The "Sigma" with a crew of 18 was pushed aground by strong winds with gusts of up to 50 knots at Livorno beach just meters from the Rotunda of Ardenza, on Jan 13, 2017, at 11.30 a.m. The unloaded vessel was at anchor, but the anchor dragged, and a patrol boat and a port tug came too late with their attempts to avoid the grounding of the zigzagging ship at Gabbiano in the Tre Ponti area and tow the vessel off the coast.
On Jan 14 around 11 a.m., after a meeting which took place involving the master, a Ukrainian citizen of 52 years, and a pool of experts in order to examine the situation and plan the next steps, green light was given to the removal of the grounded ship.
After a day of preparations, salvage operations were suspended at 7 p.m. and postponed to Jan 15. During the afternoon the ship was emptied of ballast water to be lightened. Then it was connected with two cables to the tug "Neri", but the whole operation was delayed, partly because it was safer to operate during daylight.
On Jan 15 in the early morning operations to pull the ship off were resumed.
Italian reports with photos and videos:
Cargo ship disabled and adrift, crew member injured during repair
In the night of Jan 13, 2017, the "Nordvåg", coming from Frederikshavn and being enroute to Maløy with a crew of nine aboard, suffered engine failure just north of the Sognefjord and drifted towards the shore at Krakhellesundet. The wind was blowing from northwest with 14 meters per second. Florø radio recceived a mayday call and alerted the lifeboat "Halfdan Grieg". Upon its arrival the cargo ship, however, already had received assistance from another ship and was in the middle of the fairway. The ship was taken under tow to Lutelnandet, escorted by the lifeboat.
The next morning work to repair the engine commenced. When a compressor would be raised on board the boat, things went wrong, and a man in the 60s was injured around 10 a.m. The man received first aid until the ambulances were in place. The police were not notified until 1 p.m. Two hours later a police patrol from Høyanger warrived and found out that the injuries were not life-threatening. The man was sent to Haukeland University Hospital by air ambulance. The Norresundby Shipping AS sent representatives to Lutelandet in the night. The police was investigating the accident.
The vessel left the port of Maløy on Jan 16 at 3.15 a.m. after repairs and headed to Aalesund wher she berthed on Jan 16 at 9 a.m.
Norwegian reports with photos:
Disney Cruise Ship Stays Overnight In Port of Galveston Due To Heavy Fog
The Disney Wonder which is operated by Disney Cruise Line has been stuck in port overnight due to heavy fog (Jan. 13./14.).
The Disney cruise ship has been forced to stay overnight in its homeport of Galveston, Texas due to heavy fog in the area. The ship arrived late on Friday on the end of a 7-night Bahamas cruise. According to passengers onboard the ship at the time, Disney Wonder didn’t begin entering the port until the afternoon. www.cruisehive.co...
For the first time ever, families in Manila no longer have to fly to Hong Kong or Singapore to hop on a cruise.
Major shipping line Star Cruises announced in a press conference in Manila this week that one of its premier cruise ships for families, Superstar Virgo, has made Manila one of its home ports.
Star Cruises president Ang Moo Lim said the company was looking forward to more trips to the Philippines aboard Superstar Virgo and the company’s other cruise liners.
“We are confident that this will bring a new kind of experience for the Filipino traveler. One thing we made sure of is the hassle-free documentation needed to ride the boat. No need for visas unless you to disembark in Taiwan for a longer stay,” the Manila Standard quoted him as saying.
The travel period for the months of March to May will kick off on March 19, 24 and 29 on a 6-day/5-night cruising departing from Manila to Laoag, Kaoshiung in Taiwan and Hong Kong and back to Manila on the gala or last night of cruise.
The cruise liner noted that the months of March to May were the best months of the year to ply the high seas, with less typhoons and tamer winds and current. filipinotimes.ae/...