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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Iranian Warship Crashes at Caspian Port, Two Crew Missing

An Iranian warship crashed into concrete wave breakers at a port in the Caspian Sea and two of its crew members are missing, according to local media reports. The 100-meter long warship, called Damavand, crashed at the harbour town of Bandar Anzali during stormy seas which kicked up waves as high as four meters, Gilnegah, a website focused on news about the northern province of Gilan, reported. Six crew members from the warship were initially knocked into the water during the accident and four were recovered from the sea. Pictures posted on Gilnegah show the damaged warship listing to one side near wave breakers that protect the port. No official statement has been issued on the number of dead or injured from the accident.

Severe Gales to Hamper Russian Vessel Save

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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.

DP World to Invest $1bn in Expansion

Photo: DP World

DP World is planning to annually inject up to $1 billion in global investments until 2020, local media quoted company chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem as saying. The expansion at Prince Rupert in Canada opened for business. DP World Limassol in Cyprus opened a new cruise terminal. A series of acquisitions, technology tie-ups and sustainable business achievements all formed part of the activities that saw the global trade enabler expand its business horizons across the world.

Palumbo Buys Mondomarine

Photo: Mondomarine Shipyard

Italian yard Palumbo Group has acquired the former Mondomarine facility in Savona on an initial six-month lease, reports local media. "By leasing the business unit of the Savona shipyard, Palumbo Group will grant the restart of the shipyard's activities, along with the immediate reinstatement of nine employees." Palumbo Group explained in a statement. The deal saves 9 jobs from the Italian shipyard that went into liquidation towards the end of 2017, which put a total of 57 jobs at risk.

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)

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.

Samsung Heavy Bags USD 197 Mln LNG Carrier Order

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has bagged a KRW 210 billion (USD 195 million) deal, for construction of an liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. A report in Business Korea said that SHI will ink the contract with a foreign shipping company by the end of the year, Samsung Heavy Industries officials said. The name of the company, however, remained undisclosed. SHI reportedly said it is a “foreign company”. The ship will have capacity of transporting 180,000 cubic meters of LNG and she will be probably delivered in 2020, according to local media.

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)

Thailand Tourist Ferry Sinks, 7 Dead 100 Injured

Pattaya Bay: Photo Wiki CCL

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  

Cruise Ship Collides with Bridge in Germany

Swiss Crystal (File photo: Scylla)

River cruise ship Swiss Crystal struck a motorway bridge over the Rhine River in Germany, injuring at least 25 on board, according to local media. The 100-meter-long Swiss river cruiser was carrying 129 passengers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg when it struck a pillar of the bridge head on near Duisburg on Tuesday evening. The vessel’s bow suffered significant damage. Police said most of the injuries were minor, and the four people taken to the hospital were released on Wednesday. Passengers were able to continue their journey to the Netherlands on a second vessel.

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.

Pemex Confirms Explosion in Oil Platform at Gulf of Mexico

Photo: PetrĂłleos Mexicanos.

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.

Nan Tsing Suspends Operations

Image: Kwai Tsing Container Terminals

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.

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.

Vietnam Seizes Chinese Fuel Ship

Pic: Vietnam coastguard

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

MV Cape Ray: File picture

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…

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)

Barge Accident off Malaysia: 14 Lost

Image by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)

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.

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.

Daewoo May Sell Mangalia Shipyard to Damen

Last delivery of Crude Oil Tanker to Tsakos Energy Navigation. Photo: Daewoo-Mangalia Heavy Industries.

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.

Jakarta Terminal Begins One Week Strike Today

Photo:  Jakarta International Container Terminal

Trade unions in Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT) will be striking from 3 until 10 August over what they claim as "ruthless attacks to workers’ rights". According to local media, the Federation of Indonesia Ports Union (FPPI) and Jakarta International Container Terminal Union (SP JICT) jointly participate in the strike. The unions say that the focus is on to pension rights and performance bonuses. The unions are protesting for their unpaid 2016 yearly bonus and blaming the corporate allocation for the rental fee has forced the management to delay such bonus disbursement.

Oil Spilled After U.S. Train Derailment

File Image: A typical Crude Oil train in the United states makes its way south along inalnd waterways. CREDIT: Dagmar Etkin

Canadian National Railway Co said about 20,000 gallons of oil was released following a freight train derailment at Plainfield, the U.S. state of Illinois on Friday, according to a filing with state pollution regulators. The cause of the derailment was unknown, a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Local media reports estimated the spill to be 45,000 gallons. The incident occurred when 20 cars of a Canadian National Railway Co freight train, carrying crude for Exxon Mobil Corp to Louisiana…

Paris Kassidokosta-Latsis Rolls Out Ivy Shipping

Image: File Photo Marine Link

Greek shipping heir Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis along with with two leading global investors formed a joint venture vehicle, Ivy Shipping LLC, with the primary purpose to invest in Supramax and Panamax dry bulk carriers. As a first investment move, Ivy Shipping proceeded to purchase four Supramax built in Japan. According to Deal News, the vessels expected to be delivered by the end of summer and managed by Marla Shipmanagement Ltd, the interests of Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis.

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