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Above Board – Maritime news from the seven seas


October 1, 2019

The LNG-powered semi-sub crane vessel Sleipnir has reportedly made history on an impressive lift. Her two revolving cranes, each capable of lifting 20,000 tons, were able to successfully complete a 15,300-ton lift, accomplishing the feat on behalf of Noble Energy for its Leviathan Platform commercial gas facilities.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

Just outside of Texas, a crewmember with a back injury had to be airlifted from the crude tanker Pacific Jewels in four-foot seas.

A routine maintenance job aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas ended in one crewmember’s death after he fell overboard while the ship was moored in the Port of Livorno, Italy.

Crew not following proper arrival protocols was cited as the culprit behind the BC Ferries vessel Queen of Surrey alliding with the Langdale terminal. The vessel’s bow and car deck suffered damage, and as a result, passengers were kept waiting 10 hours until the problem was remedied. At least no one was injured.

Piracy Pulse

At Batam Anchorage, in Indonesia, a group of five knife-wielding robbers were able to make off with engine room spares after getting aboard a tug.

In Nigeria at Federal Ocean Terminal Onne, authorities were able to nab a pirate after the crew locked the marauder in the offshore supply vessel’s pump room where the thief had been intent on reliving the vessel of some of its properties. The robber’s accomplice, waiting in a nearby boat, was able to get away but the thief was not and was subsequently questioned shore side.

The duty crew of an anchored bulk carrier was surprised by two armed bandits who proceeded to tie him up and hold him at knifepoint. Strangely, as the rest of the crew made an approach, the would-be thieves got away through the hawse pipe after relieving the duty crew of his walkie-talkie.

Odds and Ends

The Prince Rupert Gateway has received a total of $153.7 million from the Federal Government’s National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) to help facilitate growth expected to be in the neighborhood of 50 million tons within the next 10 years. The Prince Rupert Port Authority and CN received $60.6 million for the Zanardi Bridge and Causeway project. The Port Authority received 49.85 million to support rail infrastructure for Ridley Island, and the Metlakatla Development Corporation was awarded $43.3 million in support of the Metlakatla Import Logistics Park project.

A new expedition cruise ship, the first to be designed with Ulstein’s bow hull design X-BOW, is now plying the waters of Antarctica. Owned by SunStone, the 104-meter, Polar Class 6 Greg Mortimer is the company’s inaugural Infinity-class vessel built at China’s Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) Haimen yard.

France’s Marseille Fos port authority hopes to become the Mediterranean’s first 100-percent electric port by 2025. A new zero-emissions $25 million initiative will see extended shore power connections in the Marseille eastern Harbor for ferries, cruise ships and repair quays.

Three Windstar Cruises vessels are getting mid-ship section upgrades. Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride will be lengthened 85 feet, which will increase capacity to 312 passengers. The added room will also include 50 new suites and more luxury vacation-style amenities. The $250 million Star Plus Initiative will see each vessel relaunched into service before the end of 2020.

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Kathy Smith writes for global maritime trade journals and provides marketing copy to maritime businesses worldwide. She can be reached at


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