On March 21, 2019, a crew member of the "Delphin" was medevaced by the DGzRS lifeboat "Hertha Jeep" from Stralsund. The captain of the tug had reported that the man was severely injured during a towing operation on the Gellen Stream off Barhöft and was in urgent need of medical assistance. The lifeboa, the police boat "Werder" and a rescue helicopter of Northern Helicopter were alerted. In the meantime the captain got advice by the MRCC in Bremen. A police officer boarded the "Delphin", the helicopter dropped off medicals. After the patient was stabilized, he was transferred onto the "Hertha Jeep" where he was treated further while the boat speeded to the Naval Base Parow where an ambulance transported the man to hospital. After it was ensured that the remaining tug crew was able to berth in Stralsund safely, the rescue units were stood down.
The "Elbfeeder", en route from Antwerp to Dublin, suffered a problem with its oil detector at 11.15 a.m. on March 20, 2019, in position 50 31 51 N, 0 15 48 W. After troubleshooting the ship resumed the voyage and berthed at the Dublin Ferryport Terminal on March 21 at 3.15 p.m.
APM Terminals holds the concession to operate the Free Port of Monrovia for 25 years. Vessels coming to Liberia can now berth at the Freeport of Monrovia any time of the day and this has eliminated vessel waiting time and has improved efficiency and reduced logistics cost, APM Terminals Liberia announced on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. According to an official release, the company has commenced the berthing of vessels 24-hour a day at the Freeport of Monrovia. “Until now, the berthing, mooring, pilotage, and towage of vessels at the Freeport of Monrovia was restricted to only day-time operations between 8am-6pm,” the release said.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) has ordered a sixth Oasis-class cruise ship from French shipbuilder Chantiers de l'Atlantique. Set to be delivered in autumn 2023, the newbuild will join the Oasis class alongside Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas and a fifth ship which has yet to be named. “It is such a pleasure to announce the order of another Oasis-class ship,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of RCL.
On March 20, 2019, at 7.30 p.m. the "Sonja S", 1759 ts (EU-No.: 04601230) allided with the railway bridge at Bogen on the Danube. Due to a damage of the hydraulich the wheelhouse could not be lowered enough and hit the bridge. The roof was torn off, and navigational eqquipment was destroyed. According to initial investigations, the bridge did not suffer damage. The water and shipping authority allowed the "Sonja S" to proceed to the next port for repairs after a damage assessment. The ship had left the port of Passau at 8.15 a.m. and was bound to Regensburg.
Three crew members of the "Alana Evita" which was anchored in the Bristol Channel off Minehead, UK, went ashore on an RHIB in the evening of March 20, 2019, to relax in a local bar in Barry. The sailors of Russian, Dutch and Philippine nationality sailed back to the ship at 3.45 a.m. but did not reach the ship. They were reported overdue at 7 a.m. after they got lost in foggy conditions in the channel. The Minehead RNLI’s Atlantic class lifeboat and Barry Dock’s Trent all-weather lifeboat were launched just after 7 a.m. to assist in the search. As the search continued, two lifeboats from Penarth RNLI, the Atlantic 85 and D-class lifeboat, along with Ilfracombe RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat also launched to assist at around 8 a.m. All five lifeboats lifeboats carried out detailed searches along their coastlines. The sailors were found safe but very cold on Flat Holm Island at 8:30 a.m. by Penarth RNLI volunteers. After being assessed by the RNLI volunteers the Coastguard 187 helicopter landed on the island to further assess the casualties but it was decided they were well enough to return to land by lifeboat. All lifeboats were stood down and returned to their relative stations. Report with photo and video: https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2019/march/21/three-sailors-rescued-after-extensive-rnli-search-in-the-bristol-channel
Feb 18 (Reuters) – A Spanish warship tried to order commercial shipping to leave anchorages in British waters near Gibraltar but was challenged by the British navy and sailed away, Gibraltar said, the latest example of tension over the strategic port as Brexit approaches. The Spanish ship tried to order ships to leave their anchorages on the eastern side of the Rock, but the ships stayed in position, Gibraltar’s authorities said. After being challenged by the British navy, the Spanish warship then sailed slowly along the coast with its weapons uncovered and manned. Spanish authorities did not immediately comment on the issue.
ICTSI inaugurates the expansion of its Batumi International Container Terminal International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) formally inaugurated the expansion of its Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Georgia, the company said in its release. The expansion encompasses both the waterside and landside areas of the multipurpose terminal, intended to optimize the processing of existing cargo flows and install additional capacity to accommodate new business.
The "Maria L", en route from Esquivel to Riga with a crew of 20 on board, suffered a fault with its starting motor, south of Plymouth in position 49 52 00 N, 004 20 18 E on March 20, 2019, around 1 a.m. The vessel which was carrying 27,148 metric tonnes of allumina carcinate on board did not request assistance and resumed its voyage after troubleshooting with an ETA at Riga as of March 23.
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Two workers were killed Monday in a fire that started in the engine room of an end-of-life tanker being dismantled at a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform has confirmed. Local media reports that the incident took place around 10:15 a.m. local time at the Shagorika Ship Breaking Yard on Monday.
At 469.0 million tonnes, the port of Rotterdam’s total throughput volume ended up slightly higher in 2018 than in 2017, which was itself a record year (467.4 million tonnes). Container transhipment was the engine of growth again, with a 4.5% increase in tonnage. Measured in TEUs, the standard unit for containers, the increase was 5.7% and the annual total was 14.5 million TEUs – also a record. This strengthens the position of Europe’s largest container port in this strategically important market segment. Significant underlying shifts were observable in the goods segments. Whereas container transhipment continued to grow at a healthy pace, that of crude oil, mineral oil products and agribulk fell. Throughput of LNG (+163.6%) and biomass (+31.6%) saw a further spectacular rises last year.