Traffic from Visingsö to Visings was interrupted in the morning of Apr 20, 2016, after the "Braheborg" had to be sidelined in Gränna due to technical trouble. An electrical fault was the reason and it was unclear when the ferry would be back in operation after troubleshooting. It was the third time in a short time the "Braheborg" was taken out of service and was now being replaced by the smaller ferry "Ebba Brahe" (MMSI: 265523890).
Pusher tug assisting in salvage of sunken Danube ferry
The "Domarin 12" was called to Mariaposching in order to assist in the salvage of the sunken cable ferry among with the barge "Raphaela" (MMSI: 211183170) and the pontoon "Kilian". First the salvors intended to recover a tractor and its trailer before divers fixed wires at the sunken ferry in order to get it back to the surface of the Danube.
German report with photos:
The "Rapahela" was called to Mariaposching in order to assist in the salvage of the sunken cable ferry among with the pusher tug "Domarin 12" (MMSI-No.: 211183200),and the barge "Kilian". First the salvors intended to recover a tractor and its trailer before divers fixed wires at the sunken ferry in order to get it back to the surface of the Danube.
German report with photos:
Return of Empress of the Seas to RCI delayed again
Another setback for the "Empress of the Seas": The Royal Caribbean International gcompany meanwhile cancelled on the whole 13 cruises which were scheduled in April and May as the overhaul works were taking significantly more time than planned. The ship was scheduled to be returned from the yard in Freeport on Mar 30, 2016, but the yard needs more time f.e. to replace five galleys which proved to be beyong repair and had to be completely exchanged for $10 million. The first cruise of the "Empress of the Seas" for RCI was now due to start on May 28 from Miami to Grand Cayman and Key West.
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
On Apr 20, 2016, at 7.45 p.m. the “Sea Horizon” ran aground on the Hoofdplaat on the Western Scheldt off the Pas van Borsselen. The accident happened at low tide between Flushing and Terneuzen while the ship was proceeding up the river bound to Antwerp with almost 39000 tons of gasoline on board. The ship had sailed from Port Neches on Mar 31. Four tugs of Multraship from Terneuzen and two of Kotug Smit were called to assist and refloated the tanker which had a draught of 11,7 meters and had got stuck with the foreship with the rising tide around 11 p.m. The ship was taken back to the Wielingen-North anchorage near Flushing off the Flamish coast, where she was moored around midnight for Surveys. The “Sea Horizon berthed in Antwerp on Apr 21 after surveys were completed, and left the port again on Apr 23 at 8.45 p.m. The ship dropped anchor at West Hinder Anchorage in the early morning of Apr 24.
Dutch reports with photos:
Just after continuing the westbound voyage, the Finnish Eco coaster newbuilding "Eeva VG", 3690 gt (IMO: 9769104), being under tow from Szczecin to Bodewes Shipyard in Papenburg for completion for the Meriaura Gruup, and actually being towed by the "Amon" and the "Moritz" (MMSI: 211118520) as assisting stern tug during the transit of the Kiel Canal, allided with the gate of a lock in Brunsbüttel on Apr 20, 2016, at 2.30 p.m. The convoy was held within the lock for investigations and continued on its way only at 4.10 p.m.
(Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
Brittany Ferries Invest €17m in 'Green' Technology on Pont-Aven
Brittany Ferries has invested €17 million to cut fuel emissions from its flagship Pont-Aven with the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems.
As previously reported on Afloat, Pont-Aven is unique in that it is the only ferry operating in Irish waters in 2016 to be fitted with “scrubbers”, which dramatically reduce sulphur emissions to almost zero and significantly reduce particulate output.
Hugh Bruton, General Manager of Brittany Ferries Ireland said, “As a company, we have a profound respect for the environment and we have made a significant investment to ensure that our passengers will be travelling on the cleanest and most environmentally-friendly ship to operate in Irish waters this year. The installation of the scrubbers is just one of a number of steps that we have implemented as we strive to achieve sustainable tourism.”
The scrubbers were installed at the renowned Gdansk shipyard in Poland, before the commencement of the 2016 Cork-Roscoff sailing season earlier this month. The work on the Pont-Aven marks the completion of a major €80 million project over 18 months by Brittany Ferries to significantly improve the environmental performance of its six-strong car ferry fleet in Ireland and the UK. www.afloat.ie/por...
Carnival Sunshine Crew Member Dies After Medical Emergency
Cruise Hive is very sad to report that a crew member who was working onboard the Carnival Sunshine has died. I Gede Agus Suastira was a Team Waiter from Bali, Indonesia and it is not known what kind of medical emergency occurred.
The crew member who has been working for Carnival Cruise Line since 2006 and started off as a Galley Steward was taken off the Carnival ship in Nassau, Bahamas on Friday. The vessel made an emergency call at the port and was met by an ambulance at the dock. A fellow crew member posted a video on his Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/...
Upgraded 'Carnival Pride' cruise ship to sail from Port Tampa Bay next year
Port Tampa Bay will be home to a new Carnival Cruise Line ship, Carnival Pride, beginning next year.
Carnival Cruise Line announced that the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride will offer a series of five- to 14-day trips from Tampa in January and February of next year to destinations such as Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan; and George Town, Grand Cayman.
Carnival Pride last set sail out of Tampa Bay in 2014. The ship has since been upgraded with new amenities. It sailed out of Baltimore last year.
MIAMI, FL - (Apr 21, 2016) Carnival Cruise Line and the Canaveral Port Authority hosted a special event earlier today to celebrate the arrival of the Space Coast's newest ship, the 130,000-ton Carnival Magic, and mark the official grand opening of the ship's new Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse designed by Food Network star Guy Fieri. Carnival Magic will depart this afternoon on its inaugural cruise from Port Canaveral with a three-day voyage to Nassau and will launch year-round seven-day sailings from the Space Coast April 23, 2016. Carnival Magic will offer two distinctly different week-long itineraries from Port Canaveral – a western Caribbean route featuring Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) and Costa Maya; and an eastern Caribbean option calling at St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Nassau or Amber Cove.