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Offshore vessel: Polar Onyx delivered
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:00

Recently completed by Ulstein Verft, the offshore construction vessel Polar Onyx is scheduled to begin work for Brazil’s Petrobras this year. UlsteinRecently completed by Ulstein Verft, the offshore construction vessel Polar Onyx is scheduled to begin work for Brazil’s Petrobras this year. Ulstein

Norway’s GC Rieber Shipping has taken delivery of the new offshore construction vessel Polar Onyx from Norway’s Ulstein Verft shipyard and will position the 130m by 25m vessel to Brazil to undertake a five-year charter with Ceona following the fitting of a 275-tonne vertical lay system by Holland’s Huisman. The 8,200dwt X-Bow vessel is certified by DNV according to Special Purpose Ships (SPS) and Clean Design, and carries a Green Passport. She has a speed of 15 knots and a diesel electric plant consisting of six identical 2,740kW generator sets. JS

 

 
Missing Aircraft: The search goes on
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 00:00

 The Norwegian-built offshore supply vessel Ocean Shield, at Sydney in October 2013, has been involved in the search for the missing aircraft. V. H. Young The Norwegian-built offshore supply vessel Ocean Shield, at Sydney in October 2013, has been involved in the search for the missing aircraft. V. H. Young

The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 remains a mystery many weeks after its departure from Kuala Lumpur on 3 March, despite considerable efforts to locate the Beijing-bound aircraft and its 239 passengers. Initially, aircraft and ships searched the south of Vietnam, before the search area moved to the southern Indian Ocean and Western Australia.

The Australian Defence Vessel (ADV)Ocean Shield soon became the lead ship in the operation. Working on electronic transmissions, submarine drones were deployed from Ocean Shield. The extreme ocean depth did not allow the remote submarines to reach the ocean floor, but the search is ongoing at the time of writing. Ocean Shield (ex-Skandi Bergen) is civilian-manned, readily available and well-suited for disaster relief operations. VHY

 

 

 
Car Carriers: First LNG auto carriers
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 16:43

The world’s first LNG-powered auto carriers will be ice-classed for year-round trading on the Baltic and will make use of an internal LNG storage system. UECCThe world’s first LNG-powered auto carriers will be ice-classed for year-round trading on the Baltic and will make use of an internal LNG storage system. UECC

Norway’s United European Car Carriers (UECC), which is jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has ordered the world’s first dual-fuel Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) from Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). The shipyard will build the twin ships at its co-owned NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China. Deliveries of both vessels will be in the second half of 2016.

The design for the 3,800-car PCTCs, which will be built to 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice class, has been jointly developed by UECC, Wallenius Marine and the NYK Technical Group, along with KHI. A significant amount of the cargo capacity on board the ships will also be available to transport high and heavy cargo, in addition to cargo loaded onto MAFI trailers.

 
Container ships: New berth attracts new vessels
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 16:42

APL Merlion alongside the new container berth recently opened at Southampton. Andrew McAlpineAPL Merlion alongside the new container berth recently opened at Southampton. Andrew McAlpine

Opened at the end of March, Southampton’s new state-of-the-art SCT 5 container berth has already seen maiden calls from two of the world’s largest container vessels. The first new vessel to use the berth was APL Merlion, which arrived on 7 April.

APL Merlion is the fifth in a series of ten ships ordered by APL from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Korea. The 151,000gt vessels are 368.5m by 51m with 20 rows of boxes. With a declared capacity of 13,900TEU, the vessels are the largest in APL’s fleet. Five of the series are being chartered to Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), a partner in the G6 alliance.  

The series were the first ultra-large twin-island container ships designed with a fully enclosed bridge, and the first five vessels also have a distinctive though rather ugly deck house that features flush-sided bulkheads with lots of internal empty spaces and cofferdams. The boxy design is intended to keep the crew safe in case of pirate attacks, but undoubtedly increases wind resistance. All ten vessels will be deployed on the G6 Alliance Europe-Far East Loop 7 service.

 
Freight news: New service offers added benefits
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 16:40

The ro-ro vessel Stena Forecaster.The ro-ro vessel Stena Forecaster.

A new twice-weekly freight service from Northern Spain to Portsmouth International Port started on 13 May using the ro-ro vessels Stena Forecaster and Stena Forerunner (both 2003/24,688gt), with the route offering the added benefit of going on to Belgium. Transfennica, the Netherlands-based freight company, announced in April it was starting the ‘triangular’ route from Bilbao to Portsmouth, Zeebrugge and back.

The service will use the two recently-acquired vessels, which have capacity for 100 trailers, 150 double-stacked containers and 12 drivers. Transfennica’s ships will arrive at Portsmouth on Sunday and Thursday each week. Once the freight from Northern Spain is unloaded, the vessels will then take on board the containers and trailers headed for Belgium.

The new route is expected to be popular with companies looking to send unaccompanied freight, with fast transit times from Bilbao to Portsmouth. The direct service from Spain to the UK is also well suited for out-of-gauge, heavy and hazardous cargoes. Transfennica is part of the Spliethoff Group, one of the largest ship owners in the Netherlands.

 

 
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