Rescue Exercise Conducted For Crystal Serenity Voyage
A tabletop exercise focusing on a mass rescue operation in the Arctic was conducted in Anchorage, Alaska, last week.
Participating in the Northwest Passage Tabletop Exercise were the U.S. Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Canadian coast guard, Canadian Armed Forces, Crystal Cruises, North Slope Borough, State of Alaska Division of Health Services and Emergency Management and Air Force Alaskan Command.
Crystal Serenity’s 2016 Northwest Passage voyage sails on August 16 from Anchorage to New York, and the exercise provided the opportunity to test interagency cooperation in the theoretical case of a cruise ship experiencing progressive flooding in a remote Arctic region in the vicinity of the U.S./Canadian border.
Over 32 days the vessel will sail up the Bering Strait, through the Northwest Passage and along the coast of Greenland before reaching New York City in mid-September. The Crystal Serenity will follow a southern route, following the path navigated by Roald Amundsen in 1903. The vessel will stay close to the mainland, passing south of Prince of Wales Island and Victoria Island and entering the Beaufort Sea south of Banks Island.
While the Crystal Serenity will not be the first tourist vessel to transit the passage, it will be the largest with more than 1,000 passengers and 600 crew on board. www.maritime-exec...
Grimaldi Lines inaugurates the new Civitavecchia-Olbia line
From today Sardinia is even closer. With the new daily service on the Civitavecchia-Olbia route inaugurated by Grimaldi Lines, the mobility of passengers and goods will be guaranteed throughout the year, departing from Civitavecchia at 22.45 and return from Olbia at 12.30. On the new route debuts M/V CRUISE OLBIA, recently acquired by the company and totally renovated with a total investment of 70 million Euros. 204 meters long, the unit is capable of carrying 1,600 passengers, 1,900 linear meters of rolling cargo and 170 cars in tow (or 650 passenger cars in tow). The Cruise Olbia has 242 cabins for a total of 834 beds. source : Ferries of Southern Europe
Stena Line’s Methanol project 'Stena Germanica' awarded twice in one week
Last week Stena Line received two additional awards for converting Stena Germanica in to the world´s first methanol powered passenger ferry. One is the Shippax “Eco-Award”, announced at the yearly Ferry Shipping Conference and the second is the “Ship of the Year Award” at the European Marine Engineering Conference and Awards, the company said in its press release.In March 2015 Stena Line made history when introducing Stena Germanica, which operates the route from Gothenburg to Kiel, as the world´s first Methanol powered passenger ferry.Since March 2015 the Methanol project has been running as a pilot project where operation on Methanol has been developed and evaluated continuously. The results so far look promising. So far two engines have been fully converted and remaining two are due in the coming months.Methanol has a substantially greener environmental profile than conventional marine fuels, when used in operation emissions of SOx and PM is reduced with about 90% and NOx with around 60%.The Shippax “Eco-Award” was received during a ceremony on the Ferry Shipping Conference, April 13 to 15, by Niclas Mårtensson. The motivation from the jury was:“Stena Germanica has been given an Eco-Award for the innovative use of Methanol as alternative fuel.”The Ship of the Year Award was received during the European Marine Engineering Conference and Awards in Amsterdam, April 13 to 14,by Per Stefenson, Stena’s Project Manager for the Methanol project. The motivation from the jury was:“Stena Line receives the award for Stena Germanica’s methanol-fuelling retrofit. The objective of Stena’s methanol pilot project was to develop a pragmatic, cost effective and green fuel option.” Stena Line has previously been awarded for the Methanol project at four different occasions. Swedish Maritime Day “Innovation Award 2015” Green Ship Technology: “GST Ship-owner of the year” The Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises “2015 Pegasus award” 2015 Global Business Excellence Awards UK "Outstanding Green Initiative Award"
The "Buana Superior", the barge "Buana Ocean 05" and their crew of eight Indonesians aged between 21 and 38
have been detained by the maritime authorities for smuggling sand in Pengerang Waters on Apr 20. 2016. The vessels were spotted during a routine patrol 3,4 nautical miles south of Teluk Ramunia at 10.15 a.m. The barge was carrying about 145 tons of sand from Kuantan to Singapore.
The crew was brought to the MMEA's Tanjung Sedili base for further investigations. The case would be investigated under the Customs Act 1967 for smuggling taxable goods, which carries a fine of up to 10 times the value of the goods, upon conviction.
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The NEARCHOS was implemented to transfer to hospital two German passengers, one suffering from a heart attack, the other from pulmonary edema, from athe "Mein Schiff 1" 105 nautical miles off the coast of Paphos on Apr 21, 2016.
The ship alerted them at 8.50 a.m., after a 72-year-old woman from Germany had suffered a heart attack, and had asked for a medevac. She was hoisted by a helicopter and at 1.45 p.m. and taken to Paphos airport where she was transferred by ambulance to the Paphos general hospital.
At 12.35 p.m., another call was made to the JRCC, that a male passenger, also from Germany, had suffered pulmonary edema. He was hoisted by a second helicopter manned with a nurse, and landed in Paphos at 3.30 p.m. and too was transferred to the town’s general hospital
On Apr 20, 2016, the "Azad" suffered water ingress off Fort-de-France in the middle of the Dominica channel. The crew of two French nationals had difficulties in controlling the flooding and alerted the CROSS Antilles - French Guiana at 4:41 a.m. Immediately the CROSS broadcasted a Mayday relay and taksed the "SNS 428" of the station Case-Pilote and a Dragon 972 helicopter of the Civil Security with a diver on board.
The two sailors abandoned ship into a life raft and took with them a distress beacon. They were airlifted by helicopter at 6:09 a.m. and returned safely to Fort-de-France.
The ship sank and did not represent a hazard to navigation, while the lifeboat recovered a dhingy and the life raft assisted by a customs boat.
In the morning of Apr 21, 2016, the "Hasfjord"" ran aground while trying to call at Klokkerøya off Hammerfest on the route from Kjerringholmen, where she had sailed at 7.50 a.m., to Akkarfjord. She ran aground on the shore next to the ferry terminal after having caught by a wind gust of a southerly gale while turning around to get to the berth astern. After the grounding, the ferry backed out into the sea again, got docked and the passengers made it safely ashore. There were 10 passengers and four cars on board. A diver was called to look for any damage, and an investigation was launched.