Firefighters completely put out the fire aboard the "Auto Banner" on May 24, three days after the blaze started on the vehicle carrier at the port of Incheon. The fire gutted about 1,500 used cars, sending black smoke from burning tires billowing into the sky over Incheon. A total of 2,438 used cars were on the ship when the blaze broke out in the morning of May 21 on deck 11. The blaze also gutted the decks 12 and 13. About 840 firefighters and some 240 fire trucks were mobilized for putting the fire out. Fire officials wre trying to determine the exact cause of the blaze and the amount of damage, but it would take at least a month to scrutinize the scene. Coast Guard officials have also interviewed shipping firm officials and crew members, including the ship's boatswain from Myanmar and obtained a statement that the fire started in the front of a car on the ship's 11th deck. Specific results of the investigation will be announced after a detailed scrutiny by a joint team of officials from the fire department and the National Forensic Service.
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Cruising along to Goa was set to become a reality soon for Mumbaikars. The first sea trial of the Mumbai-Goa vessel "Andriya" started on May 23, 2018. The ship, which set sail from Mumbai, was slated to reach Goa on May 24.
The date of the service will be announced by the operator, depending on the trials. The voyage will take almost 15 hours. The Mumbai Port Trust already has in place the infrastructure to commence the service from the domestic cruise terminal at Victoria Dock, Mazgaon. The cruise will depart on alternate days at 5 p.m. from both destinations. There will be seven categories of bookings. The minimum fa- re is pegged at Rs 7,500 per person. The fare for other categories has not yet been decided. The fare is in- clusive of meals and brunch.
Finnlines starts new direct service between Helsinki and Aarhus
Finnlines is reshuffling its services between Denmark and Finland and provides as of 28 May, 2018 direct service between Helsinki and Aarhus, the company said in its press release.
There will also be a direct connection between Aarhus and Uusikaupunki, which offers new possibilities for cargoes between Denmark and Western Finland. Turku will be available via transhipment in Travemünde
The new weekly service between Travemünde and Aarhus is especially suitable for all kinds of rolling cargo, particularly for high and heavy cargo unable to cross the Kiel Canal bridge due to weight limitations.
The transit times will be shorter with direct departures, please see attached schedule.
Crowley Launches New Direct, Weekly Shipping Service from Puerto Plata to Port Everglades
To better serve customers shipping from the Dominican Republic to South Florida, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group announced today that it has launched a new direct, weekly shipping service from Puerto Plata to Port Everglades, Fla. Crowley is the only ocean carrier that provides a direct shipping service connecting these two locations.