Maiden Voyage rescued 26 crewmen from the tanker Theresa Bitung
The Amver participating bulk carrier Maiden Voyage rescued 26 crewmen from the tanker Theresa Bitung after it caught fire while sailing from China's Zhoushan Islands to Singapore on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. According to reports from the Maiden Voyage, they were only 22 miles away from the tanker when they heard the distress call. Maiden Voyage Captain Hernesto Caluya immediately notified rescue authorities, alerted other ships in the area, and diverted the Supramax carrier to rescue the crew of the Theresa Bitung. Within an hour of the initial distress call the master of the Theresa Bitung reported the fire was out of control and the entire crew was abandoning ship. The Maiden Voyage arrived shortly thereafter and lowered a rescue boat, embarking all 26 crew members from a lifeboat and two rafts.
Captain Caluya notified all ships in the area the crew of the Theresa Bitung were safe and had his ship continue to Hong Kong. The Marshall Island flagged Maiden Voyage, manage by Starbulk Carriers of Athens, Greece, enrolled in the Amver system on January 2, 2013 and will earn its first Amver participation award in 2014.
'Hugo N' leaves Port Hedland with largest single shipment of iron ore
The largest single shipment of iron ore left Port Hedland on 5 December 2013 with 263,962 tonnes onboard the vessel Hugo N. The Fortescue loaded iron ore carrier also left the port with a record-breaking sailing draft of 19.65 metres. This single shipment broke the previous record achieved by the Wugang Haoyun last month by 939 tonnes. Source: Port Hedland Port Authority
SAL ship delivers mobile harbour crane (MHC) at the Port of Tacloban free of charge
The MHC was delivered on board the 9,544-dwt Gloria, from Hamburg shipping firm, SAL-Heavylift GmbH, with its Filipino crew. SAL provided the passage from Davao to Tacloban free of charge. Stinis of Holland also donated two spreaders that would be used by the MHC. Despite the difficulty and risk of transporting the MHC from Davao to Tacloban because of the shallow drafts along the route and of Tacloban port itself, engineers from ICTSI, Gottwald and SAL worked round the clock to find solutions that would give MV Gloria safe passage to Tacloban.