The US Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from the "Bow Gallant" 35 miles northeast of South Padre Island, Texas, in the afternoon of May 16, 2019. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a call from the captain of the vesselstating that a crew member was in need of medical assistance and required a medevac. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac. A Sector/ Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was launched and medevaced the man to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Valley International Airport.
The "Happiness I" was anchored at the Jeddah port anchorage i pos. 21° 18.27' N 039° 2.47' E, and repair works were in progress. Tugs from Jeddah port were standing by the vessel. On May 17 the "Topaz Karama" (IMO: 9591260) was anchored close to the ship.
The Arkona offshore wind farm has been officially opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ‘Arkona is an iconic project for future generations - built today!’ The opening ceremony was held in Sassnitz, Germany, on board one of Van Oord’s installation vessels, the company said in its release. E.ON awarded Van Oord the contract for the transport and installation of the 60 monopiles and transition pieces in 2016. Heavy-lift installation vessel Svanen completed these works safely, on time and to the full satisfaction of the client in 2018. The 385 megawatts wind farm is located in the Baltic Sea, about 35 kilometres north of Rügen Island, Germany. The offshore wind farm provides 400,000 homes with sustainable energy and displace approximately 1.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. This reduction fits to the goals set by the German government to reduce CO2 emissions in 2020 with 40% compared to 1990.
Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. said it added four reach stackers to ensure efficient port operations and optimize container yard space of the Subic port terminal. The installation of reach stackers is part of the terminal operator’s initiative to further enhance its capacity in handling unladen containers from the surge of imports, after being assigned as an empty evacuation center last year. “Our investments in global standard port equipment and systems help in maintaining robust operations in NCT 1 & 2 to meet the needs and demands of our partners,” SBITC.
On May 16 the "Thalassa Elpida" completed her repairs. On May 17 at 6.50 p.m. she berthed at the Piraeus Port Authority Container Terminal where the container loading process was in progress.
ALloyd's Form of Salvage Agreement was signed to Tsavliris Salvage (International) Ltd by the owner of the "A Michel" after sustaining a flooded engine room following the explosion of a device at Fujairah Anchorage B in pos. 25 10.38 N, 56 31.3 E on May 13. SCOPIC was invoked. The tanker was listing to starboard side and was down by the stern after the flooding.
Matson, Inc. , a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, has received three new 65 long-ton capacity gantry cranes at its Honolulu hub terminal at Sand Island. The biggest ship-to-shore container cranes to be deployed at any commercial harbor in Hawaii, the cranes arrived aboard a special heavy-lift vessel on Saturday and were positioned for discharge starting this morning. Matson's acquisition of the new cranes, along with the upgrading of three existing cranes and other improvements, is part of a multi-year $60 million terminal expansion and modernization project at its hub that is tied to the deployment of four new ships between 2018 and 2020. Built for Matson by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, the new cranes weigh approximately 1,290 tons each and will have greater lifting capacity, height and reach than existing cranes, which will enable full service of Matson's new, larger ships.
Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (BPHB) plans capacity expansion of its Bintulu International Container Terminal (BICT) to cope with rising demand as it has recorded double-digit growth in container throughput for three consecutive years. A feasibility study on the BICT’s expansion is currently under way and the plan will involve infrastructure development and procuring container handling equipment. The BICT handled 349,792 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit) last year, representing 13.1% growth over 2017 and the the highest ever volume, according to BPHB group chief executive officer Datuk Mohammad Medan Abdullah.
The "SL-D1" ran aground in the waters off Botolan in Zambales, Philippines, on May 8, 2019. Oil was leaing from the grounded vessel but has been controlled using oil absorbent pads. The Philippine Coast Guard and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources were investigating the oil spill- Local authorities began inspecting the dredger and collecting oil samples. Spilt oil had affected the fishing community of the residents in the town.
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Less than one month after Carnival Cruise Line announced it was pulling its ships out of Antigua’s cruise port, officials have reached an agreement that will bring Carnival ships back to the island on new terms. "The Government of Antigua and Barbuda representatives, having had further dialogue with executives from Carnival Corporation, fully understand and acknowledge the misunderstandings of the past," reads a statement issued by the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda on Monday. "Both parties expressed their desire to maintain the relationship that has been in place for the last 30 years." Under the agreement with Global Ports Holding, a ports development company, the cruise facilities at St. John’s, Antigua, would be updated and expanded in coming years to accommodate four mega cruise vessels, homeporting operations and improved shopping experiences within the terminal.
Last week, the Gothenburg Port Authority launched a digital solution designed to make bunkering at the Energy Port easier and more efficient. The new ‘Bunkering App’ is one of the first in the world to offer this range of functionality. The Port of Gothenburg Energy Port is the largest open access energy port in the Nordic region, handling over 2,500 calls and more than 23 million tonnes of energy products each year. The Energy Port is also one of the world’s larger bunkering hubs. In an effort to make the bunkering procedures easier and more efficient, the Gothenburg Port Authority has developed the new ‘Bunkering App’.