An explosion on the cargo deck of the 'Isla Ciari' badly injured two crew members on Oct 6, 2019, at 03.45 a.m. in the Gulf of Mexico, 80 miles off he coast of Ciudad del Carmen. The ship was positioned at Akal Charly platform of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the Campeche Sound when the explosion occurred, which was followed by a fire. The ship was disabled by the explosion and fire and went adrift. Francisco Javier Rodríguez Lara suffered burns at 45% of his body and Antonio de Jesús Castro Navarro suffered a blow to the lower back. The injured were medevaced by helicopter and transferred to hospital, one of them being in critical condition.The fire was extinguished by 6 a.m. At 8.30 a.m. the ship was being towed towards Paradiso.
for $ 48m to Japanese buyers - On subs, SS/DD 03/2020
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, inaugurated in Rabigh on Monday the King Abdullah Port during his visit to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), reported the Saudi Press Agency. The port features state-of-the-art facilities including 18-meter water berths, which are the deepest in the world, and the world’s largest and most advanced cranes, which employ the latest technology and feature a 65-ton lifting capacity as well as a handling capacity of 25 containers. Such facilities enable the port to serve giant container vessels now and in the future.
More than US$300m in infrastructure improvements is being considered as part of a drive to grow international marine cargo to the Port of Seattle. To prepare for ever-larger container vessels, the port commissions of Seattle and Tacoma met at the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) managing member meeting to discuss recommendations for significant new investments, which also include a new tenant at Seattle’s Terminal 5. “With the largest marine cargo vessels entering the trans-Pacific trade, our Terminal 5 investments are critical for Washington state exports to Asian markets, in addition to growing cargo volumes and maritime jobs in the Puget Sound region,” said the NWSA.
The US Coast Guard medevaced a crew member from the "Paramount Hanover" 92 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, on Oct 5, 2019. The Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request from the captain of the crude oil tanker for the medevac of a 20-year-old male crewmember who was suffering from extreme abdominal pain. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac. A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew were launched to the crude oil tanker. The Air Station Houston helicopter crew hoisted the patient and transferred him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he was reported to be in stable condition.
for $ 8m to Turkish buyers
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday he was optimistic that Germany would build two terminals in the foreseeable future to import liquefied natural gas (LNG). As Germany phases out nuclear power and coal, it is increasingly turning to gas to compliment renewable energy sources. It is under pressure, especially from the United States, to cut its dependence on Russian gas and buy in LNG. Altmaier told a meeting with German and U.S. energy officials and industry lobbyists that Germany was weighing up the extent of state subsidies and regulations before private investors build the terminals needed for LNG imports. Of three sites under consideration – Brunsbuettel, Stade and Wilhelmshaven – Altmaier was confident terminals would be built at two in the foreseeable future.
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.
for $ 12,5-13m to Far Eastern buyers
for $ 2,7m to Chinese buyers - SS/DD 05/2020
“Seven Seas Splendor” was launched today at the Ancona shipyard., She is the second super luxury cruise ship that Fincantieri is building for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, brand of the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). The delivery is scheduled for 2020, the company said in its release.
(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.