Hapag-Lloyd to merge the New York Express and South China Express
Hapag-Lloyd, as part of its Winter Program, will merge the New York Express (NYE) and South China Express (SCE) services, the company said in its press release. NYE and SCE will be consolidated into a ‘NYE/SCE Combo’ sling with the following rotation:Xiamen • Kaohsiung • Hong Kong • Yantian • Shanghai (Yangshan) • Busan • Manzanillo (PA) • Kingston • Savannah • Charleston • New York • Norfolk • Jacksonville • Kingston • Manzanillo (PA) • Balboa • Busan • Xiamen Last NYE sailing: Hyundai Integral Voyage 042 E/B ETA Kaohsiung October 26, 2014 W/B ETA Savannah November 24, 2014 Last SCE sailing: ZIM Barcelona Voyage 050 E/B ETA Xiamen October 21, 2014 W/B ETA Savannah November 23, 2014 First ‘NYE/SCE combo’ sailing: Hyundai Glory Voyage 065 E/B ETA Xiamen October 30, 2014 W/B ETA Savannah December 1, 2014 The ‘NYE/SCE combo’ will operate for a period as determined by the market conditions.
Incat Crowther announced the delivery a pair of 30m catamaran passenger ferries, Macôco and Panguila, to Instituto Marítimo e Portuário de Angola. The vessels, built by Astilleros Armon in Spain, will be operated by subsidiary TMA Express.
Macôco and Panguila are the first deliveries in an aggressive infrastructure-building project that also includes a pair of 36m ferries – also constructed by Astilleros Armon - to be delivered shortly.
Additionally, a 20m Catamaran Buoy Workboat is also being constructed by the yard Instituto Hidrográfico e de Sinalização Maritíma de Angola.
The 136-passenger ferries are IMO HSC Passenger (A) certified and Angola flagged, highlighting Incat Crowther’s expertise with international regulations and classification societies. With a multi-lingual staff over three offices, Incat Crowther was also well positioned to service a Spanish-speaking yard and Portuguese-speaking client.
CMA CGM is pleased to announce major changes brought to its Cagema Main Liner service.
As from MV CONRAD S voy. UA907S, in New York on October 26th, 2014, the Cagema Main Liner rotation will be revised to fit with customers’ requirements and become the only line in the market offering weekly direct connections to Jamaica, Trinidad, Dominican Republic from US East Coast and South Florida markets in the same rotation.
Transit time from US East Coast and South Florida to Trinidad will be improved by 4 days: Miami (Friday until 7PM) to Point Lisas (Thursday PM) in 6 days, cargo being available in Trinidad on Friday.
The new rotation will be the following: New York City (Sun) – Savannah (Wed) – Miami (Fri) – Kingston (Mon) – Point Lisas (Thu) – Port of Spain (Fri) – Rio Haina (Mon) – New York City (Sun)
Lifeboat Failure Leads to Fatalities Aboard Ensco Rig
Two crew members aboard the Ensco-104 jack-up rig were killed on Saturday, 18 October when the lifeboat they were working on unexpectedly let go and fell to the water 150 feet below. The incident occurred just after 2300.
According to a gCaptain source, a work permit and job safety analysis (JSA) was present at the scene of the incident.
The rig, under contract to SapuraKencana offshore Malaysia, has been shut down until an investigation into the matter has been completed.
Chevron and Edison Chouest Face Lawsuit Over Kidnapping of Supply Boat Captain
Nearly a year to the day after Edison Chouest’s supply vessel C-Retriever was hijacked and its captain and chief engineer kidnapped off Nigeria, a lawsuit has been filed in Houston against the two companies for gross negligence and failure to “take appropriate remedial measures to protect its employees,” namely Captain Wren Thomas.
In October 2013, Captain Thomas spent 18 days in a jungle hideout under the watchful eye of drugged-out armed pirates who, to put it lightly, threatened him with severe bodily harm or death on an hourly basis. The injuries he came home with have made it impossible to continue his career as a merchant mariner and caused unspeakable mental anguish.
Thomas’ lawsuit highlights a series of anonymous death threats that he received and specific kidnapping threats that were made to Edison Chouest in advance of his eventual kidnapping. He alleges that following these threats not enough was done to protect him and his crew from attack and that he and his colleagues on other Edison Chouest (ECO) supply boats were simply told to “stay very vigilant at all times and review . . . Security plans.”
17 specific items are listed in the lawsuit that support Captain Thomas’ claim, but perhaps the most shocking issue is that to date, the owner of ECO, Gary Chouest, has never called Captain Thomas regarding the incident or phoned his wife or his family during his captivity. Additionally, the suit notes that Gary Chouest and managers have refused any and all phone calls from Thomas’s two sons that reside in Louisiana. gcaptain.com/chev...
A crewmember aboard the Icy Mist, a 58-foot fishing vessel, suffered injuries while loading crab pots 150 miles to the south of Sand Point on Sunday evening (Oct. 19). The Coast Guard was notified of the incident and the man’s injuries and it was deemed a medvac was necessary. After the duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac, a Jayhawk was dispatched to the area. The helicopter dispatched from the Coast Guard’s FOL in Cold Bay.
When the helicopter arrived on the scene, the injured fisherman was hoisted aboard and transported to Cold Bay. At the clinic there, the fisherman was reported as stable and coherent.
“This case was the first for our FOL Cold Bay aircrews this season and demonstrates the importance of our seasonal deployments,” said Lt. j.g. Joey Schlosser, command duty officer, Coast Guard 17th District. “Forward operating locations enables us to reduce emergency response times and allows us to transport mariners in distress to medical care as quickly as possible.”
The f/v Icy Mist is no stranger to mishap. It was on February 25, 2009 that the vessel was grounded on the northwest shore of Akutan. The Coast Guard responded to the scene at that time as well, and transported the crew, who had abandoned ship during a storm with reported winds in excess of 120 mph. The crew was transported by helicopter to Dutch Harbor during that incident.
Port Elizabeth sea rescue volunteers on Oct 20 medevaced Flipino crew member of bulk carrier STOVE TRANSPORT with kidney stones diagnosis, some 2 nm offshore. He was transferred to a hospital. STOVE TRANSPORT is en route from Dakar to Malaysia.