On Feb 23, 2013, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has detained the "Tintomara" at QAL's South Trees wharf in Gladstone due to allegations of underpayment and poor working conditions. Members of the 26-person crew were currently speaking to The Observer at the Mission to Seafarers headquarters at the Gladstone Marina. Officials from the AMSA were undertaking a general inspection of the ship when members of the crew raised complaints about their treatment at the hands of their captain and chief officer.
The complaints alleged a culture of bullying, non-payment of overtime, long working hours and crew members losing weight due to the lack of food. The AMSA has now detained the ship until its owner either removes the captain and chief officer or flies the crew home to their respective countries. The "Tintomara"'s crew was made up of sailors from the Philippines, Bangladesh and India. It arrived in Gladstone on Feb 22, coming from New Orleans, transporting caustic to QAL. At 8.45 p.m. the Chief Officer has been removed from the ship. Members of the crew have been given cash.
Turkish warships harassed the "Saipem 12000" and threatened to sink it on Feb 23 in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus, with the ship forced to make the necessary maneuvers so as to avoid a collision. Four or five ships of the Turkish navy tried to once again obstruct the drill ship of Eni, that has over the last couple of weeks been prevented from performing its duty to search for hydrocarbons at Block 3 off Cyprus.
In a last-ditch effort before departing for Morocco, the drill ship attempted to approach the spot where it was supposed to begin its surveying, but the Turkish ships nearly caused a collision, that was averted in the last minute, after issuing clear threats to the Italian vessel that it would be sunk. Eni’s ship left the spot and started sailing west, setting course for Morocco.
A similar incident had occurred two weeks ago, when the "Saipem 12000" made its first efforts to approach the designated surveying spot, but a Turkish vessel set a collision course against it. The collision was eventually avoided through the maneuvering by the Italian captain after his calls on his Turkish opposite number to change course went to no avail.
Malacca Straits VLCC traffic doubles in a decade as shipping traffic hits all time high in 2017
Defying difficult market conditions traffic in the world's busiest shipping lane, the Malacca Straits, continued to grow over the last three years hitting an all time high of 84,456 transits in 2017. A report by Singapore-based Nippon Maritime Center (NMC), provided exclusively to Seatrade Maritime News, and based on figures from the Marine Department of Malaysia, showed that traffic had grown consistently since 2011. “In the last three years, daily transit reports to Klang VTS increased from 222 vessels per day in 2015 to 231 vessels per day in 2017, despite challenging shipping market conditions,” the NMC said. This equates to nearly 10 vessels entering or leaving the straits every hour, or one vessel every six minutes. source : Seatrade Maritime News
Portugal’s Leixoes port to get 510 mln-euro investment
The Port of Leixoes, outside Porto in Portugal’s north, is to receive 510 million euros (630 million U.S. dollars)of investment, Portugal’s Minister for the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, announced.
“The Leixoes Terminal is one of the top ports in the national system,” said Vitorino, “and is rightly, therefore, one of the ports where we make the biggest investment.” Besides building a new terminal, there are plans to extend the breakwater and deepen the access channel and turning basin.
Some of these projects are already underway and ought to be finished by 2021. Others are at the engineering study stage or awaiting environmental impact assessments. The whole project should be completed by 2026.