172 people on the "Crown Princess" have fallen ill with the highly contagious norovirus during a nearly month-long trip. The ship has more than 4,100 people on board; it was scheduled to be met by CDC staff upon arrival in San Pedro. CDC staff will conduct testing and evaluate the response. Princess Cruises was consulting with it to ensure the ship was sanitised and disinfected before it was used for another trip on Nov 16.
In the afternoon of Nov 16 the "Nossan" was refloated and taken to Vänersborg after having got the approval by the Maritime Administrations. The intention was to get the vessel to Grums on Nov 17. The "Nossan" will move under own power, but be escorted by the tug "Älvbjörn" on the way out to the lake Vänern as a safety precaution.
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Hong Kong: Hong Kong listed Agritrade Resources has announced that Rimau Shipping, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, has entered into an agreement to acquire a secondhand VLCC “Oveseas Equatorial” from First Union Tanker, a subsidiary of Overseas Shipholding Group, for $22m. The vessel will be delivered to Rimau Shipping before the end of the year. Agritrade Resources said the company is looking for opportunities to expand its shipping business through developing its logistics and storage business, and buying and charting vessels in the Southeast Asia region to meet growing market demand. [14/11/14]
The largest container ship to ever dock in Boston Harbor, the MSC Judith, arrived Friday, Nov. 14 from New York.
MSC Judith is 1,065 feet long and 140 feet at her widest point. By comparison, the largest ships the Port of Boston handled before her arrival were 984 feet long and 130 feet wide. https://www.bostonglobe.c...
Ship crew stranded in Newfoundland running low on water and food
Eleven men stranded on a cargo ship at the port of Argentia in Newfoundland are low on food and water and are among increasing numbers of abandoned crews, say union leaders.
"My concern right now is these guys do not have a penny in their pocket," Gerard Bradbury, an inspector with the International Transport Workers Federation, told a news conference Friday. "They have no winter clothing whatsoever."
Bradbury is appealing for donations to help the eight Ukrainian and three Russian crew members stranded at the port in southeastern Newfoundland since Aug. 4. The crew aboard the 131-metre MV Jana arrived in Argentia from Poland after delivering its cargo of steel rails in Halifax, Bradbury said.
The 12-year-old vessel is in relatively good shape but needs significant repairs to its main engine shaft, he added.
Bradbury said the crew has not been paid since June and is now owed about US$160,000. The vessel was last owned by a German company that claims the ship was seized when it filed for bankruptcy, he said.
Gregor Reiter, a legal adviser for the company's insolvency administrator, confirmed Friday that the ship is now tied up in court proceedings in Germany that could take several more weeks.
He said in an emailed statement that the vessel is still owned by the MS "Hanna" Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. Reederei KG, a private limited partnership.
Reiter said the insolvency administrator, Andreas Sontopski, wired Friday about 15,000 Euro (around C$21,000) "to address the bare necessities of the crew."
"We know that this is a mere drop in the ocean, but we hope that at least the minimum requirements can be met."
Reiter said the insolvency administrator has been working to secure funds to repair the ship or tow it to a more accessible port.
"Having talked to (Gerard Bradbury) today, we will put pressure on the secured creditors to secure funding and to make a decision on how to proceed by next week," he said.
Transport Canada issued a statement confirming the vessel has mechanical problems, but spokesman Ben Stanford said in an email the ship would be allowed to leave once repairs were made.
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Van Oord sets Subsea Rock installation world record
Van Oord’s flexible fallpipe vessel Stornes has set a world record. During a period of four weeks, Stornes placed rock in water depths of up to 1,277 metres. The Subsea Rock installation works were executed in relation to the development of the Aasta Hansteen gas field and Polarled pipeline in the Norwegian Sea, the company said in its press release. Recently Van Oord completed the first phase of these record subsea rock installation works, for energy company Statoil. Van Oord will execute the second phase in 2015. Then, rock will be placed after the pipelines and templates have been installed. Subsea Rock installation activities are vital for the stabilisation and protection of offshore pipelines, power cables and other subsea installations.
The sealing of the "Nossan" was assessed on Nov 15 at 5 p.m. after some welding was carried out under water in order to make the ship watertight. Then salvors began pumping out the water. On Nov 16 around midday the ship was Floating again. The Maritime Administration was awaiting the outcome of an inspection n order to finde out wheter she could be moved. A decision was expected during the afternoon. Six merchant ships were waiting in line to pass.
RACQ Cq Rescue retrieved a sick passenger from the "Pacific Dawn" off Mackay on Nov 14, 2014. The 67 year old woman was suffering from a medical condition. Initially, the RACQ CQ Rescue crew was advised two patients may require evacuation but only the woman was retrieved. The woman, a Toowoomba region resident, was treated by the CQ Rescue helicopter's paramedic before being winched to the safety of the hovering rescue helicopter.Crewman David Williams was winched to the cruise ship with the paramedic. The patient was transferred to Mackay Airport and then transferred by road ambulance to Hospital.