FPSO OSX-1 Begins Journey Toward Oil and Gas Production in Brazil
PSO OSX-1, the first floating production, storage and offloading vessel in OSX’s fleet, has concluded its conversion in Singapore and set sail for Brazil, Maritime Executive reports. The journey is estimated to take 40 to 50 days.
The FPSO OSX-1 is commissioned to produce the first oil for our client OGX Petróleo e Gás Ltda. (OGX), which is expected to start oil production during the fourth quarter of 2011. Chartered by OGX for a period of 20 years at an average day rate of US$ 263,000, FPSO OSX-1 will be employed in the Waimea accumulation, in the Campos Basin. www.maritime-exec...
On Aug 21, 2011, the "Esmée" was in collision with a yacht on the Ijsselmeer. The s/y sank, the crew of three was saved by passing ships. One was taken to the hospital. Involved were also two police launches and the KNRM-boat from Lemmer which was alarmed by the MRCC Den Helder and took one of the casualties to port.
Ship towed to Lerwick after suffering engine failure
A Norwegian-owned cargo ship with 11 crew on board has had to be towed to Lerwick harbour after it suffered engine failure in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The Fenja suffered engine failure, around 50 miles northeast of Unst.
The Anglian Earl, anchored in Inganess Bay in Orkney, was sent to help the stranded vessel and arrived at the scene on Sunday evening to take the Maltese registered ship under tow.
The crew of the Fenja had unsuccessfully tried to restart the engine.
A coastguard spokesman said on Monday that at a speed of between nine and ten knots the tow was making good progress.
The Fenja was expected to arrive at Lerwick on Monday morning.
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Chemical Oil Products Tanker)
The threat to national
security and economic growth just gets bigger
piracy attack on Fairchem Bogey: India's national security and economic growth are at risk at the hands of a ragtag bunch of pirates, who can reach within miles of the Indian coast and pick up whatever they want, when they want. This is the bigger issue, which gets subsumed while emotions well up on the issue of the seafarers in captivity for months.
Twenty-one families all over India must have woken up on Friday, 19 August 2011, breathing a sigh of relief that their breadwinners on board the MT Fairchem Bogey (IMO No. 9423750) were out of the piracy-infested waters in and around Oman. Anchored just about 4-5 miles off Salalah in Oman, the Marshall Island flagged tanker was partially loaded with methanol and waiting to berth inside the port to load some more.
Methanol, without going into details, is as dangerous to transport as petrol, if not more so. And under some circumstances, like if there is a change in pressure or higher ambient temperature, it can be much more dangerous. It's not a job for every seafarer. You certainly have to be one among a special breed of highly committed, experienced and trained seafarers to work on a modern tanker. Carrying methanol puts you a cut above this lot, too, and people who work on such ships are worth every dollar they earn, and more. Put it this way, even without the additional stress and risk of piracy, there is bound to be enough on the minds of the officers and crew on board a methanol carrier tanker ship.
So, when on the morning of Saturday, 20 August 2011, a fairly large group of pirates, in multiple boats, swarmed the Fairchem Bogey, the first thing on the minds of the people on board, over and above their own personal safety, would probably have been to ensure that the ship and the cargo or residual cargo on board did not suddenly become a huge explosion.
There is a huge port nearby, with a big city next to it, and millions of lives to think about. Then, and only after they had taken these precautions, would they have-in all probability-headed for the safe area/citadel on board. By that time it was simply too late. The pirates had taken over, and with guns to their heads, the ship pulled up anchor and set sail in a south-westerly direction towards Somalia.
(Specialized Cargo Ship > Heavy Load Carrier)
On Aug 9, 2011, the "Combi Dock IV“ returned to the Lloyd Yard Bremerhaven, only 19 months after its delivery. The ship is to be rebuilt extensively and will run for the OIG Offshore Installation Group as "OIG Giant II“ as an offshore support vessel starting in September. The task follows the conversion of the "Combi Dock II" to the support vessel "Blue Giant“ in August 2008 which is serving in the Gulf of Mexico as "OIG Giant I“ for the Harrens OIG now. The vessel will be fitted out with a helicopter platform on the foreship and an accomodation block of 500 tons weight for 86 crew with new cabins, rest rooms, pantrys a.o. as a module with a size of 13x18x21 m. It will be built at WST Weser Stahlbau and lifted on board by the sheerleg "Enak“. Two of the four cranes will be enttrengthened. A moonpool of 7,80 x 7,40 m will enable divers and equipment to pass throught the bottom. Six additional generators will be mounted. The "OIG Giant II“ also will get a sophisticated DPS Dynamic Positioning System for which the bow thrusters will have to be enlarged too and two additional stern thrusters added. Two Azipod thrusters of 3 m diameter are to be fixed undereath the hull. After its redelivery the "OIG Giant II“ first will carry three turbines for a power station.
Third COSCO ship arrested as owners seek late charter payments
A China Cosco Holdings Co. vessel was arrested at the request of Bunge SA, at least the third attachment against China’s largest shipping company in two months as owners seek late charter payments, Bloomberg reports.
The Yu Lan Hai was detained as Geneva-based Bunge sought $294,252 in fees plus costs from Cosco unit Cosco Bulk Carrier Co., according to court documents. The ruling was granted by Judge Helen G. Berrigan of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana on Aug. 18. www.bloomberg.com...
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
Salvage costs regarding the "Phoenix" will amount to more than R22 m for the South African government. Shipping experts have been working hard to repair the ship the recent days. The underbelly of the vessel has been fixed, holes covered and a special suspension bridge built in preparation to refloat the ship, which should be done on August 30 - 31 when a spring high tide is due. Attempts to locate the ship owners have so far failed. The owners are believed to be Nigerian and the ship is registered in the Ivory Coast. It is expected that the cost will run up to R30m when the ship is finally refloated. The cost has been increased because experts from countries like Holland have been brought in at huge expense. Last week oil was leaking from the ship into the sea but the South African Maritime Services Association denied that damage had been caused to marine life.
With the securing of some 100 kilograms of highly pure cocaine by Berlin police and customs officials, the second largest seizure of this drug for three decades succeeded . On Aug 18, 2011, six suspects aged 34 to 52 years were arrested in Berlin and Bremerhaven. Investigators were trracking the gang members already since two years, they ran their businesses in a Turkish cultural association in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. The drug had arrived by ship from Panama to Germany and was destined for the Berlin market. The value of the drugs was 4.5 to five million euros, at street level even eight to ten million euros. On Aug 4 the "Carlotta Star" arrived from the port of Cristobal at Bremerhaven. The investigators of the Joint Narcotics Investigation Team followed the ship's position continuously and were mainly interested in a shipment of five containers of green coffee from Peru. In one of the containers the cocaine should be hidden. The same afternoon two suspected couriers opened a sealed container in the free port of Bremerhaven and removed three bags. The suspects were tracked to an apartment in Bremerhaven, where the couriers prepared the drugs for further transport by car.
A Coast Guard Air Station Miami rescue crew medically evacuated a 22-year-old man after an 1,100 pound piece of machinery fell on him on Au g21, 2011, 40 miles southwest of Key West, Florida. Coast Guard watchstanders received a distress call at 11:30 a.m. from the "De Ming Hai" reporting a 22-year-old man aboard was crushed by an 1,100 pound piece of machinery and was in need of medical assistance. Coast Guard watchstanders immediately dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Miami. The rescue crew arrived on scene and hoisted the injured crewmember at 3:41 p.m. After stopping in Key West to refuel, the rescue crew continued on to Miami where they transferred the patient, in stable condition, to Jackson Memorial Trauma Center at 5:15 p.m.