A Singapore-flagged oil tanker, which was reported to have been seized by private militiamen in Cameroon earlier this month following a dispute between Eastern Pacific Shipping and DSC Marine was released on Feb. 5th. Eastern Pacific Shipping alleged at the time the Aframax M/T Barents Sea was illegally seized by DSC Marine, a local charterer, and local Cameroonian military forces armed with AK-47 submachine guns in the Sonara refinery in Limbe, Cameroon. The 26 crew on board which includes nationals from India, Ukraine, China, Philippines and Turkey were unharmed.
Manager & Owner: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Vessel Type: Tanker
Year Built: 2000
Built by: Hyundai Heavu Industries
The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute has announced that together with Aalto University they will team up with Fleetrange and the Tallink Group as part of a research project carried out under a program of and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The goal is to develop techniques for autonomous navigation for ships with focus on safety, using a combination of different sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The technology will combine data from visual images, environmental sound recordings, radar and lidar ranging, satellite navigation, and vessel transponders. These sensors will be installed on Tallink’s Megastar ferry and the data processing will be performed using innovative artificial intelligence and machine learning software. The goal is to automatically identify and recognize objects, such as navigation aids and other vessels and boats around the ship and provide improved situational awareness information through sensor fusion. The objective of the ESA-funded research project is to improve European know-how in the field of autonomous transports and to study how European space-based positioning and navigation infrastructure, such as Galileo and EGNOS, can contribute to enhancing scientific innovation and consequently business opportunities in this field.
The Edda Fides is the first floating hotel (flotel) and service vessel in the world that was built exclusively for the offshore oil and gas industry.
Length: 130 m
Breadth: 27 m
Spanish shipbuilder Astillero Barreras, located in Vigo, was contracted in July 2007 for the construction of the offshore accommodation vessel. Global ship design group Vik-Sandvik, which was acquired by Wartsila in July 2008, was the designer of the vessel. Construction commenced in November 2008 and the vessel was launched in March 2010. Naming ceremony for the vessel was held in March 2011 in Vigo. Edda Fides is a monohull ship built in accordance with DNV’s ‘Clean Design’ notation. This environmentally friendly vessel is provided with sewage treatment facilities for black and grey water. The hydraulically operated gangway is designed to operate in a wave height of 5m. The vessel has a refuelling plant on board to service helicopters on its deck. Along with 310 cabins that accommodate up to 600 people, the vessel provides a sweat room, exercise room, swimming pool, library and a theatre.
The bulk carrier, Vigorous, is at the centre of attention as it was seized in the Columbia River following a lawsuit filed by Pacific Gulf Shipping Company against a number of companies connected to George and Stathis Gourdomichalis in early December. Pacific Gulf is attempting to collect on a $22.6m arbitration award won in London after Adamastos was abandoned in Brazil in 2015. As the courts continue to sort through the case, Yemeni Al-Saeed Trading Company and Emirati Midstar were hoping to free the wheat onboard so it can be delivered to Yemen to feed its starving citizens amidst an ongoing civil war. Unfortunately, today a federal judge in Oregon has ordered the cargo aboard the Vigorous to be seized as Greek shipbroker Medmar has filed a lawsuit for break of contract and want the cargo held until payment is received.
DWT 197500 t
Flag Hong Kong
The Eva Bulker was captured recently on video while loading logs at anchor in Prince Rupert. Eva Bulker was built in 2012 at Naikai Zozen in Japan, together with her 3 other sister ships Anne-Mette Bulker, Nicoline Bulker, and Milau Bulker, all controlled by Lauritzen Bulkers.
Owner J. Lauritzen A/S
GRT 23,950 t
DWT 38,140 t
Flag Marshall Islands
J. Lauritzen A/S is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark with more than 150 vessels including short-term charters. The company is also one of the founding members of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) – which is a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. To find out more, you can read the MACN’s latest update from December 2018...or watch their update video.
The Virginiaborg became the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2019, by crossing the downstream limits of the Port at Sorel on January 2, at 3:50 a.m. Captain Volodymyr of Yurchenko was awarded the famous Gold-Headed Cane by Montreal Port Authority (MPA) President and CEO, Sylvie Vachon. The Gold-Headed Cane is awarded each year to the Master of the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover. This ceremony will mark the 180th anniversary of this great tradition in the shipping community.
The Virginiaborg is a bulk carrier operated by Wagenborg Shipping and represented in Montreal by the Lower St-Lawrence Ocean Agencies Ltd. The Virginiaborg left the Port of Porsgrunn, Norway, on December 20.
Photo credit: Florent Van Otterdyk
Type: Ro-Ro/Container Carrier
Year Built: 2015
Speed: 18 knots
The Atlantic Star is one of five G4 class series combination roll-on/roll off container ships (ConRO) which are operated by Atlantic Container Line. The vessel is powered by a Wärtsilä 8RT-flex68D two-stroke diesel engine, which is under license from Hudong Heavy Machinery Company. The Atlantic Star has seven decks for Ro-Ro cargo alongside a 3,807 TEU capacity for containers. As opposed to regular ConRO structures, which load containers above-deck and Ro-Ro freight underneath with the superstructure situated aft, G4 vessels carry containers at the bow through the entire depth of the hull, with Ro-Ro cargo space amidships in and beneath the superstructure. On the Atlantic Star the Ro-Ro decks are higher (up to 7.4 meters) with fewer columns, enabling easier loading and discharge of oversized cargo. To maintain the best possible speed in North Atlantic weather conditions, a vertical stem bow was chosen, rather than the typical bulbous bow.
Nordic American Offshore Ltd. has been awarded a two-year fixed contract for the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) built in 2015, NAO Viking. Commencement will be about mid-December 2018. The contract also grants the customer two one-year optional periods after the initial firm period. NAO Viking” will be operating primarily in the North Sea for a first class company.
LOA: 82 m
Beam: 18 m
Jawan is a Panama-flagged livestock carrier was recently detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) after experiencing stability issues after her departure from the Port of Portland, Australia. The vessel, bound for Muscat, Oman, was carrying 4,327 breed stock cattle. It has been reported to the Port of Portland that there are no injuries to the cattle or any personnel on board and that the cattle are in good health and will be returned to the feedlot.