Oil Spill Blaze Kills Two off Borneo Island
Thick black smoke rose from a fire at sea near Indonesia's Balikpapan Bay on Saturday (March 31) which had claimed the lives of at least 2 fishermen, local media reported police as saying. Video footage uploaded to a social media website showed thick plumes of dark smoke rising from the fierce fire as people on fishing boats watch from a distance. Indonesia's state owned oil and gas company Pertamina, who have an oil refinery nearby, said in a statement that they had found no leaks at their refinery and that the incident had not halted their operations.
Accident Reported on Offshore Rig off Mexico
An accident on an offshore rig in the southern Gulf of Mexico has injured 10 people, local media reported on Tuesday, but state oil company Pemex had no immediate details on the incident, saying only that no platform had sunk. Local newspaper Campeche Hoy reported that 10 workers have been injured on a platform with 101 workers aboard. It said one of the supports of the platform had collapsed and that it had partially sunk. (Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Simon Gardner)
Petrobras Shares Jump on Plans to Sell Braskem Stake
Shares in Brazil's Petrobras rose 6 percent on Monday after local media reported that the state-run oil company plans to sell a stake in petrochemicals firm Braskem SA for around 2.8 billion reais ($903 million). The report in Broadcast, the real-time news service of newspaper Estado de S. Paulo, did not name any potential buyers or say at what stage the sales process was. Neither Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, or Braskem were immediately available for comment. ($1 = 3.10 Brazilian reais) (Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer)
Severe Gales to Hamper Russian Vessel Save
A Russian flagged vessel reportedly with 13 crew still aboard is listing 'significantly' outside of Portsmouth Harbor may have to await further rescue attempt, as the weather forecast is poor with severe gales and rough seas expected later today according to various local media reports. The ship MEKHANIK YARTSDEV as identified in locla images from the scene reportedly has power and is reported stable, at anchor in the Solent.
Thailand Tourist Ferry Sinks, 7 Dead 100 Injured
A tourist ferry has capsized in Thailand, near the beach resort city of Pattaya. 200 Thai and foreign tourists were on the (allegedly overloaded) double-decker ferry reports RT News. Marines from Thailand’s Sattahip Naval Base have been deployed to search for the ship and missing passengers. The number of missing people has not been officially confirmed, but RT cite local media as reporting that at least 20 are missing. Source: RT News
Pemex Confirms Explosion in Oil Platform at Gulf of Mexico
An oil platform run by Mexico’s state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the southern Gulf of Mexico suffered what appeared to be an explosion on Monday. Pemex confirmed that there had been an “accident” and a “fire” after a leak of oil and gas, while local media called it an “explosion”. The company claimed to have contained the oil and gas leak that appears to have sparked a fire on its satellite oil platform. However, it said any impact on output remained unclear. Local media said there was an explosion and a fire on the platform.
Vietnam to Go-ahead with $2.5 bln Port Project
Vietnam's government has agreed on a port project in the southern province of Ca Mau, costing some $2.5 billion according to media reports and which would be able to host some of the world's biggest ships. The Hon Khoai port would be built under a public-private partnership, the government said in a statement on Saturday, while local media, citing a provincial proposal, said 85 percent of the funding would be via loans from the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The remaining 15 percent of the cost will come from the private sector. State-run news website VnEconomy said the provincial authority had proposed local, unlisted Cong Ly Construction-Trading-Tourism Co as investor for the project.
Chilean Port Workers Strike Disrupts Container Movements
Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike and workers at other ports have said they would not unload San Antonio port operator Puerto Central ships. Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike with workers at other ports saying they will not unload Puerto Central ships. Members of the Maritime Port Workers’ Federation of Costanera Espigón (Fetraportces) began their latest indefinite walkout on Saturday after failing to reach an agreement with port managers over shift patterns. A statement from Fetraportces president Diego Silva in the local media says that the San Antonio port was not respecting agreements made previously, making distinctions between contracted and casual workers.
Nan Tsing Suspends Operations
Chinese domestic container carrier Nan Tsing Container Lines has ceased operations of its entire shipping fleet as it struggled with mounting debts, says local media. This leaves more than 40 containerships operated by the shipping lines have been detained at several major ports in China. It has more than 10,000 containers held at major ports in China in light of its suspension of operations. At Shanghai Yidong Container Terminal alone, 1,367 containers from Nan Tsing’s ships have been detained following an order by a Shanghai court on 2 September.
Polish Sailor Survives 7 Months Adrift
A Polish sailor told local media that he survived seven months adrift in a broken-down vessel in the Indian Ocean. The 54-year-old Zbigniew Reket said he and his cat survived on what fish he was able to catch and half a packet of soup per day before being rescued near the island of Reunion on Christmas Day. Reket said South Africa was his intended destination when he left the Comoros Islands off the coast of Mozambique in May. He told media he ran into trouble after the mast on his vessel – a modified cruise ship lifeboat – was broken, and strong winds pushed the vessel completely off course. He said he had no means of communication after in instruments on board were smashed in heavy surf. The malnourished sailor was eventually rescued by a yacht crew near the French island of Reunion.
Vietnam Seizes Chinese Fuel Ship
Vietnam's coast guard has seized a Chinese vessel for intruding into its territorial waters, say local media. The ship, carrying more than 100,000 litres of fuel, was stopped near the northern maritime border last week. Vietnamese media say the crew admitted they were supplying fuel to Chinese fishing boats in the area. The government-owned Vietnam News Agency said the seized vessel had been disguised as a fishing boat. The report comes amid accusations from Malaysia and Indonesia that Chinese fishing vessels…
Syrian Chemical Arsenal Due for Italian Port Ship-to-Ship Transfer
The transfer of some 500 tons of Syria's chemical agents to the US special purpose vessel 'MV Cape Ray' will take place in the port of Gioia Tauro, reports Xinhua, citing a hearing before the Italian parliamentary commissions of foreign affairs and defence. The Syrian chemical arsenal aboard the Danish cargo vessel will be directly transfered to the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray through 60 containers and special equipment, and citing Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Maurizio Lupi…
Daewoo May Sell Mangalia Shipyard to Damen
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) will sell the subsidiary of Mangalia Shipyard Romania to a Dutch builder Damen Shipyard Group, reported local media. Damen already owns in Romania a shipyard in Galati. Korea Economic Daily also said that Damen is in talks to purchase the local shipyard from South Korean group DSME. Quoting unnamed sources, the reports say that on June 20, DSME completed its final talk with the largest shipbuilder of the Netherlands, on the sale of Mangalia Shipyards.
Barge Accident off Malaysia: 14 Lost
The Bolivian-registered Ocean Line 208 vessel, which was carrying sand, was hit by a huge wave at 4.20am today early morning and 14 people are feared to have drowned. The barge carrying sand from Pengerang in Malaysia overturned after being hit by strong waves off Timur Tanjung Punggai, reports local media. Fourteen crew are still missing while one had been rescued. According to Tanjung Sedili Maritime Enforcement chief, Amran Daud, the vessel overturned and sank about 8.6 nautical miles off Timur Tanjung Punggai. The crew onboard includes 14 Chinese nationals and one local.
Cruise Ship Readiness Tested in San Diego
An exercise testing how security agencies would respond to a terrorist attack on a cruise ship was conducted in San Diego, Calif. on July 26. The San Diego exercise, dubbed Bay Shield, simulated an attack on a cruise ship in San Diego bay by terrorists aboard a bomb-laden suicide boat. More than 30 local, regional and federal agencies participated in the day-long drill to test how they would respond to an actual terrorist attack. In the exercise, participants sat for eight hours around rows of tables inside a hangar at the Coast Guard station, playing out their respective roles in coping with the aftermath of the “attack.” The drill was covered by local media outlets. (Source: Cruise Ship Report)
4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Capital of Venezuela
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake shook the capital on Saturday and the Caribbean coast of Venezuela, without preliminary damage or casualties were reported. The epicenter was 25 kilometers northeast of the town of El Limon in the state of Aragua, and 67 miles west of Caracas, said the United States Geological Survey (USGS for its acronym in English). "So far we have not seen any injury to persons or wounded this product trembling," said the governor of Aragua, Tarek El Aissami, by a local television station. Local media said that so far had no reported damage. The quake was also felt in the state of Carabobo, Aragua neighbor and Civil Protection reported no affectations.
China Plans First Lab on Ocean Oil Spill Cleaning
China's Ministry of Transport is planning to establish a laboratory specialising in treating oil spills at sea, the first of its kind in the country, local media Science and Technology Daily reported on Sunday. China is spending some 200 million yuan a year on researches for emergency treatment of oil spills but the technological expertise has not been widely applied because of lack of such a lab, the report said. The laboratory is planned in northern port city of Tianjin, off the Bohai Bay, with an initial investment 400 million yuan ($63 million).
Greek Shipyard Workers Protest over Unpaid Wages
Police clash with workers from shipyard outside defense ministry building in Athens. Protesting shipyard workers this morning pushed their way into the grounds of Greece's Defense Ministry in Athens. According to a report posted in the Wall Street Journal online, riot police pushed back an angry mob estimated to be in excess of 100. Workers say they have not been paid in months. Paralyzed by a severe financial crisis since 2009, government austerity measures have led to numerous strikes and demonstrations. Local media reported arrests and injuries among the protesters. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444223104578035883422619410.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
MISC may Sell AET Tanker Holdings
MISC Bhd is selling AET Tanker Holdings Sdn Bhd, which owns a fleet of 74 crude oil and product tankers, to US-listed Teekay Tankers Ltd, reports local media. AET is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia's MISC Bhd. and a major global shipowner and operator with a fleet of around 80 tankers including 13 VLCCs, 48 Aframaxes and four Suezmaxes. MISC is a subsidiary of Malaysian energy conglomerate Petronas. “MISC is not in a position to comment on Teekay’s business plans,” the…
AIDA Prima on Fire - Third Time!
AIDA Prima, a new ship for Carnival Corp.'s AIDA Cruises brand, was damaged by a fire early Sunday at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s shipyard in Nagasaki, the Japan Times reports. The fire reportedly was quickly extinguished by workers, with no injuries. Citing police and firefighters, local media said a worker found cardboard and insulation materials burning. The fire, which is the third to strike at the shipyard in January, is reportedly being investigated as an arson. It follows an electrical fire near a theater space on January 11…
Cyprus Launches Maritime Academy
The University of Nicosia announced the operation of the Cyprus Maritime Academy at the Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Centre for Nautical Education, where the academy’s facilities are housed. According to local media reports, Cyprus Maritime Academy will receive its first students in September 2016 and offer four-year degree programs which will cover the three main sectors of the nautical industry: Nautical Science, Nautical Engineering, and Nautical Electric Engineering. The Academy will take in 35-40 students in its first year.
Cruise Ship Hits St. Lawrence Seaway Lock Wall
A cruise ship struck a lock wall in the Saint Lawrence Seaway upstate New York Thursday night, injuring several passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. There were 274 people, including passengers and crew, aboard the 286-foot vessel Saint Laurent when the ship allided with a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, New York. Saint Laurent, owned by International Shipping Partners, remains in the drained lock while response crews remove injured passengers, the Coast Guard said. Local media reports indicate that at least 17 people suffered minor injuries. The ship will remain in the lock with both doors closed until it can be moved to different location. A search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received notification of the allision at 9:45 p.m. Thursday.
GAIL Tenders for LNG Cargoes
GAIL (India) Limited has launched two tenders for up to 17 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery in western India reports Reuters quoting trade sources. The company is seeking five cargoes for deliveries in October to December at its 5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) LNG terminal at Dabhol in Maharashtra, the source said. In a second tender GAIL is seeking delivery of one LNG cargo a month in 2016 at either Dabhol or Dahej LNG terminal in Gujarat state, the sources said. Petronet LNG operates the 10 mtpa Dahej plant.