Using thermal imaging, salvage experts on June 22 found out that the source of the wisps of smoke still emanating from "SSL Kolkata" were not flames, but some smouldering remnants of the cargo. Coast Guard Dorniers continued to maintain vigil from the air, keeping a lookout for any oil spill. Ships with special pollutioncontrol equipment were on standby. The experts fromSMIT Salvage were sourcing equipment to remove furnace oil from the wing tanks of the "SSL Kolkata". The ship has nearly 211 tonnes of fuel that will remain a cause of concern even after it is towed to deeper waters. The "Lewek Altair" was operating near the affected ship, a similar vessel, the "Lewek Harrier" from Singapore was expected to join the salvage efforts on June 24. The tug "Amrita" has sailed from Kakinada and will reach the area soon to tow the ship away from Sunderbans and the International Maritime Boundary Line with Bangladesh.
The "Alexander Maersk" changed its course after picking up a stress signal on early June 22, 2018, and picked up 113 migrants. The vessel was currently situated off the coast of the Sicilian town of Pozzallo and awaiting instructions from the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC Rome). The Maersk container's move to rescue the migrants is part of an ancient code of conduct.
Italy's new right extremist populist government has threatened to seize several other ships carrying migrants, sparking a row with the EU. Infrastructure minister Danilo Toninelli on June 21 said that two rescue migrant ships -- the "Lifeline" and "Seefuchs" of German NGOs would be seized and directed to Italian ports for investigation "into their legal status", describing migrants as "human meat".
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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.