1. Tanker ran aground, crew evacuated, East China sea
Product tanker NINGDA10 ran aground in vicinity 29 50N 122 20E, some 11 nm SE of Zhoushan, China, East China sea, in the afternoon Apr 11, while en route to Ningbo. SAR ship DONG HAI JIU 118 was sent to rescue 7 tanker crew, all were rescued by 1900 Beijing time, all are safe. Condition and damages of tanker unknown, understood she grounded on rocks, developed an aft tilt, so most probably, she’s damaged. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/13/tanker-ran-aground-crew-evacuated-east-china-sea/
2. Supertanker contacted terminal, holed
Crude oil tanker NEW ASSURANCE contacted Petroterminal oil pier in the morning Apr 11, at Charco Azul, Charco Azul Bay, Panama Pacific coast. Tanker hull was breached in portside area. Tanker is in ballast. Pier loading arm was reportedly damaged with some small quantity of oil leaking in the water. Tanker repairs can’t be carried out in Panama, she’s to sail to other country with suitable repair facilities. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/12/supertanker-contacted-terminal-holed/
3. Suezmax crude oil tanker disabled in Bosphorus
Suezmax crude oil tanker MILITOS suffered engine failure in southern Bosphorus in the morning Apr 12, shortly after commencing northbound Bosphorus transit, in ballast. Tanker was taken under control by tugs, turned around and towed or escorted, back to Marmara sea. She was anchored at Bakirkoy anchorage at around 1000 UTC Apr 12. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/12/suezmax-crude-oil-tanker-disabled-in-bosphorus/
4. Tanker aground, Morocco
Product tanker AZIZ TORLAK reportedly ran aground entering Dakhla port, Morocco, in the afternoon Apr 10, on arrival from Spain. Understood tanker strayed off fairway, and as of 1700 UTC Apr 11, was still aground, probably awaiting tugs. Tanker is in load, no damages reported, no cargo loss. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/11/tanker-aground-morocco/
5. Chinese PLN new type helicopter assault ship fire, Hudong Shipbuilding
Chinese Navy landing helicopter assault ship of a new Type 075, still under construction at Hudong–Zhonghua Shipbuilding, caught fire in the morning Apr 11, according to initial Taiwanese reports. Chinese media still keep quiet. Understood fire, probably major fire, was already extinguished, extent of damages of course, remains unknown. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/11/chinese-pln-new-type-helicopter-assault-ship-fire-hudong-shipbuilding/
6. Bangladeshi lighter ship collided with power line tower, sank.
Bangladeshi lighter ship (MV RUPANTI?) collided with pillar of high-voltage power line tower in Muri Ganga river, Hoogly River, near Namkhana village, South 24 Parganas district in the state of West Bengal, India, and sank, on Apr 10. All crew were rescued. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/10/bangladeshi-lighter-ship-collided-with-power-line-tower-sank-video/
7. Light at the end of one tunnel with no light at the end of next
It looks like we have a light at the end of the tunnel, starting late Spring. More and more signs appear, indicating or hinting, that the “coronavirus pandemic” will be called off and declared “defeated” during Summer, thanks of course, to quarantines, lockdowns, masks and social distancing. With defeated virus, seamen finally, will get a chance to be changed and return to their homes. Technically, it will be much more of a problem than in the past, because passenger aviation is as good as non-existent, exactly in accordance with Green Agenda plans. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/10/light-at-the-end-of-one-tunnel-with-no-light-at-the-end-of-next/
8. India: Lockdown Chokes Ports Amid Shortage Of Labour
The nationwide lockdown has choked up Indian ports amid a shortage of workers to unload and transport goods, posing a massive challenge to the country’s trade, industry officials said on Thursday.
Nearly 90% of India’s exports and imports by volume and 70% by value are routed over the oceans, including products ranging from chemicals for use in agriculture, components for electronic products to automobiles. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/India%3A+Lockdown+chokes+ports+amid+shortage+of+labour
9. MSC Hit By Network Outage, Cyber-Attack Not Ruled Out
“At the time of writing this, msc.com has been down for 10 hours, and for now I have received information that this is the result of a successful cyberattack. Mail services are still working and MSC has an IT infrastructure where many services are locally operated and hence it is unclear presently which exact IT tools are operational and which are not. For guidance, I have not received or seen an official announcement yet from MSC on this topic,” Lars Jensen, CEO and Partner of Sea Intelligence Consulting, said on its Linkedin account. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/MSC+hit+by+network+outage%2C+cyber-attack+not+ruled+out
10. Coal Minister Asks Chief Ministers To Not Import Coal, Source Domestic Fuel
Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi has written to chief ministers of all states asking them to not import the dry fuel and take domestic supply of fuel from state-owned CIL, which has the fossil fuel in abundance.
The development comes at a time when there is a drop in power demand in the country in the wake of the lockdown imposed to contain the deadly coronavirus. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Coal+Minister+asks+chief+ministers+to+not+import+coal%2C+source+domestic+fuel