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1,428 results 02/28/2020 12:58
GRIMALDI’s ro-ro ship GRANDE TOGO arrived at Casablanca Anchorage, Morocco, late Feb 26, with ETA Casablanca Feb 27. The ship didn’t anchor, she was turned back and since that time until now, 1700 UTC Feb 28, is cruising in legs off Casablanca and Casablanca Anchorage. Ro-ro piers seem to be empty, with no berthed ro-ro or car carriers. What’s up? Coronavirus fear is most likely answer. If she’s waiting for something, some cargo or whatever, why didn’t she anchor and is cruising around, burning expensive fuel and wearing mechanisms? With Italy being a Hot Zone now, GRANDE TOGO was put under some kind of Flying Dutch quarantine? Container ship MSC LAUSANNE, meanwhile, is still at anchor at Haifa anchorage, still an outcast, it seems. https:/ 02/27/2020 09:00
Mexico water patrol during surveillance course in Ensenada waters spotted a person on board of container ship MOL MAJESTY, throwing package in water, and a suspicious boat at ship’s side, in the evening Feb 26. Boat with three persons in it was detained, packages containing some 3 kilos of white powder resembling cocaine, were found. Understood all four suspects in drug trafficking were arrested. MOL MAJESTY arrived at Ensenada from Manzanillo on Feb 25, as of 1330 UTC Feb 27 she was still anchored at Ensenada anchorage. Whether the ship is detained for investigation, or it’s a routine stay, is unknown. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/27/2020 03:06
Feb 26: Container ship is probably, having problem with her next port of call on schedule, Ashdod, Israel. One of ship’s crew was recently in South Korea and 14 or 27 day incubation period didn’t yet expire. It was enough for Ashdod Port Authority to reportedly, deny or postpone ship’s docking in port. The crew including seaman in question are healthy in all respects, the the ship already traveled half of Europe with no problems whatsoever, but it doesn’t convince Ashdod officials. Trading companies already sent letters and requests to Israel industry association, asking association to assist, and allow the ship to dock in port. A lot of goods they expect and count on, may finish up in limbo. Final decision is to be made by Ministry of Heal. 02/26/2020 14:18
General cargo ship NEW WIND, docked at ship repair yard in Hai Phong, suffered fire in cargo hold in the afternoon Feb 26. Reportedly, fire was preceded by explosions. Fire was taken under control in half an hour, by yard firefighters, reinforced by city fire teams. The ship is under repairs since early February. Nobody was injured, extent of damages unknown. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/26/2020 12:44
VLOC bulk carrier STELLAR BANNER loaded with ore developed heavy starboard side list, with cargo deck partially under water, at around 0000 UTC Feb 25, north of Sao Luis, Brazil. The ship left port of Ponta da Madeira, Brazil, on Feb 24, bound for Qingdao, reportedly she suffered water ingress in cargo hold or holds, or probably it was cargo shift. As of 1700 UTC Feb 26, the ship remains afloat, with AIS on. At least 4 tugs and SAR ships are engaged in salvage, it is said, that they’re trying to tow giant ship to shallow waters, to prevent sinking. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/26/2020 10:58
Kuwait Port Authority has issued a circular on Feb 25, which is banning cargo ships from Kuwait Ports, if they arrive from and depart to, Republic of Korea, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Iraq. Tankers are excluded from this circular. Comment: Not clear what does it mean, exactly. Does it mean that from now on, no cargo originated from or destined for, the abovementioned countries, can reach the customers? Does it mean, that there’s, effectively, no more trade with these countries? Looks very radical. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/26/2020 02:21
Aruba, Caribbean, made probably, the biggest narcotics bust in island’s history, seizing general cargo ship ARESSA in the morning Feb 25, and taking her to Oranjestad. The ship was en route from Guaranao Port, Venezuela, to Thessaloniki Greece, it is said that at least one ton of narcotics, most probably cocaine, was found. She sailed from Suriname early February, called Guaranaó in Punto Fijo, and then set sail for Greece. The ship was intercepted in international waters, and arrested after drugs were found. 7 people are arrested, including Captain of the ship. The ship was re-flagged to Camerroon in 2019, she was Russia-flagged until 2017, Russian management still listed as manager. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/25/2020 12:47
General cargo ship RIX LAGOON encountered mechanical problem in Baltic sea in Fehmarn Belt, NE of Kiel, shortly after midday Feb 25, while en route from Kiel to Kaliningrad, Russia. Tug BUELK was deployed. As of 1730 UTC, RIX LAGOON seemed to be taken on tow, caravan started moving towards Bay of Kiel. Weather said to be stormy. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/25/2020 10:14
Hai Phong City and Port authorities on Feb 25 made important decisions which will negatively impact international shipping. They designated quarantine zone berths in port, to handle ships while they’re not yet fully cleared. It means generally, that the crew won’t be able to go ashore, and will have to remain on board. What’s more important, is the decision to include in the list of potentially dangerous from virus ships all the ships which arrive not only from China, but also, from South Korea and Japan. Only Vietnamese crew members will be allowed to disembark, subject to 14-days quarantine. Seamen of all other nationalities will remain on board, unconditionally. It’s quite a headache and problem not only for crews, but for all other invo. 02/25/2020 08:36
Master of cargo ship MALAGA was according to Greek media reports, arrested, after PSC inspector spotted loading line being under water, overload of some 9 centimeter, after loading cargo of marble. The ship was detained, some other detainable deficiencies were found. MALAGA arrived at Kavala on Feb 19, as of Feb 25 she was still in port. Comment: The ship was overloaded, though 9 centimeter overload doesn’t seem all that terrible. Is it a sound case against Master, to justify his arrest, if arrest news aren’t mistake or misunderstanding? FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/25/2020 06:48
Tanker SAN RAMON (SEABOARD I) according to local media report was attacked by 6 armed pirates early in the morning Feb 24 in Boraccha island waters, north of Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, Caribbean. Master was shot in the face and died, trying to resist. One other crew was injured, one crew jumped overboard and went missing. Pirates looted the ship and crew, and fled. Tanker is anchored during last 7 months ot Court order, as suspect in oil smuggling. She was renamed and re-flagged in Oct last year. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/24/2020 01:07
Product tanker LEON ZEUS reportedly suffered mechanical damage in Mediterranean off southern Peloponnese, Greece, on Feb 21. Tanker was taken to Kalamata, understood towed, brought to anchor in the morning Feb 23, to fix the problem. As of 0600 UTC Feb 24, she remained in the same position. LEON ZEUS with 32,000 tons of gas oil on board is en route from Tuapse Russia to Tarragona Spain. IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a GREEN risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 33% (18-DEC-19), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon. Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator. 02/23/2020 09:39
Ferries BENCOMO EXPRESS and VOLCAN DE TABURIENTE collided at Los Cristianos port entrance, southwest coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, in the morning Feb 23. Both ships suffered damages, but resumed their services later in the day after weather improved. Stormy weather with strong wind and high waves contributed to accident. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/23/2020 09:04
Bulk carrier SEA HERMES reported propulsion failure at 2030 UTC Feb 22 in English Channel north of Cape Gris-Nez, Pas-de-Calais, France. Attempts to fix the problem by crew means failed, SAR ship ABEILLE LANGUEDOC was designated to tow bulk carrier to UK waters, at around 0100 UTC Feb 23 French pilot and a standby Captain from ABEILLE LANGUEDOC were transferred on board of bulk carrier by helicopter – absolutely unclear why, and what specific circumstances demanded deployment of pilot and Captain from another ship. Towage commenced at 0840 UTC Feb 23, pilot was taken off the ship by helicopter, standby Captain remained on board. At 1330 UTC Feb 23, both ships were laying dead in water east of Dover UK, ABEILLE LANGUEDOC apparently disengage. 02/23/2020 04:25
Product tanker MARIANO ABASOLO at night Feb 21 dragged anchor, drifting towards coast at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, on arrival from Tampico, understood in ballast. The ship can’t hold against strong wind and waves brought by cold front, even with working engine. Tugs from Coatzacoalcos can’t be deployed, weather is too rough for them. Feb 23: Tanker managed, under own power or assisted by tugs, to move to anchorage away from coast, and as of Feb 23, she remained safely anchored. There were news on Aframax tanker URAGA PRINCESS troubled at Coatzacoalcos anchorage, drifting dangerously close to shore, but news are obviously, wrong, URAGA PRINCESS (IMO 9439204) being mistaken for MARIANO ABASOLO. URAGA PRINCESS was moving in legs, waiting for weat. 02/23/2020 04:05
LPG tanker EPIC BURANO suffered fire in engine room in the evening Feb 19 in Mediterranean sea S of Peloponnese Greece, sailing in eastern direction after leaving Malta anchorage, port of destination unknown. Tanker was disabled, adrift for about 24 hours, resumed sailing in the afternoon Feb 20, fire extinguished by crew. The ship asked permission to call Kalamata port, Peloponnese, Greece, was granted access, reached Kalamata anchorage under own power, and anchored in the morning Feb 21. As of Feb 23, tanker remained in the same position. IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a AMBER risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 38% (18-MAR-19), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk. 02/21/2020 22:06
Feb 20: Container ship MSC FABIENNE English Channel N of Brest, NUC since early Feb 20, from Antwerp to Gebze Turkey, ETA Feb 25. Feb 21 0800 UTC: Approached by SAR ABEILLE BOURBON north of Roscoff France, most probably to be taken on tow. Feb 21 1630 UTC: Taken on tow by ABEILLE BOURBON at around 1300 UTC, port of destination yet unknown. Feb 22 0250 UTC: The ship with 1178 containers on board suffered propulsion loss, owner had to contract ABEILLE BOURBON for towage to Brest, ETA evening Feb 22. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/21/2020 03:02
General cargo ship HAK suffered engine room fire while transiting Dardanelles in western direction, on Feb 20. Disabled ship was reportedly, anchored off Lapseki, later she was towed back to Marmara sea, and anchored off Demirtepe coast. The ship is en route from Ukraine Black sea, to Jaifa Israel, with cargo of barley. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: 02/21/2020 01:53
Russian 57-year old seaman on Feb 20 suffered serious right foot injure during routine works on board of Russian bulk carrier ORANGE LINK, anchored on Incheon anchorage, Korea, Yellow sea, since Feb 7. Medical team couldn’t board the ship until Coast Guard and Quarantine Service checked the crew on possible coronavirus infections. Nothing suspicious was found, medics boarded the ship and applied emergency treatment on board, patient later was transferred to hospital. Here’s the question – luckily, it wasn’t life-or-death case, patient wasn’t in need of immediate evacuation and intensive care, but what would happen if he was in need of immediate evacuation? If countdown was on and it was a question of hours or minutes? I refer to virus scree. 02/20/2020 05:08
0950 UTC: Confirmed attacked ship is tanker ALPINE PENELOPE. According to Dryad Global report, officer on watch identified two armed men on board, and no further details regarding the nature of weapons or actions have since been received. Understood SSAS was activated, and after that, communications were lost. No AIS yet, and as in the case with MAERSK TEMA container ship, no navy/security ships/boats seen in the vicinity yet. 0815 UTC: Still no AIS, and no navy/security in vicinity. 0430 UTC: Merchant ship was attacked at 0110 UTC Feb 20 in vicinity 05 10N 002 05E, S of Cotonou. Most probably, tanker ALPINE PENELOPE was attacked, her latest AIS timed 0130 UTC, no signal since then. She’s en route from Netherlands to Lagos, should be loaded.

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