Day 135 – Jean-Luc Van Den Heede facing fresh storm

Day 135: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede  facing fresh storm

  • Mark Slats has closed the gap on the race leader by 500 miles this week

  • Uku Randmaa and Tapio Lehtinen dive to clear barnacles

  • Mark Sinclair is running short of water

Dateline 12:00 UTC  13.11.2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede has made running repairs to Matmut’s rig, which now faces a stern test from an approaching storm
 Uku Radmaa’s yacht (above), Tapio Lehtinen and Igor Zaretskiy have suffered huge barnacle growth on their hulls.
Capt Coconut’ – Mark Sinclair – has been enjoying an easy ride so far,  but staying north in the Southern Ocean, has not had the same amount of rain as others, and is now worried that he may run out of drinking water.

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede may have to earn his passage around Cape Horn. The embattled French leader nursing a damaged mast on his Rustler 36 Matmut after the yacht was pitchpoled in a storm a week ago, has the prospect of having another Southern Ocean buster roll over him this weekend followed by two more when rounding the infamous Cape.

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Wärtsilä launches SceneScan, the first targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farms

Image caption 1: The SceneScan represents a significant advance in SOV safety around wind farm installations.

Image caption 2: Sea trials for the SceneScan were successfully carried out onboard the ‘Windea La Cour’. Copyright: Bernhard Schulte. Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 14 November 2018 at 10 am EET

SceneScan Monopole is the first laser sensor developed for offshore wind farm applications where the need for installing fixed reflective targets is eliminated. This ground-breaking technology is designed to increase safety onboard service operation vessels (SOVs), since vessel positioning sensors that rely on targets fixed to the structure, are often unreliable because of poor placement, poor quality, and obscurement by workers on the platform. The SceneScan has been designed and developed by Guidance Marine, which was acquired by Wärtsilä in 2017.

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Tidewater reports a red ink quarter; Kirby buying 27 tank barge CGBM fleet

Metal Shark completes second of two New Orleans RTA ferries

November 13, 2018 — Jeanerette, LA , headquartered shipbuilder Metal Shark has completed the second of two 105-foot, 150-passenger, high speed aluminum catamaran passenger ferries constructed for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The first of the two new ferries was completed earlier this year and delivered to New Orleans in July. The second vessel is 100% complete at Metal Shark’s Franklin, LA, shipyard.

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China Cup – AY Race Report 5


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12th China Cup International Regatta

AY Race Report 5

2018/19 AY Grand Prix Event

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Longcheer wins back the China Cup
By CCIR Media – Sailing Intelligence
Monday 12th November 2018, Shenzhen, China: Wanhang Longcheer has won back the Beneteau 40.7 trophy at the 12th China Cup, after losing out to Yiihua-Pocket Emirates Team New Zealand a year ago. Steve McConaghy suffered a stressful few hours in the morning wondering if he was going to have to defend a slender two-point lead from fellow Australian Ray Roberts. But the wind never materialised and final-day racing was cancelled for the 108-boat fleet.
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Asian seafaring nations announce first ever Manila Statement on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers

A Regional Meeting of Asia’s leading seafaring nations has highlighted the plight many seafarers face in the event of a maritime accident and has pledged to lead the drive towards proper and effective implementation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labor Organization (ILO) agreed Guidelines on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers. Continue reading

The Bunkerspot Update 13/11/2018

ASIA PACIFIC: Singapore bunker sales edge up

Some 4.13 million metrics tonnes of marine fuel were sold in October compared to 4.01 million mt during the same month in 2017.





GLOBAL: New project to use ‘lighter’ composite carbon fibre technology for LNG tanks

SPACE TECH4SEA, a collaboration between ABS, OceanFinance and California-headquartered Scorpius Space Launch Co., will focus on adapting composite technologies developed for the space industry to LNG shipping.





ASIA PACIFIC: Petrolimex subsidiary seeks winding up of Singapore bunker supplier

The Singapore arm of Vietnamese oil trader Petrolimex is reported to have posted an application in the Singapore High Court requesting the winding up of Brightoil Petroleum Singapore Pte Ltd.





AMERICAS: Kirby Corp signs agreement to purchase CGBM’s inland tank barge fleet

Under the terms of the agreement, Kirby will acquire 27 of CGBM’s 10,000 barrel inland marine tank barges.





EUROPE: Launch of first LNG-fuelled cutter suction dredger

The 44,180kW Spartacus, also said to be the world’s largest CSD, was constructed by Royal IHC for DEME.




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ICS Chairman Voices Concern about Serious Threats to Global Trade

Speaking in Tokyo on behalf of the global trade association for shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), its Chairman, Esben Poulsson, highlighted serious concerns about the challenge presented by the United States ‘to the proven benefits of multilateralism and the existing global trading order underpinned by a system of international rules and norms which has brought peace and prosperity since World War Two’.

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