The 'Libertas-H' suffered a main engine failure in pos. 37 51 18 N, 20 50 00 E off Zakynthos on Nov 25, 2022, at 10.45 a.m. UTC, Nov 25. The port authorities have detained the vessel until repairs by the crew were completed and certified. Due to the inclement weather prevailing in the area, the vessel, after the repairs and certification, may sail from the place assisted by a tug.
The local court issued a release order for the 'Zein', dated Nov 23, and the vessel sailed from Chittagong anchorage on Nov 27 at 2 p.m. bound for Port Klang with an ETA as of Dec 2. The vessel's owner had amicably settled the Admiralty Suit No.58 of 2022 out of the court, and the local court issued a release order. The ship had arrived on Nov 7 and offloaded 51,139 tonnes of raw material for the local cement industry.
Russia's Ministry of Transport has set up a ferry service across the Kerch Strait to take over vehicle traffic, offsetting some of the impact of the damage to the Kerch Strait Bridge after a truck was blown up on the westbound road deck of the Kerch Strait Bridge on Oct 7 at about 6 a.m. Two spans of the westbound deck collapsed into the water, but the adjacent eastbound deck remained in place. The blast's timing coincided with the passage of a fuel train on the adjacent rail deck, and it ignited seven fuel tank cars, which burned for hours after the explosion. A Russian salvage diving team has arrived on the site and is completing an underwater survey of the damage, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said Sunday. An above-water inspection process is already under way. Traffic had partially resumed on the bridge by late Saturday, though restricted by the extent of the damage. Russia's Ministry of Transport said that it also resumed suburban commuter rail service over the rail track, though not heavy freight trains. Two ferries are already in operation to provide a bypass route, and eight separate parking lots have been set up for temporary storage for cars and trucks waiting to make the crossing. Two more ferries will join the effort on Monday, the Yeysh and Mriya.
Yaizu Port is one of the leading fishing ports in Japan. In August 2022, the VesselTracker AIS receiving station opened at Yaizu Port.
Glasgow’s Ukrainian refugee ship Ambition is getting closer to full capacity with about 1,120 people currently on board. The Scottish Government has chartered the vessel, docked at the Clyde in Govan, to offer temporary accommodation for people fleeing the Russian invasion. They are due to be placed in suitable longer-term accommodation with host families or other housing. People living on MS Ambition have access to restaurants, shops, child play areas an other facilities. The ship arrived in Scotland in Septembe, joining another vessel, the 'Victoria', which is a temporary home to Ukrainians in Leith, Edinburgh.
The 40-year-old Nigerian, who was accused of causing damage to Danish soldiers during a firefight, escapes punishment, even though a unanimous jury has decided on Nov 28 that he is guilty of the charges, according to the judgment from the Copenhagen District Court. The Nigerian was one of a total of nine suspected pirates who a year ago got into a firefight with soldiers from the 'Esbern Snare' in the Gulf of Guinea. Four were killed, one fell into the water and was never found, while four were arrested and taken on board the frigate. One of them was the 40-year-old who had been badly injured and had to have his leg amputated. That is why he was not - like the other three arrested - released again, but was flown to Denmark and first charged with attempted murder, then prosecuted under the milder section on causing damage. At the verdict, he was "found guilty of complicity in causing danger by, together with other perpetrators, having fired several shots at the helicopter of the frigate while it was in the air in the Gulf of Guinea. There was thereby an imminent danger to the life or safety of the Danish helicopter crew." writes the court in the judgment. Because his accomplices were released due to the charges being dropped - and the defendant's state of health, the court found grounds to vacate the sentence pursuant to Section 83 of the Criminal Code.
The Crimean Bridge across Kerch Strait suffered an explosion and fire in the morning of Oct 8, 2022. Two spans of the motorway bridge collapsed and fell into the water, the railway bridge above the motorway witha cargo train including railway car tanks with fuel, was on fire. All bridge traffic was suspended. The Crimean Bridge was more than a Bridge, both for Russia and Ukraine. For Russia it was a symbol of the Russian “victory” and historical justice. For the Ukraine, it was a symbol of the Russian aggression and Crimea occupation. The navigation span of the Bridge is yet undamaged, and therefore, the Kerch Strait Channel remained navigable. The Kerch Strait Transit is from now on, however, a risky undertaking, so all ship owners are advised to calculate risks and probably, change their ships voyages, avoiding Azov sea calls.
Workers at Felixstowe have decided to go on a strike for the first time since 1989. Shipping firms and union leaders have warned that the actions could heavily impact the supply chains and also leave buyers waiting for their necessary goods and other commodities. Nearly 1,900 members of the Unite at Felixstowe have walked out in a dispute regarding pay in the most recent outbreak of industrial action to hit some sectors of the economy. Workers, including machine operators, crane drivers, and stevedores will take action after voting by more than nine to one in favor of strikes. The union said that the eight-day halt is likely to have a significant impact on the port that typically handles almost 4m containers in one year from about 2,000 ships. Felixstowe handles about half of the containerized freight that enters the country and the actions could indicate that vessels have to be diverted to ports in other places in Europe or the UK. Haulage majors have warned that the strike could have a serious impact on business, while trade organizations have said that the consumers could be affected by price increases. All through Suffolk, the bill could run into millions and all over the country a lot more. It is not going to impact the food supply chains as all fresh produces are in stock, but it will impact the supply chain in terms of fences, furniture, and bits and bobs. Maersk, one of the largest container shippers in the world, has said that the strike may cause delays and force it to make changes to its vessel lineup. In the meantime, consumers may be hit with price hikes and shortages of some products. Consumer prices are already rising owing to the increases in the shipping rates experienced since the middle of 2020. Further disruptions in the UK are going to add to the cost pressures, even though the temporary unavailability of some commodities may be the first noticeable impact on the consumers.
The 'Ariana', which had been seized by Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps along with its crew and cargo in the Arabian Gulf for carrying 11 million litres of allegedly smuggled fuel as per local judiciary official. The vessel was released by the local court on Nov 24. The vessel was waiting for delivery/scrapping.
Scrapped at Busan 11/2022 https://www.shipspotting.com/photos/3499372?page=11&navList=homePhotoFooter&list=latest×tamp=1669634100
For the fourth day in a row, Iranian-made drones attacked Odesa on Sep 26 in the morning, this time against military targets and without civilian casualties. On Sep 23, two civilians were killed during Russian drone attacks on the port city. On Sep 25, Odesa was attacked by three drones, one of which was reportedly shot down by Ukrainian forces. Ukraine has not officially identified the drones, but from the video footage below it appears, according to experts, that they are Iranian-produced Shakhed 136 drones.
Russian missiles struck the port of Odessa on July 23, 2022, violating a deal signed a day earlier to curb grain exports from Black Sea ports and ease global food shortages caused by the war. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the strike as blatant "barbarism" and that Moscow could not be trusted to implement the agreement. The Ukrainian military said that the missiles had not caused any significant damage and that preparations were underway to resume grain exports from Black Sea ports. The deal, signed by Moscow and Kyiv on July 22 and brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, has been hailed as a breakthrough after nearly five months of punitive fighting since Russia invaded its neighbor. By allowing grain exports from Black Sea ports, including Odessa, it is seen as crucial in curbing rising global food prices.