Container washed ashore near Axmouth - container ship underway again
On Feb 23 a Maersk shipping container has washed ashore near Axmouth which was lost from the "Svendborg Maersk" on Feb 14. The same day around 9 p.m. the "Svendborg Maersk" left the port of Malaga and headed for the Suez Canal with an ETA of Feb 27. Most of the lost containers were empty and are believed to have sunk approximately 75 nautical miles south west of Land's End in French waters. The MCA's aerial surveillance aircraft has been searching UK waters, and ships passing through the English Channel have been warned and asked to report any sightings. MCA Counter Pollution and Salvage forces have been carrying out extensive searches over the last four days and spotted three containers, one of which has since come ashore and the other two were mid-Channel. They closely worked with Maersk to ensure they recovered their containers, which were their property. The Beer Coastguard Rescue Team, police and council officials were on scene at Axmouth beach and the container has been cordoned off after hundreds of people were at the beach as the information was out on the internet. The container was containing 11 millions of Lark cigarettes, on the whole 14 tons of cigarettes which, however, all had become wet. Exmouth coastguard requested four team members to attend the beach at Axmouth to assist Beer Coastguard Rescue Team, Lyme Regis Coastguard, HM Coastguard West Bay Dorset with removing the contents of the container. Approximately 30 Coastguards plus police officers and council workers under the guidance of the Lyme Bay Coastguard acting for the Receiver of Wreck, spent hours offloading tens of thousands of packets of cigarettes. At approximately 10 p.m., the container had been completely emptied and the contents transferred to a secure lockup.
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On Feb 24, 2014, at 08:02 a.m. the "Till" suffered an engein breakdown in the Bosphorus and went adrift. The Istanbul Vessel Traffic Service dispatched the tgs "Kurtarma 5" and "Kurtarma 7" as well as the lifeboat "Kıyı Emniyeti 4". In spite of an emergency anchroing the vessel with a crew of six on board continued to drift towards land untiul being securedby the rescue forces off Ahırkapı. The unloaded "Till" had sailed from Varna on Feb 22 and was bound for Aliaga with an ETA of Feb 25.
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Shanghai to be Sapphire Princess homeport for summer-season 2014
Shanghai: In a big sign of China’s fast growing cruise market, America’s Princess Cruises is to homeport its giant Sapphire Princess vessel in Shanghai this summer. The 104-day season, starting in May, will provide 24 roundtrip cruises.
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The newly scrubbed and painted "Nova Star" which is still at the Benoi Shipyard will start its 10,000-mile journey from Singapore to the Gulf of Maine in March 2014. The ferry, which will travel daily between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is expected to stop in Boston and Portsmouth, N.H., before arriving in Portland a day or two before the scheduled May 1, 2014, launch date. The ferry operator, Nova Star Cruises, has yet to receive approval from the Federal Maritime Commission to advertise its fares or sell tickets. The ferry company has submitted an application that shows it has liability coverage and the financial resources to give people their money back if the ferry service is canceled, and it expected to win approval from the federal commission very soon. The problem was to be fixed by mid-February.
Nanjing Tanker offloads single-hull tanker to scrapyard
Shanghai: Nanjing Tanker, the oil shipping arm of Sinotrans & CSC, is to scrap three tankers even though they have yet to hit their 20s. The three single hull tankers, Da Qing 439, Yazhou Xiongshi and Ning Hua 401, will be scrapped, and another ship, Da Qing 437, will also be sold, according to the company. The financially troubled Nanjing Tanker has been suspended from trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. [SinoShipNews 24/02/14]
Shanghai: Nanjing Tanker, the oil shipping arm of Sinotrans & CSC, is to scrap three tankers even though they have yet to hit their 20s.
The three single hull tankers, Da Qing 439, Yazhou Xiongshi and Ning Hua 401, will be scrapped, and another ship, Da Qing 437, will also be sold, according to the company.
The financially troubled Nanjing Tanker has been suspended from trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. [SinoShipNews 24/02/14]
Antarctic rescue mission with 'Aurora Australis' cost $1.8 million
The federal government is trying to recoup the nearly $2 million it spent helping rescue passengers aboard a ship that became stuck in sea ice in Antarctica over the summer.
A distress call was sent from a Russian research ship on Christmas Day after it became trapped in heavy sea ice near Commonwealth Bay with a group of scientists, explorers and tourists aboard including two men from the Illawarra. The ship had been undertaking the Spirit of Mawson voyage, retracing Australian explorer Sir Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic expedition. Several attempts to free the ship were unsuccessful, before the the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis was diverted from a resupply mission to Casey station to assist in the rescue.
Fifty-two passengers were airlifted to the icebreaker, which completed its resupply mission before returning to Hobart nearly three weeks after the ship first became stranded.
Australian Antarctic Division director Dr Tony Fleming said the rescue cost his division around $1.8 million and they were trying to recoup the bill. More at www.illawarramerc...
In the evening of Feb 18, 2014, a barge towed by the "Stormcrest" allided with the Lulu Island Swingspan bridge of the CN Rail. There was no train on the bridge at the time the barge hit, and there were no injuries reported. Some repairs were needed so train operations in that area had to be suspended while repair crews were fixing the bridge. The Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators to the incident site on the north arm of the Fraser River.
Sea Shepherd claims night 'ambush' by Japanese whalers
Militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd said Monday (Feb. 24, 2014) they were ambushed under the cover of darkness by a Japanese whaling fleet in a "ruthless assault" to disable their ship in the Southern Ocean.
Sea Shepherd said two Japanese harpoon ships attacked their Bob Barker vessel on Sunday night, using steel cables in an attempt to jam its propellers and rudders from close range in violation of laws aimed at preventing collisions at sea.
Bob Barker captain Peter Hammarstedt said he had been tailing the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru since Sunday morning but the harpooners waited until night fell—"launching their onslaught under the cover of darkness".
After the end of its actual charter, the "Dieppe Seaways" will be sold to Stena Line, renamed "Stena Endeavour" and remodeled like her sister vessels "Stena Superfast VII" and "Stena Superfast VIII". The ship is due to replace both the "HSS Stena Explorer" and "Stena Nordica" on the Irish Sea between Holyhead and Dublin. While the "Stena Nordica" will be shifting on the Fishguard-Rosslare route, the "Stena Europe" will be sold.