During Jan 21, the last lifting chains were pulled underneath the KNM "Helge Ingstad", and work was continuing on tightening up the lifting chains and securing them in position on the hull. The tightening of the chains was a challenging since the chains were clamped between the hull and the rocks. Some work remained to be done before the vessel is ready to be lifted. The weather at the accident site changed rapidly, strong winds meant that the work had to be stopped at times.
arrived Chittagong Anchorage 22.01.19
ABB is to deliver a marine automation system for a China-built cruise ferry for the first time, after signing an agreement to implement its technology onboard Viking Line’s new LNG vessel. Currently under construction at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co’s yard, the 2,800-passenger cruise ferry will be equipped with the ABB Ability System 800xA. The solution is built on the Microsoft Azure cloud and consolidates power, propulsion and vessel management systems into one platform. This will provide crew and onshore personnel with a comprehensive overview of the newbuild’s operational performance, while the additional marine automation functionality will improve project management and vessel efficiency. Viking Line’s ice-class newbuild will also benefit from ABB’s electrical power generation, distribution systems and bow thruster motors. Plus, she will be the first cruise ferry in the world to feature ABB’s twin XO 2100-type Azipod propulsion units.
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20 days after the "MSC Zoe" lost its containers, a large blue pincer grabbed the first container from the seabed late in the afternoon of Jan 21. The "Geosund" picked up dripping fragments of steel. For the recovery of about 260 containers 75 work days wre planned. But if the pace of Jan 21 is normative, it will be at least three times as much. A white Kia was the biggest catch for a long time in addition to 18 tons of loose junk of unknown caliber. The Coast Guard and Rijkswaterstaat did not think there was a good chance of finding undamaged containers after they made a 30 meter drop. Both doubted whether the Swiss shipping company MSC can deliver on its promise to bring all containers ashore. If they mean the loose pieces, it will not work when they get buried in the soil. Divers do not want to run the risk of sharp pieces damaging their air hoses. In addition, they can only work half an hour four times a day. The hoisting of containers will have to be done cautiously especially if they are full of water and have sunk in the sand to prevent them from breaking up. When tracing the containers, the salvors first of all head for information from special search vessels with sonar and multibeam. With their own echoscopes they then have to get the exact spot. In the past few days, the naval ship Zr.Ms. "Luymes" localized 20 containers that had not been traced before. This brings the number of spots to 240. The search area stretched over 2500 square kilometers above Terschelling and Ameland. The enormous data packets of the sonar vessels are interpreted in IJmuiden by defense analysts, Rijkswaterstaat and main contractor Ardent in a temporary Survey Coordination Center. The salvors do not bring the waste to the shore themselves. The expensive ships have to do what they do best: squeezing and grabbing. Smaller ships take over the mess. On Jan 21, the "Blue Bella" took the first party on board, loose stuff collected in two containers and transported it to Harlingen. The BDS Harlingen will be responsible for an orderly disposal. On Jan 22 at 11 a.m. the "MSC Zoe" was finally being pulled into the port of Gdansk by the port tugs "Atlas", "Herkules" and "Virtus". Dutch reports with photos: https://www.lc.nl/friesland/Monsterklus-voor-bergingsschepen-%C3%A9%C3%A9n-Kia-een-container-en-18-ton-rotzooi-24092305.html https://frieschdagblad.nl/2019/1/22/schepen-bergen-containers-msc-zoe-uit-de-noordzee-alles-opruimen-is-onhaalbaar--video?harvest_referrer=https:%2F%2Fwww.google.de%2F
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Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku has officially started building Carnival Cruise Line’s first LNG-powered ship, which will be the largest-ever vessel in the line’s fleet when she debuts in 2020. Meyer Turku marked the start of construction by hosting a traditional steel-cutting ceremony for Carnival executives and other invited guests. The shipyard is scheduled to deliver the 180,000gt XL vessel in 2020, when she will become the first in North America to operate using LNG fuel. The newbuild, which will offer various onboard innovations, will be joined by a sister in 2022 – the same year that Carnival celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The 160m long hull of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ro-pax ferry, Color Line’s 27,000gt COLOR HYBRID, arrived at Ulstein Verft’s shipbuilding facility in Ulsteinvik under tow from Poland’s Crist Shipyard in Gdynia on 6 November and was moved into the shipyard’s covered building facility on 8 November for final outfitting work to commence.
On Jan 19, 2019, at 10.45 a.m. the "Xue Long" collided with an iceberg in the Amundsen Sea on the outskirts of the Antarctic continent. The icebreaker was on its 35th expedition to the Antarctic and was caught in a thick fog when the accident took place while traveling at a speed of about three knots. Damage was detected at the mast at the vessel's front and at part of its bulwark. Other equipment on board, including the power and the telecommunication systems, were working properly. The Ministry of Natural Resources organized repairs and will make follow-up scientific exploration plans. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=8Drds_pkx5M
In the afternoon of Jan 21, 2019, the "AS Laetitia" was NUC in the area of the Thermaikos Gulf with a crew of 15 on board without, however, requesting assistance. A patrol boat was sent to the ship, and a few hours later, the damage was rectified by own means, and the vessel sailed to the port of Thessaloniki. The port authority carried out a preliminary investigation, and the ship was detained until a class certificate has been issued by the relevant classification society.
Since New update we all supplier facing problems with expected vessel schedule. Seemed the last version was fine for us to use. New update is also fine but to inform the vessel tracker team to solve the problem with expected arrival which is crucial for the business. Thank you and looking for the necessary arrangement for the same.
After being criticised to reduce capacity on the Genoa-Porto Torres link next summer by deploying one single ship instead of the usual two, Tirrenia clarified that it will in fact reduce its offer from 762 trips recorded in summer 2018 to 729 in 2019, i.e. -5%.