MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company(MSC) will retrofit 29 of its ships with scrubbers developed by Panasia, a South Korean marine equipment manufacturer. Retrofitting works are likely to be carried out in a yard under the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) group.
The "Aquarius" was seeking a safe haven for 11 migrants it saved off Libya on Sep 20, after refusing to return them to the North African country. The vessel moved in to save 10 men and an unaccompanied minor from a sinking boat after trying to alert Libya’s coast guard in the morning. The migrants were from Pakistan and Cote d’Ivoire. The crew contacted Italy, Malta and Tunisia asking for help. Rome had passed on the information to the Libyan coast guard, which asked them to hand over the migrants to one of their patrol vessels.The crew of the Aquarius responded that they could not legally comply as Libyan ports were not considered places of safety.
At Least 42 Drowned in Lake Victoria Ferry Sinking, Officials Say Death Toll Could Top 200
DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 20 (Reuters) – At least 42 people drowned when a ferry sank on Thursday in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria and government officials feared the final death toll could be more than 200, a senior local official said.
Ukerewe District Commissioner Colonel Lucas Magembe told Reuters that the rescue mission to find survivors from the disaster had been halted until dawn on Friday with 42 people confirmed dead.
Initial estimates showed that the MV Nyerere was carrying more than 300 people onboard. It went down in the afternoon just a few meters from the dock in Ukerewe district, according to national ferry services operator TEMESA said.
But it was hard to establish the precise number of passengers on board since the person dispensing tickets had also drowned with the machine recording the data lost.
Earthquake of magnitude 5.8, strucks Western Province of Solomon Islands
London, Sep 19 -- A press report, dated today, states: An earthquake of magnitude 5.8, struck the Western Province of Solomon Islands, just before midnight, local time, on Sep 18. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake's epicentre was located at a depth of 10 kilometres, about 48 kilometres east-southeast of the provincial capital Gizo. No Tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre. There are no official reports of damages, as of now.