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 Armorique  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
3 days ago by arnekiel

No LNG fuelling systems for 'Armorique' - Brittany pulls plug on LNG
France’s Brittany Ferries has ditched its plans to build an LNG-fuelled newbuilding and convert three of its existing ships to run on gas after being refused an exemption from incoming emissions regulations. The company said it had opted not to confirm a letter of intent signed with STX France Saint-Nazaire in January 2014 for a new EUR 270m ($343m) ferry – dubbed Power Efficient Gas Innovative Ship (PEGASIS). Also the company said it will not now fit LNG fuelling systems to the 41,700-gt Pont-Aven (built 2004), 22,542-gt Armorique (built 2009) and 35,592-gt Mont Saint-Michel (built 2002) and exhaust gas scrubbers to three older ships in a bid to comply with the incoming sulphur emissions regulations that will come into force from 1 January 2015. The propulsion conversions would have added a further EUR 130m to the bill bringing the total project cost to EUR 400m.Brittany Ferries chairman Jean-Marc Roue explained that the company did not secure a temporary exemption for its fleet from next year’s new sulphur emissions regulations and so “with great regret” has had to “suspend” the LNG plan. Roue said that instead the company will spend EUR 70-80m fitting Pont-Aven, Armorique and Mont Saint-Michel with scrubbers.The company said the move will give it time to study a replacement for the 24,534-gt Bretagne (built 1989) which was to have been replaced by the LNG-fuelled newbuilding from end-2016. Source : Tradewinds

 Virgen Maria B  (Gas Tanker > Lpg Tanker)
3 days ago by BerndU

sold to Breakers
sold to Alang breakers

 Pont Aven  (Passenger Ship > Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
3 days ago by arnekiel

Brittany pulls plug on LNG - No LNG fuelling systems for 'Pont Aven'
France’s Brittany Ferries has ditched its plans to build an LNG-fuelled newbuilding and convert three of its existing ships to run on gas after being refused an exemption from incoming emissions regulations. The company said it had opted not to confirm a letter of intent signed with STX France Saint-Nazaire in January 2014 for a new EUR 270m ($343m) ferry – dubbed Power Efficient Gas Innovative Ship (PEGASIS). Also the company said it will not now fit LNG fuelling systems to the 41,700-gt Pont-Aven (built 2004), 22,542-gt Armorique (built 2009) and 35,592-gt Mont Saint-Michel (built 2002) and exhaust gas scrubbers to three older ships in a bid to comply with the incoming sulphur emissions regulations that will come into force from 1 January 2015. The propulsion conversions would have added a further EUR 130m to the bill bringing the total project cost to EUR 400m.Brittany Ferries chairman Jean-Marc Roue explained that the company did not secure a temporary exemption for its fleet from next year’s new sulphur emissions regulations and so “with great regret” has had to “suspend” the LNG plan. Roue said that instead the company will spend EUR 70-80m fitting Pont-Aven, Armorique and Mont Saint-Michel with scrubbers.The company said the move will give it time to study a replacement for the 24,534-gt Bretagne (built 1989) which was to have been replaced by the LNG-fuelled newbuilding from end-2016. Source : Tradewinds

 Offshore Wielingen  (Other)
3 days ago by arnekiel

OWS Christens Second Damen FCS
Offshore Wind Services (OWS) christened their second Damen vessel in less than 2 months. In late August, they christened the Offshore Waddenzee, a Damen FCS 2008, and on Oct. 15 the christening of Offshore Wielingen took place in Rotterdam, during a double celebration event being held by Workships Contractors BV, the sole managers of OWS. The second celebration is for Workships’ 25th anniversary of their foundation in 1989. The Offshore Wielingen will be the 11th vessel in their fleet of crew transfer vessels (CTVs). The company also manages the Offshore Beaver, a multipurpose / diving support vessel in their fleet. Offshore Wielingen is a second generation Damen FCS 2610, build number 33 of the Damen FCS 2610 series of vessels.

 John I  (Bulk Carrier)
3 days ago by BerndU

beached
beached at Aliaga 15.10.14 photo:instagram.com/p/u...

 CMA CGM Elbe  (Container Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

CMA CGM Elbe Starts Maiden Voyage
9,400 TEUs container ship CMA CGM Elbe set out on her maiden voyage from Dalian, China, on October 14, 2014. The Elbe is the second in a series of 28 newbuilding vessels ranging in capacity from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs, which will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016.

 OOCL Hongkong  (Container Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

Drifting container vessel cuts moorings of OOCL Hong Kong
Heroic efforts by tug boat operators and ship pilots averted major damage to Sydney's commercial port on Tuesday (Oct. 14) night, after the super storm that hit the city snapped the mooring lines of a 67,000-tonne container vessel, causing it to collide with another ship and shear the mooring lines of a third vessel.The drifting 'Kiel Express' cut the mooring of the OOCL Hong Kong, sending it free. Another tug boat became disabled when its propellers snagged on a mooring line cut loose on the Hong Kong vessel. That ship had to be anchored away from the docks but could not be taken further out to sea because its containers had not been fully secured after its unloading operations were halted before the storm. It's understood that the OOCL Hong Kong is undergoing repairs after its stern was punctured by the bollards on the wharf as the vessel swung out after its mooring was cut.

 Safmarine Makutu  (Container Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

'Safmarine Makutu' and 'Kiel Express' collide in Port Botany as Sydney super storm breaks moorings
Heroic efforts by tug boat operators and ship pilots averted major damage to Sydney's commercial port on Tuesday night (Oct. 14), after the super storm that hit the city snapped the mooring lines of a 67,000-tonne container vessel, causing it to collide with another ship and shear the mooring lines of a third vessel. Hapag-Lloyd vessel the Kiel Express broke free from its mooring in Port Botany as winds reached 126km/h – or category 2 cyclonic strength – just before 9.30pm, causing a trail of destruction. "I've been in the maritime industry for close to 30 years and I've never seen anything like this," Jason Sellars, a chief engineer on one of six tug boats called out for the emergency, said. The operation lasted some nine hours. "The only thing we were missing was George Clooney and it was The Perfect Storm," Mr Sellars said, referring to a popular Hollywood disaster film. The ship cut the mooring of the OOCL Hong Kong, sending it free. The stern of the Kiel Express then collided with a stationary Safmarine vessel, the Makutu. The Kiel Express then swung around to collide side by side. At one point, one of the tugs, operated by PB Towage, was at risk of being caught between the Kiel Express and the 62,000-tonne Makutu. Another tug boat became disabled when its propellers snagged on a mooring line cut loose on the Hong Kong vessel. That ship had to be anchored away from the docks but could not be taken further out to sea because its containers had not been fully secured after its unloading operations were halted before the storm. It's understood that the OOCL Hong Kong is undergoing repairs after its stern was punctured by the bollards on the wharf as the vessel swung out after its mooring was cut.

 Kiel Express  (Container Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

'Kiel Express' and 'Safmarine Makutu' collide in Port Botany as Sydney super storm breaks moorings
Heroic efforts by tug boat operators and ship pilots averted major damage to Sydney's commercial port on Tuesday night (Oct. 14), after the super storm that hit the city snapped the mooring lines of a 67,000-tonne container vessel, causing it to collide with another ship and shear the mooring lines of a third vessel. Hapag-Lloyd vessel the Kiel Express broke free from its mooring in Port Botany as winds reached 126km/h – or category 2 cyclonic strength – just before 9.30pm, causing a trail of destruction. "I've been in the maritime industry for close to 30 years and I've never seen anything like this," Jason Sellars, a chief engineer on one of six tug boats called out for the emergency, said. The operation lasted some nine hours. "The only thing we were missing was George Clooney and it was The Perfect Storm," Mr Sellars said, referring to a popular Hollywood disaster film. The ship cut the mooring of the OOCL Hong Kong, sending it free. The stern of the Kiel Express then collided with a stationary Safmarine vessel, the Makutu. The Kiel Express then swung around to collide side by side. At one point, one of the tugs, operated by PB Towage, was at risk of being caught between the Kiel Express and the 62,000-tonne Makutu. Another tug boat became disabled when its propellers snagged on a mooring line cut loose on the Hong Kong vessel. That ship had to be anchored away from the docks but could not be taken further out to sea because its containers had not been fully secured after its unloading operations were halted before the storm. It's understood that the OOCL Hong Kong is undergoing repairs after its stern was punctured by the bollards on the wharf as the vessel swung out after its mooring was cut. Read more: www.smh.com.au/en...

 Oasis Of The Seas  (Passenger Ship > Cruise Ship)
4 days ago by arnekiel

World's largest cruise ship docks in Southampton
The world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, is making its first ever call into a UK port in Southampton today, Oct. 15. Oasis of the Seas features a real outdoor park longer than a football pitch complete with real grass, and 22,000 plants and trees, a zip wire, 20 pools and whirlpools, an outdoor AquaTheater, similar to an amphitheatre in style, and a seaside boardwalk. The ship is 40% larger than any other ship to have docked in the UK and is longer than the shard is tall and wider than almost six London buses parked end-to-end. www.itv.com/news/...


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