In the morning of Sep 21, 2017, the ferry connection Sævrøy - Fedje was temporarily suspended due to technical problems of the "Utne". The propulsion got fouled by a rope in the propeller and the ship stopped on the way to Fedje, but the ferry managed to come safely to the dock. At 3 p.m. a replacement ship was inserted, and at 5 p.m. the propeller was cleared from the obstruction, probably a rope for fish farms.
Fuel lightering stopped after lighter tanker was arrested
Lightering work at the "Agia Zoni I" has been suspended for the time being. In order to pump the remaining oil out of the wreck, the Greek government had deployed another tanker, the "Lassea", but the captain and mechanic of that ship were arrested on Sep 19 on suspicion of oil smuggling. She had significant quantities of a petroleum mixture on board without the correct documentation. The suspect petroleum was found in her ballast tanks when she arrived at a refinery to deliver the oil recovered from the wreck of the "!Agia Zoni II" in Elevsis. The "Lassea" also had expired government certificates of seaworthiness, like the Zoni, which was operating on an extension. The officers' case will be heard at the Complaints Court of Piraeus on Sep 22.
Since the shipwreck, a large part of the island of Salamina was covered under a thick layer of black smurry. The oil spill continued until the port of Piraeus and some of the Athenian Riviera beaches were smeared with oil and tar.
The Greek government was blamed for not responding quickly to the sinking the tanker. Although the smorgie on the beaches had already been swept up quickly, it took taken four days before the Greek government had formulated a clear response to the crisis. Lightering of oil of the sunken ship could last 30 to 40 days. Normally, the remaining oil would be pumped out of the sunken tanker during the coming days onto another ship. However, that ship did not appear to have the necessary certificates and, moreover, contained more oil than allowed. The captain and chief engineer of the ship were arrested on suspicion of oil smuggling. The storage operation has therefore been temporarily suspended.
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NuStar’s St. Eustatius terminal damaged by Irma, no restart date set
Nustar Energy’s oil terminal in the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius suffered damage to several tanks and other equipment due to Hurricane Irma, but all the U.S. firm’s employees are safe and no oil spills were registered, it said in a statement.
NuStar’s Statia terminal has the capacity to store 13.03 million barrels of crude and products. The company also said that no restart date has yet been set, and that it will be working on Thursday to restore power at the facility.
“Despite the damage and major clean-up effort, we feel like we fared very well considering the significant power of this storm,” it said.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) was awarded “Container Terminal of the Year” Award for the above 0.6 million TEUs category at The Gateway Awards 2017 held at Mumbai. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port owned JNPCT won the award for its proactive strategies to ease congestion, smooth delivery of containers and revamping of infrastructure to support trade amidst adverse conditions, the company said in its press release.
The Gateway Award was instituted to recognise and promote best practices, innovation and motivation in the Indian Maritime industry. The tenth edition of the Gateway Awards showcased the outstanding achievements and exceptional accomplishments of individuals and organisations in the Indian Maritime industry.