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Dead Ship – Crew Feel Like Prisoners

'Panos Earth' has been anchored in South Africa's False Bay for 7 weeks without electrical power & the crew wants to go home The Panos Earth, 75,864 dwt bulk carrier needs $500 000 (R3.6 million) to repair her generators but squabbles with insurers mean the ship is heading for her eighth week anchored in False Bay, with a disgruntled crew who want to go home, reports the 'Cape Times' newspaper. In the tangle of broken generators, the shipowner’s cash-flow problems, no funds from the insurance company and various creditors arresting the vessel, the South American crew say they’ve had enough and want to go home. They have called on the local representatives of the International Transport Workers Federation for help. Cassiem Augustus, one of the federation’s inspectors, went on board with Alan Goldberg, lawyer for the organisation and spoke through a translator to the 15 Chilean, two Panamanian and one Peruvian crew members. “They were angry and feeling lost because they can’t come ashore and say they feel they’re being imprisoned at sea. They said they hadn’t brought this on themselves and worked in terms of their contract until the ship broke down. They say they have not been getting all their money and want to go home,” Augustus said. It appears the problem with the ship is faulty generators, which failed after they became clogged from dirty fuel taken in South America.


UK's Newest Submarine Arrives on the Clyde

Artful arriving at HMNB Clyde (Photo: U.K. Ministry of Defense)

Artful, the third of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, has arrived at her Scottish base port from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced.   The 7,400-metric-ton, 97-meter-long Artful left BAE Systems’ construction yard at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria several days ago before sailing to her new home at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde.  


Coast Guard Icebreaker Back in Seattle

The Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star returned home to Elliott Bay a day ahead of schedule Tuesday afternoon after a successful voyage to Antarctica to help break a supply channel for U.S. science stations. The 399-ft. long, Seattle-based cutter and its 134-member crew, commanded by Capt. Bruce Toney who usually commands its twin, Polar Sea, scrambled on less than 48-hours notice to leave on Jan. 20 from Pier 36, home of the nation's polar icebreaking fleet.


Lowe's Awards Horizon Lines with 2006 Platinum Carrier Award

The Lowe's Companies Inc. Home Improvement Transportation Division has awarded Horizon Lines with its most prestigious honor, The 2006 Platinum Carrier Award for the highest levels of delivered service. The award was presented at the home improvement retailer's annual carrier meetings held in Wilkesboro, NC last month. This is the sixth consecutive year Horizon Lines has been honored by Lowe's. Lowe's has awarded Horizon Lines with its Outstanding Ocean Service Provider Award for the


Shipowner's Financial Woes Strand Seafarers for Six Months

Photo credit ITF

Moroccan seafarers finally head home after owners abandoned their ships, but wages still unpaid Moroccan seafarers left stranded in Spain after the ferry company they were working for ran into financial trouble have finally been repatriated after six months. The ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) initiated a solidarity campaign earlier this year after workers from the ITF-affiliated Moroccan Workers’ Union (UMT)


Shipbuilding: General Dynamics NASSCO Wins Navy Deal

General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to support amphibious warfare and surface combatant ships home-ported in the Port of San Diego. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a total potential value of $1.32B among three awardees. As part of the contract, NASSCO will help modernize, maintain and repair Navy ships that dock in San Diego, including six classes of military combat and amphibious vessels.  


Cruise Passenger Travel Grows 13.6%

Reflecting a rise in the popularity of passengers departing from ports closer to their homes, cruise lines carried 2.3 million passengers on North American cruises in the first quarter of 2004, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) reported today. The figures reflect a 13.6 percent increase compared to the same period in 2003. The majority of cruises are still destined for the Caribbean and the Bahamas. However, there has been important growth in new and emerging "drive market" ports --


More Passengers take to the Sea

(Photo Credit: Richard Grable) Fueled in part by a spate of luxurious newbuildings such as the Queen Mary 2, the cruise industry, according to government statistics, is growing by leaps and bounds. Reflecting a rise in the popularity of passengers departing from ports closer to their homes, cruise lines carried 2.3 million passengers on North American cruises in the first quarter of 2004, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) reported today. The figures reflect a 13


Great Lakes May be Home to Offshore Wind

According to reports, the waters of the Great Lakes, near the shores of Canada, may soon be home to offshore wind power. The Province of Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources has lifted a deferral on applications to produce offshore wind power in the province's waters. This decision came after the province took steps over the past year to obtain the best available information on which to base decisions regarding offshore projects on. These steps have included partnering with the U.S


Power Producing Roof Revamps Australian Homes

Today ARENA joined BlueScope Steel and Parliamentary Secretary Bob Baldwin at a Sydney home to officially ‘flick the switch’ at Australia’s first integrated photovoltaic thermal roofing system.

A clever new renewable energy solution combining COLORBOND® pre-painted steel sheet roofing with cutting-edge, thin-film solar panels is set to provide Australian homes with a streamlined, aesthetically pleasing rooftop energy system that captures the sun’s energy as both electricity and heat. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht joined Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Bob Baldwin, to launch the new technology at a home in Sydney today.


Royals on the High Seas!

Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 Regent Seven Seas Explorer is billed as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco took the role of godmother.   Dubbed as the ‘most luxurious ship ever built’, at a whopping cost of $450 million


Biden Visits Stennis

Vice President Joe Biden with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, the worlds largest international maritime exercise. RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the worlds oceans. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luke MoyerReleased)

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) July 14, while the ship and John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) were participating in the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. The visit, which occurred just one day before the six-month mark of their current


HMAS Darwin Returns from Middle East Deployment

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Chris Bradshaw with his partner Kylie and son Wyatt are reunited on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney at HMAS Darwins welcome home ceremony. Photo RAN

Family and friends joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome HMAS Darwin home from a successful Middle East deployment. During her Operation MANITOU rotation, Darwin and her Ship’s Company seized a large cache of illicit weapons and


US, Chinese Navies Chiefs: Cooperation Needed

The goal of the engagement is to improve mutual understanding and encourage professional interaction between the two navies. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan LairdReleased)

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson met with People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Commander Adm. Wu Shengli during professional and social events held July 18 at navy headquarters in Beijing. The goal of the engagement was to improve mutual understanding and encourage


Day of Seafarer: ICS Highlights Seafarers Role in Migrant Rescues

Gerardo Borromeo Photo ICS

Gerardo Borromeo, Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) took the opportunity today to highlight the courage that is currently being displayed by seafarers, of all nationalities, with respect to the rescue at sea crisis taking place in Europe and in the Mediterranean.


Antwerp Port Extends Partnership with DMU of China

Marc Van Peel Shan Hongjun Photo Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp is to collaborate with Dalian Maritime University (DMU) in northern China for the next three academic years. DMU is a prestigious Chinese maritime university whose alumni include many prominent figures in the shipping industry


Danelec Launches ECDIS Computer-based Training

 Danelec Launches ECDIS Computer-based Training   Danelec Marine has launched a new computer-based training (CBT) program for its second-generation DM800 ECDIS G2 products.    The convenient and user-friendly CBT courseware allows students to download the training


The Odd Trio: HMM, Maersk and MSC

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 In one of the more bizarre twists in the container shipping market it emerged last week that financially troubled carrier South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is in talks with the world’s two largest lines, Maersk Line and MSC about the possibility of joining them in the 2M


MSC-Peel Ports Partner on Liverpool2 Trials

MSC Vessel Courtesy Liverpool2

Marine-based commissioning work is now underway at Liverpool2, with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) committing vessel support to Peel Ports to help make the trial a success. Berthing and marine trials began last week with MV MSC Nederland and will be followed by a variety of cargo handling


New Port Academy Liverpool Unveiled at Grand Opening

A 7.5-ton Naval anchor, refurbished by Cammell Laird (Photo: PAL)

LIVERPOOL City Region has launched a new  £2.5 million maritime training academy which it believes is the only one in the U.K. to create vitally needed skills and become a beacon of international excellence.   Hugh Baird College, Bootle


Largest Cruise Vessel Calls at Lerwick Port

GAC welcomes largest ever cruise vessel to call at Lerwick Photo GAC

Yesterday (30 June) was a big day for GAC UK’s Shetlands office, as Offshore Manager Adrian Henry welcomed the P&O Cruises ship ‘Azura’ to the port of Lerwick, the islands’ capital and home to GAC’s local office


Lerwick Welcomes its Largest Ever Cruise Vessel

Azura (Photo: GAC)

June 30 was a big day for GAC UK’s Shetlands office, as Offshore Manager Adrian Henry welcomed the P&O Cruises ship Azura to the port of Lerwick, the islands’ capital and home to GAC’s local office. The 115,055t Azura is the largest ever cruise vessel to have called at the


Second of Nine New TNPA Tugs Sets Sail

Photo: TNPA

The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) nine new tugboats has set sail from the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards, on Thursday, July 7, destined for its new home at the Port of Port Elizabeth.   


Newest Merchant Ship to Fly SA Flag at Port of Port Elizabeth

Hoisting of the South African flag. (Photo: Port of Port Elizabeth)

The Port of Port Elizabeth is home port of a third ship to be registered on the South African Ships Register. This marks another step in South Africa’s drive to become a recognized Maritime Nation in line with the government’s Operation Phakisa initiative which aims to unlock the


This Day In Naval History: July 14

1813 - During the War of 1812, Lt. John M. Gamble becomes the first Marine to command a ship in battle, USS Greenwich, when she captures British whaling ship Seringapatam.    1853 - Commodore Matthew C. Perry lands and holds the first meeting with the Japanese at Uraga






 
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