The "Oceanic Surveyor" allided with the moored fishing vessel "Orca Warrior" (148 gt, built 1990) while docking at Port Hardy, British Columbia, in position 50 42 52.8 N, 127 29 13.8 W, on Feb 3, 2019, at 3.50 p.m. The fishing vessel suffered minor damage.
The "Grete" broke down on Feb 8, 2019, near the Young Rocks due south of Vivonne Bay. Two other Port Lincoln-based tuna fishing vessels, the "Maria Luisa" and "Delamer" whiche also in the area fishing, were steaming southwest in response to the distress call but had to cover about 100km in very rough seas with a swell of five meters. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority also has a fixed wing aircraft responding to the emergency. At 4.30 p.m. the "Grete" was no longer in immediate danger, but still broken down. At 6.30 p.m. the "Maria Luisa" had the "Grete" under tow and is heading toward Antechamber Bay on the eastern side of Kangaroo Island.
The Port of Long Beach is continuing to outperform 2023 clean air goals, with a drop in diesel particulates by 88%, sulfur oxides by 97% and nitrogen oxides by 56% since 2005, according to the port's annual “emissions inventory” for 2017. Meanwhile, cargo volumes have jumped to record levels. The report found the Port has maintained lower levels of emissions even though container traffic rose 11% in 2017. The Port’s efficiency in moving containers measured by tons of emissions per TEU has improved by 23% since 2005, according to Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is developing five permanent berths for barges on the Maas side of the Eiland van Brienenoord, the company said in its press release. The location has been an anchorage for barges for many years, but the new berths will improve safety on the river, according Ronald Paul, COO from the Port of Rotterdam Authority: ‘Barges are so large and heavy that they can break free when they are anchored. That happened sometimes with the tide changes. We don’t want that. The berthing facilities were realised in close consultation with various barge operators.’ There is space for five barges per berthing location. The central berths are for barges from 76.5 to 90 metres, the outer two for barges from 90 to 110 metres. There is at least 110 metres space between the berthing locations. The operations will be carried out by De Klerk from Werkendam. The five berths for barges will be completed by the end of September.
The "Hyundai Colombo" was disabled due to an engine failure 10 miles westsouthwest of Port Renfrew, British Columbia, in position 48 29 40.5 N 124 40 03.2 W, on Feb 3, 2019, at 02.10 a.m. The crew carried out repairs and the vessel continued its voyage from Tacoma to Busan, ETA Feb 14.
On Feb 6, 2019, the anchor chain of the "Abdallah" broke at 8 a.m. at the Ajman anchorage in the Persian Gulf and the ship went adrift, being in danger of slamming into other nearby ships. The crew had no control, as there was no diesel on board to start the engine. The crew has been on board since several months, as the owner Elite Way Marine did not operate it, but they were not given sign off. Their ship was finally taken in tow and secured back at the anchorage. Report with photos: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/uae-24-hours-after-ships-anchor-broke-2-indian-sailors-rescued/articleshow/67916888.cms?
The Port of Barrow has celebrated the latest addition to its fleet of survey vessels, the Christine H, by hosting a naming ceremony in memory of a former, valued colleague. ABP’s new vessel takes her name from ABP Barrow colleague, Christine Holmes, who sadly passed away in July 2017. The team at the Port of Barrow felt it would be a fitting tribute to Christine to name the vessel after her and continue her long association with the port.
The participation involves an investment of some 75 million euros and, in addition to holding 30% of the shares, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will have joint control of strategic decisions and positions at Executive Board, Supervisory Board and management level. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Ceará State are expected to sign the decision next month, and the following months will be used to further finalise the participation. Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority is delighted with the decision in principle: ‘Our participation in the Brazilian Port of Pecém is promising for all parties. We have been working as adviser with Pecém for several years. This investment will further intensify the partnership. We will be working with Ceará State to ensure that Pecém expands to become the future logistics and commercial hub of Northeast Brazil.’
A 74-year-old Australian passenger who fell ill on the "Celebrity Eclipse" has been airlifted to hospital on Feb 9, 2019. The cruise ship was about 485 kilometres from the Port of Rawson, southern Argentina. The tourist was struggling to breath and had very low blood pressure. The man was airlifted from the cruise liner after the on-board doctor became increasingly concerned about the man's deteriorating health. The Argentine Navy organised a rescue helicopter containing paramedics and members of the military as well as an aircraft for support. The helicopter landed on the helipad on the vessel's bow and the man was flown to hospital. He was treated by paramedics on-board until he arrived at hospital.
The owner of the "O Yang 77" which was caught illegally fishing within the Exclusive Economic Zone at the height of Comodoro Rivadavia on Feb 7, 2019, informed the authorities of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries of its intention to pay the fine to release the vessel which was found with more than 130 tons of fish and nets down. The crew of the Coastguard vessel "GC-24 Mantilla" detected the ship which was trawling. The personnel of the Coastguard boat established a communication by radio with the captain of the vessel, with the purpose of stopping it, according to the international rules. The captain complied with the order to stop but did not lift the fishing net that he had deployed in the sea, while an endowment of the institution, accompanied by an inspector of the National Fishing Directorate, came aboard. The ship was taken to the Comodoro Rivadavia port and waited for the tide to rise to reach the port and moor in the afternoon of Feb 9. Once in port, the federal justice will take a statement of the captain, who could be detained. To find a translator, who must be authorized by the Embassy, may take several days. The crew must remain aboard the captured ship. Spanish reports with photos: https://diariocronica.com.ar/558152-el-armador-del-buque-coreano-pidio-pagar-la-multa-para-que-el-buque-sea-liberado-lo-mas-pronto-posible.html https://www.diariodecuyo.com.ar/argentina/Buque-capturado-20190208-0103.html
The Port of Tallinn says reconstruction works in Tallinn Old City Harbour's Terminal D have began. Passenger Terminal D serves Tallink ferries. As a result, passenger boarding and disembarkation routes within the terminal building will change. Please pay close attention to the signage in the terminal and allow extra time for passing through the terminal and for boarding the ships. Port of Tallinn will reconstruct and expand the passenger terminal giving it complete a makeover. The renewed terminal will have comfy and spacious waiting areas, lots of room for cafeterias and shops. New features include a playing area for children and a private lounge. The construction works will be completed by Summer 2020. The reconstruction of the Terminal D is part of a bigger plan to make the Sea Gate of Estonia and Tallinn more attractive and user-friendly. Source: en.portnews.ru
At least 30,000 metric tons of cocoa are trapped on their way to ports in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos as roads in a state of disrepair delay access to ships, the cocoa exporters body said. Travel to the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports that previously took hours, now takes as much as four weeks as trucks struggle through cratered and water-logged roads to get there, Pius Ayodele, president of the Cocoa Exporters Association of Nigeria, said. The affected cargoes are either in traffic jams or stored in transit warehouses in Lagos. “A greater part of this travel time is spent at the epicenter of the congestion which is just 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) to the ports,” Ayodele said by phone from the southwestern cocoa-trading center of Akure.