arrived Alang Anchorage 23.05.19
The "Joker" was yet to complete discharging of the imported cargo in Chittagong, but meanwhile the importer has got the arrested vessel from the local court to recover their loss of damaged cargo. Furthermore, the vessel's repairs and others matters were being looked after by the owner's protecting agency.
The Port of Kiel welcomes cruise ship “Aidaprima” for its maiden call. Coming from Dubai, the vessel concluded its transfer voyage and berthed at the Ostseekai Terminal in the early Friday morning. At the on-board reception, the PORT OF KIEL’s Managing Director, Dr. Dirk Claus, welcomed the President of AIDA Cruises, Felix Eichhorn, as well as Captain Marc-Dominique Tidow in Kiel and presented them with the official plaque for the vessel’s inaugural call. Dirk Claus: “We are pleased that AIDA Cruises also bases a ship of the Hyperion Class in Kiel for the summer season. Hence we are continuing to strengthen the sound part-nership between the shipping company and the port.” Starting next year, AIDA Cruises will also be the port’s first customer to be supplied with on-shore power at the Ostseekai Terminal. Dirk Claus: “In doing so, AIDA Cruises and the PORT OF KIEL significantly contribute to the climate protection in Kiel. We will start constructions of the shore power station this summer so that we can take the plant into operation for the season 2020.” With a total of 60 calls by four different vessels („AIDAprima“, „AIDAbella“, „AIDAluna“ and “AIDAcara“) the shipping company of AIDA offers the most cruises starting from Kiel this year.
For providing better security, preventing wrong declaration and smuggling in concealed form, the Union government will install a container scanner at the Visakhapatnam Port by June-end. Though it has been decided to make it mandatory in all the major ports, the implementation in Visakhapatnam has been delayed due to certain problems. The scanner, which has reached the city sometime ago, will be installed on the compound of the Visakha Container Terminal Private Ltd, a BOT operator of Visakhapatnam Port. “It will be a non-intrusive method and the scanning will be done by our officials without stoppage of vehicles. The drive through scanning will save lot of time,” Principal Commissioner of Customs D.K. Srinivas told The Hindu.
Beached at Alang 23.05.19
The Bangladesh registered lighter ship "Sea Crown", carrying 1,100 tonnes of imported stone taken over from the "Bravo Trader" capsized in the river Karnaphuli near Karnaphuli 3rd Bridge on May 23, 2019, at 9.30 a.m. All 13 crew members jumped on to adjoining boats and vessels. After loading stones from the mother vessel r at the outer anchorage of Chattogram Port, the lighter vessel had reached the private terminal near Old Ferryghat at Isanagar on the south bank of the river in the evening of May 22 and was waiting there for the unloading, which was supposed to start the next morning. As the vessel got stuck in the stone-made embankment on the river bank during the Nor’wester early in the day, the owner company Mamata Trading called a tug which tried to move it, but failed. Instead, a crack developed on its bottom and it immediately sank. The "Bravo Trader" had sailed from Xiamen to Chittagong on May 4.
The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) located in Onne Port, has invested in two new Mobile Harbor Cranes. This is in addition to an investment of approximately USD2.5 million already made this year, APM Terminals said in its release. The two Liebherr LHM 550 Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs) are due for deployment in July this year and will further boost the efficiency and cargo handling operation of the terminal, improving service delivery and reducing vessel waiting time.
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Ministry of Tourism, Invest Saint Lucia, and the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority have joined forces to train cruise service providers and enhance the cruise visitor experience in Saint Lucia. Following a record 760,306 cruise passenger visits in 2018 and an even greater number forecast to arrive in 2019, the tourism partners aim to ensure that onshore businesses deliver cruise passenger services that meet international standards. This May, 240 representatives from businesses providing services to cruise visitors participated in Tour Operator Excellence, Tour Guide Excellence, and Port Excellence training sessions run by Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence. All those who successfully participated became certified experts in customer service.
Beached at Aliaga 23.05.19
Welfare concerns have been raised by the International Transport Workers Federation in Australia (ITF) for a crew of about 20 aboard the "Eckert Oldendorff" which docked at Port Pirie on May 8, 2019. The ITF claimed that the bulk carrier had been sitting in the Spencer Gulf for about a month to six weeks, when they received allegations that there was not enough water on board for the crew. An engine room fire occurred on May 20 as it was leaving the port. Additional allegations, which have been disputed by Oldendorff carriers, claimed that the crew was not being fed and had been warned not to speak to anybody outside of the ship, particularly those from the union. Dean Summers, the national coordinator for ITF has contacted the Australian authorities that are responsible in this situation, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and was prompting that they completed another investigation of the ship. The ITF had been notified about a month ago but was now alarmed to hear more allegations that the captain has threatened the crew with punishments should they speak to the ITF. "Oldendorff refuses to sign on any of their ships either owned or chartered, agreements to set minimum standards for those seafarers and refuse to respect the seafarers right of freedom of association. I have taken these claim to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, they have a responsibility to investigate and they have told us that they will and our claims are firstly about those human needs and also about the seafarers rights to association." The Australian Maritime Safety Association stated on May 23 in the morning, that they are aware of the complaint that has been made regarding the conditions and provisions aboard the vessel and have raised the issues with the master. "ASMA raised the matter with the master who confirmed that water for laundering had been rationed due to the extended stay at anchorage, but that food and water was adequate. He did confirm however that the vessel will be replenishing food and water at some point during their anchorage stay. The vessel subsequently berthed for 24 hours in Port Pirie to provision food and water and returned to the anchorage." ASMA conducted an inspection of the vessel on May 9 and confirmed there was adequate provisions on board for their upcoming voyage and did not receive any complaints about shore leave, pay or restrictions on associations while on board. The ITF will continue to ask Oldendorff to recognise seafarers with a collective agreement and will be imploring the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to take up a responsibility and to investigate all claims again from a government perspective.
With plenty of rain finally falling over the past week in Panama, the authorities have postponed a sixth draft restriction of 2019. The maximum authorised draft of 13.11 m for vessels transiting the new neopanamax locks and 11.73 m for vessels transiting the old panamax locks will become effective June 12 instead of May 28. The current maximum authorised draft stands at 13.41 m. “We will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake and announce future draft adjustments in a timely manner,” the Panama Canal Authority stated in a note to shipping lines.
Hong Kong-based international port operator Cosco Shipping Ports has completed the equity transaction of project company responsible for its greenfield subsidiary at the Port of Chancay, Peru. With the equitytransaction of the Project Company was officially completed on 10 May 2019, Port of Chancay became the company’s first greenfield subsidiary in South America and COSCO Shipping Ports plans to developing the port to an important gateway port in South America.