An APL containership hit a berth in Kaohsiung Port when it was leaving the port this morning, leading to damages to the wharf and the ship. According to Kaohsiung Port, the 2,500 teu vessel "APL Jeddah" suddenly lost power when it was guided out of the port, and hit the No.58 wharf of the port. Currently Kaohsiung Port has suspended operations at the wharf, which is severely out of shape after the incident. No casualties were reported from the incident. The vessel suffered damages on its bow and has been towed away from the site for investigation.
Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) is committed to the state’s decision to ban all Qatari ships to dock in ports within the Suez Canal’s economic zone, chairman of SCA Mohab Mamish said. In a press statement, Mamish said that all Qatari vessels are banned from harboring at the Suez Canal’s economic zone for national security reasons. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5 and imposed punitive measures, accusing the gas-rich country of “supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.”
The Port of Vancouver in British Columbia, in what is believed to be a world first, is asking vessels to lower their speed to 11 knots when travelling through the Haro Strait in order to reduce noise levels for endangered killer whales in the area. Haro Strait, between Vancouver and Washington state’s San Juan Island, is an important habitat for the killer whales and their population is believed to be only 78 in the Salish Sea, an intricate system of waterways that includes the southwestern corner of BC and the northwestern corner of Washington. Ship engine noise can disrupt the whales’ ability to hunt, navigate and socialize.
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