Baumarine by MaruKlav, the Panamax pool managed by Klaveness and Marubeni, has welcomed Taiwan’s First Steamship as its latest member.
First Steamship has entered the 2013-built Ever Best, delivering it into the pool earlier this month.
The vessel had previously participated in a Marubeni pool between 2017 and 2019.
First Steamship’s COO commented: “We look forward to developing a close relationship with Baumarine by MaruKlav where the combined expertise from Klaveness and Marubeni has the potential to provide opportunities for higher earnings and greater flexibility towards her upcoming drydock in May.”
Taiwanese containerline Evergreen Marine has announced that 36 containers have fallen off its 2014-built post-Panamax vessel Ever Liberal due to rough sea conditions.
The incident happened while the ship was en route to Los Angeles after leaving the Port of Busan.
According to the company, the 8,452 TEU ship encountered strong winds off the south of Kyushu, Japan, causing the collapse of container stacks on the vessel. Twenty-one containers fell onto the deck, while 36 fell into the sea.
The company said no personnel was injured in the incident and none of the containers contained hazardous cargo The ship notified Japan Coast Guard about the incident immediately.
Following the incident, the ship changed its course to Taipei for inspections and Evergreen said everything possible is being done to retrieve the lost containers.
Two containerships collided near the Yangtze River estuary off Shanghai late on Sunday night resulting in the sinking of one vessel.
According to information released by Shanghai Maritime Safety Bureau, the 2013-built 1,714 TEU containership Oceana suffered an engine failure and collided with another local boxship Xin Qi Sheng 69, which sank with 650 containers onboard.
All the 16 crewmembers of the Xin Qi Sheng 69 jumped into the water. Eight of them was rescued by rescue teams, three were found dead, while five remain missing.
Search and rescue operations are ongoing.
Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has delivered the zero- emissions autonomous container vessel Yara Birkeland to Yara International.
The vessel was delivered to Yara prepared for the autonomous operation which will be developed by Yara.
Yara says the vessel will first undergo testing for container loading and stability, before heading to a test area in Horten for further preparations for autonomous operation.
“Yara Birkeland is an example of Yara’s ambition to innovate and find climate-friendly solutions which can be commercialized. However, innovation projects come with uncertainties and challenges. In particular, the autonomous logistics on land have proven to be a challenge for the project. The construction of the ship has been done according to plan with slight delays, including the fitting of the battery, control and navigation systems, For the autonomous logistics on land the project team continues to look for simplified solutions to this,” Yara said in an update.
After experiencing delays due to Covid-9, the world’s first battery-powered autonomous vessel is expected to go into operations towards the end of 2021.
“Yara’s goal is to complete the project and bring the emission-free ship into commercial operation. Different ownership models or partnerships will be evaluated for operation and commercialization,” the company said.
The Maltese-flagged Aframax tanker vessel Agrari, operated by George Economou’s TMS Tankers, was reportedly struck by an explosive device at Al Shuqaiq anchorage in Saudi Arabia.
According to a report by maritime safety consultancy Dryad Global, the vessel was struck about 1m above the water line and the vessel suffered damage on the portside, resulting in a partial breach of the vessel hull and a limited oil spill.
Dryad Global cited sources within the Arab Coalition in Yemen that the incident was a result of a Houthi launched water-born IED (WBIED).
“Attempts at targeting vessels and ports via such methods are reported with relative frequency with the latest report indicating that Saudi forces interdicted and destroyed an attempted WBIED targeting the Saudi port of Jizan on November 13,” Dryad Global said in a report.
It is the second such reported incident in the region since another Greek-owned, Malta-flagged Aframax tanker was struck by a mine whilst loading at the Rudum Terminal off the Yemeni south coast on October 3.
The piracy situation in the Gulf of Guinea continues to be critical with yet another hijacking incident occurring near south Lome this week.
Maritime safety consultancy Dryad Global reported that Togo-flagged bunkering vessel Stelios K was boarded and hijacked while on route to Lagos. The operator reported the loss of contact with the vessel, resulting in authorities seeking to establish the vessel location and make contact with the crew.
The Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG) later received confirmation that the perpetrators were still on board while local authorities have been informed and negotiations are ongoing to secure the release of the vessel and crew.
The crew onboard the vessel are believed to be safe.
“The lack of immediate kidnap would indicate that the perpetrators potentially sought options for either offloading or selling refined product that may be onboard,” Dryad Global said.
The incident follows two incidents in the Gulf over the last seven days, one with five crew onboard general cargo vessel Am Delta being kidnapped and the other with 14 crew kidnapped from Chinese heavy-lift ship Zhen Hua 7.
“The Gulf of Guinea HRA was raised to a critical risk rating following a sharp increase in incidents in the past week, including 2 successful kidnappings within 3 days. Vessels are advised to exercise heightened caution in this region,” Dryad Global warned.
Criminal syndicates are trawling the seas of West Africa, swooping for kidnap for ransom targets with security firms describing the current risk levels as critical.
Yesterday the Ghanaian flagged general cargo vessel Am Delta was boarded by pirates off Brass of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea, and five crew onboard the vessel were kidnapped.
Maritime safety consultancy Dryad Global reported that the vessel was boarded by six to seven pirates and the kidnapped crew are all believed to be Ghanaian nationals. The perpetrators damaged the onboard communications and navigation equipment, resulting in the vessel drifting with two crew onboard.
The incident shortly after 14 crew were kidnapped from the Chinese heavy-lift ship Zhen Hua 7 near Sao Tome in the Gulf of Guinea on Friday.
The latest incident takes the total volume of kidnapped personnel from vessels within the Gulf of Guinea to 115 across 22 incidents so far this year.
Singapore-based owner Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has won a bid to purchase, build, and operate four 98,000 cum VLECs for China-based Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical.
The vessels will be built at South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries and will be chartered to Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical for 15 years upon delivery in the first half of 2022. All four vessels will feature fuel ethane propulsion.
The deal also marks an entry for EPS into the ethane carrier segment.
Zhejiang Satellite is building a large chartered VLEC fleet for transporting ethane from the US Gulf Coast to Lianyungang. The company currently has a total of 12 VLECs on the orderbook after it finalized a sale and leaseback deal for six VLECs with MISC in September.
An offshore work barge sunk at the Baram field in Malaysian waters this morning sparking a huge rescue operation.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has confirmed that offshore vessel Sapura Constructor reported that it had received an emergency signal from the sinking Dayang Topaz, located around 7.7 nautical miles from Kuala Baram, Miri.
The Sapura Constructor sailed to the area to track the exact location of Dayang Topaz, and found the ship sinking. 62 crew are reported to have still been onboard the vessel, while another 125 crew jumped into the sea.
Maritime Rescue Coordination Center launched a massive search and rescue operation by sending out a number of rescue ships and coordinated nearby ships owned by Shell and Petronas to the site. So far, 121 crew have been rescued while one was found dead and four others are missing.
The search and rescue operations are ongoing, while the cause of the incident is still under investigation.
The 2012-built maintenance and support vessel Dayang Topaz is owned by Malaysia’s DESB Marine Services, which is part of Dayang Enterprise Holdings.
Chinese Owners Rewood Ocean Shipping (Rosco) has once again listed its entire fleet for sale.
According to shipbroking reports, Rosco is now inviting offers for its fleet of 11 bulk carriers comprising of seven Panamaxes, three Kamsarmaxes and one Capesize.
All of the vessels are Japanese-built apart from two Kamsarmaxes, which were built at Tsuneishi’s yard in Zhoushan, China. The ages of the vessels range from nine to eighteen.
The company listed the same fleet for sale back in 2018 but didn’t conclude any deals.
VesselsValue’s valuation on the eleven vessels is $121.75m.
Hebei-based Rewood Ocean Shipping is a subsidiary of Chinese private grain trader, Hopefull Grain and Oil Group.