21 Filipino Seafarers Aboard FOC Bulk Carrier Deprived Of Food And Salary
There are concerns about the welfare of 21 Filipino seafarers aboard a flag-of-convenience bulk carrier berthed at Port Kembla after it was found the stores aboard the ship were severely lacking and none of the crew had been paid in four months.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has detained the ship, the Bulk Brasil, for serious breaches of the Maritime Labor Convention.
The Bulk Brasil is an 82,000 dead weight ton, Panamanian-registered vessel, managed and operated by Japanese-based multinational Keymax. Reference: mua.org.au
Damen delivers Stan Launches for Multraship boatmen
Leading towage and salvage operator Multraship has taken delivery of the first of two customised Damen Stan Launch 804s vessels for its line handling and boatmen service companies in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. Verenigde Bootlieden B.V. and Montis Mooring & Boatservice B.V. will use the highly manoeuvrable vessels to support safe and effective port operations.
In December Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam in the Netherlands delivered the first Stan Launch 804s, Montis 5, and the second vessel, VB 2, will be delivered in early February after 16 weeks under construction. To meet the client’s requirements, Damen’s design and engineering team at its Maaskant yard customised the proven 8.62-metre Stan Launch 804 design – increasing the standard bollard pull from 1.4 tonnes to 3.2 tonnes, adding an 11 kW bow thruster, a ø900 mm nozzle propeller and more than doubling the installed power to 182 kW.
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We are pleased to announce that earlier today, Wednesday 28 January, we took delivery of VOS Glory at Fujian Shipbuilding Trading in Fuzhou, China.
VOS Glory is a 60m ERRV-FSV (emergency response and rescue vessel/field-support vessel) and the second in a series of four such FSVs being built at the Shipyard for Vroon. The vessels feature a revolutionary, wave-piercing bow shape. The remaining two vessels will be delivered to the company over the next few months.
The company has ordered a total of 22 offshore-support vessels at Fujian Southeast, with delivery between 2014 and 2016.
In a ceremony held at the Shipyard last November, VOS Glory was christened by Mrs Carina Doggen, partner of Mr Rudy Snouwaert, who is Operational Accounting Supervisor at Vroon Ship Management B.V. and has been a Vroon employee since 1978.
VOS Glory will be heading for the North Sea, where she will be managed by Vroon Offshore Services Aberdeen.
We wish the vessel and her crews safe and successful voyages.
U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Sailor Aboard M/V Cougar Ace
U.S. Coast Guard rescuers from Newport, Rhode Island conducted a MEDEVAC on Thursday morning (Jan. 29) of a crewmember from the 654-foot pure truck & car carrier M/V Cougar Ace.
The 48 year old seafarer had suffered an electrical burn to his right hand, according to a statement by the Coast Guard, and a Station Castle Hill 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched and safely brought the injured sailor ashore where he was then brought to the local hospital.
M/V Cougar Ace is somewhat notorious within the maritime community due to a major loss of stability suffered on board the vessel in 2006 while carrying a cargo of nearly 5000 vehicles. She was conducting a ballast water transfer near the Aleutian Islands when things went bad.
The 784 passengers of the "Boudicca" - 778 of them British - have had their trip cut short as Fred Olsen Cruise Lines made the difficult decision to cancel the voyage and fly the passengers back to Southampton and Bournemouth. The ship had left Southampton on Jan 20 for an 18-night cruise of Cape Verde and the Canary Islands. After the fire, the ship made its way to Tenerife in spite of two engines being damaged, leaving the ship running on two main engines and three auxiliary engines at a reduced speed of eight knots. It reached the port of Santa Cruz on Jan 28.
After the arrival, engineers have been investigating the extent of the damage. Their expert assessment was that the "Boudicca" should stay longer in Tenerife, in order for the ship to undertake all the work required. All passengers have been offered a full refund for the cost of their ticket, plus 50% off their next booking as compensation.
The next cruise was expected to depart as planned from Southampton on Feb 7.
In the morning of Jan 30, 2015, the CROSS Joburg was informed by the "Vauban" that a crew member had suffered a hand injury. The trawler was 25 nautical miles east of Barfleur. The Cross Joburg had a conference call with the Marine Medical Consultation Centre (MMCC) in Toulouse, and the SAMU maritime medical coordination (SCMM) in Le Havre, and a medevac was decided. The CROSS Jobourg deployed an EC 225 helicopter of the Navy Base in Maupertus which hoisted the wounded and took him to the University Hospital (CHU) in Caen at noon.
French report with photo:
Enroute from Rotterdam to Tornio the "Hjordis" suffered a turbocharger explosion while transiting the Kiel Canal eastbound on Jan 30, 2015, around 3 p.m. The ship was emergency anchored at Schülp and Held by two pilot boats while the tugs "Holtenau" and "Kiel" dispatched from Kiel to pull the ship to the New Port in Rendsburg where it was berthed at 9 p.m.