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Posted on: 17 December 2016
Russisch oorlogsschip in Engelse Kanaal nauwlettend in de gaten gehouden door Britse marine

Voor de tweede keer op twee weken tijd vaart een Russisch marineschip langs de Noordzee en het Engelse Kanaal. Het oorlogsschip wordt nauwlettend in de gaten gehouden door de Britse marine.

Het gaat om de Yaroslav Mudry, een oorlogsschip van de Baltische vloot. Het schip heeft niet in Britse wateren gevaren, maar de Koninklijke Britse Marine heeft het schip geëscorteerd toen het koers zette richting ‘gebieden die voor het Verenigd Koninkrijk interessant zijn’, en dat al voor de tweede keer in twee weken tijd. Helikopters van de Britse luchtmacht volgen de Mudry, ook Franse en Duitse oorlogsschepen doen dat.
De Yaroslav Mudry had in juni nog een aanvaring met een Amerikaans marineschip. Rusland en Amerika gaven elkaar toen de schuld van het incident.

De doortocht door het Engelse Kanaal komt er op een moment dat de spanningen tussen het Verenigd Koninkrijk en Rusland zijn opgelopen in verband met Syrië. Britse ministers hebben namelijk de steun van Rusland aan Syrisch president Assad veroordeeld. Brits Buitenlands minister Boris Johnson zei bovendien aan de Russissche ambassadeur Alexander Yakovenko dat Moskou geen verdienste heeft aan de evacuatie van burgers uit Aleppo de voorbije week.

Ook in oktober werd een Russische vloot die via de Noordzee naar Syrië wilde in opdracht van de NAVO goed gemonitord. De passage van de schepen uit Rusland werd toen met grote aandacht gevolgd, onder andere door Britse schepen, maar ook door het Belgische fregat Leopold I. Volgens internationale waarnemers wilde president Poetin daarmee een boodschap sturen naar het Westen en wilde hij tonen ‘dat de Russische vloot klaar is voor de strijd’.


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Posted on: 15 December 2016
80 Jobs Lost as Olympic Avoids Bankruptcy

Norwegian provider of subsea and offshore construction vessels, Olympic, said on Friday it has obtained support from its key stakeholders for the financial restructuring of the Group.

Through implementation of the restructuring, a new pure-play subsea structure will be created and NOK 400 million injected in new equity.

A new company, “Olympic Subsea” (OLSUB, currently named Olympic Offshore AS) will be capitalized with new equity to be provided by existing owners of Olympic and new investors. OLSUB will acquire from Olympic and its subsidiaries all of the subsidiaries owning 11 subsea vessels.

Olympic will retain ownership in 1 MPSV, 4 PSVs and 3 AHTSs (the “OLSH Group”). Through conversion of inter-company debt, OLSH will become a subsidiary of OLSUB.

Four vessels are being sold and/or transferred in connection with the process; the “Olympic Athene“, “Olympic Hera“, “Olympic Commander” and “Olympic Poseidon“. The already completed sale of Olympic Athene will have a positive liquidity effect on group level of NOK 70 million after repayment of debt, while the other vessels are expected to have a neutral liquidity effect.

However, this means that Olympic will no longer be able to offer employment to the crew on the above mentioned vessels. All in all Olympic said it expects that 80 employees will be redundant, while others could be temporary redundant.

“I regret that we are forced to discharge so many good employees, and we would really have wanted to avoid this situation. At the same time, we must accept that this solution enables us to keep the majority of our staff. This has been an important goal for us during the process, although we feel sorry for those colleagues who will not be part of the future Olympic,” says Olympic’s CEO Stig Remøy.

OLSUB will raise total equity of NOK 400 million, of which NOK 290 million is paid in cash and NOK 110 million is represented by the value of contributed management companies. Current indirect majority shareholder in OLSH will contribute with NOK 280 million. OLSUB will allocate funds to the OLSH Group to cover a potential warm stacking scenario until 2020, but will not have other financial obligations or guarantees towards the OLSH Group.

For a more detailed view of the restructuring, please refer to the company’s Oslo Stock Exchange notice.



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Posted on: 15 December 2016
RasGas delivers first cargo to second Zeebrugge LNG jetty

Qatari LNG producer RasGas delivered the first cargo at the second jetty of Fluxys-operated Zeebrugge LNG terminal in Belgium.

Unloading of the RasGas-chartered 145,602-cbm Milaha Qatar was part of the jetty’s operational tests in view of commissioning the new facility, Fluxys said in a statement on Friday.

RasGas supplies Belgium with LNG under a long-term deal signed back in 2004.

Fluxys noted in its statement that the performance testing for large LNG vessels at the second jetty follows the loading tests the Belgian company conducted for small LNG carriers.

The second jetty, expected to be operational by the end of this year, will be able to accommodate LNG carriers with capacities ranging from 2,000 cbm to 217,000 cbm.

The addition of the new jetty will also allow two LNG carriers to be unloaded or loaded at the same time at the Zeebrugge terminal.



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Posted on: 15 December 2016
Bemiddelaar voor conflict Vlaamse Visveiling en reders

Vlaams minister van visserij Joke Schauvliege stelt een bemiddelaar aan in het conflict tussen de directie van de Vlaamse Visveiling en de reders.

Sinds oktober gelden er nieuwe regels in de vismijnen van Oostende en Zeebrugge. Het resultaat is dat een deel van de vloot wegblijft en haar vangsten in Nederlandse visveilingen verkoopt.

Vlaams volksvertegenwoordiger Steve Vandenberghe: “Inderdaad, er wordt een bemiddelaar aangesteld. Ik heb nu een bijkomende vraag gesteld aan de minister om te weten wat haar timing is. Het moet vlug gebeuren want er moeten zeer vlug resultaten worden geboekt. Als je een probleem laat escaleren, zorgt dat voor catastrofes.”

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Vorig jaar werd in Zeebrugge en Oostende 19.500 ton vis aangevoerd. Dat was al ruim 3 procent minder dan in 2014. Vooral de aanvoer in de Oostendse veiling viel tegen. “Er is daar onlangs een nieuwe directie aangesteld. Door enkele beleidsbeslissingen haken de reders voor één derde af en richten ze zich meer op Nederland. Dat heeft op zijn beurt gevolgen voor de groothandelaars, die ook stilaan afhaken in Oostende en Zeebrugge en zich op Nederland focussen.”

Zowel de Rederscentrale als de Zeebrugse Visveiling willen niet reageren.



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Posted on: 15 December 2016
Sri Lanka Navy frees K Line’s vehicles carrier Hyperion Highway held by Hambantota Port workers

The Sri Lankan Navy on Saturday freed a Japanese cargo ship held by a group of workers at the Hambantota Harbor to ransom for the past few days to protest against privatization of the idling port through a deal with a Chinese company.

The Sri Lankan security forces fired warning shots Saturday to disperse striking dock workers who have prevented a Japan's "K" Line vessel Hyperion Highway from leaving the port for four days for its next destination Oman, navy spokesman said.

Navy spokesman said armed navy sailors used boats to reach a pier occupied by the workers to disperse the striking workers and the Navy helped cast the ship to the sea.

Captain Akram Alavi said the detention of a ship in this way is tantamount to "piracy" under international law and the Navy, designated as the competent authority had to intervene and free the ship for leaving the harbor.

Captain Akram said this is the first time such a detention has taken place in the history of a Sri Lankan port. There had been strikes in the harbor but no ship had been detained forcibly, he said.

A spokesman for the local agent for the vessel said that ship's Bulgarian captain and 24 other crew members from the Philippines were safe, but the shipping line was losing money at the rate of $100,000 a day because it had been unable to leave on schedule.

The vehicle carrier Hyperion Highway owned by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha of Japan, had berthed in the harbor on December 6. Yesterday the vessel was escorted to international waters by the Navy.

Temporary employees of the Magampura Port Management Company (MPMC) employed at the Hambantota Port launched the strike on Tuesday demanding the government to make them permanent employees of the state-owned Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Opposition legislators told parliament Saturday that eight workers were wounded when the navy stormed the main pier, but the government denied there were casualties.

The government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Merchant Holdings Limited (CMHL) to lease the loss-making $1.3 billion Chinese-built harbor. According to the MoU, the CMHL will hold 80 percent stake in the company and will operate the port on a 99 year lease.

The port workers oppose the government's deal fearing that privatization of the port may lead to job loss although the government has assured that actions will be taken to secure jobs of the workers during the procedure of assigning Hambantota Port to the Chinese company.

The Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga, who, according to the Express News had also protested against the deal with the Chinese company on the grounds that the SLPA which owns the island's ports will lose its control over the Hambantota port, assured the job security for the temporary employees and dismissed opposition claims that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered to sack the employees.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe's argument is that the Hambantota port built with a Chinese loan of US$ 1.4 billion is a white elephant which cannot be turned around except by inviting a foreign company like the CMHL to run it on a commercial basis. When the CMHL runs it on a commercial basis, Sri Lanka will be able to repay the loan taken from China.



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Posted on: 15 December 2016
Rickmers Confirms Sale of 7-Year-Old Containership; Youngest Ever Sold for Scrap

Singapore shipping trust Rickmers Maritime has confirmed it has sold a 7-year-old panamax containership for scrap in order to pay down bank debt, marking the youngest containership ever sold for demolition.

The company said Monday it has reached a deal with Commerzbank in Singapore to sell the 4,250 teu India Rickmers and use the proceeds to partially repay senior loan facilities extended by Commerzbank to Rickmers. Under the agreement Commerzbank has agreed to waive repayment of a material portion of the remaining debt owed under the facility.

Last month Rickmers denied media reports that it had sold the 2009-built India Rickers for recycling, saying negotiations to repay debts were ongoing.

A spokesman for Rickmers confirmed to gCaptain that the vessel has in fact been sold for demolition.

India Rickmers was delivered in April 2009 by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China. The ship was previously known as Hanjin Newport.

The website VesselsValue.com last month valued the India Rickmers at just over scrap value at $5.87 million. In 2016 the vessel fell 62% in value, primarily due to the widening of the Panama Canal, according to the website.

The India Rickmers beats the Viktoria Wulff (ex MSC Firenze), a 4,546 teu panamax built in 2006, as the world’s youngest containership ever sold for scrap. The Viktoria Wulff was sold in September at the age of 10 after its German owner went bankrupt.

Rickmers Maritime now has a fleet of 15 panamax containerships with an average age of 8 years.

The trust said it would update its noteholders and unitholder if there are any more developments.

In November Rickmers said it faced the risk of going out of business after it missed paying a $4.26 million interest payment on a $100 million ($71 million) bond that it has been trying to restructure.



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Posted on: 15 December 2016
Maersk Supply Service nets one-year PSV contract with Maersk Oil

Maersk Supply Service, a Danish shipowner, has been awarded a term contract for one of its platform supply vessels (PSV) with Maersk Oil.

According to data from the Westshore Shipbrokers website, the contract awarded on Tuesday is for the Maersk Frontier PSV.

The vessel will be on a one-year contract with the possibility of extension options.br>
Current AIS data suggests that the vessel left Aberdeen port on Monday and that it has reached its destination, the Gryphon FPSO, on Tuesday morning.

The Gryphon FPSO is located some 280 kilometers northeast of Aberdeen. The vessel is 260 meters long and 41 meters wide. It is capable of storing 540,000 barrels of oil. The water depth around its position is 112 meters.

As for the PSV that has been hired to support the FPSO, the Maersk Frontier is a DP2 vessel which operates in the North Sea. It has a deadweight of 4,600 tonnes and a deck area of 907 square meters.



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Posted on: 15 December 2016
Maersk Supply Service sells two anchor handlers

Danish offshore shipowner Maersk Supply Service has sold two more offshore vessels as part of its fleet reduction program.

The company has now sold the Maersk Seeker and Maersk Supplier anchor handlers which had joined Maersk’s fleet in the 90’s.

Maersk Supply Service announced in August 2016 that would cut its fleet by up to 20 vessels over a period of 18 months.

Providing the rationale for the move, the company said it was cutting fleet as a response to vessels in layup, limited trading opportunities and the global over-supply of offshore supply vessels in the industry.

With this latest sale, in 2016, 10 of the 20 vessels have already left the fleet and the divestments will continue in 2017.

In an email sent to Offshore Energy Today, Maersk said the “vast majority of the divested vessels are expected to be recycled or modified by their new owners to compete outside of the offshore supply vessel segment.”

To date, Maersk Beater, Maersk Chancellor, Maersk Finder, Maersk Puncher, Maersk Provider, Maersk Forwarder, Maersk Feeder, Maersk Fighter, Maersk Seeker and Maersk Supplier have been sold, leaving the Maersk Supply Service fleet at 47 vessels.



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Posted on: 15 December 2016
Van Oord’s Rock Installation Newbuild Launched in China

Van Oord’s E169 fall-pipe subsea rock installation (SRI) vessel ‘Bravenes’ was launched at Sinopacific’s Zhejiang Shipyard in China.

In September 2014, Sinopacific Shipbuilding and Van Oord announced the construction contract of the SRI vessel, expected to be delivered in 2016.

The ‘Bravenes’ is designed by Ulstein, where the Norwegian company was responsible for the development and integration of both the mission equipment and vessel design. Under the contract Ulstein also committed to supply the main fall pipe deployment system and the majority of the ancillary systems of the SRI tower.

The DP-3 vessel design features the distinct X-BOW hull line.

With a deadweight of 14,000t, a length of 154 metres and a beam of 28 metres, the vessel can operate in water depths of more than 600 metres and can accommodate 60 people.



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Posted on: 14 December 2016
Laatste bestemming van de Gardenia (TEF)

Op 06/12/2016 is de Star Fighter (IMO7711139) aangekomen op het strand van Alang.
De Star Fighter is bij ons beter gekend onder de naam Gardenia, die enkele jaren op het kanaal tussen Oostende en Ramsgate de overtocht voor Trans Europa Ferries (TEF) maakte.
Meer info over de Garenia:
http://www.ship-hunters.be/SHDB/ph_svd.php?type=Ro-Ro%20carrier&id=2411



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Posted on: 09 December 2016
Tweede geveild Hanjin-schip naar Maersk

Maersk Line heeft opnieuw een van de afgelopen maandag in Rotterdam geveilde containerschepen van Hanjin Shipping in gebruik genomen.

De 'Hanjin Harmony' is inmiddels omgedoopt tot 'Maersk Ensenada'. Eerder deze week nam de Deense rederij de 'Hanjin Africa' al over. Als 'Maersk Emerald' loopt dit schip komend weekeinde de terminals van APM in Rotterdam aan, om vervolgens koers te zetten naar Azië.
Het vaarschema van de 'Ensenada' is nog niet bekendgemaakt. Over het lot van het derde geveilde schip, de 'Hanjin Europe', is nog geen duidelijkheid.

De gerechtelijke veiling van de drie schepen van Hanjin leverden schuldeiser HSH Nordbank maandag een kleine 400 miljoen US-dollar op. De schuld aan de bank bedroeg in totaal ruim 1,8 miljard dollar.
In oktober al werd een overeenkomst gesloten tussen HSH Nordbank en Maersk Line waarbij de Deense rederij zes schepen van Hanjin Shipping zou overnemen.


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Posted on: 08 December 2016
Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious sets sail for Turkish scrapyard

Britain's last serving aircraft carrier has left Portsmouth for the last time before being torn apart and sold off for scrap.

HMS Illustrious departed from her home port bound for a shipyard in Turkey, where she has been sold for £2.1m.
Attempts to save her failed - campaigners wanted her converted into a museum and hotel, but the Ministry of Defence dismissed the proposal as too expensive.
The 22,000-tonne ship was affectionately known as "Lusty".

She was rushed into service in 1982 to help recapture the Falklands, but arrived in the Southern Ocean just after the conflict was won.
She went on to help police the no-fly-zones over Bosnia and Iraq in the 1990s and led the Navy's deployment to Sierra Leone in that same decade.
In 2013 she deployed to the Philippines in a humanitarian role to help in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
In more than 30 years of service she sailed more than a million nautical miles.

The decision to scrap her was taken in the 2010 SDSR and she left service in 2014, leaving the Royal Navy with no aircraft carriers.
Britain is currently building two new aircraft carriers - HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.
The first of those, the Queen Elizabeth, will start sea trials early next year.

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HMS Illustrious (R06)

32 Years in service
900,000 Miles sailed
22,000 Tonnes
685 Crew
210 Metres long
£2m Sold for scrap

picture 1: in service 29/08/2008 (LVG collection)
picture 2: decommissioned 23/09/16 (Ship Hunters)


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Posted on: 08 December 2016
Rechter beslist pas volgend jaar over uitbaggeren Elbe

Dit jaar zal de hoogste Duitse bestuursrechter vermoedelijk nog geen uitspraak doen over de toelaatbaarheid van de uitdieping van de Elbe.
Dat verwacht de advocaat van de natuur- en milieuorganisaties in Duitsland, Rüdiger Nebelsieck. De organisaties hebben bezwaren tegen de verdieping van de rivier aanhangig gemaakt.

De Elbe moet worden uitgebaggerd om zeer grote schepen onafhankelijk van het getij toegang te kunnen blijven geven tot de haven van Hamburg. Het gedeelte van de rivier tussen Hamburg en de Noordzee zou ook bij eb voldoende diep moeten zijn voor schepen met 13,5 meter diepgang.
De milieuorganisaties, verenigd in de bond 'Lebendige Tideelbe', voorzien onherstelbare schade aan de natuur en hebben de jaren voortdurend tegen de al uit 2006 daterende uitbaggeringsplannen van de stad en de deelstaat Nedersaksen geprocedeerd.

Volgens advocaat Nebelsieck wordt in de nu dienende zaak voor het Bundesverwaltungsgericht in Leipzig op 19, 20 en 21 december aanstaande een laatste zitting gehouden. Hij denkt echter niet dat de bestuursrechter dan meteen een oordeel velt. Meestal neemt de rechter een aantal weken de tijd voor de beslissing.
De uitbaggering van de Elbe heeft ook al eens voor het Europees Hof van Justitie gediend. Het Hof bepaalde toen dat uitbaggering van waterwegen, zoals de Elbe maar bijvoorbeeld ook de Weser bij Bremen, onder zeer strikte voorwaarden toelaatbaar is.

Volgens het Europese Hof kan reeds een verdieping van een gedeelte van een rivier tot onherstelbare schade leiden in en aan de gehele rivier. Dat stelde het Hof vorig jaar in een uitspraak over de Weser. De rechter in Leipzig heeft laten weten deze uitspraak van het Hof zwaar mee te wegen bij het eigen oordeel.
Nebelsieck zegt optimistisch over dat oordeel te zijn, wat betekent dat uitbaggering van de Elbe volgens de huidige plannen opnieuw niet kan doorgaan.



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Posted on: 07 December 2016
Briese en Duoship nemen twaalf Flinter-schepen over

Briese Shipping en Duoship nemen twaalf Flinter-schepen in gebruik, waaronder de ‘Pioneer’ die al acht weken zonder bevoorrading voor de kust van Gibraltar lag. Het schip is in nu in de haven.

Duoship is door de eigenaren, een groep van meerdere banken, als manager van de schepen aangesteld. Briese Shipping treedt op als bevrachter. Om welke banken het gaat is nog niet bekendgemaakt. Wel duidelijk is dat de groep van onder andere Duitse banken een andere aanpak kiest dan ING, die volgens de curator van Flinter op 19 december acht of negen schepen zal veilen.
Onder de twaalf schepen die Duoship in beheer neemt vallen ook de ‘Pioneer’ en de ‘Flintermar’, die sinds de surseance-aanvraag van Flinter begin oktober voor de kust van Gibraltar liggen.

De ‘Pioneer’ kwam de laatste dagen uitgebreid in het nieuws, omdat de moeder van de kapitein aan de bel getrokken had. De opvarenden konden niet van boord en kampten met ophopend afval en een afnemende voedsel- en watervoorraad. Twee van hen hadden bovendien medische hulp nodig. Het schip is maandagavond veilig de haven van Gibraltar ingeloodst.
De curator van Flinter maakte gisteren bekend dat er ‘enige tijd geleden al’ afspraken waren gemaakt om de achterstallige salarissen van de bemanningsleden te betalen en zorg te dragen voor proviand en brandstof. ‘De afspraken waren rond maar de besluitvorming bij één van de Duitse banken liet op zich wachten’, aldus curator Kees van den Bergh van Van den Herik & Verhulst Advocaten.

‘Nu het schip veilig in de haven ligt, is aandacht voor de bemanning onze prioriteit’, zegt woordvoerster Thea Pelupessy van de nieuwe scheepsmanager Duoship. Het Groningse bedrijf heeft twee vertegenwoordigers naar het schip toegestuurd. ‘Die brengen één van de zieke opvarenden naar de arts en zorgen dat de andere bemanningsleden worden afgelost.’ Ook zijn er volgens haar afspraken gemaakt over de betaling van achterstallig salaris. De opvarenden waren sinds september niet meer betaald. De ‘Flintermar’ ligt nog steeds voor de kust. Duoship probeert dat schip ook de haven in te krijgen.
Duoship is een speciaal voor het beheer van de Flinter-schepen opgezette besloten vennootschap, die valt onder de MF Shipping Group. Dat is een Groningse scheepsmanager die een vloot van multi-purpose en product- en chemicaliëntankers beheerd.

Flinter kwam begin oktober in financiële problemen nadat ING besloot de kredieten voor negen schepen niet te verlengen en de verkoop van de vaartuigen eiste. Veel van Flinter's schepen draaien door de malaise in de bulkvaart al jaren met verlies. De verkoop van de negen schepen raakte het bedrijf dusdanig dat er niet meer aan de overige betalingsverplichtingen kon worden voldaan, waarop de rederij in oktober uitstel van betaling aanvroeg. Het bedrijf is inmiddels grotendeels failliet verklaard.



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Posted on: 07 December 2016
Veiling Hanjin-schepen levert bijna 400 miljoen op

Drie containerschepen van het ten onder gegane Hanjin Shipping hebben maandag op een veiling op de rechtbank in Rotterdam een kleine 400 miljoen US-dollar opgebracht.
De schepen van 13.000 teu werden geveild in opdracht van schuldeiser HSH Nordbank. De schuld aan de bank bedroeg in totaal ruim 1,8 miljard dollar.

HSH Nordbank had het geld te goed van de juridische eigenaar van de schepen, het op het Britse eiland Man gevestigde Resolute Leasing. Van dit bedrijf had Hanjin de schepen gecharterd.
Op de gerechtelijke veiling was maar één bieder afgekomen, vertegenwoordigd door advocaat Carel van Lynden van het kantoor AKD. Op verzoek van diens opdrachtgever werd de naam van de koper niet onthuld. In het vonnis van de rechtbank dat ’s middags werd gepubliceerd is sprake van een ‘nader te noemen meester’.
Vaststaat dat een van de schepen door Maersk Line in gebruik wordt genomen. Omgedoopt tot 'Maersk Emerald' loopt de 'Hanjin Africa' later deze week beide terminals van APM in Rotterdam aan om containers te laden, zo is in de vaarschema’s op de website van de rederij te zien.

Waarschijnlijk stond dus van te voren vast dat Maersk het schip direct van de nieuwe eigenaar zou charteren. Die nieuwe eigenaar heeft een dikke 133 miljoen dollar voor de 'Hanjin Africa' betaald, precies evenveel als het bedrag dat voor de 'Hanjin Harmony' werd neergeteld. De prijs voor de 'Hanjin Europe' werd tot op de cent nauwkeurig vastgesteld: 125 miljoen 391 duizend 654 dollar en 11 dollarcent.
De schepen hebben de afgelopen weken in het ankergebied voor de kust van Scheveningen gelegen. Een vierde zusterschip, de 'Hanjin Gold', moet daar nog enige tijd blijven. Zij wordt begin januari in Rotterdam geveild, eveneens op verzoek van HSH Nordbank. De Duitse bank lijdt grote verliezen op zijn scheepsfinancieringen. HSH was in oktober betrokken bij een charterovereenkomst waarbij Maersk zes schepen van Hanjin overnam.


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Posted on: 04 December 2016
World’s first LNG-powered hopper dredger launched

The launch ceremony of DEME’s 3,500m3 LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) MINERVA took place on 3 December at Royal IHC's shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

"The launch of this vessel is an important milestone for the dredging industry,” says IHC's Executive Director Shipbuilding, Arjan Klijnsoon. “IHC had already started to investigate the integration of LNG into dredging vessels in 2012, enabling us to understand the challenges of this green solution. This gave us a solid basis to work from when DEME started its tender process, and helped us to materialise DEME’s preliminary design for two LNG-powered TSHDs. We are proud to have made a huge step forward in dredger design and to be able to limit the environmental impact of DEME’s vessels. We want to thank DEME for their close cooperation and for giving us the opportunity to build the world’s first LNG-powered hopper dredger.”

Alain Bernard, Director and CEO DEME Group: “ The design of our new vessels is inspired by a drive to continuously innovate from an ecological and efficiency perspective. As such, DEME continues to be at the forefront of the industry and significantly reduces the environmental impact of its operations.”

Increased deployability and availability
The dual-fuel (diesel and LNG) dredger has a ‘Green Passport’ and a ‘Clean Design’ notation, complying and exceeding with the strictest international emission requirements.

The availability of the vessel has also been increased since it meets the requirements for the extended dry-docking system. Ships under this special programme get a maximum dry-dock interval of 7.5 years (instead of 5 years) by replacing certain dry-dockings with in-water surveys.

Award-winning dredger design
IHC and DEME are delighted that this game-changing design has been officially recognised by the industry. On 10 November, both companies were awarded a DPC Innovation Award for the new concept.

Additional information
Name: MINERVA
Type: Trailing suction hopper dredger
Customer: DEME
Builder: Royal IHC
Length overall: 83.5m
Breadth: 18m
Depth: 6.8m
Design draught: 5.0m
Hopper capacity: 3,500m³
Dredging depth: 30m
Speed: 12 knots
Accommodation: 14 people


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Posted on: 03 December 2016
Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd

Maersk Line and the Oetker Group have reached an agreement for Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd, the German container shipping line. The acquisition is subject to final agreement and regulatory approvals.

Hamburg Süd is the world’s seventh largest container shipping line and a leader in the North–South trades. The company operates 130 container vessels with a container capacity of 625,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent). It has 5,960 employees in more than 250 offices across the world and market its services through the Hamburg Süd, CCNI (based in Chile) and Aliança (based in Brazil) brands. In 2015, Hamburg Süd had a turnover of USD 6,726 million of which USD 6,261 million stems from its container line activities.

“Today is a new milestone in Maersk Line’s history. I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement with the Oetker Group to acquire Hamburg Süd. Hamburg Süd is a very well-run and highly respected company with strong brands, dedicated employees and loyal customers. Hamburg Süd complements Maersk Line and together we can offer our customers the best of two worlds, first of all in the North - South trades,” says Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Line and the Maersk Group.

“We are proud to join the global market leader Maersk Line. While gaining access to a superior network and systems we will continue the Hamburg Süd brand and business model offering personalized solutions to our shippers and consignees. By joining forces both Maersk and Hamburg Süd will strengthen their product portfolio and cost position to the benefit of their customers,” says Dr. Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Hamburg Süd Group.

“Giving up our engagement in shipping after an 80 year-long ownership in Hamburg Süd was not an easy decision for my family. We are very confident, though, to have chosen the best of all possible partners. Maersk will preserve and grow Hamburg Süd and what the brand and the whole organization and a highly dedicated workforce stand for: reliable and high quality logistical services to our customers,” says Dr. August Oetker, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Dr. August Oetker KG, the management holding company of the Oetker Group.

On 22 September 2016, Maersk Line announced that it would grow market share organically and through acquisitions.

“The acquisition of Hamburg Süd is in line with our growth strategy and will increase the volumes of both Maersk Line and APM Terminals,” says Søren Skou.

Hamburg Süd and Aliança will continue as separate brands and continue to serve customers through their local offices.

“Hamburg Süd and Aliança have competitive and attractive customer value propositions, which we want to preserve and protect. We wish to maintain the personal touch and engagement they offer their customers. In short, Hamburg Süd and Aliança customers will also be Hamburg Süd and Aliança customers in the future,” says Søren Skou.

In the combined network, Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line’s customers will have access to the dedicated end-to-end services provided by Hamburg Süd in the North–South trades as well as the flexibility and reach provided in Maersk Line’s global network. Furthermore, the combined network will enable Maersk Line to develop new products with more direct port calls and shorter transit times.

“Our combined network will provide exciting opportunities to develop new products and exploit operational synergies. Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line customers will benefit from more choice and better products,” concludes Søren Skou.

The acquisition is subject to a satisfactory due diligence, final agreement and subject to regulatory approval in amongst others China, Korea, Australia, Brazil, the United States and the EU. Maersk Line will work closely with the authorities. Maersk Line expects the regulatory process to last until the end of 2017. Until then, Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line will continue business as usual.

With the acquisition, Maersk Line will have container capacity of around 3.8 million TEU (3.1 million TEU) and an 18.6% (15.7%) global capacity share. The combined fleet will consist of 741 container vessels with an average age of 8.7 years (9.2 years).

The agreement with Hamburg Süd has no financial impact in 2016.

Maersk Line expects to communicate further details following the approval of the sales and purchase agreement expected early in the second quarter of 2017. Maersk Line expects to close the transaction end 2017.

About Maersk Line
Maersk Line is the world’s largest container shipping company, known for reliable, flexible and eco-efficient services. We provide ocean transportation in all parts of the world. We serve our customers through 317 offices in 112 countries. We employ 7,700 seafarers and 21,800 land-based employees and operate 611 container vessels. We market our services through the Maersk Line, Safmarine, SeaLand (Intra-Americas), MCC Transport (IntraAsia) and Seago Line (Intra-Europe) brands. Maersk Line is part of the Maersk Group, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Group employs over 88,000 people in some 130 countries. 2015 revenue: USD 40.3 billion.

photo 1: Maersk Edmonton inbound Port of Rotterdam 03/09/2011
photo 2: Maersk Kimi inbound Port of Zeebrugge 18/04/2010
photo 3: Nicoline Maersk at Vlissingen 10/09/2009
photo 4: Sine Maersk at APM Terminals Zeebrugge 25/03/2009


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Posted on: 29 November 2016
Finnlines gaat Zeebrugge ook northbound aanlopen vanuit Bilbao

Vanaf volgend jaar gaat Finnlines een wekelijkse northbound aanloop in Zeebrugge inlassen in zijn dienst tussen Bilbao en Finland. Zo kan de Finse dochter van Grimaldi een wekelijkse roundtrip tussen de Belgische kusthaven en Spanje aanbieden.

Finnlines steekt vanaf de tweede week van januari van wal met die nieuwe verbinding. Finnlines voegt Zeebrugge als tussenstop toe aan de dienst die vanuit Bilbao op weg naar Finland wekelijks al Antwerpen bedient.

Finnlines verbindt vandaag Zeebrugge al southbound met de Noord-Spaanse haven. De aanloop in de kusthaven houdt verband met de aanvoer van ladingen forest products naar de papierterminal van StoraEnso aan het Wielingendok in de voorhaven, die door PSA wordt uitgebaat.

De Finse operator ziet opportuniteiten om in Zeebrugge lading mee te nemen naar Helsinki, Paldiski (Estland) en Sint-Petersburg en om, zonder transfer tussen terminals, aansluiting te vinden op roro-diensten richting Zweden en het Verenigd Koninkrijk.

Op de relatie tussen Finland en het Iberisch schiereiland zet Finnlines roroschepen in zoals de ‘Finnsunn’ en ‘Finnbreeze’. Die kunnen alle soorten rollende lading meenemen en hebben een capaciteit van ongeveer 3.300 lijnmeter.



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Posted on: 29 November 2016
P&O Ferries to upgrade Pride of York and Pride of Bruges to secure Hull route 'into 2020s'

P&O Ferries is spending more than £8m upgrading the two ships on its Hull to Zeebrugge route which it says will secure the future of the route into the 2020s.

The company says the overhaul of the Pride of York and Pride of Bruges will provide "first class eating, drinking and shopping" aboard for passengers taking the 12-hour voyage.

The ships – 32,000 tonne sister vessels that can carry up to 880 passengers – will undergo a £8.5 refit including their infrastructure and passenger areas.

The company, which has been heavily promoting Hull as a launch destination to Europe, described the investment as a "major boost for North Sea travel" which will secure the future of the tourist and freight services "into the next decade".

Janette Bell, chief commercial officer at P&O Ferries, said: "This year we have introduced weekend mini-cruises to the historic Belgian city of Bruges for customers on our Hull to Zeebrugge route. In my opinion, there is no more enjoyable or relaxing way of travelling between Britain and Europe than on our ships."

The works will be carried out at the Remontowa shipyard in Poland, with the objective both vessels will be brought "up to the next level in terms of outstanding customer service".

In the cabins, the lighting, bedding and en-suite bathrooms will be upgraded, in addition to installing better temperature control and ventilation. The Premium Club class cabins will benefit from a complete refurbishment, including new carpets, curtains and furniture.

A wide variety of international dishes will added to the menu available in the dining areas, with the all-you-can-eat buffet given an "informal, family-friendly feel", and the brasseries refurbished to provide a "premium dining experience at affordable prices".

Ms Bell said: "Our on-board shops stock alcohol, confectionery, toys and fragrances at prices that are up to 50 per cent less than the high street, and these retail areas will be revamped so shoppers can browse and enjoy a first class experience at their leisure.

"Shopping with P&O Ferries is one of the things for which we are best known, and we'd like to remind our customers why it makes sense to take advantage to our highly competitive prices."

P&O Ferries operates 20 vessels on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium, and carries 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.



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Posted on: 22 November 2016
Zeebrugge neemt nieuw opleidingscentrum in gebruik

Cewez heeft in Zeebrugge een nieuw opleidingscentrum voor havenarbeiders in gebruik genomen. De sterke groei in de arbeidsintensieve autobehandeling en de ro/ro-sector maakte dit noodzakelijk.

Cewez fungeert niet alleen als werkgeverscentrale, maar ook als sociaal kantoor voor havenarbeiders en aanverwante arbeiders. In 2015 presteerden de havenarbeiders in Zeebrugge net geen 356.000 taken, een record. Door deze stijging had Cewez nood aan bijkomende opleidingscapaciteit, zowel inzake infrastructuur als personeel. Er was een concrete behoefte aan lokalen, oefenterreinen voor de initiatieopleidingen en materialen en installaties voor de praktijkoefeningen van de havenarbeiders. Einde juni 2016 bereikten Cewez en het havenbedrijf een akkoord om hiervoor een deel van de voormalige CHZ-terreinen in concessie te nemen.

Dit jaar werden in Zeebrugge tot einde oktober 161 nieuwe havenarbeiders erkend. Op dat ogenblik telde het 1.925 erkende havenarbeiders, waarvan 1.642 effectief inzetbaar. Er zijn nog zestig erkenningen gepland in de periode november-december 2016. Momenteel wordt voor 2017 een werfreserve met 200 kandidaat-havenarbeiders aangelegd. Deze kandidaten worden nu opgeleid, met het oog op erkenning tegen de zomer van 2017.



Source: NT Sent in / written by: Koen Mortelmans
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