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first_imgA group of six tugs managed to refloat the 40,600 dwt tanker Seatrout during high tide on September 20, according to Zeeland Veilig.The ship, which ran into trouble off Antwerp earlier the same day, came loose just before 4 pm. Dutch towage and salvage companies Multraship and Kotug Smit were called to conduct the operation.The 188-meter-long Seatrout was then escorted to Vlissingen, the Netherlands, where it is scheduled to undergo further inspections.Seatrout ran aground in the early morning hours of September 20 after colliding with the bulk carrier Usolie. At the time, both vessels were sailing in the same direction on the Scheldt river.The tanker, which was sailing from Antwerp to Russia’s Ust-Luga port, was not loaded with cargo at the time.Zeeland Veilig earlier informed that the bulk carrier does not have any visible damages. The extent of damage on the tanker is currently unknown.Relevant authorities launched an investigation into the matter.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Rijkswaterstaat‏last_img read more

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first_img The Black Cats headed into Tuesday night’s home clash with travel-sick QPR at the Stadium of Light on the back of a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions, with head coach Gus Poyet believing they had turned a corner. However, in the space of 46 soul-destroying minutes, they capitulated in alarming style to a side which had failed to collect anything at all from their previous 11 away games, and even a frenzied second-half fightback which did little to placate Poyet could not prevent them from slipping to a damaging 2-0 defeat. The Uruguayan later insisted something fundamental had to change if they are going to shed their one step forward, two steps back approach, and midfielder Larsson mirrored his view. The Sweden international said: “You can never take anything for granted in this game and we’ve experienced that many times before. “I think the most frustrating thing is we felt like we were on the up, we felt like we were moving in the right direction. “It’s a game we shouldn’t have lost, but we did, so we can only blame ourselves. It was down to us players on the pitch and we didn’t do enough. “I’ve been here long enough to know that we tend to do these things at times, and we need to figure out why because it shouldn’t keep happening.” The omens could hardly have been any stronger in Sunderland’s favour before kick-off with managerless Rangers arriving without a host of key players, including 13-goal top scorer Charlie Austin, through injury. But with chairman Tony Fernandes having taken to his Twitter account to reveal he was close to landing a replacement for Harry Redknapp, it was they who took the game by the scruff of the neck, exploiting the lack of protection afforded to left-back Patrick van Aanholt by Poyet’s 4-1-3-2 formation in clinical fashion. It was down that wing that midfielder Matt Phillips produced the crosses from which Leroy Fer headed the visitors into the lead before he repeated the feat to set up Bobby Zamora’s expert finish, and although Rob Green had to pull off fine saves to deny Connor Wickham and Jermain Defoe, that proved enough. Sebastian Larsson has admitted Sunderland need to shed their capacity to self-destruct if they are to avoid another scrap for Barclays Premier League survival. Afterwards, Poyet could not hide his frustration at his players abandoning his methods to respond to the home crowd’s pleas for a response in direct fashion. He said pointedly: “If the second half is what they want – and they have been asking for it for a while – then they need to be a little bit more proud of the team because that is what they are asking.” If Poyet cut a glum figure as he surveyed the wreckage of yet another false start, opposite number Chris Ramsey wore a broad smile. QPR’s head of player development left Wearside knowing he had achieved what Redknapp had been unable to do since Rangers’ return to the top flight and claim all three points away from Loftus Road in what could prove to be his final game in temporary charge. Michael Laudrup had been installed as the bookmakers’ new favourite to succeed Redknapp hours before kick-off following Fernandes’ revelation, and Ramsey was a picture of modesty as he prepared for a return to the ranks. “There’s a lot put on that managers come in and wave a magic wand and everything is great. If you look at the players that we have got there, some of the players that came in – I think we had six changes – they all came in and did well,” he said. “The players at the weekend all did well as well. We were unfortunate not to at least get a point at the weekend, so I wouldn’t say it’s anything fantastic or magic that I did that made the difference. “I have always said it before, win draw or lose, I have always said it’s really down to the players’ intrinsic motivation, whether they are prepared to put their bodies on the line like they did, and obviously play to their potential.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgJunior featherweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux was stripped of one of his 122-pound title belts because of inactivity.The WBO world championship committee voted unanimously at its 28th annual convention, which is taking place in Orlando, Florida, this week, to vacate the belt, rejecting Rigondeaux’s plea in a “show cause” letter the organization had asked him to provide stating his case to remain champion.READ: AL-SMITH –  Why is everyone avoiding talented Rigondeaux? Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), 35, is a two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist who defected and now lives in Miami. He won the WBO’s version of the title when he outpointed Nonito Donaire to unify it with his WBA belt in April 2013. But Rigondeaux has only fought three times since.He has not boxed since Dec. 31 in Japan, where he was knocked down twice in the seventh round by unknown Japanese challenger Hisashi Amagasa before rallying for an 11th-round knockout victory.The WBO sent Rigondeaux and his promoter, Caribe Promotions, a letter Oct. 7 directing them to “show cause” as to why he should not be stripped of his title because, under WBO rules, it has the unilateral discretion to vacate a title “if the champion fails to defend his title within a nine-month period.” With Rigondeaux idle for 10 months and nothing in the works, the WBO followed its rules and stripped him of the title. To fill the vacant title, the WBO will order on Thursday a fight between Mexico’s Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs), No. 1 in the organization’s ratings, and No. 2 Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs).Top Rank, which promotes Donaire and used to co-promote Rigondeaux, is making plans to put Juarez-Donaire on its truTV-televised card Dec. 11 at a site to be determined.In the Rigondeaux/Caribe response to the WBO “show cause” order, they argued in an Oct.16 letter that Rigondeaux should be granted an exception because of a “lack of appropriate available opponents willing to fight” and that “it would be an abuse of discretion to vacate because Mr. Rigondeaux has never failed to defend against the mandatory challenger.”In its ruling, the WBO said it was “not moved to consider the reasons contained therein to constitute ’cause’ for Mr. Rigondeaux’s failure to comply with our regulations for world championship contests.” The WBO further said in its ruling that “this committee shares Team Rigondeaux’s opinion that he is a fighter of utmost skill and pedigree, a gifted athlete that is not only perhaps the greatest amateur boxer ever, but also one of the top pound-for-pound professionals in the world, and we also recognize that Mr. Rigondeaux’s talent, record of accomplishment and complicated style, invariably pose difficulties securing premium fights on the top-tier stage.But that it is the boxing promoter’s paramount responsibility — not ours or that of any sanctioning organization for that matter — to secure, organize, and produce such fights.”However, Rigondeaux remains WBA super-bantamweight champion–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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