Vinashinlines ship arrested in India
Last update 26/12/2012 16:00:00 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet Bridge - Nearly two months trapped in the port of Kolkata, India, the crew of Cai Lan 4 ship sent a letter home to ask for help, but Vinashinlines leaders could not help and told them to wait.
Cai Lan 4, one of the 16 ships of Vinashinlines that are “trapped” at home and abroad.
32 passengers stranded in Masbate ports
By Jonas Cabiles Soltes Inquirer Southern Luzon
10:15 am | Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
NAGA CITY, Philippines – Tropical storm “Quinta” shut down all ports in Masbate on Wednesday and the Coast Guard in the island-province said at least 32 passengers were stranded in three seaports.
As of 9:00 a.m., there were eight stranded passengers in Masbate Port in Masbate City, the provincial capital. There were six other stranded passengers in cataingan Port, some 70 kilometers south of the city.
China’s 9-dash line ‘weakens’ land claims
Published on Tuesday, 25 December 2012 21:12
Written by Recto Mercene / Reporter
The Great Wall was erected by Chinese emperors to keep the “barbarians” out, meaning everybody but them. That mind-set of being a unique race had remained with their political leaders, sketching the 9-dash line, the 21st century equivalent of the wall, to encompass the whole of the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).
But unlike the Great Wall of China that measures 8,850 kilometers (5,500 miles), the 9-dash line was drawn apparently on a whim, without any reference points or coordinates.
‘Quinta’ leaves over 5,000 passengers stranded
By Frances Mangosing
6:26 am | Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
MANILA, Philippines—Tropical storm Quinta (international name Wukong) has left over 5,000 passengers stranded in several ports nationwide, the Philippine Coast Guard said early Wednesday.
A total of 5,144 passengers were stranded in the following ports: Manila 2,550, Carbalogan Samar 82, Maasin Leyte 454, Bicol 223, Tagbilaran 715, Dumaguete 31, Cagayan de Oro 200, Ozamis 625, Butuan 75, Dapitan 44 and Iloilo with 145, the PCG said in a statement.
Meanwhile, 40 vessels and 10 motor bancas with 150 rolling cargoes were stuck on the said ports while 10 vessels took shelter in other ports.
In Focus: The China Maritime Centre at Greenwich
Recognising China’s rise as a powerful maritime nation, the China Maritime Centre at Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI), University of Greenwich, London was formally launched in July this year. The new Centre’s aim is to promote and disseminate studies contributing to a better understanding of China’s prominent maritime role, in a global context, in the 21st century. It will provide a focus for research and consultancy into a wide variety of aspects. A full programme of activities and events over the next twelve months has been arranged. The Centre will be led by Dr Minghua Zhao, deputy director of GMI.
Nisshin Shipping buying 7 resale bulkers from Chinese yards
Dalian: Taking advantage of the depressed market once again Japanese shipowner Nisshin Shipping is in the process of buying up to seven resale kamsarmax bulkers from two Chinese shipyards.
The company is going to buy two 82,000dwt bulkers from Guangzhou Longxue Shipbuilding and five bulkers of the same type from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding. The price for each vessel is around $23m.
Currently Nisshin Shipping operates a fleet of more than 30 bulkers and tankers. In November it acquired three resale bulkers which were originally ordered by Taiwan owner TMT from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Korea for around $25m per vessel. [25/12/12]
870 ship passengers stranded in Cebu due to storm ‘Quinta’
By Jhunnex Napallacan Inquirer Visayas
6:20 pm | Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
CEBU CITY, Philippines — At least 870 passengers were stranded in Cebu after the Coast Guard barred 16 vessels from leaving Cebu port due to storm “Quinta.”
According to Capt. Rolando Punzalan, Cebu coast guard station commander, several routes were affected.
Grounded were vessels bound for the towns of Tubigon and Getafe as well as Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Leyte; from Hagnaya in Daanbantayan town to Bantayan Island; from Danao City to Camotes Island in Cebu and those bound for Negros Island.
QE2's former owner dismisses speculation over liner
Zaineb Al Hassani Dec 25, 2012
QE2 in Melbourne
Rumours surrounding the fate of the QE2, the much loved Queen Elizabeth II liner, are false, according to her former owner, Cunard.
Reports began circulating on Monday evening that the ship, which has been moored in Dubai since 2008, after making its final voyage from the UK, is to be sold to China for scrap, for an undetermined price.
DFA: Repatriation arranged for Pinoy seaman rescued from Somali pirates
December 25, 2012 10:45am
Philippine officials are now arranging for the repatriation of the Filipino seaman rescued from Somali pirates after nearly three years in captivity.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez did not name the seaman but said he had spent 32 months in captivity.
"A Filipino seaman on board MV Iceberg I was rescued from Somali pirates after 32 months in captivity. His repatriation is now being arranged," Hernandez said on his Twitter account.
Hernandez likewise did not immediately give details on when the seaman would be repatriated.
No festive relief for starving sailors stuck on ill-fated ship
By Arun Janardhanan, TNN | Dec 25, 2012, 03.26 AM IST
CHENNAI: While the two Italian marines facing murder charges have been allowed to go home for Christmas, the festival did not bring any such relief for 29 Indian sailors stuck aboard an abandoned ship off the Chennai coast without food and water.