Dutch shipping company launches monthly Port of Milwaukee service
The Floragracht, a cargo ship operated by the Dutch shipping company Spliethoff Group, docked in the Port of Milwaukee this week (April 15) and will start the first monthly shipping service from the city in nearly two decades by hauling equipment from Caterpillar Inc.'s South Milwaukee factory.
Alianҫa’s cabotage fleet continues to grow - “Bartolomeu Dias” christened
The cabotage fleet of Hamburg Süd’s subsidiary Alianҫa has once again gained a new member. Within the scope of a customer event, the new container ship “Bartolomeu Dias” was christened on 14 April 2015 at the TECON Terminal in the southern-Brazilian port of Rio Grande. The ship’s sponsor is Luciana Pereira Quartiero. Her husband, Jacques Maggi Quartiero, is vice president of Camil Alimentos S.A. Also present at the christening in the state of Rio Grande do Sul were Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, and Julian Thomas, CEO for Region South America East Coast for Hamburg Süd and Alianҫa.
With a container slot capacity of around 4,800 TEU (including 600 reefer slots), the “Bartolomeu Dias” is the largest ship that Alianҫa has ever deployed in its Brazilian coastal service. The ship carries the name of the Portuguese seafarer and discoverer Bartolomeu Dias, who discovered Brazil on 22 April 1500 while serving as a captain in Pedro Alvares Cabral’s fleet.
An Ardglass-based prawn trawler is back at port in Co Down after an incident in which crew claim that their vessel was dragged backwards by a submarine. The 60-foot wooden hulled Karen trawler was about 18 miles off the coast when its nets were snagged shortly after 4pm on Wednesday.
The skipper said that they had to release their fishing and lifting gear to free themselves as they hurtled backwards at a speed of ten knots.
Skipper Paul Murphy told Down News: “Without warning, were were stopped and pulled backwards very violently at around ten knots which is the top speed of the vessel. I really thought that was it. It was fortunate that one of the steel ropes holding the net snapped or we would have been pulled under very quickly. www.belfasttelegr...
Ship loaden with coal from Australia caught in port impasse at Haldia
Calcutta, April 15: Two ships carrying coal from Australia are stuck in Haldia for the past four days as Calcutta Port Trust and Ripley, the cargo operator owned by the family of former Trinamul MP Srinjoy Bose, are locked in a tussle over the new shore-handling rates.
CPT has showcaused Ripley, which used to enjoy near monopoly at the port because of its political links, for allegedly demanding more than the rate fixed by the port, which came into effect on April 1.
The two ships, MV Eva and MV Petral Bulker, carrying Australian coking coal for Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) plants in Durgapur, Burnpur and Bokaro, are stranded since Saturday at berths 8 and 13. The ships are carrying at least 19,000 tonnes of coal.
Viking Ocean Cruises today announced its first ship, Viking Star, has embarked on her maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice, thus launching the travel industry's first entirely new cruise line in a decade. From Venice, Viking Star will make her way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic on her way to be officially christened in Bergen, Norway during a citywide celebration on May 17 – Norwegian Constitution Day. Developed from the ground up to return the focus of cruising to the destination, Viking Ocean Cruises also has two additional sister ships on order – Viking Sky and Viking Sea – all of which will sail itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. www.eturbonews.co...
Canada’s FedNav Ltd. fleet of saltwater ships that visit Great Lakes ports is installing ballast-water treatment systems in 12 of its new ships now under construction.
The announcement, made Wednesday, puts FedNav at the forefront of ballast-water treatment as federal and state regulations approach deadlines mandating systems that kill invasive species that often stowaway in ballast tanks.
The U.S. Coast Guard has regulations in place requiring treatment systems on all new ships entering U.S. ports built since 2013, although exceptions have been made, and for existing ships starting with their first major overhauls in 2016.
Many ship companies have asked for and received extensions from the Coast Guard deadline for new ships, however, claiming proven technology hasn’t been perfected to remove invasive species from ballast water.
But Montreal-based FedNav is moving forward, installing the system on its next generation of oceangoing ships now being built in the Oshima shipyard in Japan. More at www.fednav.com/en...
Fish factory Oleg Naydenov sinks 15 nm south of Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Fish factory Oleg Naydenov sank at around 2245 LT Apr 14 in the vicinity of 27 32N 015 30W, 15 nm south of Maspalomas, Gran Canaria. Vessel sank with a big quantity of fuel on board. Initially there were 1409 tons, part of it undoubtedly, burned out, but quite a lot remained in tanks and went to the bottom. An attempt to tow vessel to port failed, hull hermetic was breached by fire. In the morning Apr 14 condition of the vessel was reported as stable, list wasn’t increasing, there were no flames or traces of fuel leak. Source: www.news.odin.tc/...
UK boatbuild expert, South Boats IOW Ltd, has handed over its second of class windfarm crew transfer vessel to Seacat Services, also on the Isle of Wight. The 26m Seacat Courageous is currently contracted to a UK project before it attends the Seawork commercial marine exhibition at Southampton in June, where the vessel will be available for viewing on the quayside at berth V27. Ben Colman of South Boats IOW Ltd, said: “Thanks to the comprehensive hull form development testing and understanding, we have produced another vessel that sets a benchmark for the offshore wind CTV sector, with the capability of also being used for many other applications.”