The rupture of the hose that transferred the fuel from the 'Blue Star' to shore on Dec 2 caused a small oil spill. The third day of extraction of fuel from the ship was running smoothly, like the previous ones, until the incident happened around 11 a.m. The pipe leading to the tank trucks on top of the cliff which received the 20 tons mixture of diesel and fuel that were still on board was broken on the deck. And although the automatic closing mechanism worked, a small amount of fuel spilt into the sea. Immediately the means of Salvamento Marítimo as well as the multi-purpose vessel 'Don Inda' the 'Salvamar Betelgeuse' and the tug "Ría de Vigo" were mobilized. The Pesca 1 helicopter from Xunta was checking the extent of the spill. Given the small volume of the spill, it was ruled out to deploy anti-pollution barriers. Absorbent hoses were placed in the starboard area of the chemical tanker, where the spill occurred. Then the anti pollution vessels fenced off a second spot detected in the area, measunring about four square meters, with identical absorbent elements and managed to control and clean it. Once the incident was resolved, the fuel extraction work continued. The challenge was to complete the emptying. During the weekend, 80 of the 105 tons had been removed. And although the remaining fuel had a higher density, causing clogging of the hoses, it was achieved at 5.30 pm. On the whole 110 tons of diesel and fuel and another 14 tons of lubricating oils have been extracted. Smit Salvage must now submit the ship's refloating plan. Spanish report with photo: https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/ferrol/ares/2019/12/02/detectado-vertido-combustible-zona-blue-star/00031575282804752760972.htm
Repairs of the 'Gamma Star' could not be carried out by the crew at Istanbul anchorage. The vessel shifted from anchorage area to a shipyard at Tuzla in order to carry out permanent repairs with shore based technical support. Permanent repairs have been completed by the shipyard as regarded by class surveyor's further recommendation. Sea trials and performance tests were conducted at Tuzla anchorage on Nov 26 under satisfaction of manufacturer engineers and class surveyors. A new set of trading certificates was issued by the classification society and the vessel was granted departure permission upon completion of formalities. The 'Gamma Star' sailed from Tuzla on Nov 28 and arrived and berthed at Batumi on Dec 1 at 7 a.m.
The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) on Friday suspended all coking coal handling operations at Mormugao Port Trust owing to “deteriorating air quality” in Vasco in South Goa. The order impacts South West Port Limited, a subsidiary of Jindal Steel and Adani, which imports coking coal at the port and transports it to its steel plants in north Karnataka. The order said that the operations had been suspended as heavy winds were carrying soot into residential areas.
Two workers were killed Monday in a fire that started in the engine room of an end-of-life tanker being dismantled at a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform has confirmed. Local media reports that the incident took place around 10:15 a.m. local time at the Shagorika Ship Breaking Yard on Monday.
The 'V.F. Tanker 14' was in collision with the cargo m/v 'Melita' on Dec 2, 2019, at 08.42 a.m. while anchoring waiting for the entry into the Kochetovsky lock on the Don river at km 2998.5. The freighter suffered a crack of the girder, the tanker had a hole above the waterline in the aft part of 5 × 6 cm, but there was no oil spill and no danger of environmental pollutions. There were no obstacles to navigation on the Don too, and the cargo was not damaged, no injuries reported. The 'Melita', coming from from Turkmenistan and bound to the Ukraine, was loaded with fertilizer, when she slammed into the 'V.F. Tanker 14' which was enroute from Turkmenistan to Romania with a cargo of diesel fuel.
The 'Margaret', en route from Galatz to Istanbul, suffered an engine failure in the Istanbul Strait at Anadolukavagi Point on Dec 1, 2019, at 08.30 a.m. A Coastal Safety tug attended in order to provide further assistance for the vessel and strait traffic safety. Subsequently, the 'Margaret' resumed the strait passage under supervision of the tug and a technical team. The vessel moored on Istanbul anchorage and was imposed a fine due to the breach of strait safe passage regulations. The ship remained moored in pos. 40° 59.18' N 028° 56.78' E as of Dec 2.
APM Terminals holds the concession to operate the Free Port of Monrovia for 25 years. Vessels coming to Liberia can now berth at the Freeport of Monrovia any time of the day and this has eliminated vessel waiting time and has improved efficiency and reduced logistics cost, APM Terminals Liberia announced on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. According to an official release, the company has commenced the berthing of vessels 24-hour a day at the Freeport of Monrovia. “Until now, the berthing, mooring, pilotage, and towage of vessels at the Freeport of Monrovia was restricted to only day-time operations between 8am-6pm,” the release said.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) has ordered a sixth Oasis-class cruise ship from French shipbuilder Chantiers de l'Atlantique. Set to be delivered in autumn 2023, the newbuild will join the Oasis class alongside Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas and a fifth ship which has yet to be named. “It is such a pleasure to announce the order of another Oasis-class ship,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of RCL.
The 'V.F. Tanker 14' was in collision with the cargo m/v 'Melita' on Dec 2, 2019, at 08.42 a.m. while anchoring waiting for the entry into the Kochetovsky lock on the Don river at km 2998.5. The freighter suffered a crack of the girder, the tanker had a hole above the waterline in the aft part of 5 × 6 cm, but there was no oil spill and no danger of environmental pollutions. There were no obstacles to navigation on the Don too, and the cargo was not damaged, no injuries reported. The 'Melita', coming from from Turkmenistan and bound to the Ukraine, was loaded with fertilizer, when she slammed into the 'V.F. Tanker 14' which was enroute from Turkmenistan to Romania with a cargo of diesel fuel. .
The Marine Masters salvage team, with around 30 experts, has started its work and also procured the equipment needed to refloat the 'Nu-Shi Nalini'. The tanker is to be pulled off and towed to the open sea where the cargo will be pumped out. Divers have carried out bathymetric surveys around the ship to measure the water depth and map the reef. The leak in the engine room is to be patched and sand and water have to be pumped out.
Feb 18 (Reuters) – A Spanish warship tried to order commercial shipping to leave anchorages in British waters near Gibraltar but was challenged by the British navy and sailed away, Gibraltar said, the latest example of tension over the strategic port as Brexit approaches. The Spanish ship tried to order ships to leave their anchorages on the eastern side of the Rock, but the ships stayed in position, Gibraltar’s authorities said. After being challenged by the British navy, the Spanish warship then sailed slowly along the coast with its weapons uncovered and manned. Spanish authorities did not immediately comment on the issue.
ICTSI inaugurates the expansion of its Batumi International Container Terminal International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) formally inaugurated the expansion of its Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Georgia, the company said in its release. The expansion encompasses both the waterside and landside areas of the multipurpose terminal, intended to optimize the processing of existing cargo flows and install additional capacity to accommodate new business.