Divers inspecting the "Suilven" on Nov 27 have confirmed that no light diesel oil was leaking from the ship. The dive team identified two fuel tanks confirmed to be carrying light diesel oil by the ship owner. Dive operations included the drilling of holes into the two fuel tanks to determine the presence of light diesel oil. Three holes were drilled into each fuel tank. It was confirmed by the divers that no light diesel oil was leaking from these six holes. Mariners were advised to proceed with caution when navigating within the vicinity of the entrance to Suva Harbour and to be on the lookout for any floating containers since the ship went down with 25 reefer containers and a few trucks.
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The Indian Coast Guard evacuated Borivoje Millinovic (61), a Montenegro national and master of the "RHL Constantia", off the Mangalore coast on Nov 26, 2015. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) of the Coast Guard in Mumbai received an e-mail from the "RHL Constantia" at 2.35 p.m. stating that Millinovic was having high blood pressure and a heart attack was suspected. The vessel was sailing from Pipavav in Gujarat to Port Tanjung. The MRCC directed the Maritime Rescue Coordination Sub Centre (MRSC) at New Mangalore to coordinate the medical evacuation. The MRSC established communication with the "RHL Constantia" and the medical officer of the Coast Guard Karnataka and stabilised the patient by providing medical advice over VHF. The Coast Guard vessel "Amartya", which was on patrol, was diverted for necessary assistance to the vessel. In a coordinated effort, the patient was evacuated from the merchant vessel and transferred to a private hospital in Mangaluru at 6.50 p.m.
Hamburg creates more space for big ships at Tollerort
Already well advanced in the heart of Europe’s second biggest port – Hamburg - are extensive works to improve accessibility and manoeuverability for big container and cruise ships.
Three phase construction on the €98 million redesign and restructuring project at Tollerort in the German North Sea port began in 2014 and Maritime Journal has been told that work is still on schedule late year for completion in 2017.
The project, described by some as “open-heart surgery” because of the activity around it, involves the removal of the Tollerortspitze, a four hectare area of land which juts into the Norderelbe, the busy northern arm of the River Elbe. The excavated soil is being used to backfill the Kohlenschiffhafen harbour basin which lies alongside and that area will become replacement land for the adjacent big Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).
Martin Boness, spokesman for the Hamburg Port Authority, told Maritime Journal in November “work is progressing according to schedule. We plan to complete the project in early 2017”. More to read at www.maritimejourn...
Strikes Planned At Rotterdam Port In December And January
Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and January in protest at possible job cuts, threatening to freeze the movement of goods through Europe’s largest port.
Niek Stam, leader of the FNV Havens union, said in a statement members of the union had voted in favour of the strikes to back their demand for guarantees of no layoffs for the coming nine years.
Major container employers ECT, APMT and RWG have rejected that demand in contract talks which have been running since April. www.marineinsight...