Qatar Shipping buys large LNG carrier Milaha Ras Laffan
Qatar Shipping Company, part of Milaha, has acquired the remaining 60% interests in two LNG carriers for an undisclosed sum from French bank Société Générale. The Korean-built vessels Milaha Ras Laffan (138,273 cbm, built 2004) and Milaha Qatar (145,602 cbm, built 2006) are currently both on 25-year timecharters to RasGas, with 14 years and 16 years remaining on their respective contracts.
After the "AS Castor" berthed in Conakry on June 3, 2015, coming from Las Palmas, the vessel was arrested by the police after they found two bags with 81 kilogram of cocaine, hidden in on of the containers loaded with sugar. The container had been loaded in Las Palmas as a transit, en route from Brazil to Conakry. There were 17 crew members on board including 10 Ukrainians, six Filipinos and one Polish. The Ukrainian master and the chief engineer were arrested, the vessel morred off the port after completing cargo operations. Several court hearings didn’t produce any decision because the authorities could not present any facts proving crew or management involvement. They demanded a ransom from ship’s management, blackmailing them by the fate of the crew and financial losses incurred by the arrest of the vessel.
Filipino seafarer missing in Lyttelton Harbour presumed dead
Christchurch: The search continued in Lyttelton Harbour today after a 52-year-old seafarer fell overboard containership Madinah (4,258 teu, built 2010) just after 1pm yesterday, around 3km from Lyttelton Port.
Yesterday the local coast guard, a rescue helicopter and 16 other vessels took up a search for the man, but by late evening operations was called off due to cold weather conditions.
While the search resumed today, police said they were not involved now as the search turns into a body recovery rather than rescue search. The vessel remains docked at the port.
The Madinah is owned by Seaspan, and currently on charter to OOCL, who run the vessel on their China – New Zealand service. It was also involved in an incident on Wednesday at Port Chalmers, when a crane operator was hospitalised as a straddle container carrier he was operating fell over while unloading the vessel.
Crew onboard Teekay tanker in Australia refuse to sail vessel in protest
Australian crew onboard an oil tanker operated by Teekay Shipping are refusing to sail the vessel to Singapore from Tasmania, after being told they will be made redundant after the vessel arrives.
The 36 crew are transporting oil for Caltex onboard the MR tanker Alexander Spirit (40,100 dwt, built 2007), which is currently anchored at Devenport, Tasmania.
The seafarers have filed an application for a hearing in Fair Work Australia, according to Australian news reports. splash247.com/cre...
General cargo vessel Hai Truong 36 (1,013 dwt, built 2002) ran aground in the morning July 5 off the coast of Binh Thuan province in southern Vietnam. The vessel was carrying about 3,000 tons of rice from Hai Phong. Local maritime authorities has sent rescue team for the vessel. splash247.com/gen...
Roro ferry sank off Safaga, all 37 on board rescued
Egypt’s naval forces have rescued 37 people on board of the "Taba" 17 miles Safaga Port at the coast of the Red Sea on July 5, 2015. The ferry had left Safaga Port bound to Duba, but developed an increasing list to starboard side and started sinking after sailing 20 nautical miles away from Safaga. The ship sent a distress signal to the Safaga Naval Base at 5.05 a.m., which sent three launches which were on site within 30 minutes and rescued the castaways. At the time of the incident, the ship was carrying 37 persons, 10 of whom were drivers of 43 cargo trucks carried on board of the ship, and the remainder crew. All of the passengers were Egyptian except for a Sudanese and a Lebanese. Three crew members were injured with fractures and six others with bruises. The naval ship "Safa" took them back to Safaga. The Minister of Transport Hany Dahi formed a technical committee to investigate the incident. According to first information the "Taba" sank due to lack of balance because many of the cargo trucks on board of the ship were placed on one side instead of being distributed.
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Ardmore Shipping Corp. takes delivery of new tanker Ardmore Seafox
Ardmore Shipping Corporation (Ardmore) has taken delivery of its latest newbuild vessel, the Ardmore Seafox, from the Sacheon shipyard of SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (“SPP Shipbuilding”), Korea, on 25th June 2015, Ardmore said in a press release.The Ardmore Seafox is a 49,999 DWT IMO 3 product and chemical tanker, and her addition to the Ardmore fleet increases the number of Ardmore vessels on the water to twenty with a total tonnage of 819,519 DWT.
The platform supply vessel Blue Queen, an ULSTEIN PX121 design constructed at Ulstein Verft, has received the highest ESI (Environmental Ship Index) score of 100 points from the World Port Climate Initiative (WPCI). The vessel is owned by Blue Ship Invest AS and managed by Golden Energy Offshore, Ulstein said in its press release. The top score is derived from a calculation of the reduced emissions of e.g. NOx, SOx and CO2. A number of elements must work together in order to receive a top score. For this vessel, the score was achieved by the dedication from the ship’s crew, the manager’s awareness through their management systems, which are certified with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001, and the ship’s design and on-board system solutions. Due to the ESI score, the vessel receives a 50% discount in calls to a number of ports, and the same discount in the Pilotage Readiness Fee.
Engine repair works on Hamburg Süd vessel HS Colon to be completed in the Port of Los Angeles
The engine repair works on Hamburg Süd vessel HS Colon are expected to be completed in the Port of Los Angeles from July 5, 2015, Hapag-Lloyd said in its press release. The HS Colon will continue her voyage directly from Los Angeles to Tacoma and Vancouver by omitting Oakland due to port congestion. All Oakland cargo will be retained onboard and discharged on her return voyage from Vancouver.