All sailings of the "Queen of Capilano" after 6:50 p.m. on Feb 20, 2019, were cancelled due to a water leak in one of the generators. BC Ferries had three water taxis on standby for the morning of Feb 21, two 38-person capacity from Bowen Island and one 40-person capacity from Horseshoe Bay. Technical staff continued to affect repairs on the generator at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Port.
On Feb 15, 2019, at 3.45 p.m. a person was medevaced from the "Color Magic" with a Danish Rescue helicopter in the Great Belt. The ferry was on its scheduled voyage from Kiel to Oslo. The patient was transported to Riget for further treatment.
According to preliminary unaudited figures, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) increased its Group revenue by 3 percent to € 1.29 billion in the 2018 financial year (previous year: € 1.25 billion). The Group’s operating result (EBIT) of € 204 million (previous year: € 173 million) represents an increase of 18 percent. The listed Port Logistics subgroup generated revenue of € 1.26 billion (previous year: € 1.22 billion) and an operating result (EBIT) of € 188 million (previous year: € 157 million, that include one-off expenses of approximately € 25 million for organisational restructuring and for the harmonisation of the existing pension schemes). In total, 7.3 million standard containers (TEU) were handled at HHLA’s container terminals in the 2018 financial year. Compared to 7.2 million TEU in the previous year, this equates to an increase of 1.9 percent. Container throughput at the three container terminals in Hamburg remained at the high level achieved in the previous year, while throughput at the international HHLA container terminals in Odessa (Ukraine) and Tallinn (Estonia) increased. Estonia’s largest terminal operator, TK Estonia, has been successfully integrated into the HHLA Group following its acquisition last year.
Global Ports Holdings (GPH) is to manage all cruise port operations in Antigua for the next 30 years after signing a concession agreement with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. As part of the contract, GPH will be responsible for running the cruise operations at the island’s main cruise port in capital St John’s, as well as ships that anchor near Falmouth Harbour.
The SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) launched a preliminary investigation into what started a fire that claimed six lives aboard the "Tropical 1" at the Durban port on Feb 14. Outcomes of the preliminary probe were expected only at the end of the week. The vessel started burning in the morning at the Transnet repair dock for scheduled maintenance. It will take at least until the end of this week to determine where the fire started and perhaps what started. The crew of the vessel was interrogated to determine what caused the fire and that the investigation was solely being run the marine authority. The fire was so intense and it spread so quickly, that the sense was that something fuelled the fire, and it was needed to establish what fuelled the fire. The vessel would be a total constructive loss. The three people who were taken to hospital had sustained minor injuries. Report with photo: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-02-21-maritime-safety-authority-wants-answers-after-fatal-durban-ship-blaze/
A new set of spare parts was provided by the owners of the "Orestina" from the manufacturer. The date of completion for the entire repair period was still unknown. The vessel remained stationary in the shipyard at Tuzla by Feb 21, 2019. The ship had suffered an engine failure after ots departure from Las Palmas on Sep 7, 2018, and was subsequently towed to a Tuzla shipyard.
(Bloomberg) — A small port city near Hamburg is the leading choice of Angela Merkel’s government for the first liquefied natural gas terminal in Germany, according to people familiar with the thinking of senior ministers. The town on the Elbe River, Brunsbuettel, is competing with rival bids from the city of Stade and the North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven for federal aid that’s key to unlocking investment in the terminal. The Economy and Energy Ministry in Berlin is backing the bid of Brunsbuettel partly due to its proximity to Hamburg, said two people familiar with the government’s thinking.
Since September 2016 Jan De Nul Group, as part of the Joint Venture Sas van Vreeswijk, has been working on the construction of the third Princess Beatrix lock near Utrecht in the Netherlands, the company said in its release. On 6 February 2019 the Dutch Princess Beatrix officially inaugurated the lock in the presence of the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen. The Princess rang a ship’s bell, giving the go-ahead for the first official passage of ships through the new lock. The official opening of the lock closes a construction period of 2.5 years. The two lock heads are each 30 x 60 meters. Each lock head contains two lock gates, each weighing 490,000 kilos and measuring 28 meters wide, 14 meters high and 6.25 meters thick. In total, 44,875 m³ of concrete and 17,900 tons of reinforcement were used to build this new lock. Sas van Vreeswijk was also responsible for the excavation of 2 million m³ in order to widen the access to the locks.
In the port of Mazatlan a man was found dead on board the "Vidanta Elegant" in the morning of Feb 17, 2019. The deputy prosecutor of the South zone of Sinaloa, Cruz Alejandro Flores Salazar, stated that the worker was found inside a suitcase in one of the cabins of the ship which was under repair in the port since Feb 3 and will stay two more months. The cause of the death was asphyxiation. The relatives were responsible for taking the body to Mexico City where the man came from. It was found out that a quarrel between workers occurred at dawn on Feb 16. A man detained being suspected of homicide.
The "Laguna D.", en route from Port Alfred, Canada to Falmouth, suffered problems with its fuel pump in the main engine cylinder in position 49 34 18 N, 006 35 36 W, on Feb 20, 2019, at 06.30 a.m. The fuel pump was subsequently replaced, and the defect was repaired. The vessel resumed the voyage to Falmouth and moored on the port anchorage the same day at 2.45 p.m.
Feb 9 (Reuters) – The British government has terminated a contract with Seaborne Freight to provide extra ferries in the event of a no-deal Brexit that would see Britain leave the European Union on March 29 without a transition period to minimise economic disruption. The government’s decision to award the 14 million pound ($18.1 million) contract in December even though Seaborne Freight did not have any ships had been heavily criticised by opposition politicians and others. A Department for Transport spokeswoman said on Saturday the contract was terminated after Seaborne Freight’s backer, Irish firm Arklow Shipping, decided to step back from the deal.
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) has announced the principal contractors for its $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, paving the way for construction to begin in the coming months. Wharf construction will be undertaken by Brady Marine & Civil, a specialist marine infrastructure and engineering contractor headquartered in Brisbane, the company said in its release. The civil works and terminal building will be delivered by Hindmarsh, a leading Australian construction company.