The Ruby Princess refit contract in Esquimalt is worth up to $5 million for Victoria Shipyards and will involve hundreds of workers installing new bow thrusters and emission scrubbers. Ruby Princess is in drydock in Esquimalt for a 10-day stop while 350 Victoria Shipyards workers go flat out to complete a vessel refit.Cruise-ship work and other contracts are pushing the size of the workforce to a peak of more than 800, said Joe O’Rourke, general manager of Victoria Shipyards, owned by North Vancouver’s Seaspan ULC.The value of the cruise ship job alone is in the $4-million to $5-million range, O’Rourke said Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. It includes installing two massive emission scrubbers and replacing bow thrusters. Princess has brought in 350 of its own staff, who in their spare time head downtown and spend money.
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Croatian Shipping Company Tankerska NG Receives New Tanker 'Pag'
Croatian shipping company Tankerska Next Generation (TNG) reported on Friday that it has received its fourth tanker named PAG in a series produced by the South Korean shipyard SPP Shipbuilding, and that it has signed a contract with the Dutch ABN AMRO Bank to finance three additional tankers which will further expand its fleet. The handover ceremony for the MT Pag tanker, the fourth in a series of new ships which Tankerska NG has received from Korean shipyards this year, was held on Friday at the SPP Shipbuilding, reports Poslovni.hr on December 5, 2015.MT Pag is a tanker with deadweight of 49,990 tons (dwt), and its delivery has raised the overall fleet capacity of Tankerska NG to 300,000 dwt, with the average fleet age now down to considerably under two years.
The "Maersk Saigon" ran aground off Santos near the buoy 2A on Dec 7, 2015, at 3.40 p.m. during her departure manoeuvre at the BTP Terminal and being bound for Port Elizabeth while operating on the ASAS service. The ship got stuck about 30 meters off the right side of the fairway. She was refloated with the assistance of a single tug at 10:30 p.m. and was safely anchored while awaiting further inspection to assess any potential structural damages. The fairway was barred for shipping for several hours. Maersk was hopeful the vessel could make up the lost time on its Atlantic transit once it has been declared seaworthy.
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The Swiss flagged cargo m/v "SCL Basilea" diverted near the Cape Verde Islands to render assistance to the "Magritte". The Moody Grenadier 134 was taking part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), and bound from Gran Canaria to St Lucia when it reported taking on water on Dec 3, 2015. A Mayday was broadcast and the MRCC Cape Verde coordinated the evacuation of the crew. The cargo vessel provided assistance, reaching the "Magritte" at 5 a.m.. The crew of four was safely evacuated and taken on to Pasajes. The "Magritte" was abandoned in position 16 44.36N 027 27.82W and sank short time later.
Last night there was another near-miss incident at the Strait of Istanbul when 98 m. LPG carrier "Gitta Gas" experienced an engine problem while passing the narrowest part at Kandilli Point, Turkish maritime News Agency www.kaptanhaber.com reported.
The incident took place right after midnight, on 6th of December.
The gas carrier, which had a pilot onboard during the incident, was on the way from Marmara Sea to Black Sea and tugboats were sent by the Turkish Coastal safety Administration after which the vessel was taken to Büyükdere area and anchored there.
The vessel will proceed to voyage after surveyors will carry out a survey to find out the engine problem. www.seanews.com.t...
The water police in Emden launched an investigation against the 53-year old Russian master of the "Ems Moon" and the 57 year old pilot due to endangering ship and railway traffic. The porsecutors in Aurich will decide about a safety fine on Dec 7. Both men refused to be interrogated by the authorities.