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Maritime news from the seven seas


A new collaborative study in Europe is underway with DNV GL and LNG market stakeholders working on behalf of E&P exploration and production companies to research and assess the risks of an accidental LNG release in regard to small-scale LNG bunkering and filling stations.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

A crewmember fell down a ladder aboard the Atlantic Erie while transiting northern Lake Huron and had to be medevaced by the US Coast Guard.

In Denmark, the passenger ferry Stena Nautica allided with a breakwater as she was leaving port, resulting in the cancellation of the sailing after the engine room began filling with water.

Nineteen of 21 crewmembers suffering from apparent food poisoning were medevaced from the anchored cargo ship JS Comet near Cape Canaveral, Florida.

In the North Sea, 60 crew on a Statoil oil rig were evacuated after a supply boat hit the suspension legs. The rig and vessel sustained minor damage and personnel were able to return to work.

A detached rudder on the yacht Django put the lives of the three crewmembers onboard into jeopardy. After abandoning ship into the vessel’s life raft, they had to sever the line while being pulled toward the Otago New Zealand patrol vessel when they feared the navy ship would overwhelm them in stormy seas. Subsequent rescue was made when a swimmer dispatched off the Otago tied the raft to the line once again which brought the crew to eventual safety.

Piracy Pulse

In the South China Sea, a product tanker was boarded by armed pirates who hijacked the vessel, damaging communications equipment and taking the crew hostage before later escaping with some of the cargo.

Five robbers brandishing guns were able to get into the engine room of an anchored car carrier at Priok Anchorage, Indonesia, where they tied and blindfolded the duty oiler before making off with engine spares.

In another brazen attack, engine spares were taken after six armed robbers tied the hands of an engine crewmember aboard an LPG tanker while the vessel transited near Karimun Kecil Island, Indonesia. The criminals released the crewman before making their getaway.

Eye on LNG

Hackberry, Louisiana is the location of a new $10 billion dollar-US LNG facility. Cameron LNG, who owns the receipt terminal, expects to export up to 12 million tons of LNG per year. Construction is set to begin later this year.

A series of six new icebreaker LNG carriers are to be built by the dual partnership of Teekay LNG Partners LP and China LNG Shipping, with construction at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. The 172,000-cubic-meter carriers will have flexible forward and reverse direction icebreaking capabilities for ice up to 2.1 meters. The ships are earmarked to work on the Yamal LNG Project in Northern Russia, which is slated to start production in 2018.

In British Columbia on Vancouver Island, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations signed an agreement with Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG Corp. to begin developing nearly 300 hectares of native land surrounding Sarita Bay at Alberni Inlet for a proposed LNG facility that is hoped will produce 30 million tons of LNG a year over the next 25 years.

Offshore Onlookers

One of the newest state-of-the-art subsea vessels was recently delivered to Island Offshore by Norway’s Ulstein Verft. The Island Performer is capable of working up to 3,000 meters, is 130 meters long and has capacity for 130 people.

A new cable-laying vessel will soon be put to work at reportedly one of the world’s largest wind farms. Currently under construction by Dutch international and dredging contractor, Van Oord, the new 123-meter DP2 Nexus offshore multi-purpose support ship will have capacity for laying more than 5,000 tons of cable and will be stationed at the Gemini offshore wind farm located approximately 55 kilometers north of Schiermonnikoog. Once in operation, the 150 wind turbines are expected to provide electricity to more than 780,000 homes.

Odds and Ends

The first-of-its-kind reverse stern drive, compressed natural gas tug is set to be available on the market in 2016. MTU, Svitzer and Damen Shipyards are partnering on the project.

In Denmark, an eight-deck DNVGL-classed 100m-long, double-ended passenger vessel being built by Remontowa Shipbuilding for Denmark’s Samsø Municipality, will apparently be the first ferry to run on biogas provided by local suppliers. The Samsø Færgen is expected to begin service in September 2014.

No more headaches for anxious parents with little ones travelling aboard MSC cruise ships. Distance pediatric telemedicine care will soon be available on a 24/7 basis across the fleet, enabling onboard doctors to get prompt assistance with diagnoses, etc. The service is supported by top-ranked health professionals at the Giannina Gaslini Institute, in Genoa, Italy.


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