The ferry service between Souris, P.E.I. and the Magdalen Islands returned to normal on Feb 10, 2015, after a small fire on Feb 5 had put the ferry out of commission for a few days. The CTMA ferry "Vacancier" was half way to Souris o nthat morning when there was a small fire in the exhaust pipe of one of the main engines starboard side that was extinguished very quickly. In heave ice conditions the ferry only could use one main engine up to Souris and docked only in the morning of Feb 6 afer almost 24 hours. The passenger understood the situation but were glad to finally get into port. The ferry was then assisted by the Coast Guard back to the Magdalen Islands for repairs. The next departure from the Magdalen Islands started on Feb 10 at 8 a.m.
Car carrier was unloaded and will be repaired in Falmouth
More than 1,400 cars have been taken off the "Hoegh Osaka", among them more than £60m worth of Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai and Mini cars, as well as JCB vehicles, at berth 101 in Southampton during the recent two weeks. Most were driven off under their own power but four remained on Feb 6 and were so badly damaged that specialist equipment was used to remove them. Next the ship is due to sail under its own power to Falmouth for repairs. The stay at the repair yard in was expected to last for two or three weeks. After repairs to steelwork and the hydraulics, it will sail back to Southampton to be loaded back up with cars for the voyage to Bremerhaven. The incident is being investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.
With the support of an expected weather improvement, the wreck of the "Norman Atlantic" could be moved from Brindisi to Bari on Feb 12 or 13, most likely with the same tugs which towed the wreck to Brindisi. The operations will have to be approced by the prosecutor in Bari. The decision was made during a meeting which was held at the headquarters of the Port Authority of Brindisi in the presence of all the authorities involved, including the commanders of the captaincies of Bari and Brindisi. The port captain of Brindisi, Mario Valente, will finally give the authorization to sail after some tasks like draining of dirty water and the blocking of the rudders and propellers have been completed. In Bari, the "Norman Atlantic" will be moored at dock 12 which is located near the Old Borubon Pier and the Cruise Terminal.
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The "Burgan" was attacked by pirates while under way in western direction in Gulf of Aden on Feb 8, 2015, around 9 p.m. the vessel was approached by four boats, who were scared off by team of armed guards on board. The Indian Navy was involved in thwarting the attack. In the morning of Feb 10 the vessel arrived at the Horizon Terminal port in Djibouti, coming the Kuwaiti Al-Ahmadi port with a cargo of 40303 tons of aviation fuel on board.
On Feb 9, 201, at 05.18 a.m. the NSRI Table Bay duty crew responded to a request for medical assistance made to the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) from the "Elefsis" reporting that the master of the ship was suffering a suspected asthma attack and breathing difficulties while the ship was at anchorage in Table Bay
On the arrival of the "Spirit of Vodacom" arrival on-scene the patient was found to be in a stable but deteriorating condition and despite emergency medication administered resuscitation efforts were commenced after the patient lapsed into unconsciousness. After all efforts to resuscitate the Filipino man were exhausted, he was declared deceased. His body was handed into the care of the Police Sea Borderline and brought ashore aboard a Police boat and handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
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The "S. Kuznetsov" ran aground while leaving the port of Arkhangelsk on Feb 7, 2015, at 3.51 p.m. Moscow time due to steering failure. At 6.37 p.m. the vessel was refloated with the help of the icebreaker "Kapitan Evdokimov", and anchored on Arkhangelsk roads. On Feb 8 the vessel was insie Arkhangelsk. It had a cargo of 6400 tons of scrap on board.
A cruise ship carrying more than 1,400 people had to be pushed away from shore by tugboats in the George Town harbor Monday, Feb. 9, after a strong current and winds combined to swing the ship’s stern around, leading to concern the 55-ton watercraft was coming too close to land.
Cayman Islands Port Authority officials were still looking into the incident by press time Monday, but said there appeared to be no damage to the harbor area or to the cruise liner. The Thomson Dream cruise ship was expected to leave Grand Cayman as scheduled at 5 p.m. Monday.
Bodden Shipping, the local agent for Thomson Dream cruises, said Monday afternoon that the ship’s captain had to call in two tugboats when he couldn’t get the craft righted using underwater thrusters. www.compasscayman...
Closing arguments in trial of Costa Concordia captain
Francesco Schettino arrived in court ahead of his defense's closing arguments in Grosseto, Italy, on Monday in a dark wool scarf after fighting off a weekend flu that kept him out of court last week.
"I had a high fever," he told CNN during the coffee break at Monday's trial. "But I'm better now."
Schettino, who was the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it crashed into the rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, in January 2012, is facing 26 years in prison for charges of causing a maritime disaster, abandoning ship and multiple counts of manslaughter for the 32 people who lost their lives in the accident.
A three-judge panel heard testimony from technical experts, passengers and crew members who were on the vessel at the time of the accident. During the 19-month trial, they also heard from the captain's female guest on the cruise, Domnica Cermortan, a Moldovan dancer who testified under duress that she was in a romantic relationship with the captain and that she was with him on the bridge when the accident occurred.
Schettino's lead lawyer Domenico Pepe began his closing arguments on Monday by referring to the fact that the champagne bottle used to christen the ill-fated vessel when it was put into service in 2006 did not break. "Everything about this ship and this process since then has been a mystery so far," he said. www.ketknbc.com/n...
FRAUKE completes six-month project transporting oversize cargoes for a West African offshore development
Two empty carousels - each measuring 12 m high by 26 m wide and tipping thescales at 620 tonnes - were loaded onboard the heavy lift vessel in Netherlands andexported to the USA. Stateside, more than 2,000 tonnes of umbilicals were spooledonto the carousels.The carousels, now weighing 1,465 tonnes and 1,875 tonnes respectively, were thenshipped onboard FRAUKE to the West African project site. FRAUKE remained onsite for two months, providing support to the dedicated installation vessel. Upon completionof the works, Frauke was tasked with re-delivering the empty carousels back to the Netherlands. A special challenge within this project was the weight spreading calculation on thehatch covers, explained SAL Heavy Lift. The stability of the hatch covers was ensured with tailor-made steel supports, which were installed beneath each cover. Inaddition, a special grillage was designed to spread the weight of the heavier carousel.These extensive measures guaranteed the safe handling and transport of the cargo for the entire project duration.
Queen Mary 2 cruise ship to meet strict environmental regulations with Wärtsilä wastewater treatment systems
One of the world's major cruise ships, the QUEEN MARY 2, is being fitted with a Wärtsilä advanced wastewater treatment system. This installation will enable the vessel to fully comply with the IMO's requirements concerning the prevention of pollution from ships. The Wärtsilä Hamworthy Membrane BioReactor (MBR) solutions are designed to facilitate the management and treatment of both 'grey' and 'black' wastewater, and to monitor discharges to the sea. The contract was awarded by Cunard Line during the third quarter, 2014. Cunard's 2620 passenger capacity QUEEN MARY 2 entered service in 2004 and was designed with the aim of reducing the vessel's impact on the environment through more efficient management of waste. The existing on-board system is now due for replacement and two Wärtsilä Hamworthy MBR 16 systems have been selected to maintain the ship's high environmental standards.