Pine Galaxy Expected to Arrive in San Francisco Today
The disabled mixed-products tanker Pine Galaxy is expected to arrive in San Francisco Wednesday morning.
The ship is being towed by commercial tug to San Francisco Bay. It will be met by additional tugs to ensure increased control of the ship is maintained during the transit inside the Port of San Francisco.
The ship experienced a fire in the machinery shop, located in the engine room, as the ship was traveling to its next port of call. The fire occurred earlier this month. It resulted in the death of one crewmember and left the ship without power or propulsion. There are no reports of damage to the ship's cargo tanks, fuel tanks or hull.
The Coast Guard has formed a joint agency team with the ship's owners to ensure the vessel safely transits through San Francisco Bay.
Liberian-Flagged Bulker “Ping May” Busted for Cocaine Smuggling
The Colombian Navy has seized 39.8 kilograms of cocaine found aboard the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier “Ping May”, the Navy informed.
Coast Guard Station Santa Marta and CTI personnel conducted the inspection of the vessel which was anchored in the sector Swamp – Magdalena. They found two bags with 40 packages containing drugs located in the chain locker. CTI staff Magdalena confirmed the found materials were positive for 39.8 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride.
The 2010-built bulk carrier “Ping May” arrived in Colombia from England and was heading to the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
This is the fifth foreign cargo ship confirmed to have been contaminated with alkaloids in the port of Santa Marta.
So far this year the Navy seized over 28 tons of cocaine in the Colombian Caribbean
Impasse Over Kurdish Crude Cargo Near Texas to Drag On
A tanker loaded with $100 million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.
A U.S. court on Monday threw out an order to seize the 1 million barrel cargo from the United Kalavrvta tanker in the Gulf of Mexico, after acknowledging it lacked jurisdiction because the ship is beyond U.S. territorial waters, about 60 miles (97 km) offshore.
But the court did not settle the broader dispute between Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over who has the sole right to export the crude, a feud Washington has struggled to mediate as it backs a unified Iraq that can resist Islamist militants.
Buyers of Kurdish crude could face lawsuits from Baghdad if the oil moves close to U.S. soil and would also require the seller to provide costly indemnities against potential lawsuits, the source added.
“I think we’re going to be in a bit of a standoff for a while,” the source said. “Right now they don’t really have a way to get the oil onshore.”
Despite the court’s ruling, cargo handling companies and a would-be buyer balked at bringing the oil ashore on Tuesday.
U.S. refiner LyondellBasell, when asked if it would receive the cargo as planned at its Houston plant, reiterated that: “(We) will not accept delivery of any of the affected crude until the matter is appropriately resolved.” Earlier this year, the company received Kurdish crude cargoes. gcaptain.com/impa...