The 'Puffin Pacific' was boarded by two robbers, one of them carrying a knife, while the vessel was moored at the Rabaul anchorage, Papua New Guinea, in position 004 15 11.4S, 152 11 08.4E, on July 28, 2021, between 7.33 p.m. and 7.44 p.m. The robbers managed to enter the accommodation space using an access door on the starboard side upper deck. The duty patrol immediately spotted them, raised the alarm and chased them away. The robbers however managed to steal a laptop from the ship's office and then retreated to a small hand-paddled unlit boat, through the hawse pipe, using the port anchor chain, where one more accomplice was waiting for them. The ship left the anchorage, headed to Singapore, on July 29 with an ETA as of Aug 10.
Beached at Alang 25.07.21
The 60-year-old captain of the 'Red Garnet' who was arrested over the weekend for illegal entry in the republic last year, will be remanded on Aug 3, 2021. He was arrested early on Aug 1 at the electricity authority Vasilikos terminal after police inspections revealed that the ship had sailed on Oct 14 and Dec 12, 2020, at the closed Boyazi port in the non-government-controlled areas.
The salvage ships 'Crest Mercury 3', 'Hong Bang 6', 'Olympic Kapuas' and 'Independence' remained anchored in the Tamarin Bay and the vicinity of Rivière-Noire as of Aug 3, still waiting for weather improvement to return to the grounding site of the 'Wakashio' to continue the dismantling operation at the reefs of Pointe d'Esny.
The 'MSC Kymea', carrying export containers, left Chittagong on July 31, headed to Colombo with an ETA as of Aug 5, following a High Court order after being kept impounded for the last 11 days at the outer anchorage of the port. The authorities had seized the vessel on July 20, immediately before it was about to leave a jetty with 1084 twenty-foot containers, following the HC order after a local importer filed an admiralty suit against the vessel and 13 other people centering a dispute over some cargo provided by a foreign supplier. Uncertainty prevails over timely reaching of the export cargoes to the destination as the cargoes already missed two connecting mother vessels from the transhipment port of Colombo as the vessel got stranded. The High Court on July 30 awarded the bail to the vessel after the ship's owner through the P&I Club deposited a bank guarantee of Tk 2.61 crore, the L/C value claimed by the plaintiff. Sources said a Dhaka-based importer RB Con-Cast and Rerolling Mills (Pvt) filed the admiralty suit.
The Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency have handed over the 15 rescued crew members of Syrian nationality of the 'Suvari H' to the Karachi Port Trust on Aug 1. All were in good condition. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Navy and PMSA ships were also conducting search and rescue operations for the three missing crew members around the reported position.
The 'Bulk Shenzen' was in collision with the bulk carrier 'RB Lisa' (IMO: 9730828) on the Yangtze river near Shanghai on Aug 1, 2021, around 10 p.m. The accident happened when the 'RB Lisa' unmoored from its berth at Chongming island in the river estuary, enroute to Singapore, and came in contact with the incoming 'Bulk Sheznzen' which was carrying 103,655 tons of iron ore on board and suffered hull damage. Both ships were anchored near the accident site in pos. 31° 32.03' N 121° 23.24' E resp. 31° 31.61' N 121° 23.31' E where they remained stationary as of Aug 2. .
The sailings of the 'Catriona' between Lochranza and Claonaig had to be cancelled on Aug 1, 2021, due to a power supply issue. The technical issue was rectified, and the vessel resumed service on Aug 2 at 7.20 a.m. according to its schedule.
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Beached at Gadani 03.08.21
The "Ocean Viking" was looking for a safe port to bring 555 migrants rescued from distress ashore. SOS Méditerranée asked all the relevant authorities in Malta, Tunisia, Libya and now Italy on Aug 2. Malta has already refused to accept them, Tunisia and Libya have not reacted. The situation on board was desrcibed as intolerable. Many people suffered from the heavy swell and the oppressive heat with several being seasick. Some have passed out on deck because of the heat and what they have experienced.
The 'Nissos Sikinos', en route from Novorossyisk to Istanbul, suffered a malfunction of its main engine off the coast of Ambarlı in the morning of Aug 3, 2021. At 4.30 a.m. the ship was safely moored at the anchorage zone of Istanbul in pos. 40° 55.11' N 028° 32.40' E, assisted by a pilot, the Turkish SAR ship 'Nene Hatun' and the tugs 'Kurtarma 7' and 'Kurarma 12', for repairs. Photos: https://twitter.com/kiyiemniyet/status/1422430327407005711
The arrest status of the 'Ana-N.' was lifted as repairs to the engine which had failed at Algeciras on Nov 1, 2014, while being under arrest for unpaid credits, had failed, because the repairs could not be carried out by the crew. A departure permission was granted by the Harbour Master and a towage approval was granted by the local authorities at Algeciras. The tug 'Ollan' (MMSI:341779000) was tasked to tow the vessel to Tuzla, The towage operation commenced on July 22, 2021, at 5.15 p.m. with an ETA at Tuzla as of Aug 2.
Beached at Alang 29.07.2021
On August 2nd, the French cruise line Ponant took over its latest fleet addition from the Norwegian VARD shipyard. It is the luxury icebreaker LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT (IMO 9846249), designed for exclusive expedition cruises. The 150 meter long ship has polar class PC 2. She is designed for 245 passengers in 123 cabins. The hull of the ship was built on the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, the entire interior was built on the VARD shipyard in Søviknes, Norway. photos: https://www.cruisedeck.de/ponant-uebernimmt-luxus-eisbrecher/
On July 28, 2021, a 37 year old rowdy passenger was thrown off the 'MSC Virtuosa' while she was visiting Greenock. The crew requested that a number of passengers disembarked the ship 'due to their conduct'. One passenger was issued with a formal police warning following the disturbance at the Ocean Terminal in the afternoon. Officers were called to reports of an altercation between passengers at around 4 p.m. No one was injured.
Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced on Aug 2, 2021, that Ivan Durasevic, 31, and Nenad Ilic, 41, both of Montenegro, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine on the 'MSC Gayane' subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Durasevic was sentenced to 6,5 years in prison and two years of supervised release. Ilic was sentenced to seven years in prison followed by two years of supervised release. Durasevic and Ilic worked on board the 'MSC Gayane'; Durasevic was the second officer and Ilic was the engineer cadet. For months in early 2019, Durasevic, and Ilic conspired with others to engage in a bulk cocaine smuggling scheme. On multiple occasions during the vessel’s voyage and while at sea, crew members including the defendants helped load bulk packages of cocaine onto the vessel from speedboats that approached the vessel in the middle of the night under cover of darkness. Crew members used the vessel’s crane to hoist cargo nets full of cocaine onto the vessel and then stashed the cocaine in the vessel’s shipping containers; they bent railings on the ship and pulled back doors on the shipping containers so they could fit the huge quantities of cocaine into the containers. After hiding the drugs among legitimate cargo, crew members used fake seals to reseal the shipping containers in which they had stashed the cocaine in order to disguise their clandestine activities and contraband. Durasevic and Ilic operated mobile “narco” phones to coordinate the bulk cocaine smuggling with others on land and recruited other crew members while at sea to assist in the scheme. On June 17, 2019, federal, state, and local law enforcement agents boarded the 'MSC Gayane' when it arrived at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia and seized about 20 tons of cocaine worth over $1 billion U.S. dollars from its shipping containers in one of the largest drug seizures in U.S. history. Five other crew members from the 'MSC Gayane' involved in this smuggling scheme were arrested, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and have previously been sentenced based on their participation in the scheme. These crew members include Bosko Markovic, 39, of Montenegro, the ship’s chief officer; Vladimir Penda, 27, of Montenegro, the fourth engineer; Stefan Bojevic, 29, of Serbia, the assistant reeferman; Fonofaavae Tiasaga, 29, of Samoa, an able seaman; and Laauli Pulu, 34, of Samoa, an ordinary seaman. A sixth crew member, Aleksandar Kavaja, 27, of Montenegro, the electrician, pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Customs and Border Protection, together with a multi-agency team of federal, state, and local partners.
While the 'Carmencita' was moored in position 09 16 23N, 013 48 49W, at the Conakry south anchorage, she was boarded by four robbers on Aug 1, 2021, at 04.30 a.m. The robbers stole cash from the ship's safety box and personal belongings of the crew and then fled the vessel and escaped. The Conakry port authorities were informed. None of the crew members were injured during the theft.
arrived Alang Anchorage 02.08.21
The bulk carrier 'Bulk Shenzen' (IMO: 9849746) was in collision with the 'RB Lisa' on the Yangtze river near Shanghai on Aug 1, 2021, around 10 p.m. The accident happened when the 'RB Lisa' unmoored from its berth at Chongming island in the river estuary, enroute to Singapore, and came in contact with the incoming 'Bulk Sheznzen' which was carrying 103,655 tons of iron ore on board and suffered hull damage. Both ships were anchored near the accident site in pos. 31° 32.03' N 121° 23.24' E resp. 31° 31.61' N 121° 23.31' E where they remained stationary as of Aug 2.