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 Graestone Express  (Towing Vessel)
6 hours ago by Timsen

Tug allided with bridge
The "Graestone Express" pushing 14 barges struck the old Highway 80 Bridge in Vicksburg on May 23, 2017, at 3 p.m. The barges broke lose, got corralled and pushed onto the left river bank of the Mississippi at 4.30 p.m. They were carrying either grain or coal. The National Weather Service raised the river crewst from 48 t 49 feet.

 Powhatan  (Towing Vessel)
6 hours ago by Timsen

Salvage plan being reviewed
The "Powhatan" which sank at the Samson Tug & Barge dock four weeks ago remained underwater at Starrigavan Bay Initial estimates that the vessel contained 340 gallons of oil on board were incorrect. Divers have found multiple spots where oil could have been released and have since sealed off those locations. The total amount of oil released from the tug was unknown. The "Powhatan" was being surrounded by 1500 feet of containment boom, with sorbent materials inside, and the shore is lined with 1300 feet of deflection boom to protect Starrigavan Bay. Aerial images show decreased sheen within the containment boom and no additional oiling of the shoreline. State and federal agencies were upholding their recommendation that harvesters not gather shellfish from Starrigavan Beach at this time. A situation report from May 25 stated that there was the potential for oil exposure to marine wildlife, however no sea mammals have been observed by response teams or reported. Samson has developed a plan for wreck removal and pollution mitigation, which includes recovering fuel from the tug’s tank. So far, 4,335 gallons have been collected. The company also intends to bring a large crane from Seattle to lift the tugboat onto a barge. SEAPRO plans to have the "Neka Bay" – an Oil Spill Response Vessel (OSRV) with skimming capabilities – on scene during the wreck. Samson’s plan is being reviewed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Coast Guard for final approval. The date for salvaging the tug has not yet been set.

 Elegant II  (Fishing Boat)
6 hours ago by Timsen

Family escaped sinking ex-trawler
A family escaped the sinking of the "Elegant II - B 907", 99 gt, after getting into difficulties in Sunderland on May 25, 2017. Two adults and three children were on board the ex-fishing trawler when it started to sink in North Hylton. The Coastguard team was on the scene until 3.15 a.m. The Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene to deal with the incident, which started at about 9.30 p.m. The family had escaped the vessel by the time the Coastguard team arrived. On arrival, they found the ship listing at 45 degrees to starboard side, and all persons were safely on the shore. ith a high risk of pollution, the Port of Sunderland oil pollution plan was put into operation, with specialist contractors requested to attend who would contain any leaks if required. The Coastguard team was on the scene for almost six hours. Report with photos: www.sunderlandech...

 Celeb. Constellation  (Passenger ship)
7 hours ago by Timsen

Voyage delayed due to engine trouble
The "Celebrity Constellation" suffered from propulsion issues just after completing a major multi-million refurbishment The cruise ship which has just completed a dry dock refurbishment which added new features and enhancements was suffering from a technical issue which was related to the propulsion system. Celebrity Cruises has been forced to delay the ship’s first sailing back after dry docking. The "Celebrity Constellation" was scheduled to depart Barcelona on May 26 for a 10-day Meditteranean cruise but will now depart two days later on May 28. This meant guests booked on the sailing will miss the much anticipated Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, Monaco on May 28. Even though the ships first cruise back has been delayed guests were to be compensated and the next scheduled voyage departing Venice on June 4 was to go ahead as normal.

 Nabil J  (Cargo Ship)
7 hours ago by Timsen

Cargo is being lightered
Work on the "Nabil J" ran aground on a beach in Sidon over a month ago was going on. On May 26 an attempt commenced to lighten the ship's load with a dredger to make it easier to pull the casualty off. Report with photo: www.dailystar.com...

 Alrek  (Cargo Ship)
7 hours ago by Timsen

Repairs of grounding damage completed
The "Alrek", which had run aground on the Noordzee Canal in Ijmuiden and got stuck with the stern on the embankment at the Park Way in Velsen South on March 24, left the Bremerhaven Dockyard GmbH on May 25 at 6 a.m. after repairs and headed to Rotterdam, arriving there on May 26 at 6 a.m. The ship meanwhile continued to Kingston upon Hull, ETA May 27.

 Galaxy  (Passenger ship)
7 hours ago by Timsen

Swedish passenger fell over board and died
A passenger fell over board from the "Galaxy" early on May 26, 2017. A rescue helicopter located the person in the water, but did not manage to save his life. The ferry was at Lövskär, north of Storlandet in Nagu at 4.45 a.m., when several people noticed how a person fell overboard. The ship immediately gave alarm, turned and started looking for the person. Other ships also participated in the operation. After one hour of search, passenger ships and commercial vessels were allowed to continue their journeys. A patrol boat from the Nagu Navy Station, the guard ship "Tursas" and helicpter from Turku continued the search. The rescue helicopter located the person in the water at 9.25 a.m. He was hoisted on board and transported to the ÅUCS for care, but his life could not be saved. The person who fell over board was a Swedish citizen born in 1988. The police was investigating the cause of death, but according to the police there was no reason to suspect any crime. The "Galaxy" was delayed on the trip to Turku. She started her journey back from Turku to Stockholm at 9:15 a.m., about an hour later than scheduled.

 Combi Dock III  (Cargo Ship)
11 hours ago by Timsen

Peking taken home by dock ship
The "Combi Dock III" was appointed to take the tall ship "Peking" from New York to Germany. End of June it will be loaded onto the dock ship and taken across the Atlantic within two weeks. The voyage will end in Brunsbüttel from where tugs will pull the ship to the Peters Yard in Wewelsfleth for the restoration. which will take three years and cost 120 millon € before the ship is handed over to the Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg (SHMH).

 Cg Morgenthau  (SAR-Vessel)
11 hours ago by Timsen

Patrol boat transferred to Vietnam Coastguard
The U.S. Coast Guard transferred the former Coast Guard Cutter "Morgenthau" to the Vietnam Coastguard during a ceremony in Honolulu on May 26, 2017. The ship, which will be renamed "CSB 8020", is expected to improve the Vietnam coast guard’s maritime domain awareness, increase its capacity to perform maritime law enforcement operations, and conduct search and rescue and other humanitarian response operations. The "CSB 8020" was transferred to the Vietnam coast guard from the U.S. Government through the Excess Defense Articles program. The EDA offers excess military equipment to U.S. partner and allied countries in support of their military and security modernization efforts.

19 hours ago by arnekiel

New service for project cargo to the Arctic Ocean
The port of Antwerp informs about new service for project cargo to the Arctic Ocean. The Russian Arctic Shipping Company (ASCO) operates between the port of Antwerp and the Arctic region of Russia. Its ice-reinforced vessels with a capacity of 7,000 to 12,000 tonnes will mainly carry project cargo. The company operates six vessels, enabling it to offer a monthly rotation. From Antwerp the ships travel via the Baltic (calling at among others St. Petersburg and Ust Luga) and then on the more northerly Russian ports such as Archangel, Sabetta, Murmansk and Nova Zemla. The agent for this service is Seabow, specialising in breakbulk and ro/ro with the emphasis on Russia.

 Global Vega  (Cargo Ship)
19 hours ago by arnekiel

NYK bulk carrier rescues fishermen off the coast of Peru
Global Vega, a bulk carrier operated by NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK Line, rescued seven fishermen in distress on May 21 off the coast of Peru, the company said in its press release. While Global Vega was sailing from the port of Acajutla, El Salvador, to the port of Callao, Peru, the vessel came upon a fishing boat having engine trouble. Food and fresh water were provided to the fishermen and their boat was moored to Global Vega. Afterward, the fishermen and their boat were safely delivered to the Peruvian Coast Guard.

19 hours ago by arnekiel

Venice world heritage status under threat
A monster cruise ship meets a giant octopus and crashes into the Rialto bridge, provoking a tsunami. It’s an apocalyptic vision of Venice. The message of Stop the Madness, Philip Colbert’s pop-art-with-a-purpose at the current Venice Biennale, is echoed by Lorenzo Quinn’s Support, a large-scale installation of giant hands reaching out of the Grand Canal to prop up the crumbling Palazzo Sagredo. Venice’s mayor Luigi Brugnaro could also do with a helping hand. Under-populated and over-touristed, Venice is facing threats from all sides. Its status as a world heritage site is slowly sinking, with Unesco threatening to slap the city on its in-danger list, a fate normally reserved for war-ravaged ruins, under-funded third world sites and, er, Liverpool. Unesco’s concerns about cruise ships, mass tourism and damage to the fragile lagoon ecosystem “have been met with empty promises but no concrete proposals”, according to Italia Nostra, the country’s influential heritage body. For outsiders, megaships are the biggest blight, symptomatic of the vested interests that paralyse Venetian decision-making. For Jonathan Keates, chairman of Venice in Peril, the cruise ships “are an abomination whose size threatens the dimensions of the city”. Indeed, the World Monument Fund put Venice on its watch list in 2014 precisely because “large-scale cruising is pushing the city to an environmental tipping point and undermining quality of life for its citizens”. Read more at https://www.theguardian.c...

19 hours ago by arnekiel

Cruise ship experience awaits Hajj pilgrims from India in 2018
After 22 long years, India - home to the second largest Muslim population in the world - has decided to revive the historic sea route to Saudi Arabia for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Many elderly Muslims fondly recall the journey by ship from Mumbai to Jeddah which usually took 10-12 days, often through rough seas, until 1995 when the state-owned Shipping Corporation of India’s ageing fleet was phased out and Haj pilgrims had no option but to travel by air. But come 2018 and cruise ships with all modern amenities will sail from Mumbai, Kolkata and Kochi ahead of the world's biggest yearly assembly of believers in Mecca. Each new ship will accommodate around 5000 pilgrims and cover the distance between Mumbai and Jeddah in just 2-3 days. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, India’s Minister for Minority Affairs, has announced that the re-introduction of sea route will dramatically reduce Haj expenses by more than 50 percent. At present, the government subsidises Air India’s Haj flights from 23 destinations in the country. Pilgrims travel either through the government’s Haj Committee of India (HCOI) or Private Tour Operators (PTO). english.alarabiya...

19 hours ago by arnekiel

Trump wants $108 million for deeper ports; Corps adds $56 million boost that includes Jacksonville
President Donald Trump wants $108 million to deepen harbors for two U.S. seaports, while other ports scrambling to make room for larger cargo ships will benefit from a boost of more than $56 million already approved by Congress. The Port of Jacksonville is one of five harbor-deepening projects scheduled to benefit from the $56 million already approved. The Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees maintenance and construction on U.S. waterways, on Wednesday evening released its spending plan for discretionary funds recently approved by Congress. That plan includes includes $17.5 million for deepening to begin at the Port of Jacksonville. For projects still in the study and permitting phase, $2.8 million will go to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and $557,000 for the Sabine-Neches waterway that serves three Texas ports.

19 hours ago by arnekiel

Largest cargo ship to date visits Port of Charleston
The COSCO Development cargo container ship is the largest ever to visit the Port of Charleston as such visits are becoming "business as usual" for the port. The ship's visit “marks a new era in the global container shipping industry,” Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority, said. The ship docked at the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant for two days, requiring two shifts of more than 100 International Longshoremen’s Association workers and some SPA employees to move 2,910 cargo boxes on and off the vessel. Large ship-to-shore cranes designed for big ships were used to transport the containers. By the time the ship left the harbor, it was loaded with 11,406 cargo boxes as it headed to Hong Kong. Charleston was the last of three port stops for the ship. A number of other Ocean Alliance ships carrying between 11,000 and 13,000 cargo boxes will visit the port this month, connecting the Port of Charleston with Hong Kong and Shanghai and other international destinations, via the expanded Panama Canal. palmettobusinessd...

 Zonda  (Cargo Ship)
19 hours ago by arnekiel

Indian sailor rescued off Port Elizabeth following a 6-meter fall aboard a passing cargo ship
A 29-year-old Indian sailor was rescued by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Port Elizabeth in a stable but serious condition following a 6-meter fall aboard a passing cargo ship on Thursday afternoon. According to Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander; "At 16h00, Thursday, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were alerted by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to prepare for the arrival of the cargo vessel, Zonda, to evacuate a 29-year-old seaman to hospital suffering hip and back pain following a fall onboard the vessel." Gray said that the 29-year-old Indian seaman was being treated in the ship's medical room and MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) and Telkom Maritime Radio Services had facilitated the Government Health EMS duty doctor to evaluate the patients condition by radio telephone. "The patient had fallen reportedly from a 6-meter height onboard the vessel earlier in the day suffering hip and back injuries and the duty doctor deemed it necessary for the patient to be evacuated to hospital as soon as possible and the ship, at that stage 62 nautical miles from Port Elizabeth, was diverted to head towards the nearest Port and due to be off-shore of the Port of Port Elizabeth at approximately 18h00," he said. "NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV at 18h10 accompanied by an EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedic and rendezvoused with the ship 4 nautical miles off-shore of the Port of Port Elizabeth. www.rnews.co.za/a...

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