The municipal council of Giglio voted to leave the huge underwater platforms which were used for the parbuckling project behind and thus create an artificial reef. This vote goes against the decision of the Italian Ministry of Environment, which announced plans to destroy the six platforms that have ensured the stability of the ship. The people on the island hope to see a rapid colonization of this structure with shellfish and fish. They regard it as a means to revive the main activity on the island and attract divers. An expert in marine biology, Giandomenico Ardizzone said that the structures will soon be covered with algae and fish. A spokesman for the Ministry of Environment says the government has not changed its position.
Case of drunken Russian captain at Stavanger District Court
A 49 year old Russian citizen is accused of consuming alcohol which caused the grounding of the "Cemfjord" on July 29 in Risavika. The man has been in custody since. On Aug 22 the case was to be dealt with at the Stavanger District Court. Four witnesses, among them representatives of the Coast Guard who approached the ship because it kept the wrong course, a pilot who was sent to the ship and guided it to Risavika, where the captain was arrested, and one of the police officers, wer eto appear. Police have carried out a judicial examination of the chief officer, and the results of the hearing will be announced during the main proceedings. The captain's lawyer, Kim André Svenheim, said that his client denied being guilty.
Nakilat takes delivery of two mooring boats to boost its towage unit
The vessels will work on a long-term charter to Qatar Petroleum and will be part of the growing fleet of NSW vessels in the Port of Ras Laffan. Nakilat has taken delivery of two 16m mooring boats built by Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) for towage operator Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller (NSW).
The two Stan Tug 1606 mooring boats — Ras Al Allaj Qatar and Al Esaiwed — are the first of a seven-vessel order that NDSQ is currently working on for NSW, a Nakilat spokesman said in a communique to Qatar Stock Exchange. The vessels will work on a long-term charter to Qatar Petroleum and will be part of the growing fleet of NSW vessels in the Port of Ras Laffan.
Advocacy group Greenpeace says protest vessel ESPERANZA is monitoring a preliminary exploration campaign in the Barents Sea out of concern for arctic life. Greenpeace says it's concerned by the decision from the Norwegian government to give consent to seismic survey company Dolphin Geophysical to conduct work in the Barents Sea.
Seismic surveys are an early step in oil exploration and give energy companies a better understanding of the reserve potential in a given area. Greenpeace said some of the sound blasts used during seismic surveys may be louder than a nuclear bomb detonation. This, in turn, could pose a significant threat to life in the arctic areas of the Barents Sea.
Sune Scheller, a Greenpeace campaigner on board the ESPERANZA said that while there are restrictions on oil operations in the far northern regions of the Barents Sea, the seismic campaign may be a sign of trouble ahead. "It's a step in the wrong direction, in so many ways," he said in a statement. Greenpeace activists were arrested earlier this year for their protest against Norwegian energy company Statoil and Russia's Gazprom. When Statoil said one of its programs failed to uncover commercial reserves of oil or natural gas, Greenpeace said it shows companies shouldn't have been working in arctic waters in the first place. Source : upi.com
Taiwanese Evergreen Marine Corp's container ship Ital Lunare will make the first ever direct call into the Boston port on 20 August, as part of the new service linking North Asia and the US East Coast.
On Aug 18, 2014, at 8.50 p.m. the Lianyungang Maritime Safety Agency was informed about the grounding of the "Garima Prem" off Lianyungang with 72555 tons of iron ore on board. The vessel was refloated on Aug 19 around 1 a.m. with the high tide, assisted by tugs, and moved to a safe depth where it was anchored. No visible damages reported, but the vessel was to undergo a survey. On Aug 22 the vessel was at anchor off Lianyugang.
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