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The mystery of livestock carrier taken to Australian port.
Livestock carrier BARKLY PEARL was ordered to interrupt her voyage and call Geraldton, Mid West Australia, in the evening Nov 2, in unclear circumstances. AMSA and Mid West Port Authority said, according to news outlets, that the ship suffered starboard hull breach and developed heavy list, so much so, that she had to be taken on tow, and towed to Geraldton, arriving there in the afternoon Nov 3 Local Time. The ship was reportedly, heading for Indonesia, with no livestock on board, in ballast.
India: Container shortage to start easing by mid-Nov: Adani Ports CEO
Container availability in India is likely to start easing by mid-November with growth in imports, the CEO of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone said Nov. 3 on a quarterly earnings call.
"We do expect that container availability will increase further in quarter three as imports start increasing in the country. We already see signs of repositioning of containers happening at our ports, so we do expect this easing up happening by mid of this month," Karan Adani said.
DP World returns to throughput growth.
DP World handled 18.3 million teu across its global portfolio of container terminals in the third quarter of 2020, with gross container volumes increasing 1.9% on a like-for-like basis. Over the first nine months of the year, however, DP World handled 52.2 million teu, down 2.0% on a like-for-like basis.
Like-for-like gross volume growth was mainly driven by operations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas including strong performances in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Sokhna in Egypt.
ICS Calls for Increased Female Employment and Diversity for Seafarers.
While the shipping industry is known for the diversity of nationalities employed at sea, one area where diversity lags is in the employment of female seafarers. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is launching a new initiative both to set a baseline for diversity and inclusion as well as to highlight the issue for shipping companies and ship owners around the world.
The ICS released its first report, the Diversity Tracker, looking into the state of diversity and inclusion in the global shipping labor force.
Viking cruise ship installs first COVID-19 testing facility for passengers, crew.
Switzerland-based cruise line Viking has completed construction of the first-ever "full-scale" PCR testing laboratory on a cruise ship, designed to allow for daily COVID-19 testing of all passengers and crew members on the Viking Star.
"We have been working on this for a number of months, and today is important as it moves us one step closer to operating cruises again, without compromising the safety of our guests and crew," said Matt Grimes, the vice president of maritime operations for Viking, in an announcement shared this week.
Spanish ferry damaged after contacting pier, Malaga
Balearia’s ferry BAHAMA MAMA, which is serving Malaga Melilla line, Spain, contacted pier while berthing at Malaga in the afternoon Nov 2, on arrival from Melilla. The ship suffered 3-meter long hull gash above waterline in starboard stern area. She was taken off schedule and remained at Malaga, for repairs.
Turkish freighter aground in Azov sea.
General cargo ship SEMA ran aground at around 0345 UTC Nov 3 in Azov - Don Sea Canal, while en route from Rostov on Don to Mersin Turkey, with cargo of millet. The ship obviously, strayed off fairway, but the cause is unknown - it may be caused by mechanical failure or navigational fault. As of 1200 UTC Nov 3, the ship was still aground, with tugs already on site.