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 Red Cloud  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
262 days ago by Timsen

Helicopter crashed on vehicles carrier
A U.S. Army helicopter crashed while landing on the "Red Cloud" during training off Cape Schwab at Okinawa, injuring six people and damaging the aircraft at 1.46 p.m. on Aug 12, 2015. The H-60 helicopter made a hard landing around 20 miles east of Okinawa. The injured were transported to a Navy Hospital. Two of the injured belong to the Japanese special response unit Central Readiness Force, who were participating in the training. One had a broken bone and the other a cut. The other 10 people aboard the helicopter were not hurt. Reports with photos and video:

 Purple Beach  (General Cargo Ship)
262 days ago by Timsen

Purple Beach towed to Rhenus Midgard
On Aug 13 the "Purple Beach" was towed by the three tugs "Corvin", "Bugsier 5" and "Bugsier 6" from the quay in the Jade-Weser-Port to the berth of Rhenus Midgard at the Braunschweig Quay in Wilhelmshaven where the further proceedings will have to be found out. German Report with photo: jeversches-wochen...

 Sea-watch  (Other)
262 days ago by Timsen

Gearbox damage forced ship to port
The "Sea-Watch" had to abort the search for distressed migrants on Aug 7 and returned to Lampedusa due to a broken ball bearing in the gearbox.

 Focomar  (Bulk Carrier)
262 days ago by Timsen

Crew still waiting to be evacuated from island
In the evening of Aug 13 the crew of the "Focomar", Russian master, five Ukrainians, among them the chief officer, the chief engineer and the 4th Engineer, and 15 Russians as well as some Filipino and two Greek technicians who were not regular crew members who carried out technical maintenance work, was still on Salhah island. The rescue was hampered by adverse weather. The castaways were to be evacuated by a local vessel and taken to Salalah or Socotra. The Bulkcarrier was still under tow of the "Mubarak Challenger" (IMO: 9542958), proceeding towards the UAE and was 160 nm east of Salalah on Aug 13.

 Dona Carmela  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
262 days ago by Timsen

Crack in cargo tank caused small spill
The "Dona Carmela" suffered a small crack in cargo tank No. 2 at portside, which caused a cargo spill in the port of Quintaro, Chile, in the early morning Aug 13, 2015. The moored tanker was offloading its cargo, IFO 380 fuel oil, onto barges. The amount of spilt oil was unknown but seemed to be of moderate proportions. A cleaning Operation was underway. The cargo in the damaged tank was pumped into other tanks.

 Kavevinja  (Other)
262 days ago by Timsen

Allision at Rheine
On Aug 12, 2015, at 4 p.m. the "Kavevinja", 1468 ts (EU-No.: 04607900), allided with the Altenhreine railway bridge which is spanning the Dortmund-Ems-Canal at km 120 with a height of 4,25 meters near Rheine. The wheelhouse which had not been lowered enough was crushed and pushed onto the cabin block. The 49 year old master suffered cuts and was treated in hospital. His wife and two sons, which were below deck, remained uninjured. The damage was estimated to be around 100.000 Euro. The barge had loaded concrete parts for wind parks and was bound from Emden to Rendsburg. The ship proceeded to Bergeshövede on Aug 13 with own power for repairs. The railway bridge seemed to have remained undamaged but still had to be inspected in more detail. The accident was caused by negligence. German reports with photos:

 Xia Zhi Yuan 6  (Specialized Cargo Ship > Heavy Load Carrier)
262 days ago by arnekiel

COSCOL Vessel Arrested in Singapore
The COSCO Shipping Company Limited (COSCOL) heavy lift ship, M/V Xia Zhi Yuan 6, Wednesday was arrested in Singapore at 8:45pm local time, according to records from the Supreme Court of Singapore. The arrest follows an action by Singapore's Wong Partnership LLP. Wong Partnership told Ship & Bunker it was currently unable elaborate on the nature of the dispute, however such action is typical in instances of payment dispute such as those involving unpaid bunkers. The 38,000 dwt vessel was built in 2012 by Zhejiang Peninsula Ship Industry Co, China.

 Fennica  (Service Ship > Icebreaker)
262 days ago by arnekiel

Greenpeace Protesters Could Each Face $5,000 Fines for Blocking Shell Ship
Five Greenpeace protesters who tried to stop a Shell oil ship from reaching Alaska last month could be fined $5,000 apiece for interfering with safe operations, the Coast Guard told NBC News on Wednesday. None of the protesters was identified. They have 30 days to either pay the fines or contest the civil citations before a Coast Guard hearing officer. The enforcement action comes after 13 people lowered themselves on ropes from the St. Johns Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, on July 29 and 30 to block the icebreaker MSV Fennica from passing on its way to the Alaska coast.

 CMA CGM Cendrillon  (Container Ship)
262 days ago by arnekiel

First container ship cruise to leave Halifax on Sunday
Starting this Sunday travellers can take a unique cruise from Halifax. Instead of water slides and shuffleboard on deck, this cruise ship is loaded with cargo containers. For the first time, container ships leaving Halifax will take on passengers as they travel to Vancouver through the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and Asia. Cruise People Limited is a London-based company that arranges container ship cruises and other sailing adventures. Owner Kevin Griffin said container ship cruises have been a popular way to travel in other parts of the world. Vancouver has been a port of call for years. And don't be in a hurry to get to your destination. The Halifax to Vancouver cruise takes 71 days. The longest stretch is 37 days between ports. The ships offering the passenger service are six French-owned vessels. This Sunday, passengers can board the CMA CGM Cendrillon.​

 El.venizelos  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
262 days ago by arnekiel

Greece sends ferry to ease Kos migrant crisis
Vessel to function as floating registration centre as officals attempt to speed up processing of up to 7,000 refugees stranded on island. The Greek government has chartered a cruise ship to help deal with the refugee crisis on Kos, a day after more than 2,000 mainly Syrian refugees were locked inside a stadium on the island for more than a day with limited access to water. The vessel, which can fit up to 2,500 people, will function as a floating registration centre. Officials hope its presence will speed up the processing of about 7,000 refugees who are stranded on Kos after making the short boat journey from Turkey, and to whom the authorities have been previously unable to provide paperwork or housing. 10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis Read more The move follows a disastrous attempt to register refugees inside an old stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday, which led to up to 2,500 mainly Syrian migrants trapped in the stadium grounds. For more than 12 hours, much of it in temperatures of about 35C, migrants were without access to water or toilets. This led some to faint at a rate of one every 15 minutes, according to Médecins Sans Frontières, an aid agency providing medical support outside the stadium. By dawn on Thursday, the last migrants were finally released in calm circumstances witnessed by the Guardian, but some were literally bruised by the experience after clashes broke out on Wednesday between confused refugees and panicking police officers. Youssef, a 29-year-old Syrian banker, criticised the undignified nature of the process after being released early on Thursday morning. “I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA,” he said. “It’s a shame to treat us like this.” Registered migrants like Youssef are still stuck on Kos, with up to 5,000 others yet to be processed. The situation has led the Greek government to send a cruise liner, the Eleftherios Venizelos, to mitigate the fallout – as hundreds more refugees arrive every day. www.theguardian.c...

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