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Ecuadorian seine capsized, sank in the Pacific, 37 people rescued by USCG
Purse seine MARUJITA developed portside list, capsized and sank some 336 nm SE of Clipperton islands, S of Gulf of California, on Aug 7, 37 people on board, including 25 crew and 12 Coast Guardsmen, were rescued by the US Coast Guard.
EU Greenlights State Aid for Croatia s Krk LNG Terminal
The European Commission has approved state aid for the construction and operation of Croatian liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal at Krk island.
Namely, the Commission explained that the plans are in line with EU State aid rules as the project would "contribute to the security and diversification of energy supplies without unduly distorting competition."
"The new LNG terminal in Croatia will increase the security of energy supply and enhance competition, for the benefit of citizens in the region. We have approved the support measures to be granted by Croatia because they are limited to what is necessary to make the project happen and in line with our State aid rules," Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said.
The measures, approved on July 31, would support the construction and operation of a floating LNG terminal, consisting of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and the connections to the national gas transmission network. The LNG terminal is designed to transport up to 2.6 billion cubic meters per year (bcm/y) of natural gas into Croatia national transmission network as from 2021.
The total investment costs to build the terminal amount to EUR 233.6 million, that would be financed through EUR 32.2 million from the LNG terminal company shareholders; EUR 101.4 million from the Connecting Europe Facility, which is centrally managed by the European Commission; and a contribution of EUR 100 million from the Croatian State budget.
In addition, Croatia will grant a tariff compensation called security of supply fee , which is financed by levies charged by the gas transmission system operator to gas users along with gas transmission tariffs, in case revenues from the terminal fees are not sufficient to cover operating expenses.
The KrK LNG Terminal has been included in the lists of European Projects of Common Interest since 2013, given its strategic importance for the diversification of natural gas supplies into Central and South-Eastern Europe.
Turkish Sailors Kidnapped off Nigeria Freed
Ten Turkish sailors, who had been kidnapped off Nigeria in mid-July, were released on August 9.
The seafarers safely arrived in Turkey two days later, all of them in good health, Anadolu Agency reported.
On July 13, 2019, Paksoy 1, a Turkish multipurpose (MPP) vessel, was attacked by pirates some 230 kilometers off the town of Brass. The 1997-built ship was en route to Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Ten of the ship s eighteen crew members were taken hostage but there was no loss of life.
However, the communication and navigation devices on Paksoy 1 were damaged. The 8,900 dwt ship, operated by the Kadioglu Denizcilik, was subsequently freed and reached the port of Tema, Ghana.
Last month, Turkey s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said it was working with Nigerian and Ghanaian authorities to secure the release of the seamen.
Dryad: Grace 1 Signals New Destination, Reverts Shortly After
Maritime security company Dryad Global has reported that the detained VLCC Grace 1 signaled a new destination of Morocco on August 12, but removed the update and reverted the entry back to its original shortly after.
"The recent change in destination signal by the Grace 1 is highly unexpected, given both the current un-flagged status of the vessel and the complexities surrounding the future of its cargo of 2.1m barrels of light Iranian crude," the company explained.
However, it should be noted that the entry of a new destination within the vessel AIS system is "a deliberate act and may provide an insight into what may be occurring behind the scenes of the Grace 1."
The Grace 1 has been detained in waters off Gibraltar since its arrest by the UK in early July, under suspicion of violating EU sanctions and transferring oil to Syria. As a result of the detention Iran retaliated and detained the UK-flagged vessel Stena Impero.
"It is important to note that the detention of the Grace 1 and the subsequent standoff with Iran, is set against the backdrop of an increasingly complex domestic political agenda within the UK," Dryad Global said.
The recently appointed UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has stated that there would be no negotiation and vessel swap with Iran, and has denied allegations of 3rd party involvement in mediation.
The maritime security firm further noted it is highly likely that, should the vessel be released soon, this would not form part of an arranged vessel swap. It is more likely that if the vessel is released, that this would form part of a calculation that would assess that Iran would, in time, see the subsequent and reciprocal release of the Stena Impero as being within its national interest also, the company added.
Furthermore, Dryad Global informed that it highly likely that the release of the Grace 1 would, in the short term, significantly reduce tensions within the Persian Gulf. In particular, the risk to UK-flagged vessels would be anticipated to reduce considerably, however IRGC(N) would likely still possess the intent to assert its influence within the Strait of Hormuz, and the potential for other vessels to be temporarily be detained in Iranian waters would persist.
Offshore dive ship fire, India, 1 crew missing
Offshore dive supply tug COASTAL JAGUAR caught fire, seemingly on her work deck in stern area, in the morning Aug 12 off Andhra Pradesh coast near Visakhapatnam, southeast India coast. Of 29 people on board, 28 were rescued, 1 went missing. Witnesses reported explosion heard, prior to fire. The ship was obviously, engaged in offshore works, at the time of an accident.
US ro-ro cargo ship fire, San Francisco
Fire erupted on board of US ro-ro cargo ship CAPE HENRY early in the morning Aug 12, at Pier 96 in San Francisco. Firefighters arrived at the scene at 0330 LT, and extinguished fire in just some 15 minutes. Judging from photo, fire was somewhere in superstructure. No reports on damages, one crew was taken to hospital for observation.
New Suez Canal first voyage since launch for world s largest container ship
The head of the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority, Mohab Mamish announced the successful transit of the MSC GULSUN, the world’s largest container ship in its first voyage since its launch, through the New Suez Canal.
The ship sailed in the south convoy on its voyage from the port of Xingiang, bound for northwestern Europe and flying the Panama flag.
ICTSI sells 30% stake in operator of Motukea container terminal
A unit of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is selling its 30% stake in a company that operates the Motukea Port, Papua New Guinea.
In a disclosure to the stock exchange Thursday, the Razon-led port operator said its unit ICTSI South Pacific Ltd. has entered into agreements with Noho-Mage Holdings Ltd. for the latter to acquire a minority stake in Motukea International Terminal Ltd. (MITL).
Russian seaports seven-month cargo throughput rose 3.4% to 483.42 million tonnes
Total cargo volume handled at Russian seaports in January-July, 2019 increased by 3.4% on the same period a year ago to 483.42 million tonnes, Rosmorrechflot press office reports.
The seven-month volume includes 214.22 million tonnes (-4.0%) of dry cargo and 269.21 (+ 10.1%) of liquid bulk cargo.
Ports of Auckland buys world first electric tug
Ports of Auckland has signed a contract with Dutch company Damen Shipyards to buy the world s first full-size, fully electric port tug.
The new tug, a Damen RSD-E Tug 2513 to be delivered in 2021, will have a 70 tonne bollard pull, the same as the port s strongest diesel tug Hauraki, also built by Damen.