U.S. Supplier NuStar Secures Arrest Order for Another Ship in OW Bunker Fallout
U.S. marine fuel supplier NuStar Energy Services Inc. has arrested a Nigerian liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, one more in a line ships the company has seized due to unpaid OW Bunker-related bunker bills, reports Tradewinds.
The company, who was one of the largest creditors of OW Bunker's U.S. units, reportedly secured an order from a U.S. federal court in Louisiana to arrest the LNG Finima, which is owned by Bonny Gas Transport, a subsidiary of Nigeria LNG.
Currently, the ship is believed to be enroute to the Gulf of Mexico.
Nustar is allegedly owed almost $2.46 million for roughly 3,600 metric tons of fuel delivered late in October, which the company said in court documents that the vessel is now directly responsible for. shipandbunker.com...
A Vietnamese sailor of the "VP Asphalt 2" died at a hospital in Singapore on Dec 7, 2014, after being shot by a group of pirates who hijacked the tanker off the island nation earlier the same day. Tran Duc Dat was one of the 16 crewmembers of the ship. The hijacking occurred at 4:30 a.m. about 60 nautical miles off Singapore. The tanker was carrying 2,300 tons of liquid asphalt from Singapore to the southern province of Dong Nai. After tying the crewmembers up, the pirates searched their rooms and the cargo hold for an hour. They left the ship at 5:30 a.m. After the hijackers left, several crewmembers found Dat lying in a coma in his room, with a bloody gunshot wound to his head.
The ship reported the case to the Vietnam MRCC, which provided instructions on giving first aid to him. The agency asked the Singaporean SAR forces to send a helicopter to the scene to take the victim ashore for emergency treatment. The agency also notified the ship’s owner of the incident and asked it to coordinate with Singaporean authorities to handle the case.
At 9:40 a.m., the victim was taken to Singapore on a helicopter under the care of Singaporean doctors. He was then brought to a hospital but died at noon the same day due to his wound.
Meanwhile, the "VP Asphalt 2" returned to Singapore to report to local authorities about the attack.
The location where the ship was attacked was near the waters where another Vietnamese cargo ship, the "Sunrise 689", owned by the Hai Phong Fishery Shipbuilding Joint Stock Company, was attacked on Oct 2 while carrying 5,226 tons of oil from Singapore’s Horizon Port to Cua Viet Port in the northern Vietnamese city of Quang Tri.
New £42m CalMac ferry visits home port in Stornoway for first time
The new £42m MV LOCH SEAFORTH has visited her home port in Stornoway for the first time. The 7800-tonne ferry made a brief appearance before returning to a lay-up berth on the Clyde. The vessel is currently unable to dock in Stornoway because upgrade works at the terminal pier have yet to be completed. A spokesperson for operators CalMac said she was sailed to the area "as part of crew familiarisation exercises". Since departing the Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft (FSG) shipyard in Germany, the ferry has been laid-up in Greenock until the extension to Stornoway's number three pier is completed. Civil engineers faced problems in strengthening the pier to handle robust berthing. The Loch Seaforth was built to replace the MV ISLE OF LEWIS and the MV CLIPPER RANGER for the busy Stornoway to Ullapool route. The vessel, which can carry up to 700 passengers and 143 cars, will enter into service next year. Source : STV news
Stena celebrates first anniversary of Stena Hibernia
Stena Line is celebrating the first anniversary of the STENA HIBERNIA on its Liverpool (Birkenhead) to Belfast route and one year on, the service continues to deliver a strong performance which has helped the leading ferry company increase its freight traffic. Richard Horswill, Stena Line’s Head of Freight UK and Ireland said: “Stena Line introduced the STENA HIBERNIA in November 2013 to complement the STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY to help cope with increased demand for freight capacity on this route and enable our customers to deliver on next-day orders to their client base.
The P&O cruiseliner AURORA is in Hamburg at the Blohm + Voss wharf to recieve a comprehensive maintenance and modernization work. The cruise liner will stay at the ELBE 17 dock of Blohm+Voss until December 16, 2014. From Hamburg the AURORA sails to Southampton to restart her cruises.