Wagenborg buys Westgard from Bore
Finnish group Bore is selling its general cargoship fleet to focus on ro-ro operations. The company said on Tuesday it is offloading six vessels that constitute its contract of affreightment (CoA) business, which has suffered from “several years of over-capacity and unsustainably poor profitability.”It blamed the small size of the CoA fleet for its uncompetitive position against larger players in the tough general cargo sector. The 3,700-dwt Nordgard (built 1999) and the 3,800-dwt Sydgard and Westgard (both built 2000) and Ostgard (built 2001) are being bought by Wagenborg, for delivery by the end of December. All this will lead to a maximum of 19 out of 31 shore workers being made redundant at Bore.Limestone shipper Nordkalk has agreed a three-year deal with the new owner to carry cargoes up to 2017.
On Mar 25, 2011, the "Westgard" suffered a complete machine blackout when entering the new Northern lock at Brundbuettel. The ship was stopped by an emergency anchoring, but could not be kept from running into the staging. The tug "Bugsier 15" was called to assist and towed the vessel into lock chamber, before it was berthed in the canal harbor of Brunsbuettel for investigations before continuing its voyage to Kaskinen, ETA Mar 26.Upload News