During a control of the "Kilstraum" on July 16, 2018, at the Covestro loading pier in the canal port of Brunsbüttel the water police found a number of defiencies. The officers remarked that the wastewater treatment plant was not working properly due to lack of maintenance and that insufficiently disinfected wastewater had been discharged into German waters. The first engineer had to pay asecurity of 800 euros and was subject of an investigation. The ship left the port again at 4.20 p.m. bound to Buetzfleth, where it arrived at 6 p.m.before continuuing the voyage to Terneuzen, ETA July 18.
In the afternoon of July 17, 2018, the "Tranquilo", 693 ts (EU-No.: 02311458; MMSI-No.: 244700422; CS: PG4545), ran aground on the IJssel near Doesburg close to the local IJssel bridge. The ship, which had entered the Ijssel near Arnheim was coming from the lower Rhine. The "Castellum" along with one more barge attempted to redloat the "Tranquilo" mooring alongside both sides of the gravel loaded ship but failed. The "Tranquilo" had a draft of 2.2 meters. Rijkswaterstaat was monitoring the vessel.
Dutch reports with photo and video:
Maersk looks to Liverpool as Felixstowe continues to struggle
MAERSK Line is moving two 2M alliance service calls to Liverpool for 12 weeks as continuing problems at Felixstowe provide a boost to Peel Ports’ operation in the northwest of the UK. The first vessels diverting to Liverpool will be the 2006-built, 7,943 teu ARCHIMIDIS on the TA2 service and 2004-built, 2,556 teu CAP BEATRICE on the COEX service to Liverpool on July 22 and July 20 respectively. “Unfortunately, Felixstowe terminal is suffering from slow operations caused by IT system issues,” Maersk
said in a statement. “In order to protect our service integrity, we will be moving our 2M TA2 and COEX services from Felixstowe to Liverpool for a duration of 12 weeks.” Felixstowe has been suffering from congestion following the implementation of a new terminal operating system last month. As Lloyd’s List reported yesterday, Felixstowe is continuing to struggle with performance issues, particularly with loading export containers.