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Ocean Freight Carriers Fight Piracy!
Overseas shipping companies with ships traveling through regions of the world where pirates are known to operate have started to fight back against the pirates. The crew of the Libyan-owned ocean freight carrier Rim that was hijacked by pirates in February decided it was time to act and after a fierce battle against the pirates they managed to regain control of their containership. This is the first time a crew of a vessel hijacked by the pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden has decided to fight back after being in captivity for awhile, according to sources. The good news is the crew managed to come through the battle for the most part, one crew member was reported as being seriously injured, but hopefully he recovers soon. This was bad news for the pirates though as reports indicate as between five and nine of the pirates were killed during the battle to recapture the Rim.

The drama intensified according to reports when the Navfor warship on site, SPS Vicoria, launched its helicopter to approach the Rim to see if it could provide medical assistance. This event caused a second hijacked ocean freight carrier controlled by the pirates, the Daisy, to change course and start toward the Rim. The pirates in control of the Daisy decided to change their mind once they saw the helicopter change course toward them though and they once again changed course and left the scene.

A second event occured in the Gulf of Aden in the early hours of the day as pirates hijacked the 15,000-tonne ocean freight carrier QSM Dubai, which has a crew of 24 from around the world. After a period of time the QSM Dubai was boarded by a force of soldiers from Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region that captured seven pirates after a brief gun battle, unfortunately this was after the pirates had decided to kill the captain of the vessel.
Posted on 26 Aug 2010 by Momentum
Overseas Shipping Travels up the Yangtze River
China's international freight carrier industry reached a freight industry milestone along the Yangtze River recently as the largest bulk freight carrier to ever travel 100 miles inland to China's Port of Jiangyin in Jiangsu province arrived with an international cargo consisting of 60,000 tonnes of iron ore from the Ukraine. Earlier in the week this same 100,000-dwt bulker had stopped at the Port of Ningbo to offload 30,000 tonnes of coal.

A second milestone for China's international freight industry was also reached earlier this month at the Port of Wuhan as the first 5,000-dwt freight vessel was finally able to make the journey fom Shanghai to Wuhan during the month of April. Previously, vessels of this size were unable to make the journey due to low-water conditions and had to wait until the flood season between May and October. The recently completed dredging between Wuhan and Anging in Anhui province has been the main reason for the increase in traffic as it has raised the water level from 4.5 to 5.5 metres, according to freight industry sources.

The ability of overseas shipping vessels of this size to make the journey early is mainly due to the dredging program started along the Yangtze River around a decade ago by the Chinese government. All part of a bigger plan that according to Chinese freight industry sources has China currently dreding between Chongqing and Yibing, which is around 1600 kilometres from the open ocean. This dredging program should allow overseas shipping of 1000-dwt to travel up the Yangtze River year round and vessels of 3,000-dwt to travel up river during the flood season. At the mouth of the Yangtze River work to increase the water depth to 12.5 metres is also nearing completion and they expect to be completed the dredging of the Yangtze River sometime in 2012.
Posted on 25 Aug 2010 by Momentum

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