• 2008 May 5 15:06

    Evacuation of stranded cruise liner Mona Lisa begins

    A luxurious cruise liner, which ran aground in the Baltic Sea's Irben Strait on May 4, with 984 people on board is being evacuated, the press service of the Latvian coastguard said on Monday according to RIA Novosti.

    Four tugs were used to try and pull the Mona Lisa free from a sandbank and a number of other measures also proved unsuccessful prompting a decision to evacuate the ship's 657 passengers.

    The passengers, mainly elderly Germans, are to be ferried to the port of Ventspils by Latvian naval vessels. There are no reports of any casualties.

    The Mona Lisa is registered in the Bahamas. It has a crew of 327 and was on route from Poland's Gdansk to Latvia's Riga, when it ran aground 18 km (11 miles) off the coast of Latvia.

    Latvian Defense Minister Vinets Veldre visited the Mona Lisa last night and spoke to the captain of the liner, who according to the minister was to blame for the incident.

    "The cause of the incident could be the captain's decision to deviate from the set course so that passengers could take pictures against the background of the Irben lighthouse," the minister said.

    The Mona Lisa is 173 meters (567.5 feet) in length. It was constructed in 1966 and it ran aground nine times since then.

2020 January 20

18:37 Semi-submersible installation vessel ‘Alfa Lift’ nominated for Offshore Renewables Award 2020
18:06 Freeport LNG achieves start of commercial operations for second liquefaction train
17:55 Russia and Japan to conduct joint exercise in the Arabian sea
17:39 Kawasaki Heavy Industries announces delivery of bulk carrier NAVIOS FELICITY Ⅰ
17:34 Corvette "Gremyaschiy" completed a series of tests in the Barents sea
17:06 MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique sign contracts for construction of third and fourth LNG-powered MSC World Class ships
16:52 Cryostar and KC LNG awarded contract for building LNG facility in port of Antwerp
16:33 London, UK to host Digitalised Smart Ports Conference on 20-21 May 2020
16:09 PETRONAS concludes 12-year LNG deal with Shenergy
15:41 APM Terminals signs partnership with Brasco for oil exploration support
15:25 BIMCO’s sounding board to take sale and leaseback project to the next phase
14:58 88% of comprehensive plan for upgrading and expanding core infrastructure fulfilled by 1 January 2020
14:26 Port of Kiel concludes last year with good results
14:02 Port of Tallinn reports on its most important events and projects in 2019
13:07 Geothermal energy research in Port of Rotterdam enters next phase
12:59 Pella shipyard commenced construction of two crab catching vessels of Project 03070 for the Far East
12:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 10,074 in RF spot market
12:11 Crews of ships of RF Navy's Primorsky Flotilla are preparing to the sea campaigns
11:05 17 Carriers and ports release Boao Cooperation Initiative 2020
11:00 IAPH welcomes new member port from Oman
10:36 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 20
10:18 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 6.3% to 18.36 million TEUs in 2019
09:55 Buenos Aires, Argentina to host LNG Latin America 2020 International Congress on 17-18 June
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.3% to $65.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.14% to $59.25
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 754 points

2020 January 19

18:07 TORM increses its share capital due to exercise of Restricted Share Units as part of the Company’s incentive program
17:57 USCG halts illegal charter in Sarasota Bay
14:27 Torqeedo and ZF cooperate on new emission-free electric propulsion for water taxis and ferries
12:39 Kalmar delivers to Medcenter Container Terminal its 200th straddle carrier
11:43 NOC condemns calls to blockade oil facilities
10:24 Port of Oakland's 2019 container volume down 1.8% due to fewer empty boxes

2020 January 18

15:38 Port NOLA sets new container record in 2019
14:23 Port of Zeebrugge 2019 cargo throughput rose 14.2% to 45.8 million tonnes
12:03 Svitzer appoints new regional managing director for Svitzer Americas
11:51 TORM obtains $496m bank financing for the refinancing of existing debt
11:16 Kalmar’s heavy-duty terminal tractors to help Maritime Truck enhance performance at the Port of Oslo
10:52 Port of Rotterdam reports increase in LNG bunkering in 2019

2020 January 17

18:06 Safe Bulkers refinances $105.2 mln of existing loan facilities with respect to eight vessels
17:52 Construction of Borssele 1+2 wind farm off Zeelandic coast begins
17:31 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 263,500 tonnes of cargo in 2019, down 20.4% Y-o-Y
17:06 Wärtsilä solutions support environmentally sustainable performance for two new MSC Cruises's ships
16:50 BIMCO expands ice information service
16:27 A record year for cruise expected at Port of Southampton
16:02 Qatargas delivers first Q-Flex LNG cargo to Summit LNG FSRU in Bangladesh
15:49 Tallink Grupp sets group-wide CSR strategy and sustainable operations goals
15:23 RUB 127.57 billion of federal budget allocations approved for construction of Leader-class icebreaker
15:02 Dublin Port unitised trade up 3.6% in 2019
14:48 Seaspan Shipyards hosts ceremonial keel laying for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Joint Support Ship
14:30 RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet minesweeper makes planned transition from Sevastopol to Mediterranean Sea
14:14 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Astarte with Aquavita
13:51 Turnover of DeloPorts terminals in 2019 decreased by 5% YoY to 8.3 mln tonnes
13:32 SAAM agrees to acquire 70% of Intertug, a towage operator in Colombia, Mexico and Central America
13:03 Flex LNG announces extension of the time-charter agreement for Flex Enterprise
12:37 Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers bulk carrier FJ VIOLA
12:27 Hapag-Lloyd signs space charter agreement with Maersk and MSC on the Asia-North Europe trade
12:20 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping reports its key 2019 results
12:03 Pyxis Tankers announces completion of sale of Pyxis Delta
11:38 KHI delivers LPG carrier PHOENIX GAIA
11:29 Throughput of Vostochny Port grew by 5.2% to 25.51 million tonnes in 2019
11:03 Eagle Bulk Shipping joins Getting to Zero Coalition