A grain barge was raised the Mississippi River after it hit a bridge at Vicksburg and sank. A contractor started the work on May 19. He built an A-frame at the site on May 18 to lift the barge. The river's channel was not blocked and vessels can avoid the sunken barge. The barge sank after it hit the older of two bridges at Vicksburg on May 16 as the "Jeffrey G" was traveling downriver with about 30 barges and one of the barges hit the bridge. Several others broke loose and had to be recovered.
A mechanical failure on the "Katama" traveling between Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven on May 19, 2018, led the Steamship Authority to cancel two afternoon trips and delay two others. Engineering and maintenance staff made the call to cancel the 1:35 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. trips after officials discovered a problem with the ferry’s reduction gear cooling pump. The 4:05 p.m. trip from Woods Hole was delayed about 30 minutes and the 5:20 p.m. trip from Vineyard Haven was expected to be delayed about 20 minutes, according to the authority. Saturday evening trips potentially faced shorter delays. Even though our engineering and maintenance staff determined that the vessel was able to operate at a reduced RPM [revolutions per minute], the decision was made to replace the pump to avoid any chance of equipment damage.
The cancellations comes almost two weeks after the Steamship Authority said in a report that mechanical problems caused about 550 trips to be cancelled during the first four months of the year -- about 15 times its yearly average.
The report was the result of an internal review after facing strong criticism from state lawmakers and island residents over many recent breakdowns.
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Finnlines starts new direct service between Helsinki and Aarhus
Finnlines is reshuffling its services between Denmark and Finland and provides as of 28 May, 2018 direct service between Helsinki and Aarhus, the company said in its press release.
There will also be a direct connection between Aarhus and Uusikaupunki, which offers new possibilities for cargoes between Denmark and Western Finland. Turku will be available via transhipment in Travemünde
The new weekly service between Travemünde and Aarhus is especially suitable for all kinds of rolling cargo, particularly for high and heavy cargo unable to cross the Kiel Canal bridge due to weight limitations.
The transit times will be shorter with direct departures, please see attached schedule.