Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas has developed a propulsion problem that is slowing the world’s largest cruise ship. The line is considering an early drydock. Allure, which debuted in 2010, would normally be drydocked in 2015, but Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman Richard Fain said that schedule may be accelerated. “We’re considering it, sure,” Fain said while onboard Vision of the Seas for a one-night cruise to display its recent renovations to travel agents. “We’re in the process of trying to assess [whether] we move up the drydock, and if it makes sense we will.” One option would be to give Allure the 2014 drydock slot reserved for sister ship Oasis of the Seas, and push off the Oasis drydock by a year. The unspecified propulsion issue developed about three weeks ago. Allure can still complete its weeklong itineraries, but the slower speed means that Royal Caribbean has had to shorten its port stay in Nassau, and some excursions have been canceled. It is also arriving late in the next port of call in St. Thomas. www.travelweekly....
Spanish maritime authorities release Gibraltar-flag ship after detention
Spanish maritime authorities in Algeciras on Nov. 11 released a Gibraltar-flag ship detained last week after a technical inspection. The vessel, the Fehn Mirage, had previously carried shipments of rock to Gibraltar but officials insisted the detention was unrelated.
Crew on the vessel, working in coordination with surveyors from the Gibraltar maritime Administration, addressed a small number of minor deficiencies detected by the Spanish authorities. The Fehn Mirage was detained under the framework of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on port state control. The Fehn Mirage, which was unloaded at the time at the time of its detention, was in Algeciras on a commercial call.
On Nov 11, 2013, about 300 liters diesel fuel were spilt from the "Fehn Mariner" into a basin of the Brake port at the Niedersachsen Quay. The Technical Help Work (THW) from Nordenham was called to collect the oil which spread on the Weser with the rising tide in the afternoon. The accident happened during bunkering operations of the ship which had loaded components of a wind farm and was bound for Barletta. A tank was overflowed at 1.45 p.m., and the diesel oil ran down from the deck before the refueling process could be stopped. The crew of the bunker boat alerted the water police who informed the Brake operating agency of the Office for Water Management, the Coastal Defence andthe Nature Conservation Agency (NLWKN), whose team finally alerted the THW which attended with a task force of 20 men and six vehicles with special equipment for oil pollution control. A representative of the shipping company was also on site. It was tried to recover the oil with absorbents, more was caught by a skimmer and collected in a container. The operation lasted until the evening. The cause of the oil spill was found to have been a human failure of the engineer of the "Fehn Mariner". He had to pay a security deposit of 3300 Euro after consultation with the District Court Brake. The ship sailed for Italy in the evening.
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Coast guard and customs officials began checking the cargo on board the "Nour M" on Nov 11 after the ship was stopped of Rhodes on suspicion that it is carrying illegal arms and explosives. The vessel was alleged to be carrying 20,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis and Coast Guard chief Dimitris Bantias were expected to inspect the checks The captain has denied that the Sierra Leone-flagged vessel was carrying any illegal weapons and said the cargo was destined for Libya’s Defense Ministry and which were loaded in Ukraine to be transported to the Tripoli port and then delivered to the Libyan Defense Ministry. The Turkish crew was interrogated several times.
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In the night of Nov 10, 2013, at 2 a.m. the "Klazima" radioed distress calls after the ship had suffered engine damage and was adrift 11 Kilometers off Kampen upon Sylt. The new lifeboat "SK 34" which has not yet been christened immediately responded. In winds of 3 beaufort they managed to take the casualty in tow and pulled it to Havneby. At 6.40 a.m. the "SK 34" was back at its station in List/Sylt.
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On Nov 11 at 04 a.m. the "Conberria" was pulled off the rocks at Stabben fire, west of Florø. The ship was then towed to the Westcorn shipyard in Florø. About 700 tons of the cement cargo had been lightered before. The Operation was monitored by the tug "Boa Heimdal".
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On Nov 11 around noon the disabled "Serra Atasoy" was towed into the port of Rotterdam by the tugs "En Avant 10", "En Avant 2"7 and En Avant 7" after having suffered engine Problems enroute to Dordrecht. The ship docked in the Lek Port around 5 p.m.
Two dead, five missing after cargo ship sank in typhoonn
Five of seven Chinese crewmembers were still missing after the "Shu Hang 998" sank on Nov 10, 2013, during Typhoon Haiyan in the South China Sea. The vessel foundered while anchoring in the port of Sanya after the storm caused the mooring lines to snap at 3.22 p.m. and the storm drifted the vessel away from Sanya in the island province of Hainan. On Nov 11 rescuers found two bodies, the other remained unaccounted for. Ships, speed boats and helicopters were mobilized to join the search, but the rescue efforts were futile while the typhoon raged.
The fire which broke out on the "Goðafoss" in the morning of Nov 11, 2013, 70 nautical miles west of the Faroe Islands on its way to Reykjavik was extinguished hy the crew of 13 after it called the Icelandic Coast Guard for assistance which dispatched the patrol boat "Thor". An F-SIF helicopter of the Coast Guard was also sent from Hornafjodur to investigate the circumstances of the fire. The "Thor" was expected on scene at 1.30 p.m. The "Godafoss" had sailed from Thorshavn on Nov 10 and has an ETA at Reykjavik on Nov 12, 7 p.m.
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