Watch Japanese Tugs Free Grounded Containership MOL Express

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A spectator on shore captured the following high quality video of Japanese tugboats working together to free the containership MOL Express after she ran aground while maneuvering in Tateyama Harbor, Japan.  Seaspan, the owner of the vessel, says the tugs managed to free the vessel, which was on charter to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, on the morning of 14 January, three days after the … [Read more...]

Sembcorp Marine and ABS Acknowledge Deaths in Chinese Tug Sinking

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In a follow-up statement today on last week's deadly tugboat sinking in the Yangtze River, Sembcorp Marine Ltd confirmed three of their employees were among those who died in the incident. Sembcorp Marine says they were witnessing the sea trial of the tug boat when the accident happened as part of the project monitoring. The employees, Assistant Manager Baginda Ali Bin … [Read more...]

20 Missing After Tug Sinks During Sea Trials

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SHANGHAI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - More than 20 people are missing after a tug boat sank in the Yangtze River in China's eastern Jiangsu Province on Thursday, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday quoting local authorities. Seven or eight foreigners working on the boat, including citizens of Singapore and Japan, were among the missing, it said. A French citizen may … [Read more...]

LNG Carrier Grounded off Nigeria May Offload Cargo to Break Free

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Jan 13 (Reuters) - A fully loaded liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker grounded off Nigeria last week may siphon its cargo to another ship after tugs failed to pull it free, owner Teekay LNG Partners said on Tuesday. The Magellan Spirit tanker, carrying a full load of 165,000 cubic metres, became grounded in soft mud on Jan. 5 trying to leave the Bonny Island LNG export plant, … [Read more...]

Teekay LNG Carrier Stuck in the Mud Off Nigeria

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On January 5, Teekay spokesperson Jonathan Anthony confirms in an emailed statement, their fully-loaded 165,600 m3 LNG carrier Magellan Spirit "grounded in soft mud while under pilotage exiting the Bonny Island LNG terminal in Nigeria." The vessel is still in situ with tugs on station to assist. The crew and cargo are safe, according to Teekay Our emergency response team is … [Read more...]

3D Recreation of Höegh Osaka’s Intentional Grounding in the Solent

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Update: The Hoegh Osaka car carrier self-floated at high tide on Wednesday and the vessel is now stable at a nearby as salvors work on dewatering the vessel.   SRT Marine Technology, a UK-based AIS technology firm, was able to recreate the actual movements of the Höegh Osaka as she departed Southampton and eventually beached herself on Brambles Bank utilizing their GeoVS … [Read more...]

Greek-Operated Oil Tanker Bombed at Libyan Port, Two Dead

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By Aymen al Warfalli and Angeliki Koutantou BENGHAZI, Libya/ATHENS, Jan 5 (Reuters) - A Libyan warplane from forces loyal to the internationally recognised government bombed a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored off the coast, killing two crewmen in an escalation of hostilities between factions vying to rule the country. Military officials said the vessel had been warned … [Read more...]