The KMP "Permata Lestari V" ran aground in the waters of the Sofifi ferry port, North Maluku, in heavy rain falls on June 17, 2019, at 11 p.m. The Indonesian Transportation Ministry deployed the patrol boat "KNP 358" to evacuate the 52 passengers. The ship also had on board 17 crew members and 27 vehicles. The accident happened when departing the Sofifi ferry dock bound to Ternate. The passengers were taken to the Ahmad Yani Port, Ternate. The KN "Pandu Dewa" went on standby at the grounding site. The "KNP 358" conducted a sweep on the scene and supervised the refloating of the ship. The National Transportation Safety Committee launched an investigation. Report with photo: https://ekonomi.bisnis.com/read/20190618/98/934967/kmp-permata-lestari-v-kandas-seluruh-penumpang-telah-dievakuasi
The US Coast Guard medevaced a 5-year-old girl from the "Ovation of the Sea" near Juneau on June 16, 2019. The Coast Guard received the initial request for the medevac at 2:10 p.m. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Juneau met the cruise ship in Gastineau Channel and took aboard the girl, who was experiencing abdominal pain, along with her parents. The crew took the family to the South Douglas boat ramp in Juneau where the girl was placed in the care of awaiting local EMS. Weather at the time of the medevac included 12 mph winds, 2-foot seas, ten miles of visibility and an air temperature of 54 degrees. The "Ovation of the Sea" was headed from Juneau to Skagway.
The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) located in Onne Port, has invested in two new Mobile Harbor Cranes. This is in addition to an investment of approximately USD2.5 million already made this year, APM Terminals said in its release. The two Liebherr LHM 550 Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs) are due for deployment in July this year and will further boost the efficiency and cargo handling operation of the terminal, improving service delivery and reducing vessel waiting time.
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Ministry of Tourism, Invest Saint Lucia, and the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority have joined forces to train cruise service providers and enhance the cruise visitor experience in Saint Lucia. Following a record 760,306 cruise passenger visits in 2018 and an even greater number forecast to arrive in 2019, the tourism partners aim to ensure that onshore businesses deliver cruise passenger services that meet international standards. This May, 240 representatives from businesses providing services to cruise visitors participated in Tour Operator Excellence, Tour Guide Excellence, and Port Excellence training sessions run by Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence. All those who successfully participated became certified experts in customer service.
The tanker "Burgan" has shifted from the dry dock jetty to CUFL Jetty for repairs on June 17. Temporary repair works were expected to commence on June 18 at least. The "X-Press Mahananda" has been taken berth at Jetty No.13 of Chittagong Port on June 16 being towed by a port tug. The vessel was currently discharging its containers, after which the repair works will commence. The bow has been breached at multiple regions. The ships could only be detached after 48 hours of frantic efforts. A team of the port's marine department finally managed to separate the ships on June 16 at 08.30 a.m. After initial attempts had failed, the ships were moved to the dry dock jetty to clear the channel for vessel movements. Subsequently, the ballast water was drained from both the vessels before separating them. The container ship was berthed at Jetty 11 and tanker kept at Dolphin Jetty 7.
The "Norman Atlantic" has been sold to breakers in Turkey after the fire on Dec 28, 2014, en route from Patras to Ancona which killed at least 12 peoople aboard the ship, and two crew members of a tug when a towing wire broke. The wreck was laid up first in Brindisi and then in Bari, while the investigations were going on. After the wreck was released by the prosecutor, it could be sold by owner Visemar.
With plenty of rain finally falling over the past week in Panama, the authorities have postponed a sixth draft restriction of 2019. The maximum authorised draft of 13.11 m for vessels transiting the new neopanamax locks and 11.73 m for vessels transiting the old panamax locks will become effective June 12 instead of May 28. The current maximum authorised draft stands at 13.41 m. “We will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake and announce future draft adjustments in a timely manner,” the Panama Canal Authority stated in a note to shipping lines.
Hong Kong-based international port operator Cosco Shipping Ports has completed the equity transaction of project company responsible for its greenfield subsidiary at the Port of Chancay, Peru. With the equitytransaction of the Project Company was officially completed on 10 May 2019, Port of Chancay became the company’s first greenfield subsidiary in South America and COSCO Shipping Ports plans to developing the port to an important gateway port in South America.
The "Burgan" has shifted from the dry dock jetty to CUFL Jetty for repairs on June 17. Temporary repair works were expected to commence on June 18 at least. The "X-Press Mahananda" has been taken berth at Jetty No.13 of Chittagong Port on June 16 being towed by a port tug. The vessel was currently discharging its containers, after which the repair works will commence. The bow has been breached at multiple regions. The ships could only be detached after 48 hours of frantic efforts. A team of the port's marine department finally managed to separate the ships on June 16 at 08.30 a.m. After initial attempts had failed, the ships were moved to the dry dock jetty to clear the channel for vessel movements. Subsequently, the ballast water was drained from both the vessels before separating them. The container ship was berthed at Jetty 11 and tanker kept at Dolphin Jetty 7.
On June 16, 2019, a person had to be medevaced from the "Atalanta" in the Wismar Bay. At 1.45 pm the "Atalanta" called for assistance west of the island of Poel. One of the passengers on board, an elderly man, had collapsed and was unresponsive. The lifeboat "Wolfgang Wiese" of the DGzRS station Timmendorf with a volunteer crew on board immediately rushed towards the "Atalanta". Meanwhile, the nearby traditional sailing ship "Albatros" sent a doctor from its crew with a dinghy to the "Atalanta". She climbed over and stabilized the patient on board. The man was already approachable when the lifeboat arrived wich took the patient and the doctor on board. In the port of Timmendorf/Poel he was handed over to the land rescue service for further treatment.
For providing better security, preventing wrong declaration and smuggling in concealed form, the Union government will install a container scanner at the Visakhapatnam Port by June-end. Though it has been decided to make it mandatory in all the major ports, the implementation in Visakhapatnam has been delayed due to certain problems. The scanner, which has reached the city sometime ago, will be installed on the compound of the Visakha Container Terminal Private Ltd, a BOT operator of Visakhapatnam Port. “It will be a non-intrusive method and the scanning will be done by our officials without stoppage of vehicles. The drive through scanning will save lot of time,” Principal Commissioner of Customs D.K. Srinivas told The Hindu.
Foss Maritime departed the Port of Everett enroute to the Port of Los Angeles to pick up two gantry cranes for use at the Port’s modernized South Terminal. The $57 million South Terminal Modernization project will ensure the Port’s facilities are ready to support the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new 777X. The two cranes are a critical piece in this loading and unloading efficiency.