Crowley Marine buys Jones Act tanker pair for $35M each
The acquisitions mark Crowley’s re-entry into the Jones Act tanker market since its last tanker was retired in 2011. The two tankers, the Pennsylvania and the Florida, are scheduled for delivery in September 2012 and March 2013 respectively. Aker says it will receive $90m for each vessel in the form of a fixed purchase price and a variable component based on the vessel's actual performance in the market. Based on current market conditions, Aker says it anticipates receiving a nominal amount in excess of $35m per ship through the variable component.
Fire on "Lucy Oldendorff" erupted again in number one hold
Emergency services have been called back to the cargo ship Lucy Oldendorff after a fire in one of the ship's holds.
Tauranga station firefighter Jono Preston said there was a fire in the front hold of the cargo ship."It's a Palm Kernel ship that has a small area in the forward hold that's caught on fire." "Fire crew are in the process of emptying it by crane." The ship is currently in the Port of Tauranga with a cargo of Palm Kernel. A Tauranga fire spokesperson said a small fire had developed in the number one hold in the bow of the vessel. The spokesperson said port authorities, the fire service and the ship's crew were involved in removing burnt material and assessing fire spread. The Lucy Oldendorff is the same ship fire crew attended on Monday morning, when crew saw smoke coming from inside the number one hold. www.bayofplentyti...
Shreyas Shipping and Logistics has launched a feeder service linking Kochi and Nhava Sheva. The newly-acquired OEL Kochi, on its maiden trip, berthed at the International Container Transshipment Terminal here last week. The vessel has a GRT of 21,339 and can carry 1,725 TEUs of cargo. The feeder service will see the operation of two vessels, OEL Shreyas being the second vessel, with weekly calls at the ICTT with the route running from ICTT via Tuticorin, Mundhra, Hazira and Nhava Sheva. www.thehindu.com/...
The master of the "Baranof Wind" which struck a rock at Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve had been trying to get the vessel nearer shore to see brown bears. The captain, after trying to maneuver closer to shore so passengers could see the one or more bears that had been spotted, at some point realized he was in shallower water and started to back up. But it was along a different track than the boat came in on, and the "Baranof Wind" apparently hit a rock on Aug 19, 2012. The stability of the vessel was not considered to be in jeopardy but given that some water was coming in, the primary concern was making sure everyone was safe. Two passengers, including one who had been injured, were taken aboard a National Park Service vessel. The crew remained on board. The mishap occurred during the first half of what's typically an eight-hour cruise, billed in a promotional flier as an opportunity to see "magnificent tidewater glaciers, ancient snow-capped mountains," and a range of wildlife, including whales and coastal bears. The vessel was being brought to Sitka, where Allen Marine Tours has a shipyard. The company plans its own investigation.
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Preparations are underway to pump the remaining diesel from the "Chamarel" nearly two weeks after it went ablaze.
On Aug 17, a team of Smit Marine, the salvage operator appointed on behalf of the ship's insurers, Guard Insurance Group, were preparing the site for pumping out the diesel still on board the vessel. No diesel was leaking from the ship. The beach where the ship is stranded has been cordoned off and cables have been readied to link a fuel line from the vessel to shore where the diesel will be pumped into tanker trucks and transported to Walvis Bay for storage. A service road was built to allow the trucks to reach the site despite the thick sand. It was expected that the pumping of the diesel would take about a week.
On Aug 20 a salvage company was on board the grounded "Vega Sagittarius". The salvage company is to carry out thorough investigations. They make computer animations to be sure that the salvage operation will be as safe as possible. No date was given when it will make a new attempt to pull the "Vega Sagittarius" off. The tug "Ocean Delta" was sent from Quebec for this purpose and was expected on scene on Aug 21.
Supported by the German traffic ministry the "MSC Flaminia" was allowed to enter German territory on Aug 20. In the midday hours the Casualty Command in Cuxhaven started to coordinate the operation. In a joint press conference of the Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbh & Co. KG, Buxtehude and the "Havariekommando" the details will be explained on Aug 21 at 11 a.m. in the "Atlantic Hotel Sail City" in Bremerhaven. The ship is actually 450 miles off the British coast and moving towards England again where a safety inspection is to take place. One crew member of the ship is still being treated for his burns in a special hospital.
In the evening August 19 2012 high-speed ferry Master Jet allided with pier while docking in port of Rethymnon, Greece, with 670 passengers on board. Propeller guarding belt was damaged. Vessel was detained for repairs and following survey. Maritime Bulletin www.odin.tc
More than 8,000 pounds of anchor, chain and heavy rope from a the "Navajo" which had been lost near the Pearl Harbor entrance during RIMPAC were recovered on Aug 9, 2012. The ship which currently operating out of Pearl Harbor, was conducting routine training July 28 with Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 1 when the anchor got lost after one of the mooring lines holding the anchor parted when the 10-inch-circumference polyester double-braid line was cut due to chafing. 90 feet of anchor chain and 546 feet of the polyester line followed the 4,500-pound anchor 150 feet to the bottom. When the anchor and 4,250-pound chain were recovered on Aug 9 from the sandy ocean bottom, no coral was damaged. Divers with MDSU-1 helped the "Navajo" recover its anchor by tying a line to the parted line on the ocean bottom and passing it to the tug, which was able to haul up the chain and anchor. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources had not been contacted by the Navy about the mishap.