Condor Ferries disruption continues after grounding of Commodore Clipper
A Condor Ferries ship is unlikely to return to service until July 26 at the earliest after it struck the seabed off Guernsey on Monday, July 14. Commodore Clipper was due to be transferred to Falmouth yesterday to undergo repairs in dry dock. “We will then be able to provide a realistic return to service date. Latest indications are that this is now unlikely to be before the end of next week [July 26],” the company said. Services have been re-scheduled up until Saturday with booked passengers offered alternative travel options or refunds. Condor expects to provide a further update tomorrow on sailings beyond Saturday once further assessments on Commodore Clipper have been made in dry dock.
Passengers booked on high speed ferries and the company’s other traditional ferry Commodore Goodwill are continuing to operate and passengers due to travel on these services should check in as usual.
Pirates Attack Malaysian Tanker in South China Sea
Pirates have attacked a Malaysian tanker and stolen the gas oil cargo before releasing it in the latest attack in Southeast Asian waters, officials said on Wednesday, July 16.
The MT Oriental Glory was hijacked late Tuesday July 15 in the South China Sea off southeast Malaysia, the navy said in a statement.
Pirates stole its gas oil cargo before setting it adrift with damaged communication equipment and engine, the statement said.
Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Center, warned of the increasing number of incidents in the area.
The ship, whose crew was unhurt, was traveling from Singapore to Sandakan in the Malaysian part of Borneo island.
"This is the ninth attack in these waters recently... It's a big concern," he told AFP, urging ships to be vigilant so that pirates could not surprise them.
Mexico Tries to Relaunch Stranded North Korean Ship Mu Du Bong
Mexican rescue workers were trying to refloat a North Korean vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico a few miles from a port where it had planned to load fertilizer, authorities said on Tuesday, July 15. The 6,700-metric-ton freighter Mu Du Bong, which had come from Cuba, ran aground on a reef on Monday, 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Tuxpan in Veracruz state, said Ricardo Maza, head of the local emergency services.
"The boat is still there. Today we were hoping there would be better surf to be able to refloat it," Maza said.
There were no reports of injuries, and the crew was still aboard, he added.
Maza said the matter was under the jurisdictions of Tuxpan port authorities, the Mexican Navy and the environmental protection agency due to the possible damage caused to the reef area.
Federal authorities could impose sanctions on the ship for breaking navigation rules, Maza said.
"This ship was going to arrive at the port to load fertilizers, it was empty, and instead of following the established route, it ... ran aground."
Neither the Veracruz government nor the port authority could be reached for comment. www2.marinelink.c...
(July 15, 2014) Two of Kotug’s Thames based fleet have been involved in fighting a shore-side fire at Tilbury Docks in Essex. The Rotortugs RT Leader and RT Champion were called into action after a grain elevator belt caught fire. Four local fire appliances fought the fire from the shore while the two tugs were able to contribute to bringing the fire under control using their own fifi installation, drawing water from the River Thames. Around 20% of the 150m long and 10m wide conveyor was initially found to be alight and over an hour later the fire was reported to be contained to about 30% of the conveyor belt. It was over three hours before the fire was eventually extinguished.
It is not unusual for port-based tugs to be asked to assist in shore-side fires, often able to tackle the flames from a direction out of the reach of shore based crews. The RT Leader and RT Champion each have a fifi capacity of 2,400m3/hr.
Engineers Attach Final Tow Chains to Costa Concordia Wreck
Engineers were securing the final chains to the Costa Concordia on 15th July, preparing the wrecked luxury liner to be towed away from the Italian island where it sank two and half years ago, killing 32 people.
The 114,500 tonne Concordia ran aground off Giglio island in January 2012 and has been stranded there ever since as engineers set up one of the biggest maritime salvage operations in history.
Now the rusting hulk of the once-gleaming white ship, more than twice the size of the Titanic, is on course to leave the Tuscan coast on July 21, engineers said at a press conference.
Vessel in Prince Rupert’s outer harbour refloated after grounding
The 228-metre bulk carrier Amakusa Island, which ran aground in Prince Rupert’s outer harbour shortly after 10 p.m. on Monday, July 14th, was refloated early this morning with the rising tide. The vessel ran aground some 15 kilometres from Ridley Island while shifting its position from berth at the Ridley Terminals coal terminal to its assigned anchorage. The Canadian Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) worked in concert with the Port Authority’s Port Security Operations Centre (PSOC), along with other port partners, to assess the incident. Although the Amakusa Island listed visibly, no injuries or environmental contamination have been reported or observed.
The vessel was freed with the assistance of tugs from SMIT Marine Canada at approximately 2:30 a.m. It proceeded to an anchorage under its own power, escorted by two tugs and the Port Authority’s harbour patrol boat. The Prince Rupert Port Authority continues to monitor the situation. Source: Prince Rupert Port Authority
Windsor Petroleum Transport Corp (WPT), a Bermuda-based company that falls underneath International Tankers Corp and is 82.5 percent owned by Frontline Tankers has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. WPT acts as agent for four separate shipowning companies consisting of Buckingham Shipping Plc, Caernarfon Shipping Plc, Sandringham Shipping Plc, Holyrood Shipping Plc. Each of these companies owns a 307,000 dwt VLCC on a fixed 20 year bareboat charter to BP. As of 14 July, the VLCC British Purpose is the only one of the four tankers still on charter however, and it has now been converted to a variable charter.
Anti-narcotics officers in Mombasa on Tuesday July 15 recovered 342.67 kilogrammes of heroin with a Sh1.028 billion street value from a suspicious ship seized two weeks ago.
The head of the anti-narcotics unit in Mombasa, Khamis Massa, told the press that the officers recovered 341.7 kilogrammes from the 1,800-litre diesel reservoir of the ship B.Bushehr Amin Darya (alias MV Al Noor). “So far we have been able to recover 342.67 kilogrammes of heroin. We got 341.7 kilogrammes from the diesel tank reservoir in addition to the 974 grams we earlier seized," Mr Massa said. He said he believed it was mixed with the diesel in order to conceal the drugs.
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The cargo of a small product tanker hijacked in the South China Sea last week has been stolen, authorities have confirmed. An estimated 2.5m litres of marine gas oil (MGO) was siphoned from the Moresby 9 (built 1977) in the 4 July incident. Accounts have also emerged of the level of violence used by the robbers in the attack with reports of weapons being discharged multiple times. Latest details about the incident come from the Singapore-based Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre. The attackers used a small fishing vessel to come alongside the Moresby 9 at about 20:15 local time on 4 July in position 03° 45.93’N, 105° 10.24’E about 46nm northwest of Pulau Anambas. “The crew reportedly heard a gunshot and suddenly nine robbers armed with machetes and three pistols were sighted on the deck of the Moresby 9,” ReCAAP said. “The perpetrators gathered the crew at the starboard bridge wing and then tied and locked them in the engine room.”About 90 minutes later the ship reportedly anchored in position 03° 35.81’N, 105° 12.53’E and a 3,000-gt unnamed orange tanker came alongside. The robbers are said to have then forced the chief engineer and bosun to restart the ship’s engine and pump; and open the cargo valves. Both were then tied up and locked in the engine control room with the other cargo, while the siphoning process was carried out. Some of the crew later managed to escape from the engine control room through the funnel and untied the remainder of the crew. However, there was no sign of the pirates on deck or any vessel alongside. The robbers did however steal the ship’s navigation and communication equipment, the crew’s belongings and damaged the anchor windlass and steering systems. Source : tradewinds
Suspicious North Korean freighter Mu Do Bong runs aground
North Korean general cargo vessel Mu Du Bong grounded off Mexican port of Tuxpan, Gulf of Mexico, on July 14, reported Reuters. Officials said refloating may take several days. Vessel in ballast was to call Tuxpan port, presumably for taking shipment of sugar, as Tuxpan is one of the main Mexico’s sugar export ports. Such a trivial accident attracted a lot of attention from major media, because the behaviour of North Korean is similar to that of another North Korean freighter, caught with arms on board by Panama authorities last year. Some 240 tons of Cuban weapons and military gear were found hidden under 220,000 of sacks of sugar in holds of Chong Chon Gang. Mu Du Bong left Havana on July 10, according to AIS. Source: www.news.odin.tc/...