Bore Ltd and P&O Ferries ink agreement for the continued charter of M/V Bore Song
Bore Ltd and P&O Ferries ink an agreement for the continued charter of M/V Bore Song in the North Sea trade after the current chartering arrangements expire in December 2014, the company said in its press release. M/V Bore Song was built in 2011 embracing a new concept – Bore RoFlex – with flexible carrying capacity, fuel efficiency and reduced emissions with its single common rail engine, thus representing an environmentally friendly alternative. With forthcoming new legislations regarding sulphur emissions, Bore has decided to install a scrubber onboard the vessel to further reduce the vessel’s environmental footprint as of January 2015.
The first vessel with Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge enters operation
Norwegian ship owner Simon Møkster Shipping received its new offshore vessel, Stril Luna, from Gondan shipyard in Spain on 29 August. Stril Luna is the first vessel to enter operation with Rolls-Royce's Unified Bridge and has now arrived in Norway to begin a long-term contract with Statoil, the company said in its press release. Unified Bridge is a physical work environment that has been adapted to a person's natural movements, representing a new, ergonomic approach to the work on the bridge of a vessel. All monitors, instruments and levers are designed and positioned so that the crew have full control and feel less strain during long shifts, leading to safer and more efficient operation of the ship. Stril Luna is a platform supply vessel designed to pierce through the waves under harsh weather conditions, making it possible to keep a more constant speed, reducing the use of fuel and increasing on board safety. Alongside Unified Bridge, Rolls-Royce has delivered the UT 776 WP design and a comprehensive integrated equipment package including main engines, propellers, thrusters, DP2, automation & control systems, electrical systems and deck machinery. The ships wave piercing bow and Automated Sea Fastening System (ASFA), which secures the deck load, are also recent innovations by Rolls-Royce.
Panama Canal receives third shipment of gates for expansion
The third shipment of four gates for the new locks of the Panama Canal Expansion has arrived to the Atlantic entrance of the waterway, the company said in its press release. The four gates arrived Sunday on board the Post-Panamax vessel Xia Zhi Yuan 6 owned by COSCO Ocean Shipping. The shipment began its journey from Trieste, Italy on August 17 before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to reach the entrance of the Panama Canal, where they will be unloaded onto a special temporary dock.Two of the gates are 57.6 m long, 10 m wide and 31.92 m high, and weigh 4,163 tons each. These are the heaviest of the 16 rolling gates to be used in the expanded Canal. The other two gates are 57.6 m long, 8 m wide and 22.3 m high, and weigh 2,867 tons each. The construction of the gates began in October 2011 by subcontractor Cimolai SpA. The new locks will have a total of 16 rolling gates (eight for each new lock complex). Unlike the current Canal, which uses miter gates, the expanded Canal will have rolling gates. The first gate shipment arrived in Panama on August 20, 2013 and the second on June 10, 2014. The final shipment is expected to arrive in January 2015. Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC) is the contractor for the Design and Construction of the Third Set of Locks. All gates must be in Panama by February 2015, as agreed between the ACP and the contractor. The Panama Canal Expansion is 79 percent complete. It involves the construction of a third lane of traffic allowing the passage of bigger vessels, which will double the Canal's capacity and have an important impact on world maritime trade. About the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)The ACP is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the ACP is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors
On September 5, a naming ceremony for a new LNG vessel ordered by Trans Pacific Shipping 1 Ltd.,* a joint venture company comprising Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. (head office: Nagoya; president: Akihisa Mizuno), and the Mitsubishi Corporation (MC; head office: Tokyo; president: Ken Kobayashi), was held at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. At the ceremony, Toshio Mita, chairman of Chubu Electric Power, named the ship Seishu Maru, and his wife cut the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place. NYK chairman Koji Miyahara was also in attendance.
This vessel’s name is derived from the old name for the north and central parts of Mie prefecture, where Chubu Electric Power’s LNG terminals are located.
After delivery, Seishu Maru will be shared by NYK, MC, and Chubu Electric Power, and used to transport LNG for Australia and North America projects.
Driver did not apply handbrake - rolling coach injures crew man
A crewman of the "St. Helen" was caught between two cars after one driver did not apply the handbrake properly on Sep 8, 2014. The man was taken to hospital. The accident happened while the ferry was enroute from Fishbourne tp Portsmouth. The employee got his ribs crushed against another vehicle. The QA hospital, after examination, released hiim shortly afterwards.