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Number 282 *** COLLECTION OF MARITIME PRESS CLIPPINGS *** Thursday 09-10-2014
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The TRANSSHELF passing Hoek van Holland bound for Rotterdam
Photo : Jan van der Klooster - http://scheepvaarthoek.blogspot.nl/ ©
South Korean shippers, shipbuilders compete
in tender to build 6 new LNG carriers for Kogas
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Seven South Korean shipping lines have formed partnerships with local shipbuilders to compete for an order from
state-run Korea Gas Corp. to build six LNG carriers, a Kogas official said Tuesday. Kogas, the world's single-largest LNG
buyer, has issued a tender seeking the carriers be build as it needs to import 2.8 million mt/year of LNG from the
Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, US, for 20 years from 2017.
The tender is open only to South Korean shippers and shipyards because the LNG vessels must be run by South
Korean shippers and built domestically.
"Seven shippers [have] formed partnerships with local shipbuilders and submitted applications for a formal bid," a
Kogas official told Platts."The final result will be announced October 24," the official added.
Korea Line and Hyundai LNG Shipping have each formed partnerships with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering;
Hyundai Glovis and KSS Line have each formed partnerships with Hyundai Heavy Industries; H-Line Shipping with
Samsung Heavy Industries; SK Shipping with Hyundai Heavy and Samsung Heavy; and Pan Ocean with Hanjin Heavy
Industries, according to the official.
Of the six LNG carriers -- each likely with a capacity of 174,000 cubic meters -- two ships will use the KC-1 system
which is a new LNG cargo containment system of corrugated membrane type developed by Kogas in collaboration with
major South Korean shipyards.
Hyundai Glovis, KSS Line, H-Line and SK Shipping have offered applications for the two KC-1 vessels. "The home-made
KC-1 cargo containment system will reduce technology loyalty payments," the Kogas official said.The two smaller
shippers -- Hyundai Glovis, KSS Line -- can win only one vessel, while the other six shipping lines can win up to two
carriers. The Kogas tender would provide stable income sources for South Korea's troubled shipping lines. Due to cash
crunch, the country's two biggest shippers -- Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marines -- have recently sold off
their LNG business.H-Line Shipping is Hanjin Shipping's divested shipping line and Hyundai LNG Shipping is Hyundai
Merchant Marine's divested LNG unit. Source : plats
MH370 seabed search begins in deep
Indian Ocean waters
Investigators hunting for the
wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight
370 are set to scan the ocean floor
in waters as much as 6.4 kilometres
deep in the southern Indian Ocean
on Sunday, amid a renewed hunt
for the vanished plane.
Photo : John Meade ©
The GO Phoenix search vessel
was scheduled to arrive in its
search zone on Sunday and start
about 12 days of sonar surveys, the
Australian Transport Safety Bureau,
which is co-ordinating the operation, said in a statement on its website. Two more ships are preparing to start work in
the region as part of a year-long search.The survey of the ocean bottom remains the best hope to find the wreckage
of the Boeing 777-200, which may help answer how the plane disappeared en route to Beijing on March 8 with 239
people on board.An earlier scan of 850 square kilometres of seafloor in April and May, prompted by what were at first
believed to be signals from the aircraft's black box emergency beacon, found no debris."The complexities surrounding
the search cannot be understated," the bureau said on its website.
DeepOcean MSV Volantis completes
projects offshore China
DeepOcean UK, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, has completed Liwan 3-1 project work offshore China.
Liwan 3-1 is part of the Liwan gas project, located 300 km (186 mi) southeast of the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region, which also includes the Liuhua 34-2 and Liuhua 29-1 fields. All three fields share a subsea production system,
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subsea pipeline transportation, and onshore gas processing infrastructure. DeepOcean began works on the project for
COOEC Subsea in March 2012. Its MSV Volantis and UT-1, a free-flying jet trencher, conducted trenching and survey
operations over 160 km (99 mi) of the 30-in. Liwan Pipeline that connects the Liwan Central Platform (CEP) in 200 m
(656 ft) of water to the shore at China National Offshore Oil Corp.'s (CNOOC’s) Gaolan gas plant. Prior to trenching,
activities included construction work involving crossings along the pipeline route using WROVs and technicians onboard
the Volantis to deploy over 100 mattresses along the pipeline in preparation for the lay campaign. Trenching activities
with the UT-1 and dedicated crew achieved burial depths along the route to 2.5 m (8 ft) below the seabed for the
large-diameter pipeline.Upon completion of trenching in August 2013 in the shallow-water section of the project for
COOEC Subsea, the Volantis was contracted by Saipem to perform subsea field development activities in the
deepwater section of the Liwan 3-1 field, operating ROVs in excess of 1,400 m (4,593 ft) of water depth. Source :
The GINGA OCELOT outbound from Rotterdam – Photo : Kees van der Kraan ©
Japanese Firm Fined $67.7M In
Shipping Conspiracy
A major Japanese shipping company agreed to pay the United States a $67.7 million criminal fine for conspiring to fix
prices for international ocean shipments of cars, trucks and other wheeled vehicles at the Port of Baltimore and other
locations, the Justice Department said.Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., also known as “K” Line conspired with other,
unidentified shipping firms not to compete for certain customers on certain routes, and to refrain from undercutting
each other’s prices, the department said in a statement.“Our efforts exposed a long-running global conspiracy that
operated globally, affecting the shipping costs of staggering numbers of cars, into and out of the Port of Baltimore and
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other ports in the United States and across the globe,” said Bill Baer, an assistant U.S. attorney in the department’s
antitrust division.A call to “K” Line’s North American headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, was not returned.
The Justice Department said the conspiracy ran from at least February 1997 to at least September 2012. “K” Line
pleaded guilty to one count of price fixing under the Sherman Act. The offense generally carries a maximum penalty of
$100 million for corporations. The penalty can be higher if the ill-gotten gains or losses to victims exceed $100 million.
The Justice Department said “K” Line agreed to cooperate with a continuing investigation of collusion in vehicle
shipments, known as roll-on, roll-off cargo. The Tokyo-based company is among the world’s largest shipping lines,
with a fleet of 449 vessels and more than 344,000 bright red shipping containers bearing the “K” Line logo, according
to its website.The company and another big Japanese shipping corporation, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, known as the NYK
Line, each paid more than $1 million in civil penalties last year to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. Those
agreements resolved allegations that they violated the Shipping Act by secretly acting in concert or with other shipping
companies regarding the transport of cars and other motorized vehicles.Source: Associated Press
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The CAP BRADLEY outbound from Rotterdam Photo : Cees van der Kooij ©
Capuccino Bunkers
The Association is grateful to The Bunker Detectives / AVA Marine Group Inc. for permission to republish their Loss
Prevention Bulletin AVA/2014/0018.
The situation
The Association has assisted members, both owners and charterers, on many occasions with respect to disputes over
the quantity of fuel supplied during re-fuelling. Despite a greater attention being paid to vessel fuelling operations
these days, both for the purpose of reducing the risk of accidental spills as well as due to the increased cost of fuel
over the last ten years, these types of disputes continue to arise.In the recent LP Bulletin from The Bunker Detectives,
the issue of cappuccino is explored in detail, and while it is not the only issue, it remains one of the most common
reasons for argument over alleged supplied quantities of fuel.
Loss prevention advice
A close focus on bunkering operations continues to be a key operational issue for both owners and charterers. While
there may be a temptation to save on costs by not always having a representative attend to the supply of the fuel, it is
something that members should consider investing in as a loss prevention and evidence preservation
measure.Furthermore, it is important to ensure that chief engineers have sufficient time to properly prepare for the
receipt of fuel and can take the necessary steps to check that the supply is made properly. That will mean planning on
board duties in advance for the supply period, and ensuring that the chief is free from other duties and has had
appropriate rest so that he can attend to this task with a fresh mind and clear focus.Members have reported at times
that when they have sought to carry out checks on the supply operation that they received little or no cooperation
from the supply barges and / or were advised the barges would withdraw from the supply. While there may at times
be significant commercial pressure on vessels to complete fuelling operations quickly, these must be balanced against
the need not to be pressured into making short cuts or failing to follow up on noted issues of concern over the supply
process.In case masters and chiefs find they face a difficult situation, they should not hesitate to contact local Club
correspondents for assistance.
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Future developments
A very welcome development will be introduction of Mass Flow Meters by 2017 in Singapore, which is likely to be a
very significant development towards reducing disputes over fuel supply quantities. The Association previously
reported on this pending development.Singapore will therefore be at the front of developments that all owners and
charterers should welcome as positive step to reducing the impact of this issue. Source: Skuld
Boskalis NDURANCE outbound from Rotterdam Photo : Jan van Vuuren ©
Schettino absent from Concordia
hearings for second day
Shipwreck captain's lawyer speaks out against ex-loverSchettino absent from Concordia hearings for second day
Grosseto, October 7 - Former Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino was absent from trial proceedings for the
second day in a row on Tuesday, citing family difficulties. On Monday Schettino's laywer, Domenico Pepe, said
Schettino will take legal action against his ex-lover, Moldavian dancer Domnica Cemortan, for suggesting he had a
mysterious object taken away on the night of the January 2012 disaster in which 32 people died. In Tuesday's hearing,
Pepe said, "If Domnica Cemortan were to run in the next elections in Moldova, then we'd really be finished". Tuesday's
hearing, the forty-fourth in the trial, began with passenger testimony. "We were terrified. The ship was tilted and the
lifeboat wouldn't go down. There wasn't anyone to help us, we couldn't see any crew members and it was dark,"
shipwreck survivor Ernesto Carusotti said. Carusotti said that the lifeboat was almost capsized by the ship as it
overturned, and Carusotti's wife, Paola Falconi, said there weren't any crew members to assist them once they reached
land on the island of Giglio. "We were told to get on a bus, and we were mute, none of us could speak," Falconi said.
Source: gazzettadelsud
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Run aground? nope, we've just dropped
our anchor', after RNLI called to yacht
POOLE inshore lifeboat was launched on
Sunday afternoon after a report that a
yacht had run aground in Studland Bay.
Swanage Coastguard raised the alarm
when the saw a 23ft yacht beached 30
metres from the shore. They tried to
make contact but were unable to do so
and called out the RNLI lifeboat at
3.20pm to take a look.
The volunteer crew was swiftly on the
scene and two lifeboatmen waded across
to check all was well. Infact the person
on board had dropped anchor and was
not in any difficulty. Happy that the
yacht was fine and that it was a good
intent call out, the Poole crew returned back to station. Source : swanageandwarehamadvertiser
Craig Group launches two new response
and rescue vessels
Family owned shipping and energy
services firm Craig Group has
response and rescue vessels as part
of a wider £70 million new fleet
investment. The Aberdeen-based
company has launched of two new Dclass IMT 950 Emergency Response
and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs) as part
of wider six new vessel investment
being delivered between 2014 and
The new vessels, named the
Grampian Dynasty, will see Craig
Group create 48 new jobs.The Craig
Group said the vessels, built at the
Balenciaga Shipyard in Northern
Spain, have already secured contracts with North Sea Operators, which are due to commencing immediately following
delivery from the shipyard.
Douglas Craig, Chairman and Managing Director of Craig Group, said: “This is a significant investment by Craig Group
and is one we are making as a result of our commitment to our clients, our employees and the marine industry. These
new vessels are now part of a fleet that is not only at the forefront of technology but also at the forefront of safety.”
An additional two D-class vessels the Grampian Deliverance and the Grampian Devotion will be launched by Craig
Group operated North Star Shipping in 2015, followed by two F-class IMT 958 multi-role ERRVs in early 2016,
completing the investment plan.
Callum Bruce, managing director, of North Star Shipping, said: “Our new build programme cements North Star
Shipping’s position as the largest wholly owned British fleet, engaged in the UK offshore industry.”Craig Group says it
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has invested a total of £350 million in 28 new vessels for North Star Shipping, since 2003, including this latest six
vessel commitment. Source : dailyrecord.co.uk
Court's Ruling Time Charterer Not
Liable For Crew Member Injuries
In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the non-demise time charterer of a
vessel is not liable for the negligence of the crew. In the instant case, defendant company entered into a clearly
labeled non-demise charter of a work boat with the vessel’s owner. Plaintiff was injured while employed on the vessel
as a crew member when the vessel encountered heavy weather while returning from a project for defendant company.
Plaintiff alleged that he was injured when thrown from his seat due to the vessel’s excessive speed. The court affirmed
the dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against defendant company under the Jones Act and general maritime law for
unseaworthiness and negligence. Barron v. BP America Production CompanyvSource: United States Court of
New Inspection Requirement For Ships
Trading In The Paris MOU Area
Applicability: Owners, managers and operators of vessels flagged with St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The St. Vincent and The Grenadines Maritime Administration has issued Circular No. PSC 033 (http://www.us1.listmanage.com/track/click?u=5bb0377ad3412af98d78d1985&id=397c192357&e=11b338f9c5) which requires additional
inspections (termed ‘occasional surveys’) to be carried out for all vessels whose next port of call is within a Paris MOU
member country. The circular only applies to vessels if they have been detained by port state control authorities within
the last three years.The Administration has stated that a vessel will be deleted from its Registry if:
•an occasional survey is not carried out when required
•a vessel is detained twice by a maritime authority member of the Paris MOU within a six month period.
Source: LR
Transas and MDS secure a multi-million
Coastal Surveillance contract in Taiwan
Taiwan. Transas Marine Pacific and its local partner Mercuries Data Systems (MDS) have secured a multi-million
contract from the Taiwan Coast Guard Administration for installation and commissioning of the National Coastal
Surveillance System. The mission-critical system is based on the Transas Navi-Harbour software employing advanced
features for accurate detection, tracking and identification of small and high-speed targets. The system will provide the
Taiwan Coast Guard with real time data on any activities occurring in a coastal zone thus ensuring full control over an
entire coastal area. It will help to prevent illegal activity, to protect critical onshore infrastructure from intruders and
support decision-making process.Navi-Harbour software and all necessary equipment will be installed at the National
Control Centre in TaiPei, at the Disaster Recovery Site and at the Regional Control Centres located along the Taiwan’
coastline. To provide additional shore-based situational awareness Transas will deliver AIS Network software and
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deploy a shore-based AIS infrastructure. The project also includes installation of 114 radars for 57 local sites, 6 mobile
surveillance vehicles as well as 11 radars for harbour security purposes.
Transas has established a strong position in the Coastal Surveillance Systems highly competitive market and strives to
continue its growth in this business area by winning new national-scale projects around the globe.
Fendercare Marine Asia Pacific launch
new rope splicing facility
Ne w fa cility for splicing up to 12-strand rope
Additiona l se rvice e m pha sise s custom e r com m itm e nt to providing one -stop solution
Fendercare Marine Asia Pacific has recently launched a
new rope splicing service for existing and new customers
available from their Singapore base. The service provides
the splicing of
mixture for up
ropes. The type
of rope ends
include covered
thimble eye and
thimble & master link, and they will also consider any special customer
“Fendercare Marine Asia Pacific has been long established as a leading
stockist of high tenacity PP, mixture, nylon and UHMWPE rope products for
the mooring, towing, offshore and oil and gas industries. We import and
sell approximately 3,000 coils of ropes every year from India, Korea and
Germany. By adding a rope splicing facility, we are delighted to offer a fully
comprehensive rope service to our existing and new customers”,
commented Rohan Pande, Business Development Manager.
Fendercare Marine Asia Pacific was established in Singapore in 2000 and has enjoyed year-on-year growth in
product sales ever since offering rope, Yokohama fenders and oil transfer hoses, buoyancy and deck and quayside
mooring equipment. Since 2007, Fendercare Marine Asia Pacific has increased the number of STS operations
successfully completed from 157 to over 540, and the range of locations being serviced has also increased during that
time with the company operating in six designated STS locations in the region.As well as standard/commercial STS
operations, Fendercare Marine Asia Pacific has also been involved in emergency operations to assist in lightering cargo
from potentially dangerous vessels/situations and assist in keeping the cargo contained in a safe environment. A large
stock of equipment on the ground, a pool of highly experienced local Mooring Masters, and and a dedicated operations
team on 24/7 cover, allow Fendercare Marine Asia Pacific to respond promptly to these scenarios.
Report: Rise in West African piracy
requires new industry approach
With piracy in West Africa on the rise, a newly released report highlights how pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are
far more violent than in Somalia and less-focused on ransom, requiring the industry to take a different approach to
curb attacks. The set of standards, a 12-page document entitled "Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for
Protection against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region" pinpoints piracy in Nigeria, Togo and Benin as main concerns.
The new report was launched in support of an information-sharing program by countries in the Gulf of Guinea, Port
Technology reported.The report says the "pirate business model" in the Gulf of Guinea does not primarily involve
kidnap for ransom, like in Somalia, making the inherent value of keeping a crew alive a moot point for pirates.
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According to the round table, the risk is highest when the ship is at anchor, drifting off of a port or close to a pilot
station and also, when two ships are adrift alongside each other when vessels are transferring cargo between each
other. Piracy is more common at night, so ending operations during daylight hours is recommended.
The group advises vessels to use e-mail or satellite telephone instead of VHF radio communications. The guidelines
also recommend avoiding tendering a Notice of Readiness when not immediately conducting cargo operations, as
doing so would tip off potential hijackers. The Gulf of Guinea, on Africa's West Coast, is bordered by 11 different
countries. According to the ICC International Maritime Commission, there have been 131 instances of piracy since
2009. Led by Nigeria, which reported over half of those piracy complaints with a total of 74, there have also been
reports in Liberia (two), Sierra Leone (two), Ghana (eight), Togo (14), Benin (13), Cameroon (five), Guinea (three),
Gabon (one), Democratic Republic of Congo (eight) and Angola (one).
Five countries reported nearly 70 percent of all 116 worldwide piracy incidents from January through June, according
to the IMC. Indonesia topped the list with 47; Bangladesh and Nigeria tied for second with 10 each; Malaysia and the
Singapore Straits rounded out the top five with nine and six incidents respectively. There were 33 incidents in all of
Africa in the first half. The IMC hasn't released a third-quarter piracy report as of yet, but as of Sept. 16 the bureau
says 163 worldwide incidents of piracy were reported. The new report — which was a result of a round table involving
BIMCO, NATO Shipping Center, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intertanko and the International Association of
Dry Cargo Shipowners — includes an outline of risk assessment to be taken by a ship’s captain and crew, which pays
special attention to each vessel's individual vulnerabilities and preventative procedures. It also identifies the three main
types of piracy in the region: armed robbery, cargo theft and kidnapping.
Kidnapping is usually associated with the offshore oil industry, the report said, while armed robbery and cargo theft
can occur on container vessels. For container ships, violent armed robbery is more common. The main threat is from
approaches made by high-powered speedboats, according to the guidelines. A recent incident also occurred when a
speedboat was launched from a "mother ship," according to the report. The new guidelines are additions to maritime
security measures outlined by the International Maritime Organization in 2013. The IMO said it is working with
member states in both western and central Africa to place national legislation that would make piracy and any attack
on ships illegal. Source : joc.
New beginning deadline in Lepse’
dismantlement set for December,
shipyard tells Bellona
MURMANSK – Under a new schedule, the notorious Lepse nuclear service vessel will in late October finally be put into
dry dock at the Nerpa Shipyard, and the hazardous process of
dismantling it is to start in December, a shipyard official told Bellona
in an interview. The new dates represent delays to the
dismantlement schedule presented at a joint conference held by
Bellona and Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom in
Murmansk last March. But the inking and signing of new contracts
and licenses for the task, which had run out, is currently underway.
Oleg Erin, who is leading the Lepse dismantlement project at
Nerpa, located in the Murmansk Region town of Snezhnogorsk, told
Bellona in an exclusive interview that the delay resulted from
having to obtain an additional license allowing the shipyard to work
on the decayed nuclear storage ship brimming with spent nuclear
icebreaker fuel.
The shipyard didn’t know it was lacking the license until the end of 2013, said Erin, and applied for it immediately with
the Rostekhnadzor, Russia’s nuclear watchdog agency, at the beginning of the new year. Processing the document
took nine months. This led to an updated on the work schedule. As such, everything is currently running on schedule.
The works that will begin on the Lepse will commence from several different fronts simultaneously. Specifically, the
vessel has to be berthed in a special floating dock, which will take place this month, and equipment and machinery is
getting lined up , and all necessary arrangements to the slipway onto which the Lepse will eventually be take to dry
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land to complete end-stage dismantlement of metal structures on the vessel are underway. The coordination for the
contract to dismantle the ship on dry dock is currently being negotiated.
Placement in dry-dock
To put the ship into the slipway to dry dock, preparations are necessary for moving the floating dock. What happens
next is a potentially dangerous stage in putting the Lepse into the dock, and then situating the dock at a wharf-side
wall from where a type of railway system will re-situate the vessel on the dry dock for further dismantlement.At this
point, the dry dock must be outfitted with all radiation safety systems. Nerpa project leader Erin told Bellona that work
is actively continuing in that direction.
For several months already, the shipyard has been dealing with fabricating metal structures in which to put the Lepse’s
bow and stern areas are to be packed after they are cut free of the ship in dry dock.“These metal structures weigh
more than 1000 tons and must be completed before the ship is situated in dry dock, and they have been in production
for several months,” said Erin.Once in dry dock, Nerpa will move forward in its safety regime during the Lepse’s
“hibernation” period: This will entail concerns about keeping the vessel defrosted, and providing additional technical
and biological protection for unshielded block packing of the sections, and initializing the fire safety and radiological
hazard systems.Presumably, these preparations will last until December 2014.
Dismantlement schedule
Erin said that by December, the vessel should finally be ready for dismantlement, as well as all the required documents
to carry it out.“If all goes well, we will be able to proceed directly to the ship’s dismantlement in December this year, ”
said Erin.It’s assumed that the dismantlement of the remaining superstructure of the vessel will run from December to
February 2015. As spring approaches, the sawing of the vessel into 5 parts will commence and this process is expected
to run through the remainder of 2015.
“If all goes well, we’ll dish up the first block packing containing the stern by the third quarter of 2015,” Erin said.
“Upon confirmation of funding from [Russian state nuclear corporation] Rosatom, we will transfer it to storage at
Sayda Bay.”The bow’s block packing with spent nuclear fuel in it will await the completion of a specially designed
shelter on the dry dock, which will take place between 2015 and 2014. The shelter will serve as the operational
headquarters for unloading all spent nuclear fuel stored aboard the Lepse, after which the packing will be transferred
to Sayda Bay.
Erin told Bellona the entire radioactive vessel should be dismantled by 2017, when a block container loaded with the
vessel’s bow is shipped to Sayda Bay, and the spent nuclear fuel the vessel contained makes the journey to the Mayak
Chemical Combine in the Urals via the Atomflot icebreaker port in Murmansk for reprocessing.
Andrey Zolotkov, director of Bellona Murmansk, said there was no reason to be optimistic about the now-planed 2017
finish date. The original dismantlement schedule, presented in 2010, including an operations timeline for sawing the
Lepse’s hull apart, and prepping the bow for the removal of the spent nuclear fuel it holds. This part of the program
should have begun exactly two years ago.
Environmentalists: The most important aspect is safety
“Working with the Lepse encompasses a broad array of operations, chiefly the so-called emergency unloading of the
damaged spent nuclear fuel assemblies it contains,” said Zolotkov. “Additionally, these operations will be carried out in
an ‘uncomfortable’ radiation environment and there may be unforeseen situations.”
Zolotkov said that dealing with the spent fuel on the Lepse is not akin to performing “a Soviet five-year plan in three.”
“A more applicable adage they should observe is ‘measure seven times – cut once,’” said Zolotkov. “In conditions of a
high dose load (irradiation) there may be a shortage of qualified specialists among the personnel.”
Zolotkov said he’d also like to see one more public hearing of the environmental impact study for the hazardous
radiological dismantlement project before it begins.“A lot in can change over seven years in terms of technical
decisions in dealing with specific operations,” he said. “Sure, conduction [public hearings] could feed gossip and
rumors – but openness is Rosatom’s new trend.”It’s been nearly two years since the Lepse was hauled from two
decades of bobbing in Murmansk harbor loaded with spent nuclear fuel.But when the vessel reached Nerpa it ran into
one problem after another, some financial, some relative to the massive scale of producing metallic chambers to hold
the vessel’s sections, and finally, parking problems: the dry dock mean to house the Lepse during the course of its
dismantlement was occupied by the Leninsky Komsomol, Russia’s first nuclear submarine, which became the subject of
a heated argument over scrapping the vessel, or preserving it as a museum piece. The long quarrel between Rosatom
and the Ministry of Defense was finally resolved when the Ministry said it would convert the old sub into a museum,
freeing up the dry dock for the Lepse.According to Nerpa’s Erin, the shipyard had received no confirmed documents
that had passed through the necessary state studies outlining the dismantlement schedule until January 2014. In this
limbo, it was impossible to say whether the Leninsky Komsomol would continue to occupy the dismantlement dry dock
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or not.“Now, after receiving the confirmed schedule, we see that the submarine and the Lepse won’t interfere with
each other while operations are carried out,” said Erin. Source : Bellona
VOS Fairness arrives in Aberdeen
Vroon’s ERRV, VOS FAIRNESS, recently arrived in Aberdeen, following a journey from Nanjing East Star Shipyard in
The VOS FAIRNESS during a bunker stop in Gibraltar – Photo : Francis Ferro ©
VOS FAIRNESS is a Class-A emergency response and rescue vessel, equipped with two daughter craft and one fastrescue craft. She is the second delivery in a newbuilding programme of 10 vessels, with six 50m ERRVs being built at
Nanjing and four 60m FSVs under construction at Fujian Southeast Shipyard, also in China. The vessel has what
Vroon describes as "a revolutionary, wave-piercing bow shape, which has been specially designed for Vroon... which
reduces the impact of waves and results in increased comfort on board and improved fuel efficiency." Crew comfort
and fuel efficiency on location are further enhanced by a drop-down Aquamaster.
VOS FAIRNESS will operate in the North Sea out of Aberdeen. The vessel was due to start a long-term charter on 1
October. Source : Offshore shipping online
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The unique operation for the loading of two
tugboats on board of the vessel WIEBKE of
specialized company SAL Heavy Lift (Germany)
has successfully completed
The tugboats will be transferred to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky through the Suez Channel. The loading lasted for 7 days
including the preparatory work. The ferry trip to deliver tugs will take approximately 50 days. Two tugboats of projects
16609 “RB-406”, “RB-407” were built at shipyard “Pella” in 2014.
To provide the loading of the
tugboats from the water the
shipyard "Pella" has manufactured
a special lifting devices different
from those that were made last
year. The devices were fastened
under water by divers, and the
tugboats were secured on the deck
of the vessel with the help of a
special metal structures (keel
The tugboats is intended for towing
and berthing operations in harbor
and coastal areas which comply
with R2 navigation area (not more
than 100 miles from place of
shelter), performing of escort
operations at the speed of up to 10 knots, refloating of ships and vessels, fire fighting operations at floating and shore
objects, OSR operations, cargo transportation, ice breaking and rescue and special purpose operations as well.
At the photos seen the Russian Navy tugs RB-406 and RB-407 as deck cargo aboard the heavy-lift vessel WIEBKE
entering the Grand Harbour, Malta on Tuesday 7th October, 2014.
Photo’s Capt. Lawrence Dalli - www.maltashipphotos.com ©
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3 Cuban migrants reach Miami; 2
missing at sea
The Coast Guard is searching for two Cuban migrants missing off the coast of Miami Beach. Authorities say the men
were part of a group that arrived early Monday. A woman and her two teenage daughters made it safely to shore.
U.S. Border Patrol agent Frank Miller said the women were dropped off at the beach, likely be smugglers.
It was unclear whether they were related to the missing men.The women were processed by immigration authorities
and released. Under the "wet-foot, dry-foot" police, Cuban migrants who reach U.S. soil are generally allowed to stay.
Over the last year, the number of Cuban migrants fleeing by sea on dangerous rafts has increased significantly.
Scholars estimate one in four does not survive the journey. Source : MyFoxOrland
Photo : Kees Torn ©
Bulker crewman missing
A search has been launched for a seafarer who fell from a U-Ming bulker off Australia. The 41-year-old Chinese man
was reported missing on Monday afternoon from the 206,000-dwt Cape Splendor (built 2014) while it was anchored
25km outside Port Hedland.
Sergeant Michael Weir from the local water police told Australian media: "He was actually doing a bit of recreational
activities off the back of the ship at the time, [he] wasn't working as such, but was doing some fishing from a
gangplank that was down the side of the ship." he said.Colleagues threw him a life ring and he was last seen about
500 metres off the stern, floating on the water. A search involving a helicopter and several boats failed to find him on
Monday.The water temperature is said to be “good” for his chances of survival. But big tidal surges in the area were
hampering the search.Source : Tradewinds
Statoil drives down rates
The huge supply of anchor-handlers has also allowed BP to pick up ships at much cheaper levels. Statoil took three
units for the Safe Scandinavia move at NOK 160,000 to NOK 170,000 per day, down from NOK 240,000 last week.
BP fixed another two ships at or just below £20,000 per day, another big drop after a long gap between deals in the
UK market Five AHTS vessels are open in Norway and the UK has a massive 20 available for hire, which should keep
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rates under pressure.A total of 18 idle PSVs has pushed down numbers again, with Apache securing a vessel at just
£7,500 per day for two weeks’ work, down from £10,000 last week. Source : Tradewinds
Offshore support ships moored in Aberdeen – Photo : Jan van Vuuren ©
The 2004 built and UAE owned tug “SAMAND” (ex Green, Ex Pac Orient) alongside in Lusail after delivery of Boskalis
owned BHD-pontoon “ROCKY I”, as seen in the background.
Photo : Chris van den Boogaard ©
Panama Canal cruise season officially
The Panama Canal cruise ship season has officially begun with the transit of the Coral Princess, in a repositioning
voyage from Los Angeles, California to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Panama Canal said in its press release.Approximately
200 cruise ships are expected to transit through the Panama Canal during this season that spans from October 2014 to
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April 2015. According to Felix Ayarza, international trade specialist of the Vice Presidency for Planning and Business
Development, the number of cruise ships transiting through the waterway is similar to past seasons. The main cruise
lines including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line offer itineraries
of 10 or more days, which include the Panama Canal as part of the experience. Other cruise ships transiting through
the Panama Canal include the Tere Moana and the Wind Spirit, which have shorter seven-day itineraries along the
west coast of Central America. During this season, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Costa Cruises will have ships transiting in
new itineraries through the Canal. Hapag-Lloyd's Europa 2 will transit on January 20, 2015 and Costa Atlantica on
April 24, 2015. With a capacity of 500 passengers, cruise ship Europa 2 will conduct a 75-day journey, starting in
Miami, Florida and going around South America.
The STENA BRITANNICA outbound from Damen Shiprepair in Schiedam to the Stena terminal in Hoek van
Holland Photo : Arie van Oudheusden ©
Bore ships out six
Finnish group Bore is selling its general cargoship fleet to focus on ro-ro operations.
The company said on Tuesday it is offloading six vessels that constitute its contract of affreightment (CoA) business,
which has suffered from “several years of over-capacity and unsustainably poor profitability.”It blamed the small size
of the CoA fleet for its uncompetitive position against larger players in the tough general cargo sector.The 5,000-dwt
Fingard (built 2000) and Swegard (built 2001) are already on the way out and should be delivered to new owners by
the end of this month.Brokers said last month Swegard fetched $2.4m.
The 3,700-dwt Nordgard (built 1999) and the 3,800-dwt Sydgard and Westgard (both built 2000) and Ostgard
(built 2001) are being bought by Wagenborg, for delivery by the end of December. All this will lead to a maximum of
19 out of 31 shore workers being made redundant at Bore.Limestone shipper Nordkalk has agreed a three-year deal
with the new owner to carry cargoes up to 2017.
Bore CEO Hakan Modig said: ”We have made progress in turning the negative result trend of Bore, but to achieve
further improvement we will focus on becoming a strong shipping partner to our current and future customers in the
ro-ro segment.“It is unfortunate that this restructuring program also will have an impact on our employees.”
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Egbert Vuursteen, Wagenborg CEO, added: “Wagenborg has invested substantially in a new-building programme of
ice-classed, fuel-efficient, multi-purpose vessels.“We are very pleased with our partnership with Nordkalk. This cargobase will enable us to grow and extend our flexibility and competitiveness in the Baltic."
Bore will concentrate on ro-ro shipping with its nine vessels from the start of 2015 as part of its “renewal through
divestment” strategy.“Bore is today operating some of the world’s most modern and energy efficient vessels in its
category,” it said. Source : Tradewinds
The NORSKY in Tilbury Dock, with awaving newsclippings contributor Capt. Keimpe Tromp, awaiting to exchange
berths with her sistervessel NORSTREAM.
Photo : Capt. Julian Jager Master m.v. Norstream ©
The Middle East and Africa maritime security
market is expected to grow from $2.82 billion
in 2014 to $4.97 billion in 2019.
The regional maritime industry suffers huge financial losses due to the extensive piracy in the regional waters. Pirate
attacks mainly occur over the Horn of Africa near the Suez Canal connecting the Mediterranean with the Asian waters.
Most of the pirate attacks are attributed to Somali pirates operating mainly in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the
Arabian Sea. These sea piracy acts have resulted in the loss of billions of dollars forcing shipping companies for
ransoms, to change trade routes, shipment delays.
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Second grounding for bulker Idle Star
Plagued by recurring misfortune, the owners of the ill-fated but fictitious bulk carrier Idle Star are to suffer a second
grounding of their vessel in the space of just one year. The Idle Star is the ship at the centre of the dramatic tale that
unfolds during “Double Jeopardy”, BIMCO’s acclaimed enactment of the consequences of a grounding and bunker spill
in a US West Coast river, which was first performed in Dubai in April. The performance takes place in London on
Monday 3 November at 10:00 at Kings Place theatre.This unique one-day event is a fusion of live stage acting, with
industry professionals taking the roles of the owner, charterer, journalist and claimants, and with on-screen video of
legal, P&I, classification society and marine insurance experts giving their views and advice on how the owners and
charterers should respond to the developing crisis. Central to whole story is the importance of media management and
how failing to grasp the mood of the public can often have disastrous consequences for owners and charterers. The
audience are not just silent witnesses to “Double Jeopardy”, you will be able through the use of interactive voting
meters to express your own opinions on who may be liable as the story unfolds.“Double Jeopardy” culminates in the
afternoon with a rather unusual arbitration. London barristers plead their cases on behalf of their owner and charterer
clients, who are also cross-examined. What makes this arbitration different is that the panel of three arbitrators are
from London (LMAA), New York (SMA) and Singapore (SCMA). The audience gets to express its opinion of the
arbitrator’s decision using the voting meters – which at the first performance in Dubai led to some heated debate.
This BIMCO event is sponsored by leading law firms Holman Fenwick Willan and Ince & Co. Additional sponsorship has
been provided by the London Maritime Arbitrators Association. The event has been produced in association with the
London Shipping Law Centre and is CPD accredited. Source: BIMCO
Russia's Gazprom ready to help oil giant
Rosneft with Arctic drilling
Russian gas giant Gazprom is ready to help the
state-owned oil major Rosneft with drilling works
in the Kara Sea in 2015, Bloomberg reported
Tuesday quoting Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander
Medvedev as saying.In September, Deputy
Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov said Russia has
platforms for Arctic shelf drilling, including the
Arkticheskaya platform operated by Gazflot,
Gazprom’s unit for offshore projects.In August,
Rosneft and US ExxonMobil started drilling the
Universitetskaya-1 well in the Kara Sea, but in
September, ExxonMobil suspended nine out of 10
sanctions.Rosneft said that drilling will be
stopped by October 10 due to environment
danger concerns.According to media reports, the Kara Sea deposits may contain up to 100 billion barrels of oil.The
United States imposed new sanctions against Russia on September 12. These targeted five major Russian energy
companies — Gazprom, Gazpromneft, Lukoil, Surgutneftegaz and Rosneft. Source : ITAR-TASS
Maersk Line will share vessels with rival
MSC to cut costs
Headlining Maersk Group's Capital Markets Day in Copenghagen, the CEO of the largest shipping company in the
world, Soren Skou, told investors Maersk Line was planning to use a "vast tool box" to drive down costs amid falling
freight rates.Part of the line's strategy is a 2M Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) with Mediterranean Shipping Company
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(MSC) that should provide greater efficiencies over the next 10 years, said Skou. The vessel sharing agreement with
the world's second-largest shipping company is pending approval from US regulators with a final decision due October
According to Skou, the vessel sharing plan will provide the shipping company with greater network efficiencies, which
will translate into cost savings of US $350-million per year as it will be able to ship cargo faster by using MSC ships in
addition to its own.The vessel sharing agreement was initially undertaken with Maersk's smaller French rival, CMA
CGM, but Skou said that teaming up with the much larger MSC Shipping Company instead, made better business
"Co-operating with the larger of the two simply gives us a better product and significantly more cost savings," he said,
adding that the larger network the Danish line is building with MSC will cut costs through the use of larger vessels and
better utilisation of its 18,270-teu Triple E ships.Maersk line currently operates 12 'Triple E' container vessels on its
flagship Asia-Europe route they are currently the largest container ships in the world.The shipping line will also be
expanding its slow-steaming or 'speed equalisation' program, which results in significantly reduced fuel costs and plans
to retrofit some container ships to carry greater numbers of containers the lifeblood of the international economy.
Skou also pointed out that millions of dollars can be saved in terms of port charges by reducing the numbers of
overlapping ports and combining routes when feasible, for example by combining the line's West Coast South America
(WCSA) AC-3 service with its Safari service from South Africa to Asia.On this route alone some US $20-million was
saved through the reduction of overlapping port charges. Source : bignewsnetwork
Jan de Nul’s TSHD CRISTOBAL COLON seen from Mount Faber in Singapore, the CRISTOBAL COLON will depart
soon bound for Jakarta Photo : Jan Pieter Honkoop ©
Grondaankoop markeert start bouw van
maritiem trainingscentrum Carnival in Almere
’s Werelds grootste cruiseonderneming bouwt veel groter opleidingscentrum metmeest geavanceerde
simulators voor training scheepsofficieren
HAL’s PRINSENDAM in Fowey, UK Photo : Piet de Leege ©
’s Werelds grootste cruise onderneming Carnival Corporation & Plc heeft de aankoop van grond in Almere afgerond
en daarmee het startsignaal gegeven voor de bouw vaneen centrum waar jaarlijks 6.500 officieren en technici, die
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werken aan boord van deschepen van haar negen cruiserederijen, zullen worden getraind. Het hart van denieuwe
Carnival-campus wordt het Center for Simulator Maritime Training(CSMART).
Het nieuwe state of the art trainingscentrum wordt ruim drie keer groter dan het reedsbestaande centrum voor
maritieme training, ontwikkeling en onderzoek van Carnivalin Almere. Het nieuwe CSMART zal begin 2016 gereed zijn.
De feitelijk bouw startbegin volgend jaar.Voor de realisatie van het nieuwe trainingscentrum werkt Carnival nauw
samen metprojectontwikkelaar Amvest Vastgoed bv voor de aankoop van een bijna drie hectaregroot terrein in het
gebied Duin, een nieuw stadsdeel met woningen enbedrijfsruimten aan de zuidwestkant van Almere langs het IJmeer,
vlakbij Amsterdamen de luchthaven Schiphol.
Nieuwe standaard
Het nieuwe CSMART is voor Carnival zeer belangrijk bij het verbeteren, uitbreidenen stroomlijnen van alle trainingen
voor de brug- en machinekamerofficieren vanhaar cruiserederijen. De opleidingen van het huidige en het nieuwe
CSMART zetteneen standaard voor trainingen in de cruise-industrie die ver uitsteekt boven de op ditmoment geldende
mondiale opleidingsnormen. Als ’s werelds grootstecruiseonderneming heeft Carnival zich gerealiseerd dat
opleidingsmiddelen moetenmeegroeien met zowel de cruise-industrie als ook met de technologie van cruiseschepen.
,,Carnival heeft een centrum voor maritieme training en onderzoek gevestigd waarinde laatste technische innovaties
zijn verwerkt,’’ zegt David Christie, Carnival’s seniorvice president of corporate maritime assurance. ,,De uitbreiding
van hettrainingscentrum en de opleidingsmogelijkheden onderstrepen onze topprioriteit: hetovertreffen van de
verwachtingen van onze gasten door ze onvergetelijke vakantiesen herinneringen te bieden. Wij staan te popelen om
te beginnen met de bouw vanons nieuwe trainingscentrum in Almere, de stad die de afgelopen jaren CSMART alop een
geweldige manier onderdak heeft geboden. Het project Duin biedt al onzescheepsofficieren een geweldige omgeving.’’
,,Dat Carnival Corporation als grootste cruiseonderneming ter wereld in Almere blijftén er nog eens een forse
investering doet, is voor Almere een groot compliment,’’zegt wethouder Henk Mulder van Almere. ,,Het vertrouwen dat
Carnival als een grotemondiale onderneming hiermee uitspreekt zal zeker helpen bij de verdereontwikkeling van
Almere. Deze investering is niet alleen goed voor Almere, maarvoor de hele regio en zelfs het hele land.’’
,,Het trainingscentrum van Carnival past naadloos in onze plannen voor deontwikkeling van het ruim honderd hectare
grote gebied Duin,’’ zegt algemeendirecteur Wienke Bodewes van projectontwikkeling Amvest. ,,Het centrum zal het
eerste project zijn van een nieuw gebied met duinen en strand, met een jachthavenen een boulevard en met
appartementen, winkels en kantoren. Voor een maritiemeonderneming als Carnival en de bezoekers van de CSMARTcampus wordt het eenideale omgeving.’’ Het nieuwe, grotere CSMART zal net als het bestaande in 2009 geopende
centrum,een positieve bijdrage leveren aan de economie van Almere. Het nieuwe centrum in het gebied Duin en het
bestaande centrum zijn het resultaat van een investering van vijftig miljoen dollar, waarmee Carnival haar ambitie om
haar officieren een in deindustrie leidende training te bieden onderstreept. Het nieuwe trainingscentrum zal aan 52
personen werk bieden. De komst van veel meer Carnival-medewerkers naar het nieuwe trainingscentrum zal ook
leiden tot veel meer kansen en omzet voor plaatselijke ondernemers en bedrijven voor onder meer transportdiensten
en bevoorradingen. Carnival’s keuze voor Almere is gebaseerd op onder meer de situering vlakbij luchthaven Schiphol,
een modern internationaal vliegveld en één van de hubs inEuropa, de Nederlandse maritieme traditie en de regionale
ontvangst voor het doen van zaken. In combinatie met het succes van het bestaande trainingscentrumhebben die
argumenten Carnival geholpen bij de beslissing het nieuwe CSMART eveneens in Almere te vestigen. Het huidige
CSMART beschikt over de meest geavanceerde middelen en methodes om kapiteins, officieren en technici te trainen.
Het nieuwe, veel grotere centrum wordtook met die technologie én met nog meer geavanceerde toevoegingen
uitgerust. Er komen vier full mission brugsimulators inclusief brugvleugels, vier machinekamersimulators, negen
kleinere deelsimulators en een volledig uitgerustveiligheidstrainingscentrum – de eerste in zijn soort. Daarmee biedt
CSMART de officieren een superieure maritieme training.Naast het nieuwe CSMART komt een 5-sterrenhotel met
tweehonderd kamers omalle officieren en technici van Carnival onderdak te bieden tijdens hun verblijf in Almere.
Carnival Corporation & Plc is de grootste cruiseonderneming ter wereld. Tot de groepbehoren cruiserederijen in
Noord-Amerika, Europa, Australië en Azië: Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises,
Seabourn, AIDA Cruises,Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australië) en P&O Cruise
(Verenigd Koninkrijk). De cruiserederijen hebben samen 101 schepen met een capaciteit voor 212.000 passagiers.
Acht nieuwe schepen zullen tussen 2014 en 2017 aan de gezamenlijke vloot worden toegevoegd.Carnival Corporation
& Plc is ook eigenaar van Holland America Princess AlaskaTours, de reisorganisaties die marktleider zijn in Alaska en
het Canadese Yukongebied.Carnival Corporation & Plc is genoteerd aan zowel de aandelenbeurzen in New York en
Londen en is als enige groep opgenomen in zowel de S&P 500 als de FTSE 100 indices. Aanvullende informatie kan
worden gevonden op de websites www.carnival.com , www.hollandamerica.com , www.princess.com ,
www.seabourn.com , www.aida.de , www.costacruise.com , www.cunard.com , www.iberocruceros.com ,
www.pocruises.com.au en www.pocruises.com.
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Daydreaming helmsman blamed for
ship grounding
By : Zoe Reynolds
The grounding of cargo ship Bosphorus in Brisbane River, Australia, on October 29 last year was the result of the
helmsman becoming 'zoned out' and disengaged, and his failure to follow instructions, a report found. Poor crew and
pilotage safety managements system, not the individual, were to blame, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau
(ATSB) reported today. On the night of the grounding at Lytton Rocks Reach, the helmsman was relieved by another
seafarer when the 8407gt cargo vessel was coming into port under pilotage. Soon after the changeover at the wheel,
the ship began to veer starboard.ATSB highlighted the crew changeover on the bridge at "a critical point of pilotage" in
a high risk area of the river."Neither the ship's safety management system nor the Brisbane Pilot's passage plan
detailed any guidance or instructions relating to the handing over of the watch or helmsman during high risk areas of
pilotage," ATSB found.The report was also critical that despite noting that the helmsman's mind was not on the job, no
one intervened until it was too late.It said the safety message was that the bridge team, pilot, master and officer of
the watch should all check the rudder angle indicator before and after each helm order. Brisbane Pilots have since
upgraded their safety management system procedures.No injuries, damage, or pollution were reported at the time.
Source : ihsmaritime360
Chilean shipyards redeliver Type 209
submarine to Ecuador
The Ecuadorian Navy took redelivery of a Type 209 submarine on 26 September at Chile's ASMAR Talcahuano
shipyards. BAE Huancavilca (SS 102) was sent for a mid-life upgrade (MLU) and refit programme that included new
batteries and integration of the Thales S-CUBE submarine sonar suite, the DCNS SUBTICS submarine combat system,
and WASS A-184 Mod 3 heavyweight long-range torpedoes. According to the Ecuadoran Navy's logistics director, Rear
Admiral Angel Sarzosa, work on Huancavilca lasted 34 months and now Ecuador's submarine force is fully renewed
and ready for a new generation of sailing. The delivery also marks an end to Project ALBACORA, a USD125 million MLU
programme contracted between the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence and the Chilean Navy-run ASMAR in January 2008.
Source : IHSjanes360
Samsung Heavy wins $440m
icebreakers order
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Samsung Heavy Industries said Tuesday that it won a $440-million order from an European company to build three
arctic tankers. The carriers will be delivered in the first half of 2017 to a European company, which declined to be
specified.The company won an order for three icebreakers from the Russian state-run shipping firm Sovcomflot in
2005.With the latest deal, the company has won a total of $5.9 billion shipbuilding orders in sum as of Oct. 7 this year.
The company expects more shipbuilding orders to come.“We are also expecting to win another orders such as LNG
carriers, container ships and offshore oil platforms lat this year,” the shipbuilder said. Source: Korea Times
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Keppel Offshore & Marine bags $122.3m
Bumi Armada and Boskalis contracts
By Gary Howard from London
Keppel Offshore and Marine (Keppel O&M) has been contracted to build an FPSO and a submersible barge for
SGD153m ($122.3m). Keppel O&M subsidiary Keppel Shipyard has undertaken an FPSO conversion for Bumi Armada
subsidiary Armada Cabaca, while Keppel Nantong Shipyard will build a submersible barge from Smit Shipping
Singapore, a subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster Group.
Work on the FPSO conversion, which includes life extension works, accommodation upgrades, topsides and an external
turret mooring system, has already begun and will we complete for the second quarter of 2016. Upon completion the
unit will be deployed in Angola where it will be capable of storing 1.7m barrels of oil and handling 80,000 barrels of oil
per day with 120,000 barrels of water injection.At Keppel Nantong, Smit Shipping's barge, Giant 7, is the third of its
kind to be built for the company. Giants 5, 6 and 7 are all under construction and due to be deployed on the
Wheatstone project in Australia when they are delivered at the end of 2014, early 2015 and second half of 2015
respectively.Source : seatrade-global
Security tightens at Hanjin shipyard
over workers' drug use
SUBIC, Philippines – The shipyard of Korean firm Hanjin has tightened security in its facility here following the
discovery of employees smuggling and using illegal drugs. Illuminado Comandao, an official of Sushicor, a Hanjin
subcontractor that supervises the work of other subcontractors, said some workers "try to hide [the drugs] in their
packed food because the security guards of Hanjin usually do not inspect the food that they bring inside."
Comandao said the management had investigated some workers and filed cases against them, but he did not give a
number.Sources within the shipyard and the local police said, however, that the illegal drug problem within the
shipyard has worsened. One factor they cited was Hanjin's alleged policy of making workers do 24-hour shifts.
Some workers who spoke to Rappler but asked not to be named said these long shifts have "forced" some of them to
use drugs just to stay awake. Not being alert on the job could result in death. Despite taking caution, however, some
workers like Jerwein Lopera Labajan were reportedly pinned down by machines that they operated and died inside the
Hanjin shipyard.Jerwin, who was
single, was the family breadwinner,
and was said to be the 38th Hanjin
worker who died since the shipyard
began construction in 2006.Pete
Pinlac, chair of Manggagawa para sa
Kalayaan ng Bayan, told the media
that Labajan was “overworked”
when the accident occurred inside
the shipyard.“How many workers
must die for the government to
realize that the safety of our
workers is being compromised
because of the cheap labor policy?”
asked Pinlac, whose group helped
Hanjin.Comandao said, however,
that the workers' explanation for their supposed drug use at work defied logic. He accused the workers of trying to
justify the substance abuse."Of course, the work at Hanjin is hard, but they are not being forced to take overtime
[work]," he said. He said Hanjin will be conducting random drug tests on workers this week and will use K9 dogs to
detect illegal substances. – source : Rappler.com
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PM Stubb: Gov’t looking for ways to
support Rauma shipyard
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has promised that the government will do everything possible to support the former
STX shipyard in Rauma, now owned by the city and other investors. Stubb said the state could step in if the shipyard
gets profitable orders. However he did not propose any concrete measures.Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said on
Monday that the government would be looking at different options for supporting the newly reconstitutted shipyard in
The city of Rauma purchased the ailing shipyard from STX Finland earlier this year, shortly after the owner announced
plans to shutter the facility and send home up to 600 workers. Other backers of the dockyard in southwest Finland
include investors in the shipbuilding industry.
Rauma city officials have hoped that the government would get involved in the shipyard either by assisting with
getting in new orders of taking up a stake in the facility. At the same time there’s been a certain degree of sour grapes
over the government’s apparent pre-occupation with the former STX shipyard in Turku, where the government did
stump up to become a minority owner with the German shipbuilder Meyer Weft.However on Monday Prime Minister
Stubb said waved aside those concerns, saying that the Rauma project is equally important to the state. He said that
the administration is prepared to consider different solutions to help support the dockyard. According to Stubb, those
measures could include anything from support for new shipbuilding orders to different ownership models.
“Whatever this project is, we will be looking for innovative solutions from a political, financial and juridical perspective
to participate in it. We can’t make any promises but we will be vigorously looking at different options,” Stubb said in
Rauma Monday.Stubb: State may have focused too much on Turku shipyard
Prime Minister Stubb admitted however that the government may have focused too much on safeguarding the future
of the sister shipyard in Turku.
“Rauma Marine Construction presented three to four different options, which all involved state participation. At the end
of the day this is business, which means that entrepreneurs have to bear the risk. The government’s role is to provide
support. It’s great that RMC isn’t going cap in hand to the government but is standing on its own. However
government support is often needed for large projects,” Stubb added. He concluded that a system of credit and
guarantees would be easiest for the state to implement, while ownership is always more difficult.
Shipyard satisfied with visit
Investors in the reconstituted shipyard, now known as Rauma Marine Construction, expressed satisfaction with the
premier’s visit and the promise of government support. Board member Ari Salmi said that the PM’s backing is very
important for the enterprise.The Rauma shipyard is expected to announce news of its first order soon. It may come
from Australia and holds the promise of employment for dockyard workers as well as sub-contractors. Source : Yle
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Israel to sell minority stakes in Ashdod
and Haifa ports
Tel Aviv’s ongoing struggle with state run port workers over contentious privatisation plans is set to enter a new
contentious chapter. Israel plans to issue minority stakes of up to 49% in state-owned companies on the Tel Aviv
Stock Exchange over the next three years.
"This is another step in stopping the politicization of government companies and reducing corruption in the
companies," Finance Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday. Israel in 2015 will seek to sell a minority stake in Israel
Natural Gas Lines and the state postal company and privatize Israel Military Industries, the port of Ashdod, and several
smaller companies.Among the companies planned for privatization in 2016 are the port of Haifa and Israel Aerospace
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Industries (IAI).Port workers at Haifa and Ashdod have regularly voiced their displeasure at Tel Aviv’s privatization
plans, leading to strikes this year. Source : Gulfshipnews
Built in 1963 the ABERDOVEY was the lead ship in a class of fleet tenders that civilian manned crew served the
British Royal Navy in a support role around UK Navy dockyards. The "Aberdovey" class replaced older wooden Mfv's
and gave great reliable service to the MOD.The ABERDOVEY has been in private ownership for many years and lies
on a sheltered mooring on the Clyde. She is beached just now for a brush up and some TLC. Photo : Tommy
Bryceland, SCOTLAND ©
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