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Chinese heavy lift ship carrying cranes contacted Curacao Bridge
Heavy cargo carrier WISH WAY with two container gantry cranes on board arrived at Willemstad, Curacao, Caribbean, from China, in the morning Feb 16. Cranes contacted Queen Juliana Bridge when the ship was passing under the Bridge, though the cranes height was 2/3 of projected, specifically with the purpose of safe passing under the Bridge. The Bridge traffic was suspended for some time, but later re-opened, damages weren t serious. Cranes were reportedly, badly damaged, and that s bad news for Curacao economy, because old cranes often break down and are incapable of handling container ships without delays and disruptions.
Maersk Tema Boarded by Pirates off Guinea, Crew Safe
Post-Panamax container vessel Maersk Tema was boarded by pirates while underway off the coast of West Africa on Friday, February 14.
It is believed that two men boarded the 5,466 TEU boxship some 90 nautical miles northwest of Sao Tome, as the vessel was sailing from Pointe Noir to Lagos, according to a report from Dryad Global.
Dryad added that two skiffs were seen in the vicinity of the attack. It was further reported that the crew members managed to reach the citadel to hide from pirates.
The container vessel Maersk Tema, built in 2015, is owned and operated by the charter company Peter Dohle Schiffart and Bernhard Schulte ship Management.
Danish shipping line Maersk, the charterer of the containership, confirmed the attack on social media accounts saying that the vessel was attacked by pirates when located 200 nautical miles west off Guinea.
In an update on the following day, Maersk said the ship and its crew were safe and free of pirates.
"It is with relief that we have received confirmation, that the vessel, which was attacked by pirates on February is now cleared and all crew are safe and accounted for. We will continue to offer our full support to Peter Dohle Schiffart and Bernhard Schulte ship Management," Maersk released on Twitter.
The company did not disclose further details on the incident.
This latest boarding is the 5th incident to occur within the Nigeria - Sao Tome Joint Development Zone since November 2019.
After a brief hiatus, pirates returned to an area that saw considerable success within 2019, Dryad explained.
Namely, last year saw a rampant rise in piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, combined with an alarming increase in crew kidnappings.
The number of crew kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea more than doubled from 78 in 2018 to 121 in 2019. The region accounted for 64 incidents including all four vessel hijackings that occurred in 2019, as well as 10 out of 11 vessels that reported coming under fire.
"Pirates operating within this area are assessed to be seeking to exploit the relative lack of established security presence in the waters beyond the Nigerian EEZ," Dryad added.
"Pirates have shown a capability and intent to attack large vessels underway indicating a high degree of confidence and capability. It is assessed as highly likely that pirates operating within this area have originated from within Nigeria and are likely to do so with support from a larger vessel."
First Semi-Automated Terminal in Italy Starts Ops
APM Terminalsí new Vado Gateway terminal, located in Vado Ligure, Italy, received its first commercial service on February 11, 2020.
The call by M/V Maersk Kota marked the start of operations for the new deep-sea Vado Gateway container terminal, which was commissioned in December 2019.
The 6,400 TEU ship was the first of seven ships from Maersk s weekly ME2 service, connecting the Mediterranean with the Middle East and India.
"With the arrival of the first ship on the quay, Vado Ligure s new deep-sea container terminal has officially commenced operations," Paolo Cornetto, CEO of APM Terminals Vado Ligure, commented.
Being the first semi-automated port in Italy with a fully-automated gate and stacking yard, the Vado Gateway is capable of handling the latest ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) and up to 1.1 million TEUs per annum. The facility is fully integrated with the existing Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal.
With a total investment of EUR 450 million (USD 488 million), the facility is said to be one of the most important port infrastructures built in Italy in recent decades. Managed by APM Terminals Vado Ligure, the new container terminal "strengthens the competitiveness" of the Italian port system and represents a strategic hub for the new Silk Road, connecting the markets of Northern Italy, Switzerland, Germany and north-eastern France with the Far East.
APM Terminals, with a share of 50.1%, has invested EUR 180 million in the project, with Chinese partners Cosco Shipping Ports controlling a 40% share and Qingdao Port International a 9.9% share.
Starting in March, Vado Gateway will also be welcoming ships deployed in Maersk s MMX service connecting the Mediterranean and Canada.
WESTERDAM toll of virus prisoners rising, 14 Dutch tourists stuck in Phnom Penh
At least 14 Dutch passengers who disembarked from cruise ship WESTERDAM in Cambodia, can t leave the country after the news on WESTERDAM American tourist, 83-year old woman, found virus positive in Malaysia, where she and a group of other American tourists arrived on their way home from Cambodia. All 14 tourists are to remain in a hotel until virus tested and health screened, some of them said they felt more secure and safe on board of the ship, than locked in Phnom Penh hotel, however luxury.
Spanish tuna seiner sank in the Atlantic
Tuna purse seiner ALBACORA SEIS sank at night Feb 15 south of Abijan, Ivory Coast, due to incontrollable water ingress. All 29 crew rescued by MONTELAPE, sister ship of the same owner, all are safe.
Cargo ship fire at Tuzla, Turkey
Fire erupted in Master s cabin of general cargo ship SUZZY, dry-docked at Tuzla, on Feb 16. Not clear if fire was restricted by cabin only, or started somewhere else in superstructure, and spread to Master s cabin. Fire was extinguished by firefighting teams, 15 crew were evacuated, no one was injured. The ship sustained some unspecified damages.
UK Ports Seize Freeports Opportunity
UK port organisations have welcomed the launch of a 10-week consultation by the government which aims to establish up to 10 new freeports across the UK.
The government wants to announce the location of the new zones at the end of this year so they can be open for business in 2021, in the wake of the UK leaving the EU.
Record number of participants in PortXL innovation programme
After a year of scouting and two exciting pitch days, a total of 27 innovative projects were selected during the 5th edition of PortXL: the first innovation accelerator programme for the maritime sector. Over the next few months, 10 start-ups and 17 scale-ups will set to work on their products.
Cargo re-routed to U.S. ports amid ongoing pipeline protests
What happened: The Association of Canadian Port Authorities says the economic impacts of ongoing anti-pipeline protests have been felt immediately.
Why it matters: Protests in support of Wet suwet en hereditary chiefs have blocked infrastructure critical to the movement of goods and people across the country. In some cases, ships are being turned away from Canada and cargo re-routed to ports in the United States.
Industry Voices: The Future of Automation
At the Explore Automation event in Tampere Finland in October 2019, Kalmar brought together a diverse group of industry professionals to a panel discussion on the future of automation.