(1) Explosion Rocks Cargo Ship Near Romania’s Danube Port
An explosion occurred on a ship near Romania’s Danube port of Sulina. Romanian authorities quickly responded by sending a minesweeper ship with divers to check for any potential mines in the area. Thankfully, 12 crew members aboard the Togo-registered cargo ship were safely evacuated and brought to shore for medical evaluations after the explosion occurred early Wednesday.
According to Romania’s Transport Minister, the ship, which was flying the flag of Togo and carrying cement, reported an explosion in its engine room, prompting the evacuation. The Danube river has become crucial for exporting Ukrainian grain due to Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian seaports. The incident took place about seven sea miles (approximately 13 kilometers) off the Romanian port of Sulina, where the Danube river flows into the Black Sea. The cargo ship had arrived in Sulina on September 12th and was awaiting entry into the Bystroye canal on the Ukrainian side, as reported by the ministry.
(2) Travel From India To UAE On Ship With 200kg Baggage
A passenger ship service between the UAE and the southern Indian state of Kerala could soon offer Indian expats an affordable and comfortable transportation option. This service is expected to accommodate around 1,250 passengers and could reduce the travel time between the UAE and Kerala to just three days.
Passengers on this ship will be allowed a generous baggage limit of 200 kilograms. Reports suggest that ticket prices for this passenger ship will range from approximately Dh442 to Dh663, depending on the duration of the journey. Passengers can also look forward to a variety of cuisine options and entertainment during the voyage.
This initiative is a collaborative effort between the Sharjah Indian Association, a private company called Ananthapuri Shipping and Logistics Private Limited, and with the support of the Kerala government and the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs (Norka), a Kerala government department that addresses the needs of non-resident Keralites.
(3) Kerala Port Was The First In India To Open Cargo Waterways
The transportation of goods from the Natakam or Kottayam port offers significant advantages to over a thousand exporters and local businesses in Central Trivandrum, Kerala. Kottayam’s ample inland waterways enable the efficient shipment of goods from this district to various destinations within India and abroad through the Natakam port, which connects to Kochi. The Kottayam Port and Container Terminal (KPCT) represents a pioneering effort in Kerala, as it’s the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Minor Port and Inland Container Depot (ICD). It proudly holds the distinction of being India’s first port and ICD to utilize customs-designated inland water routes for the import and export of goods. Kottayam Port’s mission is clear: to provide the necessary infrastructure for the smooth transport of customs-cleared, loaded, and exported cargo containers from various districts.
Kottayam Sea Port is located along the banks of the Natakam Kotur River and is connected to Kochi Port via both road and an inland waterway route through the Vembanad backwater, spanning a distance of 85 kilometers. This port operates on the Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) principle, where customs-sealed containers are transported by barge to designated stacking points at Kochi Port.
(4) Over 20 Cruise Ships Looking for New Operators
According to the Cruise Ship Secondhand Market Report by Cruise Industry News, there are currently 23 cruise ships laid up in different parts of the world. This lineup includes vessels of various sizes and types, from small coastal ships to large modern cruise liners.
One of the notable vessels awaiting a decision on its future is the Mykonos Magic, which can accommodate 2,720 guests. Acquired by Seajets in February, this former Costa Magica ship has remained docked in Greece since then.
Seajets, the Greek operator, purchased a total of eight cruise ships during the pandemic, including three additional vessels: Holland America’s former Veendam, Royal Caribbean’s former Majesty of the Seas, and P&O’s former Oceana. All of these ships are currently laid up in Greece, and it’s believed they are available for sale.