Vroon’s car carrier Le Mans Express, recently completed her dry-docking and first special survey at Palumbo Shipyard in Messina, Italy. During her docking, the vessel was fitted with a Propeller Boss Cap Fin (PBCF) to improve propeller efficiency. In addition, she was equipped with ABB consumption-monitoring equipment.
(Offshore Vessel > Offshore Support Vessel)
We are pleased to announce that our newly delivered VOS Pace has today left COSCO Guangdong Shipyard on her maiden voyage.
VOS Pace is the first of six PX121-type PSVs being built at the Shipyard for Vroon. The vessels will be delivered to the company during 2015 and 2016 and are intended for operation in European waters. They will be managed by Vroon Offshore Services in Den Helder. The Ulstein PX121, with 850 m2 deck space, is an X-bow design which ensures reduced and smoother vessel movements in harsher conditions. This provides better operational and fuel-efficiency advantages to the charterer, in combination with high crew safety and comfort standards. Source: Vroon
First of new series ASD Tug 2913 delivered to Petersen & Alpers
Damen Shipyards Group has delivered the first vessel in its new ASD Tug 2913 class, the "Michel". The 2913 has been developed in response to demand from operators for more powerful tugs capable of handling today’s ever larger vessels. As well as having a bollard pull of 80 tonnes and total power of 5,050 BKw, the new tug is just 29 metres in length and highly manoeuvrable, making it ideal for operations in busy harbours where space is limited.
The ASD 2913 has accommodation for 10 personnel across six cabins and with a beam of 13 metres is very stable. It also has push/pull capabilities and can be fitted with an aft winch as an option. It is also the first Damen tug to be built with a double hull so as to comply with the latest safety regulations.
The launch customer for the new model is German towage specialist Petersen & Alpers, and she will join an existing Damen ASD Tug 2411, which the company has been operating for the last four years out of Hamburg. Source: Damen Shipyards Group
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Crude Oil Tanker)
First oil tanker docks at Libya’s Hariga since strike
An oil tanker has docked at Libya’s port of Hariga for the first time since security guards ended a strike this week and a storm passed, a port official said on Thursday.
Authorities managed earlier this week to persuade security guards to end a strike over delayed salary payments, keeping Libya’s only functional onshore oil export port open. A storm then further delayed the terminal’s reopening.
Greek-registered Minerva Zoe, which had been waiting to dock for a week, would start loading 725,000 barrels of oil soon, the official said, asking not to be identified. The tanker was bound for Italy.
Another tanker importing 25,000 tonnes to Libya had also arrived, he said. Apart from being the last operating onshore export port, Hariga located in the eastern city of Tobruk has also become the main eastern port to import fuel. Benghazi’s commercial port has been closed for months due to fighting between pro-government forces and Islamist groups.
Hariga tends to export around 120,000 barrels per day (bpd).
First fine for burning fuel with too much sulfur content
On the way from Lisbon to Riga, the "Niki C" was controlled by the water police in Kiel on Feb 12, 2015. The officials found that based on the oil diaries the ship still had been sailing with fuel oil for several hours after having passed the line Ushant-Falmouth where only the burning fuel with a content of 0,1 percent sulfur is being allowed since Jan 1. For the investigation and possible fine the officer in charge had to pay a security deposit of 1200 euros. The ship berthed at the Bominflot Bunker Station in Kiel short past 1 a.m. and was allowed to continue around 6 p.m. with an ETA at Riga of Feb 14.
The crew of four of the "Cesca" was winched to safety from their sinking ship by Anglesey RAF rescuers on Feb 12, 2015. The fishing boat was quickly taking on water six miles south-west off Bardsey Island. When the fishermen reported the incident the boat’s pumps were coping but the crew soon realised that they would be safer abandoning their vessel into a liferaft as they waited for help to arrive. The ship had been underway up the Welsh coast from Milford Haven to Conwy. They phoned Holyhead Coastguard at 10.20 p.m. and were lifted out of a raft by a Seaking helicopter from RAF Valley. The Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteers were also requested by the Coastguard to launch the lifeboat "John D Spicer" to the fishing boat off Bardsey Island. The lifeboat crew launched the all-weather lifeboat in force 6-7 winds, quickly making their way through big swells and rough seas towards the sinking vessel. As the volunteers were making their way to the scene the fishing boat had drifted and was now two miles north of the small island. The RAF from Valley was also called to assist in the rescue and the fishermen were being winched to the rescue helicopter as Porthdinllaen lifeboat crew arrived on scene.
The fishing boat had taken on too much water to be saved and Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteers stood by as a safety precaution as they waited for the fishing boat to sink. By 12:35 a.m. the fishing boat had sunk and the lifeboat crew made their way back to station, returning at 1:45 a.m.
Engineers have worked through the night on engine problems with the "Ben my Chree" that saw passengers stranded on board the vessel in Douglas harbour on Feb 12, 2015. Overnight sailings were cancelled but passengers for the morning's Heysham service were being asked to check in no later than 9.30 a.m. The ferry was unable to manoeuvre into dock as it entered Douglas harbour after the "Ben my Chree" had sustained damage to her port propeller system. Components in one of the propeller control systems had to be changed.
The "Gofer B" which was anchored off the western province İzmir's coast after having been fined 321,000 Turkish Liras ($129,000) by the Istanbul Municipality in 2011 for dumping hazardous chemical waste and which had previously drifted in 2012, continued to pose a great danger to marine traffic and properties on the coast. Jointly with the "Bodyer" she drifted miles away from their anchored positions near the town of Aliağa due to heavy storms.
The "Gofer B", which was confiscated by a court order in 2012, first drifted 21 kilometers north near the town of Çandarlı on Feb 1. After being run ashore and towed into the port of Çandarlı, the ship drifted 56 kilometers southwest on Feb 11, as a result of a northeaster storm that continued to affect Western Turkey. The ship ran ashore in front of a hotel in the town of Mordoğan. The "Bodyer", also confiscated by court order, ran ashore off the coast of the town of Foça. The Coastguard warned nearby ships through radio messages about the journey of the two ships that posed great danger to marine traffic, especially during the night.
Report with photos:
IOn Feb 11 the "Isabelle 1", 2591 ts (EU-No.: 06105250), which had run aground jointly with the barge "Isabelle II", 2391 ts (EU-No.: 02331851), underway from Mannheim to Rotterdam, was refloated after having been lightered. The ship reached the Dordrecht Seaport in Rotterdam on Feb 13 at 1.30 a.m.