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Site related news, functions and modules / Personal Messages
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:38:55 AM »

Can I ask that members regularly check their "Message In Boxes"

I have been trying to message  a couple of members and this form of contact seems to have got lost since the site change.

Also is it possible to add some sort of function whereby members can indicate if the are receptive to messages?

Nigel T (aka DoverT)

"The Golden Horizon, a sail ship operating for Tradewind Voyages, has been arrested in Dover, UK, according to multiple reports, at the request of Star Clippers, a Monaco-based cruise operator. 

The ship had been originally designed and built at Brodosplit for Star Clippers, which did not take delivery of the vessel.

Court actions followed, awarding Star Clippers and Owner Mikael Kraft 13 million euro in damages, according to Croatian news reports.

Meanwhile the ship found a new home operating for start up company Tradewind Voyages.

"Star Clippers advised Brodosplit Group to settle its debt, after which the ship will be released immediately," Star Clipper said, in a prepared statement.

The ship owner will need to pay roughly seven million euro to release the ship, according to one report.

According to other media reports out of Croatia, the ship is registered to XB Ahts Hero Shipping from the Marshall Islands, which lists its director as Vedrana Debeljak, sister of Tomislav Debeljak, owner of Brodosplit and DIV Group.".

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Shipping News and information / Baltic Performer
« on: October 24, 2017, 07:59:03 AM »
October 22, 2017 2:08 pm

MRCC Etel was alerted at 1500 LT Oct 21 by distress message from reefer BALTIC PERFORMER, reporting cargo shift and ensuing portside list 12 degrees in rough weather, 103 nm west of Penmarch, Bay of Biscay. Vessel with some 6000 tons of vegetables is en route to Senegal from Netherlands. At around 0900 UTC Oct 22 Master decided to interrupt voyage and headed for Brest. MRCC Etel dispatched SAR tug ABEILLE BOURBON to escort troubled reefer. At 1400 UTC Oct 22 BALTIC PERFORMER, escorted by ABEILLE BOURBON, was some 55 nm southwest of Brest, proceeding at some 13-14 knots speed. On MRCC Etel photo troubled reefer.
Reefer BALTIC PERFORMER, IMO 9016674, dwt 10603, built 1992, flag Liberia, manager BALTIC REEFERS LTD, Russia.


"A recovery operation is under way after a cargo vessel carrying broken glass ran aground off the Kent coast.
The 75-metre Islay Trader became stuck near Margate Harbour about 30m (98ft) from shore shortly after 03:00 BST.
A coastguard spokeswoman said the fuel tanks had not been damaged and the risk to the environment was "very low".
The six crew are still on board and are preparing for an attempt to refloat and tow the vessel to safety with the assistance of a tug from Medway.
The Islay Trader, which had been heading to Antwerp, in Belgium, is stuck just a few feet away from the life-size Antony Gormley cast iron sculpture, which becomes visible about three hours before low tide in front of the Turner Contemporary gallery."

Shipping News and information / World Reefer Tonnage
« on: November 09, 2015, 07:24:55 AM »

Tony (Member "Reeferskip) has asked me to post a list of current World Reefer Tonnage for all those who are interested.

Thanks Tony for all your hard work.

Log in to view

Nigel T

Shipping News and information / New ships for the Saga cruise fleet
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:45:48 AM »
Consumer cruise spending predicted to increase by 43% by 2020
First ship to be delivered in Summer 2019
Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany selected to build new Saga Cruise ships
Customers can register their interest by or calling 0800 0154310
For Artist impressions email [email protected]

It’s full steam ahead for Saga Cruises which has today announced plans to update its shipping capacity, with an all-new Saga cruise ship expected to be delivered in Summer 2019 and the option to order a second for delivery in 2021. The ships will be built by the renowned Meyer Werft shipyard – a recognised leader in cruise ship construction.
The new ship will be for fewer than 1,000 passengers and so will retain the intimacy and personal touch for which Saga is renowned, but with some new features including balconies for all cabins.   
Lance Batchelor, chief executive officer, Saga plc who announced the decision at the company’s half-year results said:
“The cruise operation remains at the heart of the Saga brand and demonstrates our commitment to deliver excellence in customer service and outstanding value. This investment will be transformational for the cruise business and for our cruise customers.  The precise details of the new purpose built ship will be finalised over the coming months but will retain the traditional features our customers cherish.”
Robin Shaw, chief executive, Saga Cruises, said:
“Our plan for the first of our new modern and elegant cruise liners is sure to delight our existing passengers and we hope it will entice new passengers to cruise with us. We will retain an intimate small-ship feel, for fewer than 1,000 passengers, a high crew to customer ratio, great public spaces and entertainment facilities and dining can be accommodated in a single sitting. 
The artist impressions have been well received and we will continue to consult with our loyal cruise customers throughout the design and build to ensure they get ships that they have helped to make their own. 
Above all the new ships will continue to provide the quality and excellent service for which Saga is renowned.”
Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft said: “We are happy and honoured to work with Saga Cruises in bringing their first purpose built new ship to life.”
Plans for the ship will be refined over the coming months but we anticipate her to have some 540 suites and cabins each with a balcony.  Around 15% of cabins will be designed for single occupancy and the maximum capacity for the ship will be fewer than 1,000 passengers.  There will be single sitting dining throughout a range of restaurants as well as a variety of bars, speciality restaurants and al-fresco dining options. There will also be outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, saunas, treatment rooms and beauty salon.
The 55,900 GT vessel will be approx. 234 metres long, 30.8 metres wide and with a planned completion date of summer 2019.
Research commissioned by Saga into the UK’s over 50s spending on travel and tourism, found that spending on cruising is expected to increase by 43% to £2.2 billion by 2020. This compares £1.65 billion in 2014 out of a total over 50s spend of £41 billion on travel and tourism.  Nearly a third (32%) of over 50s in work said they were planning to increase their spending on cruises after retirement.
Saga cruises include a UK travel package (including a chauffeur service or car parking at the port) to and from departure point , all meals and entertainment, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.
Meyer Werft is a leading global shipbuilder founded in Germany in 1795. The ships will be built at the shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Now in its seventh generation of family ownership, Meyer Werft has become well known for constructing large, modern and sophisticated cruise ships, including 39 luxury ships.

Shipping News and information / Del Monte Reefers
« on: August 29, 2015, 07:43:58 AM »

I am searching for a comprehensive fleet list (Past and Present)of Del Monte reefers.

Can anybody tell me whether it exists and give me some assistance?

Nigel Thornton (DoverT)

Shipping News and information / Lili Marleen (ex Cunard Countess)
« on: September 26, 2006, 08:18:43 AM »
Just to let all you know that the Lili Marleen arrival at Dover on Wednesday has been cancelled owing to her owners, Holiday-Kreuzfahrten, having announced bankruptcy!!!
All the best
Nigel Thornton (aka DoverT)

Shipping News and information / Seacat Diamant
« on: March 21, 2006, 04:11:03 PM »

Anybody seen or have pics of Seacat Diamant while she is currently in Rotterdam?

Has her colour scheme been changed?


Shipping News and information / Sad Loss: Noordster Z122
« on: December 14, 2005, 06:53:50 PM »

Three dead after trawler capsizes  
A merchant ship spotted the fishing boat 11 miles off Beachy Head
Three Belgian crew members died when their fishing vessel capsized 11 miles off Beachy Head, East Sussex.
Coastguards rescued a 19-year-old man, a nephew of the boat's captain, who was taken to hospital in Eastbourne after the alarm was raised on Wednesday.

It had been thought that one man might be found alive after knocking was heard inside the upturned hull of the vessel.

But after three dives by a Royal Navy team, the noise was found to be gear hitting the side of the boat.

The Zeebrugge-registered Noordster Z122 overturned in a busy shipping lane after it snagged its nets on Tuesday at about 1700 GMT.

  To have three deaths in one go is pretty sad

Coastguard spokesman

Emergency teams were called out just after 0830 GMT on Wednesday when the 19-year-old was seen clinging to the hull.

He was taken to hospital suffering from shock and hypothermia, and was due to be released on Wednesday.

Two members of the family-run fishing business were confirmed dead on Wednesday morning.

A specialist Royal Navy team from Portsmouth made three "hazardous" dives in an attempt to find a survivor, but a third person was confirmed dead on Wednesday afternoon.

'No distress calls'

The rescue team included four lifeboats, a coastguard helicopter, a Royal Navy warship and several merchant vessels.

A Flemish-speaking coastguard interpreter has interviewed the survivor.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: "It must have been pretty traumatic for this poor lad."

He said no distress calls were made. Other vessels would have seen the boat on their radar, but would have been unaware of the incident while it was dark.

The HMS Severn, a fisheries protection vessel, was on standby at the scene on Wednesday evening.

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