In the evening of Feb 10, 2016, around 8 p.m. the "Dunav 3", 1065 ts (EU-No.: 02312678),ran aground on the Main with a cargo of 700 tons sun flower seeds. The ship was sailing downstream and intended to let another barge pass two kilometers off the lock Lengfurt. It slowed down and headed to starboards side where it got stuck on a submerged obstruction. Ship traffic could pass with reduced speed. Another barge managed to pull the "Dunav 3" off on Feb 11 at 8.30 a.m.
The police Würzburg carried out an investigation, before the ship was allowed to proceed to Belgium.
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The Coast Guard and the "Fong Seong 888" were responding to a report of 42 people abandoning ship after their fishing vessel "American Eagle" 2095 gt (IMO-No.: 8974398), caught fire approximately 1,800 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands on Feb 10, 2016. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the vessel’s company Fishing LLC at 8:38 a.m. (HST) of a fire aboard the vessel.
The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point. The "Fong Seong 888" was more than 90 miles away the vessel’s location. The 42 crewmembers aboard 258-foot U.S.-flagged fishing vessel abandoned ship at 10 a.m. (HST) into two life rafts, three work boats and one skiff. An emergency position-indicating radio beacon was activated and is transmitting information.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the vessel’s company American Eagle Fishing LLC at 8:38 a.m. (HST) of a fire aboard the vessel.
The crewmembers aboard 258-foot U.S.-flagged fishing vessel abandoned ship at 10 a.m. (HST) into two life rafts, three work boats and one skiff. An emergency position-indicating radio beacon was activated and continues to transmit information.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from the Air Station Barbers Point arrived on scene at 5:10 p.m. (HST), established communications with the fishing vessel's crew and dropped a dewatering pump, flash lights and flares.
The "Fong Seong 888" arrived on scene at 5:30 p.m. to offer additional assistance.
The captain of the "American Eagle" reported smoke had lessened from the disabled fishing vessel and boarded the vessel with eight crew members to suppress the fire. The captain reported the fire extinguished and the vessel to be in stable condition. The team of nine were able to restart the generator, reestablish electricity and maintain communication. The remaining 33 crew members were successfully recovered from their life rafts, work boats and skiff by the "Fong Seong 888".
The "American Eagle"'s sister ship, "American Victory", was en route and expected to arrive in three days to relieve the "Fong Seong 888".
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Turkish port operator Yıldırım Holding to construct large port in Ecuador
Yildırım Holding will invest in the construction of a port in Ecuador, and the framework agreement for the $750 million project was signed in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Ecuador.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency about the project, Yıldırım Holding CEO Yüksel Yıldırım noted that the project would be completed in five phases, each with 500,000 TEU capacity, and $240 million would be invested in the first phase, using the holdings equities plus loans. The project will be Turkey’s biggest investment in the country, and once completed, the port will be the largest container port on the Pacific Ocean coast of Latin America.
“This will be a crucial port in the YILPORT network, once we include it in our global port portfolio. Mostly bananas, shrimps, other seafood and mineral products will be exported from the port, known as Puerto Bolivar, which at the same time will support the exports of the country,” said Yıldırım.
The dredging depth will first be 14 meters, and then will increase to 17 meters to allow even the largest vessels to moor. The handover ceremony for the port is scheduled to be completed in April.
Source: Anadolu Agency
In the evening of Feb 3, 2016, a fierce fire started in the port of Fredericia as a tank with liquid fertilizer sprang a leak and then ignited a tank with coconut oil. The fire broke out in an area with many chemicals. The harbor was closed to ship traffic until the situation was under control. From the quayside, the two Svitzer tugs "Svitzer Mjolnir" and "Svitzer Nari" cooled down the tanks with water cannons. Residents wwere evacuated from their homes. Two people have been treated in the emergency room. After the fire was under control on Feb 4, the barricaded area was restricted to a radius of about 50 meters from the fire area and a few roads for the sake of the many emergency vehicles. One tanker left the port when the fire started and lay at anchor in Båring at the entrance to the Little Belt. Another tanker that should have called at Fredericia also anchored in Båring. Also German fire fighters were involved in tackling the blaze.
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