However, there are ways to achieve all three courses and one of them is converting an existing semi-completed hull into a tailor-made solution.
This is exactly what VEKA Shipyard, based in Lemmer, did for their latest newbuiding Cembrook.
There is a number of semi-finished coasters in the Netherlands, which were never completed due to the crisis in the short-sea shipping market. Several of these have been successfully repurposed, for example as a fishfood carrier for fish farming or as a roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) vessel for windmill components.
The latest to add to this growing list is Cembrook, a dedicated cement carrier built for Brise Schifffahrt (Germany). worldmaritimenews...
A gaping 100 ft hole tore into the side of the "Florentia" as it left a dock and allided with the entrance to the former King George V dry dock in Southampton, Hants, on March 25, 2017, at 11.15 a.m. The ship ran into trouble navigating a narrow berth when it struck a concrete quay wall, tearing an enormous split into its side. The ship was towed out to sea at slow speed when the incident happened.
The resulting scrape left a hole of approximately four metres length in its side, requiring repair work before going back out to sea. The old dry dock is being used to load bulk cargo, but the entrance is slightly narrower than the rest of the docks.
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Sewol fully emerged from the water on deck of White Marlin
The "Sewol" fully emerged from the water on March 25 showing its entire hull nearly a day after being loaded onto the semisubmersible vessel "White Marlin". It had taken more than seven hours for the "Sewol" to make the 3-kilometer journey up from where it sank to the rendezvous area after the upper part of the hull was raised some 13 meters out of the sea at 11:10 a.m. on March 24. The journey took longer than expected as it took time to change the direction of the convoy in accordance with the sea currents before moving toward the semisubmersible ship.
It was a delicate task, as the balance of the ropes linking them together had to be steadily maintained.
The semisubmersible ship buoyed up to lift the entire Sewol ferry off the surface of the water as of 9:15 p.m. Salvage crews were stepping up work to drain water and oil from the ferry, which is expected to arrive at the port of Mokpo, about 90 kilometers away, as early as March 29. It will take three to five days to complete preparations including the drainage work. A search for the bodies of nine missing passengers expected to still be inside the wreck will begin when the ship arrives.
Prior to the inspection, the ship will go through technical and off-load preparations which may take 3-4 days. Another one full day will be needed to move the ship to the quay located inside the port, by placing rail-like transporters underneath the ferry. Moving the ship into the quay area is another tricky part not only due to its massive weight, but since it must be transported carefully without getting damaged. The "Sewol" alone would weigh 8,300 metric tons, but, with water, stones and sand inside, the wreckage would be a lot heavier, weighing up to 20,000 metric tons. The ferry will be ready for inspection by April 1.
In case the missing nine bodies are not found inside the ship, the rest of the workers will continue to search underwater.
Forty 40-by-20-meter nets have been installed around the area where it was lying before the recovery. Divers will walk underwater on the seabed and use sonar radar to detect the bodies
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On March 26, 2017, at 4.35 a.m. the tanker "Galway Fisher" was in collision with the "Pilot 1" 18 kilometers off the coast of Ostend. The "Pilot 1" ran into the port side of the tanker which was dented and suffered damage to the railing too. Two people were slightly injured - the Dutch pilots had to be evacuated by helicopter. They were taken to hospital with back problems. Both ships suffered damage at the hull. The pilot boat returned to Ostend. The tanker, which had no cargo on board, was lying on the sandbank Westhinder. The tanker, which had sailed from Cork on March 20 to be drydocked in Sluiskil, berthed in Terneuzen at 8 p.m. and resumed the voyage to Sluiskil on March 27 at 9.30 a.m.
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On March 26, 2017, at 4.35 a.m. the "Galway Fisher" was in collision with the pilot boat "Pilot 1" 18 kilometers off the coast of Ostend. The "Pilot 1" ran into the port side of the tanker which was dented and suffered damage to the railing too. Two people were slightly injured - the Dutch pilots had to be evacuated by helicopter. They were taken to hospital with back problems. Both ships suffered damage at the hull. The pilot boat returned to Ostend. The tanker, which had no cargo on board, was lying on the sandbank Westhinder. The tanker, which had sailed from Cork on March 20 to be drydocked in Sluiskil, berthed in Terneuzen at 8 p.m. and resumed the voyage to Sluiskil on March 27 at 9.30 a.m.
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The fire brigade in Flushing was alerted after fumes were released on the "Bow Hector" on March 25, 2017, at 6 p.m. Safety Zealand was notified about the fumes coming from the so-called excesses aboard the tanker. Rijkswaterstaat deployed a team of the Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG) which departed from the Poseidon pier in Flushing one hour after the call aboard the "RWS 78". The tanker was between Zoutelande and Nieuwvliet. Around 7.55 the MIRG reported that hitherto no substances were measured that may be hazardous to health. Additional measurements were done around 8:30 p.m. and showed that no dangerous substances could be measured. The tanker was underway from Antwerp to Rotterdam.
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The "Soby" capsized at a roro berth in the port of Mindelo, São Vicente island, on March 24, 2017, with at least 125 tons of cargo still on board. The ship tilted to port side after one container started to slide and caused a general cargo shift. Only two containers had been unloaded when the disaster unfolded. The ship ended bottom up partially remaining above water at the terminal of the cabotage dock.
The crew of 13 saved themselves in time onto the quay, one of them suffered slight injuries to a leg. A team of divers was sent down to assess the situation. The "Soby" was carrying containers and two cars, weighing 185 tons.
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In the evening of Feb 24, 2017, a fire broke out in the engine room of te "Aliana Santos" at Santos port. The fire was extinguished by the ship's own firefighting system and the engine room later checked by experts of the fire department. The fire didn’t spread beyond the engine room, so the containers and superstructure remained intact.