In the port of Ust-Luga, a fuel oil spill occurred during bunkering of the bulkcarrier "Lowlands Horizon" at the quay of the coal terminal on Jan 21, 2019, at 9:35 p.m. while bunkering from the "Vanino". The supply of the bunker was urgently stopped, and the crew of the bulk carrier began collecting the spilled oil. AT 11.30 p.m. two inspectors of the Port Control of Ust-Luga were sent to the site to assess the nature of the pollution. The estimated amount of fuel oil located on the deck and sides of the vessel was 3-5 cubic meters. The estimated amount of fuel oil trapped on the ice at the ship’s side was 50-100 kg. The causes of the incident were investigated.
Marine search and rescue personnel and others assisted in keeping a sinking sailboat afloat in the night of Jan 20, 2019, near Nanaimo. Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue vessels were called out at 10:30 p.m. to help a sailboat in distress near Five Finger Island and dispatched both its vessels. The "Queen of Cowichan" was first on scene and threw a life preserver and provided lighting. The ferry had finished service for the night and was en route to Horseshoe Bay. The skipper of the boat reported taking on water and having lost power. Rescue personnel put pumps on board to help owner keep the boat afloat, before towing it to Stone’s Marina for emergency haulout at 3 a.m. Report with photo: https://nanaimonewsnow.com/article/606542/man-rescued-floundering-sailboat-stephenson-point
The Russian icebreaker "Viktor Chernomyrdin", 22000 gt (IMO-No.: 9658630), which was actually being under construction at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg and which initially was scheduled to be delivered before the end of the year, was hit by a fire raging on 3,200 square meters on decks 3 and 4 in the evening of Nov 27, 2018. The fire was very powerful and two firefighters were injured during the extinguishing work which involved 140 firemen and 39 vehicles. The "Viktor Chernomyrdin"was to be the largest diesel electric icebreaker in the world.The completion of the ice breaker has been delayed several times. The ship had already been delayed for three years when the fire broke out. What consequences the fire will have for commissioning was not known yet known. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C02SCWtFdBY
PaxOcean has delivered a 26,000m3 floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to Indonesia-based Jaya Samudra Karunia (JSK). The Karunia Dewata is the largest FSRU to be built in China and the first to feature Type C cargo tanks. The unit was built at PaxOcean’s Zhoushan Shipyard to Lloyd's Register’s (LR) Rules for the Classification of Ships and Provisional Rules for LNG Ships and Barges Equipped with Regasification Systems.
In the port of Ust-Luga, a fuel oil spill occurred during bunkering of the "Lowlands Horizon" at the quay of the coal terminal on Jan 21, 2019, at 9:35 p.m. while bunkering from the tanker "Vanino". The supply of the bunker was urgently stopped, and the crew of the bulk carrier began collecting the spilled oil. AT 11.30 p.m. two inspectors of the Port Control of Ust-Luga were sent to the site to assess the nature of the pollution. The estimated amount of fuel oil located on the deck and sides of the vessel was 3-5 cubic meters. The estimated amount of fuel oil trapped on the ice at the ship’s side was 50-100 kg. The causes of the incident were investigated.
A nuclear submarine had a near miss with the "Superfast VII" headed from Belfast to Scotland in the Irish Sea on Nov 6, 2018, but the decision to start an investigation was declared only on Jan 21, 2019. An investigation has been launched into the previously unreported incident. The submarine was submerged at the depth needed to extend its periscope above the surface of the water. The Royal Navy would not confirm which of its 10 submarines was involved. They are all nuclear-powered but only four carry Trident nuclear missiles.
Qinhuangdao Port, China’s largest coal port in terms of handling volume, has announced a plan to replenish RMB818.8m ($118m) into Cangzhou Huanghua Mineral Port Company, a bulk terminal operator at Huanghua Port. Following the capital injection, Qinhuangdao Port’s shareholding in the terminal will be increased to 98.9%
OOCL introduced its new product called the West Africa Service 2 (WAF2) and will be effective from November 30. The WAF2 will be complementary to OOCL's Asia to West and South Africa product mix by providing customers with a comprehensive, competitive and reliable service network with direct calls to strategic ports including Cape Town, Apapa, Tincan, Onne. WAF2 Port Rotation: Dalian - Xingang - Qingdao - Inchon - Ningbo - Nansha - Singapore - Cape Town - Apapa - Tincan - Onne - Singapore – Dalian
Bridges carrying traffic across the Monongahela River were closed in the morning of Jan 21, 2019, after 12 barges hauling coal broke loose from the "Brenda L. Murray II" and floated away. Officials closed the McKees Rocks, West End, Fort Pitt, Liberty, Smithfield and Panhandle bridges as crews inspected them for damage. The Liberty Bridge was struck by at least one barge and the Smithfield and Fort Pitt bridges possibly were struck. A barge hit the Panhandle Bridge used by light-rail cars, but the Port Authority determined it was safe to use. Around 8 a.m., tow boat crews secured a barge that was stuck against the Fort Pitt Bridge. Traffic started flowing across the bridge in both directions about 30 minutes later. Pittsburgh River Rescue boats scrambled to get inspectors to the bridges to assess any damage that might have occurred. Pittsburgh police officers went to congested areas to direct traffic. The West End and McKees Rocks bridges were among the first to reopen. All bridges reopened at 9.30 a.m. but not before the morning commute ground to a halt in some places and Port Authority of Allegheny County riders faced serious delays. Strong river currents caused the loaded barges to break free from the tug of the Murray American Transportation Inc. in Monassen. All of the barges have been secured, and the company was working with the US Coast Guard and other state and federal regulatory agencies to investigate the matter, and to determine the cause of the barge breakaway. The incident was reported just before 5 a.m., when some of the barges being pushed by the tow boat came loose around the area of the Liberty Bridge. Of the 12 barges that broke free, 10 were secured to moorings, while the other two were secured at the Smithfield Street pier. One was partially submerged. The barges will be cleared as soon as river conditions allow and the necessary equipment is able to be dispatched. There were no restrictions on area waterways and the Coast Guard has not been alerted to any harmful materials in the water. Report with photos: https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14527194-74/911-loose-barge-on-mon-river-shuts-down-three-bridges
The "Rolldock Sea" has turned towards Bermuda after a crewman began to suffer respiratory issues. The crew contacted the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre on Jan 21, 2019, shortly after 10 p.m. last night to say it was steering towards the island because a 39-year-old Filipino national needed medical evacuation. The ship, which was en route from Port Everglades to Den Helder was expected to meet the pilot boat "St David" on Jan 22 at 1.30 p.m. for the crewman to be transferred to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
After two years of negotiations DFDS signed a sale and purchase agreement with the Port of Rotterdam for the acquisition of the 92,000m² capacity Rotterdam Bulk Terminal in Vlaardingen, Rotterdam – thereby increasing the trailer marshalling space by 60% from May 2020.
Durres port in Albania will become a strategic point of freight transport for Albania and the whole region, Minister of Infrastructure and Energy Damian Gjiknuri declared. According to Gjuknuri, the Norwegian Government will support Albania with a 1.4 million euro (about 1.6 million U.S. dollars) fund to provide technical assistance to harmonize the maritime sector legislation with that of the EU, and to support the Naval Marine Corps Department of Vlora University, southwest Albania to supply this sector with human resources.