Brazil World Cup 2014 and Olympics 2016 visitors will be able to sail between venues on a fleet of seven big new 2000-seat fast ferry catamarans designed for the job by Holland’s CoCo Yachts and to be built for Rio de Janeiro State by the Afai Southern Shipyard in China. Henk van Herwijnen, General Manager of CoCo Yachts says that the ferrys between Rio de Janeiro and Niterói are expected to carry 100,000 passengers every day, increasing to 150,000 during the international sports events.
Rio de Janeiro Ferry: Rendering courtesy of CoCo Yachts
People-moving on this scale demands a well-proven propulsion system that for the sake of the passengers is relatively noise-free, provides precision manoeuvrability, and takes up as little space in the fitting as possible. Veth Propulsion (also of Holland) came closest to meeting these demands at the right price and landed a contract to deliver four counter-rotating Z-drives, type VZ-700-CR (700 kW/1800 rpm) for each of the new ... [More]
Good news and bad for Vale as the Old Year gave way to the New. First the good news: after a six month delay since these columns told of the maiden voyage of VLOC Vale Brasil at long last a Valemax VLOC (Berge Everest) gained China entry to discharge iron ore from the Vale conglomerate’s Brazil minefields. The bad news, also coming before Christmas, concerned another of their juggernauts, Vale Beijing.
VLOC Vale Beijing Loading Iron Ore: Photo courtesy of STX
A few days ago VLOC Vale Beijing was towed off the berth to avoid risk of foundering alongside the Vale iron ore loading terminal at Ponta Madeira, having earlier reported ingress of water to a partly loaded cargo hold. According to Lloyd’s List a full hull scan by robot device confirmed cracks to the hull with the ship’s three ballast pumps working around the clock to contain the flow. What is the extent of the damage to Vale Beijing?
Vale Beijing Structural Damage
In a few words, the hull plating wa... [More]