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Thames island boatyard fire:

Huge blaze that destroyed historic boathouses and

vessels at Platt’s Eyot in Hampton was ‘accidental’

A huge blaze has destroyed two Grade-II listed boatyards and vessels on a Thames island in south-west London. One of the historic “little ships” that rescued WW2 soldiers during the evacuation of Dunkirk was said to be among those lost in the fire. The inferno broke out at Platt’s Eyot in Hampton just after 5pm on Monday, with witnesses claiming to have heard “explosions” coming from the area. Boaters were trying to get close to the industrial fire to help as firefighters approached the island from the water. Firefighters remained at the scene of the blaze on Tuesday afternoon. At the height of the incident, fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters were tackling the fire. The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was accidental and caused by a stray ember from rubbish which was being burned nearby, carried by the high winds. The fire brigade said three disused single-storey Industrial units on the island were completely destroyed by the blaze. One 30 foot cabin cruiser was destroyed and a further four 30 foot cabin cruisers were damaged...



Marine fire protection

Learn the marine fire protection requirements in NFPA 1, NFPA  303, and NFPA 307

Superyachts are the playgrounds of the world’s wealthiest individuals. These vessels, which often cost hundreds of millions of dollars, can come equipped with everything from helicopters, multiple swimming pools, and basketball courts to concert halls and submarines. It’s fair to say that the owners (and the owners’ insurance companies) would be a little upset if a vessel were lost to fire. But whether you pilot a superyacht around the world or take your Mako skiff to your favorite fishing spot, you want to be sure that your boat is safely stored, protected, and ready to go. Fortunately, model fire codes and standards offer guidance on the proper protection of the facilities that house marine vessels. The fire protection requirements for marinas, docks, and boathouses begin with NFPA 1: Fire Code. This document references and points readers to more specific guidance in NFPA 303: Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards and NFPA 307: Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves...



World’s Largest Crane Vessels Meet for Removal of North Sea Platform

One of the largest topside removal projects of its kind is beginning in the North Sea involved the removal of the platform from one of the area’s largest oil and gas wells after the crew left the platform nearly two years ago. Two of the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessels, converged in the North Sea, for the first time, to commence the unique project. The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC known as TAQA commissioned Heerema and AF Offshore Decom to undertake its first major asset removal project. The Brae Bravo platform, commissioned in 1988, at its peak produced over 94,000 barrels per day. It is located more than 100 miles east o the Shetland Islands in Scotland. Decommissioning began in December 2017 with the last of the personnel leaving the platform in July 2019. “TAQA Europe is embarking on one of the largest decommissioning exercises in the North Sea to date,” said Donald Taylor, TAQA Managing Director for Europe. “The Brae Bravo has been an integral part of the Brae fields for more than three decades with the size and scale of the platform, including the topside structure, almost the height of the London Eye...



Boris Johnson plans to sink £200m into new ship of state

A new national flagship, the successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia, will promote British trade and industry around the world, Boris Johnson has said. The vessel would be used to host trade fairs, ministerial summits and diplomatic talks as the UK seeks to build links and boost exports following Brexit. It would be the first national flagship since Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997, but the new vessel would be a ship rather than a luxury yacht. A name for the vessel has not been announced, but Johnson has faced pressure from campaigners and Tory MPs to name it after the Duke of Edinburgh, who played a role in designing Britannia. The government intends to build the ship in the UK, at a reported cost of up to £200m...



The latest images of the X-Press Pearl show the ship blackened

and still burning, its containers buckled and twisted by fire.

By Gary Howard - Images captured by Sri Lanka Airforce and shared on Twitter show containers and their contents washing up on shore, bringing fears of environmental contamination. Local reports said authorities conducted pollution tests in nearby waters. Authorities have also urged people not to collect any debris from the beach as it may pose a danger to human health; eight people have been arrested for collecting debris from the beach, according to reports. Fire broke out on the vessel on May 20 and was said to be under control on May 21. The 25 crew were evacuated from the vessel on May 25 after reports of an explosion on board as the fire intensified. Two crew members were taken to hospital...



Port of Emden – Car shipping

Greenpeace protests in Emden: activists steal 1,000 car keys from VW

Greenpeace calls on VW to stop selling cars with internal combustion engines. Because this is apparently not going quickly enough, the activists resort to means that are also of interest to the police. They break into the port in Emden and steal the keys from new VW cars. During a protest against the car manufacturer Volkswagen, activists from the environmental protection organization Greenpeace stole hundreds of car keys in Emden, Lower Saxony. According to the police in Leer, 30 to 40 people with ladders penetrated the fenced-in premises of a port terminal, where new VW vehicles are being loaded for export. According to their own statements, they succeeded in withdrawing and taking hold of more than 1,000 car keys...



NCA Refit on expansion, crew care and the future of the shipyard

Though relatively new to the refit business, completing their very first refit of the 86-metre Lürssen superyacht Quattro Elle in June 2015, NCA Refit have quickly built-up a solid reputation as a top refit yard for over 60-metre superyachts. Francesca Webster catches up with NCA Refit’s General Director, Giulio Pennacchio, to talk about how the refit business has developed since its foundation, and what goals the shipyard has within its sights. While the refit element of NCA is a somewhat youthful business, the history of the shipyard goes back to 1942 when two local families formed Cantieri Apuani, specialising in the construction of predominantly commercial vessels for the haul of marble from nearby Carrara. In the 1970’s the shipyard became Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, from which time it constructed all types of commercial cargo vessels, up-to 200-metres...



Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard remains strategic Indo-Pacific asset

By Ashleigh Whitney - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - In the last decade, there has been an increased focus on the region covering the vast area from the west coast of the United States to the west coast of India - known as the Indo-Pacific. This region covers the most area of any of the Department of Defense's six combatant commands and is a vital driver of the global economy. The Indo-Pacific includes the world's busiest international sea lanes and nine of the ten largest ports supporting global commerce. While many think goods are mostly moved by air cargo, in fact more than 80% of the volume of international trade in goods travel throughout the world's oceans requiring free and open sea lanes to maintain the global economy. Specifically in the Indo-Pacific, one-third of the world's maritime shipping, valued at more than $3 trillion, flow through the sea lanes in the South China Sea yearly...



Fire Intensifies on Containership off Sri Lanka

Nearly a week after a container fire was discovered aboard the X-Press Pearl while the vessel was anchored off Colombo, Sri Lanka, the situation continues to deteriorate. Images from the scene show that the fire has spread to engulf much of the vessel, while the Indian and Sri Lankan teams on site are reporting additional cargo and oil have been found in the sea. The 37,000 dwt containership, which was delivered to its owners in February 2021, is believed to be a total loss with fears growing that it is likely to sink causing an environmental incident. Efforts to fight the fire are being hampered by poor weather conditions including high winds and rough seas due to the onset of South West monsoons. The crew had initially been fighting the fire, which is believed to have started from a reaction of chemicals in the cargo, and was assisted by the Sri Lanka Navy and Ports Authority. SMIT Salvage had also been retrained to manage the firefight and salvage...



Crew evacuated after explosion on container ship off Colombo

A Singapore-flagged container was anchored off Colombo when a container caught fire on Friday. An explosion on a ship anchored near Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo has prompted the crew’s evacuation. The container vessel MV X-Press Pearl was anchored about 9.5 nautical miles (18km) northwest of Colombo and waiting to enter its port when the fire erupted four days ago, the Sri Lankan navy said. It said it believes the fire was caused by chemicals being transported on the Singapore-flagged ship. The ship was carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid and other chemicals which it loaded at the port of Hazira, India, on May 15, it said. The vessel’s 25-member crew includes Philippine, Chinese, Indian and Russian nationals. Navy spokesman Indika de Silva said crew members and salvage and firefighting experts evacuated the ship after the explosion. Several containers also tumbled into the sea, he said. Sri Lankan authorities said experts from the Netherlands and Belgium were surveying the ship, while India had promised to send vessels and an aircraft to help fight the fire...




Boom in ships that fly ‘fake’ flags and trash the environment

The number of ships using a ‘flag of convenience’ loophole that allows them to be scrapped in a place with lax environmental regulations is skyrocketing. Ships transport 90% of the world’s traded cargo, so are crucial to the global economy. But when tankers and other large vessels are demolished, they generate huge amounts of marine pollution, particularly if it happens in countries where environmental regulations for ship-breaking yards are lax. Research now shows1 that the number of vessels misleadingly registered to nations other than their true country of origin — called flags of convenience — has skyrocketed since 2002. The practice allows ship owners from nations with strict environmental regulations to have their vessels dismantled cheaply — but often in a way that is very damaging to the environment. Business owners in wealthy nations, including members of the European Union as well as the United States, South Korea and Japan, control the large majority of the world cargo and tanker fleet. But an analysis of scrapping records from commercial maritime data providers reveals that between 2014 and 2018, 80% of these ships were demolished in just 3 nations, where shipyards are governed by weak environmental, labour and safety regulations — Bangladesh, India and Pakistan...



Derecktor Fort Pierce refit yard agreement

reached for superyacht service

Derecktor and St. Lucie County officials formally signed their long-awaited contract on April 16 to create a refit yard in northeastern Florida. Derecktor Fort Pierce will focus on power megayachts from 150 feet (about 46 meters) and larger, as well as sailing superyachts. Paul Derecktor, president of the eponymous yard, tells,  “The sailing yacht market is not serviced by any (ship) yard in this country. The port, with its deep water and no bridges or power lines to block access to the water, allows for us to service vessels with their tall masts.” As for the deep water, the maintained depth is 28 feet (8 meters). Although a lot of infrastructure development must follow, including constructing drydocks and renovating buildings, James Brewer, the business-management director who will additionally oversee the site, anticipates having the first yacht arrive in about two months...



Another step forward for the Port of Virginia as it welcomes

record-breaking box ship to Virginia International Gateway

The biggest container ship to ever come to the U.S. East Coast, the CMA CGM Marco Polo, called The Port of Virginia® this week and in doing so set a new record for the biggest container ship to date to call Virginia. The vessel’s capacity is 16,022 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs. The new record eclipses the mark set just last month by a container vessel that has the capacity to handle 15,072 TEUs. “The $800 million that has been invested to expand and modernize our port enhances our ability to safely and efficiently handle vessels of this size, and bigger, and their increasing cargo loads,” said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “It’s customers like CMA CGM that understand the value of what is taking place here: capability, efficiency, fluidity and customer service.” “At CMA CGM, we deliver the goods that keep America moving,” said Ed Aldridge, president of CMA CGM and APL North America. “The deployment of the CMA CGM Marco Polo is a tangible example of our agility and dedication to supporting our customers’ growing needs during an unprecedented time in our industry. Breaking the East Coast’s big-ship record wouldn’t be possible without partners like The Port of Virginia who have made timely infrastructure investments that enable us to proactively serve our customers...



First glimpse of the Freire 112m explorer superyacht

Written by Francesca Webster - Photographs have been captured of the Freire 112-metre explorer superyacht, hull number 724, as she enters the next stage of her construction at the Spanish Freire shipyard in Vigo Galicia. The hull of this impressive explorer superyacht is due to be launched into the Ria de Vigo river this year, with a final delivery date for the yacht expected in 2022.   The superyacht has large deck spaces and her superstructure is made from steel and aluminium. Little information has so far been released about the superyacht, but once launched, she will be one of the largest superyachts to have been built in Spain.



Ghost Fleet Ship ‘Nomad’ Transited Panama Canal,

Headed to California

An experimental unmanned surface vehicle has transited the Panama Canal on the way to its new home in California, USNI News has learned. Nomad, a former offshore patrol vessel retrofitted with systems to allow the ship to operate autonomously, passed through the Panama Canal this week, according to ship spotters tracking data from Marine A Navy official also confirmed the transit. A spokesperson for Naval Surface Forces Pacific referred USNI News to the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office when reached on Tuesday. A SCO spokesman acknowledged a request for additional information from USNI News but did not provide comment. Based near the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Nomad was underway extensively in the Gulf Coast and traveled as far away as Norfolk, Va., for its testing program, according to ship spotters. Nomad, formerly known as Riley Claire, is one of two known ships SCO created for its Ghost Fleet Overlord experimentation program to test the viability of at-sea autonomous ships. SCO contracted with Gibbs & Cox and L3 ASV Global in 2018 to convert one craft each into unmanned prototypes. The Pentagon used special contracting rules to prevent disclosure of the contractors and the cost of the Overlord program...



Samoa to scrap China-backed port project under new leader

Samoa's expected new prime minister has pledged to cancel a $100 million Chinese-backed port development, calling it excessive for the small Pacific island that is already heavily indebted to China. Fiame Naomi Mataafa, the opposition leader set to become Samoa's first female prime minister after a weeks-long political impasse, said she intended to maintain good relations with China but she had more pressing needs to address than the port project. The proposed construction of the wharf in Vaiusu Bay has been a divisive issue in Samoa, playing a part in April elections where long-serving leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi lost his parliamentary majority. The project has also threatened to spark a waterfront contest in the Pacific as the United States and its allies respond to China's growing influence in the region. Fiame is expected to become leader after Samoa's top court on Monday ruled against a challenge to the election result. "Samoa is a small country. Our seaports and our airports cater for our needs," Fiame told Reuters by telephone from Samoa's capital of Apia. "It's very difficult to imagine that we would need the scale that's being proposed under this particular project when there are more pressing projects that the government needs to give priority to." Her stance marks a decisive break from Tuilaepa, whom China has counted on as a close ally over his two decades as leader...



NZ Millennium Cup 2022 announced

Written by Francesca Webster - New Zealand’s Millennium Cup 2022 has been announced, with the first notice of race, recording that four super sailing yachts have already declared their interest in participating in the regatta. This year's regatta, which took place in March, saw a very successful event, with a number of superyacht owners vowing to return in 2022 to compete once again. The owner of the 44.75-metre Catalina, built at the Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands, commented, “I now have the absolute best opinion of New Zealand. This event was thoroughly enjoyable, low key, and I will be remembering this for a long time to come...



In Pictures: Southern Wind’s newest sloop Taniwha on sea trials

Written by Francesca Webster - The 32.27-metre high performance sloop Taniwha, from South African shipyard, Southern Wind, has completed her first sailing sea trials since her launch in Cape Town in April. She is the fourth hull of the SW105 miniseries and has been designed as a yacht which can be used as both a bluewater cruiser and a high performance sailing sloop. Taniwha is a ‘Smart Custom’ yacht and Massimo Gino from Nauta Design who penned her exterior and interior design, commented, “Together with Southern Wind we named our new deck design “GT” as in Gran Turismo, inspired by terminology used in car design. We think it will be a successful new design concept because it rests on a solid base of concepts which are the expression of pure design.” Her naval architecture, which was penned by Farr Yacht Design, is characterised by a minimal coach roof which affords her a sleek exterior aesthetic and wide aft cockpit area. Her hull is made from full-carbon fibre, while her boom, mast and deck fittings are completed in titanium. Taniwha will accommodate as many as six guests between her staterooms, alongside a crew of five. In the coming weeks details will be released of her interior styling, as she is prepared for delivery...



IBM-powered Mayflower autonomous ship set to sail itself across Atlantic

An autonomous ship fitted with software developed by IBM is getting ready to sail across the Atlantic Ocean in the weeks ahead, according to the BBC. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship, which was completed and launched in September, is an artificial intelligence, solar-powered marine research vessel that will sail across oceans to collect environmental data. The ship commemorates the crossing of the original Mayflower 400 years ago. MAS has spent the last several months in sea trials and various research missions to prepare for the big journey from Plymouth, England, to Massachusetts in the US. It'll work with scientists and other autonomous vessels to gather information on issues like global warming, micro-plastic pollution and marine mammal conservation...



Emirati shipbuilder receives record $1B order for Navy ships

BEIRUT — The United Arab Emirates has awarded a 3.5 billion durham (U.S. $952.7 million) contract to Abu Dhabi Ship Building to produce four Falaj 3-class offshore patrol vessels, the largest-ever order for the company. ADSB, a subsidiary of the local defense conglomerate Edge, announced the contract with the Emirati Defense Ministry and the Navy on Tuesday. “The contract mandates ADSB to build four Falaj 3-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the UAE Navy. The construction will take place at our shipyard in Mussafah that spans over 300,000 square meters,” the shipbuilder’s CEO, David Massey, told Defense News. He added that the company is building all four hulls at its facility and will manage the integration of all systems that will then be fitted onto the vessels. “We expect to commence work at the end of [the third quarter of] 2021 and aim to ensure the complete handover of the contract within five years from that time,” Massey said...



Sunken Indonesian submarine's life raft lifted with assistance of Chinese navy?!?

JAKARTA, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian Navy, with the assistance of China's People's Liberation Army Navy, has managed to lift a life raft and other fragments belonging to the sunken Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala-402 in the Bali waters. At a televised press conference on Tuesday, Commander of the Indonesian Navy's 2nd Fleet Rear Admiral Iwan Isnurwanto said the Chinese research vessel Explorer 2 has retrieved a 700 kg life raft from the seafloor near Bali. "Vessel Tan Suo Er Hao (Explorer 2) succeeded in lifting the KRI Nanggala's life raft. We have kept it well as evidence that the ships from our friendly country had carried out their duties," Isnurwanto told a media briefing, which was also attended by the defense attaché of the Chinese embassy in Jakarta, Chen Yongjing. The life raft was buried in the mud before being retrieved, Isnurwanto said. Other objects lifted by the Chinese vessel included the submarine's antenna, the torpedo cable protector on the vertical rudder, the hydrophone in the bow, and the guidebook. "No other major parts have been lifted yet, such as the bow section, sail section, and stern section," Isnurwanto said...



Crews Assess Fire Damage To Capsized Ship Golden Ray

Crews are evaluating the damage to the capsized cargo ship in the St. Simons Sound after a massive fire broke out Friday. The process of cutting up the Golden Ray is on hold while responders check what damage the fire caused and make sure it’s safe for the workers. The assessment is expected to take several weeks. Officials aren’t yet certain what caused the fire. It is under investigation. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Jeremiah Winston said Monday it could have been the large torches they’re using to pre-cut parts of the ship for the massive cutting chain. “Obviously there was a good lessons learned here on what can happen, and we certainly are gonna be making changes for future cutting operations,” he said...



Gardline’s new survey vessel begins first job

By Nadja Skopljak - Gardline’s new survey vessel Ocean Resolution has commenced survey operations after completing equipment trials earlier this year. Ocean Resolution underwent a period of detailed planning, conversion, and commissioning, Gardline said, adding that the vessel has been purpose-designed to carry out surveys for the offshore wind and oil & gas sectors. The company did not reveal the exact project on which the new survey vessel is working, nor the location. The DP2 survey vessel has an 80-meter LOA and a beam of 18 meters, which is said to allow it to be configured with an array of high specification equipment. It is capable of conducting simultaneous survey operations from a single mobilization including 2D & 3DHR seismic, shallow geotechnical with a 100kN CPT deployable through the vessel’s moonpool and environmental sampling through the side A-Frames...



New Foil Ferry

Glosten and Bieker Boats have joined forces to bring modern composite hydrofoil technology to the passenger vessel community. This collaboration draws on Bieker Boats’ years of experience designing fast foil-borne boats – including leadership on Oracle Team USA – and Glosten’s design of passenger vessels for public and private clients over the past 50 years. Ultra-Efficient Transportation - With a cruise speed of 35 kts and 2×515 kW horsepower, this ferry requires less than half the installed power of a typical passenger catamaran, resulting in a 50% reduction in fuel consumption. And when compared to the latest foil-assisted low-wake small passenger vessels, our design achieves three times the passenger miles per gallon...



Modular Molten Salt Nuclear Power for Maritime Propulsion

Evolving modern modular molten salt nuclear technology incurs comparatively lower cost while using a zero-pressure reactor and lower non-weapons grade uranium fuel. A module measuring 13 feet by 23 feet using a briefcase-sized load of solid fuel weighing 440 pounds could deliver 100 MW of thermal energy for up to 25 years. This potentially cost-competitive technology has potential for future commercial ship propulsion, along with multiple stationary floating power generation applications. Introduction - Several navies around the world operate scaled-down versions of nuclear power stations aboard ships and submarines to provide propulsion and ancillary power. The onboard nuclear reactors are cooled by high-pressure water and many (including the U.S. Navy’s reactors) require weapons-grade uranium for fuel. While such propulsion technology is suitable for a naval vessel, it has zero application in commercial civilian ship propulsion. New developments in nuclear technology are based on an old idea involving the molten salt reactor, which can operate free from high pressure water and offer greater long-term operational safety while being suitable for mass production, reducing capital cost...



The Suez Canal, Maritime Chokepoints & The South China Sea

Written by Mark Wright - The recent blockage of the Suez Canal by the Ever Given container ship brought global attention to the importance of maritime chokepoints. While the international community has witnessed the importance of chokepoints through historic threats the in the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Panama Canal, the Ever Given blockage should cause renewed concern. While those examples are extremely important in the international supply chain, they pale in comparison to the potential political risk in the South China Sea. Recent tensions between China and the United States, as well as other nations such as Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, put in play maritime chokepoints that could bring the global supply chain to its knees necessitating companies, and nations, reexamine how to mitigate that risk. The Ever Given, which is operated by Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen, was grounded for approximately six days, stalling shipping that accommodates up to 13% of maritime trade and 10% of oil shipments. The Suez is vital for the Asian to European trade route. Maersk (Danish logistics company) and its partners for example had 32 ships they operate waiting at the Suez Canal as a result of the disruption. One source estimated that it would take 6% of container shipping capacity to accommodate sustained blockage of the waterway. Rerouting shipping assets around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa can add an additional 15 days. However, it is important to keep in mind that...



Fire Breaks Out During Golden Ray Salvage Operations

A fire broke out at the salvage site of the Golden Ray near Brunswick, Georgia at mid-day today. The St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command is reporting that all non-essential personnel has been safely evacuated and that at this time there are no injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown as firefighters and the fire suppression systems installed on the wreck were being used to fight the blaze. Smoke can be seen billowing from the site while water is being sprayed onto the fire. Firefighting vessels are on scene and safety personnel are conducting air monitoring. On May 7, preparation work had begun for the next cut into the wreck, the fifth of seven planned cuts. The Unified Command is reporting that this work was underway today with the team conducting pre-cutting operations. Fire suppression systems were in place as a preventative measure while the preparatory cutting was being undertaken to get ready for the chain cutting operation to separate what was being called section three from the remaining Golden Ray wreck. The crews have routinely been conducting efforts within the wreck to prepare for the main cutting operations. Earlier in the week, the Unified Command reported that a total of 77 vehicles and two moveable decks had been removed from the section as part of a weight-shedding operation. The cutting operation on the wreck has encountered numerous challenges since it began last fall. The original chain broke on several occasions and encountered problems penetrating the wreck. The salvage team later replaced it with a heavier-weight chain and also began additional efforts at making preparatory cuts into the hull and structure before beginning the actual cutting operations...



Eneti Orders $330M Wind Turbine Installation Vessel.

Offshore wind installation company Eneti Inc, until recently known as Scorpio Bulkers, has entered into a binding agreement for the construction of one Wind Turbine Installation Vessel. The vessel will be built by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. The company also said it was in talks to build another offshore wind installation vessel for the U.S. offshore wind market. As for the first vessel, ordered from DSME, it will cost $330 million and the vessel will be delivered in early Q3,  2024. In addition, the Eneti has an option to construct an additional vessel at the same price. The vessel is an NG-16000X design by GustoMSC, an NOV subsidiary, and includes a 2,600 Ton Leg Encircling Crane from the Dutch firm Huisman Equipment. The offshore wind installation vessel will be able to install giant wind turbines of up to 20 Megawatt - which don't even exist today - at depths of up to 65 meters of water. The vessel can be adapted to operate on the alternate fuels of LNG  or Ammonia...



Navigating the oceans with help from AI: Q&A with Orca AI

Navigating the world’s oceans is a dangerous task for marine workers especially with unpredictable weather conditions and reduced visibility during storms. AI technology from Orca AI aims to reduce these challenges for maritime workers. Navigating the world’s oceans is a dangerous task for marine workers especially with unpredictable weather conditions and reduced visibility during storms. Out at sea, those working in the maritime industry are faced with increasingly congested waterways, dangerous weather and challenging visibility conditions, which present navigation challenges. According to the European Maritime Safety Agency, there were 3,173 maritime casualties and incidents reported in 2019 alone, with the last five years averaging around 3,239. One way to mitigate these incidents is via the use of improved navigation technology. Orca AI, a company whose goal is to provide the industry with intelligent navigation solutions to prevent collisions and save lives, offers technology to reduce human-caused navigation errors through intelligent AI. This technology allows the captain and crew access to real-time environment views which assists with decision making. We spoke with Dor Raviv, co-founder & CTO, Orca AI, to find out more about the solution...



Canada will build TWO polar icebreakers

The Government of Canada is to move forward with the construction of two Polar icebreakers under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). One will be built by Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver, British Columbia. The other will be built by Davie Shipbuilding of Lévis, Quebec, subject to the successful completion of its ongoing selection process as the third strategic partner for large ships construction under the NSS. According to the official statement, this procurement approach will ensure at least one polar icebreaker is delivered by 2030 when the current CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is expected to retire from service. Precise timing of the icebreaker deliveries will be determined once shipyard agreements are in place. Both new Polar icebreakers will have capacity and ability beyond that of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent. There’s nothing in the official release about the cots of building the two ships, but early estimates are that their construction will generate approximately 300 jobs per vessel at the shipyards, and 2,500 jobs across the Canadian marine supply chain...



RV - World's Biggest Crane Ship Sets Another Record

The superlarge crane ship Sleipnir has set another record: the largest single-lift jacket removal. Last week, Sleipnir successfully lifted and removed the 8,100 tonne jacket for the Jotun-B platform in the Norwegian North Sea. The platform was installed in 1998 by the Heerema crane ship Thialf, which returned to the Jotun field last year to remove the plaform's topsides. "What we put in, we take out," Heerema said in a statement. Sleipnir arrived at the Jotun field 100 nm west of Stavanger on Friday, July 11. She completed the project by offloading the jacket onto the quayside at a decommissioning site in Vats, Norway on Thursday, July 16. The decommissioning work at the site was completed in just four days, one day ahead of schedule. The job also set another record: during this project, skirt piles with diameters of nine feet and 80mm wall thickness were cut subsea, the largest ever severed in this way...



Shiplift Supplements Amico & Co. Refit Capabilities

By Diane M. Byrne - It already had the ability to welcome megayachts up to 361 feet (110 meters) to its docks. It also can do works in a sheltered graving dock for projects to 335 feet (102 meters). Now, a newly christened shiplift at Amico & Co. in Genoa, Italy, will let it haul out even more megayachts, specifically up to six more for simultaneous service and refit. The shiplift platform can lift a total of 4,000 tons synchronously, with all-electric power from Amico & Co.’s own supply. While it’s been operating for about a month, the shipyard held a formal celebration this week. The lift can maneuver megayachts to 312 feet (95 meters) out of the water and up to the ground level. Once there, the yachts then move to dedicated work slots, again via electrically operated transfer equipment. To bolster these transfers, the shipyard restructured about 269,098 square feet (25,000 square meters) of hardstanding space...



China Is Trying to Build an Atlantic Naval Base

The People’s Liberation Army Navy could soon be operating in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the U.S. Army general in charge of Africa Command.China has reportedly approached several African countries for the right to open a naval base. The result could be Chinese surface ships and submarines thousands of miles from their traditional operating areas, which could prove to be problematic for U.S. forces in wartime. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. general for Africa, told the Associated Press on May 6 that China is “looking for a place where they can rearm and repair warships.” He continued: “That becomes militarily useful in conflict...



RV - China’s Monster Fishing Fleet

... On Aug. 5, 2017, China complied with a United Nations decision and formally imposed sanctions on North Korea, including a ban on seafood exports. Seafood, particularly squid, is one of North Korea’s few significant foreign-exchange earners, and the sanctions were expected to increase the pressure on the regime. But just a few weeks after the ban came into effect, hundreds of squid-fishing vessels left Chinese waters and rounded the southern tip of South Korea. They entered North Korea’s 200 nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ), nearly doubling the number of Chinese fishing vessels operating there from 557 to 907, according a recent Global Fishing Watch report that tracked data from four different satellite systems. Even as China publicly claimed that is was complying with sanctions, many of the Chinese vessels continued to make trips to North Korea and back, including several round trips each year during both 2018 and 2019, said Jaeyoon Park, one of the report’s lead authors. The Chinese fleet, made up of squid jiggers and pair trawlers, scooped up a staggering amount of squid—equal to almost as much as the entire squid catch in Japanese and South Korean waters combined over the same period, the report estimated. The Chinese decimated the squid population off North Korea to such a degree that Japanese and South Korean fishers saw their own take of the usually plentiful, migratory species plummet...



China's Fishing Fleet Is Vacuuming the Oceans

By Judith Bergman - "China's leaders see distant water fleets as a way to project presence around the world. The aim is to be present all over the world's oceans so that they can direct the outcomes of international agreements that cover maritime resources." In the past five years, more than 500 abandoned wooden fishing boats, often with skeletons of starved North Korean fishermen aboard, have washed up on the shores of Japan. For years the cause was unknown, until it was found out that the likely reason was that "an armada" of Chinese industrial boats fish illegally in North Korean waters.... It is estimated that China's fishing vessels have depleted squid stocks in North Korean waters by 70%. Most of the fishing vessels in China's fleet are trawlers. "Fishing by trawling method sweeps out the seafloor in the south, and annihilates its resources," a representative of the fishermen said. In a number of West African countries -- Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and others -- Chinese trawlers have for years "taken advantage of poor governance, corruption and the inability of these governments to enforce fishing regulations" according to the China-Africa project. "Today, the Chinese vessels largely operate beyond government control, prompting an increasingly serious environmental crisis brought on from over-fishing that also endangers local coastal communities who depend on these waters for their livelihoods". In July 2020, six Chinese super-trawlers arrived in Liberia, capable of capturing 12,000 tons of fish -- nearly twice the nation's sustainable catch...



Salvage operations have started to remove fuel from

the capsized lift boat Seacor Power off Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Marcus Hand - The Seacor Power capsized on 13 April in the Gulf of Mexico and six crew were rescued, and further six bodies recovered before search operations were called off with seven remaining missing. The US Coast Guard (USCG) said salvage crews started removing fuel from the stricken vessel on Monday having spent the weekend familiarising themselves with the scene. “Salvage crews are using a method called hot tapping, which allows for drilling into the fuel tanks and making a hose connection without ruining the integrity of the tank or causing pollution impacts,” USCG said. “Divers are performing this process above and below the water, connected to an air hose, and it's imperative mariners respect the one-mile safety zone during these evolutions.” Operations are dependent on weather conditions and will be halted if winds exceed approximately 15 mph, four-foot seas, and the current is faster than 1.25 mph...



RV - Women sailors trying hand at special craft in Whangārei

It's often said that women can do anything a man can do, and sometimes better. Sailors Annie Hill and Gail Varga are proving just that by building their boats from scratch in Whangārei, where the British duo are safely sheltering from the scourge of Covid-19. Hill has spent the past five years at Norsand boatyard at Port Whangārei chipping away at her 26-foot yacht, which features a Chinese junk rig, and hopes to have the craft ready on time for summer. She's an award-winning sailor who's covered more than 165,000 nautical miles since she began voyaging and living aboard various yachts, starting in 1975, and she has published a number of books on sailing. In 2010 she received one of the most prestigious awards in the sailing world, the Blue Water Medal of the Cruising Club of America. The idea of building a boat came from a sailing friend, who forwarded her designs after years of looking for a suitable one that could creep up all creeks and go into mangroves when cyclones struck. "It was a silly thought to build at the time. I had spare money which was a rare thing and so I decided to take it on and I initially thought I could do it in three years, but it took longer...



Cat Douce France, back in Whangarei, now Marina Port Nikau

World's largest sailing cats return to Whangārei

RV -

RV – NZ-Herald wrote: One of the world's largest sailing catamarans has arrived in Whangārei Harbour to undergo a major refit. Mouse Trap, a 34m superyacht, has returned to Oceania Marine Refit Services for the second time in a year to undergo three months of maintenance, a full paint job and new teak decks. Built in 2012, Mouse Trap, which sleeps eight and with a crew of six, has been based in the South Pacific for the last three years and has returned to Whangārei for servicing, Oceania Marine Refit Services client liaison and marketing manager Jim Loynes said. "She's been going between there and us for around three years. We looked after them last time so the plan was always that they would return." He said Mouse Trap had been "one of the lucky ones" - one of six, he believes, to be let into the country with a border exemption for refit work...




First superyacht with a methanol fuel cell

 A pilot project at the German shipyard

The future yacht will be the first operational implementation in the yachting industry of the German-funded collaborative project Paxcell, which Lürssen is leading together with six other German and international partners: the cruise ship owner Carnival, the shipyard Meyer Werft, the classification society DNV and the technical specialists Besecke Automation, DLR, EPEA and Freudenberg. A test installation is being tested at the shipyard in Bremen. The 120 kW system is installed in six shipping containers with a control room, a fuel cell, a technical area, a cooling and ventilation container and a double-skinned methanol tank. The advantage claimed by the reformed methanol site is the possibility of long storage, without the need for pressurization or cryogenics. The methanol tank is structurally integrated into the ship's hull. Once the 120kW output has been validated, Peter Lürssen sets the next development stages at 500kW and then 1 MW of power...



Fujairah bans crew change for ships arriving from India

Shipping agents GAC said: “Fujairah Immigration has verbally advised that, with immediate effect, if a vessel’s last port of call is India, signing-off crew are not allowed to disembark at Fujairah. This applies for all nationals.” The move by Fujairah follows similar action by Singapore last week that barred crew change for all seafarers arriving from India in the last 14 days. Meanwhile GAC reported that Indonesian had banned all entry for all foreign nationals arriving in the country who have been in India the last 14 days and South Korea has added India to its list of high-risk nations. A negative Covid-19 test is required for all personnel arriving at Korean ports. India is experiencing a dramatic Covid second wave with 26 April the fifth day running that over 350,000 new cases were recorded. The country is a major supplier of seafarers to the global shipping industry, particularly in the officer ranks. Ship managers fear a worsening of the crewing crisis over the last year as countries bar crew change from India...



Panama Canal Delays Fee Increases

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced Tuesday that it will postpone increasing canal transit fees following calls from the shipping industry to reconsider the rate hikes amid a spate of global supply chain disruptions. The higher rates for the canal's transit reservation system were scheduled to take effect on Thursday but will now start on June 1, allowing the maritime industry more time to prepare for the adjusted booking fees, ACP said. The proposed changes represent a minimum cost increase per transit reservation of $20,000 (up 57%) and a maximum cost increase of $58,500 (up 167%). Nearly 14,000 transits made through the Panama Canal last year, making the 82-kilometer waterway connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans one of the world's busiest shipping routes. The canal's transit reservation system is an optional service allowing ships to pay an additional fee to guarantee transit on a specific date. ACP said rising demand for these slots prompted the canal to reflect the value of this service in tariffs to meet current demand and supply...



See How the Capsized Golden Ray Cargo Ship Looks Now

Ruined cars are still dangling in air inside the hulk of the ship off Georgia's coast, with about 1000 of the 4200 wrecked cars onboard removed to date. We got an up-close look at salvage operations. After more than a year and a half of salvage operations, half of the Golden Ray ship still sits in the Saint Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia, and months of work still remain to complete the removal operation. The cargo ship capsized in September 2019 with a full load of about 4200 cars, trucks, and SUVs inside, and more than 1000 of the ruined vehicles have been pulled out of the wreck in the months since. Modern American Recycling in Alabama is collecting the vehicles, or what's left of them, after they're removed from the Golden Ray salvage site. Off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia, reporters were invited to get up close to see the situation now that more than 1000 destroyed cars have been excised from inside the wrecked Golden Ray cargo carrier, more than a year and a half into salvage operations. The Golden Ray is the ship that capsized in the Saint Simons Sound in September 2019 with more than 4000 vehicles inside. After all these months, the ship itself is only half gone...



A 760-foot car carrier vessel ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay,

on Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Virginia received a report that the Norwegian-flagged Tirranna ran aground near the Cape Charles Anchorage at approximately 3:30 a.m. The vessel was heading southbound on its way from Baltimore to Savannah, Ga. The Coast Guard launched a team aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Cape Charles to provide an initial assessment of the situation. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City conducted an overflight to assess the scene from the air.  No reports of pollution, injury or damage were reported, and the vessel is now refloated and safely anchored, the Coast Guard said. "With the recent focus on global shipping, we are relieved this incident was quickly resolved and are thankful for the engagement of our port community and interagency team," said Capt. Samson Stevens, Commander Coast Guard Sector Virginia. "The commonwealth’s marine transportation system is vital to the region’s success, prosperity, and economy...



Construction Completed for World’s Most Powerful Tidal Turbine

The world’s most powerful tidal turbine is a step closer to deployment after successfully completing more than 20 months of construction. Launched on April 22 in Scotland, the turbine is now being moved into position off the Scottish coast where it will undergo commissioning before being hooked into the local onshore electricity network. Known as Orbital O2, the turbine hull structure measures more than 240 feet in length and weighs 680 tons. Construction on the turbine began in the second half of 2019 at the Forths Ports quayside facility in Dundee, Scotland.  Last Thursday, the massive structure was transferred from the quay into the River Tay and positioned onto a submersible barge to begin a tow to an area off the Orkney Islands where it will undergo commissioning. Completion of the construction of O2 also marks the first vessel launched from Dundee since shipbuilding ended in the area over forty years ago...



Mollymawk – Circa 24

The new masterpiece of Circa-Marine in Whangarei

Circa 24 # 1 “Mollymawk’ has made its way out of the shed and is sitting very pretty in the New Zealand Autumn sun, and later tonight she will begin the short journey to the launching facility. Over the coming weeks we’ll keep you posted on any developments, and after sea trials there will be a full magazine article with plenty more photographs and video footage…



Singapore Supports Tests of Shore-to-Ship Drone Operations

Singapore is moving forward with a novel way of making deliveries to vessels at anchor in its harbor. After a series of preliminary tests using drones to carry documents, supplies and parts, as well as for remote inspections, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore launched a designated area for the operation of the drones. The MPA believes that the location will become a test and proving ground to advance the use of drone technologies for marine applications. Called the Maritime Drone Estate, the site is located near the Marina South Pier in Singapore. It is close to the anchorages and includes a designated landing and takeoff area for the drones, as well as places for the operators to set up to manage the flights...



NKT’s New Cable Barge Ready for

German Offshore Wind Grid Project

NKT’s new cable barge NKT Agrippina has been loaded with a cable section for the offshore wind connection project Ostwind 2 in the German part of the Baltic Sea and will soon set out on its maiden trip after being christened on 20 April. The vessel has been specially designed to transport offshore power cables on the river Rhine from the NKT factory in Cologne to the offshore loading centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and is part of a larger investment programme at NKT to support the growing demand in offshore wind industry. “NKT Agrippina will support us in ensuring a stable and reliable path to the offshore harbour in Rotterdam where we also increase the capacity”, said NKT’s Executive Vice President Mika Makela. “With these investments, we strengthen our position as a leading provider of offshore power cables for the growing demand from the offshore wind industry”. The 100-metre cable barge has been designed to be energy-efficient and while in harbour, NKT Agrippina is connected to the quay utilising green energy from the grid...



Disappeared Indonesian submarine

KRI Nanggala 402 running out of oxygen supply

There are growing fears for the crew of a submarine that went missing with 53 people aboard off the coast of Bali. Authorities lost contact with Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402 after it submerged early Wednesday (local time) during a torpedo drill. The crew could have enough oxygen until early Saturday, but hope is fading as rescuers continue to search waters near where it disappeared. An oil spill has been located near where the submarine was thought to have submerged, pointing to possible fuel-tank damage...



South Asia

Cyclone Wrecks Australia West Coast and Philippines

Sydney: A tropical cyclone on Australia’s west coast destroyed several homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of people overnight before weakening on Monday morning. Officials said around 70% of the structures in the coastal town of Kalbarri, about 500 km north of state capital Perth, had sustained damage when the category three storm made landfall late on Sunday. “The devastation caused by Cyclone Seroja is widespread and severe,” Western Australia state premier Mark McGowan told reporters. Around 40% of the damage was “major”, WA Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said. No deaths or major injuries have been reported. A recovery effort is now underway as the biggest threat has passed, McGowan said. There are 31,500 customers still without power supply, which he said could take days to restore...



Do not sail to Fiji!

Third Covid-19 community case in Fiji

A third community case of Covid-19 has been reported by health authorities in Fiji. Health checks are ongoing in Fiji in an effort to combat Covid-19. The case is a woman from Wainitarawau Settlement in Cunningham, in outer northern Suva. She had attended a funeral in Lautoka last week along with a mother and her daughter who became Fiji's first Covid-19 community cases in more than a year, and over five hundred other people. The Permanent Secretary of Health, Dr James Fong, said the woman's family members had been taken to the Navua hospital isolation unit. The Fiji Times quotes him saying the family members have so far tested negative. Meanwhile, Wainitarawau Settlement is now a contained area. Residents are being allowed back in but no one is allowed to leave for the next 14 days. Fiji's government on Monday announced a lockdown in the west of the main island Viti Levu after the first community case tested positive...



Submarine Industrial Base Under Strain

as Virginia-Class Parts Wearing Out Early

By: Megan Eckstein - Some parts on Virginia-class attack boats are wearing out faster than the Navy anticipated 20 years ago, and buying replacement parts is further straining a nuclear submarine industrial base that’s already juggling an expansion of construction of new hulls and maintaining the current fleet. The Navy has found that engineering analysis from 20 years ago isn’t holding up compared to actual attack boat performance in the fleet. During the Virginia-class attack sub (SSN-774) design phase, the Navy had expected “that parts were going to be on the ship and fully functional for longer than it’s turned out to be,” Rear Adm. Ed Anderson, who commands the undersea warfare directorate at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 07), said last fall at the annual Naval Submarine League conference. As a result, the Navy is writing contracts “for parts that we never thought we were going to replace on the ships that we’re replacing early” – which has implications for the already strained industrial base...



1800s shipwreck The Daring to be

reassembled next to Mangawhai Museum

After 153 years buried in the sands of Muriwai, the Daring was set free. A 157-year-old shipwreck salvaged from a West Auckland beach will temporarily be stored by a Northland museum while it is conserved and reassembled. The Daring, a schooner, was uncovered by shifting sands on Muriwai beach in 2018. The vessel was removed by volunteer group Daring Rescue Team, using several heavy-duty moving trucks, over five days...



Typhoon "Bising"

Tropical Cyclone: WARNING

Issued at 05:00 am, 20 April 2021

Today (20 April), heavy to intense rains will be experienced over Catanduanes. Moderate to heavy rains over the eastern portion of Camarines Sur and Rapu-Rapu Islands. Under these conditions and considering the antecedent rainfall over the aforementioned areas, flooding (including flashfloods) and rain-induced landslides are highly likely to occur especially in areas identified in hazard maps as highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. PAGASA Regional Services Divisions may issue local thunderstorm/rainfall advisories and heavy rainfall warnings while the Hydrometeorology Division and River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning Centers may issue General Flood Advisories and Basin Flood Bulletins as appropriate. Severe Winds: Tropical cyclone winds of at least strong breeze to near gale in strength extend outward up to 500 km from the center of the typhoon. Destructive typhoon-force winds extend outward up to 110 km from the center of the typhoon...



Covid-19 coronavirus: Lockdown in Fiji after Nadi community case

As New Zealand and Australia wake to a new travel bubble, Fiji is waking to confirmation of a case of Covid-19 in the community - and a local lockdown. The Nadi and Lautoka areas have gone into lockdown this morning and police have imposed a 24-hour curfew after a worker in a quarantine facility returned a positive result. The 53-year-old woman is a contact of a quarantine case announced yesterday. Fiji's health ministry said that she had "entered public spaces". All members of the woman's household have been placed in quarantine. The ministry announced a 24-hour curfew in the Lautoka area, with all travel out of the region banned and all residents urged to return home and remain there. Travel into the area is still permitted for returning residents, but they will have to return straight to their homes...




Chinese Fishermen Catch Foreign-Made

Surveillance Drone in Yellow Sea

Chinese fishermen have recovered a drone boat off the eastern coast of the Chinese mainland, and officials suspect that it is a "reconnaissance device secretly placed by a foreign country," according to state-owned outlet CCTV.  The fishing boat skipper who found the device, Wang Suo, told state media that his net seemed extra heavy when he began to haul it in. He sped up the process, thinking that he had caught a lot of fish. Instead, he pulled up a black device about 10 feet long. Given its strange shape, he reported it and turned it over to local officials for investigation.  Images of the device show a surfboard-shaped unit with antennas and solar panels on top, with an attached device fitted with ten horizontal fins - virtually identical in appearance to the Wave Glider reconnaissance drone built by Boeing's Liquid Robotics division. The Wave Glider is used by the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy, among others. Wave Glider-shaped surveillance drones have made media headlines before, including the unit discovered by HM Coastguard on the UK's Isle of Tiree last October. It was held pending identification of the owner, but no one claimed it...



World's largest yacht brings Whangārei airport runway to standstill

Sea Eagle II took onboard a local pilot to help navigate the Whangārei Harbour. When the world's largest aluminium yacht glided into Whangārei Harbour yesterday, Whangārei Airport's runway came to a standstill. With the triple masts standing at around 62.5m high, more than 20m above the runway, they created a temporary obstacle for arriving and departing aircraft. However, Whangārei Airport manager Mike Chubb said the vessel passed quickly so the scheduled departing aircraft had only a five minute delay. "Fortunately the team at Port Nikau are on to it and let us know in advance." The masts belong to Sea Eagle II which has been moored at Opua while the crew finished their quarantine which began at sea...



IMB Reports Q1 Piracy Decline but Increase in Violence Against Crews

The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) released its quarterly report on maritime piracy showing that there was an overall decline in incidents in the first quarter of 2021. However, they cautioned that while the number of reported piracy attacks against commercial shipping declined in 2021, violence against crew is on the rise with the Gulf of Guinea remaining the world’s piracy hotspot in 2021. "Seafarers are in many respects the unsung heroes of our global economy,” said ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO. “Governments, businesses, and maritime response agencies must take appropriate measures to protect the lives and livelihoods of crew, so that we can ensure the uninterrupted free flow of goods throughout international supply chains." During the first three months of 2021, the IMB report shows a total of 38 incidents compared with 47 a year ago. The Gulf of Guinea accounted for nearly half (43 percent) of all reported piracy incidents in the first three months of 2021, according to the latest figures. The Singapore Straits, as also reported by ReCAAP, remains an active spot for piracy and the IMB also reported an increase near the Callao Anchorage, Peru. While other geographies of the world remained dangerous, the number of incidents remained low and mostly stable versus last year...



U.S. drops plans to send destroyers into the Black Sea

due to concerns over Russia

The tentative transit was not unusual or designed to send any particular new signal, an official familiar with the plans said. The Pentagon has scrapped a potential Black Sea transit by two Navy destroyers this week due to concerns about escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the plans. Earlier this month, the Navy notified Turkey, which manages traffic through the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits leading to the Black Sea under the 1936 Montreux Convention, that they were tentatively planning a routine transit by the two destroyers, according to a U.S. defense official. The tentative transit, first reported by CNN, was not unusual or designed to send any particular new signal, as the U.S. Navy typically conducts eight or nine such movements per year, the person said. But after new fighting erupted in Eastern Europe between Ukrainian soldiers and Russian-backed separatists, officials decided not to undertake the transit to avoid needlessly escalating the situation, the person said. Naval movements are frequently subject to change due to maintenance or shifting operational plans, the person said. This particular transit was scrapped due to a “myriad” of reasons, including a desire not to provoke Moscow during a delicate time, the person said. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in an interview with NTV TV that the U.S. had notified Turkey on Wednesday that the ships would not be heading to the Black Sea. Reuters first reported that the movement was called off, quoting diplomatic sources who, like Çavuşoğlu, did not provide a specific reason...



Coronavirus (covid-19) information fiji

Latest information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Fiji. On the 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a Pandemic. In response to the global spread of the virus and advice from the WHO, the Fijian Government has heightened its level of preparedness in anticipation of an outbreak. Fiji has recorded 68 cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 64 of whom have made a full recovery. Fiji now has 2 active border quarantined case of COVID-19 (as of 16th April 2021)...




Six rescued, search underway for missing from capsized liftboat

Six people have been rescued and the search is on for more missing from a liftboat that capsized near Port Fourchon. US Coast Guard (USCG) said watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon notification at 4-30pm (local time) on Tuesday a distressed 129-foot commercial lift vessel. The vessel was eight miles south of Port Fourchon. Two from the capsized liftboat were rescued by USCG response vessels, while a good Samaritan vessel rescued a further four from the water. The search is now on for an unknown more number missing. The search involves four Coast Guard vessels, four good Samaritan vessels and a Coast Guard helicopter and aircraft...



Canada’s Innovation Maritime to develop recyclable vessels,

testing new techniques for shipbuilders

Transport Canada last week announced its C$200,000 ($159,000) funding contribution toward the design and development of more environmentally responsible vessels. Innovation Maritime, a Quebec-based applied research centre specialising in the maritime field, received this financial support to identify new solutions around the choice of materials and assembly methods for vessels, and to test them in a real-world setting. The goal of the project is to replace as many components of a vessel’s hull and deck as possible with more ecologically friendly parts and to develop a method to make dismantling a vessel easier. A complete and functional prototype will be developed and tested under real navigating conditions. According to Sylvain Lafrance, director general of Innovation Maritime, the project will reduce the burden on future generations of disposing of vessels at the end of their lifecycle. Part of the mandate of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, through which this project is funded, is to raise awareness about proper vessel end-of-life management practices...



Containers for Auckland leaving by train and truck from Whangārei

Constantinos P docked at Northport last week with 1116 containers destined for Auckland. A third load of containers bound for Auckland have been unloaded at Northport, with the 1116 containers being transported by road and rail. The Constantinos P left the deepwater port at Marsden Pt on Easter Sunday after Northport's two mobile harbour cranes undertook 1364 container moves - 1116 discharged for Auckland and 248 handled as DLRs (discharge/load/restow). A spokesman for Northport said the job went exceptionally well. ''Our team performed to an extremely high standard and finished unloading well ahead of pre-arrival estimates.'' Exactly when the last container will be taken to Auckland is yet to be determined as the timing of container transport from Northport is entirely in the hands of the transport operators and freight agents...



Mengi Yay launches 42m flagship sailing yacht NB99

Turkish yard Mengi Yay has launched its 42.5 metre flagship sailing yacht known as NB99. The sailing superyacht was launched on April 5 at the builder's Istanbul facility where it will remain while sea trials take place. Built from a steel hull and aluminium composite superstructure, NB99 features naval architecture and exterior design by Ginton Naval Architects. The interior meanwhile comes from the boards of Rush Design. NB99 was commissioned in May 2019 byrepeat client looking to upgrade their current 34 metre sailing yacht named L'Aquila. Due for delivery in 2021, NB99 will be the largest sailing yacht built by Mengi Yay, topping the 42 metre Gweilo...



Abandoned, stripped cruise ships,

the cruise industry is sinking

The travel industry is hurting as the coronavirus pandemic ravages on, but the US cruise industry, in particular, has been hard hit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a no-sail order in March, which it changed to a "conditional sailing" one on November 1. This means that cruises could accept passengers, but only after making significant changes to their health and safety protocols. Most cruise companies voluntarily renewed the no-sail order through 2020 as they figure out these new measures. Ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world's largest cruise industry trade association, which represents 95% of the global cruising industry, projected that 32 million passengers would set sail in 2020 and that the industry was creating an economic impact of $53 billion in the US, and $150 billion worldwide. The CLIA now estimates that "each day of the suspension of cruise operations in the US results in a total loss of approximately $110 million in economic activity and up to...



China - The future of deep seabed mining

Deep seabed mining machines manufactured by Nautilus Minerals. It’s one of the coldest, darkest places on earth, full of marine life – much of which is yet to be discovered – with a seabed rich in mineral deposits. In the last decade, the floor of the deep ocean that lies outside the jurisdiction of any one country has been increasingly explored. A number of parties are assessing the size and extent of mineral deposits that could provide raw materials for everything from batteries and jet engines to wind turbines and mobile phones. Some deep seabed mining has already taken place within countries’ waters: Japan in 2017, and in Papua New Guinea where the controversial Solwara 1 mining project has ground to a halt. But this year will see a critical global debate on how to manage the resources that lie in “the area” – international waters of more than 200 metres deep that cover nearly two-thirds of the earth. The question of who mines these – and how – is due to be formalised in a “code” being drawn up by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the UN–appointed body responsible for managing the riches of the deep seabed for the “common heritage of mankind”...



Inside “Bill Gates” $650 million Hydrogen Powered Luxury Yacht

Have you ever heard of a hydrogen powered yacht? If not, then this is our first time hearing of one also. It is said this is to be bill gates mega yacht, but the buyer as still remain unknown. So for now we're calling it bill gates $645 million super yacht. With Gates Net worth we wouldn't be surprised bill gates buys $645 million super yacht. One of many billionaire toy as we know beside a private jet is a luxury yacht, so we understand why the billionaire might be going so big. The yacht name is said to be called the aqua yacht (the Sinot yacht). Be sure to comment and let us know what do you think of this superyacht.




This Insane 984-Foot Explorer Gigayacht

Has a Giant Orb That Houses a ‘Science City’

With enough space for 160 scientists, the vessel also features 22 state-of-the-art laboratories for oceanic research. Explorer vessels typically feature some sort of research laboratory, but apparently, the word typical isn’t in Iddes Yachts‘ vocabulary. The international design firm, led by naval architect Iván Salas Jefferson, has unveiled a bold new concept that is less like an expedition vessel and more like a seafaring alien ship from the future. The striking behemoth has been dubbed Earth 300‚ with a stated mission to carry out research expeditions in order to “confront earth’s greatest challenges,” according to Jefferson. Featuring naval architecture by NED, it spans an insane 984 feet—300 meters, hence the suffix—which makes it even longer than RMS Titanic (883 feet). The majority of that real estate has been dedicated to scientific equipment and tech straight from Silicon Valley. In fact, Earth 300 has no less than 22 state-of-the-art laboratories. The vessel’s pièce-de-résistance, though, is the jaw-dropping “science sphere” that resides on the aft deck. Iddes says the jet-black globe houses a “science city”—presumably a vast area dedicated to oceanic research. Aside from its lofty ambitions, it also happens to look dead cool...




In Seenot geratenes Schiff sicher in Norwegen eingetroffen

Oslo (dpa) - Der auf dem offenen Nordmeer in Seenot geratene Frachter «Eemslift Hendrika» ist sicher in einem Hafen an der norwegischen Westküste eingetroffen. Das Schiff wurde am späten Donnerstagnachmittag an einen Kai in der Stadt Ålesund bugsiert, nachdem es von Schleppern mehrere Stunden lang in gemächlichem Tempo in Richtung Küste gebracht worden war. Damit ging eine dramatische Situation glimpflich zu Ende. Das 112 Meter lange Schiff war auf dem Weg von Bremerhaven nach Kolvereid in Norwegen gewesen. Es hatte am Ostermontag bei schlechtem Wetter und heftigem Wellengang aber Schlagseite bekommen, nachdem sich Teile der Fracht verschoben hatten. Daraufhin hatte es ein Notsignal abgesetzt. Die Besatzung wurde noch am Montag per Hubschrauber von Bord geholt. Am späten Montagabend verlor das Schiff dann seine Antriebskraft. Seitdem trieb die «Eemslift Hendrika» heftig in den Wellen schaukelnd im Europäischen Nordmeer. Ein größeres grünes Boot, das der Frachter geladen hatte, kippte dabei von Deck ins Meer. Mit Hilfe der beiden Schlepper sollte der Frachter ursprünglich am Mittwoch an Land gezogen werden, was wegen schlechten Wetters aber zunächst auf Donnerstag verschoben wurde...



Norwegian Coast Guard Postpones Salvage of Abandoned Ship

Norwegian coast guard officials said Wednesday bad weather and rough seas have prompted them to postpone efforts to recover a Dutch cargo ship drifting off the coast of Norway following the evacuation of its crew earlier this week. The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) said it had planned to approach the  Eemslift Hendrika with tugs and bring some of the crew back on board in hopes of getting the abandoned ship to port.  But officials said wind-driven waves 15 to 18 meters high made that plan impossible. Dutch and Norwegian salvage experts are now expected to try again Thursday. In a press release, NCA emergency director Hans Petter Mortensholm said, “Life and health are always the first priority during an incident like this, and it must be safe to carry out the rescue.” As of early Wednesday, the ship, which was outfitted to carry small yachts, was 74- to 94 kilometers from the Norwegian coastal city of Alesund. The coast guard responded to a distress call from the ship and used a helicopter to lift its crew to safety Monday.  In a statement on its website, the NCA said it feared the ship could capsize because the vessel was listing at a 40- to 50-degree angle. But the statement said one of the boats on board broke away and fell into the water, stabilizing the ship somewhat. The NCA emergency director told Norwegian public radio the boat was later retrieved...

Last details: Eemslift Hendrika salvage operation - Drifting and Attempt Towing



"NATORI" innovation of containerships

Japanese shipping company Imoto Lines has taken delivery of the new 540 TEU coastal feeder vessel Natori with its innovative if not somewhat odd-looking forward bridge.  The design semi-spherical bow design is proprietary to Japan’s Kyokuyo Shipyard and was developed to help reduce wind resistance. You may recognize the design because it has also been used on two car carriers, the City of St Petersburg and City of Rotterdam, but the Natori marks the first time it has been used on a containership. In the case of the two car carriers, the design has been said to cut wind resistance by as much as 50% compared to traditional vessels, adding to fuel savings and lowering emissions...



Crew evacuated as Dutch cargo ship risks sinking off Norway

An unmanned Dutch cargo ship may be in danger of capsizing in heavy seas off the coast of Norway after its crew was evacuated following a distress call from the vessel. The Norwegian Coastal Administration said today they have dispatched a coast guard ship to inspect the situation with the Eemslift Hendrika, which is listing and afloat without engine power on the Norwegian Sea 130 kilometres off the city of Alesund. Some of the 12 crew members jumped into the ocean from the badly listing Eemslift Hendrika before being rescued by helicopter. Others were hoisted directly from the deck. Maritime authorities said their focus now was to figure out how to stabilise the vessel so it wouldn't sink while trying make sure the ship doesn't crash into the shore. Surveillance aircraft were patrolling the area. "We are optimistic but at the same time there are 15-metre high waves and strong winds. The weather conditions are extreme and the safety of personnel will always come first," emergency director Hannes-Petter Mortensholm at the Norwegian Coastal Administration told the VG newspaper...



Leiv Eiriksson – Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger

Leiv Eiriksson is a trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) that was delivered in May 2010. With a hopper volume of 46,0. Leiv Eiriksson is a trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) that was delivered in May 2010. With a hopper volume of 46,000m³, it is one of the largest dredgers in the world. Its sister ship Cristobal Colon, launched in July 2008, is the world’s largest TSHD. Ordered by Dredging and Maritime Management, a subsidiary of Jan De Nul (JDN) Group, the vessel was built by Construcciones Navales del Norte in Spain. Indar Electric supplied two main generators, two jet pumps, two submersible motors, three tunnel thruster motors and two shore discharging pumps for the vessel. Ingeteam Marine installed an advanced diesel-electric propulsion system. Side-thrusters were supplied by Wartsila Iberica. Leiv Eiriksson design - The 78,000t deadweight vessel has an overall length of 213m and breadth of 41m. Length between perpendiculars is 196m, loaded draught is 15.15m and depth is 20m. The fully loaded vessel is capable of cruising at a speed of 18kt. A total of 46 persons can be accommodated on the ship...



Vasco Da Gama –

The Vasco da Gama is one of the largest suction dredgers in the world. It was built by Thyssen Nordsswerke. The Vasco da Gama is one of the largest suction dredgers in the world. It was built by Thyssen Nordsswerke (hull number 525) for the Belgian group Jan de Nul. It will be used on large-scale land reclamation work and offshore projects such as trenching, pre-sweeping and rock dumping in deep water. The Vasco da Gama has an overall length of 201m, 178m between perpendiculars and a moulded breadth of 36.2m. It has a V-shaped aft and U-shaped fore body with bulbous bows. It has a design draught of 13m and a dredging freeboard draught of 14.6m. Its deadweight (at 13.45m draught) is 54,600dwt and 60,000dwt at 14.6m draught. It is operated by a complement of 40. The accommodation block is located forward and topped by the wheelhouse. The ship’s tanks can hold 3,500m³ of heavy oil and 300m³ of diesel oil. For stability, the water ballast system consists of 3,500m³ tanks forward and 1,500m³ aft...



Suez Canal May Expand Southern Channel, Chairman Says

The Suez Canal Authority is considering expanding the southern section of the waterway where the container ship Ever Given became stranded, its chairman said on Tuesday. It is also looking into procuring cranes that could potentially offload cargo at heights of up to 52 meters, Osama Rabie told Reuters in an interview. “Our procedures are sound, we are just aiming to improve the service,” he said. The 400-meter-long Ever Given became grounded diagonally across the southern section of the canal during high winds on March 23. It remained stuck for six days, preventing hundreds of ships from passing and significantly impacting global trade flows. After it was dislodged, the ship was taken to a lake that separates two sections of the canal where the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has been conducting investigations. Rabie said data from the ship’s recorders had been removed and handed over to an investigation committee, and that the ship would travel on once the procedures were completed. “We are talking about two or three more days, God willing. But we won’t take much time,” he said. The committee investigating the grounding was made up of five or six members with law, maritime, salvage, and administration expertise, he said, adding that it had caused Egypt great damage...



Erneute Schiffspanne im Suezkanal:

Öltanker behindert Schiffsverkehr wegen Motorausfalls

Eine Woche nach dem Ende der tagelangen Blockade des Suezkanals durch das Containerschiff Ever Given bekam ein anderer Frachter Schwierigkeiten in der Wasserstraße. Wegen Motorproblemen verlangsamte er vorübergehend den Schiffsverkehr, es kam zum Einsatz von Schleppern. Der Öltanker M/T Rumford ist am Dienstag laut Angaben der Online-Trackingdienste MarineTraffic und TankerTrackers in einem engen Abschnitt im südlichen Teil des Suezkanals für circa zwei Stunden zum Stillstand gekommen. Medienberichten zufolge soll das Schiff Motorprobleme bekommen haben, als es die enge Wasserstrecke des Kanals in nördlicher Richtung durchquerte. Infolge der Panne wurde der Schiffsverkehr in der lebenswichtigen Seehandelsroute demnach vorübergehend verlangsamt. Wie Handelsexperten der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters mitteilten, waren Unternehmen von der ägyptischen Behörde Suez Canal Authority (SCA), die den Suezkanal betreibt, über den Vorfall benachrichtigt worden. Durch den Einsatz von Schleppern konnte das Problem dem Bericht zufolge aber bald wieder behoben werden...



Orams Marine’s New TraveLift Can Take on Largest Pacific Cruisers

For years, the large powered megayachts and sailing superyachts were limited in terms of refit and service in the South Pacific. As of January 13, however, they have broader options. Auckland-based Orams Marine’s new TraveLift gives it the ability to haul out some hefty cruisers. In fact, on that day, the shipyard used its new 820-tonne (807-ton) TraveLift to haul out the sailing yacht pictured here. Though her name remains confidential, the yard says she measures 114 feet (34.8 meters). The sailing superyacht now sits on the hard at the yard—in an area that itself is new, too. Orams Marine’s new TraveLift is operating as part of an overall expansion of the facilities. Already, the shipyard had a slipway, as well as a much smaller lifting transport. However, the expansion has doubled the available area for marine-service subcontractors, in addition to creating the new hardstand section. Further work is coming, too. For instance, three 295-foot-long (90-meter-long) finger piers will see installation start in March. Additionally, a water-treatment plant is under construction, to protect the surrounding environment as much as possible. Finally, Orams Marine is building new premises to house a number of the marine trades that operate there, therefore providing them with extra space and capabilities...




A turnkey operation for the deconstruction of sailing club fleets and boatyard wracks

The APER, Association pour la Plaisance Eco-Responsable, an eco-organization created by the Fédération des Industries Nautiques (FIN) for the management of end-of-life boats, and the Fédération Française de Voile (FFVoile) have announced the establishment of a partnership. This will enable sailing clubs to dispose of their end-of-life boats free of charge via the recycling system set up by APER. "Unlike individual boaters, clubs will not have to make a boat-by-boat request, with each one being treated individually. They will only have to send an excel file with the list of their boats. Another difference is that the APER will take full responsibility for the transport, its organisation and financing. The goal is to have a turnkey service for the clubs" summarizes Guillaume Arnauld of the Lions, in charge of the deconstruction file for the FIN. The first deconstruction operation with sailing clubs will take place in November 2020. "We are at the stage of identifying the needs thanks to the FFVoile, which is interviewing the clubs to find out how many boats there are to be treated and where. Our ambition is to deconstruct 500 boats this year. That seems credible to us and we will be able to do more if necessary. We tested with 25 clubs in Brittany in 2019 and collected 110 boats. It's a long-term partnership, every year until 2023. The aim is to get clubs into the habit of asking themselves every year if they have boats to evacuate," explains Guillaume Arnauld of the Lions...



Philippine deploy Hundred troop

to blast 220 China ship aggressive in Whitsun Reef

Once again, the South China Sea finds itself closer to becoming a security flashpoint amidst rising concerns over a military conflict. China’s aggressive expansion in the region has found a new ground Whitsun Reef, where 220 Chinese vessels are currently moored though the area, which comes under the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zones. The Philippine Coast Guard however, is not shying away from taking a hard stance. Currently Philippine military aircrafts and navy are monitoring the situation daily, and China has been warned that there will be an increased military presence to conduct sovereignty patrols…



Cyclon saison in Fiji - Preparations

Should a storm occur, this is the safest place to be. You will have no waves to contend with. No other boats will be pushing against you. Just you and your yacht in its own safe refuge. These pits are extremely popular and generally sell out before the end of July. Advanced booking are highly recommended. If we are fully booked then it is possible to be placed on our waitlist. On rare occasions there may be a last minute cancellation, so the offer is then extended to the first person on our waitlist. If they have already made plans, then it is offered to the next person and so forth...



Cyclon Season in Fiji is extremely dangerous

Sinking of Sy Pantagruel / Havarie SY Pantagruel

On Friday morning December 18th 2020 around 09:30 local time the German flagged sailing vessel “Pantagruel” sunk in Vanua Balavu during the tropical cyclone Yasa. In this report I would like to describe the circumstances of the incident. Since June Pantagruel was cruising in Fiji, with 6 ppl on board, five crew between 22 and 29 years old and me as owner and experienced captain. At the beginning of the cyclone season in November all boarders of nearby countries without risks of tropical cyclones are closed due to the Corona situation (Kiribati, Indonesia Australia and especially New Zealand, which would have been my first choice as safe harbour). So the decision was made that Pantagruel had to stay in Fiji and seek shelter in one of the cyclone holes around the islands in case of an upcoming tropical cyclone. Since then we were monitoring the weather forecasts from PWE PWG GFS & EMWF with high attention. At Monday December 7th & 8th I received a first warning about a possible cyclone via satellite communication. At this time Pantagruel was cruising in the south eastern area of the “Lau Group”. As the predicted track of the storm passed Fiji in the west, the decision was to seek shelter far east in the mangroves from Vanua Balavu (the two markers in the second screenshot show the position of Vanua Balavu in the east and in the west Vuda Marina, which was generally the first choice as cyclone shelter)...



Suez Canal blockage:

Captain of Ever Given not aiding probe; calamity's cost tops $1B

The cost of blocking shipping for almost a week through one of the most crucial waterways on earth apparently comes in at right around $1 billion. And that's just the bill Egypt could soon be trying to collect. It does not include damages for the owners of more than 400 boats delayed by the calamity on the Suez Canal, nor compensation that could be sought by companies whose materials or products were on those boats. Lt. Gen. Ossama Rabei, head of Suez Canal Authority, told Egypt's Sada ElBalad news that Egypt will likely seek $1 billion in compensation for physical and financial damages resulting from the grounding of the massive cargo ship Ever Given. Rabei said the compensation would cover losses from transit fees, the cost of six days of dredging and tugboat activity – and damage to the canal from the dredging...



Mammoth - Derecktor Ft. Pierce Mobile Boat Hoist Arrives

The wheels in the photo here are more than eight feet (2.4 meters) in height. Soon, 32 of them will line up as part of an immense yacht hoist in Florida. The Derecktor Ft. Pierce mobile boat hoist is coming together in anticipation of lifting some of the world’s largest megayachts, starting in the springtime. The shipyard announced the plans for the movable lift in 2019. It has a capacity of 1,500 tons and can transfer motoryachts and sailing yachts to 250 feet (about 76 meters) in length. It’s significant for more than just numbers. Since it is a mobile hoist, it provides options to owners and crew seeking service stateside. Previously, large motoryachts needed to rely solely on dry docks in the United States. Large sailing superyachts, meanwhile, didn’t have any U.S.-based haul-out facilities capable of handling them, due to water depth and shipyard equipment...



Total Suspends Mozambique LNG Project

After Deadly Terrorist Attack

Oil major Total has suspended work on its $20 billion LNG export megaproject in northern Mozambique after an attack by suspected Islamic State militants. Fighting is ongoing and the situation on the ground is in flux, but preliminary reports indicate that dozens of civilians have been killed. On March 24, an armed group attacked the port of Palma, a key hub for Total's multi-billion-dollar natural gas export project for untapped reserves off the coast of Mozambique. According to Reuters, several hundred foreign civilian workers ended up trapped between government security forces and the militant group. Many were evacuated in an emergency boatlift to a town to the south. According to Human Rights Watch, the militants opened fire indiscriminately, attacking fleeing civilians as well as government forces. Initial reports indicate that one South African national and one British contractor were among the dead. “People were running and shouting ‘Al-Shabab is here … It’s Al-Shabab … They’re killing everybody,’" a civilian who worked in the local market told Human Rights Watch. “Some people were carrying their stuff and moving toward the bush [inland], others were running toward the beach.” "Local suppliers and companies, these guys were heroes of the entire operation. In the wee hours they managed to coordinate and reach out to the evacuees on the beach and got them on to boats and got them into safety," a contractor...



Derecktor Ft. Pierce Getting World’s Largest Boat Lift

Derecktor Ft. Pierce mobile boat hoist; it will be the largest megayacht hoist in the world. In yachting, people often talk about the world’s largest yachts. But the world’s largest boat lift? While it may seem strange, it holds a lot of significance. The largest-capacity mobile boat hoist is coming to the Derecktor Ft. Pierce refit yard. It will enable the new service center to haul yachts as large as 250 feet (about 76 meters), depending on their displacement. The lift is in build right now in Italy, at a company called Cimolai Technology. Cimolai is one of a handful of often-sought suppliers for this type of specialized equipment. Capacity-wise, the machinery will be able to lift 1,500 tons when it goes into operation at Derecktor Ft. Pierce around the fall of 2020. To put the world’s largest mobile boat hoist into further perspective, consider some statistics. “At 85 feet in height, it will be nearly as tall as the South Causeway,” shares Justin Beard, the marketing manager for Derecktor Ft. Pierce. (The South Causeway Bridge is a stone’s throw from the shipyard.) Documentation from Cimolai Technology additionally reveals that the upper outside overall width of the lift is 71 feet (21.6 meters). Plus, the distance between the blocks, which is some of the inner gear, is 48’3” (14.7 meters)...



Friendly vs unfriendly  Newsletter

This month it’s Thailand up against Egypt. The Thai Government have extended the length of stay for visiting yachts from a possible 12 months to 2.5 years - great news for those heading to SE Asia in the future. Plus, the Thai Special Tourist Visa (STV) has been re-introduced until September, meaning yachts arriving in Phuket can get a visa on arrival (albeit at a high price tag). The Red Sea Port Authority, however, have once again raised sailing permit (Port Clearance) fees this month from $60 to an incredible $930. Yachts currently waiting to transit the Suez Canal have no choice but to pay, although transits have been put on hold since March 23rd as a mega ship has been blocking the canal with its stern and bow stuck on opposite shores. Latest news is that a successful tow to Great Bitter Lakes is underway. A similar fee increase happened in 2019 and after 12 months fees were brought down to a more reasonable level. It is hoped the same thing will happen this time. For now though, fees to transit Suez are on a par with those for the Panama Canal.



Derecktor Shipyards. 74 Years. And Building.

It was 1947 when Bob Derecktor began with a simple plan and a small shop in Mamaroneck, NY. His goal: build boats the equal of any in the world, and do it without compromise. Today, the record says he and the yards he founded have done just that. Notable vessels ranging from America's Cup winners to massive mega-yachts to rugged Coast Guard cutters have come from Derecktor.  Just as  remarkable is the way the business has evolved. That first shop has grown to three full-service facilities ranging the length of the East Coast, and a fourth currently coming online in Fort Pierce, Florida. And, while still among the world's best builders and still a family business, today we offer customers a variety of benefits from complex refits to destination marinas. What has not changed is a driving determination to do it right. Which is why when most American boatbuilders that were around 74 years ago are now but distant memories, Derecktor is thriving. And still right on course...



March covid protocol update  Newsletter

The BVI’s have bumped the opening of seaports from March 1 to April 15. French Polynesia is definitely closed unless you have an imperative reason for stopping. Most applications are being denied. Boats arriving without permission are being allowed to re-supply and then must leave. Fiji now has a second option for quarantine with Savusavu Bay approved to be a Designated Quarantine Anchorage for yachts arriving under the Blue Lane initiative. Mauritius closed on March 8 with 6 cases appearing on the island, initially for one week but it is it still shut.



Israeli-owned Cargo Ship Hit by Missile in Arabian Sea

A cargo ship owned by an Israeli company was damaged by a missile in the Arabian Sea on Thursday in what was suspected to be an Iranian attack, an Israeli security official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the ship was on its way from Tanzania to India and was able to continue its voyage after the attack. The official did not provide further details. According to Israel's Ynet news website, the ship sailing under a Liberian flag did not sustain serious damage and Channel 12 news reported the ship is owned by XT Management, based in the port city of Haifa...



Oil Refinery in Indonesia Catches Fire, Prompting an Evacuation

Indonesia — An oil refinery on the Indonesian island of Java caught fire early Monday, sending flames and smoke towering into the sky, seriously injuring six people and prompting an evacuation of nearly 1,000 nearby residents. The blaze at the Balongan refinery in West Java Province started shortly after midnight and burned through the night and all day Monday. Pertamina, the state-owned company that operates the refinery, said it could not estimate when firefighters would be able to extinguish the fire, which was visible for miles. In videos of the fire shared on social media, the sound of an explosion can be heard at the facility, which is about 110 miles east of Jakarta, the capital. As residents ran from the fire in panic, a 61-year-old man suffered a heart attack and died, the authorities said. Hundreds of houses near the refinery were damaged when the...




Dockland 5 - The story of a shipyard on the other side of the world

The sun has just risen and the level of the Hatea River has almost reached the high water mark. Europe is still asleep and New York is getting ready for work. But here, in New Zealand, where time begins, there is already pure action. It is early morning because the tides dominate the operation. The forklift, heavily loaded with shipyard equipment, wooden blocks, supports and pallets are on there way to the next hardstand. The new manager, Boss John Peagram and Big-John, who are always prudent travel lift operators, are preparing to lift out a larger motor vessel. The travel lift, heavy lift-belts and shackles are carefully inspected before is going down to business.



Nothing is left to chance in this not always uncritical business. The tide has to be right, the currents of the river and often also the wind which blows in the Hatea Valley, but mostly weaker than in the country. The Dockland 5 shipyard is surely one of the best on the river. A short time later, the heavy vessel is hanging over the washing area and is been cleaned by the water jet. The offwash is collected, separated and disposed of, but this is handled by shipyard and does not need to burden the respective captains or owners.


After 30 minutes to approx. 2 hours depending on the size of the vessel and the amount of cleaning required, the ship stands at its stand and shipowners work can commence. Whether DIY or contractors is left to the ship owner’s decision. If you need advice, you are in the right hands with Boss John and Big John. In administrative matters, postal matters and the local  business environment. Natasha in here office likes to advice.

Many improvements and future plans are on the to-do list and there is a healthy optimism prevailing. Finally, the Steve & Bev Bowling Group is behind Dockland 5 and that's a good thing. Bev and Steve are longtime entrepreneurs and are real go-getters as in the book. Their group works from the South Seas to the Antarctic. So it's good reason to believe in a good future for Dockland 5.

That was not always so! Years of sales efforts and the associated future uncertainties had brought down the yard down to the bones. The management was deprived of the ground under their feet day after day, on which a healthy company should stand. In May 2019 the sale and thus the takeover finally took place. From one day to the other, the customers came back. From now on emails and phone calls where answered and appointments been kept. A completely new and heart freshening feeling.

Today, the main focus targets the worldwide sailing scene, fishing, pilot boats, rescue boats, work pontoons, tug boats, dive- and specialty-vessels and local boats from small dinghies to mega-yacht, the storage of vessels, transfers from land to water or on to trucks and vice versa.

In the yard itself and in the nearby environment there is a wide range of service companies for shore site assistance. That makes Dockland 5 a hotspot in the entire NZ Northland region if not even the South-West Pacific.

Finally, a little bit about the history of Dockland 5: The shipyard was founded in the last century by Dave Culham (Culham Engineering). Later it was sold to Jack and Mary Maclardy, who had it operated by a manager for a little over 20 years. Jack and Mary sold Dockland 5 because they wanted to retired and travel, spending more time with their family. One of the many highlights in the shipyard history was the construction of the 22.8m yacht "Isabel of Newport" by the then United States Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry and many other yachts of the former Friendship era.

Today, in 2019, it is fair to say:

"The dockyard shipyard Dockland 5, for generations support for world circumnavigators from all over the world,

has awakened to a new life "

How to reach Dockland 5:

Manager John Peagram


Mobil:  0064 (0) 274 930 812

Tel. 0064 (0) 9438 8558



Admin Natasha Bowling


Tel. 0064 (0) 9438 8558


By Mail:

Dockland 5 Marine Limited

211 Port Road

PO Box 1506   New PO Box!

Whangarei 0140


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Location of Dockland 5