A triple collision between container ships occurred at the anchorage of Yokohama off the Nonmoku Terminal on March 21, 2019, at 11.30 p.m. The "Marcliff" has just left the Nonmoku Terminal bound for Nagoya, and initially collided with the US-flagged container m/v "APL Guam" which was damaged at the bow. After the dhips separated, the "Marcliff" allided with the moored "Hansa Steinburg" which suffered damage to the port side bow above the waterline. On March 22 all involved vessels were moored on Yokohama anchorage, no spill was reported. The Coast Guard has started an immediate investigation. Report with video: https://www.maritime.bg/58985-2/
The good weather conditions in the Bay of Biscay on March 21 allowed the continuation of the anti-pollution operations at sea above the wreck of the "Grande America", where a surface iridescence with heaps of heavy fuel oil was still visible, with the Spanish tugs "Alonso de Chaves" and "Maria de Maetzu" as well as the "VN Partisan". The BSAA "Argonaute" and "VN Sapeur", the BSAM "Rhône", the "Ria de Vigo" and the "TSM Kermor" were committed on the initial pollution emitted by the "Grande America" when it sank. The barge "TSM Dora" (MMSI: 227016100), chartered by the shipowner, sailed from Brest and arrived in the area to reinforce the devices. Surveillance flights were carried out by SASEMAR, Finist'Air and a Falcon 50 of the French Navy. In addition, the "Union Lynx" and the Miniplon support vessel, chartered by the shipowner, recovered three containers with food at sea, including one in very poor condition. The convoys reached the port of La Rochelle in the evening. Grimaldi was chartering a specialized vessel equipped with a submarine underwater exploration vehicle to inspect the wreck of the "Grande America". The arrival was scheduled for March 25. At this stage, taking into account the environmental conditions in meteorological and oceanographic regard in the center of the Bay of Biscay, the distance to the coast and the results of the drift models, an arrival of heavy fuel at the French coast seemed very unlikely before 10 days. Weather conditions on zone were ENE winds of 12 knots and a swell of about two meters. Meanwhile it became known that among the dangerous cargo the "Grande America" was carrying were 85 tonnes of sodium hydrogen sulphide used in the leather industry, 16 tonnes of white spirit, 720 tons of hydrochloric acid and 25 tonnes of fungicide. Among the non-hazardous goods there were 2,100 vehicles, including 190 trucks and 22 buses. In addition to the 2,200 tons of heavy fuel the tanks contained 190 tons of diesel and 70 tons of oil. French report with photo: http://www.leparisien.fr/societe/grande-america-acide-fongicides-aerosol-l-inventaire-des-1-050-tonnes-de-matieres-dangereuses-22-03-2019-8037339.php
Complimentary to the introduction of four (4) sailings per week between Zeebrugge and Göteborg – since January 2018 – we are pleased to inform you about the next step in our strategy in order to upgrade the service level towards our customers, offering frequent and reliable ferry crossings. As from 24 February 2019 onwards, CLdN ro-ro will deploy a larger vessel on the Göteborg trade. By introducing M/V CATHERINE, one of our CONRO class vessels, which are extremely suitable to accommodate trailers and containers, the total capacity on the trade will be increased by a further 20%. The introduction of m/v CATHERINE links perfectly in with CLdN’s long-term strategy to continue deploying larger vessels on the trade.
The new Rio-class container vessels visiting Port Chalmers weekly are causing sleepless nights for some residents, because of large, noisy generators aboard the bigger ships. The issue has prompted the port company to begin noise assessments at its various wharves and look for ways to mitigate the problem.
On March 21, 2019, the "Ocean Promise" with a crew of 24 on board suffered an engine falure north of Andros. The ship has not applied for assistance. It was enroute from Tanger-Med to Aliaga. In the sea area were strong winds which reached 8 to 9 Beaufort force. In the night hours the crew managed to restart the engine, but the initial voyage was interrupted, and the ship diverted to Piraeus at a reduced speed. The vessel moored on the port's roads on March 22 at 5.35 a.m. in pos. 37° 51.36' N 023° 30.82' E.
The "NBA Vermeer" was disabled due to a main engine failure on the St. Lawrence River 25 nautical miles East South-East of Sept-Iles, Quebec, in position 50 00 01 N, 065 47 28.8 W, on March 11, 2019, at 1.20 p.m. The crew carried out the repairs while the vessel was drifting, then it resumed its voyage from Port Cartier to Fos-sur-Mer, ETA March 25.
GT USA Wilmington has begun work on the initial set of major improvements at the Port of Wilmington and is on track to complete warehouse improvements and dock and crane rail extension on schedule in the coming months, announced Chief Executive Officer Eric Casey. Extension of the dock and crane rail should be completed this summer at a cost of $17 million. Also, in process is enhancing warehouse storage by increasing racking for palletized cargo and upgrading the roof to improve safety and security. “In the coming months we’ll commence work to upgrade the cargo throughput capability from 350,000 TEUs to 600,00 TEUs and add capacity for roll-on roll-off cargo,” Casey said.
DP World has recently launched a new water distribution centre increasing water supplies in Somaliland’s Berbera by 60 percent. The US$1 million project started in 2018 and includes four water wells, two shallow pools, two water troughs, a concrete reservoir tank and seven kilometre pipeline connected to the main water supply.
In the early afternoon of March 21, 2019, a fire broke out during welding works aboard the "Carnival Triumph" at the quay of the Navantia shipyard in Cádiz where the ship had berthed on March 12 for a maintenance of 40 days. The yard performed a timely evacuation of the personnel in the affected area of the boat deck at starboard side was carried out, as mandated by the emergency protocol. There were no injuries, although the fire was very striking due to the highly combustible materials, and there was a very dense black smoke development. The fire brigade of the yard was able to put out the fire within short time without need of external forces. In addition to the workers of Navantia and sub-contractors from Cádiz, the work involves more than 3,000 operators hired by the shipowner who stay on ferries for the duration of the ship's refurbishment. The investment was around 200 million Dollars. No delay of the redelivery was expected as a consequence of the fire. Spanish report with video: https://andaluciainformacion.es/cadiz/814003/un-incendio-en-el-crucero-carnival-triumph-se-queda-en-un-gran-susto/
The "Phaidra" suffered an engine failure while transiting the Trincomali Channel, British Columbia, in position 49 02 53.0 N, 123 39 46.0 W, on March 10, 2019, at 11.55 p.m. The vessel returned to anchorage and the crew conducted repairs. The ship berthed in Vancouver on March 14.
Container terminals managed by DP World Australia are set for delays and increased turnaround times as stevedores with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) prepare to strike. Workers at DP World Brisbane, DP World Fremantle, DP World Melbourne and DP World Sydney have been granted approval from the Fair Work Commission to hold a ballot allowing protected strike action after DP World said it would cancel a union-backed income protection scheme. “Wharfies working at container terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle are outraged after management at DP World Australia — the largest stevedore in the country — moved to strip them of income protection insurance unless they accepted the company’s demands,” stated the MUA.
The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) on Friday suspended all coking coal handling operations at Mormugao Port Trust owing to “deteriorating air quality” in Vasco in South Goa. The order impacts South West Port Limited, a subsidiary of Jindal Steel and Adani, which imports coking coal at the port and transports it to its steel plants in north Karnataka. The order said that the operations had been suspended as heavy winds were carrying soot into residential areas.