Madagascar has launched an emergency operation to prevent a stricken tanker from unleashing 10,000 cubic metres of crude oil into the postcard-perfect Emerald Sea off the country’s north coast. Jerome Sambalis of Madagascar’s port authority said specialist teams are being flown to the Indian Ocean island after the Bahamian-flagged ship Tromso ran aground last Thursday. The 120-metre vessel has bust one of its two hulls, according to Sambalis. ‘The ship’s owners have chartered an aircraft from South Africa to send a specialised team and equipment,’ he said. It is hoped that the crude can be pumped out of the Tromso and into a ship that is arriving from the Seychelles.Sambalis said the ship ran aground because of human error.
Tourists at the resort town of Ramena – packed for the Easter holidays – looked on as the boat floundered around two kilometres off the coast. The ship was built in 2008 and last docked in the United Arab Emirates.
Fairfield Energy Limited has awarded Ocean Installer a contract for air diving services and light subsea construction work at the Dunlin field. The work scope involves air diving services on the Dunlin Alpha platform at -10m LAT for installation of sleeves, clamps and anodes, as well as additional light construction/inspection and repair tasks. The project will be managed from the Ocean Installer Aberdeen office, with onshore preparations starting immediately and offshore work starting in June this year.
Ocean Installer will be utilising the Grand Canyon, a purpose built offshore construction/ROV/survey vessel owned by Canyon Offshore, the marine contracting business unit of Helix Energy Solutions.
General Dynamics American Overseas Marine LLC (AMSEA) apprises it has been awarded the USD$32.7 million contract modification to operate and maintain seven large, medium-speed, roll-on / roll-off ships (LMSR) for the Military Sealift Command. Under the terms of the modification, AMSEA will provide services including crewing, engineering, maintenance, procurement and provisioning. Initially awarded in 2010, the contract has a potential value of $238 million over seven years.
Höegh LNG Ltd took delivery of the "PGN FSRU Lampung", the first of the four newbuilt FSRUs that the company has ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd (HHI), on April 17(th). The "PGN FSRU Lampung" is currently sailing to Lampung in Indonesia to commence 20 years of operation for the Lampung FSRU project. The project is on schedule and is expected to commence operation in June 2014. Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President and CEO of HLNG, stated: "We are delighted to have reached this important milestone together with HHI and Perusahaan GasNegara (PGN) and we are pleased to be part of such an important element of Indonesia's energy infrastructure. We now have three FSRUs in our fleet and with three more on order, we continue to grow our position as the leading provider of floating regasification services from newbuilt FSRU's." Source: Höegh LNG
Jakarta renews protests against Canberra boat tow backs
Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa has again protested against Australia's hardline policy on asylum seekers, the Jakarta Post has reported. Speaking at the two-day International Workshop on the Protection of the Irregular Movement of Persons at Sea, co-chaired by Indonesia and the United Nations refugee agency in Jakarta, Natalegawa said governments should stop "shifting responsibility". The workshop comes only days after Australia announced one naval officer had been stripped of his command, another administratively sanctioned, and five others reprimanded after 'inadvertently' breaching Indonesian waters during a tow back operation earlier this year. At the same time, The Guardian Australia reported that the Australian Customs ship Ocean Protector had gone 9km into Indonesian waters, much further than previously disclosed.
Asian Adonis rescues 25 crewmembers from burning CarCarrier Asian Empire
Fire broke out in Asian Empire on 19 April 2014, around 480nm south of Tokyo, Japan while it was en route to China. The crews of 25 personnel were evacuated from the ailing vessel via life boats and now are safe and in good condition on board Asian Adonis, which happened to trade in the vicinity of the incident. Asian Adonis will make a port-of-call in Saipan before repatriating the safe return of the largely Filipino and South Korean crews to the Philippines and South Korea within the next few days.
JCG patrol boat locates drifting vessel Asian Empire
A patrol boat from the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) has arrived at the site of the drifting EUKOR Car Carrier's Asian Empire last night at 21.00 local time. No flames, smoke or signs of pollution were seen in the vessel, and its hull temperature was down to 24-25 degrees Celsius according to JCG's reports on the readings from a remote heat measuring instrument. Two salvage tugs from Taiwan and Japan were dispatched by an appointed salvage company and were expected to arrive on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Previously, fire broke out in Asian Empire on 19 April 2014, around 480nm south of Tokyo, Japan while it was en route to China. The crews of 25 personnel were evacuated from the ailing vessel via life boats and now are safe and in good condition on board Asian Adonis, which happened to trade in the vicinity of the incident.
Asian Adonis will make a port-of-call in Saipan before repatriating the safe return of the largely Filipino and South Korean crews to the Philippines and South Korea within the next few days.
Princess Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Nostalgic Sailing to Mexico
To cap a year of 50th anniversary activities, Princess Cruises, which celebrates the five decade mark in 2015, has created a special Mexico itinerary departing on December 3, 2015 – exactly 50 years to the day that the line’s original ship, Princess Patricia, set sail on the company’s very first cruise in 1965. Offered on the intimate Pacific Princess, next year’s unique sailing is the same length as the company’s first cruise – 14 days – and will include a blend of ports from the maiden itinerary such as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Manzanillo, with some newer destinations such as La Paz and Loreto.
Guests on the cruise will be treated to an array of activities and entertainment commemorating half a century of cruising by the famous line, and will also be joined by some surprise guests.
Armed pirates raid Japanese oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia
April 23 (Reuters) – Armed pirates raided a Japanese oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and abducted three crew members, Malaysian maritime police said on Wednesday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world’s busiest waterways. The incident in the Malacca Strait. Six pirates in a speedboat boarded the Naninwa Maru 1 at 1.00 a.m. local time on Wednesday (Apr. 23) off the coast of west Malaysia, Maritime Police Commander Abdul Aziz Yusof told Reuters. The pirates pumped out more than half the 5 million litres of diesel carried by the tanker into two waiting vessels and made off with three crew members, he added. Domestic media said the abducted men were Indonesians. The Japanese tanker, headed for Myanmar from Singapore, had Indonesian, Thai, Myanmar and Indian crew members.