Silversea makes history with the first-ever cruise ship call to Bangladesh
Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea made history with the first-ever cruise ship call to Bangladesh when Silver Discoverer visited Maheshkhali Island on 22 February.
Guests were greeted by a fleet of motorised rickshaws and a welcome ceremony featuring singing and dancing by local school children.
Silver Discoverer spent three days berthed in the country, enabling guests to visit Hiron Point, Charaputia, Harbaria and Kokilmoni. Highlights for guests included explorations of the Sundarbans mangrove forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its population of Bengal tigers.
Silver Discoverer sailed again to Bangladesh in early March. www.cruiseandferr...
Cunard Line to renovate Queen Victoria this May at Fincantieri Palermo shipyard
Cunard Line is to carry out a £34 million refit onboard Queen Victoria at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard in Italy this May.
During the dry dock, which will last from 5 May to 4 June 2017, Queen Victoria will be fitted with the new Britannia Club Dining restaurant with a flexible dining option, and 43 mid-ship Britannia Club staterooms on Decks 7 and 8. The staterooms will feature newly designed carpets, soft furnishings, flat screen TVs, and tea and coffee facilities. www.cruiseandferr...
Star Cruises eyeing to set up more home ports in PHL
HONGKONG-based Star Cruises is looking to set up more home ports in the Philippines, on the heels of its successful cruise launch from its new homeport in Manila.
This was disclosed by Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo after the ceremony last Sunday welcoming the first Philippines homeporting of luxury cruise ship Superstar Virgo, one of the six vessels deployed by Star Cruises in Asia Pacific. She said the cruise-tourism pioneer in the region is also considering to homeport in Boracay, Aklan and Cebu.
In a statement, Teo said the increasing number of cruise ships visiting Manila, as well as Boracay, is a “sure sign” that the Philippines will become a major international cruise hub in the near future.
“As the first-ever cruise ship to homeport in Manila, Superstar Virgo etches a milestone in our tourism journey, as both the ship and our shores will provide vacationers, including the locals, the convenience of not having to fly to either Hong Kong or Singapore to take a cruise,” she stressed. The first maiden voyage of Superstar Virgo from Manila departed on March 19 and is currently en route to Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Kaoshiung in Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The 13-story, 935-cabin luxury cruise ship will return to Manila on May 28.
Filipinos were earlier offered a promo package of P24,500 for twin-share accommodations. www.businessmirro...
Expanded Panama Canal Welcomes 1000th Neopanamax Vessel
Less than nine months after the historic inauguration of the Expanded Canal, the Panama Canal has announced that it has welcomed its 1,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway, highlighting the importance of the route and customers’ continued faith in the safe, reliable and efficient service the Canal provides.
On Sunday, March 19, the containership Mediterranean Shipping Company's MSC Anzu made the historic 1,000th transit through the Expanded Canal, heading northbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Built in 2015, the Panama-flagged containership measures 299.98 meters in length and 48.23 meters in beam with a carrying capacity of 9,008 TEUs. During its transit, the ship called at Panamanian port terminals on the Pacific and Atlantic to discharge and load cargo on the way to its final destinations. The container ship is part of the SAWC-USA-NWC service between Europe, the United States and the South America West Coast that was consolidated last year to take advantage of the Expanded Panama Canal.
First downbound vessel passes through Welland-Canal
Not only is the Welland Canal at the forefront of Niagara’s transportation infrastructure, it’s an economic driver for the region and great for tourism as well, speakers at the Top Hat Ceremony in Port Colborne said Monday morning.
The ceremony, held at Lock 8 Park, celebrates the first downbound vessel to pass through the lakeside city toward Lake Ontario, and the opening of the canal.
Capt. Gary Kafcsak of the tug-barge combination Calusa Coast and Delaware received the ceremonial head-topper.
When speeches were over, Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum director/curator Stephanie Powell Baswick presented a more than 100-year-old beaver felt fur top hat to Kafcsak.
The Calusa Coast and Delaware are part of Dann Marine Towing, a fifth generation family-owned and operated tugboat company, which manages a fleet of 22 ocean and coastal tugboats as well as inland push boats. The captain and his crew were bound for Hamilton with a load of liquid asphalt from Detroit.
“This is a big honour to do this. I love it,” Kafcsak said of the ceremony. “I appreciate what the canal and Canada has done for us, to keep us moving products and working. It’s a very well-maintained canal. We’re grateful to be working in these waters,” he said.
Jim Wheeler, manager of canal services for the seaway, said Monday’s ceremony marked the start of the 189th year of operation of the canal. www.wellandtribun...
On March 21 around 2.30 a.m. the "Lady Alida" was towed into the port of Falmouth and docked at the A&P Falmouth Shipyard for inspections and repairs. Before, the Penlee and Sennen Cove lifeboats had spent 11 hrs at sea on March 20 assisting the vessel which had suffered engine failure three miles south of Gwennap Head at 3 a.m. and with a strong SW force 6 wind it had started to drift towards the shore.
The Falmouth Coastguard launched both lifeboats in the hope that they could attach tow lines to stop the vessel drifting ashore, or evacuate the crew if that failed. In very difficult conditions, the "Ivan Ellen" and "City of London III" managed to tow the vessel two miles into deeper safer water. The "Lady Alida" then dropped anchor and both Lifeboats headed to Newlyn at 06:20 a.m.
At 06:25 a.m., while the crews were having a cup of tea in the Penlee Boathouse, the Falmouth Coastguard requested the relaunch of both lifeboats as the "Lady Alida" was dragging its anchor and drifting towards the shore at over one knot.
Just after 7.00 a.m., after an uncomfortable steam, both lifeboats arrived back on scene - the initial plan was to stand by the vessel until a tug arrived from Brixham. But at 08:30 a.m., with the vessel only 2,5 miles from shore and still drifting NE at one knot, the Sennen Cove and Penlee Lifeboats once again attached tow ropes and slowly headed seaward to safer waters.
The weather was with heavy rain at times; wind west-southwest force 5-6 with a moderate sea and 3-4 metre swell. The salvage tug on route from Brixham was struggling with the poor weather conditions and making slow progress. A larger tug, the "Alp Centre" , which was anchored in Mount's Bay, was then tasked to assist the "Lady Alida".
By the time the tug arrived on scene at 12.30 a.m. both lifeboats had towed the vessel over four miles to safer waters in fairly poor weather conditions. With their job complete the two lifeboats could be stood down after nearly 11 hours at sea. The lifeboats were released at 12.50 a.m., and the “City of London III” returned to the Cove and recovered up the long slip at 1.45 p.m. The boats had to be washed down, checked over and refuelled, ready for the next shout before the crews got a rest.
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The "Panagia Tinou" will be removed from the port of Piraeus on March 21 and towed to a demolition yard in Turkey, authorities said on March 20. They added that the salvage work, which lasted about three months, has been completed and the necessary documents have been issued for the removal. Before sinking, the ship had been confiscated by the Seafarers’ Pension Fund (NAT) from its owners due to debts.
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The "De Vlijt", 1750 ts (EU-No.: 02317238) got in trouble on March 20, 2017, east of Oudeschild in tough southwesterly wind. The loaded barge which had sailed from Harlingen at 10 a.m. alerted the Coastguard due to gearbox problems from a position east of Texel. The KNRM boat "Dorus Rijkers" and salvor of Noordgat from Terschelling came to assist. After the anchor was recovered, it was decided to sail back to Kornwerderzand.
The "Xing Long Zhou 589" suffered an explosion and ensuing fire on March 19, 2017, around 5 p.m. in the Yellow Sea some 115 miles east of Qingdao. Two salvage ships, the "Bei Jai Jiu 112" and the "Bei Hai Jiu 201" as well as a helicopter, were sent to assist. The vessel iwas taken in tow, 13 out of 16 crew hmembers ave been evacuated, three more went missing. In the morning of March 20, the tanker was moving in southern direction at four knots speed, most probably under tow.
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Lifeboat crews have been taking part in a major rescue operation since the early hours of March 20, 2017, after the "Lady Alida" suffered a complete engine failure enroute from Terneuzen to Waterford with a cargo of sand. The Penlee Lifeboat and Sennen RNLI were called to the position three miles south of Gwennap Head, in the parish of St. Levan, to assist the seven crew members onboard. At 3.20 a.m., at the request of HM Coastguard, Falmouth, the all-weather lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" was launched from Newlyn. The lifeboat was alongside the "Lady Alida" just 25 minutes after launching and immediately attached a towing wire.
The vessel was towed southwards to safer waters at one knot and was then joined by the Sennen Lifeboat "City of London III" which also attached a tow rope. The initial plan was to tow her to Mount's Bay for a safe anchorage but due to the strong SW wind of six Beaufort it was difficult for the lifeboat to turn the vessel. The HM Coastguard at Falmouth agreed that the Lady Alida could anchor in deeper waters south of Gwennap Head to await the assistance of a tug.
The Dutch tug "Alp Centre" (IMO: 9398541) was deployed from Falmouth and expected on site within seven hours. The lifeboat remained on stand-by with a strong likelihood that she would have to relaunch when the tug has arrived on scene. The "Ivan Ellen" was relaunched from Newlyn and was making her way back to the "Lady Alida" after she started dragging her anchor, and the lifeboat was to standby with a tow rope until the tug had arrived around 1.30 p.m. The convoy was heading to Falmouth, ETA March 21.
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