1. Container ship disabled, towed to safety, resumed voyage after repairs
Container ship WILHELMINE suffered engine failure on Nov 30 in Balearic sea, Mediterranean, while en route from Alheciras to Marseille, off Sant Feliu, Spain. She was taken on tow by Salvamento Maritimo SAR ship PUNTA MAYOR (IMO 8305066), and towed to nearest port Palamos on Dec 2. After repairs, container ship left Palamos on Dec 5, and resumed her voyage to Marceille. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/05/container-ship-disabled-towed-to-safety-resumed-voyage-after-repairs/
2. 8 stowaways on board of German freighter, Ireland
8 stowaways were found on board of a cargo ship berthed at Belview port, Waterford, southeast Ireland, on Dec 4 on arrival from Saint Nazaire, France. 3 of them tried to flee but were seized by Garda Immigration Bureau. All 8 are young healthy males said to be Albanians, illegal migrants whose destination is believed to be UK. They “hadn’t eaten for several days and were very cold”, poor darlings. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/05/8-stowaways-on-board-of-german-freighter-ireland/
3. Meyer Turku Hands Over Costa Smeralda
Finish shipbuilder Meyer Turku delivered today LNG-fuelled Costa Smeralda to its Italian owner Costa Cruises and is scheduled to sail towards Barcelona tomorrow afternoon.
The Costa Smeralda is the second cruise ship in the world, after AIDAnova, to use this fuel, both in port and at sea. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/287491/meyer-turku-hands-over-costa-smeralda/
4. Bahri Chemicals Joins Maersk Tankers, Cargill as Pool Partner
Bahri Chemicals has joined Maersk Tankers and Cargill’s joint medium range (MR) pool launched in September this year. With the addition of the four vessels, the MR pool will increase to more than 65 vessels, bolstering the pool’s commercial presence in the Middle East. The ships in question are Bahri Rose, Bahri Tulip, Bahri Jasmine and Bahri Iris, which will deliver to the pool from January 2020 onwards. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/287486/bahri-chemicals-joins-maersk-tankers-cargill-as-pool-partner/
5. Norden Grows Its Commitment to Bioful
Danish shipping company Norden has partnered up with compatriot Kvasir Technologies, a spinout from the Technical University of Denmark, on a new biofuel project.
“At Norden, we want to drive the shipping industry towards a cleaner future. If we are to truly make a difference, testing fuel alternatives is the right starting point”, says Henrik Røjel, Fuel Efficiency and Decarbonisation Manager at Norden. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/287477/norden-grows-its-commitment-to-biofuel/
6. 25,000 TEU LNG-Fuelled Boxship Design Secures AIP
This year’s Marintec in China seems to be pushing the industry limits, with numerous breakthrough announcements and records being unveiled.
The latest one includes the potential construction of what would be the world’s largest containership, boasting 25,000 TEU. Namely, DNV GL said on Wednesday that it had awarded Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding an Approval in Principle for a 25,000 TEU LNG-fuelled containership. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/287463/25000-teu-lng-fuelled-boxship-design-secures-aip/
7. 14 Crew Rescued from Listing Cargo Ship in Greek Waters
The Hellenic Coast Guard carried out a dramatic rescue operation on Wednesday, December 4, evacuating fourteen crew members of the Liberian-flagged general cargo vessel New Leo.
The ship, loaded with steel, got into trouble while battling bad weather in the area between the Greek islands of Lesbos and Skyros in the Aegean Sea, the coast guard said. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/287446/video-14-crew-rescued-from-listing-cargo-ship-in-greek-waters/
8. Kitack Lim to Lead IMO for Another 4 Years
The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved the renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as Secretary-General of IMO.
He has been reelected for a second four-year period beginning January 1, 2020. Kitack Lim is the eighth elected Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) maritime agency. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/287455/kitack-lim-to-lead-imo-for-another-4-years/
9. Approval In Principle For LNG Dual-Fuelled VLCC Design
LR has granted Approval in Principle (AiP) to China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd. (CMES), CNOOC Gas and Power Group, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC), and Gaztransport and Technigaz SA (GTT) for an LNG-fuelled VLCC design that uses a prismatic GTT Mark III membrane LNG tank. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Approval+in+Principle+for+LNG+dual-fuelled+VLCC+design
10. Singapore’s PSA Buys 50 Per Cent Stake In Indian Logistics Hub For $93 Million From CMA CGM
Move to garner more revenue from land side logistics PSA India Intermodal Pte Ltd, a unit of Singapore-based port operator PSA International Pte Ltd, has acquired a 50 per cent stake for $93 million in an Indian logistics hub from French shipping group CMA CCGM S A. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Singapore’s+PSA+buys+50+per+cent+stake+in+Indian+logistics+hub+for+%2493+million+from+CMA+CGM