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Bahamas-Flagged Bulk Carrier Detained in Tacoma Over Safety Issues
A Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier remains in the Port of Tacoma after U.S. Coast Guard Port State Control inspectors found multiple safety deficiencies.
A Port State Control exam team from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound boarded the 751-foot MV Rena last Thursday and discovered multiple areas that did not meet regulations set forth in the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS). The most severe deficiency involved the improper pressurization of the crew’s self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs), which would prevent the crew from safely responding to a fire aboard the vessel.
"Coast Guard examiners determined that key safety procedures were inadequate and the crew did not have the necessary equipment to safely respond to an onboard emergency." said Cmdr. Matt Edwards, Chief of Prevention at Sector Puget Sound. "We will continue to work with the vessel's crew and the appropriate authorities to ensure that the issues found are corrected before the vessel resumes operations."
During a Port State Control exam, the Coast Guard conducts an extensive inspection of systems, including fire protection, life saving, machinery, navigation, and pollution control systems as well as assess the crew's ability to respond to onboard emergencies.
AIS data on Tuesday showed the ship still at anchor at the Port of Tacoma. The ship is to remain in detention until all detainable deficiencies are rectified.
Prohibition of crude oil vessels from Nigeria
A second letter from NNPC, dated 8 September 2015, addressed to the Terminals in the Nigeria, refers to their earlier letter of July banning 113 vessels but goes on to refer to the President having "approved the consideration of all incoming vessels into the Nigerian waters". It has been suggested this means the ban has been lifted.
It is difficult, however, to read this as a lifting of the ban or an assurance that the 113 vessels will actually be allowed to enter Nigerian waters. Since the letter also refers to ongoing investigations there also remains the risk that, even if allowed to enter Nigerian waters, a vessel might not be allowed to leave.
With forfeiture of the vessel and life imprisonment of the crew as penalties, in the event that Nigeria determines a ship has been involved in illegal activities, the risks remain great.
Intertanko continues to advise its members against taking any vessel on the banned list either into Nigerian waters or into its EEZ. Until the position has been clarified further, the Club agrees with that advice.
Source: Swedish Club
BW Orders Two LNG Carriers at DSME
Singapore-based oil and gas transporter BW Group has returned to South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.
The shipbuilding contract for the two 174,000 cbm LNG carriers is valued at around KRW 478 billion (USD 403 million), and the vessels are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2019.
The vessels will be around 295 meters long, 46 meters wide, and they will be built at DSME Okpo shipyard in Geoje.
Back in August, BW LPG ordered four very large gas carriers (VLGCs) at DSME, scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2016.
World Maritime News Staff
K Line Adds Gas Carrier, Inks Charter Deal with Gyxis
Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K"Line) has sealed a deal for a new 82,200m3 Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) to be built and delivered by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd in November 2018.
The new VLGC will be chartered out to Gyxis Corporation (Gyxis) and it will be "K"Line's second VLGC under time charter contract with the newly-established LPG importer.
Gyxis was established on April 1, 2015, through business integration of the LPG units of Cosmo Oil, Showa Shell Sekiyu, TonenGeneral Sekiyu, and Sumitomo Corporation and is focusing on expanding overseas sales as well as domestic sales. In order to meet this purpose, Gyxis is promoting expansion of its VLGC fleet.
The latest contract comes following two time charter contracts Gyxis secured with South Korean shipping company KSS Line Ltd. this September for two 84,000 cbm class LPG carriers.
"K" Line now operates four VLGCs and one VLGC being newly-built, and the latest agreement will expand its fleet to 6 VLGC's.
"As a part of our medium-term management plan Value for our Next Century, "K" Line will continue to contribute to meet the expanding needs of LPG transportation utilizing the latest technology combined with established knowledge and know-how from its more than 40 years of LPG transport experience," said "K" Line in a statement.