Livestock carrier Abou Karim IV heading to justice after dumping dead cows in Baltic sea
Lebanese livestock carrier Abou Karim IV is believed to be the vessel which threw overboard at least 14 dead cows in Baltic sea, soon after leaving Kiel on Dec 27 13. Dead animals were washed up on the beaches of Denmark and Sweden. Vessel was en route from USA to Ust Luga with cargo of cows, an unknown number of them died during the voyage. It’s allowed to dump dead animals in the ocean, but not in landlocked sea like Baltic sea. Apparently crew decided to deal with dead animals in a way they found most appropriate, instead of disposing of them in first port of call.
Some of the animals had been shot, had their ears mutilated. They also had their back legs tied together and their stomachs cut open. The ears had been cut to remove the earmarks identifying the animals, police said. The reason the stomachs had been slit open was probably to ensure the animal sank, and the back legs were probably bound so that a crane could grab and hoist the cow overboard.
First bodies were found on Dec 31. Vessel left Kiel on Dec 27, called in Ust Luga on Dec 30, and from Ust Luga sailed to Klaipeda, Lithuania. As of 0500 UTC Jan 12 vessel was under way in Baltic sea near Bornholm, proceeding to Kiel, en route to Beirut. Most probably, not the Master, no operator know they’re the suspect in what’s actually, a crime. It is understood, that vessel is to be detained in Kiel or maybe in earlier for investigation.
Damen double hull oil tanker 8000 delivered to De Opfeart and James Fisher Everard
The Damen Double Hull Oil Tanker 8000 ‘Kestrel Fisher’ was delivered end 2013 to Dutch managers De Opfeart Beheer. In a two-tanker deal, the Kestrel Fisher’s sister vessel ‘King Fisher’ was delivered in June 2013. The 7,076 deadweight, 8,363 cubic metre tankers were christened at the DSB-yard in Harlingen where they were outfitted; their hulls were built by Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. Referring to the vessels’ trade, their lady sponsors, Mrs. Petra Gaensbacher for the ‘King Fisher’ and Mrs. Michelle Hartnup for the ‘Kestrel Fisher’, of the United Kingdom both work in the oil trading industry. The vessels will dominantly carry gasoline, diesel oil, lubrication oil and jet fuels along the British Isles,
Hellenic Carriers Limited, an international provider of marine transportation services, which owns through its subsidiaries a fleet of dry bulk vessels that transport iron ore, grain, steel products and minor bulk cargoes, announces today the delivery of the 2004 built M/V OCEAN ALLIANCE which was renamed PISTIS (the word "PISTIS" means faith in English). M/V PISTIS, which was delivered on 7 January 2014, is a geared 52,388 dwt Supramax vessel built at Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Corporation, Japan in 2004 and was acquired on 23 August 2013 at the price of US$ 16.16 million.
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Pirates hijacked 3 crew from local passenger ro-ro vessel San Miguel on Jan 3 14. Vessel was boarded by pirates some 20 miles northwest of Bata, Equatorial Guinea, and taken to a location off Kribi, Cameroon, reported shiptalk.com. Pirates ransacked the vessel, robbing crew (and maybe passengers, if there were any) of all valuables, destroyed navigational equipment and fled, taking with them 3 hostages – Master, engineer (most probably Chief Engineer) and welder.
Two workers aboard the "Granit" were sent to Nordland Hospital in Bodø by helicopter after a work accident on board. The accident happened while the factory Trawler was 70 nautical miles off Sandnes in the evening of Jan 7, 2014. The got caustic in their eye, and a Sea King helicopter was sent from Bodø and transferred them to Hospital where lay under observation for one day. One man was released on Jan 8, the other fisherman still treated for moderate injuries.