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Maritime news from the seven seas


Despite the decline in the price of crude oil over the past year, the subsea hardware market is expected to grow by 27 percent to 2019. Subsea tree installations (a subsea tree monitors and controls the production of a subsea well) numbered 350 last year, which, according to Douglas-Westwood market analysts, is the highest volume to date. The trend is forecasted to continue until 2018 when orders won’t be as brisk. Asia, Latin America and Africa are identified as together creating nearly half of global expenditures. Hydrocarbon demand will continue to grow, which bodes well for long-term capex investments, despite short-term potential cancellations.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

An allision in the St. Lawrence Seaway between the 286-foot Saint Laurent cruise ship and a concrete wall in the Eisenhower Lock resulted in 27 passengers and three crewmembers being injured. There were 274 people aboard the vessel at the time of the incident.

In Brazil at a Petrobras-run oil terminal, two construction workers who were attached to scaffolding by security belts, drowned after the structure collapsed at the end of a pier.

No injuries were reported after the oil rig Rumailah began tilting to one side. The platform, which is owned by Gulf Drilling International, had been operating in the Al Shaheen field off Qatar. It may take several months before the damage is repaired.

The Chang Fu Xing ferronickel-carrying vessel collided with Hong Wei 298, which was carrying anthracite coal at Guanjingyang in the Fujian province. The Chang Fu Xing was damaged but thankfully there were no injuries to the crew of either ship.

Unlashed or badly lashed trucks reportedly caused the ro/ro vessel Taba to capsize and sink not long after she departed from Safaga Port in Egypt. Everyone aboard was rescued but some of the crew suffered minor injuries.

Piracy Pulse

In India, at Vishakhapatnam Anchorage, crew of an anchored product tanker were surprised at having ship properties stolen after thwarting an attempt by five robbers to board the vessel by way of the anchor chain. As several of the crew gathered to watch the boat move off, two robbers boarded the ship via the stern and got away with their loot despite the aft watchman raising the alarm.

Engine spares were taken from a tanker that was underway near Pulau Nipah, Indonesia after a band of eight thieves boarded the ship. The alarm was raised and non-essential crew mustered in the citadel during the incident.

At the Indonesian Muara Berau Anchorage, two robbers brandishing long knives escaped with both ship and personal properties after tying up a duty AB. A fellow AB raised the alarm as the pirates made their get-away back to their boat.

Odds and Ends

Construction of BC Ferries’ third new vessel is underway at Poland’s Remontowa Shipbuilding facility. This three-vessel newbuild program is part of a fleet refurbishment to replace vessels coming to an end of their lifecycle. All three will be dual-fuel burning ships. Deliveries are staggered with the first scheduled for August 2016, the second for October 2016 and the last due in February of 2017.

Carnival Corporation has entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft to build four new cruise ships –the first to run on LNG in a dual-power hybrid system that will be used in port and at sea. One hundred percent of the ship’s power at sea will be generated by on-board stored LNG. The new vacation vessels will be able to carry approximately 6,600 passengers.

Canada is embarking on a safety system for tankers via a new $3.7 million entity called the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping. The Centre, located in Vancouver, BC., is funded by the Canadian government and will be carrying out a series of studies on environmental impacts, provide information on the safety of oil and gas and LNG product handling and is also set to provide ongoing engagement with the public, various stakeholders and Aboriginal groups around best practices.

Plans to continue exploring the ancient Greek Antikythera shipwreck believed to have sunk during 70 BC and 60 BC are going ahead. A previous expedition that took place from 2012 to 2014 revealed the seafloor modeled in 3D along with photos of the wreck. Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Greece’s Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities added more vital data to the growing database of artifacts and geographic data that has been building since 1900. The next five years of work will see the two teams focus on specific excavations of the vessel considered to be the largest shipwreck of the ancient period.


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