Tall ship Mir leaves Saint-Petersburg for her new voyage
all ship Mir has left Saint-Petersburg today, April 28, for her new voyage, press center of Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping told IAA PortNews.
The Mir is to return to Saint-Petersburg on September 28, 2015.
The ship will call at over 15 ports and will take part in large-scale maritime festivals like Hanse Sail 2015 (Germany), Sail Bremerhaven 2015 (Germany), Sail Amsterdam 2015 (the Netherlands). Traditionally, the Mir will participate in the international regatta Tall Ships Races 2015.
Within the framework of this voyage the ship will also take part in events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. On May 9 the tall ship will call at port Hamburg where the cadets and the crew will celebrate the Victory Day. Then the Mir will leave for Aberdeen (Schotland) to meet with the veterans of Polar convoys. Source: portnews
US Navy Spokesmen Denies Seizure of US Cargo Ship by Iran
Washington, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) US Navy spokesmen denied today that a US cargo ship had been seized by Iranian warships, NBC News reported. The statements come after Al Arabiya TV network said Iranian vessels had opened fire against the cargo ship and directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran.
The vessel in question is the M/V Maersk Tigris, the Pentagon says, as Iran state news agency said the cargo ship violating territorial waters was detained by Iranian Navy vessels. The local Army seized the US cargo ship with 34 people on board for violating Iran territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, FARS news agency reported today.
German owned container ship fired on and boarded by Iran
Tuesday Reuters reports that according to the Pentagon, Iranian forces boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship in the Gulf on Tuesday after patrol boats fired warning shots across its bow and ordered it deeper into Iranian waters. The vessel, the MV Maersk Tigris, made a distress call in the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of the world's most important oil shipping channels. After the distress call, the U.S. Navy sent the destroyer USS Farragut and a Navy maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft to the area of the incident to monitor the situation.
Al Arabiya disclosed the MV Maersk Tigris was intercepted by the Naval force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) at 0905 GMT. According to a Pentagon spokesman, the ship had no U.S. citizens aboard. This contradicts earlier reports which said there were 34 U.S. sailors on board. The managing company of the vessel told a Danish news channel there were 24 crew members, mostly from Eastern Europe and Asia.
The Pentagon described the event as an apparent provocation. However, an attempt to play down the incident by an unidentified source was reported by Iran’s Tasnim news agency. Iran’s Fars news agency claims the ship was seized at the request of Iran’s ports authority under a court order.
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Seized german owned ship being escorted to Iran's Bandar Abbas
(Reuters) - A cargo ship seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guards forces is being escorted to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas after it was approached in international waters, the shipping line which is hiring the vessel said on Tuesday, April 28. "According to our information the vessel is currently being escorted towards Bandar Abbas in Iran by Iranian patrol boats," Maersk Line spokesman Michael Christian Storgaard said. He said the shipping line was exploring options to resolve the situation. Reuters tracking data showed the ship, the Maersk Tigris, still at anchor some 12 km (8 miles) off Bandar Abbas at 2026 GMT.
On Apr 28, 2015, at 11.50 a.m. a fire broke out aboard the "Sorrento" 18 miles from Dragonera. The ship had left Palma de Mallorca two hours earlier. The fire quickly spread throughout the ship. Three injured persons were reported, one of whom severe. The "Visemar One" of the Balearia company, the "Puglia", ccoming from Ibiza and the "Salvamar Acrux" of Salvamento Marítimo were heading towards the ship which was cloase to Mallorca. The about 100-150 passengers abandoned ship 35 Kilometers west of the island. The ferry was enroute from Palma de Mallorca to Valencia.
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When the "Mississagi" grounded near Drummond Island she was outside the marked channel, according to Coast Guard investigators. The downbound "Mississagi" should have passed a shoal-marker buoy on its starboard side, but instead passed the buoy on its port side. The buoy marks a four-foot shoal outside the approximately 30-foot shipping channel. The ship's bow grounded on what was determined to be a mostly clay bottom.
The Coast Guard was still trying to determine why the freighter was outside the shipping lanes when it grounded in Potagannissing Bay about four miles east of De Tour Village about 1 a.m. on Apr 22. The ship was only refloated after offloading about 2,000 of its 17,000 tons of stone cargo onto a barge on Apr 25. The ship suffered a surprising lack of physical damage during the grounding, which investigators determined did not cause any fuel, ballast water or other contaminants to leak into the surrounding water. Divers didn't note any hull breaches. The ship made for its original destination of Bruce Mines before heading to Chicago after the five-hour lightering operation was carried out under Coast Guard supervision.
Depending on the investigation results, the ship's owner L ower Lakes Towing of Port Dover, Ontario, could face a fine between $5,000 and $25,000. Because the grounding happened outside the St. Marys River shipping channel, there was no vessel traffic disruption.
The captain of the "Sewol" has been found guilty of murder on appeal and sentenced to life imprisonment, according to a court in the southern city of Gwangju on Apr 27. On Nov 11, 2014, Lee Joon-seok was acquitted of murder but found guilty of gross negligence and other charges and sentenced to 36 years in prison. Prosecutors then appealed the verdict because they did not think it was sufficient.
The "Hamburg" suffered propulsion damage and had to abort the last cruise. Planours also cancelled the next 9-day-cruise to Hamburg via La Coruna, Falmouth, St.Helier snd Dover, which was due to start in Lisbon on Apr 27 and last until May 4. The ship had berthed in Tanger on Apr 24 where a repair at a fuel line was carried out, but was then unable to leave with own power. It was thought that the leakage had caused a contamination of the fuel supply. The cruise ship sailed to Portimão with reduced speed and arrived on Apr 27 at 715. p.m. The passengers were accomodated in local hotels while their transport home was arranged. Repairs in Portimão were meanwhile going ahead satifactory and were thought to be completed on Apr 29.
The company J & L Shipping AB has bought the "Odin Sydfyen" which had been idle in Faaborg since 2014 after having served as a reserve ferry between Bojden and Fynshav. The ferry was taken over in Assens where she had arrived on MAr 8, 2015, and will be inserted on the route between Langnas and the Åland Islands to the islands Overo and Snäckö.