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Reports about casualties, owner and name changes and other interesting incidents

 Zorturk  (General Cargo Ship)
32 days ago by Timsen

New life on the Zortürk
The "Zortürk", which was immobilised at Saint-Nazaire since July 2009, on Nov 17, 2014, entered the repair yard # 3. The ship which was pulled and pushed by two tugs left the dock shortly after 9 a.m. and moved to the Penhoët basin where it was to be repaired within the forthcoming months. The owner had arrived in St. Nazaire last week. The "Zorturk" was detained after having entered the port as "Aspet" in July 2009. The actual owner had bought the "Aspet" and has always maintained contact with the prefecture and the Turkish consulate. The "Aspet" had suffered a leak and a strong list to port and was moored in port on July 25. In the basin Penhoët it was deserted by its crew in October 2013. After a long legal drama, having been sold to several owners, being registered under the flags of Togo and Panama, etc., the ship was finallly detained. French reports with photos: www.ouest-france.... www.meretmarine.c... www.ouest-france.... www.presseocean.f...

 Fv Argentario  (Fishing Vessel)
32 days ago by Timsen

Salvage postponed
The salvage of the "Argentario YE - 425386", 88 ts , was postponed for an undefinite time with the ship ramaining on the beach of Saint Gilles Croix de Vie. The ongoing bad weather and unfavourable wind led the rescuers to take that decision. Even if the tide was high enough, silting of the fishing vessel would still be too high. It seemed that the ship stranded because of a damage on board while the vessel was on its entry to the port. French reports with photos: www.lecourrierven... www.larochesuryon... www.meretmarine.c...

 Land Wursten  (Fishing Vessel)
32 days ago by Timsen

Grounding off Wremen
While entering the port of Wremen on Nov 17, 2014, the "Land Wursten - Wre 5“ ran aground just off the port due to low water. The undamaged ship was high and dry and listing to starboard until the next flood when it was expected to be refloated. German report with photo:

 Delamar  (General Cargo Ship)
32 days ago by Timsen

Allision in Stralsund
On Nov 17, 2014, around 5.15 p.m. the "Delamar" allided with a piling at the Ziegelgraben Bridge in the port of Stralsund. The ship was entering port coming from Vierow at that time. The ship which had a pilot on board suffered bow damage and scratches at the stern. An investigation was launched both against the master and the pilot. After the ship was surveyed, it was allowed to leave the port bound for Ahus in Sweden at 10.30 p.m. with an ETA of Nov 18.

 Brin Navolok  (General Cargo Ship)
32 days ago by Timsen

Vessel stuck in ice
The "Bryn Navolok" with a crew of 13 people and 1300 tons of general cargo on board got caught in the ice near the port Varandej on Nov 15, 2014. According to the shipowner there was no danger to the crew. On Nov 18 the tug "Ataman Ermak", was dispatched to free the ship. It was expected on scene around noon.

 Sunrise Hope  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Chemical Oil Products Tanker)
32 days ago by arnekiel

World’s First Chemical Tanker to Use Combination of Duplex Stainless Steel and Stainless Clad Steel Delivered
The world’s first chemical tanker to use a combination of duplex stainless steel and stainless clad steel in the construction of its cargo tanks was successfully delivered to Oita-based Hiro Naviera S.A. on 15 November 2014 by Usuki Shipyard Co., Ltd. The application of the duplex steels in the vessel’s cargo tanks was made possible thanks to an expansive joint research program involving steel manufacturers, leading technical universities, and ship designer, as well as ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) which supported the project as part of its Joint R&D for Industry Program. The 12,500MT chemical tanker Sunrise Hope, owned by Hiro Naviera S.A., will be operated by Nippon Marine Co., Ltd (President: Shinichi Igata). The eco-ship design vessel is equipped with 14 cargo tanks, all which employ duplex stainless steel technology. Construction of the vessel was carried out in accordance with ClassNK’s Guidelines on Welding of Duplex Stainless Steels, which were released in January 2014, marking the first time the Guidelines have been used in the construction of an actual vessel.

 Blackrose  (Bulk Carrier)
32 days ago by Timsen

Extradition warrant for technical manager
The removal of the "Black Rose" which remains resting on its side in a water depth of 14 meters off Paradip would cost $25 million – but because the ship had bogus insurance papers, no one will pay the bill. Now, police in India have issued an extradition warrant for the ship’s Singaporean technical manager, Mr. Kok Sitki, alleging that he had furnished forged and fabricated insurance papers for the ship. He is one of the directors of shipping brokerage and agency Pacmar Shipping – which was in charge of tasks like crew management, logistics and other operations. The Crime Branch in Odisha has submitted a request through Interpol in September 2014 to extradite Kok. Zhe Indian authorities were seeking Mr Kok’s deportation to stand a trial in India. A probe conducted after the sinking in 2009 turned up the fake insurance papers that the captain had produced to anchor in the port. Kok – a Turkish-born naturalised citizen said he has not been contacted by the authorities since 2010, when the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) called him up for questioning.

 CSCL Globe  (Container Ship)
32 days ago by arnekiel

World’s Largest Containership With 19,000 TEU Capacity Completed
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) announced today it held a naming ceremony for the world’s largest containership, the first of five 19,000 TEU containerships ordered from China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) in May 2013. The naming ceremony was attended by Xu Li Rong, chairman of China Shipping Group; Zhao Hong Zhou, managing director of CSCL; Qiu Guo Hong, Chinese ambassador to Korea; Choi Kil-seon, chairman and CEO of HHI and 150 other guests. At this event, the containership was named CSCL Globe by He Li Jun, wife of Xu Li Rong. The world’s largest containership, measuring 400.0 m in length, 58.6 m in width and 30.5 m in depth, is as large as four soccer fields, and will be deployed on the Asia-Europe trade loop after being handed over to the owner within this month.

 Glovis Supreme  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
32 days ago by arnekiel

Dutch ro-ro operators unite
Dutch ro-ro shipping company, NMT Group, today announced the takeover of compatriot operator, RMR Shipping, IHS-Maritime reports. All liner activities and staff will be integrated with NMT in a new enlarged West Africa-trades division called NMT Africa, based at the latter's branch office in Antwerp. NMT is specialised in worldwide shipments of cars, trucks, trailers and other rolling cargoes, while RMR has been focusing on southbound traffic from North Europe to Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Ivory Coast. Both companies have a similar setup in that they operate charter vessels or fixed space allocations without direct vessel ownership. "The new company is partly responding to requests for a dedicated NMT entity responsible for both operations and commercial activities for this particular area [West Africa]," the company said in a statement today. The new service structure will be put in place by 1 January 2015, it said.

 Jakarta Tower  (Container Ship)
32 days ago by arnekiel

NYK to open direct service to Subic Bay on Nov. 22
Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line, one of the largest shipping companies in the world, has opened a direct route from the Subic Bay Freeport to the major ports of Japan and Singapore, said the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. NYK Line joined the growing number of shippers that call port at Subic, after the government declared it as an extension of the Port of Manila under Executive Order 172. “The opening of NYK’s direct routes to Subic is intended to provide an alternative solution to the port congestion in Manila,” explained SBMA chair Roberto V. Garcia, “NYK has stressed that it opened the routes as a contribution to help solve the current concerns in Manila and in response to the Philippine government’s request to decongest Manila ports.” Garcia said in a statement that SBMA finalized an agreement for the new shipping route late last month with Capt. Chak Kwok Wai, chair and managing director of the NYK Group; Ian T. Maambong, NYK sales manager for export; Dan Florentino, chief operating officer of the Transnational Diversified Group; and Tony Ramos, administrative officer of the Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. Under the agreement, NYK will open direct routes from Japan to Subic and from Subic to Singapore. NYK will also provide Subic discharge and load options for urgent cargoes, which can help minimize its vessels’ overall port stay in Manila. According to Garcia, NYK will start an ad hoc call at the Port of Subic using its MV Jakarta Tower, which has a capacity of 2,300 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). It is scheduled to make its first Subic call on Nov. 22.

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