During the Hamburg Blue Port & Cruise Days 2014 on Aug 2, 2014, the "Störtebeker" was in collision with the tug "Fairplay X" on the Elbe. The passenger ship docked at the Landing Bridges around 10 p.m, the tug at the Finkenwerder ferry dock before returning to the tug pier. No reports regarding damages.
in the evening of Aug 2, 2014, around 9 p.m. the "Regina Mariswas in collision with the German 18-m-launch "Anita" (EU-No.: 05107440) on the Elbe during the Hamburg Blue Port & Cruise Days 2014. The ships were escorting four cruise ships and were situated between the "Aidastella" and the "MSC Magnifica" (IMO: 9387085). Until both ships were removed from the fairway, the "MSC Magnifica“ on its way to Akureyri had to stop its seabound voyage. No injuries were reported. The "Regina Maris" docked at the Kaiser Quay and left the port of Hamburg on Aug 4 at 10.30 a.m. bound for Kiel. The police launched an investigation.
An elderly Swedish couple was rescued from their dismasted yacht near the Cook Islands by the "Stena Paris" on Aug 6, 2014. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) detected a beacon alert from the yacht "Blue Horizon" on Aug 5 at about 5.15 p.m. The couple, a 69-year-old woman and 70-old-man, feared the broken mast would hole the hull. An aircraft was sent from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Pape'ete in Tahiti to fly over the yacht. It confirmed that the nearest rescue vessel was the "Stena Paris". The tanker was diverted to rescue the couple and they were successfully taken aboard, uninjured, at around 9 a.m. Weather conditions were not great, with swells of around four metres, so it was excellent work by the master and crew of the Stena Paris to get the couple aboard without incident. The "Stena Paris" was now continuing its voyage to Pape'ete. The yacht has been abandoned, with a warning to shipping issued.
Due to a short circuit in a transformer a fire broke out in the engine room of the "Fueltrans 4" on Aug 6, 2014, at 4.30 a.m. on the Wilhelmina Canal at Tilburg near to the industrial park Vossenberg. The fire rescue attended with several engines. The owner himself was started to extinguish the fire which was finally brought under control by the fire rescue at 5 a.m. The engine room which was full of smoke had to be ventilated in the follow up. Neither the master nor his deckhand were injured. The tanker had no cargo on board.
Dutch report with photo:
Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) announced that it today took delivery of its 22nd Suezmax vessel, the Nordic Skier, built in 2005 at a shipyard in South Korea.
NAT agreed to purchase the vessel for the price of $36.5 million, as announced in June, 2014. The company now has a fully financed fleet of 22 Suezmax vessels in operation.
The acquired vessel is essentially a sister ship to other vessels in the current NAT fleet. For NAT, it is of significant importance to have more or less identical vessels in the fleet both from an operational and cost synergy point of view.
Going forward, NAT is seeking to increase its dividend and earnings capacity through further expansion when the time is right to do so, the company said. NAT said that it believes its strong balance sheet and well defined and transparent operating model give the company a competitive position.
Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam Delivers Custom Built Offshore Chaser
The delivery of the ‘7-Oceans’ to offshore services company Rederij Groen (Scheveningen, the Netherlands) marks a new milestone in Offshore Support Vessel construction. The vessels have been designed in close cooperation with both Rederij Groen and their customer. The Seismic Research Support Vessel is constructed by Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam, part of Damen Shipyards Group, and the first of a series of three identical vessels.
Charterer Dolphin Geophysical opted for a 35m design from Vestvaerftet in Denmark. This design is even closer to a fishing vessel compared to the two 40m newbuilds Maaskant delivered to Rederij Groen last year.
For optimal manoeuvrability two Veth azimuth stern drives (ASD) were chosen. They are each driven by an active front end, frequency controlled electric motor of 500 kW each. Power is generated by three Caterpillar C18 generator sets of 525 kVA. Also a 90 kW electric bow thruster is fitted.
Accommodation is arranged for a crew of 6 with extra capacity for 8 service crew.
Sanmar delivers tug to Svitzer Americas - on delivery voyage to Peru
However, it is a TOS crew that is sailing a marginally less powerful version of the same design on its delivery voyage to Peru and into the hands of Svitzer Americas for duty at an LNG terminal in Melchorita near Pisco. Named Bogacay II (Bogacay 602), this vessel has a 60 tonne bollard pull delivered from a twin installation of Caterpillar 3512C HD main engines, each developing 1765kW. Despite its compact size, all Bogacay class tugs benefit from spacious accommodation for up to six persons, and can be fitted with an external firefighting system up to FiFi1 class notation.