On July 3, 2015, at 9.45 p.m. the Panama flagged "Ever Grand" ran aground at the south pier in Brake. The ship had come from Aratu with a cargo of 60000 tons soy pellets and had a draught of 11,9 meters. When the ship was moored at the bow, the outgoing tide pushed the stern towards the fairway, and it got stuck. Two assistance tugs were unable to refloat the bulkcarrier which was fixed at the pier with more ropes. After about an hour the tide lifted the stern off the bottom, and the tugs were able to get the ship moored. According to first investigations a shallow had built up at the berth and caused the grounding. Ship traffic on the lower Weser was not affected.
Denmark's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, operated by Fjord Line A/S, has begun operations at the Port of Hirtschals, the port announced Wednesday, July 1.
The terminal is initially only supplying LNG to Fjord Line's own vessels, but plans are already underway to offer general LNG bunkering.
"We wish to expand the terminal so that, in addition to bunkering our own two cruise ferries, M/S Bergensfjord and M/S Stavangerfjord, we can also offer bunkering to other ships running on LNG," said Morten Larsen, CEO, Fjord Line. shipandbunker.com...
Travellers on both sides of the Channel face more disruption after the Port of Calais was shut down due to further industrial action.
Ferry services to and from the Port of Dover in Kent have been hit by the strike, which started at the northern French port at 2.20pm on Monday.
A Port of Dover spokesman said DFDS Seaways services were still running to Dunkirk as normal.
A spokesman for Kent police said: "It is anticipated that due to industrial action in France the port in Calais is set to remain closed until Thursday."
Wildcat strikes in Calais caused widespread chaos last week as migrants tried to take advantage of the situation by boarding UK-bound lorries.
The Channel Tunnel had to be shut when workers broke in.
Migrant numbers close to the port have swelled to more than 3,000 since April with many attempting to clamber aboard UK-bound lorries.
A Port of Dover spokesman said: "We will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with our ferry partners and the Port of Calais in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible.
"Please note that there may be delays to services when the Port of Calais re-opens."
P&O Ferries said that industrial action by employees of MyFerryLink was preventing it from loading or docking its ships in Calais. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/calais-strike-disrupts-channel-travel-192636897.html#H2T0Xsr