On Apr 20, the "Fjord Cat" was towed from Hirtshals to Frederikshavn for engine repairs by the "Havkat III". The Fjordline therefore decided that the shipping company's other two ferries "Bergensfjord" and "Stavanger" would have to make a stop in Kristiansand on the way to Stavanger and Bergen in the meantime, the revised schedule starting in the evening of Apr 21. Fjord Line has canceled all trips with the "Fjord Cat" until May 2. The "Fjord Cat" has normally not been on sailing between Hirtshals and Kristiansand so early in the year, but this year the shipping company chose to start the season on Apr 7. But after a few days, problems with the powerful engines occurred.
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The Columbian Navy and police on Apr 20, 2017, issued a statement, saying that they found 400 kilo of cocaine in one of containers on board of the "Cala Palma". The vessel had called at Turbo on Apr 18. In the evening of Apr 20 she left the port again, next bound to Río Haina. There were no charges brought against, or suspicions raised, of crew or a vessel involvement.
On Apr 21, 2017, the "Panagia Parou", which had been laid up since March 2013 without a crew in the port of Algeciras, being abandoned by its owner, the Rainbow Maritime Ltd. (NEL Lines Group) and the Maritime Company of Lesvos SA, started to sink at the Isla Verde Inland Pier in a small harbour basin deep inside the port following a water ingress. The ship had bumped against the quay amid strong winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour, so the mooring ropes broke. At 1.30 a.m. the maritime authorities noticed the sinking of the ship which had gone to the bottom by the stern. There was no fuel in the tanks and thus no risk of a contamination. An oil boom was laid out anyway as a precaution. In the run of the day the ship, the bow pointing skywards, leaned over to port side and capsized.
The "Panagia Parou" had arrived in Algeciras to cover the service between Tarifa and Tangier-City. The size of the ship and the docking restrictions of the port of Tarifa, however, made this mission unfeasible. The non-payment of repairs carried out by a Spanish company led to the embargo of the ship, and the crew of 19 who spent a long time living on the ship with being paid, docked at the old mouth of the Rio de la Miel, was gradually abandoning the ship, which had become part of the landscape of the Port of Algeciras in recent years.
Spanish reports with photos:
On Apr 21, 2017, the "Guita U" lost maneuverability off the pier in Aragon, Tarragona and was in danger of a collision. The crew called for assistance, and the rescue boat "Caliope" took the casualty alongside and pulled it to the fishing dock.
Spanish photo report:
The US Coast Guard medevaced a 47-year-old man in the morning of Apr 20, 2017, from the "Celebrity Reflection" approximately 35 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Watchstanders with the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center were contacted by the crew of the "Celebrity Reflection", who requested Coast Guard assistance in transporting a passenger in medical distress to a local hospital. Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to medevac the patient from the cruise ship.
Upon arriving on scene with the Celebrity Reflection, the Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the patient and cruise ship nurse onboard the aircraft and transported them to the Centro Medico Hospital in San Juan, where the patient was received by awaiting emergency medical personnel.
Report with photo:
Noble Corporation is going to cold stack drillship Noble Bully I as it has no work lined up for the vessel. According to Noble’s latest fleet status report, the drillship just finished its contract with Shell in March and it is now enroute to Curacao for cold stacking.
Greek owner Benetech Shipping has acquired two MR2 tankers from South Korean owner Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM). According to broking sources, the two 50,400dwt tankers Oriental Ruby and Oriental Emerald, were sold en bloc to Benetech Shipping for a total of $22.5m.
APRIL 20, 2017 — Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Benjamin Dailey, the twenty-third Fast Response Cutter (FRC). to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard took delivery on April 20, 2017 in Key West, Florida and the vessel's commissioning is scheduled for July 4, 2017 in Pascagoula, MS.
This will be the first FRC to be stationed in the 8th Coast Guard District. Previous cutters in the series have been stationed in Florida, San Juan, PR, Cape May, NJ and Ketchikan, AK. www.marinelog.com...