The dismantling of the "Kathryn Spirit", which has been abandoned since 2011 on the Lake Saint-Louis at the edge of the municipality of Beauharnois, has finally started. The cutting of the ship is to be completed by the end of the summer 2018, and any trace of the vessel should be gone by 2019. The costs will be around $ 20 million. The metal recovered during the scrapping will be sold and disposed of properly. The "Kathryn Spirit" also had contained many contaminants such as asbestos and PCBs, as well as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium. The Groupe St. Pierre, which began work several weeks ago, has since removed 500 tonnes of oil and other liquids. Since then work has been proceeding apace, and is on track to be wrapped up by September.
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On Feb 27, 2018, the Port Authority of Piraeus was informed by the master of the "Flying Dolphin XVIII" that the ship had suffered a damage of the port side main engine during the scheduled sailing from Piraeus to Aegina and Agistri.
The vessel returned with the remaining starboard machine and safely berthed at the port of Piraeus, where the 48 passengers were disembarked. The Port Authority of Piraeus detained the ferry until the damage was repaired and the class maintenance by the attending classification society was confirmed. The passengers were carried on with other ships.
On Feb 23, 2018, at 5.35 a.m. the "William Oldendorff", being under conduct of a pilot, suffered an engine failure while docking at Roberts Bank, British Columbia, in position 49 00 24.2N, 123 09 40.7W. The vessel docked with the assistance of tugs, and left port again son Feb 26 at 12.53 p.m. bound for the Magellan Strait.
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The "St. Marseille" was attacked by a group of five armed pirates in the morning of Feb 27, 2018, while the tanker was at Cotonou Anchorage, Benin, in the Gulf of Guinea. Two Beninese guards on board were shot and wounded. The tanker was in ballast, and the pirates fled after they found no cargo. The crew was said to be safe. Tge tanker was taken to port and berthed at 9 a.m.
In the morning of Feb 26, 2018, the "Music" allided with a pier while berthing at Kronshtadt port near St. Petersburg. The bulbose bow hit the pier above the waterline, and it sustained slight, if any, damages. The container ship was to undergo an underwater survey to assess possible damages. The "Music" left Kronshtadt same day, bound for Klaipeda, where it berthed on Feb 28 at 4 a.m. at the container terminal.
Canadian Navy Ship Spills Nearly 8,000 Gallons of Fuel Oil Into Strait of Georgia
February 26, 2018 - Canadian authorities are working to clean up nearly 8,000 gallons of marine fuel oil that was spilled from the Canadian navy ship HMCS Calgary in the Strait of Georgia on Canada’s west coast over the weekend.
Canada’s Maritime Forces Pacific has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the spill. However, according to initial reports, the HMCS Calgary was underway in the strait’s shipping lanes when the spill occurred during an internal fuel transfer on Saturday morning. Approximately 30,000 (7,925 gallons) of F-76 marine fuel oil was spilled in the incident, Maritime Forces Pacific reported.
At this point, the fuel spill response is still in its initial stages and too early to determine a timeline for clean-up and environmental impact. gcaptain.com/cana...
TOTE Maritime Completes ‘Phase 1’ of Orca-class LNG Conversions
TOTE Maritime’s Alaska shipping division has completed the first of four conversion periods for its two Orca class vessels as part of the project to convert the diesel-powered ships to liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel.
TOTE Maritime’s North Star arrived in Anchorage on Sunday after completing her first voyage since the outfitting of two LNG fuel tanks at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyard in British Columbia, Canada. In addition to the LNG tanks and accompanying infrastructure, the ship received critical engine updates necessary to utilize LNG as a fuel and underwent a standard regulatory dry-dock.
The completion of “Phase 1” marked a key milestone in the four-year process to convert the two Orca class vessels to LNG fuel. The two vessels, ‘North Star’ and ‘Midnight Sun’, are both currently powered by four MAN 58/64 engines running on HFO. The conversion to LNG fuel will drastically reduce air emissions from the ships and will virtually eliminate sulfur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter while drastically reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide. gcaptain.com/tote...
The "Vestimar", en route from Rostov on Don to Nemrut Bay, experienced a technical failure at the northern entrance of Istanbul Strait on Feb 23, 2018, at 11 p.m. The vessel's strait passage permission has been temporarily cancelled until completion of further repairs. Repairs have commenced by the crew, and the vessel remained stationary at the northern entrance of Istanbul Strait. On Feb 26 it dropped anchor off Aliaga.
The "Rickmers Hamburg", en route to Antwerp with a crew of 27 on board, reported a failure of injectors on the main engine, at 129 deg and 25.5 nautical miles from Beachy Head in the northeast bound lane of Dover TSS, in position 50 27 54N, long 000 55 18E, on Feb 22 at 8.15 p.m.. The vessel was carrying 1,185.7 tonnes of containers on board besides bunkers. Repairs were carried out and completed whilst awaiting information from Channel Navigation Information Service and Gris-Nez. The ship arrived at Antwerp on Feb 23 at 3.20 p.m.
Cattle carrier returned to port following engine damage
The "Finola" returned to Brisbane port on Feb 5, 2018, shortly after leaving the port after a mechanical failure of the starboard engine was discovered. The loaded cattle remained on board until no welfare issues were found and transport arranged. The ship sailed from the Brisbane Anchorage on Feb 24 at 1.10 p.m. The ship sailed again on March 2.