Sri Lanka shipwrecked fishermen rescued by China dredger
A Chinese sea sand dredger working on a sea reclamation project near Sri Lanka's Colombo port had rescued two
shipwrecked fishermen who were adrift clinging on to a piece of flotsam. The captain of Xin Hai Feng, a vessel working
for Shanghai Dredging Company at Colombo Port City project, had spotted the two drifting fishermen who were clinging
on to a empty fuel diesel drum. The Colombo Port City is reclaimed by China Harbhour Engineering Company. The rescue
team from the Port City had used a barge to reach fishermen amid waves as high as 2.0 metre waves, the company said.
The fishermen Sunil Anthony(64) and Ranjith Igneshes (57) had been rescued at 13:59 hours and transferred to National
Hospital by emergency medical ambulances. The two fishermen had left in a deep sea fishing boat on July 14. The
engine had failed. The drifting boat had later struck a reef. They abandoned ship and started swimming to the shore with
the help of the empty fuel drum, the company said. The fishermen had been without food and water for 48 hours.
The "Explorer of the Seas" was returning from Alaska and heading to Seattle when on July 19, 2018, at 8:21 p.m. the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria was alerted after two crew members reportedly fell into the water, after boarding one of the ship’s rescue boats. The JRCCwas uncertain why the crew were in the rescue boats, but they may have been running drills. They fell from some height and were rescued by the pilot boat of the Pacific Pilotage Authority. Both were still responsive. The rescue boat broke down and was towed by the "Vic 1" boat before it restarted, when it could be cut free and hoisted back on board. The two crew members were sent to hospital, but C-Tow said they were checked out by B.C. Emergency Health Services, given the okay, and put back on board.
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.