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Ten Ships Detained in the UK in May

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that ten foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during May 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During May, there were four new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports.  Six vessels remained under detention from previous months. Five vessels were released during May.  A total of five vessels remain under detention at the end of May. 1. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson's Inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (2009/16/EC as amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month. 2. The UK is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as Thetis. This allows the ships of flags with poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection. 3. Inspections of foreign flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. When a ship is found to be not in compliance with applicable convention requirements, a deficiency may be raised. If the deficiency is so serious that it has to be rectified before departure, then the ship may be detained.


Indian Coast Guard Launches New Patrol Vessel

The Indian Coast Guard has launched a new patrol vessel named after Meera Ben, a foreigner who voluntarily adopted a life dedicated to Gandhian values. The vessel, to be stationed at Gujarat's Okha Port, will enhance the Coast Guard's efficiency in combating piracy, apprehending drug traffickers and preventing infiltration of insurgents, district operations and plans officer B K Singh said here today. With the new addition, the Coast Guard's fleet in Gujarat is now 17 ships and a craft


RRS Boaty McBoatface: Name Sought for New UK Polar Ship

Image: British Antarctic Survey

 The public are being asked to name the UK’s new polar research ship.  The current front-runner for the vessel's name is already gathering a lot of attention: RRS Boaty McBoatface.   An open vote has been set up to name the next Royal Research Ship (RRS), with the public allowed to come up and vote for new names of the vessel.   The £200m, 15,000-tonne, 128m-long vessel is being built at Cammell Laird on Merseyside


Philippine Island Ferry Carrying Students Capsizes

Two people died and six were missing after a Philippine island ferry carrying students to a summer camp capsized in turbulent waters near central Romblon Island, the coastguard said on Tuesday. Twenty-eight of the boat's passengers and crew were rescued after the vessel named Sea Gold sank on Monday night. One of those who died was a crewman of a passing South Korean-registered ship, MV Sunny Road, who hit his head against his ship's whaleboat while trying to rescue children from the


NASSCO Christens Yard Tug Blue Fin

(Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO has taken delivery of a new tug, Blue Fin, to support its waterfront activities. The new tug, built by Marine Group Boat Works in National City, Calif., was christened July 8 at a ceremony at NASSCO’s shipyard in Barrio Logan in San Diego. Bonnie Fanelli, the wife of 43-year NASSCO employee and assistant dockmaster Tom Fanelli, christened the tug. The name Blue Fin was selected for the new tug after NASSCO invited local K-8 students to


Damen Delivers Tug for Scrabster Harbor

Stan Tug 1606, Highlanders

Scrabster Harbor Trust (UK) has taken delivery of a new harbor tug / workboat, a Damen Stan Tug 1606. The vessel, named Highlanders, will replace itscurrent workboat which was built in 1976. The new tug will undertake pilotage, towing, general harbour and maintenance duties. Scrabster Harbour in northern Scotland is attracting much larger vessels and cargoes in need of larger tugs for their assistance. The steel hulled, twin screw vessel has a 16 ton bollard pull


Vale VLOC Docks in Japan for First Time

'Valemax' iron ore carrier 'Berge Aconcagua' docks in Japan's Oita Port, a first for this type of ship According to '4-Traders', Brazilian mining company Vale SA informed that its Valemax iron ore vessel--one of seven large iron ore carriers currently operated by Vale--docked in Japan for the first time. The vessel, named the Berge Aconcagua, transported ore to Oita port for Nippon Steel Corporation (NSC). Valemax vessels can carry 400,000 metric tons of iron ore


Wärtsilä Selected Best Supplier by CNOOC

Wärtsilä received an award for supplier excellence from CNOOC, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation. After internal evaluation by project management teams, 28 Chinese and international vendors participating in nine of CNOOC's major projects were honored. Wärtsilä is involved in four of these projects. This was the first time that CNOOC had arranged such an event to recognize its best suppliers, and the awards were presented at a ceremony held in Beijing


Surveillance Vessel Named at Vard

New (left, background) and old (right) “Marjata” at Vard Langsten. (Photo Norwegian Armed Forces)

  Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, stated that the surveillance vessel “Marjata” was named at Vard Langsten by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Mrs. Erna Solberg. The vessel was contracted by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation in 2011 and will be operated by the Norwegian Intelligence Service. It is especially equipped for surveillance activity in the Barents Sea and


James Fisher Wind Farm Support Vessel Named

Chris Compton, Jim Hey, Adrian Went, Maria McCaffery, Sue Blacthford and Arthur Todd (Photo: JFMS)

James Fisher Marine Services’s (JFMS) multipurpose wind farm support vessel, Dart Fisher, has been formally named by the vessel’s Godmother Maria McCaffery MBE, CEO of RenewableUK at a dedication service held at Griffon Hoverwork, Southampton.   The service, attended by customers, partners and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton, Councilor Sue Blatchford was delivered by Mission to Seafarers chaplain John Attenborough and marks the completion of significant


China’s Largest Box Ships Powered by ABB Turbochargers

Photo: ABB Turbochargers

ABB turbochargers are powering the main engines and auxiliary engines of the largest containership ever built in China, a 20,000 TEU vessel named COSCO Shipping Taurus, launched in June 2017.  This first ship was built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co


Hatenboer-Water Wins Order for Saga Newbuilds

(Image: Saga Cruises)

Netherlands based Hatenboer-Water said it will supply water treatment equipment for two new cruise vessels currently under construction for Saga Cruises at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.   The equipment, which conditions fresh water derived from bunkering in the harbor or seawater


Recent Vessel Sales: May 2017

Vessel sales for May 2017 (as of June 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Year Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 5/22 - GLOBAL PEACE - 31,875 - 11 - (6) - $10.1 5/6 - CS OCEAN - 32,269 - 08 - (9) - $8.5


Marlink Upgrades SkyFile Messaging Portfolio

Marlink has launched SkyFile Mail 10.1, the latest addition to its SkyFile messaging portfolio used by thousands of vessels worldwide. SkyFile Mail 10.1 is designed to improve management of SkyFile Mail traffic and user accounts through automatic detection and profile automation


New ASD Tug for Saam Smit in Panama

Damen ASD Tug 2411 SST Portobelo (Photo: Damen)

Saam Smit Towage has ordered a new ASD (Azimuth Stern Drive) 2411 tug from Damen Shipyards, for operations in the port of Colón, Panama. Built for stock at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam, it was subsequently transported to the Netherlands for finishing


Recent Vessel Sales: April 2017

Vessel sales for April 2017 (as of May 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Year Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 4/29 - AMIRA NADIA - 4,596 - 97 - (20) - $3.700


AlphaBridge Consoles Delivered to Egbert Wagenborg

Wagenborg bridge (Photo: Alphatron Marine)

Alphatron Marine has announced to have delivered a state-of-the-art premium design AlphaBridge to the vessel Egbert Wagenborg, a modern, multi-purpose open-top ice strengthened vessel, named after the company’s founder. The ergonomically designed AlphaBridge with four 46-inch wide


New Dredger Launched for Gippsland Ports

Photo: Damen

The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 650 ordered by Gippsland Ports of Victoria, Australia, in December 2015 has recently been launched at Damen Yichang Shipyard in China. The vessel, named Tommy Norton, is now alongside the yard’s new quay undergoing final commissioning


Vessel Collision in Myanmar: 20 Die, 40 Survive

Photo taken from a YouTube Video by Myanmar Travel Information

 A total of 40 passengers have been rescued after two vessels collided in Pathein, southwestern Myanmar's Ayeyawaddy region Friday night, in which 20 others have been confirmed killed, Xinhua reported quoting Pathein Water Transport Police.   


Combination Tug & Dive Support for Peruvian Navy

Photo: Cummins

The Peruvian Navy has recently taken delivery of a well-equipped dive support vessel (DSV) from the shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina S.A. (SIMA). Designed in-house by the shipyard, the new 4400 HP vessel has significant towing capabilities and can act as a salvage tug.


Recent Vessel Sales: February 2017

Vessel sales for February 2017 (as of March 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Year Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 2/10 - POAVOSA CHAMPION - 2,940 - 96 - (21) - $2.7


Damen Delivers Tug to Foyle Port

Strathfoyle (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered an ASD 2310 Tug to Foyle Port. The official handover of the new vessel – named Strathfoyle – took place at a short ceremony attended by the port’s staff, clients and stakeholders. Taking the position as most powerful tug at the port


Another Tug for Rimorchiatori Riuniti

Photo: Damen

Rimorchiatori Riuniti has taken delivery of a Damen ASD 2913. The new vessel – named Germania – was handed over to the Italian tug operator last week from Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. The delivery follows Rimorchiatori Riuniti’s order for a second


Harley Marine Names Two ATBs

Harley Marine Services has named two articulated tug and barge (ATB) units currently under construction at Gunderson Marine (barges) and Conrad Shipyard (tugs), respectively. The vessels include two 116 foot tugs and two 80,000 barrel barges.  


Five Die at Gadani Shipbreaking Yard

Łukasz Wypior - Gadani Shipbreaking yard in Pakistan, 2016 Photo NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Five shipbreaking workers were killed and one injured in a fire that took place in the shipbreaking yards of Gadani, Pakistan, Monday morning. The deadly fire broke out on board of the beached vessel GAZ FOUNTAIN (IMO 8406054). The LPG tanker’s last beneficial owner was the Greek shipping






 
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