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31  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Superyacht Vantage on: December 31, 2014, 01:43:41 am
She looks to be too big for that berth @ Rivergate Marina & Shipyard. Looks like she is blocking you all in.
32  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / PB harbour towage sold on: December 12, 2014, 06:58:20 am
Hong Kong-listed Pacific Basin Shipping will sell its entire stake in its harbour towage business in Australia for AUD74.0M ($61.3M) in a move to focus on its dry bulk business.

The sale of PB Towage (Australia) Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, will include 17 harbour tugs and a barge, a stock filing of Pacific Basin said today.

The deal involves all of Pacific Basin's harbour towage business.

The buyer will be Smit Lamnalco (Australia), a subsidiary of Smit Lamnalco Group, which is an international provider of towage and associated marine services to the oil and gas industry.

Completion of the deal is expected in January 2015. The company plans to use the net sale proceeds of $60.0M to raise working capital, including contracted capital expenditure.

In 2013, PB Towage (Australia) slipped to losses of AUD2.3M, down from profits of AUD7.0M in 2012.

After the completion of the transactions, the net assets of the company's towage segment will reduce to approximately $48.5M, representing 13 tugs and 6 barges for vessel towage business in the Middle East area, Australia and New Zealand.

http://www.ihsmaritime360.com/article/15803/pacific-basin-to-exit-harbour-towage-business.
33  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Sweden mobilises to track-down ‘damaged’ Russian submarine on: October 19, 2014, 03:41:30 am
SWEDEN has mobilised aircraft and warships to hunt a Russian submarine believed to have sent a secret distress call late last week.
Suspicions were raised when a commercial tanker operated by Russia was noticed circling in a narrow area of Swedish waters.
Defence offials then mobilised the Swedish military, sending patrol ships and helicopters to search for what they called “foreign underwater activity”.
Swedish news website SvD Nyheter now claims the search is aimed at locating a possible Russian submarine believed to have sent a distress call on a Russian emergency frequency.
The newspaper website cites “credible sources” saying the tranmission was made in plain language, followed by a second encrypted transmission on Friday.
The transmissions were traced to Swedish waters.
While Sweden’s government has not revealed the nature of the incident, speculation surrounds the behaviour of the oil tanker NS Concord, a Liberian-registered vehicle that has apparently been circling in Swedish waters for the past week.

Sweden’s TT news agency reports a press officer for the nation’s military as saying the military activity was due to possible “foreign underwater activity” inside the Stockholm archipelago — some 50km from the city centre.
More than 200 men, Swedish stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters have been searching the area since yesterday.
The military says the activity was based on information from a “credible source” — but would not say what that information was other than it involved “foreign underwater activity”.
“We still judge that the information we received yesterday was very trustworthy,” a military spokesman added, but declined to comment on what the military had discovered after more than 24 hours sweeping the sea around islands in Stockholm’s archipelago.
“I have decided to increase the number of units in the area — units with specialised sensors,”
Swedish defence analysts cited by local media speculate that a foreign submarine may have been in the area to replace old spy equipment or to monitor a Swedish naval exercise

Shortly after Sweden announced concerns that there may be “foreign underwater activity” in the area, the tanker turned east towards Russian waters.
The suspected Russian incursion follows reports of two Russian Su-24 fighter bombers violating Swedish airspace last month.
A major diplomatic crisis was sparked in 1981 when a Russian submarine ran aground in sensitive waters.
Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said he was receiving regular updates from the Armed Forces, who had informed him the operation, involving around 200 troops, was “necessary and well-founded”.
“I have full trust in their judgment,” the TT news agency quoted him as saying.

No government representatives have commented on the nature of the information that had prompted the military activity.
“We have support for the analysis work we are now carrying out in the area in the form of ships, planes and territorial army personnel. The area is heavily trafficked, which is why it’s important for us to go public with information about what we’re doing,” said Jonas Wikström, commanding officer of the operation
Sweden’s new Social Democrat Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist — who took office just a fortnight ago — refused to comment on the military operation.
“What’s been happening in the Baltic Sea, including airspace incursions, shows that we have a new, changed situation,” he told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.
“Russia has made enormous military investments ... with their increased strength they are training more, and that influences the security environment.”

http://www.news.com.au/world/sweden-mobilises-to-trackdown-damaged-russian-submarine/story-fndir2ev-1227095155512
34  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New Tugs for Svitzer on: October 16, 2014, 11:30:37 am
Thanks Ian. I found a pic of one of the new tugs after I had post this.
35  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / New Tugs for Svitzer on: October 16, 2014, 06:07:29 am
I have found document on the net that says Svitzer will be getting 2 new tugs in the UK by the end of 2014 named Svitzer Eston and Svitzer Bargate as well as a 2nd Damen ASD 3212 would this be correct as I caint post the document and don't know if we are all meant to know about the new tugs.
36  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Divers find mystery shipwreck off Sydney coast on: October 09, 2014, 04:44:59 am
A MYSTERY vessel has been discovered off the Sydney coastline by an amateur shipwreck sleuth.

Using sonar technology and old records from the NSW Department of Public Works and Royal Australian Navy, self-confessed history “nut” Scott Willan (Willan) found the wreck about 6.5kms directly east of the Macquarie Lighthouse, near Watsons Bay.

The wreck, which is about 28m long sits upright in 73m of water.

Exclusive pictures provided to The Daily Telegraph by Sydney underwater photographer Damien Siviero, show the rudder and bow of the iron-hulled ship are clearly distinguishable despite being covered in seaweed and shellfish.

Mr Willan, who dived on the wreck on Monday, said he is 95 per cent sure he can identify the vessel

“Based on reinterpreted data I have from Public Works and more recent data from a survey by the Navy in the area, I think it’s the SS Yamba, a tug boat that was used in Sydney Harbour,” he said.

Records show the Yamba was a 104-ton (ton) iron-hulled, steam-powered tug built by Altas Engineering in 1920 for J. Fenwick and Co. an old Balmain-based tugboat company.

Mr Willan said she was stripped down and then scuttled in 1942.

On its website the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage described the Fenwick Tug Boat Company as the “earliest and pre-eminent tugboat operator on Sydney Harbour.”

Official records state that the Yamba “foundered approximately 5 miles off South Head, bearing west by north (magnetic) in 40 fathoms”.

“You’ve got to remember this was a time when ships were moving away from steam to diesel powered engines,” Mr Willan said.

“To strip out the old steam boiler to put in a diesel motor would have been expensive.”

After the discovery Mr Willan had to report the find the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as well as the federal government’s Australian Hydrographic Service, which maintains and produces navigational charts.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/divers-find-mystery-shipwreck-off-sydney-coast-believed-to-be-tug-boat-ss-yamba/story-fni0cx12-1227085072811
37  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / HMAS BUNDABERG On fire on: August 11, 2014, 05:25:26 am
A large navy ship has gone up in flames east of Brisbane.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus are battling to contain the fire in a commercial boat shed on Barku Court in Hemmant, about 11 kilometres east of the CBD. About 50 firefighers and 16 fire trucks are at the scene.
Authorities have confirmed the ship on fire is the HMAS Bundaberg, a navy vessel that was in Brisbane for repairs.


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/navy-ship-hmas-bundaberg-goes-up-in-flames-in-brisbanes-east-20140811-102p54.html#ixzz3A3fbfTl4
38  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Marine Traffic displaying ships searching for flight MH 370. on: April 10, 2014, 05:33:41 am
Yes i have seen them on there too for 3 or so days.
39  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ooops on: March 17, 2014, 02:45:23 am
Thats not good at all.
40  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Devine Marine Group in court over pay on: November 18, 2013, 11:13:53 am
http://www.news.com.au/business/worklife/marine-company-sued-for-unpaid-workers/story-e6frfm9r-1226434597748
41  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Damen Tugs - MAYFIELD, WICKHAM and CARRINGTON on: November 10, 2013, 03:47:41 am
Thank you very much guys for the help.
42  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Damen Tugs - MAYFIELD, WICKHAM and CARRINGTON on: November 09, 2013, 04:24:27 am
Here in Australia we have 3 tugs that I dont know much about so I am just after some info on them if anyone has any please. I have gone looking but caint find anything. The main thing I am looking for is a model number of them.

Thanks
 Nick
43  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Dirty scumbag on: November 02, 2013, 05:41:09 am
Sorry to hear about that Phantom. Did you see if the bar had CCTV as that could help the police if you have been to them.
44  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 11 cyclones seen for Oz on: October 18, 2013, 02:13:16 am
We run a Houseboat hire company on the Gold Coast and when we had the cyclones we had to close for 2 days and my dad was called to go down to work at 12:00am to make sure the boats were safe on the jetty. Lets hope not this year.
45  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: The end of marinetraffic.com for free? on: October 18, 2013, 02:06:01 am
I still have the old one here in Australia and it works fine.
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