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The 'Rhodanus' was refloated at Cala Longa on Oct 18 at noon after the salvage plan was approved by the Mediterranean Maritime Prefect in the night of Oct 17. After draining of the fuel and dropping of the anchor, the ship was salavged by the 'Jason' jointly with the towed port tug 'Persevero' from Sant'Amanza. The ship was moored in pos. 41° 25.39' N 009° 14.36' E where the RINA classification company started conducting a post-shipment inspection of the ship, relying in particular on the National Navy's diving aid. The transit of the ship to a French port was now subject of the recommendations that will be made by RINA. This transit will also be the subject of a plan proposed by SMIT Salvage and validated by the Mediterranean Maritime Prefect. French reports with photos: https://www.premar-mediterranee.gouv.fr/communiques-presse/desechouement-du-cargo-rhodanus-suite https://www.premar-mediterranee.gouv.fr/communiques-presse/desechouement-du-cargo-rhodanus
Singapore-based port operator PSA International has completed the acquisition of Penn Terminals, located on the Delaware River in the US, from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. According to PSA, Penn Terminals is one of the best equipped, privately owned multipurpose marine terminals on the Eastern Coast of the US. The deal marks PSA’s first acquisition in the US. Penn has recently undergone a significant capacity upgrade with the addition of two new post-panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes in late 2018.
The Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) is the only container port in Jordan and the primary trade gateway for the Jordanian market, bordering five countries and three continents. The port handles capacities of 1.2 million TEUs and 1km of berthing. Under a joint Development Agreement between APM Terminals and the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), BAM International, a subsidiary of the European BAM Group, built the container terminal in 2013 and the Aqaba New Port in 2014. APM Terminals has invested USD 284 million in developing the terminal’s infrastructure and expanding its capacity.
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On Oct 18, 2019, the 'Klitsa' suffered a damage to the starboard side angle drive. The ferry has been pulled from service for repairs. Travellers from Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay were transferred onto the 'Malahat' BC Ferries expected the issue to be remedied by the end of day and hopes service will be restored by Oct 19 morning.
Two workers were killed and three others injured after a cable attached to a ship collapsed on them at a shipbreaking yard at Sitakunda in Bangladesh on Saturday evening. The accident happened at the Ziri Subedar shipbreaking yard and is the latest in a series of deaths at Bangladeshi yards this year. On July 31, three workers died after inhaling toxic fumes from a gas leak while dismantling a tanker in the same shipbreaking yard.
The implementation of a range of simple measures to streamline shift changes at APM Terminals Pipavav has reduced vessel idle times, added capacity and reduced impact on crane moves per hour due to shift change by around 16%. At the same time, it has also improved trailer driver and crane operator safety. The Pipavav team has introduced clearly marked parking bays for terminal trailers, which provide a safe distance between each trailer. This provides drivers with a safe area to conduct pre-operation checks and protects them from other vehicles when exiting their trailers.
On Oct 18, 2019, the 'Grip Bunker' suffered engine damage off Kristiansund. The NSSR boat 'Erik Bye' was called to assist at 6.30 pm. and took the tanker in tow. It was pulled to Kristiansund and safely berthed at 8.40 p.m. Norwegian report with photo: https://www.smp.no/nyheter/2019/10/18/Hjelper-b%C3%A5t-med-motorhavari-utenfor-Kristiansund-20198513.ece
Whille the 'Anshun' was anchored at the Port au Prince anchorage, during routine rounds, the duty Able Seaman on board was taken hostage by robbers armed with guns and long knives, in position 18 33 54N, 72 23 12W, on OCt 12,2019, at 12.10 a.m. The alarm was subsequently raised, and the crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers fled the vessel and escaped with stolen ship?s properties. The incident was reported to the local authorities.
The Sri Lankan government on Friday said it has begun a massive development project to further modernize its ports across the country in order to transform Sri Lanka into a maritime hub in the region. The government information department said in a statement that under this mega development project, the Port of Colombo will continue to develop its facilities for container handling by continuous addition of capacity, advanced handling and processing technology. “The development of the East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Port of Colombo will be followed by the West Container Terminal (WCT 1 and 2) ahead of demand. The ECT and the South Asia Gateway Terminal will be expanded to create an ultra large container terminal, expanding the total capacity to 35 million TEUs in the coming years,” Sirimevan Ranasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping and Western Development said. Last year, the Port of Colombo handled a record breaking seven million TEUs(twenty-foot equivalent units).
Saras announces that from 1st September 2019 it will starts direct supply of shipping fuels (bunkering) at specific dedicated areas of the ports of Sarroch and Cagliari. Saras will be able to offer the complete range of marine fuels: in addition to MDO (marine diesel oil) and traditional fuel oils, in fact, it will be supplied the new ecological fuel oil with a very low sulfur content (max 0.5% as per the latest specifications IMO 2020). All products are produced locally at the Sarlux refinery. The service is offered to meet the needs of ships arriving and departing from the above mentioned ports as well as to offer further supply options to the several ships that pass along the Sicilian Channel and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Refueling will be offered with a modern ship, the “M/T Atlantic”, equipped with all the most advanced safety tools and with a specifically trained crew, in order to offer the maximum guarantees to operate in full respect of the environment.