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Ports & Ships Maritime News

17 May, 2011
Author: Terry Hutson

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FIRST VIEW – BOURBON VIKING

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The offshore supply vessel BOURBON VIKING (2410-gt, built 2003) at the Cape Town container terminal. Picture by Aad Noorland

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TUGS TO THE RESCUE AS MSC OPERA SUFFERS ENGINE EXPLOSION

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MSC Opera

Tugs rushed to the aid of the luxury cruise ship MSC OPERA after the 59,058-gt ship suffered an engine explosion, leaving the 2,000-passenger ship without electrical power, water, or sufficient engine power.

The ship is currently based in Southampton, UK and is undertaking a series of cruises in the Baltic catering for mainly British passengers.

According to one report the ship was being towed to the port of Visby. A team from MSC Cruises meanwhile flew to Sweden to be on hand to assist the passengers on arrival.

According to another report the ship’s captain attempted to continue sailing his ship on one engine but was unsuccessful. Apart from the loss of power the ship was left with inoperable toilets, according to reports.

A statement issued by the company said the ship had ‘technical problems with an electrical panel’. The ship has apparently been diverted to the port of Nynamshamn in Sweden. “Not being able to offer to its guests the usual standards of service, MSC is organising the repatriation of all guests from Stockholm,” MSC said in a statement.

Built in 2004 MSC Opera is one of the Mistral class of cruise ships in the MSC Cruises fleet, of which MSC Sinfonia which sails in South African waters in the southern summer is another.


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Westerdam collides with ice

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Westerdam

The Holland America Line cruise ship WESTERDAM, that visited South Africa during the World Cup soccer tournament, has been slightly damaged by a collision while sailing through ice during high winds in Yakutat Bay, near Hubbard Glacier, Alaska.

The incident occurred last week and according to a statement issued by Holland America, the hull was not breached and the ship was able to continue its scheduled cruise. Its hull was however slightly indented.

Westerdam sailed from Seattle in North West USA on a seven-day Alaska cruise. It is the largest Holland America ship that sails into Juneau and carries up to 2,716 passengers and crew.

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ILLEGAL SHIP CHANDLERS COSTING NIGERIA MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

According to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Ship Chandlers Association, Chief Yomi Akerele, Nigeria is losing millions of dollars annually to illegal ship chandlers.

Akerele told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday (12 May) that the losses were due to the method adopted by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to issue licences to ship chandlers.

He alleged that the NCS was allowing individual departments to issue licences instead of centralising it.

According to him, the indiscriminate issuance of the licences had bred illegal chandlers. He said that a team of ship chandlers was to meet the customs and fine tune the manner the licence were being issued, but the meeting was never held.

Akerele said that it was wrong to obtain a ship chandling licence without the requisite knowledge and experience of at least five years on the job. He said that at least three shipping companies must give letters of recommendations to the NCS on behalf of an applicant.

Akerele said that illegal ship chandlers had taken over their jobs and the situation had created unemployment problems in the industry. He also said the illegal operators were killing the industry by supplying expired and sub-standard items to ships.

“Nobody checks what they supply because they are colluding with security operatives at the breakwaters. At the breakwaters, illegal ship chandlers are allowed to go through with their supplies,” he said.

Akerele said that many shipping companies were also doing the business on their own to attract more foreign exchange. He said that such act by shipping companies was against the laid down rules in the sector. – source The Nation

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PIRACY: PORTUGUES WARSHIP INTERCEPTS PIRATE MOTHER SHIP

During the morning of 13 May, the EU NAVFOR Portuguese warship NRP Vasco da Gama successfully intercepted a Dhow which is suspected of operating as a pirate mother ship, reports EU NAVFOR, the European Union naval force acting on anti-piracy patrol off Somalia.

The Dhow, whose original crew was being held on board by the suspected pirates as hostages, was attempting to deploy into the Indian Ocean and was considered to be a clear and present danger to merchant shipping in the area. For this reason, the Portuguese warship warned the Dhow verbally to turn around and make its way back to the pirate anchorage.

Only when the verbal warnings were ignored did the NRP Vasco da Gama and her helicopter fire warning shots in the direction of the suspected pirate vessel. The Dhow quickly turned around and made its way back toward the Somali coast. The Portuguese warship monitored the suspected pirates until they reached their anchorage.

With the onset of the South West Monsoon in the area, which brings with it worsening weather and rough seas, this may have been the last chance that this particular pirate group would have had to deploy into the Indian Ocean to attack merchant vessels.

The NRP Vasco da Gama is currently acting as the Flagship for the EU NAVFOR. She is a multi-purpose Frigate with 3400 tons of displacement and a crew of 212. She is carrying one helicopter and two boarding teams.


Danish ship fires on and kills four suspected pirates

In another incident involving suspected Somali pirates, the Danish warship Esbern Snare was tasked with intercepting a mother ship, a Dhow off the Somali east coast last Thursday. Esbern Snare was taking part in a joint NATO anti piracy patrol exercise.

On approaching the mother ship the Danish ship called on the Somali vessel to heave to but instead came under fire from the pirates. The resulting return fire from the warship silenced the pirates and a boarding party found 16 Iranian hostages and 28 suspected pirates on board. Four pirate suspects had been killed and another 10 injured.

According to NATO there were no injuries among the hostages. The 24 surviving pirates were taken into custody and an investigation into whether they can be prosecuted is under way.

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PICS OF THE DAY – MSC CHELSEA and XXXXXXXXXXXX

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The MSC container ship MSC CHELSEA (17,468-gt, built 1983) seen at the Southern African Shipyards berth at Bayhead, Durban, prior to entering dry dock for maintenance. Picture by Trevor Jones

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The South Korean bulk carrier OCEAN TRADER (39,833-dwt, built 1987) heading towards a berth at Durban’s Maydon Wharf. Picture by Trevor Jones

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