Near the end of its run from Tacoma, Wash. to Anchorage, Alaska, motor vessel Midnight Sun partially lost power and proceeded to Kachemak Bay under orders from US Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Western Alaska, Paul Mehler III. Radio and e-mail logs at the Homer Harbormaster’s office indicate that the 839-foot M/V Midnight Sun at 7:00 pm reported loss of two of four diesel-electric generators that propel the ship. Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins said that the ship reported its position at that time as about 10 nautical miles west of Port Graham in lower Cook Inlet. Hawkins said that M/V Midnight Sun anchored in Kachemak Bay overnight to effect repairs and never took a tow. Although no injuries or spills occurred, Hawkins characterized the incident as “very concerning”.
USCG Petty Officer First Class Shawn Eggert said that the vessel had 39,000 pounds of chlorine as part of its cargo as well as 6,000 gallons of fuel. Eggert did not know if the 6,000 gallons rode as cargo or as ship’s fuel.
M/V Midnight Sun has a fuel capacity of 504,000 gallons according to Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The website for Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc., which operates M/V Midnight Sun shows that the vessel has double-hulled fuel compartments, entered service in 2003 and flies the US flag. M/V Midnight Sun can carry up to 600 shipping containers or the equivalent in trailers. sewardcitynews.co...
Costa Luminosa Scores Perfect 100 on Vessel Sanitation Inspection
Costa Cruises’ Costa Luminosa scored a perfect 100 in a recent inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The inspection was held Dec. 20 during a turnaround call at Miami, Costa Luminosa’s homeport during the winter 2014-15 season. - See more at: www.justmeans.com...
Live cattle ship leaves Darwin bound for Jakarta marking the start of the 2015 live export trade to Indonesia
The live cattle trade to Indonesia is up and running for the year, with the first shipment of 2015 leaving Darwin port last night bound for Jakarta.
The Sahiwal Express was loaded with just under 3,000 head of feeder cattle, mostly sourced from the Northern Territory, but with a few Queensland cattle on board as well.
Container feeder service Femex1 adds Zeebrugge to the schedule
French liner CMA CGM has added Zeebrugge to the FEMEX1 container feeder service. Femex1 offers a weekly direct connection between the Turkish market and North-European ports. It also connects Zeebrugge to the port of Casablanca in Morocco, the company said in its press release. Port of Zeebrugge constitutes as an important hub for deepsea container services, connecting the coastal port to the Middle and Far East several times a week.
Zeebrugge has been added to the new Femex1 sailing schedule, which e have a connection to the most important ports in the Mediterranean, especially with the Turkish market, because the service calls on the ports of Kumport, Haydarpasa, Gebze, Gemlik and Aliaga. Tangiers en Casablanca are also ports of call in this service.
The first ship in this renewed service, CMA CGM Lavender, will arrive in the port on January 23 2015.
LNG carrier SCF Melampus which joined the fleet of Sovcomflot (SCF Group) in early January 2015 has successfully passed the inspection of the chartering company Shell and set sail for Bonny Island (Nigeria) where Nigeria LNG plant (owned by international consortium of Shell, Total, Eni and NNPC) is located, says press center of SCF. On her first voyage with cargo SCF Melampus is supposed to call at one of the ports in the South-East Asia. SCF Melampus is the third tanker in a series of state-of-the-art vessels to be built under a partnership agreement between Sovcomflot and the shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding. The naming ceremony was held for SCF Melampus on December 16, 2014.
The body of a Turkish sailor, who has been missing ever since his merchant vessel collided with another ship last month, has been recovered near the Italian port of Ravenna, officials said yesterday.
Zeynel Üstün, 45, was one of four Turkish sailors who were listed as missing after the "Gokbel" collided with the "Lady Aziza" in thick mist some three miles from the entrance to the Adriatic port on December 28.
Two other sailors were killed in the collision and five were injured.
Another car carrier is stranded in Southampton water
Whilst all eyes have been on the Hoegh Osaka another ship has been left stranded in Southampton water.
G Poseidon, another roll on roll off vehicle carrier, has been stuck at Southampton docks for a week due to a hole in its hull.
According to a source at the docks it came into difficulties in rough seas and some of its cargo broke free causing the damage.
But the 72,408 ton ship which was built in 2011 for South Korean ship management firm Doriko, made it back into port at 7am last Friday where the damage is now being assessed for repairs.
The source said: “It had some cargo shift on board but some high heavy cargo broke free when it was in some rough seas and caused some damage. It's being assessed for repairs at the moment.”
The last port the 232m long ship was recorded at was in Durban in South Africa but it is unclear that this was where it was travelling from when it was damaged. www.dailyecho.co....
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Chemical Tanker Turned into Offshore Service Vessel
With innovation in its Norwegian DNA, Uksnoy Shipping took a chemical tanker and made it into an Offshore Service Vessel with an innovative propulsion system. The conversion of a Turkish-made chemical tanker and its retrofitting with a promising new energy-saving propulsion system in 2013 suggested Uksnoy Shipping might not be like other owner-managers of offshore service vessels (OSV).www.marinelink.co...
MOL’s Newbuilding Coal Carrier Shin Yahagi Maru to Serve Chubu Electric Power
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. yetsreday announced the delivery of the coal carrier Shin Yahagi Maru, which will serve Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (President: Akihisa Mizuno; headquarters: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture), was delivered at Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (President: Kensuke Namura; headquarters: Nishi-ku, Osaka) on January 22, 2015.
The vessel, which was jointly developed by Namura Shipbuilding and MOL, is a state-of-the-art coal carrier with a wide-beam/shallow-draft configuration and wide range of advanced safety and energy-saving features. The vessel is so-called “Hekinan MAX” which has characteristic 250 meters length to l maximize transport volume to the discharging port, Chubu Electric Power’s Hekinan Thermal Power Plant (Location: Hekinan, Aichi Prefecture).
The new vessel succeeds the Yahagi Maru, a coal carrier that served Chubu Electric Power for 21 years starting in 1992. It will play a central role in supplying coal to the company’s thermal power plants under a new long-term consecutive voyage service contract.