The "Discovery" diverted to Falmouth on Feb 20, 2014, after a small leak in the hull was discovered when she was enroute to Avonmouth from the Mediterranean. With the aid of two tugs the "Discovery" berthed on County Wharf where divers examined the hull. Underwater repairs to the hull were underway and the ship was expected to sail on Feb 21.
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Post mortem to be carried out after death on board
After two security guards were found dead on the "Maersk Alabama" on Feb 18, a postmortem was to be carried out this week in order to establish the cause of their sudden deaths. The police investigation in Port Victoria was ongoing. The ship had arrived in the Seychelles on Feb 16 with a 24-man crew and had been expected to leave on Feb 18. The bodies were found by a colleague who had gone to check in on one of the men in a cabin at about 4:30 p.m. The two men worked for Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security services firm. The security contractors boarded the vessel on Jan 29. Their deaths were were not related to vessel operations or their duties as security personnel. Maersk Line Limited contracts with Trident Group in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard security directives as part of anti-piracy protection plans to safeguard crews and vessels. The "Maersk Alabama" is persistently in high-risk areas since she provides feeder service to the east coast of Africa. The vessel was cleared to complete cargo operations, and she is now at anchor awaiting further instructions.
ITF organized payment of wages and repatriation of sailors
The five Romanian sailors aboard the "Just Mariiam" left the port of Lorient on Feb 20 at 1 a.m. after they got paid their wages. This was the result of negotiations by the representative of the International Transport Federation and the owner. They took a taxi to the Roissy Airport from where they will be flying home in the afternoon. Before, they criticized the living conditions and security on board. The "Just Mariiam" may not resume its voyage before repairs were carried out, defincies were sorted out and the cargo was safely secured on deck.
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The vessel was detained on 9 September 2011 in Liverpool because there were a large number of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) related deficiencies which were objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of implementation of the ISM code on board the vessel. Other deficiencies identified included: the main engine was defective; also the engine room was very oily in some areas; the five year service on the immersion suit in the engine room had expired; there was no evidence that the freefall lifeboat had been manoeuvred in the water within the last 3 months also there was no evidence that the freefall lifeboat had been freefall launched within the last 6 months; in addition the deck officer was not familiar with launching the starboard life raft by davit. The vessel was still detained on Feb. 20, 2014
Hyundai Heavy names the world’s first newbuilding LNG FSRU - Independence
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder, announced on Feb. 20, 2014 it held a naming ceremony for the world’s first newbuilding LNG floating storage regasification unit (LNG FSRU), ordered from Höegh LNG in June 2011, the company said in its press release. The 170,000 cbm LNG FSRU, measuring 294 m in length, 46 m in width and 26 m in depth with the storage capacity of 70,000 tonnes of chilled natural gas, will be chartered to Lithuania’s Klaipedos Nafta under a long-term contract. The naming ceremony of the LNG FSRU, Independence held in Ulsan, South Korea today was attended by Ms. Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania; the sponsor of the ship, Mr. Leif O. Höegh, Deputy Chairman of Höegh LNG; and 130 other guests. “We are pleased that the LNG FSRU will play a critical role in supplying LNG in Lithuania and we hope to keep up the close cooperation with Lithuania for the construction of energy infrastructure,” said Mr. Lee Jai-seong, Chairman & CEO of Hyundai Heavy at the ceremony.
Hapag-Lloyd to launch its own Sweden Denmark Express with Jessica B
Hapag-Lloyd will launch its own Sweden Denmark Express (SDX), a new complementary service, directly connecting ports in Denmark and Sweden with Hapag-Lloyd’s worldwide network via Hamburg, the company said in its press release.
This fixed day weekly service will start mid of March 2014, covering the following port rotation:
Hamburg • Copenhagen • Helsingborg • Aarhus • Hamburg
The SDX service will be operated with one vessel - first sailing from Hamburg being as follows:
MV Jessica B. ets Hamburg, March 14, 2014
In addition to company's existing network, the Sweden Denmark Express (SDX) will further extend our port coverage in the Baltic Sea and links the ports of Copenhagen, Helsingborg and Aarhus via the hub port Hamburg for connectivity to Hapag-Lloyd’s global service network.
The "Shirase", transporting two expedition teams, ran aground in the Antarctic Ocean on Feb. 16, 2014, odin.tc reports. An underwater rock crippled the icebreaker at 7:40 a.m. when its underside scraped it 700 meters off the unmanned Russian Molodyozhnaya Station in position 67 39S 045 49E. In spite of a water ingress in the damaged section, the two-tiered structure of the vessel enabled it to avoid further damage. None of the expedition teams or crew were injured. No fuel leak was reported. The first attempt by crew members to get the vessel off the rocks failed during high tide between 7 to 9 a.m. on Feb. 17, after examination of the ship's damaged underside using an underwater camera. The next attempt was to be undertaken during high tide on the night of Feb. 17.