As XinHua reports, more than 700 cargo ships have been stranded on a section of the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in central Hubei Province due to heavy fog that has shrouded the region for two days. The thick fog began to engulf the area Saturday afternoon and the visibility was once reduced to less than 50 meters, which has led to a halt to traffic for more than 40 hours on the Three Gorges Dam river section, according to the Three Gorges Dam Navigation Bureau.
As of noon on Monday, more than 700 ships had been stranded and the fog showed no signs of dissipating, the bureau said.
At 6 p.m. Monday, the No. 1 ship lock of the Gezhouba Dam, which sits on the lower reaches of the Three Gorges region along the Yangtze River, resumed operation after 55-day overhaul. It will help ease the water traffic along the Yangtze River, said an official with the bureau. english.cri.cn/69...
MSC Lirica called the North Sea island of Helgoland last week, April 23, 2012 as the biggest cruise ship ever with a full load of German passengers during a mini-cruise round-trip from Hamburg. MSC Lirica is based in Hamburg this summer from April until October and is scheduled to call Helgoland an additional seven times.
Israel Navy takes suspicious Hamas vessel to Ashdod port
The Navy escorted a suspicious Palestinian sea vessel to a naval port in Ashdod on Sunday after the boat failed to heed orders to return to its allocated waters.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said the Palestinian fishing boat from Gaza had swerved from Gazan territorial waters, and that a Navy boat first asked it to turn back.
The vessel was towed to Ashdod and its occupants were questioned by security services.
Largest cruise vessel since several years to call at Mormugao - Voyager of the Seas
The cruise vessel 'Voyager of the Seas', the last of the seasons calling at Mormugao port, and carrying 3,800 passengers, will arrive on May 18, 2012. "This will be the last cruise ship and it will berth at berth number 10 as usual," MPT chairman, P Mara Pandiyan said. A series of cruise boat landings during April and May will take the tally during the last two months itself to eight. During the financial year, 2010-11, a total of 21 vessels with 9,371 passengers had touched the port as compared to a total of 22 vessels with 19,650 passengers in 2011-2012. Incidentally, this is likely to be the biggest cruise ship to touch the port during the last couple of years. The fifth cruise ship of the season, "Costa Classica" carrying 957 passengers and 547 crew had touched the port on April 25, 2012.
Collision may have killed 3 on yacht off San Diego Coast
A yacht involved in a race off the coast of California and Mexico apparently collided at night with a much larger vessel, leaving three crew members dead and one missing, a sailing organization said early Sunday. It was the state's second ocean racing tragedy this month.
The 37-foot Aegean carrying a crew of four was reported missing Saturday during a 125-mile Newport Beach, Calif. to Ensenada, Mexico yacht race, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The Newport Ocean Sailing Association, the race organizer, said the accident occurred late Friday or early Saturday several miles off the coast near the ocean border of the two countries.
"It appeared the damage was not inflicted by an explosion but by a collision with a ship much larger than the 37-foot vessel," association spokesman Rich Roberts said in a news release early Sunday.
Race officials believe there are few other possibilities for what caused the accident, Roberts later told The Associated Press, speaking by phone from Ensenada. www.theeagle.com/...
Pakistan forces shoot at Indian fishermen; seize 10 boats
Pakistan Marine personnel allegedly opened fire on Indian fishermen, injuring one of them, near the international maritime border off Jakhau in Gujarat on the night of April 26, 2012, and apprehended 10 Indian fishing boats on Friday morning in another incident.
Four boats were set free later but it was not clear how many fishermen were in captivity. "Daya Bhai, one of the six fishermen on board the vessel ‘Sagar Bhuja’ sustained bullet injuries when Pakistan Marine Security Agency personnel opened indiscriminate fire on them late last night while they were fishing in international sea," a Marine police official said here.
The vessel is from Porbandar. The injured fisherman has been admitted to a hospital in Okha.
New German Container Port "Eurogate Wilhelmshaven" to Open in August
Europe’s newest container port facility is scheduled to open in August in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and unlike its neighbors Hamburg and Bremerhaven, the new port will be capable of handling the world’s largest vessels without depending upon tidal variations. Eurogate Wilhelmshaven covers 320 acres and has a water depth of 18 meters, or 59 feet, said Marcel Egger, managing director. To handle a vessel of at least 10,000 20-foot equivalent unit capacity and not rely on tidal variations, a terminal requires a channel depth of at least 50 feet. “We must find a solution to the ship size and water depth,” Egger said. Eurogate Wilhelmshaven will feature quayside cranes capable of stretching across a vessel with 25 rows of containers on the deck. The largest vessels on order today, the 18,000-TEU ships being built for Maersk Line, will have 23 rows of containers on deck, Egger said. A load center port is only as good as its connections to the hinterland, Egger said. Eurogate Wilhelmshaven is served by Germany’s main north-south highway, and a rail line from the port connects with the intermodal rail network that serves the industrial heartland of Europe. Egger said intermodal rail in Europe is generally single-stack, rather than the double-stack intermodal networks in North America. Eurogate Wilhelmshaven also features a 400-acre warehouse and logistics zone and container freight station facilities for loading and unloading containers.
American Feeder Line suspends feeder service from Halifax to Massachusetts
The American Feeder Line has suspended their feeder service between the port of Halifax to/from Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts, effective April 20, 2012, Hapag-Lloyd reported. As a result of this service suspension Hapag-Lloyd will no longer offer all water feeder service to Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. Hapaq-Lloyd has been in the process of making alternative arrangements to final destination for all shipments that are currently affected in accordance with the Bill of Lading.
CMA CGM’s largest container ship visits Jebel Ali Port first time
The largest container ship of French shipping company CMA CGM, the 365 metre long Christophe Colomb, on April 24 called at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port for the first time, reinforcing the port’s role as a regional gateway for the new generation of mega liner vessels.
The ship, which has a nominal capacity of 13,800 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units), was welcomed by DP World officials and a commemorative plaque marking the occasion was presented by Ravikumar Panicker, Account Manager, DP World, UAE Region, to Pierre Gilles Coat, Master of the Ship, in the presence of senior officials from DP World and CMA CGM.
Christophe Colomb is one of only 29 new generation mega container vessel (nominal capacity of 13,000 TEU or more) in the world. Jebel Ali Port has catered to 20 visits by 16 of these behemoths of the sea this year.
Seven workers in stable condition after C02 leak at Keppel AmFELS Yards in Brownsville
April 26, 2012 Brownsville fire crews rushed seven Keppel AmFELS workers to the hospital Thursday afternoon after a gas leak occurred at the facility. Brownsville Fire Chief Lenny Perez said all workers were in stable condition when emergency crews took them to the hospital. Vice president for Keppel AmFELS Gilberto Elizondo released a statement that said the seven workers were consumer contractors working on a fire supression system onboard a vessel.
The vessel was under repair, Elizondo said. A nearby carbon dioxide gas line broke in a confined space onboard the vessel at the Brownsville-based company that builds offshore oil rigs. www.brownsvillehe...