The "Conti Chivalry" was in collision with the Chinese "Zhe Xin Hang" 17 miles east of Hong Kong in position 22 04 17 N, 114 21 06 E on April 16, 2019. Both vessels suffered damage, and diesel was spilling into the sea. A Portuguese investigation team, in conjunction with its Chinese counterpart research team was gathering evidence to assess the incident.
The "Atlantis Aldabra", en route from Terneuzen to La Rochelle was disabled approximately 32 miles south of Rame Head in position 49 49 28.0 N, 003 54 10.4 W on May 17, 2019, at 06.45 a.m. The oil alarm sounded, and the crew investigated the main engine for defects but found none. The main engine was re-started, and the ship continued to France with an ETA as of May 18, 8 p.m.
Finland’s Port of Helsinki opened its new cruise berth with the help of MSC Cruises on 30 April. Located at the Hernesaari Dock, the new berth can accommodate vessels of up to 360 metres in length, which means it will be used by more than 90% of all cruise ships visiting Helsinki. MSC Cruises’ MSC Meraviglia was the first ship to call at the new berth. MSC Cruises’ senior vice president Michele Francioni joined port CEO Ville Haapasaari and Helsinki’s deputy mayor Pia Pakarinen to cut the ribbon during the inauguration ceremony, “Port of Helsinki is very proud to receive MSC Meraviglia as the first vessel to call our newest berth,” said Haapasaari. “
(Reuters) – Congo Republic shipped its first iron ore exports on Friday from a rehabilitated deep-water port that will be used by Congolese billionaire Paul Obambi’s Sapro SA and Swiss commodities giant Glencore. Sapro mined the oil-dependent Central African country’s first iron ore in 2017 from its Mayoko project in the southwest and plans to reach output of 12 million tonnes per year by 2022. Glencore’s joint venture with British Virgin Islands-incorporated Zanaga Iron Ore Co plans to ship 2 million tonnes of iron ore per year through Sapro’s port and rail link over the next two years, and 30 million tonnes by 2024. Sapro, the Congolese government and British shipping company Ashley Global are spending a combined $550 million on rehabilitation to Pointe Noire’s deep-water port, the Mayoko mine and an old railway track connecting the two. At a ceremony on Friday in Pointe Noire attended by the mines minister, a ship loaded with 23,000 tonnes of ore set sail for China, where it will be processed for a European buyer.
The "Carla" suffered an engine breakdown 24 miles west of South Uist in position 57 02 04.7 N, 008 12 11.9 W, on May 17, 2019, at 10.45 a.m. with a crew of 16 on board. The AHTS "Ievoli Black" was tasked to asissist on request of DCPSO and later stood down, after repairs were completed at 12,30 a.m. and the vessel resumed its voyage.
The 31 crew members of the "Sea Shark" called Russian News Agency TASS and asked for help, describing their dramatic situation. The tanker had loaded a shipment of crude oil at Kharg Island Oil Terminal, Iran, and sailed to Suez in late Oct 2018, where it stopped, waiting for further instructions and flag change, because the Panama flag registry expired. The tanker was seized by the Egyptian Navy in late November 2018 for illegal entry of Egypt waters, though according to crew, the ship moved some 2 nm into its territorial waters in order not to lay dead in heavily trafficked waters of Red Sea shipping lanes. The tanker was taken to Ras Banas anchorage and kept there until April 25, 2019, when it moved northwards to the Sokhna coast, where she was anchored on April 27 and remains stationary since. Egypt imposed on owner $56 million fine. The owner was trying to appeal, while crew was remaining on board. While there were no wage delays, the contract time for all of the crew expired, with little hope of replacement. The crew included 17 Ukrainian, two Crimean, one Azerbaijan, and 11 from the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India. The tanker with some 1.1 mil barrels of crude oil worth some $75 million was seized, and $56 million re demanded for its release.
The ceremonial keel laying for M/V George III and the cutting of the first steel plates for M/V Janet Marie - two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships was held t at Brownsville, TX-based Keppel AmFELS.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) has ordered a fifth Edge Class cruise vessel for its Celebrity Cruises brand from Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France, with delivery in the fall of 2024.
The "Bow Precision" suffered a broken pressure gauge in position 50 43 21 N, 000 47 16 W, 24,7 miles south of Selsey Bill on May 17, 2019. The ship was sailing in ballast condition with a crew of 23 on board, bound from Rotterdam to New Orleans.
The "Inzhener Trubin", emroute from Sfax to Rotterdam, ran aground on May 17, 2019, whilst navigating the Oude Maas in the bight of Heerjansdam. The ship was refloatefd by the Muller Dordrecht tugs "En Avant 27" and "Sirius" and berthed in Dordrecht on May 18 at 12.25 a.m. from where it proceeded to Rotterdam and berthed at Frigocare at 2.45 a.m.
Orient Overseas (International) Limited and Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (“MIP”) announced that OOIL’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, OOCL LLC and Long Beach Container Terminal, Inc., have entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement to sell 100% of LBCT LLC to a consortium led by MIP, for US$1.78 billion. LBCT LLC operates the Long Beach Container Terminal (“LBCT”) in the Port of Long Beach, California, United States.
The Port of Oakland will add new direct service to Vietnam by late April. Pacific International Lines (PIL) will launch direct Vietnam links using vessels that can carry up to 11,900 twenty-foot containers. PIL’s new service is called AC5 and is in partnership with Cosco and Wan Hai. New Vietnam-US West Coast service: Haiphong, Vietnam loop – Haiphong, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Long Beach, Oakland, Yantian, Haiphong (AC5) “PIL’s new direct service from the Port of Oakland is a good sign of increasing demand on Vietnam routes,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “Vietnam is showing strong growth in its import and export markets.”