ESL receives its first of two 4,770-TEU vessels - Emirates Pearl
Emirates Shipping Line (ESL) has received its first of two 4,770-TEU vessels ordered by Hamburg's Hammonia Shipping and built by China's Jiangsu New Yangzijiang shipyard. The Hammonia Istria will be chartered under the name of Emirates Pearl and be deployed on its CIS China-India service to replace the 4,250-TEU Jpo Vela. ESL runs the service in partnership with OOCL and APL, which markets the loop as CIX. ESL provides one of the six vessels on this service. The baby-overpanamax vessel has a length of 255.10 metres and a beam of 37.3 metres, equivalent of 15 rows and offers 600 reefer plugs. The Jiangsu 4,800-TEU vessels are strikingly similar to the Hyundai-built Maersk Wafmax (Maersk-C-type) series except for the fact the baby-over panamax is gearless rather than fully geared.
I.M. Skaugen SE sells gas carrier ‘Norgas Sonoma’ to SGPC
I.M. Skaugen SE abbounced that the LPG/Eth Gas Carrier “Norgas Sonoma”, a 8,556 cbm SR vessel built in 2003, was sold for USD25 million to Skaugen Gulf Petchem Carriers B.S.C. (SGPC), a strategic partner and associated company owned 35% by IMS and part of IMS’ core business; liquefied gas transportation, said in the company's press release.
The vessel was delivered to the new owners on 27th June 2013. IMS Group holds a 35% equity stake in SGPC and will through this transaction thus reduce its equity interest in the vessel with 65% and on a consolidated level the result from the vessel will be reduced to 35% of the vessels earnings. The vessel will continue to operate in the Norgas pool and under Norgas management.
“Eugen Maersk” to call at EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven in July
The second mega container ship in Maersk Line’s E-class, the “Eugen Maersk” is to call at EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven in July (week 29 - 14-20 July). The “Eugen Maersk” operates on the AE10 service (Far East – Europe) and is planning an unscheduled port call in Wilhelmshaven. On 4 July 2013 and on 11 July 2013, the feeder vessels “Maersk Ohio” (4,544 TEUs) and “Santa Ricarda” (4,112 TEUs) are expected to deliver containers to the terminal for loading onto the “Eugen Maersk”.
Denmark soon to get its first LNG-fuelled domestic ferry
Contracts for building the first LNG-fuelled ferry for domestic Danish trade have now been signed. This represents a major milestone as the ship will be the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed for domestic trade in the EU, said in the DNV's press release. 1 October 2014 is the date set for the ferry’s first journey between the island of Samsø and Jutland on the Danish mainland. The new ferry can carry a maximum of 600 passengers and 160 cars. Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S designed the new ferry and has also conducted the EU tender process on behalf of Samsø Municipality. Remontowa Yard in Gdansk, Poland has been chosen to build the vessel, which will be classed by DNV.
The owner of the new ferry will be Samsø Municipality, which is responsible for the route crossing the Kattegat. In 1997, Samsø was selected to become Denmark’s first renewable energy island. Focusing on renewable energy and environmentally friendly solutions, Samsø achieved that goal in 2003 and is today a net exporter of green power.
Stena Bulk saves SEK 65 million with efficiency-enhancing measures
At the begnning of year 2013, Stena Bulk initiated a project where traditional energy efficiency and reduced bunker fuel consumption were expanded by the addition of increased efficiency from a more commercial and operational perspective. The relationship between freight and bunker fuel will be maximised still further. Enhancing efficiency will also lower the environmental impact by reducing sulphur oxide emissions by around 1,400 metric tons in 2013, said in the company's press release.
Half of the SEK 65 million in savings on an annual basis is considered to be related to technology and half to commercial and operational measures. More at www.stenabulk.com...
M/V "HECTOR" refused access to the Paris MoU region
On 15 December 2011, M/V "HECTOR" with IMO number 8008383 was detained in Las Palmas (Spain). The vessel was permitted to sail on a single voyage to the port of Salamis (Greece) on 29 January 2013 for rectifying the deficiencies. On 19 June 2013 the PSC authorities from Greece notified us that the vessel was leaving the port of Salamis without complying the conditions of release. M/V "HECTOR" flies the Sierra Leone flag which is black on the WGB list and will be refused access to any port and anchorages in the Paris MoU region. Source Paris MOU
Six German sailors have been charged with mutiny over accusations they tied up their superior onboard the "Hermelin", in a first for the German navy, officials said on June 28, 2013. The six allegedly pulled the petty officer from his cabin, tied him with tape to a table and wrote “the retards live here” on his lower leg, according to the public prosecutor’s office in Rostock. The "Hermelin" was part of the UNIFIL mission in south Lebanon, while the boat was in the capital, Beirut, in February. The alleged victim had himself apparently used the term “retard” earlier to refer to non-officer crew members. They wanted to teach the petty officer a lesson, the public prosecutor said. A Defense Ministry spokesman said that as far as he was aware, it was the first time a charge of mutiny had been brought within the German navy.
They have also been charged with aggravated battery and depriving someone of their personal freedom. On the mutiny charge alone, they face a jail term of between six months and five years. The petty officer was not seriously hurt.
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Largest vessel in the world “TI Europe” successfully serviced
Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) returned the Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC) “TI Europe”, presently the largest vessel in the world, to its owners EURONAV (Belgium) after successfully completing a full technical survey and service, said in the company's press release. Jos Goris, Managing Director of Damen Shiprepair Brest, says: “We were very pleased with this order from a prestigious company like EURONAV. Damen Shiprepair Brest has not seen a ULCC customer for a technical survey in a very long time. We are delighted that EURONAV placed its trust in us to have the required expertise to handle such a special vessel.”
The sheer size of the vessel represents a considerable challenge in itself, he says, with the shipyard applying more than 46,000 m² of silicon paint. However, the yard can comfortably accommodate such vessels given that its largest dry dock, at 420 x 80 metres, is one of the biggest in Europe.
An engineer has been taken to hospital after inhaling chlorine on the "Hirta" Emergency services were called to the vessel docked near Ocean Terminal in Leith, after the man in his mid-30s inhaled a mixture of chemicals on June 28, 2013, in the afternoon. Ambulance crews, police, firefighters and coastguard workers were sent to the scene.
The man was helped from the ship by fire crews and taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after he inhaled the chlorine in the engine room while he was mixing chemicals to clean sewage pipes. The ship’s crew was investigating how a cap on a chemical drum was removed, causing substances to leak. Cordons were placed around the area as to allow an investigation and a clean-up to take place. Emergency service workers wore bio-hazard suits as they dealt with the situation over a two-hour period After 5 p.m., the incident was handed over to the ship’s captain. In total, 24 firefighters, three pumping appliances and three special appliances were sent to the scene. A vehicle specially designed for chemical spills also attended.
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Colour samples proved that car carrier sank Japanese f/v
Paint samples taken by the Japan Coast Guard confirmed that the "NOCC Oceanic" did collide with the fishing vessel "Yujin Maru No. 7 on June 23 some 300 km off the Japanese coast southeast of Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. The Japanese Coast Guard completed its investigations onboard the "NOCC Oceanic" on June 26 and in full understanding with Japanese authorities, the vessel left the port of Sendai-Shiogama that same afternoon and was continuing on her voyage to the U.S. East Coast. The Captain and the Third Officer of the "NOCC Oceanic" remained in Sendai-Shiogama for further interviews by the Japanese Coast Guard. These interviews were expected to be completed shortly. The investigations by the Japanese Coast Guard and Japanese Transportation Safety Board regarding the circumstances around the collision were still on- going. Norwegian Car Carriers ASA was to continue to do its utmost to assist Japanese authorities in these investigations.