Happy New Year to you all from everyone at Scotline! We hope you had a nice break and are ready for a busy and successful 2018.
As usual with this time of year, the weather has already come in. Have a look at the video below sent over by Josh on the Scot Leader. The vessel was entering Vlissingen / Flushing and looks like she was having a rough ride!
Back in August you may have seen this story on BBC’s and other new agencies’ websites about some giant pipes that washed up on the Norfolk coast. Often these things are quickly forgotten about, but in this case, we’d like to share the story behind the cleanup and how shipping came to the rescue.
On the 19th July 2017 a tug, sailing from Scandinavia to Algeria and towing 14 x 400-meter long pipes with several escort ships, had its tow broken by a container feeder ship. Out of the 14 pipes being towed, 2 remained attached to the tug, a couple were salvaged, leaving the remainder lost at sea. On the 11th August 4 of the pipes were washed up on the Norfolk Coast at Sea Palling, Horsey, Waxham and Winterton-on-Sea. The company that owned the pipes were forced to pass the matter to their insurance company who put the recovery and removal of the pipes out to tender.
On the 13th September Scotline were contacted by the Special Projects division of Danish freight forwarding company, Blue Water Shipping A/S, to discuss salvaging the pipes. Blue Water Shipping asked Scotline to provide suitable vessels for removing and transporting the pipes from Lowestoft Harbour back to Aalborg in Denmark in the most cost-effective way. One of the key parameters for both companies to transport the pipes was for all of them to be removed from Lowestoft by the 31st October 2017, a tough deadline for the number and size of pipes, requiring a number of shipments.
Blue Water Shipping’s Naval Architects, Stevedore Foremen and Project Forwarders teamed up with Vessel Owner, Scotline, to select the most suitable vessel type from their fleet, considering intake, lashing/securing setup and timing among other factors.
The first ship, MV Scot Mariner, was positioned for loading the first parcel of pipes on Monday 16th October, then her sister ship, MV Scot Venture, for the second parcel two days later. Both ships took the maximum number of pipes, stowed 3 tiers high under deck and 2 tiers high on deck.
Blue Water Shipping entered into an agreement with local crane operator, Wavetrade Ltd, to supply mobile crane, lifting equipment and labour to perform the loading operation, while other local services were ordered via local agent, Fr. Meyer’s Sohn UK.
The final ship will be from the Scotline fleet to take the remaining pipes, flanges and granulate back to Denmark where they will be recycled by Aage Vestergaard Larsen A/S, having more than 45 years of experience in plastic recycling. Aage Vestergaard Larsen, being one of the leading companies in Europe working with plastic recycling, will convert the pipes in to a quality raw material to be reused in the European plastic industry. ‘This will be the largest single project being carried out at their facilities in Mariager, Denmark, and everyone is looking forward to getting started’, says Franz Cuculiza, Managing Director from Aage Vestergaard Larsen. These additional 1500 tons of plastic will increase the annual production by approximately 10% during 2018, resulting in more people to be employed at the factory in Mariager.
Once all materials are shipped from Lowestoft, the designated quay area will be delivered back to the port.
‘This story shows that when combining forces of experts across borders, even complicated projects like this can be overcome’, says Nikolaj Buurgaard Sørensen, Operations Manager from Blue Water Shipping.
Scotline Marine Holdings are pleased to announce that we have taken full delivery of the Scot Navigator. We christened her on Friday 7th July at Scotline Terminal Medway in Rochester.
A beautiful day in Rochester welcomed the Scot Navigator and her guests, which was a great opportunity for us to get people together and celebrate. The day consisted of a traditional christening ceremony, followed by a chance for the guests to mingle and inspect the vessel.
The Champagne poised, ready to Christen the Vessel
The Crew of the Vessel with her Godmother
Fortunately for the superstitious crew, the christening went without a hitch. Glenda, the ship’s godmother, spoke to the crowd before cutting the ribbon and everyone toasted the vessel.
Thanks to everyone who joined us on Friday, it was a great day and we appreciate your support. From everyone at Scotline and beyond, we wish the Scot Navigator many years of happy trading! Contact Intrada Chartering if you have a (photogenic) cargo for the new vessel.
Details about the Scot Navigator can be found here.
Just a quick news update today with couple of short time lapse videos taken recently of our Scot Isles. She recently carried a cargo of pipes and we attended the discharge. These videos show just how much is involved when handling a project cargo.
Scotline are pleased to announce the launch of the Scot Navigator from the GS Yard B.V. in Groningen. She will become the 10th vessel in the Scotline fleet.
On Wednesday the 22nd February 2017 the Scot Navigator was launched at the GS Yard B.V. in Groningen. She has a modern, efficient design which makes her the ideal acquisition for our expanding fleet, whilst being built to comply with all the latest legislation including provisions for ballast water treatment.
The Scot Navigator will have a length of 88 metres, a beam of 13.75 metres and a maximum sailing draught of 4.90 metres. This will give her a timber-fitted capacity of about 5,500 cubic metres. She will be powered by a Caterpillar engine and will be sailing under the British flag like the rest of the Scotline fleet.
We expect her to be fully operational and delivered in May 2017.
Scotline are pleased to welcome the Scot Leader to our fleet.
Scotline have recently added a new lady to our fleet having taken on the Scot Leader, ex-Odertal. She is similar to our Scot Trader at around 4500 DWT. She’ll be flying under the British Flag.
What the Leader brings to our fleet is not only a second vessel with a deadweight around 4500 tonnes, but equally importantly is her high cubics, holding 6,360 cubic metres in her single hold. For a full specification have a look at her details here. A full pdf can also be seen there showing more details and the particulars of her hold.
She is just completing her dry docking this week and will be ready for service soon, looking stunning in the Scotline livery and ready to work. Thanks must go to our superintendents Mark and John and everyone else involved for getting her up to such a high standard so quickly.