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 Fusion  (Pleasure Craft > Sailing Vessel)
5 days ago by Timsen

Luxury yacht in danger of sinking
Eight people have been rescued on July 19, 2016, at noon after the "Fusion" suffered water ingress and was threatened to sink near Freus in the strait between Ibiza and Formentera at the height of Cavallet. The captain has remained on board while the rest of the crew has been rescued by the ferry "Joven Antonia II', which is runmomg between Ibiza and Formentera, and was nearby when the yacht issued a distress call. Salvamento Marítimo initially mobilized two ships, the "Salvamar Markab" and the tug "Marta Mata", which was in the port of Ibiza and went alongside the stricken vessel. The Coastguard have begun bailing out water to prevent the yacht from sinking and have taken the eight people to the port of Formentera. The captain and a salvage company were trying to fix the damage under the supervision of the "Marta Mata". Reports with photos and video: www.diariodeibiza... www.superyachttim...

 Strand  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
5 days ago by Timsen

Strand stranded in Ranavik
The "Strand" was stuck at the Ranavik ferry port on July 19 after the ferry bridge fell down onto it and blocking the ship. In the evening the operators were waiting for spare parts for the necessary repair to get the route to Skjershelm running again on July 20. Passengers and cars that were aboard could leave the ferry in the usual way, but the "Strand" remained stranded in Ranavik.

 Keizersgracht  (Other Tanker)
5 days ago by Timsen

Allision with bridge in Dorkwerd
In the afternoon of July 19, 2016, the "Keizersgracht", 620 ts (EU-No.: 2205324), allided with the new bridge at Dorkwerd on the Van Starkenborgh Canal. The roof of the wheelhouse was torn off, the wheelhouse severely damaged. No injuries were reported. Rijkswaterstaat launched an investigation into the accident. Divers from Grijpskerk jointly with a dredger of the Mechielsen cleared the debris. The tanker which was coming from Groningen was allowed to continue the voyage from Groningen to Ijmuiden where it berthed around 7 p.m. The bridge had to be closed for traffic due to the damage suffered on July 19. Dutch report with photos and video: www.112groningen....

 Themis  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
5 days ago by arnekiel

WWL Welcomes High-Efficiency Neo-Panamax to Fleet
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) Tuesday, July 19, 2016 announced that MV Themis, a High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) class vessel, which features an efficiency boosting hull shape, rudder, and bow to reduce drag and wave resistance, has now joined the company's fleet. Themis is noted to be fitted with an exhaust gas scrubber, which removes 70 percent of particulate matter in order to comply with emission control area (ECA) requirements. The vessel is said to be the fourth neo-panamax class vessel to join the WWL fleet, following the addition of Theben, Thalatta, and Thermopylae.

 Fehn Pollux  (General Cargo Ship)
5 days ago by arnekiel

"Fehn Pollux“ to be the frst ship equipped with a Flettner Rotor developed in Leer
“Fehn Pollux” today welcomed scientists from the University Emden-Leer aboard. “Fehn Pollux“ will be the frst ship equipped with a Flettner Rotor developed in Leer. After extensive checks on land it shall now be tested in its future environment. Because there is no experience with this type of rotor aboard a merchant vessel, extensive pre-calculations and planning are necessary which include today’s visit aboard. The “Eco Flettner WHC” is an 18 meter high rotating cylinder which has a diameter of three meters. www.hellenicshipp...

 Gudali Express  (General Cargo Ship)
5 days ago by arnekiel

COSCO (Guangdong) delivers Livestock Carrier to its European buyer
COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd, has delivered the following vessel to its European buyer one Livestock Carrier, “GUDALI EXPRESS”, measuring 134.80 meters in LOA (length of all), 19.60 meters in breadth and 14.80 meters in depth. The delivery documents were signed by and between COSCO Guangdong and the buyer recently.

 Cidade De Saquarema  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > FPSO)
5 days ago by arnekiel

Oil production starts at third FPSO unit off the shore of Brazil
In July, a third floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) unit deployed by NYK for the BM-S-11 consortium through a joint venture company started oil production in a pre-salt area off Brazil, the company said in its press release. This FPSO unit, FPSO Cidade de Saquarema, is owned by a shareholder consortium comprising SBM Offshore N.V. (Netherlands), Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A. (Brazil), and a joint venture company between NYK and the Mitsubishi Corporation (51.28 percent; head office: Tokyo; president & CEO: Takehiko Kakiuchi). The joint venture has a 20-year time charter contract with Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) to operate the FSPO.

 La Espada  (Other)
5 days ago by arnekiel

Harbor Breeze Cruises Expands Fleet with AAM Built Catamaran
All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), together with Harbor Breeze Cruises, has announced the completion and delivery of an aluminum catamaran passenger vessel to operate in the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors. The new vessel, M/V La Espada, is a multi-purpose vessel and will provide harbor tours, whale watch cruises, dinner cruises, and charter ferry service to Catalina Island. La Espada, whose name means ‘the sword’, is 83’ x 29.5’ and is certified to carry 250 passengers.

 Ocean Greatwhite  (Other)
5 days ago by arnekiel

Hyundai Heavy Industries Delivers the World’s Largest Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig for Diamond Offshore
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder and a leading offshore facilities manufacturer, today announced it delivered Ocean Greatwhite, the world’s largest semi-submersible drilling rig, to Diamond Offshore, a Houston-based drilling contractor on July 15. The delivery installment worth 460 billion won ($395 million) HHI received from the client will help improve HHI’s cash flow. Ocean Greatwhite, measuring 123 m in length and 78 m in width, is capable of operating in waters up to 3 km deep and drilling down to a depth of 10.67 km from the sea surface. The rig will be chartered to BP for operation in the Great Australian Bight from October this year. HHI won the order worth $630 million to build the rig in 2013 and has delivered four other drillships to the US-based drilling contractor so far. An HHI official said, “The close cooperation between Diamond Offshore and HHI on the basis of mutual trust is what made the delivery of Ocean Greatwhite possible.” Source: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 OOCL Utah  (Container Ship)
5 days ago by Timsen

Container ship rescued distressed yachtie
The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of a sailor in distress more than 990 miles west of the Columbia River. Responding to an AMVER request, the crew of the "OOCL Utah" altered their course to retrieve the distressed sailor, safely took him aboard the ship and is currently transporting him to their next port of call in Busan, South Korea. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center received the notification of distress from the operator of the 37-foot sailing vessel "Sea Sweeper" stating that weather had torn his sails on the vessel's lower mast, was having issues with its engine and batteries and was running low on potable water. During his transit the operator was also battling 30 mph winds and 8-foot seas. Due to the great distance of the sailing vessel, the Command Center personnel issued the AMVER broadcast asking any mariners in the immediate area to assist the operator of the "Sea Sweeper". The crew of the "OOCL Utah" responded to the request for assistance and proceeded with the rescue of the sailing vessel operator. The operator of the sailing vessel was reportedly found without proper safety equipment including a life raft and emergency beacon onboard his vessel. The lack of essential equipment was a factor which prompted the AMVER assist. A message has been issued to all mariners operating in the area notifying them of the adrift vessel.

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