The Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has been fined $55,000 and ordered to pay $25,000 in reparation to a stevedore who suffered serious injuries unloading the "Lica Maersk" at the port in January 2014. POAL admitted a charge laid by Maritime New Zealand under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employee, and was sentenced in Auckland District Court on Mar 20, 2015. The stevedore was injured while attempting to dislodge a twist-lock that was stuck in the top of a two-high container stack on board the ship. The man was using a 5-meter unlocking pole which, with the weight of the twist lock, pulled him from the top of a container 15m down to the water. During his fall, he hit a crane beam, and then the wharf, before landing in the water where he spent approximately 15 minutes due to difficulties in rescuing him from the narrow space. The man suffered multiple injuries including breaking both legs, three fractured vertebrae, 10 fractured ribs, fractures to his sternum, a lacerated lung, and two fractured tendons in his left hand. The man was hospitalised for three months after the accident and was unlikely to return to work as a stevedore. The investigation by Maritime NZ found that no safety rail was in place in the area the man was working because it was covered by container lashing equipment. The POAL management had identified that use of unlocking poles to remove twist-locks was hazardous in mid-2013 but stevedores were not told they should not be used. The company failed to provide adequate training in relation to ship inspections and health and safety procedures and failed to adequately monitor employees to identify and prevent unsafe work practices.
On Mar 18, 2015, at 1.30 p.m. the "Maxime", while trying to enter Seaham’s South Dock, was caught by the current and struck the north side of the wall with its starboard side, before the port side hit the other gate. The ship struck one side of the gate first with the bow and attempted to straighten up, backed up and ran into the wall and with that manoeuvre struck the gate again.The ship’s crew were able to put it into reverse and straighten up without assistance. On Mar 19 the ship left port again bound for Ghent.
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Several departures of the "Ampere" on the Lavik-Oppedal service had to be cancelled on Mar 18, 2015, after trouble with charging. The charging stations were not working optimally and the "Ampere" had to sail with reduced capacity. A contact needed to be replaced on both the charging stations. Spare parts arrived in the evening. The ferry remained sidelined in Oppedal.
Norwegian report with photos:
Successfully completed sea trials by gas-powered ferry
An advanced Navis Nav DP 4000 dynamic positioning system was specified for F.A-Gauthier, the first ever gas-powered passenger ship to be built in Italy. The technology ensures that the recently-delivered ro-ro vessel achieves optimum performance in the difficult navigational conditions it faces in North America’s Gulf of St Lawrence.
The 133m long, 800-passenger capacity vessel, delivered by the Fincantieri group’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard to Canadian operator La Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), is the first ferry of its type to operate in North America. It features a unique, integrated diesel electric propulsion system, with four power generators that can run on either LNG or marine diesel oil.
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Seychelles Convicts Nine Somali Pirates Compensated by Denmark
The Seychelles Supreme Court has convicted nine Somali nationals of committing acts of piracy who were previously released and paid compensation by Denmark over a delay in being presented before a judge after their capture.
The nine Somalis, including one minor, were found guilty of three different counts of piracy stemming from two seperate attacks on a Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker and the Danish ship MV Torm Kansas off the coast of Somalia in November 2013. Following the attacks, the suspected pirates were captured aboard their mothership by a Danish Navy ship and brought to Seychelles for prosecution.
According to the Seychelles News Agency, a judge rejected the defenses argument that the nine accused were just fishermen. The judge also rejected the claims that suspects had been detained and tried by the state of Denmark for piracy against the Torm Kansas, for which they were released and promised compensation. gcaptain.com/seyc...
In the wake of Thursday’s terror attack at the Bordo National Museum, in Tunis, MSC Cruises has decided to suspend all remaining Tunisian calls in the 2015 summer program, according to the company, citing safety concerns. Itineraries affected by the change will impact four of MSC Cruises’ 12 ships as follows:
• MSC Splendida will call at Valletta, in Malta
• MSC Fantasia will call at Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
• MSC Preziosa will call at Cagliari, in Sardinia
• MSC Divina will call at Valletta a day earlier and head directly to Corfu, Greece
MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “Sadly, the murderous actions of the people behind this devastating attack will have far-reaching and profoundly damaging effects on democratic Tunisia and its faltering economy. Tunisia can little afford to be considered a no-go zone at this time, but regrettably that is how tourists will now see it.
“Tunis is a key destination for MSC Cruises, and we hope to be able to restore it to itineraries in due course," Vago continued. "But until we receive the necessary reassurances that the security situation has returned to normal, we have to take our guests to alternative Mediterranean destinations.”
The "MSC Splendida" berthed at Moll Assodat in Barcelona on Mar 20 at 8 a.m., coming from Tunis. It turned out that nine of its passengers were killed in the islamic terrorist attack and 12 more injured.
In the morning of Mar 20 the "Costa Fascinosa" reached Palma de Mallorca. Passengers may leave the ship in Palma and return home. Costa organized the return flights. Five passengers of the ship were killed in the islamic terroristic attack in Tunis, eight more injured.