1. Disabled Lebanese freighter towed back to Marmara sea
General cargo ship AMAL NEPTUNE anchored off Sile Agva, Istanbul Province, Black sea, on Apr 5, understood to wait out storm in the area, while en route to Berdyansk Ukraine. Anchor dragged, the ship started to drift towards coast. SAR ship and tugs came to assist, AMAL NEPTUNE was towed back to Bsphorus and then to Marmara sea, anchored off Tuzla early in the morning Apr 6. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/06/disabled-lebanese-freighter-towed-back-to-marmara-sea/
2. Bulk carrier ran aground, refloated, but doesn’t resume voyage
Bulk carrier KM LONDON ran aground in Bocas de Ceniza, mouth of the Magdalena River, Barranquilla, Colombia, in the afternoon Apr 5, while leaving the port, bound for India. The ship was refloated in less than an hour with the help of 3 tugs, but didn’t continue her voyage, she started cruising off Bocas de Ceniza, reason unknown. Her Apr 6 latest movements look like she’s going to return to port or anchor on outer anchorage. Probably she sustained some damages. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/06/bulk-carrier-ran-aground-refloated-but-doesnt-resume-voyage/
3. Mega container ship mishap in Busan
Container ship MILANO BRIDGE in the afternoon Apr 6 contacted gantry crane 85 at Busan New Port container terminal while proceeding to berth 7 with pilot on board, then she contacted berthed container ship SEASPAN GANGES, and moving on momentum further on, contacted cranes 81 and 84. Crane 85 collapsed, cranes 81 and 84 were derailed, crane 85 operator was slightly injured. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/06/mega-container-ship-mishap-in-busan-video/
4. Saudia Arabia Takes 8.2 Percent Stake in Carnival Corporation
Shares of Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) shot up more than 20% on Monday after it was revealed that Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund has taken a more than 8% stake in the world’s largest cruise ship operator.
A stock filing issued by Carnival on Monday showed The Public Investment Fund purchased 43,508,895 shares of Carnival Corporation common stock representing 8.2% of Carnival’s outstanding shares as of March 25, 2020. The Public Investment Fund is the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. https://gcaptain.com/saudia-arabia-takes-8-2-percent-stake-in-carnival-corporation/
5. Hospital Ship Patients Test Positive for COVID-19
Some patients being treated for trauma aboard U.S. military hospital ships in New York and Los Angeles have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said on Monday.
“Have we had patients who ultimately were determined to have coronavirus on the hospital ships? Yes,” Brigadier General Paul Friedrichs, the joint staff surgeon, told a news conference. https://gcaptain.com/hospital-ship-patients-test-positive-for-covid-19/
6. Coast Guard: 93,000 Crew Members Still Stuck on Cruise Ships Off United States
As cruise ships drawdown the number of passengers remaining on board, concern is growing for the tens of thousands of crew members, mostly foreign nationals, who remain stuck on board these ships in or near U.S. territorial waters. https://gcaptain.com/coast-guard-93000-crew-members-still-stuck-on-cruise-ships-off-united-states/
7. Golden Ray Salvage Continuing ‘Day and Night’
The coronavirus pandemic is showing now sign of slowing down the salvage of the Golden Ray wreck in St. Simons Sound. The Unified Command responsible for overseeing the operation says contractors have now started working around the clock in constructing an environmental barrier around the wreck and also preparing the wreck for the cutting and lifting operation. https://gcaptain.com/golden-ray-salvage-continuing-day-and-night/
8. Police Launches Criminal Investigation into Docking, Disembarking of Coronavirus-Hit Ruby Princess
After being tasked to conduct initial investigations, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said on April 5 that a criminal investigation is now underway to fully examine the communications, actions, and other circumstances that led to the docking and disembarking of the vessel at Sydney Harbour on March 19, 2020. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/293860/police-launches-criminal-investigation-into-docking-disembarking-of-coronavirus-hit-ruby-princess/
9. Stena Line to Furlough 600, Lay Off 150 Workers due to COVID-19
Gothenburg-based ferry company Stena Line plans to furlough 600 employees with 150 redundancies across the UK and the Republic of Ireland amid a large decline in travel bookings and freight volumes caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The company said it would ensure those furloughed maintain 80% of salaries. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/293866/stena-to-furlough-600-lay-off-150-workers-due-to-covid-19/
10. Worst Case Scenario Could Bring About USD 23 Bn Loss for Carriers
Blanking of sailings triggered by the demand drop from the coronavirus pandemic could result in a USD 23 billion collective loss for container carriers in the worst-case scenario, Copenhagen-based consultancy Sea-Intelligence predicts. This scenario is based on the freight rates decline experienced by carriers in 2009 and is being made on the back of a new wave of blank sailings from last week pushing the total to 212. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/293832/worst-case-scenario-could-bring-about-usd-23-bn-loss-for-carriers/