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 Kaiarahi  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
238 days ago by arnekiel

Interislander renames Swedish Stena Alegra ferry as Kaiarahi
KAIARAHI which in Maori means "leadership" or "to lead" but also has metaphorical meanings including "guardian" or "to guide". While many on Wellington's street struggled with the pronunciation, the new name was universally liked. The ship, formerly known as STENA ALEGRA, was in dry dock in Singapore getting upgrades including new lounges, bar, stabilisers, navigation, engine room equipment, and gangway access.

 CMA CGM Laperouse  (Container Ship)
238 days ago by arnekiel

CMA CGM Group to optimize its services between Asia and Europe
CMA CGM and Ocean Three partners have decided to harmonize FAL2 and FAL3 in order to adapt to the current market situation between Asia and Europe. They will offer a new optimized rotation. This new FAL 23 service will provide perfect answers to customers’ needs, including: Transit times amongst the best on the market – especially between Asia and Le Havre, Rotterdam and Antwerp Vietnam will be directly served with a new call at Cai Mep Deep Sea terminal in Ho Chi Minh City Le Havre and Rotterdam will benefit from import and export calls A new export call at Felixstowe A new import call at Chiwan Starting October 13th in Asia, twelve 12,000 to 15,000 TEUs vessels will follow the new rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Cai Mep, Port Kelang, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Jeddah, Port Kelang, Chiwan, Shanghai. The new rotation will start in the Eastbound from Antwerp on September 28th with the CMA CGM LA PEROUSE. FAL1 and FAL8 services optimization A new call at Qingdao has been added on the FAL1 service as from mid-August 2015. Transit times from Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian and Port Kelang to Algeciras, Southampton, Dunkirk and Hamburg will be reduced by 3 days. The largest 18,000 EVPs Group’s vessels are sailing on this route namely CMA CGM KERGUELEN, CMA CGM GEORG FORSTER, CMA CGM VASCO DE GAMA and CMA CGM BOUGAINVILLE. The rotation will be: Tianjin, Dalian, Pusan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Port Kelang, Algeciras, Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Malta, Khor Fakkan, Yantian, Tianjin. Starting October 13th, CMA CGM will add Xiamen on its FAL8 service.

 Nikolas  (Container Ship)
238 days ago by arnekiel

MSC bulks up Angola-Europe service
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is adding calls at North Europe ports to its Angola Express Service in another sign of West Africa's allure to players in the container trade. The Geneva-based company is added six ships with capacities of 2,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units to the service, which will also begin to call at Rotterdam, Antwerp and Bassens, France. The first sailing will take place Sept. 18 with the departure of the MV Nikolas from RotterdamThe new port rotation will be as follows: Rotterdam, Antwerp, Bassens, Sines, Casablanca, Las Palmas, Conakry, Dakar, Luanda and back to Rotterdam.Carriers and terminal operators have shown an interest in West Africa of late, with CMA CGM adding services and establishing logistics hubs while APM Terminals is the midst of large-scale developments in Ghana and Nigeria. Source: Journal of Commerce

 Nedlloyd Barentsz  (Container Ship)
238 days ago by Timsen

Boxship off hire
On Sep 2, 2015, the "Nedlloyd Barentsz" was discharged at the Pasi Panjang Container terminal in Singapore before going off hire and being moored on the Eastern anchorage off the port the next day.

 Costa Fortuna  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
238 days ago by Timsen

Authorities opened an attempted murder investigation after woman fell from cruise ship
Laura Stuardo who fell from her cabin balcony on the "Costa Fortuna" on July 19, could neither confirm nor deny having jumped, as she was in a coma after being rescued. After the Italian 53-year-old has woken up, and she said she did not try to commit suicide, prompting authorities to open an attempted murder investigation Stuardo told the police she and her abusive boyfriend went on the cruise in an attempt to repair their relationship, but argued in their cabin shortly before her fall. A surveillance camera captured Stuardo hanging from the balcony for a few seconds before she fell over the railing. After several operations in Oslo, she was flown to Turin still in a coma. Her boyfriend Giovanni Pia, 55, initially told police Stuardo jumped despite his unsuccessful attempt to stop her. Police have not officially named Pia a suspect.

 Virginia G  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
238 days ago by Timsen

Grounded tanker looted
The "Virginia G" grounded at the Ics Mbao beach on Aug 30, 2015, in heavy swells. The tanker had been moored behind Goree Island, waiting to negotiate repair services of the Dakarnave Company and was driven onto the Mbattal beach in stormy weather. After people started looting the ship, the consignee of the ship, Alassane Mané, informed the police which sent the Legion of Gendarmerie, the arrival of which created panic among the looters, some jumped into the sea to escape. Ahuge crowd gathered around the ship. Six looters were arrested and were taken to the brigade of the French industrial free zone. To increase security around the ship, Alassane Mané recruited a resident to guard equipment consisting of mattresses, diving equipment, a computer, life jackets, etc. He expanded his team by recruiting five other young men. The next Alassane Mané found that looting had continued and material such as mattresses, a chart and a computer had been stolen. The monitoring team stated it had being attacked by an armed gang, but the police did not believe them and took them in custody for theft and criminal conspiracy. In total, 11 alleged thieves were held by the police in Thiaroye sur mer. French reports with photos:

 Raunefjord  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
238 days ago by Timsen

Ferry attended grounded cabin cruiser
The "Raunefjord", an ambulance boat from Austevoll and the lifeobat "Askerbæringen" from Kleppestø responded after a pleasure boat with two adults and two children on board ran aground on Halhjem on Sep 4, 2015, at 7 p.m. not far from the ferry dock. They were attended by a smaller pleasure boat that came to assist. The cabin cruiser took in some water. The lifeboat was on scene one hour after the alert and remained on standby until a crane refloated the boat. Norwegian report with photos:

 High Speed 7  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
239 days ago by Timsen

Wreck towed to Trieste
On Sep 4 the fire-gutted wreck of the "Highspeed 5" was towed from the Drapetsona Bay in Piräus to Trieste by the tug "Apollon", ETA Sep 10. Photos: www.shipspotting.... www.shipspotting....

 Silver Cloud  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
239 days ago by Timsen

Medevac off Gironde
On Sep 4, 2015 at 7:32 a.m. the CROSS Etel was contacted by the "Silver Cloud" because of a sick person on board. After a conference call with the maritime Medical Consultation Center (MMCC) in Toulouse, the decision was taken to evacuate the man by helicopter. The CROSS Etel dispatched a Dauphin helicopter of the Navy base in La Rochelle which took off at 8:36 a.m. The "Silver Cloud" was located at the entrance of the Gironde estuary. The Patient was hoisted at 9:37 a.m. and delivered at the Hospital in Royan at 9:42 a.m.

 MSC Sinfonia  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
239 days ago by Timsen

Cruise ship diverted to Kiel due to storm
Another time the "MSC Sinfonia" was re-routed from Warnemünde to Kiel due to stormy weather. The ship which was berthed in Copenhagen on Sep 6 was being expected in Kiel on Sep 6.

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