NEW HAPPY STAR FITTING OUT AT ZHEJIANG OUHUA SHIPBUILDING
Big Lift’s newbuilding HAPPY STAR is at the builder ZHEJIANG OUHUA SHIPBUILDING CO. LTD.in Zouchan. The vessel will leave the yard very soon with destination the Huisman Yard in Zhanzhou were two 900 ton cranes will be installed HAPPY STAR offers unique lifting capabilities for the heavy lift and project cargo market. Her lifting curve ranges from 1,800 mt at 25 metres, 1,600 mt at 28 metres to 1,000 mt at 41 metres, with a lifting height of nearly 47 metres above the main deck. With the weather deck extending over the full width of the vessel, her load space can used to the utmost. The weather deck hatch covers are pontoon type and bear 15 t/m2. The tweendeck is adjustable in height and HAPPY STAR can sail with open weather deck hatches on a draught of up to 8 metres. The vessel will have Finnish/Swedish 1A Ice Class notation.
(Offshore Vessel > Offshore Tug Supply Ship)
Shrimper still afloat after collision with Gloria May
On Aug 25 the 74-foot shrimp boat "Capt. Le" was still afloat after it collided with the "Gloria May" the previous day, but efforts to recover it were thwarted by weather. The accident occurred about 18 miles south of Pascagoula about 10:40 p.m. on Aug 24. All three crew onboard the shrimp boat successfully entered into their life raft and were subsequently picked up by the "Gloria May". Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula picked them up and took them to shore. The shrimping vessel sustained significant damage. It had approximately 10,000 gallons of diesel and 200 gallons of oil on board.
A pollution investigation team was sent to the site, but had to turn around because of seven-foot waves and unsafe weather, a spokesman said. The Coast Guard planned to fly over the site in the morning of Aug 26 to assess the situation. The "Gloria May" reported minimal damage and no injuries have been reported from either vessel. The cause of the incident has not been determined and was under investigation.
The "Mannanan" suffered a technical problem with one of Manannan’s engines which caused a more than two-hour delay and cancellation of the scheduled 8.30 p.m. sailing from Liverpool to Douglas lon Aug 25, 2014. Passengers waited on board until about 10.45 p.m. when they then were offered a choice of overnight accommodation or limited availability on the overnight Heysham sailing. Specialist engineers attended the vessel in Liverpool in the morning of Aug 26, and it was hoped that they will be able to find and fix the fault. The Belfast sailing has been cancelled and will be amalgamated with the Dublin sailing on Aug 27.
The "Ben-my-Chree"’s overnight sailing from Heysham was delayed to assist with transfers and returned to her normal schedule in the morning of Aug 26.
In the evening of Aug 21, 201, the "Amapolla" was in danger of sinking in the Bay of Villefranche sur Mer.
Water had entered through the door of the tender garage in the late afternoon. The captain alerted the Cross Med as he was unable to resolve the problem aboard the yacht which had on board 14 passengers. The CROSS Med dispatched two SNSM lifeobats and a Dauphin helicopter Dauphin of the French Navy. The passengers were quickly transferred aboard the lifeboat. The situation of the yacht was dcritical as it developed a list of 15 degrees, despite the bilge pumps running at full power. It was therefore decided to send the pilot boat from the port of Nice to meet the "Amapolla" to tow it to shore. Only on Aug 22 at 2 a.m. the situation could be brought under control, and also a small electrical fire could be extinguished.
On Aug 24, 2014, at 2 a.m. the 8,5-m-f/v "El Calafu" capsized after having left the port of Melenara on Gran Canaria and drifted bottom up eight miles off Melenara in rough seas. The crew of two had saved themselves onto the keel without having had a chance to activate the EPIRB. Only at 7,19 a.m. they managed to activate a locator the signal of which was received at the Estación Espacial in Maspalomas. An SAR operation was launched involving the lifeboat "Nunki" and a helicopter. First on scene was the "Volcán de Timanfaya" which was underway from Las Palmas to Morro Jable. They traced the castaways, and captain Jamil Jabur stopped the ferry around 200 meters off the wreck. The two fishermen Rayco Garcia and Jonathan Fernández jumped into the sea and climbed aboard. Both returned to Gran Canaria in good health in the afternoon of Aug 25.
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In the evening of Aug 24, 2014, the Swedish Coast Guard put out a large fires on the "Tärnan" at Söderöra in the Roslagens archipelago. The Coast Guard dispatched the two ships "KBV 315" and "KBV 311" to assist the fire department with fire fighting. The fire spread quickly, and the extensive fire-fighting operations took more than seven hours. The boat was completely engulfed in flames. Fortunately, there were no people on board. The passenger boat was, however, destroyed. As there was the risk of an oil leakage, the Coast Guard laid out booms at the site to prevent the spread of oil.
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