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Container ships: Evergreen transfers to Felixstowe
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:52

The container ship Ever Legend (98,882gt) at Felixstowe. Andrew McAlpineThe container ship Ever Legend (98,882gt) at Felixstowe. Andrew McAlpineThe UK’s largest container terminal at Felixstowe has received the first call of Evergreen’s China European Shuttle (CES service). Previously, the CES service did not have a UK call, but from May the UK port was added, while a number of other ports were dropped. With the new service now calling at Felixstowe, the Taiwanese shipping company has fulfilled its promise made last year to transfer its services from Thamesport to Felixstowe, both of which are owned by Hutchinson Group.

The promise to switch UK ports was made before Evergreen became a full member of the CKYHE Alliance, which is made up of Cosco, K Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin. The CKYHE alliance became effective from 1 March and operates six Asia-North Europe strings, of which five now call at Felixstowe.

 
NEWBUILD: Windfarm service operation vessel
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

A new windfarm service vessel has options for different propulsion systems and room for 60 persons. IMTA new windfarm service vessel has options for different propulsion systems and room for 60 persons. IMT

The growing number of offshore wind farms in Europe is generating a number of new designs for service operation vessels (SOVs). One of the latest is a 1,350dwt SOV of 72.2m in length put forward by the UK division of Holland’s Offshore Ship Designers.

The IMT972 design is capable of being powered by two Steerprop SP25 or equal 1900 kWe fixed-pitch azimuth propulsion units or two 2.5 MW Voith Turbo main thrusters. For station-keeping and high-dynamic performance under manoeuvring or DP conditions, electric motor-driven CPP thruster units are fitted forward. JS

 
Containership: Latest OOCL boxboat
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

OOCL Singapore at Samsung HI for her naming ceremony.OOCL Singapore at Samsung HI for her naming ceremony.

Hong Kong-based container line Orient Oversea Container Line (OOCL) has recently christened its tenth ultra large containership. The vessel was christened OOCL Singapore at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea. OOCL Singapore is a Samsung 13000 type vessel with a 13,208TEU capacity, which includes 800 temperature controlled boxes. One of nine sisterships, she measures 366.4m by 48.2m, equating to 19 boxes wide and 142,400dwt. AM

 

 
PATROL VESSEL: Irish Navy’s playwright
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

The new Irish Patrol vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) in Dublin. Jehan AshmoreThe new Irish Patrol vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) in Dublin. Jehan Ashmore

The Irish Naval Service’s newest ship, the €50 million LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61), was christened by Caroline Murphy, niece of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, after whom the ship is named, at Dublin’s Liffey Quays, near the East Link Bridge, on 17 May.

The new offshore patrol vessel was also commissioned into the Naval Service, with Irish Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Enda Kenny, present together with representatives from Babcock Marine Appledore shipyard, which built the vessel. Babcock is currently building LÉ James Joyce, as the second ship in a contract totalling €108 million, due to enter service in 2015. The 90m vessel has been designed by STX Marine to handle harsh Atlantic seas, and replaces the oldest unit of Ireland’s eight-strong naval fleet, the 1978-built LÉ Emer. JA

 

 
New design: X-Bow accommodation
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

To be built to an Ulstein X-Bow design, the accommodation vessel CASCO Enabler will have installed power totalling 28,500kW to give DP3 capability and a service speed of 12 knots. UlsteinTo be built to an Ulstein X-Bow design, the accommodation vessel CASCO Enabler will have installed power totalling 28,500kW to give DP3 capability and a service speed of 12 knots. Ulstein

CASCO Offshore, a specialised accommodation subsidiary of the TMA Group, has contracted Holland’s Ulstein Sea of Solutions, part of the Ulstein Group, to design a 144.6m by 33m accommodation vessel that will be capable of housing up to 800 people.

To be named CASCO Enabler, the monohull vessel is to be delivered before the end of 2016. It will be unique among similar ships in that it will have separated areas for accommodation, common spaces and work areas, and will feature an internal atrium that will provide daylight to interior cabins. It will have a free-standing funnel completely removed from the accommodation area to reduce noise. For rig access it will be equipped with a telescopic gangway. JS

 

 
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