Dockwise books the most valued superyacht ever transported
As the seasonal migration of superyachts begins in late August from the Mediterranean to the wintertime cruising grounds of the Caribbean and South Florida, Dockwise Yacht Transport, operating for 26 years in the yacht transport industry, is gearing up for a busy season. Recent bookings include the most valued superyacht the experienced company has ever transported, the new 214-foot m/y Galactica Star, built by Heesen, which has booked a round trip from Genoa, Italy to Martinique this fall and from Port Everglades back to Genoa in spring 2014. While Dockwise has the capability to ship yachts from 30 feet to more than 200 feet, it regularly ships those in the 120-foot to 165-foot range, mainly to and from the Mediterranean.
Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller sets productivity record at APM terminals
Container giant Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller has seen a record efficiency streak, calling at a series of APM-operated container terminals. The 18,000 teu vessel's most recent call, at Morocco’s Tangier-Med port, consisted of a vessel record of 7,804 teu handled in a single exchange, at a speed of 29 moves per hour, making use of the APM facility’s 16 m depth, 800 m of quay and eight super post-panamax cranes. Triple-E vessels have also set productivity records at other APM Terminals facilities including Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Aarhus, Denmark; and Gothenburg, Sweden.
Autoprtemier from UECC inaugurates new Ro-Ro terminal at Novorossiysk
A joint project of Delo Group and Rolf SCS, the terminal for Ro-Ro cargoes was commissioned in Russia’s southern port of Novorossiysk, the Delo Company said in a media release. The capacity of the new Ro-Ro facility is more than 50,000 autos a year. On September 9, 2013 the dedicated terminal handled the vehicles carrier UECC Autopremier that departed from the port of Derince, Turkey on September 6 with a cargo of 756 vehicles on board. In the future Ro-Ro vessels will call at the Novorossiysk terminal once a week.
Sabina A saved four adrift boaters after 12 days adrift
The US Coast Guard rescue crews combined efforts with the "Sabina A" to rescue four men aboard a disabled and adrift boat on Sep 9, 2013, approximately 135 nautical miles south of Puerto Rico. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines nationals were adrift for 12 days in the Caribbean Sea after their 30-foot motor boat suffered an engine casualty. The boaters were transiting from St Vincent and Grenadines Union Island on a supply run to the island of St. Vincent when the engine casualty took place. The mariners of the Sabina A, the international rescue coordination center and Coast Guard watchstanders, along with the swift response of Coast Guard rescue crews saved them. The Coast Guard Sector San Juan communication watchstanders were contacted by the Fort de France Maritime Coordination Rescue Center on Sep 8 at 2 p.m. and relayed an INMARSAT C satellite communication from the crew of the "Sabina A", who were on-scene with the distressed boaters. Coast Guard watchstanders immediately coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Miami to assess the situation and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter "Farallon" to provide rescue assistance. The crew of the HC-144 Ocean Sentry arrived on scene at approximately 5:30 p.m. and dropped a VHF marine radio to establish communications, which the boaters recovered from the water and used to confirm they were all safe. The "Sabina A" maintained watch over the boaters until the arrival of the "Farallon" on Sep 9 at approximately 1:30 a.m. The crew of the "Farallon" embarked all four boaters, who appeared to be in good health, and provided them with clean clothes, food and blankets.
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