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Friday, December 15, 2017

Gibraltar News

Gibdock Prepares Five-Star Floating Hotel

Photo: Gibdock

The 189-room five-star floating hotel Sunborn Gibraltar is due to welcome its first guests in February 2014, after Gibraltar shipyard Gibdock drew on its extensive cruise ship expertise to undertake hull blasting and coating work. Despite its role as a tourist and business travel destination Gibraltar does not have a five-star hotel. The 142m long, seven deck Sunborn Gibraltar resembles a sophisticated high-end cruise ship or mega yacht. However, while the vessel can move under its own power, it has been designed for sustained mooring alongside, and features its own heavy-duty mooring arms.

First of new VT Halmatic Nelson for Gibraltar Pilots

Following recent deliveries to the Spanish ports of La Coruna and Algeciras Gibraltar Pilots are the latest recipients of a new Optimised Nelson 35 Pilot Boat from VT Halmatic. A sister vessel for the same customer is in fit-out at VT Halmatic's Portchester Shipyard facility and another for Adour Pilots, France is being moulded. The Optimised 35 features a new resiliently mounted wheelhouse offering increased comfort and visibility for the two man crew and two pilots. Further benefits of the new isolated wheelhouse are the dramatically reduced levels of noise ( 75 db in the wheelhouse at maximum revs ) and vibration from the machinery space. Equipment levels have been significantly improved from that found on the previous Nelson 35 model.

Britain Delays Repairs On Crippled Sub

Britain's defense ministry agreed to delay repairs on a crippled nuclear submarine stranded in Gibraltar since May, handing at least a temporary victory to environmentalists and the Gibraltar government. The ministry had planned to begin work on HMS Tireless on Aug. 21 despite local opposition, but officials said repairs had been delayed so that local officials could assess any safety risks. The Gibraltar government opposes any repairs being started until a panel of experts has reviewed the military's safety report. Environmentalists claim the Tireless's shut-down nuclear reactor poses a health hazard. The ministry previously refused to show the sensitive report to the independent Gibraltarian panel.

ExxonMobil returns to Gibraltar market

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) has re-entered the Gibraltar bunker supply market, after an absence of two years. EMMF has secured availability of a full range of products, including fuel oil, diesel and gas oil, in Gibraltar. Iain White, business development manager at EMMF, says, " Gibraltar is a strategically important center for the supply of marine bunkers. We are delighted to have re-established our presence in what is a vital part of the Mediterranean bunker supply chain, and look forward to welcoming both old and new customers to our facilities there."

Port of Gibraltar Joins Green Award Scheme

The Port of Gibraltar announced its participation in the Green Award scheme at an official ceremony on March 27, 2013. The Port will award sustainable ships certified by Green Award with a 5% reduction in tonnage dues starting April 1. In keeping with their mission to ensure navigational safety and pollution control, the Port of Gibraltar have decided to provide a 5% reduction in tonnage dues for all Green Award certified vessels entering BGTW (British Gibraltar Territorial Waters) and calling at the Gibraltar Port. Green Award’s managing director Mr.

IBIA to Hold Regional Forum in Gibraltar

The Port of Gibraltar will showcase its bunkering and marine services at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Regional Forum, February 24-27. The forum, which takes place at Gibraltar’s Sunborn Hotel, will include a workshop on bunkering; a session focusing on mega yacht and leisure services; an overview of bunkering in the Mediterranean as well as updates on IMO’s steps to improve fuel quality, IBIA’s port charter initiative, visits to bunkering barges and a reception at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Speakers include representatives from Peninsular Petroleum, World Fuel Services, Intertanko, Vopak, Vemaoil and Aegean.

Moore Stephens to Share Marketing Expertise In Gibraltar

Moore Stephens Isle of Man, providers of multi-sector accountancy, consultancy and wealth management services has been invited to speak at the Gibraltar Superyacht Forum 2013 on Thursday, June 6. Tim Shallcross, marketing supervisor, will be one of the marketing experts on the panel providing insight into brand and image as they apply to the superyacht industry. In its second year, Gibraltar Superyacht Forum enables delegates to discuss and analyze the state of the industry in panel debates with a focus on marketing and branding, legal and fiscal issues, brokerage and impact of superyachts in transit through the Strait of Gibraltar. To register, please go to www.registerayacht.com and click on the Gibraltar Superyacht Forum to fill out a registration form.  

Gibdock Opens Doors to Royal Visitor

As part of a three day Royal tour of Gibraltar in June, HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex set time aside to inspect work under way at Gibdock, the territory’s strategically located repair and conversion yard. Accompanied by Gibraltar Governor, Sir Adrian Johns and Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, the Earl was welcomed by the Minister for the Port, Neil Costa, Gibdock Chief Executive, Joe Corvelli, Commercial Director, Richard Beards, Finance Director, Paul Singleton, and Production Director, John Taylor.

CORY BROTHERS BEGINS AGENCY OPERATIONS IN GIBRALTAR

Cory Brothers Shipping Agency is pleased to announce it is now able to offer Shipping Agency services in Gibraltar in conjunction with its partner, the Gibunco Ship Agency, part of the Gibunco Group. Cory Brothers, together with Gibunco Ship Agency, brings a wealth of experience to Gibraltar in Port Agency, Bunker Agency, STS Operations and Logistical solutions. Operating in the Port of Gibraltar adds strategically to Cory Brothers continuing global expansion, complimenting the companies’ Singapore office and Far Eastern activities as well as its presence in Europe and South America.

New Marine Service Vessel from Alnmaritec

Alnmaritec, specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, UK, recently announced the launch of a new offshore marine service vessel for operation in and around the busy port of Gibraltar. The MHB Swordfish has been built for the Gibraltar based company MH Bland and is a customised version of the popular Wave Provider class of vessels from Alnmaritec. She is the fourth vessel Alnmaritec has built over recent years for marine servicing work in Gibraltar. MHB Swordfish is an aluminium asymmetric catamaran 49 ft long and 16.5 ft wide with a displacement of around 17 tonnes.

UK, Spain Dispute 'Provocative' Gibraltar Naval Activity

The British government said on Thursday it had summoned Spain's ambassador over what it described as "provocative" activity by the Spanish navy near the disputed territory of Gibraltar. Britain, which runs the rocky outcrop as a British Overseas Territory, said a Spanish Navy vessel had sought to redirect two commercial vessels heading to and from the Port of Gibraltar on Wednesday because they were in Spanish waters. Britain disputed that, saying the vessels were in international waters. "This represents a cynical attempt by the Spanish government to disrupt Gibraltar's economy, in contravention of international law," said David Lidington, Britain's minister for Europe. "I condemn this provocative activity," he said, warning Spain to not let it happen again.

HMS Ambush Docks in Gibraltar

Pic: Royal Navy

Navy nuclear submarine HMS Ambush yesterday steamed to Gibraltar – in a massive show of force against Spain. The Spanish – emboldened by Britain’s Brexit vote – demanded joint sovereignty over The Rock on the same day the shock results were announced. But the official reason given by military sources was that it was 'part of her scheduled operational tasking. Earlier this week , it was announced that the UK's submarine parachute assistance group would be in Gibraltar next week as part of ongoing mandatory training.

Oceans HQ, Gibraltar Registry, Partner on STCW Requirements

André Tanguy (Photo: Oceans HQ)

Maritime software solutions provider Oceans HQ Ltd has announced a partnership with the Gibraltar Ship Registry (part of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration), ahead of new STCW requirements for online access to seafarer certification data which come into force in 2017. The project, which began in September 2014, sees Oceans HQ working directly with the Gibraltar Maritime Administration to implement the Vessel HQ and Seafarer HQ platforms, enabling ship registries to keep accurate…

TITAN Salvage Cuts & Lifts the New Flame

TITAN Salvage successfully cut the stern section and engine room from the No. 5 cargo hold of the sunken freighter New Flame, then lifted the 3,000-ton section from the seabed off Europa Point and transported it to the Port of Gibraltar, marking a major milestone in what is believed to be the largest wreck removal operation being undertaken in the world today. "All of us associated with the project were elated with results of this major initiative," said Jim Conroy, TITAN's Salvage Master on the New Flame project.

Gibdock Tackles Sixth Special Survey on Comanav Ferry

Gibdock has underlined its strategic location for regional ferry operators following a significant program of work on the ferry Ibn Batouta, for Moroccan operator Comanav. Docked in early September for a 25 day stay at the Gibraltar ship repair and conversion yard, work included the 426.5-ft long ro-pax vessel’s sixth special survey. Built originally in 1981 by Harland & Wolff for UK operator Sealink, as St Christopher, Ibn Batouta has space for 1,350 passengers as well as 850 lane meters for cars and road haulage vehicles. She is now deployed on Comanav’s regular passenger and car service between Tangiers, Morocco and Algeciras, Spain.

Blyth Workcat Begins Dolphin Viewing Trips off Gibaltar

Cruise ship passengers and tourists stopping in Gibraltar now have the opportunity to view the region’s dolphins and marine life from the comfort of a new Blyth Workcat. The 14-meter GRP-hulled boat has been acquired by Dive Charters Ltd. who own and operate Dolphin Adventure one of Europe’s largest dolphin watching organizations. The new Dolphin Adverturer II which can carry up to 70 passengers, has joined her sister ship Dolphin Adventurer which is a 50 seat 12-meter Blyth Workcat.

Titan Salvage Caps Busy First Quarter

With the arrival of calmer springtime weather, Titan Salvage has resumed wreck removal operations in Gibraltar on the New Flame following a busy first quarter in which the company responded to eight salvage opportunities. Among them were the re-floating of the bulk carrier Fedra's forward section in Gibraltar, the re-floating of a general cargo vessel grounded on environmentally-sensitive coral reefs of southern Belize; and the safe delivery of a tank ship involved in a collision and fire off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Omega Navigation Rescues Man at Sea

Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc. said that on January 3, 2008, the crew of its product tanker M/V Omega Lady Sarah rescued an American citizen whose yacht sank off the coast of the Bahamas. The M/V Omega Lady Sarah was on a laden voyage from New Orleans to Gibraltar when its crew members intercepted, off the coast of the Bahamas, a distress call from the sailing yacht, Alchemy. The vessel diverted from its course and with seas swelling to approximately 11.5 feet recovered the 32 year old American citizen shortly before his yacht sank. The crew members administered first aid and provided warm clothing, food and water to the survivor, who according to his statement had spent 42 days at sea the last 4 of which without food.

TITAN Salvage Lighters the New Flame

With personnel working around the clock for the past 10 days, the TITAN Salvage team in Gibraltar managed to reduce the weight of the New Flame's stern section by 300 tons to about 2,660 tons, thereby enabling the crane barge Rambiz to lift the piece free from the water and place it aboard the barge Giant III for onward transport to a scrapping facility. The achievement is the latest in a series of major milestones, in what is believed to be the largest wreck removal operation being undertaken in the world today.

Gibraltar Invokes MLC to Get Abandoned Seafarers Home

Gibraltar has used the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) – which lays down minimum standards for seafarers – to pay for the repatriation of crews left stranded after shipping contracts were cancelled. The 40 crew members on the Maersk Valletta, Maersk Vigo and Maersk Vancouver had been left stranded off Germany since July after the cancellation of ship management contracts with Morocco’s International Maritime Transport Corporation. Gibraltar, the flag state for the vessels, was fulfilling its duties under the MLC, which came into force on 20 August. IMTC has pledged to pay the outstanding salaries owed to the seafarers, who come from the Philippines, Russia and Ukraine.

Shipping Company Lays-off Seafarers, Re-flags Ships

Rederi AB TransAtlantic announces cost-cutting plan to turn around last quarter's financial loss As part of this and in agreement with the Maritime Officers' Association, TransAtlantic is to lay off 25 Swedish seafarers and also reflags four ships to Gibraltar and the Netherlands. Vessels affected are TransFighter and TransFalcon to Gibraltar and TransPine and TransWood to the Netherlands. The reflagging is planned to take place during Autumn 2012. Rederi AB TransAtlantic is a leading Swedish shipping company with headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden and additional offices in Europe. The company is organized into two business areas: Industrial Shipping and Viking Supply Ships. The company has about 900 employees and the turnover in 2011 was MSEK 2,989.  

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Handles Seatrade’s 200th Port Call

From left to right: Christopher Lugnani, Wilhelmsen Ships Service Senior Ships Coordinator,Portia Walton, Bunker Surveyor, Port Auxiliary Services, Capt Vyodor Popov of the River Phoenix, Victor Calderon, Dock Controller, Gibraltar Port Authority. Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service was acting as ships agents for the MV 'River Phoenix when she docked in Gibraltar last month, the 200th vessel owned by Seatrade to do so this year. Wilhelmsen Ships Service, which is Seatrade’s exclusive agent in Gibraltar, was invited to join in the celebrations to greet the River Phoenix. As the ship arrived, it was greeted with fire-tugs spraying water and a small flotilla of vessels. Wilhelmsen Ships Service exchanged commemoration gifts with the captain.

Austal Opens European Service Hub

Photo courtesy Austal

Austal announced an expansion of its European service presence with the establishment of a maintenance hub on the Strait of Gibraltar. Based in Southern Spain and Northern Morocco, the new operations will support the extensive fleet of Austal and non-Austal high speed craft currently operating on the Strait of Gibraltar. The new operations will support the ports of Algeciras and Tarifa in Spain, and Tanger Ville and Tanger Med in Morocco, and will be staffed by members of Austal’s existing maintenance team as well as local personnel.

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