Norway Permits LNG Bunkering with Passengers on Board
Norway will allow ferries to refuel with liquefied natural gas (LNG) while passengers are on board, the European LNG fuel project MT LNG reports. The decision means that Fjord Line will no longer have to send LNG trucks to Hirtshals, Denmark for bunkering. "This means that we will be able to move about 80% of our bunkering to Risavika" said CEO Ingvald Fardal. Skangass's LNG Terminal at Risavika is only a few hundred metres from Ford Line's terminal at Risavika Harbor. Fjord Line announced in July that its LNG-powered ferry, MS Stavangerfjord, was facing delays created by difficulties with bunkering the fuel, including limitations created by Norwegian regulations. The company said at the time that it was temporarily adjusting its schedule to fill LNG three times a week at Hirtshals and once a week at Risavika.
A 648-foot cargo ship is being outfitted with new technology in Virginia to destroy some of Syria's chemical weapons.
The MV Cape Ray is undergoing the work at a shipyard in Portsmouth before it sails to the Mediterranean within two weeks. The vessel in the Maritime Administration's ready reserve is rolling out the gangplank Thursday for invited members of the media.
A key addition to the ship is the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System. Designed by the Defense Department, the system can neutralize lethal chemical weapons such as nerve gas using water and caustic bleaching compounds.
The system can treat more than two dozen metric tons of chemicals a day. The chemicals would be neutralized in international waters and destroyed on land. www.newstimes.com...
The rescue mission to evacuate 52 passengers on board a Russian research ship stuck in Antarctic waters finally began on Thursday, a week after a distress call was made on Christmas Eve. Thursday's operation was also nearly called off before the weather improved.
The scientists and tourists are being picked up 12 at a time and flown by helicopter to the Chinese ice-breaker Xue Long, a few nautical miles away.
Once there, they are travelling by barge to the Australian ice-breaker Aurora Australis, which is waiting on the edge of the ice to take them to Hobart in Tasmania, expected to take a fortnight.
Twitter accounts of those on board the Akademik Shokalskiy show there have been at least two helicopter trips on Thursday.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating the rescue and said it is expected to take at least five hours and is dependent on the weather.
The 22 crew are expected to remain on the stranded ship. All passengers are said to be safe and well.
Costa Concordia insurance claim bill to rise to £1.2bn
Claims from the Costa Concordia disaster are set to break through the $2bn (£1.2bn) barrier this year because of difficulties experts have faced salvaging the 114,500-ton liner, insurance experts warned last week The ship capsized off the Italian island of Giglio while carrying 4,229 passengers in January last year, killing 32. Engineers have started removing the wreck, although it is anticipated to take several more months. Insurers, including many in the Lloyd’s of London market, have so far paid out more than $1bn, although these costs are set to rise considerably. As well as insuring the ship’s hull, they are also on the hook for liability claims. Carsten Scheffel, chief executive of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, said: “Due to the vessel grounding in an environmentally sensitive area the complexity of the wreck removal has added significantly to the costs. At the moment, the overall cost of the incident is in the order of $1.6bn, which may not be the final amount.
General cargo vessel Diomid sailed into Sakhalin Bay, northern tip of Sakhalin Island, on Dec 28 13, to shelter from a storm raging in Okhotsk sea. Vessel is en route from Magadan to Vladivostok, loaded with empty containers. On Dec 29 vessel reported being trapped in ice. As of Jan 2 vessel was in the same position, reportedly waiting for icebreaker to get her free. No immediate danger to vessel and crew.
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The U.S. Coast Guard and the crew of the "Joyce L. Van Enkevort" helped the tug "Undaunted" break free from between two ice floes in Lake Michigan. The "Undaunted" was pushing the unloaded barge "Pere Marquette 41" at the time it became stuck about 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge. The Coast Guard in Sault Ste. Marie responded to a call about 4:10 a.m. on Jan 1, 2014, and there was concern the tug might run aground. The "Joyce L. VanEnkevort" worked to free the "Undaunted" in the morning. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter "Mackinaw", a 240-foot icebreaker, also was on hand. The "Undaunted" and the barge were escorted to Ludington.
A 26-year-old man has been charged with arson following a fire onboard the "King Seaways". Six people, including a pregnant passenger, were airlifted off the vessel after suffering the effects of smoke inhalation. The ferry was diverted back to the North Shields terminal. Two men were arrested, one on suspicion of arson and one for affray. The 26-year-old Boden George Hughes has been charged with arson reckless to endangering life and affray following the incident. On Dec 31 the 26-year-old Boden George Hughes appeared before North Tyneside magistrates charged with committing arson with intent in that 'he damaged by fire cabin 568 of the King Seaways DFDS ferry to the value of approximately £815,000'. The charge also stated that Hughes allegedly intended 'to destroy property or damage by recklessness as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged and intending by the damage to endanger the life of another'. A 28-year-old man questioned on suspicion of affray has been released on bail pending further inquires.
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