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Bulk carrier gangway collapsed, 2 died, Colombia
2 died in an accident involving collapsed gangway of bulk carrier SUZAKI, berthed at Santa Marta, Colombia, at night May 5. Reportedly, gangway contacted pier constructions, during coal loading. Not clear if the ship was shifting along berth, or it was cargo loading equipment shift. Burmese crew and docker died after falling with collapsed gangway.
Cargo ship broke off her moorings in Greek port
Cargo ship SYROS WIND broke off her moorings at Serifos, Serifos island, Greece, in the morning May 5, when strong wind bashed port. The ship with gangway hanging from her starboard started to drift in harbor. She was taken under control and brought to anchor, no damages reported. Reportedly, islander notwithstanding danger, assisted crew in letting go the ship from remaining moorings.
SHI Lays Keel for GasLog s Third 180,000 cbm LNG Carrier
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) hosted a keel laying ceremony for a new LNG carrier for Greece-based GasLog.
As disclosed by the owner and operator of LNG carriers, the April 29 keel-laying was for the yet unnamed vessel with hull number 2274.
According to VesselsValue data, the ship is the third of four 180,000 cbm units that GasLog ordered from SHI. The company has two of each 174,000 cbm and 176,400 cbm carriers on order at the same yard.
SHI is scheduled to deliver hull number 2274 by April 2020 for a 12-year fixed-term charter with Japan s JERA.
The Mark III Flex Plus design vessel with low pressure two stroke propulsion was ordered in March 2018.
Separately, the company released its first quarter 2019 earnings report, in which GasLog said it delivered a revenue of USD 166.5 million and a loss of USD 10.9 million for the period, compared to USD 138.5 million of revenue and a profit of USD 19.3 million for the same quarter in 2018.
"The first quarter saw spot LNG carrier rates fall from the historic highs of the fourth quarter of 2018 as unseasonal weather conditions led to low LNG prices and disincentivized long-haul LNG trade," Paul Wogan, Chief Executive Officer, stated.
"Nonetheless, spot vessel earnings were roughly in line with those seen in the first quarter of 2018. We are confident that the fundamentals of the LNG shipping market are tighter than the evidence that the first quarter implies, and we believe that rates will improve in the second half of the year and through 2020."
Adani Gets Nod to Develop New Container Terminal in Yangon
Adani Yangon International Terminal has received an approval from Myanmar to develop a new container terminal in Ahlon, Yangon.
The company was granted the green light on April 26 to develop, operate and maintain the Ahlon International Port Terminal (2) under a 50-year build, operate and transfer deal with the government, according to Myanmar s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
AIPT (2) would be developed across 50 acres of land owned by Myanmar Economic Corporation, the operator of AIPT (1), local media cited DICA.
The construction of the new terminal is expected to start in September 2019 under a USD 290 million deal. The terminal would be built in two phases, with a goal of handling up to 150,000 TEU following the completion of the first phase, and a maximum of 800,000 TEU once the second phase is finalized. The phases are expected to be completed in 12 and 6 months, respectively, following the launch of construction works.
The approval comes ahead of the expected increase in trade volumes in the region in the coming years.
Filipino Crewman Medevaced From Bulker off South Africa
The South African National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) medically evacuated a sailor from a bulk carrier in Table Bay, off Cape Town, on May 4.
NSRI Table Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following a request for medical assistance from the bulker.
The Filipino crewman was transferred to hospital after suffering a dislocated shoulder in what NSRI described as relatively rough sea conditions.
The agency deployed two sea rescue craft with rescue paramedics to rendezvous with the ship at Anchorage 2 in the Table Bay.
The 45 year old sailor was secured into a hoisting harness and transferred onto one of the sea rescue craft. NSRI further said the patient was brought to its sea rescue station before being transported to hospital for further care.
Keel Laid for Royal Caribbean s Odyssey of the Seas
Odyssey of the Seas, Royal Caribbean s second Ultra Class cruise ship, received its first block as the keel was officially lowered into place on May 3, 2019.
Held at Neptun Werft shipyard, the keel laying ceremony signifies the beginning of the ship s physical construction.
During the ceremony, a 79-ton block was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel, which then stays in place until the end of the construction.
The first steel parts for the Odyssey of the Seas were cut to size already back in February 2019.
Scheduled to be delivered by Meyer Werft in Papenburg in autumn 2020, Odyssey of the Seas will be one of the five largest cruise ships in the world with a gross tonnage of about 169,000 tons, according to the shipbuilder.
The construction of the next cruise ship for Royal Caribbean starts only a few weeks after Spectrum of the Seas was delivered by the shipbuilder.
The cruise company took delivery of the similar sister ships Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.
PIL and FESCO ships collided, but where and when?
Video appeared in social nets showing collision between FESCO and PIL container ships, FESCO VOYAGER and HAPPY LUCKY, with comments in Russian. According to comments, the ships collided in Vietnamese port, date unknown. A woman commenting the clip didn t add any more details.
Holland America cruise ships contact in Vancouver, slight damages
Cruise ship OOSTERDAM contacted berthed cruise ship NIEUW AMSTERDAM while berthing, at 0650 LT May 4, at Canada Place in Vancouver harbor, Canada. Both ships were slightly damaged. OOSTERDAM seemingly, sustained a long scratch on starboard stern, and six stern stateroom verandas of NIEUW AMSTERDAM were damaged. Both ships remained seaworthy, and stick to their schedules.
Safaga port receives first special purpose ship,143.4 m long
Safaga port received on Thursday the ship SAPURA 1200, the first received special purpose ship, 143.4 meters long and 35 meters wide, coming from the UAE to ship 500 tons of Gapco Company oil equipment and pipelines. Mecca Company carries out the freight forwarding.
Frustration Of A One-Track Planning Environment
Anyone following the news in the UK over the past few months could be forgiven for presuming Brexit was the only thing happening in the entire country.
In some respects, they might almost be right. For ports, there has been the well-documented struggle to prepare for the unknown.
Milestone Reached In Construction Of New Vehicle Export Terminal
A significant milestone has been reached in the construction of a new £15 million multi-deck vehicle export terminal at the Port of Southampton as the first phase is handed over.
At this crucial stage of the construction, parts of deck one and two have been handed over to ABP releasing nearly 1,000 spaces for automotive import and export.
Customs, Clearing Agents Bicker Over Strike Force At Seaports
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Customs agents, have disagreed over the role of the Comptroller General Strike Force unit recently deployed to the seaports by the management of the service. YUSUF BABALOLA writesThere has been some resistance from clearing agents operating at the nationís port over a new directive by the Nigeria Customs Service, for the establishment of Comptroller General Strike Force unit at the seaports.