Cunard's 964.5 ft, 2,014 passenger Queen Victoria is currently in dry dock at Fincantieri's Palermo, Sicily, shipyard for what Cunard says is a "partial" refit.
The cruise ship arrived at the yard May 5 and the refit is scheduled to complete on June 4.
It will include upgrades and increased choice of state rooms, new Britannia Club dining, a new Yacht Club and a relocated Chart Room.
A major feature of the make-over is a new aft lido sun deck, which has now been lifted into place by the shipyard. Video at https://youtu.be/VAHP7jqEUBs
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d'Amico tankers completes sale and leaseback deal for Tanker "High Fidelity"
Product tanker specialist d'Amico International Shipping S.A. (Borsa Italiana: DIS) reports that its operating subsidiary d'Amico Tankers D.A.C. (Ireland) has signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Fidelity, a 49,990 dwt medium-range product tanker vessel, built in 2014 by Hyundai-Vinashin Shipyard Co. Ltd. for a consideration of $ 27.0 million.
The company says that the transaction allows d'Amico Tankers to generate around US$ 11.2 million in cash, net of commissions and reimbursement of the vessel's existing loan, contributing to the liquidity required to complete DIS' fleet renewal program and allowing the company to benefit from the anticipated market recovery. Source: marinelog
Third Matson Alaska box ship now fitted with scrubber
Matson, Inc. (NYSE: MATX) has welcomed Matson Anchorage back to Alaska following three months of work to upgrade the vessel, including the installation of new equipment that virtually eliminates particulate matter and sulfur from the vessel's engine exhaust, making it one of the cleanest ships operating in Alaska.
Originally delivered by Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, WI, in 1987 as the Sea-Land Anchorage the ship the last of Matson's three D7 Class containerships serving Alaska to receive the new equipment.
Sister ships Matson Kodiak and Matson Tacoma underwent the same upgrade work and were returned to service last year. Source: Marinelog
Eagle Bulk Shipping, Inc. announced that it has taken delivery of the M/V STONINGTON EAGLE, the third of 9 Crown-63 Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels the Company has acquired from Greenship Bulk Trust, as reported on March 27, 2017. With the addition of the M/V STONINGTON EAGLE, the current Eagle Bulk fleet consists of 43 vessels on the water, including 5 Ultramax vessels, with another 6 Ultramaxes set to be delivered over the coming months.
Fleet Cleaner expands hull cleaning services to all Dutch ports
Recently the company Fleet Cleaner has made its innovative
ship hull cleaning service available to all ports in the
Netherlands. The extended availability was directly utilized
with the hull cleaning of the CHIQUITA BELGIE vessel in the
port of Flushing. With this, Fleet Cleaner is the first company to clean ship’s hulls in all Dutch ports. The CHIQUITA BELGIE was cleaned during loading and unloading at the terminal, so that the shipping company experiences no downtime at all from the hull cleaning activities. This saves significant time compared to alternative cleaning methods with divers, where the ship has to be anchored outside ports, thus resulting in extra costs.
No oil pollution was observed after the "Uruguay Reefer" finally sank 350 miles from Berkeley Sound and 210 miles outside the Falkland Islands Conservation Zone at 6.000 meters of water. The "Frio Las Palmas" and the tug "Otway" which the owners hired to assist the stricken vessel remained in the area and collected any minor debris, including her fenders, which could have posed a threat to safe navigation.
Because of the low temperatures, any fuel will have solidified at a depth of 6.000 meters and the quantities of other potential pollutants were negligible and would quickly disperse.
The master believed the massive water ingress was caused when the vessel struck an ice floe. The Uruguay Reefer was fully laden with a cargo of squid and krill.
The position where the damage occurred, the fact that she was so far from a safe harbour and the fact that she continued to suffer an ingress of water, made the efforts to salvage the vessel and her cargo impossible.
Baltmed Reefer Services commended the Master and crew of the reefer for their courage, the Falklands patrol boat "Protegat" and its crew, as well as the masters of the two other vessels that took part in the rescue operation, the the "Taganronskiy Zaliv" and the "Frio Las Palmas" for their exemplary courage and seamanship as well all the authorities involved for their valuable assistance in this difficult operation.
The "Kapitan Chernov" caught fire on the night of May 18, 2017, in the Okhotsk Sea, 15 miles off Ozernovskiy at the southwest Kamchatka Peninsula. The superstructure was alight, and of the 27 crew members, 22 were evacuated to the nearby trawler "Real" (IMO: 8938435), five more, including the master, remained on board trying to fight the fire. The salvage tug "Suvorovets" (IMO: 7808293) was deployed to assist the vessel, ETA May 19. After the remaining crew failed to tackle the fire, they also left the vessel and boarded the "Limansky", leaving the ship at anchor seven miles off the coast, 15 miles from the village of Ozernovskiy, abandoned and still burning.
Russian reports with photos:
UCS Underwater contractors finally raised the "Soby" at Mindelo, São Vicente island after several failed attempts on May 14, 28 days after the start of the salvage operation, led by the Spanish company Underwater Contractor Spain (UCS). The ship could be straightened after removing the cargo several trucks with trailers and containers. Due to very limited resources and lack of crane capacity on the Island, the UCS dive team installed several old fuel tanks 15000l and 25000l found on a local scrap yard. The tanks were installed on the car deck giving 75 tons of buoyancy plus air bags, giving enough force to turn the vessel upright and dewater the hull until it was floating on even keel again. For dewatering, the pumps of the UCS diving vessel "Neptune", a former patrol boat of the Swedish Coastguard, was used. The boat's hydraulic system was connected to the hydraulic system of the ferry so the dive team was able to close the back door and ramp using the existing hydraulic system. all ventilation intakes were closed as well as a hole of a ½ sqm in the hull. Two ruptures which initially had not been traced and originated from the vessel's position on the bottom had to be welded. Three cranes finally brought the ship back on even keel.
Spanish reports with photos:
On June 29, 2016, the "Qing", which was moored at the WISL yard for over two years due to pending repairs, started tilting precariously after water ingress into it during incessant rains last monsoons. Following the incident, the South Goa District Disaster Management Authority (SGDDMA), Indian Coast Guard and police, swung into action to save the vessel from tilting on one side. The South Goa collector Swapnil Naik, as the Chairman of SGDDMA, even issued orders under the provision of the Disaster Management Act, with directions to Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) to remove the oil contained in the grounded cruise vessel. However, all attempts made did not succeed. Since then the cruise liner, which has partially submerged into the waters from bottom and contains 350 tonnes of oil, could anytime trigger serious marine environment disaster, like last year when oil started spilling from the grounded cruise vessel.
Ironically when the authorities concerned were trying to find out a solution to salvage the "Qing", another incident reported at WISL on May 17, 2017, when the floating dry dock owned by WISL, anchored very close to the cruise liner, also got grounded at one side. It might have about 100 litres of oil inside. The MPT, however, clarified that they have initiated actions to control any oil spills from the dry dock.
It wass the fourth time in last 12 months the floating dry dock, which has been left unattended by the WISL management, has tilted, but this time the dry dock finally got grounded.
There also was some fear about a possible oil spill from the "Wing" during the forthcoming monsoon. A huge quantity of water has already got mixed with oil and was contained in the vessel. It would require much money to remove the water mixed with oil and then to dispose of properly. That is the main reason why bidders backed out after inspecting the vessel. Considering the danger during monsoons, the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) and other agencies wre advised to take necessary steps.
Report with photo:
An injured Chinese crew member was medevaced from the "Sea Dragon" by the Indian Coast Guard on May 16, 2017. The Coastguard ship "Savitribai Phule" evacuated Hong Jiangyu, 31, from the tanker 25 km off Mangaluru at 7.40 a.m. The LPG carrier was sailing from Singapore to Fujairah, U.A.E. The ship reported at 7.15 a.m. that the boilerman had sustained injury on the index finger of his right hand and needed immediate evacuation. After providing first aid and evacuating him to the coast guard ship at 7.40 a.m. he was brought to the New Mangalore Port and handed over to the shipping agent for further medical treatment at 8.50 a.m.