Timber lost by the "Frisian Lady" have drifted onto beaches across East Lothian. The ship lost its load in the North Sea, and its cargo found its way into the Firth of Forth on March 20, 2018. 200 bundles of timber lost on March 2 enroute from Antwerp to Immingham found their way onto county shores stretching from Morrison’s Haven to North Berwick.
People were being urged not to try and salvage the timber which came off the "Frisian Lady" while she was 110 nautical miles esat of Souter Lighhouse, off the South Shields coast. The timber packets had largely broken up into individual planks and were being reported to have washed up on beaches in East Lothian, the Scottish Borders and Fife. The Police Scotland appealed to people not to attempt to salvage any of the timber themselves.
HM Coastguard had been issuing navigational safety broadcasts to warn shipping of the lost cargo after the incident, however they said aerial surveillance now indicated that most timber was no longer at sea in large concentrations and has washed ashore.
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The "Martha’s Vineyard" was taken out of service for up to a week on March 21 due to a generator issue, just days after a power failure that stranded the vessel for five hours. No passengers were on board the ferry when the generator issue occurred in the night of March 20. The ship left the SSA Vineyard Haven terminal on March 21 at 9:30 a.m., under a cloud of acrid diesel smoke, with the tug "Morgan" escorting it to the Fairhaven shipyard.
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The Port of Kiel has revealed the design of the Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal’s second facility that will handle cruise ships and passengers.
The 3,700m² two-storey terminal building is designed by architects Hillenkamp and Roselius under a multi-phase co-operative workshop process.
Construction of the €7.5m terminal is scheduled to begin in August, with completion and operation expected to commence in 2019.
Port of Kiel managing director Dr Dirk Claus said: “Sea tourism is a strong growth market sector for the port of Kiel. “With a second terminal building, we will be in a position to expand our capacities and increase handling quality. We are taking a great leap forward against a background of ever more visits by cruise ships and increases in the sizes of those ships. A terminal for every ship berth means the best possible service for shipping companies and passengers. We are taking a great leap forward against a background of ever more visits by cruise ships and increases in the sizes of those ships.”
When completed, the new terminal will be an integrated northern extension of the current terminal building with connections on both levels.
The terminal’s frontage will be equipped with large glass surfaces.
Both the existing and new terminal buildings will form a V-shaped reception area for the arriving visitors to enter the terminal.
Baggage handling will be conducted on the ground floor, while the upper floor will be reserved for passengers and check-in procedures.
Claus further added: “The new terminal building will replace two existing baggage halls. This is something which also has town planning significance.”
The Port of Kiel operates three terminals in Ostseekai, Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai. So far this year, it has handled 166 visits by 32 different cruise ships.
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Antwerp to host christening ceremony for Hapag-Lloyd newbuild in 2019
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is to name its new expedition vessel Hanseatic Inspiration in Antwerp on 13 October 2019. Hanseatic Inspiration’s christening will mark the first time the Belgian port city has hosted an official naming ceremony for an ocean cruise ship. “Hanseatic Inspiration will be the first ocean-going cruise ship to be christened in the city of Antwerp,” said Koen Kennis, deputy mayor of Antwerp. “That is something very special. On behalf of the city of Antwerp, I would like to thank Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for the years of trust and confidence that the company has shown in the city.” Following her naming ceremony, Hanseatic Inspiration will embark on a 15-day maiden voyage from Antwerp to Tenerife