The Kefalonia Port Authority was informed in the afternoon of Sep 18, 2019, that a 79-year-old passenger of the "MSC Sinfonia" had fallen ill while the ship was west of Zakynthos and was in need of immediate hospital care. The patient was medevaced and then transported to the port of Argostoli, where he was transferred to the Kefallinia General Hospital by ambulance.
The 'Michipicoten', coming from Sault Ste. Marie, allided with the Sterling Fuels dock while berthing in Windsor, Ontario, on Sep 17, 2019, at 4.50 p.m. Both the vessel and the dock were undergoing a damage assessment. The ship berthed in Detrot at 10.10 p.m. the same day before contiuing on Sep 18 at 9.15 p.m. to Brucemines.
The US Coast Guard is continuing efforts on containing an oil spill on the Mississippi River in New Orleans. First assets were deployed on September 11 after a helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans observed a sheen on the water earlier in the day during a routine overflight. Fifteen hundred feet of boom has been deployed to contain the sheen while oil spill response company OMI Environmental Solutions has been contracted to contain and recover the product. The Coast Guard is yet to provide details on the cause or source of the spill. The incident is still under investigation. In addition to US Coast Guard assets, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office has joined the response effort and six oil spill response boats have been on site as of September 13.
The Thira Port Authority was informed in the early morning of Sep 19, 2019, about an injury of a 56-year-old passenger of the "MSC Opera" which was anchored in the Fira bay off Thira. He had slipped on a ladder, causing him to lose his balance and to fall and hit his left shoulder. The man was transferred to the patrol boat "Kapitan Koulis" which took him to shore from where he was transported by ambulance to the Santorini Central Medical Center and then to the Thera General Hospital.
The "Akinsi" was pushed aground by strong winds and high seas at the southeast coast of the Kerch Strait near Taman on Sep 18, 2019. The hopper was trying to change its anchorage in order to get further off the coastline in deteriorating weather. The crew of nine remained on board and was safe to date.
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Dutch dredging and offshore outfit Royal Boskalis Westminster has been awarded contracts in the United Kingdom and Romania worth a combined €85m ($94m). Portsmouth City Council has contracted Boskalis to construct new sea defenses in Southsea, near Portsmouth, in a joint venture with VolkerStevin. Boskalis will deploy a large trailing suction hopper dredger to replenish the beach and will construct revetments using rock barges. Project execution is expected to start early 2020 and is estimated to take five years.
the 'Point Vim' suffered a problem with its propulsion system after its departure from Port of Matane, Quebec, in position 48 50 31.3 N, lng 067 34 41.5 W, on Sep 15, 2019, at 3.15 p.m. The crew carried out repairs and the vessel returned to service.
On Sep 19, 2019, around 6 p.m. the "Phantom", enroute from Gothenburg, where it had sailed at 2.15 p.m., to Lidköping with a cargo of coke and coal, ran aground and suffered water ingress on the Göta River at Lilla Edet. The ship developed a slight list, and eight units of the Maritime and Air Rescue Center attended. The shop backed off from the shallow with own engine and berthed at s pier on the Göta Alv where divers inspected the hull. Swedish report with photo: https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=104&artikel=7303226
Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has officially resumed operations and welcomed back its first commercial vessel following Hurricane Dorian. The 57,062-ton crude oil tanker Agathonissos, owned by Greece-based Eletson, returned to the yard to complete repair works that began before the hurricane arrived in the Bahamas earlier this month. The shipyard also said it remains on track for the next planned cruise ship visit, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, scheduled to arrive on October 5.
The American port of Brunswick has reopened on a “case by case” basis after Sunday’s capsizing of a car carrier in a nearby channel. The Golden Ray overturned with 24 crew members inside sparking a dramatic, successful rescue mission over the weekend. Authorities are still assessing how to remove the vessel, which is stuck on St Simons Sound. A half-mile perimeter has been established around the Golden Ray, which sits half in the water with its starboard side pointing skyward. An oil boom has been placed around the ship. Salvage teams are likely to start taking the bunker fuel from the ship this weekend.