ASDP Launches Indonesia’s Largest RoRo Ship "KMP Port Link" in Sunda Strait
The state-owned River and Lake Transportation Company (PT ASDP) has launched the country’s largest roll-on/roll-off ferry, which will link Java and Sumatra via Merak, Banten, and Bakauheni, Lampung. The 123-meter-long KMP Portlink, formerly operated by Stena Line in Ireland, has a capacity to carry 1,000 passengers, 309 cars and 62 trucks at a speed of up to 19 knots, or about 36 kilometers per hour.
Danang S. Baskoro, the president director of ASDP, said that the ferry had been operating the route on a trial basis since May 15 but that the company was ready to officially open the new service. “Of course we are relieved and thankful that KMP Portlink can now operate after a very long process and a lot of challenges,” Danang said.
Built in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the 12.619-ton Portlink, which used to be named Stena Caledonia, served the Belfast-Stranraer route between the Northern Irish capital and Scotland.
The Coast Guard medevaced a 85-year-old man from the "Norwegian Gem" approximately 70 miles south of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, on June 9, 2013. The cruise ship contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at 4:40 p.m. reporting the man had suffered a possible stroke. Personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., dispatched crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to assist. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 p.m., hoisted the man and his son into the helicopter and took them to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
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Emerald Alaska Inc. response personnel constructed a decontamination site on the pier adjacent to the "BBC Arizona" in Valdez on June 9, 2013. Containers with oil cargo were to be removed from the vessel and cleaned within the site starting on June 10. The response crews finished construction of a temporary 30-foot by 100-foot decontamination and containment site on the Valdez Container Terminal pier on June 9. With the site complete, the next phase of response operations included wrapping each container in plastic and lifting them off the "BBC Arizona" and into the decontamination area. Response personnel was standing by with a vacuum truck and waterside response boats during off-loading, from June 10 on as a precautionary measure. Once on the pier, containers were opened, inspected, and cleaned by Emerald Alaska Inc. Samples of oil continued to be field tested to positively rule out presence of PCBs. All testing to date indicated no presence of the hazardous substance sometimes associated with transformer oil. Vacuum trucks transferred oil cargo into temporary storage tanks. The Unified Command composed of the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, City of Valdez, and Gallagher Marine Systems, LLC, on June 9 had finalized plans to off-load all 28 containers from the "BBC Arizona" for decontamination shoreside. Port Valdez stevedores removed the remaining Alaska-bound cargo from the ship over the weekend June 8/9. rews had shifted the "BBC Arizona" on June 7 to accommodate arrival of a tug and barge delivering unrelated cargo on June 9.
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On June 6, 2013 one crew member of the "Caterina" drowned, his body was recovered by the police. The "Caterina" was to leave Freeport bound for Harper after completing cargo operations. The ship was chartered by UNMIL for supplying UN forces in the region.
Owner of Lia Jan fined for keeping inaccurate logbook
The owner of the "Lia Jan (WD63)" has been ordered to pay over £10,667.25 in fines and costs and the master a total of £5,130 after pleading guilty to three offences relating to keeping an inaccurate logbook for cod, megrim and anglerfish. The vessel was boarded on May 31, 2013, by marine enforcement officers from the HMS "Tyne" in the Celtic Sea (Area VIIg). The officers inspected both the logbook and fishroom and estimated that the caught megrim and anglerfish had been significantly under-recorded. The vessel was detained to Newlyn for further investigation. On June 5, 2013, Truro Magistrates’ Court heard that between May 25 and June 1 the logbook was not completed accurately. When weighed ashore, the anglerfish was under-recorded by 61.92% (1,014.82 kg) and the megrim by 16.41% (180.48 kg).
The master, Paulo Meireles, was fined £1,670 for each logbook offence and a £120 victim surcharge. The owner, Denis O’Flaherty, was fined £1,670 for each offence, £5,537.25 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge.
Main in serious condition after medevac by helicopters failed
A man who fell ill on board the "Marina" bound for Cork has been taken to Cork University Hospital in a serious condition on June 8. The ship was en route to Ireland from Canada when the 79-year-old man suffered a suspected stroke. Two coastguard rescue helicopters were dispatched to rescue the man but a decision was taken to keep him on-board until the vessel docked in Cobh. The ship arrived to port this morning where emergency services were waiting to transport the man.
Containers to be shifted on deck to facilitate removal of bridge parts stored below
Emerald Alaska Inc. response personnel placed plastic sheeting onto the deck of the "BBC Arizona" while building temporary containment for the ship's leaking containers June 7. Response personnel conducted inspections aboard the "BBC Arizona" at Port Valdez, Alaska, stevedores were shifting cargo to facilitate decontamination of the ship's deck, June 7-8, 2013. Multiple containers stored on deck, each holding a plastic bladder filled with transformer oil, began leaking during the ship's transit to Valdez. A Unified Command, consisting of the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, City of Valdez, and Gallagher Marine Systems, LLC, directed containers to be shifted on deck to facilitate removal of bridge parts stored below. Bridge parts, the ship's last remaining domestic cargo, were destined for the Tanana River bridge construction project. Once all domestic cargo was removed, the Unified Command, with response partners Emerald Alaska Inc., would continue work to clean and decontaminate the ship.
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Search for missing man who was already heading home
Five ships and two helicopters searched for a missing passenger of the "Leonora Christina" between Ystad and Bornholm for several hours on June 5, 2013, while he was already on the train to Copenhagen. The man had participated in a group trip by bus from Copenhagen to Bornholm and forth. When the Ferry arrived at Ystad at 5:50 p.m. it was discovered that 55-year-old was not on board. No one had seen him since the ferry, and the Group alerted the rescue services. Three Swedish and two Danish ships and a helicopter from Sweden and one from Denmark searched along a straight line between Ystad and Rønne while the crew was searching the ferry which was on its way back to Bornholm again. After several hours had passed and the search was fruitless a verification call was made to the man's apartment in Copenhagen, and he answered the phone. It turned out that he had gone to the railway station in Ystad and took the train home. At 1.21 a.m. the SAR Operation was stopped.
On June 9, 2013, at 8 a.m. a fire broke out causing a lot of smoke in the lower decks of the "Finnfellow" in Naantali. The ship's smoke divers immediately started fire fighting before the fire brigades from Naantali, Raisio and Turku arrived. The cause of the fire was an overheating in the the ship's air-conditioning. After the fire was out, the decks were ventilated. The ferry left the port bound for Kapellskärts around 11 a.m.