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 Eland  (Other Ship)
< 1 min ago by arnekiel

Nehalem River Dredging fined $11,200 for oil spill on Nehalem River
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Nehalem River Dredging Inc. $11,200 for allowing oil to enter the Nehalem River. During maintenance activities on the vessel ELAND on or about April 10 this year, Nehalem River Dredging spilled diesel fuel on the vessel’s deck, which then entered the Nehalem River. Since the spill was not cleaned up, the oil continued to drip into the Nehalem River on the following day. DEQ has assessed a penalty for allowing the fuel to enter the river. Source : northcoastcitizen

 Ocean Sky  (Tug)
2 min ago by arnekiel

Crowley Christens New Dynamic Positioning Tugboat Ocean Sky
As part of the company's industry-leading new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the third of four tugboats in the ocean class series – Ocean Sky –in Houston. The ceremony served to formally welcome the third dynamic positioning (DP) tugboat to the company's expanded ocean towing fleet, which has been involved in most of the major offshore oil production installations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico over the past 16 months. The Ocean Sky, which features DP2 technology, is part of a feature-rich, four-vessel family of tugs ideally suited to work with Crowley's new 455 series high-deck strength barges, which measure 400 feet long by 105 feet wide (121.92 meters by 32 meters). Crowley's ocean class tugs are outfitted for long-range high-capacity ocean towing; rig moves; platform and floating production; storage and offloading (FPSO) unit tows; emergency response and firefighting. All four of the ocean class tugboats are designed to have a minimum bollard pull of 150 metric tons and a range of approximately 12,600 nautical miles at 15 knots free running.

 Morning Midas  (Cargo Ship)
4 min ago by arnekiel

Australia Fined Ship For Discharging Mooring Line
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has prosecuted UK based company, Lombard Corporate Finance Limited, the owners of UK flagged car carrier, MORNING MIDAS, following a pollution incident in Port Phillips Heads in August last year. Lombard Corporate Finance Limited was convicted, fined $5000 and ordered to pay costs after it was found guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, July 18, of contravening section 26F (3) of the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983. The charges relate to a collision between the pilot launch WYUNA III and a mooring line discarded by MORNING MIDAS in the early hours of August 1, 2012. The 30-35m mooring line was found discarded in the vicinity of the pilot boarding station outside Port Phillip Heads when WYUNA III collided with it, fouling its propellers and stalling both engines.

 Nave Electron  (Tankship)
10 min ago by arnekiel

Navios Acquisition takes delivery and employment of VLCC
Navios Acquisition takes delivery and employment of one VLCC Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation ("Navios Acquisition") (NYSE: NNA), an owner and operator of tanker vessels, on July 21, 2014 took delivery of the Nave Electron, a 2002-built VLCC of 305,178 dwt, the Company said in a press release. The Company also announced that the Nave Electron has been chartered out to a high quality counterparty for minimum one year at a rate based on charterer's VLCC pool earnings.

12 min ago by arnekiel

Abu Dhabi selects new Zayed Port cruise passenger terminal design
Abu Dhabi selects new cruise passenger design His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, has selected the architectural concept for the new permanent cruise terminal building, which will be built at Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi, ADPC said in a news release. The winning architectural concept was selected from four competition entries which were presented to HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his consideration. The competition, which was organized by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), invited leading architectural practices from around the world to enter their proposals for a new world class permanent terminal building at Zayed Port.

 Front Commerce  (Tankship)
14 min ago by arnekiel

Charter-in contracts of VLCC Front Commerce terminated by Frontline
Frontline Ltd. ("Frontline" or the "Company") has agreed with Ship Finance International Limited ("Ship Finance") to terminate the long term charter parties for the 1999 built VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Comanche and Front Commerce and Ship Finance has simultaneously sold the vessels to unrelated third parties. The charter parties are expected to terminate in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decision to terminate the long term charter parties was taken in view of the required investment to take the vessels through the 15 year special survey. Frontline has agreed an aggregate compensation payment to Ship Finance of approximately $58.8 million for the early termination of the charter parties, of which approximately $10.5 million will be paid upon termination and the balance will be recorded as notes payable, with similar amortisation profiles to the current lease obligations, with reduced rates until December 2015 and full rates from 2016.

 Front Comanche  (Tankship)
15 min ago by arnekiel

Frontline announces termination of charter-in contracts of VLCC Front Comanche
Frontline Ltd. ("Frontline" or the "Company") has agreed with Ship Finance International Limited ("Ship Finance") to terminate the long term charter parties for the 1999 built VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Comanche and Front Commerce and Ship Finance has simultaneously sold the vessels to unrelated third parties. The charter parties are expected to terminate in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decision to terminate the long term charter parties was taken in view of the required investment to take the vessels through the 15 year special survey. Frontline has agreed an aggregate compensation payment to Ship Finance of approximately $58.8 million for the early termination of the charter parties, of which approximately $10.5 million will be paid upon termination and the balance will be recorded as notes payable, with similar amortisation profiles to the current lease obligations, with reduced rates until December 2015 and full rates from 2016.

 Front Opalia  (Tankship)
16 min ago by arnekiel

Frontline announces early termination of charter-in contracts of VLCCs
Frontline Ltd. ("Frontline" or the "Company") has agreed with Ship Finance International Limited ("Ship Finance") to terminate the long term charter parties for the 1999 built VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Comanche and Front Commerce and Ship Finance has simultaneously sold the vessels to unrelated third parties. The charter parties are expected to terminate in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decision to terminate the long term charter parties was taken in view of the required investment to take the vessels through the 15 year special survey. Frontline has agreed an aggregate compensation payment to Ship Finance of approximately $58.8 million for the early termination of the charter parties, of which approximately $10.5 million will be paid upon termination and the balance will be recorded as notes payable, with similar amortisation profiles to the current lease obligations, with reduced rates until December 2015 and full rates from 2016.

 Petroleo Nautipa  (Other Ship)
19 min ago by arnekiel

BW Offshore to Fully Own FPSO Petroleo Nautipa
Following to BW Offshore's announcement of 9 July 2014, BW Offshore has signed a sale and purchase agreement with Yinson to take 100% ownership of the FPSO Petroleo Nautipa, owned through Tinworth Pte. Ltd. Tinworth, and correspondingly the FPSO, has been 50/50 owned between BW Offshore and Yinson Holdings Berhad through their respectively wholly owned Norwegian subsidiaries. The price for the 50% stake acquired from Yinson is USD 49.3 million, plus approximately USD 10 million consideration for the working capital in Tinworth. Petroleo Nautipa is operating for Vaalco Energy in Gabon under a firm charter contract until Q3 2020, with options for additional two years. Completion of the transaction is expected within Q3 2014.

 Peloreus  (Cargo Ship)
21 min ago by arnekiel

Star Bulk Takes Delivery of First Capesize from JMU
Athens, Greece-headquartered Star Bulk Carriers says it has taken delivery of 'M/V Peloreus' a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (“JMU”) and the first of six similar vessels ordered at JMU, with expected deliveries until the 3rd quarter of 2015. The new ship will be employed in the spot market in order to take advantage of its modern design and fuel efficient specifications. Following the delivery of M/V Peloreus and inclusive of the two Kamsarmax vessels to be acquired from Heron Ventures Ltd., Star Bulk will own thirty three dry bulk vessels on the water, consisting of eleven Capesize, four Post‐Panamax, six Kamsarmax, two Ultramax and ten Supramax vessels with average age of approximately 7.3 years.

26 min ago by arnekiel

Siemens Builds The First European Onshore Power Supply For Cruise Ships
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has commissioned Siemens to build a turnkey onshore power supply at the Hamburg Altona cruise terminal. The system will supply electricity to cruise ships of all common sizes and electrical system designs, allowing them to turn off their own diesel generators and reduce harmful emissions during their lay days. The first European onshore power supply system of this type has a capacity of 12 megavolt amperes (MVA) and works with a patented, mobile robot arm designed specifically for the tidal range. The heart of the system is a frequency converter with control software that adjusts the frequency of the local distribution grid to the ship’s electrical system. The scope of supply for Siemens, in its capacity as general contractor, includes the medium and low voltage switchgears, the transformers, the fire safety system and the building’s air conditioning and ventilation system. Commissioning is scheduled for the spring of 2015. The order volume will run to around €8.5 million. The onshore power supply system from Siemens meets the required international standards IEC/ISO/IEEE 80005-1 (cable connection between shore and ship on the medium voltage side) and IEC 62613-2 (connectors and sockets). The modular system from Siemens covers all power ranges required in the shipping industry and is suitable for the world’s common ship frequencies (50 and 60 Hertz) as well as all necessary voltage levels for shipping. Voltages of 6 or 10 kilovolts (kV) are provided in the 50-Hertz range and 6.6 or 11 kV in the 60-Hertz range. In principle, for example, 50 Hertz AC current is converted to 60 Hertz AC current during frequency conversion. Reference: siemens.com

 CMA CGM Marco Polo  (Cargo Ship)
28 min ago by arnekiel

CMA CGM Offers Opportunity To Travel On Its Biggest Container Ships
CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container shipping Group, offers a one-of-a-kind experience to journey across oceans, seas and continents on a “Cargo cruise”. CMA CGM Group is now offering genuine cruises aboard its biggest vessels, the new 16,020 TEUs containerships, such as the CMA CGM MARCO POLO or the CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT. These giants of the seas (365 meters long, which is equivalent to more than 4 soccer fields), are among the largest vessels of their kind in the world. The company’s containerships offer their passengers five cabins with private bathrooms and their own living-room. Passengers can also enjoy the large range of facilities provided on board, such as a theater for movie-fans, a library for readers, or a fitness room for the most energetic ones. During summer time, they will all have a chance to benefit from the outdoor swimming-pool. All meals are prepared by the Chef and his Maitre d’Hotel, and are shared with the crew. Passengers are invited to the Captain’s table, turning every meal into a sharing and an exchange opportunity with him and his crew.

 Costa Concordia  (Passenger ship)
34 min ago by arnekiel

Several live-webcams onboard Costa Concordia wreck
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 Costa Concordia  (Passenger ship)
35 min ago by arnekiel

Costa Concordia passed halfway mark
Costa Concordia, having passed the halfway point on its 190nm journey, is expected to arrive in the port of Genoa on Saturday night. The Italian civil protection service said the convoy accompanying the former cruise ship reached the 100nm mark at 08.00 local time on Friday, July 25th. By late morning it was off the island of Gorgona in the Ligurian Sea. Thanks to favourable currents and light winds, the convoy was keeping time, the protection service said, with arrival off Genoa expected some time on Saturday night. Italian website the Medi Telegraph reported Italian expert Admiral Stefano Tortora, who is aboard Costa Concordia, as saying that the convoy could even arrive ahead of time. On arrival the disabled vessel will not be able to go straight to its berth at the port's Voltri Terminal Europa, however. That operation, which will involve the use of eight harbour tugs and further adjustments to Costa Concordia's draught, is expected to take between six and eight hours. Meanwhile, air surveillance and regular sampling of seawater in the vicinity of the wreck has found no evidence of pollution leakage.

 CCNI Ancud  (Cargo Ship)
45 min ago by arnekiel

German container shipper Hamburg Süd to acquire CCNI for $160 million
German container shipper Hamburg Süd announced today it has reached an agreement with Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) to acquire their container shipping business. The deal is valued at a total consideration of USD $160 million. CCNI currently operates 5,500 TEU containerships on a weekly service to Chinese ports as well as 1,700 – 3,500 TEU vessels covering the west coast of North and South America. Additionally, CCNI operates thirty-three vessels of between 6,500 – 8,500 nominal TEUs capacity, which connects with South Korean ports (Busan), China (Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian and Shekou), Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Río Grande and Itajaí), Uruguay (Montevideo) and Argentina (Buenos Aires). This acquisition is scheduled to be executed by the latest on December 31, 2014.

 Likoni  (Passenger ship)
48 min ago by arnekiel

Kenyan Police Kill Two Men Suspected of Plotting Ferry Attack
July 25 (Reuters) – Kenyan police said on Friday they shot and killed two armed men suspected of planning an attack on a ferry in the port city of Mombasa after one of them tried to hurl a grenade at approaching police. Mombasa and the coastal region has been struck by a series of attacks that have killed dozens of people in recent months. The worst shootings have been on the north coast, but Mombasa has been hit by several bomb attacks. Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group has claimed many attacks, but the government has blamed some of the north coast raids on local political networks, leaving many Kenyans confused about who is responsible and angry at security failures. Police believe the two killed on Friday might have been planning to attack the busy Likoni ferry that plies the channel that lies between Mombasa and the south coast. The men were travelling in a public minibus heading towards the ferry around the peak time of 6 p.m. (1500 GMT) when they were approached by police. “When they sensed police had cornered them, one drew a grenade and tried to detonate it, but he was shot and killed before he could do so. The other had a pistol and was also killed,” Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said. “We think they may have been planning to attack passengers on the ferry,” he told journalists at the scene. The Likoni ferry transports thousands of passengers daily from their homes on the south coast to Mombasa for work and back. It is also the main route for tourists heading to and from the airport to hotels on the popular southern beaches. Several Western nations have warned citizens about travel to some areas of Kenya, including Mombasa. The attacks combined with advisories have hammered the once-vibrant coastal tourist industry. “Today there would have been a tragedy on this ferry had the police not noticed these suspects and acted quickly. They have saved many lives,” Emmanuel Kimoto, a ferry guard, told Reuters. (Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

 Conti Harmony  (Cargo Ship)
21 hours ago by BerndU

beached
beached at Alang 25.07.14 Plot 16

 City Of Beirut  (Cargo Ship)
21 hours ago by BerndU

sold to Breakers
sold to Alang breakers

 Silica II  (Wing-in-ground craft)
21 hours ago by BerndU

beached
beached at Alang 25.07.14 PLot 135

 Athens Warrior  (Tankship)
21 hours ago by BerndU

beached
beached at Gadani 25.07.14

 Peng Wen  (Other Ship)
21 hours ago by BerndU

arrived Scrapyard
arrived Xiasha Scrapyard 20.07.14

21 hours ago by arnekiel

Sri Lanka: East Container Terminal Project on Right Track
24/07/2014 The construction of Sri Lanka Ports Authority owned single berth of the Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP) is known as the East Container Terminal (ECT) and with the completion of its Phase I soon, it is expected to cater the shortfall in the capacity of container handling in the Port of Colombo. The quay wall of the ECT is designed to allow the container vessels of 230,000 DWT to berth. The quay is designed to support a 65t ship to shore crane (STS), a 30 meter rail span, a back reach area and roads. This project consists of two phases of the harbour infrastructure works such as construction of breakwaters, dredging for new harbour basin and navigation channel and rerouting of crude oil pipe line. The other component includes construction of terminals and other related services. Source: Sri Lanka Ports Authority

 Lagos
22 hours ago by arnekiel

Fed. Government declares 28-29 July as public holidays, affects all ports
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday and Tuesday (28-29 July) Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration. Normal work will resume on Wednesday 30 July.

22 hours ago by arnekiel

Dock workers issue two strike notices
25/07/2014 The giant Dock Workers Union has issued a double strike notice for both the Kenya Ports Authority workers and the Kenya Ferry Services workers. The Union issued a 21-day strike notice on behalf of the ferry workers over the alleged failure by the government to allocate revenue to the KFS. “The 65 per cent of the anticipated revenue expected from the Ministry of Transport is the cause of the trade dispute because the Ministry has failed to remit its share as expected therefore rendering the KFS financial position unsustainable,” DWU general secretary Simon Sang said in a letter addressed to Labour Secretary Kazungu Kambi dated July 22. Two months ago, KFS managing director Musa Hassan denied that the government has failed to remit allocation to the company as alleged by Sang. Musa said it is the remitted money that has been running the ferries and helped reconstruct the Mtongwe ferry rump and additional rumps and the Likoni Ferry channel. Yesterday, Sang also issued a strike notice against the KPA accusing the management of trying to ‘sell’ the port. In a press release sent to media houses, Sang said KPA chairman Danson Mungatana has been ‘fixed’ by the management into ‘selling’ the port. Mungatana and Sang have differed over the port Community Charter that was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta about a month ago. While Mungatana insists the union was involved in the talks to come up with the charter, Sang maintains that the only meeting they were involved in was to discuss the Wajibika Project which, he maintains, was more of sensitization on the need to improve performance. “The KPA chairman does not understand the dynamics of maritime and shipping business. In my view he has been fixed by the Management of KPA,” said Sang in the statement. He further challenged Mungatana to produce evidence that the union was consulted over the charter. The union has since appointed a professional to come up with an alternative charter with views of different stakeholders including the Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties. “However, whether the Chairman understands it or not, whether he likes it or not, the Union’s stand and that of the Coast community is that the port will be privatized over our dead bodies,” Sang said. Sang also accused Mungatana of inciting workers against the union. He said workers will make a resolution on whether to continue working with Mungatana after 21 days from yesterday. “This port requires concerted efforts,” he said. He said they have given Mungatana 21 days to ‘make up his mind’, failure to which they will take industrial action. Source: The Star

 Nordic Macau  (Cargo Ship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

CMA CGM reorganizes the rotations of its WAX line to improve service
CMA CGM reorganizes the rotations of its WAX line to improve service between Asia and West Africa In order to better match the needs of its customers in terms of Asian ports covering and available capacities, and to improve the reliability and flexibility of its lines, CMA CGM has decided to reorganize the rotations of itsWAX lines. WAX • Weekly direct line dedicated to Nigeria, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire • New rotation starting in Central China: Shanghai – Ningbo – Chiwan – Nansha – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Kelang – Cape Town – Tin Can – Douala – Abidjan – Pointe Noire – Colombo – Port Kelang – Shanghai • Effective as from August 15th, 2014 in Shanghai with MV NORDIC MACAU

 Cap Andreas  (Cargo Ship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

CMA CGM reorganizes the rotations of its ASAF line
In order to better match the needs of its customers in terms of Asian ports covering and available capacities, and to improve the reliability and flexibility of its lines, CMA CGM has decided to reorganize the rotations of its ASAF and WAX lines. New features for these lines will then be the following: ASAF • Weekly direct line dedicated to Angola, Congo and Namibia • A fleet of 13 vessels of 5,700 TEU capacity • New rotation adding 2 ports in North China : Xingang – Qingdao – Shanghai – Nansha – Chiwan – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Kelang – Walvis Bay – Pointe Noire – Luanda – Cape Town – Port Kelang – Xingang • Effective as from August 9th, 2014 with MV CAP ANDREAS voy. DH487W

 CMA CGM Amber  (Cargo Ship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

Evergreen re-starts REX 3/ARC 2 Far East-southern Red Sea service
Evergreen Line is to resume services of direct connections to Far East-Southern Red Sea in a joint service with CMA CGM, UASC and CSCL on their REX 3/ARC 2 service following its suspension of services three years ago. The re-branded ARC service will deploy seven vessels downsizing from the 6,000-7,000 TEU range to vessels of 4,250 TEU. ARC turns in 49 days and rotates through Xiamen, Shenzhen-Yantian, Shenzhen-Shekou, Port Kelang, Djibouti, Jeddah, Port Sudan, Djibouti, Port Kelang and back to Xiamen. The first sailing from Xiamen was scheduled for July 24 deploying the 4,404-TEU CMA CGM Amber, according to Alphaliner. The reviving of the service will complement its existing Far East-Red Sea service (FRS) jointly operated with Cosco to focus on northern Red Sea ports. Evergreen's closure of its 'REX 3/SRS 2' service in May this year will be compensated by its new slot arrangement with UASC allowing it direct connections to Far East-southern Red Sea. Source : Asian Shipper

 Caravel Pride  (Cargo Ship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

MPT saves cargo vessel M V Caravel Pride with three tugs from stranding
Caravel Pride, an Indian flagship cargo vessel, was on its journey back from Western India Shipyard's dry dock after repairs, when the container vessel ran into trouble with its engine failing mid-sea. At around 6.30pm on July 16, 2014, when the vessel's captain was asked to drop anchor, the ship was unable to stabilize due to rough weather. The vessel was finally saved from damage when the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) intervened. Caravel Pride was docked at Western India Shipyard for the last three months for repairs. On its way back to its destination after repairs, an hour into its journey, the engine stopped abruptly. The vessel started drifting towards the shore, where it ran the risk of damage in the rough weather if it hit some earth in shallow water. "The control tower was monitoring the movement of the ship. Normally, when the anchor is dropped, the ship stabilizes, which did not happen in this case. We were alarmed and tied a rope, before abandoning the operations for the next day as it was already late in the day. The following day on July 17, we were unable to pull it despite mobilizing three tugs due to rough seas and heavy swell," chairman of MPT, P Mara Pandiyan, said. The matter was then reported to the ministry of shipping and DG shipping and assistance was sought. DG shipping promptly dispatched the emergency towing vessel (ETV) SCI 03 to carry out the operation, which arrived at Mormugao harbour on July 19. "The salvaging operations, headed by SCI 03 and supported by the three MPT tugs, began on the morning of July 20. A team of marine officers and the DG shipping officials monitored the operations with the help of the signal station facility. The salvage operation faced tough challenges due to extremely bad weather and frequent spells of heavy rain showers accompanied by squally wind conditions," Pandiyan said. After fighting the adverse weather and high rising waves for three hours, SCI 03 successfully passed a towing wire. After a challenging and strenuous operation, the port pilots along with the MPT tugs finally berthed the M V Caravel Pride safely at Berth No.9. The vessel will now be docked for another two weeks of repairs.Source : indiatimes

 Kiel Trader  (Cargo Ship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

MSC sued over shipment of allegedly rotten fruit
Two Californian companies have sued Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) over a shipment of allegedly rotten fruit. Distributors Green Earth and Alberts Organic claim they lost more than $65,000 of produce that went off en route to Philadelphia. Their complaint alleges the consignments were loaded on to two German-owned ships, the 2,450-teu HELENE S S (built 2007) and the 2,524-teu KIEL TRADER (built 2003), at Paita in Peru in January. The containers were transferred to two other vessels before arriving in the US, the Pennsylvania Record reported. Source : Tradewinds

 Helene S  (Cargo Ship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

MSC sued over shipment of allegedly rotten fruit
Two Californian companies have sued Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) over a shipment of allegedly rotten fruit. Distributors Green Earth and Alberts Organic claim they lost more than $65,000 of produce that went off en route to Philadelphia. Their complaint alleges the consignments were loaded on to two German-owned ships, the 2,450-teu HELENE S S (built 2007) and the 2,524-teu KIEL TRADER (built 2003), at Paita in Peru in January. The containers were transferred to two other vessels before arriving in the US, the Pennsylvania Record reported. Source : Tradewinds

 Maersk Batur  (Cargo Ship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

Report:Container ship towed after near miss
A container ship which lost power while navigating Otago Harbour was pulled into deeper water by a tug - having had a near miss with the shipping channel's sandbank. In April, the 223m-long container ship Maersk Batur lost all power shortly after departing Port Chalmers, which prompted Port Otago's tugs Otago and Rangi to return to the ship and tow it back into deeper water. The incident was, by regulation, reported by Port Otago to Maritime New Zealand (MNZ), the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) and Otago's harbour master. MNZ has, since February, suspended publishing its monthly incident summaries, as it considers privacy issues. The Otago Harbour near miss came to light after it was disclosed in parliamentary question time, when Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee released reports of 50 ship-related collisions, or near misses, to Green Party MP Gareth Hughes. Mr Hughes was criticising the Government for playing down recent shipping incidents in the wake of the 236m container ship Rena grounding, the subsequent oil clean-up and removal of the wreck from Astrolabe Reef, off Tauranga. Included in the reports was a five-minute grounding of a 177m Singaporean cargo ship off New Plymouth's coast in May, which the master had not reported until five days after the incident. Maersk Batur was reported as having had ''possible contact'' with sand at the edge of the channel in Otago Harbour. Maersk NZ operations manager Stuart Jennings said he understood there had been a ''fuel flow failure'' aboard Maersk Batur while it was in the channel and the engine ''cut out'', leading to the vessel's master dropping anchor and restarting the engine, all of which had taken only a ''short time'', he said. ''There were safety protocols of the port and ship in place which were enacted ... It was concluded there was no danger.'' The Singapore-registered 223m-long, 43,000 tonne-plus Maersk Batur is a regular visitor to Port Chalmers, and global shipping giant Maersk is the port's largest customer. Port Otago chief executive Geoff Plunket said Port Otago's 100% owner, the Otago Regional Council, had been informed after the mandatory reporting to MNZ, the TAIC and Otago's harbour master. None of the agencies had undertaken a formal investigation. Port Otago's own investigation was completed and found ''no issues'' for the port company, he said. He declined to release the findings, saying further comment had to come from Maersk. The tugs Otago and Rangi accompanied Maersk Batur when it departed Port Chalmers, and they left the vessel several hundred metres from the port, as planned, Mr Plunket said. However, they were called back and were ''immediately able to assist'' in towing Maersk Batur to deeper water. The MNZ incident report said the ship, which had a Port Otago pilot on board, suffered ''a temporary power failure'', causing its bow to turn towards the channel edge, but with a tug's assistance the ship was moved to ''safe water''. ''The master of the ship reported possible contact of [the] ship's bow with [the] soft sand edge of the channel,'' MNZ said. The cause was reported as a ''fuel flow meter'' issue, which caused the main engine and generator to become stuck. Mr Plunket said there had been ''no serious incidents'' with vessels, such as a navigational marker or the channel being struck, in Otago Harbour in the past two years MNZ said it carried out a ''port state control'' inspection of Maersk Batur in Tauranga and a diver inspected the vessel in Auckland. No damage was found. Source: Otago Daily Times

 Ana  (Cargo Ship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

Vessel capsized and sank after drifting on rocks, all crew safe
General cargo vessel Ana in the afternoon July 23 reported dragging anchor on Lianjiang road, north of Fuzhou, during typhoon Matmo passage. In the afternoon July 24 vessel requested assistance, as vessel drifted to the rocks .17 crew were rescued by helicopters, no casualties. Judging from a Coast Guard photo, vessel capsized and sank. Vessel was towed to a safe anchorage off Lianjiang on July 8. Source: news.odin.tc

 Caspian Stream  (Tankship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

4 crew of tanker Caspian Stream injured after burst of petroliferous vapour
MRCC Moscow reported a burst of petroliferous vapour in an empty tank of product tanker Caspian Stream at 1950 Moscow time on July 23. The tanker was under way in Tsimlyanskiy Basin, river Volga. 4 people injured, 2 of them hospitalized. Vessel docked in Volgodonsk for investigation.

 Florica  (Cargo Ship)
22 hours ago by arnekiel

Florica allided with pier in Azov port
Turkish freighter Florica, loaded with wheat, allided with a pier during mooring operation in Azov port, Azov sea, Russia, at 2047 Moscow time July 23. Vessel knocked down stationary ladder from a pier to mooring dolphin, but didn’t suffer any damages. Source: news.odin.tc

 Endeavor  (Fishing Boat)
23 hours ago by arnekiel

Water ingress near Yaquina Bay, Oregon
The 60 foot long fishing vessel Endeavor suffered water ingress near Yaquina Bay, Oregon. The fishing vessel had been struck by a large swell the night before which caused a leak in the vessel. The crew had discovered flooding in the engine room and contacted the Coast Guard requesting assistance. The Coast Guard dispatched the 47-foot long Motor Life Boat to the scene. The Coast Guard was able to pass two dewatering pumps to the fishing vessel. With the pumps, the flooding was brought under control. The Motor Life Boat then escorted the Endeavor back to port. No reports of injuries or pollution released.




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