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4 hours ago by arnekiel

Conhexa to re-boost activity in Port of Sète fruit terminal
Through the Port of Sète’s new operator, the Conhexa group, the port wants to reposition itself in the traffic of refrigerated produce, a sector that is growing worldwide. Following a call for proposals by the Port of Sète in June 2016, the Conhexa group, which is a major player in this type of traffic, was chosen to manage the 23,000m2 fruit terminal. www.freshplaza.co...

 Sewol  (Passagierschepen)
5 hours ago by arnekiel

Sewol ferry phone data recovered: 'Don't die, stay alive'
Data has been restored from at least two phones found on the Sewol ferry, which sank in 2014 off South Korea, giving insights into the victims' last moments. "Don't die, stay alive," was among the frantic messages received before the vessel went down, killing 304 people. Most of those on board were teenagers on a school trip. Investigators hope GPS records on the phones will help pinpoint the time the ship sank. One phone was last checked at 9:29am, and stopped working 32 minutes later. The other stopped operating at 9:47 on the same day, 16th April, Yonhap news agency reported. www.bbc.com/news/...

5 hours ago by arnekiel

Marseille Fos to Cut Dues for Eco-friendly Ships
Marseille Fos has joined the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) and is now set to reduce port dues for ships performing better than required under air pollution regulations. From July 1 this year the incentive will apply to eligible ships among the 236 container carriers and cruise vessels – a 60/40 percent split – that call at the port. Other sectors will be added in 2018. The WPCI features the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which scores atmospheric pollution on a zero to 100 scale. Currently only around 50 ports worldwide offer reduced call charges based on the ESI. Marseille Fos reductions will apply from a score of 35 - the level attributed to ships equipped for the so-called ‘cold ironing’ facility to take shoreside electrical power at berth instead of using onboard diesel generators. www.maritimeprofe...

5 hours ago by arnekiel

Durban port authority defends harbour pilots, launches new tug
Concerns that fast-tracking the training of harbour pilots may have contributed to recent quayside crashes in Durban were unfounded, Transnet said on Friday. Transnet National Ports Authority chief executive, Richard Vallihu, was speaking on Friday on the sidelines of the launch of Durban’s newest tug, the locally built Umbilo. Vallihu said boards of inquiry were scrutinising the two incidents, which together caused millions of rands in damage. The Mediterranean Shipping Company’s vessel, the Benedetta, struck a gantry crane at the container terminal, the Mercury newspaper reported this week, while on April 30, the bulk carrier Julian smacked into a ship loader while berthing at Bulk Connections on the Bluff. Umbilo, which is named for the Durban river, was built by Southern African Shipyards for the authority and its home port will be Durban. It is the sixth tug completed by the Bayhead company as part of a R1.4 billion order for nine tugs.

5 hours ago by arnekiel

Record Tanker Arrival in Gulf of Mexico
The largest oil tanker to ever call at a Gulf of Mexico port arrived in the Port Corpus Christi on Friday. The VLCC Anne docked at the Oxy Ingleside Energy Center export terminal, the first crude oil export facility in the U.S. to receive such a large vessel. Occidental Petroleum Corporation is planning to load VLCCs regularly in the future. Anne is owned by the Belgium-based Euronav, is 1,093-foot-long and capable of holding over two million barrels of oil. When fully laden a VLCC requires a draft of 66 feet. Ship channel depth at Port Corpus Christi is at 47 feet so the vessel must be partially loaded, with an accompanying vessel to fill the remaining cargo once offshore. Current VLCC operations require multiple smaller vessels to transport product offshore for loading, so loading VLCCs at Occidental’s export terminal is expected to provide significant cost and time savings. maritime-executiv...

5 hours ago by arnekiel

Ports America to Operate Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has chosen Ports America to operate both Manhattan and Brooklyn Cruise terminals through until 2029. Ports America has agreed to invest $38.5 million in capital improvements across both terminals. The company will invest $23.5 million in capital improvements to Manhattan Cruise Terminal, which will include new capacity for larger vessels and improvements to Pier 90. The $15 million capital investments at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will include an increased capacity for larger vessels. There are three major passenger ship cruise terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Manhattan Cruise Terminal, owned by the City of New York and operated by Ports America, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal operated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Cape Liberty Cruise Port operated by Cape Liberty Cruise Port LLC. www.maritime-exec...

 Anne  (Tankers)
5 hours ago by arnekiel

Port of Corpus Christi receives Very Large Crude Carrier Anne
The Anne, the first Very Large Crude Carrier to dock at a Gulf Coast port, loaded Friday at the Occidental Petroleum terminal in Ingleside, near Corpus Christi. Houston-based Occidental is testing the 1,000-foot-long vessel, one of the largest on the seas. The Corpus ship channel is 46 feet deep, which isn't enough to allow the ship to leave fully loaded. Occidental instead loaded it at port and finished filling the ship in deeper water. Very Large Crude Carriers can hold more than 2 million barrels of oil. The ship was delayed after storms battered the Gulf this week. www.houstonchroni... Report on TV: www.kiiitv.com/ne...

5 hours ago by arnekiel

Yilport starts investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal
Yilport Holding started investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes. The MHCs arrived on 21 May, and the equipment will be operational by the first week of June, the company said in its press release. The new cranes will provide terminal services to the container vessels at Puerto Bolívar’s new berth, which is 300 meters’ long with a draft of -14 meters. MSC Panama container feeder service is already calling Yilport Puerto Bolívar terminal, and the new cranes are expected to attract more calls. Yilport Holding CMO, Mr. Erhan CILOGLU stated that Yilport’s global standards will boost Puerto Bolívar container terminal as a strategic hub for Ecuador’s fresh fruit trade and provide exporters with more options on their worldwide shipments.

 Graestone Express  (Slepende schepen)
15 hours ago by Timsen

Tug allided with bridge
The "Graestone Express" pushing 14 barges struck the old Highway 80 Bridge in Vicksburg on May 23, 2017, at 3 p.m. The barges broke lose, got corralled and pushed onto the left river bank of the Mississippi at 4.30 p.m. They were carrying either grain or coal. The National Weather Service raised the river crewst from 48 t 49 feet.

 Powhatan  (Slepende schepen)
16 hours ago by Timsen

Salvage plan being reviewed
The "Powhatan" which sank at the Samson Tug & Barge dock four weeks ago remained underwater at Starrigavan Bay Initial estimates that the vessel contained 340 gallons of oil on board were incorrect. Divers have found multiple spots where oil could have been released and have since sealed off those locations. The total amount of oil released from the tug was unknown. The "Powhatan" was being surrounded by 1500 feet of containment boom, with sorbent materials inside, and the shore is lined with 1300 feet of deflection boom to protect Starrigavan Bay. Aerial images show decreased sheen within the containment boom and no additional oiling of the shoreline. State and federal agencies were upholding their recommendation that harvesters not gather shellfish from Starrigavan Beach at this time. A situation report from May 25 stated that there was the potential for oil exposure to marine wildlife, however no sea mammals have been observed by response teams or reported. Samson has developed a plan for wreck removal and pollution mitigation, which includes recovering fuel from the tug’s tank. So far, 4,335 gallons have been collected. The company also intends to bring a large crane from Seattle to lift the tugboat onto a barge. SEAPRO plans to have the "Neka Bay" – an Oil Spill Response Vessel (OSRV) with skimming capabilities – on scene during the wreck. Samson’s plan is being reviewed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Coast Guard for final approval. The date for salvaging the tug has not yet been set.

 Elegant II  (Vissersboten)
16 hours ago by Timsen

Family escaped sinking ex-trawler
A family escaped the sinking of the "Elegant II - B 907", 99 gt, after getting into difficulties in Sunderland on May 25, 2017. Two adults and three children were on board the ex-fishing trawler when it started to sink in North Hylton. The Coastguard team was on the scene until 3.15 a.m. The Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene to deal with the incident, which started at about 9.30 p.m. The family had escaped the vessel by the time the Coastguard team arrived. On arrival, they found the ship listing at 45 degrees to starboard side, and all persons were safely on the shore. ith a high risk of pollution, the Port of Sunderland oil pollution plan was put into operation, with specialist contractors requested to attend who would contain any leaks if required. The Coastguard team was on the scene for almost six hours. Report with photos: www.sunderlandech...

 Celeb. Constellation  (Passagierschepen)
16 hours ago by Timsen

Voyage delayed due to engine trouble
The "Celebrity Constellation" suffered from propulsion issues just after completing a major multi-million refurbishment The cruise ship which has just completed a dry dock refurbishment which added new features and enhancements was suffering from a technical issue which was related to the propulsion system. Celebrity Cruises has been forced to delay the ship’s first sailing back after dry docking. The "Celebrity Constellation" was scheduled to depart Barcelona on May 26 for a 10-day Meditteranean cruise but will now depart two days later on May 28. This meant guests booked on the sailing will miss the much anticipated Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, Monaco on May 28. Even though the ships first cruise back has been delayed guests were to be compensated and the next scheduled voyage departing Venice on June 4 was to go ahead as normal.

 Nabil J  (Vrachtschepen)
16 hours ago by Timsen

Cargo is being lightered
Work on the "Nabil J" ran aground on a beach in Sidon over a month ago was going on. On May 26 an attempt commenced to lighten the ship's load with a dredger to make it easier to pull the casualty off. Report with photo: www.dailystar.com...

 Alrek  (Vrachtschepen)
17 hours ago by Timsen

Repairs of grounding damage completed
The "Alrek", which had run aground on the Noordzee Canal in Ijmuiden and got stuck with the stern on the embankment at the Park Way in Velsen South on March 24, left the Bremerhaven Dockyard GmbH on May 25 at 6 a.m. after repairs and headed to Rotterdam, arriving there on May 26 at 6 a.m. The ship meanwhile continued to Kingston upon Hull, ETA May 27.

 Galaxy  (Passagierschepen)
17 hours ago by Timsen

Swedish passenger fell over board and died
A passenger fell over board from the "Galaxy" early on May 26, 2017. A rescue helicopter located the person in the water, but did not manage to save his life. The ferry was at Lövskär, north of Storlandet in Nagu at 4.45 a.m., when several people noticed how a person fell overboard. The ship immediately gave alarm, turned and started looking for the person. Other ships also participated in the operation. After one hour of search, passenger ships and commercial vessels were allowed to continue their journeys. A patrol boat from the Nagu Navy Station, the guard ship "Tursas" and helicpter from Turku continued the search. The rescue helicopter located the person in the water at 9.25 a.m. He was hoisted on board and transported to the ÅUCS for care, but his life could not be saved. The person who fell over board was a Swedish citizen born in 1988. The police was investigating the cause of death, but according to the police there was no reason to suspect any crime. The "Galaxy" was delayed on the trip to Turku. She started her journey back from Turku to Stockholm at 9:15 a.m., about an hour later than scheduled.

 Combi Dock III  (Vrachtschepen)
20 hours ago by Timsen

Peking taken home by dock ship
The "Combi Dock III" was appointed to take the tall ship "Peking" from New York to Germany. End of June it will be loaded onto the dock ship and taken across the Atlantic within two weeks. The voyage will end in Brunsbüttel from where tugs will pull the ship to the Peters Yard in Wewelsfleth for the restoration. which will take three years and cost 120 millon € before the ship is handed over to the Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg (SHMH).

 Cg Morgenthau  (SAR-schepen)
21 hours ago by Timsen

Patrol boat transferred to Vietnam Coastguard
The U.S. Coast Guard transferred the former Coast Guard Cutter "Morgenthau" to the Vietnam Coastguard during a ceremony in Honolulu on May 26, 2017. The ship, which will be renamed "CSB 8020", is expected to improve the Vietnam coast guard’s maritime domain awareness, increase its capacity to perform maritime law enforcement operations, and conduct search and rescue and other humanitarian response operations. The "CSB 8020" was transferred to the Vietnam coast guard from the U.S. Government through the Excess Defense Articles program. The EDA offers excess military equipment to U.S. partner and allied countries in support of their military and security modernization efforts.

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