Bulkers Crash in Brazil

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…As Berth Productivity Rises at ICTSI’s Manila Terminal***

Two bulk carriers, UK-flagged Eden Bay and Bahamas-flagged Mazury collided in the Fazendinha anchorage area, Amazon river, Brazil on Wednesday, October 11.

The 2008-built Eden Bay is owned by Pioneer Marine, while Mazuri is listed as part of Polish shipping company Polsteam’s fleet.

As informed, the incident took place during maneuvers at the anchorage.

“During correcting of the position of the ship, the strong current lifted the stern of MV Mazury on the bow of MV Eden Bay. Both ships were contacted,” a Polsteam spokesperson told World Maritime News.

MV Mazury sustained a dent in the hull, however, there was no damage to the ship’s mechanical equipment on the stern or the railing, a company statement reads.

“MV Mazury is currently looking to inspect technical inspectors about the extent of the damage. The ship is fully operational, ” the company spokesperson added.

Eden Bay is reported to have also suffered dents to its superstructure and hull portside.

There have been no reports of injuries to either of the crews nor environmental pollution in the area resulting from the incident.

Local media said that both ships had pilots on board when the incident occurred, but lack of hydrographic knowledge of the area might have contributed to the incident.

The cause of the collision is yet to be determined.

In the meantime, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has seen record productivity at its flagship Manila terminal in the Philippines for August and September.

The Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) posted an increase in berth productivity of 22 percent and 13 percent for the two months, respectively.

“With terminal manpower delivering optimal performance, ICTSI further improved its existing employee motivation and care program to include citations for its most productive equipment operators,” ICTSI said.

“Management acknowledges the excellent work our prime mover, quay crane, rubber tired gantry, and stacker operators have put in to reach high berth productivity. As early as 2000, we have been rewarding our operators and, as a result, ICTSI enjoys a very low turnover rate,” Jay Valdez, MICT operations director, informed.

In 1988, ICTSI won the 25 plus 25 years concession to operate the Manila terminal in an international tender. Since then, MICT has increased its annual capacity five-fold, expanded its container handling fleet and switched from a manual control system to an integrated real-time IT terminal control system.

Earlier in October an analysis conducted by International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) allegedly found an emerging pattern of labour rights violations at ICTSI. The ITF claimed that the report shows that labour issues at ICTSI terminals “can be found throughout ICTSI’s global network”.

World Maritime News contacted ICTSI for comment on the matter, however, the terminal operator is yet to reply.

World Maritime News

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