Speculations over behaviour of tanker, swedish navy hunts Russian submarine
SWEDEN has mobilised aircraft and warships to hunt a Russian submarine believed to have sent a secret distress call late last week. Suspicions were raised when a commercial tanker operated by Russia was noticed circling in a narrow area of Swedish waters.
Defence offials then mobilised the Swedish military, sending patrol ships and helicopters to search for what they called “foreign underwater activity”. Swedish news website SvD Nyheter now claims the search is aimed at locating a possible Russian submarine believed to have sent a distress call on a Russian emergency frequency. The newspaper website cites “credible sources” saying the tranmission was made in plain language, followed by a second encrypted transmission on Friday.
The transmissions were traced to Swedish waters.
While Sweden’s government has not revealed the nature of the incident, speculation surrounds the behaviour of the oil tanker NS Concord, a Liberian-registered vehicle that has apparently been circling in Swedish waters for the past week
Royal Caribbean's Bermuda ship to divert to Atlantic Canada due to Hurricane Gonzalo
As dangerous Hurricane Gonzalo bore down on Bermuda late Friday, Royal Caribbean International set a new northbound itinerary for Explorer of the Seas' Saturday sailing from Bayonne, N.J.'s Cape Liberty. Explorer of the Seas will call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Monday Oct. 20 and St. John, New Brunswick, on Tuesday Oct. 21.
'We appreciate that this is a significant change to the original itinerary and we appreciate our guests’ understanding and cooperation,' a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said. As a goodwill gesture, the company will provide each stateroom with an on-board credit. A letter with the credit amount will be delivered to staterooms.
Passengers who choose not to sail will get a future cruise certificate for 25% of the fare paid. This may be used for a cruise on any Royal Caribbean ship.
Carnival Magic disembarks in Galveston, blood test clears Ebola lab worker
Carnival Cruise Lines reported a 'smooth debark' for Carnival Magic Sunday morning at its Galveston homeport. US public health officials boarded the ship shortly after its 4:30 a.m. arrival to conduct a final screening of the lab worker who may have processed Ebola samples in early October; additionally, a blood test confirmed she was not infected.
The woman and her companion disembarked shortly after Carnival Magic was cleared at 7 a.m. and drove themselves home.
'There is no evidence of a public health threat to cruise passengers or to Galveston County. The passenger and her travel partner have been allowed to disembark without restrictions,' the Galveston County Health Authority said in a statement.
Public health authorities have required no special cleaning for the ship. However, Carnival said that to provide 'extra assurance for our guests, we are undertaking a very comprehensive and aggressive cleaning and sanitizing initiative prior to guests boarding for the next voyage.'
Embarkation was anticipated to start at 1 p.m. with departure expected on schedule.
The passenger, a supervisor in the laboratory at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where she 'may have processed' fluid samples from Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, showed no signs of fever or illness 19 days later, according to a US Department of State spokeswoman on Friday.
Sunday marked 21 days. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms may appear up to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is eight to 10 days.
'The woman had been self-monitoring, including daily temperature checks, since Oct. 6, and has not had a fever or demonstrated any symptoms of illness, the State Department said Friday, and Carnival reiterated Sunday. She also had been examined by Carnival Magic's shipboard doctor and reported healthy.
The woman and her companion had voluntarily quarantined themselves in their cabin after the CDC updated its requirements for active monitoring last week. At the time they left for the cruise, the CDC had required only self-monitoring.
Carnival noted 'the individual was always considered very low-risk.'
On Friday, Mexican authorities failed to grant clearance for the ship at Cozumel. The day before, Carnival Magic visited Belize City, but the quarantined couple did not go ashore.
Carnival said it, like other cruise lines, requires medical screening questionnaires of all passengers prior to embarking. This covers travel history, contact with individuals who have traveled from the West African areas of concern and, added this week, a question about any contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Ebola.
'Yes' answers to any of these questions requires a secondary screening which may result in denied boarding. Source: www.seatrade-insi...
Guangzhou: Six bulk carriers of Guangdong Lanhai Shipping are ready for auction due to failure to pay back bank loans.
The six vessels, Lanhai Fa Zhan, Lanhai Li Liang, Lanhai Tuo Zhan, Lanhai Chuang Ye, Lanhai Fen Jin and Lanhai Chao Yang, owned by Guangdong Lanhai Shipping, are scheduled to be put up for auction on November 14, as the company cannot pay the ship mortgage loans to local branches of China Construction Bank and Bank of China. Another seven vessels of the company will be put up for sale in a second auction on November 11. Lanhai’s previous auction of the seven vessels took place last month.
Guangdong Lanhai Shipping was set up in 2004, and has been engaged in domestic and international cargo transportation, coal trading and port investment. [13/10/14]
Sevan Drilling and Cosco agree on rig delivery delay
Dalian: Sevan Drilling announced that the company and Cosco have agreed to amend the termination rights of the construction contract and defer the delivery date for the rig, Sevan Developer. Delivery is deferred for 12 months with mutually agreed options, exercisable at six-month intervals, to extend the delivery date for up to a total of 36 months from 15 October 2014. Cosco will complete construction and maintain the rig at the shipyard in Qidong.
Sevan will continue to market the rig as part of its fleet and delivery will take place only after a drilling contract is in place that is sufficient for secured financing to be obtained. [17/10/14]