InterManager Daily News 16.09.2019.

1. Crude oil tanker fire at Sture Oil Terminal, Norway
Fire was reported to erupt in engine room of Aframax crude oil tanker DUBAI HARMONY at around 0900 UTC Sep 13, at Sture oil terminal, Southern Norway. Terminal personnel was evacuated, tugs approached berthed tanker to contain possible oil leak. Fire was extinguished by 1110 UTC, according to fire department statement. Extent of tanker damages unknown. Terminal didn’t suffer any damages, no injures reported. Tanker seems to be in ballast, yet or already, depending on whether she was loading or offloading oil.

2. Master of container ship medevac, Spain
Spanish Maritime Salvage reported on Twitter (SALVAMENTO MARÍTIMO @salvamentogob) medevac of a Master of container ship SAG GOOD TIMING on Sep 12, at Valencia Anchorage. Master fell ill and was in need of hospitalization, he was airlifted by helicopter and transferred to hospital. SAG GOOD TIMING arrived at Valencia Anchorage early Sep 12 from Algeria. As of 0500 UTC Sep 13, the ship remained in the same position.

3. Ferry PINAR DEL RIO total loss?
Hapless ferry PINAR DEL RIO is said by local sources to be most probably, a total loss, after she was battered by recent storm and visibly sank lower. Locals said stern and starboard hull are severely damaged. Owner nevertheless, insists on ferry condition as stable.
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4. Protesters Face Felony Charges Over Houston Ship Channel Disruption
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Texas authorities on Friday charged climate change protesters who shut down the largest U.S. energy-export port for a day by dangling on ropes from a bridge in Houston. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office charged 31 people, including Greenpeace protesters and others who supported them, under a state law that makes it a felony to disrupt energy pipelines and ports. The group shut a portion of the Houston Ship Channel all of Thursday.

5. Carr: Dive! Dive! Dive!
By Michael Carr – “Come more to the left, now straighten out,” Steve directed. “On this wreck, the current comes in from the east, so you need to compensate for that extra drift before you drop the divers.” I was driving the twin-screw dive boat south, stemming the Gulf Stream’s western edge, alternating my glance between the chart plotter, sonar, compass, and vessel traffic. On our stern platform & rear deck stood a dozen SCUBA divers, regulators in their mouths, ready to drop off into the deep blue water. With a 2-knot north-flowing current we had to drop our divers south of the wreck, which lay on the sandy bottom at 130 ft.

6. Offshore Drillers Trying to Win Back Investors
By Mikael Holter – (Bloomberg) –Offshore drilling executives are trying to win back investors who have fled their stocks over the past year, insisting that a protracted recovery is gaining momentum. After suffering their worst downturn ever following the collapse of oil prices in 2014, rig companies started regaining hope as crude recovered three years later, bolstering the coffers of the oil companies that pay for their services. But the improvement to the offshore drilling market has been much slower than anticipated, weighing on an industry with too many rigs and too much debt.

7. NY Maritime College Grieves Over Loss Of A Loved Shipmate
The New York Maritime College community is grieving over the loss of Captain Philip Thomas and his three children who were all lost at sea when the storm surge from Hurricane Dorian ripped through Grand Bahama Island a week and a half ago. “Our community shares a profound sense of sorrow in the death of Captain Philip Thomas ‘08″ said Rear Admiral Mike Alfultis, president of the college. “His friendly and approachable nature impacted all who knew him.”

8. Gibraltar Boosts Port Preparations in Case of No Deal Brexit
By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Gibraltar has extended port facilities to be able to handle more ships carrying goods as part of contingency plans if Britain leaves the European Union without an agreement, the British territory’s maritime minister said on Friday. With a population of just over 30,000 people and a land area of nearly 7 square kilometres, Gibraltar voted overwhelming to remain in the EU in Britain’s 2016 referendum.

9. d’Amico Widens Loss, Maintains ‘Very Positive’ Outlook
Italian tanker shipping company d’Amico International Shipping (DIS) has widened its net loss in the second quarter of 2019, noting that both the product and crude tanker markets suffered from prolonged refinery maintenances during the period.

10. ReCAAP: Asian Piracy Incidents Down in August
A total of eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in August 2019. Of the total, two were piracy incidents and six were incidents of armed robbery against ships, according to the regional piracy watchdog ReCAAP. Compared to August 2018 when a total of nine incidents were reported, the latest numbers show an 11% decrease in the number of incidents for August 2019.


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