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 MSC Oscar  (Cargo Ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

MSC Containership to Edge Out CSCL Globe as World’s Biggest Boxship
The battle over the title of world’s biggest boxship continues with Mediterranean Shipping Company announcing the upcoming delivery of the MSC Oscar, a 19,224 TEU capacity containership. MSC Oscar has been under construction at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea and plans call for the ship to be put into service next month. With a nominal carrying capacity of 19,224 TEU, the containership will narrowly beat out China Shipping Container Lines’ CSCL Globe, which can carry 19,000 TEU and is currently embarked on its maiden voyage from China to Europe. Despite its greater carrying capacity, MSC Oscar will measure just 395.4 meters long, making it shorter than the 400 meter long CSCL Globe and also the 400 meter Maersk Triple-E’s, which can carry about 18,000 TEU. MSC Oscar will however be slightly wider, with a beam measuring 59 meters compared to the 58.6 meter beam of the CSCL Globe. Triple-E’s, on the other hand, also have a beam of 59 meters, leaving many wondering where exactly they are finding the room to put the extra boxes without increasing the dimensions of these vessels. MSC says that the DNV GL-classed MSC Oscar will be registered in Panama and is expected to be inaugurated during the first week of January 2015 before joining the Albatross service later in the month. A second vessel of the same size is due in April 2015.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Safety Zone for New Year Fireworks
To mitigate the risks associated with a fireworks display, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, GAC reports. The safety zone will be effective on December 31, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The zone spans from the Pennsylvania shore to the New Jersey shore and is bounded in the south by a line from position 39-56.18N, 075-08.30W to 39-56.17N, 075-07.56W and bounded to the north by the Ben Franklin bridge. Mariners will not be allowed to transit during the times when the safety zone is active. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port's representative will be on scene and can be contacted on VHF channel 16. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Bosphorus closure for work on bridge on Dec. 20
The Bosphorus will be closed to all transit traffic in both directions today, 20 December, from 06:00 to 15:00 hours, due to works on 3rd Bosphorus Bridge. Masters of vessels trading must act in line with VTS instructions and take all related precautions.

 Petrojarl 1  (Other Ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

TOO seals Brazil contract
Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) has secured a contract to supply an FPSO for work in waters off Brazil. The contract was awarded by a consortium led by Queiroz Galvao Exploracao e Producao SA (QGEP). The value of the deal was not disclosed. In connection with the contract TOO has agreed to acquire the Petrojarl I FPSO from parent Teekay Corp for $57m. It is then due to be upgraded at the Damen Shipyard Group’s Schiedam Shipyard in the Netherlands for a fully built-up cost of about $240m, which includes the cost of acquiring the Petrojarl I. The FPSO is scheduled to commence operations in the first half of 2016 under a five-year charter contract with QGEP. TOO says the charter contract is expected to generate annual cash flow from vessel operations of about $55m to $60m. The Petrojarl I FPSO will be used as an early production system (EPS) unit on the Atlanta field which is located 185 km offshore in the Santos Basin. The field is at a water depth of about 1,550 meters and contains an estimated 260m of recoverable barrels of oil equivalent. “We continue to secure new, accretive growth in our Offshore Production business with our second contract award in just three months,” said TOO chief executive Peter Evensen.“The QGEP contract award further strengthens the Partnership's position in the fast-growing Brazilian offshore market.” Source : Tradewinds

1 hour ago by arnekiel

APM Terminals set to begin construction in 2015 on $1 billion Costa Rica port
A makeshift beach hut frames a cargo ship waiting to dock at Costa Rica’s Moín Port. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times After years of lawsuits, appeals, and a strike in October that paralyzed the ports in Limón, APM Terminals is finally set to start construction on a new $1 billion terminal on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The green light comes after the National Technical Secretariat of the Environment Ministry (SETENA) announced Wednesday afternoon that it had approved the project’s environmental impact study, one of the last major hurdles. The Dutch company APM Terminals already had won several appeals by the Atlantic Port Authority’s union to block the project from moving forward. Advocates of port modernization, which likely will begin in 2015, say it will create hundreds of jobs and serve as a catalyst for development in the Caribbean province, the poorest in Costa Rica. Environmentalists vowed to contest SETENA’s decision. The environmental assessment’s approval is valid for two years.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Nidera Acquires Terminal in Port of Constanta
Nidera has fully acquired the USA/USC Terminal in the port of Constanta, Romania. With the full ownership Nidera secures its position in this strategic port at the Black Sea. The port of Constanta is a traditional partner for Central and Eastern European countries with high agricultural production. It plays a key role in the export of these products from the inlands of Romania and the Balkans. Throughout the past years Nidera has already been using this terminal for the export of various grains and oilseeds. However, with an ever increasing market share as a result of improvements in our origination program, full ownership of such a terminal in the port of Constanta is essential for the realization of our growth strategy in this region. The terminal is a welcome addition to the two currently owned inland silos and the two planned silos in Romania. This new network of facilities will allow us to further increase our origination capacity and optimize our logistics. The current USA/USC Terminal is known to be the most efficient in the port of Constanta. Marc Kwakkelstein, Executive Vice President Europe of Nidera: "This acquisition fits perfectly in our growth strategy. It is a great opportunity for Nidera to establish and sustain a leading position in the origination and distribution of agricultural commodities in Central and Eastern Europe." The terminal has a total storage capacity of 250,000 metric tons and is able to load two Panamax vessels at the same time, with loading facilities for trucks, trains and barges.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

New APMT Rotterdam terminal will have zero-emission footprint
APM Terminals said one its nw Rotterdam terminals will be the first in the world to have a zero-emission footprint, thanks to a two-year contract to buy wind-generated electricity. The two-year, $6.2 million contract with NV Nuon Energy to power APMT’s new Maasvlakte II terminal takes effect Jan. 1. Maasvlakte II began landside operations on Nov. 26, and will begin receiving regular services in February. APMT said the 212-acre fully automated terminal is the most technologically advanced container facility in the world. “We are very proud of our technological advances in making this the world’s first zero-emission terminal operation to improve the port environment and set the industry pace in sustainability” APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Managing Director, Frank Tazelaar, said in a press release.The entire terminal runs on electricity and battery power, from electric quay and yard cranes to electric, battery-operated lift vehicles. The wind-power will make Maasvlakte II completely environmentally sustainable, APMT said. The terminal has an annual capacity of 2.7 million TEUs. Source : journal of commerce

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Svitzer extends contract with Egyptian LNG Terminal
Svitzer has extended its contract with Egyptian LNG, the operator of the LNG terminal in Idku, Egypt. The new contract will keep Svitzer’s four tugs and three pilot boats servicing the terminal until 2020. Svitzer and Egyptian LNG have worked closely together to identify the best operational solution for Egyptian LNG’s current gas export requirements, providing Egyptian LNG with full operational flexibility at a competitive cost level. Commenting on the extension, Torsten Holst Pedersen, Managing Director at Svitzer AMEA, said: “We are very happy to continue the successful partnership with Egyptian LNG. For nearly 10 years we have been able to operate efficiently and with a supreme safety standard at the terminal. We are confident that the cooperation will be beneficial for both parties during the next 5 years as well.” Source : LNG Industry

 Euroferry Brindisi  (Passenger ship)
18 hours ago by brodacz

EUROFERRY BRINDISI was bought by PŻB - POLFFERIES and renamed to MASOVIA, after modernization of the shipyard in Szczecin will operate between Swinoujscie - Ystad

 Lorena  (Cargo Ship)
20 hours ago by Timsen

Smouldering fire in cargo
On Dec 18, 2014, a fire broke out in the cargo hold of the "Lorena" which was berthed at the power plant in Emden. The fire rescue was alerted at 7 p.m. after the crew remarked smoke emerging from the cargo of 1000 tons wood pellets. In a depth of 1,5 meters of the cargo a temperature of 115 degrees Celsius was measured.A crane started to remove the cargo which was stored on the pier and spread with water. Two hours after the cargo operations started, the smouldering fire could be detected. Now the cargo was permanently kept wet during the whole night. In the morning of Dec 18 at 4.15 a.m. the fire rescue of Borssum was released by the fire rescue from Widdelswehr/Petkum. Some of the water was pumped off by the ship's crew. At 10.30 a.m. the fire rescue could leave. German reports with photos: https://www.facebook.com/... https://www.emderzeitung....

 Vestaswind  (Sailing vessel)
23 hours ago by Timsen

Salvage team underway to grounded yacht
Neil Cox was heading to Mauritius for the salvage of the "Vestas Wind". While the boat was not deemed repairable, the team was eager to salvage as much as they could. They want to bring as much of the boat back as possible. Floating the boat off the reef provided the best chance to salvage the boat and limit environmental impact. If they get to the other side of the reef, it gives us the chance to set it up in a controlled fashion to either be able to tow the boat back to Mauritius, or there is a Maersk Line ship to use their derrick to get it on the ship. The alternative is to dismantle the entire boat – hull, equipment, and spar – on the reef and remove it in pieces. Skipper Nicholson joined Cox in Mauritius in the evening of Dec. 17. They have set up the recovery operation in Port Louis, liaising with local resources, chartering a boat they’ll use as a mother ship, getting all the necessary tools through customs and the permits to go back to the Saint Brandon archipelago. In the meantime, the Île du Sud inhabitants have maintained a watch on the boat, and sent some photos with the supply boat two days ago. It appeared that the boat hasn’t moved much. Cox and Nicholson was now enroute to the location along with their shore crew Tom Kiff plus two local guys, five recovery people from Durban, South Africa, and a cameraman. The mother ship on the leeward side of the reef and 2,5 miles away from the boat has the facilities for the crew to live onboard, because there was no way to stay on the island. They have also chartered local fishing boats to cross the lagoon everyday. Report with photos: www.sailingscuttl...

 Red Sky  (Sailing vessel)
23 hours ago by Timsen

Abandoned yacht looted
The owner of the "Red Sky" has hit out at looters who took gear and personal belongings from the stricken yacht and had tried to tow the abandoned vessel. The yacht started taking water in heavy swells on its way to Sydney from the Gold Coast. In the aftermath of the rescue, the crew’s possessions were looted. The devastated crew has lost everything. An outboardm the dingy or even the bottle of Scotch the owner was saving for his 60th birthday or my other possessions were stolen. Once the yacht had been washed ashore the owner discovered the yacht’s rudder had been sliced by a cable and the hull was damaged from a buoy the yacht hit. Report with photo: www.northernstar....

 Sri Kandi 515  (Tankship)
23 hours ago by Timsen

Stern of grounded tanker now awash
Engine oil has begun leaking from the grounded I"Srikandi 515" which was driven ashore by heavy seas in Narathiwat in November and was washed up on Narathat beach on Dec 12 after having been anchored 400 meters off the shore. The stern of the vessel which carried 2.7 million litres of palm oil, was awash and apparently punctured by the coastal rocks off the beach in Muang Narathiwat district. Attempts to salvage the ship have been unsuccessful for three days and hampered by bad weather. Engine oil was spreading out. It was feared the tanks might be breached. Reports with photos and video: www.google.de/img... www.bangkokpost.c... www.thejakartapos... https://www.youtube.com/w...

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