A fine example

The following from our friends at gCaptain.


This has a few raised eyebrows in the maritime world. Allatsea, it has to be said, looks on in awe at such determination to cock things up so spectacularly. Bravo chaps, bravo.

Bulk Carrier Hard Aground in Mauritius After Fight On BoardJune 17, 2016

Bulk Carrier Hard Aground in Mauritius After Fight On Board

A 44,000 DWT bulk carrier is hard aground in Mauritius after a fight apparently broke out on board among crew members, with some reports going as far as describing possible mutiny.  Local media reports that Liberian-flagged MV Benita was sailing from India to Durban, South Africa when a fight erupted in the engine room Thursday night, […]

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Touched his toes and wrote some prose

Some stuff ‘wott I ritt’ earlier today.

Crush the corn, make some soup,

Catch a train, to Guadalupe.

Short speaker cable, cabinet stand, boutique amplifier,

Cost less than a grand.

Pens and pencils, guns and bums, hot roast potatoes, yum yum, yum yum,



Daddy ‘allatsea’ biffing a chap about the ears. Hong Kong China Fleet Club 1950. Aaaah! Happy days.


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Lumix at sea

Some pictures from the last few days.

P1010964A big boat with a big module on it, all the way from Korea, not getting lost and turning up on time, intact, in the right place after a six week voyage…….without moaning. Not quite sure what nationality the crew were, possibly Russians? Highly able folk with a penchant for enthusiastic  parties involving large quantities of vodka, and, shooting folks wott complain.


Another big boat with some more stuff from Korea on deck. In the foreground a little boat. Little but very able. A crewboat no less, and happily working 50 miles west of Shetland. Offshore windfarm builders please note, this crewboat operates on a 24 hour basis, crew living on board. No moans or hassles, just great, continuous, reliable, service….round the clock, seamlessly. The company? Seazip!! Top dollar. Turbine Transfers and Guard Line…up your game!


Baby babba escort tug Boa Balder, doing a grand job ‘holding off and pushing on’.


A 5.2m diameter Yokohama, friend of the heavy handed and clumsy and a wonderfully effective fender to boot.


Dynamically positioned hotel for 500 offshore workers, a floatel. Able to stay on station with an Hs of 7.5m, they say. Rather them than me to be frank.


A BP maritime asset from a time long before the North Sea oil industry

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West of Shetland

It’s a record they say. Thirty thousand tonnes of modules, 6 lifts, 5 days, West of Shetland. Blimey, history being made and old allatsea was there to see it. Gawd bless. Tis, true. The weather Gods were very very very kind to us.


Four hundred and twenty millimetre (yes…420mm) slings in the laydown area following the installation of the two 9,000 tonne lower modules.
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From the Atlantic Frontier

Fings ain’t what they used to be and no mistake guvnor. Young container ships going off to the great boatyard in the sky and freight rates at laughably low levels. Who’d be a shipowner eh? Worse, who’d be a sailor? Oooh!


The following filched from g Captain

By Mike Wackett

(The Loadstar) – The number of container vessels sent to breakers’ yards so far this year will shortly eclipse the total demolished in 2015 – in terms of teu capacity, 2016 is already way ahead.

According to the latest data from shipbroker Braemar ACM, the year-to-date figure is 72 vessels, 243,000 teu, compared with 85 vessels for 187,500 teu in the whole of last year.

The surge in vessels sold for scrap – 19 container vessels reported this month alone – has helped to lower the idle tonnage fleet, notes industry consultant Alphaliner.

It said the number of ships in lay-up had fallen by 28% in teu terms since early March, and as at 16 May stood at 269 vessels for 1.13m teu.

Alphaliner estimates that the full-year scrapping figure will exceed 450,000 teu – almost 2.5 times more than last year.This is partly due to a pick-up in scrap rates – over $300 per ldt is now being achieved, compared with low $200s at certain points last year – as well as the industry’s need for a clear-out of unemployable panamax ships ahead of the opening of the expanded Panama Canal next month.

According to the data, of the 19 ships sold for scrap this month, five were panamax units of 4,200-4,800 teu and four were over-panamax vessels of 5,300-6,500 teu.

Notwithstanding the slim chance of employment for panamax ships – according to one German broker there are at least 50 seeking employment at any one time – daily hire rates for fixtures are grim.

For example, rates for a 4,400 teu gearless panamax ship of $5,400 per day, are a staggering 63% below the market rates of a year ago, and in many cases are below the daily operating cost.

It follows that ocean carriers needing to charter for a short period are able to take full advantage of the extremely weak market and can dictate their own terms. MSC, CMA CGM and Zim remain very active in the charter market and fixed several panamax ships in May at below $5,000 a day on flexible short terms with long options.

Thus the inducement for a shipowner to send his redundant panamax and post-panamax containerships onto the beaches of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh – where over 70% of all global vessels are scrapped – has never been greater.

The current scrapping momentum is also bringing down the age that ships are sent for demolition, and so-called “teenagers” are now prime scrapping candidates.

According to Craig Jallal from vesselsvalue.com, the average scrapping age of all containerships during 2014 and 2015 was 22 years, and the average age for a post-panamax vessel was 19.5 years.

In April, it reported that the 2002-built, 5,447 teu Conti Taipei had been sold for scrap. And this month, two 2002-built ships have been sold to breakers, the 5,600 teu Conti Helsinki and the 3,500 teu Gold.

There is little doubt that the demolition list will grow and the age of scrapped ships will fall further after the opening of the Panama Canal’s new locks on 26 June.

Pictured below, a bloke on watch on a ship not going to the Panama Canal. Instead southbound towing the S7000 to a R/V with some stuff off Point Noire in 1997.


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Donald Maxwell

Donald Maxwell died in Kent in 1936. He was an exquisite  artist. Google his work and enjoy.

My beloved brother, Martin, bought me a book during his last visit to Blighty at Christmas 2014. It’s by said Mr Maxwell and was published in 1921. ‘Unknown Kent’ it’s called and it’s a treasure. Fankyoo bro, not just for the book, but for the introduction to a remarkable man.

Donald Maxwell also wrote the following.

In labours, in watchings, in fastings;

By evil report and good report:

As unknown, and yet well known;

As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;

As poor, yet making many rich;

As having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

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Nostalgia, neuralgia, Archers

For those of you out there who aren’t familiar with the long running radio soap, The Archers, it’s a gentle tale of mainly middle class English rural land owning types and their daily dealings with the vagaries of the EU Common Agricultural Policy and the dastardly doings of lesser folks.

A shock then, when seeking the weekly summary on the fan site ‘haharchers.blogspot.co.uk’, to be greeted with the following opening paragraph.

“We start the week with Jazzer at a loose end. I can’t help thinking there must have been a misunderstanding when Jim suggested they go out looking for birds together. I wonder if it was the prospect of a nice pair of tits, a shag, and the first swallow of spring.”

Cripes, it was never like that in my day.

A round up of things allatsea over the last couple of weeks.

All went well on the the goodship Thialf; jacket, piles and the little topside intermediate piece went together swimmingly well. The weather added around 11 days to the operation but that is to be expected in that part of the world in April. The weather god rarely reads the script.

Travelled down sarf from Aberdeen on the Flybe service. Hmm, OK yes, but slow slow slow, the best part of 2 hours on a Dash 8. Home a few days and a day trip to Rotterdam to kick the tyres on a tug. A nice tug. Not overly big at 48m overall and a 100 odd tons of bollard pull, but nice and well run and a pleasure to visit. German managers, master and mate. Good lads. Thanks Bremen Fighter. Ooh, and I learned that walking from Haven 272, Lekshaven to Lloydkarde takes about 30 minutes, as long as you don’t get lost. Thanks to ‘Here Maps’ and the proficient folks at the road signing department, I didn’t.

Sunday morning and two dental implants and ……a sinus uplift at Birchington. The surgeon came down from London in his very fine looking red Tesla sports car. They are, I believe, expensive. That might explain the fee of £4450 he charged me for 30 minutes work. My wallet’s still damaged and the left side of my face resembles a football. I’m all for folks earning a living with their carefully nurtured skills, but that hourly rate, frankly, is taking the piss. The teeth that will be  put on said implants are a snip at a mere £3500.  Groan.

Anyway, I’d factored in a good two weeks of face recovery time so wasn’t overly bothered by the hideous characteristics the boat-race had assumed. Not bothered until a  nearly overlooked email on the works BlackBerry (wtf still uses them, apart from our lot?) wanted me to confirm my travel arrangements to Lerwick this coming weekend!!  The sodding goodship Thialf beckons again it seems. Onwards and upwards then, this time west of Shetland and some very critical (weather wise)  lifts to do. If the Atlantic swell doesn’t cooperate, it could be a long long trip. Hopefully the swelling will have gone down (ooh vicar) by then.

Two Mums

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