The Strategic Unity", moored in position 003 56 48N, 98 48 42E, at the Belawan anchorage, was boarded by two robbers on July 30, 2019, at 11.20 p.m. Subsequently, the alarm was raised, and the crew mustered. Seeing the crew's alertness, the robbers fled the vessel and escaped empty handed. The incident was reported to Belawan Port Control.
Two barges loaded with coal sank in stormy seas of the Tropical Storm Wipha on Aug 1, 2019, night off Koh Si Chang in Chon Buri, spilling tonnes of coal into the sea. The barges with a combined capacity of 2,400 tonnes broke loose from the "Southampton" in rough seas while being loaded with coal. No injuries were reported. Municipal officials were coordinating with the owner of the barges to organise a clean-up operation to limit damage to marine life and salvage the barges. The Pollution Control Department has sent inspectors to the site to assess the situation. An initial inspection has not detected any oil spillage. However, a more thorough inspection was put on hold due to the rough conditions. The company UnderWater Engineering Co., Ltd. was contracted for the salvage of the barges which were resting at 15 meters depth, with the coal remaining inside. A 500-meter safety zone will be implemented to prevent coal from spreading. The salvage envisaged a partial underwater offloading of the coal.
About 34 vessels expected at seaports across the country, particularly in Lagos, may be impeded by dockworkers’ strike.This was contained in the Shipping Position issued yesterday by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). It revealed that many of the vessels are conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol, Automated Gas Oil (AGO) or diesel, and general cargo goods, as well as sugar and wheat. The vessels, slated to arrive Lagos pilotage district from today to the end of the month might be in jeopardy, as dockworkers have endorsed the strike and are ready to shut the ports from business activities.However, four vessels that are waiting to be berthed and eight motor tankers that have already arrived the ports might be affected by the industrial action.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. opened Terminal A – the largest cruise terminal in the US – at PortMiami in Florida on 2 November. Designed by architecture firm Broadway Maylan, the 17,000-square-foot terminal was built on land leased by Miami-Dade County. The facility has been dubbed the ‘Crown of Miami’ because its structure evokes the points of Royal Caribbean’s crown and anchor logo when viewed from the water, as well as the ‘M’ of Miami when viewed from the east or western approaches, and waves rising or ships passing when seen from the terminal side. Terminal A was constructed in compliance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards and is equipped with advanced technologies to enhance the waiting areas and expedite the boarding process. The terminal will serve as a homeport for Royal Caribbean International’s 5,400-guest Oasis-class ships, such as Allure of the Seas and the new Symphony of the Seas
The "CK Bluebell" was attacked by pirates, in the South China Sea near Anambas Islands on July 22, 2019. Seven armed pirates boarded the ship and assaulted the crew. They escaped with $13,000 cash and personal belongings. The vessel sailed to its destination Incheon where it arrived on Aug 2.
Passengers travelling from Lymington to Yarmouth were stuck on board the ‘Wight Sun’ as it was unable to dock at Yarmouth due to a mechanical issue on Aug 2, 2019, at 8:30 p.m. in the mid-Solent. The ferry suffered a breakdown of one engine, reducing the manoeuvrability and speed of the vessel so it was unable to safely dock at Yarmouth. At 9.20 p.m. the power was restored and the ship safely moored alongside at Yarmouth, albeit delayed.
Saudi Arabia’s Yanbu port has received the Jin Tai Feng, a ship carrying 82,498 tons of corn. It is 235 meters long and draws 13.50 meters. It is the largest ship the port has ever received. This comes after development projects launched last year by the Saudi Ports Authority to strengthen the services at the Kingdom’s ports and to upgrade their capabilities and efficiency. The Yanbu commercial port handled 413,824 tons of various types of general cargo during July 2018 compared to 141,066 tons during July 2017 — an unprecedented increase of 193 percent. The Kingdom is working relentlessly to build a solid ground for the status of the Saudi Ports Authority as a leader in the ports sector which links the national economy with the international market.
The "Mary Arctica", en route from Gronlandshavnen to Ammassalik stopped for engine repairs 92 miles west of Shetland, in position 60 14 10.2 N, 004 27 10.8 W, on Aug 2, 2019, between 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Subsequently, the vessel resumed its voyage. with an ETA as of Aug 5.
The "Nand Aparna" ran aground in a storm in the morning of Aug 3, 2019, near Vangaon village at the Varor coast, 120 km north of Mumbai after a rough sea pushed it over rocky stretch. The ship was sailing from Alibaug to Hazira port in Surat when it beached in rough weather. The 13 crew members were safe. The freighter had carried around 2,000 tonnes of steel coils from Hazira to Dharmantar port in Alibaug and was returning to Surat after unloading the steel cargo. Report with photo: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/merchant-navy-ship-beaches-in-maharashtra-s-varor-coast-in-rough-weather/story-lwkENbFk9GUmyJMXfw9SbO.html http://www.uniindia.com/~/cargo-ship-from-gujarat-stuck-on-the-rocks/States/news/1687275.html
Coal shipments from the Port of Gladstone in Australia rose to a 22-month high in October on a strong lift in exports bound for India and South Korea, data released by the Gladstone Ports Corporation on Tuesday showed. A total of 6.69 million mt of coal was shipped from the Queensland port in October, up 10% year on year and 16% from September, the data showed. About 70% of the coal handled at Gladstone is metallurgical coal, GPC said.
Cruise passenger numbers hit an all-time high at Port Canaveral in Florida, US this year, helping the port to generate more than US$103 million in total revenues for the 2018 financial year. The number of passenger movements at Port Canaveral rose by 7.7% from 2017 to reach 4,568,431 in 2018. The port’s operating revenues for 2018 reached US$101.72 million, an all-time high for multi-day cruise ship passengers at the port. The figures are US$8.44 million above last year’s reported revenues and a 120% jump from 2008.