The "Odyssey" carrying 326 people hit five moored boats in Boston Harbor in the morning of June 22, 2018. She was carrying a group of 8th grade students on a class trip from the Day Middle School in Newton at the time. No one was injured. The boats were hit just before 11:30 a.m. after the ship suffered propulsion loss and drifted backward into five moored sailboats. The boats suffered only minor damage - mostly sratches. Another vessel was able to tow the "Odyssey" and moor the vessel to safely get passengers off board.
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In the evening of June 21, 2018, the "Joke - O 83", 99 gt, got its net into the propeller at the Schulpengat and was disabled. The KNRM in Den Helder was alerted, and the Coast Guard contacted the rescue station Callantsoog too. Within half an hour both lifeboats wereom scene. A few men were transferred onto the "Joke" with towing gear, and the vessel was tied to the lifeboat "Joke Dijkstra". It was pulled to the port of Den Helder, with the lifeboat "Veronica" remaining on standby. Two hours later the "Joke" had reached the port and was taken alongside the "Joke Dijkstra" and berthed at the fish auction pier. On June 22 just after noon, the "Joke" called the Coast Guard in the Den Helder another time. This time the trawler had suffered a blackout due to water in the diesel tank. This time the ship was on the Gat van de Stier and threatened to drift onto a sandbar. The "Joke Dijkstra" was alerted again, and within a quarter of an hour she was underway. Also the tug "Noordzee" of the Dutch Navy headed towards the trawler and took in in tow. The "Joke Dijkstra" remained on standby until the ships were in the port of Den Helder. Once in port, the Belgian crew got an auxiliary engine working, so that the nets could be recovered.
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(Reuters) – A fire in the hold of a bulker ship on Monday briefly closed Australia’s Port Kembla, the second-largest coal export port in New South Wales state, stopping shipping for eight hours.
The port was shut soon after the blaze began before dawn on the MV Iron Chieftain as it unloaded dolomite, a mineral used in steelmaking which was destined for BlueScope Steel Ltd’s nearby blast furnace. No injuries were reported.
“Shipping recommenced and the port reopened at 1130 (0130 GMT) and is expected to be back on schedule by around 1700,” harbor master Kell Dillon said in an emailed statement.
More than 100 firefighters were working to put fire out, a job likely to take all day, a spokesman for Fire and Rescue NSW told Reuters. Pictures showed water being sprayed from tugboats and fire engines into the ship’s hold.
MSC Cruises orders first LNG-powered Meraviglia-class ship
MSC Cruises has ordered a fifth Meraviglia-class cruise ship, cut the steel for its fourth Meraviglia-class ship, laid the keel for MSC Grandiosa and floated out MSC Bellissima – all in one ceremony at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Held on 14 June, the jam-packed ceremony saw MSC Cruises and STX France sign a contract for the €900 million (US$1.06bn) newbuild, which will be the first in the Meraviglia class to have dual-fuel engines powered by LNG. The 6,335-guest vessel will also have an advanced wastewater purification system to ensure she complies with the world’s strictest environmental regulations when she debuts in 2023. The newbuild is the 13th vessel to be ordered as part of MSC Cruises’ 10-year investment plan.