Beached at Alang 17.08.19
The "Mimer" suffered engine trouble and had to drop anchor outside Skallevold on Aug 16, 2019, at 8.10 p.m. The vessel was surveying the sea bottom outside Vallø in connection with the clean-up of the old refinery area. The rescue vessel "Eivind Eckbo" was tasked to momitor the ship, waiting for the larger SAR ship "Horn Rescue" stationed in Skjærhalden to tow the "Mimer" to port. At 9.15 p.m. the "Mimer" was taken in tow by the "Horn Rescue" to Tønsberg. Norwegian report with photos: https://www.tb.no/nyheter/tonsberg/redningsselskapet/skip-i-motortrobbel/s/5-76-1117568
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Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku has cut the first piece of steel for Costa Cruises’ second LNG-powered ship, which will be named Costa Toscana and be delivered in October 2021. Using its new plasma cutter line, Meyer Turku marked the start of the ship production project during a traditional ceremony at its yard in Turku. Once complete, Costa Toscana will have dual-fuel hybrid engines and onboard LNG tanks to enable her to operate using LNG in port and at sea.
The "Grace 1" was ready to depart Gibraltar in 24 to 48 hours, despite a last-minute effort by the United States to seize it, according to Richard de la Rosa, managing director of Astralship. He said on Aug 17 that logistical preparations were under way and that a new crew of Indian and Ukrainian nationals was expected to take command of the ship, which was carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian oil. The United States said on Aug 16 it had issued a warrant for the seizure of the supertanker one day after a judge in Gibraltar said he was allowing the detained vessel to depart. The warrant said the tanker, all of the oil aboard, and $995,000 are subject to forfeiture, citing what it called violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and bank fraud, money-laundering, and terrorism statutes. The Justice Department accused the ship of scheming to "unlawfully access the U.S. financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization." The warrant, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., was addressed to "the United States Marshal's Service and/or any other duly authorized law-enforcement officer." Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said that the supertanker seized six weeks ago was free to leave the British Mediterranean territory as soon as it was ready, and that Gibraltar’s Supreme Court would weigh any U.S. effort to stop the "Grace 1" from leaving. It will depart for the Mediterranean after being reflagged under the Islamic Republic of Iran's flag and renamed as "Adrian Darya" for the voyage. The United States said the crew of the supertanker could be subject to a U.S. visa ban.
The Port Authority of Piraeus was informed by the captain of the "Flying Dolphin 1" in the morning of Aug 17 about a mechanical damage to the starboard side main engine. The vessel safely arrived at the port of Piraeus on its scheduled route from the ports of Poros, Methana and Aegina and disembarked the 28 passengers. The Port Authority concerned detained the ship until repair were carried out and a class certificate presented by the relevant classification society.
The joint venture of Kition Ocean Holdings has submitted its proposal for the development of the existing Larnaca port and marina. After lengthy negotiations with the government, the Cypriot and Israeli joint venture of Kition Ocean Holdings submitted an updated proposal for the far-reaching utilisation and development of the Larnaca port and marina, it said. The company proposes the ultramodern upgrading and expansion of Larnaca port in order to become a pole of attraction for new companies operating in the fields of commercial cruises, transport and energy.
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) recently took delivery of another new quay crane (QC) and eight new hybrid rubber-tired gantries (RTGs) for its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), establishing the terminal as having the largest fleet of modern container-handling equipment in the Philippines with 18 QCs and 58 RTGs. Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), the QC is part of the five from ICTSI’s 2018 USD80-million capacity improvement program package. With a reach of up to 16 rows across twin, the new QC can service the largest feeder vessels calling the Philippines. It will be deployed at Berth 3.
27 minors who had been authorized to leave the "Open Arms" were disembarked onto Italian Coastguard boats. That left 107 migrants on the ship on Aug 17. 16 days waiting for a port to disembark in had taken their toll on the migrants, with frequent fights breaking about among them and conditions on board deteriorating. Open Arms could no loger guarantee the security of the 134 people onboard. France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg have said they will help relocate the migrants, but the reaction from Salvini's interior ministry has been sceptical.
On Aug 11, 2019, at 7.30 a.m. the Duty Able Seaman aboard the "Kota Waris" which was moored in pos. 10:44.3N – 106:46.2E, at the Phuoc Long Mooring Buoy No. 03, Vietnam, on routine rounds noticed two robbers armed with knives trying to break into the steering gear room. The Duty Officer was notified. Alarmwas raised and the crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped. Nothing was reported stolen.
Portsmouth International Port is set to welcome 150,000 cruise passengers each year following the completion of its multimillion-pound berth extension project, which has just been started in collaboration with construction firm Knights Brown. The renovation will include levelling out the cruise berth and building an additional dolphin. As a result, ships up to 255 metres in length will be able to safely and conveniently berth at the port.
The first cargo of liquified natural gas under the long-term contract between PGNiG and US LNG provider Cheniere Energy arrived at the President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal in Świnoujście. The long-term contract, which was signed in November of 2018, will total approximately 39 bcm of natural gas over the 24 year period of the agreement. The official reception ceremony of the first delivery at the LNG terminal in Świnoujście included representatives of the government of the Republic of Poland, local authorities, as well as executives from PGNiG and Cheniere Energy.