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  • GROUNDING: Aground on the Tyne

    GROUNDING: Aground on the Tyne

    8th June 2011

    The small container ship Clonlee ran aground at the entrance to the river Tyne on 16 March after she lost power as she was entering the river. The Sietas-built Clonlee (1996/3,999gt, ex-Vera) was heading into the river at around 0100…

  • BUNKERING TANKER: Lizrix for drydock

    BUNKERING TANKER: Lizrix for drydock

    1st June 2011

    In 2008 the Hull-based firm of J. R. Rix added four new vessels to its fleet of bunkering tankers to meet increased demand, the result of higher transport costs and awareness of environmental issues. Lizrix was the second of these…

  • BULKER: Biomass cargoes for Drax

    BULKER: Biomass cargoes for Drax

    27th May 2011

    In late 2009 Drax Power Station and the port of Tyne signed a £16 million biomass deal. This involved building a handling and storage facility at the Port of Tyne to hold between 0.5 million and 1.4 million tonnes of…

  • CARGO SHIP: Seized by pirates

    CARGO SHIP: Seized by pirates

    27th May 2011

    In early April a Somali man became the first pirate to be sentenced to jail in the US for an act of piracy against a ship that was not US-flagged. This was for the 71-day hijacking of Clipper Group’s CEC…

  • BULKERS: More Münchmeyers

    BULKERS: More Münchmeyers

    27th May 2011

    MPC Münchmeyers Steamship of Germany has ordered two 82,000dwt Kamsarmax bulk carriers from China’s Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industries for delivery in 2012 and 2013. The deal comes as Münchmeyers waits to see what will happen at the Seko Heavy…

  • COASTER: In trouble in the North Sea

    COASTER: In trouble in the North Sea

    27th May 2011

    The 1,800dwt British-flagged coaster Douwent (1987/1,311gt), a regular visitor to the north east, recently got into trouble. Early on 2 April she left for Rotterdam, having loaded the previous day at Blyth. However, she had only just started her voyage…

  • HEAVYLIFT: Crouched down cranes

    HEAVYLIFT: Crouched down cranes

    27th May 2011

    The semi-submersible heavylift ship Tai An Kou and its cargo of two 65-long-ton lift capacity container cranes presented an odd profile as they seemed to ‘crouch down’ on the Mississippi River recently to clear bridges on their way to the…

  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Samskip gets two feeders

    CONTAINER SHIPS: Samskip gets two feeders

    4th May 2011

    Samskip, which operates services from Grangemouth, Teesport, Hull and Tilbury, has taken ownership control of two newly-built Damen 800 container vessels. The 804TEU ships, Samskip Innovator and Samskip Endeavour (both 7,987gt), were completed in January and have entered service on…

  • PORT NEWS: Rosyth Dockyard’s Goliath crane arrives

    PORT NEWS: Rosyth Dockyard’s Goliath crane arrives

    28th April 2011

    On 3 March the UK’s largest crane passed under the Forth bridges in Scotland after a 14,000-nautical-mile sea voyage, bound for Babcock’s Rosyth Dockyard in Fife. The Goliath crane will play a vital role in the assembly of the Royal…

  • HEAVYLIFT: Restructuring for Beluga

    HEAVYLIFT: Restructuring for Beluga

    28th April 2011

    The blue-hulled ships of Germany’s heavylift specialist Beluga Shipping are continuing in employment, but the company is undergoing a substantial financial restructuring after its founder, Niels Stolberg, took a leave of absence in March and a new management team took…