AIDAstella first Costa cruise ship to berth at New Terminal in Abu Dhabi
On Monday, Nov. 23, the AIDAstella became the first cruise ship of the Costa Group to dock at the newly constructed Cruise Terminal in Mina Zayed.
“AIDA and Costa have developed the United Arab Emirates into one of the most popular cruise destinations for German and European holidaymakers. The new Cruise Terminal in Mina Zayed will further enhance the attraction of Abu Dhabi as important turnaround port in the region. With 60 visits in 2016, 40 of them by AIDA, the Costa Group is by far the most important cruise partner for Abu Dhabi”, said AIDA President Felix Eichhorn.
Following the successful change of passengers at Abu Dhabi’s new cruise terminal, AIDAstella set course for its first 7-day voyage of the season to Dubai, Muscat and Bahrain.
Another seven visits are still scheduled for this year. In 2016, AIDAstella will call at the new Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal a total of 23 times. www.cruiseindustr...
On Nov 25 a Maritime Safety Authority team has conducted a survey of the site where the "Suilven" has sunk to ascertain any oil leakages that could threaten the nearby marine environment. The team also conducted a reconnaissance on the deployment of oil spill equipment at the site should the need arise. The Fiji Navy Hydrographic Unit also conducted a sweep of the site and has determined the location of where the ferry was currently resting.
Divers were deployed to provide images of the sunken ship and another dive will be conducted today prior to the release of any images of the sunken ship.
The MSAF has appointed two marine investigators to commence with their investigation into the incident.
The "Rogovoka" was remaining on standby to assist in the removal of any floating cargo.
The Fiji Police Force and Fiji Navy will continue to monitor the site for safety and security purposes.
The MSAF was appealing to all small boat operators to keep well clear of the sunken ship for safety and security purposes.
HNA Shuts Down Cruise Operation with HENNA in China
HNA has shut down its one-ship cruise operation with the Henna in China. Just three years after starting up with the 1986-built Henna, purchased from P&O Australia, HNA will cease operating cruises.
The company said it was a decision by shareholders for a “business change,” while other sources indicated it was a money-losing operation that faced stiff price competition in 2015 with the arrival of more (and newer) ships in the market.
Earlier this year, the company completed a long big-budget drydock in Shanghai, signaling a significant investment in its hardware.
In previous interviews with Cruise Industry News, HNA executives made it clear they planned on growing the cruise side of their tourism business and had plans to buy more ships.
Additionally, HNA said that going forward, they will still be involved in cruise, which could see them having more of a sales/agent role. www.cruiseindustr...
Former seismic survey ship becoming accomodation ship
C-Bed is converting the "Veritas Viking II" for use as a hotel vessel. It has contracted Wärtsilä Ship Design to supply the design for the rebuild. When completed, the rebuilt ship will be used to accommodate and transfer service personnel working on offshore wind farms. The rebuild project is being carried out at the Fayard AS shipyard in Denmark and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2016. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in September.
Wärtsilä provided the original designs for the "Viking II", then "Veritas Viking II", which was delivered in 1999 to Eidesvik in Norway. After the current conversion, the vessel will be named "Wind Innovation".
After the conversion, the vessel will have accommodations and hotel facilities for 125 people and will feature a heave compensated gangway. It will fullfil the requirements for Special Purpose Ships.
On Nov 25 Belgium asked seven salvage companies to submit an offer for the salvage of the "Flinterstar". The Belgian Secretary of State for the North Sea, Bart Tommelein, did not intend to wait for the court case about the removal of the wreck as he is afraid that it may end up in the fairway in a storm and block the ship traffic.
Tommelein was trying to force the Dutch owner of the ship through the courts to remove the wreck.
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Enroute from Le Havre to Primorks the "Agrari" alerted the Swedish sea and air rescue on Nov 25, 2015, after a crew member was missing. He was last seen at 06:30 a.m. while the ship was at a position approximately 15 nautical miles northeast of Bornholm. The man had done work on deck in the morning. He was not equipped with life jacket or flotation suit. All indications were that the man had fallen overboard somewhere after he was last seen on board. Winds were blowing with about ten m/s in the area. Wave heights were 2-3 meters and the water temperature was around nine degrees Celsius. The "Agrari" immediately turned around. All merchant vessels in the area were advised to a lookout for the man. The area alerted
The search area was part of Danish maritime rescue area, but since Sweden received the alert its Maritime Administration was coordinating the SAR operation.
Involved were the helicopter "Lifeguard 006" from Ronneby, the patrol boat "Amfitrite - KBV 003" from Hanöbukten, the lifeboat "Gad Rausing" from Skillinge and from Denmark the helicopter "Rescue 510", the lifeboats "Leopold Rosenfeldt" and "Jens Sörensen" as well as the patrol boat "Nymfen" and numerous merchant ships. As darkness fell, the search was stopped as there was no chance left to find the man alive.
On Nov 25 the "Searider" of Ubels Offshore returned to the "Angelika" ffor inspections during low water. A life raft which was still attached to the wreck had inflated at the sinking site. The "Norden" laid out a wreck buoy. On Nov 24 at 10 p.m. the "Watergeus" assisted by the "Searider" had tried to take the wreck in tow. At 10.25 p.m. the "Watergeus" had started to pull the "Angelika" towards Eemshaven with a speed of 0,4 knots at the outer side of the fairway. Winds on scene were 7 Beaufort from SW. The following morning at 10 a.m. the "Angelika" finally sank near buoy 26 on the Ems, and the "Watergeus" returned to Delfzijl at 11 a.m.
Dutch reports with photos:
While entering the port of Wilhelmshaven on Nov 25, 2015, returning from a 90 days training voyage, the "Gorch Fock" ran onto a pierhead while moving towards port entrance 4. The ship immediately backed off again and proceeded to the Bonte Quay. Strong currents had brought the "Gorch Fock" 90 degrees of its course. None of the 226 crew on board were injured. The ship suffered only scratches. The accident was thought to have been caused by strong currents which had caught the stern so the master tried to get the ship back on the track by going ahead.
The ship had anchored off Voslapp at the height of the JadeWeserPort since Nov 21. On Nov 30 it will shift to the Naval Depot before entering a yard for scheduled maintenance. (Edited by Tim Schwabedissen)
German report with photos and video:
The "New Horizon" has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc. She will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S. flag research and survey vessel and may be developed for time charter from her new owners through Marcon International, Inc.