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 Olivia Ribau  (Fishing Boat)
2 hours ago by Timsen

Wreck pulled 400 meters
The bar off Figueira da Foz will have to remain closed despite some maneuvers with the "Olivia Ribau" have successfully been carried out. When the ship was towedto the river about 400 meters, nets and other debris were deposited in the navigation channel, which was preventing the reopening of the bar. Port authorities were to meet with the maritime authority and the company responsible for removing the trawler to assess the situation of the bar. Divers since 3.30 p.m. inspected the trail of 400 meters that the vessel did during the day. The wreck was unstable, and this has prevented the entry of the divers. It was expected that divers were returning to the vessel around 8 p.m. Report with photo: rr.sapo.pt/notici...

 Yue An Yun 63  (Cargo Ship)
3 hours ago by Timsen

Cargo ship sank off Yangjiang
The "Yue An Yun 632" sank on Oct 5, 2015, off Yangjiang port, south of Hong Kong. The loaded ship was caught in adverse weather. The crew was rescued, vessel may be salvaged.

 Dalmatia G  (Cargo Ship)
3 hours ago by Timsen

Grounding in the Kattegat
On Oct 9, 2015, at 1 a.m. the "Dalmatia G" ran aground approximately five nautical miles east of Anholt. The ship got stuck west of the navigation channel with a speed of just over 11 knots. The "LRB 21" from Anholt was immediately alerted and reached the site at 1.45 a.m. It monitored the situation until the anti Pollution vessel "Gunnar Thorson" arrived around noon and since remained on stand-by. There has been no leakage from the ship. Next the ship's hull has to inspected for damage. The "Dalmatia G" was en route from Klaipeda to Paranagua.

 Flinterstar  (Cargo Ship)
4 hours ago by Timsen

Cormorant securing wreck
On Oct 9 Smit salvors have started preparations for draining the oil from the "Flinterstar". Divers were searching for the leak since the morning, so that the leaking tank can be pumped out first but it was not yet known when pumping can be started. Smit secured the wreck with a boom of the "Cormorant" as it was threatening to become unstable. The cargo, especially the steel, was still stable. Dutch reports with photos: nos.nl/artikel/20... deredactie.be/cm/...

 Rena  (Cargo Ship)
11 hours ago by Timsen

Rena owners hit out over fears
The owner and insurer of the "Rena" has hit back at criticism about the risk of future contamination from the wreck, saying people's fears had been fuelled by deliberate distortions or wilful ignorance of the facts. The Astrolabe Community Trust representing the ship's owner and insurer on Oct 8 responded to groups who have opposed its application to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to leave the wreck on the reef. Lawyer Matthew Casey QC, acting for the trust, told yesterday's hearing that there had been a great deal of misinformation about what was in the vessel and its current condition. The applicant has done everything within its ability to provide up-to-date information to the community, to regulators and to iwi in particular. He said some people did not accept any version of the facts that did not match their predetermined views. Mr Casey said it was incorrect to say that the wreck was still a source of toxic cargo that would continue indefinitely to discharge and contaminate. The applicant opposed the Crown's submission to remove the wreck's bow pieces lodged higher up on the reef. Removal would cost $100 million and involve significant difficulty and risk for relatively little benefit in terms of effects. Roger King, who has been involved in the salvage of the Rena, said about 12.4 tonnes of the original 21-tonne container load of copper clove remained unrecovered. The copper clove operation was concluded last week with NZDS having removed all the copper located. They are transferring their focus back to removing the remaining few scattered pockets of small debris. Captain King, a master mariner with Technical Marine Consultants, said any copper remaining in cargo hold six was under a mass of wreckage. Copper clove was heavy and settled quickly. Only an unlikely massive shift in the hull would reveal more copper. The suggestion that the copper would spread over an area of two football fields was unreal. There had been little movement of the broken-off stern section of the hull from where it had lain since 2012 at depths down to 45 metres. The sideways rotation of the hull had been caused by the collapse of the structure, so that it was now only half its original width. Zhe stern section would keep collapsing on itself. The hull would not shift to the point that it left a trail of debris. A large rock outcrop aft of the ship's accommodation block was also preventing significant movement. The susceptibility of the stern section to future wholesale movement is limited.

 Zola  (Tankship)
11 hours ago by Timsen

Zola lifeboat washed ashore at Al Aqah
A lifeboat washed ashore at Al Aqah beach in stormy weather, being registered to the "Zola" ,the last known position having been just off the Khor Fakkan coast and the current status being listed as “stopped”. Already on Sep 4, 2015, Ashraf Helmy, area general manager of the Miramar Al Aqah hotel was informed that a lifeboat was spotted drifting towards the beach by a German guest who was standing on the beach around 5.15 p.m. They called the coastguard and police because they were afraid that somebody would need help inside the lifeboat. The coastguard, police and an ambulance were at the site and waiting for the lifeboat to arrive. At 7.41 p.m., the coastguard and police were the first to inspect the vessel, but it was empty. They started inspecting it and eventually they removed all the equipment that could be misused, like lifesaving equipment such as torches, and left the boat in place. Hotel management now wants to use the boat as a tourist attraction, or possibly sink it for use as a diving attraction. The boat is 11.45 metres in length and 3.12 metres in height. It weighs 9.75 tonnes. Report with photos: www.thenational.a...

 Mcc Java  (Cargo Ship)
11 hours ago by Swiss63

To be scrapped
MCC Java leaving Tanjung Pelepas, destination Chittagong Shipbreakers.

 Ss El Yunque  (Cargo Ship)
11 hours ago by Timsen

Investigators looking in El Yunque to find clues for El Faro loss
The National Transportation Safety Board was conducting its second full day of investigation into the wreck of the "El Faro". After its sister ship, the "El Yunque", returned to Jacksonville and docked at the Blount Island Marine Terminal on Oct 8, 2015, at 4.30 p.m. the NTSB started inspecting it. A key part of the investigation was to look at this ship which is almost identical to the "El Faro". Though the two ships aren't identical they have a lot in common, which could be helpful to the NTSB. Dye penetrant was to be sprayed on the metal, which is then absorbed. After putting a developer on the metal, if there are any cracks, they would show up as a line. This was not only important to find answers about the "El Faro", but to ensure the safety of crew members on the "El Yunque" which has been exposed to a lot of the same stresses as the "El Faro". If she broke up as a result of heavy weather, the "El Yunque" would be at the same risk of the same thing happening in heavy weather. vestigators have interviewed the master of the El Yunque, who provided helpful information about his correspondence with El Faro's captain before the ship sank, along with the last TOTE Maritime employee to have contact with the El Faro, NTSB vice chair Bella Dinh-Zarr told reporters. Investigators also spoke with the last person to communicate with the "El Faro" before contact with the ship was lost. Their conversation was consistent with reports that "El Faro" had lost propulsion, was listing at 15 degrees and had taken on water. In the coming weeks, the Navy will search for the "El Faro" in an attempt to locate it and determine whether searchers can retrieve the voyage data recorder from its wreckage. The device, which has a 30-day battery life, sends out pings so it can be located. The NTSB will coordinate with the Navy to determine which ships are best suited to locate the freighter and which pieces of equipment, including sonar, they will need to be outfitted with.

 Olivia Ribau  (Fishing Boat)
12 hours ago by Timsen

Work to remove wreck from bar resumed
Forensic divers of the marine police who were working inside the "Olívia Ribau A-3288-C" temporarily suspended their search for the bodies of two of the four missing fishermen, in the afternoon of Oct 8. Before, they had recovered the bodies of Rui Gonçalves, 41, resident in Vila Robim in Tavarede, and António Mendonça from Gafanha de Nazaré. The operation was very complicated as the divers first had to remove debris and fishing gear in the surroundings of the wheelhouse before they managed to penetrate the wreck. Visibility inside was zero. Meanwhile the naval forces were trying to remove the vessel out of the navigation channel to Cabedelinho because the bar was blocked. The work was resume at 11 p.m. take advantage of the high tide, which was expected on Oct 9 at 01:32 a.m. On the early afternoon, the salvors hired by the owner rotated the wreck in horizontal position. A tugboat tried twice to pull the wreck from the entrance of the Figueira da Foz bar to an inner area of the Mondego River, near the Cabedelinho beach, but with the approach of low tide, the operation was suspended after having shifted the hull 35 meters. The wreck removal operations were resumed on Oct 9 at 09:00 a.m. The weather forecasts for the next few days were strong waves, wind and rain. Spanish report with photos and video: www.cmjornal.xl.p... pt.euronews.com/2... expresso.sapo.pt/... www.rtp.pt/notici... www.rtp.pt/notici...

 Ullensvang  (Passenger ship)
12 hours ago by Timsen

Allision in Sulesund
One person had to be medically checked after the "Ullensvang" allided with in pier at Sulesund on Oct 7, 2015. Several cars crashed into each other, some people who fell, when the ship slammed into the quay following a propulsion failure. On Oct 9 a replacement ferry was inserted in the Hareid - Sulesund service. Repairs of the "Ullensvang" were expected to take until Oct 14. Norwegian report with photos: www.nrk.no/mr/pas... www.nrk.no/mr/ull...

 Zeus  (Tug)
12 hours ago by Timsen

Investigations in fire completed
The investigations of the Accident Commision following the fire on board the "Zeus" in Sölvesborg port have now been closed, and the ship may be towed back to Poland. The survey was completed on Oct 9.

 Schleswig-holstein  (Other Ship)
13 hours ago by Timsen

Fregate saved 452 migrants
The "Schleswig-Holstein" saved 452 distressed migrants within two days. Alone on Oct 7, 2015, 372 people were rescued 30 miles NE of Tripoli from three rubber boats after the "Sophia"-command had requested the fregate to assist.

 Gazpromneft Nordwest  (Tankship)
13 hours ago by Timsen

Bunker fuel spill in St. Petersburg
The reefer "Coral Mermaid" spilt an unknown amount of fuel while bunkering from the "Gazpromneft Nordwest" in St. Petersburg on Oct 6, 2015, into the water. Both vessels were fenced by booms and 0,2 cubic meter of oily water have been collected.

 Coral Mermaid  (Cargo Ship)
13 hours ago by Timsen

Bunker spill in St. Petersburg
The "Coral Mermaid" spilt an unknown amount of fuel while bunkering from the "Gazpromneft Nordwest" in St. Petersburg on Oct 6, 2015, into the water. Both vessels were fenced by booms and 0,2 cubic meter of oily water have been collected. On Oct 8 the reefer left the port being bound for Flusshing, ETA Oct 11.

 Pattana  (Cargo Ship)
13 hours ago by Timsen

Ship arrested in Busan
The "Pattana" was arrested in Busan on Oct 7, 2015, for outstanding debts totaling $150,000. The crew of 19 was to leave the vessel according to Korean law. The vessel was serving the line between Korean ports and Vladivostok, carrying mostly cars. Crew wages debts were said to be around $95,000. Trade unions, from Russia and Korea have already been vulturing over the vessel, demanding an auction

 Vliegende Draeck  (Other Ship)
14 hours ago by Timsen

Clipper run aground with water ingress
On Oct 8, 2015, the "Vliegende Draeck", 268 ts (03050764), suffered water ingress through a gash of several centimeters length during a charter tour with 27 passengers on board. At 3.16 p.m. volunteers of the KNRM stations Terschelling and Vlieland were alerted to the sailing ship)which was on the Vlie roads between Terschelling and Vlieland. On the way to the clipper pumps were made ready put to transfer, but the skipper of the clipper was meanwhile able to plug the leak. The ship was run aground at the height of the Fransche Gaatje. The salvage vessel "Orca" and the KNRM boat "Graaf van Bylandt" of the KNRM-Vlieland were first on the scene. It was decided that the 27 passengers were to be transferred onto another sailing ship, so that the rescuers could take care of the "Vliegende Draeck". Once the situation was under control and the passengers disembarked, the clipper was taken to Harlingen with the assistance of the salvors and lifted ashore at Shipdock. Dutch report with photo: https://www.knrm.nl/waar-...

 Flinterstar  (Cargo Ship)
14 hours ago by arnekiel

Flinterstar ruled a total loss after K Line LNG carrier collision
Dutch vessel Flinterstar (8,850 dwt, built 2002), which ran aground on a sandbank after a collision with K Line ship Al Oraiq (122,079 dwt, 210,198 cu m, built 2007) earlier this week, has been ruled a total loss. In an update on Facebook last night, the ship’s owner Flinter said that the vessel was stable, the spilled oil clean up continues, while a contract to remove the oil still on board was signed yesterday afternoon. Earlier the company posted that “damage to our good Flinterstar much worse than we had hoped for. In only a few minutes she was turned into a wreck.” A spokesperson for Flinter confirmed the news to Splash, saying: “She is a total loss. Last night a Smit consortium was appointed for the oil removal which has meanwhile started.” Specialised vessels Cormorant and Multrasalvor 3 are on the scene and being used as part of the operations. The accident happened on Tuesday morning around 10 km off Zeebrugge.

 Stena Germanica  (Passenger ship)
14 hours ago by arnekiel

Remontowa awarded Golden Anchor prize for conversion of Stena Germanica into methanol-fuelled ferry
n result of the judgement of The Committee of the Golden Anchor Baltexpo 2015 Competition, the award in "product" category was granted to Remontowa SA, the shipyard’s press center says. The Stena Germanica project, with the main task being conversion of main propulsion for use of methanol fuel, with Wärtsilä technology applied, first commercial conversion of its kind worldwide, carried out at Remontowa SA, was one of the 16 entries submitted for this year's Golden Anchor prize. The award was received by CEO of Remontowa SA - Jaroslaw Flont According to the statement, conversion at Remontowa went fast and smoothly. The concept of the conversion was the idea of the Owner and main project participants, such as Wärtsilä, however the detailed design of the main propulsion system conversion to methanol fuel was done at the yard. What is publicized as the world's first ship running on methanol - the large ro-pax ferry Stena Germanica, left Remontowa Shiprepair Yard on March 24, 2015. Then she sailed to the Port of Kiel. The conversion of the vessel, which serves the route from Gothenburg to Kiel on weekdays, was entrusted to Remontowa SA. The 240-metre-long ferry is the first vessel in the world running on environmentally-friendly methanol. The conversion of the Stena Germanica’s engines, performed at Remontowa SA, involved collaboration between Stena Teknik and Wärtsilä. The technology is so-called "dual fuel" and uses methanol as the principal fuel, but with the possibility of using MGO (Marine Gas Oil) as a backup. en.portnews.ru/ne...

 CMACGM Bougainville  (Cargo Ship)
14 hours ago by arnekiel

18,000 TEU CMA CGM Bougainville inaugurated in Le Havre
CMA CGM BOUGAINVILLE, the largest containership under French flag, has been inaugurated in Le Havre, says Russian Shipping (media group PortNews). The 18,000 TEU vessel built by Samsung Heavy Industries cost EUR 133 mln. With her 394 m length and 54 m width, the ship can carry 240,000 t of cargo. The Bougainville has a 87,000 h.p. diesel engine consuming 330 t of fuel per day. The crew of 26 persons consists of 9 French nationals with the rest coming from the Philippines. The ship will sail between Europe and East Asia during her 77 days rotation. Besides, Bougainville is the first container ship in the world equipped with TRAXENS technology. A wide range of data from each container can be gathered and transmitted to the CMA CGM group: location, temperature, humidity level, vibrations, impacts, attempted burglary, customs clearance status and more. Founded in Marseille in 1978 by Jacques Saadé, the CMA CGM Group is a leading worldwide shipping group. From its base in Marseille, the CMA CGM Group is present in more than 150 countries through its network of over 655 agencies, with more than 20,000 employees worldwide (4,500 in France). With a young and diversified fleet of 445 vessels (81 company owned), the CMA CGM Group serves 400 of the world’s 521 commercial ports. Through its 170 shipping lines the company operates on every one of the world’s seas. en.portnews.ru/ne...

14 hours ago by arnekiel

Port of Gothenburg freezes port charges
The Gothenburg Port Authority has decided to leave the Port Tariff unchanged. As a result, the Port Tariff for 2016 will remain at the 2015 level. Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg chief executive, said: "Our aim behind this move is to reinforce the growth of industry, shipping and the port." All ships calling at the Port of Gothenburg pay a port charge based on the ship's gross weight and classification. The port charge is used to finance, for example, fairway maintenance, traffic information systems and safety at the port, the Port Authority said Thursday in a news release."Shipping costs become transport costs for industry. By doing our utmost to keep the port charge down, we can contribute to maintaining a strong cluster of shipping companies in Gothenburg and a broad range of services to key markets," said Magnus Kårestedt. en.portnews.ru/ne...

14 hours ago by arnekiel

GPHA constructs new refrigerated terminal
THE Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has put up a new refrigerated terminal with the capacity to hold 800 20-footer equivalent unit (TEU) containers. The facility is a one-stop terminal for all refrigerated imported goods such as frozen foods and essential medicines. The refrigerated terminal is part of the GPHA’s $2.5 million investment for the Tema and Takoradi ports’ 2020 port redevelopment agenda and has been fully automated to hasten processes and make them efficient for port users. It will replace the existing facility which has inadequate holding space for refrigerated imports. The new facility, which is outside the main Tema Port, will also lessen the decongestion at the port.

14 hours ago by arnekiel

Cyprus: Port workers call off strike
Staff employed by Limassol porters decided to call off strike measures to press for €1.5 million in voluntary redundancy compensation be paid to them now and not next year when the port will be privatised. The decision came after the workers were threatened with dismissal, state broadcaster CyBC reported

14 hours ago by arnekiel

Ivory Coast begins construction of Abidjan port upgrades
Ivory Coast began construction of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.

14 hours ago by arnekiel

Cargotec’s Kalmar receives significant port equipment order of 23 RTG cranes and 79 terminal tractors from Colombia
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has won a significant order from its long standing customers Sociedad Portuaria Region de Cartagena S.A. (SPRC) and Terminal de Contenedores de Cartagena S.A. (Contecar) in Cartagena, Colombia. Both terminals are owned and managed by Port of Cartagena Group. The order includes a total of 23 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and 79 Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors. Kalmar will deliver five RTGs and 9 terminal tractors to SPRC and 18 RTGs and 70 terminal tractors to Contecar. The total value of the order is approximately EUR 45 million, and the order has been booked into Cargotec’s 2015 third quarter order intake. The deliveries will take place between July and December 2016.

 El Faro  (Cargo Ship)
14 hours ago by arnekiel

President Obama Statement on El Faro Tragedy
Below is a statement provided by the Office of the Press Secretary on behalf of President Obama: The captain and crew of the El Faro were Americans and Poles, men and women, experienced mariners and young seamen. They were beloved sons and daughters and loving husbands and fathers. They were dedicated engineers, technicians and a cook. And these 33 sailors were united by a bond that has linked our merchant mariners for more than two centuries–a love of the sea. As their ship battled the storm, they were no doubt working as they lived– together, as one crew. This tragedy also reminds us that most of the goods and products we rely on every day still move by sea. As Americans, our economic prosperity and quality of life depend upon men and women who serve aboard ships like theEl Faro. I thank everyone across our government and in the private sector who worked so tirelessly, on the sea and in the air, day after day, in the massive search for survivors. The investigation now underway will have the full support of the U.S. government, because the grieving families of the El Faro deserve answers and because we have to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our people, including those who work at sea. Today, 28 American families–from Florida to Maine–and five Polish families are heartbroken. May they be comforted, in some small way, in knowing that they have the love and support of their neighbors, the merchant mariner community and the American people. May God bless the men and women of the El Faro. May He comfort their families. And may He watch over and protect all those who serve at sea on behalf of us all. https://gcaptain.com/president-obama-statement-on-el-faro-tragedy/#.VhdpRPmvG9I

 Flinterstar  (Cargo Ship)
14 hours ago by Timsen

Smit and Multraship draining oil
In the morning of Oct 9 Smit salvors started draining oil from the "Flinterstar". Smit and Multraship from Terneuzen have accordingly signed a contract with the shipping company Flinter on Oct 8. The "Flinterstar" was still leaking in the swell which was immediately captured by anti pollution vessels, among them the Dutch "Arca". On Oct 8 the "Multrasalvor 3" and the sheerleg "Cormorant" headed to the sinking site. Dozens of employees of Rijkswaterstaat have found no oil yet during inspections on the beaches. Approximately 100 oiled birds have been spotted. Oil drifted ashore on a length of two kilometers between Zoutelande and Westkapelle in the night hours. No oil drifted onto Belgian beaches yet. The Belgian Coastguard was monitoring the wrecksite. Reports with photos: www.tugspotters.c... www.hln.be/hln/nl...

 Norwegian Escape  (Passenger ship)
14 hours ago by arnekiel

Pitbull Named Godfather to Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that music star Pitbull will serve as Godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Escape. On Monday, November 9, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will be the honorary Godfather and headline performer at Norwegian Escape’s christening ceremony at PortMiami. www.cruiseindustr...

 Dawn Princess  (Passenger ship)
14 hours ago by arnekiel

Dawn Princess to be Transferred to P&O Australia
Princess Cruises’ Australian-based Dawn Princess will move to the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in May 2017. At 77,000 tons, the 2,000-guest Dawn Princess will be the largest ship in the fleet.

 Celebrity Summit  (Passenger ship)
14 hours ago by arnekiel

Celebrity Announces Ship Upgrade for Summit
Celebrity Cruises on Oct. 8 announced upgrades to two of the line's ships, the Infinity and Summit. Celebrity will expand its lineup of outdoor spaces this month, when Celebrity Infinity receives a new “Rooftop Terrace” venue – during a scheduled drydock. The drydock work also will broaden Celebrity’s commitment to its Suite Class, with significant renovations to the ships’ Penthouse and Royal Suites, and will include conversion of the ship’s specialty restaurant to one of Celebrity’s signature venues, Tuscan Grille. Celebrity Summit will follow with a similar scheduled drydock in March of 2016.

 Celebrity Infinity  (Passenger ship)
14 hours ago by arnekiel

Celebrity Announces Ship Refresh for Infinity and Summit
Celebrity Cruises on Oct. 8 announced upgrades to two of the line's ships, the Infinity and Summit. Celebrity will expand its lineup of outdoor spaces this month, when Celebrity Infinity receives a new “Rooftop Terrace” venue – during a scheduled drydock. The drydock work also will broaden Celebrity’s commitment to its Suite Class, with significant renovations to the ships’ Penthouse and Royal Suites, and will include conversion of the ship’s specialty restaurant to one of Celebrity’s signature venues, Tuscan Grille. Celebrity Summit will follow with a similar scheduled drydock in March of 2016.

14 hours ago by arnekiel

Carnival Corporation Adds Third Berth to Cozumel Pier
Carnival Corporation on Oct. 8 officially opened an expansion of its operations in Cozumel, Mexico, adding a third berth to the company's pier at Puerta Maya. With an investment of more than $20 million, the all-new "arm" was added to the company's existing pier to allow three ships to be moored at the terminal at the same time. To mark the occasion, three of the company's ships – Carnival Breeze, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Triumph – arrived today and became the first trio of ships to use the new three-berth pier. The pier will accommodate any ship across Carnival Corporation's 10 brands, including its next-generation ships. With 3.3 million cruise guests annually, Cozumel is the busiest cruise destination in the Caribbean. Carnival Corporation's extra capacity with the expanded pier will allow more ships to call on Cozumel, increasing the number of guests who can visit the destination while also providing a significant economic boost to the local economy. In 2014, about 1.5 million Carnival Corporation guests visited Puerta Maya on 25 different ships originating from eight homeports and two countries across six of the company's brands, and the company expects this to grow over the years with the added capacity at the port. www.cruiseindustr...

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