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Maritime News for 2008-10-02

Russia to Use Force Against Pirates [source: Television New Zealand]: Somali authorities have given Russia's navy the go-ahead to use force against pirates holding a Ukrainian ship hijacked with 33 tanks on board, a maritime official said on Wednesday. Russia has sent a warship, but it has yet to arrive off lawless Somalia, where gunmen demanding $20 million seized the MV Faina last week. US naval ships are watching the vessel, hijacked near one of the world's busiest shipping routes. continue reading


Shipping Firm Sets Date to Retrieve Bodies [source: BusinessWorld Online]: Operations to remove bodies trapped inside an ill-fated ferry will start on Oct. 24. Retrieval operations for toxic chemicals that also went down with M/V Princess of the Stars should have been finished at that time, said Jordan L. Go, vice-president for freight of shipowner Sulpicio Lines, Inc. continue reading


Boskalis Raises Stake in Smit to 20% [source: Lloyd's List]: Royal Boskalis Westminster is continuing to stalk Smit Internationale as it ups its shareholding again to more than 20%. A filing at the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets showed that Boskalis now holds a 20.01% stake. This has climbed from a 10.5% share held on September 17. continue reading


New Tug JV at Antwerp [source: Maritime Gloobal Net]: Hamburg-based Fairplay Towage and Dutch towage and salvage specialist Multraship have jointly launched a new company to provide towage services in Antwerp. Antwerp Towage NV, a 50/50 joint venture between Fairplay and Multraship, is the first new initiative launched by the two companies following the signing of an agreement in August this year by which Fairplay Towage took a 50 per cent stake in Multraship. continue reading


Dredging Corporation Declares 150% Dividend [source: SteelGuru]: It is reported that the Dredging Corporation of India has declared dividend of 150% for the third time including interim dividend of 75% paid in March for 2007-08 involving an amount of INR 42 crore. The release said that the dividend was declared at its AGM in New Delhi and a sum of INR 15.50 crore was transferred to the general reserve during the year. continue reading

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Euronav concludes sale of VLCC 'Savoie'

Close to home (in fact they're just down the road) Euronav NV announced the sale of their double-hull VLCC Savoie (1993?EUR"306,430 dwt), the oldest Very Large Crude Carrier in the Euronav fleet, for USD 82.2 million (gaining a whopping profit of USD 44.4 million). Reportedly she has been sold to a Danish company. This sale is part of the ongoing fleet renewal program of Euronav and the strategy to maintain a young fleet.

Euronav?EUR(TM)s VLCC Savoie
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Containership capsizes in port of Antwerp

Early this morning a containership capsized in the port of Antwerp. According to local sources it is the Repubblica di Genova owned by Grimaldi Lines.

The cause of the accident is being investigated. Antwerp port authorities reports all crew evacuated in time and there are no casualties.

The vessel was lying in the Verrebroekdok and was loaded with containers and cars. Karel Verbeke, head of Grimaldi Belgium, told the VRT radio network that about 100 containers and cars had fallen overboard and that retrieving them "will take a few days."

Port of Antwerp Captain Jan Persi said the 216-meter long vessel slowly rolled onto its starboard side in a dead end dock early in the morning. He said the ship began taking on water and that the captain ordered the crew to evacuate. The white-and-yellow vessel lay resting on its side, part of its hull above the waterline in the dock.

Fast facts 'Repubblica di Genova'
built: 1988 at Fincantieri C. Mare(NA) Italy
216.08m LOA
30.4m beam
Cargo capacity: 3.400 cars and 1.316 TEU

Update: 09 March 2007

Traffic in the Verrebroek Dock resumed yesterday afternoon after a survey vessel sent out to look for sunken containers and other obstacles finished its search.

Around the capsized ship a security zone of approximately 800m stays in force. The three other vessels that were lying in the Dock at the time of the accident have now been given permission to sail.

The Italian vessel had just completed the loading of containers and cars and was about to sail for Luanda, the capital of Angola.

The cause of the accident is still unclear. No environmental damage was reported.

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