Six Tongan crewmen are reported to be well and have been taken to land after the vessel they were on, MV Sitka became stuck on a reef in Kadavu Island, Fiji in the weekend, due to mechanical problems.
Tonga Police confirmed this afternoon that Tonga Coastal Radio on Sunday, 21 August received a distress call from the vessel after it got stuck on the reef near Kadavu.
There were six Tongan male crew on board including the skipper. Tonga Police contacted Fiji and were advised by the Nadi Rescue Coordination Centre that the Fiji Navy is handling the case.
“We have been informed the crew are well and are being taken care of by people at Kabariki village on the island. They are expected to take a ferry to Suva on Thursday, 25 August. The men will probably return to Tonga later this week,” said a police spokesperson.
It is understood the vessel is remained stuck on the reef today.
The MV Sitka is an inter-island cargo vessel that can carry 200 tonnes of general cargo. It was initially brought to Tonga on a chartered basis by a local company South Seas Shipping (SSSC) from Australia.
The vessel arrived in Nuku'alofa in March 2010 and had transported cargo between Nuku’alofa, Ha’afeva, Pangai and Neiafu.
Its management at this stage remains unknown.
Kadavu is the fourth largest island in Fiji. matangitonga.to/2...
Two lanes of Panama Canal locks at Miraflores shutting down this week for repairs
Two lanes of the Panama Canal locks are being shut this week for scheduled repairs which will last through to Friday.
Work in the dry chamber seals will be done on several gates and will require the west lane of Miraflores locks to be closed to vessels for the duration, starting late on Monday (August 22).
And the east lane of Gatun locks will be closed as of late on Tuesday, with the work again expected to last until Friday.
The repair work will entail the deployment of four flat top barges and a number of tugboats, as stated in a recent Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping.
On June 26 the Panama Canal held a grand inauguration ceremony for its new third locks, the result of a $5.3bn expansion project to accommodate supersized container ships and other large vessels. splash247.com/two...
Algeciras Bay Port Authority in southern Spain has put up a tender for its third container terminal, and China's Cosco Shipping Ports is already being mentioned as a fore runner candidate, says a report by Caixin.
According to port authority, Algeciras is Spain's biggest container port and oil importing dock, and handled 2.3 million 20-foot containers in the first half the year – a 13 percent year on year increase.
Cosco Shipping Ports Ltd., the port operating arm of state-owned China COSCO Shipping Corp., is the world's fourth-largest container operator by capacity.
Its recent overseas shopping spree includes buying two-thirds of Piraeus, the largest port in Greece, for US$ 409 million last August and upping the stakes in Euromax Terminal Rotterdam BV, a container terminal operator in the Netherlands, to become its largest shareholder in May. www.marinelink.co...