Hazard in Suva waters   1 comment

Fishing ships berthed in the Suva Harbour have doubled in just two months, and with overseas companies opting to berth in Fiji during the off-season, this number could increase.

Harbour master Captain Joji Takape said the ships initially came into Suva to use the slipway as the one in Pagopago, American Samoa is damaged. As of last month, 116 ships are berthed was the harbour.

Gun shot attack

Unknown assailants in a speedboat shot at a merchant vessel as it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and Oman on Sunday, the Nato Shipping Centre (NSC) said.

Gulfnews.com reported that the unidentified merchant ship reported being shot at twice from close range from a speedboat carrying six people armed with machine guns, on Sunday morning.

It repelled the attack with hoses and the vessel and crew are safe, NSC said. Although suspected Somali pirates commonly attack merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin, attacks on shipping in the Strait of Hormuz — a vital oil and gas shipping route — are rare. The attack happened on the Gulf of Oman side of the Strait of Hormuz, about 90 minutes after a different merchant ship was approached by two speedboats with crews wearing military clothing, Nato said.

Thick ice stronger

The ice on the Great Lakes is so thick this year the Canadian Coast Guard says ice breakers are having trouble getting through.

According to the cbcnews the superintendent of the Coast Guard operations centre for the central and arctic region reports that, in many areas, the ice is more than half a metre thick — and in some spots it is stacked up 1.5 metres thick.”

In some areas the flat ice is up to 28 inches thick. But that doesn’t include ice that has been piled up with heavy ridges that can be four to five feet high and sometimes higher,” the website said.

2024 visitors

SUVA can expect an influx of 2024 visitors today when the Sea Princess docks at the Kings Wharf today. Carrying 1873 Australian tourists, and some Americans as well as Europeans, she arrives from Noumea before she sails on to Vanuatu.

The Sea Princess was in the country on February 22. She has 857 crew members and on this leg of the journey has sailed to New Caledonia and ports in Australia and New Zealand. Her local shipping agent is Pacific Agencies.



Posted April 4, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS

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