Workers From a BP Gulf of Mexico Platform Test Positive for COVID-19
Several workers on a BP Plc oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico have tested positive for coronavirus, the company said on Wednesday, a day after a worker at BP's operations in Alaska also tested positive.The cases are the first recorded among oil workers in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, and follow a positive test at an Equinor offshore project in the North Sea.A case of the coronavirus was also reported at BP's Whiting, Indiana refinery, according to local media reports.More than 850…
OOCL Loses Containers off Dutch Coast
The Dutch registered container ship OOCL Rauma lost at least five containers on Tuesday afternoon, 25 miles north of Ameland off the coast of the Netherlands, said Netherlands Coastguard.1,425 TEU vessel was sailing from the Port of Kotka in Finland to the Port of Rotterdam.According to local media reports, the container ship had some trouble sailing due to the heavy weather conditions, which led to some containers falling into the sea.The authorities said that five containers — containing paper and cardboard…
Shell: Spill Contained at Puget Sound Refinery Dock
An oil spill was contained at the Shell Puget Sound, Washington refinery's dock on Fidalgo Bay late on Friday, the company said in a statement on Saturday.The source of the crude spill was identified as a pressure relief valve on a barge and the source was secured, the company said, adding the spill volume was yet to be determined.About 20 gallons of oil was spilled when crews were transferring nearly five million gallons of oil from the barge to the refinery, local media reports said.Reporting by Sumita Layek
Pirates Attack OSV in the Gulf of Mexico
Pirates attacked an Italy-flagged offshore supply vessel in the southern Gulf of Mexico, injuring two crew members, the Mexican Navy said on Tuesday, in the latest outbreak of robbery and piracy to hit oil platforms and infrastructure in the area.One of the crew members of the vessel, Remas, received a bullet wound, and the other suffered a concussion, and both were transferred to a nearby hospital, the Navy said in a statement.Owned by Italian offshore contractor Micoperi, Remas…
Scottish Govt Takes Over Ferguson Shipyard
Ferguson Marine Shipyard in Port Glasgow, Scotland, is now set to enter public ownership.The Scottish Government has announced that it has reached an agreement with administrators to take the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow into public control.According to government sources, the agreement means two ferries currently under construction at the yard for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) will be completed.A program board has been set up by Scotland's economy secretary…
Shareholders OK HHI Split-up Plan
Shareholders of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have approved the South Korean shipbuilder's split-up plan amid fierce opposition from its labor union.According to local media reports, Hyundai Heavy Industries, , South Korea's largest shipbuilder, is now divided into mid-holding companies and subsidiaries engaged in shipbuilding, special ship, offshore plant, engine and machinery business.HHI changed its name and mission to the Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.
Estonia Blocks $1.9B Offshore Wind Project
The Estonian government has refused to start the permitting process for the building of a $1.9 billion, 600-MW offshore wind farm off the west coast of the island of Saaremaa, citing national security concerns.The Estonian developer Saare Wind Energy OU had been drawing up plans for four years and had applied for a 50-year building permit for 100 six-megawatt turbines off the island of Saaremaa, said a report in Bloomberg.The wind farm was to consist of 100 turbines of 6 MW each 10 to 27 kilometers off the western coast of the island.
Chinese Eye Philippines Hanjin Shipyard
Two Chinese shipbuilding companies have expressed intent to invest in the largest Philippine shipyard, debt-riddled Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines, the Department of Trade Industry (DTI) said.Drowning in debt, the Philippine business of the Hanjin Group of South Korea, has asked the government for help in search of an investor who would take over the business and save the troubled shipbuilder.Philippines Rodrigo Duterte administration has stepped in to help save the troubled investor in Subic.According to local media reports…
Husky Energy ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Oil Spill off Newfoundland
Canadian petroleum company Husky Energy submitted a preliminary report about the largest-ever oil spill in Newfoundland and Labrador and said it is “deeply sorry” for the incident.According to local media reports, the oil and gas company admitted that on November 16, there were two separate oil spills at the Sea Rose FPSO.“The initial release occurred during the approximately 20 minutes offshore teams were troubleshooting a drop in flowline pressure,” Husky said on its website.The spill happened when a flowline connector failed…
Trinidad Signs Pact with BP, Shell
The government of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has entered into an agreement with energy giantsShell and BP over gas pricing and LNG activities.According to local media reports, the agreement involves new pricing arrangements, the extension of the Atlantic LNG Train 1 by a further five years, and the ability of the National Gas Company (NGC) to export liquified natural gas (LNG) on behalf of T&T.The government sources quoted minister in the Office of the Prime…
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
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.
Fuel Tanker Sinks off Piraeus
Product tanker Agia Zoni II reported water ingress, sinking, in the early hours of Sunday in Saronikos Gulf, south of Athens at anchorage west of Piraeus, with some 2500 tons of fuel on board, and two crew. The local media reports that Aghia Zoni II took on water while it was anchored and sank at 2.45 a.m., after sailing from the Aspropyrgos distilleries in the early hours of Saturday carrying 2,200 metric tons of fuel oil and 370 metric tons of marine gas oil. It is not yet known what caused the sinking.
Oil Spilled After U.S. Train Derailment
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…
Indonesia-Philippines RoRo Service Up
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday launched a ferry route that will connect the two countries. The Davao-General Santos-Bitung roll on/roll off shipping service from Mindanao to North Sulawesi, Indonesia at the Sasa port in Davao City is launched in a bid to further boost trade in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. According to local media reports, the vessel sailed off for the Davao-GenSan-Bitung sea route with initial 50 containers, five of which are flour cargoes produced by Pilmico Foods Corp. This new route will shorten shipping lead time from five weeks to two and a half days, Jakarta Globe reported Jokowi as saying.
Hanjin, MSC Vessels Collide off Singapore
The container ship Hanjin New York dragged anchor and collided with container carrier MSC Claudia off Singapore, say local media reports. The incident that occurred at around 6pm last Friday caused 11 empty containers to fall overboard, according to the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore(MPA). The Hanjin ship “dragged anchor" and contacted the bow of MSC Claudia, the MPA said in a statement in response to queries. "The Hanjin New York dragged anchor and contacted the bow of a Liberia-registered container ship, MSC Claudia.
SOS from Hanjin Shipping
The creditors' extended help is crucial for survival of Hanjin Shipping Co as its negotiations with owners of chartered ships over a cut in leasing rates and to postpone debt repayments to foreign creditors made significant progress, says the cash-strapped firm. Creditors of Hanjin Shipping, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank, have threatened to put the shipper under receivership, saying its fresh self-rescue plan is far shy of demands. Local banks' credit exposure to Hanjin is estimated at 1.02 trillion won (US$915 million)…
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.
HMM in Talks to Join 2M Alliance
Maersk and MSC have initiated meetings with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to discuss the South Korean carrier joining the 2M alliance, says local media reports. According to Korea Herald, Korea’s second-largest shipping company is considering joining the 2M Alliance, a vessel-sharing agreement between Denmark’s Maersk Line and Switzerland’s Mediterranean Shipping Company - the world’s first and second largest container carriers. Amid growing speculation that HMM is set to join the alliance, a HMM official confirmed that discussions are ongoing with the alliance parties on June 23.
Seoul's Effort to Calm Shipping Sector Storm
South Korea will pump $9.5bn (11 trillion won) into state-run policy lenders reeling from huge losses on loans made to the beleaguered shipbuilding and shipping sectors to help them deal with further corporate distress, says FT. South Korea's fund will support two state-run banks most exposed to shipping and shipbuilding firms currently being restructured. The China slowdown is partly to blame. The two state-run banks to be capitalised are Korea Development Bank (KDB) and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM).
Zhonggu Shipping to Add Boxships
Shanghai's Zhonggu Shipping may buy 3,398-TEU Stadt Aachen, that was up for sale for US$7.1 million, say local media reports. Zhonggu Shipping earlier stated that it plans to acquire a handful of vessels this year, all of which will start operations between June and August. The Chinese company announced in the middle of March that it has acquired two containerships from Singapore and Germany. Additionally, last month the company signed a shipbuilding contract with CSSC-affiliated Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard for the construction of a 2,500-TEU ship.
Hanjin Shipping May Get OK for Restructuring
South Korea’s largest container operator by capacity Hanjin Shipping's creditors are expected to approve a corporate rehabilitation program for the struggling container line, local media reports suggest. Creditor banks of cash-strapped Hanjin are likely to give the ailing container carrier a chance to avoid bankruptcy by approving a corporate rehabilitation program, reports Korea Herald. Seven lenders, led by state-run Korea Development Bank, are expected to allow the country’s No.
Three Saved from Sinking Tug near Boston
The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone east of Deer Island following the sinking of a 55-foot tug boat, Emily Anne, Tuesday morning. Forced to abandon their sinking vessel, three men were rescued from the water by a nearby pilot boat and brought back to Boston, local media reports. The safety zone encompasses part of the North Channel and prohibits transit of deep draft vessels. The South Channel remains open and may be used by vessels that may safely navigate it. Weather conditions forced the cancellation of plans to locate the vessel. Attempts to locate the vessel will resume Wednesday morning.