Keppel FELS to Deliver Semisubmersible Rigs
Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) is on track to deliver ENSCO 8504, the fifth of seven ENSCO 8500 Series® ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs being built exclusively for Ensco plc (NYSE: ESV). Keppel FELS expects to deliver the rig on time, within budget and with no lost time incidents. ENSCO 8504 has been contracted to TOTAL E&P Deep Offshore Borneo B.V. for deployment in Brunei. The rig was named at Keppel FELS today by Lady Sponsor, Mrs. Maika Grosjean, in the presence of Guest-of-Honour, Mr Teo Ser Luck, Singapore's Minister of State for Trade and Industry. Designed to address some of the most demanding offshore drilling requirements at water depths up to 8…
Riverboat Casino Ratings Bouyed by Regulations, Demand, Moody's Says
The operators of many of the riverboat casinos along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers are likely to enjoy smooth sailing as growing demand, limited new supply, and relaxed regulations support stronger operating results and possibly rating upgrades, Moody's Investors Service reports. The rating agency also cautions, however, looser gaming restrictions in one jurisdiction or the strengthening of one casino's position through the addition of new amenities could put pressure on neighboring operations. "Overall, our rating outlook is positive and we expect more upgrades than downgrades of companies in this industry over the next 6-18 months," says Moody's VP/Senior Analyst Todd Gray.
Riverboat Casino Ratings Buoyed by Regulations, Demand
The operators of many of the riverboat casinos along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers are likely to enjoy smooth sailing as growing demand, limited new supply, and relaxed regulations support stronger operating results and possibly rating upgrades, Moody's Investors Service reports. The rating agency also cautions, however, looser gaming restrictions in one jurisdiction or the strengthening of one casino's position through the addition of new amenities could put pressure on neighboring operations. "Overall, our rating outlook is positive and we expect more upgrades than downgrades of companies in this industry over the next 6-18 months," says Moody's VP/senior analyst Todd Gray.
Oman Drydocks Handls 300th Vessel
The Oman Drydock Company has celebrated the handing over of the 300th vessel since starting its operations in 2011, under the auspices of Said bin Hamdoon al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Ports and Marine Affairs. The vessel, Olympic Luck, which was delivered yesterday (Jan 21) was converted from a multipurpose vessel to an oil tanker, a milestone achievement and an important project for Oman Drydock Company, said a statement from the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Ports and Marine Affairs.
Fairmount Delivers Cargo Barge to Allseas
Large cargo barge Iron Lady 1 has been delivered to Allseas in Rotterdam by oceangoing tug Fairmount Alpine. Barge Iron Lady 1, which measures 200 meters long and 58 meters wide, was delivered after a voyage of 14,800 nautical miles at an average speed of 6.5 knots. Fairmount Alpine departed from Shanghai mid-August with Iron Lady 1 on tow and sailed via Cape of Good Hope to Rotterdam. During the voyage, bunkers were taken at Singapore, Mauritius and along the African coast.
Attempted hijacking of MV Lady Juliet
On 16 November in the Gulf of Aden, the Ukrainian Cargo Ship MV Lady Juliet (flagged St Vincent & The Grenadines) heading West was attacked by pirates firing Kalashnikovs and rocket propelled grenades. The attack commenced when two small skiffs detached from a mother ship and made a fast approach towards the MV Lady Juliet not realizing that a Vessel Protection Detachment was onboard. The VPD returned fire and the skiffs broke off their attack. There are no casualties onboard the MV Lady Juliet and it is not confirmed if any of the attacking pirates were injured.
Skipperliner Builds Second 124-ft. Motoryacht
SkipperLiner announced that Lady Romantica, a 124 x 25.5-ft. motoryacht, is under construction at the La Crosse, Wis., shipyard for Pintail Point Yacht Charters of Baltimore, Md. The 149-passenger vessel is destined for Baltimore's Inner Harbor and will offer dinner cruises, weddings, and private event charters. The eight month project began in May of this year. Lady Romantica will be the second 124-ft. motor yacht built by SkipperLiner this year. She is a sister vessel to Romantica III, which delivered to New York City in May. Lady Romantica joins two other SkipperLiner's in the Pintail fleet - the 91-ft. Lady Pintail and the 78-ft. Pintail Princess, both 149-passenger vessels. The interior features hand crafted cherry wood, custom granite counter tops, and fine leather furniture.
Failure to Manage Risk Posing Larger Threat to Shipping
Levels of sound enterprise and business risk management are currently satisfactory in the shipping industry, a new survey from Moore Stephens has revealed. But the international accountant and shipping adviser warns that companies that fail to embed effective risk management procedures into their daily activities are likely to pay a high price in today’s tightly regulated and highly competitive industry. The inaugural Moore Stephens Shipping Risk Survey, which will be updated annually, sought to gauge how effectively enterprise and business risks are being managed in the shipping industry, and to analyze how key risks are being handled by companies.
Mega Yacht Returns to Blohm + Voss
The LADY MOURA returned to Blohm + Voss on October 8 for maintenance and conservation work. The 344-ft. (105 m) long white mega yacht will undergo a facelift in its roofed-over floating dock. The LADY MOURA, built at Blohm + Voss in 1990, will be returning to her yard for the third time, following visits in 1992 and 1997. The LADY MOURA has sufficient tank capacity to undertake transatlantic voyages. The crew quarters, fitted to top hotel standard, can accommodate as many as 61 crew members. And, of course, a high-tech yacht of this type has an exquisitely designed owner and guest area.
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.
NTSB Issues Accident Report for 2004 Water Taxi Incident
On March 6, 2004, the small passenger vessel Lady D, a pontoon water taxi with 2 crewmembers and 23 passengers on board, was en route from Fort McHenry to Fells Point, Maryland, when it encountered a rapidly developing storm with high winds. The pontoon vessel began to roll in the waves and eventually continued over onto its starboard side and capsized. Personnel from the Naval Reserve Center Baltimore, a Navy training installation adjacent to Fort McHenry, witnessed the capsizing, called 911 to report the accident, and then launched a vessel to the scene to render assistance. Responders were able to rescue or recover all but 3 occupants of the Lady D within an hour of the accident. The bodies of the remaining victims were recovered from the waterway on March 14 and 15.
Leif Höegh & Co. Concludes Exit From Reefers
Leif Höegh & Co. Navigation Inc. to Frigo Navigation Ltd. on private terms. Navigation Inc. Korcula. cbft. Transfer of the shares in Lady Navigation Inc. segment. J.Lauritzen in 2000. reefers that continued to be commercially operated by LauritzenCool. owners during the third quarter. exit. Our strategy is to focus on Ro/Ro and LNG business.
Burger Boat Delivers Chicago Passenger Vessel
Burger Boat Company announced the delivery of a 98-foot steel passenger vessel to Chicago's First Lady Cruises in Chicago. The vessel, Chicago’s Classic Lady, was designed by Seacraft Design, LLC of Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. Chicago’s Classic Lady departed the Burger shipyard Saturday afternoon, May 10, 2014, on her delivery voyage to the Chicago waterfront, arriving early the next morning. Built by Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wisc., Chicago’s Classic Lady is powered by two Caterpillar C12 main engines and has two Caterpillar C4.4 generators.
Kotug Aids Allseas in Topsides Transport
Kotug International’s offshore division has assisted Allseas with the transfer and transport of Shell’s Brent Delta topsides after the record-setting removal of the structure by Pioneering Spirit. Kotug was mainly involved in the assistance of the cargo barge Iron Lady during the transfer of the topsides from the Pioneering Spirit to the Iron Lady and the ensuing tow of the barge to the Able UK decommissioning yard in Teesside, Northeast England. After the Pioneering Spirit lifted the Brent Delta platform…
Oman Drydock Bags VLCC Contracts
Onassis-controlled Springfield Shipping will convert two oil-bulk-ore (OBO) carriers to VLCCs at Oman Drydock Company (ODC), Oman. The multi-million pound contracts will see ODC convert the recently bought 319,869 deadweight tonnage (DWT), 2010-built Selma B to the Olympic Lion and the 2009-built Camilla T to the Olympic Leopard. The ships will be converted from oil bulk ore (OBO) carriers to very large crude carriers (VLCCs). The deal follows an identical job ODC completed for Springfield on the Olympic Luck (ex B Whale) that was successfully completed in January this year.
LADY MOURA at Blohm + Voss
After having stayed at Blohm + Voss in 1992, 1997 and 2003, the mega yacht LADY MOURA has started her fourth visit yesterday to Blohm + Voss Repair, a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Following a short stop at Überseebrücke, the LADY MOURA was hauled into floating dock No. 6 in the evening. In addition to general repair and refit work, various comprehensive preservation work on both the hull and the superstructure will be part of the job. The work is scheduled to be completed in February 2007. The LADY MOURA was built in 1990 by Blohm + Voss in accordance with a design of the Italian architect Luigi Sturchio. She has a length of 105 m, a width of 18.5 m and a draught of 5.40 m.
U.K. – Multi-Ship Casualty Investigation
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of the multi-agency investigation of the collision between the Arctic Ocean and the Maritime Lady, the capsize of the Maritime Lady, contact with the wreck by the Sunny Blossom, and the subsequent grounding of the Sunny Blossom in the Elbe River on 5 December 2005 [and that’s just the title]. The investigation may be most memorable, though, for its discussion of the unwillingness of two principal witnesses (the master of the Maritime Lady and the nautical supervisor of VTS Brunsbüttel) to share their recollections with the investigators. The “American disease” seems to be spreading. Source: HK Law
DYT Completes First Voyage to Dubai
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) recently delivered a shipment of pleasure yachts to Jebel Ali, Dubai on February 19, in time for the Dubai International Boat Show, which begins March 11th. The operation took place aboard the Lady Gloria, a ship supplied by BBC Chartering and Logistics, which partnered with DYT last October to expand global shipping options for DYT customers and will now regularly service Dubai and other previously hard-to-reach destinations. The same loading masters…
Burger Boat Contract for Steel Passenger Vessel
Burger Boat Company has received a contract for the construction of Chicago’s Leading Lady, a 98-ft steel passenger vessel, for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, Chicago, Ill. Chicago’s Leading Lady is styled after the 1920s luxury cruising yachts such as the former Presidential yacht Sequoia. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises will use the vessel for upscale private parties, wedding rehearsal dinners and corporate events, as well as, serve as an official vessel for the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. The vessel was designed by Seacraft Design LLC, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Canadian Tour Boat Sinks
Canadian Transport Minister David Collenette released the following statement concerning the sinking of the tour boat Lady Duck, which resulted in the deaths of four passengers. The accident happened in the late afternoon of June 23, 2002, on the Ottawa River. “I would like to convey my condolences to the families and friends of those who died in this tragic accident. “We are cooperating fully with the Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) investigation. A Transport Canada marine safety inspector is on the scene to keep me informed of the investigation’s progress and a Ministerial Observer will be appointed. Should safety deficiencies be identified, Transport Canada will take immediate action.
Omega Navigation Announces Delivery Tankers
Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc., a provider of global marine transportation services announced that it has taken delivery of two product tankers, the Iasonas, to be renamed the Omega Lady Sarah, and the Adonis, to be renamed the Omega Princess. Omega Navigation has taken delivery of five double hull product tankers and has agreements to acquire one additional double hull product tanker with expected delivery by the end of July 2006. The Omega Lady Sarah is a Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker of 71,500 deadweight tons (dwt), built by STX, South Korea in 2004. This is the third Panamax product tanker delivered to Omega and follows the delivery of the Omega Queen and Omega King"announced on May 31, 2006 and June 16, 2006, respectively.
Report: Taxi Accident Preventable
The National Transportation Safety Board met in Washington to consider the final report of its investigation into the fatal water taxi accident two years ago this week in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A water taxi capsized and killed five people in Baltimore Harbor in 2004 because excessive passenger weight made the boat too unstable to withstand a sudden gust of wind, the government said on March 7. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the Coast Guard underestimated the tippiness of the 36-foot Lady D pontoon boat because it had conducted the wrong stability test on the wrong vessel. The Coast Guard also assumed the average weight per passenger was 140 pounds, a standard that hasn't changed since 1942, the safety board said.
NTSB Investigates Fatal Water Taxi Accident
Immediately following the capsizing of a water-taxi, the Lady D, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Saturday, March 6, 2004, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners launched a Go Team to the site of the accident to conduct the on-scene phase of the investigation. The Safety Board is leading the investigation and receiving assistance from several parties. The National Transportation Safety Board's Investigator-In- Charge, Bill Woody, has designated the following parties to the investigation of the Lady D capsizing in Baltimore Harbor: the U.S. Coast Guard; Living Classrooms Foundation (owner of the Lady D); and the City of Baltimore Fire Department.