The "Ura", en route from Porsgrunn to Ceuta with a crew of 11 on board, suffered a defective injector on cylinder no.1, while transiting down the southwest bound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme off Dungeness on Aug 14, 2019. The vessel left the lane and was anchored in position 50 59 05 N, 001 02 08 E, about 5.5 nautical miles from Dungeness Point, to carry out repair works. The vessel was carrying 7082 tonnes of fertiliser as cargo. The ship resumed its voyage around 2 p.m. with an ETA as of Aug 18.
The "Coprporal McLaren" will undergo expensive and lengthy repairs after it was sabotaged nine months ago. The patrol boat has been patched up and towed to Halifax, where it was now berthed at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography as it waited to be repaired. In November 2018 ot was cut from its moorings at a dockyard in Sambro, N.S., where it was meant to be undergoing a month-long refit. The vessel slipped from its cradle, crashing into the ocean floor and coming to rest partially submerged in the icy water of Sambro Harbour. Power cables were torn from the vessel as it slid into the water. Multiple compartments on the vessel were filled with icy seawater, damaging computer equipment and rendering wiring useless. Officials were quick to determine the act was sabotage. Severed lines and snapped anchors reportedly indicated that someone had taken a power tool — possibly an angle grinder — to the cables holding it in place. No arrests had been made and no one had been charged. Halifax Regional Police have since taken over the investigation. Everything that was damaged must now be replaced or refurbished. The federal government is still formulating its repair plan and will have to tender any work that needs to be done. Preliminary estimates put a $5-million price tag on the project. The alternative would be to build a new ship entirely. But Canada is already committed to the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which would require a shipyard to build a “one-off vessel,” a project that would be both more expensive and take years.
Middle East-India-Africa Express (MIAX) to start operations in October 2019 Hapag-Lloyd is expanding its African liner services and will offer its MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa Express) service starting in October 2019. It will include direct connections between the Arabian Gulf, India, Colombo (Sri Lanka), La Réunion, South Africa and West Africa.
South African state-run logistics company Transnet has suspended a number of employees for taking part in a lengthy go-slow campaign at the Ngqura Container Terminal in the Eastern Cape. The port said in a statement yesterday it had “suspended a number of employees at its Ngqura Container Terminal for engaging in an illegal industrial action.
The "Taiga Desgagne" suffered a main engine failure while departing the anchorage off Longueuil, Quebec, in position 45 32 42.5N, 73 31 05.3W, on Aug 13, 2019, at 6.25 p.m. The vessel proceeded on its own power to Section No.39 of the Montreal port. The crew carried out repairs and the vessel remained stationary in Montreal.
Sandlines announced that it has signed an agreement with Norsepower to install the company's Rotor Sail Solution onboard the "Copenhagen" which is operating between Rostock and Gedser. The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship, according to a press release. It is the first data-verified and commercially operational auxiliary wind propulsion technology for the global maritime industry. When wind conditions are favorable, it enables the electric propulsion thrusters and center propel to be throttled back, reducing emissions – while providing the power needed to maintain speed and voyage time. Preparations for the retrofit will take place in November 2019 with the installation scheduled for Q2 2020 as the ship will be retrofitted with one large-sized Norsepower Rotor Sail unit that is 30m in height and 5m in diameter. Scandlines hoped by installing a Rotor Sail to reduce CO2 emissions on the Rostock-Gedser route by four to five per cent.
Maiden call by Marella Cruises in Kiel. In the early Tuesday morning (16th July) the cruise ship Marella Explorer (see also CruiseMapper) berthed in the port of Kiel with 2,000 mostly anglo-phone passengers on-board. The vessel follows an itinerary of 14 days leading it all across the Baltic Sea. It started in Newcastle on 13th July and will conclude its cruise in the same port on 27th July.
The Port of Tyne has created a new baggage handling for Marella Cruises at its International Passenger Terminal, which is located in North Shields near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. The port has reconfigured 300 square metres of its terminal, creating space to process 1,000 bags as well as a marquee that functions as an undercover baggage handling facility. There are now also 382 additional parking spaces specifically for Marella Cruises’ guests. Marella Cruises’ customer will be able to drop off their luggage before heading straight to a dedicated car park. The baggage will be checked by security and loaded onto the ship, expediting the embarkation process.
The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force and the "Isl Star" rescued eight mariners aboard the 60-foot Indonesian-flagged fishing vessel KM "Aleluya" approximately 172 miles northwest of Palau, on Aug 13, 2019. The crew of the KM "Aleluya" was adrift for ten days without electricity, food, and water. News of their predicament reached responders from the crew of the Japanese fishing vessel "Kinsei Maru No.3" who rescued one mariner. When the KM "Aleluya" crew saw the "Kinsei Maru No.3"'s lights on the horizon, they launched the motorboat with one man aboard to seek help. The crew of the "Kinsei Maru No.3" subsequently searched for the KM "Aleluya" but could not locate the vessel and departed due to worsening weather conditions. The rescued mariner stated there were no injuries or significant medical concerns among the KM "Aleluya"'s crew. Sector Guam watchstanders issued a SafetyNet broadcast seeking the assistance of any mariners in the area and diverted the crews of the Coast Guard Cutter "Kiska (WPB 1336)" from Palau and a forward-deployed Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules from Pohnpei to search. Watchstand-ers also contacted the U.S. Air Force for help who deployed a B-52 Stratofortress aircrew from the U.S. Air Force 36th Wing at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, to assist. Guam watchstanders were able to contact the crew of the AMVER vessel "Isl Star" which agreed to assist in the search. Once the Hercules aircrew arrived on the scene, they quickly located the KM Aleluya and dropped supplies to the crew. They then coordinated with the good Samaritans from the "Isl Star" who rescued the eight mariners without further incident. The "Isl Star" will disembark the KM "Aleluya"'s crew in Palau. The "Kiska" was en-route to the abandoned ship's location to investigate the situation and consider options for the future of the vessel. Report with photos: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/335929/coast-guard-partners-rescue-8-missing-fishing-vessel-pacific-north-palau
In the early hours of Aug 14, the 37 year old entrepreneur Jon Pfahl from Sydney, the founder of the Rockstar Group, the UK's largest entrepreneur and mentoring firm, who was travelling aboard the "Symphony of the Seas" fell over board during a voyage from St. Kitts to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The former University of Sydney graduate, and father, was reportedly on a family holiday for his wife's birthday. After he had gone overboard, the vessel turned and launched a rescue boat. After a full-scale search, the crew recovered the body of the victim- The cruise line was working closely with authorities and will continue to assist in an ongoing investigation. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred on the Symphony of the Seas en route to Saint Thomas this morning. Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones for their loss, and our care team is providing support and assistance during this difficult time," RCCL said in a statement. The "Symphony of the Seas" has resumed her voyage and was under way for the cruise line's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. She was due to return to her homeport Miami, Florida on Aug 17.
All new ships for UK waters ordered from 2025 should be designed with zero-emission capable technologies, according to ambitious plans set out today by maritime minister Nusrat Ghani to cut pollution from the country’s maritime sector. The commitment is set out in the Clean Maritime Plan published today. The government is also looking at ways to incentivise the transition to zero-emission shipping and will consult on this next year. The plan also includes a £1m competition to find innovative ways to reduce maritime emissions and is published alongside a call for evidence to reduce emissions on UK waterways and domestic vessels.
U.S. Coast Guard crews have given up the search for a 49-year-old Cordova man who went missing after an explosion and subsequent fire on a fixed barge at Delong Dock in Whittier, Alaska, shortly after midnight on Monday. The fire spread to the pier and then to the Anagalik, a 99-foot commercial fishing vessel that was initially reported to have two people aboard at the time of the explosion. Whittier Police Department personnel have since confirmed one of those two is safely aboard a different vessel en route to Whittier. The fire has now been extinguished, but the fishing vessel and barge sank in 85 feet of water at the pier with a potential maximum of 5,500 gallons of fuel oil aboard. The fishing vessel owners have contracted Global Diving and Salvage for clean-up and salvage efforts. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak has searched for the missing person by air, and crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur and Coast Guard Auxiliary 336 searched nearby waters.