On Sep 15, 2019, a 59 year old passenger was found lifeless in his cabin aboard the “Superfast XI” in the port of Igoumenittsa. First aid was provided on board the ship, without response, and the man taken by an ambulance to the Igoumenitsa Emergency Room, where his death was reported. The relevant Port Authority conducted a preliminary investigation, and a necropsy-necrotomy will be ordered at the Laboratory of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Ioannina.
The Saint Kitts and Nevis-flagged general cargo ship Sara has been banned from Paris MoU ports after a number of “serious violations” were discovered during an inspection. The ship was detained in Port Monfalcone, Italy, on September 3, in what is the third detention in the Paris MoU region in the last two years. Following the detention, the ship will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region, except a port and anchorage of the ship’s flag state for the next three months. According to Paris MoU, the refusal of access will become applicable immediately after the ship is authorized to leave Port Monfalcone.
Faroe Island ferry operator Strandfaraskip Landsins (SSL) has chartered in the Greek-owned PRINCE to replace SMYRIL on the Tvøroyri-Tórshavn route while the latter undergoes her annual drydocking.
Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has officially resumed operations and welcomed back its first commercial vessel following Hurricane Dorian. The 57,062-ton crude oil tanker Agathonissos, owned by Greece-based Eletson, returned to the yard to complete repair works that began before the hurricane arrived in the Bahamas earlier this month. The shipyard also said it remains on track for the next planned cruise ship visit, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, scheduled to arrive on October 5.
Swedish shipping company Thun Tankers held the naming ceremony for one of its LNG-fueled product/chemical tanker in Stockholm on September 11. The vessel, that was officially named Thun Venern, was handed over to the company in September 2018 after completing sea trials a month earlier. The 18,000 dwt ship was built by China’s shipbuilder Avic Dingheng and is the third from a batch of six Sweden-flagged sister vessels. Powered by natural gas or biogas, the unit was ordered by Thun Tankers together with the Gothia Tanker Alliance partners Furetank and Älvtank.