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Cocaine delivered on board of Sealand ship in unusual manner
Ecuadorian Navy seized 88 packages of cocaine stashed in container on board of container ship SEALAND LOS ANGELES on Jan 7, circumstances rather unclear. The ship left Guayaquil Ecuador, in the evening Jan 6, understood bound for Bilbao Panama, or probably, she was to make one more call to Ecuadorian port, port of Puerto Bolivar. Early in the morning Jan 7 while under way, the ship was boarded by two armed persons, who allegedly, put packages into container. SEALAND LOS ANGELES arrived at Puerto Bolivar in the evening Jan 7 and was berthed, container with cocaine, initially bound for Bilbao, was offloaded. Crew wasn t mentioned, and hopefully, will be left out of it. Trafficked in containers drugs are nothing unusual, the way situation develops unusual will be the ships without illicit drugs, stashed somewhere in containers, in cargoes whatever they may be, or anywhere else, but the manner in which drugs were delivered on board, seems to be out of ordinary.
Platform fire, 3 workers injured, Gulf of Mexico
Fire broke out on an Akai-C 6 platform, belonging to Mexican State Oil Company PEMEX, and located in Campeche Bay, southern Gulf of Mexico, at around 1000 LT Jan 7. 3 workers were reportedly injured, personnel were about to be evacuated, but fire was extinguished in less than an hour, in another hour platform resumed operations.
5 crew injured, 1 died, on board of offshore ship transported by heavy lift ship
BOSKALIS heavy lift ship BOKA VANGUARD interrupted her voyage from China to Brazil with offshore processing ship PETROBRAS 70 on board, and approached Durban South Africa, on Jan 7, requesting immediate medical assistance to 5 Brazilian seamen, understood of PETROBRAS 70 crew, who were injured in an accident, details of accident remain unknown. One more crew suffered fatal injures and died, his body remained on board of the ship. 5 injured crew, one in critical condition, were evacuated by South Africa Sea Rescue NSRI organizations and Air Force helicopters, operation was coordinated by MRCC South Africa.
Misdeclared Lithium Battery Cargo Caused Cosco Pacific s Fire
The cause of the fire in one of the cargo holds of the giant containership Cosco Pacific is the spontaneous combustion of a lithium battery cargo, which was not properly declared, China Cosco Shipping said in an update.
As indicated in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), batteries, regardless of the chemistry they use, alkaline, lithium etc, are characterized as dangerous goods due to their corrosive character. As such, they have to be declared properly in order to be stored correctly and avoid a fire hazard.
Cosco said that the owner of the cargo was found to be Wan Hai Lines and that the related cargo was declared to be in three containers under the bill of lading, adding that all three containers were assigned for unloading. The declared product name was spare parts and accessories.
The cargo was loaded in the port of Nansha and the unloading port was supposed to be Nhava Sheva.
As World Maritime News reported yesterday, the fire broke out on board Cosco Pacific while the vessel was underway from Port Klang, Malaysia to India s Nhava Sheva Port on January 4, 2020.
The fire was put under control by the ship’s crew using the cargo hold s CO2 suppressant, however, the extent of the damage to the cargo is unknown.
There have been no injuries reported to the ship’s crew.
Due to the fire, the Chinese-flagged ship was diverted to Colombo for inspection of the cargo and safety of the ship, where it remains moored.
T&T Salvage to Remove Golden Ray Wreck
Texas-based T&T Salvage LLC (T&T) has been selected to remove the wreck of the capsized car carrier Golden Ray from St. Simons Sound.
T&T salvage will be taking over from DonJon-SMIT, which was the initial response contractor until now.
"This is one of the most complicated marine casualty responses in U.S. history. DonJon-SMIT s commitment to safety, along with hundreds of other responders, resulted in no injuries despite all the emergent hazards they faced," said Chris Graff of Gallagher Marine Systems, incident commander for the responsible party.
The St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command said that the plan for the wreck removal and an estimated timeline for its execution are still being finalized.
As informed, the command is coordinating with experts to determine the most prudent barrier to place around the vessel so full-scale demolition may begin.
Portions of the ship have already been removed, its rudder and propeller, and are being donated to the State of Georgia for use as artificial reefs in areas designated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The removal of approximately 130 tons of weight was aimed at reducing stress to the hull of the wreck, allowing for the wreck to become more stable before it is fully removed.
The operation followed the completion of fuel pumping from the stricken vessel s tanks, with more than 320,000 gallons of oil and water mixture removed.
The next stage of the operation will see the construction of an environmental protection barrier in order to mitigate potential risk to the environment from the wreck removal activities.
"We have not made a decision on exactly what type of barrier will be constructed given the complex nature of the response, but we are close," Coast Guard Cmdr. Matt Baer, federal on-scene coordinator for the incident said.
The Hyundai Glovis-operated car carrier started listing heavily after it became disabled in early September 2019 in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia.
The crew of the vessel, which was carrying about 4,000 cars bound for the Middle East, was evacuated before the ship overturned.
Carnival Corporation to Debut 4 New Cruise Ships in 2020
Carnival Corporation & plc., the world s largest cruise company, is set to launch four new cruise ships in 2020 across four of its cruise line brands.
Throughout the year, Carnival Corporation s international brands P&O Cruises UK, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Costa Cruises will debut the following new vessels - Iona, Enchanted Princess, Mardi Gras and Costa Firenze, respectively.
P&O Cruises Iona and Carnival Cruise Line s Mardi Gras will be the third and fourth of Carnival Corporation s eleven next-generation cruise ships joining the fleet through 2025 that can be powered by LNG, the advanced fuel technology, eliminating sulfur and significantly improving overall air emissions.
Being built at Meyer Werft in Germany, the 180,000 GT Iona marks the first new ship for P&O Cruises since the introduction of Britannia in 2015. When it joins the P&O Cruises (UK) fleet in May, it will launch as the British line s first LNG-powered ship.
Mardi Gras is named as a tribute to TSS Mardi Gras, Carnival Cruise Line s first-ever ship that entered service in 1972. Being built by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku, the ship is set to debut in November 2020 as the first cruise vessel in North America to be powered by LNG.
Debuting in Rome in June, the 3,660-passenger Enchanted Princess is Princess Cruises fifth Royal-class ship. In addition, it is the second purpose-built MedallionClass newbuild. The 145,000 GT unit is under construction at Fincantieri s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
Costa Firenze is the second ship for Costa Cruises built specifically for the China market, where the Italian company was the first international cruise line to start operating in 2006. Slated for delivery in Italy in late September, Costa Firence will head to China, offering cruising for Chinese passengers beginning October 20.
The introduction of the four new ships in 2020 is part of Carnival Corporation s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy, with sixteen new ships scheduled to be delivered through 2025. The four newbuilds follow the introduction of four new Carnival vessels in 2019 - Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Panorama, Costa Cruises Costa Smeralda and Costa Venezia, and Princess Cruises’ Sky Princess.
Together, the corporation s nine cruise lines operate 105 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world.
Finnlines Orders Two Superstar Ro-Pax Ships
Grimaldi’s roro and passenger company Finnlines has signed an order for two ro-pax vessels with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai), previously known as AVIC Weihai.
Finnlines has been outspoken about its plans to grow its fleet for quite a while now in order to meet its passenger business growth.
Called the Superstar ro-pax vessels, they are expected to be delivered by 2023 and will be Finnlines flagships both in terms of size and technology.
With a length of about 230 metres, they will be larger than the existing Star class vessels, and their loading capacity will be for 5,100 lane metres for rolling freight and around 1,100 passengers.
The vessels will have the highest Finnish / Swedish ice class.
As indicated earlier, the order is expected to ensure Finnlines remains "a forerunner in sustainable development for both passenger and cargo transports within the Baltic Sea."
"We want to provide a high-quality service to our customers respecting all aspects of the environmental matters. This investment aims at energy efficiency and emission reduction, but at the same time, it is an investment for the highest passenger comfort. We want to lead the development of high-quality ro-ro and ro-pax services in the Baltic Sea region. Our ongoing EUR 500 million newbuilding programme will ensure that we continue to provide premium services to our customers", says Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of Finnlines.
The order comes on the back of a contract for three hybrid sto/ro ultra large green vessels with Jinling Shipyard back in 2018.
Finnlines is part of the Italian Grimaldi Group that operates a fleet of more than 120 vessels and serves over 120 ports in 50 countries.
Potential of Hambantota Port to be Maritime Hub In Indian Ocean
It s just over two years since China Merchant s Port Holding Company (CMPHC) leased Port of Hambantota for 99 years. China Merchant Port Holding owning eighty five per cent of the company whilst SLPA holding the remaining share of fifteen per cent. The Hambantota port under CMPHC has made significant strides during the past couple of years in terms of port utilisation in imports, vehicle transhipments to various other ports, ship repairs etc though local exports yet to get off the ground.
Sempra LNG And Aramco Services Company Sign Interim Project Participation Agreement For Port Arthur LNG
Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) and Saudi Aramco today announced their respective subsidiaries, Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company, have signed an Interim Project Participation Agreement (IPPA) for the Port Arthur LNG export project under development in Jefferson County, Texas.
The IPPA represents another milestone for both companies after having signed a heads of agreement in May last year for the purchase of 5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a 25% equity investment in the Port Arthur LNG project.
Kalmar s electric forklifts to help Sagres improve cost efficiency and environmental performance in Brazil
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to supply a total of six fully electric forklift trucks to leading Brazilian logistics operator Sagres. The order was booked in Cargotec s 2019 Q4 order intake, with delivery of the machines scheduled to take place during Q1 of 2020. The contract includes an option for the purchase of another 16 electric forklifts during 2020 and 2021.
Iron ore arrivals at Chinese ports rose after 2-week decline
SMM estimates that there were 91 vessels carrying 13.88 million mt of iron ore arrived at major Chinese ports during December 29-January 4, up 2.19 million mt from the week ended December 28.
This marked a rebound after two consecutive weeks of decline. Ports in China s top steelmaking city Tangshan saw arrivals slightly higher on the week while major ports in Shandong reported a significant increase in the arrivals.
Maersk Tankers Announces Digital Business Spin-Off
Maersk Tankers is launching a new standalone digital business with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions and optimizing vessels earnings across the tramp shipping industry.
The as-yet-unnamed business will develop and sell the software product SimBunker to vessel owners and managers in the tramp shipping industry.
Balearia Launches MTTS LNG Bunkering in Valencia Port
Spanish ferry operator Balearia has established a natural gas supply in the port of Valencia using a so-called multi truck to ship (MTTS) bunkering system.
During the operation carried out on December 29, 2019, two trucks were used with a transfer speed of 95 cbm/h and an unloading time of 55 minutes. Natural gas has been supplied to the company s smart vessel newbuild, Hypatia de Alejandria, which currently operates on the route between Valencia, Ibiza and Palma.
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Linked to Chemical Tanker Duo
Chinese shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding seems to be off to a good start this year.
Namely, the shipbuilder has reportedly won an order for the construction of two 13,000 dwt chemical tankers from Swedish Tarbit Shipping, according to Clarksons.
The LNG-dual fuel newbuildings are set for delivery in the first half of 2022.
Signal Maritime, Heidmar Partner Up on Tanker Management
Ship manager Signal Maritime Services and tanker operator Heidmar have entered into a partnership for the commercial management of a tanker fleet.
Under the agreement, Signal will manage a joint tanker fleet using its proprietary technology and analytical approach.