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Hoegh Osaka cargo ship 'grounded deliberately' in Solent

A car transporter ship was grounded in the Solent deliberately after it began to list, its owners have said.

The Hoegh Osaka was run aground off the Isle of Wight on Saturday evening after developing problems once it had left Southampton, Ingar Skiaker, chief executive of Hoegh Autoliners said.

The ship is now listing at more than 50 degrees and a salvage operation is expected to take several days.

However, no oil is thought to have leaked from the ship.

Mr Skiaker said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the accident and thanked the rescue teams who took all 25 crew on board to safety.

He said two crew members had been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Mr Skiaker said: "We know the vessel was leaving Southampton with some cargo on board and while navigating out of the channel she apparently had a list.

"The captain and master and the pilot on board decided jointly to put the vessel on the sandbank to avoid any more serious problems.

"I think they executed their duties based on their best judgement and we're not second-guessing their actions right now.

"There has been no leakage of any oil or any other substances and that's our primary focus obviously now going forward, that we keep it that way."

Asked whether there were too many vehicles on board, he replied: "No, the vessel was only one-third full."

He said the vessel was considered to be stable and that his company was working closely with their appointed salvage company, Svitzer, to "prepare for a safe and successful salvage of the vessel with minimal disruption to the port and it environment".

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Russia’s Nevsky Shipyard signs salvage ship deal

The Russian Nevsky shipyard is to build four multipurpose small-draught salvage vessels of length 79.85m and width of 17.36m, writes Jaroslaw Adamowski.

Nevsky Shipyard obtained the contract to build the vessels for the Russian state authorities, from the government-run Direction of State Contractor of Marine Transport Development Programmes, the shipbuilder said in a press release.

The deal was awarded through an "open competitive tender," Nevsky said.

Deliveries of the salvage craft, known as ‘project MPSV12’, are scheduled for late December 2018, and the vessels will be in service at Russia’s Astrakhan, Arhangelsk, Novorossiysk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky ports. Local news site Portnews.ru reported the contract value to be about RUB 7.9billion (US$184.5million).

Each will be powered by two main engines, each rated 2,600kW, which the yard estimates will enable a speed capability of 14 knots.

Based in Shlisselburg, in Russia’s north-western part, Nevsky Shipyard was set up in 1952. The company says it specialises in building ready-to-operate vessels of various types, which include salvage vessels, tankers, dry-cargo vessels, tug-boats, run-about boats, auxiliary and supply vessels.

Source: http://www.motorship.com/news101/industry-news/russias-nevsky-shipyard-signs-salvage-ship-deal

World's Largest Tidal Energy Project To Start Construction Off Scottish Coast This Year

Construction of the world’s largest tidal energy array is ready to begin offshore Scotland. Atlantis Resources Ltd., the project’s developer, said it raised the £51 million ($85 million) it needs to launch the first phase this year.

The 398-megawatt MeyGen project will put Scotland and the U.K. “on the map as a global leader in marine technology,” U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said in a statement. The U.K.’s Department of Energy and Climate Change put up about $17 million for the project, with the rest of the public-sector funding coming from Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and the Crown Estate, Atlantis Resources said.

The developers said the MeyGen project will anchor as many as 269 squat, three-bladed turbines in the seabed of the Pentland Firth’s Inner Sound, the stretch of water that separates the Scottish mainland from Stroma Island. When completed, it will generate enough electricity to power 175,000 Scottish homes.

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