MCIB Published The EPSILON Incident Report

By | 2018 Newsletter week 49 | No Comments

The Irish Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) examined an incident involving the Irish Ferries ro-pax EPSILON, which happened in February 2016. The report has been published and can be downloaded via the link below.

What happened: after sailing from Cherbourg to Dublin the Italian-flagged vessel experienced adverse weather conditions (Force 10, waves 6-9m), causing cargo shifts, damage and injuries to people.

Some issues: Senior Master versus Duty Master, cargo securing, weather forecasting.

Conclusions in paragraph 5, and safety recommendations in paragraph 6.

Start Shot Given For Algérie Ferries’ New Ro-Pax

By | 2018 Newsletter week 49 | No Comments

The building of ENTMV / Algérie Ferries’ new ro-pax has officially started after Wang Yanzhong (China Shipping Trading Co.), Jan Andersson (CEO Seaquest), Captain Ayed Abdeselam (ENTMV) and Zhou Xuhui (Guangzhou Shipyard International) signed the last documents.

The vessel has a capacity of 1,800 passengers and 3,250 lane meters. The delivery is scheduled around mid-2020.

SeaQuest has been appointed as new building project manager.

Baleària Fleet Goes The LNG Way

By | 2018 Newsletter week 44 | No Comments

Baleària is also finalising the construction of what will be the first two smart ro-pax ships with LNG engines to sail the Mediterranean. The HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA is scheduled to begin operations early next year, followed by the MARIE CURIE a few months later.

Meanwhile, the first of a total of six ships in the fleet will have its engine replaced this autumn to allow it to sail with LNG. The European Union recently awarded Baleària a grant of some €12 million out of the total investment €72 million.

Within the next three years Baleària plans to have at least half of its ferry fleet using LNG, rising to a 100% of the fleet within ten years.

The Government Of Trinidad and Tobago Wants New Ferries

By | 2018 Newsletter week 26 | No Comments

The twin-island republic suffers from the absence of a purchased ferry. Their normal-speed ro-pax catamaran GALLEONS PASSAGE is in Cuba for repairs, before being delivered. However, since some countries still have an embargo on Cuba it seems difficult to get spare parts from Australia.

The works have been delayed and now the ferry is only expected back on 16 July.

The vessel is being sold by Sealease Ltd of Hong Kong to Nidco (National Infrastructure Development Company). She was originally built by Guangdong Bonny Fair for Venezuela, with the construction starting in 2016.

Two weeks after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced plans to purchase two new ferries for the inter island seabridge, as well as a navy patrol vessel, both Incat and Austal have submitted proposals to Government.

Proposals for new vessels have been received too from Austal and INCAT

VIDEO

By | 2018 Newsletter week 20 | No Comments

Corsica Linea Tests New Ferry Route

Corsica Linea has been testing a ferry route between Ajaccio (Corsica) and Porto Torres (Sardinia), with ro-pax JEAN NICOLI.
In three days 1,500 Corsican passengers decided to take the opportunity to visit their Italian neighbours.
The test was for passengers only, but there could be a market for freight. At least in one direction. Apparently Sardinian building materials are being exported to Corsica.

Look at the France Info video on YouTube (in French)(Time 1:45)

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS

By | 2018 Newsletter week 09 | No Comments

Only Two Major Ferries Scrapped In The Last Quarter Of 2017

The French environmental organisation Robin des Bois (‘Robin Hood’) has published its 50th quarterly shipbreaking report. Since the start of the publications in 2006, more than 10,000 scrapped ships have been reported.
Some trends:

  • Overall, the tonnage of vessels demolished in the last quarter of 2017 shows a drop by 29%.
  • The Chinese Government has identified ship breaking as a major pollution risk. The end of the year was marked by the suspension of operating licenses for all but 2 or 3 facilities in Xinhui and near Shanghai. As a result, the tonnage of dismantled vessels fell sharply in China.
  • The Top 4 of recycled tonnage consists of 1) India, 2) Bangladesh, 3) Pakistan, 4) Turkey.

Only two well-known ferries have been reported as scrapped:

  • OLYMPUS (ROPAX 2, LÜBECK LINK, FINNROSE) was beached in Alang in late November. (see page 81)
  • MED STAR (LA PAZ STAR, STRADA CORSA, STENA TRANSPORTER, FLANDERS, PRIDE OF FLANDERS, NORDIC FERRY, MERZARIO HISPANIA, MERZARIO ESPANIA). On her way from Rhodes to Santorini, a fire broke out in the engine room in June 2017. She was beached for demolition in Aliaga on December 8. (see page 86)

Photo: P&O Ferries’ PRIDE OF FLANDERS in 1995 ©Mike Louagie

Saint Pierre et Miquelon soon ready to operate the new Damen ro-pax vessels

By | 2018 Newsletter Week 05 | No Comments

In 2015 Collectivité de Saint Pierre et Miquelon awarded the contract for two new ferries to operate between the two Islands and Fortune (Canada) to Damen Shipyards Group.
In close cooperation with the client, Damen designed the Fast RoPax 5510, 55 m long, with a capacity for 192 passengers and crew, 3 trucks or 18 cars.
The vessels named NORDET and SUROIT were heavy-lifted to Canada in November and have recently finished their local sea trials.

Photo: Rendering Damen