Controversial ship not allowed to leave Tauranga port
A ship banned from Australian ports is not allowed to leave the Port of Tauranga until 11 problems have been fixed.
Maritime New Zealand boarded the Vega Auriga after it berthed at the Port of Tauranga at 11.30am yesterday. It was originally expected to arrive on Saturday but was delayed.
Maritime New Zealand spokeswoman Sarah Brazil said the inspection took five hours.
"We're not detaining the ship but we found 14 deficiencies and 11 of those must be rectified before it can leave port or New Zealand."
The problems related to maintenance, seaworthiness and crew rest periods, she said.
Before the full inspection was carried out a deck walkover determined it was safe for stevedores to unload the cargo.
Ms Brazil said the ship would have to be checked and signed off before it was allowed to leave.
The repairs were expected to take about 24 hours.
The Vega Auriga was banned from Australian ports for three months on Wednesday. It had been detained three times in Australian ports since July last year and was declared "unseaworthy and substandard" by Australian Maritime Safety Authority manager Allan Schwartz.
The ban was due to repeated breaches of seafarer welfare and ship maintenance, citing wage payment issues, inadequate living and working conditions and inadequate maintenance, he said.
Ms Brazil said the Australian ban came under the rules of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, which New Zealand was not yet a part of.
Consultation on the convention had been carried out but it had to go before a select committee, be legislated and ratified before it came into effect in New Zealand, she said.
Independent MP Brendan Horan called the Vega Auriga a "ticking time bomb that must be banned from New Zealand" and posed as great a risk as the Rena did when it sailed from Napier to the Astrolabe Reef. "The New Zealand Government should follow the lead of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which prohibited the Vega Auriga from using or entering any Australian ports."
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
Pirates hijacked athe "V.L. 14" on Aug 28, 2014, off the small island of Pulau Tioman before making off with the ship’s cargo. A group of six armed pirates approached the tanker in a speedboat at approximately 10 p.m. LT. The vessel was underway about 30 nautical miles north of Pulau Tioman. The pirates were able to board the vessel from the stern and take control of the ship while gathering the crew in the engine room. The tanker was reportedly carring 1,2096 tonns of lube oil at the time and was sailing from Singapore to Bangkok. Thepirates sailed the ship about 10 nautical miles away, where two tankers were awaiting to transfer the ship’s cargo. The pirates also stole the crew’s personal belongings and damaged the navigational and communications equipment before leaving the vessel approximately six hours after the initial hijacking. After the pirates left, the crew sailed the ship towards Pulau Tioman to report the incident. The crew was not injured during the incident.
Hamburg Süd christenes container ship “San Christobal” in South Korea
Hamburg Süd celebrated the christening of its container ship “San Christobal” with customers and business partners at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel is the second newbuild in the series of three new “San”-class ships, the company said in its press release.
Each container vessel in the “San”-class has a nominal slot capacity of 9,034 TEU, and the “San Christobal” and her sister ships each have 1,370 reefer slots. Hamburg Süd is one of the world’s leading companies for reefer transport.
As from September, the “San Christobal” will operate this service between Asia and the East coast of South America. Part of the cargo she carries will be reefer goods, including frozen meat, fruit and vegetables.
The Sponsor of the “San Christobal” is Natalie Jacobs, wife of Dr Andreas Jacobs, who is a member of the Advisory Board of Dr August Oetker KG.
NewZealand's KiwiRail says that the Interislander ferry Arahura has left Wellington for her scheduled bi-annual dry-docking in Devonport, having last visited Auckland in July 2012.
Docking is being undertaken at the Devonport Dockyard under the management of Babcock’s New Zealand. The principal work relates to the vessel’s regulatory compliance regime, which requires machinery and propulsion equipment to be inspected and if necessary, repaired.
Work to be carried out while the vessel is in dry dock includes tail shaft removal, an overhaul of the propeller hub, and crack testing of all propeller blades and securing bolts.
Arahura’s rail deck will undergo routine track maintenance which will be completed by the KiwiRail track maintenance team.
The ship’s bow thrusters will be overhauled with the support of Rolls Royce, who are providing trained technicians for this work.
Arahura will then undergo a sea trial in the Hauraki Gulf.
Jacksonville welcomes Hoegh Jacksonville to biggest car exporting port in US
Hoegh Autoliners has docked its newest car carrier, the 57,280-gross ton Hoegh Jacksonville, on its maiden call to its namesake city, now the No 1 US port for vehicle exports with an annual throughput of 630,000 units.
The ship, named after the company's busiest port, is the first of two sister ships able to carry 6,500 vehicles, reported the American Journal of Transportation of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Hoegh Autoliners, a leading global provider of vehicle transport, operates out of Jaxport's Blount Island Marine Terminal. Jacksonville also now serves as the company's US headquarters, which relocated from New York last year.
The company operates 60 ocean carriers and has a worldwide network of 20 offices in four regions.
Said Jaxport chairman John Falconetti: "Hoegh has become an important part of our community and a vital component of our port business."
Port officials have stepped up the decongestion of Manila’s crammed ports by moving hundreds of overstaying freight containers to Subic ahead of the arrival of new shipments for the Christmas season.
A chartered vessel, MV Asterix, left the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) Thursday morning en route to Subic carrying 1,154 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said.
The vessel is expected to be back in Manila over the weekend to carry the remainder of the estimated 3,000 TEUs initially marked for transfer by the PPA, Bureau of Customs and port operators International Container Terminal Services Inc. and Asian Terminals Inc. The number may still increase in the next few days.
Businessmen affected by the congestion have blamed it on the expanded daytime truck ban implemented by the Manila city government since February. The ban slowed down deliveries and the movement of cargo out of the port.
The "Global Destiniy" was towed with a speed of 2,5-3.0 knots towards Gadani., being towed by the tug "Endeavour" to berth no 21 West Wharf. The transport departed at 08:30 a.m. bound for Gadani Beach, and the transport was due to arrive yon Aug 31 at 03:00 a.m. Formelerly one of the strongest ocean going tugs in the world, the vessel was due to be beached around 11 p.m. at her last resting place to be scrapped.
On Aug 28, 2014, the Norwegian f/v "Nordsandgutt - N 0102MS" (CS: LM2389) suffered an engine room fire off Soervaer. The NSSR-lifeboat "Gjert Wilhelmsen" was called from Hammerfest and assistered the vessel.