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Scotline Are Pleased To Announce The Launch of the Scot Carrier

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Scotline and Royal Bodewes are pleased to announce the launch of the Scot Carrier!

After our announcement earlier this year, on 14th September 2018, Royal Bodewes launched the latest vessel from their yard in Groningen, MV Scot Carrier. The ship will be the latest and largest addition to Scotline’s exclusive fleet of vessels, once she has completed outfitting and sea trials.

It was a very enjoyable day, hosted immaculately by Royal Bodewes, giving us all a chance to celebrate with friends and colleagues. Pat, the Godmother of the vessel, performed her role perfectly and smashed the champagne first time – hopefully a good omen! Make sure to turn the sound up on the videos, as the whole ship was reverberating as the chocks were removed, building the tension before she finally falls!

The following video shows the launch from a different perspective, courtesy of Unimedien:

She is very similar to our Scot Leader, also built at Royal Bodewes – but originally for a different owner. She has been built to comply with all the latest legislation including provisions to be ready for the ballast water treatment system, when they become applicable. The Scot Carrier will have a length of 89.98 meters, a beam of 15.20 meters, a maximum sailing draft of 5.68 meters and cubics of 235,000 cbf (6650 cbm). She will be powered by a MaK engine, will be sailing under the British Flag like the rest of the Scotline fleet and classed under Lloyd’s Register. The Scot Carrier will have a hold depth of just under 9 metres as well as being container fitted and ice class 1B which is important for our Baltic customers.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on the day and who wished her well. We look forward to her final delivery and many years of faithful service.

 

Some recent updates

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As we await the launch of the Scot Carrier, here are some recently taken pictures and videos of the fleet.

A short time lapse video of MV Eastern Virage approaching Scotline Terminal (Transit) Ltd up the River Medway:

A nice picture of the Scot Trader with a cargo of logs near Inverness, Photo courtesy of Frank Hellsten:scot trader logs

A couple of nice pictures from Lucien van der Horn of MV Scot Venture and MV Scot Leader, both taken a few weeks back on the Westerschelde near Vlissingen:

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MV Scot Mariner trying out the new Scotline livery before leaving her scheduled dry docking last month. She came out looking pristine and ready to work again:

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And finally, a great drone shot from Loch Linnhe of the Scot Trader courtesy of Yvonne and Kevin Johnson:

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Scotline Orders Second Newbuild with Royal Bodewes – MV Scot Explorer

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We are pleased to announce that, in partnership with Royal Bodewes Group BV, Scotline have exercised their option to a second new build 4785 DWAT Bodewes Trader to be named Scot Explorer and launched in Q3 2019.

Currently MV Scot Carrier is being built, with the launch expected to be in July and delivery in October 2018.

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MV Scot Explorer will have a length of 89.98 meters and a beam of 15.20 meter and a maximum sailing draft of 5.68 meters. She will be powered by a MAK engine whilst being fully container fitted, with Swedish ice class 1B. She will sail under the British Flag and classed under Lloyds Register. The second new build will be a near-identical sister to MV Scot Carrier.

Throughout the build of the Scot Carrier, both parties have had regular and open dialogue, looking at different ideas and concepts in order for the partnership to work well for both family-owned companies. The Scot Explorer will be the next addition to Scotline’s fleet of 9 owned vessels, where we are looking to renew some of our older tonnage. Currently Scotline has 15 ships in our fleet ranging from 1300 dwcc to 4500 dwcc, which gives a wide verity of scope for meeting our customers’ varying needs.

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Royal Bodewes

Royal Bodewes Group is also looking to the future since their beginnings in 1812. The shipyard has dramatically evolved since then providing innovation in their designs as well as being dynamic in their workflow and building processes, and the group is constantly striving for efficiency. To accomplish this, in 2014, a new production hall was built alongside the existing hall at the shipyard in Hoogezand, which was completed in January 2015, providing additional capcity.

Now Royal Bodewes Group is developing their yard by extending the two production halls to the waterfront and thus creating two construction sites meaning two ships can be built side by side. The infrastructure outside will also be improved. This is all done to enable Royal Bodewes to minimize congestion and provide the best service to their clients, both now and in the future. Construction of the production halls is expected to finish in autumn 2019.

Scotline Orders Newbuild in Holland

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Scotline are pleased to announce the signing of a contract with Royal Bodewes Group BV in Holland to build one 4785 DWAT Bodewes Trader, with the option of a second vessel. The vessel will the latest vessel to adopt the name Scot Carrier and will have a length of 89.98 meters, a beam of 15.20 meter and a maximum sailing draft of 5.68 meters. She will be powered by a MAK engine, will be sailing under the British Flag and classed under Lloyds Register.

The hull is expected to be launched in September 2018 and we expect the finished vessel to be delivered in November 2018. She will be fully container fitted, with Swedish ice class 1B and will be built to comply with all the latest legislation including provisions to be ready for the Ballast Water Treatment regulations.

The Scot Carrier will be the most recent acquisition to Scotline’s fleet of 8 owned vessels. In these challenging times Scotline are always looking for opportunities to enhance our fleet in order to offer our customers a reliable service. The Scot Navigator was delivered last year as the start of our efforts to renew some of our older tonnage. The Scot Carrier is being built by the same yard as – and will be similar to  – the Scot Leader.

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Scotline Takes Eastern Vanquish on Time Charter

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We are pleased to announce that we have taken the Eastern Vanquish on time charter.

As part of our continuing efforts to provide a quality service, we have decided to take on MV Eastern Vanquish. She is a young lady – built in 2012 – and with modern equipment should be a reliable and efficient addition to our fleet.

Her deadweight is nearly 3,600 and she has cubics of 155,000 cbf. The hold is an almost pure box with 2 bulkheads that can be located in 7 different positions. This makes her a very versatile vessel, suited to project and bulk cargoes, as well as our usual wood products.

Have a look at her specification here, including pictures and a plan of the hold in the pdf.

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Happy New Year

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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!

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Pipes Washed Up on Norfolk Beach Salvaged by Team Effort

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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.

Lifting Pipes out of the Water

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.

Scot Mariner Sailing from Lowestoft with a full Cargo

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.

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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.

A video of loading can be seen here.

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Scot Navigator Christened at Rochester

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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.

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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.

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The Champagne poised, ready to Christen the Vessel

 

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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.

 

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Scot Navigator Launched

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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.

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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.

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