Costa Concordia, having passed the halfway point on its 190nm journey, is expected to arrive in the port of Genoa on Saturday night.
The Italian civil protection service said the convoy accompanying the former cruise ship reached the 100nm mark at 08.00 local time on Friday, July 25th.
By late morning it was off the island of Gorgona in the Ligurian Sea. Thanks to favourable currents and light winds, the convoy was keeping time, the protection service said, with arrival off Genoa expected some time on Saturday night.
Italian website the Medi Telegraph reported Italian expert Admiral Stefano Tortora, who is aboard Costa Concordia, as saying that the convoy could even arrive ahead of time.
On arrival the disabled vessel will not be able to go straight to its berth at the port's Voltri Terminal Europa, however.
That operation, which will involve the use of eight harbour tugs and further adjustments to Costa Concordia's draught, is expected to take between six and eight hours.
Meanwhile, air surveillance and regular sampling of seawater in the vicinity of the wreck has found no evidence of pollution leakage.
German container shipper Hamburg Süd to acquire CCNI for $160 million
German container shipper Hamburg Süd announced today it has reached an agreement with Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) to acquire their container shipping business. The deal is valued at a total consideration of USD $160 million.
CCNI currently operates 5,500 TEU containerships on a weekly service to Chinese ports as well as 1,700 – 3,500 TEU vessels covering the west coast of North and South America. Additionally, CCNI operates thirty-three vessels of between 6,500 – 8,500 nominal TEUs capacity, which connects with South
Korean ports (Busan), China (Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian and Shekou), Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Río Grande and Itajaí), Uruguay (Montevideo) and Argentina (Buenos Aires).
This acquisition is scheduled to be executed by the latest on December 31, 2014.
Kenyan Police Kill Two Men Suspected of Plotting Ferry Attack
July 25 (Reuters) – Kenyan police said on Friday they shot and killed two armed men suspected of planning an attack on a ferry in the port city of Mombasa after one of them tried to hurl a grenade at approaching police.
Mombasa and the coastal region has been struck by a series of attacks that have killed dozens of people in recent months. The worst shootings have been on the north coast, but Mombasa has been hit by several bomb attacks.
Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group has claimed many attacks, but the government has blamed some of the north coast raids on local political networks, leaving many Kenyans confused about who is responsible and angry at security failures.
Police believe the two killed on Friday might have been planning to attack the busy Likoni ferry that plies the channel that lies between Mombasa and the south coast.
The men were travelling in a public minibus heading towards the ferry around the peak time of 6 p.m. (1500 GMT) when they were approached by police.
“When they sensed police had cornered them, one drew a grenade and tried to detonate it, but he was shot and killed before he could do so. The other had a pistol and was also killed,” Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said.
“We think they may have been planning to attack passengers on the ferry,” he told journalists at the scene.
The Likoni ferry transports thousands of passengers daily from their homes on the south coast to Mombasa for work and back. It is also the main route for tourists heading to and from the airport to hotels on the popular southern beaches.
Several Western nations have warned citizens about travel to some areas of Kenya, including Mombasa. The attacks combined with advisories have hammered the once-vibrant coastal tourist industry.
“Today there would have been a tragedy on this ferry had the police not noticed these suspects and acted quickly. They have saved many lives,” Emmanuel Kimoto, a ferry guard, told Reuters. (Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)
CMA CGM reorganizes the rotations of its WAX line to improve service
CMA CGM reorganizes the rotations of its WAX line to improve service between Asia and West Africa In order to better match the needs of its customers in terms of Asian ports covering and available capacities, and to improve the reliability and flexibility of its lines, CMA CGM has decided to reorganize the rotations of itsWAX lines. WAX
• Weekly direct line dedicated to Nigeria, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire
• New rotation starting in Central China: Shanghai – Ningbo – Chiwan – Nansha – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Kelang – Cape Town – Tin Can – Douala – Abidjan – Pointe Noire – Colombo – Port Kelang – Shanghai
• Effective as from August 15th, 2014 in Shanghai with MV NORDIC MACAU