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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Set Sail

New Cruise Ship to Ply Yangtze River

According to a report on www.chinadaily.com.cn, a new cruise ship will soon set sail to the Yangtze River's Three Gorges Dam. The "Yangtze River No. 2," a 139-m, six-storey cruise ship, will embark on its maiden voyage from the southwestern Chongqing Municipality to the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei's Yichang City on August 29, www.chinadaily.com.cn reported, citing an official of Changjiang (Yangtze) Cruise Overseas Travel Co., the operator of the ship. Yangtze River No. 2, the third luxury cruise ship to set sail this year, is dubbed the largest river cruise ship. It can accommodate up to 452 people and has a swimming pool, a theater as well as luxury suites equivalent to a five-star hotel. Last year, a reported record of 310,000 people toured the Yangtze on luxury cruise ships, with projections of 450,000 to set sail this year. (Source: www.chinadaily.com.cn)

New NCL Ship Sets Sail in Hawaii

The AP has reported that NCL’s latest ship, Pride of Hawaii, has set sail in Hawaii. The Pride of Hawaii, the largest, most expensive U.S.-flagged luxury liner launched its scheduled service of weeklong voyages around the islands this week. This vessel completes Norwegian Cruise Lines' $1.4b plan to bring three new vessels to the islands. The new ship is the last in a series of U.S. cruise ships — joining the 1,900-passenger Pride of Aloha and the 2

Israel Warns it Will Stop Aid Flotilla

According to the Washington Post, the Israeli military served notice on June 16 that it will stop a flotilla of aid ships that is expected to set sail for the Gaza Strip this month and warned that if soldiers are met with violence, there could be casualties among the activists on board.   Source: The Washington Post  

Fairmount Sherpa Delivers Rig in Egypt

Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Sherpa has towed the semi-submersible drilling rig Noble Paul Romano from the Gulf of Mexico to Egypt. The tow was over a distance of close to 8,000 miles. When contracted by Noble Drilling the Fairmount Sherpa just has completed the installation of FPSO Skarv, offshore Norway. Fairmount Sherpa was mobilized first to Rotterdam for supplies and bunkers before it sailed to Jamaica for a rendez-vous with Noble Paul Romano

China's First Deepwater LNG Pipe-Layer Sets Sail

Photo credit China Rongsheng

China's first 3,000 m deepwater pipe laying crane vessel 'Hai Yang Shi You 201; set sail for South China Sea operations China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group has collaborated with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (“CNOOC”) to complete construction of a 3,000-meter deepwater pipe laying crane vessel (“DPV”) “HAI YANG SHI YOU 201.” The vessel has set sail for the “Liwan 3-1” gas field in the South China Sea today and will prepare for pipe

Greece: Migrant Boat Sailing Safely Despite Distress Signal

A boat carrying about 200 migrants which had sent out a distress signal off Crete on Monday was spotted safe and sailing to Italy, the Greek coast guard said.   Greece had ordered a Greek-flagged tanker and a Panama-flagged freighter earlier on Monday to search for the 25-metre long fishing vessel after it sent out a mayday signal about 80 nautical miles south of Crete and 15 nautical miles within Libyan waters.  

This Day in Naval History: July 14

On July 14, 1813, LT John M. Gamble became the first marine to command a ship in battle. Forty years later, Commodore Matthew Perry held his first meeting with the Japanese in Uraga, Japan, and would go on to establish economic tries between the US and Asia. In 1882, sailors and marines from four U.S. ships landed in Alexandria, Egypt, and helped restore order. U.S. warships bombarded Kamaishi, Japan, on this day in 1945; and in 1950, U.S

Pacific Naval Exercise Fleet 2,000-Personnel Strong Sets Sail

Operation Kakadu Warships: Photo credit RAN

Fifteen ships with about 2,000 Defence personnel from seven Pacific nations set sail from Darwin Harbour for the military training Exercise Kakadu. Maritime elements from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand will focus on aspects of maritime warfare common to all the forces involved.  Over the 19 days of exercising, from 29 August to 14 September, graduated training activities and weapons practices are being conducted

Shell's Olympus Platform Sails for GofM

Olympus TLP: Photo credit Shell

Shell’s massive Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) sets sail from Ingleside, Texas for a 425 mile trek to its final home on the Mars Field in the Gulf of Mexico. For 10 days, tugboats will pull the over 120,000 ton platform to location where work will begin to secure the platform in place.  The Olympus TLP will be moored to the seafloor by tendons grouped at each of the structure's corners and will float in approximately 3000 feet of water.

Peak Shipping Season Is Approaching For United Yacht Transport

Image: United Yacht Transport

 Spring is the busiest season for United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport. The international boat transporters are set to complete various shipments in the upcoming months.   In the beginning of the year, the company did an incredible job making a shipment in the Mediterranean region. As a result, they will now be setting sail on more voyages across the globe.   Some of the locations United Yacht Transport will be traveling to in the next few

Norwegian Authorities Investigation on HARRIER

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 The HARRIER is still under arrest in Norway after its owners failed to illegally set sail for the dangerous and dirty scrapping yards in Gadani, Pakistan, last February. The owners are now forced to find a safe and environmentally sound recycling destination.   In parallel, investigations are still ongoing following the charges pressed by the Norwegian environmental authorities against the owners of the TIDE CARRIER for having attempted to breach existing waste trade laws.

Neptune Shipyard Completes First AIDAnova Module

Photo provided by AIDA

 A module of the new cruise ship AIDAnova has been released into the water for the first time at the Neptun shipyard in Rostock, which belongs to the Meyer Group. This is the first of two floating parts, so-called Floating Engine Room Units (FERU), which was placed onto the Warnow river with a special lowering device.    The complex module, which stretches over 120 meters long, 42 meters wide and is three decks high

Cochin Shipyard Spreads its Wings

Nitin Gadkari, Indian  Shipping Minister. Photo: PIB

 After successfully completing its initial public offer (IPO) recently, India's Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has lined up expansion projects. The IPO's proceeds will be utilised to fund these expansions.   The PTI reported that CSL is now setting sail to newer shores as it looks to set up ship-building and repair facilities in Andaman and Nicobar, Gujarat, Kolkata and Mumbai.   The report quoted Nitin Gadkari, Indian  Shipping Minister

Safe and Green Cargo Shipping

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The collaboration between all stakeholders to ensure the safe and environmentally sound transport of goods was a key message delivered by  International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Jack Westwood Booth at the recent International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) 65th Anniversary Conference, Las Palmas, Gran Canarias, Spain (2 October).    Reflecting the World Maritime Day Theme – “Connecting, ships

Hapag-Lloyd Celebrates 125 Years in Montreal

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 125 years ago, the steamship “Cremon” set sail from Europe to Canada for the first time under the Hapag flag. Hapag-Lloyd will be celebrating this anniversary in Montreal today with the shipping company’s customers and other partners.   “As an important connection between Atlantic and Pacific, as well as between the United States, Asia and Europe, Canada has been and continues to be an important and special partner for us,” said Rolf Habben Jansen

North Korea Launches Ferry Service to Russia

Vladivostok, Russia (© vesta48 / Adobe Stock)

North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday to develop links and boost economic cooperation, the North's state media said, as it faces increasing isolation over its weapons development. Experts have said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, may be hoping closer ties with Russia would help if China, the North's main economic benefactor, steps up sanctions against it over its weapons programmes, in defiance of U.N. resolutions.

FPSO to Achieve First Oil from Libra Field in July

Photo: Teekay

Teekay informs that the FPSO Pioneiro de Libra arrived May 17 in Brazilian territorial waters.   The FPSO unit, owned through a 50/50 joint venture between Odebrecht Oil & Gas and Teekay Offshore, will be the first to produce oil in the Libra Block which covers more than 1,500 square kilometers in the Santos Basin and has estimated reserves of 8-12 billion barrels of recoverable oil. The first oil is scheduled for July.  

SES Supports Medical Ship Project in Peru

SES - Vine Trust new medical ship MV Forth Hope (Photo courtesy of SES)

In support of the Vine Trusts’ latest project in the Peruvian Amazon, Ships Electronic Services (SES) will provide and install a comprehensive navigation and communications system aboard the Trusts’ new medical ship MV Forth Hope.   Built by David Abels in Bristol the 35 meter vessel has been fitted out to the Trusts’ specification by Babcock International Group in Rosyth and will now be completed with a sophisticated electronics navigation and communication system

Majestic Fast Ferry Launches Between Singapore and Indonesia

Photo provided by Majestic Fast Ferry PR

 Majestic Fast Ferry’s newest ferry, the Majestic Dream, set sail on a maiden voyage from Singapore Cruise Centre’s (SCC) HarbourFront terminal.   The 11th vessel in Majestic Fast Ferry’s fleet will ply the operator’s existing routes between Singapore and the Riau Islands in Indonesia. It will serve passengers travelling to and from SCC’s HarbourFront and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore

Madrid Maersk Breaks Antwerp Record

Madrid Maersk. Photo: Antwerp Port Authority

 A new record was set in the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp Friday morning, June 9, when the Madrid Maersk moored there for the first time.    With a length of 399 metres and a capacity of 20,568 TEU it is the largest container ship ever to call at the port. The Madrid Maersk will remain in Antwerp until Sunday, June 11, 2017. During its stay 300 dockers will work non-stop to load and unload 7,000 containers.   

Interior Refit for Cunard's Queen Victoria

Queen Vic Exterior (Photo: Cunard)

McCue Crafted Fit secured a repeat order from Cunard to refit the shops and art gallery on board its luxury liner, Queen Victoria. This follows the remastering of aspects of the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) in Hamburg, Germany in 2016. The £34 million ($43 million) refit comprises of an upgraded and increased choice of staterooms, new Britannia Club dining, a broader and more distinct bar offering, a transformed sun deck, enhanced retail areas and relocated new larger art gallery.  

HMS Queen Elizabeth Set to Sail Home

(Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

The U.K. Royal Navy’s new 65,000-metric-ton aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest warship ever to be built in Britain, has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Scotland's Rosyth dockyard in June, and is now set to enter her new home in Portsmouth in around two weeks.   The warship will be the latest in a long line of famous Royal Navy ships to call Portsmouth home, though the exact date of the historic moment is to be determined depending on weather

Two AIDA Ships to Participate in German Maritime Festival

Photo: AIDA Cruises

For the fourth time in a row, AIDA Cruises has agreed to sponsor a ship for one of these major public attractions of one of Germany’s biggest maritime festivals. Thanks to the support of the cruise company based in Rostock, the venerable Russian vessel “Kruzenshtern” will be a guest at the 27th Hanse Sail from August 10–13, 2017. The “Kruzenshtern,” a four-masted barque, which sails under a Russian flag

MARAD Calls in NDRF Ships for Harvey Relief

Empire State VI (Photo: MARAD)

 The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) has activated two National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts in Texas.   The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College’s training ship, Empire State VI, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s  training ship, Kennedy

ABB to Power the ‘Anti-cruise Ship’

(Image: ABB)

ABB will provide the power and propulsion for the first in a series of vessels that mark Ritz Carlton’s first foray into the maritime sector. The 190-meter long vessel has been dubbed the “anti-cruise ship” because it can accommodate just 298 passengers and is aimed at providing a more bespoke service than larger cruise ships.   ABB’s solutions will optimize energy efficiency and allow the vessel to be remotely monitored from shore

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