Rhine closed for traffic after tank barge ran aground
The "Therese Straub" ran aground on the Rhine near Braubach on Apr 13, 2014, at 10 p.m. The tank barge which was loaded with 1300 tons kerosine drifted perpendicular to the river so that the ship traffic had to be interrupted between Salzig and Koblenz. The tank barge "Rheintal" and a tug took the ship in tow and pulled it off the gravel bar on Apr 14 at 8.45 a.m. Divers surveyed the hull once the ship was refloated. A navigational mistake of the master was thought to have caused the accident. The tank barge which had come from Tolkamer was berthed at Lahnstein after the salvage.
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The damage caused by the engine room fire and explosion abaord the "Piz La MArgna" was so severe that the ship will have to be towed to a rpair yard. On Apr 14 it became clear that the engines were effected in a way that the tanker would be unable to proceed with own power. The ship was moored at the lock in Enkirch in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district since the fire broke out. The ship traffic on the Mosel had been interrupted for three hours after the accident.
The "Lygra" on Apr 13, 2014, at 8.20 a.m. started to list at a wharf at the port of Oran after having arrived from the port of Alicante the previous day. The ferry was loaded with containers and tilted toward the dock after it became instable during the unloading operation at pier No. 2. As the ship rolled over, panic broke out among the crew and handlers. Several containers fell over board and were located at the bottom of the harbour. A recovery team was sent to lift them out of the water. Some reefer trucks were also damaged. The harbour company was supported by forces of the civil protection in the struggle to avoid the worse. The ship was carrying more than 200 containers with oranges and olive plants which had obviously been bad loaded at Alicante and did not meet the USIT protocols. It was hoped to get the ship back on even keel during the ongoing unloading operations.
The "Essor" lost propulsion off Arromanches-les-Bains on Apr 13, 2014, at 3:30 a.m. about 40 km north of Arromanches. The trawler got propeller entangled in the nets leaving the ship adrift. The CROSS Joburg alerted the lifeboat of the SNSM station Ouistreham with a crew 8 volunteers on board. The rescuers arrived at the casualty short before 5 a.m. Two divers were able to clear the propeller. After trials and inspections, the ship could resume its course.
Abu Dhabi Free Port Welcomes Biggest Heavy Lift Cargo Ever
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has welcomed the largest and longest heavy lift cargo load it has ever handled in the Free Port, next to Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi. Five heavy lift pieces of infrastructure equipment were unloaded for Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) for the new carbon black and delayed coker plant which is being built at the chemical refining complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. The infrastructure equipment has arrived recently on a heavy project cargo carrier from Ulsan, Korea. The heavy lift carrier occupied three berths at the Freeport. The MV Dongbang GiantNo.1 carriedfivedifferent pieces of infrastructure which had an overall combined weight of 3,367 metric tonnes, and 29,492 cubic meters in volume (freight tonnage).
The heavy lift pieces which varied in weight between 140 and 1531 metric tonnes wereunloaded onto the quayside by roll off operation with SPMT trailers up to 76 axles.
The pieces will be stored in the Free Port for ten days before being reloaded onto a barge to travel down the coast of Abu Dhabi to Ruwais. The shipment has involved very close liaison between the ADPC operations team and their customer Takreer to ensure smooth transshipment and appropriate arrangements for such an extreme cargo.
The largest piece of the heavy lift infrastructure equipment had a weight of 1531 metric tonnes, a width of 12 meters and a length of 116 meters – the longest piece that has ever been received in the Free Port.
OOCL Korea named to join modern fleet, delivering premium services
OOCL is pleased to announce the naming of OOCL Korea at a ceremony held on Geoje Island in South Korea, the newest 13,208 TEU containership joining the OOCL fleet to provide quality and competitive services in the Asia-Europe trade.
The OOCL Korea will be serving the Asia-Europe trade on the Loop 6 service where her port rotation is: Kaohsiung / Xiamen / Shekou / Hong Kong / Singapore / Colombo / via the Suez Canal to / Southampton / Antwerp / Hamburg / Rotterdam / via the Suez Canal to / Jebel Ali / Singapore / Shekou / Kaohsiung in a 77-day round trip.
Delays in the Syrian government handing over its chemical weapons to the United Nations mean that the destruction process aboard specially adapted US ro-ro Cape Ray has yet to start. Syria is meant to hand over its stockpile of chemical agents, which include sarin and sulphur mustard, by 27 April, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is monitoring the process. OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan told IHS Maritime that it is still possible this deadline can be met, but it depends entirely on the Syrian government. Syria says security and logistical problems are causing the holdups.
MSC Cruises released details of an unannounced crisis management drill aboard MSC Lirica off the coast of Oman. More than 2,500 people - crew members, passengers and shore staff - were involved in the drill when the alarm was given at 18.00 local time on 31 March, 2014. MSC said that the aim of the drill was to test threat assessments, reactions and emergency procedures at sea and ashore. In the simulated attack, shots were fired at MSC Lirica from a skiff and the 'pirates' tried to board the ship. The master raised the alarm and took evasive manoeuvres.
The crew of the HMCS "Kingston" extinguished a minor engine room fire on Apr 12, 2014. The fire broke out at 10:52 a.m. in the forward engine room on the ship's return trip to Halifax after a six week mission in the Caribbean in waters near the Carolinas. The rapid response team was able to knock out what appeared to be an electrical fires and thus minimized damage. HMCS "Kingston"’s systems were not affected by the fire. All 36 crew members remained unharmed and the ship did not require external assistance.
HMCS "Kingston" and HMCS "Glace Bay", which was also part of the mission, were still scheduled to arrive in Halifax on Apr 16.
On Apr 12, 2014, at 3.10 p.m. the "King Harold" sank the small boat "La Ballena" which was carrying construction materials for the U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, for a loading dock in the harbor of the Drummond. The "King Harold" which was loaded with 70,000 tons of coal, hit the boat. About 60 gallons of diesel fuel were spilt, but could be contained with oil booms. The two men abboard the boat were rescued. The wreck was later raised in an operation coordinated by the port authority Santa Marta and the Agencia Nacional de Licencias Ambientales (Anla) in Corpamag.
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