‘California Highway’ Begins Shipping Toyota to Russia and Ukraine from Brunswick
The K Line’s vessel California Highway set sail for Russia and Ukraine, carrying the first Toyota Venzas exported through the Port of Brunswick, Ga.
“The export of American-built Venzas to Russia and Ukraine further solidifies Toyota’s commitment to establishing its U.S. manufacturing operations as a key supplier of vehicles for global markets,” said Corinne Akahoshi, National Manager of Marine Logistics Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We are proud to partner with the Georgia Ports Authority and all other parties involved, and are grateful for their support of this initiative.”
The new Toyota Venzas are produced at the company’s Georgetown, Ky., plant, which employs about 6,600 people and represents a $6 billion investment. The Georgetown plant is the company’s largest manufacturing facility outside of Japan.
The Port of Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island Terminal is the nation’s third busiest autoport, handling 612,489 auto and machinery units in calendar year 2012.
The Coast Guard on May 6, 2013, medevaced a 46-year-old man from the "KM Osaka" while the ship was anchored near Cape Charles. The ship's agent had contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 6:45 p.m. reporting a man broke his arm and requested a medevac.
Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders diverted a crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat from the Coast Guard Station Cape Charles to assist. The boat was underway conducting training near Kiptopeke when receiving the call. This allowed the crew to arrive on scene within approximately 15 minutes. Due to the close partnership with local emergency medical services personnel, they were waiting for the crew to return to the station, which allowed for a timely transfer of the patient to receive medical treatment. The man was taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawado.
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Relatives still could not contact crew after hijack
The "City of Xiamen" has left Malabo road and was lost off Limbe, Cameroon, since May 5, odin.tc reports. The relatives still couldn’t contact the crew. The "City of Xiamen" was under pirates control for an unusually long time, some 24 hours. There was no information what has happened on board of the vessel and what happened to its crew and the Lome-Limbe-bound cargo.
The "Frio Athens" on May 6 still seemed to have been under pirates control, odin.tc reports. No news came from anyone with regards to the ship, except warning in Notices to Mariners to keep clear of the area of the hijack, without the details of the hijacked vessel. According to satellite AIS system, during most part of May 5 the vessel was drifting, in the afternoon it started to move in northern direction at low speed.
German shipowner FH Bertling cancels Wuhu Xinlian kamsarmax order
Shanghai: German shipowner FH Bertling is said to have cancelled two of three 82,000 dwt kamsarmax bulkers (Sumatra and Sulawesi) it ordered at Wuhu Xinlian Shipbuilding in 2010. Bertling claimed that technical defects had been found in the cancelled vessel during trial operations. Wuhu Xinlian claimed that it had completed the construction of the vessels normally last year however Bertling didn’t agree and eventually cancelled the contract. The two 82,000dwt bulkers were the largest vessels that have ever been built in Anhui province. Currently the third bulker (Istria) in the contract is still under construction at Wuhu Xinlian. [06/05/13]
Released hostages getting socialized with normal life
The released crew members of the "Leopard" are being very close to being sent back to their home countries, confirmed SOS International, which handled the transfer of the six. They were reviewing a so-called reintegration pathway, which will get them used to live as free men. It implies in particular that they must get used to simple everyday things like talking on the phone without being intimidated to say something specific, and socialize with a good dinner without it comes to eating just to survive.
SOS International reported that the sailors were making great progress in this regard. Four of the six seafarers are Filipinos, while the two officers are Danish nationals. Captain Eddy Lopez lives, however, in Chile, so only the chief engineer Soren Lyng Bear will return to Denmark.