Davao-GSC-Bitung ferry service to be launched
One of the shops of Asian Marine Transport that is eyeing to serve the Davao-General Santos City-Bitung, Indonesia route. (Asian Marine Transport) THE Davao and General Santos to Bitung, Indonesia sea connectivity route is targeted to start before the launching of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit 2017 to be hosted by the Philippines next year. Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) deputy executive director, assistant secretary Romeo Montenegro said the final identified roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping service which will serve the route is the Asian Marine Transport, a Philippine registered shipping firm and operator of the Super Shuttle Ferry, Super Shuttle Roro, and Shuttle Fast Ferry vessels. “What is being prepared for now is the shipping firm is reviewing the load to determine the cargo volume (of both Mindanao and Indonesia) to make the shipping service viable,” Montenegro said. The shipping service is among the priorities of Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) which will further facilitate sub-regional trade, enhance people-to-people contacts as well as give the greater impetus to the multimodal transport connectivity of the sub-region.
Roro ferry grounded in Cebu
The "Super Shuttle RoRo 10" carrying 15 container vans which measure 20 feet each ran aground on Jan 13, 2016, in the waters off Ouano wharf, Mandaue City, Cebu. The ship came from its docking area at the Ouano Wharf and was heading to Cagayan de Oro City when it hit a shallow area during the low tide around 2 a.m. The vessel was scheduled to be towed back to Ouano Wharf at 1 p.m. where it would be inspected by personnel from Maritime Industry Authority before it would be given clearance to sail. Based on report from the crew, there was no major damage.
MN Eider reaches Djibouti with relief goods
Having sailed from Toulon in early September, the "MN Eider" arrived in Djibouti on Sep 14, 2011, to unload a large shipment of relief goods for the people suffering from drought in the Horn of Africa. Some 400 tons of food had been shipped on August 31 in Toulon which were collected by the World Food Programme (WFP) with the assistance of humanitarian organizations and the Red Cross. It will be distributed to people affected by famine and drought in the region, including Somalia, and will feed 22,860 people for a month. Under the supervision of department staff of French forces stationed in Djibouti, the unloading went well. Rice, flour, sugar and oil carried in the containers were delivered to WFP officials before their distribution to the people. The General Staff of the Army had chartered the "MN Eider" for the logistical needs of units deployed overseas. French report with photos: http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=117167Upload News