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New Zealand Civil Defence

No tsunami risk to New Zealand following 8.1 earthquake in Alaska

There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand from the massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake in the Alaska Peninsula this evening, Civil Defence says. The strong quake was located about 91 kilometres east southeast of Perryville, Alaska, at a depth of 46.7 km. The National Emergency Management Agency and GNS Science were earlier assessing whether the earthquake, which registered at 6:16pm (NZT), has created a tsunami and whether that could affect parts of the country. "If a tsunami has been generated in this location it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least 12 hours," a statement from Civil Defence said. In its latest statement, it said there was no tsunami risk to New Zealand. "New Zealand coastal areas may experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore tomorrow. Be cautious if you are at the beach or on the water," Civil Defence said. The US Tsunami Warning Center has forecasted that any tsunami waves would be less than than 0.3m above the tide level for New Zealand and the Pacific. A tsunami warning has been issued for the US Pacific territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, while the Pacific Warning Centre is also assessing the risk to other Pacific countries. There's no tsunami threat for Anchorage in Alaska. There have been at least two strong aftershocks, including a preliminary magnitude 6.2 and magnitude 5.6, the USGS has reported...



Competition Begins for Construction of UK’s New National Flagship

The UK launched the competition for the construction of its new national flagship calling for bids from British shipbuilders for the project. Speaking at the National Flagship Engagement Day event in historic Greenwich, England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed his critics saying the vessel will help Britain to show off around the world. Announced in May 2021 to serve as a global trade mission and British flagship the vessel was originally projected in 2019 to cost £120 million (approximately $167 million) the cost estimates have risen to between £200 and £250 million (approximately $270 and $350 million) turning the vessel into a political issue. Critics are calling the ship a distraction and waste of British taxpayers’ money with the Labour Party threatening to scrap the project while the Prime Minister says it will be a symbol of national pride and will be used to attract foreign investment. The competition for the construction bids officially opened today, July 28, and is scheduled to run till October. The bidding and construction are being overseen by the Ministry of Defense, which issued the formal invitation to tender. The government is positioning the ship as a military vessel to get around rules requiring that the bidding be opened to the international shipbuilding community. The Ministry of Defense says that the vessel is officially part of the navy and will be crewed by 80 Royal Navy sailors...



Kiwi startups Seachange,

EV Maritime see their electric ferry dreams moving closer to reality

Marsden Point startup Seachange tests a prototype of the hydrofoil technology that will be incorporated into its electric ferries, which will be designed to carry cars. Dreaming of electric ferries as you sit for your noisy, diesel-powered cross-harbour commute, praying it won't break down again? Startups Seachange and EV Maritime are now both promising boats in commercial operation within a couple...



Tanker and general cargo ship collided in Kiel Canal

Tanker went out of control after engine failure and collided with general cargo ship in Kiel Canal near Kiel locks, at around 0120 LT Jul 27. The ships were transiting Canal in opposite directions, both reportedly, sustained damages and were detained. Tanker was berthed near collision site, general cargo ship according to track, exited Canal and was berthed in port outside locks. Ships weren’t identified, but according to tracks, tanker ORASUND and general cargo ship BBC PARANA were involved. ORASUND is en route from Liepaja Latvia to Ireland, BBC PARANA is en route from China to Umea Sweden. As of 1420 UTC Jul 27, both ships remained berthed in Kiel. Reportedly, ships didn’t report water ingress, nor there was any leak...



The Pool Of Ship Officers Is Running Dry

By Jonathan Saul (Reuters) There could be a shortage of merchant sailors to crew commercial ships in five years if action is not taken to boost numbers, raising risks for global supply chains, a report said on Wednesday. The shipping industry is already struggling with crewing shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic, a situation that will exacerbate expected labor supply problems over the next few years, according to the study published by trade associations BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). The Delta variant of the coronavirus has hit hard in parts of Asia and prompted many nations to cut off land access for sailors. That’s left captains unable to rotate weary crews and about 100,000 seafarers stranded at sea beyond their stints, in a flashback to 2020 and the height of lockdowns when over 200,000 merchant sailors were stuck on ships...



ROC Navy Commissions

Her First Upgraded and Modified Catamaran Corvette

Defense Minister Qiu Guozheng officiated at a ceremony to hand over the Tuo Chiang class 'Ta Jiang' corvette to the Republic of China Navy. The ceremony was held at Su’ao Longde Shipyard in Yilan, where Yilan County Mayor, Lin Chi-Miao, Legislative Councilors Wang Dingyu and Chen Ou-Po were invited to witness the glorious moment of the navy. After that, Minister Qiu presented the first captain, Rear Admiral Liu, with the Navy flag, and the Ta Jiang was officially handed over to the Navy as a force to defend the sea border. In his speech, Mr. Qiu expressed his gratitude to the Navy, CAS and Longde project team for their unfailing cooperation and the support from the domestic shipbuilding industry. Minister Chiu pointed out that the warship named by President Tsai, the Commander-in-Chief of the Three Armies, was especially named after the Tawa River in Taitung County, which is the living area of the indigenous Paiwan people, and the Paiwan people are brave and courageous by nature, which can be emulated by all officers and men. In addition, the President named the warship after a geographical feature of Taiwan that is familiar to all, to remind every officer and soldier of the national army that they have the responsibility to stand in the front line of protecting democracy and freedom, to be a fortress and lighthouse on the sea of Taiwan, and to guard the sea border of the Republic of China...



Man in Hamster-like Floating Wheel Washes Ashore

in Florida after Failed Attempt to Reach New York

A  man in a hamster wheel-like vessel washed ashore near the Old Salt Park beach approach in Flagler County, Florida. He said he was on the way to New York. "[The vessel's] sole occupant was with the vessel and advised that he came to shore because he was missing some of his equipment," Flagler Sheriff's report from July 24 reads. In a tweet on Saturday, Flagler Sheriff said the occupant of the vessel was safe with no injuries. "The occupant advised he left the St. Augustine area [the day before] to head to [New York], but came across some complications that brought him back to shore," Flagler Sheriff tweeted. St. Augustine is a city on the northeast coast of Florida...



Highly-anticipated 59m Royal Huisman superyacht Phi launched

Following her rollout from her shed yesterday in Vollenhove, the Netherlands, the 58.5-metre superyacht Phi has been launched. Yesterday, we shared a first glimpse of the superyacht out of her shed as she prepared to touch the water today. Phi’s curved sleek exterior lines are the design work of Cor D. Rover, who worked closely with her owner to create an aesthetic inspired by a menacing cobra. Her still secret interiors were penned by London-based design studio Lawson Robb while her naval architecture is from the boards of Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Her specially developed Fast Displacement XL hull form allows the yacht to be long and sleek yet still remain under the 500 GT mark...



Wind turbine installation vessel capsizes in Southern China

A wind turbine installation vessel capsized off the coast of South China’s Guangdong on Sunday morning local time, causing close to 70 people to fall into the sea. The accident took place at around 11,00 hrs local time, near the Honghaiwan wind measurement tower in the Red Bay area of ​​Huizhou. The video (see below) shows the vessel, identified as Sheng Ping 001, formerly Teras Fortress 2, partially sunk next to the wind turbine transition piece. Rescue operations are underway and the number of casualties, as well as the cause of the accident, have not yet been reported. Chinese local media said that there were 67 people onboard. According to reports, 63 people have been safely transferred, and four people are still missing. The 2015-built vessel tilted and started flooding while working on the CGN New Energy offshore wind construction project...



Offshore support vessel heavy list, 61 rescued, 4 are missing

Offshore support vessel SHENG PING 001, engaged in offshore wind turbines installation, developed heavy list in the morning Jul 25 in South China sea E of Hong Kong, in Guangdong Province waters. There were more than 70 people on board. Understood majority are rescued, several remain missing, said to fall overboard. As of 1340 UTC Jul 25, ship’s status unclear, she may be still afloat...



French Navy To Test New Laser Weapon System at Sea

The DGA, in cooperation with CILAS, demonstrated the destruction of a drone by a laser weapon system on July 7, 2021. This demonstration took place at the DGA’s missile test center located in South Western France. “I am proud to have seen this excellence at work today. This is an exceptional experiment. A drone has just been destroyed by a high-powered laser, a major step in the fight against drones has just been taken. Thanks to you, France is proving today that she is up to the task and will be able to defend herself against her enemies.” This development was made in a context where drones are taking an increasingly important place on the battlefield with the use by terrorist organizations of civilian drones – transformed into reconnaissance drones – or military-made kamikaze attack drones used in recent conflicts...



The Maritime Industry Guide

Wärtsilä To Provide Thrusters For Two Chinese Wind Farm Turbine Installation Vessels

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the steerable and tunnel thrusters for two new wind farm turbine installation vessels being built for the China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC), a China state-owned power company. The ships will serve China’s expanding offshore wind power sector. The orders were placed by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co, the yard building a 2000-ton wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), and by China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co, the yard building a 3000-ton heavy lift vessel...



Iran’s Largest Warship Now in the Baltic Sea Bound for Russia

Iran’s largest warship is now in the Baltic Sea – a first for the Iranian Navy – according to photos from ship spotters provided to USNI News. Oil-tanker-turned-warship IRINS Makran transited the Great Belt early Thursday morning entering the Baltic Sea under escort by Royal Danish Navy patrol vessels. Makran passed under the Great Belt Bridge just outside the entrance to the Baltic Sea at 6:53 a.m. local time – 2:53 a.m. EDT, according to a Thursday tweet from The warship was being escorted by patrol ship HDMS Diana (P250), according to AIS data from Frigate IRINS Sahand entered the Baltic Sea earlier via a different route, but has not yet been seen by ship spotters. Danish press reported Iranian officials notified Copenhagen the two ships would be transiting Danish waters en route to Russia.



No Covid-19 restrictions?

The Zero Emissions Vessel Sails More Than 40,000 Nautical Miles

Energy Observer, an ambassador for the hydrogen revolution, has sailed for more than 40,000 nautical miles from the time it left its home at Saint-Malo in 2017. Designed to push the limits of zero-emission technologies, Energy Observer features next-gen hydrogenation, hydrogen, and solar wind solutions. On July 16, the ship arrived at New Caledonia, having made 68 stopovers. Out of these 15 were educational exhibitions. It has also visited 30 countries. Energy Observer is an experimental platform for tomorrow’s energy sources. It is a revolutionary vessel that navigates without causing any damage to the planet. Energy Observer is the first French ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN to convey France’s message to inspire the greatest of environmental players to preserve the planet...



US carrier Ford conducts second shock trial,

after technical failure halted earlier attempt

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) successfully completed the second of three scheduled explosive events for Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST), July 16, 2021. The shock trials are designed to demonstrate the ship’s ability to withstand the effects of nearby underwater explosion and retain required capability. Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Jackson Adkins/US Navy. WASHINGTON – U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford completed its second in-water shock trial on July 16, after an attempt earlier in the month failed due to technical issues. Ford is undergoing a three-part test series to ensure the first-in-class carrier is properly battle-hardened. The service will set off three blasts in the water, each successively closer to the ship – and after each blast, the crew tests all major ship systems to ensure they weren’t harmed and inspects the hull for any signs of damage. The first test was successfully completed on June 18 off the coast of Florida...



Italian Coast Guard takes delivery

of 33m self-righting patrol and rescue vessel

Italian shipbuilder Intermarine has delivered a new patrol vessel to the Italian Coast Guard. The RINA-classed newbuild honours the late Natale De Grazia, an Italian Coast Guard officer and environmental protection advocate. It is the first of the coast guard’s Angeli del Mare (“Angels of the Sea”) class of patrol vessels that were also designed to be the largest self-righting vessels to be built in Italy. “The challenge for us was to design and build a boat with self-righting ability and unsinkability, which are operational requirements that have never been applied to a vessel of this size,” Intermarine told Baird Maritime. “Fortunately, we succeeded in this regard, and the vessel has been granted RINA’s ‘Self-Right’ and ‘Unsinkability’ notations.” Natale De Grazia has a lightweight deep-V aluminium hull for increased manoeuvrability during both high- and low-speed operations, an LOA of 33.6 metres, a beam of 8.15 metres, a draught of 1.38 metres at full load, and a displacement of 150 tonnes. In addition to performing maritime security patrols, the vessel will also be used in search and rescue (SAR)...



UK Carrier Strike Group To Conduct Exercise With Indo-Pacific Partners

The Strike Group will undertake a series of exercises with forces from the US, Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand and Korea in the Philippine Sea in August. On a visit to US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) in Hawaii, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace met with the Commander Admiral John C Aquilino and announced that the UK Carrier Strike Group will undertake a series of multinational exercises with global allies in the Philippine Sea this August. Operating alongside Naval and Air Forces from the United States, Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea, the UK Carrier Strike Group will undertake a number of integration exercises designed to build interoperability between like-minded international partners in this globally significant region of the world. The HMS Queen Elizabeth led Strike Group will operate with a US Carrier Strike Group, which combined, will be the largest concentration of F-35 jets anywhere in the world...



Los Angeles Port Sets New Record, Handles 10.9M TEUs

The port of Los Angeles often termed as the 'busiest port in the US', has set a new western hemisphere record by closing the fiscal year with a massive record of 10.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in container throughput for the year. This comes at a time when the global economy tries to overcome setbacks due to the ongoing pandemic, as vaccination efforts ramp up around the world. In the last year itself, the port witnessed its two best performing quarters and broke eight records of monthly container volume throughput. Besides, there were four months having the highest records in terms of container handling in the 114-year history of the port. During, one such month also termed as the 'busiest June' the port was able to move 876,430 TEUs of container volume making the port of Los Angeles the first port in the western hemisphere to cross the 10 million TEU milestone...



BP, EnBW to Invest Billions if

Bid for Scottish Offshore Wind Lease Successful

British oil major BP and the German renewables firm EnBW submitted their bid for offshore wind acreage in the ScotWind leasing round, looking to secure the rights for a lease area off the east coast of Scotland that could support offshore wind projects with 2.9 gigawatts (GW) generating capacity. The seabed round in which firms apply for the license to build wind farms has attracted the interest of both "traditional" renewables giants such as Iberdrola, Orsted, Ocean Winds, and Vattenfall, as well as from the oil majors looking to diversify, such as Shell, TotalEnergies, BP, and Equinor. "A successful bid would bring multi-billion pound investments into Scottish offshore wind projects and supporting infrastructure, including ports, harbors and shipyards. bp also would use its unique integrated business model to invest in net-zero industries, including green hydrogen production and significantly accelerating the expansion of Scotland’s EV charging network," BP said...



Si vis pacem para bellum

U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class Submarines To Get 76% More Firepower

Quantity has a quality all of its own. And when the quality relates to U.S. Navy missiles, having more of them is inevitably a massive increase in capabilities. The latest Block V Virginia Class submarine will greatly increase the number of missiles which can be carried. In effect this will make it a cruise missile submarine (SSGN). Yet it will not take away from this otherwise flexible anti-ship, anti-submarine, intelligence and special forces platform. The Virginia Class submarine is already heavily armed. Each boat can carry up to 37 torpedo-sized weapons, such as Tomahawk cruise missiles. Twelve of these slots are in two vertical launch systems (VLS), known as the Virginia Payload Tubes. The new Block V (5) batch of submarines will add 28 more slots in its VLS. This is an increase of 76% of torpedo-sized weapons. The U.S. Navy is planning to build between 72 to 78 new attack submarines. Ten of these will be the Virginia Block V boats, 8 of which will be up-armed as described here. Based on a recent briefing document from the Congressional Research Service, reported in US Naval Institute News, a total of 31 Virginia Class submarines will ultimately have this fit...



Germany, Belgium floods toll passes 120, with many missing: Live

Some 1,300 people remain missing as severe floods sweep through western Germany and other parts of Europe. The death toll from devastating floods across parts of western Germany has risen to 106, according to local authorities, pushing the total death toll from flooding in Western Europe past 125, as the search continued for hundreds of people still unaccounted for. While heavy rainfall battered parts of France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the worst-hit areas were western Germany where at least 63 victims have been reported in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and 43 in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In Belgium, the death toll has risen to 23. There are fears more victims could be found as waters drain away across the devastated region and clean up and salvage operations are stepped up. Nearly 900 army personnel have joined rescue workers in Germany as about 1,300 people were still reported missing...



New inland boxship concept promises bigger loads,

faster transits on Mississippi River

Florida-based shipowner American Patriot Holdings (APH) is proposing a new LNG-powered vessel that will be used to transport containerised cargo along the Mississippi River. The company claims that, once in service with subsidiary American Patriot Container Transport (APCT), the 181- by 40-metre, 2,375TEU vessel will have the distinction of being the largest ship ever to sail on the Mississippi River. By comparison, the passenger steamboat American Queen, currently the largest vessel operating on the river, measures only 127 by 27 metres. The container vessel concept was developed by Canadian naval architecture firm NaviForm Consulting and Research on behalf of APH. Its design boasts a prominent “exoskeleton” structure which is claimed to help ensure a lower lightship displacement while retaining the ability to carry the same load...



The price of nautical equipment is rising

For many marine suppliers, the beginning of the summer rhymes with a revision of the price lists. In 2021, this could increase in proportions rarely reached, to the point that some distributors were keen to alert their customers, like Tecmar echoing the announcements of manufacturers such as Mastervolt, Marinco, BEP, Attwood and Garelick providing strong increases on July 1, 2021. "This affects certain product families, very diverse, with different levels. There are 2 impacts: the cost of raw materials, with steel, copper, oil derivatives or acrylic. This also starts with aluminum. Big manufacturers like Coca-Cola are buying up all the stocks at any price to make sure they can make their cans for 1 or 2 years. Diodes that used to cost a few cents have gone for some to several euros. There is less material available and more demand. On the other hand, the costs of approach and transport remain higher than before the Covid" exposes Thierry Lambot, boss of Tecmar...



Numbers of newly built superyachts is exploding

Revealed: Explorer 49.5m set to be built in Italy

Designs for the Explorer 49.5-metre superyacht by Tommaso Spadolini are in the final stages before construction begins. The yacht was commissioned a year ago by an Italian owner and the team are now in search for the construction site. Spadolini commented on the design of the flybridge yacht, “The owner's demands were very clear from the very beginning. First of all, to have large spaces, with as few differences in level as possible and to have them covered and protected from the wind, so that the yacht could be enjoyed not just in the summer but mid-season as well. Then, they asked for a lift connecting all the bridges and, finally, for a flybridge that wasn't a classic...



Because of explosive cargo:

Boxship has to leave the port of Hamburg

The "Cap San Lorenzo" has loaded twice the permitted amount of ammonium nitrate and has to leave the port of Hamburg on Wednesday. The freighter “Cap San Lorenzo” of the Hamburg Süd shipping company has to leave the port of Hamburg. The reason: the ship loaded twice the permitted amount of ammonium nitrate - a highly explosive substance. Ammonium nitrate, a white odorless salt, is used for fertilizers and explosives and has been responsible for numerous devastating explosions in the past few decades. The latest example: the explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut, in which more than 190 people were killed ...



Look back - 1,900 Containers Lost or Damaged on ONE Boxship

As if a slew of Vendée Globe breakages hadn’t already given us a reminder of objects in the ocean, possibly the largest container loss since 2013 occurred earlier this week. The ONE APUS released a situation report about the incident, which occurred when they encountered gale force winds and large swells about 1600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. The vessel is now headed towards Japan in order to seek a suitable port to make necessary repairs, assess damage, and determine exactly how many containers have been lost. For anyone in the sailing fraternity, this is yet another collection of objects to avoid, and another reminder of the ever increasing amount of rubbish in the ocean...



More Panama Canal Transits Highlight Rebounding Global Trade

The Panama Canal Authority says vessel transits are rebounding as global trade picks up after the Covid-19 pandemic. Container ships have led the recovery while liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas are among the fastest growing segments for the waterway, said Ilya Espino de Marotta, its deputy administrator, in an interview at the canal locks. The canal expects to see around 13,000 ship transits this fiscal year, compared to 12,245 last year. Shippers taking goods between the U.S. east coast and Asia remain the canal’s top customers, she said. The canal has received fewer cancellations this year than in 2020 and vehicle carriers are slowly returning, said Espino de Marotta, an engineer who led the canal’s $5.25 billion expansion project which opened in 2016...



Ever Given container ship finally leaves Egyptian

waters 112 days after blocking Suez Canal

The container ship resumes its voyage to Dutch port Rotterdam 112 days after becoming wedged across the waterway, blocking marine traffic for nearly a week. The Ever Given container ship that had blocked the Suez Canal in March has finally left Egyptian waters following inspections at Port Said. The container ship, one of the world's largest, resumes its voyage to Dutch port Rotterdam 112 days after becoming wedged across a southern section of the Egyptian waterway for nearly a week and disrupting global trade. The ship was released on 7 July after protracted negotiations and an undisclosed settlement was reached between the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Ever Given's owners and insurers. The sum reached in the agreement, according to canal authorities, would cover the salvage operation, costs of stalled canal traffic and lost transit fees for the week the ship blocked the waterway. The Suez Canal Authority did not reveal details of the settlement terms but it had previously demanded $916m (£666m) in compensation, later lowering its asking amount to $550m (around £397.7m)...



Simon Møkster's Vessel to Provide W2W

Services at Floating Wind Farm in Norway

Norwegian offshore vessel owner Simon Møkster Shipping has recently won a contract with Equinor for service operation vessel (SOV) services for the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm project in Norway. The 88 MW Hywind Tampen, which will be the world's largest floating wind farm once built, will serve as the power source for five of Equinor's offshore oil and gas platforms in Norway, Snorre A, and B, and Gullfaks A, B, and C. As part of the SOV contract with Equinor, Simon Møkster will deploy its 2014-built Stril Server vessel, which, according to the owner, conducted several thousand successful W2W [walk to work] and crane operations at various wind farms in the North Sea area. The contract will start in the second quarter of 2022 with the expected duration of 150 days plus options. "The contract is important to Møkster as it will be one of the first SOV contracts serving floating wind turbines and therefore extra considerations have been made to maneuvering capacities between two moving targets. The project is the first SOV/W2W project for Møkster on the NCS," the ship owner said...



Boxship Collides With Bulker in Strait of Malacca

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the container ship Zephyr Lumos collided with the bulker Galapagos off the port of Muar in the Strait of Malacca, badly damaging the Galapagos.  The Malaysian Coast Guard received a distress call from Zephyr Lumos reporting a collision at three minutes after midnight on Sunday morning, according to Adm. Nurul Hizam Zakaria, the head of the agency's Johor district. A second call from the Galapagos came shortly after via the Indonesian National Search and Relief Agency (Basarnas). The coast guard called upon Malaysian Navy assets to reach the scene quickly. The Zephyr Lumos had struck the Galapagos on the starboard side amidships, cutting a deep gash into her hull. Photos taken by first responders show the Galapagos with a mild starboard list after the collision....



Mega container ship collided with bulker,

both damaged, Malacca Strait

Mega container ship ZEPHYR LUMOS collided with Panamax bulk carrier GALAPAGOS at 2050 LT (UTC +8) Jul 10 in Malacca Strait off Melaka, Malaysia, halfway between Singapore and Port Dickson. Both ships were proceeding in western direction. Why did they collide, is yet unclear. ZEPHYR LUMOS struck GALAPAGOS in starboard cargo deck area, obviously inflicting heavy damages. Ships parted after collision and both were anchored, GALAPAGOS near or at collision site, ZEPHYR LUMOS to the north of collision site. As of 0500 UTC Jul 11, both ships remained anchored, both ships AIS on. Container ship ZEPHYR LUMOS is brand new, received from shipyard in Jan 2021. she’s en route from Singapore to Suez. Bulk carrier GALAPAGOS is en route from Singapore to Visakhapatnam India...



Opinion: What Happened to the South China Sea Ruling?

Five years ago on this day, an international tribunal in a landmark ruling dismissed Beijing’s claim to much of the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague said on July 12, 2016 that there was no evidence that China had exercised exclusive control historically over the key waterway. What was expected to catalyze a stronger pushback against Chinese actions in the disputed sea has, essentially, been reduced to just a moral victory for the Philippines. Clearly the verdict has had little impact on China’s behavior as its land reclamation and creeping militarization continues unabated, while its vessels regularly intrude into Filipino waters. What was not expected was that the leader of the primary litigant of the case – the Philippines – would seek to undermine his country’s legal win...



Ferry fire, 86 people evacuated, Indonesia

Passenger ro-ro ferry GUNSA 8 caught fire in the afternoon Jul 12 in Bangka Strait waters, between southeast Sumatra and Bagka island, while en route from Bangka to Tanjugn Api-Api, Sumatra. Fire reportedly, started in engine room. All 86 persons on board were safely evacuated and transferred to nearest port. Ship’s status unclear, probably burning. Her AIS is off for more than a year...



New Details - Port Nikau Masterplan

Port Nikau covers 67ha of former port land on Whangarei Harbour. Beginning the process with a conceptual layout, Construkt teamed up with Reyburn & Bryant to refine and develop a robust master plan for a new community that will eventually provide over 1200 homes alongside a harbour-side town centre. In 2020 Whangarei District Council approved a special chapter of their new District Plan for Port Nikau, the result is an extraordinarily beneficial planning framework. The masterplan, is a combination of brownfields regeneration and greenfields development. It includes a town centre, low and medium density residential housing, retirement housing, mixed use buildings and open space. Two key elements define the masterplan: Waitai Trail and Arataki Ave. The former, offers a safe and engaging route for pedestrians and cyclists that weaves between the coastal edge, mangroves, parkland, and urban areas. Arataki Avenue on the alignment of the historic Tide Gauge wharf forms a major axis through the development that provides a pedestrian and cycle friendly route for residents to reach the village centre...



This 3-Hull Trimaran Superyacht

Cuts Through Seas Like Neptune’s Trident

Although the automotive world is ridden with any number of outlandish concept cars, it has nothing on the superyacht industry’s unbounded imagination. After all, such vessels are often unbelievable even in their physical form, so a digital render is pretty much an open invitation for excess. Yeojin Jung’s creation, however, actually has a practical explanation for its seemingly interstellar shape: exploration. Inspired by cantilevered architecture, Jung designed her ‘Estrella’ superyacht concept with three hulls in order to give its occupants a variety of different viewing perspectives as they cruise around the world. And to ensure that the ship’s y-shaped trimaran construction wouldn’t compromise its stability, Jung has imagined it with a central stabilizer system as well as some secondary fins on each of the outer hulls. Stretching some 342 feet in length, it comes powered by a hybrid diesel engine with a cruising speed of 15 knots. In the event the Estrella ever gets built, it offers room for you and up to 19 friends...



Norwegian RoRo Ferries to be Converted to Battery Power

Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 plans to covert three more of the company’s ferries from gas and diesel propulsion to zero-emission battery operations. The company, which operates 83 ferries in Norway, awarded contracts for the latest conversions which follow several other electrifications in 2020 as well as the delivery of seven hybrid-electric ferries. The first of the vessels scheduled to undergo the conversion is the 3,000 ton MF Lote. Built in 2006, it is a RoRo ferry with a capacity of 438 passengers and car ramps at both ends permit it to load up to 120 vehicles. The vessel operates in northern Norway. The extensive modifications for the ferry involve the conversion from diesel engines to battery-run propulsion, which will be carried out at the Havyard Lervik shipyard in Norway as the first modification contracts after the yard ends its new construction business. The vessel currently has four propulsion thrusters run by four diesel engines. They will be replaced by electric engines powered by a large battery system. The project is due to start in November 2021...



Euronav Signs on Ammonia-fueled Tanker Project

Tanker shipping company Euronav on Tuesday announced it has signed onto a joint development program (JDP) to develop dual fuel ammonia (NH3)-fitted tankers. The company said it will work alongside the world's largest shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and classification societies Lloyd’s Register and DNV in an effort to accelerate the development of NH3-powered very large crude carrier (VLCC) and Suezmax vessels. The initial term of the project will be three years. In addition, Euronav confirmed it has signed contracts to build three Suezmaxes for a total cost of $199.2 million, or $66.4 million each. The ships will be delivered from the third quarter of 2023 through the first quarter of 2024. Euronav also said it exercised an option to build a third liquefied natural gas (LNG)-ready VLCC at Hyundai Samho, in line with its order announced in April. These three vessels are scheduled to be handed over from the fourth quarter of 2022 through the second quarter of 2023. The newbuild deliveries will be staggered, enabling the involved parties to make concrete progress toward the development of ammonia-fitted tankers, Euronav said...



A tool for supervising marinas and anchorages

The first product developed by Nauticspot, its port supervision tool is intended for marinas. Using wireless sensors installed on the pontoons, the system detects the presence of a boat in a harbour berth. It thus relieves port agents of timekeeping operations, facilitates the management of absences and the re-allocation of port places to yachtsmen in port of call. The information is referred to the existing operating software used by the marina. With the development of connected buoys and sensors of sufficient range, Nauticspot has extended its offer to mooring areas. The presence sensor is also a safety feature, giving a warning if the mooring line breaks. Service applications for boaters - At the same time, Nauticspot has developed its mobile application for yachtsmen. Tailored to the needs of each marina, it integrates a series of modules and can be sold separately from the supervision offer, or as a complement. Among the proposals are the following: weather forecasts by digitizing the bulletin displayed in the harbour master's office and providing information from the weather station, viewing the port's webcam, an absence declaration module, a "port waze" type security service allowing the yachtsman to report and locate an anomaly, generating an alert sent to the port's employees, emergency numbers , a news module. Other services can be considered according to the client's requests...



Electro Nautic makes a splash with WaveFlyer

Back in August last year, Startup News spoke with Electro.Aero co-founder Richard Charlton about the company hitting two milestones: the world’s first ducted fan microlight, and the receipt of their second Innovation Voucher for their subsidiary Electro Nautic. Then mostly under wraps, Electro Nautic has now announced its WaveFlyer prototype – a personal watercraft that employs much of the same technology used on the aerospace product Richard and his co-founder, Josh Portlock, created. When Startup News last spoke with Richard, the third prototype was being designed and built. It’s now being tested on the water – at a secret location somewhere around Perth...



Container ship prices skyrocket amid ongoing supply chain bottlenecks

Prices to ship containers from Asia to the U.S. and Europe are skyrocketing amid ongoing severe global supply chain bottlenecks, and industry executives expect the shipping capacity to remain tight for the rest of the year, The Wall Street Journal reports. The average price worldwide to ship a 40-foot container has more than quadrupled from a year ago to $8,399 as of July 1, according to a global pricing index by London-based Drewry Shipping Consultants. The measure has risen by 53.5 percent since the beginning of May. As for prices to ship from China to major European and U.S. ports, they are closer to $12,000 a container, with reports of some companies being charged $20,000 for last-minute agreements, the article reports. "Global trade right now is the hottest restaurant in town," Brian Bourke, chief growth officer at Seko Logistics, was quoted as saying. "If you want to get a reservation, you need to plan it out two months in advance. Everyone's trying to grab any spot they can and they're all spoken for." The rising ocean rates are the result of disruptions across supply chains that triggered delays at ports and inland distribution networks as Western retailers and manufacturers Irish to restock inventories that were depleted during the Covid-19 pandemic...



Ever Given, ship that was stuck in Suez Canal,

finally given OK to leave Egypt | CBC News Loaded

An Egyptian court on Tuesday lifted a three-month-long judicial seizure of a hulking shipping vessel that had blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year, paving the way for it to leave Egypt. Following the decision by the court in the city of Ismailia, the Ever Given will be allowed to leave the canal on Wednesday. Earlier, the Suez Canal Authority notified the court that it reached a settlement in its financial dispute with Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., the Japanese owner of the Ever Given, a judicial official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The vessel ran aground in March, blocking the crucial waterway for six days. It has been held since amid a dispute over financial compensation. The Suez Canal Authority did not reveal details on the terms of the settlement. At first, the Suez Canal Authority had demanded $916 million US in compensation, which was later lowered to $550 million US. In addition to the money, local reports said the canal would also receive a tugboat...



New Chinese Navy Submarine

The New Mystery Submarine Seen in China: What We Know

At the height of the Cold War defense analysts often tried to piece together information about a new types of submarine seen outside shipyards. Today this is playing out again, only in China. A new submarine, with an unusual sail, has recently emerged. The ability to keep your submarine designs secret may confer a tactical or strategic advantage in the future. Yet they are also massive projects which most countries cannot keep completely secret. The US Navy’s submarine building plans for example, are known years in advance. Not in China. On May 12 2021 we got our first view of a new submarine which was ready to be launched at a shipyard in Wuhan. This creates a lot of analysis, and some wild speculation. Since May a brief segment of video and another candid photograph have come to light, enabling a deeper analysis. The submarine is currently on the Huangpu River in Shanghai, in the vicinity of 31°15’22.49″N, 121°32’38.71″E. Before dealing with what we know, we should highlight something which we do not. We don’t know it’s name or designation. Western observers have taken to referring to it as the Type-039C or –D. The last letter refers to it being either the third or forth (depending on who you ask) major variant of the existing Type-039A Yuan Class. These letters, including for the previous -B model, have been given by Western observers. Although they are widely used in defense circles, and I myself have been guilty of this, the Chinese Navy hasn’t shared their actual designations. So all of these might be wrong...



China's New Mystery Submarine Sure Looks Weird

Images of a bizarre new Chinese submarine are making waves on social media. The submarine, tentatively designated Type-039C/D by western observers, is a non-nuclear attack sub that could use lithium-ion batteries to stay quiet underwater. The most prominent feature of the sub is a new sail, which appears designed to lower its radar signature while surfaced. The photos first filtered out of China last month, and open source naval analyst H.I. Sutton discovered the submarine in satellite imagery. While the unnamed sub is currently tied up on the Huangpu River in Shanghai, it comes from Wuhan, a city that’s fairly deep in China’s interior, but home to many shipyards. Surface ships and submarines are built in Wuhan and then floated 570 miles down the Yangtze River to Shanghai on the Pacific Ocean. The submarine has an oddly shaped sail: a large, dorsal fin-shaped protrusion on the top of the submarine where the periscope, snorkel, and sensors are mounted. Instead of being smooth and featureless like other submarines, the new sub’s sail features straight angles and facets...



Max-Speed 27,5kn - Die schnelle Reise der Belena

Selbst wenn man die Orbitalspeed-Spitzen der GPS-Antenne außen vorlässt, eine Superleistung für einen Fahrtenkatamaran


Ein Reisebericht: Wir sind gestern um halb drei in Denerau angekommen, aber müssen noch ein paar Tage auf dem Quarantäne-Ankerplatz liegen, ehe wir einklarieren können. Aber hier schon mal ein Bericht, wie es uns auf der Überfahrt ergangen ist. Am Sonntag, den 20igsten um neun Uhr haben wir ausklariert und kurz vor 9.40 ging dann der Anker hoch, damit wir noch im 72 Stunden-Zeitrahmen für unsere Abreise sind. Wir sind den ganzen Sonntag noch in der Bay of Islands rumgedümpelt, denn wir wollten warten, bis der Wind auf West dreht. Das war dann am Sonntagabend der Fall und wir haben die Bay verlassen mit Kurs auf Fidschi. Bis Dienstagabend hatten wir Starkwind und es blies dauerhaft zwischen 30 und 35 kn, in Böen sogar bis 50 kn! Aber da der Wind von achtern kam, war das kein großes Problem. Nur mit dem Sturmsegel sind wir noch gut vorangekommen und am Mittwoch hatten wir dann traumhaftes Wetter und herrliches Segeln. Die Wellenhöhe war aber immer noch beeindruckend und die See war auch ziemlich konfus. Gigantische Wellenberge wollten das Dinghi krallen, ist ihnen aber nicht gelungen. Gestartet sind wir bei einer Temperatur von 16 Grad, eigentlich noch erträglich. Und am Dienstag waren es dann schon 18 Grad, auch nachts. Ab Donnerstag dann 26 Grad und die Socken wurden von den Füßen verbannt. Die können jetzt für die nächsten Monate in die hinterste Ecke verstaut werden. Wir haben gehört, dass in Neuseeland die Temperaturen nachts sogar bis auf 5 Grad gefallen sind. Brrr......... Aber Ihr habt ja Ölheizung. Wir waren täglich über die Seefunkanlage mit mehreren Leuten in Kontakt, mit Christian von SY-Donella, mit Pete vom Katamaran Moondust, der gleichzeitig mit uns losgefahren ist und diversen maritimen Amateurfunkern. Ab Donnerstag hat der Wind wieder aufgefrischt und die Wellen wurden wieder höher. Aber wir haben damit auch unseren bisherigen Top-Speed eingefahren. 27,5 kn! War zwar nur kurz beim Surfen, aber immerhin. Übrigens haben wir auf der ganzen Strecke kein einziges Schiff gesehen. Ihr habt vielleicht unseren Track auf Marine Traffic mitverfolgt und habt Euch gewundert, weshalb wir so weit nach Osten gefahren sind. Nun, wir wollten den Wind, auch wenn er stärker wird, immer in einem günstigen Winkel haben. Hat auch funktioniert und wir hatten immer moderate Bedingungen. Es hat sich auf dem Törn auch niemand verletzt und es gab auch keinen Bruch. Hier in Denerau, wo sonst der Papst boxt, ist absoluter Totentanz, aber das haben wir ja vorher gewusst. Nun, wir werden mehr berichten, wenn wir denn mal an Land dürfen.

Ein Resume der Belena:

Unser neuer Topspeed war völlig unbeabsichtigt und extrem gefährlich und das wollen wir nicht nochmal haben. In dem Moment waren wir völlig ausgeliefert und hatten Glück und wir haben anschließend weit weniger Segel gesetzt und waren deshalb auch nicht so schnell wie sonst. Aber die Wellen waren beeindruckend. Wir fahren eigentlich lieber mit weniger Wind und weniger Welle, weil Belena schon mit ganz wenig Wind gut segelt. Aber wir hatten jetzt schon so lange auf das Wetterfenster gewartet und wollten nicht noch länger warten. Die Fahrt war ja auch ganz ok. Keiner verletzt und es ist auch nix zu Bruch gegangen. Das ist doch das Wichtigste.



Preparations for the day after?

Construction update for two 80m superyachts in-build at Bilgin Yachts

Written by Francesca Webster - The Turkish shipyard Bilgin Yachts have just released a glimpse of the two 80.1-metre Bilgin 263 superyachts currently in-build at their shipyard. The yachts are twin sisterships to the 80-metre superyacht Tatiana, launched at the shipyard in 2020. The Bilgin 263 series has been designed in collaboration with Antalya-based studio Unique Yacht Design, who completed the naval architecture and exterior design of the model. H2 Yacht Design have penned the interior living areas, which accommodate as many as 16 guests between eight generous staterooms. The owner’s suite has its own deck, while there are three VIP staterooms on the lower deck and four staterooms on the main deck. The interior has been finished with leather accents, marble flooring in the bathrooms and wooden floors in the shared areas, with custom carpets for added comfort...



Voice of maritime broadcasts causes storm after

Stornoway Coastguard staff replaced by robotic female tones

For decades, Hebridean seafarers have tuned their radios to the Coastguard’s vital weather and navigational safety bulletin. But the voice of new three-hourly maritime broadcasts is causing a storm after Stornoway Coastguard staff were replaced by the robotic female tones of an automated text service. The plan had been to roll out the new VHF and medium frequency service across the UK, but the reaction of yachtsmen and fishermen to the trial has led to calls for it to be axed immediately. The controversial new weather service involves an automated voice generated from text. One sailor posted on social media: ‘We are HATING the robot that has replaced the Coastguards doing the weather forecasts on VHF. “This incomprehensible zombie voice must be a hazard. Please bring back those friendly Stornoway voices!” Another said: “The routine provides familiarity, which is worth everything when it comes to radio broadcasts in an emergency.” A local fisherman also criticised the new voice, posting: “Not only is it difficult to understand, but I find myself zoning out of it, which would not be ideal if I really needed the forecast...



Concordia Damen Signs Historic Contract For First Ever Inland Hydrogen Vessel

Concordia Damen has signed a historic contract with Lenten Scheepvaart. The contract, signed on 18th March by Harm Lenten and Concordia Damen CEO Chris Kornet, is for the construction of the first ever inland waterway vessel to run on hydrogen. The vessel, to be named MV Antonie, will be 135 metres long, weigh 3,700 tons and boast a revolutionary fuel cell propulsion. She will be used to transport salt between Delfzijl in the north of the Netherlands to Botlek in the Port of Rotterdam for Nouryon – a leading global chemical supplier. Concordia Damen CEO Chris Kornet said of the contract, “At Concordia Damen we have always been at the forefront of bringing increased sustainability to our industry. Greening the inland shipping sector is something which we feel passionate about and we will continue to work towards this goal. I believe there will not be one single way to reduce emissions in our sector, but a number of approaches. Hydrogen is likely to play an important role in the achievement of zero emissions in inland shipping. Lenten Scheepvaart are to be commended for taking this leading role.” Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam...



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