The "Shoryu" saved three boaters, who were several days overdue on a voyage from Chuuk to Puluwat Atoll on MAr 30, 3016, following a joint international search. The missing men were on a 19-foot skiff and located by the vessel. All three men were brought aboard the "Shoryu" and were in good condition. The skiff was placed in a side tow and the "Shoryu" took the three men to Puluwat. A family member reported the men overdue on Mar 29, prompting a search by the Coast Guard. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Guam issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast alerting mariners in the region to the situation. The watchstanders coordinated search efforts of two Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System ships: the "Soma Maru" and "Shoryu" and provided search patterns for each vessel.
Singapore-listed Mercator Lines has announced that its judicial manager has entered into a memorandum of agreement for the sale of 2000-built 38,906 dwt bulker Kalpana Prem.
The vessel was sold on an arms-length basis to a third party for around $2.93m, reducing the debt owing to major shareholder Mercator International.
The vessel will be delivered during April 2016.
Ovation of The Seas back in Dock Elbe 17 for a second visit on April 1
The new cruise liner of the Meyer Werft, the Ovation of the Seas, will be leaving Bremerhaven for Hamburg on Friday evening, where it will arrive midday on Saturday for a further visit to the Blohm & Voss dockyard. Over the last few days, the Ovation of the Seas has gone through numerous technical and nautical tests, putting the systems and technical machinery through their paces under extremely adverse conditions. The sound and vibration measurements were also completed, together with the speed tests. Following this second trial voyage, the decision was taken to replace the drive propellers. For this third ship in the series, a new design had been developed to achieve further improvements in fuel consumption. It now transpires that this effect won’t be achieved so that the shipyard and owners are reverting to the established design: the original propellers will now be fitted while the ship is in dock in Hamburg. The crew and shipyard staff then return to Bremerhaven for a very brief layover before handing the ship over to the owners. Plans are still in place to proceed with the handover to Royal Caribbean International ahead of schedule on 8 April 2016.
On Mar 31, 2016, a large explosion occurred aboard the "Julius Rütgers", 2415 ts (EU-No.: 04803280), in the port of Duisburg, killing at least two people. Windows in the surroundings burst due to the impact. Rescue forces were searching for more possible victims with fire boats, divers and a helicopter. At 8.40 a.m. the explosion took place at the shipyard Meiderich where works were carried out aboard the tank barge. At least two workers were thrown over board and recovered dead 100 meters away from the ship, one more was missing. The search of 50 forces was focussed on a part of debris of 300 kg weight which was thrown over a distance several hundred meters. A large smoke plume emerged over the city. The fire was extinguished within one hour. At least one tank burst open. There was no cargo inside. The ship had sailed from Millingen on Mar 26 and berthed in Duisburg for repairs on Mar 27. The cause of the explosion was unclear yet, possibly a spark had set gas remainder alight.
German reports with photos and video:
On MAr 23, 2016, 90 kg cocaine was found aboard the "Grande Amburgo" in the port of Emden by customs officers from Oldenburg and Hannover. They had got a hint from a foreign authority about suspected drug smuggling. Immediately after the ship entered port, a thorough search of the cargo of containers, vehicles and construction machines was started. Inside some motor-graders large plastic bags filled with cocaine were found which would have had a value of more than five million Euros. The ship left Emden again the same afternoon.
German report with photos:
The "Hui Feng 1799", being loaded with sand, suffered water ingress on Mar 28, 2016, on the Poyang Lake, Yangtze river. The vessel was in danger of sinking, and the crew and salvors tried to beach her, but after floating cranes offloaded some of the cargo into barges, the situation could be brought under control and the vessel was salvaged.