Two Sea Shepherd ships have confronted a poaching vessel wanted by Interpol. The clash happened in Antarctic waters 750km south of South Africa. The Sea Shepherd vessels in the area have turned their attention from tracking Japanese whalers to focus on poaching vessels fishing for Antarctic and Patagonian Toothfish.
One of the known poachers is a Nigerian listed fishing boat called Thunder, which has been wanted by Interpol for illegal fishing since 2013. Two Sea Shepherd vessels, the Sam Simon and the Bob Parker, found the poaching ship on Thursday, Feb 19. They launched an inflatable boat and raced up to the vessel before thowing plastic bottles containing letters to the crew onto the fishing boat's deck. www.watoday.com.a...
‘MSC Capella’ first 2M Alliance vessel to call at Malta Freeport
The ‘2M’ Alliance made up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and the ‘Ocean Three Alliance’ composed of CMA CGM, China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) have chosen Malta Freeport Terminals as their main transhipment hub in the Central Mediterranean, Malta Freeport announced this morning (Feb. 21).
"This is a significant accomplishment for Malta Freeport Terminals which clearly attests that the Freeport’s facilities offer carriers the required infrastructure and equipment to operate the largest vessels," it said.
The Freeport is now offering its clients 17 weekly mainline services, which are complemented by an extensive number of weekly feedering services. A total of 128 ports all across the globe can now be reached from Malta Freeport.
"The increased regular global network connections available from the port are providing the local importers and exporters remarkable opportunities to boost the efficiency and competitiveness of their business operations," the freeport said.
‘MSC Capella’ was the first vessel to call at Malta Freeport Terminals on the commencement of services by the 2M Alliance on Feb. 20. The first two containerships of the Ocean Three Alliance, which called simultaneously at Malta Freeport last week were ‘Xin Qin Huang Dao’ and ‘CMA CGM Butterfly”.
Carnival Cruise Lines continues its commitment in Dominica thanks to Carnival Triumph calling at the port for the very first time. The 101,500 gross ton cruise ship called at the Caribbean port this week on Feb 18th and docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth. With a passenger capacity of 2,754 and crew size of 1,100, Carnival Triumph sailed to the “Nature Island” from Grenada. This is the Triumph’s only scheduled call to Dominica during the 2014/2015 cruise season. The Carnival Triumph was sailing an 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise which departed Galveston, Texas on Feb 9th. The cruise line has been calling at Dominica since 1989, but stopped in 2010. This is the third CCL vessel to call on the island since 2010.
Trawler hits an internet cable and sent broadband into meltdown
A specialist repair ship, the Pierre de Fermat, was dispatched to the Irish Sea where an ROV was then submerged to locate and damaged cable. Engineers have revealed how crews battled round the clock to repair a submarine broadband cable that broke halfway across the Irish Sea earlier this month. It's thought that a fishing trawler or ship's anchor was the most likely culprit for the cable break, which caused broadband speeds for customers to slow down earlier this month. www.belfasttelegr...
Grand Bahama Shipyard Chosen by Crowley for 23-Vessel Dry Dock, Maintenance and Upgrade Agreement
Freeport, Bahamas – One of the largest exclusive ship repair fleet agreements in Caribbean history, worth over $10 Million dollars, has been signed between the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) and Crowley which will extend through 2017.
GBS, the ship repair and refurbishment yard in Freeport has signed a ship repair fleet agreement with Crowley Maritime Corporation for an extensive maintenance program for twenty three (23) vessels over the next twelve months. The agreement, worth more than $10 million dollars, will see GBS dock and upgrade these vessels exclusively at the Shipyard.
Graham Couser, Senior Vice President of GBS, said “The agreement will allow GBS to work with Crowley as partners to prepare, plan and collaborate in advance of each docking to maximize efficiency and success. Not only is Crowley getting excellent value through advance commitment, but by removing the time consuming individual tendering process for each ship, we can provide priority dock space, superior scope planning, and leading turnaround times.” www.thebahamaswee...