VB Xaloc: New TRAktor 3200-VClass VSP Escort Tug from Robert Allan Ltd. for Boluda
The VB XALOC, first of Robert Allan Ltd.’s new TRAktor 3200-V class escort tugs has been delivered by AstillerosZamakona to Owners Boluda Towage and Salvage. This is the first of Boluda’s multi-boat order for the TRAktor 3200-V. The TRAktor 3200-V was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. specifically to meet Boluda’s demanding requirements for performance, propulsion equipment, accommodation facilities, tank capacities and all within a gross tonnage (GRT) limit of less than 500.Extensive computation fluid dynamics (CFD) studies were conducted early on to analyze hull form impacts on the expected bollard pull of the VSP units.
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Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas sails into the port for the first time on Saturday.
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Police arrest ship’s owner foreman for investigation into Gadani ship fire
The fire that erupted in an oil tanker being broken up for scrap at the Gadani ship-breaking yard could not be extinguished on the third day.
Police has arrested the ship’s owner Abdul Ghafoor’s foreman for the investigation of worker’s duties.
Meanwhile, an Edhi volunteer fainted during the rescue activities and was immediately shifted to hospital for medical aid.
Gadani ship-breaking yard caught fire on Tuesday as a result of which at least 19 people were killed and 65 sustained wounds.
Moreover, more than 50 workers went missing after explosions.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his “deep grief and sorrow” over the incident, according to a statement by his office.
Industrial accidents are common in Pakistan, with workplaces often forgoing basic safety measures and equipment in the absence of legislation to protect labourers.
A devastating fire at a textile factory in Karachi killed 255 people in 2012. www.pakistantoday...
The death toll of the explosion aboard the "Aced" rose to 20 on Nov 2. Fifty people were injured and there was an unknown number of missing workers. A gas cylinder had exploded and triggered a massive fire aboard the tanker being dismantled at Gadani beach. Firefighters continued to fight against the fire with the support of the Pakistani Navy and the Coastguard.
The tanker had arrived at Gadani with an Indian crew on Oct 22. Dismantling work had started on Nov 1. 300 people were recruited to carry out the job. The ship was purchased by the company Ghafoor and Company. The owner of the company was on the run on Nov 2. Police arrested the contractor who hired the workers required for the demolition. Decommissioning activities have been prohibited on the Gadani shipyard, where safety procedures were being verified. The method of deconstruction are often considered disrespectful of the environment and workers' health.
The "Gadwall" was disabled due to some kind of engine or mechanical failure on Oct 29, 2016, in Gulf of St. Lawrence, while en route from Quebec to Ghent. The bulkcarrier was taken on tow by the tug "Ocean Artique" (IMO: 9261607) on Nov 1, to be towed to Sept-Iles. On Nov 2, the convoy reached the destination around noon, and the tug "Ocean Yvan Desgagnes" (IMO: 9542207) took over.
A fire broke out on Nov 2, 216, aboard the "Verano Port Villa", which was docked in Cape Town. In the factory section, about 800,000 styrofoam containers were threatened by the flames. The vessel with about 100 tons of fuel on board was moored at the container terminal. 12 fire engines have been deployed to the scene, thick black smoke was billowing from the ship. There were five crew members on board who have been evacuated. The ship was in port since June 2015, when it berthed as the Russian "Verona", later being renamed and registered in Vanuatu.
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