The "Crystal Gold" which brokoe lose from its moorings at Chattogram Port's outer anchorage and ran aground near Parki beachran aground at Chattogram's Parki Sea Beach in 2017 during cyclone Mora, is still there threatening the environment. Legal complications have stalled moving of the vessel to a shipbreaking yard in Sitakunda and the environment of the 13 km-long sea beach in Anwara upazila, a popular tourist spot, would surely be harmed if it was dismantled there. The Crystal Group as the owner of the bulk carrier was facing legal complications over bank loans and payment of crew members. The Four Star Corporation in October 2018 bought the ship. Unable to move the vessel, it took initiatives in December to dismantle the vessel on the beach but the Department of Environment (DoE) slapped it with a Tk 2 crore fine saying it had not taken the mandatory clearance and Four Star having started breaking up the ship without approval. After receiving a complaint, 1.5 acres of area were found polluted by the discharges of the ship. On January 15, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association filed a writ petition with the High Court against the dismantling of the ship mentioning possible environmental damage. A week later, the ministry of industries after inspecting the spot wrote to the DoE and Chattogram deputy commissioner to stop the ship breaking there as the beach was not a government authorised ship breaking zone and the ministry had not been informed about the dismantling process. On Feb 15, the DC's office told the DoE to take environment-friendly steps as per Bangladesh Ship Recycling Act-2018 for scrapping the vessel. An appeal of Four Star regarding the fine imposed on them was pending with the High Court. No decision can be taken until the court settles it. Opinions of all stakeholders including the ministry of industries will be considered before taking further steps. Actually ship-breaking workers living in a makeshift house erected on the spot. Some workers were awaiting nod from the High Court. Report with photo: https://www.thedailystar.net/backpage/news/ran-aground-not-removed-2yrs-1719064
Beached at Aliaga 07.03.19
Morotai, a container ship owned by CMA CGM Group Agencies (Australia) Pty Ltd., docked at the SP-ITC International Container Terminal in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, on March 15, following the route from the city to Australia and vice versa. Weighing 40,000 tonnes and measuring 222 metres long, Morotai is the vessel with the largest deadweight tonnage having anchored at the SP-ITC port thus far.
Meyer Turku has floated Costa Cruises’ first LNG-powered cruise ship, Costa Smeralda, out of her building dock at its yard in Turku, Finland. Following a traditional ceremony to mark the construction milestone, the 180,000gt ship was moved to Meyer Turku’s outfitting pier where she will remain until her delivery in October 2019. Once complete, the ship will offer a three-level area in the middle of the ship that will host entertainment, Italy-inspired piazzas, 11 restaurants, 19 bars, a water park with slides, a multi-sport field, four swimming pools, theatre, disco, casino, jazz club piano bar, a games room and a spa, which has a beauty salon, hammam, thalasso therapy pool and 16 treatment rooms. The vessel will also have her own onboard museum called CoDe - Costa Design Museum, which will be curated by Matteo Vercelloni and showcase the “excellence of Italian design” by featuring many of the people who have contributed to the ship's construction.
In the morning of March 22, 2019, a British passenger of the "Hypatia de Alejandria" fell into the sea between Mallorca and Ibiza while the ship was enroute to Palma de Mallorca. Upon the arrival in port it was remarked that the 30 year old man was missing. He had last been seen at 5 a.m. An SAR operation with a helicopter and two SAR boats was launched. Also a helicopter of the Guardia Civil and a French aircraft, which was by chance in the area, joined the search.
sold to Breakers
DP World said it is likely to start using the fourth terminal at its flagship Jebel Ali port in the second half of 2019, after utilisation of the terminal was delayed due to a softening market. The ports operator said the terminal is essentially ready for operations and has more cost efficiencies than Terminal 1.
No fewer than sixteen Liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels are expected to berth in Onne Port Complex this week in Rivers State Ten of the vessels would discharge imported cargo – containers, general cargo, drilling fluid and inballast, while six vessels would export 364,000 tons of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Butane to other countries of the world. The development was contained in a shipping position issued by the port. The 360000 tons of LNG/Butane would be shipped by these following vessels – LNG Methane Allison Victoria (65000 ton), LNG Maran Gas Hector (70000 ton), LNG Bonny II (77000 ton), LPG Innovator (10000 ton of Butane), LNG Bayelsa (65000 ton) and LNG Lagos II (77000 ton).
Beached at Chittagong 07.03.19
sold to Breakers
Contship Italia S.p.A. has entered into negotiations with MSC for the sale of its 50% shares in CSM Italia Gate S.p.A, the company that controls MCT – Medcenter Container Terminal S.p.A. MCT is the concessionaire of the container terminal activities in the port of Gioia Tauro where MSC is already a partner and the main customer. In order to speed up the deal, Contship Italia has appointed the law firm that will assist the process as well as an independent financial advisor, who has been given the task of expressing the correct value of the terminal activity and assets. During the negotiations, Medcenter Container Terminal will continue to be fully operational.
Hutchison Ports Pakistan received three new remote-controlled quay cranes to mark the beginning of the terminal’s second phase in Karachi. The development will make Pakistan the first country in the South Asia region to install semi-automated, cabin-less cranes. Pakistan’s first and only deep-water container port received the first installment of these high-tech cranes, under their agreement signed with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd, China (ZPMC) recently, for the purchase of 8 new cabin-less remote-controlled quay cranes, and 24 remote-controlled rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGCs). This incoming equipment will be the first of its kind in the country.