Waiting times after ferry was taken out of service
People trying to get off of the San Juan Islands and back to Anacortes were stranded for hours in the morning of Apr 22, 2018, because the "Yakima" was taken out of service until further notice. Customers waiting to load onto the ferry at Orcas Island had to wait for eight or more hours, along with an estimated 100 other cars, because of the problem. A temporary schedule was in effect for Apr 23. Sailing times have been adjusted to prioritize domestic travel in the San Juan Islands, canceling the international sailing to and from Sidney, British Columbia. Reservation holders that are not able to travel due to the service disruptions will not be charged the no show fee. The inter-island vessel will sail as scheduled.
Two sailors dead after gas accident, victims identified
By Apr 23 two Chinese sailors died after the gas leak incident on board the "Feng Hui Ha" off Navlakhi port in Gujarat's Morbi. The third was still in seriousl condition and was being treated in the Jamnagar civil hospital. The deceased and the affected have been identified as Zhang Baohai, Dong Kui and Sun Yingdong. The cause of the gas leakage is yet to be ascertained.
The World’s Biggest Automated Port Terminal Opens In Shanghai
China’s massive new fully-automated port terminal in Shanghai has opened and will soon ship up to 136 million tonnes around the world every year.
Stage four of the Yangshan Deep Water Port began trial operations on Sunday after years of construction and development, and £1.37 billion, aimed at increasing China’s trade dominance.
Once fully operational the new terminal will be able to move 6.3 million standard 20-foot shipping containers a year, with the whole £8.5 billion port handling more than 40 million a year – most in the world.
The giant new addition covers 2.23 million square metres and has a 2,350-metre shoreline south of Donghai Bridge, which was built to service the port.
Automation of nearly all the terminal’s functions slashes labor cost by 70 percent and boosts handling efficiency by 50 percent.
UK ports operator Peel Ports Group and autonomous vessel firm ASV Global recently tested an autonomous shallow-draft survey boat at the Port of Liverpool. According to Peel Ports, it represents the first step in a partnership to explore the use of the technology at its other sites in the UK.
For the first test, the ASV-built autonomous boat C-Cat 3 carried out a multibeam echosounder survey near Brocklebank Dock, a terminal on the River Mersey north of Liverpool. The demonstration was successful, and Peel Ports is exploring the possibility of further uses for the survey technology. It has signed a formal MOU with ASV that will give the autonomous systems developer access to other Peel Ports facilities for further testing.