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30Sep / 2015

Tug Melissa delivers emergency food supplies to drought stricken Tanna

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Ocean Logistics Limited deliver 11 shipping containers of food aid (rice and canned fish) to Lenakel, Tanna. In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam and El Nino related drought conditions the people of Tanna are in desperate need of the food aid from Port Vila.

In Tanna, over 70 volunteers unloaded 300 tons of rice in 24 hours.

In Tanna, over 70 volunteers unloaded 300 tons of rice in 24 hours.

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16Aug / 2015

FLO/FLO vessel Zhenhua 22 delivers Shanghai Construction Corporation equipment to Luganville

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Ocean Logistics Limited undertook the offload of vessel Zhenhua 22 in support of Shanghai Construction Group up in Santo. Tugboat Melissa mobilized up to Santo last week on Tuesday to support the offloading of the large FLO-FLO (Float on – Float off) vessel arrived from China.
The Zhenhua 22 arrived early last week. The Chinese crew spent the week unlashing Zhenhua 22’s cargo (5 barges) and ballasting the vessel down into the water.
On Sunday 16th August, Tugboat Melissa with an all Ni-Vanuatu crew worked in partnership with the Chinese to offload the barges and move them to Santo Main Wharf. The operation began at 0400 and was complete by 1000. The equipment that the Shanghai Construction Group brought was a piling barge and other heavy construction equipment that will be used to construct the wharf.

Shanghai Construction Corporation's large piling rig.

Shanghai Construction Corporation’s large piling rig.

Tug Melissa unloaded four dumb barges from the FLO/FLO vessel and put them alongside main wharf.

Tug Melissa unloaded four dumb barges from the FLO/FLO vessel and put them alongside main wharf.

Large float on/float off vessel Zhenhua 22 delivers barge and piling equipment to Luganville, Santo.

Large float on/float off vessel Zhenhua 22 delivers barge and piling equipment to Luganville, Santo.

27May / 2015

S/Y Escapade hands over clothes and water filters to the Melissa Crew

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Recently S/Y Escapade handed over a shipment of clothes, school supplies and water filters collected in Switzerland and New Zealand to Ocean Logistics Limited staff.  Tugboat Melissa will distribute the shipment in Shepherds and Southern islands most affected by Cyclone Pam.  Tugboat Melissa has played integral part of the 1st and 2nd rounds of food aid distribution to the outer islands.  Ocean Logistics Limited has focused on supporting Cyclone Pam recovery and aid projects over the past two months.
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02Apr / 2015

MV Melissa Ocean and Ocean III arrive in Port Vila

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MV Melissa Ocean is a 28.5m single screw tugboat with a 1620HP engine. She arrived in Port Vila on Saturday 28 March 2015, towing a 460T dumb barge after a 7-day transit from Brisbane.

Melissa Ocean alongside the Main Wharf in Port Vila

Melissa Ocean alongside the Main Wharf in Port Vila

Crew of Melissa assembling the pontoon barge, Ocean IV.

Crew of Melissa assembling the pontoon barge, Ocean IV.

Like so many individuals and businesses in Vanuatu, Cyclone Pam has altered the plan for Ocean Logistics Limited. As a good corporate citizen of Vanuatu, OLL feels a moral obligation to all of the peoples affected by Cyclone Pam.   They will be using their carrying capacity on the barge Ocean III to transport food aid, water, shelters and shelter supplies directly to the islands most affected by Cyclone Pam.

The directors and management of Ocean Logistics Limited share a philanthropic philosophy and have invested in a business that is focused on advancing Vanuatu’s development as a nation by tapping into the economic potential of the outer islands. Ocean Logistics Limited are modeling themselves on other tug and barge operations in island communities such as Hawaiian Tug & Barge based out of Honolulu. “We want to be able to provide the maritime solution for any government or private sector logistical problems inside Vanuatu.”

13Mar / 2015

The Crew of MV Melissa rehearse their firefighting procedures

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While the Cyclone Pam slams Vanuatu, the crew of MV Melissa are hard at work drilling and rehearsing their firefighting procedures.  All of our crewmember’s thoughts are with their families and loved ones in Vanuatu who are being battered by torrential rain and gale force winds.  The crew of MV Melissa is preparing to depart Brisbane and head directly for Port Vila as soon as a safe weather window opens.

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Chief Mate Okis and 3rd Engineer Tooey practice with the fire hose.

Chief Mate Okis and 3rd Engineer Tooey practice with the fire hose.

 

09Mar / 2015

Ocean Logistics prepares the MV Melissa for sea

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MV Melissa’s Crew pose with the Government of Vanuatu Principal Licensing Officer, Captain Kembro Manderson.

Ocean Logistics Limited has recently purchased three tug boats and three barges from a company called Q-Ports Marine on the Brisbane River.  The MT Spring Cove has been renamed the MV Melissa.  She spent 12 months out of the water and has been going through an extensive maintenance period brining her back into an operational status.  MV Melissa has a long history working on the Brisbane river and up and down the East coast of Australia.  She will now continue her service in Vanuatu and throughout the South Pacific region.

MV Melissa being assisted from the ship lift to the pier.

MV Melissa being assisted from the ship lift to the pier.

MV Melissa ex Spring Cove being lifted back into the water by the 600T Marine Travel Lift at The Yard Brisbane

MV Melissa ex Spring Cove being lifted back into the water by the 600T Marine Travel Lift at The Yard Brisbane

19Nov / 2014

Ocean Logistics Limited delivers education materials to school districts in the islands

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MALAMPA education kits bound for Malekula.

Read Pacific education kits bound for Malekula.

Ocean Logistics Limited recently completed a contract to transport books and education materials for Read Pacific Limited. Education kits were shipped from Santo and delivered to schools on Ambrym, Malekula and Paama.

31Oct / 2014

New Development Project Bringing Jobs to Vanuatu

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New Zealand has announced it’s largest ever investment in infrastructure in Vanuatu. The Vanuatu Interisland Shipping Support Project (IISSP) will be a joint partnership between the Government of Vanuatu (GoV), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of New Zealand (GoNZ) through the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAID) administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). The joint partnership framework for the IISSP will be implemented for a period of up 6 years, from 2012 to 2016.

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