Cruise ships headed to Barcelona do not plan changing their destination, timetables or logistics, despite of the terrorist attack yesterday. Barcelona is one of the most important cruise destinations in the Mediterranean, visited by hundreds of ships and millions of passengers from all over the world each year.
After the terrorist attack yesterday afternoon, there were no reported passengers and crew missing. At the time of the accident in the city were docked the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas, P&O Cruises ship Britannia and Thomson Cruises TUI Discovery 2. All the vessels departed from the Catalonian capital according to the schedule.
Today, without any change in plans, will arrive MSC Meraviglia with 4500 passengers on board, Oceania Sirena with 677 passengers, Aida Perla with 3,286 people and Aida Stella with 2,300 guests.
For tomorrow are scheduled docking of Disney Magic with 2,400 passengers and Costa Fascinosa with 3,800 passengers. For Sunday are expected the crude ships Norwegian Epic with 4,100 people and Freedom of the Seas with 3,900 people.
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Finnish ferry company Viking Line reported earnings of 239.2 million EUR in the first half of 2017, which is by 0.5 million EUR more than an year ago. Of these, passenger services accounted for 215 million EUR, and cargo transportation – 22.8 million EUR. At the same time, operating expenses increased by 3%, amounting to 22.8 million EUR, compared to 22.5 million EUR last year. Most of all, fuel costs grew by 23.3% to 23.2 million EUR.
More profitable was expected to be the second quarter, which showed growth of 4.6%. The total revenue of the company between April 1 and June 30 amounted to 137.1 million EUR, and operating income (pre-tax profit) increased from 1.1 million EUR to 2.7 million EUR. These figures were achieved in part due to the fact that on April 10 an additional ferry Viking FSTR was launched on the line between Helsinki and Tallinn.
For the first half-year, Viking Line ferries carried 3,078,899 passengers, which is 178,103 more than the year before. The volumes of cargo transportation decreased from 67,035 to 64,912 units, however the number of transported cars increased by 29,925 units and amounted to 314,409 vehicles.
On the line of Turku – Aland Islands – Stockholm, Viking Line’s share was 55.1%, which is 0.3% lower than last year. On the main tourist route of this part of the Baltic, Helsinki – Aland Islands – Stockholm, the company’s share increased 2.8% at once and amounted to 44.6%.
On the Helsinki-Tallinn route, Viking Line’s share increased to 24.6% (+2.4%). Also, the growth was shown by the cruise route Stockholm – Aland and the short route Aland Islands – Kapelscher (Sweden) the growth was 2.5% and 0.4%, respectively.
The total market share of Viking Line was 33.8% (1% more than in 2016).
Viking Lineis a Finnish shipping concern that has been carrying out passenger and cargo transportation in the Baltic since 1959. Registered in the Åland Islands with a central office in Mariehamn, which is also the home port of most of the company’s ferries.
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Container turnover of the port of Hong Kong amounted to 1.74 million TEU in July 2017, which is 7% higher than the same period last year. The turnover of deepwater terminals of the Kwai Tsing Port area during the reporting period grew by 9%, to 1.4 million TEU. The positive trends continue since August 2016 and mark steady increase in the cargo ships served by the port.
According to the results of seven months of 2017, the port handled 11.9 million TEU, which is 10% more than the same period last year. The turnover of Kwai Tsing terminals was 9.45 million TEU (+7.6%).
Container turnover of the port of Hong Kong started growing in August 2016 after more than two years of continuous decline. The growth of traffic in the second half of the year allowed the port to transship last year’s 19.6 million TEU and reduce the gap with the result of 2015 to only 2.2%.
The Port of Hong Kong, located by the South China Sea, is a deepwater seaport dominated by trade in containerized manufactured products, and to a lesser extent raw materials and passengers. A key factor in the economic development of Hong Kong, the natural shelter and deep waters of Victoria Harbour provide ideal conditions for berthing and the handling of all types of vessels. It is one of the busiest ports in the world, in the three categories of shipping movements, cargo handled and passengers carried.
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Eight seamen are missing after the freighter Xinenhui 008 capsized and sank in Yangtze river at Taicang in Shanghai, China. The vessel was en route from Jiangyin to Xiamen with cargo of steel, but capsized after hitting a rock or cargo shift. The accident happened very fast and crew was unable to abandon the ship, sinking probably together with the vessel. The accident was reported to local authorities and immediately was initiated large scale search and rescue operations for the missing crew. Several nearby vessels, boats and helicopters were engaged in the SAR, but there is no development yet.
The investigation for the root cause is under way. The exact circumstances around sinking are unclear. The traffic in the area is closed.
The freighter Xinenhui 008 has overall length of 53.00 m, moulded beam of 9.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m.
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Product tanker Baltico caught fire in engine room in Danish Straits off Odense Fjord. The exact circumstances and details of the accident are unclear, but during firefighting one seamen was injured and medevaced by helicopter. The ship dropped anchor off Odense and the deficiencies on board were cleared. The accident was reported to local authorities, but it was understood that fire was minor. Later the product tanker resumed the voyage and proceeded to Fredericia, Denmark. The safety inspection will held in next port of call.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. There were no reports for water pollution and more serious damages to the vessel.
Product tanker Baltico (IMO: 9255268) has overall length of 170.00 m, moulded beam of 24.00 m and maximum draft of 6.40 m. The deadweight of the ship is 25,000 DWT and the gross tonnage is 15,980 GRT. The vessel is operating under the flag of Finland.
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Estonian ferry Tiiu ran aground in Valnameri Sea during a voyage from Rohukula to Heltermaa. On the halfway between the two port, the ship touched the bottom and suffered breaches of the hull, which caused returning to Rokuhula. The ship will be dry-docked and repaired, remaining out of service for at least 6 weeks. The brand-new Estonian ferry left the fairway due to dredging works, which probably is the root cause of the grounding and the further accident. None of the passengers and crew was injured and the operator will replace Tiiu with another vessel during the non-service time.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause and circumstances around the grounding. The vessel probably left the fairway due to reconstruction of ferry’s track, hitting a shallow waters with starboard. More details were not revealed and not well clear.
The ferry Tiiu (IMO: 9762687) has overall length of 114.00 m, moulded beam of 18.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The modern vessel has deadweight of 840 DWT and gross tonnage of 4,987 GRT. The ship is operating under the flag of Estonia and was delivered to operator already this year.
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The general cargo ship Al Minufiyah lost propulsion power and remained adrift in Red Sea after engine machinery failure on 190 nautical miles south off Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The vessel was on voyage under ballast from Dammam (Saudi Arabia) to Suez (Egypt), but suffered technical problem and lost propulsion power in Red Sea. The crew was unable to repair the problem and requested assistance, due to extremely dangerous waters and danger from storm. An Egyptian salvage tug was contracted, which will brought the freighter Al Minufiyah to Suez. The ship will be repaired and inspected before return in service.
There were no reports about injured people or water pollution during the accident. The investigation is under way. The further circumstances around the accident were not revealed.
The general cargo ship Al Minufiyah (IMO: ) has overall length of 132.90 m, moulded beam of 20.50 m and maximum draft of 8.00 m. The deadweight of the freighter is 12,700 DWT and the gross tonnage is 10,022 GRT. The ship was built in 1991 by Alexandria Shipyard in Egypt and operate under the flag of the same country.
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The Finnish ferry company Viking Line transported over a million passengers in July 2017. During the reported month the ferry traffic increased by 9% yoy to 1,021,890 people, while is the highest value in the history of the company. The number of transported cars increased by 14% to 138,168 units. July is considered the peak months of ferry traffic across the Baltic Sea.
The greatest increase was noted on the route Helsinki (Finland) – Tallinn (Estonia), accounting 378,704 people, which is 24% higher than last year’s figures. The increase in demand was predicted in advance, due to which the line from April 10 to October 22 launched an additional high-speed ferry Viking FSTR. After its introduction, the number of VikingLine shipments between Tallinn and Helsinki was brought to 12 per day.
Demand for travel between Helsinki and Stockholm remained at the level of last year, as the transported people were 114,620.
In total, since its launch in 1959, Viking Line has transported more than 217 million passengers.
Viking Line is a Finnish shipping company that operates a fleet of ferries and cruise ferries between Finland, the Aland Islands, Sweden and Estonia. The most modern vessel in the fleet of the company is MS Viking Grace, which was launched in 2013 on route Turku–Mariehamn/Langnas–Stockholm.
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Container ship Chong Lunj 3010 sank in Yangtze river near Taicang in Shanghai, China. the vessel smashed in berthed timer carrier New Sailing 2 and capsized, throwing into the water 15 crew and hundreds of containers. The large-scale SAR was initiated and several minutes later were rescued 13 from the crew. Another two are still missing. Nearby fishermen, boats and rescue helicopter are searching of the missing crew, but without success.
The container ship Chong Lunj 3010 was en route from Chongging to Shanghai, but deviated from the course and collided with berthed timber carrier New Sailing 2. Following the collision the both ships were seriously damages, but New Sailing 2 remained afloat, while Chong Lunj 3010 capsized and sank near the collision site.
Divers were sent to inspect the capsized vessel and check for the missing crew.
Hundred of container are floating in the area and were adrifted by the stream, causing problem for shipping in the area.
The investigation for the accident is under way.
The timber carrier New Sailing 2 (IMO: 9071167) has deadweight of 6,984 DWT and gross tonnage of 5,542 GRT. The overall length of the freighter is 97.55 m, moulded beam is 18.80 m and maximum draft is 5.00 m.
The container ship Chong Lunj 3010 has deadweight of 5,772 DWT. The length of the ship is 105.00 m, the beam is 17.00 m and the draft is 4.50 m.
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The high-speed ferry Natchan Rera broke off moorings and collided with two Taiwanese Navy Knox-class frigates, which were docked at the same pier. The accident occurred in very bad weather, which was caused by the Typhoon Nesat. Following the collision, the three vessels suffered dents and breaches above the waterline, but remained afloat and without reported water ingress. The high-speed ferry Natchan Rera was stabilized and secured at the dock shortly without developing of new accidents.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the collision. The damages to the three ships will be assessed after the weather improves, but there is no immediate danger for their seaworthiness. Fortunately during the accident there were no reported injuries and casualties.
The high-speed ferry Natchan Rera (IMO: 9294238) has overall length of 112.00 m, moulded beam of 30.50 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m. The vessel has deadweight of 1360 DWT and gross tonnage of 10,841 GRT.
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