The Irish Coastguard has begun an operation to assist the "Hellespont Charger" with 15,000 tonnes of caustic soda on board after the ship lost power off the West coast of Ireland in the afternoon of Jan 12, 2014. The tanker lost her main engines around 1 p.m. approximately 100 miles west of Loop Head and was drifting in force 7 winds and six metre swells towards the Irish coast. The ship was on its way from Corpus Christi in Texas to Aughinish in the Shannon Estuary when it lost power. The vessel which has a crew of 22 on board raidoed for assistance and the Irish Coastguard at Valentia was co-ordinating an operation to assist the chemical tanker. The Irish Coast Guard was waiting for spare parts to arrive at Shannon and would then fly them out to the vessel for repairs. There was no immediate danger to either the crew or the ship but that it was hoped to get an ocean going tug out to assist the vessel as soon as possible. Meanwhile the Irish Coastguard was continuing to monitor the situation.
Passports returned to crew of arrested factory trawler
Senegal’s authorities have returned the confiscated documents to the crew of the "Oleg Naydenov" which was being held in Dakar since Jan 5. The situation on the ship has already come back to normal. The crew’s members have already recovered from the stress. Two Senegalese doctors, a civil one and a military one, have rendered medical aid to the Russian sailors. There was enough food and drinking water on the ship. Senegal’s authorities have not yet announced when they may release the Russian ship, but both the Russian and the Senegalese sides were interested in the ship to be released as soon as possible. At present, the sides were trying to settle the conflict through diplomatic channels. The owner was prepared to pay a security deposit to free the vessel. The first step would be to agree on the terms of release for the ship. The conversation has moved to discussing a deposit of up to three million dollars that could be returned. It was hoped to settle all issues concerning the ship’s release on Jan 13.
On Jan 12 the "Nuevo Rio Verde" was refloated in the vicinity of the Formigues Islands. Once the ship was safe, the Civil Protection of the Government as well as the councils of Palamos and Palafrugell have withdrawn the Camcat Alert Plan. The wreck was towed to Puerto Palamos and pumped out. The Maritime Authority has monitored the salvage work in which the Police, Fire Brigade and Civil Protection volunteers from Palafrugell were involved.
The Coast Guard medevaced a 68-year-old male passenger aboard the "Carinval Elation" approximately 60 miles south of Southwest Pass in the Gulf of Mexico on Jan 12, 2014. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center received a report at approximately 5 a.m. that the "Carnival Elation" required a medevac for a man reportedly suffering from symptoms associated with cardiac arrest. The Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to the ship at approximately 8 p.m. The crew successfully hoisted the man from the ship. A nurse accompanied the patient aboard and was transported to LSU Medical Center.Report with video:
Costa optimistic to have Costa Concordia removed within one month after salvage start in June
On Jan 10 salvors announced that thirty massive tanks filled with air will start to lift the hulk of the "Costa Condordia" off the seabed in June. What happens then remained to be decided. Eight ports are in the running to dismantle the ship, a mega-contract expected to be worth more than 300 million Euro which will take 200 people two years to complete. A final judgement will be taken in March. Competitors are coming from Denmark, UK, Italy, Norway, Turkey, China and France. Italy’s environment minister Andrea Orlando told that although it was the government's preferred choice that the contract go to an Italian bidder, it was not in a position to make any demands. Actually more than 1,000 concrete stacks and six underwater platforms are being used to keep the vessel stable. To tow the cruise ship away, Costa has rented for three months, at a cost of 30 million Euro the "Dockwise Vanguard", which is the largest semi-submersible vessel in the world. Michael Thamm, chief executive officer of Costa Crociere, was very confident that salvors can remove the ship within the month of June. He expected the cost of the "Costa Concordia" salvage effort to reach 600 million Euro by the time it was removed from Giglio.
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Indonesia Reported to Detain Chinese Ships as Mineral Ban Looms
Indonesia, the world’s largest mined-nickel producer, prevented at least 10 Chinese freighters leaving port as a ban on the export of unprocessed ores approaches, the 21st Century Business Herald reported. The bulk carrier Aeriko, loaded with nickel ore and operated by Shanghai Erli International Ship Management Co., was held at a port on the island of Sulawesi, the newspaper from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou reported. The Herald cited Erli chief Chen Dusong, who said at least 10 Chinese ships in the area were being held. Chen wasn’t able to comment immediately when Bloomberg News contacted his office in Shanghai today. Two calls and a text message today to Indonesia’s director-general of customs, Agung Kuswandono, were unanswered.
Russia's accusation follows Senegal arresting 62 Russians on board a trawler for alleged illegal fishing. Russia has accused Senegal of engaging in "piracy" after armed naval officers from the west African nation seized 62 of its nationals on a trawler for alleged illegal fishing.
The Russian foreign ministry on Thursday called in the Senegalese charge d'affaires for a 40-minute meeting during which it filed a formal protest aimed at signalling the seriousness with which Moscow treated the affair.
Russian diplomats made "a firm demand to the Senegalese authorities to immediately release the Russian fishing trawler, the Oleg Naydenov, and its crew," foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. He said Senegal's charge d'affaires had assured him that Dakar would "make every possible effort to resolve the situation".