In the morning of Dec 8, 2018, the Port Authority of Mytilene was informed that a 57-year-old passenger iavboard the "NIssos Samos", whhich was coming from Piraeus and Chios, fell ill and lost consciousness. When the ship arrived at the port, the victim taken by an ambulance to the General Hospital of Mytilene "Vostanio", where he was pronounced dead. The Central Port Authority of Mytilene, which carried out the preliminary investigation, a necropsy was ordered.
In the evening of Dec 11 the "Aidanova" left Eemshaven and was finally handed over to Aidacruises in Bremerhaven on Dec 12. The first guests are to board the ship on Dec 19 on Tenerife for its initial cruise around the Canary Islands.
The "W.B. Yeats" has been handed over to Irish Ferries on Dec 12, 2018. The ship, originally due to have been delivered in July, and subsequently delayed until September, was finally expected to arrive in Dublin next week. The delays and cancellations disrupted the holiday plans of around 19,000 customers. The setback was due to what German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft & Co.KG described this summer as delays in the delivery of interior components for public areas and on the electrical system installation in the hull and deckhouse. Sailings between Dublin Port and Cherbourg are now available to book for 2019, with the new ship set to begin serving the route from mid-March. It will provide passengers with a unique and memorable cruise-style travel experience and can accommodate 1,800 passengers across 440 cabins, including luxury suites with stunning private balcony sea views and a dedicated butler service. Décor will feature famous works of literature from Yeats and other well-known artists and entertainment is provided at The Abbey and The Peacock cinema.
The world’s first liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier designed to traverse the world’s icy northern polar region was launched on Tuesday by Guangzhou Shipyard International Co. Ltd. for Dynacom of Greece. Yamal LNG has signed a long-term charter agreement for the ship with its owner Dynagas. The ship, named Boris Sokolov, will serve the world’s largest LNG project, the Yamal LNG plant in northwest Siberia. It is designed to cope with the extreme cold of the Arctic, where the temperature can fall below minus 50 degrees. It meets the highest rating of ice-breaking ability, as defined by Russia’s Maritime Register of Shipping. This means it can sail to and from the project at all times of the year.
Saurabh Kumar Singh, the Indian captain of the "SG Pegasus" was found drunk on board his ship moments before it was due to leave Port Taranaki with a cargo of methanol on Dec 11, 2018, at 11 p.m. The tanker was to be guided out of the harbour when the pilot suspected the master had been drinking and alrted police and Maritime New Zealand. When the officers arrived, Singh was breathalyzed. He returned a reading of 881 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath with the legal limit being 250 mcgs. The tanker could not leave towards Port Nelson until around Dec 12 at 3 p.m. once a replacement master was put on board with Singh losing his job. A fine of $1000 plus court costs was imposed to be paid until Dec 13.