1. Salvage tragedy: 3 divers under collapsed container, missing; 2 in coma
In the morning Dec 11 two divers engaged in removing containers from the wreck of container ship VIETSUN INTEGRITY, suddenly experienced suffocating, three other divers from the same dive team rushed to their help, but were trapped under collapsed container. Two divers were rescued and hospitalized, in critical condition. Three divers remain missing. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/11/salvage-tragedy-3-divers-under-collapsed-container-missing-2-in-coma/
2. Freighter beached by storm at Bizerte
General cargo ship HAMADA S dragged anchor and drifted aground on a beach in Bizerte, Tunisia, in the morning Dec 11. The ship reportedly, arrived from Algeria some two weeks ago, to undergo repairs, but wasn’t allowed to pass Bizerte Canal because of safety considerations. Local media didn’t identify the ship, but her name is clearly visible on published video and pics. She looks like she’s to be scrapped, with dismantled cargo gear and general impression of neglected vessel. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/11/freighter-beached-by-storm-at-bizerte-video/
3. Tug and barge aground, Great Lakes
Tug ANGLIAN LADY with barge reported by “Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping” to be aground since morning Dec 9 in Lake St Clair off St Clair Flats Canal, apparently after veering off fairway. As of 0530 UTC Dec 11, the tug was still aground. Tug is bound for Detroit. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/11/tug-and-barge-aground-great-lakes/
4. Tanker with 15500 tons of petroleum aground, Luzon South China sea
Product tanker CHEMITEC with 15471 tons of petroleum on board ran aground at night Dec 10 on Pangasinan province coast, western Luzon, Philippines, while en route from Brunei to Ningbo China. Grounding was caused by engine failure. Tug MTUG PROCYON (IMO 9005936) at her side as of 1730 UTC Dec 10. No info yet on hull breaches, leaks. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/10/tanker-with-15500-tons-of-petroleum-aground-luzon-south-china-sea/
5. Icebound: The Climate-Change Secrets of 19th Century Ship’s Logbooks
On November 14, 1881, an American called George Melville limped across a frozen delta in Siberia and pulled a pole from the snow with his frost-bitten hands.
Exhausted and half-starving, Melville was scouring the wasteland for fellow survivors of the most famous ship in the world. The USS Jeannette had set sail from San Francisco to conquer the North Pole. Instead, it quickly got trapped in ice and spent nearly two years drifting across the Arctic Ocean, lost to the rest of humanity. https://gcaptain.com/icebound-the-climate-change-secrets-of-19th-century-ships-logbooks/
6. Yamal LNG’s 15-Vessel Fleet of Icebreaking LNG Tankers Now Operational
The fifteenth and final icebreaking LNG carrier responsible for shipping gas from the remote Yamal LNG terminal in the Russian Arctic has now been delivered. The vessel, named Yakov Gakkel, was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine
Engineering (DSME) and is owned and operated by a 50-50 joint venture by Teekay LNG and China LNG Shipping. It is one of six vessel owned and operated by the Teekay-China LNG joint venture. https://gcaptain.com/yamal-lngs-15-vessel-fleet-of-icebreaking-lng-tankers-now-operational/
7. Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port Plans $1 Billion Expansion
The capacity of Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port will increase by 50% by the end of 2020 as part of a 3.8 billion dirham ($1 billion) expansion of the emirate’s main port announced on Wednesday. The oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure to reduce the emirate’s dependence on oil and gas and the port is a key part of its plans. https://gcaptain.com/abu-dhabis-khalifa-port-plans-1-billion-expansion/
8. The Mission to Seafarers’ annual Christmas service celebrates global maritime efforts
The Mission to Seafarers held its annual ‘Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols’ last week, in the presence of its President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
The service took place at the Church of St Michael Paternoster Royal in London. The well-attended event, which was sponsored by Shell, V.Group, Fred Olsen and Everblacks Towage, was filled with a cheerful crowd of both familiar faces and new additions, with a wide variety of connections to the maritime industry. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/the-mission-to-seafarers-annual-christmas-service-celebrates-global-maritime-efforts/
9. Celebrating 150 years in China: LR at Marintec 2019
Maritime conversation dominated by energy efficiency, technology and the need to address decarbonisation challenges at Marintec 2019, which took place last week in Shanghai, China.
The drive for energy efficiency, digitalisation and decarbonisation were given significant airtime at Marintec 2019 last week with Lloyd’s Register (LR) issuing a range of Approval in Principles (AiPs) to leading maritime companies for bulk carrier, container ship and tanker designs. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/celebrating-150-years-in-china-lr-at-marintec-2019/
10. CMA CGM: Major enhancements on our eBusiness platforms
Our eBusiness platforms are moving and your experience is too. We are very pleased to announce to you that new features are now available. From getting an instant quote for specific commodities to improving your shipment dashboard… Discover and enjoy our innovations! https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/cma-cgm-major-enhancements-on-our-ebusiness-platforms/