Powerful Typhoon Fitow landed in Southeast China with strong wind and heavy rain yesterday and the National Meteorological Centre has issued the highest red alert for coastal areas. Several coastal areas in the south of Zhejiang Province including Taizhou, has been hit by the typhoon, with some terminals of Taizhou Haimen port flooded. Neighboring port city Zhoushan is also evacuating people near coastal areas and Zhoushan port has stopped passenger services.
In Fujian, 177,000 people have already been evacuated before the storm hit the coast. [07/10/13]
Response to 1,500-tonne oil spill in port Primorsk involved 350 persons
The response to 1,500-tonne oil spill in port Primorsk involved 350 persons and 25 units of emergency equipment provided by the Emergency ministry and other authorities, IAA PortNews learnt from a source in the port. According to the source, the spill affected several hectares of marshland. As IAA PortNews was informed earlier by the press center of the Emergency Ministry’s Department for the Leningrad region, the information about the oil spill in port Primorsk was received on September 28, 2013, at 17:30. According to it, the spill of water-oil emulsion occurred in the territory of Spetsnefteport Primorsk LLC. 1,500 cmb of materials spilt from industrial storm collector of the tank farm’s storage and contaminated the strip of land (0.5-1.5 m wide) as far as 150 m from the site.
Death toll from last Thursday's tragedy rises to 232.
Deep-sea divers "unpacked a wall of people" from the hull of a smuggler's trawler on the sea floor near this Italian island, gingerly untangling the dead would-be migrants in the latest and most painstaking phase of a recovery operation following the ship's fiery capsizing. It was the first time the divers had been able to reach the hull, and authorities said 38 more bodies were recovered on Monday, raising the death toll from last Thursday's tragedy to 232.
Scores more are believed missing; most, if not all, were Eritreans trying to reach Europe in search of asylum and a better life. "They unpacked a wall of people," said navy captain Paolo Trucco of the deep-sea specialists. The bodies "were so entwined, one with the other, it is indescribable. They were so trapped they were difficult to pull out." More at news.ninemsn.com....
Migrant ship death toll off Lampedusa hits 194, 150 still missing
Divers recovered 83 more bodies from the fishing boat packed with would-be immigrants that sank within sight of the tiny island of Lampedusa, Italy, yesterday increasing the death toll to at least 194, with 55 of those women and five children. More than 150 other people are believed to be missing, many likely trapped in the wreckage about 50 meters below the surface. Congolese-born integration minister Cecile Kyenge watched with the island's mayor as the bodies were lifted from boats on to trucks to be brought to a makeshift morgue at the airport. "There are no words in front of the dead," Kyenge told reporters later. "They are difficult moments that make us face our responsibilities." Irish Independent
Cruise ships berth again at Mazatlan after lines plummed out in 2011 & 2012
After a couple bleak years when Mazatlán's cruise calls plummeted over concerns about safety and security, Mexico's Sinaloa state is rejoicing over the return of Holland America Line and Norwegian Cruise Line while actively courting other operators. 'We are very grateful for the trust of Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line, and we are not going to let them down,' López told Seatrade Insider in an exclusive interview. 'We think their experience is going to be very positive and that will help us convince other lines to return.'
The two lines have a total of 21 calls scheduled between now and mid-April, plus six calls at the small Sinaloa port of Topolobampo.
Mississippi River and Port of New Orleans could reopen Sunday, Oct. 6
Cargo and cruise ships could be allowed to travel along the Mississippi River again as soon as Sunday, the Port of New Orleans said Saturday afternoon.
Vessel traffic has been suspended since 6 a.m. Friday to prepare for Tropical Storm Karen. The storm has grown weaker as it makes its way toward land.
Nine cargo vessels are currently docked at the Port of New Orleans and seven are scheduled to arrive Monday.
Carnival Cruise Lines has said that its ships the Elation and Conquest, which were scheduled to arrive in port Saturday and Sunday respectively, are expected to dock at the port on Monday instead.
“We have high hopes all cruise ship passengers will be back in port as soon as possible,” Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange said in a statement. “Port officials are ready to handle cruise passengers as soon as the Coast Guard and pilot associations deem it is safe to do so.” theadvocate.com/n...
Italy declares day of mourning as over 300 migrants feared dead
Italian rescue workers have found 111 bodies after a migrant boat sank off the island of Lampedusa yesterday.
They expect to recover more than a hundred more from the submerged wreck, a coastguard official said this morning.
Authorities have rescued 155 survivors after the 20m boat carrying around 500 migrants, mostly Eritreans and Somalis, sank no more than 1km from shore. "Two motorboats remained in the area overnight and this morning divers resumed work but we expect to recover more than a hundred bodies from the ship," coast guard official Floriana Segreto told Reuters. In all, more than 300 people are believed to have died in one of the worst tragedies in Europe's decades-long migrant crisis
MOL to build and charter world’s largest FSRU in Uruguay
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. on Oct. 3 announced that MOL, along with a subsidiary of GDF Suez S.A. has signed a 20-year time charter party for one floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), the Company said in a press release. The FSRU will be a core facility for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import project in Uruguay led by Gas Sayago. This is the first FSRU project for MOL to solely build, own, and operate such a unit. The FSRU will have a storage capacity of 263,000 cubic meters of LNG, making it the world’s largest. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., in South Korea, the FSRU is to be completed by September 2016 and will enter into service in November 2016 after delivery and commissioning at Port of Montevideo. Since FSRUs first came into practical use in 2005, plans to operate them have been developing in many places around the world as they provide a competitive solution for receiving LNG because of timing and cost effectiveness.
GDF SUEZ to develop Uruguay’s first LNG import terminal near Montevideo
GDF SUEZ is pleased to announce that it has signed a 15-year BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) contract with Gas Sayago S.A. 1 for LNG storage and regasification services in Uruguay. Commercial operation of the new terminal is expected in 2015. Located in the Punta Sayago area, close to Montevideo, the offshore terminal, GNL del Plata, will comprise a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) and a jetty, protected by a 1.5 km breakwater. The entire capacity of the terminal, which will be capable of receiving LNG carriers up to 218,000m3, will be reserved by the off-taker Gas Sayago, the Company said in a press release.
At least 62 Passengers Die in Shipwreck off Lampedusa, 141 rescued
At least 62 people died when a ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and sank early Thursday (Oct. 3) off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea, Italian officials said. Antonio Candela, the government’s health commissioner for Palermo, told Sky TG24 television that 62 bodies had been found and that search and rescue operations were continuing. So far, 141 people have been rescued, but the boat is believed to have been carrying as many as 500 people. The mayor of Lampedusa, Giusi Nicolini, said the dead included a child of about age 3 and a pregnant woman.
It is the second deadly ship incident this week. On Monday, 13 men drowned just a few meters from shore while trying to reach southern Sicily. www.nytimes.com/2...