Video: Celebrity Infinity Hits Pier in Alaska

first_imgzoom The 2001-built Celebrity Infinity has continued its journey after it allided with a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska while it was trying to dock on June 3.According to the vessel’s owner, the Miami-based cruise line Celebrity Cruises, the Celebrity Infinity “struck the pier due to inclement weather,” as the weather on scene was reported to be gusting at 45-miles per hour.“Initial assessment shows minor scraping damage to the ship’s hull above the waterline, which our crew has been able to repair,” the company told World Maritime News.There were no injuries reported on board the 11,778 dwt vessel or on the pier, and there were no signs of pollution at the site.Since the incident, Celebrity Infinity has been cleared by authorities and departed Ketchikan, Celebrity Cruises said. The vessel continued on its itinerary and arrived to Vancouver on Sunday, as scheduled.The cruise ship, which features a length of 294 meters and a width of 32 meters, sailed from Vancouver yesterday morning and is currently on its way to Icy Strait Cruise Port, according to the latest AIS data from Marine Traffic.The US Coast Guard has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Ban stresses need for all sides to adhere to ceasefire in Darfur

In recent months, the Government has entered into ceasefire agreements in the Qatari capital with major rebel groups, including the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).“I urge all parties to the conflict to scrupulously respect the ceasefire which has been declared, and to remain engaged in the negotiations in Doha towards a comprehensive settlement of the Darfur crisis,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the launch of an outcome document, based on an exchange of ideas among Darfurian intellectuals, in Heidelberg, Germany.The dialogue on peace issues contributing to that document was facilitated by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law.“Such commitment on the part of civil society is an important contribution to the settlement of the conflict and the cause of peace,” the Secretary-General said in his message, which was delivered by the Joint African Union-United Nations Mediator Djibril Bassolé.In February, the Sudanese Government and JEM signed a Framework Agreement in Doha, paving the way for a final resolution of the conflict in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen.The following month, Khartoum entered into an agreement with another group called the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), which included taking steps towards a cessation of hostilities.Earlier this month, the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, urged the Government and JEM to stop fighting as it confirmed that fresh clashes had erupted between the two sides despite the peace process intended to end the conflict.In a related development, the mission today expressed great concern over yesterday’s abduction of three relief workers outside Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state.Blue helmets, who are in Darfur to help restore stability to the region, have also been the target of attacks.“The mission is deeply dismayed by the recent increase in these intolerable crimes and calls for the swift and unconditional release of the aid workers,” UNAMID said in a media release.Over the weekend, fighting between the Misseriya and Rizeigat Nawaiba tribes reportedly also claimed three lives and injured 12 others. UNAMID is continuing to work with local leaders to bring the two tribes to the negotiating table. 19 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern over continued recent reports of a military build-up and violence between armed groups and Government forces in the war-wracked Sudanese region of Darfur. read more