• Multi-purpose: China Navigation newbuilds

    Multi-purpose: China Navigation newbuilds

    27th March 2013

    The China Navigation Company (CNCo), founded at Shanghai in 1872 and part of the Swire group, is taking delivery of a new series of eight S Class multi-purpose vessels from China’s Zhejiang Ouhua Shipyard. The 31,000dwt fuel-efficient vessels have been…

  • BULK CARRIER: Forced to call on Wearside

    BULK CARRIER: Forced to call on Wearside

    27th March 2013

    The 172m Croatian-flagged bulk carrier Molat, which was carrying a large cargo of timber, got into difficulties off the Wearside coast which may have been caused after she hit ice. The 2000-built vessel, with 20 crew on board, began to…

  • TANKER: Tramping through winter

    TANKER: Tramping through winter

    26th March 2013

    Winter came early in Europe in 2012 and kept up its icy blast throughout the New Year. Seafarers had to cope with winter storms and sub-zero temperatures while trying to keep supplies moving. One tanker that tramps all over Europe…

  • Container ships: Off with the bulbous bows!

    Container ships: Off with the bulbous bows!

    28th February 2013

    Denmark’s Maersk Line, the world’s largest container carrier, is removing the bulbous bows from a number of its container ships in a bid to cut fuel costs. Steffen Hartvig Nielsen, head of vessel optimisation at Maersk Maritime Technology, noted that…

  • COASTAL CONTAINER: Service resumed from Irlam

    COASTAL CONTAINER: Service resumed from Irlam

    28th February 2013

    On 5 January the 260TEU container vessel Coastal Deniz (1991) made a first-ever voyage up the Mersey and then the Manchester Ship Canal to Irlam Container Terminal. The vessel is normally employed, along with her sister vessel Coastal Isle (1991),…

  • Tanker: Liverpool tanker damaged

    Tanker: Liverpool tanker damaged

    28th February 2013

    Liverpool-registered ships no longer make the news as much as they once did, but the 65,125dwt tanker Stena Primorsk managed to do just that in late December 2012 when she suffered a punctured outer hull on New York’s Hudson river…

  • LNG BULKER: ‘Clean sky’ thinking

    LNG BULKER: ‘Clean sky’ thinking

    19th February 2013

    Lloyd’s Register has given approval in principle (AIP) to a new ‘Clean Sky’ bulk carrier design featuring a gas-powered propulsion system drawn up by Chinese shipbuilder COSCO and Piraeus, Greece-headquartered shipowner Golden Union. The initial design focus has been on…

  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Two newbuildings for Rickmers-Linie

    CONTAINER SHIPS: Two newbuildings for Rickmers-Linie

    24th January 2013

    Rickmers-Linie is to take delivery of two 20,000dwt newbuildings in 2015, built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China. The multi-purpose vessels will be equipped with two 450-tonne cranes and one 120-tonne crane. The two main cranes will enable them to load…

  • TANKER: Palm oil joint venture

    TANKER: Palm oil joint venture

    24th January 2013

    China’s Dongfang Shipbuilding has delivered the 9,000dwt tanker Golden Adventure to Golden Stena Weco, a new joint-venture company formed by Stena Weco and Indonesian palm oil producer Golden Agri Resources (GAR). The ship will be employed moving cargoes of palm…

  • BULK CARRIER: The ‘buck’ stops here

    BULK CARRIER: The ‘buck’ stops here

    24th January 2013

    The career of the bulk carrier Tim Buck came to an end on 12 October 2012 when she made an unpublicised arrival at the ship-breaking facilities of Alang Auto and Engineering Co Pvt Ltd at Alang, in India. The bulk…