On Dec 11 the 'New Leo' remained moored at the west coast of Chios in vicinity 38° 32.06' N 025° 34.43' E in a bight near Psara. The ship was assisted by the tug 'Karapiperis 18' (IMO: 8810205), the supply ship 'Vernicos Sifnos' ( IMO:9420435) and the crane barge 'Ignatios III' which were busy to stow the shifted steel cargo again and have brought the ship back on even keel. Photos: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=3090901 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=3090900
The 'BW Loyalty' while sailing off Pulau Sambu, was approached by a suspicious boat with five to seven perpetrators on board on Dec 6, 2019, at 02.10 a.m. in position 01 10 57.0N, 103 56 37.8E. One of the perpetrators attempted to secure a rope to the port side of the vessel, but failed due to the heavy sea and strong winds. The Duty Officer sounded the general alarm and the perpetrators aborted their attempted boarding.
The US Coast Guard is continuing efforts on containing an oil spill on the Mississippi River in New Orleans. First assets were deployed on September 11 after a helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans observed a sheen on the water earlier in the day during a routine overflight. Fifteen hundred feet of boom has been deployed to contain the sheen while oil spill response company OMI Environmental Solutions has been contracted to contain and recover the product. The Coast Guard is yet to provide details on the cause or source of the spill. The incident is still under investigation. In addition to US Coast Guard assets, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office has joined the response effort and six oil spill response boats have been on site as of September 13.
The Sindh High Court has announced the public auction for the sale of the 'Al Rehman' at Karachi on Dec 11, 2019. According to court announcement, offers were invited on 'As is where is basis' for the sale of vessel, which was berthed at the East Wharf of Karachi, being in Suit No. 895 of 2019 (Integr8 Fuels DMCC Versus Prima Marine FZE and others). The court has set a reserve price at Rs. 26.5 million and put last date of Jan 13, 2020 for receiving offers. All offers are subject to acceptance of Honourable High Court of Sindh. The vessel can be inspected on Dec 26, 2019.It has been arrested at Karachi since May 2018.
On Dec 11, 2019, the 'Janni - HM 96' ran aground with a crew of five on board in the Gelting Bight off the nature reserve Gelting Birk. The ship got stuck on a sand bar close to the l/h Falshöft in pos 54° 48.64' N 009° 53.53' E. It was listing to starboard side. Refloating attempts by a lifeboat of the DGzRS failed. The anti pollution vessel 'Scharhörn' and the police boat 'Staberhuk' went on standby near the trawler which had sailed from Sonderburg at 12.20 a.m. At the time of the grounding the water level was low in the area. In the night hours the ship could be removed from the shallow. Report with photo: https://jv.dk/artikel/travler-st%C3%B8der-p%C3%A5-grund-i-flensborg-fjord
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Dutch dredging and offshore outfit Royal Boskalis Westminster has been awarded contracts in the United Kingdom and Romania worth a combined €85m ($94m). Portsmouth City Council has contracted Boskalis to construct new sea defenses in Southsea, near Portsmouth, in a joint venture with VolkerStevin. Boskalis will deploy a large trailing suction hopper dredger to replenish the beach and will construct revetments using rock barges. Project execution is expected to start early 2020 and is estimated to take five years.
The 'Kim Hock Tug 8' (299 gt, built 2009), while towing the barge 'LKH 7887' in the Singapore Strait, in position 01 10 59N, 103 50 06E, was approached by about 10 to 15 small sampans with robbers on board who came alongside and boarded the barge to steal its scrap metal cargo on Dec 6, 2019, at 11.30 a.m. The tug 'Kim Hock Virgo', which was escorting the 'Kim Hock Tug 8', assisted to chase away the robbers in the sampans.
The 'Grendel', coming from Antwerp, allided with the Sint Servaas bridge on the Maas in Maastricht on Dec 11, 2019. One crew member was injured. The wheelhouse was severely damaged. The ship was docked after the accident. The Servaas Bridge was not raised, the skipper may therefore have made a mistake in his estimation. The bridge was opened for a while for inspections by Rijkswaterstaat. The bridge has now been lowered again. Shipping was not affected by the allision.
Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has officially resumed operations and welcomed back its first commercial vessel following Hurricane Dorian. The 57,062-ton crude oil tanker Agathonissos, owned by Greece-based Eletson, returned to the yard to complete repair works that began before the hurricane arrived in the Bahamas earlier this month. The shipyard also said it remains on track for the next planned cruise ship visit, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, scheduled to arrive on October 5.
The American port of Brunswick has reopened on a “case by case” basis after Sunday’s capsizing of a car carrier in a nearby channel. The Golden Ray overturned with 24 crew members inside sparking a dramatic, successful rescue mission over the weekend. Authorities are still assessing how to remove the vessel, which is stuck on St Simons Sound. A half-mile perimeter has been established around the Golden Ray, which sits half in the water with its starboard side pointing skyward. An oil boom has been placed around the ship. Salvage teams are likely to start taking the bunker fuel from the ship this weekend.