The combined Customs and Excise officer secured the 'Silvi Jaya' which was transporting thousands of illegal textiles on March 29, 2020, in the Riau Province. The ship has been taken to Karimun Island for further inspections. The action began with information about the unloading of illegal imported goods at the dock in Buton, Siak Regency, where it was being loaded onto trucks. The Riau Regional Office team and Pekanbaru KPPBC then conducted sweeping and chasing on the mainland. This information was also forwarded to KPPBC Bengkalis and DJBC Kanwilsus of the Riau Islands to conduct searches at sea. Indonesian report with photo: https://batam.tribunnews.com/2020/04/02/petugas-bc-gabungan-amankan-kapal-pengangkut-tekstil-selundupan-kini-dibawa-ke-pulau-karimun
The 'Estela del Carmen' with a crew of four on board suffered an engine failure and went adrift two miles off Pasaia in the early morning of April 1, 2020. The crew asked for assistance, and the MRCC in Bilbao deployed the SAR-boat 'Salvamar Orión' (MMSI: 224921000) from the Salvamento Marítimo station in Pasajes to the scene. It took the disabled vessel in tow and pulled it to Hondarribia where it was safely berthed. Video: https://twitter.com/i/status/1245319782930546688
Costa Cruises’ second Chinese market-designed cruise ship, COSTA FIRENZE, was floated out at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. COSTA FIRENZE follows the February delivered COSTA VENEZIA.
The barge 'Antara Koh 18', (927 gt, built 2001) was boarded by perpetrators while being towed by the 'Capitol T 2001' at the Chittagong anchorage, on March 6, 2020, at 2.30 p.m. The perpetrators boarded the barge from some boats, cut the safety system wiring and stole the crane data-logger display, portable batteries for machinery such as a crane, generator, and hydraulic power pack, diesel and hydraulic oil. The crew of the tug contacted a passing Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) ship via VHF radio. It apprehended the perpetrators and escorted the barge to Chittagong. There were no injuries to the crews of the two vessels.
The 'Eeborg', enroute from Auda to Montreal, was disabled due to the failure of a cooling water valve for its main engine 37 miles west northwest of Ile Brion, Quebec, in position 47 56 33.3 N, 060 32 08.8 W on March 30, 2020, at 4.50 p.m. The crew carried out repairs and the 'Eeborg' resumed its voyage o nthe St. Lawrence River with an ETA as of April 2.
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Damen Shipyards Group is to build a further four Island Class double-ender ferries for BC Ferries. All four vessels will be built at Damen’s yard in Romania and will enter service in 2022. Damen is already building two Island Class vessels for BC Ferries, both of which have completed sea trials and are due in Victoria, BC in early 2020.
The 'Shakhtersk 6', while enroute from Busan to Shakhtersk, was in collision with the Korean coastal fishing vessel 'Gangdong' about 20 miles off Busan on March 30, 2020, at 12.50 a.m. The crew of three aboard the fishing vessel was injured and required medical treatment. The tug suffered minor scratches. Upon completion of the investigations by the port authority, the tug on March 31 continued its voyage to Shakhtersk with an ETA as of April 9.
The 'Delta', while en route from Azov to Tekirdag, suffered a technical failure during the passage of the Bosphorus on March 31, 2020, at 3 p.m. Repairs have commenced by the crew, and the vessel remained stationary in position 40° 57.43' N 027° 32.09' E as of April 1.
Global trade enabler DP World has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Namibia’s Nara Namib Free Economic Industrial Zone today to develop a free economic zone for industry and logistics in Walvis Bay to support the growth of Namibia as a regional hub for Southern Africa. Development of the first 50 hectares phase of the zone has the potential to create 3,000 jobs and help attract investment to Namibia of N$ 3.5 billion (approx. US$237 million). Expansion to 1,500 hectares is expected to increase the potential investment to N$25 billion (around US$1.7 billion) with 20,000 job opportunities.
Shikoku Kyuko Ferry, also known as ‘Olive Line’, has announced that it will close the historic Uno-Takamatsu route on 16 December.