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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Maersk Shipper & Maersk Searcher sink off Brittany on: September 11, 2019, 06:59:27 am
The casualty report basically said that someone behind a desk thought the side by side (sbs) towing would work, and then a surveyor issued a "ready for tow" certificate. Problem: The certificate only said the vessels were - each of them - ready for tow. It did not verify the sbs towing method. The guy behind the desk thought so, and gave the go ahead. They expected the vessel might bump into each other a little, so put two tire fenders on the bridge wings(!).

As damage developed en route the crew on the Maersk Battler (the one towing) thought it was just above water / to the superstructures, and went on. Then the vessels sank.

What a crazy series of stupid mistakes!
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Maersk Shipper & Maersk Searcher sink off Brittany on: September 10, 2019, 09:05:12 am
Finally a video of the tow and sinking has been leaked. Watch it here: https://ekstrabladet.dk/nyheder/samfund/dramatisk-video-laekket-her-synker-maersk-skibe/7783489

I can't believe how stupid they were when deciding to tow the vessels side by side.

The official Danish casualty report says they did so because none of the two vessels had a winch certified to tow the other vessel.

So to save money by not having one vessel's winch upgraded/certified someone behind a desk (with no experience from the sea) decided to tow side by side, which was obviously extremely unwise. And noone stopped it ...
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Very interesting pictures of "Seawise Giant" after air attack on: April 12, 2019, 08:17:01 am
I found these pictures from 1988 of the damaged "Seawise Giant" after the tragic May 1988 air attach at Hormuz: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/bandar-abbas-anch.html

The completely burnt out vessel is the suezmax (converted from VLCC) "Argosy", which was docked next to it (having done a shuttle run fro Kharg Island): http://www.aukevisser.nl/supertankers/VLCC%20I-K/id1150.htm
It can be seen next to the Giant here, which was after the fire started surrounding the vessels: http://www.aukevisser.nl/supertankers/id112.htm

The sunk vessel is the "Barcelona", which was docked on the port side of the Giant, loading oil for export: http://www.aukevisser.nl/supertankers/VLCC%20B/id300.htm

Other vessels in the photo set are:
- "Khark 5" 285,000 dwt, docked next to:
- "White Rose", 392,000 dwt (storage tanker), and on her port side:
- "Eirini L", suezmax tanker

In the distance in one photo:
- "World Petrobras" 414,000 dwt (white "W" on funnel)
- "Indiana" 300,000 dwt (docked next to the Petrobras, with two funnels)

Others:
- "Dena" 372,000 dwt
- "Burmah Endeavour" 452,000 dwt (in the distance, part hidden behind aft of "Seawise Giant").
- "Scan Pride", tug
- "Smit Trinidad", support vessel
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: S Korean cargo ship Stellar Daisy vanishes in South Atlantic on: April 06, 2017, 11:46:05 am
I don't see how an ore carrier like this could capsize due to liquefaction. These vessels have cargo in centre tanks only, and huge wing tanks for ballast and (when she was a tanker) oil. Ships that capsize due to liquefaction do so because the liquefied cargo stretches from one side of the ship to another, like in normal bulkers with holds stretching the width of the ship. That's not possible in an ore carrier and can be ruled out.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Pioneering Spirit / Arrival in Norway with Yme platform on: August 24, 2016, 12:29:37 pm
https://www.nrk.no/sognogfjordane/stor-dag-for-menn-med-klokkartru-1.13102090
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / A CRUISE TO THE NORWEGIAN OIL INSTALLATIONS on: June 03, 2016, 01:35:27 pm
Norwegian shipowners Østensjø are now offering cruises on their accommodation vessel "Edda Fides" this summer. This should give some very good photo opportunities!

http://eddaadventures.no/
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: interesting 1974 documentary from supertanker Julian 285700 ton on: December 02, 2015, 09:53:41 am
Thank you for the link to this very interesting video. The vessel is not the one in the second link, which is to an earlier "Julian" (blt 1966) owned by Hilmar Reksten.

The vessel is the video is the 285,000 dwt VLCC "Julian" built in 1973: http://www.aukevisser.nl/supertankers/part-2/id475.htm

She was laid up most of her life, and it seems there are few pictures of her online. Here are some archive photos of her laid up in 1975, next to sistership "Sir Charles Hambro":
http://ntbscanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/syb0b6d2
http://ntbscanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/syb7eea5
http://ntbscanpix.no/spWebApp/preview/editorial/syb7eea3

She became "Berge Borg" (I) after Reksten went bankrupt in 1982, but as far as I remember she remained laid up and until she was renamed "Borg" in 1985 for the voyage to the shipbreakers.

The vessel at the end of the video (at about 28:50) with a black hull is another VLCC built at the Stord yard in Norway. She is the 285,000 dwt "Songa", which was owned by Hagbart Waage (http://www.aukevisser.nl/supertankers/part-4/id264.htm). Waage also went bankrupt during the "tanker crisis" of the 70s and 80s.

A list of all Norwegian VLCCs of the 70s can be found here: http://www.norskeskip.no/VLCC.htm
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Hoegh Osaka Aground Off The Isle Of Wight on: January 04, 2015, 03:14:39 pm
Looks similar to the "Cougar Ace" incident a while back. Hopefully they can bring her on even keel by reballasting her.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Book recommendations for a newbie (someone new) to the shipping industry. on: September 02, 2014, 12:05:31 pm
Based on what you're writing, you seem to have a very interesting learning experience ahead.

As a shipping lawyer wo has worked with all aspects of shipping, I would say the best text book for you is probably Martin Stopford's "Maritime Economics". It covers everything and is brilliant. It explains which ships carry what cargo on what routes and why. It explans how ships are built, operated and scrapped. And it explains how the shipping markets work.

However, if you want to learn from a more practical and informal book how the shipping world really works, I can warmy recommend "The Shipping Man" and the recent sequel "Viking Raid". They are an entertaining and very well informed read: http://shippingmanbooks.wordpress.com/reviews/

Good luck and welcome to the wonderful world of shipping!
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 140126 Shipspotting Rotterdam VIDEO (new) on: January 30, 2014, 10:16:12 pm
Thank you for another great video Fred!

Mats
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: OSTEND SPIRIT SOLD FOR SCRAP on: January 23, 2014, 10:04:13 pm
Amazing video of the beaching, filmed from shore with the vessel coming straight at the cameraman: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a64_1390488998
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Collision: HANJIN ITALY & AL GHARRAFA on: January 03, 2014, 11:14:39 am
A weird collission. Why would the "Hanjin Italy" turn starboard in front of the "Al Gharrafa" like that?

Pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/haryadi_be/11623139233/
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: biggest floating object ever built by humankind on: December 22, 2013, 12:32:00 pm
Thank you for sharing Vlad! Merry Christmas.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: OSTEND SPIRIT SOLD FOR SCRAP on: November 19, 2013, 02:44:59 pm
Video of the beaching of "Ostend Spirit" at Aliaga: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=55d_1384816686
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: "Costa Concordia" - Follow the salvage operation live on webcam! on: September 16, 2013, 12:04:59 pm
Just watched the press conference. They say pull is now at 2.000 tons and is being ramped up, and that more progress will start to show shortly.

Fingers crossed!
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