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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Ship demolitions 30th June 2011

TASIK MAS [IND] IMO 7353987 Cargo vessel built 1974 - 4,888 gt
HILIR MAS [IND] IMO 7328645 Cargo vessel built 1973 - 9,279 gt
PASIR MAS [IND] IMO 7703285 Cargo vessel built 1977 - 2,460 gt
CAHYA MAS [IND] IMO 7632711 Cargo vessel built 1977 - 16,948 dwt

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Ship demolitions 29th June 2011

IRAN RAJAI [IR] IMO 8003369 Tanker built 1983 - 22,580 gt 39,600 dwt

HAO WANG [PA] IMO 7928110 Bulk carrier built 1981 - 64,120 dwt

DELTA 3 [TH] IMO 8011500 Ashpalt tanker built 1980 - 1322dwt

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Ship demolitions 28th June 2011

HEBI LION [HK] IMO 7925532 Bulk carrier built 1983 - 75,485 dwt
VICTORY 2 [KN] IMO 7638569 Bulk carrier built 1978 - 22,670 dwt
BREAKER [COM] IMO 8906872 Bulk carrier built 1991 - 169,146 dwt
PHUC HAI STAR [MG] IMO 7609219 Bulk carrier built 1977 - 27,106 dwt

FURONG [HK] IMO 8213627 Bulk carrier built 1985 - 174,000 dwt
BM CHALLENGE [PA] IMO 7521522 Cargo vessel built 1980 - 17,422 dwt
TASMIN START [BB] IMO 82218444 Reefer built 1983 - 9,500 dwt

CAPE SANTA ALGERIA [KI] IMO 8021608 Bulk carrier built 1982 - 145,177 dwt
CAPE SANTA MILAGRIA [TV] IMO 8324115 Bulk carrier built 1985 - 139,811 dwt

Friday, 24 June 2011

The Indian Navy to pull Mv Wisdom off the beach

The Indian Navy on Thursday started a salvage operation for ‘MV Wisdom’, which has been stranded at
Mumbai’s Juhu beach since Last Sunday. Navy helicopters are dropping heavy duty steel cables and other
equipments on the deck of the merchant vessel.

Once the cables are fastened on to ‘MV Wisdom’, tug boats will be used to pull out the ship to deep sea.

Navy officials and others involved in the salvage operation hope to take advantage of the high tide on Friday
morning when they plan to start the pull-out of the vessel, Director General of Shipping SB Agnihotri said.
The salvage efforts are likely to conclude by Saturday evening.

Ship demolitions 24th June 2011

LANGERY [RU] IMO 7922300 Rigg support / supply vessel built 1980 - 1,608 gt  


The disposal of HMS INVINCIBLE

Institute of Demolition Engineers’ president John Woodward has hit back at the UK government’s decision to allow one of its foremost aircraft carriers to be dismantled and scrapped outside of the UK.

“I am annoyed and amazed that the UK Government has allowed HMS Invincible to be sold for scrap and then dismantled in Aliaga in Turkey. I realise that tenders are driven by price but surely the government should have ensured that the ship stayed in the UK. We have purpose built ship recycling facilities at Hartlepool, Tyneside, Belfast, Merseyside and in Scotland and any of these could have done the job keeping employment in the UK,” Woodward says.

Yes well done the uk government for allowing the aircraft carrier to be broken up on another countries soil, and for a knock down price of $260 a ton, next time you want a warship to add to the fleet, build a bulk carrier you will get a better resale value. The UK government looking after your interests abroad

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Ship demolitions 22nd June 2011

SKY GLIDER [BZ] IMO 8222989 Reefer built 1983 - 11,805 dwt
SKY PEGASUS [BZ] IMO 8222991 Reefer built 1984 - 11,660 dwt
TIBOR [BZ] IMO 8301034 Reefer built 1985 - 10,168 dwt
HUB TRADER [MY] IMO 7718917 Container vessel built 1978 - 8,450 dwt

PALINI [MT] IMO 7916090 Bulk carrier built 1980 - 64,590 dwt
SEALINK PROSPERITY [HK] IMO 8319328 Bulk carrier built 1984 - 160,993 dwt

VINALINES PACIFIC [PA] IMO 7410838 Bulk carrier built 1978 - 26,272 dwt

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Ship demolitions 21st June 2011

XINYE 2 [PA] IMO 7432642 Bulk carrier built 1978 - 64,290 dwt [ex Thermera]
DONG JOO MARINER [KR] IMO 8429111 Tanker built 1985 - 1,894 dwt
SEAGULL [PA] IMO 8126032 Reefer built 1982 - 6,370 dwt
NOBLEZA [LR] IMO 8300470 Vehicle carrier built 1983 - 11,428 dwt

IRONMONGER 5 [LR] IMO 8916190 Tanker built 1991 - 100,289 dwt [ex Thistle]

BALTIC PROSPERITY [PA] IMO 8319093 Reefer built 1965 - 6,310 dwt

Mv Wisdom salvage put off for 2 weeks

The operation to sail the grounded ship MV Wisdom from Mumbai's Juhu beach to Alang in Gujarat was postponed for about a fortnight now, offiicials said on Sunday.

The reason for this is that are waiting for the next high spring tide to pull the ship off the beach.

I remember the same thing being said when the Mv Riverdance ended up on the beach at Blackpool in the north west part of the UK, that was eventually scrapped where it lay.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Ship demolitions 16th June 2011

LINTAS NUSANTARA [IND] IMO 7430084 Container carrier built 1975 Japan - 6,744 dwt

ALCEM CALACA [PA] IMO 7805382 Cement carrier built 1979 - 11,601 dwt 5,120 ldt

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Ship demolitions 15th June 2011

VERGINA II [CY] IMO 8719217 Tanker built 1991 - 96,709 dwt
SHUN JI XING [PA] IMO 8114314 Tanker built 1983 - 69,011 dwt

JAG LAKSHYA [IN] IMO 8714762 Tanker built 1989 - 152,485 dwt
ADALBERT ANTONOV [BG] IMO 7813030 Bulker built 1979 - 38,510 dwt

RODOPI [BG] IMO 7702839 Bulk carrier built 1978 - 25,926 dwt
MILIN KAMAK [BG] IMO 7729734 Bulk carrier bult 1979 - 25,857 dwt
ROJEN [BG] IMO 7702827 Bulk carrier built 1978 - 25,837 dwt
PHOENIX ACE [PA] IMO 9568172 Vehicle carrier built 1983 - 11,548 dwt

VOS CONQUEST [LR] IMO 7311446 Search and rescue vessel built 1974 - 422 gt

PACIFIC SANDPIPER [UK] IMO 8310695 Roro/cargo vessel built 1985 - 3,775 dwt

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

How Mv Wisdom ended up on the beach

The owners of MV Wisdom had hired the MV Seabulk Plover to tow the 9,000-ton container vessel from Colombo to Alang in Gujarat to be broken down into scrap. The ship departed from Colombo late on Thursday.

On Saturday afternoon, the tether connecting the two ships snapped in rough weather while the ships were about 12 nautical miles South West of Mumbai.

Unmanned and unpowered, the massive vessel began to drift. With a north-easterly bearing without power, it became slave to wind and ocean currents. The Coast Guard put its vessle ICGS Sankalp on alert to monitor the runaway tanker.

If its drift remained unchallenged, the MV Wisdom would have sliced into the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, a disaster for the city.

 Thankfully, as the ship drifted closer and closer to the coast, it was stopped in its tracks by the sea bed. It ran aground just three km off the Taj Lands end around 8PM on Saturday. Three-km is a mere nothing in nautical terms.

Comment: they should have known that high winds during the monsoon season currently hitting the Asian region would have given them a problem with only one tug........Ed

Captain and crew of tug towing Mv Wisdom arrested

The Mv Wisdom "extravaganza" continues

“We have registered a case of dereliction of duty against the captain and crew members of MV Seabulk Plover, which was towing MV Wisdom. We will make the arrests soon while investigations proceed simultaneously,” said Chandrakant Naik, senior police inspector of Yellow Gate police station.

The cords, which were being used to tow away MV Wisdom, broke when the vessels were 11 nautical miles off the west coast.

“The crew members or the captain did not alert the concerned authorities when the incident took place. If the ship had collided with the sea link, it would’ve been a disaster,” said an officer of Yellow Gate police station.

According to the police, an operation is underway to remove the 175-m long cargo ship from Juhu beach.

Why was the MV Wisdom allowed to get so near the Bandra-Worli Sea Link

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Did Mv Wisdom being towed to the Alang junk yard have permission to sail so close to the coast and sensitive Bombay High oil installation and who was in charge of her voyage 

There is now a new landmark off the coast in Bandra, in suburban Mumbai, that joins another outside the Otters Club there, and the city should consider itself lucky that it did not float onto the signature Bandra-Worli Sea Link. It is the MV Wisdom, a 26-year-old container ship, which in the course of its lifecycle has been blessed with 14 name changes, and nobody knows how many owners. [just like countless other ships.....ed]

As a matter of fact, the real beneficiary owner of the ship is still not known, at least not officially. 

The first simple question that arises is, what was this rust-bucket, junk, unseaworthy vessel doing so close to Mumbai in the first place. The next question is, who plotted courses so far inland from what the actual course on a voyage from Colombo to Alang should have been. And, certainly, why was she inland of the oil rigs and security establishments in and around Bombay High? Mariners cannot even begin to think of the damage she would have caused if she had gone adrift near Bombay High. 

MV Wisdom started life in faraway Hamburg, back in 1984-85, as thecontainer ship Olandia. She bounced around the world with a variety of names, flags and despondent owners as well as charterers. These names often saw a repeat of the name Olandia, but also included Ocean Spirit, Contship Canada, City of Leeds, Oocl Pudong, Vietnam Star, Moringia, India Star, QC Wisdom and finally, Wisdom. Through all this, she bore a constant IMO number 8417558. As a small container ship, logging around 700 TEU, she would eventually be a feeder vessel and an uneconomical one at that. Scrapping, therefore, would be a natural outcome. 
However, a ship headed for scrapping, either under her own power or tow, does not come close to land or coast, as far as possible, for many reasons. If she does, then she needs to inform the authorities. Because a ship headed for scrapping is not seaworthy. And if a national authority wishes to, it can certainly deny her the right of innocent passage through her territorial waters, till a point where she has to enter the territorial waters for scrapping, or with precautions to prevent what happened with the Wisdom. 
In other words, the Wisdom should simply have stayed far away from India's territorial waters, until she was right off Alang, where she was reportedly destined for, and then made an entry in as direct and straight a course as possible. That is what her entry permissions into India should have stated in the first case. 

The first convention that the MV Wisdom lost her line to the tug and she entered India's territorial waters knowingly, and consciously, despite being very unseaworthy. We need to know and find out if she sought the required permissions to do so, or just barged right in, and then meandered close to Bandra, subsequently. A tug tow breaking in the monsoons, especially when towing an empty unmanned dead ship with high windage, is not something the authorities should have permitted right off Mumbai. One can, therefore, only presume that she was right off our coast, by some reports just four miles off, without any permission. It would have to be total deliberate criminal act if permissions were given to this movement, in the way described, with just one tug that seemingly gave up after the towing arrangement snapped. [not known at this time........ed]

If she was in any other country, the authorities would have insisted that she had backup arrangements, at least two tugs for the tow and a third one on standby, and very regular monitoring of the situation. 

Now, a dead ship under tow is not some sort of high-speed boat, it is more like a very slow combo chugging and struggling along at a speed not exceeding 3-4 knots (about 6-8 kmph), at best, if not even slower. In this sort of weather it would have taken more than a few days just to cross Mumbai harbour, assuming she came close to the coast past Goa, and then along the Raigad/Kolaba coast. She would have been picked up on every small and large shore radar screen, every naval and coast-guard ship, every offshore supply vessel on duty in and around the Bombay High platforms, and even the radars on the platforms and rigs. Most of all, despite the heavy seas and monsoons, she would have been visible to the naked eye from more than a dozen light-houses along the coast, including assorted naval batteries. 
In addition, every other ship underway in and around the area would have picked her up on their radar screens, and stayed miles away. Any ship at anchor that this combo came within miles of would either raise anchor and flee, or raise a strong protest on the radio to the tug as well as the port authorities. As seafarers, we know how unpredictable and dangerous such derelicts under tow can be, and it is just not worth it being anywhere near them. Anywhere would mean that if I was on another ship, I would keep a very safe distance, which means steer at least five miles clear distance away, regardless, even more if I was a tanker or other kind of big ship. 

Every one of them would have seen a double-blip on their screens. Any one of them could have challenged the tug-ship tow on simple VHF radio, and asked them to move further from shore, as well as establish identity. Every one of them could have filed a report with the many radio and marine stations all along the coast, of a tug and tow operating too close to the coast and representing a possible hazard. It is likely that some did, but whether they did or not is unknown; and even if they did, what happened next would be unknown. Something similar happens when un-roadworthy trucks are winked past on our roads, to give you an idea of what really may have happened, since there is no other logical reason why nobody seems to be aware of what was happening till this 13,000 tonner landed up aiming for the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. 
The bigger issue, however, is that the Indian coast is rapidly becoming a dump yard for the junks and overage ships. And the Wisdom is just another example of this malaise; the solution to which has been debated and written about repeatedly, but never implemented, for a variety of reasons.

For all the coastline we have, our authorities have simply been unable to put up a simple Vessel Tracking System (VTS) along the coast, and appear to be nowhere near to doing so either. The bigger issue that the Wisdom brings out with shocking precision is simply that despite all the fuss after the 26/11 attacks by boat from Karachi, our coastline is as open as it was. Never mind small fishing boats, huge ships like the Wisdom can sail through, without being stopped or challenged. Think about it. 
And if you challenge this too much, then you are in danger of meeting the same fate as other journalists who dig too deep, into matters pertaining to anything which might upset the status quo, of what really happens in offshore India. Or, being called "anti-national", as this writer has been, lately. 

(Veeresh Malik is a qualified mariner and writer. He is also consulting editor with "Sailor Today".)

Source MoneyLife India

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Mv Ocean Pearl put on the beach at chittagong

Mv Ocean Pearl finally put on the beach at Chittagong.

General cargo ship Mv Ocean Pearl suffered water ingress in holds at Chittagong Roads.
The vessel reported to have cracks amidships and sank.
IMO 8226650, 16,280 dwt built 1983, flag St Kitts and Nevis.

Ship demolitions 12th June 2011

OSG NEW ORLEANS [US] IMO 7932422 Tanker built 1983 - 43,644 dwt
BLUE RIDGE [US] IMO 7908172 Tanker built 1981 - 42,268 dwt
GLORY SHANGHAI [PA] IMO 8010453 Bulk carrier built 1981 - 146,629 dwt
BALBOA [PA] IMO 6329020 Tanker built 1963 - 4,593 dwt
JUMBO CHALLENGER [NL] IMO 8110887 Heavy lift ship built 1983 - 5,928 dwt
HARI PREM [IN] IMO 8914764 Tanker built 1991- dwt  

HEBEI LION IMO 7925534 Bulk carrier built 1983 - 75,485 dwt

JI MEI LONG [PA] IMO 8103547 Bulk carrier built 1981 - 74,920 dwt

Gadani Beach
AZRAQ 7 [PA] IMO 771833 Tanker built 1977 - 4,502 dwt

Friday, 10 June 2011

Ship demolitions as of 10th June 2011

EMERALD SEA [LR] IMO 8120674 Cargo vessel built 1984 - 19,943 dwt
NEW SEABORN [TH] IMO 8014112 LPG tanker built 1980 - 1,808 dwt
LISSOS [GR] IMO 7220269 Roro/passenger ferry built 1972 - 2,714 dwt 9,795 ldt

BRIGHT FUTURE [PA] IMO 8304103 Cargo vessel built 1984 - 6,025 dwt

SOL TRADER [VC] IMO 7504184 Cargo vessel built 1976 - 2,859 dwt

WASHINGTON VOYAGER [US] IMO 7391226 Oil tanker built 1976 - 22,761 gt
TIGRIS LEADER [SG] IMO 8211019 Roro built 1983 - 11,430 dwt
Norgas Trader [SG] IMO 7909346 LPG tanker built 1981 - 8,493 dwt

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Ships for demolition 7th June 2011

BAO YUAN MEN [VC] IMO 7821178 Bulk carrier built 1982 - 37,082 ldt

ARENA [TK] IMO 7725568 Bulk carrier built 1979 - 4,391 ldt [built at Govan SB UK]
MSC NEFELI [PA] IMO 7930668 Container vessel built 1981 - 25,745 dwt
LADY JASMINE [TN] IMO 8011744 Chem tanker built 1983 - 24,083 dwt
WISDOM [SG] IMO 8417558 Cargo ship built 1985 - 12,724 dwt at $450 per ton

SAUNIERE [CA] IMO 7028489 Bulk carrier built 1970 - 24,481 ldt [built at Lithgow SB UK]

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Gulf Jash - The toxic ship update

The toxic chemical tanker, Gulf Jash [mentioned on an earlier post] after being banned from being broken up at Chittagong and banned from entering the port of Alang, is finally going to be scrapped in China.

Early attempts were made to get the vessel scrapped in either Africa or another yard within Europe, but didn't come to anything.

Ships for demolition 5th June 2011

HEBEI INOVATOR [HK] IMO 8420440 Ore carrier built 1986 - 236,897 dwt
ALLAHUS SAMAD [SL] IMO 8209066 Cargo vessel built 1983 - 13,605 dwt
SPARROW [LR] IMO 8324103 Bulk carrier built 1984 - 139,779 dwt
BALTIC LEADER [PA] IMO 8202692 Vehicle carrier built 1982 - 10,499 dwt 8,901 ldt
BRAZIL STAR [LR] IMO 8204368 Ore carrier built 1983 - 201,227 dwt 35,640 ldt

GENERAL ZAMORA [VE] IMO 9007788 Oil Tanker built 1990 - 68,198 dwt 14,160 ldt

MIN FU [PA] IMO 7526663 Bulk carrier built 1978 - 44,750 dwt
DEREN PIONEER [PA] IMO 7906306 Cargo vessel built 1980 - 8,993 dwt
KS HOPE [PA] IMO 7628227 Bulk carrier built 1978 - 35,112 dwt 7,886 ldt

ATAGOSUN MARU [JP] IMO 8607763 Bulk carrier built 1989 - 179,422 dwt

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Ship demolitions 2nd June 2011

SEALINK MAJESTY [PA] IMO 8024296 Bulk carrier built 1982 - 177,754 dwt

ELENORA [BS] IMO 8030867 Cargo vessel built 1983 - 16,648 dwt
JAPAN PLATANUS [PA] IMO 8613349 Bulk carrier built 1987 - 149,985 dwt

ETHYLENE PHENIX [JP] IMO 8604486 Tanker built 1987 - 1,292 gt
SKY STAR [PA] IMO 8418928 Tanker built 1985 - 7,177 dwt