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Casualty: Towed back to port
Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:06

The coaster Abuk Lion is brought into Cork by the tug Celtic Isle and, towing astern, the Cork tug Alex; the vessel was berthed in Ringaskiddy ro-ro berth, where repairs were undertaken.  Eric BarrelThe coaster Abuk Lion is brought into Cork by the tug Celtic Isle and, towing astern, the Cork tug Alex; the vessel was berthed in Ringaskiddy ro-ro berth, where repairs were undertaken. Eric Barrel

The general cargo vessel Abuk Lion (2008/5,599gt), on a voyage from Aughinish alumina plant on the river Shannon to St Petersburg, suffered engine trouble off the south west coast of Ireland. She departed the Shannon on 26 December 2013 but, after engine failure, began drifting eastwards, so the captain asked for tug assistance at about 1500 on 28 December 2013.

The tug Celtic isle, which is based in Foynes, was in Cork over Christmas and was deployed to tow the stricken freighter. Celtic isle reached the ship at 0300 on 29 December, finding her 30 nautical miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale in gale force eight winds.

At first light a tow was secured to Abuk Lion. LE Roisin arrived on scene, along with the Coastguard helicopter from Shannon, but the 13 crew were safe and well despite battling heavy swells. The tow line parted once, but was reconnected, and Abuk Lion reached Cork about 2000 and was anchored before being brought in.

 
NEW CAR CARRIERS: Next generation for K Line
Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:04

Impression of the new PCTC vessels ordered by K Line.Impression of the new PCTC vessels ordered by K Line.

Japan’s third largest shipping line, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), has announced that it intends to order an additional four new next-generation pure car and truck carriers. The extra vessels come after another recent order for four vessels placed with Japanese shipbuilders Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co Ltd and Japan Marine United Corporation, with each yard building four vessels, deliveries to start from 2015 through to the first quarter of 2017.

The vessels have a capacity of 7,500 units, which compares to around 6,200 on their largest vessels to date. The new vessels also boast a wider beam of 37-38m compared to the 32.2m of the Line’s current vessels. In a statement, the company said: ‘By adding this series of eight new ships with better stability and better fuel efficiency, we can handle an even wider cargo mix.’ AM

 

 
Paddle steamer: The rebirth of Neuchâtel
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 00:00

The paddler Neuchâtel following restoration work that involved the reconstruction of the original superstructure and interiors. Marc-Antoine BombailThe paddler Neuchâtel following restoration work that involved the reconstruction of the original superstructure and interiors. Marc-Antoine Bombail

Following several years undergoing an extensive restoration programme, the historic paddler Neuchâtel proudly entered her namesake port on 27 November 2013 under her own power for the first time in 45 years, ready to start her inaugural season this spring.

Built by Escher-Wyss, Neuchâtel was launched on 9 May 1912. She is the last half-saloon river-type steam boat in Switzerland. She measures 48.5m by 11m, and her passenger capacity was 550 as built. She was originally powered by a two-cylinder 350hp compound steam engine, but in 1954 was converted to oil-burning instead of coal.

The renovation of Neuchâtel started in 2010, and, at a cost of about €8.3 million, raised through a variety of sources, she had a complete hull overhaul, with many of the hull plates being replaced. A new engine was also fitted, and the project came to a successful conclusion during 2013. MAB

 

 
Small ferry: Hotel guests left stranded
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

The small ferry Loreley plies the narrow disused shipping lane along King’s Channel, a mile downriver of Waterford City. Jehan AshmoreThe small ferry Loreley plies the narrow disused shipping lane along King’s Channel, a mile downriver of Waterford City. Jehan Ashmore

Guests and staff of the luxury Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort were left stranded on the secluded private wooded island in September 2013 by a standoff between hotel owners and the ferry operator.

Cenocent, which runs the 24-hour cable-ferry Loreley on the three-minute hop between Grantstown and Little Island on the Waterford Estuary, was suddenly suspended while hotel guests were being served dinner. Police were called to the scene to resolve the dispute, which eventually led to a resumption of the ferry. JA

 

 
GAS FACILITY: Biggest ship launched
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:00

Considered the largest single floating facility ever built, the hull of the still-to-be-completed floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel Prelude has left its building dock in South Korea. SHIConsidered the largest single floating facility ever built, the hull of the still-to-be-completed floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel Prelude has left its building dock in South Korea. SHI

The 488m (1,601ft) by 74m (242ft) hull of Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has been floated out of its construction dock at the Geoje yard of South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). Once completed, it will be positioned to a site 475km north-east of Broome, Western Australia where it will produce approximately 3.6 million tons of LNG per annum to be transferred directly to LNG tankers.

The vessel, claimed to be the world’s biggest ship, is seen as the next step for the oil and gas industry. If proved to be a success, Prelude, which cost over $12 billion to build and is due to be producing by 2017, could mean that gas fields which are too far out to sea and too small to develop any other way, could become viable.

Although not considered a ‘facility’ but still floating, is a just completed drydock built by South Korea’s Daewoo SB&ME for its own use that measures 432m (1,417ft) by 85.6m (281ft). JS

 
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