VIETNAMESE CONTAINSHIP CARRYING 285 CONTAINERS SINKS OFF HO CHI MINH CITY

October 21, 2019

The Vietnamese-flagged Containership, VIETSUN INTEGRITY capsized and sank during the evening hours of October the 18th while sailing downstream on the Long Tau River, Vietnam.

The incident occurred at approximately 23:54 LT, between the buoys 28 and 30 of the Long Tau River. The vessel had originally left Ho Chi Minh, headed for Vung Tau.

According to some reports from local media, shortly before midnight, the pilot of the vessel notified the local VTS centre of an issue with a container on board the ship.

Following the message, the vessel proceeded to rapidly develop a list, and sank a full two hours later.

As a result of the sinking, a large number of drifting containers were spread throughout the river creating a major navigational hazard.

Furthermore, there’s approximately 150 tons of oil on board the vessel and local authorities are worried over a potential environmental disaster.

As a result, the Ho Chi Minh City Port Authority has restricted maritime traffic in the region; specifically, from the confluence of the Dong Tranh – Long Tau River all the way to the crossroads of the Four Sides River.

There were 17 crew members working onboard the VietSun Integrity at the time of the sinking. Thankfully, they’ve all been rescued and are considered in good health.

The ship had been carrying 285 containers when it sunk, a large part of which are currently drifting along the river.

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Source: https://arxmaritime.com

 

Wicked Winds Continue to Hammer the Northeast

October 17, 2019

A strong Nor’easter continues to crank across the northeastern U.S. today, October 17, after “bombing out” last night over New England. This means the central atmospheric pressure of the storm dropped like a bomb – falling at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less – producing wicked winds that toppled trees and power lines. The storm won’t let up, so shippers should expect delays of ground and air freight.

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Source: https://www.freightwaves.com

UK and EU Reach Agreement on Brexit, Parliament Preps for Weekend Vote

October 17, 2019

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced Thursday the U.K. and European Union had reached a Brexit deal. Johnson said he hopes Parliament will pass the deal this Saturday. This will be just the third time the legislative body has met on a Saturday since World War II, according to CNN. The deal removed the “backstop” found in Theresa May’s deal that would have kept the U.K. in the EU’s customs union. Now just Northern Ireland will remain in this customs union, according to Business Insider. The full text of the deal can be found here.

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Source: https://www.supplychaindive.com

U.S. Rail Volumes still Falling

October 17, 2019

Year-to-date U.S. rail volumes continue to be lower compared with the same period in 2018 amid persistent economic uncertainty.

For the week ending October 12, the U.S. operations of the Class I railroads originated 21.3 million carloads and intermodal units year-to-date, which is a 4.1% drop from the same period a year ago, according to weekly data released by the Association of American Railroads. Of that, U.S. carloads fell 4% to nearly 10.4 million units while U.S. intermodal containers and trailers fell 4.2% to 10.9 million units.

On a weekly basis, U.S. rail volumes tumbled 7% to 510,820 carloads and intermodal units.

Looking at North America overall, year-to-date rail volumes totaled nearly 29.1 million carloads and intermodal units, a 2.9% drop compared with the same period in 2018. Carloads slipped 2.9% to 14.5 million units, while intermodal containers and trailers fell 3% to 14.5 million intermodal units.

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Source: https://www.freightwaves.com

Norfolk Southern Train Service Between Moberly and Kansas City, Missouri, Remains Suspended

Brunswick-MO-updateOctober 16, 2019

Norfolk Southern train service between Moberly and Kansas City, Missouri, remains suspended as a result of the Grand River Bridge outage in Brunswick, Missouri, following structural damage from heavy rains and debris. NS Engineering is working around-the-clock on repairs and restoration efforts. There was significant damage to the bridge. The current estimate is mid-November for repairs to be completed and service restored.

Norfolk Southern has entered into agreements with our interline partners to detour freight traffic over alternative gateways through the duration of the outage. Customers will not need to update any shipping instructions and can see detoured shipments via AccessNS. All intermodal terminals will accept traffic into Kansas City, and the Kansas City terminal is open.

All traffic originating or terminating in the Kansas City area may see up to a 48- to 72-hour delay.

Norfolk Southern appreciates your patience and will continue to provide updates as conditions change.

The latest ETA and routing information are always available through AccessNS.

Source: http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/service-alerts/service-alert-brunswick-missouri-update.html