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« Reply #45 on: May 02, 2018, 09:10:05 pm »

The Kweilin and Kwangtung are to join Swire's South East Asia schedule. Kwelin is due Auckland 4th June, transferring from the PNG service.
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« Reply #46 on: May 05, 2018, 01:41:02 am »

Hi guys,
Whats's up with the Norfolk Guardian? They keep putting her sailing date back, and the POAL site has the notation "CANNOT SAIL without clearance from Maritime NZ".
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« Reply #47 on: May 05, 2018, 04:23:21 am »

Hi all,

An era in NZ coastal shipping drew to a close today (May 5) with the departure of "Milburn Carrier II" from Wellington at 1400, sailing as "NACC Milburn" for Singapore under the Panamanian flag for new owners NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers.

From 1988 through until now, "Westport", "Golden Bay" and "MC2" were responsible for the vast majority of bulk cement distribution around our coastline. Indeed, the first- and second-mentioned became familiar sights around our shores since 1976 and 1979 respectively.

With "MC2"'s departure today, it means all three vessels have moved onto pastures new in the last twenty months. "Westport" now operates as "Fjordvik" for SMT Shipping, for whom she sails under the Bahamas flag carrying cement from Aalborg, Denmark, to locations around the country as well as further afield to Norway, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Sweden and occasionally to England, Holland and Poland.

"Golden Bay" still operates under that name, but sports the flag of Belize on her transom as she distributes cement to the numerous nations located around the shores of the  Adriatic, Aegean, Ionian, Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas.

Their successors on the local scene, "Aotearoa Chief" for Golden Bay Cement, and "Buffalo" for Holcim Cement, have big draughts to fill, make no mistake.

Come to think of it, "MC2"'s departure means that the NZ coastal shipping scene has lost five of its long-time bulk cargo distributors inside the last two years, with oil tankers "Torea" and "Kakariki" also having left these shores for pastures new in that period.


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« Reply #48 on: May 07, 2018, 01:09:55 am »

ANL are replacing CPO Savannah with SC Mara IMO 9302578 on the ANZEX schedule. She is due Auckland on 16 June.
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« Reply #49 on: May 13, 2018, 09:21:59 am »

Apparently the RANGITIRA (ex Jenka) IMO 7022928 is now under the care of the gas torches and being dismantled while still afloat at the port of Timaru.

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« Reply #50 on: May 15, 2018, 12:46:58 am »

Spirit of Cape Town IMO 9178290 is replacing Nordpacific on MSC'S Capricorn service.

G. Box IMO 9766047 is doing a southbound voyage on Swire's South East Asia schedule. Kweilin will join the schedule from Australia on the northbound leg.
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