The helicopter Helimer 218 of the base in Palma de Mallorca medevaced a 70 year old German passenger of the "Mein Schiff 6" on Apr 19, 2018. The ship was 57 miles SW of Ibiza at that time. The patient was hoisted and taken to the hospital Can Misses.
In the night of Apr 19, one of the rollers for the bow doors on the "Martha’s Vineyard", now back a month from its $17.5 million refurbishment, broke. The vessel continued to operate but it required the loading and unloading be via the stern as the bow door remained closed. In the morning of Apr 20 a maintenance department was on site to replace the roller. However, when the vessel was arriving, it was noticed that one of the pilings in Slip 2 had shifted and there was a short delay as an assessment was made if the pile was in the way of the vessel docking.
Once it was determined that the pile was not in the way, the ferry docked and the repair was carried out. The repairs, coupled with backing vehicles onto the ferry , caused a delay this morning in Woods Hole. The Martha’s Vineyard left on its scheduled 7 a.m. run at about 7:40 a.m. The maintenance personnel were able to replace the roller during that docking but it was planned to inspect the other rollers to make sure any issue is addressed-
A marine contractor also removed the wayward pile to make sure there was no issue going forward, he wrote. The ferry will be taken out of service April 23. At that time it will go to the Fairhaven shipyard to go over a checklist of items that need attention.
Complications during the repairs to the propulsion system of the "Clansman" at the Garvel Clyde Shipyard in Greenock meant the vessel would be out of service for longer than anticipated. To minimise any disruption CalMac has agreed an extension to the "Hebrides"’ operating licence, which was due to enter dry dock, with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a further three weeks.
Parts of the "Clansman"’s propulsion system have had to be sent to Denmark for specialist repair.
CalMac will be operating to an amended timetable until the return of all major vessels, expected by May 31.
Major changes are:
Ardrossan-Brodick: MV Caledonian Isles delivering single vessel timetable from April 26 supplemented by MV Isle of Arran delivering shared timetable between Arran and Islay.
Ardrossan-Campbeltown: start of summer service postponed.
Islay services: MV Finlaggan delivering single vessel timetable from April 26 supplemented by MV Isle of Arran delivering shared timetable between Islay and Arran.
Mallaig-Armadale: MV Loch Fyne until April 24 then MV Loch Fyne and MV Loch Bhrusda.
Mallaig-Lochboisdale: this sailing will be cancelled with the MV Hebridean Isles providing a service from Lochboisdale to Oban.
CalMac’s customer care team is working to ensure anyone already booked to travel is aware of the new timetable arrangements. Passengers are urged to check the website to confirm amended timetables before travelling at calmac.co.uk.
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The "Bakar" was in colllision with a floating ice floe in the Strait of La Perouse on Apr 19, 2018, at 06.30 a.m. The vessel which was in ballast sustained damage to the hull in the area of the bulbous bow and suffered water ingresse in the forepeak area. The vessel increased the trim to the stern and the water ingress in the forepeak was stemmed. It then continued its passage from Vladivostok to Nakhodka, ETA Apr 21.
The 16 crew members of the "Avonmoor" have received their wages and returned home to Ukraine after being abandoned for four months in Morocco, according to the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). The seafarers were abandoned in the Port of Casablanca by the vessel's owners in January 2018. The mariners were bereaved of their wages, basic provisions, fuel and first aid supplies. In addition, the 1998-built vessel was in blackout, while anchored in the mouth of the port, which caused significant security concerns for the crew. The wWages were received and crew repatriated previous to 19 Apr.
Trio of LNG tankers set new milestone for expanded Panama Canal
For the first time since the Panama Canal’s expansion in 2016 three liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers transited the waterway in less than a day, according to Bloomberg. Gaslog Hong Kong (93,557 dwt, built 2018) and Gaslog Gibraltar (87,981 dwt, built 2016) plus Clean Ocean (89,956 dwt, built 2014) made the journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic on Wednesday April 18, 2018.
A new shipping line was launched in Italy on April 19, 2018 and is due to start operations early next month with rorovessel Altinia. ProCargo Line will be operating regular connections between the Italian ports of Marina di Carrara and Cagliari with Sousse, Sfax and Zarzis in Tunisia.