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 Blue Queen  (Cargo Ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

Ulstein announces delivery of ‘Blue Queen’ to Blue Ship Invest
On 24 February 2015, ‘Blue Queen’ a platform supply vessel of the PX121 design, was delivered to Blue Ship Invest from Ulstein Verft. This vessel is the first of two for which Norway-based Golden Energy offshore is awarded the ship management contract, the company said in its press release. In total, 30 vessels of this design have been contracted by different ship owners for construction at various shipyards world-wide. 'Blue Queen' is the ninth being constructed at Ulstein Verft. Excellent feedback is received from the crews on the vessels in operation, including praises for user-friendly solutions, high comfort and accommodation standards, as well as the operability even in adverse weather conditions. “Golden Energy Offshore is a fully integrated ship owning company located in Ålesund, Norway with all management functions in-house and we look forward to working with Blue Ship Invest in providing full management for these vessels for the benefit and success of both parties,” says Per Ivar Fagervoll, CEO in Golden Energy Offshore.

 Adriana  (Passenger ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

Cruise ship Adriana starts operating at Yalta-Istanbul-Yalta line from April 2015
Cruise ship Adriana to start operating at Yalta-Istanbul-Yalta line from April 2015, says Crimea’s Ministry of Resorts and Tourism. The timetable is available but alterations are possible. According to preliminary information, the cruise ship will leave Yalta every Saturday at 21:00, arrive in Istanbul on Monday at 8:00. In three days, at 12:00 on Thursday, the ship will set off for Crimea. The arrival at Yalta port is scheduled for Fridays, 18:00. “Together with the tour operators of Crimea we are ready to develop special tours for Turkish tourists depending on the Adriana timetable,” Deputy Minister of Tourism Olga Burova said. She emphasized the interest of the Ministry in arrangement of transport links between Turkey and Crimea. M/V Adriana was built in 1972. Since then she underwent three renovations. The ship can accommodate up to 300 passengers and 100 crewmembers. In 2013, the liner was chartered by Black & Baltic Seas cruise (Saint-Petersburg) for cruise ‘Six holiday capitals of the Black Sea’. Source: en.portnews.ru/ne...

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals receives five new Hyster empty container handlers
Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals (RST) has received five new Hyster empty container handlers for its fast 24/7 operation, which handles up to 10 container-ships a day, the company said in its press release. The new machines replace five existing Hyster empty container handlers commissioned in 2009. RST, is one of the largest shortsea container transhipment companies in Europe and expects to load and unload ships quickly and efficiently, which relies on machine availability.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Konecranes to deliver 10 more RTGs to GPA
Konecranes will deliver 10 all-electric Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to Georgia Ports Authority in the US. The RTGs will go into service at Garden City Terminal, Port of Savannah. With this delivery, scheduled for the summer of 2016, the Port of Savannah will operate a total of 146 Konecranes RTGs, the company said in its press release.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Maersk Line launched its ME1 service in Wilhelmshaven
With the arrival of the Maersk Kithira(6,802 TEUs) on Feb. 26, Maersk Line is launching its ME1 service in Wilhelmshaven. In addition to the Europe–Far East routes served by the 2M Alliance, shippers can now also book direct connections to the Middle East and India via Wilhelmshaven, the company said in its press release. The ME1 service (Europe-Middle East) links Northern Europe with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and India. This is the third scheduled main ship service to include Germany’s only deep-water port on its route as a port of call. Less than a week ago, the first ship operated by the 2M Alliance, which serves Wilhelmshaven with two Europe–Far East services, called at the port. The services are supported by three regular feeder services operated by Seago Line to Scandinavia and the Baltic (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia).

 Maersk Kithira  (Cargo Ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

Maersk Kithira - first ship on the ME1 service called at Wilhelmshaven
With the arrival of the Maersk Kithira(6,802 TEUs) on Feb. 26,Maersk Line is launching its ME1 service in Wilhelmshaven. In addition to the Europe–Far East routes served by the 2M Alliance, shippers can now also book direct connections to the Middle East and India via Wilhelmshaven, the company said in its press release. The ME1 service (Europe-Middle East) links Northern Europe with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and India. This is the third scheduled main ship service to include Germany’s only deep-water port on its route as a port of call. Less than a week ago, the first ship operated by the 2M Alliance, which serves Wilhelmshaven with two Europe–Far East services, called at the port. The services are supported by three regular feeder services operated by Seago Line to Scandinavia and the Baltic (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia).

 Multratug 28  (Tug)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

Multraship takes delivery of Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tug
Multraship, the Netherlands-based towage and salvage specialist, recently took delivery of a Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tug vessel, built at Damen Shipyards Galaţi, in Romania, press-service of a company said. The delivery is part of Multraship’s current fleet expansion programme, which involves a number of Damen vessel orders. The ASD 2810 Hybrid adds to an already extensive fleet of tugs operated by Multraship. Multraship has its headquarters in the harbour city of Terneuzen and operates in the ports around the Scheldt estuary at Zeeland Seaports and the Ports and Ghent and Antwerp, as well as the Bulgarian Port of Burgas on the Black Sea. Damen’s new ASD 2810 Hybrid is a new design and this is the second of its class to be built. It is a timely concept, offering a much sought after fuel and emission efficient performance. Dinu Berariu, Project Manager at Damen Shipyards Galaţi, said of the new vessel, “This hybrid tug is a very unique concept. It features a diesel-direct, diesel-electric and battery powered propulsion system. This hybrid configuration will enable Multraship to lower fuel costs by up to 30 percent and emissions by up to 60 percent.” After on-time and on-budget completion, the vessel, named Multratug 28, sailed under her own keel to the Netherlands from Galaţi.

 Brahman Express  (Cargo Ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

Cattle export to Thailand boosts industry hopes
The largest shipment of live Australian cattle to Thailand in decades carries with it industry hopes of opening a new alternative market to Indonesia. The shipment of about 1000 feeder and slaughter cattle left Darwin port on Sunday – in the second shipment to Thailand after the Australian Government secured an agreed health protocol with the country in December last year. Though this was small compared with exports to Indonesia – which took 624,000 Australian cattle last year – the industry has predicted Australia could annually export up to 30,000 to Thailand in coming years. thenewdaily.com.a...

 Britannia  (Other Ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

The Queen to name new P&O liner Britannia on March 10
The Queen will officially name the new P&O liner Britannia in Southampton, it has been announced. The Duke of Edinburgh will also attend the ceremony for the 141,000-tonne vessel at Ocean Terminal on 10 March. The ship will bear the same name as the Queen's former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997 after more than 50 years of service. More at www.bbc.com/news/...

 HMS Protector  (Other Ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

HMS Protector in cleanup and surveying tasks in South Georgia
The men and women of HMS Protector have helped the South Georgia Government by carrying out a beach cleanup and glacier survey. 700 miles east of the Falklands, South Georgia is a crescent shaped island with magnificent scenery and wildlife. But over the years debris from several shipwrecks has been washed up on the island’s beaches. More at en.mercopress.com...

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Somali pirates release 4 fishermen held captive for nearly five years
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Four Thai fishermen held captive by Somali pirates for nearly five years, longer than any other hostages seized off the Somali coast, have been released after intensive negotiations, Somali and United Nations officials said. The Thais, who were released Wednesday, were among 24 members of the crew on the FV Prantalay 12, a Taiwanese-flagged fishing vessel that was seized in April 2010. Fourteen, all from Myanmar, were released a year later, and six others died of various illnesses, according to a statement from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. The pirates used the vessel as a mother ship until it capsized in July 2011, and remaining hostages were taken ashore. The negotiations were conducted by the U.N. agency. It was not clear whether a ransom had been paid.

 Azores  (Passenger ship)
1 hour ago by arnekiel

Azores makes unexpected visit to Portland (UK)
PORTLAND welcomed an unexpected visitor from the high seas. Cruise ship MV Azores docked at Portland Port on Friday, Feb. 27 after poor weather prompted the shipping company Cruise and Maritime Voyages to order a diversion. The ship was due to dock at Bristol earlier this week at the end of a voyage to the West Indies but due to adverse weather and sea conditions in the Atlantic a 'precautionary decision' was taken to divert the ship for an un-scheduled call in Lisbon until conditions improved. Azores then called at Portland where the cruise was terminated due to very tight tidal restrictions at Avonmouth. It is next due to sail to Norway for a 'Land of the Northern Lights' cruise and will remain at Portland until next Friday. Passengers due to join the ship at Bristol will be transported by coach to Portland.

 St Faith  (Passenger ship)
17 hours ago by Timsen

Fery broke down in Solent
Significant delays were being experienced to Wightlink services between Fishbourne and Portsmouth in the morningof Feb 28, 2015, following the breakdown of the "St Faith" in the mid-Solent en-route to the Isle of Wight. The tug "SD Bountiful" was called to take the ferry into port. The ship had suffered an engine problem 20 minutes into the crossing from Portsmouth and the master made the decision to return to the mainland. All the vehicles on board have been safety discharged at Portsmouth Gunwharf and were to be carried to the Isle of Wight on a later sailing. The crew was transferred onto the "St Helen", which was in service for the rest of the day. Engineers were now working on the engine of the "St Faith".

 Norwegian Gem  (Passenger ship)
18 hours ago by Timsen

Medevac in New York
An FDNY marine unit was called to the "Norwegian Gem" in New York Harbor to respond to an injured passenger on Feb 27, 2015. The "Norwegian Gem" had just left the West Side Marine Terminal to embark on a nine-day trip to the eastern Caribbean when it stopped in the middle of New York Harbor at around 4:30 p.m. due to the injured passenger. An elderly man had fallen down the stairs on the ship and lost consciousness. FDNY Marine 6 responded, pulling up alongside the large ship and going to retrieve the passenger. He was put out on a stretcher and onto the rescue boat. Two other people traveling with the passenger also came out, along with their belongings. The FDNY boat traveled to Staten Island, where it docked along Front Street, and the passenger was taken off and shuttled onto an ambulance. He was taken to Richmond University Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. After a delay of about an hour, the cruise ship continued on its scheduled trip. Report with video: www.nbcnewyork.co...

 Lysblink Seaways  (Cargo Ship)
18 hours ago by Timsen

Draining of fuel continued
On Feb 28 the "Lysblink Seaways" remained at anchor in Scallastle Bay, Sound of Mull where work continued to remove the fuel oil. A second underwater hull inspection was planned for the day. The owners were still in on-going discussions with ship repairers. Svitzer Salvage has a team on board 24 hours a day as part of the preparations to tow her to a repair facility.

 Fv Arraok2  (Fishing Boat)
18 hours ago by Timsen

Fishing vessel gutted by fire
On Feb 28, 2015, at 6.40 a.m. the CROSS Etel was alerted by the crew of four that the "Ar Raok II" was on fire off the Belle-Ile-en-Mer about 15 kilometers off the SE-tip of Skeul. At 6.50 a.m. the crew abandoned ship and was taken aboard the f/v "Joker”" from Croisic. The anti submarine frigate "La Motte Picquet" which was at anchor in Palais assisted and dispatched its Lynx-helicopter. Also the SNSM-boat from Croisic, the “Pierre Robert Graham - SNS 095" and from Belle-Ile-en-Mer, the “Belle Isle - SNS 096” were alerted and on scene at 8.30 a.m. The vessel was completely alight. At 9.08 the fire was reported to be under control, and the lifeboats continued cooling the hull while the possibility of taking the gutted wreck in tow was evaluated. French reports with photos: www.infonormandie... https://www.letelegramme.... www.ouest-france....

 Lisboa  (Passenger ship)
19 hours ago by Timsen

Sold to Turkish breakers
The "Lisboa" was sold for breaking up in Turkey and expected to leave the Tagus around Mar 15, 2015. The sale was closed in late January, but the ship has not yet been handed over to the new owners and still moored in Matinha, with the Portuguese flag at the stern. Portuguese report with photos: lmcshipsandthesea...

 Houston Express  (Cargo Ship)
19 hours ago by Timsen

Medevac off Virginia Beach
The US Coast Guard medevaced an ailing crewman from the "Houston Express" approximately 25 miles east of Virginia Beach on Feb 27, 2015. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received a report Thursday at about 4:35 p.m. from the "Houston Express", stating a male crewman was suffering from abdominal pain approximately 345 miles east of Virginia Beach. To enable a medevac, the "Houston Express", en route to France, changed course toward Virginia to meet with a Coast Guard helicopter crew. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, around dawn on Friday. The aircrew met with Houston Express about 25 miles east of Virgina Beach at approximately 7:15 a.m., hoisted the man and took him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk where he is reported in stable condition. Report with photo and video: www.uscgnews.com/...

 Mein Schiff 3  (Passenger ship)
19 hours ago by Timsen

Cruise ship tore off bollards
The mooring lines of the "Mein Schiff 3" tore off three bollards on a pier in Port of Santa Cruz de La Palma, on Feb 26, 2015, disturbed by swells customary for the northern part of La Palma island.The damage was estimated to be around 15,000 Euro.

 Ginaldag  (Tankship)
20 hours ago by Timsen

Oil pollution in Kiel Canal
In the morning of Feb 28, 2015, the "Ginaldag" caused an oil pollution during the transit of the Kiel Canal from Rotterdam to Kaliningrad. Tugs pulled the ship out of the lock in Kiel-Holtenau and back to the Bominflot bunker station in the canal port of Kiel-Wik at 7 a.m. During a survey a damage of the propeller was found to have been the cause of the oil loss. The fire brigade laid out an oil boom around the Stern, and the ship was prohibited to proceed further. Divers were called for repairs. German report with photo: www.kn-online.de/...

 Viking  (Passenger ship)
22 hours ago by Timsen

Ship being broken up
After having been towed to Grenå following a water ingress due to corrosion the ship is being broken up at Fornæs Skibsophug A/S. The ship is being replaced on the Flensburg - Glücksburg route by the "Wappen von Boizenburg“ in the run of February. German Report with photo: www.shz.de/lokale...




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