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 Asphalt Venture  (General Cargo Ship)
4 hours ago by arnekiel

Seven Indian Seafarers Released By Somali Pirates After 4 Years
The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) has welcomed the news that seven Indian Seafarers who have been held hostage since their ship, the MV Asphalt Venture, was hijacked in the Somali Basin on 28 September 2010 have been released and are safe in Kenya. The 1991-built, Panamanian flagged, 3884 dwt., general cargo ship “MV Asphalt Venture”, with a crew of 15 was hijacked by Somali pirates on 28 September 2010. In April 2011 the vessel with 8 of her crew was released while the remaining 7 Indian seafarers were detained ashore. Following lengthy negotiations, the release of these men was arranged after a modest payment was made to cover the logistical and transport costs of the group holding the men. Preparations are now being made for their return to India in the next few days. Their families have been informed. Chairman of the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP), Peter Swift, commented as follows: “After more than 4 years in captivity we are delighted for them and their families after the terrible ordeal and hardship that they have suffered. The tremendous efforts and generous support of all those who helped to secure their release and safe return are greatly appreciated, including the team at Holman Fenwick Willan who stepped in on a pro bono basis to help make this happen.”

 Saipem 7000  (Offshore Vessel > Drilling Ship)
4 hours ago by arnekiel

Giant crane ship passing Istanbul on its way to Burgas
On the way from Italy to Burgas, Bulgaria; the crane vessel Saipem 7000 is passing through the Strait of Istanbul at the moment. Entered the Strait on 07:00 this morning (Oct. 31), Saipem 7000 expected to stay in the Strait for 8 hours after which the giant ship will be in the waters of Black Sea. Saipem 7000 is towed by two big tugs: Maersk Tracer and Maersk Transporter. 4 tugs from Turkish Coastal Safety Administration are also escorting the ship: Kurtarma 1, Kurtarma 6, Kurtarma 8 and Kurtarma 9. There are currently two suspension bridges at the Strait of Istanbul that limit the maximum air draft of passing vessels; 54 and 64 meters respectively from South to North. The Saipem 7000 will take extra care while passing under these bridges by balancing the air draft by increasing the water draft. Saipem 7000 is the world's second largest crane vessel, after the Thialf. The crane radius of the Saipem 7000 grants a lifting capability of 14,000 tonnes at 42 meters while the Thialf can lift 14,200 tonnes at 31.2 meters. Surce and Some pictures on

 San Felipe  (Container Ship)
5 hours ago by Timsen

Fire still smouldering
While the fire that broke out on board the "Al Riffa" has been extinguished already on Oct 28 at 8.30 p.m. LT, fire fighting was still ongoing on the "San Felipe" in the night of Oct 31. The "San Felipe" is managed by Bernhard Schulte for Ship Finance International (SFI) and Al Riffa is owned by United Arab Shipping Co (UASC). The Port Klang Authority was working with the relevant agencies, the owners/shipmanagers, and the experts appointed by the ship’s insurance company to extinguish the fire on board completely. The "San Felipe" has been safely towed and anchored at the outer anchorage of Pintu Gedung while the fire fighting was continuing.

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