Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) puts new, custom-built dredger 'Modi' into service
The 35m long and 13m wide Modi is for operation to 23m depths and will remove sediment in parts of the German port which are difficult to reach with conventional equipment. The dredge is mounted on a self-driven pontoon with adjustable stilt legs for location manoeuvering.
The new unit joins a bucket dredger already in service in the Port of Hamburg and is a modified Liebherr cable grab dredger specially built for HPA by Dutch shipyard Ravestein BV. HPA’s Martin Boness told Maritime Journal the Dutch won the job after all EU shipyards were invited to tender but he gave no further indication why the yard was chosen.
HPA chief Wolfgang Hurtienne said sediment management was one of the central jobs of the Authority. About five million m3 of sediment were deposited in the port every year, he said.
The Type Liebherr HS 8100 HD Modi dredge combination is driven by a D 865 A7 SCR motor of 390kW and is capable of round-the-clock operation with a crew of 3-4. The HPA said it cost about €5 million and Ravestein MD David Ravestein was quoted as saying it was the first order of its kind from the HPA for the Dutch yard. www.maritimejourn...
Seanergy Maritime Announces Delivery of Capesizer Leadership
eanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (the "Company") SHIP, +8.45% a shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, today announced the delivery of the Capesize dry bulk vessel M/V Leadership of 171,199 dwt. The vessel was acquired from an unaffiliated third party and was built by Imabari-Koyo, Japan in 2001.
As previously announced, the gross acquisition cost of the M/V Leadership was $17.3 million. The acquisition cost has been funded by a senior secured loan agreement with a reputable financial institution and by the previously announced funding arrangement with one of the Company's major shareholders.
RCL Upsizes vessel on Singapore – Manila – Singapore Service (RMN)
RCL is pleased to announce that the upsizing of its vessel on the RMN service (RCL Manila Singapore) i.e. Singapore – Manila (North) – Singapore corridor from the current 1600 TEU to 2000 TEU nominal sized vessel. This is currently a joint service with ACL in a 2 vessel 14 day rotation, with our partner also phasing in a similar sized vessel.
Maiden voyage for RCL will commence with the Meratus Java departing Singapore on the 30 March 2015, arriving Manila on the 6 April 2015.
The service rotation will also include Cebu as an added port of call along with the upsizing, with the new rotation being Singapore – Manila (North) – Cebu – Singapore.
Ship’s master prosecuted for being drunk on bulk carrier
A ship’s captain found drunk on the bridge of a bulk carrier has been fined $3000, and may face serious economic impacts.
Pramod Kumar, 37, pleaded guilty to attempting to perform designated duties while over the limit. Tauranga police breath-tested him on Sunday, when he gave a reading of 1229 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, almost five times the legal limit of 250mg/l.
His ship, the African Harrier, arrived at the Port of Tauranga about 2am on Friday, after a 47-day voyage, to unload bagged fertiliser. Kumar left the ship on Saturday and was called back on Sunday because loading finished early, Sunlive reported.
On the bridge of the 37,000-tonne ship, the pilot noticed Kumar was drunk and called Maritime New Zealand, which called the police.
Kumar’s lawyer Nicholas Dutch said the ship was still alongside the wharf at the time, and the captain of the type of ship involved did not drive it.
“The pilot would have steered the ship out of Tauranga harbour, then the first or second officer would have taken over,” he said.
But Kumar was legally in charge of the ship by being on the bridge. He “should have gone to bed and not gone anywhere near the bridge”, Dutch said.
Kumar had been a captain for five years. Being given a new ship such as the African Harrier as a command was an indication of his standing with his employers.
He was being flown back to Mumbai tonight where he faced consequences that could have serious economic effects.
Judge Robert Wolff said the ship was still tied up and others were able to undertake Kumar’s duties, so there was no real or appreciable risk. He fined Kumar $3000, plus $130 court costs.
Maritime NZ said Kumar was the first person to be charged since a law change in October 2013.
MSC Oliver – Giant 19,224 TEU Boxship Readied for Delivery
The 19,224 TEU MSC Oliver returned from sea trials this weekend (March 22) ahead of next month’s expected delivery to Mediterranean Shipping Company from the DSME shipyard in Okpo, South Korea.
MSC Oliver will join sister ship MSC Oscar, the world’s biggest ship by TEU carrying capacity since its delivery November 2014, serving the Albatross string on MSC’s new East-West trade routes between Asia and Europe. The first two ships will be by followed by 18 additional vessels with a capacity over 19,000 TEU by 2016. MSC Oscar and Oliver however are the first of six ultra large containerships (ULCS) in the Olympic Series, which will all be delivered by November 2015.
Probably on Mar 25 an attempt to refloat the "Scan Master" will start. First the cargo has to be pumped out. Divers of the Stokkøyskjell AS went down to check the hull and found damage to the hull, rudder and propeller. They also transported the captains of the two salvage tugs out to the tanker to check conditions and a possible way out. Meanwhile a lightering tanker was enroute from Oslo equipped with hoses of 250 meters length that will be used to drain the fish waste from the ship. The operation was estimated to take half a day. The waste was then to be transported to a pier at Hemnskjela or Sandstad.
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A 53-year-old passenger was medevaced from the "Emerald Princess" nine miles off Galveston on Mar 22, 2015. At approximately 8:30 p.m., the captain contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders stating that a passenger smashed his thumb in a door while in his cabin, partially severing it. Watchstanders launched a Station Galveston boactcrew aboard a 45-foot response boat. The boatcrew pulled alongside the Emerald Princess at about 9 p.m. and brought the injured man aboard. After returning to the small boat station, the man was turned over to EMS in stable condition in a very smooth Transfer as zhe cruise ship was ready for us with a ramp when the boat arrived allowing to get him medical help very quickly.
On Mar 23 an Australian man has been evacuated from the Davis station by helicopter after suddenly falling seriously ill. The patient was flown from Davis Station to the "Aurora Australis" which had left the station two days earlier but turned back, battling through heavy ice to rescue the man. The patient - who was now en route to Hobart, Australia - was said to be in a serious but stable condition. The "Aurora Australis" will take up to two weeks to reach Hobart
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