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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Rickmers Shipmanagement, Singapore sells chartered ships to Maersk on: October 28, 2017, 09:41:23 am
Good morning Roy, thanks for the confirmation & extra info. The slow demise of Rickmers :-(
Regards, Rick
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Rickmers Shipmanagement, Singapore sells chartered ships to Maersk on: October 27, 2017, 09:06:18 pm
Report receieved today that Rickmers have sold 4 (possibly all 8 - needs to be confirmed) of their 13,492 teu Maersk Edinburgh Class ships to Maersk on or around 20/09/2017.
Total crew replacements are imminent.

Vessels in this Class:
Maersk's Edinburgh, Emden, Eindhoven, Essen, Edmonton, Elba, Evora & Essex.
Maersk Evora already transferred to Danish flag, but Rickmers still showing as managers.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ACCIDENT: New container ship grounds in Suez Canal on: October 27, 2017, 08:55:05 pm
Spoke to a very senior source on board the vessel today.
The steering gear 'malfunctioned', the rudder went hard over and stayed put until the engineers fixed the glitch.
Damage below the water line to the FPT (Fore peak tank) which requires underwater repairs, afloat.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: OOCL UNITED KINGDOM on: July 01, 2017, 10:13:57 am
Thanks for the comment Roy & thanks v much Jonathan for the IMO's. Much appreciated.
Rick
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / OOCL UNITED KINGDOM on: June 30, 2017, 10:37:26 pm
The fourth vessel in the new class, 'OOCL United Kingdom' is to be named at the Port of Felixstowe on her maiden voyage. No dates available yet.
Can anybody help with the missing IMO numbers please?
NOW updated and with thanks to Jonathan.

OOCL Hong Kong   IMO 9776171. Samsung 2172.
OOCL Germany IMO 9776183. Samsung 2173.
OOCL Japan IMO 9776195. Samsung 2174.
OOCL United Kingdom IMO 9776200 - TBC. Samsung 2175
OOCL Scandinavia IMO 9776212 - TBC. Samsung 2176
OOCL Indonesia   IMO 9776224 - TBC. Samsung 2177.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: shipspotting buenos aires on: May 07, 2017, 08:22:52 am
Hi, you could contact Argentinian Shipspotting member Maxi Alonso via internal mail, or by his external email address of alonsomaxi@hotmail.com
I think he might assist you with information.

Regards, Rick

7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: "SOUTHERN PHOENIX" IMO 8520434 sinks at Suva, Fiji. on: May 07, 2017, 08:09:50 am
Hi Frans, thanks for the reply.
As it was a Sietas built ship, I felt sure it would be of interest to many of us here on Shipspotting.
Regards, Rick

Hello Rick,

THanks for bringing up this topic.
It was this one:
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2426106

regards
Frans
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / "SOUTHERN PHOENIX" IMO 8520434 sinks at Suva, Fiji. on: May 06, 2017, 12:24:16 pm
J.J. Sietas (yard no. 969) 1986 built ship.

News story: http://fijivillage.com/news-feature/Southern-Phoenix-crew-couldnt-control-the-situation-at-Suva-wharf--k92r5s/

Previous Shipspotting photos: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?query=southern+phoenix&x=14&y=5
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ferry Volcan de Tamasite blackout & smashed pier at Las Palmas. Photos & Videos on: April 24, 2017, 07:58:29 am
Thank you for the report and photos Señor v ;-)
I guess driving to the end of the 'Reina Sofia' will not be allowed for some time.
Speak soon, saludos, Rick

10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL / COSCON 22,000 teu ships on: April 18, 2017, 07:01:54 pm
We'll *all* be very surprised if the Chinese break the 400 metre barrier Neil!
I hope they do, but expect they won't.
But then Trump will never be President & Brexit will never happen - said the pundits  Tongue
All the best, Rick


I'd be very surprised if the 400 metre long barrier is broken. All of the very big container ships on order fall within the 400m long x 59m beam limits. Ports and terminals have invested and adapted on the basis of 400m max vessel lengths and going beyond this will cause significant issues for many places.

What is happening is that designers are finding ways to squeeze greater teu intakes into the 400m x 59m shape. For example a 12th layer of boxes on deck (empties only) adds about 1,000 teu.

The 6 vessels that Cosco China Shipping has on order from the Waigaoqiao yard have a stated capacity of just under 21,000 teu.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL / COSCON 22,000 teu ships on: April 15, 2017, 06:40:35 am
Good morning Roy, indeed & this is why I posted the info.
I have been told by various masters and engineers that there are some major constructional barriers in designing vessels exceeding 400 metres in length. (I wish I knew exactly what they are though!)
Clearly, these barriers are not insurmountable, but will the Chinese be the pioneers? I'd like to think so.
As for the master's quite specific words? Time will tell.

Regards, Rick




Hi Rick,

If this is true, than it is done in an old Maersk style fashion. Secretly updating the capacity and only make it public upon delivery. Of course now the Chinese can do it with there Chinese yards.

But then maybe it's only in the mind of this master, because I haven't heart anything about container ships in the pipeline that are bigger then 400 meters.

CSCL has indeed 6 ships on order from Waigaoqiao but they were ordered as "normal" 20000teu vessels i.e. 400 meter long.

I guess we have to wait and see.

Cheers,
Roy
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL / COSCON 22,000 teu ships on: April 15, 2017, 06:33:35 am
Guten Morgen Ted, wherever you are  Cool
My primary interest is in the latest and greatest floating engineering marvels, but on the other hand I, like most other observers, am deeply concerned about the consequences of a major collision or stranding of such ships on the crew and the environment.

When I asked the Master about taking a ship of this 'new' size up the Elbe to Hamburg he instantly replied that they would *not* be calling there, but Bremerhaven or Wilhelmshaven instead.

Who will build the first MalaccaMax, I wonder?!

Tschuss, Rick




Hi Rick,, and there the caroussel keeps going. Looking fwd when the next big one goes down the drain.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / CSCL / COSCON 22,000 teu ships on: April 14, 2017, 08:45:30 pm
Spoke to the master of CSCL GLobe today, 14 April 2017; he stated that the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding yard will begin to deliver the first of six, 420 metre long, 22,000 teu vessels from the end of this year to CSCL/COSCON.

If the info is accurate, they will be the first megabox carriers to exceed 400 metres & will be enaged on the Far East - NW Europe service.

Regards, Rick
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Felixstowe Help Needed on: March 26, 2017, 10:27:51 pm
Good points Patrick.
The ferry across to Harwich and/or Shotley, especially on a sunny day, is pleasant and provides good views towards Trinity container terminal.
http://www.harwichharbourferry.com/

Within easy walking distance from the ferry pontoon, Harwich has a variety of good places to eat, an RNLI station, a preserved light vessel, a small maritime museum and a Victorian pier dating from 1852. Choose a sunny day to visit, it's worth it.

Regards, Rick


15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / MADRID MAERSK - First Triple E mark 2 eta NW Europe on: March 26, 2017, 10:05:54 pm
Triple E mark 2, Madrid Maersk, IMO 9778791:

First call in NW Europe will be at Felixstowe, with a current eta of 0700, 4 June 2017.

Regards, Rick
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