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 Columbia  (Passenger Ship)
8 days ago by arnekiel

EBDG Completes Repower of COLUMBIA
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a leading naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, Alaska today announced the completion of the M/V COLUMBIA repower. EBDG provided design services and ongoing owner support services for the ferry's repower, which was performed by Vigor Marine in Portland, Ore. Replacing the main engines is a significant undertaking in the life a vessel. EBDG's strong familiarity with the COLUMBIA made us the natural choice as the designer for this repowering project." For nearly 40 years the COLUMBIA has been the Alaska Marine Highway System's flagship vessel, linking a number of inside passage communities from Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg and Juneau to Haines, Skagway and Sitka. The 418-foot vessel accommodates 1,000 passengers, 80 crew members and features two vehicle decks with capacity for 184 vehicles.

 Palaemon  (Other)
8 days ago by arnekiel

Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar delivers ASD tug to EGEPORT Turkey.
The Palaemon is designated as a Boğaҫay class by Sanmar and is the first 70tbp version of the series. The tug meets requirements of the under 24m rule and builds on the success of Sanmar’s 45tbp to 50tbp Ulupinar series. With Caterpillar main engines and Rolls-Royce Z-drives the design is based on low-manning operation with a high standard of machinery automation. Flexibility is built into the accommodation to match specific manning requirements either as a day boat or with up to six crew.

 Ocean Sky  (Tug)
8 days ago by arnekiel

Crowley’s third Ocean Class tug christened
Crowley Maritime Corporation recently held the christening ceremony for their tug 'Ocean Sky' in Houston, the third of their impressive Ocean Class series of four newbuild tugs. First of class, Ocean Wave entered service in 2012, followed by Ocean Wind, Ocean Sky and Ocean Sun. The newbuild programme has been a significant development in the North American tug building community and indeed beyond, and all four are now proving themselves through involvement with most major offshore production installations in the Gulf of Mexico as well as other notable assignments. Equipped to DP2 standard, the Ocean Sky, along with its sisters, were designed to work with Crowley’s new 455 series high deck strength barges. They are also outfitted for long-range, high capacity ocean towing; rig moves; platform and floating production FPSO tows; emergency response and fire-fighting. They have a minimum bollard pull of 150t, a range of 12,600 nautical miles and top speed of 15 knots. Propulsion is provided by a traditional twin-screw, controllable pitch propeller within nozzles arrangement and high lift rudders.

 Yorkshireman  (Tug)
8 days ago by arnekiel

SMS Towage expansion continues with new tug christening
Yorkshire (UK) based SMS Towage Ltd have marked the entry into service of the latest addition to their expanding fleet with the naming of the ASD tug Yorkshireman. The latest addition to the fleet, Yorkshireman, is one of four similar Robert Allan designed ASD tugs and now part of the SMS Towage fleet, built by Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar (the other three Masterman, Scotsman and Statesman). SMS director Gareth Escreet describes them as: “small, compact and powerful tugs” adding: “They have the power to berth the large bulk carriers and tankers onto the riverside terminals and they have the manoeuvrability to handle the more intricate operations guiding vessels into and out of Hull and Immingham Docks”. The Yorkshireman is a Robert Allan Ulupinar 24/50 design (ex Ulupinar XIII) with a LOA of 24.39m, breadth 9.15m and draught of 4.4m on a GT figure of 144.26t and classed by Lloyds Register. The vessel’s main engines comprise two Caterpillar 3512HP diesels, each 1,500bhp (1,118kW) with a total output of 3,200bhp (2,386kW). Performance figures are stated as 50tbp and a speed of 13 knots. Propulsion is from two Rolls-Royce azimuthing stern drive units and auxiliary power provided by two Perkins 4TMG 74kva engines. A single Minimax fire monitor is included with a capacity of 500m3/hr supplied by a SMS axially split centrifugal pump (capacity 650m3/hr). The fire protection provision also included a water curtain around the accommodation. Yorkshireman is able to transfer fuel up to 15m3/hr and fresh water up to 25m3/hr.

 Dan Sabia  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Crude Oil Tanker)
8 days ago by arnekiel

Lauritzen sells shuttle tanker to KNOT
Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS, of which NYK has a 50 percent share, has officially reached an agreement with J. Lauritzen A/S to purchase its three shuttle tankers, the company said in its press release. The shuttle tanker fleet acquired by KNOT consists of the following vessels: 1. Dan Eagle (built: 1999; DWT: 45,000 tonnes) 2. Dan Cisne (built: 2011; DWT: 59,000 tonnes) 3. Dan Sabia (built: 2012; DWT 59,000 tonnes) After delivery to NYK, Dan Eagle is assigned to a five-year time-charter for Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. Since their respective deliveries from the shipyard in 2011 and 2012, Dan Cisne and Dan Sabia have each been engaged in a 12-year time-charter for Petrobras Transporte S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petrobras SA., and these two shuttle tankers will continue to provide this service. This purchase will grow the NYK Group’s shuttle tanker fleet to 28 ships, and the group’s offshore business will resultantly expand with a focus on crude-oil transport from the North Sea and the waters off Brazil.

 Dan Cisne  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Crude Oil Tanker)
8 days ago by arnekiel

Dan Cisne purchased by KNOT
Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS, of which NYK has a 50 percent share, has officially reached an agreement with J. Lauritzen A/S to purchase its three shuttle tankers, the company said in its press release. The shuttle tanker fleet acquired by KNOT consists of the following vessels: 1. Dan Eagle (built: 1999; DWT: 45,000 tonnes) 2. Dan Cisne (built: 2011; DWT: 59,000 tonnes) 3. Dan Sabia (built: 2012; DWT 59,000 tonnes) After delivery to NYK, Dan Eagle is assigned to a five-year time-charter for Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. Since their respective deliveries from the shipyard in 2011 and 2012, Dan Cisne and Dan Sabia have each been engaged in a 12-year time-charter for Petrobras Transporte S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petrobras SA., and these two shuttle tankers will continue to provide this service. This purchase will grow the NYK Group’s shuttle tanker fleet to 28 ships, and the group’s offshore business will resultantly expand with a focus on crude-oil transport from the North Sea and the waters off Brazil.

 Dan Eagle  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Crude Oil Tanker)
8 days ago by arnekiel

KNOT purchases shuttle tanker Dan Eagle from J. Lauritzen
Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS, of which NYK has a 50 percent share, has officially reached an agreement with J. Lauritzen A/S to purchase its three shuttle tankers, the company said in its press release. The shuttle tanker fleet acquired by KNOT consists of the following vessels: 1. Dan Eagle (built: 1999; DWT: 45,000 tonnes) 2. Dan Cisne (built: 2011; DWT: 59,000 tonnes) 3. Dan Sabia (built: 2012; DWT 59,000 tonnes) After delivery to NYK, Dan Eagle is assigned to a five-year time-charter for Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. Since their respective deliveries from the shipyard in 2011 and 2012, Dan Cisne and Dan Sabia have each been engaged in a 12-year time-charter for Petrobras Transporte S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petrobras SA., and these two shuttle tankers will continue to provide this service. This purchase will grow the NYK Group’s shuttle tanker fleet to 28 ships, and the group’s offshore business will resultantly expand with a focus on crude-oil transport from the North Sea and the waters off Brazil.

 Huge  (Oil And Chemical Tanker > Crude Oil Tanker)
8 days ago by arnekiel

Iranian paint party spotted, tankers change identity
AIS data has revealed that the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) has started to change its vessels' identity. This change in identity has been a regular practice since the start of sanctions in 2012, and includes new names, MMSI numbers and call signs for the majority of its crude. Until early 2014 this practice took place every six months or so. Initially this was thought to be driven mostly by the requirement to move flags as the original states were unwilling or unable to host them, however the practice continued after the majority of vessels declared themselves on AIS to be flagged in Zanzibar in late 2012. In early 2014 the expected next round of changes did not take place possibly as a result of the interim agreement on the easing of sanctions and it appeared the policy had ceased. Now in August 2014 six months later the fleet has suddenly started to change the identities once again. The screenshot shows the Khark Island Anchorage where the majority of vessels are usually renamed. Of interest are the following crude oil tankers all of which have been renamed in the last couple of days: Huge (ex Hantams), Dune (ex Dusk) , Serena (Ex Salaleh), Sana (ex Success) and most interesting the Dino (ex Discovery) temporarily showing as two ships having been caught on AIS in the middle of her identity change. Four other vessels have already changed names and other are expected to do so in the next few weeks. Source : ihsmaritime360

 Anglia Seaways  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
8 days ago by arnekiel

Embargo closes DFDS route
An ongoing dispute between Russia and the European Union has resulted in the suspension of a Baltic Sea route operated by DFDS. The Danish-owned ro-ro ANGLIA SEAWAYS (built 2000) will stop its service between Travemunde in Germany and Klaipeda in Lithuania due to affected freight volumes. A spokesperson from DFDS told TradeWinds: “The unacceptable level of freight volumes has made us realise that this will not be a viable route during the dispute.” The spokesperson said the company does not expect the conflict to end any time soon, so it decided to suspend the service which was launched on 14 June. Customers will instead be offered capacity on the Kiel-Klaipeda route. He could not give precise figures of the financial effect the suspension will have. Earlier in August, Russia had imposed an import ban on foods from the EU. The Danish-owner – whose chief executive Niels Smedegaard is also President elect of the European Community Shipowners’ Association – still operates six sailings a week between Germany and Lithuania. Yesterday, it announced a second quarter profit of DKK 195m ($34.67m), raising its full year profit forecast. ANGLIA SEAWAYS will be redeployed between Rotterdam and the UK. Source : Tradewinds

 Amadeo I  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship)
8 days ago by Timsen

Minor oil spill at wrecksite
The wreck of the "Amadeo I" will be dealt with in three stages, the first of which is the containment and cleanup of oil, the second to the removal of fuel from the ship and the third ship the salvage or removal of the wreck. Actually there were visible traces of a minor oil spill outside the boomed off area emerging from the bilge and the trucks. The vessel had on board 89 cubic meters of diesel oil and 120 tonnes of IFO-180.


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