Owner of ship with waste containers to be heavily sanctioned
The "Marivia", which had on board toxic waste laden containers remains detained at the Apapa Lagos Port by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in collaboration with other security agents over its inability to pay one million pounds penalty stipulated by the Federal Government. The ship is docked at the Tin-Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC), Apapa, sinc e Jan 9, 2013, and was intercepted by the NCS and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency and continues to be detained until the fine is either paid or there is a counter directive to that effect. The crew was also under close watch. Then the vessel would be sent back to Tilbury. Some containers in the ship were allegedly laden with used television sets, used computers, used CPUs, used DVDs, used microwaves, used pressing irons and used stereo sets. Sending the consignment back to the port of origin was in conformity with the provisions of Harmful Wastes Act. The agency was going to work according to Nigerian laws on the matter. The vessel owners would be sanctioned in line with the laws of the land. When the captain realised that there was a red alert on the containers, he stated that the containers were not destined for Nigeria and that they were meant for another country. The Comptroller General of Customs said that once it was manifested as Nigeria, the containers must be dropped and inspected in Nigeria. An inspection of the containers, as directed by the Comptroller-General of Customs, was carried out by officials of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other security agencies and it was discovered that the containers were meant to be disposed off in Nigeria.
More than one year after its sinking, there are rumours regarding the locations of the bodies of the two last missing victims of the "Costa Concordia". The Sicilian passenger Maria Grazia Trecarichi and the Indian crew member Russel Rebello have still been unaccounted for and presumed dead. The bodies were said to have been located in the most unreachable area of the wreck near the stern. However, a recovery seems impossible until the rotating of the ship. The engineer and fire brigade chief Ennio Aquilino confirmed that the two victims are most likely trapped near the stern, where the ship collapsed. The salvage companies Titan Salvage and Micoperi, whose work is limping behind schedule, denied that the missing bodies had been located in the wreck.
The "Wilson Dover" left the port Papenburg on Jan 15 at 2.30 p.m. again for order, after repairs to breaches and dents in the bow were completed and the ship approved to sail again, and dropped anchor in the Northsea off Schiermonnikoog the same evening.
The ferry service between Haugesund and Utsira was stalled after the "Utsira" suffered engine failure on Jan 14, 2013, around 8 p.m. short after having left the the dock at Garpaskjær in Haugesund. With a loud bang all power was cut off, and the ferry got out of control. While the crew still tried to drop the anchor, ran it drifted from the pier at Risøy towards Hasseløy and finally slammed into the dock of the local Sjøfartdsdirektoratet and a docked supply vessel.
No one was injured aboard the ship which did not carry passengers at that time, but there was significant damage to the pier, and the ferry hull was damaged above the waterline. The lifeboat "Bergen Kreds" towed the disabled ship to the quay where the crew started the necessary technical inspections to get the ship repaired at a nearby yard as soon as possible. Divers were sent down and found a tire and a chain which blocked the propulsion gear to have been the cause of the accident. Such obstuctions are usual at piers in the Smeda Sound as they are used to fender off boats.
The ferry operators hoped to be able to offer a service to and from the Utsira until the morning of Jan 15 in spite of the accident. The first sailing to Utsira at 6.30 a.m. had, however, to be cancelled, lateron the whole ferry service on that day. The ferry "Røværfjord" was prepared to start on the route as soon as possible. The "Røværfjord" had to be approved by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate to operate in winter before it could be inserted.
Norwegian reports with photos and video:
Still drifting in stormy waters of the mid-Atlantic
Aframax Petrokrepost still drifting, last known position 45 05N 033 54W at 23:05 UTC 15.1.13. Track of vessel’s movement in period from 10.1.13 00:15 to 15.1.13 23:05, according to Satellite AIS data, is shown on map. No details yet as to what happened and why vessel is disabled. SCF is keeping silence. Reportedly, there is storm in the area. See map at Maritime Bulletin www.news.odin.tc/...
At around 20:00 LT Jan 14 ferry Utsira suffered engines failure after unmooring from the berth in Haugesund, Norway, drifted and allided with the pier, damaging both the pier and the hull. Rescue boat Bergen assisted Utsira to dock. There were no passengers on board, vessel is to undergo repairs before returning to line. See photos at www.nrk.no/nyhete...
After its departure from Shanghai bound for Singapore on Dec 19, 2012, the "Han De" suffered significant damage to its deck cargo. Stored boxes on starboard side were broken open due to wave impact. On Jan 7 the ship anchored on the
Eastern Anchorage at Singapore.
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