According to shipping agents Transbridge Logistics Pakistan Pvt Ltd., in the admiralty suit No. 2, 3, 6, and 7 of 2018, against the "Miski" in the High Court of Sindh, the court has set Aug 20 as the date to resolve the issue of laden cargo imported by Sudan Government and to award contract for sale of vessel for recovery of dues and settlement of claims of number of concerned parties. The court had already received an offer of 107 million Pakistani Rupee (PKR) for the purchase of the vessel from a local bidder, who wants offloading of any cargo on board. The vessel remained under arrest at Karachi Port.
The "Pinar del Rio" with 393 passengers on board ran aground on the breakwater at the port entrance of Dénia upon its arrival at the Eivissa port coming from Ibiza on Aug 16, 2019, at 11.20 p.m. It got stuck with its starboard hull 100 meters from the intended berth in pos. 38° 50.87' N 000° 7.54' E. All passengers were equipped with life jackets and evacuated from board by the "Salvamar Diphda" of Salvamento Marítimo, the Guardia Civil del Mar, the Prácticos de Denia and a tug of the Baleària company. The passengers were taken to the station in the Moll de la Pansa and cared for by the Dénia Police and Civil Guard. Salvamento Marítimo also laid out oil booms as a precaution. 70 vehicles still remained onboard the grounded ship. The evacuation was completed on Aug 17 at 2.30 a.m. Divers were called to assess the damage to the starboard hull in order to develop a salvage plan. Passengers bound to Ibiza and Palma were offered to chose the ferries "Cecilia Payne", "Ramon Llull" or "Marie Curie". The catamaran already in June 2018 had run aground in the area of the breakwater of Sant Antoni in Ibiza. Reports with photos: https://www.diariodeibiza.es/pitiuses-balears/2019/08/18/barco-hizo-crac-interminable-sentimos/1086253.html https://lamarinaplaza.com/2019/08/17/un-ferry-embarranca-junto-a-la-escollera-del-puerto-de-denia-y-evacuan-a-sus-400-pasajeros/ https://www.elestrechodigital.com/2019/08/17/el-pinar-del-rio-de-balearia-encalla-en-el-puerto-de-denia/ https://www.eldiario.es/sociedad/Desalojan-encallar-llegaba-alicantino-Denia_0_932306778.html https://www.estrelladigital.es/articulo/sucesos/ferri-encallado-llevaba-393-pasajeros-todos-ilesos-evacuados-tierra/20190817100143382618.html https://lamarinaplaza.com/2019/08/17/un-equipo-de-buzos-evalua-los-danos-del-ferry-de-balearia-encallado-en-el-puerto-de-denia-para-reflotarlo/
The French port of Marseille Fos plans to spend over US$22 million to reduce air emissions by extending its shoreside electrical connections to every ferry, cruise ship and repair quay in the eastern harbour. The port has also introduced speed restrictions to reduce industrial air pollution. Already available on the Corsica ferry quays, the shore power network will be expanded in two phases to cover North Africa ferry quays and the ship repair hub by 2022 and the cruise terminal between 2022 and 2025. The zero-emissions investment, which is supported by national and regional government, recognises the need to maintain the port’s economic value while improving the city’s waterside air quality.
Phase one of the new Jurong Port Tank Terminals (JPTT) was officially opened on Monday (July 29), with Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat saying it will allow Singapore to strengthen its position as one of the world’s top bunkering ports for low-sulphur fuels. The $200 million, 16ha petrochemical terminal is a joint venture between port operator Jurong Port and German firm Oiltanking with 252,000 cubic m of clean petroleum storage capacity. From January next year, the International Maritime Organisation will prohibit ships from using fuels containing more than 0.5 per cent sulphur.
The Connecticut based company Chembulk filed a two-million U.S. dollars lawsuit last week in a federal court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, looking to arrest the "Chem Ranger". In addition to targeting the vessel, the lawsuit focused on registered owner Lantern Maritime as the defendant. The vessel was en route to Venice to Cristobal as of Aug 17, 2019. The complaint stated that Lantern Maritime removed the vessel from Chembulk's service on Aug 7 after Chembulk began raising issues in February. Subsequently, Chembulk alleged, Lantern refused to allow the vessel to take on a load of phosphoric acid, costing Chembulk 185,000 U.S. dollars in a sub-charter with Midgulf International. In April, the complaint stated Chembulk discovered it had overpaid Lantern 815,184 U.S. dollars in hire between Nov 2014 and 2018, 524,098 U.S. dollars of which is outstanding. Chembulk was also looking to recoup at least 250,000 U.S. dollars in lost profit from the vessel being unavailable and 229,690 U.S. dollars for the fuel still onboard. In addition to attorney?s fees and interest, damages total two-million U.S. dollars.
The US Coast Guard, state, and local rescue crews responded to athe grounding of the "Lightning" off Long Island in Boston on Aug 16, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. The Boston Harbor Cruises called the Coast Guard Boston to report the ferry ran aground with 84 people aboard. Coast Guard Station Boston and Coast Guard Station Point Allerton rescue crews launched, along with state and local partner agencies. Four people were injured and brought to Black Falcon Cruise Terminal to awaiting emergency medical services. They were transported to various hospitals in Boston. The ferry got underway under its own power to dock in Charlestown. The cause of the incident was under investigation. Report with photo: https://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-responds-to-ferry-aground-in-boston-harbor-2/2019/08/16/
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the City of Dubrovnik have partnered to introduce sustainable tourism management practices that will preserve the Croatian city’s cultural heritage. CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead and Dubrovnik’s Mayor Mato Franković signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which outlines plans to make Dubrovnik a model of sustainable tourism for the Adriatic region. All plans focus on investment, collaboration and best practices that will benefit both Dubrovnik’s residents and visitors. “Today’s agreement validates the work we have already done with Mayor Franković and formalises the cruise industry’s continued commitment to the City of Dubrovnik and its people,” said Craighead.
Congestion at Cambodia’s top port is creating supply chain disruptions. In a note to clients German containerline Hapag-Lloyd noted that terminal productivity at Sihanoukville port has deteriorated due to port and yard congestion. Feeder services and turnaround times are affected and feeder space is tight. In an effort for medium term improvement of this situation, the port is building an extended yard for additional storage space. “Before the new container yard is completed, port congestion may persist,” Hapag-Lloyd warned.
The "Drajaact Paciran" was disabled due to an engine damage off Kahayan Kuala in Central Kalimantan on Aug 15, 2019. 101 of 163 passengers were evacuated by fishing boats. The remaining 62 passengers were expected to be evacuated on Aug 16. The captain was waiting for a tug and a suitable tide to get the ship refloated.
A US Coast Guard boat crew and Juneau fire department personnel medevaced a 49-year-old woman from the "Norewgian Bliss" near Hump Island, on Aug 14, 2019. Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received the medevac request from the ship while they transited the northern Lynn Canal, after the woman reportedly suffered a heart attack and was in stable condition. Sector watchstanders contacted CCFR members with a request for emergency medical service personnel to ride out with the boat crew and transit with the patient, as well as to coordinate the transfer at the harbour. A 45 ft-boat crew picked up CCFR EMS personnel at the harbor, rendezvoused with cruise ship and conducted the medevac. The boat transported the woman to Statter Harbor, where they transferred her to Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel waiting with an ambulance.
The Tanger Med port has emerged as the biggest port in Africa in terms of container capacity, surpassing Africa’s bigger ports like Durban (South Africa) and Mombasa (Kenya). The Tanger Med port now connects Morocco to 77 countries and 186 ports around the world. The Tanger Med II has two new container terminals – TC3 and TC4 – with an additional 6 million container capacity. The TC3, which is operated by Morocco’s main port operator Marsa Maroc, has a capacity of 1 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units). The TC4, which is operated by the Netherlands-based APM Terminals, has a capacity of 5 million TEUs. According to the Tanger Med Port Authority, with its new terminals, Tanger Med port will have a capacity of processing 9 million containers, 7 million passengers, 1 million vehicles and 700,000 trucks. Thanks to its extensions, Tanger Med port has now become the largest port in the Mediterranean region, surpassing some of the region’s top ports like Algeciras (Spain), Valencia (Spain) and Gioia (Italy). The port is located 40 kilometers east of the Moroccan town of Tangier, which is a gateway to both Europe and Africa. “Our aim is to develop an effective port platform integrated with transshipment activities, imports and exports,” Tanger Med Port Authority said on its website. The Tanger Med port has become vital for Morocco’s economy as it handled 317 billion Moroccan dirhams (US$33.14 billion) worth of exports and imports in 2018. It processed an overall tonnage of 52.24 tonnes last year.
French oil and gas giant Total SA has taken a 50 per cent stake in Dhamra LNG Terminal Pvt Ltd (DLTPL), a unit of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), which is constructing a 12 million tonne per annum (mtpa) LNG regasification terminal at its port located at Dhamra in Odisha’s Bhadrak district.