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 Evelyn Maersk  (Cargo Ship)
7 hours ago by Timsen

Maersk ship saved 352 boat people from sinking vessel
In the evening of Aug 30, 2014, the crew of the "Evelyn Maersk" saved 352 boat people from a fishing vessel that had engine trouble and took water in, in the Mediterranean. One of the Mediterranean's RCC centers requested the Container ship to head towards a fishing boat which took in water. After a few hours of sailing the distressed vessel was located, and it turned out to have 352 boat people on board, among them 43 children. On Aug 31 at 3 a.m. all refugees, coming from Syria and the region of the Horn of Africa, were aboard the Maersk ship which was en route from Suez to Algeciras. On Sep 1 the refugees were disembarked in Trapani on Sicily's west coast. On Sep 2, after the landing of the refugees, the ship resumed the interrupted schedule.

 MT Liquid Silver  (Tankship)
11 hours ago by Timsen

Tanker arrested in Singapore
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) arrested three vessels controlled by Elmira Tankers Management (Elmira) of Greece. The "Liquid Success" was arrested after it docked in Durban on Aug 15, 2014, after RBS placed an $8 million claim against it in July. RBS also arrested the 11,750 dwt Liberia LIQUID "Liquid Fortune", owned by Elmira-controlled Marigold MAI Enterprises, in Singapore on Aug 26. The bank placed a $14.5 million claim on the ship, citing the company's default on mortgage payments. Earlierin August, RBS had the "Liquid Silver", arrested in Singapore where it docked on Aug 5 on a $12.26 million claim for defaulted mortgage payments.

 Liquid Fortune  (Tankship)
11 hours ago by Timsen

Tanker arrested in Singapore
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has recently had three vessels controlled by Elmira Tankers Management (Elmira) of Greece arrested. The "Liquid Success" was arrested after it docked in Durban on Aug 15, 2014, after RBS placed an $8 million claim against it in July. The "Liquid Fortune", owned by Elmira-controlled Marigold MAI Enterprises, was arrested in Singapore on Aug 26. The bank placed a $14.5 million claim on the ship, citing the company's default on mortgage payments. Also RBS had the "Liquid Silver", arrested in Singapore on a $12.26 million claim for defaulted mortgage payments.

 Liquid Success  (Tankship)
11 hours ago by Timsen

Tanker arrested in Durban
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has recently arrested the "Liuquid Silver", which is controlled by Elmira Tankers Management (Elmira) of Greece. The vessel was arrested after it docked in Durban on Aug 15, 2014, after RBS placed an $8 million claim against it in July. Bunker suppliers including World Fuel Services (WFS), Brilliant Maritime Services, KPI Bridge Oil, and Bunker Monaco, had also filed claims against the vessel totalling around $850,000. In addition, the vessel faced $70 million in associated claims, based on debts owed by other ships with the same owner. The ship was now on course to be auctioned on September 9.

 Kitzeberg  (Tug)
14 hours ago by Timsen

Tug towed from yard to yard
The "Kitzeberg" which was under repair at the Kröger-Yard Rendsburg was towed to the Lindenau Yard in Kiel on Aug 31, 2014, by the tug "Holtenau".

 Amin Darya  (Cargo Ship)
16 hours ago by Timsen

Kenyan President supervised scuttling of cargo ship including 371 kg heroine
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Aug 29, 2014, proudly gave an order to Kenyan Defence Forces to destroy the "Amin Darya" and 370,8 kg heroine at the center of a record heroin bust in July. The "Amin Darya" was seized July 15 at the port of Mombasa after authorities were tipped off that the vessel may have been carrying drugs. Authorities eventually found a reported 341 kg of heroin stashed in the diesel tank of the vessel. The seizure was hailed as the biggest single seizure of drugs ever at the port. A total of nine suspects were arrested as result of the bust, including six Pakistanis, two Indians and an Iranian. One man died onboard the vessel shortly after its arrival in Mombasa. President Kenyatta was on-hand to view the destruction of the ship from the air. The drugs were also destroyed with the ship. Kenyatta hoped that the public destruction of the ship will send a message to those looking to smuggle drugs into Kenya. The vessel was towed into the open sea by tugs under heavy guard with helicopters hovering above and escorted by three naval vessels "Umoja", "Nyayo" and the new "Jasiri" for the destruction and sank at 4.20 p.m. on a water depth of 500 meters afte r400 explosives blew up. Reports with photos: gcaptain.com/keny... https://twitter.com/UKenyatta/status/505417507440951296/photo/1 https://twitter.com/StateHouseKenya/status/505338849493786624/photo/1 https://www.standardmedia... www.bordermediagr...

 Tokitae Wsf  (Passenger ship)
16 hours ago by Timsen

Delays due to necessary repairs
The "Tokitae" was taken out of service Sunday in the morning of Aug 31, 2014, so crews could make necessary repairs to the vessel. As of 11:30 a.m., there was a 2-hour wait for vehicles at the Mukilteo terminal. The Tokitae was back in service starting with the noon sailing, but delays would likely continue due to heavy traffic and earlier single boat service.

 Norrland  (Cargo Ship)
17 hours ago by Timsen

Grounding off Ullensvang
In the morning of Sep 1, 2014, the "Norrland" ran aground at the shore of Kinsavik in Ullensvang. The incident, which happened at high tide, was reported to the police at 6:20 a.m. by a witness. The ship was enroute from Haugesund in the Stora Sound to Boliden Odda. At 7.1.0 a patrol boar of the police was on scene, and officers went on board and interrogated the 12 crew members aboard the freighter. No injuries, no spill reported. The MRCC was notified and contacted the crew. It was yet unclear whether the accident was caused by technical or human error. The ship would have to be pulled off with a tug after a survey of the hull by divers. Norwegian report with photos: www.nrk.no/hordal...

 Carnival Fantasy  (Passenger ship)
18 hours ago by arnekiel

Coast Guard rescues sick cruise ship passenger
A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., medically evacuated a 67-year-old woman from the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy 80 miles east of Ponce De Leon Inlet, Fla., Friday (Aug. 29) evening.

 Carnival Pride  (Passenger ship)
18 hours ago by arnekiel

Carnival Upgrades Carnival Pride, Plans More Trips from Baltimore
More choices to cruise. That’s what Carnival says customers will have now that the cruise line is adding more trips to its lineup—but only after a multi-million dollar upgrade to the ship that services Baltimore. And while the Pride is docked during the fall and winter months, it will undergo technology upgrades and a $500 million makeover. The cruise line says it’s adding more itineraries—that include several new destinations—to the Port of Baltimore next year, a sure sign that the industry continues to grow in Maryland.

 Norrland  (Cargo Ship)
18 hours ago by AndyCap72

"Norrland" underway to Odda grounded outside Kinsarvik early today. The vessel are trading for Norwegian SEACARGO between Norway and UK. Only minor damage to vessel and no pollution so far.

 Vega Auriga  (Cargo Ship)
18 hours ago by arnekiel

Controversial ship not allowed to leave Tauranga port
A ship banned from Australian ports is not allowed to leave the Port of Tauranga until 11 problems have been fixed. Maritime New Zealand boarded the Vega Auriga after it berthed at the Port of Tauranga at 11.30am yesterday. It was originally expected to arrive on Saturday but was delayed. Maritime New Zealand spokeswoman Sarah Brazil said the inspection took five hours. "We're not detaining the ship but we found 14 deficiencies and 11 of those must be rectified before it can leave port or New Zealand." The problems related to maintenance, seaworthiness and crew rest periods, she said. Before the full inspection was carried out a deck walkover determined it was safe for stevedores to unload the cargo. Ms Brazil said the ship would have to be checked and signed off before it was allowed to leave. The repairs were expected to take about 24 hours. The Vega Auriga was banned from Australian ports for three months on Wednesday. It had been detained three times in Australian ports since July last year and was declared "unseaworthy and substandard" by Australian Maritime Safety Authority manager Allan Schwartz. The ban was due to repeated breaches of seafarer welfare and ship maintenance, citing wage payment issues, inadequate living and working conditions and inadequate maintenance, he said. Ms Brazil said the Australian ban came under the rules of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, which New Zealand was not yet a part of. Consultation on the convention had been carried out but it had to go before a select committee, be legislated and ratified before it came into effect in New Zealand, she said. Independent MP Brendan Horan called the Vega Auriga a "ticking time bomb that must be banned from New Zealand" and posed as great a risk as the Rena did when it sailed from Napier to the Astrolabe Reef. "The New Zealand Government should follow the lead of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which prohibited the Vega Auriga from using or entering any Australian ports."

 V.l.14  (Tankship)
18 hours ago by Timsen

Tanker hijacked, cargo stolen
Pirates hijacked athe "V.L. 14" on Aug 28, 2014, off the small island of Pulau Tioman before making off with the ship’s cargo. A group of six armed pirates approached the tanker in a speedboat at approximately 10 p.m. LT. The vessel was underway about 30 nautical miles north of Pulau Tioman. The pirates were able to board the vessel from the stern and take control of the ship while gathering the crew in the engine room. The tanker was reportedly carring 1,2096 tonns of lube oil at the time and was sailing from Singapore to Bangkok. Thepirates sailed the ship about 10 nautical miles away, where two tankers were awaiting to transfer the ship’s cargo. The pirates also stole the crew’s personal belongings and damaged the navigational and communications equipment before leaving the vessel approximately six hours after the initial hijacking. After the pirates left, the crew sailed the ship towards Pulau Tioman to report the incident. The crew was not injured during the incident.

18 hours ago by arnekiel

Skangass granted permission for LNG Terminal
The Swedish Government has granted Skangass permission to build and operate a new Terminal for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) within the harbour in Gävle, Sweden.

18 hours ago by arnekiel

Kalmar to supply four all-electric RTGs to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver four E-One2 Zero Emission rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil. The 8 million USD order was signed in August 2014 with a delivery and start-up date in July 2015,

 Pvoil Alliance  (Tankship)
18 hours ago by Timsen

Man lost over board
The "Pvoil Alliance" reported a man overboard in the vicinity of 17-22 N 107-28 E on Aug 28, 2014. Vessels were requested by the MRCC Vietnam to keep a sharp lookout. 281400Z AUG. VESSELS IN VICINITY

 San Christobal  (Cargo Ship)
18 hours ago by arnekiel

Hamburg Süd christenes container ship “San Christobal” in South Korea
Hamburg Süd celebrated the christening of its container ship “San Christobal” with customers and business partners at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel is the second newbuild in the series of three new “San”-class ships, the company said in its press release. Each container vessel in the “San”-class has a nominal slot capacity of 9,034 TEU, and the “San Christobal” and her sister ships each have 1,370 reefer slots. Hamburg Süd is one of the world’s leading companies for reefer transport. As from September, the “San Christobal” will operate this service between Asia and the East coast of South America. Part of the cargo she carries will be reefer goods, including frozen meat, fruit and vegetables. The Sponsor of the “San Christobal” is Natalie Jacobs, wife of Dr Andreas Jacobs, who is a member of the Advisory Board of Dr August Oetker KG.

 Arahura  (Passenger ship)
18 hours ago by arnekiel

NZ Interislander Ferry to Dry-dock in Devonport
NewZealand's KiwiRail says that the Interislander ferry Arahura has left Wellington for her scheduled bi-annual dry-docking in Devonport, having last visited Auckland in July 2012. Docking is being undertaken at the Devonport Dockyard under the management of Babcock’s New Zealand. The principal work relates to the vessel’s regulatory compliance regime, which requires machinery and propulsion equipment to be inspected and if necessary, repaired. Work to be carried out while the vessel is in dry dock includes tail shaft removal, an overhaul of the propeller hub, and crack testing of all propeller blades and securing bolts. Arahura’s rail deck will undergo routine track maintenance which will be completed by the KiwiRail track maintenance team. The ship’s bow thrusters will be overhauled with the support of Rolls Royce, who are providing trained technicians for this work. Arahura will then undergo a sea trial in the Hauraki Gulf.

18 hours ago by arnekiel

Hamburg 5/6 berth ready for18,000-TEUers with Shanghai mega cranes
THE Port of Hamburg has opened berth 5/6 at Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) with the gantry cranes that can handle 18,000-TEU ships, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHL) has announced. "We are able to handle the world's largest containerships quickly and efficiently. The increase in handling capacity helps us to manage the peak loads from the ever-growing number of increasingly larger ships," said HHL terminal chief Stefan Behn. Berth 5/6 is now equipped with five Shanghai ZPMC gantry cranes with their 74-metre jibs can span 24 rows, well able to traverse the 23 container rows on a 18,000-TEUer. One hub makes it possible to move two FEUs or four TEUs. Each gantry crane weighs 2,400 tonnes and can handle of 110 tonnes. Berth 5/6 is 595 metres long with more than 1,400 metres of quay and 15 container gantry cranes available at CTB's port of Waltershof to handle mega-ships, HHL said. Modern, semi-automatic block storage facilities increase capacity two and a half times that of a traditional straddle carrier yard, said HHL. Every one of the 380-metre long storage blocks has a capacity of up to 2,200 TEU. Eight storage blocks were already in operation since the end of 2012.

 Hoegh Jacksonville  (Cargo Ship)
18 hours ago by arnekiel

Jacksonville welcomes Hoegh Jacksonville to biggest car exporting port in US
Hoegh Autoliners has docked its newest car carrier, the 57,280-gross ton Hoegh Jacksonville, on its maiden call to its namesake city, now the No 1 US port for vehicle exports with an annual throughput of 630,000 units. The ship, named after the company's busiest port, is the first of two sister ships able to carry 6,500 vehicles, reported the American Journal of Transportation of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Hoegh Autoliners, a leading global provider of vehicle transport, operates out of Jaxport's Blount Island Marine Terminal. Jacksonville also now serves as the company's US headquarters, which relocated from New York last year. The company operates 60 ocean carriers and has a worldwide network of 20 offices in four regions. Said Jaxport chairman John Falconetti: "Hoegh has become an important part of our community and a vital component of our port business."

18 hours ago by arnekiel

Port Metro cargo continues rebound in wake of truckers strike
Buoyed by a rising tide of trans-Pacific cargo and shipper concerns over potential longshore labour disruptions at West Coast ports in the United States, container traffic and other cargo shipped through Port Metro Vancouver continues to rebound from the 28-day truckers’ strike earlier this year. But a couple of red flags were also raised in PMV’s mid-year numbers released today. According to those numbers, the port’s overall tonnage grew 3.6% to more than 69 million tonnes in 2014’s first six months compared with the same period last year. Container traffic volumes were up 4.6%. Foreign (54.6 million tonnes) and domestic (14.5 million tonnes) cargo were up 3.5% and 3.8%, respectively, compared with 2013’s first six months. Peter Xotta, PMV’s vice-president of operations and planning, said the biggest growth in resource shipments such as coal and forest products was to China, South Korea and Japan.

 Asterix  (Cargo Ship)
18 hours ago by arnekiel

Subic-bound vessel helps decongest Manila ports
Port officials have stepped up the decongestion of Manila’s crammed ports by moving hundreds of overstaying freight containers to Subic ahead of the arrival of new shipments for the Christmas season. A chartered vessel, MV Asterix, left the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) Thursday morning en route to Subic carrying 1,154 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said. The vessel is expected to be back in Manila over the weekend to carry the remainder of the estimated 3,000 TEUs initially marked for transfer by the PPA, Bureau of Customs and port operators International Container Terminal Services Inc. and Asian Terminals Inc. The number may still increase in the next few days. Businessmen affected by the congestion have blamed it on the expanded daytime truck ban implemented by the Manila city government since February. The ban slowed down deliveries and the movement of cargo out of the port.

 Global Destiny  (Tug)
19 hours ago by Timsen

Global Destiny on the beach
The "Global Destiniy" was towed with a speed of 2,5-3.0 knots towards Gadani., being towed by the tug "Endeavour" to berth no 21 West Wharf. The transport departed at 08:30 a.m. bound for Gadani Beach, and the transport was due to arrive yon Aug 31 at 03:00 a.m. Formelerly one of the strongest ocean going tugs in the world, the vessel was due to be beached around 11 p.m. at her last resting place to be scrapped.

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