The "Kennewick" ran aground in the Keystone Harbor channel outside the fairway in the morning of July 8, 2015, at 6.30 a.m. The vessel was en route from Townsend to Coupeville and touched bottom as it approached the dock. The passengers were able to get off the ferry, but it also blocked the "Salish", the other ship on the route, from being able to get in there. But the "Kennewick" was quickly refloated and reached Coupeville where divers surveyed the hull. No damages were reported, as the vessel had grounded on sand and mud bottom. Ferry service was resumed at 2 p.m.
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The "Matsonia" reported to be disabled and adrift due to an engine failure on July 8, 2015, in pos. 25 50N 150 45W, about 480 miles northeast of Honolulu. The crew of 21 was trying to fix the problem. The vehicles carrier was en route from Oakland to Honolulu when it stalled about 480 nautical miles from Honolulu. The cargo was including perishables. An emergency generator was running for the crew which has been working diligently to repair the problem. However, work so far has been unsuccessful so that a tug has been dispatched to the vessel and will tow it into Oahu if mechanics were unable to complete repairs.
Due to stormy weather the "Costa Favolosa" skipped its stop at Warnemünde on July 10, 2015, and was diverted to Kiel instead where it berthed at the Ostsee Quay from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
At the beginning of 2015 MV Jumbo Jubilee transported two 600t minehunters from Brest, France to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In June 2015 MV Jumbo Jubilee returned both vessels to their Naval Base in France. The minehunters took part in a joint naval exercise between the French and UAE navy in the Arabian Gulf. Marfret’s special projects department SMIS contracted Jumbo to transport this delicate and valuable property of the French Navy. Picture at: www.heavyliftspec...
Maersk Sells Stake in Offshore Oil Services Company Esvagt
A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S has sold its majority stake in Esvagt, a shipping company that operates offshore service and rescue vessels, to two infrastructure investment firms from the U.K. and Australia, for $610 million. The deal is the latest in a series of divestments made by the Danish conglomerate in order to focus on its core businesses of container shipping and oil exploration. The company has sold off assets worth billions of dollars over the last few years, including tankers that carry liquefied natural gas and a large stake in the lender Danske Bank. Maersk has also invested in oil-drilling equipment, marine terminals and mega-container ships. ESVAGT, founded in 1981, owns a fleet of 43 vessels that provide emergency response services for offshore oil rigs, help clean up oil spills, and assist in moving rigs, tankers and workers to and from offshore oil projects. Maersk accumulated a 75% stake in the company in the 1990s. The buyers were 3i Infrastructure Plc, a British firm that invests in energy projects across Europe, and AMP Capital, an Australian infrastructure investment fund with $124 billion in assets under management. Source : Wall Street Journal
CMA CGM gets EU approval for short-sea liner acquisition
European Union competition regulators approved French carrier CMA CGM’s acquisition of OPDR, the German short-sea shipping line. The EU didn’t attach any conditions to its approval of the deal, according to CMA CGM which officially integrated OPDR into the Marseille-based group on July 1.CMA CGM acquired OPDR from the Bernhard Schulte group in November for an undisclosed sum.The company’s fleet consists of five 698 twenty-equivalent-unit capacity container vessels, which the company owns, two roll-on, roll-off ships and three chartered container vessels which transported around 200,000 TEUs in 2014. Some of the company’s routes linked Scandinavia with Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands and Morocco.OPDR will become a subsidiary of MacAndrews, a UK-based short sea carrier acquired by CMA CGM in 2002, which transported more than 230,000 TEUs last year. Source : Journal of Commerce
On July 7, 2015, short before 8 a.m. the „Jón Hákon – BA 60“, 27 gt, capsized in the Aðalvík Bight in the Hornstrandir region. One crew member, Magnus Kristján Björnsson, 61, from Bíldudal, died, three others were rescued by a another fishing vessel about one hour after the "Jón Hákon" disappeared from the screens. The crew was about to pull in the fishing gear when the ship capsized. Short time later the Icelandic Coast Guard requested ships and boats in the area to look out for the vessel. First on scene was the f/v "Mardísi - IS 400" from Súðavík at 8.30 a.m., who managed to pluck the distressed fishermen from the keel of their ship, which was drifting bottom up, and took them to Bolungarvíkur where they transferred aboard the "Sædís - IS-067" which transported them to hospital in Ísafjörður. They were uninjured, but hypothermic. They reported that the ship went down so fast that they did not have time to put on neither survival suits nor life vests. Björnsson could only be recovered dead from the water. The "Fagranesið IS-008" was monitoring the capsized wreck until it went down around 9 a.m. before SAR rescue teams had reached the site. Weather on scene was rather calm at the time of the accident. The West Fjord police launched an investigation.
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