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Noble Caledonia: Fleet boosted to three
Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:21

The 4,200gt Sea Explorer (1991) will take up a new role with Noble Caledonia.The 4,200gt Sea Explorer (1991) will take up a new role with Noble Caledonia.

Cruise company Noble Caledonia have increased their fleet to three vessels with the acquisition of Sea Explorer (1991), which will join Island Sky and Caledonian Sky later this year. All three vessels were formerly part of the Renaissance Cruises fleet. With the acquisition of Sea Explorer, Noble Caledonia now operates the former Renaissance VI, VII and VIII.

Demand for voyages aboard Island Sky and Caledonian Sky has seen over 90 per cent of capacity sold to early 2016, so the addition of Sea Explorer will enable Noble Caledonia to meet the current high demand for cruises.
Noble Caledonia is best known for expedition and small ship cruising, serving the UK market since the early 1990s. The company will use its new acquisition to expand cruises in Scotland, Norway, Iceland and, in the future, Spitsbergen. Sea Explorer, formerly Island Sun and Corinthian II, will join the Noble Caledonia fleet in October, and in early 2016, after a refit, she will begin cruising, starting with voyages around Scotland.

 

 
NEWBUILD: New coasters in demand
Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:19

Two Damen Combi Freighters 3850 (Noordvliet and Zuidvliet) and the Damen Combi Coaster 2500 MV Anita have recently been delivered by Damen Shipyards Bergum in the Dutch province of Friesland as the market for smaller vessels enjoys a revival. The specialised yard, part of Damen Shipyards Group, builds vessels in the 8200, 2500 and 3850 series. The Combi Freighters 3850 Noordvliet and Zuidvliet have already been deployed in regular service from the Baltic States to the Black Sea, transporting project-specific, bulk and non-bulk cargoes.

The Damen Combi Coaster 2500 MV Anita (pictured), a sea/river vessel, has been chartered by Vertom USC Holding, a Rotterdam-based tramp shipping agency. Among other things, Anita can transport 54TEU, or a total of 2,500 tonnes of dry bulk goods, steel, or other types of cargo.

 

 
Tankers: Merger deal completed
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

Deployed on CSAV Ecuador Express service, the 4,253TEU CSAV Laraquete (2010) is one of CSAV’s 51 vessels that would be included in the merger. Andrew McAlpineDeployed on CSAV Ecuador Express service, the 4,253TEU CSAV Laraquete (2010) is one of CSAV’s 51 vessels that would be included in the merger. Andrew McAlpine

Hamburg-based container line Hapag-Lloyd AG and Chilean Line Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) have agreed to merge their container operations subject to approval of regulatory bodies. The combined entity will become the world’s fourth largest container line, behind Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co and CMA CGM.

Hapag-Lloyd operate 151 ships and CSAV have 50, so the new company’s fleet would be around 201 ships with a combined capacity of a million teu. The new company will have a global market share of 5.6 per cent, with sales of €9 billion (US$12.4 billion) and an annual transport volume of 7.5 million teu. The main shareholders of Hapag-Lloyd are the City of Hamburg (36.9 per cent), Kühne Maritime (28.2 per cent), and TUI (22 per cent). Founded in 1872, CSAV, one of the oldest shipping companies, is Latin America’s largest shipping company, and also specialises in bulk, car and reefer transport. AM

 
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

 

 

 
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