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Friday, April 20, 2018

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Flensburg Shipyard, Spirit of Tasmania Sign LOI

Photo:  Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

TT-Line Company and European shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) have signed a letter of intent (LoI) for the construction of two new ships to replace the current Spirit of Tasmania vessels. TT-Line chairman Mike Grainger said the companies would now commence contract negotiations and agree to final design specifications. “FSG was endorsed by the Board after the company short listed a number of international shipyards to build the new tailor-made vessels,” he said.

Two Ships Break Down Off Australia

Two ships have broken down in Australian waters on Wednesday, with the larger of the two being buffeted by treacherous conditions in Bass Strait. The 44,000 deadweight ton container ship Maersk Tacoma lost power in heavy seas in Bass Strait and a tow vessel was on its way. "The Maersk Tacoma is drifting in Bass Strait in atrocious weather," a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. The ship was about 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Wilson's Promontory in Victoria state and drifting towards the Kent group of islands in 55 knot winds and three to four meter seas, the spokesman said. The tow vessel would reach the ship later on Wednesday, he said. An official with Maersk Australia said the stricken vessel was carrying general container cargo.

Task Group Sails to Bass Strait

HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne, Newcastle, Parramatta, Gascoyne and Huon leave Sydney Harbour to take part in Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navy's largest maritime warfare activities. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Warships, submarines and aircraft from all over the country are converging on Bass Strait for the final week of Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare activities. HMAS Adelaide lead six ships south from Sydney, while HMAS Warramunga and two submarines sailed from Western Australia. HMAS Darwin is also en route after completing her disaster relief duties in New Zealand. Under the exercise scenario, the assets will be split into two forces on arrival and then commence a series of free play war games.

SolstadFarstad Wins Australian Contract

Image: Left - Far Senator, Right - Far Statesman. Photo: SolstadFarstad ASA

Norway’s offshore vessel provider SolstadFarstad has secured a contract with Australian energy company Cooper Energy to support drilling operations within the Bass Strait region of Australia. The contract consists of the  two anchor handling tug and supply vessels - Far Statesman and Far Senator - towing the Ocean Monarch from the North West Shelf of Australia to the Bass Strait, and then continuing with rig support duties for a firm period of 120 days, and two lots of 60-day optional periods. Both vessels are of a UT 731 CD design built in 2013.

MacGregor RoRo Cargo Access Package For Ferry

Largest LNG-powered ferry will feature flexible MacGregor RoRo cargo access package

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a contract from German shipbuilder Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) for a comprehensive RoRo cargo access equipment package. It is destined for an LNG-powered RoRo ferry that will be constructed at the yard for the Australian owner, SeaRoad; an option remains for one more vessel package. At 181m, it will be the largest RoRo ferry with LNG propulsion and the first vessel of this type built by FSG. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

Australian Government Urged to Safeguard Nation's Maritime Skills

Ship's officer: File photo

The Australian Shipowners Association (ASA) informs it has urged the Abbott Government to be careful in its consideration of the Productivity Commission Report into Tasmanian shipping and freight, as there are still concerns about any recommendation to deregulate access to coastal shipping services. ASA explain that the retention of the Tasmanian Freight and Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Schemes is a sensible decision that has been well received by ASA. But there…

Farstad Wins 5-Year Deals for PSVs

Farstad Shipping has been awarded two five year contracts by Esso Australia for the provision of two dynamic positioning platform supply vessels (Far Scandia and Lady Kari-Ann) to support Esso's production operations in Bass Strait, Australia. The contract turnover is approx. NOK350 million and is scheduled to start in mid January upon the delivery of the Far Scandia to Esso's Barry Beach Marine Terminal. Farstad Shipping has recently completed the previous support contract to Esso in Bass Strait (also five years duration) with the vessels Lady Elizabeth and Lady Kari-Ann. The latter vessel will remain on as part of the two vessel service whereas Lady Elizabeth is expected to rejoin the Australasian market in late January.

Spirit III Sale Reaps $27M

The TT-Line has sold the Spirit III for up to $20m more than it paid for the ship in 2003. But with cost of modification work done to make the ship suitable for Bass Strait, the TT-Line will probably only keep about $3.7m from the sale, The Mercury reported. It also has to pay its shipbroker more than $752,500 in commission. Mediterranean operator Corsica Ferries would pay $82.5m for the ship TT-Line bought for $62.2m. The identity of the buyer and the sale price had been kept confidential since a memorandum of understanding was signed last week. The axed Spirit III will sail from Sydney for Devonport for the last time on August 27. Corsica Ferries would collect the ferry from Devonport in early September. (Source: http://www.themercury.news.com.au)

Bass Strait Ferry Records 16 % Growth

Spirit of Tasmania. Photo: TT-Line Company Pty Ltd

Passenger numbers on the Bass Strait ferry service have grown by 16 per cent over the past two years, says Tasmania's Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding, says AAP. For the 2014-15 financial year 384,501 people travelled on the two Spirit of Tasmania vessels, up from some 330,000 in 2012-13. "I am delighted to report that the trend in passenger numbers on the Spirit of Tasmania has turned sharply upward," Hidding said. The remodeled and refurbished Spirit of Tasmania vessels…

German Shipbuilding: A Strong Vessel in a Heavy Sea

Launching of the W.B.Yeats at FSG. (Photo courtesy ©FSG)

While orders for new vessels have continued to decline worldwide in 2017, the situation in the German and European shipbuilding market is different, with an increase of incoming orders. As shipping experts state: “…this is not a trend but a snapshot, but it indicates a high competitiveness of the German shipbuilding industry, particularly on technologically advanced projects.”The global mood barometer of the maritime industry had reached its lowest point in 2016. From the abyss confidence and order have carefully increased…

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2012 Progress

Wild Oats Xl: Photo credit Rolex

Race leader 'Wild Oats XI' is set to launch into Bass Strait in  the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. There have been no retirements from the 76 boat racing fleet since it left Sydney on Boxing Day. Wild Oats XI's navigator, Adrienne Cahalan, reported that the crew had had a busy night, constantly changing sails as yesterday's east-south-easterly breeze moved around to the east and softened to 4-5 knots at around midnight. It gradually shifted around to the north-north east, and gradually built in the early hours of the morning.

Incat's Wave-Piercers Cross Atlantic at Record-Breaking Speeds

Incat Australia Pty. Ltd. is widely regarded as a premier builder of high-speed ferries, and that reputation was enhanced with the production of three wave-piercer catamarans, which hold the distinction of being the fastest ships ever to cross the Atlantic. The two latest, Catalonia and Cat-link V, are from Incat's line of 299 ft. wave-piercer class of fast-ferry vessels. They made their individual record-breaking journeys across the Atlantic within weeks of each other, at average speeds of 39 knots and 41 knots, respectively. The wave-piercer fast-ferry vessels have been launched from Incat docks in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, since September 1997.

The Cat Completes Record Canada-Australia Passage

A new record for the fastest sea passage between Canada’s East Coast and Australia has been established by the Incat’s The Cat. The Cat set out on her 10,294 nautical miles passage to Hobart, Tasmania from Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy on November 13. Just 15 days, two hours and 30 minutes later the craft was safely alongside at Incat’s shipyard in Hobart. The first leg of the voyage, a distance of 2,238 nautical miles averaging an impressive 37.5 knots, was completed on November 15 when The Cat arrived at the Panama Canal. The next stage of the voyage, 4,500 nautical miles at an average speed of 26.47 knots, was accomplished when the craft arrived at Tahiti on 23 November.

Proposed Shipping Legislation to Jeopardise$100-million Investment in Australia

Image: SeaRoad Holdings Pty Ltd

Australian-owned Bass Strait shipping operator SeaRoad Holdings has warned the Federal Government that its proposed Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill could jeopardise its $100-million investment on a second cargo vessel. A report in ABC quoted SeaRoad CEO Michael Easy, saying that the proposed legislation "is likely to severely impact our current ship replacement plans". The company said proposed changes to the legislation would only benefit foreign shipping interests. He said…

Australian LNG-fueled RO/RO Enters Service

Searoad Mersey II (Photo: SeaRoad Holdings)

A brand new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled roll-on-roll-off freight vessel, Searoad Mersey II, has commenced service from its home port Devonport, in northern Tasmania, Australia. Touted by Bass Strait shipping and logistics firm SeaRoad as the “cleanest, greenest freight ship ever to trade in Australian waters”, Searoad Mersey II is the first coastal ship in Australia to use LNG fuel-and-power technology and the first pure dry cargo ship in the world to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system.

Along For the Ride on Leeuwin

‘Ready to go’ Navy Cadets give the thumbs up as they depart HMAS Leeuwin. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Early in January HMAS Leeuwin set sail from Cairns to begin a transit to conduct military data gathering operations in the Bass Strait. A number of Australian Navy Cadets and family members for ship's company joined the ship for the first day of the deployment. The visitors were treated to a precise navigation pilotage from HMAS Cairns, through the Cairns channel and out to sea. Once the ship had made it to sea a man overboard drill was undertaken with the 'man' recovered by the ship’s seaboat…

Toll to Build Two New Ships

Photo:  Toll Holdings Limited

Toll Group announced it is investing $170 million to build two new ships to support trade between Victoria and Tasmania and to meet the demands of continued growth. The new, purpose-built ships, operating between Burnie, Tasmania and Melbourne, Victoria, will provide 40 per cent more freight capacity, more opportunities to transport refrigerated freight for Tasmania’s growing chilled export market and more flexibility for customer deliveries. The new vessels will be available in late 2018 and will replace Toll’s existing ships, continuing to operate overnight services, six days per week.

SolstadFarstad Wins New Contracts in Australia

Photo: SolstadFarstad

SolstadFarstad ASA (SOFF) has been awarded several new contracts for the provision of vessels within Australia. McDermott International Inc. affiliated company, MAPL have awarded the provision of a General Purpose Support Vessel, Far Stream, and pipe-haul PSV’s performing services for work Offshore Western Australia. The contract is due to commence during Q1/Q2 2018 and the combined vessels utilization is approx. 200 days. Cooper Energy has supplemented their earlier award of Far Saracen and Far Senator for their upcoming Bass Strait drilling campaign…

Designing A Record Breaker

Incat Australia Pty. Ltd. is widely regarded as a premier builder of high-speed ferries, and that reputation was enhanced with the production of three wave-piercer catamarans, which hold the distinction of being the fastest ships ever to cross the Atlantic. The two latest, the Catalonia and the Cat-link V are from Incat's line of 299 ft. (91 m) wave-piercer class of fast-ferry vessels. They made their individual record-breaking journeys across the Atlantic within weeks of each other, at the average speeds of 39 knots and 41 knots, respectively. The wave-piercer fast-ferry vessels have been launched from Incat docks in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, since September 1997.

Incat Crowther Utility Catamaran Limitless

Photos courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has launched the 95-ft Utility Catamaran Limitless. The vessel follows up on the highly successful Unlimited, a 78.7-ft utility catamaran designed by Incat Crowther for the same operator. Limitless is the 50th vessel built by Richardson Devine Marine and debuts the latest evolution of Incat Crowther’s hull form. This hull form recorded a top speed of 30.5 knots at sea trials. The new and improved hull means the larger, more capable vessel is able to travel three knots faster with a power increase of only 100 hp. Limitless is capable of carrying 60 tonnes of deadweight.

Task Group Training Begins Off NSW Coast

HMAS Parramatta (154) leaves Sydney Harbour to take part in Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navy's largest maritime warfare activities. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

One of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare exercises has begun in several locations off the New South Wales coast. Exercise OCEAN RAIDER involves 11 warships and submarines, aircraft and more than 1,500 personnel from Australia and the United States in a three week program of maritime activities. It is the first year Navy has staged OCEAN RAIDER, which along with OCEAN EXPLORER and OCEAN HORIZON are designed to train and certify the fleet in task-group-level joint sea combat.

Farstad Shipping Buys BASS Solution

BASS announced an agreement with Farstad Shipping ASA, a Norwegian shipping company globally operating Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV), to provide Farstad's entire fleet with BASS CrewNet and BASS PayNet solutions. BASS PayNet is designed to streamline and integrate the management of ship-to-shore crew payroll and shipboard accounting processes. BASS PayNet functionalities and business re-engineering enables users to capitalize on opportunities to reduce the workload on the vessel and on shore.

BASS To Demonstrate, Hold Seminar at Nor-Shipping

BASS will be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping 2003 from June 3-6, 2003, demonstrating the benefits of BASS Software at their stand located at D:4-26. During the same week, Barber International / BASS will be providing a seminar on the ISPS Code & Security on June 4 from 11 a.m. – 12 Noon, at Arena Hotel next, located next door to Nor-shipping. The Barber Security Seminar aims to present the implications of the new security policy, with sharing of experience of vessels calling US ports, assessments, planning and training, and crew related aspects on security and training. BASS is also giving a safety software presentation at this seminar. In addition, the BASS Europe User Conference 2003 is the company’s main event, which will be held from June 2-3, 2003 in Lysaker, Norway.

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