The two patrol boats, Monsoon and Hurricane, along with associated containerised equipment, were floated onboard the Super Servant 4 in Norfolk under the guidance of Sevenstar’s loadmaster Andriy Antonenko.He explained that due to the US Navy’s requirements, the two precious boats needed more attention to securing than usual, and extra blocking had to be specifically fabricated for the shipment.John Kamp, manager of operations at Sevenstar, told HLPFI that this was a particularly special project for the company, due to the high profile nature of the transport and the in-depth planning that was required to complete the shipment.Planning for the delivery of the boats began in February, and the physical loading of the cargo onboard the semi-submersible vessel took almost three weeks of high level engineering and preparations due to US Navy regulations, and additional safety requirements.Once the boats were on board and the vessel refloated, the cargo was transported to Bahrain via the Suez canal, in a voyage that took one month.The boats were floated off the vessel in Bahrain, which Antonenko explained was much simpler than the loading process, with Super Servant 4 remaining in Bahrain’s Khalifa Bin Salman port for just three days, before sailing to a shipyard for maintenance and repair works.This was the first project of its type that Sevenstar has undertaken for the US Navy, but Kamp said that the company is confident that it will be able to do more similar business for the US Navy and other military clients in the future.The 17,600 dwt Super Servant 4 is a semi-submersible heavy lift vessel operated by Dockwise Yacht Transport, which was sold to Sevenstar in October 2013.Sevenstar Exceptional Marine Transport is part of the Spliethoff Group, which is one of the largest ship management companies in the Netherlands. www.sevenstar.nlwww.spliethoff.com
Aasrodeen Shaw won the Club President/Shafura Hussain Memorial Foundation golf tournament on Saturday at the Lusignan Golf Club. Shaw, the LGC treasurer, was on top of his game with superb putts aided by the excellent conditions which saw him edging out the competition.Shaw led the field with a 66/17 while Lekhnaraine ‘Mahesh’ Shivraj came painstakingly close with 67/18.Patrick Prashad 70/9 was third. Dr. Philbert London, 71/20; Brian Hackett 72/18; Lakeram Ramsundar 73/11; Shanella London 73/16; Bholawram Deo 73/17; Esau Shamshudin 73/20; Papo Haniff 74/9; Roy Cummings 74/11; Gavin Todd 74/19 and Clifford Reis 74/23 were the other exceptional players that finished in that order.Skill prizes for Nearest to the Pin and Best Gross, were won by Bholaram Deo (8 feet) and Patrick Prashad (79) respectively. So far this year, despite many attractive prizes for a hole-in-one, someone is yet to win that prize.Captain Chatterpaul ‘Chen’ Deo expressed gratitude for the president’s initiative in sponsoring the tournament, while veteran golfer Esau Shamshudin represented the president at the prize-giving ceremony.