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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


Towing Vessel Sinks off Oahu

Coast Guard crew members stand with 11 survivors of the Tug Nalani at Coast Guard Station Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Kevin Cooper)

A 95-foot towing vessel, Nalani, sank approximately two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Thursday, the U.S. (USCG) Coast Guard reported. The 11 people on board Nalani were rescued safely.   The pilot aboard the sinking towing vessel placed a call at 3:13 p.m


USCG Respond to Sinking Vessel in Astoria, Ore.

Coast Guard helicopter takes off Photo: USCG

  The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a derelict vessel at the Port of Astoria Thursday. A Coast Guard incident management team is currently on scene and working with Port of Astoria personnel to minimize the impact of pollution from the sunken Cap’n Oscar to the


Japanese Student Overboard in the Pacific

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) search operations continue for a student reported overboard from a Japanese training vessel approximately 70 miles southwest of Kauai, Tuesday.   USCG said its watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified at 9:56 a.m


Hijacked Tanker Found Aground in the Philippines

A chemical tanker captured by pirates nearly a month ago was found grounded in the Philippines today, the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre announced in an incident update. The MT Rehobot, an Indonesian flagged tanker carrying 1,100 tons of diesel when it was hijacked by eight masked individuals


One dead, Dozens Missing as S.Korean Vessel Sinks

One person was killed and the fate of more than 50 others was unknown after a South Korean fishing vessel sank in the Bering Sea off the coast of Russia's far eastern Chukotka region officials said on Monday. "When the fish were being hauled in, the vessel was hit by a wave


Ships Must Prepare for Sulphur Rules

Simon Bennett

The shipping industry is fully committed to total compliance with the 0.1% sulphur in fuel requirements, in Emission Control Areas, from January 2015.  And there is no reason to suggest that there will not be full compliance, says the industry’s global trade association


Saipem Suspends South Stream Project Activities

Italian oil services group Saipem said on Thursday it had been notified of the suspension of "Marine Spread Activities" as part of the South Stream project. Russia on Monday scrapped the pipeline project to supply gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine


First Images of Historic San Francisco Shipwreck

SS City of Rio de Janeiro built by John Roach & Son in 1878 at Chester, Pennsylvania, regularly transported passengers and cargo between Asia and San Francisco. Photo taken at Nagasaki, Japan, 1894. (Credit: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park_ safr_21374_h06-04135_n)

NOAA and its partners released 3D sonar maps and images of an immigrant steamship lost more than 100 years ago in what many consider the worst maritime disaster in San Francisco history. On Feb. 22, 1901, in a dense morning fog, the SS City of Rio de Janeiro struck jagged rocks near the present


Images of Historic San Francisco Wreck Revealed

Coda Octopus 3-D Echoscope sonar, downward view of the shipwreck SS City of Chester with sternpost, (left side of sonar image) compound steam engine and boilers (in blue middle of sonar image), and bow (right side of sonar image). Credit: Coda Octopus/NOAA

NOAA, partners reveal first images of historic San Francisco shipwreck, SS City of Rio de Janeiro NOAA and partners released three-dimensional sonar maps and images of an immigrant steamship lost more than 100 years ago in what many consider the worst maritime disaster in San Francisco history.


Ferry Capsizing Kills at Least 129 in Congo

At least 129 people are dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo after an overcrowded vessel sank on Lake Tanganyika in the early hours of Friday morning.   According to Laurent Kahozi Sumba, the transport minister for Katanga province


Wrecked Bulker’s Bow Refloated, Scuttled off S.Africa

Photo: TITAN Salvage

TITAN Salvage, Crowley Maritime Corp.'s Houston-based marine salvage, emergency response and wreck removal company, has refloated and scuttled the largest section of the wrecked bulk carrier, Smart. The vessel was carrying a load of coal when it went aground in August 2013 in heavy seas in


USCG Search for Boater Off Big Island

The Coast Guard and the Hawaii County Fire Department are searching for a possible person in the water off of the Big Island, Hawaii, Jan. 3, 2015. The 74-foot sailing vessel, Hawaii Aloha ran hard aground with five persons

  The Coast Guard is supporting the Hawaii County Fire Department in the search for a missing passenger from a grounded sailboat near Kaupuleu, Hawai'i, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received notification at 6:36 a.m


Third Fugro Vessel to Join MH370 Search

Fugro Supporter (Photo: Fugro)

An additional Fugro vessel has been commissioned to carry out underwater search activities for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the company announced.   Multipurpose offshore survey vessel Fugro Supporter is on its way to the Southern Indian Ocean search area


USCG Rescues Two Near Beaufort

Coast Guard Rescue 2 people and a dog

U.S. Coast Guard and Marine Corps helicopter crews rescued two people and a dog Sunday from a grounded sailboat near Beaufort. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a call at approximately 11:50 a.m. from the operator of the 22-foot sailboat Serendipity who


Captains' Union Blasts McCain’s Keystone Amendment

International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Asks: If Keystone is a “Jobs Bill” Why Would Congress Want to Send 400,000 Maritime Jobs in 26 States Overseas?    S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, has been described as a “jobs bill” by the






 
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