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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Two large cargo ships have collided in the North Sea on: Yesterday at 06:11:38 pm
The Bulk Costa Rica I saw in Feb 14 on the Mississippi River
Looked nice in paint and like new,also when she was then in her 2nd year
below a picture of her

capt ted
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: South Korea ferry carrying 350 sunk. on: April 18, 2014, 10:54:52 pm
@ James

I fully understand what you mean, with more training and possible better real scenario training etc,,but one thing is absolutely not possible to train,,WHAT the reaction in an emergency will be with peoples !!!
Some peoples stay totally calm,,even with adrenaline pumping out their ears (I am one like that, proven in an emergency reality in 2009 and in the course of my career in a few other situations)Some others go in lock down mode, like in the 2009 situation mentioned above,,all peoples aboard functioned good, but the one who did not was the Chief-Officer,,he was total wacked out !!!
And such things you can not train.

3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Hapag-Lloyd & CSAV merge on: April 17, 2014, 01:28:41 pm
I read the yesterday an article, that it is virtually a take over and not a merger
because afterwards the Hapag shareholders holding 66 $ of the merged companies.
Guess now Hapag will try to take over Hamburg-Sued. That could make them or break them (They will not break because the German Gov will always protect the holy grail of german shipping, God knows why )
Until now, everytime Hapag bought something or took something over the outcome was not good,,neither for the taken over nor for Hapag.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Grounded chinese bulker Mona passage on: April 12, 2014, 01:38:52 pm
@ Juergen
thx a lot for the link
capt ted
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Grounded chinese bulker Mona passage on: April 12, 2014, 12:40:35 am
Hi Viktor
yes,,there are more Cabo Rojo,s
I went by that,,not by the port, Pedernales is at the Dominican and Haitian border
and therefore the Dpominican Republic CG is of course in charge
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Grounded chinese bulker Mona passage on: April 11, 2014, 09:27:49 pm
They talk below about Cabo Rojo, that's, the SW corner of Puerto Rico in the Mona Passage, what than the Dominican (Domican Republic I assume) Navy has to do with it ?
That should be then USCG
Anyone knows more ?

A Chinese bulk cargo ship laden with bauxite ran aground at Cabo Rojo, southwestern Pedernales province on Monday, said the Dominican Navy, which works with other agencies to prevent damage to the shore, especially nearby Bahia de las Aguilas.

The ship "Great Qin" had set course from the port at Cabo Rojo, bound for the port of Shandong, China.

According to local media, there’s no danger of spill or cracks that compromise its hull thus far.

Navy chief of staff Edwin Dominici met Tuesday with Environment minister Bautista Rojas and Port Authority director Ramon Rivas to coordinate the effort to dislodge the ship and help it resume course
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Scot Pioneer and Svitzer Morag on: April 10, 2014, 02:04:38 pm
Most of the times when something like that is done,,then
a) they had a problem before departure,, engine and/or other mechanical, like rudder etc
b) they are known for problems, means a history for it, like black outs before for example

on the Mississippi river I saw same with another ship and asked the pilot,,that bulker had
two break downs on the river the last 3 visits and is now required for the next 3 visits to have escorts.  Pretty expensive matter btw

capt ted
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Danio grounding on Farnes - Maib report on: April 09, 2014, 08:03:15 pm
The only way that something is done when for example UK declares vessels in that trade will not allowed entry in UK ports anymore when two watch officers beside the Master are not aboard. I did this trade in 83/84 and again in 97-98 and it is a fact that with two officers the ships can not be handled safely all the time.
But it is all about money and money runs the show.

9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: MSC KYOTO ran aground in Mobile Ship Channel on: April 08, 2014, 12:38:18 pm
Actually, I would say and personally wonder that this does not happen more often is new worthy.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Hansa Constitution Runs Aground Off Hong Kong Island Coast on: April 08, 2014, 12:31:01 pm
@ Vincent
in the first vid in the second post is in the beginning a white speck in the water,,which looks like a starting and stopping prop.

In the last vid posted seems more voices in the background and phones,,but not radio communication of the ship. Would be also unlikely,,how peoples ashore have radios on that frequencies/channels and beside that, the ships name or any other name of any station is never said,, very unlikely radio traffic for this incident
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Hansa Constitution Runs Aground Off Hong Kong Island Coast on: April 07, 2014, 11:54:33 am
It seems to me in the first video that the engine is attempted to start, right in the beginning of the video one can see a white speck on the water behind the ship, looks like the propeller started and stopped again. After that, one can not see any propeller water anymore until the end. The stb anchor was seemingly dropped but for that you don,t need a winch. The anchors should have been ready for use in the port vicinity anyhow. Question is Total black-out?, which of course nowadays also shuts down the main engine.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Cargo Residue,s and how to handle them on: April 06, 2014, 01:27:37 pm
@ Peter
The standard procedure nowadays,,finger pointing to ships !!!.. I make since years pictures of dirt in ports,, like plastic/waste/dead animals etc etc
one day I will publish them. But it is much easier to point fingers to a foreign ship then to point to the own population to keep the country clean or "god beware" require that from tourists,, much more easier: bad bad sailors,, no lobby and no help
and put one to jail for a while for a enviromental misshap is the best for authorities to show how tough they are on enviromental regulations,, only not for themselves !!
For example,,the houston Ship channel is called for a reason the Houston SHIT Channel or
the Ghent canal,, once you are alongside,,within hrs the space between pier and ship is full plastic and whatever,,but that,s normal,,then moment a sailor throws a cigarette butt into the water,,the authorities getting active !!!!
A joke all over the world by now

13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Cargo Residue,s and how to handle them on: April 05, 2014, 02:53:32 pm
Below is very interesting. The biggest problem would be the alternative, for example to land the cargo residues. This is usually at an substantial cost, which most ports ignore. They don,t want it dumped and either don,t offer such service or if so, at costs which are prohibitive.
Similar with Garbage residues. Incinerator ashes are in most ports not permitted to land
or plastics contaminated with foods (packed meats are automatic like that) One is not allowed to land it and not allowed to burn it within a certain range of ports.
As long there are no clear guidelines, internationally and followed by ports then how ships can make landings which are acceptable.


Victoria's environment watchdog has been urged to investigate allegations an international container ship dumped coal residue into ­waters off Williamstown.

Opposition ports spokeswoman Natalie Hutchins told state parliament that she had water samples from the area that have a “strong presence of black particles which could be coal dust”.

Ms Hutchins said the ship, Blue Eternity, had been carrying out cleaning of hatches that had allegedly caused the pollution late in March.

“If these allegations are correct it is quite possible that upon the cleaning of this vessel within the inner anchorage line this residue would have washed up on either Williamstown or Altona foreshore,” she said.

“This is yet another foreign vessel flouting our laws and suspected of dumping contaminated waste off the shores of our beautiful beaches.”

The Herald Sun has attempted to contact ship owner Rev Maritime.

The International Transport Workers Federation assistant co-ordinator Matt Purcell has also raised the issue with authorities, and say representations have been made to the Victorian Environment Protection Authority.

“The actions of this ship owner are a deep concern for anyone who values the marine ecology of Melbourne and its close surrounds,” assistant co-ordinator Matt Purcell said.

“We expect immediate action to stop this activity.”

EPA spokeswoman Tanya O’Shea said the agency had no record of the incident being reported and it encouraged people to report incidents when they happened.

14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Suez Canal, also called Marlboro Channel on: April 04, 2014, 04:30:48 pm
Was always like that,, mooring people only moor ships for Marlboro,,even some pilots insist
on getting them,, it,s the "oil" which makes the channel work,, MARLBORO

Suez Canal Security Alert

The US Coast Guard recently issued ‘Marine Safety Information Bulletin 04-14’ (MSI 04-14), which details a number of incidents in which threats and an alleged act of sabotage were perpetrated by Suez Canal Port Authority workers against the crews of ships which refused to provide them with cigarettes during their transit, informs The Standard P&I Club.

Whilst the provision of cigarettes as a gratuity to Suez Canal workers is a well-known custom, threats and acts of sabotage are a new development. In the alleged incidents crew were threatened with harm and a fire was set onboard
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Hamburg Sued Open to a Three-Way Alliance With Hapag-Lloyd/CSAV on: April 03, 2014, 06:33:20 pm
hi marc
Hapag= at least 2-3 times in financial problems
SUED = Zero times in financial problems

where you would invest
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