Authorities in Singapore were planning to arrest the 'Sevastopol' under U.S. sanctions for violating economic sanctions imposed on North Korea. The U.S. Treasury targeted Russia’s Gudzon shipping company in 2018 with sanctions on six of its vessels, including the 'Sevastopol'. South Korea briefly held the 'Sevastopol' in 2018 and China later refused to repair Gudzon’s other container ship. Singapore sent papers saying it’s arresting the ship over parking debts to Gudzo. Singapore plans to confiscate the 'Sevastopol' through court and sell it at a public auction. The trial was set for Dec. 17, 2019. The debts were estimated at $950,000. The 'Sevastopol' experienced a failure of the auxiliary engine when it docked in Singapore in February.Russia’s Embassy in Singapore said the Sevastopol was seized because of a commercial dispute and not sanctions. The 12 crew members had enough provisions but were not allowed to leave the vessel. Singapore hoped the court will hand it the vessel, then American sanctions against could be lifted and it could be sold. Report with photo: https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/06/singapore-arrests-sanctioned-russian-vessel-a68507
The owner of the 'Nordana Sophie' has dispatched two vessels to the position where the vessel sank. One has been moored to monitor the area while the other vessel was transporting divers to access the vessel and to clean up the oil spill. More than three kilometers of coastline in the Ky Loi commune (Ky Anh town) have been covered with oil deposits and debris after the ship sank with 178 tons of oil on board near Son Duong port.
Costa Cruises’ second Chinese market-designed cruise ship, COSTA FIRENZE, was floated out at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. COSTA FIRENZE follows the February delivered COSTA VENEZIA.
The 'Souhou Maru' (499 gt, built 2014), ran aground onto the shallows at Chiba port in position 35 36 57 N, 139 57 48 E on Dec 4, 2019, at 4.30 p.m. It was refloated on Dec 5 short past midnight without significant damage.
The 'Glovis Maestro', coming from Alexandria, suffered auxiliary engine problems on Dec 4, 2019. The ship was subsequently towed to Gibraltar and berthed at the Detached Mole, where ot was currently undergoing repairs.
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Damen Shipyards Group is to build a further four Island Class double-ender ferries for BC Ferries. All four vessels will be built at Damen’s yard in Romania and will enter service in 2022. Damen is already building two Island Class vessels for BC Ferries, both of which have completed sea trials and are due in Victoria, BC in early 2020.
The 'Sertao' remained laid up at Port Talbot since Mar 4, 2019 and it will be auctioned through sealed tender as per Admiralty Marshal?s condition of sale at London on Jan 14, 2020.
The 'Acadie' did not find a buyer during the auction of the Rennes company Alcopa Auction on Dec 4 in the Keroman port in Lorient. Six buyers had positioned themselves but none concluded the deal. Some want to give themselves time for reflection. Among the projects, the ferry could go to export, for Seychelles or Africa or be transformed into a nightclub or restaurant. Offered at € 80,000, the 600-seater remains property of the Brittany Region. The Regional Council had no longer considered the ship as useful and had decided to sell it as is. It no longer has a navigation certificate and is no longer up to current standards, especially for the reception of people with reduced mobility, but was ready to sail. Several employees of the former Morbihan Company and navigation company Océane attended the sale.
Global trade enabler DP World has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Namibia’s Nara Namib Free Economic Industrial Zone today to develop a free economic zone for industry and logistics in Walvis Bay to support the growth of Namibia as a regional hub for Southern Africa. Development of the first 50 hectares phase of the zone has the potential to create 3,000 jobs and help attract investment to Namibia of N$ 3.5 billion (approx. US$237 million). Expansion to 1,500 hectares is expected to increase the potential investment to N$25 billion (around US$1.7 billion) with 20,000 job opportunities.
Shikoku Kyuko Ferry, also known as ‘Olive Line’, has announced that it will close the historic Uno-Takamatsu route on 16 December.