1. Container ship caught in storm, at least 12 containers lost, Celtic sea
Container ship ELBCARRIER lost containers overboard in Celtic sea in the afternoon Dec 8, while en route from Rotterdam to Dublin Ireland, being caught in rough weather. 12 drifting containers were spotted at 2330 UTC in vicinity 51 40N 005 50W,. Number of lost containers unknown. The ship reached Dublin in the afternoon Dec 9. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/09/container-ship-caught-in-storm-at-least-12-containers-lost-celtic-sea/
2. Crane collapsed after being hit by APL container ship in Antwerp VIDEO
Container ship APL MEXICO CITY broke off her mooring at Doel, Antwerp, in the afternoon Dec 9, drifted across harbor and contacted DP World pier crane. Crane, thankfully unmanned at the time, collapsed and was totally destroyed. No injures reported, but all cargo operations in harbor were suspended. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/09/crane-collapsed-after-being-hit-by-apl-container-ship-in-antwerp/
3. Disabled freighter loaded with ammonium nitrate in English Channel
Dec 3: KARKLOE, IMO 9518995, dwt 5400, English Channel S of Falmouth, NUC since early Dec 3, from Brunsbuettel to Nouadhibou, Mauritania, ETA Dec 12.
Dec 5 Update: According to Lloyd, the ship suffered mechanical failure. Was taken on tow early Dec 5 by tug TSM KERMOR, under tow towards France, port of destination unknown. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/09/disabled-freighter-loaded-with-ammonium-nitrate-in-english-channel/
4. Freighter contacted bottom, breached, Norway
General cargo ship FEED RANA ran aground at around 2330 UTC Dec 8 in Rorvik area, central Norway, while en route from Kristiansund to Stokmarknes, Norway. According to track, the ship refloated by own means in just minutes after grounding, or probably, bottom contact, turned back and sailed to Rorvik. She was berthed at around 0000 UTC Dec 9, and as of 1100 UTC Dec 9, remained at port. Reportedly hull was breached, no other information available at the moment. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/09/freighter-contacted-bottom-breached-norway/
5. Cruise ship suffered engines failure, towed back to port
Cruise ship VENTURA was disabled and started to drift at around 2030 UTC Dec 7, shortly after leaving Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands, during her 12-day cruise which started at Southampton. The ship requested assistance, she was taken n tow at around 0120 UTC Dec 8 and towed back to Santa Cruz. She was berthed in the morning Dec 8, and as of 0300 UTC Dec 9, was still at Santa Cruz. According to Captain, the ship lost propulsion because of condensation in electronics. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/09/cruise-ship-suffered-engines-failure-towed-back-to-port/
6. Senior management appointments at The London P&I Club’s Hong Kong office
From 20 February 2020, Frank He will be appointed General Manager and Deborah Yu, Deputy General Manager at The London P&I Club’s Hong Kong office.
Confirming the appointments, CEO Ian Gooch said:
„I am delighted to announce Frank and Deborah’s promotions. These come at a time when the Club is seeing strong growth in the Asian market with around a third of our membership coming from the region. I have every confidence that Frank and Deborah will drive our continued progress there, underpinned by the provision of high quality P&I service and support for our members. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/senior-management-appointments-at-the-london-pi-clubs-hong-kong-office/
7. Puerto Aguadulce services largest vessel to dock in Colombia
Sociedad Puerto Industrial de Aguadulce (SPIA) sets a new operational milestone at the Port of Buenaventura after servicing the 14,436-TEU vessel MSC Faith, the largest ship ever to dock in Colombia.
With a length of overall of 366 meters, the MSC Faith makes its maiden call in South America at Puerto Aguadulce, as part of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) weekly service between Asia and Latin America’s west coast. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/puerto-aguadulce-services-largest-vessel-to-dock-in-colombia/
8. Car carriers suffer reversal as volumes slip 2%
Global seaborne car trade is tipped to fall 2% this year with car carriers experiencing among the worst growth figures in volumes shipped over the past decade, according to new data from Clarkson Research Services.
The 2% drop this year to 21.7m cars, following two years of 4% growth, was cited by Clarkson as being down to “softening global economic growth and consumer sentiment”. Among the biggest markets to experience a fall in imports has been China this year, where car imports have slumped 8%. https://splash247.com/car-carriers-suffer-reversal-as-volumes-slip-2/
9. MSC’s biofuel switch wilts as Aponte firm is branded among top 10 polluters in the EU
Mediterranean Shipping Company’s announcement over the weekend that it is starting to use biofuel for ships calling at Rotterdam has been quickly overshadowed with a new report issued claiming the containerline has joined the list of the EU’s top 10 polluters.
After a number of trials, MSC stated on Saturday that it would start using biofuels with 30% blends for ships bunkering at Europe’s largest port, which it claimed would cut CO2 emissions for these vessels by 15 – 20%. https://splash247.com/mscs-biofuel-switch-wilts-as-aponte-firm-is-branded-among-top-10-polluters-in-the-eu/
10. Martin Ackermann quits BW LPG
Martin Ackermann is parting company with BW LPG after five years in charge at the world’s largest VLGC player.
The Danish citizen will step down as CEO at the end of the year, citing family reasons. „It has been a privilege to lead BW LPG through some challenging years and to see it continue as a strong platform for the future,” Ackermann said. https://splash247.com/martin-ackermann-quits-bw-lpg/