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1 day ago by Timsen

Blaze in Fredericia
In the evening of Feb 3, 2016, a fierce fire started in the port of Fredericia as a tank with liquid fertilizer sprang a leak and then ignited a tank with coconut oil. The fire broke out in an area with many chemicals. The harbor was closed to ship traffic until the situation was under control. From the quayside, the two Svitzer tugs "Svitzer Mjolnir" and "Svitzer Nari" cooled down the tanks with water cannons. Residents wwere evacuated from their homes. Two people have been treated in the emergency room. After the fire was under control on Feb 4, the barricaded area was restricted to a radius of about 50 meters from the fire area and a few roads for the sake of the many emergency vehicles. One tanker left the port when the fire started and lay at anchor in Båring at the entrance to the Little Belt. Another tanker that should have called at Fredericia also anchored in Båring. Also German fire fighters were involved in tackling the blaze. Danish report with photo and video: www.maritimedanma...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Istanbul to deploy drones to watch for ships dumping waste in Bosporus Strait
Istanbul's Metropolitan Municipality said on Thursday, Feb. 04 that the city would deploy surveillance drones starting in March to prevent further pollution of the Bosporus Strait from ships. The municipality's environmental pollution control department head, Mustafa Tahmaz, said there was already a mechanism that was recording and photographing the ships' actions as regards to the pollution they were causing in the strait, but the city would now also start to deploy drones for a more effective surveillance. ""When needed, we conduct an inspection via helicopter within the context of a program. Starting in March, we will also conduct inspections using drones." The city imposed fines totaling TL 2.8 million [$1 million] last year on 90 ships --28 of which were Turkish-flagged-- that polluted the strait among a "standard level". According to Tahmaz, 55 thousand vessels pass through Bosporus on an annual basis. www.dailysabah.co...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Ferry operator eyes Navy ship for Portland-Yarmouth route
PORTLAND, Maine — The company selected to take over ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, has looked to the U.S. Navy as one possible supplier of a ship it could use for the route this year. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, said in statements Thursday that they have on behalf of the city of Portland asked the Navy to consider whether it any of its surplus ships could be used for that route. “It supports commerce, brings new travelers to the area, and ultimately, helps create good-paying jobs for Maine people,” King said in a written statement. “I will do all that I can to help the city of Portland position itself to resume the service as soon as possible, including advocating on the city’s behalf to the U.S. Navy to explore vessels that could be put toward that use.” Pingree and King set up a conference call with the Navy for the parties interested in resuming the ferry service in December. Bay Ferries Ltd., which the province of Nova Scotia selected to take over the ferry line from Nova Star Cruises, said Thursday that it’s still looking for a ship but declined to identify its prospects, including the U.S. Navy, citing competitive concerns. https://bangordailynews.com/2016/02/04/news/portland/ferry-operator-eyes-navy-ship-for-portland-yarmouth-route/

1 day ago by arnekiel

Crane collapse at Jingjiang Port leaves worker dead
A crane collapsed during operations at Jingjiang Port’s Taihe terminal in Jiangsu yesterday, Feb. 3, 2016. The operator of the crane died after being sent to hospital. Two vessels berthing at the terminal were also suffered damaged. Authorities have commenced investigations into the incident. Jingjiang Port is a major river-to-ocean transit port on the Yangtze River, and the Taihe terminal mainly operates breakbulk cargo.

2 days ago by arnekiel

SS United States to travel again as luxury liner
Plans are in the works for the historic SS United States to take passengers around the world. Once at risk of heading to the scrap yard, the SS United States, which has sat in the Delaware River for years, will be reborn as an 800-passenger luxury liner, according to New York Times. The SS United States Conservancy announced last week that "an exciting future for the ship will be revealed" at a press conference at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Feb. 4. Ahead of the official announcement, the New York Times reported luxury travel company Crystal Cruises – owned by Genting Hong Kong, which holds a stake in NCL, the ship’s former owner – has signed a purchase option for the ship. www.nytimes.com/2...

2 days ago by arnekiel

Third Seaward-built Nelson 40 pilot boat for La Coruna
The Port of La Coruna on Spain’s exposed North Atlantic coast, has recently invested in its third Seaward-built Nelson 40 pilot boat, following earlier purchases of a Nelson 40 in 1996 and a Nelson 35 in 2002. Isle of Wight, UK-based Seaward build Nelson 29, 35, 40 and 42Mk II pilot boats and harbour launches alongside their range of Nelson motor yachts. Seaward 42 Mk II pilot boat deliveries have recently been made to Federicia Pilots (Denmark) and Tenerife, 35s to the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic and 29s to Casablanca pilots, Morocco and to Crouch Harbour Authority in the UK. - See more at: www.maritimejourn...

2 days ago by arnekiel

First of three new pilot boats to be delivered to the Port of Milford Haven, UK
‘St Brides’, the first of three 19m pilot boats built by Mainstay Marine is about to be delivered to the Port of Milford Haven, UK. The £3.6m contract is a flagship project for Mainstay Marine Solutions with delivery for the second and third due in April and July respectively. The vessels are an upgraded version of the ‘Picton’ Pilot Boat built by the company in 2006. The 48 tonne vessels, designed by Camarc Design, are capable of reaching up to 14 knots with 12 persons on board. The craft are designed to be used extensively in heavy weather and are likely to operate in swells up to 6m significant wave height. The vessels are expected to withstand 1,000 vessel boarding impacts over an average duty cycle of 2,500 hours per year. - See more at: www.maritimejourn...

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2 days ago by arnekiel

Meyer Turku to get new 1.200tons gantry crane
The Finnish subsidiary of Germany's Meyer Werft group has said it will buy a new 1200-tonne gantry crane at a cost of EUR30M (USD32.7M) The crane will be delivered in 2018

2 days ago by arnekiel

Tianjin port blast delivers largest-ever marine loss
Marine insurers say the explosions that rocked the Chinese port of Tianjin are set to be the biggest marine insurance loss in history. Speaking in London, the president of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) likened the level of the disaster to a major terrorist attack.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) Selects Navis N4 Terminal Operating System
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading terminal operators, today announced that Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), one of Europe’s leading port logistics groups, has signed a multi-terminal deal with Navis. As part of the agreement, N4 will serve as a central part of HHLA’s terminal operating system (TOS) landscape, a strategic investment that will aid in its ability to optimize vital terminal operations at multiple sites, more effectively handle, as well as meet evolving customer demands. N4 will be deployed at all three HHLA container terminals in the port of Hamburg: Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA), Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) and Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT). www.hellenicshipp...


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