Sailings of the "Columbia" were cancelled this week. The vessel remained in Bellingham, Washington, with a broken bow thruster. When the ferry was approaching the dock in Bellingham last week the damage occurred. The vessel was able to dock in Bellingham on Jan 19, 2018, despite losing the propulsion. A team of technicians has been on board since and hoped to finish repairs by the end of the week. If repairs are successful, the "Columbia" would next head north from Bellingham on Jan. 26 with service to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Haines and Skagway. The "LeConte" remained as the only ferry operating in Southeast Alaska this week. It makes stops in some communities in the northern panhandle.
The "Algoma Value", enroute from Colombia to Nova Scotia, diverted to Bermuda to drop off a crew member after the 33-year-old Indian national suffered an electric shock while using a grinder onboard. The RCC Bermuda received an urgent call from the ship management when the bulk carrier was located 320 nm north of Bermuda, reporting the need for medical evacuation of the man. The ship had already sought medical advice from CIRM Roma [Centro Internazionale Radio Medico], who advised vessel to alter course for Bermuda.
Logistics were put in place for patient transfer via the Pilot Boat St George in the early morning of Jan 21, 2018, and onward transit to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. At 8:56 a.m. the injured crew member was successfully transferred ashore via pilot boat, and his ship continued towards its next port of call in Nova Scotia.
Oiltanking, Vopak LNG and Gasunie LNG are in the process of establishing the joint venture “German LNG Terminal GmbH”
Gasunie LNG Holding B.V., Oiltanking GmbH and Vopak LNG Holding B.V. are in the process of establishing the joint venture ‘German LNG Terminal GmbH’. The purpose of the joint venture is to build, own and operate an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) import terminal in northern Germany. The terminal will also provide LNG distribution services. To attract interest from the market and to gain detailed insight in customer demand, an Open Season will be launched. The Open Season starts on January 17, 2018. The terminal offers the opportunity to further diversify Germany’s sources of gas supply and facilitates access to LNG as an alternative low-emission fuel for ships and trucks. The development of German LNG Terminal is currently focusing on the location Brunsbüttel. The presence of the adjacent port of Hamburg and the industrial companies located in the region represents an attractive business environment. Via the Kiel Canal, in the direct proximity of the intended terminal, the Scandinavian countries and the Baltic States can easily be reached.
The start of the Open Season marks an important milestone in the development of Germany’s first LNG terminal. The aim of the facility is to offer the following services: discharge and loading of LNG ships, storage of LNG, regasification and send out into the natural gas network and LNG distribution via trucks and barges.
In July 2017, the three companies received EU antitrust approval to establish a joint venture. Subject to, among others, the outcome of the Open Season start of construction of Germany’s first LNG terminal is envisaged after the final investment decision in 2019, to be ready for operations in Q4 2022.
Source: Port of Hamburg