MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying group of tugs is currently located 170 nautical miles off the coast of the UK and progresses at a speed of four knots. Due to damaged cargo and extinguishing water, the vessel is listing by 11 degrees.
After the prevailing fog of the last days lifted, a team of firefighting experts was able to board MSC FLAMINIA yesterday. However, a closer inspection of the cargo holds was not possible due to the ongoing generation of heat. The ship’s own firefighting system was switched off.
Overall, the situation onboard MSC FLAMINIA has improved. The emission of smoke from cargo holds 4 and 5 has declined significantly. Nevertheless, hotspots inside of individual containers should still be reckoned with.
Today a team of firefighting experts will again go onboard MSC FLAMINIA. It is yet unsure when a one-by-one inspection of containers can commence. This inspection aims at eliminating any smouldering fires inside of containers.
A permission to enter a sheltered coastal area will be decided upon by British authorities in the coming days. NSB Press Release www.reederei-nsb....
July 27: At 26.07.2012 16:48 convoy was in position 48.15N 009.26W, moving on course 60 deg at a speed 3.5 knots. NSB said MSC Flaminia is towed to UK waters at a speed of some 4 knots. But in more than 24 hours interval between known positions at 25.07.2012 14:39 and at 26.07.2012 16:48 convoy sailed less than 50 miles, which means the average speed of the convoy was less than 2 knots. Maybe because the speed was reduced during boarding of the rescue team, maybe there are some other reasons. Maritime Bulletin www.odin.tc
Ukrainian general cargo vessel Stella on July 26 ran aground on rocks off Andros island, Greece, Aegean sea, en route from Chalkis to Romania in ballast. Greece CG patrol boat is standing by, no pollution reported, vessel still aground as of morning July 27, reportedly salvage is under way. Maritime Bulletin www.odin.tc
Enroute Hamburg - Rotterdam the "London Express" suffered an engine failure in the evening of July 23, 2012, on the Monta Elbe between Teufelsbrück and Blankenesedue to a defect regarding the lubrication which caused a friction. The alarm was raised around 9 p.m. off Blankenese. The crew responded immediately and reduced the speed. Three tugs towed the "London Express" to Finkenwerder where it was moored at the poles. From there the ship was taken to the Burchard Quay for repairs on July 24.
Enroute Istanbul-Taganrok the "Mir Jalal Pashayev" suffered an engine failure in the Bosporus on July 23, 2012, and drifted off Üsküdar. The crew was able to stop the ship bz an emergencz anchoring before it went aground.
The Coastguard was notified and the ship taken in tow to Yenikapı for repairs.
German report with photo:
THE Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has confirmed the process is underway to approve the super trawler FV Margiris to fish in Australian waters.
AFMA meanwhile has moved to reassure those concerned about the possible entry of the FV Margiris to fish in Australian waters, explaining that its robust management of fisheries will ensure that any fishing is sustainable.
A partial application for Australian registration of the FV Margiris has been lodged with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and will be assessed under the Shipping Registration Act when complete. www.naroomanewson...
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PETRONAS shuts Malaysia methanol plant in Labuan after ship blast
PETRONAS Chemicals Group (PCG) shut its 660,000 tonne/year methanol (PML) 1 unit in Labuan, Malaysia, on Thursday after a fire erupted at a chemical tanker at a nearby port early in the day, a company spokesperson said.
“The No 1 unit was shut down as a precautionary measure,” the spokesperson from PCG said, adding that the firm’s other 1.7m tonne/year methanol Labuan (PML) 2 unit is running normally, without providing further details.
The two methanol units are operated by PETRONAS Methanol (Labuan), a subsidiary of PCG, which is a unit of state-owned Malaysian energy major PETRONAS.
At 2:30 Malaysia time (18:30 GMT) on Thursday, a chemical tanker owned by PETRONAS subsidiary MISC was hit by a fire. More to read at www.icis.com/Arti...