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 Coral Mermaid  (General Cargo Ship > Refrigerated Cargo Ship)
4 days ago by Timsen

Bunker spill in St. Petersburg
The "Coral Mermaid" spilt an unknown amount of fuel while bunkering from the "Gazpromneft Nordwest" in St. Petersburg on Oct 6, 2015, into the water. Both vessels were fenced by booms and 0,2 cubic meter of oily water have been collected. On Oct 8 the reefer left the port being bound for Flusshing, ETA Oct 11.

 Pattana  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
4 days ago by Timsen

Ship arrested in Busan
The "Pattana" was arrested in Busan on Oct 7, 2015, for outstanding debts totaling $150,000. The crew of 19 was to leave the vessel according to Korean law. The vessel was serving the line between Korean ports and Vladivostok, carrying mostly cars. Crew wages debts were said to be around $95,000. Trade unions, from Russia and Korea have already been vulturing over the vessel, demanding an auction

 Vliegende Draeck  (Other)
4 days ago by Timsen

Clipper run aground with water ingress
On Oct 8, 2015, the "Vliegende Draeck", 268 ts (03050764), suffered water ingress through a gash of several centimeters length during a charter tour with 27 passengers on board. At 3.16 p.m. volunteers of the KNRM stations Terschelling and Vlieland were alerted to the sailing ship)which was on the Vlie roads between Terschelling and Vlieland. On the way to the clipper pumps were made ready put to transfer, but the skipper of the clipper was meanwhile able to plug the leak. The ship was run aground at the height of the Fransche Gaatje. The salvage vessel "Orca" and the KNRM boat "Graaf van Bylandt" of the KNRM-Vlieland were first on the scene. It was decided that the 27 passengers were to be transferred onto another sailing ship, so that the rescuers could take care of the "Vliegende Draeck". Once the situation was under control and the passengers disembarked, the clipper was taken to Harlingen with the assistance of the salvors and lifted ashore at Shipdock. Dutch report with photo:

 Flinterstar  (General Cargo Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

Flinterstar ruled a total loss after K Line LNG carrier collision
Dutch vessel Flinterstar (8,850 dwt, built 2002), which ran aground on a sandbank after a collision with K Line ship Al Oraiq (122,079 dwt, 210,198 cu m, built 2007) earlier this week, has been ruled a total loss. In an update on Facebook last night, the ship’s owner Flinter said that the vessel was stable, the spilled oil clean up continues, while a contract to remove the oil still on board was signed yesterday afternoon. Earlier the company posted that “damage to our good Flinterstar much worse than we had hoped for. In only a few minutes she was turned into a wreck.” A spokesperson for Flinter confirmed the news to Splash, saying: “She is a total loss. Last night a Smit consortium was appointed for the oil removal which has meanwhile started.” Specialised vessels Cormorant and Multrasalvor 3 are on the scene and being used as part of the operations. The accident happened on Tuesday morning around 10 km off Zeebrugge.

 Stena Germanica  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

Remontowa awarded Golden Anchor prize for conversion of Stena Germanica into methanol-fuelled ferry
n result of the judgement of The Committee of the Golden Anchor Baltexpo 2015 Competition, the award in "product" category was granted to Remontowa SA, the shipyard’s press center says. The Stena Germanica project, with the main task being conversion of main propulsion for use of methanol fuel, with Wärtsilä technology applied, first commercial conversion of its kind worldwide, carried out at Remontowa SA, was one of the 16 entries submitted for this year's Golden Anchor prize. The award was received by CEO of Remontowa SA - Jaroslaw Flont According to the statement, conversion at Remontowa went fast and smoothly. The concept of the conversion was the idea of the Owner and main project participants, such as Wärtsilä, however the detailed design of the main propulsion system conversion to methanol fuel was done at the yard. What is publicized as the world's first ship running on methanol - the large ro-pax ferry Stena Germanica, left Remontowa Shiprepair Yard on March 24, 2015. Then she sailed to the Port of Kiel. The conversion of the vessel, which serves the route from Gothenburg to Kiel on weekdays, was entrusted to Remontowa SA. The 240-metre-long ferry is the first vessel in the world running on environmentally-friendly methanol. The conversion of the Stena Germanica’s engines, performed at Remontowa SA, involved collaboration between Stena Teknik and Wärtsilä. The technology is so-called "dual fuel" and uses methanol as the principal fuel, but with the possibility of using MGO (Marine Gas Oil) as a backup.

 CMACGM Bougainville  (Container Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

18,000 TEU CMA CGM Bougainville inaugurated in Le Havre
CMA CGM BOUGAINVILLE, the largest containership under French flag, has been inaugurated in Le Havre, says Russian Shipping (media group PortNews). The 18,000 TEU vessel built by Samsung Heavy Industries cost EUR 133 mln. With her 394 m length and 54 m width, the ship can carry 240,000 t of cargo. The Bougainville has a 87,000 h.p. diesel engine consuming 330 t of fuel per day. The crew of 26 persons consists of 9 French nationals with the rest coming from the Philippines. The ship will sail between Europe and East Asia during her 77 days rotation. Besides, Bougainville is the first container ship in the world equipped with TRAXENS technology. A wide range of data from each container can be gathered and transmitted to the CMA CGM group: location, temperature, humidity level, vibrations, impacts, attempted burglary, customs clearance status and more. Founded in Marseille in 1978 by Jacques Saadé, the CMA CGM Group is a leading worldwide shipping group. From its base in Marseille, the CMA CGM Group is present in more than 150 countries through its network of over 655 agencies, with more than 20,000 employees worldwide (4,500 in France). With a young and diversified fleet of 445 vessels (81 company owned), the CMA CGM Group serves 400 of the world’s 521 commercial ports. Through its 170 shipping lines the company operates on every one of the world’s seas.

 El Faro  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
4 days ago by arnekiel

President Obama Statement on El Faro Tragedy
Below is a statement provided by the Office of the Press Secretary on behalf of President Obama: The captain and crew of the El Faro were Americans and Poles, men and women, experienced mariners and young seamen. They were beloved sons and daughters and loving husbands and fathers. They were dedicated engineers, technicians and a cook. And these 33 sailors were united by a bond that has linked our merchant mariners for more than two centuries–a love of the sea. As their ship battled the storm, they were no doubt working as they lived– together, as one crew. This tragedy also reminds us that most of the goods and products we rely on every day still move by sea. As Americans, our economic prosperity and quality of life depend upon men and women who serve aboard ships like theEl Faro. I thank everyone across our government and in the private sector who worked so tirelessly, on the sea and in the air, day after day, in the massive search for survivors. The investigation now underway will have the full support of the U.S. government, because the grieving families of the El Faro deserve answers and because we have to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our people, including those who work at sea. Today, 28 American families–from Florida to Maine–and five Polish families are heartbroken. May they be comforted, in some small way, in knowing that they have the love and support of their neighbors, the merchant mariner community and the American people. May God bless the men and women of the El Faro. May He comfort their families. And may He watch over and protect all those who serve at sea on behalf of us all.

 Flinterstar  (General Cargo Ship)
4 days ago by Timsen

Smit and Multraship draining oil
In the morning of Oct 9 Smit salvors started draining oil from the "Flinterstar". Smit and Multraship from Terneuzen have accordingly signed a contract with the shipping company Flinter on Oct 8. The "Flinterstar" was still leaking in the swell which was immediately captured by anti pollution vessels, among them the Dutch "Arca". On Oct 8 the "Multrasalvor 3" and the sheerleg "Cormorant" headed to the sinking site. Dozens of employees of Rijkswaterstaat have found no oil yet during inspections on the beaches. Approximately 100 oiled birds have been spotted. Oil drifted ashore on a length of two kilometers between Zoutelande and Westkapelle in the night hours. No oil drifted onto Belgian beaches yet. The Belgian Coastguard was monitoring the wrecksite. Reports with photos: www.tugspotters.c...

 Norwegian Escape  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

Pitbull Named Godfather to Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that music star Pitbull will serve as Godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Escape. On Monday, November 9, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will be the honorary Godfather and headline performer at Norwegian Escape’s christening ceremony at PortMiami. www.cruiseindustr...

 Dawn Princess  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

Dawn Princess to be Transferred to P&O Australia
Princess Cruises’ Australian-based Dawn Princess will move to the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in May 2017. At 77,000 tons, the 2,000-guest Dawn Princess will be the largest ship in the fleet.

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