InterManager Daily News 26.11.2019

1.     One more cocaine bust on bulk carrier in Mexico, no news on crew

6sacks containing in total, 134 packages with cocaine, were found hidden in cargo of ore on board of bulk carrier DELPHI RANGER at Altamira, Mexico, soon after ship’s arrival on Nov 21. The ship arrived from Barranquilla, Colombia. No news yet on crew. It’s not about cocaine trafficking, it’s about safety of crews and bulk carriers, carrying ore to Mexico ports. This is the third known case of drugs found in ore, two previous took place also in Altamira, in August and September this year, at least one led to unlawful crew treatment.


2.     French cruise ship hit rocks, breached, taking on water, Andaman sea Thailand

Cruise ship LA BELLE DES OCEANS ran onto rocks south of famous Phi-Phi islands, Thailand, Andaman sea, sometime between 0200 and 0300 Bangkok time (UTC +7) Nov 25, with 90 passengers and 60 crew on board. Underwater hull in bow section was breached, with ensuing water ingress. The ship understood to manage to refloat by own means, and reached Phuket island under own power, closely monitored by Thai Navy. She was berthed at 1030 Bangkok time Nov 25, all on board safe.


3.     Passenger and cargo ships collided, both seriously damaged

Ro-ro passenger and ro-ro cargo ships collided at port in East China sea in the morning Nov 23, understood cargo ship was berthed at the time of collision. Both ships were seriously damaged.


4.     Container ship sank in Java sea, crew rescued

Container ship MITRA SEJAHTERA IX sank in the morning Nov 23 SW of Makassar in vicinity 05 56S 118 34E, Sulawesi, Indonesia, while en route from Surabaya to Kendari, southeast Sulawesi, with 147 containers on board. The ship reported on Channel 16 water ingress, developing list, at around 0700 WIT (UTC +7), shortly after report she capsized and sank. 15 crew were rescued by nearby ships, a lot of containers are floating around.


5.     Horror in Romanian port, 14600 sheep on capsized livestock carrier

Livestock carrier QUEEN HIND with 14600 sheep on board developed list, capsized and sank in Midia Port, Romania, on Nov 24, starboard resting on bottom, half of the hull remaining above water. 22 all Syrian crew rescued. Such a slaughter of animals is a horrific tragedy. These awful livestock carriers in Mediterranean and Middle East, torture chambers for cattle they carry, are a floating nightmare, but nothing changes so far, notwithstanding recurrent

tragedies and protests against inhuman cruelty of such ships, crews and involved companies


6.     Abu Dhabi To Host HQ For European Safety Of Navigation Mission

A French naval base in Abu Dhabi will serve as the headquarters for a European-led mission to protect Gulf waters that will be operational soon, France’s defense minister said on Sunday. France is the main proponent of a plan to build a European-led maritime force to ensure safe shipping in the Strait of Hormuz after tanker attacks earlier this year that Washington blamed on Iran.


7.     Norwegian Cruise Line’s Newest Ship Christened in Miami

Cruise line Norwegian Cruise Line hosted a christening ceremony for its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in Miami on November 21.

The newbuild was christened by Grammy Award-winning artist, Kelly Clarkson, with the champagne bottle break across the ship’s hull. This milestone marks the closing of the company’s Breakaway Plus class of ships which first debuted in Miami with the introduction of Norwegian Escape in 2015.


8.     India Approves Sale of Shipping Corporation of India

India’s government has approved the sale of a majority stake in the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI). Specifically, the government would divest its shareholding of 63.75 percent in the Mumbai-based shipping company. The government will also transfer management control to a strategic buyer, according to the country’s Ministry of Finance.


9.     Seaspan to Form New Holding Company, Acquire APR

Hong Kong-based containership operator Seaspan Corporation has announced a reorganization to create a new holding company, Atlas Corp. which will become the new parent company of Seaspan. As explained, the proposed reorganization is intended to advance strategic capital allocation initiatives and provide operational transparency.


10.  RightShip Launches Compliance Assessment Ahead of IMO 2020

Maritime risk management organization RightShip has asked operators of vessels of over 8,000 dwt to confirm their compliant fuel choices and ship implementation plans in a new compliance assessment. As explained, the move comes in an effort to support improved industry management of risk and safety ahead of the implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap.


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