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Heavylifters: Rolldock series completed
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:00

A Rolldock ro-ro vessel showing how it can be semi-submerged to accept floating cargo, in this case dregding equipment handled in the Middle East. RolldockA Rolldock ro-ro vessel showing how it can be semi-submerged to accept floating cargo, in this case dregding equipment handled in the Middle East. RolldockGermany’s Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has handed over Rolldock Star, the third of four specialised ro-ro semi-submersible heavylift ships it is building for Dutch owner RollDock BV. The new 12,800gt vessels have been designed to carry very demanding cargo and heavy project loads and thus offer a wide range of different loading possibilities.
Two side-mounted cranes can move cargo weighing up to 700 tons in unison, while an adjustable stern ramp can be used for the roll-on/roll-off loading and discharge of individual cargoes weighing up to 3,000 tons. In addition, the ship can be submerged by more than 12m to permit cargo to be floated in or out over the stern. The fourth of the heavylifters, Rolldock Storm, is expected to be delivered by FSG to Rolldock in May. JS

 
Container ships: Maersk to revive Sealand name
Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:37

After painting the name off its ships over a decade ago, Maersk Line plans to bring back the Sealand name for its intra-Americas services later this year. DewowAfter painting the name off its ships over a decade ago, Maersk Line plans to bring back the Sealand name for its intra-Americas services later this year. DewowThe historic Sea-Land name is to reappear on the container trades after Maersk Line confirmed that it intends to revive the brand for the carrier’s new intra-American trade. The original US Company SeaLand Services was acquired in 1999 by the Danish shipping giant, and, along with the P&O Nedlloyd brand name, was phased out in 2009.

However, from 1 January 2015 a new independent unit will start operating, with Maersk beginning the phased transition of its intra-American services throughout 2014. The US subsidiary will have a similar structure to Maersk Lines’ other regional carriers, which include the intra-European carrier SEAGO Line.

Maersk’s current service network, consisting of 22 services, will be the foundation for the new SeaLand, which will feature local sales and support personnel throughout North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Its strategy will be to run existing services and link up with other carriers in providing feeder services.   

 
Tankers: Ethane carriers ordered
Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:35

The 22,284dwt LPG tanker Navigator Leo, built in 2011, is to be followed into the Navigator Holdings Ltd fleet by at least ten newbuildings. NHLThe 22,284dwt LPG tanker Navigator Leo, built in 2011, is to be followed into the Navigator Holdings Ltd fleet by at least ten newbuildings. NHLLiquefied gas carrier operator Navigator Holdings Ltd has exercised its last remaining option to construct a 22,000m3 capacity gas carrier at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard at a previously agreed construction price of $44 million for delivery by March 2016. Navigator has also entered into a contract with Jiangnan for the construction of a larger 35,000m3 gas carrier for delivery in April 2016.

This contract contains an option agreement for the construction of up to three additional 35,000m3 vessels, all in anticipation of large scale exports of ethane becoming available from surplus US shale gas production. Navigator’s current fleet consists of 33 semi- or fully-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, including ten newbuildings. JS

 
Chemical Tanker: Fire and collision off Busan
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

 Firefighters attend to the chemical tanker Maritime Maisie, which suffered a major fire following a collision off South Korea. Firefighters attend to the chemical tanker Maritime Maisie, which suffered a major fire following a collision off South Korea.The Hong Kong-registered chemical tanker Maritime Maisie suffered a catastrophic fire after a collision in waters off Busan, South Korea. On 29 December 2013, at around 0215 South Korean time, approximately 9.2 nautical miles from Busan, the 2003-built Maritime Maisie collided with the car carrier Gravity Highway, which was on sea trials from Hyundai’s Mipo Shipyard.

According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the collision caused an immediate fire on board the tanker. The South Korean authorities deployed 16 coastguard boats and a number of navy vessels and helicopters to the scene for rescue. A total of 91 personnel – 27 crew members from the tanker and 64 from the car carrier – were rescued by the coastguard, with some sustaining light burns, but nobody was seriously injured.

 
UK BUILT COLLIER: Collier’s last voyage
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

On 19 December 2013 the 2,535dwt Shoreham (pictured), which had been under arrest for almost a year in the Spanish port of Santander, made a short voyage to the scrapyard in the same port, and four Russian sailors that were still on board were flown home the following day. The vessel was operated by Independent Shipping Ltd, part of the Dudman Group.

Shoreham had arrived under the Cook Islands flag at Santander almost a year earlier, on 13 January 2013, to load cement and clinker on a normal voyage, but along with other vessels operated by the group was detained under arrest. She has now been sold for scrap to help pay off company debts. The vessel was built at Goole as the collier Ballygarvey in 1992 for the  collier fleet of John Kelly of Belfast. RC

 
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