On June 16, 2019, a female passenger of the "MSC Preziosa" was medevaced in the Elbe estuary just before midnight. The cruise ship was on the Outer Elbe sailing in the direction of Hamburg when a passenger repeatedly went unconscious,. The lifeboat "Anneliese Kramer" of the DGzRS station Cuxhaven sheaded to the "MSC Preziosa" with ambulance and land rescue service of the fire brigade on board. They stabilized the patient on board the cruise ship. At the height of Cuxhaven's America Port, the lifeboat finally took on board the patient. After mooring in the ferry port, the land rescue service took care of her.
The "Thorco Cloud" salvage operation was due to kick-off on June 18, 2019. The MPA established a 400 metre-wide exclusion zone in Singapore Strait ahead of the project start-up off St. John’ s Island/Pulau Sambu) and in the eastbound traffic lane of the Singapore Strait (off Changi/Pulau Batam) Traffic Separation Scheme (STRAITREP Sector 8)from June 18 to Aug 20. The ship had collided with the chemical tanker "Stolt Commitment" on Dec 16, 2015, and subsequently sank in the Singapore Strait. The ship had broken into two parts and sank after a few minutes on a water depth of 70 meters. Six crew members died. The two sections were resting 1,730 meters apart. The recovery was handled by the Chinese company Guangzhou Salvage. There were 560 tons of bunker fuel aboard the "Thorco Cloud" as it sank. In April 2018, more than 440 tons of heavy fuel was pumped out.
A dockworker died on May 15 morning and another suffered severe injuries in an accident involving a top loader container handler at Pier 300 in the Port of Los Angeles. “My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this tragic accident and to all the brothers and sisters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union,” said Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka. “It’s particularly tragic that this accident occurred on the day of the ILWU’s annual ‘First Blood’ event, which honours those who have lost their lives working on the waterfront.” Rachel Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Port Police, said the top loader was “faulty”. Investigations into the accident continue.
China’s Zhuhai Port has announced a plan to issue 140m new shares to a group of specific investors to raise around RMB1bn ($145m). The proceeds from the share issue will be mostly used to support Zhuhai Port Shipping’s fleet expansion program which includes the acquisition of forty 3,500 dwt multipurpose cargo vessels, three 12,000 dwt bulkers, four 22,500 dwt bulkers, two 45,000 dwt bulkers and six tugboats. The remainder of the funds will be used for port facility upgrade. The vessels will be used for Zhuhai Port’s river-ocean shipping services.
On June 16, 2019, a fire broke out in the engine room of the "StarShip" during a dinner cruise short time after leaving Sparkman Wharf in Tampa. Passengers heard a “boom” and then smelt smoke. Minutes later, the crew alerted them to a fire. They were handed life jackets and told to go to the top deck as the ship turned around and returned to shore. The Tampa Fire Department responded within minutes. When firefighters boarded the vessel, the fire in the engine room was already out. Everybody was calm, the crew had everything under control. There were no injuries or threat to the passengers or crew aboard. All passengers will get a refund and gift certificate to take another dinner cruise. The Coast Guard will investigate what caused the fire. Report with photo: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/fathers-day-cruise-abruptly-ends-after-fire-erupts-in-the-engine-room
A passenger drowned on the "Caribbean Princess" during the last cruise. The man, believed to be in his 30’s, was found in the bottom of the Neptune pool on deck 15 of the vessel on June 14, 2019, around 5 a.m. He reportedly had been drinking the previous night during a party on the pool deck (24K Gold Deck Party) and later at the Skywalkers Lounge on the ship. CPR was reportedly performed without success. The Princess cruise ship was sailing back to Fort Lauderdale on the evening of June 13th after visiting Cozumel, Mexico. The guest had apparently entered the swimming pool which was allegedly closed. It was unknown whether the Caribbean Princess had assigned any security personnel to the pool or to patrol the pool deck. Tthe decedent’s body will probably be autopsied by the Broward County Medical Examiner’s office after the ship returned to Fort Lauderdale. The Caribbean Princess was sailing on a seven day cruise, leaving from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 8, 2019 to George Town, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico. The Princess cruise ship returned to Fort Lauderdale on June 15.
The port of Kiel’s first shore-based power supply plant for shipping was officially inaugurated at the Norwegenkai on May 9, 2019. The facility was declared open jointly by the Minister-President of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther, the German Federal Government’s Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, Norbert Brackmann, and the Lord Mayor of Kiel Dr Ulf Kämpfer along with Dr Dirk Claus, the Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) and Trond Kleivdal, Board Chairman of the Color Line. With immediate effect, the Color Line’s big cruise-ferries can now be supplied with emission-free electric power from on shore. The building contractor for the shore-based power plant, which was built by Siemens, is the Port of Kiel. Investment in the plant totalled €1.2 million, of which €400,000 was funded by the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The Siemens on-shore power plant at the Norwegenkai is specifically tailored to the needs of shipping companies and the port. It has a maximum connection capacity of 4.5 Magawatts (MW) at 10 Kilovolt (KV) and a mains frequency of 50 Hertz.
(Reuters) – U.S. energy company Sempra Energy said on Tuesday the first liquefaction train at its $10 billion Cameron liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Louisiana started producing LNG. Cameron is the fourth big LNG export facility to enter service in the Lower 48 U.S. states, keeping the United States on track to become the third biggest LNG exporter in the world in 2019, behind Qatar and Australia.
The "MCP Villach" which arrived at Chittagong on June 11, 2019, coming from Kolkata, has been arrested at the outer anchorage of the port on June 13, as per orders of the local high court, in a litigation case.
Italy has allowed 10 rescued migrants on the "Sea-Watch 3" to leave the vessel. Two pregnant women and two sick men are among those who have been given permission to disembark on June 15. AThe group was allowed to disembark on Lampedusa. Before, the Italian coast guard had conducted a medical check on board. The ship was still at sea near Lampedusa.
Shanghai Shipping Maritime Technology, a subsidiary of Cosco Shipping, has inaugurated a new ship repair yard in Zhoushan. The new yard, located on Liuhengdao of Zhoushan, will be an addition to Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry’s existing ship repair business in Dalian, Nantong, Zhoushan and Guangzhou. The yard is expected to serve the growing demand for drydocking, especially due to upcoming IMO sulphur and BWTS regulations.
(Reuters) – The Houston Ship Channel was reopened with restrictions to shipping on Sunday as emergency officials worked to clear the channel following a collision between a tanker and two barges containing gasoline. About 9,000 gallons of gasoline spilled into the Houston Ship Channel near Bayport, Texas, following a collision on Friday between Genesis River, a 755-foot (230-m) tanker, and a Kirby Inland Marine tug boat towing two barges, each containing about 25,000 gallons of gasoline