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ICB Tankers Deal Boosts Weeks' Ship Sales

Greek shipowner John Angel-icoussis' acquisition of four ICB tankers last week was the highlight of a busier market, Allied Shipbroking Inc. said in its latest ship sales report. Angelicoussis paid $189 million in total for the Mindoro (1995-built, 300,294-deadweight tons), the Irian (1992, 286,006-dwt), the Ambon (1992, 285,771-dwt) and the Flores (1995, 284,410-dwt). Aegean Marine Petroleum, also of Greece, paid $2.5 million to buy the 1976 Norwegian-built tanker Maersk Ascension (60,810-dwt). Italian buyers also picked up two tankers last week. Gemarfin paid $8.75 million for the 1982 Japanese-built Meandros (40,632-dwt) while unknown Italian buyers paid $480,000 at an auction in the U.S. for the 1977 Italian-constructed Campo Duran (30,572-dwt). Other tankers sold last week were the 1993 South Korean-built Nathalie SIF (9,176-dwt) by Ramona of Sweden for $14 million and the 1970 British-constructed Stella Orion (5,093-dwt) taken by unknown buyers at an auction for $290,000. Two gas tankers were also sold last week, according to the Greek broker. Olympi of Chile purchased the 1968 French-built Mundogas Europe for $4 million including three years time charter at $9,000 a day, and MC Shipping based in Monaco bought the 1990 Japanese-built Leo Gas (4,316-dwt) for $4.8 million. Greek shipowners also bought heavily last week into bulk carriers, acquiring four of the six vessels sold.


Coast Guard Responds to Report of Mysterious Haze

The U.S. Coast Guard temporarily closed the Mississippi River from mile marker 205 to 215 near Plaquemine Point due to an unknown white haze, Friday morning Watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge received notifications about the haze at 9 a.m. The Coast Guard, in conjunction with several first responders including local parish fire departments, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and Louisiana State Police, responded


Britain Prepares For Next Anticipated Computer Glitch

British maritime authorities have reportedly chartered winter tugboats early to help head off a possible shipping disaster anticipated on Thursday - the ninth day of the ninth month, 1999. The date entry "9/9/99" is a "stop file" in some old computers - a command that could shut down systems on an unknown number of ships plying the open seas, Maritime and Coastguard Agency officials said. The failure of navigation or other operations on large ships is the main concern for the MCA when the


Impounded Ship Escapes

Egypt's Suez Canal Authority discovered on Thursday that an impounded Romanian cargo ship had escaped and its whereabouts were unknown. They said the Romanian-flagged Sapphire had been impounded under a court order in February after its owners failed to pay $204,000 in port and transit fees to the authority. There were 23 sailors aboard the 10,046-gt ship. Its cargo included timber.


Barge Capsizes

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that the tank barge that struck an unknown submerged object in the Gulf of Mexico has capsized. Salvage and spill response operations continue. The agency also issued a Photo Release of the capsized barge.


Malaysia, Ship Robbed at Anchor

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an incident alert stating that a chemical tanker anchored at night off southeast Malaysia was boarded by an unknown number of robbers, who stole some engine spare parts. Masters are reminded to maintain vigilance and to adopt precautionary measures when anchored in the area. (3/11/10). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)


Bulker, Freighter Collide

The Panama-flag bulker China Prospect was involved in a collision on January 2, off Flushing, Netherlands, with the German-flag freighter Veerseborg, Reuters reported. The 45,260 dwt China Prospect, bound for Flushing with a cargo of coal, had a three m hole one m below the waterline and was still outside the port. Damage to the 8,667 dwt Veersborg was unknown.


Daewoo To Split Into Three Units

South Korea's Daewoo Heavy Industries Co apparently plans to split into three units on October 23, pending an approval from its board of directors. It's unknown at present how the spin off will effect the world's second largest shipbuilder. The company planned to divide its shipbuilding and machinery operations and form a third company to manage its debts. The machinery and shipbuilding units are expected to list separately around December 20


Japanese Fishing Boat Derelict Approaching Alaska

Fishing boat that survived Tsunami: Photo credit: USCG

Coast Guard monitoring Japanese tsunami drifter as it nears the Alaskan coast A derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year’s massive tsunami is drifting toward Alaska, the Coast Guard said. The shrimping vessel was floating slowly northwest in the Gulf of Alaska about 125 miles west of the nearest point of land — Forrester Island outside the Dixon Entrance, a maritime transportation corridor separating U.S. and Canada jurisdictions


Drilling Rig Sinks While Under Construction

Reuters reported that a rig under construction for Odfjell Drilling sank at a Daewoo-owned shipyard in South Korea Saturday.   The drilling rig, intended for BP use at the Schiellion and Loyal fields in British Waters, had workers on board at the time of the incident, but it is unknown how many. No injuries have been reported.   The rig allegedly sunk to the seabed, but is not submerged.   Sources: Reuters


Gemeco Launches Re-designed Web Resource

Proper installation of transducers and the corresponding cabling is necessary for efficient operation of today’s marine electronics Courtesy Gemeco

   Gemeco Marine Accessories, world-leading experts in the selection, placement and technical support for marine transducers and NMEA networking products, announced today the launch of an all new web-based resource for boaters and dealers on the company website – www.gemeco.com


Iran-Venezuela Oil Tanker Deal Hit by Sanctions Snags

An agreement to build oil tankers in Iran for Venezuela has been left in limbo years after it was announced as Western sanctions plus disagreements over payments and delivery terms took their toll, sources familiar with the matter say.  


Sunken Tug to Be Removed in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard received approval for removal and destruction of tugboat Challenger under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWCPA).   An incident command will be established and operations will begin Monday, February 1, to manage the removal of the tugboat that sank in


Elbit Systems Introduces Seagull

Seagull USV (Image: Elbit Systems)

Israel’s Elbit Systems unveiled a prototype of what it claims is the world’s first unmanned system for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions.   Developed in less than three years with technical and performance input from the Israeli Navy and Israel’s Ministry of Defense


Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference: Program Announced

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The Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference being held at the RNLI College in Poole, U.K., October 6-8, will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge that will assist the sub IMO professional sector to understand the possibilities of utilizing hybrid


Cargo Ship Missing in Hurricane Joaquin

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The fate of more than 30 crew aboard a cargo ship that ran afoul of Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas was unknown on Friday as the powerful storm battered the island chain for a second day. News of the missing vessel came as forecasters shifted the likely track of the powerful storm further


U.S. Investigators Head to Florida to Probe Ship Lost in Hurricane

El Faro (Photo: NTSB)

Federal safety investigators traveled to Florida on Tuesday to investigate the U.S. container ship lost at sea after being hit by powerful Hurricane Joaquin, leaving one person confirmed dead and 32 others missing. The team from the National Transportation Safety Board left Washington for


Search for Ship Lost in Hurricane a Big Challenge

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Deep seas may complicate efforts to find the sunken U.S. cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived on


USCG Investigating Unknown Substance in Lake Erie

Contractors conduct dive operations at the site of a sunken barge near the Kelleys Island Shoal in Lake Erie,

  The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelley's Island Shoal in Lake Erie, Sunday. Due to the report, the Coast Guard has established a safety zone 3 nautical miles east of Kelley's Island Shoal extending 1


Update: Crews Examining Discharge from Sunken Barge

Discoloration on Lake Erie from an unknown source as seen from the air from an overflight conducted by crews from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Oct. 24, 2015. The discoloration was believed to be emanating from a nearby sunken barge. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Marine Safety Unit Toledo)

Crews continue to investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelley's Island Shoal in Lake Erie, Monday. The Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA, is continuing to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety


Four Drown, 6 Missing Refugees off Greece

Four refugees drowned and another six were missing off the Greek island of Farmakonisi after their boat sank, the Greek coastguard said on Monday. Four people were rescued, the coastguard said in a statement. The vessel the migrants were travelling on sank in an unknown location north of the


Crews Continue Response for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

Divers assess Lake Erie wreck for potential environmental impact Photo USCG

  Crews continue to respond to and investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelleys Island Shoal in Lake Erie Thursday. The unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA


Hanjin Aqua Aground in Sunda Strait

Hanjin Aqua. Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 The container ship  Hanjin Aqua (4,500-TEU) ran aground off Sangiang Island in Indonesia's Banten, Sundra Strait.   The ship with 2303 containers on board is en route from Adelaide Australia to Jakarta, including hazardous cargo class A.  


Producers, Shippers in North American Food Fight

The North American spat pitting Canada and Mexico against the United States over meat labels has sown confusion among producers and shippers in all three countries, with a trade war potentially just weeks away.   The World Trade Organization on Monday authorized Canada and Mexico


Urals Prices Weaken in Med, Baltic

Russian Urals crude price differentials weakened in the Mediterranean and the Baltic due to ample supplies, traders said on Thursday. In the Platts window, Litasco sold to Shell a 80,000 tonne cargo in the Mediterranean loading on Jan. 18-22 at a discount of $1






 
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