SeaQuest achieves Chinese dry-docking ahead of schedule
13th Mar 2020
Despite the COVID-19 delays impacting many of China’s repair shipyards, SeaQuest Shipmanagement has ensured that a client’s handysize bulk carrier completed her second special survey, dry-dock and Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) retrofit two days ahead of schedule and 7% below budget.
The MV San Felice completed her retrofit on 5th March at COSCO Nantong under the supervision of a SeaQuest team.
The work list included: routine dry-dock works, hull blasting and painting, cargo holds blasting and painting, maintenance of the hatch cover hydraulic system, other minor deck and engine works, and the installation of an Alfa Laval PureBallast BWTS, including ballast lines modification, new electric cabling and remote control system. The duration of the repairs was estimated at 28 days.
The works had originally been scheduled for early December 2019, but were postponed for commercial reasons before COVID-19 struck to 28th January 2020, just ahead of Chinese New Year.
In the last week of January 2020 China was severely hit by COVID-19 and COSCO Nantong, as well as all its subcontractors, were forced to stop all activities until 8th February 2020.
Yard activities were reactivated on 9th February, although many problems had to be overcome: there was a severe lack of local manpower for another couple of weeks. Receiving necessary materials on board was also problematic. At the same time China implemented a travel ban that affected all expatriate superintendents, necessitating the appointment of a Chinese superintendent, recruited from the SeaQuest local team. However, thanks to the excellent relationship between SeaQuest and the yard’s top management, the vessel was included in COSCO “First Priority Vessels” list. Also critical were SeaQuest’s long-standing connections with the domestic industry and technical experts, which meant that MV San Felice was successfully re-delivered to her owners and charterers two days ahead of schedule on 5th March 2020.
“We are proud of our achievement,” said Massimo de Vincenzo, director of SeaQuest’s service centre in Genoa. “It clearly shows how expertise, continuous coordination between owners and managers, a strong local presence and selection of reliable partners enable demanding projects can overcome any hurdle. We are particularly grateful to the master of the MV San Felice and his crew for their high professionalism and commitment during such a critical situation, and to COSCO’s management and staff for the great assistance granted throughout the whole repair period”.
The next vessel under SeaQuest management due for dry-dock, repairs and BWTS retrofit at COSCO is scheduled for 17th March 2020.
The press release can be downloaded clicking here.
Maritime CEO Forum - Monaco
22nd Oct 2019
SeaQuest has sponsored the Maritime CEO Forum debut in Monaco at the famous Yacht Club de Monaco on 22 October 2019.
The event is designed as the anti-shipping conference, with three panels packed full of shipowner CEOs. No presentations, no slides, no selling, just the top people in the industry discussing pressing issues.
A perfect opportunity to circulate SeaQuest brand a in an unconventional, high quality, fresh and enjoyable event.
Maritime CEO Forum is an invitation only event made possible by the sponsors such as SeaQuest, limited in size to ensure all attendees can make the most of the day, enjoy the stunning views, and relax afterwards with a champagne at The Observatory on level 5 of the yacht club.
USCG QUALSHIP 21 awards to SeaQuest
3rd Apr 2019
We are pleased to announce the USCG QUALSHIP 21 award to five bulk carriers in SeaQuest managed fleet and our Rijeka management centre.
Less than 20% of all foreign-flagged vessels that operate in the United States meet the strict requirement of the QUALSHIP 21 program!
QUALSHIP 21 is the “quality shipping for the 21st century” initiative implemented by the United States Coast Guard since 2001 to recognize the well-run vessels operating at a higher-quality and reward their commitment to safety and quality.
To be qualified for QUALSHIP21 a vessel has to meet strict eligibility criteria and successfully complete the Port State Control Safety and Environmental Protection Compliance exams.
The qualified vessels will benefit of 3 years of limited Port state Control oversight, while the annual exams of these vessels will be eliminated (and replaced with biennial exams).
Furthermore, well-run vessels have less chances to incur in incidents or breakdowns, i.e. have less repair & maintenance costs and off-hires.
The vessels receiving the award are AEC ABILITY II, AEC DILIGENCE, ST GEORGE, ST PAUL and ST PINOT.
Goran Zivkovic, md of SeaQuest management centre in Rijeka, commented: "We are proud of this award, an indisputable evidence that we provide truly effective ship management services, resulting in reduced costs and improved operational performance, with absolute regard to safety and marine environment.”
The USCG QUALSHIP 21 award certificates are available for download here.
Ro-Ro new build joins SeaQuest managed fleet
21st Apr 2018
On the 21 April 2018 at Avic Weihai shipyard in China, the SeaQuest technical staff has completed the taking over procedures for M/V Rosa Dei Venti, the newly built Ro-Ro cargo vessel for the Italian shipowner Giovanni Visentini Trasporti Fluviomarittimi.
The vessel, which is now under SeaQuest full technical and crew management, features 2,500 lm, 12,000 DWT, 19 Kn speed and can load cassettes, containers, trailers and other general cargo on wheels.