Engine trouble in the North Sea
On Jan 16, 2019, at 2.35 a.m. the "BBC Livorno" suffered problems with its engine exhaust, in position 49 44 21.6 N, 004 17 42 W. The vessel needed to cool its engine before starting repairs. It required approximately 90 minutes to complete repairs before the ship resumed the voyage from Newport, UK, to Antwerp with an ETA as of Jan 17, 4 p.m.
Flinter Trader released from seizure
The "Flinter Trader" which had been docked in Fos-sur-Mer since Oct 27, 2016, , was released from its seizure on Nov 14. The Philippine seafarers' agency, which represented ten sailors - six still on board, four recently disembarked - has received the money requested. While the seven Russian sailors on board had confirmation of the payment of wages in October, the Filipino crew had no confirmation of the payments. There remained doubts whether the ship would leave port, as the food was at its lowest. The engine needed spare parts and the crew feared having to join the "Flintermar" or the "Flinterduin", two cargo ships of the Dutch company Flinter, which are lingering off Gilbraltar. Several freighters have been able to return to the Netherlands sicj as the "Flinter Aland", "Flinter Artic", "Flinter America" or "Flinter Rose", but others were still waiting, such as the" Flinter Atlantic" in Constanza or the "Flinterdijk" in Bayonne since Oct 21. 65 shore-based employees and 54 sailors were fired after the company got in financial trouble. On Novr 9, the district court of Rotterdam registered the bankruptcy of the Flinter group.
New Flinter Trader delivered from Dongfang shipyard to Flinter
After a lengthy period of negotiations with the shipyard, Flinter reports that Flinter Tide and Flinter Trader have been delivered to their owners. Both vessels were completed some time ago and were waiting to be delivered at the Dongfang shipyard, Wenzhou, China. In June, all parties involved reached an agreement on outstanding issues, after which delivery took place. HLPFI understands that Flinter Tide is on her way to Shanghai where some additional work will done before the ship. Flinter Trader was set to load cargo in Nanjing, China destined for Angola. During the loading process some additional work was planned for the ship. More at http://www.heavyliftpfi.com/content/NewsItem.aspx?id=4458Upload News