Ardmore Shipping has sold two 17,600 dwt five-year-old chemical tankers – Ardmore Calypso and Ardmore Capella – for a total of $38.5m to Singapore’s BTS Tankers.
Ardmore expects to book a net gain of approximately $1.6m when the vessels deliver to the buyers in April / May next year.
Anthony Gurnee, Ardmore’s ceo, commented: “We are pleased to announce the sale of the Calypso and Capella at an attractive price, reflecting a positive outlook for the chemical sector. While these ships have traded well for us over the past five years and are excellent units on a technical basis, their small size at 17,600 dwt makes them outliers in our fleet, no longer consistent with our strategy of focusing on vessels at or above 25,000 dwt. We expect to have the opportunity to redeploy the capital accretively to larger vessels when this sale is completed in early 2016.” splash247.com/ard...
The "Takeshi" an aground on Nov 10, 2015, on the Amazon river in front of Santarém, while proceeding up the river to Manaus. The vessel was loaded, with wheat and got stuck three miles from the bulk carrier "Nilos", which was resting aground since Oct 27.
Spanish report with photos and video:
The "Emerald Express" was actually still resting 21 miles inland to Horse Pond, Crooked Island, after having been caught in the hurricane Joaquin on Oct 1, 2015. They were thrown up on the shallow creek at Lovely Bay, in which the water had risen to such a height that they thought that they were still on the high seas. The ship was pushed into a mangrove swamp on its way from Great Inagua to Fort Lauderdale. Four out of eight crew were still being on board. Salvage was due to start on Nov 12. Taking the landing craft back to sea will take a month or so. The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) was engaged to carry out the salvage.
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A fire broke out in the cargo holds of the "Hong Yan" on Nov 12, 2015, at 2 a.m., after she had docked in the Kawasaki port of Yokohama, coming from Kisarazu. The vessel was loaded with 600 tons scrap, which caught fire. Fire fighting teams and firefighting boats and a patrol boat of the Yokohama Coastguard were on scene and tried to tackle the fire, while the ship started to lean over to starboard side against the quay under the weight of the water. The crew of 10 of Vietnamese, China and Bangladesh nationality were all safely evacuated.
Japanese reports with photos and video:
The effort to dismantle the "Costa Concordia" was continuing in Geno with approximately 200 technicians now working to cut up and remove all fittings and structures from the vessel. 7000 tons steel have meanwhile been removed. The lightening of the cruise ship has allowed the removal of the first giant steel sponsons that have provided buoyancy for the wreck since it was refloated in July 2014 with a sheerleg. Starting from the top decks down, cutting operations were actually taking place on decks 8 to 7 while stripping is down to decks 2 and 1.
Once that work has been completed, crews will begin to remove all external structures from the ship, including all 30 sponsons, and seal the hull so that what’s left of the vessel can be transferred to dry dock for demolition.
Reports with photos:
The Danube between Straubing and Deggendorf had to be barred for shipping on Nov 11, 2015, after the "Onix", 1158 ts (EU-No.: 08023059), ran aground around 6 a.m. due to the extreme low water level on the river near Deggendorf. While the master was able to get his ship off again, a gravel bar built up during this manoever which has to be removed by a dredger.
German report with video:
The "LE Samuel" Beckett has coordinated a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean on Nov 11, 2015. At 8.15 a.m. the vessel directed the Medicins Sans Frontiere ship Dignity 1, which took 100 people on board. 27 of those were women, three of whom were pregnant. The Italian navy was also involved in the operation.
On Nov 11, 2015, a man disappeared from the "Pride of Kent". After the ship docked at Calais at 2:30 am, all registered passengers got off the ferry with the exception of a Spanish national, aged 49 years. Board staff searched the ship until 7:30 a.m. in vain. The ferry company then contacted the CROSS Gris Nez and reported the disappearance. The man could have fallen into the sea.
Two French and British helicopters and a boat of the SNSM were alerted. Weather on Scene was bad with waves of 2,5 m and a gusty wind of 50 to 60 km/h and a water temperature of 14 ° C. In such conditions, the life expectancy of a person fallen into the water does not exceed three hours. At 6 p.m. the search was stopped.