The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger ‘Scheldt River’, was officially named today (Oct. 1) at the DEME head office in Zwijndrecht, Belgium. The dredger was named by Mrs Veerle Hegge, the wife of Mr Bart De Wever, Mayor of Antwerp.
A crew member of the "Symphony Star" broke his leg while the ship sailed 50 miles from Jobourg on Oct 1, 2017. The Maritime Medical Consultation Center of Toulouse (CCMM) and the Maritime Medical Coordination (SCMM) of Le Havre recommended a medical evacuation. A Cayman helicopter of the Navy base at Maupertus took on board a medical team of the Medical Center of the army of Querqueville and took off towards the ship. At 4:20 p.m., after being examined and prepared by the medical team for the evacuation, the victim was hoisted on board the helicopter and then transported to the port of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. Around 5 p.m. he was delivered to the Pasteur hospital in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.
North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer
October 1 at 9:24 PM
Last August, a secret message was passed from Washington to Cairo warning about a mysterious vessel steaming toward the Suez Canal. The bulk freighter named Jie Shun was flying Cambodian colors but had sailed from North Korea, the warning said, with a North Korean crew and an unknown cargo shrouded by heavy tarps.
Armed with this tip, customs agents were waiting when the ship entered Egyptian waters. They swarmed the vessel and discovered, concealed under bins of iron ore, a cache of more than 30,000 rocket-propelled grenades. It was, as a United Nations report later concluded, the “largest seizure of ammunition in the history of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
But who were the rockets for? The Jie Shun’s final secret would take months to resolve and would yield perhaps the biggest surprise of all: The buyers were the Egyptians themselves.
A U.N. investigation uncovered a complex arrangement in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars worth of North Korean rockets for the country’s military while also taking pains to keep the transaction hidden, according to U.S. officials and Western diplomats familiar with the findings. The incident, many details of which were never publicly revealed, prompted the latest in a series of intense, if private, U.S. complaints over Egyptian efforts to obtain banned military hardware from Pyongyang, the officials said.
It also shed light on a little-understood global arms trade that has become an increasingly vital financial lifeline for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the wake of unprecedented economic sanctions. https://www.washingtonpos...
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) says the dualfuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier CESI Tianjin - ordered through a joint venture between MOL, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping), and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC) - was delivered at HudongZhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on Tuesday. CESI Tianjin is the forth in a series of six newbuilding LNG carriers being built at Hudong. The first vessel in the series, CESI Gladstone, was delivered in October 2016, and the second, CESI Qingdao, was delivered in January 2017. https://shipandbunker.com/news/world/965223-mol-announces-delivery-of-dual-fuel-lng-carrier
Stena to beef up freight capacity between Rotterdam and UK
Shippax already reported on 30 July about Stena Line’s plan to increase its freight capacity between Rotterdam (Europoort) and Harwich as of January 2018 by replacing the two current ro-ro vessels with two larger ones. Now Stena Line has announced that also their Rotterdam-Killingholme route will get extra capacity as of January 2018, lifting their overall capacity from Europoort with some 20%. https://www.shippax.com/e...