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Mega container ship destroyed Suez Canal road with passing car
Mega container ship OOCL JAPAN reportedly suffered steering failure at around 1200 UTC Jun 6 in Suez Canal near kilometer 18 mark, veered off fairway and struck the embankment, while transiting Canal in northern direction. Several dozen meters of the road collapsed, together with passing car see photos. OOCL JAPAN was stuck in the embankment, but quickly recovered by tugs, and resumed transit. Northbound caravan had to slow down to near stop, resumed moving at normal speed in about half an hour. OOCL JAPAN reportedly sustained minor damages if any, and continued her voyage, she s en route from Singapore to Felixstowe UK. Thankfully, nobody was injured.
LR Awards AiP for LNG-Fuelled Newcastlemax Bulker Design
Lloyd s Register has granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) for an LNG dual-fuelled Newcastlemax bulker design. The parties have agreed to jointly develop the 210,000 dwt bulk carrier design. SWS produced the design and updated it to incorporate LNG propulsion, based on their existing conventional 210,000 dwt bulk carrier.
Koch Shipping Hires Diana s Capesize Bulker
Athens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore s Koch Shipping for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels. Under the contract, the company s m/v Baltimore would be hired for a period of twelve to fourteen months. The 177,243 dwt Capesize, which commenced the charter on June 6, is to work at a gross charter rate of USD 18,050 per day.
Two Injured Sailors Evacuated from Bulker off East London
Two seafarers, injured during rough sea conditions, were evacuated from the bulk carrier KS Flora on June 6 off the coast of East London. The 41-year-old male Filipino and the 27-year-old male from Manila needed urgent evacuation after suffering a fractured left leg, suspected to be a fractured Tibila and Fibula, and a left ankle injury, respectively.
India ready to cast off on cruise tourism
India is exploring cruise tourism potential along its long coast.
Rashmi Verma, Tourism Secretary, said: "A committee has been set up with the Shipping Secretary and I as co-chairs to promote cruise tourism. We have recently received a report from an international consultant, who is also a member of the committee. We are in the process of the finalising it."
She said some of the recommendations are related to berthing space for the cruiseliners, infrastructure at the ports, and tax concessions to cruiseliners. According to the cruise industry outlook for 2018, 27.2 million tourists are expected to set sail, 1.4 million more than last year. Currently, port trusts in three cities - Mumbai, Chennai and Kochi - have been allotted funds to develop berthing facilities for cruiseliners. "The reason for selecting these three cites is that there is some infrastructure there already. We are starting with these ports and will explore more ports in the days to come," she said.
"A large number of Indians are now looking for cruise experiences. But currently they have to fly to Singapore or Dubai to get on a cruise," Verma said. India, which has a huge coastline, suffers from lack of facilities, an industry expert said.
"Once ports in India get the facilities similar to those at airports, cruise tourism will surely take off. Apart from that, security of ships and that of passengers is an issue that needs attention," said Romil Pant, Senior Vice-President, Thomas Cook. Once this segment gets moving, it is expected to see a growth of 50 per cent year-on-year, he added.
Disabled tanker brought to anchor, North sea
Product tanker NORDIN NELLY suffered nechanical failure in the evening Jun 5 shortly after leaving Teesport, UK, North sea. Tanker was brought to anchor off Tees, as of 1130 UTC Jun 6 tanker was still anchored in the same position. Tanker is en route from Teesport to Rotterdam.
Panamax container ship aground Update refloated
Container ship ZIM NEW YORK ran aground at around 0600 UTC Jun 6 in Vung Tau - Thi Vai Channel veering off fairway in buoys 11 and 12 area, while en route to Cai Mep International Container Terminal, Saigon Newport, Vietnam. Traffic wasn t affected, no visible damages reported, the ship ran aground at low water. The ship was refloated early in the morning local time Jun 7 with coming tide, and brought to anchor at outer anchorage Vung Tau. As of 0200 UTC Jun 7, ZIM NEW YORK was in the same position at anchor. The ship is deployed in ZMP service, she arrived from Port Klang, Malaysia. Photo Vung Tau Port Authority.
Tanker contacted bottom, Kerch Strait
Product tanker VOLGONEFT 214 with 4488 tons of diesel oil on board contacted bottom while transiting Kerch Strait in southern direction near first and second pairs of buoys, at 2140 Moscow time Jun 5. No leak was reported, but tanker was ordered to anchor at Kerch anchorage for inspection.
ABB Wins Marine Software Deal for Nine Heavy Lift Ships
ABB has secured a series of contracts for nine heavy lift vessels transporting modules for the Tengiz oil field expansion by Tengizchevroil (TCO). The contract includes new orders of ABB Ability Marine Advisory System - OCTOPUS marine software.
As explained, OCTOPUS will help enhance the safety and efficiency of the heavy-lift vessels carrying out the transportation work by indicating the optimal route based on weather and forecasted vessel motions.
UN WFP Supply Ship Attacked off Hodeidah
A supply vessel operating as part of the UN s World Food Programme (WFP) has been attacked in the Southern Red Sea, Dryad Maritime informed. The vessel, identified as VOS Theia, was attacked by a skiff with six persons on board off Hodeidah, Yemen, on June 4, 2018. At the time of the attack, the 2011-built vessel was waiting for permission to depart from an anchorage off Hodeidah having called at the port the day before.
YM Efficiency Docks at Sydney Terminal after Losing 83 Boxes
The containership YM Efficiency, which lost over 80 containers in inclement weather conditions off Australia, docked at a terminal in Sydney on June 6. The vessel berthed alongside the DP World terminal in Sydney around 9 am local time for regular operations, according to the ship s operator, Taiwan-based Yang Ming. The company said that further assessment and repair for the damaged containers, as well as necessary inspections, would be conducted at the site.
Singapore launches maritime tech start-up platform
Singapore launches maritime tech start-up platform Seatrade Maritime NewsSingapore launches PIER71 to grow a vibrant maritime entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem OpenGov AsiaMPA and NUS Enterprise launches maritime accelerator programme Splash 247Full coverage
South Korea lends PH P8.8B for new Cebu port
The soon-to-rise P10.1-billion new international container port in Cebu has secured financing from South Korea on the sidelines of President Duterte s state visit, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Tuesday.
In a statement, the DOF said that the Philippine and South Korean governments signed last Monday the $172.6-million, or about P8.8 billion, loan agreement for the upcoming Cebu International Container Port.
Growing A Vibrant Maritime Entrepreneurial And Innovation Ecosystem Through PIER71
PIER71 - Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined @ Block71 - was officially launched by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health. The Smart Port Challenge (SPC) 2018 was held in conjunction with the launch of PIER71. Both the launch of PIER71 and SPC were organised as part of Innovfest unbound 2018 . In the spirit of encouraging innovation, four MOUs were also signed at the event, to provide start-ups with more support in their innovation journey.
Sri Lanka Port Authority profits up after China takeover of Hambantota port
Profits at Sri Lanka s ports authority surged to 13.2 billion rupees in 2017, up from 1 billion rupees a year earlier, helped by lower forex losses as the rupee steadied and finance costs fells after the Hambantota Port was leased to China, finance ministry data shows.
SLPA was hit by a forex loss of 20 billion rupees in 2015 as the rupee collapsed and 10.02 billion rupees in 2016. But it 2017 the forex loss was only 2.2 billion rupees as the rupee depreciated less and a loan from China was taken off the books after Hambantota port was sold to China.