On its arrival at the Scallastel Bay in the evening of Feb 25, 2015, the "Lysblink Seaway"-convoy found the "Sally Ann", towing fish farm nets, already occupying the anchorage. When asked to move, the "Sally Ann" got a rope wrapped round her propeller.
One of the workers injured aboard the "Happy Buccaneer" in Feb 23 has undergone a leg amputation. The 55 year-old Portuguese sailor suffered a crush injury when a spreader beam fell during work aboard the heavy lift vessel. A Filipino man also suffered compound fractures to his leg and a broken pelvis. The two men were treated by Roy Hill emergency response team members, who responded immediately to the emergency. Both men were later flown to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. At the time of the accident the ship was moored at the Stanley Port at the Roy Hill South West Wharf construction project, and had been unloading modules or equipment. The ship had finished unloading goods for the Roy Hill site and was preparing to leave the port. The incident is under investigation by Australian Maritime Safety Authority and, according to the Pilbara Port Authority did not affect port operations. The ship left Port Hedland again on Feb 27.
Poacher intercepted by Australian Maritime Officials
The "Kunlun" wanted by Interpol has been boarded by Australian Maritime officials, the federal government announced on Feb 27, 2015. The "Kunlun" had been illegally taking Patagonian toothfish from Antarctic waters when it was found in Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone near Antarctica. Australian Customs officials located and intercepted the ship near the Cocos Islands, south-west of Indonesia on Feb 26, six weeks after it was first spotted operating in the Southern Ocean by the New Zealand Navy. The vessel had lied about being flagged to Equatorial Guinea. It was suspected the "Kunlun", which has a long history of illegal fishing activity, was en route to Southeast Asia to offload its catch. On Jan. 13, following a request by the New Zealand government, three poaching vessels including the Kunlun vessel were issued with Interpol Purple Notices for suspected illegal fishing activity and related crimes. According to the Interpol, the three illegal fishing ships were ostensibly owned by shell companies in Central America, under listings that reveal nothing about the "true beneficial owners" of the vessels. Australia continued to monitor the "Kunlun" as it was traveling north.
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Largest ship to sail the Thames arrives at DP World London Gateway
THE Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the UK’s newest deep-sea port hub.
The 399 metre long, 60 metre wide, 195,000 ton Triple-E class vessel – equivalent in length to almost four football pitches – and capable of carrying more than 18,300 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) is one of the largest container vessels in the world, operating on Maersk’s new East-West Network.
It was drawn alongside DP World London Gateway Port, adjacent to Europe’s largest logistics park, at 7.30am on Thursday 26th February, with the help of the Port of London Authority’s pilots.
It comes just weeks after the Edith Maersk called at DP World London Gateway, which at 366 metres, had held the previous record for the largest ship to sail up the River Thames.
With quay cranes among the tallest in the world, coupled with cutting-edge, automated technology, DP World London Gateway enables vessels of this size and bigger to berth closer to two thirds of the UK market, removing unnecessary supply chain costs.
The Munkebo Maersk’s call also comes just two weeks after DP World announced that it is moving forward with plans for a new 400 metre third berth at London Gateway, scheduled to be operational in the second half of 2016.
Chief Executive of DP World London Gateway, Simon Moore, said: “This is yet another record and landmark moment for DP World London Gateway. www.yourthurrock....
Director of Binh Minh JSC rejected smuggling suspicion
Ngoc Binh, deputy general director of the Binh Minh JSC, told that the "An Bien 89" carried rice legally and the owner of the rice batch must be accountable to the authorities in the Philippines. He stated she had legal papers on maritime transport activities and the 380 tons of cargo was legal. On Feb 5, after receiving rice from My Thoi Port in An Giang Province, the ship carried rice to the Philippines under a charter contract. On Feb 23, the ship arrived at the anchorage area of Sulu Port to unload cargo. It was inspected by the local navy. Binh confirmed that the information about the arrest of 16 crew members is incorrect. The vessel’s captain Nguyen Van Loi called home to inform that the ship was inspected by the Filipino navy and asked to leave the anchor area in the port of Sulu at 3.25 a.m. The authorities in the Philippines asked the crew to stopped moving rice to three small boats in the anchorage area. After the inspection, the Vietnamese ship was asked to move to the port of Sangbuaaga for investigation. The crew members were still living and working aboard. Binh also rejected the information that the local authorities seized 12 military guns on the ship. Instead the weapons were collected from two of the three ships of the Filipino rice buyer.
The "Lindavia" has been permitted to leave Dutch Harbor after the Coast Guard detained the vessel for two weeks amid an ongoing environmental crimes investigation. On Feb 26 the German operator, the Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG, signed an agreement with the Coast Guard, posting a $500,000 bond and agreeing to leave some of its approximately 20 crew members in Anchorage in exchange for permission to leave port. The crew will stay to respond to investigators' questions. The operator and owner will cover the crews' costs. The Lindavia, arrived in Dutch Harbor on Feb 12. Before it entered the port, the crew notified the Coast Guard that bad weather had damaged the ship's navigation lights and radar system. The ship had traveled from China to Dutch Harbor to pick up a cargo of seafood. Its next stop was Japan. When the
"Lindavia" reached Dutch Harbor, the Coast Guard boarded the ship and became aware of possible environmental crimes. The German shipping company pleaded guilty to two felony environmental charges in 2014 after the "Bellavia" discharged oil-contaminated seawater into the Pacific Ocean. The vessel was detained in Long Beach.
A fire in the cargo hold of the "Mississagi" on the Hamilton waterfront was caused by welding work by a member of the repair crew. Some combustibles ignited. The 20 workers on board the "Mississagi" clamoured off the bulkcarrier when the fire was discovered, and one worker inhaled some smoke and was treated by paramedics at the scene. Firefighters were called to Heddle Marine Service just before 3:30 p.m. on Feb 26, 2015, when heavy smoke was pouring from the top of the vessel at Pier 14. The firefighters poured water into the ship and extinguished the fire quickly. The Confined Spaces Team had to descend into the vessel and confirmed the fire was out at around 4:40 p.m. At one point, the fire service had 12 units at the scene. The damage was still being assessed.
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