The Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched ion March 31, 2020, at 3.50 a.m. after a net of the 'Alcedo - BA 77' had fouled its propeller. The ship with eight crew members on board was adrift in position 54 22 18 N, 000 00 12 W about 15 miles east of Scarborough in a choppy sea. However, the scalloper had a draught of 4.8 meters which was too much to be towed into the ports at either Scarborough or Whitby. The Humber Coastguard thereupon decided that the best course of action was to call a commercial salvage vessel to tow it to Hartleepool. The fishing vessel 'Resolution' had taken it under tow at midday, and it was safely berthed at 9 p.m. The RNLI boat meanwhile had returned to its station.
The 'Siem Cicero' has been denied entry into Halifax's port after crew members showed symptoms of COVID-19, the Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed on March 31, 2020. The agency swas notified on March 17 that crew members aboard the vessel had symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The ship — which came from Emden and was carrying cars — was denied entry under the Quarantine Act to prevent the potential spread of the virus or any disruption of the supply chain at the port. The ship was advised that ot will not be allowed to enter port until 14 days after the last date symptoms appeared in the crew.
Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Germany's third-largest defence company and world market leader in conventional submarines, has recorded a pleasing development: by 2023, the company will be investing 250 million Euro in Kiel. Its objective is to develop the shipyard into an international competence centre for conventional submarine construction. Thanks to the currently good development with new orders, around 500 new employees will be hired throughout the company by the end of 2020, the majority of them in Kiel. The company is looking primarily for engineers and skilled workers, particularly in R&D, construction and manufacturing. https://www.thyssenkrupp-marinesystems.com/en/press-releases/d/uid-26938af4-8f4e-e141-8c2d-54a1f4623b48.html https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/schleswig-holstein/TKMS-will-250-Millionen-Euro-in-Kieler-Werft-investieren,thyssenkrupp126.html
A work accident with deadly outcome occurred at the container terminal in Copenhagen's North Port on Oct 4, 2019. A worker who was seriously injured when two straddle carriers collided at the terminal died of his injuries on Oct 6, 2019. The details of the accident were not disclosed. Authorities were investigating the accident. Since the accident, employees have been offered various types of emergency assistance.
On March 30, the 'Alan Kurdi' has left Burriana for a new Mediterranean mission after delays caused by the coronavirus crisis. Repairs were delayed after shipyard workers were confined to their homes and travel bans caused difficulties in bringing the crew from across Europe to the east coast of Spain. The 'Alan Kurdi' will arrive at the Libyan search and rescue zone this weekend where it will be the only civilian rescue ship operating. It had taken extra precautions to prevent an outbreak of Covid-19 on board the ship.
An elderly British passenger with flu symptoms was transferred from the 'Marella Explorer 2' to a Yucatan hospital on March 30, 2020. She approached Progreso’s shore without docking, appeasing authorities who did not want the stranded ship risking the local population. Four crew members reportedly were tested positive for coronavirus when it was touring the Caribbean. The ship made its way to Yucatan at the request of Mexico and the British Embassy in Mexico for humanitarian reasons. While it was originally to dock at the port, a compromise was reached when the ship was kept 10 kilometers offshore, where the critically ill patient, 71, was transferred by a Navy boat. It was not known if the passenger had been tested for COVID-19. No other passenger was allowed off the ship.
A joint venture featuring CMA CGM and DP World has been granted the contract to expand box facilities at the port of Le Havre in northern France. Générale de Manutention Portuaire (GMP), a joint venture held 50:50 by DP World and Terminal Link, a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, will build and operate the 1m teu container terminal for the Port 2000 berths 11 and 12 under a 34-year concession. The new terminal will include a 700 m long quay and 42 ha of land.
Hapag-Lloyd continues to develop its position in Africa and launches the new MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa Express) service – which will offer direct connections and fast transit times between South and West Africa, the Persian Gulf, India, Colombo (Sri Lanka) and La Réunion. Hapag-Lloyd has entered the African market about twelve years ago and has since then seen steady and significant growth in transported volumes to and from Africa."With the new MIAX service our customers will now benefit from an even wider range of fast and flexible direct connections," says Dheeraj Bhatia, Senior Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd's Region Middle East.The MIAX service will be connected to the Global Mainline Network via the key ports of Jebel Ali (Dubai) and Colombo. Hapag-Lloyd will jointly operate the MIAX service with it's THE Alliance partner Ocean Network Express. A total of nine ships with a capacity of 2,800 TEU each, including five provided by Hapag-Lloyd, will be deployed for the new service.
More than 60 Melbourne dockers have been stood down for refusing to unload the 'Xin Da Luan' carrying medical supplies from China. The ship docked at the DP World terminal at the Port of Melbourne in the night of March 31, 2020, after leaving Shanghai on March 17. The Maritime Union of Australia said the vessel is in breach of the federal government's 14-day coronavirus quarantine period after visiting a Taiwanese port on March 19. Shaving two days off the quarantine period was a risk to workers and the community. The union's members who refused to unload the vessel over concerns about the risk of the coronavirus were stood down. DP World Australia chief operating officer Andrew Adam says the ship was cleared to berth by the Australian Border Force. "Any crew members aboard a vessel that has been to mainland China must have been at sea for 14 days before they are allowed to dock in Australia. The union is not allowed to unilaterally declare a vessel unsafe. They are not allowed to create their own set of rules," he said in a statement on April 1. The company said it was following the strict rules, including advice from the ABF on March 20 that crew on commercial vessels must wear personal protective equipment in public spaces on the ship while non-crew members are on board The vessel was believed to be carrying toilet rolls, surgical masks, shoe coverings, chemicals for the manufacture of soap and detergent, surgical gowns, laboratory coats, hair nets, tinned food and white goods. After 22 wharfies refused and were stood down in the night of March 31, another 40 followed suit the next morning. The state opposition asked the state government to intervene to get the goods off the vessel.
The state government in Western Australia wants the 'Artania' to leave the port of Fremantle and asked the federal border force to resolve a standoff. Operator Phoenix-Reisen GmbH was refusing to leave for 14 days so it can first determine whether any more people on board were infected, and wanted the vessel to be thoroughly cleaned. Premier Mark McGowan urged the Australian Border Force to get the ship on its way back to Germany. Passengers were evacuated on mercy flights to Frankfurt on March 29. The ship still has 12 passengers and 450 crew on board, the ABC said. A total of 41 passengers and crew were already being treated in West Australian hospitals for Covid-19. The remaining 12 passengers were to be allowed to disembark on April 1.
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and local natural gas producer FortisBC are currently studying options to develop a LNG marine bunkering terminal at the port to cater the growing demand for cleaner marine fuels in the coming years. The facility would be the first ship-to-ship LNG marine bunkering service facility on the west coast of North America.
The Port of Los Angeles has announced a development opportunity for an Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal at Berths 46 and 50, with plans to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) later this fall. The proposal is intended for cruise lines, terminal operators, and real estate developers interested in creating a new state-of-the-art cruise terminal in a prime location for expansion of west coast cruise travel at America’s busiest port. Located on the south end of an extensive LA Waterfront development, the proposed 13-acre site offers unique panoramic views of the coastline and Catalina Island. The area is currently used as a concert venue, special event site, and temporary berth location for cruise ships.