The "Lolland" which had entered the port of Rostock on Dec 4, 2013, was found overloaded by 220 tons during a control on Dec 5. The draught was exceeded by 23,4 cm. The ship was detained, the police launched an investigation against the captain.
On Dec 5, 2013, around 1 p.m. the "Pauline Russ" allided with the Brunsbüttel lock in the Kiel Canal. The ship was enroute from Hankö to Tilbury. After investigations the ship was allowed to continue its voyage at 8 p.m. The gate was damaged but could still be used. Also the pierhead was damaged.
On Dec 6, 2013, at 2.50 a.m. the "Rimma" was disabled in the Istanbul Strait near Aşiyan. The Istanbul Vessel Traffic Services Centre sent the tug "Kurtama 4" which was on site at 3:10 a.m. Also the "Kurtama 7" was dispatched at 04:35 a.m. The ship was anchored at 05:20 a.m. The ship was enroute from Istanbul to Yeysk without cargo and a crew of 11.
India Seeks Release of Jailed Indian Sailor in Togo
Indian merchant ship's Captain Sunil James who has been jailed in Togo, West Africa since July, is desperately awaited back home for conducting the last rites for his 11-month son who died on 2 December of septicemia.
The 36-year-old sailor's ship MT Ocean Centurion was attacked near Togo on 16 July and days later, he was detained and arrested in the Western African country on charges of aiding the pirates. Little efforts have been made by the Indian government to get him released, until the tragic death of his toddler son brought a new twist to the story. www.ibtimes.co.in...
More sailings of the "LeConte" have been canceled. The sailing schedule for Dec 5 has been canceled because of ongoing repairs to the vessel's bow thruster. The ferry was expected to resume scheduled service as early as Dec 6.
Drug tests administered to the crew of the "York" that crashed into a Jersey City pier on Nov 29 have come back negative. The tests showed neither the captain nor other crew members who were on the ferry at the time of the crash had drugs in their systems. The cause of the ferry crash was still under investigation. The ferry could be back in operation as early as Dec 9, depending on how its repairs go ahead and the inspection that would follow the repairs.
Stena Alegra may not be boarded by foot passengers
InterIslander has suffered yet another setback as foot passengers will not be able to board the "Stena Alegra" when it enters service on Jan 12, 2014 as the vessel was not compatible with the passenger gangways at Picton and Wellington terminals. The "Stena Alegra" will use the same berth as the "Kaitaki" in Wellington and Picton and the existing passenger gangways had been built specifically for the "Kaitaki". There would, however, be no problems boarding passengers and drivers travelling in vehicles. Teams are working on a solution for this enabling foot passengers to board by modified gangways at the "Kaitaki"'s berth. The "Stena Alegra" is due in Wellington by the end of December following a voyage from Poland. The "Stena Alegra" will do two return sailings per day from Jan 12. Two crossings will be freight only and two will be a mix of freight and vehicle passengers.