Boxship involved in rescue operation in Mediterranean
More than 400 people were feared dead in the
latest tragedy in the sea off Malta on Sep 15, 2014. Three of 11 migrants pulled out alive from an area some 300 off Malta were airlifted to Malta and transferred to the Mater Dei Hospital. They arrivals said they were Palestinian and had left from Egypt. Two bodies, including that of a young girl, arrived at Freeport onboard the "CMA CGM Verdi" just before 6 p.m. The other eight were sent to Greece. Rescuers were told that two boats carrying migrants were involved in the accident The larger boat appeared to have been carrying between 300 and 400 people, while the smaller one was carrying about 30 immigrants. Some on the smaller boat, which could have been taking in water, were trying to get the bigger boat to stop before they eventually rammed it, causing both vessels to sink.
The Philippine Coast Guard was coordinating with the Bureau of Customs to remove a ship that was marooned near the Baywalk in Manila. The Coast Guard planned to inspect the "Captain Ufuc" after big waves brought the ship near the Baywalk. It was learned that the ship's engine and navigational lights were no longer functional. The BOC seized the ship after finding $89 million in illegal firearms onboard four years ago.
After the Philippine ferry "Maharlika 2" encountered engine trouble and sank while bound for Lipata, Surigao from Liloan Ferry Terminal in Southern Leyte on Sep 13, 2014, the "Orient King" was among five vessels which immediately conducted search and rescue operations in the area. The "Epic St. Martin" rescued 54 persons and retrieved two bodies, the ferry "Maharlika 4" rescued 34, the "Lara Venture" rescued 19, and the "Orient King" rescued one person and retrieved one body. 13 of the rescued were brought to Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao for immediate medical treatment.
(Offshore Vessel > Offshore Support Vessel)
GC Rieber Shipping enters into a three-year time charter agreement for subsea vessel Polar Queen
GC Rieber Shipping ASA has entered into a new time charter agreement with Boa Marine Services Inc. (BMSI) for the CSV " POLAR QUEEN " for a fixed period of 3 years. The new time charter agreement will be a continuation of BMSI's existing charter for the same vessel and will commence April 2015. BMSI has chartered "POLAR QUEEN" since October 2012. Boa Marine Services Inc. is a US subsidiary of the Norwegian owned Boa Group. The charter agreement holds options for up to three years extensions for BMSI. "GC Rieber Shipping has had a strong and good relationship with Boa Marine Services Inc. under the current contract. We look forward to extending and further build our cooperation with Boa Marine Services Inc. in the years to come" says CEO Irene W. Basili in GC Rieber Shipping.
Diana Containerships Inc. Announces the Delivery of m/v YM March
Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the m/v "YM MARCH", a 2004-built Post-Panamax container vessel of 5,576 TEU capacity that the Company entered into an agreement to purchase on August 7, 2014. As previously announced, the " YM MARCH " is chartered to Yang Ming (UK) Ltd., at a net charter rate of US$12,000 per day. Based on the existing time charterparty and its addendum, the charterer has the option to redeliver the vessel at any time between November 6, 2014 and April 6, 2015. Including the newly delivered " YM MARCH ", Diana Containerships Inc.'s fleet currently consists of 9 container vessels (3 Post-Panamax and 6 Panamax) as well as 1 Post-Panamax container vessel expected to be delivered to the Company by mid-October 2014. A
Maersk ship that lost containers wasnt designed for hurricanes
The ship was vulnerable after a conversion in 2012. Twice, the ship unexpectedly rolled to extreme angles, losing 517 twenty-foot containers overboard The Maersk ship ‘Svendborg Maersk’, which lost hundreds of containers in stormy weathers in the Bay of Biscay earlier this year, was not designed to sail in hurricane-force weather, a new report reveals. The report – released by the Danish maritime accident investigation board Den Maritime Havarikommission – showed that a conversion in 2012 ensured increased cargo capacity but reduced safety in rough seas. This meant that the ship wasn’t designed for the hurricane-strength weather it encountered on February 14.“ Source : Copenhagen Post
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Nova Star ferry finds route for service this winter, then will return for second season
Operators of the Nova Star ferry say they have found a winter route for the ship, a critical development that will allow the vessel to earn money in the offseason and return to the Gulf of Maine for a second summer.“It will be fully employed all winter and come back into service next year,” Mark Amundsen, president and CEO of Nova Star Cruises Ltd., said Thursday at a business gathering in Portland. Amundsen declined to provide details about the winter assignment and said that an announcement will be made next week. He said he’s certain the vessel will return for a second season of ferrying passengers and vehicles between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Speaking at a Propeller Club of Portland meeting at DiMillo’s on the Water, Amundsen said the ferry service got off to a slow start, especially in the beginning of the season, for a number of reasons. The biggest factor was that a four-year hiatus in the service disrupted people’s travel habits and it will take several years to rebuild the market, he said. Source : PressHerald
A man who jumped from a ferry in Active Pass on Thursday was rescued within minutes. Passengers on the outer deck of the Spirit of British Columbia saw the man about an hour into the 11 a.m. Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay sailing and reported it to ferry staff, who contacted their sister ship, the nearby Queen of Cumberland. The Queen of Cumberland, which was on its way to Mayne Island from Swartz Bay, launched a rescue boat to pick up the man. The vessel then proceeded to Mayne so that the man, in his 30s, could receive medical attention as soon as possible. Deborah Marshall, B.C. Ferries spokeswoman, confirmed that the man jumped from the vessel. She did not know his condition but understood that he may have suffered internal injuries. She commended B.C. Ferries staff for their quick action. “They do many safety drills and different kinds of rescue drills and this shows their professionalism — how quickly they were able to launch the rescue boat and retrieve this gentleman from the water.”Marshall said she could think of at least one similar situation this year. Keeping in mind that B.C. Ferries has 500 sailings a day, such emergencies are “extremely rare,” she said.Source : timescolonis
On the 11th of September a black spill was seen on the waters next to TITAN cement factory at Drepano, Patra N38°20'9"
E021°50'36". The cause was coal dust from NORDIC TIANJIN unloading cargo (bulk coal). Two RIBs of the hellenic coast guard were dispatched on site.