Viking Warship Captain Is Not Happy With The US Coast Guard
There’s been a misunderstanding between this Viking longship captain and the Coast Guard over the cost of next week's Tall Ships festival at Navy Pier.
When the captain of the world’s largest Viking warship is accusing you of rudeness, it might be time to check your manners.
That’s the unmistakable message for U.S. authorities from Bjorn Ahlander, captain of the Draken Harald Harfagre, a fearsome historic 115-foot wooden longship that crossed the Atlantic from Norway and is now bearing down on Chicago.
Ahlander and his crew say they are upset that they were invited to make the harrowing three-month voyage to compete in next week’s Tall Ships festival at Navy Pier, only to be told once they arrived in U.S. waters that they could not sail on the Great Lakes without a $400-an-hour licensed pilot. Further reading at taskandpurpose.co...
TORREVIEJA BECOMES HOMEPORT FOR MARITIME RESCUE VESSEL
The mayor of Torrevieja, Jose Manuel Dolon, visited the Maritime Rescue Vessel SAR Mesana last week where he met the Capitán Marítimo de Alicante, Cayetano Pérez Pérez and the Chief del Centro de Control de Salvamento Marítimo de Valencia-Alicante, Antonio Padial Sayas.
The rescue vessel is currently docked at the Muelle de la Sal in Torrevieja from where it will operate during the coming months in response to the needs of the maritime emergency rescue service or as a towing vessel to assist those boats that find themselves in difficulty.
Captain Jorge Garcia showed the visitors around the ship as he explained the previous service and background of the SAR Mesana as well as the operation of the main ship rescue systems and its capabilities.
The mayor said that he was delighted that the request of the Harbourmaster, Rafael Rodriguez Valero, had not been ignored by the Ministry of Development and that he city was getting, albeit temporarily, the rescue mechanisms tailored to their needs. He said that the port would no longer be at a disadvantage to the many other Spanish coastal ports that do have this type of rescue craft.
He said that the ship was already proving its worth as in the few short days that it had been in port it had already responded to a possible drowning and to the assistance of two fishing vessels that had found themselves in difficulty. theleader.info/20...
French company promises Western Alaska high speed internet
Western Alaska just got one step closer to high-speed internet.
That’s because, after years of planning and wrangling permits, Quintillion is finally ready to lay fiber optic cable from Prudhoe Bay to Nome. The telecom company has one vessel stationed in the Bering Sea and another close behind.
The Ile de Brehat has left its homeport in France, passed through the Panama Canal, and will soon arrive in Nome. That’s where the vessel will start laying a path of fiber optic cable below the sea floor — a path that will wind more than a thousand miles up to the North Slope.
Right now, though, the ship is docked in Dutch Harbor, and a group of Quintillion’s executives and investors is climbing aboard.
“This is the cable ship Ile de Brehat,” said Captain Charles Souffre. “So first of all, welcome on board, all of you.”
Souffre is in charge of the nearly 500-foot-long vessel and its 70-member crew.
They run the ship on behalf of Alcatel Submarine Networks, the French company Quintillion hired to make and lay the cable system. They’ll start trenching outside of Nome any day now, and the operation will run 24 hours a day through September, relying on a careful configuration of multimillion-dollar equipment. www.ktoo.org/2016...
A German-based company that for years has quietly transported clay slurry to Maine for use in the paper mill industry put the spotlight Sunday on one of its newest cargo vessels, providing the public a rare look into the global maritime industry that makes Portland Harbor one of the state’s busiest ports.
The company, MST Mineralien Schiffahrt, based in Schnaittenbach, Germany, held an unusual naming ceremony late Sunday afternoon at Portland’s Ocean Gateway Terminal for the MV Marguerita. The ship is named after a New York City woman, Marguerita DeLuca, whose husband, Matthew, a shipping broker, has known MST’s founder for 45 years. More to read at www.pressherald.c...
A cruise ship leaving the Grand Harbour on Saturday suffered an engine failure which left it powerless near the port entrance.
The ship drifted for around 100 metres before the captain was forced to drop anchor in order to avoid hitting the breakwater.
Owned by the company Tui, the ship blocked the harbour’s entrance for about an hour before finally sailing off, its engines running again. Two tug boats helped secure the ship in order to stop it moving around with the currents. At one point the cruise ship ended up parallel to the breakwater.
The passengers gathered on deck to ‘enjoy’ their unexpected longer stay in Malta, while a number of onlookers gathered at the Upper and Lower Barrakka gardens as the spectacle unfolded.
The cruise ship, called Thomson Celebration, sails under the Maltese flag.
It was built in 1984 and is 194 metres long with a beam of 27 metres. Her gross tonnage is 33,933 tons.
The ship yesterday docked safely in Messina as part of its Mediterranean tour.
It was helped out of the Grand Harbour by a tugboat. www.timesofmalta....
No decision about further fate of salvaged bulkcarrier yet
There was no decision yet whether the "Benita" will he scuttled and used as artificial reef or sent in dry dock for repairs. The final decision will be taken the insurer of the shipowner after a full assessment of the seaworthiness of the ship and its general condition. A meeting was scheduled for the afternoon of July 25. The bulk carrier was still kept stable by pressurized aur under tow of the "Coral Sea FOS" and "Ionian Sea FOS" outside the territorial waters about 20 nautical mileso ff the coast. A skeleton crew, consisting of 8 to 10 most experienced experts. was always on board. The London P & I Club also stated that the majority of the crew should be repatriated in the coming weeks.
Van Oord completes Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind project for Dong Energy
Van Oord’s heavy lift installation vessel Svanen successfully completed the last of the 32 foundations at Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension project. With a total of 32 Vestas wind turbines of 8 MW each to be installed, the offshore wind farm will have a total capacity of 258 MW. The offshore wind farm will provide electricity to 230,000 homes and is expected to be operational early 2017, the company said in its press release.
Van Oord was responsible for the installation of the foundations, supply and installation of the scour protection and provided the logistics of the foundations between the fabrication ports in Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the offshore wind farm. The Burbo Bank Extension project is located 8 km off the coast in Liverpool Bay, United Kingdom.
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Ocean Yield ASA takes delivery of chemical tanker from STX
Ocean Yield ASA has announced the delivery of the 49,000 dwt IMO II chemical tanker "Navig8 Topaz" from STX, Korea.
After being delivered from the shipyard, the vessel commenced a 15 years "hell and high water" bareboat charter to Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.
This is the sixth vessel delivered in a series of total eight chemical tankers that will be chartered to Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.
At the end of June, two Damen ASD Tugs 2810 set sail from Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania to Puerto General de San Martin (Argentina) for towing, mooring, and fire-fighting operations in the Argentinian region around Rosario on the Paraná river. Built at Damen Galati Shipyards (Romania), the vessels will be delivered on time, having met the expectations of Cooperativa De Trabajos Portuarios Limitada de San Martín. This was a first-time order for the Argentinian company who also purchased a Cutter Suction Dredger 500 from Damen Dredging Equipment, which is also on its way by means of a cargo vessel. The 28.67m long ASD Tugs have a beam of 10.43m and are equipped with state-of the-art Fire Fighting 1 capability. Fitted with two Rolls Royce US 205 azimuth thrusters, these compact tugs have a maximum bollard pull of 60.2 tonnes and are easy to manoeuvre at speeds of 13 knots.
The Philipino customs will auction the wreck of the "Captain Ufuk" which sank in Manila Bay on July 17. The ship was uncared for and unmanned though the customs paid to the Radial Golden Marine Services Company some $7,000 monthly for watchmen and maintenance services, more than half a million USD since 2009. The ship had been seized on Aug. 20, 2009, after five boxes containing 50 pieces of Pindad SS-1 rifles and other high-powered firearms were found on board. The starting price was believed to be $493,450.