MAREX WEBSITE HITS RECORD
We offer ourselves a moment of self
congratulation. Over 9000 hits were recorded on out site during August; our first month of
publication was July 1998 when we had 7 hits. We are beginning to lose sight of the
original objective which was to sell mud tank cleaning systems and promote our consultancy
services. Of course we still sell tank cleaning machines and carry out consultancy but so
far there have been no sales which might be directly attributed to the internet. That
being said we have had the opportunity to quote on a number of occasions, but everyone
involved with quoting for supplies to newbuildings knows that quoting is a million miles
away from getting the order.
FAR MINARA SOLD
The Seabrokers August newsletter reports, amongst
a bewildering mass of offshore information, that the UT708 Far Minara has been sold by
Farstad and purchased by the China National Oil Operating Company.
The ship was originally build for Seaforth in
1983 and became part of the Farstad fleet in 1989. This is a particularly noteworthy
event, since she has been employed for several years as a coastguard guard vessel during
the winter months. The replacement will be the ME303 Mark II Far Sky. We have always had
the impression that despite the importance of the service made available by these guard
vessels, the ships actually employed have been at the bargain end of the spectrum due to
the limited funds made available by the government.
The Far Sky was a supership when she came out.
Have things changed? Is the Far Sky the only Farsad ship available and so on
offer at a bargain price? Are ME303s less popular than they used to be?
Opinions or even answers! welcome.
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