Irishman jailed for stealing backpack from Costa Concordia wreck
An Irishman has been jailed in Italy after stealing a backpack from the wreck of the "Costa Concordia". Sean Ruddy, 41, was convicted alongside three other salvage workers after they stole a number of ‘souvenirs’ in November 2013. Mr Ruddy was convicted alongside British national David Freeburn, 47, for stealing a bag with the Costa Concordia logo on it. The two men were jailed for six months and handed €200 fines.
South African citizens Melvin Lotter, 31, and Hendrik Johannes Venter, 33, were sentenced to four months in prison and fined €200 for violating police seals.
All four men were employed by salvage firm Titan Micoperi and worked mainly to defuel the vessel prior to its removal. They were detained by Italian police after CCTV images captured them boarding the vessel. The men were fired by Titan Microperi, who in a November 2013 statement said: "The company has taken immediate action to remove the workers from the project.”
The prosecution had lodged a request for Mr Ruddy and Mr Freeburn to be jailed for a year each and fined €300, which was rejected by the judge.
Stormy winds have battered Victoria with the "Astor" being wedged up against the Station Pier at St Kilda in Melbourne on Feb 19, 2018. A severe weather warning was in place for damaging winds of up to 100km/h in Melbourne's eastern suburbs and elevated areas including the Yarra Ranges by the Bureau of Meteorology. Tugs had to assist the "Astor" which was blown onto the edge of Station Pier at St Kilda in the evening. The ship meanwhile left port and headed to Hobart.
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The "Veteran" has returned to service on the Fogo Island – Change Islands run on Feb 19 after months of being out of commission.
The ferry has been out of service since October 2017 for repairs. The vessel has had repeated thruster problems since originally coming into service in late 2015. The sister ship, the "Legionnaire", will now undergo maintenance and repairs to its bow ramp. Once complete, the "Legionnaire" will join the Flanders on the Bell Island Tickle.
Updates on current provincial ferry services can be found at: www.tw.gov.nl.ca/...
On Feb 19, 2018, the "Melderskin" had to be taken out of the service between Leirvåg and Sløvåg for some hours after having suffered electrical failure in the engine control room. The damage was repaired at the dock in Leirvåg. The ferry was in normal operation again since 12.15 p.m.
In the evening of Feb 16, 2018, three teens threw a concrete slab onto the "Titan", 650 ts (EU-No.: 2318288), from the Rheinhausen railway bridge in Duisburg while she was passing under it. The young men between 13 and 19 years damaged the radar pole,also the wheelhouse was hit. Luckily nobody was injured.
MAN Diesel was still analyzing the cause of the engine failure that put the "Express 2" out of operation on Feb 16. It was still uncertain when the engine would be repaired and therefore it was not clear when the "Express 2" can be reintroduced at Aarhus Odden.
"MAN's technicians were still assessing the damage to the engine, so they could not really say anything about how extensive repairs and the time horizon would be.
The "Blue Tune" reported to Greek authorities an outbreak of an unknown disease on board, while sailing in Gulf of Corinth with a cargo of bauxite, en route from Ravenna, where she had sailed on Feb 16, 2018, to San Nicolas. The master had alerted Greek authorities that its 40-year-Russian cook had died of unknown causes, raising concerns that he may have been infected with a contagious disease. Greek specialists excluded cargo as the possible cause of poisoning. There was a possibility of contagious disease.
The ship was put under quarantine and was ordered to proceed to the Boeotia area in the Gulf of Corinth and wait for specialists team to board her. A preliminary coroner’s report on Feb 19 said that the death of the cook was due to heart problems and not a contagious disease.
The experts from Greece’s Center for Disease Prevention and Control gave the other crewmen a clean bill of health. A state coroner is still expected to sign off on the preliminary postmortem examination.
On Feb 17, 2018, at noon the "Kristine Bonnevie", en route from Hanstholm with a crew of 22 on board, reported engine failure 17 nautical miles south of Orknøyane, in position 59 15 54N, 001 41 00W. A lubricant distributor was leaking. As the engine could not be repaired, the vessel was awaiting the patrol boat "Bergen" of the Norwegian Coastguard, ETA 5 a.m.. The unloaded vessel was drifting, since anchoring was not possible, due to the depth of water. The "Bergen" pulled the "Kristine Bonnevie" to Sletta off Haugesund where the lifeboat "Bergen Kreds" took over and pulled the vessel to a repair yard at Rubbestadneset on Bømlo, where it arrived on Feb 19 at noon. The ship was due to carry out trials on March 16 may sail afterwards if all goes well.
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Transocean to Take $112 Million Hit Over Rig Breakdown
Offshore driller Transocean will take a $112 million hit from a drilling contract amendment for its harsh-environment semi-submersible Transocean Leader.
Transocean revealed Thursday that the rig experienced equipment breakdown that could not be repaired in-time, entitling its customer with the right to terminate the contract. However, Transocean says the customer instead opted to renegotiate the contract lower dayrate and contract duration. According to the statement from Transocean: gcaptain.com/tran...
Windstar Cruises is to sail four new cruise tours in Alaska in May 2018, returning to the region for the first time in 20 years. To be offered on the 212-guest Star Legend, the cruise tours will enable passengers to spend up to 20 days exploring Alaska by land and sea. Highlights will include kayaking, exploring glaciers with experienced glaciologists and marine biologists, and onboard lectures from Windstar’s expeditions experts.