Search for missing Malaysian airliner trickles to single ship
A single ship continued a lonely search last week across a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared nearly 10 months ago — no longer listening for “pings” from the black box or subject to around-the-clock coverage by CNN or accompanied by a massive flotilla that once included the U.S. 7th Fleet and helped make it the largest and most expensive search in aviation history.
The search has covered 1.8 million square miles of ocean surface and scanned more than 4,247 square miles of the Indian Ocean floor — an area about the size of the Chesapeake Bay — without finding a trace of wreckage from Flight 370.
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OSH Xanadu, the first of a new generation of DP3 Semisubmersible Accommodation Vessels (SSAV) for PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited (POSH), was delivered to Singapore on December 22, 2014, directly embarking on her maiden contract in Brazil with Petrobras for a firm one year charter.
Her sister vessel, POSH Arcadia, is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015.
POSH Xanadu and POSH Arcadia, are both classed by DNV. The DNV Comfort Class V(2) C(3) certification means low levels of vibration and noise and a controlled climate. The ships feature a high accommodation capacity of 750 POB, deck area of 1,800m2, large client workshops, two sizeable cranes and a high sailing speed.
Brittany Ferries was "surprised" when it was told in October by the UK and French governments that its bid to get a two-year moratorium on tighter EU sulphur emission rules while it built its first LNG-powered ship was "dead in the water."
"Up to that point the indications were that the two governments would support us. But when we were told they would not, we abandoned our building plans and also a scheme to convert three of our newer existing ships to LNG," said Brittany Ferries' deputy managing director, Christophe Mathieu. "We were genuinely surprised when Philip Hammond, then UK Transport Secretary, and his French counterpart turned us down. At that point we accepted there was nothing more we could do as the new rules came in on 1 January and it was far too late by then," he added.
Earlier, company chairman, Jean Marc Roue, said in a statement: "It is impossible for us to commit to an ecological transition plan which requires such a high level of investment which, without a temporary exemption (to the new rules), would be in addition to tens of million of Euros we would be obliged to spend on high grade diesel fuel instead of heavy fuel oil." Diesel distillate can be up to 70% more expensive than heavy fuel oil.
The original plan would have cost in the region of £225M to build one vessel, convert three others to LNG propulsion, and retrofit scrubbers to three more vessels. The new scheme will see six vessels fitted with scrubbers at a total cost of about £70M. So the saving will be enormous. The three ships destined for full conversion - Mont Saint Michel, Armorique and Pont Aven - will now have scrubbers fitted in the 2015/16 winter. Three other ships, Normandie, due back in service, on 2 January, Cape Finistere and Barfleur, are being fitted with scrubbers this winter. That was part of the original plan. www.ihsmaritime36...
Fire-Damaged Cruise Ship to Undergo Repairs for Nine Weeks
Engine room damage on Oceania Cruises' Insignia will require nine weeks to prepare, forcing the cruise line to change the start date and location of its upcoming world cruise. Three Grand Voyage sailings also are affected.
According to Oceania Cruises spokesman Jason Lasecki, the repair time required is longer than the cruise line had anticipated. Lasecki said repairs are only needed in the engine room.
Passengers on the three modified Grand Voyages and Around the World Cruise, all of which will now start in Singapore on March 22, can choose to stick with the altered sailing and receive a full refund for the canceled days, along with an additional 25 percent of the refunded amount in the form of a future cruise credit. Alternatively, they may opt for a full refund and a 25 future cruise credit based on the pro-rata cruise fare on the three canceled segments.
Oceania will provide free business class airfare to Singapore and a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay for those who choose to continue with their Grand Voyage or Around the World cruise.
The engine room fire broke out on Insignia while the ship was docked in St. Lucia on December 11. No passengers were hurt and all were evacuated and flown to Miami. Three workers-- a crewmember and two contractors who had been working in the engine room-- were killed in the accident. A second crewmember was injured and treated in the hospital for smoke inhalation, but released a day later.
Royal Caribbean changes Freedom of the Seas December 28 sailing due to propulsion problem
Royal Caribbean has changed the itinerary it had originally planned for Freedom of the Seas due to a propulsion problem that the ship is suffering from. As with the last few sailings, Royal Caribbean has changed the itinerary due to a "small restriction on her top speed". All scheduled ports on the itinerary – CocoCay, Montego Bay, GeorgeTown and Cozumel – will remain, with adjustments made to the time spent in port. As with other altered cruises due to this propulsion problem, and we've heard Royal Caribbean has given its passengers onboard credit as an apology for the change. A letter with the credit amount will be delivered to each stateroom.
Coast Guard Ohio Valley watchstanders were notified a collision took place between the "Christina Belcher", pushing two crude oil barges, and a loaded sand barge in a fleeting area on the Ohio River at mile marker 952, on Dec 24, 2014, at around 3 a.m. One of the oil barges, carrying an estimated 921,000 gallons of crude oil, was damaged but remained intact with no reported pollution. The sand barge was damaged and sank outside the navigable waterway. Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Kentucky, are on scene and will supervise response and recovery efforts.
23 crew members of the "Jin Hai 805" which had run aground on Dec 18 near Japan's Shimane Prefecture left Osaka for China by air in the afternoon of Dec 25. Three of them had been injured badly. The body of one missing crew member was found days after the incident, while one other was still unaccounted for. After the incident, the Chinese Consulate-General in Osaka immediately launched consular protection mechanism and sent diplomats to the scene to provide help. The rescued crew members took bus to Kansai International Airport from Shimane Prefecture on Dec 25 and left for China by air.
The fire which broke out aboard the "Costa Neoclassiaca" on Dec 23, 2014, at 9.25 p.m. in the smokestack while the ship was en route from the Suez Canal to Aqaba, was soon extinguished by the crew. As a precaution and as per procedures, general emergency signals were given, however the guests were released shortly thereafter. Ship services continued to function throughout without interruption. The damage could be confined to the external part of the funnel, and an investigation into the cause was launched. In the morning of Dec 24 around 8 a.m. the ship berthed in Aqaba where the damage was inspected. The ship was cleared by< the Classification Society and Maritime Authority officers. It left the port again bound to Eilat on Dec 25 around 4 a.m. The "Costa neoClassica" had sailed from Savona on Dec 18 on a 25-days-cruise to Mauritius.
On Dec 24, 2014, at 3:15 a crew member of the "Concordia" fell from stairs and suffered several serious fractures. The KNRM radio medical service ordered the ship to turn to Hoek van Holland and tasked the lifeboat "Jeanine Parqui" with a medevac. The boat was on Scene at 3.45 p.m., and and two crewmembers were transferred onto the Container ship with first aid bag. The victim had a head wound, broken knee and a fractured elbow. The "Concordia" was directed to the Calantsteiger 3, where an ambulance with paramedics was ready. KNRM personnel accompanied the nurses on board the ship and assisted along with members of the RPA to disembark the Patient. The lifeboat returned to the station at 5 p.m.
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