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PIPELAY VESSEL: Polynesian purchased
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

The 2003-built Capitaine Wallis will take over the services of Polynesian The 2003-built Capitaine Wallis will take over the services of Polynesian The shareholders of Polynesian Shipping Line (PSL) have elected to sell the South Pacific company, a subsidiary of Petroleum Products Supplies Limited of Apia, Samoa, to Australia’s Neptune Pacific Line. PSL was formed in 2005 to provide transport services to the Polynesian island of Samoa and was later expanded to carry traffic between Australia and New Zealand and Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

Its original ship was the 3,200dwt Thor Hanne, but this vessel was replaced by Matua, and then the larger Matua II prior to the chartering of the company’s last vessel, the 5,642dwt Ratstor, in 2006. Since 2011, and following mechanical problems with Ratstor, PSL has used chartered slots on other firms’ ships to maintain its services. These will now be undertaken by Neptune Pacific Line’s Capitaine Wallis (2003), Capitaine Tasman (2001), Scarlett Lucy (1993) and the grain carrier Capitaine Cook. JS

 
Supply Vessels: US-built for Brazil
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

The 4,500dwt platform supply vessel Bravante V, class leader of a series of five American-built OSVs, heads to Brazil after being built in the USA. ESGThe 4,500dwt platform supply vessel Bravante V, class leader of a series of five American-built OSVs, heads to Brazil after being built in the USA. ESGThe high cost of shipbuilding in the United States means few export orders, but the expertise of several Gulf Coast yards in the offshore sector is seeing a number of offshore supply vessels (OSVs) completed for foreign owners. Some of the latest are a series of 284ft by 60ft OSVs built for Boldini SA of Brazil by Florida’s Eastern Shipbuilding Group. All of the vessels are AC diesel-electric powered using four Cummins 16-cylinder turbo-charged diesels, each rated at 1,825kW at 1,800rpm. JS

 
Container ships: Evergreen names its latest
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:55

Taiwan’s Evergreen has repeated the name of one of its first ships, the 1957-built freighter Ever Lucky, for its latest L-type newbuilding. JSTaiwan’s Evergreen has repeated the name of one of its first ships, the 1957-built freighter Ever Lucky, for its latest L-type newbuilding. JSIn the late 1970s Evergreen Line, now known more formally as Evergreen Marine Corporation, was not a household name in the maritime sector. The company had been founded approximately a decade earlier, in 1968, by Taiwan’s Chang Yung-fa around a single vessel. Chang, an entrepreneur, steadily built up his fleet using a number of breakbulk freighters obtained on the second-hand market, one such being the 7,637gt Ever Lucky, completed in 1957 as Caledonia Maru.

With this ship a new trade route was inaugurated between Asia and the Middle East just as the oil boom of that period was beginning. The name chosen for the freighter was auspicious as, thereafter, Evergreen began to expand rapidly, the elderly Ever Lucky being sold for scrap in 1979 as new container ships were acquired.

 
Capesize bulkers: Bulker rates on the slide
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00

Capesize bulker Silver Pioneer discharging at Hamburg. Roy CresseyCapesize bulker Silver Pioneer discharging at Hamburg. Roy CresseyIn early July rates for capesize bulk carriers on Asian routes were sliding as too many ships chased too few cargoes from Australia and Brazil. At that time there were around 32 capesize ships in ballast and available for charter, with another 72 ships expected to be free before the end of July. A capesize vessel measures 289m by 45m, 90,000gt and 177,000dwt. They are not fitted with gear and are used almost entirely for carrying coal or iron ore for the steel industry. RC

 
CONTAINER SHIP: NYK orders new boxboats
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

 Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2007, the 4,882TEU NYK Meteor will be joined by eight larger 14,000TEU ships between 2016 and 2018. NYK Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2007, the 4,882TEU NYK Meteor will be joined by eight larger 14,000TEU ships between 2016 and 2018. NYKJapan’s NYK Line has ordered eight 14,000TEU boxships from the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United, all for delivery between February 2016 and January 2018. The vessels will be used to replace existing ships in the G6 Alliance Asia-Europe service, as well as four smaller 13,000TEU ships that are currently on charter from Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas Container Line. To be registered in Panama, the newbuildings will measure 364m by 51m and will have a deadweight of about 123,000 tonnes on a draught of 15m. This compares to the line’s existing 65,935dwt NYK Meteor class that measure 294m by 32.2m and sail on a maximum draught of 13.5m. JS

 
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