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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


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)


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


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


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


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


Oil Spilled After U.S. Train Derailment

File Image: A typical Crude Oil train in the United states makes its way south along inalnd waterways. CREDIT: Dagmar Etkin

Canadian National Railway Co said about 20,000 gallons of oil was released following a freight train derailment at Plainfield, the U.S. state of Illinois on Friday, according to a filing with state pollution regulators.   The cause of the derailment was unknown


Maersk Says It's Been Cyber Attacked

File photo: Maersk Line

Shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said the Petya cyber attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world on Tuesday.   The attack came as computer servers across Europe and in India were hit by a major ransomware


Mythbusters Star Visits The Switch

Mythbusters co-star Jamie Hyneman recently visited The Switch’s factory in Finland (Photo: The Switch)

Jamie Hyneman, best known as a co-host on Mythbusters, was recently in Finland to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT).    While in Lappeenranta, Hyneman also had an opportunity to visit several of the region’s top technology companies


Oil Spill Training Exercise in West Africa

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A tanker collides with an unknown ship off the Ivorian coast, causing a major oil spill. This was the scenario of an oil spill training exercise that took place in Abidjan and Assinie, Côte d’Ivoire (8-9 June).   


Former MSC Contractor Charged with Bribery, Fraud

A former contractor at the Military Sealift Command (MSC) was indicted for his role in a bribery and fraud conspiracy from approximately 1999 to 2014, in which he allegedly received almost $3 million dollars in bribes. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A


Fatal Bulk Carrier Explosion off Cape Cod

An explosion aboard Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Tamar has killed one crewmember and left three others severely injured roughly 1,300 miles offshore Cape Cod, Mass.   At approximately 7 a.m., Tamar’s captain contacted watchstanders at the U.S


Crude Spill Hits PDVSA's Jose Terminal

Operations at Venezuela's main oil-exporting port Jose were hit by a crude oil spill on Tuesday, union sources and shipping agents told Reuters.   A break in a pipeline that runs from the oil terminal to a single buoy mooring (SBM) facility near Venezuela's eastern coast would have produced


CMA CGM Fidelio: Fire on Board

Photo: CMA CGM

 The container ship CMA CGM Fidelio caught fire on 15 nautical miles off Puerto de San Miguel (Ibiza), Spain.   The vessel was en route from Valencia to Malta, when flames erupted in the superstructure.    The Spanish Navy and Maritime Rescue attended the container ship


$400 bln of unassessed climate risk in shipping

Revealed preferences for energy efficiency in the shipping markets Photo Carbon War Room

Today, Carbon War Room (CWR) and UMAS released research that suggests climate transition pathways pose risks to the banks that hold $400 billion of global shipping debt. With the onset of climate policies as soon as 2023, there will be a need for significant capital investment to keep vessels


Boat Capsizes off Tanzania, Kills at Least 12

At least 12 people drowned when a boat capsized near a town on Tanzania's coast, while at least 27 others were rescued, a senior police official said on Tuesday. The boat capsized in the early hours of the morning with an unknown number of passengers onboard


EXMAR, VOPAK Ink FSRU Business Deal

Photo Exmar

Following the announcement on 2 September 2016 that EXMAR and Vopak had started exploratory discussions on floating LNG storage and regasification, an important milestone has been reached being the signing of an agreement on the acquisition of the FSRU business of EXMAR by Vopak and the possible


Maritime Museum Rotterdam Launches Offshore Experience

Opening of Offshore Experience by Marjan van Loon, President-Director of Shell Netherlands

Marjan van Loon, President-Director of Shell Netherlands, officially opened the Offshore Experience exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam on Friday, 16 December. Over fifty leading companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sector are among those who have helped fund the


Video: US Navy Tests Autonomous Swarmboats

An unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boat operates autonomously during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. During the demonstration four boats, using an ONR-sponsored system called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command Sensing), operated autonomously during various scenarios designed to identify, trail or track a target of interest. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

The U.S. Navy is examining new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions, putting autonomous unmanned vessels to the test in a recent demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay.   Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), together with partners from industry


GAC SMHI Weather Solutions for Safer, Efficient Shipping

Fleetweb overview Image GAC

Forecasts and route planning tools from GAC-SMHI Weather Solutions are playing a key role in a European Union initiative to promote safer and more efficient shipping. The Sea Traffic Management (STM) Validation Project, developed by a European Consortium led by the Swedish Maritime


Australian and Canadian Ships Tested

Members of HMAS Darwins boarding party return via sea boat from boarding drills aboard HMCS Vancouver during passage from Brisbane to Auckland for the Royal New Zealand Navys 75th Anniversary International Naval Review. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Darwin used a trans-Tasman voyage to brush up on her boarding drills with friends from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver.   The boarding practise took place during passage to Auckland for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th Anniversary International Naval






 
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