Greenpeace calls the allegation of drugs on their vessel a "smear"
The "narcotic substances" confiscated during the search are "presumably poppy straw and morphine", investigators said.
Poppy straw is used to produce opium. Painkiller morphine is subject to strict rules in Russia on how it must be stored by medics. "Any claim that something other than medical supplies was found should be regarded with great suspicion," Greenpeace said, adding the ship was searched with a sniffer dog in Norway. "Nothing was found because nothing illegal was on the ship." The group added the vessel had stored "certain medical supplies" in a safe to which only the captain and the doctor had access. "The safe was broken into by the Russian authorities during the searching of the ship."
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Bahri announces the sale of its fourth and last general cargo vessel to scrap
The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia Bahri announces that in connection with the fleet replacement program for the general cargo the Company has sold on 9 October 2013 its general cargo vessel Saudi Tabuk for scrapping after completing her useful life for a sum of SAR 29,171,467 generating a net gain of SAR 18,312,040 after deducting its book value and expenses associated with the sale, the Company said in a press release. The financial impact of this transaction will be reflected in the 4th Quarter of 2013 results.
Mozart makes first call at Odessa in new weekly G6-Service
Container carrier Mozart (222 meters long, Liberia flag) has called at port Odessa (Ukraine). According to the press center of Odessa Commercial Sea Port, it is the first call of the weekly service which has changed the G-6 direct service. The ship is operated by Hapag-Lloyd. According to Igor Yarovoi, Operations Manager of HPC Ukraina, Operator of Odessa Port Container Terminal, the Alliance management has optimized the service in order to reduce costs. The direct service was replaced with the feeder service from Port Said to Odessa. Container ship Afena (234 meters long, operated by MOL) will operate on the service apart from the Mozart.
The Mozart delivered 383 containers with the same number of container to be loaded in Odessa. Previous ports of the feeder service – Constanta, Istanbul, Ashdod.
Singapore LNG Corporation performed its first vessel cool-down service
Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has performed its first vessel cool-down service, following an agreement signed with Malaysian shipping company MISC.
This is the first agreement for vessel cool-down services that SLNG has entered into, and the first cool-down was performed on one of MISC's LNG ships, the Seri Bakti. SLNG began commercial operations on May 7, 2013 and has since been providing throughput services for LNG ships transporting LNG in tanks under cryogenic temperatures (around -160C).
'Cool-down' is an operation to pre-cool cargo tanks and lines required before taking on cryogenic LNG. Cargo tank cool down is carried out by spraying LNG through the spray nozzles of each cargo tank, using LNG received from the shore terminal.
Diana Shipping Inc. announces the delivery of the Kamsarmax 'Myrsini'
Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the m/v “Myrsini” (formerly “Stefania Lembo”), a 2010 built Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel of 82,117 dwt. The acquisition of this vessel was originally announced on September 23, 2013, the Company said in a press release. The “Myrsini” is time chartered to Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, at a gross charter rate of US$15,500 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum four (4) months to about six (6) months. The charter is expected to commence tomorrow.
The two dead which were recovered from the "Maria" on Oct 8 were identified and their corpses released on Oct 10. The divers had found the 55 year old master and his 40 year old 1st officer, both of Philippine nationality. The third missing man, the 42 year old engineer from Indonesia, remained missing. There was no decision about further search operations yet.
On October 6, 2013, Sovcomflot’s dry cargo carrier NS Yakutia completed her voyage along the Northern Sea Route. It was the sixth voyage of the Group’s vessels under the programme on developing high-latitude routes from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Sovcomflot press center says. NS Yakutia loaded with 67,000 tonnes of iron ore concentrate of Eurochem Trading is on her way from port Murmansk to port Lanshan (China). 2,294 miles from Cape Zhelaniya (Novaya Zemlya archipelago) in the Kara Sea to Cape Dezhnev in the Bering Strait were covered in 14 days. Average speed of NS Yakutia at NSR was 9 knots. So it saved over 18 days as compared with the conventional route via the Suez Canal, the statement says.