UK + World Shipping

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  1. During a repair stop on the Atlantic, the “Bremen Express” (8,750 TEU) experienced rolling for reasons yet to be determined. As a result, some containers fell overboard. The ship, which operates in the CEC service and was located roughly 1,400 nautical miles west of Europe when the incident occurred, was and is not in danger. The 336-meter-long “Bremen Express,” built in 2008, was able to continue sailing after reporting the incident to the responsible authorities.

    • I remember once we lost a container overboard on the Geestbay and no one noticed until we docked! The customs were not very impressed! (By the way the Geestbay used to roll in port so it didn’t surprise us! Previously I had been on the Geeststar which was normally very stable.)

  2. Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has announced that it has signed a EUR2 billion (USD2.07 billion) contract with Virgin Voyages for three mid-sized cruise ships, nearly 18 months after the order was first revealed by Virgin.

  3. Is anyone else having problems with Marine Traffic’s embedded maps scheme? For me they no longer seem to be obeying the parameters in the script very well. I have been using some of these embedded maps for a long time with no problems.

  4. They don’t build ships like they used to. The video below shows the float-out of the first mega block of World Dream, the new cruise ship being built for Asian cruise line Dream Cruises at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The 151,300 gross ton newbuilding is scheduled for delivery in fall 2017, according to Meyer Werft. With a length of 335.35 meters and a width of 37.9 meters, the new ship will be able to accommodate 3,300 passengers. World Dream will be a sister ship to Genting Dream, which was delivered in October this year. Designed for the rapidly growing Chinese market, Genting Dream debuted in November 2016 and sails out from Hong Kong or Guangzhou.

  5. US shipbuilders support Trump’s 350-vessel naval plan. Naval vessel deal will lead to more job creation and strengthening of the US industrial base. Perhaps he could give us a few to make up our naval ship numbers.

  6. The number of idle and scrapped container ships continues to grow. The idle container ship fleet has soared to 1.7 million twenty-foot-equivalent units this year, driven up by the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping and from container lines withdrawing ships from service.

  7. Carnival Corporation’s Cunard Line and P&O Cruises have announced plans to cancel all calls to Turkey in 2017 — opting to replace calls in the country with stops in Greece or Albania. The news comes following an attempted military coup and a series of terrorist attacks in Turkey earlier this year.

  8. Boats forced to slow down around Falmouth beaches after Solent accident caused serious injury. Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) agreed to impose a 30mph speed limit around the bay and the well-used, confined water ways leading into Carrick Roads. However due to concerns from many that this limit was still too high, it has been agreed to carry out a review in a year. The Solent incident happened last May when a powerboat made contact with a navigation buoy leading to one occupant being seriously injured and three requiring hospitalisation. The boat, a 13m offshore racing powerboat, was undertaking an engine performance test run on Southampton Water and had reached 87 knots when the accident happened.

  9. Three of Jersey’s fibre-optic cables to England were broken, allegedly by Italian LPG tanker King Arthur dragging her anchor last Monday. She was en route to Terneuzen, and is now west of Portugal on her way to Sicily. Cable ship Wave Sentinel is repairing one break, 54 miles west of Guernsey and 51 miles south of Plymouth (hardly “just north of Alderney” as in some BBC news reports.) Wave Sentinel was in this position until yesterday, and is there again now. She spent yesterday afternoon in Brest (1300 to 1930) due (according to news reports) to bad weather in the Channel. As she was in Brest for only a few hours, I do wonder if her visit was for other reasons: it seems a long way to travel when she could have ridden out the weather, using less fuel.

    • She went into Breast for cable, parts etc. She sits in Portland on 24hour notice to sail for cable repair. The same thing happens with the French cable ships, they come into Portland for a few hour to load/unload cable equipment. In fact there is a French ship due into us tomorrow.

      • Thanks Steve,
        Good to hear the facts instead of the media story.
        She began life as Commodore Shipping’s Island Commodore, serving us in Jersey (and Guernsey) from Portsmouth.
        A French cable ship is due to begin work on the second of the three broken cables soon – perhaps the one about to call in to you tomorrow.

        • No problem, yes it maybe that French one coming over to you, till we go onboard we don’t know their destination.
          Yes she was the old Island Commodore, you can still make out the name on the side. Always thought it was a strange choice to convert a ro ro into a cable ship but it seems to work.

    • This is quite unbelievable. The Caribbean Princess was the ship caught but at least 4 others involved including the Grand Princess. The pollution had been occurring according to the BBC news since the Caribbean Princess was built. A pipe was re-routed overboard. EVERY Carnival ship including the 3 Queens will be closely monitored by the MCA and others for the next five years.

      • Makes you wonder who else is doing it! Hopefully the level of fines (as in this case) will act as some sort of deterrent but I would suspect there have been lots of instances of this sort of thing happening where nobody’s been brave enough to blow the whistle.

  10. A naval supply ship has broken down in the CaribeanmRoyal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, a tanker on anti-narcotics and disaster relief duties in the region, developed a problem yesterday which meant it could not leave its St Vincent mooring and head to the next stop, Grenada. The ship is currently hosting Prince Harry as he tours the area.

  11. MAERSK Line is reported to be closing in on Hamburg Süd, the privately owned German shipping group.The Danish line, which has not concluded an acquisition since 2005, when it bought P&O Nedlloyd, is said to be in pole position to buy Hamburg Süd from the Oetker family.

  12. The merger between Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) was given conditional approval on November 23. The newly formed company will become the world’s fifth largest shipping line, worth approximately US$8 billion.

    • 12/12/2010 – 4:mon5C3ipcido con Pantuflainas, es triste y ridículo como desaparece de su podium lo que huele a Masia y más aún que justifique su podium con el mundial y quite a Xavi. Es cierto que el podium es opinable, pero este tío no tiene opinión, solo veneno, poca vergüenza y grandes dosis de pelota.

    • I wish the BBC people would learn some geography! The ferry didn’t spend the night in the Irish Sea, – that is further North. It’s normal route is across St. George’s Channel and it sought shelter in Cardigan Bay, (as shown in the MT pageshot). The southern boundary of the Irish Sea is a line between the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula and Wicklow Head. :sad:

  13. Eleven members of the 23-man crew were airlifted from the 200m-long Saga Sky after the hull was damaged and it began taking on water, the Maritime and Coastguard agency said. It lost power and steering after colliding with the other vessel, which was loaded with rocks three miles off the coast.
    Two helicopters and lifeboats from Dover and Dungeness were sent to deal with what the coastguard called a major incident.

  14. The planned merger between Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) could be on the verge of gaining EU Antitrust approval, reported Reuters. The planned tie-up, which would create the world’s fifth-largest carrier is one step closer to becoming a reality after sources close to the deal told Reuters that UASC had agreed to pull out of some vessel sharing agreements, seen as a key stumbling block in gaining approval. The new alliance could save the combined company millions in costs, as vessels and routes are shared, to improve efficiency. Several other shipping lines have also recently announced plans merge or join alliances to ward off the collapse in freight rates.

  15. Some of the UK’s 80 to 90 bulk terminals face uncertain futures as imports of key dry bulk commodities dry up following the recent closures of a number of coal-fired power stations and a reduction in steel producing capacity, combined with the most recent hike in the UK’s Carbon Floor Price. The reduction in traditional imported cargoes such as coal and iron has resulted in over-capacity of bulk terminals in the UK, especially amongst the larger ports and terminals. Coal-fired power stations are closing as the government continues with its policy to decarbonise heavy industry in the UK to meet emissions reduction targets, but the promised uptake of biomass as an energy source has failed to happen on the scale that was first anticipated.

  16. As part of the massive investments planned for Belgium’s port of Antwerp in the next few years, the SEA-Invest group said it would construct a new tanker terminal in the Delwaide dock. Not sure where they are going to put it as it is used by MSC at the moment.

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