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SEISMIC SURVEY: Off to the Russian Arctic
Friday, 19 December 2014 09:36

Kommandor Stuart in Leith prior to her departure to the Russian Arctic on a multi-year contract for a Barents sea survey. Iain McGeachyKommandor Stuart in Leith prior to her departure to the Russian Arctic on a multi-year contract for a Barents sea survey. Iain McGeachy

The Research Seismic Survey Vessel Kommandor Stuart, owned by Hay Ships Ltd of Aberdeen, recently finished undertaking a seabed testing and sampling campaign off northern Norway. The 1976-built vessel has a gross tonnage of 1,286 but is only 200dwt. She carries a considerable amount of specialised equipment for seabed testing and taking samples.

The vessel has recently headed north, with Calecore’s geophysical vessel Kommandor Calum (1986) and Geotechnical Borehole vessel Highland Spirit (1998), to begin a multi-year contract in the Russian Arctic. It is anticipated that this Barents sea survey could take up to three years. Kommandor Stuart, built as Herjolfur, was renamed Galo in 2000, and she has had her current name since 2006. RC

 
CHEMICAL TANKER: Clipper vessels join CNAN
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 00:00

Clipper Galaxy visited Immingham in early October 2014, but by the end of the month she had been sold to CNAN and was renamed Sedrata. SIMON SMITHClipper Galaxy visited Immingham in early October 2014, but by the end of the month she had been sold to CNAN and was renamed Sedrata. SIMON SMITH

Algerian carrier Compagnie Nationale Algerienne de Navigation (CNAN) have acquired three multi-purpose vessels of 9,500dwt, built in 2011 and 2012, from Clipper Ships. A spokesman for Clipper said that the market for such vessels was still poor and was expected to remain so for some time to come. With this in mind, the opportunity to offload three fairly new multi-purpose vessels could not be missed. CNAN have acquired the three vessels as part of a long expected fleet renewal. Clipper reported that they had secured a good price for the vessels; otherwise they would not have sold them as they were not originally up for sale. In early October Clipper Grand was renamed Stidia and Clipper Gemini became Saoura. Both vessels are geared with two 200mt cranes. The third vessel, Clipper Galaxy, visited Immingham in early October, and by late October had become Sedrata. All three vessels loaded cargo at Antwerp for Algeria in late October, Sedrata also loading at Hamburg. All three 8,161gt sisters were built in 2011 in Zhoushan. RC

 

 
GENERAL CARGO: First call at Aberdeen
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

Safmarine Sumba arrives at Aberdeen on 19 October 2014. DAVID DODDSSafmarine Sumba arrives at Aberdeen on 19 October 2014. DAVID DODDS

Safmarine history was made on 22 October 2010, when the company took delivery of a new multipurpose cargo vessel, the 18,019dwt Safmarine Sumba, its first new vessel since it became a member of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group over 11 years previously. And now that vessel has made her maiden call in the UK, at Aberdeen, working on a new service.

Safmarine offer regular services in the breakbulk trade to West Africa from Europe, Asia, North America and South Africa. Vessels on the service can accommodate a full range of cargoes, including containers, breakbulk cargoes (principally cocoa and coffee), timber and steel, project modules and oil-and gas-related cargoes.

Early in 2014 Safmarine Sumba was trading from Houston to Tin Can in Nigeria, but on 19 October, almost four years to the day that she entered service, she arrived at Aberdeen on a monthly Safmarine service to load oil-related cargoes. She later sailed for Antwerp. RC

 

 
RO-RO CARRIER: Atlantic Osprey scrapped
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

Atlantic Osprey departs Barrow to be recycled. MATT DAVIESAtlantic Osprey departs Barrow to be recycled. MATT DAVIES

The nuclear ro-ro carrier Atlantic Osprey, which has been laid up at Ramsden Dock in Barrow-in-Furness since her withdrawal in December 2013, left the port in mid-August bound for Swansea dry dock, where she is to be cut up and recycled.

Atlantic Osprey was built in 1986 as Alster Rapid for North Sea service, with now defunct Washbay Line operating between King’s Lynn, Grangemouth and Hamburg. The 3,793gt vessel, which has been owned by UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) subsidiary International Nuclear Services (INS) since 2001 for carriage of MOX fuel and other used reactor fuels and radioactive materials, departed Barrow under the tow of the Dutch anchor-handling tug Graceland (ex-Neptun 11).

By choosing to have Atlantic Osprey recycled in a dry dock rather than afloat, INS will be able to employ more effective cleaning and recycling techniques, allowing around 95 per cent of the vessel to be recycled.

 

 
CONTAINER SHIPS: ZIM resumes Barcelona service
Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:06

The 50,689dwt Liberian-flagged ZIM Livorno is a regular on the ZIM express service from Eastern Mediterranean ports to the Black Sea ports. The 2006-built vessel is seen in Istanbul. SIMON SMITHThe 50,689dwt Liberian-flagged ZIM Livorno is a regular on the ZIM express service from Eastern Mediterranean ports to the Black Sea ports. The 2006-built vessel is seen in Istanbul. SIMON SMITH

The Israeli shipping company ZIM announced a restructuring of its services worldwide in October 2014. Already operating several well-established services, ZIM have decided to call again at Barcelona as part of their ZIM Container Service Atlantic (ZCA) to provide a weekly connection between the Mediterranean and USA. The first call on this new venture took place on 5 October, when the Maltese- flagged ZIM Monaco (2009) arrived at the Barcelona Container Terminal.

A fast transit time of 13 days between Barcelona and New York is envisaged. As part of a new alliance between ZIM and Hapag-Lloyd, two more services link Spain with the MPS service, West Coast Pacific linking it with ports such as Cartagena and Los Angeles, and the MGX service linking it with Gulf of Mexico and USA ports. This new service also complements existing ZIM express services, such as the wellestablished Eastern Mediterranean/ Black Sea Express service (EMX), which is operated by such vessels as the Liberian-flagged ZIM Livorno (2006). RC

 
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