The Sri Lanka Navy rendered assistance to transfer a crew member of the "Venus R" who had a heart ailment on board. He was safely brought to Hambantota harbour by the fast attack craft "P 464" for emergency medical treatment in the morning Jan 28, 2016, following a request made by the vessel enroute to Singapore from Kuwait. The Southern Naval Command on the directive of the Naval Headquarters dispatched the FAC to the position 30 miles South of Hambantota for the transfer of the patient. He was sent to the Base Hospital Hambantota for immediate medical treatment.
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Chinese research vessel joins search for lost MH 370 flight
The "Dong Hai Jiu 101" will join in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER towards the end of February. She been recently refitted and will be equipped with a 6,000m depth-rated synthetic aperture sonar towed system for the MH370 search and will be searching in the southern Indian Ocean.
The sonar towed system will be operated by Phoenix International Holdings and Hydrospheric Solutions, both of which have experience in the MH370 search having previously operated on search vessel "Go Phoenix".
The researchh vessel is currently in Singapore and was expected to depart for Australia on Jan 31. With the addition of the ship, there will be four vessels searching for MH370 in a 120,000 square kilometre area.
Heng Tong 77 loads boiler in Venice bound for Iran
January 28 - A giant boiler, manufactured by Simic in Italy, has been loaded on board a ro-ro vessel at the Port of Venice for shipment to Iran. Once the cargo was loaded on board the vessel, under the agency of Medimar, the ship was taken to the port's Transped terminal, where all the lashing operations were performed, before Heng Tong 77 set sail for Iran.
Iskes Towage & Salvage has been making news of late taking delivery of new tugs and it has now been reported that it has sold one of the older units in its fleet. The 1976 built Voith Schneider powered tug Hercules (30tbp) has been sold to Unterweser Reederei GmbH (URAG) of Germany to operate under the name Ronnebeck.
The tug has a long history with various owners, after being built in Germany as the Herkules and managed by Hapag-Lloyd Transport & Service it saw service in the UK for Alexandra Towing and subsequently Howard Smith Towage and Adsteam (UK) Ltd. It then transferred to Smit Harbour Towage Liverpool before its last but one move to Iskes in 2007.
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The contract to operate the Netherlands Coastguard’s Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) has changed hands with Multraship Ocean Towage BV taking over from previous operator Svitzer Towage.
The contract was concluded with Multraship recently and will see Terneuzen-based Multraship operating the vessel for a period of ten years. The tug involved is the Marnavi Offshore owned anchor-handling tug levoli Amaranth which after a brief period of maintenance will be renamed Guardian.
Day-to-day operation of Ievoli Amaranth comes under the Netherland Coastguard and it is normally based in Den Helder putting to sea when the wind strength reaches Beaufort force five, particularly with onshore winds, situations surrounding disabled ships can quickly escalate with the threat of the vessel in trouble running aground on the country’s extensive and environmentally sensitive coastline.
Built by Selah Shipyard Turkey in 2013 Ievoli Amaranth is classed by ABS with notations including: Safety Standby Service, Fire-fighting class 1 and Oil Recovery Vessel Class 1 making it particularly suited to the multipurpose role of an ETV. Acting as a command platform for search and rescue duties is another duty expected of the vessel.
The 65m long, 15.5m beam vessel is powered by two MAK main engines developing 8,000kW in total and a maximum bollard pull of 149t. Propulsion is via conventional twin controllable pitch propellers turning in fixed nozzles with manoeuvring enhanced by two tunnel thrusters forward and one aft, the vessel also meets DP2 notation.
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On Jan 20, 2016, the "Triumph Ace" safely rescued a castaway about 80 km offshore of Mexico. At 08:50 a.m., the vessel, sailing from the Port of Mazatlán to Balboa, found a drifting person and immediately changed course to approach the castaway, and started rescue operations. At 10:48 he was safely rescued. At 1:45 p.m. he was turned over to a ship of the Mexican Navy.
Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyards have delivered the first of a new class of Robert Allan Ltd designed ASD tugs to Italtugs for operation at a Sicilian oil terminal. Principle dimensions of the Civitavecchia include LOA of 32m with a beam of 13.2m and maximum draught of 6.4m. A forward bollard pull of ‘greater than 85 tonnes’ is provided via two MAN 7L27/38 main engines each developing 2,555kW at 800 RPM. These in turn power two Rolls-Royce type US25 CP Z-drive azimuth thrusters each with propellers of 2,800mm diameter turning within mild steel nozzles. They are driven by solid shafts with two Cardan joints and as well as the impressive bollard pull, a top speed in excess of 13 knots is also achievable. - See more at: www.maritimejourn...
Slovenian tug owner Ocean Koper DOO recently took delivery of a new ASD tug highlighting the increasing contribution to tug construction by Turkish shipyards, in this case from Istanbul-based Bogazici Denizcilik.
The European tug building scene is dominated by a handful of small and not so small yards building vessels to their own and other well-known naval architects designs. This latest example to report sees the ASD tug Adler delivered by Bogazici Denizcilik to Ocean Koper, part of the Italian Ocean Team group. The contract for construction of yard number 58 was signed by Mr Radko Malacic, general manager on behalf of Ocean Koper with the vessel, built to a design from Cintranaval-Defcar Spain now in service
Adler is built to BV rules with the notation: IX HULL, XMACH, Escort Tug, Salvage tug*, fire-fighting ship 1, Water spraying, Unrestricted navigation XAUT-UMS, IWS. The tug’s specification indicates a multi-purpose vessel capable of salvage and oil recovery duties.
Dimensions are: LOA 32.5m, moulded breadth 11.7m, depth 5.6m and design draught of 4.3m. Propulsion is provided by two Caterpillar 3516C main engines each developing 2,100kW at 1,600RPM in turn driving twin Schottel SRP 1515 CP azimuth thrusters. Auxiliary machinery includes two Caterpillar C9 engines of 150kW each and performance figures are quoted as 72.44tbp ahead with a free running speed of 14 knots.
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Vane takes delivery of first 4,200 hp tugboat in new series
JANUARY 28, 2016 – The Vane Brothers Company, Baltimore, MD, has taken delivery of the Elizabeth Anne, the first in a series of eight 4,200 horsepower tugboats.
All eight Elizabeth Anne Class towing vessels are on order at St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, FL, with the second in the series, the Hudson, scheduled for delivery from the shipyard this spring.
"The 4,200 horsepower Elizabeth Anne Class tugboat is the ultimate workhorse, bringing exceptional power and performance to Vane's growing fleet," says Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes. "We are thrilled with the results coming out of St. Johns Ship Building, and we know that our crews appreciate the comfort, safety and efficiency that are built into each new towing vessel."
Designed by Frank Basile, P.E. of Entech Designs, LLC, the Elizabeth Anne Class tugboat is a close cousin to Vane's Basile-designed Patapsco Class tugboats, 15 of which were produced between 2004 and 2009.
Measuring 100 feet long and 34 feet wide, with a hull depth of 15 feet, the model-bow Elizabeth Anne has two Caterpillar 3516 Tier 3 engines, each generating 2,100 horsepower at 1,600 rpm.
Two John Deere PowerTech 4045, 99 kW generators deliver service power to the boat, while a third John Deere 4045, teamed with an Allison transmission, drives the chain-driven Intercon DD200 towing winch. www.marinelog.com...
Carnival cruise ship docks 13+ hours late due to fog
Carnival Paradise docked at the Port of Tampa 13 hours after it was supposed to because of dense fog.
"It's been frustrating because, you know, we want to get back home to see our pets and kids and all that," David Russell said.
Russell did an interview with ABC Action News via FaceTime, while he was stuck on the cruise ship. Their cruise was a 5-day trip to Grand Caymen and Cozumel.
"I think we were about 30 to 40 miles out West of Tampa. It was very dense at times," Russell said. Because Carnival Paradise was delayed returning to the port, a 4-day cruise that was supposed to leave today was not able to do so and will leave tomorrow instead. Ana Sousa and her bachelorette party decided to enjoy their day together regardless, and headed to Channelside. www.abcactionnews...