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January 2015 Blog Posts (13)

Back at Home for Awhile

It's nice to be home, knowing that another trip to an airport is not on the horizon for a while. After two weeks in Vietnam and another week in Baltimore, little Astoria is feeling more welcoming than ever. I just wish that I had some more pictures of exotic craft and/or locations to show for the trips, but there was too much else going on.

It was most interesting to see a Page 2 story about Pinkfroot in our local paper this past Friday. I posted a link to Facebook recently, so…


Added by Scott Saulsbury on January 26, 2015 at 4:27 — 1 Comment

Cruise Ship Listed As Vessel Hit By Fire

A cruise ship carrying nearly 800 passengers listed for a time as it was hit by a fire on board.

The blaze, which has now been put out, took place in the engine room of Boudicca around 4am as it was sailing off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco.

The vessel was listing for a "short period" following the loss of the propulsion system, according to operator Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Boudicca, with 784 guests and 356 crew members on board, is now fully stable and there is… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on January 25, 2015 at 16:10 — 2 Comments

he 19,100 TEU CSCL Globe, berthing at the Port of Felixstowe

Two videos of the CSCL GLOBE at Felixstowe:

Added by Patrick Lawson on January 18, 2015 at 15:50 — No Comments

MSC Containership to Edge Out CSCL Globe as World’s Biggest Boxship

The battle over the title of world’s biggest box ship continues with the launch of MSC Oscarat DSME.…


Added by Patrick Lawson on January 16, 2015 at 16:24 — No Comments

Let the panic begin!

Hoegh Osaka was scheduled for an attempted re-floating today but late last night this was postponed as they have discovered more water than they had thought within the ship.

That meant they missed a weather window and the weather is forecast to gradually deteriorate over the coming week.

Now, in the last few hours, it has been discovered that the ship is drifting slowly to the south west.

Now, there are extra tugs coming on station. Yesterday, there was a couple of…


Added by Kelvin Davies on January 7, 2015 at 15:00 — 4 Comments

World's largest container ship

The world's largest container ship, CSCL Globe, is due to arrive at Felixstowe today at 13:00.

CSCL Globe, recently built in China, is on its maiden voyage from China, via Port Kelang.

At 187,141 grt and capable of carrying up to 19,000 containers, CSCL Globe really is a monster!

IMO 9695121 MMSI 477712400.

The previous largest vessel to arrive at Felixstowe was the Majestic Maersk, IMO 9619919.

Although the Majestic Maersk is shown as 194,849 grt. bigger…


Added by Kelvin Davies on January 7, 2015 at 8:10 — No Comments

Crew Grounded Stricken Ship After Capsize Risk

A car carrier was grounded on a sandbank on purpose by its crew because it was severely listing and could have capsized.

The pilot and master were praised by the ship's owner for "saving" the vessel and crew by grounding the ship and showed "great skill".

Salvage experts are assessing how to refloat the Hoegh Osaka after it ran aground off the Isle of Wight in one of the country's busiest shipping lanes.

The 25 crew members were rescued by a coastguard helicopter and… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on January 4, 2015 at 19:02 — 3 Comments

And yet another mishap

Last night, the vehicle carrier, Hoegh Osaka left Southampton at 20:20.

Got as far as Bramble Bank and no further. The vessel seems to have run aground on the bank and ended up stuck with a serious list. The list was bad enough that the entire crew had to be lifted off by helicopter and taken ashore to Stubbington.

I imagine it would have been a spectacular sight if it hadn't been dark. At the scene were tugs from Southampton and Esso.

The company is hopeful that they…


Added by Kelvin Davies on January 4, 2015 at 8:07 — 6 Comments

Accidents today

Sad news on BBC today: The cement carrier Cemfjord, has capsized in Pentland Firth while en route to Runcorn.

There were apparently no distress calls. The first the authorities knew about it was a report from the crew of the ferry Hrossey. So far, there has been no sign of the crew of 8.

Story here:

Also in the news; a…


Added by Kelvin Davies on January 3, 2015 at 19:44 — 1 Comment

Plane Blown Off Runway At Stornoway Airport

It is believed the wheel of the plane collapsed during heavy winds on the Scottish island.

All passengers on board the plane are reported to have escaped without any injuries.

Meanwhile, another plane had to be diverted from London City Airport to Southend Airport in Essex this morning after an engine fire.

The fire was put out by the plane's automatic systems before it landed safely around 8.30am.

There were no injuries to the 28 passengers and three… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on January 2, 2015 at 10:02 — No Comments

Virgin Atlantic new B787 delivery

Virgin's 2nd B787, G-VAHH, named Dream Girl, arrived at Heathrow at 11:00 today (Jan 1st).

Departing Everett on New Year's Eve, the crew spent their New Year somewhere over North America. Hope they enjoyed it and didn't overdo the pop!

Added by Kelvin Davies on January 1, 2015 at 15:07 — No Comments

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