The 'Lion A.' suffered an engine failure at Samsun on Nov 17, 2022. Subsequently, the vessel departure permission was cancelled by the Harbour Master until the completion of repairs by the crew along with shore-based technical support. Upon completion of repairs and an inspection, the departure permission was granted, and the vessel sailed from the port on Nov 20 en route to Tuapse with an ETA as of Nov 21.
The 'CIC Epos' was boarded by five perpetrators while transiting along the eastbound Lane of the Singapore Strait in the Phillip Channel in pos. 01 05 00 N, 103 43 12 E, on Nov 18, 2022, at 5 p.m. UTC. The Master reported that all crew members were safe, and nothing had yet been found stolen. The vessel did not require any assistance and continued its voyage to Fangcheng with an ETA as of Nov 25.
The 'Armenistis', en route from Lagos to Dakar with 12 people on board, was attacked 50 nautical miles west of Sherbro Island in pos. 07 11 00 N, 013 16 00 W, in the waters of Sierra Leone on Nov 15, 2022, at around 7.30 p.m. by seven armed men who used a small boat to board the vessel. The hijackers took control of the vessel and steered it until it ran aground. Thhey then disembarked and abandoned the vessel. None of the crew were injured, who had retreated into the citadel.
The 'Monet' with four people on board ran aground at Buxey Sands, five miles south of Clacton, Essex, in pos. 51 41 09 N, 01 07 02 E, on Nov 21, 2022, at around 1 p.m. Upon its mayday call the Dover Coastguard mobilized two RNLI boats, one Coastguard Rescue Helicopter and two Coastguard rescue teams. The Walton Lifeboat was the on scene coordinator for the RNLI crews from Walton, Frinton and Burnham, and Coastguard crews from Clacton, Dover and South Woodham Ferrers. The Walton and Frinton RNLI got the mayday call at 1 p.m. from the yacht which had stuck fast on Buxey Sands off Shoeburyness with four people on board. The Burnham RNLI managed to get close enough to put a crew member on board to check the 11.5m yacht’s occupants but, with more than three hours of falling tide remaining, there was no prospect of the vessel re-floating for several hours. The coast was being lashed by gale force winds and pelted with rain, while light was rapidly fading. A crew member from Burnham RNLI made it onboard the yacht to prepare the four passengers to be airlifted to safety by a UK coastguard helicopter. The crew member then flew with them to Clacton airfield where they were met by members of Clacton Coastguard. Once the yacht's passengers had been taken to safety, the crews focused on saving the boat itself. Walton and Frinton RNLI’s Tamar class lifeboat accompanied the Atlantic 85 of Burnham RNLI back into the River Crouch and had started to proceed back to base when it got a call. The Coastguard had requested that they make an attempt to retrieve the craft if at all possible without endangering themselves. The coxswain then turned back to see if the yacht was still holding on to the anchor as the tide began to rise. After a while it broke free and was at risk of drifting or breaking up as the tide moved it around. The yacht owner agreed to let the crews do whatever was required to get it to shore and a line was rigged to the yacht to drag her in to Bradwell Marina on the River Blackwater. The South Woodham Ferrers Coastguard and the skipper of the yacht met them there. 11 hours after responding to the mayday call, the Walton and Frinton RNLI crew arrived at their rough weather mooring in Titchmarsh Marina, Walton Backwaters just before midnight. Reports with photos: https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/lifeboat-crews-save-yacht-passengers-7853396 https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/23145599.burnham-crouch-rnli-people-airlifted-safety/
The Cochin Port Trust handled a record 3.20 million tonnes of cargo in December 2020, a monthly record volume for it. The volume is a 10.55 per cent growth over December 2019, said Cochin Port Trust chairperson M. Beena, in a message to the employees and officials of the port trust. Container movement too touched a consistent 60,000 TEUs consecutively in the four months leading to December. The surge in the movement of cargo is being looked upon as new shoots in the port business after the plans of 2020 were washed away in the COVID-19 pandemic. The growth in cargo movement is “charting a new growth trajectory. However, we need to find new vistas for revenue generation by optimum utilisation of resources available to us,” the chairperson told the port community. The port has been recovering from the losses, which had affected it for the past decade. But the pandemic and resultant loss in business had pushed the port into the red. But the port was expected to make a recovery by the end of 2021, the chairperson said. There was optimism stemming from the fact that though there was a substantial fall in cargo movement in the first half of the current financial year, there was some recovery in the second half. The port trust was also optimistic that the inauguration of the Kochi-Mangaluru LNG pipeline earlier this month would pave the way for more gas volumes and revenue for the port. Meanwhile, figures from the Indian Ports Association showed that ports across the country suffered owing to the pandemic and its impact on the global economy. The average fall across the major ports in the country is nearly nine per cent for the period. Mumbai suffered a fall of more than 17 per cent and the Momugao traffic fell more than 23 per cent and JNPT traffic was down by over 12 per cent. Haldia Dock Complex, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, and New Mangaluru suffered lesser falls in business.
The barge 'Sung Fatt 36', 1826 gt, while being towed by the 'Sung Fatt 31', was boarded by 14 perpetrators while transiting the westbound Lane of the Singapore Strait in pos. 01 12 41 N, 103 32 20 E, on Nov 21, 2022, at 02.05 a.m. The Master reported that all the crew members were safe and that an unknown amount of scrap metal was stolen. He did not require assistance and continued the voyage to Penang with an ETA as of Nov 25.
The sailing yacht 'Solmayor' with two crew members on board went adrift 200 miles south of the Canary Islands. The 'Kanaris 21' assisted the boat and towed it to the vicinity of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The MRCC of Salvamento Marítimo mobilized the SAR boat 'Salvamar Tenerife' which towed the yacht to the Marina of Santa Cruz. Report with photos: https://twitter.com/salvamentogob/status/1595078584057692160
The inauguration of the new shore power facility in Kiel on Dec 9, 2020, meant that Stena Line now have the possibility to connect 14 vessels at seven terminals with on-shore electricity during port stay. The new connection in Kiel will reduce the CO2 emissions from the two vessels Stena Scandinavica and Stena Germanica with 2,700 tonnes per year. In total Stena Line reduce its CO2 emissions with shore power with 13,000 tonnes per year. The new shore power facility in Kiel provides 100% green electricity, thus also avoiding NOX-, SOX- and particle emissions during the port stay of the 'Stena Germanica' and 'Stena Scandinavica'. Aside from Kiel, Stena Line have the possibility to connect to shore power supply at its two terminals in Göteborg, as well as in Karlskrona, Norvik, Trelleborg and Hoek van Holland, thus saving 13,000 t of CO2 per year in its network. Of the 36 vessels in the Stena Line fleet, 14 are now equipped with High Voltage Shore Connection systems (HVSC). “Shore power supply is important for us for two reasons: First, we want to have an immediate positive impact on the air quality in the ports we use. Secondly, we expect an even higher share of electrification in ports in the future – at cars, trucks, port vehicles and not the least at ships. With our battery and power bank projects, we develop our ferry services further in that direction constantly and we learn something new each day. In 2030 we expect to launch a 100 % battery powered and fossil free vessel”, say Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line and member of the Swedish Government Elelctrification Commission. Kiels mayor Dr. Ulf Kämpfer inaugurated the new façade of the shore power facility, which has been specially designed and illuminated. The inauguration marks the offizial start of the on-shore power supply for Stena Line in Kiel. The facility was co-funded by the state government of Schleswig-Holstein (8,9 m Euro) and the EU (1,26 m Euro). In addition, Germany´s federal government recently agreed on a political package to decrease the user prices for on-shore electricity significantly. “We are very grateful for the political support on various levels. The planned decrease of user prices for shore side electricity is an important step for the competitiveness of environmentally- and climate-friendly technologies in Northern Europe. At the same time, we are very happy about the continuous positive dialogue with our partners at Port of Kiel and the city of Kiel”, says Ron Gerlach, Managing Director, Stena Line Germany.