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Sherman A1

Sherman A1's Journal
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March 29, 2022

Engine Issues Led to Tanker Striking Dock in Corpus Christi -NTSB

An incorrect solution to address a main engine start issue led to the contact between an oil tanker and a loading dock in the Port of Corpus Christi, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday.

The agency published a marine investigation report detailing its investigation into the March 15, 2021, contact of the oil tanker Riverside with Moda Ingleside Energy Center No. 4 loading dock near Ingleside, Texas. The vessel was carrying more than 717,000 barrels of crude oil and was bound for Lisbon, Portugal. No injuries or pollution were reported. The contact resulted in $550,000 in damages to the vessel and $7 million in damages to the dock.

On the date of the casualty, two pilots from Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots boarded the Riverside to assist with maneuvering the vessel out of the port. While outbound in the Corpus Christi Channel, another tank vessel ahead of Riverside was also departing. The pilots of both vessels agreed the Riverside would slow down and allow the other vessel to depart the dock and proceed out of the port. The pilot ordered a series of engine orders to slow the vessel, including stop; the Riverside began to sheer to port and a starboard rudder order was not effective. The pilot ordered dead slow ahead to increase the flow of water across the rudder, which required restarting the engine. The engine failed to restart on multiple occasions. Without propulsion, the Riverside’s maneuverability remained limited, and its port bow struck the mooring dolphin and catwalk at the end of the no. 4 Moda dock.


March 29, 2022

Ships Stranded in Ukraine as Conflict Slows UN Rescue Efforts

With more than 1,000 seafarers stranded on ships in Ukrainian ports and food supplies running low, the United Nations is pressing for their safe passage out of danger but security risks and disagreements are hobbling those efforts, maritime sources say.

Russia's military took control of waterways when it invaded Ukraine on February 24, in what Moscow calls a "special operation".

Since then at least 100 foreign flagged ships with over 1,000 seafarers have been stuck inside Ukrainian ports with food supplies running low, shipping officials say.

UN shipping agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said this month it would seek to create a safe maritime corridor to enable merchant ships and their crews to sail out of the Black Sea and Sea of Azov without the risk of being hit.


March 29, 2022

Irish lessors end aircraft leases with Russian airlines

Industry body Aircraft Leasing Ireland (ALI) has said that all of its members have fully complied with EU sanctions requiring them to terminate lease arrangements with Russian based airlines.

The organisation said the unprecedented events in Russia meant the last number of weeks had been challenging for aircraft leasing companies as they try to recover aircraft "with limited success to date."

"ALI will work very closely with its members over the coming weeks and will continue to liaise with relevant authorities on their behalf," it said in a statement.

Members of the body include AerCap, which has around 150 aircraft worth €2.1bn caught up in the Russia-Ukraine crisis, as well as SMBC Aviation Capital and Avolon which are also impacted.


March 29, 2022

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March 29, 2022

Shanghai begins strict COVID restrictions

The eastern side of Shanghai is under strict restrictions on outings as authorities try to stop a surge in coronavirus numbers.

The city of more than 24 million people is being divided in two for a staggered citywide testing program.

Subways heading to the eastern half have stopped after the restrictions went into force there.

The city center is quiet. Police are wearing protective gear.


March 29, 2022

G7 nations reject Russia's demand to pay for gas in rubles

The Group of Seven countries have agreed to refuse Russian President Vladimir Putin's demand to pay for natural gas imports in rubles.

G7 ministers held an emergency meeting on Monday in response to a request from Germany.

They looked into the plans Putin revealed last week to demand ruble payments for gas sales to what Moscow has deemed "unfriendly" countries, including the US and European nations.

Japanese economy ministry officials said the G7 ministers agreed that the demand is a clear breach of existing contracts. They said the majority of payments are being made in dollars or euros.


March 29, 2022

UN: Over 3.86 million have fled Ukraine

The United Nations' refugee agency says that as of Sunday, more than 3.86 million people had fled Ukraine to other countries since the Russian invasion began.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says that over 2.29 million people have made their way to Poland.

Romania has accepted the second-largest number of evacuees, with about 590,000, while Moldova has 380,000. Hungary has 350,000.


March 29, 2022

Japanese minister to visit Poland for talks on accepting Ukrainian evacuees

Japan's government intends to send its justice minister to Poland as a special envoy tasked with laying the groundwork for accepting evacuees from Ukraine. Tokyo may allow some evacuees to accompany the minister when he flies back to Japan.

A plan by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to dispatch Justice Minister Furukawa Yoshihisa as his envoy is part of ongoing preparations to take in Ukrainians fleeing the violence in their country.

Under the plan, Furukawa will depart for Poland on April 1. Upon arrival, he will consult with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki about how to support Ukrainians.

Also under consideration is a plan to allow some evacuees to accompany Furukawa on a government plane back to Japan, if they wish to do so.


March 29, 2022

Russia mulls restricting entry of citizens from 'unfriendly' nations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the country is mulling restricting the entry of citizens from the countries and territories it deems "unfriendly."

Lavrov said at a meeting of the ruling United Russia party on Monday that a draft presidential decree on visa measures is being developed in response to what he called unfriendly actions by a number of foreign states.

Lavrov added that the document will introduce a number of restrictions on entry into Russia.

But he declined to revel the restrictions in detail.


March 29, 2022

Ukraine's Prosecutor General: 12 journalists killed since Russian invasion began

Ukraine's Prosecutor General says 12 journalists have been killed since the Russian invasion began, with 10 others injured.

Iryna Venediktova expressed a sense of crisis, saying that "Revealing the truth about Putin's aggression is getting increasingly risky and dangerous."

US media outlets reported that American journalist and filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed on March 13 when Russian troops opened fire on his car.

US TV network Fox News said two of its journalists were killed and another was injured when they were attacked outside the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on March 14.


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