Stena Bulk Doubles Medium Range Fleet with Danish Merger
Stena Bulk is increasing its MR segment (Medium Range product tankers of 50,000 dwt) by acquiring 50 percent of the Danish shipping company Weco. This means that…
MV Khaled Muhieddine K Pirated in the Arabian Sea
During the afternoon of 20 January, the bulk carrier MV Khaled Muhieddine K was pirated in the North Arabian Sea approximately 330 nautical miles South East of the Omani coastal port of Salalah. The vessel is Togo flagged and Syrian owned and has a deadweight of 24,022 tonnes. Authorities were made aware of the attack when the master reported being fired upon with small arms and seeing pirates on board. All contact with the vessel was then lost.
Hoang Son Sun Pirated, Indian Ocean
The MV Hoang Son Sun is believed to have been pirated approximately 520 nautical miles South East of the port of Muscat, Oman. The 22,835-tonne Bulk carrier, which is Mongolian flagged and Vietnamese owned, has a crew of 24 Vietnamese nationals. No further details of the attack are known at this stage. MV Hoang Son Sun was not registered with MSC(HOA) and had not reported to UKMTO. There are now 30 vessels and 723 hostages being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
Photo: MV Motivator Released by Pirates
As reported earlier, the Product Tanker MV Motivator was released from pirate control earlier this week. The Marshall Islands flagged vessel, which was pirated on in the Southern Red Sea on 4 July and has a crew of 18 Filipino nationals, was released on the 16 January approximately 160 nautical miles South- West of the island of Socotra near to the coast of Somalia. The EUNAVFOR warship FS Jacoubet and the helicopter TORO06 from SPS Canaria assisted the crew immediately after their release.
Demand for Offshore Vessels will Drive India’s Market
According to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, the shipbuilding and repair market in India is poised to pick up momentum with the increasing penetration of Indian…
UK Captain Awarded Merchant Navy Medal
In the UK, Captain Duncan Glass OBE, chairman of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, has been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for exceptional services to navigational safety and to seafarers’ charities. The award focuses on outstanding contribution made to merchant shipping, its operations, development, personnel, welfare or safety, or on those who have performed an act of courage afloat. Captain…
Carnival More than Doubles Quarterly Dividend
Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) announced an increase in its regular quarterly dividend to $0.25 per share from $0.10 per share. "Considering the current economic climate…
Members Sought for Towing Safety Advisory Committee
The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Applications should be submitted by March 7. 76 Fed. Reg. 3647 (January 20, 2011).
Research Vessel Chief Engineer Sentenced for Falsifying Records
In the district court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced Michael Murphy, a former chief engineer employed by Offshore Vessels, LLC (OSV), to two years probation.
Malaysia Keeps on Building
In spite of the global economic downturn of 2010, builders in Eastern Malaysia such as Shin Yang Shipyard maintained a steady output in 2010. As a member of the Shin Yang Group of Companies, the shipyard has extensive support and in some cases can market to its own sister companies. The anchor handling tug Danem 19 was launched from the Shin Yang Shipyard for the Shin Yang Shipping Corporation as one of several vessels added to the fleet in 2010.
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 21
1881- The light was first shown at Tillamook Lighthouse, located 19 miles south of the Columbia River entrance. 1897- Secretary of Treasury empowered to bestow life-saving medals.
This Day in U.S. Naval History – January 21
1954 - Launching of Nautilus, first nuclear submarine, at Groton, CT 1961 - USS George Washington completes first operational voyage of fleet ballistic missile submarine staying submerged 66 days