Scrap ship on fire again one year after disaster struck
After the tragic accident on the "Aces" in Gadani st scrapping site No. 54 on Nov 1, 2016, in which 31 workers were killed and 58 injured, when a violent explosion hit the ship, the work has been stopped. The area around the ship had been immediately closed by the Pakistani authorities and workers in the yard protested over working conditions and the lack of government support in terms of legislation on safety and health at work.
But soon after it was resumed on Nov 8, 2017, after after the Pakistani Environment Department last week authorized the resumption of the work, the ship was on fire again on the very first working day. Oil residues inside the ship had not been removed and were alight. This time all workers could be taken to safety and nobody was injured. "It is clear that no-one has learned any of the tragedies that have hit Gadani last year," Muhammad Irfan Khan, a member of the NGO Shipbeaking Platform Board, said. Local authorities have now launched an investigation to review the permit to resume the scrapping of the tanker. At the same time all work on the ship has been stopped again.
The "Carnival Horizon" has competed its final sea trials in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy on Nov 3, 2017. The 3,974-passenger ship is set to launch on April 2, 2018, with an inaugural Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona. It's in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera. A sister vessel to the "Carnival Vista" she will have new features like the line's first Dr. Seuss WaterWorks aqua park, a new teppanyaki dining venue and Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse Brewery, which combines his BBQ restaurant with an onboard craft brewery. In addition to these new additions, the "Carnival Horizon" will have popular features such as the IMAX theater, the SkyRide, the Cuba-themed Havana Cabana cabins, bar and pool and the Family Harbor area that comes with its own lounge. She will make four roundtrip departures from Barcelona after the delivery. The ship will then reposition to the U.S. with a two-week transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York on May 9, 2018. It will sail to Bermuda and the Caribbean from New York throughout summer 2018 before moving to Miami in the fall, where it will begin Caribbean cruises on Sept. 22, 2018.
Historic locomotive transported from Milwaukee to Antwerp
A historic diesel engine locomotive was discharged from the "Floragracht" on Nov 7, 2017, by Euroports Belgium in Antwerp. The historic NS 2000 diesel locomotive was taken on board in Milwaukee on the Lake Michigan around Oct 20 and was transported to the port of Antwerp for final destination The Netherlands. Here the locomotive will be restored by a museum. The NS-locomotive 2000 is a diesel-electric locomotive that was deployed by the Dutch Railways between 1946 and 1960. The locomotive will eventually be part of the museum that is called ‘the mobile museum’ which is a steam train between the city of Goes and Borsele, a municipality in the southwestern Netherlands on South-Beveland.
On Nov 9, 2017, the "Beaumont" saved the crew of two of the capsized catamaran yacht "Drekan Groupe". On Nov 8 at around 9 p.m. the Transat Jacques Vabre race office had received a call from Christopher Pratt, co-skipper of the Multi50, that they had just capsized 300 miles from the island of San Miguel in the Azores archipelago.
The two skippers, Eric Defert and Christopher Pratt, safe inside the boat, triggered the distress beacon. Equipped with their survival suits, they secured the boat for tracking and facilitated rescue.
The "Drekan Groupe" was racing downwind east of the Azores in 25 knot north-easterlies - with violent squalls of 35 knots - and a cross sea. The boat was not under autopilot. Defert and Pratt just had time to get into the cockpit before the boat turned over completely. They donned their survival suit and triggered their Cospas Sarsat emergency beacon.
The MRCC Punta Delgada received the distress call at 08:58 UTC and warned the race management. Pratt was able to call Sylvie Viant (race director) on the Iridium emergency phone to let her know that neither he nor Defert were injured. The boat being 380 miles from the island of Terceira (Azores), meant that no helicopter had sufficient range for a resuce. Therefore the MRCC decided to divert the nearest cargo ship, the "Beautriton" which was 30 miles away from the overturned trimaran. A Portuguese Navy patrol boat was also requested to assist in the search operation.
At 01:34 a.m. on Nov 9, the "Beautriton" announced to the MRCC that it located the "Drekan Groupe" and was able to talk on the VHF with the crew. Given the weather conditions, they mutually agreed to wait until daybreak to proceed with the rescue and to remain in standby near the capsized boat. Finally, at 09:38 a.m., the "Beautriton" put a lifeboat in the water and recovered the two sailors safe and sound. The cargo ship was heading from Gijon to Georgetown.
At the request of the MRCC and in accordance with the International Maritime Regulations, Defert turned off the Sarsat beacon before leaving the boat, so, now there was no longer any location information of the wreck. It was not yet known if a means of recovery will be put in place by estimating its drift.
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Shell has signed a contract with the Rotterdam headquartered Anthony Veder that will see the "Coral Methane", which currently operates as a multipurpose vessel for Shell, modified to serve as an LNG bunkering vessel.
The modification is the first of its kind and will entail integration of specific LNG bunker equipment into the vessel.
Modifications on the "Coral Methane" are due to start in early 2018. SHe will cover LNG bunkering demands across Europe, operating primarily in the southern part of the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Her electric azimuth pod propulsion, offersg maximum flexibility and high maneuverability, essential for her operations in the Norwegian fjords. This proven flexibility and maneuverability makes the "Coral Methane" an ideal vessel for modification into an LNG bunker vessel.Veder.