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Two good news from Thailand
One of the largest container ships of the world, MSC MINA, called Laem Chabang
One of the largest container ships of the world, MSC MINA, called Laem Chabang port, Thailand, on Jul 30, it was a breakthrough event, a first ever mega container ship, with 20000+ TEU capacity, call in Thailand. The ship left Laem Chabang on Jul 31, bound for Nansha China, but she will come back. MSC MINA is deployed on an Asia – Europe service, with rotation Busan – Ningbo – Shanghai – Yantian – Tanjung Pelepus – Cenes – Antwerp – Le Havre – Feli. Xstow – Algeciras – Singapore – Laem Chabang – Nansha – Yantian – Shanghai – Long Beach – Auckland.
MSC has established itself in Thailand since 2001, and opened a new office in Laem Chabang Port in November last year. In July, MSC has launched a new service, called “Seahorse”, which is connecting 8 Asian countires, including Thailand.
Container ship MSC MINA, IMO 9839260, dwt 224983, capacity 23656 TEU, built 2019, flag Panama.

Sail training vessel Vela being launched from Thailand
July 22, 2020…Phuket, Thailand–The 34.14m / 112′ custom sail training schooner ‘Vela’ is being launched by Marsun Public Company Ltd. in Thailand at their Samutprakan shipyard.
“We just finished sea trials aboard Vela, our new sail training vessel and sister ship to STV Argo, also built at the Marsun Shipyard. She’s a beauty! Their mission is the same as Argo, circumnavigating the world with trainee crew at the helm. Argo has sailed around the world six times with trainees since her launch in 2006. And, by the way, we are sailing Vela to Singapore in about two weeks”, reports Jim Stoll of Global Expeditions Group, writing to Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts in Phuket.
Both Vela and Argo are two-masted Marconi rigged schooners, certified and inspected by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a Category “0” vessel, allowing them unrestricted operation in the world’s oceans. The schooners are operated by Sea|mester, a study abroad training program for student crew trainees.
Vela’s highly functional, sophisticated yet classic design and engineering are the work of the Langan Design team from Newport USA, Travis Yates from Global Expeditions Group, and the Marsun Shipyard team, located at the mouth of the river to Bangkok.
Marsun has built over 300 vessels for various clients (VELA is hull #300) and has a highly technical engineering department allowing them to build or repair vessels like VELA as well as larger yachts. They have recently expanded their dry-docking capacity so that they can handle a variety of projects at any one time.

VELA specifications brochure



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.