Bulk carrier runs aground in Willamette River as Captain faces drinking allegations in court

A freighter vessel broke free from its mooring on the Willamette River and ran aground Tuesday. On the same day its master admitted in court to being drunk while operating the ship.

The Russian captain, Valeriy Sharykin, 62-year-old, was arrested Monday evening after members of the USCG boarded the Maltese bulk carrier Adfines East to do a routine inspection, told Michelle Kerin Assistant U.S. Attorney. They observed signs that captain Sharykin was intoxicated, Kerin stated.

Valeriy Sharykin registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.181 promiles, the prosecutor told, over 4 times the legal limit of 0.04 for an operator of a merchant ship.

Less than 21 hours later, captain Valeriy Sharykin had been arraigned, pleaded guilty to the charge and sentenced to 2 years of probation during that time he might not sail in U.S. waters. He also should pay a US$1,000 fine to the court and US$1,000 fine to a community alcohol treatment facility.

But while Capt. Sharykin was in custody, his crew members were aboard the Adfines East on Tuesday with a full load of grain and ready for departure. That’s when the bulk carrier broke free from its mooring at Terminal 4 on the Willamette River. It is still not clear how it’d happened.

The 620-foot freighter vessel drifted about 1,5 nautical miles downstream and into the Columbia River, stated Petty Officer Curtis Daly of the USCG’s Portland office.

Daly told that the crew members were able to anchor the vessel and start the engines. But as the second-in-command attempted to bring the vessel back to Terminal 4, it ran aground on Davis Bar about a mile north of Kelley Point Park.

With the assistance of tug vessels, the bulk carrier was freed from the bar. The ship was later moored at Upper Anchorage, a spot just west of Hayden Island.

The Coast Guard is currently investigating the accident. Capt. Sharykin’s attorney, Kenneth Lerner, declined to comment.

Shell Launches The First 100% LNG Powered Barge


Shell Launches The First 100% LNG Powered Barge


Shell has launched the first 100% LNG powered tank barge at a
Christening ceremony attended by Shell CEO Peter Voser at Peters
Shipyards in The Netherlands.

Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, Shell Vice President Shipping & Maritime commented:  “We are thrilled to see this first LNG powered barge in operation. Through innovation, a shared vision and a great deal of dedication, LNG powered barging has become a reality. Shell anticipates a bright future for LNG as a fuel in both coastal and inland shipping as it can help customers meet strict emissions standards such as those that are due to apply on the Rhine.”

Shell Ship

The LNG powered barge, Greenstream, has been built and designed at Peters Shipyards in The Netherlands and will be managed by the Dutch based Interstream Barging (ISB). This is the first of two new LNG powered barges to be chartered by Shell. Greenstream has been launched on schedule and will start operating on the Rhine in the next few weeks.

Greenstream has been designed with many new safety and efficiency features. For example, she has four small efficient engines rather than one large engine as in traditional barges.  This means that power can be varied as less is required to travel downstream than upstream with potential for fuel savings.  These engines will operate at lower frequency than traditional barges, reducing vibration and noise levels which could be advantageous when traveling through populated areas on the Rhine. This new LNG powered barge will operate in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.

The launch is part of the longer term development of a new European LNG marine fuel industry with the potential to fuel inland barges, ferries, tugs or even cruise ships.  Shell’s recent acquisition of Gasnor, the Norwegian LNG fuel company, is another example of Shell’s confidence in this sector’s future. In addition, over the next few years Shell will develop two LNG corridors, primarily for the marine industry in the Gulf Coast and Great Lakes areas of North America.

5 Dead After Lifeboat Falls From Cruise Ship During Muster Drill

5 Dead After Lifeboat Falls From Cruise Ship During Muster Drill

5 Dead After Lifeboat Falls From Cruise Ship During Muster Drill

Photo of the lifeboat that fell from the ship earlier this morning.

Photo of the lifeboat that fell from the ship earlier this morning.

(11:17 am) Earlier this morning around 7 am EST, five people were killed and multiple injured while the Thomson Majesty was performing a routine muster drill in the port of Santa Cruz in the Canary Islands.

During the drill, the cable crane of one of the lifeboats snapped, causing the lifeboat to fall more than 60 feet into the water with 8 crew members trapped inside. It appears that these crew members were not secured inside the lifeboat by the time it fell.

Three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanaian were killed, the BBC reports. The injured were all men, two aged 30, and another, a Greek national, was 32-years-old, a statement from the islands’ Emergency and Security Coordination Center said.

(11:51 am) Statement from Thomson Cruises:

“We are aware of an incident involving the ship’s crew on board Thomson Majesty, in La Palma, Canary Islands this afternoon.

We are working closely with the ship owners and managers, Louis Cruises, to determine exactly what has happened and provide assistance to those affected by the incident.”

(1:24 pm) New photo released from the BBC.

lifeboat overturned







(2:08 pm) I have just received the following statement from a spokesperson for Thomson Cruises:

“Thomson Cruises can confirm there was an incident involving the ship’s crew during a safety drill on board Thomson Majesty, in La Palma, Canary Islands today at 11:50am local time.

We can also confirm that there have sadly been five crew fatalities and three crew injuries. One person has been discharged from hospital and we expect the other two people to be released from hospital imminently. Our thoughts are with the families of those involved.

We are working closely with the ship owners and managers, Louis Cruises, to determine exactly what has happened and provide assistance to those affected by the incident. We are also working closely with all relevant authorities and will be co-operating fully with their investigations.”

More on this tragedy as it develops, stay tuned.

Port Of Gothenburg Prepares for the Largest Container Ships – Triple E Vessels


Port Of Gothenburg Prepares for the Largest Container Ships – Triple E Vessels

March 12, 2013  By Comments
It has been confirmed that the world’s largest container ships – Triple E – will call at the Port of Gothenburg. The ships, which can carry 18,000 containers, are currently being built at a shipyard in South Korea. The first call will be in August.Test runs have been taking place at the Port of Gothenburg for some time to simulate a call by Maersk Line’s new ship generation, Triple E.“The test runs have proved successful and it is very exciting that what we have simulated will now become a reality. We are ready to welcome this new generation of container ship,” says Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg Chief Executive.Maersk

The Port of Gothenburg is one of the few ports in Northern Europe that has fairways that are sufficiently wide and deep and cranes that are sufficiently large to receive Triple E ships. Ships which up to a year or so ago were the largest in the world – Emma Maersk and her sister ships – already call at the port. They can carry 14,000 containers*. These will now be gradually replaced by Triple E ships to service one of the routes between the Port of Gothenburg and the Far East.

The new ships are 400 m long and 59 m wide. The carrying capacity is 18,000 containers. Placed end to end, the load from one single ship would be 110 km in length.

“Increased capacity on deep-sea services between Sweden and Asia is positive for Swedish industry. This is where trade flows are increasing whilst European flows are still reporting a poor rate of growth,” states Magnus Kårestedt.

Exports in Sweden comprise mainly paper, timber products, steel and industrial components. Imports largely take the form of clothes, electronics, food, furniture and other consumer products.

Reduced emissions

EEE or Triple E stands for Economy of Scale, Energy efficient och Environmentally improved. The ships will emit half as much carbon dioxide on the Europe/Asia service compared to the average. When the day comes for the ships to be taken out of service, all material can be recycled. The engines and hull are adapted to slow-steaming, i.e. lower speed, which saves fuel.

Thirteen ports

Triple E will call at the following thirteen ports: Gdansk (Poland)– Århus (Denmark)– Gothenburg – Bremerhaven (Germany) – Rotterdam (Netherlands) – Port Tangiers (Algeria) – Singapore – Yantian (China) – Hong Kong – Kwangyang (South Korea) – Ningbo (China)– Shanghai – Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia).

Reference & Image Credits: portofgothenburg