The general cargo ship Mikurazan Maru collided with breakwater at Tadaira in Hirado island, Japan. The vessel was maneuvering to enter the port, but stuck into the breakwater after technical malfunction. The ship suffered breaches and water ingress, but without immediate danger from sinking or capsizing. The local authorities were informed about the accident. The vessel was ordered to anchor off Hirado, where the breach to be repaired and freighter to be inspected. The root cause and exact circumstances around the collision are unclear and under investigation.
Fortunately there were were no reported injuries and water pollution.
The general cargo ship Mikurazan Maru (IMO: 9691280) has overall length of 73.00 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 1600 DWT and gross tonnage of 499 GRT. The freighter was built in 2013 by Watanabe Shipbuilding in the yard in Nagasaki, Japan.
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Cruise ship Aurora caught fire in mid-Atlantic, during a voyage from Bermuda to the Azores. Following the accident, the ship remained adrift and suffered blackout. There were no reported injuries during the accident and the crew succeeded to extinguish the flames after less than an hour, following which emergency generators were started. The cruise ship Aurora resumed propulsion power and headed with full speed towards the Azores. The root cause of the accident is under investigation and the ship was ordered to be inspected in the next port of call
The cruise ship Aurora, which left Southampton on a Canadian and US tour on August 27 with around 2,000 passengers, is now using emergency generators. The cruise line is not yet commenting the accident.
The cruise ship Aurora (IMO: 9169524) has overall length of 272.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 9.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 8,486 DWT and the gross tonnage is 76,152 GRT. The cruise ship was built in 2000 by Meyer Neptun Papenburg shipyard in Germany.
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Sea ports of the Russian Federation handled 239.9 million tons of dry cargo in January-August 2017, which represents an increase of 9.9% over the same period last year. During the reporting period, the total cargo turnover of ports amounted to 517.26 million tons of cargo, which represents and increase of 10.4% yoy.
According to the results of January-August 2017, the Big Port of St Petersburg occupies the leading position among the ports after handling 30.4 million tons ( 9.9%). Among the stevedoring companies, PJSC “Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port” (NCSP) takes the leading place with the turnover of 18.69 million tons (+14.2%)
The port of Ust-Luga (Leningrad region) reported an increase of handled dry cargo by 29.1% to 25.23 million tons, rising from the 4th to 3rd position of the rating, ahead of the Vostochny port with a turnover of 24.55 million tons (+4.2%).
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The Greek Capesize bulk carrier Petalon lost propulsion power after engine failure in English Channel south of Plymouth, UK. The freighter was moving in northeast direction, but suffered technical problem and made a full circle while reducing speed near the UK coast outside the separation scheme. the accident was reported to local authorities, but the duty officer and Master did not requested immediate assistance, as there was no immediate danger for her seaworthiness. The ship activated not under command lights and remained adrift until the problem with engine was fixed.
The exact root cause of the accident and exact engine failuer was not revealed. Shorter after outage, the bulk carrier Petalon resumed the propulsion power and proceeded with normal speed at recommended lane in traffic separation zone. There were no reported accidents and injuries during the blackout.
The bulk carrier Petalon (IMO: 9469041) has overall length of 229.00 m, moulded beam of 37.00 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 87,328 DWT and the gross tonnage of 47,984 GRT. The ship was built in 2010 by Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding in their shipyard in China. During the accident the bulk carrier was en route from Sept-Iles, Canada to Ghent, Belgium.
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APMH Invest acquired Maersk Tankers from AP Moller-Maersk for 1.2 billion USD in an all-cash transaction. The APHM Invest consortium, which owns more than half the voting shares in Maersk, will take control of the fleet of 161 oil tankers, which will be managed by Moller family and Mitsui OSK Lines. The proceeds from the transaction will be used to reduce debt of AP Moller-Maersk.
“Having determined the future ownership of Maersk Tankers, we have taken yet another important step in our strategy to free up resources and focus future growth in AP Moller-Maersk on container shipping, ports and logistics”, said the CEO of AP Moller Maersk, Soren Skou. “Maersk Tankers has served AP Moller-Maersk well for almost a century, building an industry leading position within the product tanker market. As former CEO of Maersk Tankers for more than 10 years, I recognise the importance of having an owner with a long-term market view in this industry, and this is why I am pleased that Maersk Tankers can continue to build on its strong name and position under AP Moller Holding”, added he.
APHM Invest consortium (APO Moller Holding) is family investment company, formed by Robert Uggla, great-grandson of Maersk’s founder.
Maersk Tankers, which employs about 3,100 people and owns about 80 of its vessels itself, has struggled in recent times, making a net loss of 483 million USD in the second quarter following a big write-off in the value of its assets.
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The container ship MSC Sandra collided with pier at Bremerhaven port in Germany. The vessel was maneuvering for unberthing and departure en route to Le Havre in France, but due to human mistake her portside transom stern stuck into the concrete pier, suffering heavy dents and damages of the hull above the waterline, but fortunately without breaches. The vessel was secured by the tug and berthed at the pier again until further repairs and special safety inspection. Fortunately during the accident there were no reported injuries and no water pollution.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The circumstances around the collision are unclear, but it was known that weather was foggy and there was no wind gusts.
The container ship MSC Sandra (IMO: 9203954) has overall length of 274.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 11.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 61,468 DWT and the gross tonnage is 43,575 GRT. The container carrier was built in 2000 by Hanjin Heavy Industries in Pusan, South Korea.
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Turkish shipowner Palmali, which is one of the largest carriers in the Caspian region, sued the oil trading division of Lukoil Litasco for 2 billion USD. The lawsuit was submitted in the Supreme Court of London and confirmed by the Turkish company.
“Claims are related to the failure of Litasco to meet the long-term contract requirements between the companies”, said Turkish shipowner Palmali in statement to the local media. Palmali, controlled by Azerbaijan-born businessman Mubariz Mansimov, said the case involved “breach of contract amounting to just under 2 billion USD plus interest and costs”.
In Lukoil did not comment on this information.
Earlier, the head of Lukoil, Vagit Alekperov, reported that the company is considering selling Litasco and plans to take a decision in November. Vagit Alekperov noted that this decision is not connected with US sanctions.
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Dubai port operator DP World will not extend the agreement for the right to operate the Indonesian container terminal PT Petikemas Surabaya (TPS), which expires in 2019.
“DP World is disappointed that the terms of the contract extension proposed by the Indonesian authorities do not meet our criteria for continuing investments”, said the head of the Dubai-based port operator, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem.
The TPS terminal is located in the port of Tanjung Perak in Surabaya. It is Indonesia’s second largest container port after Tanjung Priok in Jakarta. Its capacity is 2.1 million TEU and DP World owns a 49% stake in it.
Tanjung Perak occupies the 45th line of the ranking of the world’s largest container ports. Last year, the container turnover of the port amounted to 3.31 million TEU, which is 6% more than in 2015.
DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals located on six continents, including terminals under construction in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
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The coastal passenger ship Fungka Permata III sank in Banda sea off Pulau Buton Island, Indonesia. The vessel with 27 people on board, including 20 passengers and 7 crew, sailed from Bau Bau, but shortly after leaving the port lost contact with the shore and disappeared from the radars, somewhere near Buton Selatan. The crew and passengers, including foreign tourists, abandoned the coastal passenger ship Fungka Permata III into a life raft and were rescued by nearby fishermen. There were no reported missing people and no casualties. The accident was reported to local authorities and all the rescuers were transferred to the shore.
“At 18:00 pm, we received information from Mr. Hartono, Inspectorate Employee of Southeast Sulawesi Province”, said Public Relation Office SAR, Kendari Wahyudi.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. According to preliminary information, the coastal passenger ship was caught in heavy swell and started taking on water, sinking by stern.
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The bulk carrier Pan Crocus ran aground in Persian Gulf at the approach to port of Mesaieed in Qatar. The vessel was maneuvering to enter in separation scheme of the port, but left the airway in unclear circumstances. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene were sent rescue boats and towing tug, which to attempt refloating of the bulk carrier. Several hours after the accident the vessel remained aground with six tugs and pilot boat at her side. The ship did not suffered underwater damages, but probably refloating will be started at high tide because of danger from breaches or possible problems for seaworthiness.
Fortunately during the accident there were no reported injuries and no water pollution. The circumstances around the accident are unclear and local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause.
The bulk carrier Pan Crocus (IMO: 9441881) has overall length of 190.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 57,269 DWT and the gross tonnage is 33,115 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2009 by STX Dalian Shipbuilding in the shipyard in China.
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