Tauck to Double Small Ship Cruising Capacity
Tauck announced a four-year plan for doubling its small ship cruising capacity through strategic fleet expansion, deepened partnership programs and new itineraries. “We’re destination explorers at Tauck and some destinations are best explored by both land and sea,” said Jennifer Tombaugh, president of Tauck. “Tauck Small Ship Cruising is our first product line to sell out each year. Ponant, the French-owned cruise line, will debut four new luxury expedition yachts in 2018 and 2019. As part of an expanded partnership, Tauck will leverage all four Ponant new builds starting with Le Lapérouse in summer 2018. The first Tauck sailing on Le Lapérouse departs on July 3, 2018 with the “Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice” itinerary.
Potential Maritime Disaster Averted
Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) towed the BBC Shanghai, a 101 meter long general cargo vessel with 11 crew members on board, safely into the Port of East London on Friday, March 17, after she suffered engine failure en route from Durban to Lagos. One of TNPA’s new tugs – Shasa – which has a bollard pull of 70 metric tons…
BBC Chartering Opens Office in London
BBC Chartering announces the opening of a new representative office in London, United Kingdom, starting immediately. “We continue to strengthen our position at important shipping hubs for breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo”, said Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering. The London branch is the second location of BBC Chartering in the UK and closely cooperates with the existing representative office in Liverpool. Ms. Valeria Salzano, who transferred from BBC Chartering Genoa Srl., was appointed as regional Sales & Chartering Manager for the London office.
BBC Chartering launches office in Esbjerg, Denmark
BBC Chartering announces the re-launch of its presence in Denmark with a new representative office in Esbjerg opening August 15, 2016. “Global wind power saw an unprecedented growth recently, for the first time crossing 60 GW in new capacity installments in 2015. Consequently shipping volumes for the sector have increased significantly over the last two years“, observed Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering. As the carrier’s 33rd location, BBC Chartering in Esbjerg will directly cooperate with BBC Chartering in Bremen, Germany which is also focusing on wind power customers.
BBC Chartering Opens Vietnam Office
BBC Chartering announces the opening of a new representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, starting August 1st breakbulk, and general cargo transportation due to good prospects and growth rates outperforming other countries in the region. “The strong expansion of the Vietnamese economy means increased investments and more project activity within the industrial sector of the country,” said Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering. “We look forward to providing Vietnam with direct access to our world-leading network of project, breakbulk, and general cargo shipping.
BBC Chartering Opens in Beijing
BBC Chartering announces the opening of a new representative office in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, starting immediately. “We are responding to the increased activity for project and heavy lift shipping services from Asia and on intra-Asia trades,” said Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering. “Beijing is an important hub for project, breakbulk, and general cargo customers who ask for higher levels of shipping performance and more project related trading possibilities. As BBC Chartering’s thirty-first (31st) outlet…
New Europe-Asia Heavylift Service
BBC launches new heavy-lift cargo service between Europe and Asia. On 26 March 2012, the BBC KARAN was the first vessel in the new Europe-Asia service of the multi-purpose and heavy-lift cargo shipping company BBC Chartering to berth at C. Steinweg (Süd West Terminal) in the Port of Hamburg. In Hamburg, the new “BBC Euro-Asia Express Line” service will be offering bi-weekly eastward sailings to Asia. Alongside Hamburg, export cargo for Asia will be loaded at the following European ports: Rauma, Kristiansand, Antwerp, Bilbao and Porto Maghera.
Half-way Mark in BBC Chartering's Newbuild Program
German owner of multipurpose & heavy lift tonnage, BBC Chartering, announce that half of its 22 unit heavy lift new-building program is now operational. Two vessel series form the basis of this heavy lift fleet new-build program. One is the 14,360dwt ‘BBC Amber’ type of which 14 units are built, featuring 2x 400 mt lifting capacity, and the second is the ‘BBC Everest’ type of which eight units are built with 2x 350 mt lifting gear. The company took delivery of the ‘BBC Citrine’ in August 2012…
Brazil Port Blaze Pushes Sugar Prices to Year's High
A fire in the Copersuca company's huge sugar terminal in the Port of Santos has burnt some 180,000 tonnes of raw sugar, damaging six warehouses and pushing international prices to a one-year high. reports the BBC News. The authorities in the port of Santos informed the BBC it took six hours to bring the fire under control, while the cause of the fire is unknnown and the cause of the blaze is still being investigated. Brazil is the world's main sugar exporter, accounting for nearly half of international sales. Source: BBC News
Vessel Fire Forces Platform Evacuation
About 300 have evacuated a platform in the North sea after a fire left a vessel disabled and drifting nearby without power, BBC reported. BG Group told BBC it was removing workers by helicopter from the Lomond installation - about 145 miles east of Aberdeen. Tugs were sent from Aberdeen to take the drifting vessel under tow. Source: BBC
REPORT: Bangladesh Ship Seized by Pirates
A Bangladeshi-flagged ship is believed to have been seized by pirates off southern India, according to a recent BBC report.According to a report on www.bbc.co.uk, the MV Jahan Moni was attacked after a long pursuit near the Lakshadweep group of islands, some 300km (185 miles) from the Indian coast. The ship, with 25 Bangladeshi crew on board, was on its way from Singapore to Europe via the Suez Canal. The Bangladesh Shipping Department reportedly sought help from the Indian coastguard and from anti-piracy teams in Dubai and Singapore. (Source: BBC)
CSIS Launches New Tools for Schools
Container Shipping Information Service (CSIS) is launching a new set of resources designed for schools. Its aim is to provide teachers with the tools and information to introduce discussions on global trade and container shipping into the classroom. Among the new resources is an interactive animated video which allows users to follow the journey of certain products from source to store with quizzes and information pit-stops along the way. Also available are a ready-made container shipping presentation covering everything from history to interesting facts and figures…
Night-Service HK Jetfoil Hits 'Object', 85 Injured
About 85 people have been injured, six of them seriously, when the high-speed ferry hit an unidentified object while travelling to the gaming mecca of Macau reports BBC News. The accident, which threw many of the 100+ passengers out of their seats, happened in the early hours of the morning near the island of Hei Ling Chau, while the jetfoil, operating at normal speed, was on a routine voyage from Hong Kong to Macau. Following the incident the jetfoil was towed back to the ferry terminal in HK, reports BBC News citing Hong Kong officials.
Japanese Town to Scrap 'Tsunami Boat'
A Japanese town has decided to scrap a marooned fishing boat which has become a symbol of the devastating 2011 tsunami reports the BBC. Residents of Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture voted to scrap the Kyotoku Maru No 18 which was swept inland by a giant wave triggered by the earthquake although there had been plans to preserve the vessel as a monument. after the disaster, according to the BBC report, people started visiting the marooned 60-metre (200-foot) boat to pray, take photographs and leave flowers.
Italy: Refugee Boat Sinking, 100s Feared Lost
At least 130 African migrants have died and many more are missing after a boat carrying them to Europe sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. A total of 103 bodies have been recovered and more have been found inside the wreck, reported BBC News citing local coast guards. Passengers reportedly threw themselves into the sea when a fire broke out on board. More than 150 of the migrants have been rescued. Most of those on board were from Eritrea and Somalia. According to the BBC News report…
Hijacked Turkish Ship Released by W. Africa Pirates
Pirates have released a Turkish cargo ship with a crew of 24 Indians which they hijacked near Port Gentil off the coast of Gabon in West Africa last week, reports BBC News. Citing officials at Geden Lines, the Turkish company owning the MT Cotton the BBC report that the captain has been asked to move the ship at "fullest possible speed" from its present location at the Gulf of Guinea to a "safe port" in West Africa. It is unclear if a ransom demand was made by the pirates. The Indian crew of MT Cotton is safe and many of them have called home after their release, according to family members.
Shift in Wind Favourable to UK Offshore Wind Industry
The government is to make big changes to the way it subsidises renewable energy, with subsidies for windfarms set to rise at the expense of onshore options, reports BBC News. The BBC reports Government ministers as stating that they will cut support for onshore wind and solar energy, but give more backing to offshore wind power. The price producers are promised for onshore wind power and solar energy will be cut from 2015, while the amount paid for offshore wind power will be increased.
India's First 'Home Grown' Aircraft Carrier Launched
India has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier from Cochin Shipyard in southern Kerala state. The 37,500 tonne INS Vikrant is expected to go for extensive trials in 2016 before being inducted into the navy by 2018, reports the BBC. With this launch, India joins a select group of countries capable of building such a vessel. The launch of INS Vikrant marks the end of the first phase of its construction. The ship will be then re-docked for outfitting and further construction. The new aircraft carrier has a length of 260m (850ft) and a breadth of 60m, having been designed and constructed locally using high grade steel made by a state-owned steel company.
UK's Huge Atlantic Array Wind Farm Project Dropped
Developer RWE Innogy is pulling the plug on the 240-turbine Atlantic Array project, report BBC News citing a Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) source. The 222m (721ft) tall turbines, planned to be situated in an area 200 sq km, (77 sq miles) about 16.5km (10 miles) from the north Devon coast, 22.5km (14 miles) from south Wales coast and 13.5km (8 miles) from Lundy Island nature reserve, would be capable of producing enough electricity for up to 900,000 homes. DECC commented to the BBC that the scrapping of the scheme was a matter for the developer…
Panama Canal Extension Contractors Deny Halting Work
The Spanish building company, Sacyr, leading the expansion project on the Panama Canal has denied that work at the waterway has been halted despite word to the contrary by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reports BBC News. The Panama Canal Authority and the building companies involved are engaged in a dispute over who should foot $1.6bn (£1bn) in extra costs. Citing remarks by president of Sacyr, Manuel Manrique, BBC News report that no date had been set for construction work to stop.
Navy Seals Hand Rogue Tankship Back to Libya
The North Korea-flagged tanker had been loaded at a rebel-held port and evaded a naval blockade before being boarded by US Navy Seals south of Cyprus. Its evasion of a naval blockade prompted the Libyan parliament to sack Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, reports BBC News. Rebels had loaded the Morning Glory with oil at the port of Sidra and it was unclear where it was heading. Citing US Government sources the BBC reports that the ship, cargo and crew were handed over ot Libyan forces in international waters off the coast of Libya.
Tsunami Alerts Triggered by Chile 8.2 Quake
A powerful earth quake identified by the US Geological Survey as situated about 52 miles north-west of the mining area of Iquique killed at least 5 people, and 6ft waves have hit some areas of Chile. Power cuts, fires landslides are also mentioned by BBC News. Citing the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the BBC says that an initial warning was issued for Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama, but later all watches and alerts were later lifted except for Chile and Peru. Tsunami watches – in which the danger of tidal waves is deemed to be less serious – had been in place for Costa Rica…
Robotic Submarine Begins Flight MH370 Search
An international search has focused on waters west of the Australian city of Perth, with teams racing against time to detect signals before the flight recorder batteries – which last about one month – run out, are to send down a [Bluefin Robotics manufactured] Bluefin 21 AUV, reports BBC News. Search chief Angus Houston told the BBC that the Bluefin-21 drone would be sent down as soon as possible to search for wreckage on the sea floor. Teams have been using a towed pinger locator to listen for signals from the plane's "black box" flight recorders.