North Sea Ferry Blaze: 7 Airlifted to Hospital
Six crew members and a passenger have been airlifted to hospital after a fire on board the DFDS ferry 'MS King Seaways', while en route from North Shields to Amsterdam, approximately 30 miles off Flamborough Head on the north east coast of England. The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency inform that the Humber Coastguard was contacted by the MS King Seaways, which had 946 passengers and 127 crew on board.
Damaged Bulker Faces St Lawrence Seaway Closure Deadline
The loaded grain carrying bulk ship 'Orsula', a 656-foot Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, has been refloated after running aground near Tibbetts Point in the St. Lawrence Seaway, on Boxing Day, but the US Coast Guard report significant damage to her propellor. The 'Orsula' sailed from Duluth, Minn., with 20,000 tons of wheat, and was planning to exit the St. Lawrence Seaway before it closes for the winter on Monday, 30, December 2013.
Laker Assisted to Repair Yard After Tow, Ice-breaking
The Great Lakes Towing Company and McKeil Marine recently performed a joint assist on the 'CSL Assinboine', a 739-foot laker in Canadian Steamship Company’s fleet. The Great Lakes Towing Company tug North Carolina departed Duluth and met McKeil Marine’s tug Leonard M with the CSL Assiniboine in tow. The North Carolina assisted the laker on the stern while the Leonard M towed the vessel on the bow.
Car Carrier on Sea Trials Collides with Tankship, Fire Ensues
The 55,000 gt car carrier 'Gravity Highway', which was under construction in Hyundai Mipo Shipyard, collided with chemical tanker 'Maritime Maisie' while on sea trials some 9 nautical miles off Busan, reports Yonhap News Agency. The impact caused a fire on the tanker, which was in danger of sinking, and some of the 27 crew members sustained light burns or abrasions, but none serious, officials informed Yonhap.
Qatar Shipyard, Nakilat, JV's Get US$160-million Funding
Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC has provided financing for the two Nakilat shipyard joint ventures: Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) and Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) for US $120m and US $40m respectively. Nakilat is a Qatari marine transport company providing the essential transportation link in the State of Qatar’s LNG supply chain. The company says its LNG shipping fleet is the largest in the world, comprising 56 LNG vessels.
Four Taken Off Troubled 'Issues with Hull' MSC Ship
The joint rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax says four people have been taken off a container ship about 60 kilometres south of Portugal Cove South, N.L. CTV News reports, citing Canadian Coast Guard spokesman Maj. Martel Thompson, who also informed that the container ship 'MSC Monterey' was having issues with its hull. Two Cormorant helicopters from Gander, N.L., are on the scene of the threatened container ship off eastern Newfoundland.
Latest on Ice-bound Antarctic Passenger Ship
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) vessel 'Aurora Australis' is continuing to make its way to the Russian vessel beset by ice approximately 1500 nautical miles south of Hobart, reports the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA). The Aurora Australis, which was tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) to assist the MV Akademic Shokalskiy, is currently located about 11 nautical miles from the Russian vessel in the ice field.