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 Sy A  (Sailing vessel)
13 min ago by Timsen

A in Cartagena
The "A" arrived in Cartagena on Feb 23 coming from Gibraltar and berthed at the Navantia yard for some works and to carry out port tests prior to the final delivery. Spanish report with photo: www.laopiniondemu...

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Six further shipping lines to call at Wilhelmshaven
EUROGATE has announced that six further container shipping lines will call at Wilhelmshaven from April 2017. The newly established shipping alliance OCEAN Alliance (COSCO Shipping, OOCL, CMA CGM, Evergreen) is to include EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven in its schedules. Furthermore, as a result of forthcoming operational changes, both Hamburg Süd and Hyundai Merchant Marine will extend their offering to include Wilhelmshaven. Due to the re-formation of the alliances as a result of the intensifying consolidation process on the part of the shipping lines, the industry is currently undergoing a process of change on an unprecedented scale. Given the ever larger vessels operating the services between Asia and Northern Europe, it is especially gratifying that so many shipping lines have meanwhile come to recognise the nautical advantages offered by Wilhelmshaven. EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven is located at Germany’s only deep-water port and offers mega container ships with a draught of up to 16.5 metres unrestricted nautical access, independently of the tide. Initially, OCEAN Alliance will call at Wilhelmshaven once a week with some of the world’s largest container vessels (> 18,000 TEUs) operating its “Asia–North Europe 1” scheduled service. With this, Wilhelmshaven is expanding its offer in particular for export shipments to Asia. Subsequently, through their recently initiated operational cooperation with Maersk Line and the 2M Alliance, Hamburg Süd and Hyundai Merchant Marine will start operating services via Wilhelmshaven from April. The six further shipping lines in Wilhelmshaven will significantly extend and complement the existing Maersk Line services. The 2M Alliance has been calling at Wilhelmshaven since it was formed in early 2015. In 2016, EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven increased its container handling volume by 13 per cent compared to the previous year. Parallel to this, there was an increase in transports by road (+65%) and by rail (+38%) to the seaport hinterland. Note: From April 2017, the global container market will have three major alliances: • 2M: Maersk Line and MSC • OCEAN Alliance: COSCO Shipping, OOCL, CMA CGM and Evergreen • THE Alliance: Hapag Lloyd, NYK, K-Line, MOL and Yangming The planned rotation for the OCEAN Alliance’s scheduled “Asia–North Europe 1” service is: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian (Shenzhen), Singapore, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Gdansk, Wilhelmshaven, Felixstowe, Singapore, Yantian (Shenzhen), Shanghai.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Eimskip starts calling Helsingborg in Sweden
Eimskip has decided to start calling Helsingborg in Sweden as of 4 May this year. The company will at the same time stop calling Halmstad which has been its port of call in recent years. This step is a part of developing the company’s sailing system, but the change gives the company’s customers better connections to other markets and other shipping companies. There has been substantial growth in transport between Iceland and Sweden, to and from the Faroe Islands and in Trans-Atlantic services.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Ningbo Zhoushan Port receives world’s largest vessel
The 450,000-dwt crude oil terminal of the Shihua Phase II Project in Daxie Port Area of Ningbo Zhoushan Port, which is the largest crude oil terminal in Asia, receivedthe world’s largest vessel “EURONAV” in the afternoon of Feb. 13th. The vessel was loaded with 339,600 tons crude oils this time, hitting a record high in actual loading volume of single oil tanker berthed at the port.

 Meka 1  (Other Ship)
1 hour ago by BerndU

Picture from beached

1 hour ago by arnekiel

ZIM to add a second Asia-Pacific North West service
ZIM has announced that starting April 2017 (subject to FMC approval) an additional Asia-PNW service will join the ZIM’s Asia - Pacific North West service, which was previously announced. The new service will be named Zim Pacific North (ZPN). The new ZPN rotation: Hong Kong – Yantian – Kaohsiung – Shanghai - Pusan – Tacoma - Vancouver – Pusan – Kwangyang – Kaohsiung - Hong Kong The new service is widening ZIM’s ports scope on the PNW trade, offering smooth gateways to US and Canada inland destinations and direct calls in Kaohsiung, KwangYang & Tacoma; ZPN is planned to call Shanghai Waigaoqiao terminal, and will offer fast transit time and additional advantages for customers, as part of ZIM’s ongoing focus on better products and customer service. ZPN service is joining the Asia – Pacific North West service that was announced last month, fully operated by ZIM vessels, with the following rotation: Port Kelang - Cai Mep - Da Chan Bay – Yantian – Xiamen - Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – Vancouver – Pusan – Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo - Da Chan Bay - Port Kelang

 Beam  (Cargo Ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

Paris MOU Ban of M/V "BEAM” has been lifted
On 28th September 2016 M/V “BEAM” with IMO number 8408258 (flag Saint Kitts and Nevis) was detained in Batsfjord by Norway. The refusal of access to Paris MoU ports has been cancelled on 15th February 2017, Paris MoU said in its press release.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

The Port of Helsinki's West Terminal 2 opens on Monday 27 February
The Port of Helsinki Ltd's West Terminal 2 in the West Harbour will be opened to passengers on the morning of 27 February 2017, the company said in its press release. The new terminal, featuring a breathtaking view of the sea, offers a whole new level of travel comfort and convenience. The nearest tram stop is right next to the entrance, and the spacious terminal itself is easy to move about in, while the glass walls of the departure lounge offer an uninterrupted view of incoming and departing ships. Walking distances to the ships are short and those traveling by car will be served by a fast check-in system. The terminal's restaurant and café services with the longest bar on the Baltic can be found in the departure lounge, and are provided by Panorama Bistro & Bar Helsinki. To support the idea of fast travel, the restaurant and café serve light snacks and foods without compromising on freshness and quality, while the bar offers a wide range of beverages, including specialty beers and high-quality coffee. The Port of Helsinki is Finland’s busiest passenger port. This coming summer promises to be especially hectic for sea traffic: On the busiest days, there will be 24 departures to Tallinn from the South Harbour, the West Harbour and Katajanokka Harbour.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Port of Helsinki testing floating rubbish bins
Wärtsilä is donating two prototype Seabin floating rubbish bins to the City of Helsinki and Port of Helsinki as part of Seabin's three-month long global pilot programme, planned to launch in April 2017, in which Helsinki will serve as one the installation locations for the floating rubbish bins. The City of Helsinki and Port of Helsinki will be taking care of the daily emptying of the Seabins, which will be installed in the city's harbour areas, the company said in its press release. The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that is placed in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports, collecting all floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through the catch bag filter inside the Seabin. The water is then pumped back into the marina, leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag, to be disposed of properly. During the three-month test period, user experiences and data will be gathered from the pilot partners before commercial sales of the Seabins commence. Once they do, four additional Seabins can be installed in Helsinki. The three-year partnership with startup company Seabin is part of Wärtsilä Corporation's Finland 100 centennial programme. With the programme Wärtsilä aims to support the City of Helsinki and the Port of Helsinki's efforts to clean up the marine environment.

 Le Aisling  (Other Ship)
2 hours ago by Timsen

Patrol boat to be auctioned
the "LÉ Aisling" was due to go to auction in on Mar 23, 2017. The vessel was decommissioned at Galway docks last year and a number of councillors suggested it could be used as a floating museum for the city. The Minister of State at the Dept of Defence, Paul Kehoe said given the age, size and layout of the vessel, it would be unsuitable for use as a visitor attraction. The "LÉ Aisling" will be put up for auction in Cork.

 Green Sky  (Tankship)
2 hours ago by Timsen

Two engineers of tanker convicted of illegal discharge of oily bilge water
A federal jury in Charleston, South Carolina, convicted two chief engineers of the "Green Sky" of falsifying documents in order to conceal illegal discharges of oily bilge waste, so called 'magic pipe incidents', and obstruction charges. Herbert Julian, who served as Chief Engineer between Aug 3 and Sep 4, 2015, was convicted of two felony counts under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and for obstruction of justice. Panagiotis Koutoukakis, Chief Engineer from Feb 1 to Aug 3, 2015, was convicted of two felony counts, one for APPS and another for falsifying records. It was also revealed in court documents, which were unsealed after the verdicts were rendered, that the Aegean Shipping Management, a foreign company with operations in Greece that acted as the Green Sky’s operator, previously pleaded guilty to a violation of the APPS and obstruction of justice. The "Green Sky", which first set sail in July 2014, had unusual internal leaks that produced greater quantities of oily waste than a normal ship of its age and construction. Oily bilge waste must be removed from the vessel lest it fill up the bottom of the Engine Room and cause damage to equipment and jeopardise the safe handling of the ship. However, the law does not permit an oceangoing vessel to discharge these oily wastes directly into the sea and the use of an oily water separator is an essential. The evidence presented to the jury showed that the "Green Sky" was regularly pumping contaminated and oily water directly overboard. None of these discharges were disclosed as required. The oil record book of the Green Sky was falsified to cover-up illegal overboard discharges of oily wastes from February to August 2015. Methods of falsification included omitting illegal bypass operations, claiming that the oil water separator was used when it had not been, and a series of false entries regarding the levels of the bilge holding tank, which were designed to further the cover-up. Full report: www.handyshipping...

 Honor  (Cargo Ship)
3 hours ago by Timsen

Vehicles carrier docked in Southampton
While the "Honor"'s 21 crew member were safe and well, a number of the cars being transported by the vessel were involved in the blaze according to the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. Additional fire crews were airlifted onboard by a UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lee on Solent in Hampshire with temperature and gas monitoring equipment to assess the damage. Also a pilot from Southampton Port and a MCA Marine Casualty Officer were to be sent to the vessel to assist the assessment process. On Feb 24 at 9.30 p.m. the ship berthed at the New Cruise Terminal in Southampton. The vessel will remain in Southampton over the weekend. Further updates will be released on Feb 27. Reports with photos and video: www.dailyecho.co.... www.heart.co.uk/s... www.itv.com/news/... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C5di6-cWQAI83E-.jpg

 Irenes Remedy  (Cargo Ship)
3 hours ago by Timsen

Containers with inflammable goods damaged
A crisis unit has been established by the Moto Uta port of Papeete due to two damaged containers containing potentially flammable materials, which had arrived coming from Balboa in the evening of Feb 23, 2017, aboard the "Irenes Remedy". A security zone was established. The boxes were being closely monitored in the Motu Uta customs zone. The first container had a leak and could be losing methanol, the second contained gas and was damaged during the operations carried out in the night during the loading and unloading operations. It was decided to take the first container off. The containers were being sprayed with seawater to be cooled. State civil security services were mobilized in support of local staff to assess the situation. The containers were not destined for French Polynesia. French report with photo: www.tntv.pf/Perim...

 Oel Dubai  (Cargo Ship)
3 hours ago by BerndU

arrived Bhavnagar anchorage
arrived Bhavnagar anchorage 25.02.17

 Ruby  (Cargo Ship)
3 hours ago by BerndU

arrived Bhavnagar anchorage
arrived Bhavnagar anchorage 25.02.17

 Jaohar Zanobia  (Cargo Ship)
3 hours ago by BerndU

arrived Bhavnagar anchorage
arrived Alang anchorage 24.02.17

 Alster  (Cargo Ship)
3 hours ago by BerndU

arrived Bhavnagar anchorage
arrived Alang anchorage 24.02.17

 Golden Virginia  (Tankship)
3 hours ago by BerndU

Beached at Alang 25.02.17 Plot 08

 Fosen  (Passenger ship)
3 hours ago by Timsen

Ferry grounded at Hatvik
The "Fosen" servicing the Hatvik - Venjaneset route, on Feb 25, 2017 at 1.30 p.m. ran aground about 200 meters from shore on the Hatvik side. On board were a total of 49 passengers, seven crew members and 25 vehicles. The fire department, ambulance and police were notified. At 2.42 p.m. all passengers and the crew, wearing life vests, were evacuated by the ambulance boat "Rygervakt". They were transported to the fire station in Os by bus. The ship owner collected all car keys and noted the names and numbers of the passengers. Some were waiting there until they get the cars from the ferry, others have gone home and left the car keys to the company. The lifeboats "Stormbull" and "Simrad Ferder" were called to pull the "Fosen" off again jointly with the service boat "SAS Virgo". The aim was to pull the ferry to the dock in Hatvik and get the cars off. Parallel work was on to how get the service running again. At 3.20 p.m. a diver went down to survey the hull. He found out that the propeller shaft and the rudder was broken. Norwegian reports with photos: osogfusa.no/redni... osogfusa.no/ferja... https://www.ba.no/nyheter/os/ferge/ferge-har-gatt-pa-grunn/s/5-8-524815 www.bt.no/nyheter...

 Alrek  (Cargo Ship)
7 hours ago by Timsen

Grounding in Velsen
In the evening of Feb 24, 2017, the "Alrek" ran aground on the Noordzee Canal in Ijmuiden and got stuck with the stern on the embankment at the Park Way in Velsen South. The ship was coming from Velsen-North bound to Södertalje when it veered off course during a turning manoever. The tugs "Bernardus" and "Telstar" were soon on scene to assist, but first the ship had to be surveyed by the water police. Other ships could pass with slow speed. On Feb 25 at 3 a.m. the ship was refloated and berthed at the Grote Houtkade in Velsen. Dutch report with photos: https://www.ijmuidercoura...

 Tide Carrier  (Cargo Ship)
7 hours ago by Timsen

Tide Carrier in Stavanger
On Feb 24 the "Tide Carrier" was berthed at the yard GMC Maritime in Stavanger. Photo: www.kustvaartforu...

 Isla Bartolome  (Cargo Ship)
7 hours ago by Timsen

Cargo ship with 160 containers capsized on sandbar
The "Isla Bartolomé" ran aground on a sandbar in the afternoon of Feb 23, 2017, shortly after leaving Guayaquil off the northern coast of Isla Puna Island, while en route to Galapagos Island with 160 containers loaded with supplies and frozen goods. The ship started to list to starboard and capsized in shallow water between the buoys 7 and 8 in the channel of Cascajal cose to Posorja. Fishermen saved the crew of the sinking ship. Helicopters were sent in order to try to track drifting containers which broke lose from the semi submerged ship's deck carrying all kinds of cargo. A small spot of fuel was observed which was expected to evaporate soon. Tugs were sent on Feb 24. The Governing Council of the Special Regime of the Galapagos (CGREG) and the Ministry of Transport and Public Works declared a state of emergency in the island region. In addition, the transportation of perishable food to the province by airlift was allowed by Eliecer Cruz, minister-president of the Galápagos Government Council. In the afternoon of Feb 24 President Rafael Correa ordered the start of aircrafts of the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE), assisting small supply ships, to avoid shortages in the islands. Meanwhile, the government ruled out a shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as the company Petroecuador dispatched normal gas of domestic use on all the islands, since there was enough stock. The "Isla Bartolomé" was used since 2015 by the National Navy to transport cargo towards the archipelago. Reports with photos and video: www.eltelegrafo.c... Posorja www.eldiario.ec/n... ecuadorinmediato.... https://www.elcomercio.co... www.eluniverso.co... https://www.elcomercio.co...

 Samson Mariner  (Towing Vessel)
8 hours ago by arnekiel

Tug ‘Samson Mariner’ Headed to Seattle for Repairs
The damaged tug Samson Mariner is returning to Seattle, Washington for repairs after running aground last week while towing a barge in Alaska’s Inside Passage northwest of Ketchikan. The U.S. Coast Guard approved a transit plan for the tug Samson Mariner to head south for repairs in Seattle with an escort tug. Both vessels departed Ketchikan on Tuesday. The Samson Mariner was towing the barge St. Elias when it ran aground and released approximately 1,100 gallons of fuel in the vicinity of Rosa Reef in north Tongass Narrows, Alaska, on February 15. An oil sheen was reported in the area following the incident. The barge, St Elias, had temporary repairs made in Ketchikan. The Coast Guard has also approved a plan for a tug owned by Brusco Tug & Barge Co to tow the barge and continue to Dutch Harbor. Permanent repairs will be made when St Elias returns to Seattle. The U.S. Coast Guard worked in partnership with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Alaska Commercial Divers in response to the grounding. “Our crews and partner agencies worked tenaciously to mitigate the fuel and bring the Tongass Narrows back to normal, not only for the environment but also the local maritime community,” said Cmdr. Michael Kahle, Coast Guard Sector Juneau chief of response. No sheen or further pollution has been reported. gcaptain.com/1150...

 Sterno  (Cargo Ship)
8 hours ago by Timsen

Swedish Coastguard activated after sinking on Göta Älv
The Swedish Coastguard has been activated after the sinking of the "Sternö" and has been in continuous contact with the emergency services since the accident occurred on municipal waters. The ship has meanwhile been secured with additonal ropes to the shore, but calculations showed that it was resting largely on the pier and only partially on the bottom. In the morning of Feb 24 the Coast Guard sent a surveillance aircraft to determine if any oil leaked, and environmental protection ship "KBV 051" was ordered to the scene along with rescue divers from Gothenburg. During the day the divers repeatedly investigated the wreck's hull and its position on the bottom. They also closed open doors inside, and in the afternoon the Coastguard was asked to assist with the draining of water from the ship. The Coast Guard had resources on standby during the evening and night to possibly assist the emergency services when necessary. Efforts to pump out the water and the salvage operation could take a long time. Six ships were waiting in the Trollhättan Canal and in the port of Vänern for their southbound transit from Vänern to Gothenburg. On Feb 25 at 2 p.m. the Amaritime administration allowed one ship to pass and intended to try it with another one. The other four ships may bypass the crash site on Feb 26. The water level first had be increased by 15 centimeters, and the "Sternö" must be stable for this to happen. To make things worse, in the morning of Feb 27 the Trollhättan Canal will be closed to traffic for a bridge construction which begins in Gothenburg. The closure will last almost the entire next week, and therefore it was important that the six vessels may reach open water. Swedish reports with photos: www.lidkopingsnyt... https://www.kustbevakning...

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