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Watch: Livestock carrier capsizes with 14,600 sheep onboard

The livestock carrier “QUEEN HIND” overturned in Midia Port, Romania on 24th November with approximately 14,600 sheep and 22 crewmembers on board. Rescuers of the military, the police and some divers teamed up and made their efforts to face this tragedy. Until now, all of the vessel’s personnel along with 33 ships have been rescued, with the rest feared to be drowned.

Livestock carrier experiences engine malfunction off Portugal

The Government of Portugal issued a statement concerning a Sierra Leone-flagged livestock carrier that experienced an engine issue off the Portuguese coast immediately after departing from the port of Sines on Wednesday, October 23. It is estimated that at the time of the incident, the vessel was carrying 1,400 cattle and 2,000 sheep. After the incident took place, the livestock carrier was towed back to the port where it arrived on Thursday, October 24. The ship was then allowed to depart Sines on October 29, after all the repair work has been completed.

UK’s new aircraft carrier sets sail

UK’s second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, set sail for the first time. The 65,000-tonne warship left the basin at Rosyth Dockyard on the Forth, ready to begin sea trials. The ship was laid down eight years ago. After its sea trials, HMS Prince of Wales will sail for Portsmouth where it is due to be formally commissioned in the presence of its Lady Sponsor, the Duchess of Cornwall, before the end of the year.

Cement Carrier Alliance formed

Two companies in cement shipping have announced that they will jointly market their respective fleets of pneumatic cement carriers. Namely, Hamburg-based Baltrader and Philadelphia-based United Bulk Carriers will collaborate under the newly launched Cement Carrier Alliance. 

MOL reveals plans for next-gen coal carrier

MOL announced a vessel design it calls ‘EeneX’, for a 90-type (90,000 DWT) next-generation coal carrier, developed in cooperation with Japanese shipyards. The vessel’s design aims to achieve safe, reliable and economically efficient transport of coal. MOL suggests the ‘EeneX’ brand under its concept of providing optimal, ‘stress-free’ transport service for customers and the environment.

Cows die from hot conditions on livestock carrier at Israel

Israeli media reported that dozens of calves died onboard a livestock transport ship which arrived in Israel, rising charges of animal cruelty from rights advocates. The ship was carrying 20,000 calves and lambs, and had arrived in Eilat on June 8. Footage posted last week by the Israel Against Live Shipments, shows animals lying on the floor dead.

Livestock carrier catches fire at Port of Piraeus

Fire took place erupted on board the livestock carrier Boi Branco, which was berthed at Piraeus port, Greece, in the morning May 30. As of now, the extent of the damages or the cause of the fire is not known, while no injuries were reported. At the time of the incident, the vessel was in ballast, while it did not have any cattle on board.

Shippers not satisfied with surcharges and transit times, survey says

The level of satisfaction regarding container carriers among exporters, importers, and freight forwarders reduced marginally, according to the third annual shipper satisfaction survey of Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council. The 249 shippers and forwarders who participated in the survey rated the service of container shipping lines with a score of 3.1 on average.

The Aries rule does not extend to freight forwarders

As Standard Club informs, on 19 February 2019, the Commercial Court decided that the rule established in The Aries [1977] 1 WLR 185 (HL), as per which freight must always be paid and claims cannot be set off against it, did not apply to freight forwarders. With respect to whether or not the low water levels constituted a force majeure event, the Court decide that it was not.

Watch: Dual fueled cement carrier M/V Shetland christened

On Thursday April 12 the christening and launch of the 8,000 deadweight, dual fueled cement carrier M/V Shetland took place. Shetland is a sister vessel of the M/V Ireland and M/V Greenland. Several new initiatives were implemented during the construction process to further enhance quality. After the official handover the vessel will be managed by the MF Shipping Group.

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