Dredger ORANJE to join fleet working at Suez Canal project
Dutch dredging company Van Oord will send its trailing suction hopper dredger "ORANJE", which is part of the fleet of Dutch company Boskalis, will arrive on June 12 with a capacity of 16,000 cubic meters, he said. Source : State Information Services Egypt
Large dredgers to join fleet working at Suez Canal project
Two large dredgers will arrive in Egypt in May and June for the expansion of the Suez Canal, executive director of dredging works at the project Wagdi Zaki said. Dutch dredging company Van Oord will send its trailing suction hopper dredger "UTRECHT ", with a capacity of 16,000 cubic meters, to the canal on May 27, Zaki said. Trailing suction hopper dredger "ORANJE", which is part of the fleet of Dutch company Boskalis, will arrive on June 12 with a capacity of also 16,000 cubic meters, he said. Source : State Information Services Egypt
Smit Lamnalco takes delivery of last Sanmar LNG proof tug in five-ship series
Towage and marine services provider Smit Lamnalco has taken delivery of the SL WIGGINGS ISLAND, the fifth and final tug purpose-built at Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey. The tugboats will service three LNG export terminals in the Port of Gladstone on Australia's east coast. The 80 tonnes bollard pull terminal support escort tug, will now make her way to Australian waters where she will join her sister vessels at the beginning of July.
Genting Hong Kong buys Crystal Cruises for $550 million
Genting Hong Kong has completed its purchase of Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha for $550 million. GHK said it named Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, executive chairman of the Genting Group and the former chairman of Norwegian Cruise Line, as chairman of Crystal, replacing Nobuyoshi Kuzuya who will return to NYK in a key executive position.Crystal President and Chief Operating Officer Edie Rodriguez will be promoted to president and chief executive, while Executive VicePresident Thomas Mazloum will replace her as COO.
Navigation opens again at White Sea – Baltic Sea Canal
Navigation at the White Sea – Baltic Sea Canal was opened on May 20, 2015, press center of Rosmorrechflot (Federal Marine and River Transport Agency) says. The ceremony was held at Lock No 1 of the Canal. M/V Nefterudovoz 47M was the first vessel to pass the locks of the Canal.
An oil leak that occured on May 17 at the "Miner" site off Scaterie Island was contained. On-site workers were able to contain the leak during the final stages of removing the wreck off Scaterie Island. The contractor already had preventative actions in place and contained the spill immediately. No heavy oil got past the containment oil booms and the lobster fishery was not affected. The contractor, RJ MacIsaac Construction, was planning to remove the last remaining engine from the wreck site. Because it was a large ocean-going engine, the company expected oil could be an environmental risk and took appropriate preventive measures. Divers videoed the remaining wreckage and a comprehensive plan to contain any oil leak was prepared. Oil containment booms were placed around the wreckage and oil absorption materials were on-site before trying to remove the engine. Once it became clear a leak had happened the containment plan was implemented. The cost of this additional contamination removal effort will be added to the bill which will be submitted to the federal government. The Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada were notified of the leak and the information was shared with the Main-à-Dieu Community Development Association. As a standard precaution, the Coast Guard was monitoring the area by air for signs of oil. About 800 liters of oil was collected and contained from the leak. The final cost to contain the oil leak has not yet been determined.
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The South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries on May 22 announced a bid for contractors for the massive task of raising the "Sewol". The bidding is open for a month before a final candidate is selected by July. The salvage operation is to start in September. One challenge is to raise the vessel in one piece and without cutting it into sections in order to ensure that the bodies of the nine missing victims are not damaged. 80 percent of the evaluation will be based on the level of technology bidders possess, and only the remaining 20 percent to their price. The ministry will also assess if the bidder is capable of safely removing 200 kl of oil from the surface of the ocean, in order to prevent potential spill damage. Around two dozen domestic and foreign vessel salvage companies are apparently interested in bidding. Domestic salvage companies excel at diving skills but lag behind their foreign rivals in terms of technology. The ministry plans to give preference to consortiums of Korean and foreign vessel salvaging companies. Potential bidders include SMIT of the Netherlands and U.S.-based Titan as well as companies from the China, Denmark and the U.K.
If the salvage operation progresses smoothly, the total cost is estimated at between W100 billion to W120 billion (US$1=W1,094). But considering the rapid currents in the area where the ferry sank, it may take more than a year to complete.
69 passengers and five crew members were safe after being evacuated from the "St. Tatiana" in the afternoon of May 21, 2015, in Sitka. The catamaran operated by Allen Marine Tours was returning from a wildlife cruise when one of its jet drives apparently failed around 3 p.m. The starboard engine stopped running, and shortly thereafter the boat’s bilge alarms sounded. When the crew inspected the engine compartment, they could see through the clearing smoke that the vessel was taking on water. Unsure if the boat’s bilge pumps could keep up with the flooding, the captain issued a distress call at 3:30 p.m., and ordered everyone into life jackets as precaution. Two good Samaritan vessels and a Coast Guard boat stood by as the "St. Tatiana" continued toward Sitka. Because of the boat’s limited maneuverability, a second 100-passenger Allen Marine catamaran, the "St. Michael", met the vessel outside of the harbor and took her passengers aboard.
The passengers were safely landed by 3:45 p.m., and returned by bus to their cruise ship, the "Regatta", which was tied up at the Old Sitka Dock. The "St. Tatiana" returned under her own power to the Allen Marine shipyard in Sitka for haulout and repairs. I was estimated that the vessel would be out of service for at least a week.
The family of missing George Spence, 61, who was feared to have fallen into Dover harbour from the "Suffolk Spirit" on Apr 28, have made a fresh plea for help. He has not been seen since a night out drinking with shipmates in the town. The ship was stationed in the Western Docks, next to Dover Cruise Terminal 1 and was in Dover to do a wreck salvage. Because of bad weather, the ship was docked until it improved. The alarm was first raised in the morning of Apr 29, sparking two Dover RNLI lifeboat searches throughout the day. An investigation was launched by Kent Police, and it was understood officers was still making inquiries.
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Preliminary report in grounding off Fremantle published
A preliminary report into the grounding of the "Maersk Garpmme" on Feb 28 off Freemantle has found that the ship’s bridge crew was not actively engaged with the pilotage and mostly unaware of the pilotage plan. The preliminary findings were released on May 21 by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as part of its ongoing investigation into the incident. The "Maersk Garonne" was under Fremantle marine pilot guidance on its entry to the Port of Fremantle when, at 04.41 a.m., the pilot ordered port helm to bring the ship around to enter the port’s Inner Harbour entrance channel. During the turning maneuver, attempts to delay the ship’s arrival at the entrance beacons led to the ship passing south of the channel. The ship grounded at 04.48 a.m. on a sand bank to the south of channel beacons number 1 and number 2. The ship was later refloated at 0824 and taken to anchor where an inspection of the ship found no damage.
The ATSB said that based on preliminary information provided during its investigation, it was apparent that the ship’s bridge crew had not been directly and actively engaged with the pilotage as it progressed, and were broadly unaware of the pilotage plan. Procedures had not been enacted and actions not taken to ensure the full bridge resources available to the pilot and master were utilized.
The investigation was ongoing and continued to focus on pilotage procedures, planning and practices, information exchange and contingency planning for Fremantle pilotage; the existence, relevance, understanding and implementation of procedures by the pilotage company, port and ship to reduce the risk of grounding; bridge team dynamics, resource management and personnel engagement during pilotage; the implementation and effectiveness of bridge resource management training.