Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) opens Panama locks for german owned tanker
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, paid a visit to the Panama Canal on Apr. 9 and observed the British-flagged chemical tanker CPO New Zealand as she made her way through the locks. The 183 meter-long, 52,000 ton deadweight CPO New Zealand is owned by Hamburg-based Offen Tankers. According to his Facebook page, he was allowed in to the Canal’s control room where he was permitted to open the locks to allow one of the vessels to sail through.
On Apr 9, 2015, the "Tresfjord" had to be pulled out of the service between Flakk and Rørvik until further notice due to technical problems with the hydraulics on the "Tresfjord". The ship was sidelined for repairs in Trondheim, leaving the "Korsfjord" and "Glutra" on the route.
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On Apr 10, 2015, the "Bastø IV" suffered technical trouble and its sailings were cancelled until further notice. The ship was sidelined on Horten. Drivers had to expect longer waiting times on the Horten-Moss run with less ferries operating accordingly.
On Apr 9 at 2.30 p.m. the "Saint George" left the Nobiskrug-Yard in Rendsburg after repairs of allision damage. The ship berthed at the Voith-Quay in the North Port of Kiel at 5 p.m. and passed the locks of the Kiel Canal eastbound around 7 p.m., heading for an anchorage in the Kiel Bight for order where it dropped anchor at 9 p.m.
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A one-kilometre-long oil slick was believed to have leaked from the "Marathassa" and was fouling the waters and beaches of Vancouver's scenic English Bay. The oil affected Stanley Park and numerous popular beaches. An estimated 3,000 litres is believed to have seeped from the freighter. The spill was first spotted on Apr 8, 2015, at 5 p.m. by a local boater. The Coastguard contracted the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation in the night to begin to tackle the spill. A floating barrier of 2600 foot length has been placed around the ship, and crews were skimming oil off the surface. 1,400 litres of oil have since been skimmed from the water. Crews from five West Coast Marine Response Corporation boats used skimmers on Apr 9 to remove the oil. The City of Vancouverdid not find out about the oil slick until 6 a.m. on Apr 9. Fuel samples were being examined in Transport Canada's labs in Ottawa.
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In the evening of Apr 8, 2015, the "Deutschland" broke off her moorings in a storm and was puhsed against the pier no. 7 in Malaga, damaging 150 meters of the quay. Also an underground water pipe running parallel to the dock, was damaged as well as two fenders. With the intention to embark several inspectors of a prospective buyer, the "Deutschland" had docked at the pier with the help of the tug "Vehintiocho" when under wind force one of the mooring lines broke. The ship was secured at dock 7 several hours later the accident. In the morning of Apr 9 morning technicians of the Port Authority assessed the damage to the area so that no ship could dock. On Apr 9 at 1 a.m. the ship left the port, bound for Almería.
The Ukrainian law enforcement on Apr 9, 2015, reported the arrest of the "Aliot" in Izmail for violating the sanctions imposed on annexed Crimea ports. During July 2014 the tug was working in the port of Kerch. When the tug called at Izmail for repairs, it was put under arrest and may be confiscated.
Replacement ferry for Prinsesse Benedikt ready to start
On Apr 8, 2015, the replacement ferry for the damaged "Prinsesse Benedikte" on the Rødby-Puttgarden run, the "Mercandia VIII", left Helsingborg and berthed in Rødby at 7 p.m. The ship had served as an additional freight ferry on the Helsingør - Helsingborg service before. Ahead of the start on the Rødby - Puttgarden route some adjustments at the ferry berths have to be carried out in both ports which may take some days. The "Mercandia VIII" is due to undertake freight sailings from Tuesday to Friday. Repairs of the "Prinsesse Benedikte" were expected to be finished end of June.
On Apr 6, 2015, at 11.25 a.m. the "Viking Var" was disabled by driftwood running downstream on the Danube at Passau. The propeller was stopped when it got entangled in the propulsion when the ship was about to berth. The ship wen adrift and ran over a fairway buoy at the Ilzstadt Shore. The master was able to regain control with the bow thruster until the propeller was running again and able to berth the ship. The buoy was significantly damaged.
More sailings cancelled due to ongoing repair work
All "Manannan" sailings have been cancelled for another day after the ferry was damaged. Some passengers were being asked to contact the company to change their arrangements, while others have been re-routed on later trips via Heysham in Lancashire. The company has asked passengers booked on the 7.30 a.m. service to Liverpool and 11.15 a.m. service from Liverpool on Apr 9 to contact them to make alternative arrangements. All passengers booked on the 3 p.m. sailing to Liverpool have been transferred to the 7.45 p.m. sailing to Heysham and those booked on the 7.15 p.m. sailing from Liverpool have been transferred to the 2.15 a.m. leaving Heysham on Apr 10. A coach will depart the terminal in Liverpool at 11.30 a.m. for those passengers transferring to the 2.15 p.m. service from Heysham and at 9 p.m. for those transferring to the 2.15 a.m. ferry. A coach transfer has also been arranged to take foot passengers arriving on the mainland from Heysham to the Liverpool terminal. After the damage was more extensive than first identified, thenecessary repairs involved removal, repair and replacement of parts of some systems. Technical staff was working with specialist repair teams to source the necessary materials and spares needed. Steam Packet Company apologied to affected passengers and continued to do all that we can to minimise repair time of the "Manannan" and restore normal operations as soon as possible. The repairs to the "Manannan" were being carried out in Douglas, not in dry-dock.