The 'Veysel Vardal' was subjected to a Port State Control (PSC) inspection at the port of Thessaloniki on Sep 25, 2020, at noon, after its arrival from Damietta. Subsequently, an inspector imposed the detention on the vesse in accordance with the Paris MOU, due to the identification of serious deficiencies in the field of Annex "X" of KO 2009/16 / EC. The ship remained stationary in port as of Sep 29.
Beached at Alang 25.09.20
The Maritime Authority of Suriname has issued the following 2 Notices to Mariners: 1. "From September 5, 2020 to January 6, 2021, the Noble Sam Croft drillship will conduct exploration drillings off the coast of Suriname at the drilling location 07 ° 23 "401 N - 55 ° 55" 264 W (WGS 84). For safety reasons the shipping should keep a safe distance of 1000 (one thousand) metres from thenNoble Sam Croft. The Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) that will assist during the operations are: Southern Tide, States Tide and Polaris. Please note: • Communication is through VHF, all international channels 13, 16, 69, 72. • There is a SAFETY ZONE of 1000 (one thousand) metres from the drilling site. • The Noble Sam Croft is not maneuverable and will display the relevant characters. All ships should take notice of the above mentioned." 2. "The drillship Maersk Developer will conduct exploration drilling of the Coast of Suriname from September 19th till December 3rd, 2020 at the drilling location 07° 21’.270 N – 055° 33’.247 W (WGS 84). For safety reasons vessels should keep a safe distance of 1000 (one thousand) meters from the drillship. The Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) that will assist during the operations are MV Bourbon Topaz, MV Gerard Tide, MV Felton Tide and MV National Energy Explorer. Please note: • Communication is through the VHF channels 16 and 77. • There is a SAFETY ZONE of 1000 (one thousand) meters from the drilling site. • Maersk Developer is not maneuverable and will display the relevant characters. All ships should take notice of the above mentioned."
All 12 crew members who tested positive initially, tested negative on Sep 29. It was discovered that the first set of tests were a misdiagnosis. The seafarers were tested again both by the shipping company TUI Cruises and twice by the Greek authorities. The results were always negative. The results of the third and final series of tests by the Greek authorities also turned out to be negative in the afternoon. The ship remained stationary in Piraeus.
The 'Costa Rican Star', while en route from Antwerp to Abidjan, suffered a fault in the main engine in position 50 25 55.8 N, 000 30 49.8 W, about 21 miles south-southeast of Selsey Bill on Sep 28, 2020, at 5.30 a.m. The fault was rectified by the crew, and the vessel was underway again at 6.50 a.m. with an ETA as of Oct 6.
The Lebanese army on Sep 3 found a further 4.35 tonnes of the explosive ammonium nitrate a month after 2,750 tonnes of the substance exploded in the harbour and destroyed large parts of the city. The explosive substance was found in a warehouse immediately outside one of the entrances to the port, and engineers from the army took care of it. Simultaneously with the new discovery, it emerged that the outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab told the head of the investigation of the catastrophic explosion that he knew of the existence of the large amount of ammonium nitrate at the port before the explosion. 25 suspects have been arrested so far, including the port's chief of staff Hassan Koraytem and customs chief Badri Daher. Among the others arrested were also three Syrian workers who carried out welding work at the warehouse, where the huge amount of ammonium nitrate was stored, on the day the explosion took place. Up to 200 were killed and about 6,500 injured in the blast, causing damage to a double-digit billion.
Broken up during 2019
The 'Blue Star Chios', carrying hundreds of migrants from the islands of the eastern Aegean Sea, docked at the port of Lavrio on Sep 29, 2020. On board were 724 migrants from Lesvos, 63 from Chios, 39 from Samos and an unspecified number from Kos and Leros. All the migrants are to be transferred to reception facilities on the mainland as part of the Helios program which the International Organization for Migration is running in association with the Greek government.
The typhoon Maysak crushed onto the port of Vladivostok on Sep 3, 2020, wreaking havoc at the Navy base and in the commercial port. A floating dock in the base broke off her moorings, drifted along the piers and hit berthed submarines and other ships. The amount of damage was yet unknown. The container terminal at the ommercial port was flooded. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=50&v=Yr8JHgunKNY&feature=emb_title