The "Hala B" has been towed from Chioggia anchorage to the inner port. Damage surveys and further technical inspection have been carried out by the class surveyors and the owner's technical teams. The vessel remained stationary at Chioggia port pier No. 5 as of April 16.
The "San Padre Pio" was attacked by four armed pirates in a speedboat on April 15, 2019, at 8.20 p.m. on the Bonny River's inner anchorage in position 04 28.1N 007 10.1E. Two pirates managed to board the tanker and opened fire, aimed at the superstructure. The onboard Nigerian naval guards returned fire, thwarting the attack. The pirates returned to boat and fled. The crew was mustered and sheltered in the citadel, all of them were safe. One guard was injured during the shooting and was given first aid by the crew. Two security boats responded and approached the tanker. The injured person was transferred to a security boat and taken ashore for medical assistance. No injuries to the remaining crew were reported. The Bonny Signal Station and the Nigerian Navy were notified. There were only four Ukrainian crew on board, because the anker was seized on Jan 23, 2018, by the Nigerian Navy fo illegal entry and illegal fuel trade, and was being under arrest since.
Portsmouth International Port has received an £18 million (US$24 million) investment, which will be used to fund upgrade facilities and enable ships carrying up to 2,000 passengers to berth at the port. The funding has been granted to help the port capitalise on significant opportunities to grow its cruise business. In 2018, the city welcomed 48 calls and has plans for over 100 in the coming years.
Customs at China’s northern port of Dalian has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports from all sources to the end of 2019 at 12 million tonnes, an official at Dalian Port Group told Reuters on Thursday. The indefinite ban on imports from top supplier Australia, effective since the start of February, comes as major ports elsewhere in China prolong clearing times for Australian coal to at least 40 days.
The "Fearless" remained arrested and moored on Houston anchorage in pos. 29° 13.12' N 094° 42.09' W after the Pacific Gulf Shipping Company filed a lawsuit in February 2019 against a slew of companies connected to the Gourdomichalis brothers. The vessel was nearly freed in mid-March, after attorneys for the Gourdomichalises argued that one of the companies down the charter chain had not yet held Pacific Gulf liable. Pacific Gulf filed an emergency motion for reconsideration. The judge reversed his original decision. On April 13, the court heard arguments on a second motion to reconsider, this time from the registration company of the "Fearles" which is worth US dollars 5.3 million.
On April 9, 2019, the Spanish patrol boat "Serviola" observed the "Maria Soltin" which behaved strangely and had a small boat nearby in the Gulf of Guinea. When the Nigerian vessel did not respond to the radio, it was time for action. The master of the Spanish patrol boat launched two smaller RIBs to investigate the Nigerian ship closer. When they approached the ship, they still got no response from the ship and saw that it was trying to flee. When the two RIBs arrived, the captain could tell them that the ship had been hijacked four days earlier by nine pirates armed with AK-47 rifles. During the calls from "Serviola", the pirates had pointed their rifles towards the captain and ordered him not to respond. But they were frightened by the "Serviola"'s persistence and fled before the patrol vessel arrived, tanking wiith them all the money and valuables they had stolen from the 12 crew members aboard the Nigerian ship. After receiving supplies from the "Serviola", the "Maria Soltin" sailed to Lagos. Spanish report with photos and video: https://twitter.com/i/status/1115903936156839938 http://www.emad.mde.es/MOPS/novoperaciones/noticias/2019/04/Listado/190409-serviola-libera-mercante.html
PAO NOVATEK is considering a possibility of arranging LNG bunkering in Sabetta port (Yamal), Maksim Minin, Head of Marine Port Facilities Engineering Division, Engineering and Investments Department, NOVATEK, said.
It looks like Royal Caribbean is exploring the possibility of developing a cruise port in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Tribune Business quoted Bahamas Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar, who indicated Royal Caribbean in partnership with Mexican port developer, ITM Group, is looking to acquire the Grand Lucayan and develop a proposed water-based, adventure-type theme park at both the resort and Freeport Harbour. It looks like ITM Group and Royal Caribbean are looking to develop a new port in Freeport that can handle four new cruise ship berths in Freeport Harbour, which would double the port's current capacity. The proposal has generated some concerns that the new port would come at the expense of cruise ship visits to Nassau.
Almost two years after the collision of the US Navy destroyer USS "Fitzgerald" with the "ACX Crystal" 56 miles SW of Yokosuka on Jun 16, 2017, on April 16 the USS "Fitzgerald" left the drydock and continued repairs at Pascagoula, as another step toward returning to the fleet as a fully ready, combat-capable ship. The ship achieved a milestone in its complex repair and restoration as it successfully launched and moored pier-side at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) - Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard. To restore the impacted spaces to full operations and functionality, various Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E), Combat System (CS) and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C5I) repairs were being conducted. Report with photos: https://news.usni.org/2019/04/16/uss-fitzgerald-leaves-mississippi-drydock-after-more-than-a-year-of-repairs
On April 14, 201, at 06.45 a.m. five robbers boarded the anchoredd "port Imabari" using a rope attached with a hook in pos. 12:01.9S – 077-11.2W on Callao Anchorage, Peru. The duty able seaman on routine rounds was attacked, threatened and beaten. Alarm was raised and the crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped with the duty AB’s personal belongings. The incident was reported to the local authorities who boarded the vessel for investigations.
Forth Ports’ Port of Tilbury has received development consent from the UK Secretary of State for Transport to build a new GB£200m port terminal to include a new rail and road connection, deep water jetty and pontoon. Construction for the privately funded Tilbury2 is scheduled to commence within the next few weeks, with the terminal due to begin operations in spring 2020. The tender process for a contractor to undertake the build, adjacent to the current 930-acre site in Thurrock, Greater London, has been completed and an announcement will be made shortly, confirmed Forth Ports.
Marine LNG Zeebrugge, a joint venture of Gas4Sea partners Engie, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK, has signed an agreement with the Norwegian energy group Equinor for supplying four crude shuttle tankers with LNG marine fuel in the port of Rotterdam. The four planned dual fuel vessels are to come into service in early 2020 and will be operated by Equinor in Northern European seas. Marine LNG Zeebrugge will utilise LNG bunkering vessel Engie Zeebrugge, which has an LNG capacity of 5,000 cu m, for the bunkering operations.