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How Captain of cruise ship AZURA "poisoned" Marseilles
The French Court is suing Captain of a cruise ship AZURA, he s to appear in criminal court for violating fuel standards during ship s stopover in Marseilles in Mar 29 this year. The ship used heavy fuel oil with 1.68% of sulfur, exceeding 1.5% limit. He s to be arrested when AZURA will call French port next time, it s June 1, according to Azura Itineraries 2018. He ll face a one-year imprisonment plus 200,000 euro fine. He already admitted his "crime". The environmentalists are thrilled with the perspective.
Ferry broke down halfway between Canary islands
Ferry VOLCAN DE TIJARAFE suffered engine failure while en route from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the afternoon Apr 23, being halfway between two islands. Crew managed to restart one engine in some two hours, ferry resumed sailing at a reduced speed, and safely reached port of destination.
OOCL Resorts to Artificial Intelligence
Hong Kong-based container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) is looking to boost its performance by applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to its operations.
The company said that it has teamed up with Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), Microsoft’s research arm, to explore the potential of AI research to improve network operations and achieve efficiencies within the shipping industry. The collaboration is expected to save OOCL USD 10 million in operation costs on an annual basis.
Delivery of W.B. Yeats Delayed
The delivery of the cruise ferry W. B. Yeats from German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau–Gesellschaft has been postponed, Irish Ferries, the owner of the vessel, confirmed. The EUR 150 million (USD 183.5 million), 54,985 gross tonnes cruise ferry was scheduled to arrive in Dublin in July and start operating on Ireland - France and Dublin - Holyhead routes. Details on the cause of the delay and new delivery date have not been disclosed.
World s Largest Short Sea Ro-Ro Vessel Named in Dublin
MV Celine, the world s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship, was christened on Friday, April 20, in Dublin Port. With a capacity of 8,000 lane-meters, the super ferry, owned by Luxembourg-based CLdN, will be servicing Dublin Port as part of the multi-million-euro ABR Project to futureproof Dublin Port.
Under the program, work has started on three kilometers of new berths to welcome the new ships. The 235-meter long ship was constructed in South Korea s Hyundai Mipo Shipyard before being deployed to its homeports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.
Scorpio Bulkers Shrinks Quarterly Loss
Monaco-based bulker owner Scorpio Bulkers managed to cut its net loss, shrinking it to USD 5.8 million in the first quarter of 2018 from USD 34.6 million reported in the same period a year earlier. For the three months ended March 31, 2018, the company s total vessel revenues reached USD 54.3 million, compared to USD 34.7 million seen in the first quarter of 2017. First quarter 2018 revenues were driven by high levels of demand for coal and grains for the better part of the quarter.
Fire-Stricken Maersk Honam Reaches Anchorage
The Maersk liner vessel Maersk Honam, which was hit by a serious fire on March 6, is set to reach anchorage outside the Jebel Ali Port (UAE) on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Maersk Line said. The fire, which broke out around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman, was put under control by Indian Coast Guard, however, several hotspots remain on board. During anchorage hot spots in affected areas will be completely extinguished and further work to stabilize the vessel and bring it alongside will be carried out.
AFP seeks higher public awareness of maritime issues
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is working on increasing public awareness of maritime issues, including the country s territorial dispute with some of its neighbors, particularly China. The military s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) based in Camp Aquino, Tarlac City hopes to achieve this initially through spearheading a forum on the issue - together with other agencies and stakeholders - in Lingayen, Pangasinan tomorrow.
Iraq and Qatar agree on new maritime line
Iraq and Qatar agree on new maritime line RudawFull coverage
Vessel Remains in Detention After Iraq Collision
The managers of the Royal Arsenal bulk carrier have voiced concern about the vessel s continued detention at Umm Qasr in Iraq following a collision with a vessel owned and operated by the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) in August 2017.
The incident occurred when the Handymax vessel, with the compulsory Iraqi pilot on board supervising the navigation, collided with the dive support craft Al Misbar, which was being used to ferry port employees from an offshore oil terminal. The Al Misbar overturned, and many of the 23 passengers and eight crew were trapped in the hull. Despite the rescue efforts of the GCPI salvage teams, 21 people died.
The IMRF Launches 2018 Search and Rescue Awards
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has launched the IMRF Awards 2018 and is calling for nominations and entries from around the world. The Awards are unique, in that they were specifically established to recognize and reward the selfless efforts of search and rescue (SAR) operators around the world, who make many sacrifices to saves lives at sea.
The IMRF Awards also showcase new search and rescue products, technologies and techniques that could help improve search and rescue operations and save more lives. This year s Awards ceremony and dinner will be hosted by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS) at their new state of the art training center, RS Noatun near Horten in Norway, following the IMRF s annual European Regional Meeting.
ITF urges Hutchison Ports to improve global health and safety operations following a serious workplace incident in Austr
The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) urges Hutchison Ports to address a pattern of serious health and safety incidents across their global operations, as a dockworker remains in a critical condition following workplace collision at the company s Port Botany terminal. The 55-year-old dockworker, and member of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), fell seven metres from her cabin to the concrete below. She remains in an induced coma in hospital after undergoing emergency brain surgery at a Sydney hospital.
how Information Technology is making ports more efficient
Use of technology has begun reflecting in the performance of the logistics chain, with shipment, warehousing and cargo consolidation witnessing improved dwell time over the last six months. Instrumental in this process has been the Logistics Databank System (LDB), a flagship technology solution of DMICDC Logistics Data Services, a special purpose vehicle of the National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT), a government entity, and Japan s NEC Corporation. Dwell time, the time taken for exports to be loaded onto a ship and imports onto a truck or train, has a direct impact on terminal congestion, besides the storage charges cargo owners pay to the port authorities.
SOHAR Signs Agreement for SOHAR Port South-Phase 1
Highlighting the rapid growth within Oman s logistics sector, SOHAR Port and Freezone have signed an agreement with Dredging International NV – Earth Moving Worldwide LTD (DINV-EMW JV) for the development of Phase 1 of the SOHAR Port South Construction Package I. Totalling an investment of USD 24mn (approx. OMR 9.24mn), the agreement will see the development of the first 50 hectares of useable land within the new port expansion; which is expected to be fully completed by Q4 2018.
The agreement was signed on April 18 at a ceremony held at SOHAR Port and Freezone head office in Sohar. Signing the agreement on behalf of SOHAR was the CEO, Mark Geilenkirchen, and DCEO- CEO SOHAR Freezone, Jamal Aziz; while DINV-EMW JV were represented by Alberto Mino, Area Manager of Dredging International NV, and Yves Aertssen, Director of the EMW group.