The "Fong Seong 666" was pulled off a reef in the Marshall Islands capital, Majuro, late on May 20, 2016, over a week after it ran aground. The purse seiner was stuck on a northern reef of the Majuro Atoll since the night of May 12. The ship was waiting for daylight to enter the nearby pass. Initial efforts to pull the boat off the reef were unsuccessful and were complicated both by the 100 tonnes of fish on board and low tides.
On May 20 at 3:30 p.m. Majuro time the Pacific International Inc. removed the casualty from the reef with tugs and salvage experts following a bunch of preparatory steps that had to be taken to cause the least damage to ship, protect the crew, save the cargo, and limit environmental damage.
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T & T salvage tasked with refloating grounded tanker
The Uruguayan Navy reported that the situation regarding the "Siteam Anja" was under control. For the salvage operation, the T & T company was tasked. The Service of Oceanography, Hydrography and Meteorology carried out a bathymetric survey to obtain a strip of safe approach to allow rescue operations. In addition, the bilge of the engine room was dewaterred. Another group was working on the installation of equipment on board, to remove water from damaged tanks in the double hull. Weather on Scene was favourable.
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Port Bronka welcomes regular ro-ro/passenger ferry Finnstar owned by Finnlines
On May 16, 2016, Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex Bronka (MSCC Bronka, Big Port St. Petersburg) welcomed a ro-ro/passenger ferry Finnstar owned by Finnlines on her regular call to the port, says Bronka project investor Fenix LLC.
CMA CGM doubles capacity on West Coast Feeder service via Liverpool
CMA CGM has increased the capacity on its West Coast Feeder service via Liverpool to 2200 TEU from 900 TEU. M.V. Nicolas Delmas began calling at the port in April. The service begins in Antwerp and also calls at Greenock, Belfast, Dublin and Le Havre.Patrick Walters, Group Commercial Director at Peel Ports, said: “This is yet another encouraging step as we build up to the opening of Liverpool2 in the summer. The message about the cost, congestion and carbon emission benefits to cargo owners of shipping via Liverpool is really taking hold and the lines are responding to the market opportunity. While we are still having positive discussions about deep-sea services calling at Liverpool2 with a number of carriers, it is really helpful to see increases in feeder services and vessel capacity as a means of underlining the case for getting closer to market via Liverpool.”
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The "Strilen" suffered a fire in the superstructure in the evening of May 20, 2016, being docked in Busan with a cargo of cattle feed. 40 fire engines were engaged in firefighting. The 23 crew went ashore.
Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry gives North East economy major boost with record passenger numbers
Ferry operator DFDS carried more than half a million passengers between the two ports last year. A record number of people travelled between Newcastle and Amsterdam by ferry last year, bringing a major boost to the North East economy. According to its latest figures, operator DFDS carried more than 580,000 passengers on the route. The result was boosted by the company’s strongest ever May to September performance, during which its two ships carried more than a quarter of a million people. The PRINCESS SEAWAYS and the KING SEAWAYS provide daily sailings to the Netherlands from the ferry terminal in North Shields.
The "Ultra Lascar" suffered a loss of propulsion on May 20, 2016, at 10.20 a.m. inbound for the San Francisco Bay coming from Topolobampo. The vessel anchored as of 1:45 p.m., approximately three miles offshore from Daly City. The vessel was awaiting the arrival of two assist tugs, which met a third tug prior to proceeding to an anchorage in San Francisco Bay. The tugs arrived between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. The vessel was carrying a cargo of salt, which was destined for delivery to the Port of Stockton. The vessel also had approximately 161,000 gallons of fuel oil onboard. The Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Parks Service, and several state and local response agencies were monitoring the situation.
Oil spill in Karslruhe following allision of tank barge
On May 20, 2016, at 7.45 p.m. the "Ventrans", 2584 ts (EU-No.: 06003765), allided with the shore of the oil port in Karlsruhe, Rhine km 367,500, when backing out with a cargo of 2.500 tons gas oil. The ship got stuck and was torn open underneath the water line. About 2,5 tons of the cargo were spilt into the water. Another barge assisted to get off again, and it returned into the port basin. Several units of the fire rescue attended, and the barge was surrounded by oil booms. During the night hours the ship was partially lightered so that it tilted to starboard and the leak emerged above the water Surface. The ship had suffered a breach of 10-20 centimeters length, and the hull was dented. The damage was estimated to be around 250.000 Euro. The port basin was shut off with oil fences, and a Police helicopter was monitoring the site in the morning of May 21. The water police Karlsruhe launched an Investigation into the accident which was thought to have been caused by a navigational error of the master. The barge docked at the Braun Yard in the Speyer Yard Port Marina on May 23 at 1.15 p.m. for repairs after duvers had temporarily patched the breach. Repairs were expected to last until May 27.
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The "Aidavita" will be sanitized after her Arrival in Kiel on May 21, 2016, due to cases of norovirus on board. The ship had set sail for a two weeks cruise from Kiel on May 7 during which half a dozen passengers fell ill. All could be treated on board and were able to continue the voyage. After all passengers have disembarked, the ship shall be ready for the next passengers at 2 p.m. so that the "Aidavita" may start the next cruise at 6 p.m. as scheduled.