Mumbai : The location of the tug vessel Gauntlet that was pulling the stranded ship Horizon Trader , which is apparently laden with organic pollutants and radioactive substances, has now been recorded at latitude 18.94535 and longitude 70.9733 off the coast of Maharashtra.
According to the Basel Action Network (BAN), the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Mumbai, and the Coast Guard have not been able to track Horizon Trader as it was being tugged by MISS Gaunt (or Gauntlet ). It was last seen in Mauritius waters and the port authorities there listed the tug MISS Gaunt as towing Horizon Trader . The two have since been separated and remain untraceable for Indian authorities looking for them south off Mumbai. As on December 30, the vessels were set to move toward Alang port in Gujarat.
The vessel is owned by US shipping company Matson Inc, which has sold Horizon Trader for primitive ship breaking at Alang. The 42-year-old ship was last owned by All Star Metals of Brownsville, Texas. BAN has also obtained the original memorandum of agreement for the sale of the ship, which stipulated that the buyer would responsibly recycle the vessel in the US.
BAN, an international toxic waste watchdog, had flagged off the American vessel Horizon Trader , which has falsely claimed blackout but reportedly has the intention of dumping toxic waste into Indian waters. The ship, according to the network, is laden with Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), asbestos and possibly radioactive substances, putting the country’s maritime security and environment at risk.
“The Gauntlet has restricted mobility because it is towing the Trader but as soon as the tug leaves the vessel it appears there is no way of keeping track of the Trader, ” said New Delhi-based activist Gopal Krishna of Toxic Watch Alliance. www.thehindu.com/...
Russian ship with drunk crew arrested in waters south of Elsinore
General cargo vessel IVAN BOBROV was ordered to drop anchor in Oresund south of Elsinore, Denmark, on Jan 1, after Danish traffic control spotted strange movements of the vessel. Water police found 9 crew drunk, probably after celebrating New Year. Master, Chief Mate and Chief Engineer were arrested and taken to police in Elsinore. At 0400 UTC Jan 2 vessel was still at anchor. Three arrested senior officers may face prison sentence. Vessel is en route from Ipswich UK to Riga Latvia.
On Dec 30, 2015, the "Melissa", 1287 ts (EU-No.: 02307670), ran aground on the Danube at river km 1896,300, due to low river tides. The ship had sailed from Vienna on Dec 17 and was enroute to Deinze, ETA Jan 10, 2016. On Jan 2 the German barge "Johannes" (MMSI: 211191560) was alongside the casualty vessel.
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3 SPP17A PSVs successfully delivered by SINOPACIFIC
SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group (hereinafter referred to as SINOPACIFIC) successfully delivered 3 SPP17A platform supply vessels (PSV) to the shipowner Naviera Petrolera Integral S.A. de C.V. (hereinafter referred to as NPI) at Zhejiang Shipyard under SINOPACIFIC.
The 3 SPP17A PSVs were contracted in July 2014. All of them are the SP series of offshore support vessels (OSV) designed independently by SINOPACIFIC. Based on NPI’s requirements, SINOPACIFIC has tailor-made designed, built and delivered the new types of PSVs, which will be serving the project of oil and gas exploitation in the Gulf of Mexico by PEMEX, the largest state-owned oil company of Mexico. The 3 PSVs are in full accordance with the requirement of the contract period.
NPI fully affirmed the cooperation this time. “I believe that these 3 beautiful vessels will become a banner of our fleet. I am also fully confident in that SINOPACIFIC can be famous in Mexico by virtue of its excellent products.” the vice president of NPI Juan Pablo Vega Torres said.