it will be used mainly to transport supplies and key personnel ashore. gcaptain.com/roya...
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Crude Oil Tanker)
VLCC Departs Algeria With Venezuela’s First Imported Crude Shipment
HOUSTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The first tanker of imported crude ever bought by Venezuela has sailed from Algeria in a move to reduce costs by the South American state-run oil company PDVSA, according to Reuters ship tracking data and sources close to the deal.
Venezuela will start using imported Algerian crude as a diluent for its extra-heavy crude output from the vast Orinoco Belt, its main producing region, replacing the costly heavy naphtha it had been buying in recent years.
PDVSA, which has not confirmed it has been preparing to receive the country’s first crude oil import, was not immediately available for comment.
The tanker sailed from the port of Bejaia, Algeria, heading for the Jose terminal, after a short stop in Algeciras, Spain, where it was filled with bunker oil, a trader said.
With the world’s largest crude reserves, Venezuela’s oil production has been slowly falling in recent years. The OPEC member is trying to replace dwindling oil sales to the United States with shipments to Asia that are used to pay debts.
The "Commandant Rivière - SNS 213“ crashed on rocks on Oct 13, 2014, at 10 am. only two days after it was baptied at ist station St. Pierre after a failure of both engines while towing a disabled boat off St. Louis. Waves of 2,5 meters height pushed the boat on the harbour jetty.. Three of the crew of seven were thrown into the water. The lifeboat "Commandant Peverelly - SNS 247“ was unable to help, but a zociac recovered the men. One of them was taken to hospital. The Incana and Fountain Service Company salvaged the boat some hours later, but it had suffered severe hull damage.
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The "Helliar" was heading to dry dock in Liverpool on Oct 14, 2014, following a problem with one of its propellers. Once in dry-dock the problem will be looked at and repairs carried out. In the meantime the "Hildasay" was operating on a revised freight schedule and the ferry company was liaising closely with all stakeholders.
Third refloating attempt planned with additional tug
A salvage operation was underway to refloat the "Seychelles Patriot", which ran aground during a routine journey up the Amazon River on Oct 8 enroute to Manaus City for a cargo discharge from Rio De Janeiro. On her 8th voyage up the Amazon river, the "Seychelles Patriot" ran aground on shifting sand and mud banks in the middle of the Amazon River, well within her planned navigational routing and in the presence of two Brazilian pilots on-board, as required by the Brazilian Maritime Authority. The tanker was transporting a cargo of gasoil.
Seypec, the government-owned parastatal company was notified immediately about the grounding of Seychelles Patriot along with other relevant stakeholders which include the insurance company, classification society, the charterer; Petrobras, the Santarem Port Authority who holds jurisdiction in the area, as well as the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority (SMSA). There have been several attempts to re-float the tanker but so far all have been unsuccessful.
The first attempt to re-float the vessel under her own power was undertaken on Oct 8, but after the attempt failed, salvage experts from the Netherlands were flown in to formulate another strategy. A salvage plan was developed by Oct 13 morning, approved by the classification society, the Santarem Port Authority and the insurance company. The second re-floating attempt was carried out on Oct 13 at 6 p.m. LT, following the arrival of the two tug boats by midday, all with the approval of the Brazilian Maritime Authority. It had to be stopped “as the two tugs were found to be too small in size, and developed mechanical failures which caused reduced bollard pull. A third re-floating exercise was planned for later in the evening, after the damaged tugs have been repaired and an extra tug chartered from the neighbouring port of Santarem arrives to aid the salvage operation.
(Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
A 52-year-old crew member of the "Nova Star" died aboard the ferry in the afternoon of Oct. 13, 2014, while the ship was enroute from Yarmouth to Portland, Maine, which was the last Yarmouth-to-Portland crossing of the 2014 sailing season. Some nurses who were passengers on the vessel assisted with trying to save the man’s life.
The death occurred at 3:30 p.m. shortly after he collapsed. The company told the Vanguard it is awaiting the report by the medical examiner regarding the cause of death. The ship arrived in Yarmouth at 10 a.m on Oct 14 , two hours later than scheduled.