InterManager Daily News 25.03.2019

1. Cruise ship VIKING SKY in distress: one more ship in trouble, Mar 24 UPDATE
0400 UTC Mar 24: By 0215 UTC Mar 24 262 people out of 1373 on board (915 are passengers) were evacuated, 3 out of 4 ship’s engines are running, VIKING SKY is to shelter at Molde and as of 0400 UTC was moving at some 2.5 knots speed, or towed, with 3 tugs at her side. If the ship is to shelter at Molde, then they’re giving Molde a wide berth, probably because they choose safer approach route, reckoning with size of the ship, hampered maneuverability and strong wind. Weather is calming down. 15 people were injured while airlifted. According to latest officials statements, decision to airlift people was caused by fears the ship could probably ran aground or on rocks, with no or little chance of evacuation by lifeboats in severe storm conditions.
2. Cargo ship in distress while assisting VIKING SKY, crew to be evacuated Mar 24 UPDATE
General cargo ship HAGLAND CAPTAIN ran into trouble and is in need of assistance some 5 nm east of distressed VIKING SKY, Norway. The ship reportedly suffered mechanical failure or engine failure at around 1800 UTC Mar 23 and started to drift towards coast in severe storm. Helicopters reportedly sent to evacuate ship’s 9 crew. VIKING SKY meanwhile, is desperately trying to reach calm waters to shelter from raging storm, she’s slowly moving in western direction at some 3-4 knots speed.
3. U.S. Coast Guard Offloads Seized Cocaine Worth $360 Million Wholesale
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloaded approximately 27,000 pounds of cocaine Miami, Florida on Friday worth an estimated $360 million wholesale, the Coast Guard said. The drugs were seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America. The drugs are the result 12 separate vessel interdictions by the U.S. Coast Guard cutters Dependable (WMEC-626), Tampa (WMEC-902) and Venturous (WMEC-625).
4. Petrochemical Fire Halts Ship Traffic on Houston Ship Channel
By Gary McWilliams HOUSTON, March 22 (Reuters) – A petrochemical fire re-ignited Friday afternoon at a fuel storage facility outside Houston, adding to the danger from a containment wall breach earlier in the day that spilled chemicals and halted ship traffic in the nation’s busiest oil port. Smoke filled the sky over Mitsui & Co.’s Intercontinental Terminals facility in Deer Park, Texas, after fuels at the site ignited about 3:40 p.m. (2040 GMT). The fire and chemicals leak prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to halt vessel traffic from the ITC site near Tucker Bayou to Crystal Bay, near the mouth of the channel.
5. Hapag-Lloyd believes in better market in 2019
Hapag-Lloyd has more faith in the global economy than its competitor Maersk and expects solid growth in 2019, according to the annual report for 2018 in which the German liner company reports improved earnings.
6. Celsius expects several large gas ship investments this year
Celsius has moved quickly on the four large LNG ships that have now been ordered, but Chairman Jeppe Jensen does not expect the ordering to stop here. And Qatar’s announced order for 60 ships does not change the company’s plan to keep growing, he tells ShippingWatch.
7. Contact: Harbor Master and Pilot Unaware of Fender Issue
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its investigation into the contact with wharf by livestock carrier Angus Express at the port of Broome, Western Australia, saying it highlights the challenging situations that marine pilots may encounter, and why it is important that local knowledge is captured and shared.
8. Seafood Industry Stepping Up to Tackle Lost Fishing Nets
The world’s 25 leading seafood companies are making progress in stopping their lost fishing gear, according to a new report from World Animal Protection.  The 2019 report, Ghosts beneath the waves: 2nd edition, ranks 25 seafood companies in Tiers 1 (setting best practice) to 5 (not engaged) on their ability to address the problem of ghost gear. Ghost gear – lost or abandoned fishing equipment – is one of the biggest threats to marine animals. 640,000 tons of ghost gear is left in oceans each year – more than one ton every minute. These nets, lines and traps can take up to 600 years to decompose.
9. Prosafe restructures contract options with Aker BP
Offshore accommodation platform operator Prosafe has entered into an agreement with Aker BP to restructure the remaining seven one-month options for the 1984-built tender support vessel Safe Scandinavia at the Ula platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, to three one-week options. The vessel secured a seven-month contract with seven one-month options from Aker BP in August last year.
10. Maersk deploys EEE vessel from Rotterdam to Shanghai in world’s largest maritime biofuel pilot
A group of Dutch multinationals – FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever – all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), are joining forces with Maersk on a landmark biofuel-powered voyage from Europe to China. The pilot, using up to 20% sustainable second-generation biofuels on a large triple-E boxship, will sail 25,000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on biofuel blends alone, a world’s first at this scale, saving 1.5m kg of CO2 and 20,000 kg of sulphur.


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