The "Fluvius Tamar" which sank on Jan 13 in the Northsea enroute from Eemshaven to Spain with 3800 ton magnesium oxyde was raised in the evening of July 26. The wreck was towed to Rotterdam to be broken up.
Dutch report with photo:
Ferry routes out of Anacortes had to change after the "Yakima" experienced problems with its generator earlier this week. It was moved to the Washington State Ferries’ Eagle Harbor maintenance facility on Bainbridge Island. The repair could take up to three weeks. Five ferries typically sail between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands during the busy summer months. Now, it was down to four, so an emergency schedule is in place to maintain service until another vessel was available.
Maintenance crews wree working to make sure that happens quickly, according to the release. No new vehicle reservations would be accepted until another vessel is available. Those without reservations can travel standby, though vehicle space was limited.
Because of the changes, there was an adjusted schedule. Domestic travel in the islands and the morning sailing to Sidney, British Columbia, is canceled. Morning international travelers will be moved to the afternoon sailing.
Customers with existing reservations will get priority on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who choose not to travel did not need to cancel their reservation and will not be charged a no-show fee.
Washington State Ferries was working with BC Ferries to allow passengers with existing WSF reservations to travel on BC Ferries boats. Customers should arrive at least 90 minutes to two hours early, even if they have a reservation. Paid parking was available at the Anacortes terminal for those considering walking on, instead of taking a vehicle. There was almost always room for walk-on passengers.
America’s Biggest Oil Port Wants to Be a Two-Way Street
The biggest U.S. oil-import hub wants to grab a piece of surging North American crude exports.
Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the only terminal along the U.S. Gulf Coast able to handle a fully laden supertanker, is gauging interest from shippers in sending crude overseas on the world’s biggest ships by early next year. The port would continue to take in foreign oil, the port’s owner LOOP LLC said in an emailed statement Monday.
Ports are competing to fill the needs of domestic oil producers looking for outlets for their growing supply. At the same time, the boom from U.S. shale fields and Canadian oil-sands mines has reduced refiners’ need for imported oil. LOOP’s ability to handle tankers capable of carrying 2 million barrels in their holds would reduce shipping costs for companies looking to send crude to refiners in Asia.
“LOOP is the most obvious place for U.S. crude exports since as a deepwater port it makes it more manageable to load up a large ship such as a VLCC,” Sandy Fielden, director of commodities and energy research at Morningstar Inc., said by phone from Austin, Texas. “It makes huge sense from a logistical perspective as it will allow for more efficient cargo shipments.”