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Disney Ship Drydocked at BAE Systems

The Virginian Pilot reported that the Disney Wonder, a 964-ft. Disney Cruise Line ship arrived at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair last week for a 10-day overhaul. The yard has assigned 200 employees and subcontractors to blast and paint the hull, change out propellers and do basic hull, mechanical and electrical work. Disney brought in an additional 600 contractors for interior work. The cruise ship receives dry dock maintenance twice every five years and has visited the Norfolk shipyard twice before. Source: Virginian Pilot

NYT: Some Ships Get Coast Guard Tip Before Searches

The Saturday, May 20 edition of the New York Times includes an article stating that the US Coast Guard sometimes tips off commercial ships that the agency will be conducting a vessel security examination before the ship arrives in port. Souce: HK Law

This Day in Naval History – April 14

1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar 1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – April 14

1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar 1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 14

1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace   1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan   1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar   1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup   (Source: Navy News Service)  

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 14

The damaged hull of USS Samuel B. Roberts (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 14 1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar 1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

World's Largest Container Ship Calls at Port of Felixstowe

Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe

The world’s largest container ship CSCL Globe arrives  on her first visit to Europe at the Port of Felixstowe today - with hundreds of people expected at viewing points to witness the occasion. The world’s largest container ship arrives on her first visit to Europe  to make her only UK call at the Port of Felixstowe. The Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe is truly huge – a behemoth of the waves, a new class of vessel able to carry a staggering 19,000 standard-sized shipping containers, even more than the Maersk Triple-E fleet.

MSC Ships Depart as Another Arrives

The two Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships that were moored at the North Carolina State Port here are now on their way to an undisclosed location. In their place, a third MSC ship has taken residence at the port in the continued military outload efforts. The USNS Red Cloud, a 950-foot large medium speed roll on/roll off ship, arrived at the state port Sunday morning to commence another outload phase. The ship has approximately 300,000 square feet of cargo space. Security remains high in the vicinity of the port, on land and in the Cape Fear River. The waterway security zones that were put into effect last week with the arrival of the U.S. Naval ships Denebola and Regulus will remain in effect for the USNS Red Cloud.

Repairs to Internet Cables Begin in Gulf

A repair ship began work at the site where an Internet cable was cut last week in the Persian Gulf, and a second vessel was to arrive later that day at the spot north of Egypt where two other cables were cut just two days earlier, FLAG Telecom said. The cuts have disrupted Internet services across a large swath of the Middle East and India, slowing down businesses and hampering personal Internet usage. There has been wide speculation that the cuts were caused by ships' anchors dragged along the bottom of the sea in stormy weather. But Egypt's telecommunication ministry said Sunday no ships were registered near the location when the first cut in the cables occurred, north of the Egyptian port of Alexandria. The Egyptian statement further deepened the enigma of how the damage happened.

First post-quake cargo cleared in U.S.

LOS ANGELES, MARCH 24, 2011: U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave global shipping line APL an all-clear here this week for the first shipment of containerized cargo from post-earthquake Japan. According to Customs, technicians conducted radiation tests on 355 containers discharged at the Port of Los Angeles from the vessel APL Korea. All containers were cleared for delivery to locations throughout the U.S. It was the first test of Japanese exports since a March 11 earthquake in Japan damaged nuclear reactors and raised radiation exposure concerns.

Marubeni, PTT Plan LNG Bunkering in Thailand

Photo: Marubeni Energy Corporation

Marubeni Corporation started a joint feasibility study with PTT Public Company Limited, Thailand`s national petroleum and petrochemical company, which aims at implementing LNG refueling to ships in Laem Chabang Port, the largest industrial port in Thailand. The regulation of exhaust gas will be tightened from 2020, and since LNG is an environmentally friendly fuel, ships that use LNG for fuel (LNG fueled ships) are expected to increase. In Laem Chabang Port, where more than 8…

Containership Responds for Yacht Fire Rescue

Two New Zealand sailors and their Mexican skipper were rescued from a liferaft 280 kilometers south of Niue after their yacht caught fire just after midnight June 23, Maritime New Zealand reported. The 15-meter U.S.-registered yacht SV Sunny Deck was travelling from Rarotonga to Tonga when a fire in the engine compartment engulfed the vessel. The 36-year-old skipper was on watch, and the two other sailors – both from Hamilton, aged 67 and 70 – were asleep at the time. The crew had no time to dress or grab any equipment before abandoning the vessel to a liferaft but the skipper managed to reach the EPIRB - fire had already melted the lanyard attaching it to the vessel.

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.

USCG Arrests Tanker Captain Over Leak

The Croatian captain of a Norwegian tanker faced criminal charges after U.S. Coast Guard inspectors found his ship, carrying fertilizer, had a leak when it sailed into Baltimore. The Freja Jutlandic, owned by the Danish Progress Line, was taking on water when the tanker arrived at Baltimore with a cargo of urea ammonium nitrate on March 22 on a voyage from Norway to Tampa, Florida. The Coast Guard said it was tipped off to the leak by a frightened crew member who slipped a handwritten note to an inspector. Officials later found a dime-sized hole in the hull of the 6,300-ton vessel. The U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore said Capt. Davor Maric was charged with failing to report dangerous conditions under the 1972 U.S.

Ms Prinsendam Arrives in NY

The ms Prinsendam, newest vessel in Holland America Line's fleet of 11 premium cruise ships, arrived in New York accompanied by the retired New York City fireboat John J. Harvey. Holland America has nicknamed the 794-passenger, 38,000-ton Prinsendam the "Elegant Explorer" and has refitted the former Seabourn Sun to match the rest of the HAL fleet. Registered in The Netherlands, the 673-foot-long Prinsendam has 344 staterooms, including one penthouse suite, 18 suites, 82 deluxe suites and eight wheelchair-accessible staterooms. Its nine passenger decks encompass 15 public rooms and boutiques as well as a spa and gymnasium, and an alternative restaurant.

WGMA Urges Participation in Menhaden Survey

Photo courtesy Department of Marine Sciences

The West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) is urging its members with ships arriving at any port in the western US Gulf to participate in the Menhaden survey. The annual Menhaden spawn (typically April through October) has created challenges for ships transiting local waterways, namely a potentially dangerous loss of propulsion caused by engine overheating resulting from sea chest strainers being clogged by hundreds of these small fish. Numerous warnings have previously been broadcast…

Cruise Ship Worker Arrested for Smuggling

A crew member aboard a Miami-based cruise ship was arrested on smuggling charges after Royal Caribbean security officers found a laundry bag full of cocaine and 3,000 ecstasy tablets aboard the vessel, the U.S. Customs Service said on Tuesday. Shipboard security officers said the crewman, Peter Westman Campbell of Jamaica, acted suspiciously after Vision of the Seas left the Caribbean island of Curacao on Friday, a Customs spokesman said. They reportedly found a laundry bag with 38.7 lbs. of cocaine in Campbell's possession, detained him aboard the ship and turned him over to Customs officers. A subsequent search by ship officers turned up another 18.7 lbs. of cocaine and 3,000 ecstasy tablets hidden near the ship's beauty salon, the officer said.

Sixth Floating Accommodation for Lerwick Port

Cruise ship Gemini

The cruise ship Gemini has been brought to Lerwick by Petrofac as additional accommodation to support the Shetland Gas Plant project. The ship arrived today (Monday 14 July) from Tilbury and will be berthed at Dales Voe Base. The initial hire of the vessel is for three months. As with the other ships used for floating accommodation, the vessel may be required to move off the berth on occasions to suit other vessel movements. The Gemini will accommodate up to 400 Petrofac personnel onboard.

First Cruise Ship Docks at Teignmouth Port

Hebridean Princess moored at ABP Port of Teignmouth.

History was made at ABP’s Port of Teignmouth with the visit of its first ever cruise ship. The Hebridean Princess, a luxury cruise ship, arrived from Dartmouth carrying 50 passengers. They were welcomed by the town officials before embarking on a day trip around Teignmouth, which included a visit to Compton Castle. The cruise ship departed Teignmouth in the evening, to the sounds of a sea shanty group bidding them farewell. It may be the first cruise call but the Port of Teignmouth is a thriving facility handling more than 400…

Blackwater Gunboats To Protect Ships

According to a Nov. 19 report from The Independent World, the American security company Blackwater is planning to launch a flotilla of gunboats for hire by the shipping companies. The firm, which received international attention when its staff killed civilians in Iraq, has already equipped one vessel, called The McArthur, which will carry up to 40 armed guards and have a landing pad for an attack helicopter. The McArthur, a former survey ship, arrives in the Gulf of Aden, the scene of the recent high-profile hijackings and shootouts with Somali pirates, at the end of the year. It is to be joined by three or four similar vessels over next year to form the company's private navy. (Source: The Independent World)

Able U.K. Wins Ghost Ship Battle

The scrapping of so-called ghost ships on Teesside looks likely to go ahead, reported the BBC. Able U.K. won a contract with the U.S. government to dismantle up to 13 vessels at its Hartlepool yard, and four ships arrived in late 2003. But delays caused by environmental and planning concerns prevented any work. Hartlepool Council has now removed the final hurdle, by admitting it can no longer block planning permission. The dismantling plans were dogged by debate over the potential impact on the surrounding area and wildlife. Last year, Hartlepool councilors threw out a number of planning applications by Able UK. Now, the authority has said new government planning policies mean it has no chance of successfully challenging an appeal by Able UK to the Planning Inspectorate.

Mickey Mouse Bulk Carrier 'Donald Duckling' Detained in UK Port

Photo courtesy of TMT

The 'Donald Duckling' was detained by the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) this week after an inspection revealed a long list of safety concerns, and will not be allowed to leave the Port of Tyne until mechanical and safety issues are resolved, reports the 'Shields Gazette'. Maritime inspectors cited by the 'Shields Gazette' considered that standards on board the Donald Duckling were some of the worst they had ever encountered. Crew members on the Panamanian-registered…

Post Panamax Car Carrier Enters Operation for WWL

Photo courtesy of WWL

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics welcomed into operation the M/V Thermopylae, the first of its new generation of Post Panamax HERO (High Efficiency RoRo) PCTC vessels. The ship arrived in Zeebrugge March 27. Measuring in at 36.5 m wide and 199.99 m long the Thermopylae provides the right capacity and fulfils WWL’s frontrunner commitment to the environment. The Thermopylae features five liftable car decks, allowing for more configurations for cargo of various sizes and hence increased capacity for cars, trucks, equipment and breakbulk.

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