Rolls-Royce Powers the World’s Longest Journey by LNG at Sea
A Rolls-Royce pure-gas engine has propelled Nor Lines’ Kvitbjørn into the history books by becoming the world’s first vessel to operate between Asia and Europe solely on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the ship’s bunker fuel. Kvitbjørn’s naming ceremony in Stavanger celebrates Nor Lines’ 5000dwt short sea cargo vessel, built to Rolls-Royce’s award-winning Environship concept.
The ship sailed to Norway from Tsuji Heavy Industries shipyard in Jiangsu, China, via Singapore, and subsequently LNG bunkerings in Cochin, India and Cartagena, Spain. This was the longest voyage ever undertaken by a vessel running solely on LNG and was completed in Bergen on 29 March. www.hellenicshipp...
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp, the nation’s second-largest container shipper in terms of fleet scale, on April 20 launched the service of its first 14,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEU) vessel in Kaohsiung Harbor.
The YM Wish is currently the largest container ship in its fleet, with the company set to take delivery of another 14 vessels by the end of next year through a lease deal inked with Seaspan Corp — a Canada-based independent container ship owner.
“The introduction of these new vessels will help the company upgrade its fleet,” Yang Ming chairman Frank Lu told reporters at a ceremony to mark the ship’s maiden voyage.
With lower operational costs and more efficient energy usage, the 15 new vessels could help the company save up to NT$6 billion (US$191.98 million) annually in the future, with total savings this year expected to reach NT$2 billion, Lu said.
In addition, Lu said the new vessels, which would offer services for routes from the Far East to Europe, could give Yang Ming an edge in the highly competitive ultra-large vessel market.
After the new vessels join the shipper’s fleet, Yang Ming might transfer several 8,000-TEU container ships operating in European routes to US routes, to boost the company’s competitiveness in the US market.
Stena Bulk charters out LNG carrier Stena Blue Sky
Stena Bulk has signed an agreement covering the charter of the LNG carrier Stena Blue Sky for the North West Shelf Project in Australia. The duration of the charter is up to three years with a possible further extension as a goal. The contract was signed at current market freight rates.
Blessing Ceremony of the RV GEO RESOLUTION, the latest addition to the EGS fleet
The EGS management has gathered in Singapore to conduct the christening and blessing ceremony of the RV Geo Resolution, the latest addition to EGS’ fleet of deep water capable hydrographic and geophysical survey vessels. The ceremony has taken place at the Sembawang Shipyard, where the vessel was equipped and readied for her forthcoming survey duties. EGS purchased the 68m long RV Geo Resolution (formerly HMNZS Resolution) from the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in October 2014. During her service in New Zealand, the vessel was the RNZN’s principal hydrographic survey ship conducting surveying and charting on behalf of the New Zealand Navy. Originally designed and constructed in Mississippi for the US Navy and named the USNS Tenacious she was the 17th of a Class of 18 Stalwart-Class surveillance ships.
The vessel was handed over to EGS on the 10th October 2014 and left Devonport Naval Base the same day for her voyage to Singapore.
After the evacation of the 188 passengers of the "Gökçeada 1", the salvage tug "Kurtarıldı-4" started to refloat the grounded ferry on Apr 20 at 3 p.m. The ship was off the rocks at 4.15 p.m. and taken to Taşocakları. Itsustained some damage but there were no injuries to the 188 passengers on board the ferry which was travelling to the island of Gokceada near the mouth of the Dardanelles Strait in the Aegean Sea when it ran aground in the afternoon of Apr 19 due to strong winds.
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Skipper fined after running his ship into breakwater while being intoxicated
At a hearing on Apr 18, 2015, at South Shields Magistrates Court, Robert Trueman, the owner and skipper of the "Grenaa Star" was fined a total of £5,000 plus costs of £4,536.18 after pleading guilty for failing to keep a good lookout. Trueman was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service and to pay £60 victim surcharge.
On the morning of Dec 17, 2013, the "Grenaa Star" left the North Shields Fish Quay bound for the North Sea fishing grounds. Shortly after leaving, the vessel struck the south breakwater, began taking in water and was quickly grounded on the nearby Littlehaven Beach to prevent it sinking. The incident was reported by a passing vessel. At the time of the allision the "Grenaa Star" had a crew of three onboard.
The vessel was attended by Officers from the Marine Unit of Northumbria Police. Once on board they ascertained that Trueman had been alone in the wheelhouse with the two other crewmen being below decks at the time of the collision. Trueman was found in the wheelhouse and had sustained an injury to his head which was bleeding, and there was blood on the wheelhouse instrument panel. Trueman said he had been thrown onto it on impact. The officer could smell alcohol and requested a breath test. Trueman refused, saying that he was concerned about the vessel and crew. He admitted that at the time of the collision the vessel had been on autopilot.
When Trueman left the vessel 2,5 hours after the collision he failed a breath test giving a reading of 58 (legal limit 35 mg/l). Subsequently, about 5 hours after the collision he provided a urine sample which on subsequent analysis revealed a reading of 65 mg/100ml (legal limit 107).
When interviewed by police on the Dec 24, 2013, Trueman denied he was in the wheelhouse; saying that another member of the crew had been in charge of the vessel while he had been below in the engine room. At the time of the collision Trueman said, he had been returning to the wheelhouse. Once the results of the urine test were known, the police handed over the investigation to the Enforcement Unit of the MCA. In June 2014 Trueman provided a voluntary statement admitting he had been alone in the wheelhouse at the time of the collision.
The matter was then taken forward by the MCA for a breach of maritime safety legislation. As a result of damage received during the allision, the "Grenaa Star" has now been scrapped.
Robert Trueman, aged 55, from Hartlepool pleaded guilty to one offence of failing to keep a good lookout as required by Rule 5 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1974, as amended. He was given community service of 120 hours over the next 15 months, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,536.18 and a £60 victim surcharge.
In passing sentence His Honour Judge Hickey said Trueman relying on the auto-pilot had been a serious admission and clearly he had taken a quantity of alcohol. But he said that while the custody threshold had been crossed, he was satisfied the sentence was sufficient.
Making her final trip to a breakers yard in Rosneath on the Clyde, the "Lysblink Seaways" was taken under tow by the Svitzer tugs "Ayton Cross" and "Anglegarth" an Apr 19 around noon. After salvage and drydock inspection at the Garvel Clyde Shipyard in Greenock she was declared beyond economical repair with a large area of her below the waterline hull having been damaged. The ship was moored at the Rosneath Jetty at 3.20 p.m.
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Skipper charged over collision at Carlingford Lough
At a hearing on Apr 20, 2015, in the County Court Division of South Down, Lindsay Haugh, the skipper of the "Onward - N336" was fined a total of £2,500 plus costs of £231 after pleading guilty for failing to keep a proper lookout.
On Sep 12, 2014, at approximately midnight the fishing vessel was heading back from fishing grounds in thick fog to its home port of Killkeel when it collided with the "Clipper Pennant". The Seatruck Ferries vessel was at anchor off Carlingford Lough, Northern Ireland.
Lindsay Haugh, aged 44, from Killkeel pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct endangering ships, structures or individuals off Carlingford Lough, contrary to section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, in that he omitted to monitor the recognised VHF channels, omitted to view radar in reduced visibility and omitted to keep a proper look out and as such omissions were deliberate or amounted to a breach, or neglect of duty.
A crew member of the "Abis Cuxhaven" was severely injured on Apr 19, 2015, around 1.30 a.m. when the ship berthed in the Great Southern Lock of the Kiel Canal in Brunsbüttel enroute from Stralsund to Immingham. A mooring wire got entangled and finally broke, hitting the 44-year old Philippino at the head. He suffered severe face injuries. After receiving first aid by an emergency medical he was taken to the University Hospital in Hamburg. The ship continued the westbound voyage around 3 a.m. The police launched an investigation.
The ferry service Leirvåg-Sløvåg was interrupted on Apr 14, 2015, after the "Bjørnefjord" had to be sidelined due to a damaged generator which caused a loss of electricity and a blackout as cosequence. At 4 p.m. the cause of the failure was found, but the ferry remained out of service as there was no reserve component available. A shuttle boat was carring passengers across the Fens Fjord until repairs were carried out in Leirvåg.