New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission released its report on the grounding of the passenger catamaran Dolphin Seeker, on 27 October 2018. The boat ran aground on rocks at slow speed. Nobody was injured, but the vessel sustained significant damage.
An all-electric ferry, able to carry around 30 vehicles and 200 passengers has carried out its maiden voyage. Namely, the e-ferry Ellen sailed between the Ports of Soby and Fynshav, located on the islands of Aero and Als in Denmark.
A Spanish ferry, carrying around 400 passengers, ran aground while sailing from Ibiza and Majorca, on August 16. After the incident rescue operations were launched by the coast guard and other emergency services. The ferry ‘Pinar del Rio’ is operated by Balearia, and grounded off Benidorm, southeastern Spain, while the ship was preparing to moor in harbor with 393 passengers and 70 vehicles on board.
The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced around $32.8 million in project selections to improve the safety and reliability of America’s passenger ferries and enhance mobility for ferry users across the United States. Nine projects in nine states will receive funding from FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program.
In its latest gangways guidance, the Shipowners Club describes a case of a passenger injury on the access ramp while boarding a ferry. The claimant’s lawyers supported that this incident occurred because the ramp was unattended and not because the ramp was unsafe.
The US National Transportation Safety Board published an updated list of the safety recommendations associated with the agency’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, following the recent closure of eight safety recommendations.
In its latest Loss Prevention guidance on gangways, the Shipowners Club describes a case of an injury to an elderly passenger disembarking from a tourist craft operating in north-eastern Australia. The Club highlighted a poor implementation of safety management system.
Sharing figures for the first half of 2019, Finland’s Port of Helsinki informed that its passenger numbers have bounced back to last year’s level, but the amount of cargo transported via the Port during the first half of the year did not reach last year’s level.
The Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia is trying to strengthen its position as a RoRo hub in the Baltic region. Namely, Finnish ferry company Eckerö Line recently started connecting the port of Muuga, where HHLA TK Estonia operates a multi-function terminal, with Vuosaari in Finland.
The passenger ship Indera Bupala ran aground on July 15 about 1.5 nautical miles, off Mengkilo, Bintan, Indonesia. The ship was carrying 40 passengers on board, and was heading from Singapore to Lobam Port, western Bintan. Initial information indicated that the hull was not damaged, while there was not leak from the ship after the incident.
Amendments related to the IBC Code23/08/2019
Key requirements from the BCH Code amendments23/08/2019
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Lessons learned from fire due to faulty mobile phone charger23/08/2019
Pointe-Noire terminal in Sept-Îles to improve its infrastructure23/08/2019
Port of Vancouver to strengthen resilience to climate change23/08/2019
Port of Hamilton's capacity to increase23/08/2019
Canada fines vessel for breaching speed restriction in Gulf of St. Lawrence23/08/2019
Watch: Vopak Terminal Botlek well underway23/08/2019
JAXPORT records its best ever July for container volumes23/08/2019
Two new dual-fueled tankers using methanol join the Methanol Institute23/08/2019