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  • 16 Jun 2014 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 15 June, 2014

    WEST Africa and Central Africa Sealink project (Sealink) is to go ahead following its initial investment of US$60 million to support trade between countries of West Africa and now Central Africa by the end of the year.

    The project led by the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is to support intra-regional trade for Nigerian manufacturers and exporters.

    The $60 million raised is promoted by the Nigeria Export/Import Bank (NEXIM) with further support expected from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS).

    The shipping line would be the second major shipping liner effort in Ghana in the last two years after the Ghanaian private sector launch of African Independent Coastal Services (AICS) that acquired the 1998-built 650-TEU Adobia.

    The Adobia is a multipurpose container vessel which is operated by sister company African Independent Feeder (AI feeder) on a Tema-Takoradi container shuttle with inducement calls at Lome and Monrovia.

    The AI Feeder, the Tema, Ghana-based container operator has begun a monthly shuttle service between Tema and Calabar, Nigeria to extend on its existing Tema-Takoradi shuttle which deploys the 650-TEU Adobia since launch in April 2013 for MLOs including Zim, Hapag-Lloyd and MOL.

    The service is essential to the export of cocoa from Takoradi with empty containers bought from Tema. AI feeder plans to launch a container service to San Pedro, Ivory Coast, soon.


  • 14 Jun 2014 9:05 AM | Anonymous

      Original news was published on 13 June, 2014

    Sanmar Marine’s modern, custom built yard in Turkey has completed the construction of a new design of RAscal class, the 1500, for Norwegian owner operator, Buksér og Berging AS. This compact class of tug is a series of high-performance but relatively straight forward smaller tugs, all less than 24m in length. Designed exclusively by Robert Allan Ltd, to address the challenges of modern, high-performance Z-drive line-handling and smaller ship-handling tugs, the RAscal hull form has been carefully developed, based on a wide array of previous successful tug designs, to ensure good sea-keeping, manoeuvrability, and stability in all modes of operation.

    Brage, as this first vessel is named, measures.14.95m x 8.3m and is designed and built to ABS class. Propulsion power is provided by two 350kW Caterpillar C18 main engines, each driving a type VZ-550 FP, 1250mm diameter, azimuthing thruster from the Dutch manufacturer Veth. This arrangement gives the vessel a bollard pull of 13 tonnes and a maximum free-running speed of 10 knots. Auxiliary power is also by Caterpillar with a pair of C4.4 generator sets, each of 86kW.

    Below main deck is the sleeping accommodation, comprising two twin berth cabins. Also on this level, to port, is a pantry and, on the opposite side, a  communal head and washroom. Between the two is a lobby with a watertight door leading to the engine room and a staircase up to the wheelhouse. This has two parallel consoles separated by a helm chair on tracks, whilst in the aft starboard quarter a table with bench seating for five persons. The electronics fit-out is extensive for such a compact boat with a Furuno manufactured suite of items including multi-functional display, GPS navigator, radar, echo sounder, AIS, satellite compass and weather station. The bridge is protected by a substantial tubular frame.

    The main winch fitted on the fore deck is a hydraulic driven variable speed by DMT with capacity for 80m of 30mm nylon rope in four layers. The brake capacity is 50 tonnes at bare drum. A Data towing hook and capstan are also fitted alongside a Palfinger PK 6500 deck crane on the aft deck.

    Brage is to be stationed with Buksér og Berging’s fleet at Statoil’s Mongstad terminal in Norway providing assistance to two powerful Voith tractors and an ASD.

    Mid-June saw the conclusion of a remarkable period of cooperation between the owner and builder with Sanmar delivering no less than five vessels to Buksér og Berging in a a relatively short time frame. This impressive quintet includes Borgøy and Bokn, the world’s first two LNG fuelled ASDs designed by the owner, Brage as decribed above and, last to head north, Bison, a Sanmar Terminal class tug attaining 70 tonnes bollard pull from a 28m ASD designed for fuel terminal operations.

    Leaving earlier for Norway was Baus, the seventeenth completion of the much admired 50 tonnes BP Ulupinar Series of ship assist tugs. Again by the Canada-based naval architecture firm of Robert Allan Limited, these are twin ASD tugs designed for maximum efficiency in the performance of ship-handling duties.


  • 14 Jun 2014 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 13 June, 2014

    Original news was published on 13 June, 2014

    Signalling a major commitment to tug fleet renewal, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has placed a 10-vessel order with Damen Shipyards Group, as part of the state-owned operator’s strategic shift from chartered in to owned tonnage. The new tugs, which are expected to enhance operating efficiencies while reduce running costs, will provide mooring and manoeuvring support to tankers in Venezuelan ports and harbours.

    Following a global tender, the contract calls for Dutch shipbuilding group Damen to supply ten ASD 2810 type Azimuthing Stern Drive tugs, each with a 60 tonne bollard pull rating. Seven of these 28m long tugs are being supplied by Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania), while the remaining three are being built at Damen’s joint venture Song Cam yard in Vietnam. All ten tugs are expected to be delivered by the end of July this year.

    The Venezuelan oil company has several years of experience operating chartered-in tonnage to the ASD 2810 design. However, this is the first time that Damen has secured a direct contract from PDVSA.

    “There are two main reasons why PDVSA opted for the Damen design,” says Erik Hertel, Damen regional sales manager. “Technically the ASD 2810’s flexibility and high-end performance makes a perfect match for PDVSA requirements; this is our most popular standard tug and has a proven track record for reliability. In addition we were able to provide a very short delivery time as a result of our policy of building tugs for stock.”

    The 10 tugs have each been specified with a number of optional extras, including FiFi 1 capability, an aft towing winch and a larger than usual deck crane. The latter will have a lift capacity of 1.45 tonnes and 12.6m outreach.

    Hertel suggest that while this is the first direct Damen contract with PDVSA, it may not be the last. “We are talking to PDVSA about further orders to meet their various requirements as a result of the ongoing tug renewal project,” he says. “We developed a close cooperation with them as part of this project and we hope very much to build a long term partnership over the months to come.”

    In addition to tug newbuilding contracts, the shipbuilder and PDVSA are in active discussions over the possibility of Damen setting up service and maintenance facilities to support the operations of its new fleet of tugs in Venezuela.


  • 13 Jun 2014 8:48 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 12 June, 2014

    CONTAINER volumes from Asia to Europe continued to increase in April, with volumes to the western Mediterranean and North Africa leading the way.

    The latest figures from Container Trades Statistics show that overall Asia-Europe volumes in April increased 5.2 per cent on-year to 1.2 million TEU.

    For the year to date, the trade lane has seen volumes grow by 5.8 per cent year on year during the first four months to reach 4.7 million TEU.

    Of the three subsections included in the Asia-Europe trade lane, Asia to the western Mediterranean and North Africa saw volumes increase by the largest amount in percentage terms compared with a year ago.

    Here, box volumes rose six per cent in April year on year to climb to 220,195 TEU.


  • 13 Jun 2014 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 12 June, 2014

    Performed simultaneously in two yards in India and one in Oman

    Lift & Shift India Pvt (LSPL) has completed the loadout of 17 modules for Larsen & Toubro at their yards in India (Hazira, Gujarat and Katupalli in Chennai and Tamil Nadu) and in Oman at Sohar.

    The modules and related cargoes were for the B-127 and HRP fields in Mumbai High and Yetugon in Myanmar. The B 127 project included four decks and four jackets, while the HRP project had three decks and three jackets, Lift & Shifts said in a statement. The Yetugon project consisted of one jacket, one deck, one crane and four sets of piles. The loadouts were done simultaneously.

    LSPL  provided a set of 100-plus axles and barges at each location. The jackets weighed from 1,227 tons to 3,500 tons. The 140-meter-long Yetugon jacket loadout was the first time a jacket was loaded out using a skidding technique, LSPL said in a statement. The company imported heavy-duty winches and a ballast monitoring system in addition to the strand jacks. The operation lasted 36 hours, which included moving the jacket from the yard to the jetty over 140 meters and then skidding it onto a 400-class barge.


  • 12 Jun 2014 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 11 June, 2014

    Almajdouie Heavy Lift Transport moved  an evaporator, weighing 5,736.8 tons to the Yanbu 3 Desalination Plant in Saudi Arabia.

    The evaporator is considered the world’s largest and there are more to come. A total of six evaporators will be transported by Almajdouie, GPLN said in a statement on behalf of its member. Four of these evaporators will be fabricated in Vietnam and shipped to the jetty site at Yanbu, where they will be rolled off the vessel and transported to the foundation by use of self-propelled modular transporters. The remaining two will be locally fabricated in modules Bilfal Heavy Industries and transported to the site for assembly.

    The first evaporator sailed on April 24 from Dung Quat port in Vietnam and reached Yanbu Red Sea port in the Al Madinah province of western Saudi Arabia on May 18. Almajdouie met the vessel at the Yanbu jetty with 200 axle lines of SPMTs and six power packs to execute the roll-off operation. The mammoth evaporator measured 138 meters long, 32 meters wide and 11.4 meters high.

    After the berthing, custom clearance and removal of sea fastening procedures, a steel plate bridge was placed between the vessel and the jetty to facilitate the roll-on of the SPMTs, which were already fitted with temporary intermediate steel supports. After the jack-up of the evaporator using the SPMTs integral hydraulic system, the roll-off procedure over the steel plate bridge began in conjunction with the vessel ballasting to maintain the level of the barge to the jetty.

    Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction is building the Yanbu Phase 3 Seawater Desalination Plant under a contract worth US$ 1 billion from the SWWC of Saudi Arabia. The plant is located about 350 miles north of Jeddah and will produce 550,000 cubic meters of water each day.


  • 12 Jun 2014 8:45 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 11 June, 2014

    RollDock Shipping today (June 11) took delivery of RollDock Storm, a semi-submersible heavy-lift ro-ro vessel, built by Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft in Germany. RollDock Storm is the fourth in a series of vessels, following RollDock Sun, RollDock Sea and RollDock Star.

    Each vessel in the series is equipped with two 350-ton-capacity Liebherr heavy-lift cranes and a heavy duty ro-ro ramp with a weight capacity of up to 4,000 tons, which can be positioned at various levels in relation to the quay, RollDock Shipping said in a statement. They also have the ability to submerge to load cargoes such as dredgers, submarines and various naval craft.

    The vessels’ dock holds are box shaped and measure 119.44 meters long and 19.4 meters wide. With a maximum shallow draft of only 5.67 meters fully loaded coupled with exceptional manoeuvrability, the RollDock Storm and its sister vessels are able to call remote ports with little water depth to load or discharge cargo. Sailing speed is about 17 knots.

    In related news, RollDock and its joint venture partner BigLift that formed BigRoll, will expand its fleet as well. BigRoll Barentsz and BigRoll Bering are scheduled to be delivered in 2015. These vessels have been designed to deliver large and heavy modules and can access remote Arctic locations due to their Finnish Swedish 1A Ice Class approval.  BigRoll also holds an option on two more sister vessels.

    Photo: Inside RollDock’s new RollDock Storm semi-submersible vessel. Courtesy of RollDock Shipping.


  • 11 Jun 2014 8:38 AM | Anonymous
     Original news was published on 10 June, 2014

    THE current International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) mechanical seal standard (ISO 17712:2010) has been changed to ISO 17712:2013, shippers were reminded by Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).

    The shipping line announced in a notice to trade that it will fully cooperate with the authorities concerned to ensure compliance with this ISO standard to meet the seal requirement.

    "Customers who will be responsible for supplying and affixing high security seals on their containers are also reminded to ensure full compliance to the ISO requirements," the statement said.


  • 11 Jun 2014 8:36 AM | Anonymous
      Original news was published on 10 June, 2014

    SAL Anne-Sofie carries vessels from Turkey to Iraq

    Liburnia Maritime Agency has loaded two oil recovery vessels in Tuzla, a suburb of Istanbul, Turkey.

    The vessels were loaded onto Anne-Sofie, SAL’s 12,000-tonne-deadweight multipurpose vessel that has two onboard cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 1,400 tonnes. Each of the recovery vessels weighed 338 tons and measured 42 meters long, GPLN said in a statement on behalf of its Croatian member.

    The Anne-Sofie carried the cargoes to Umm Qasr, a port city in southern Iraq.


  • 10 Jun 2014 8:37 AM | Anonymous

        Original news was published on 9 June,2014

    Vestas will refocus efforts on the Brazilian market by investing US$43.6 million to meet local manufacturing requirements.

    Vestas will localize 70 percent of hub and nacelle manufacturing at its facility near Fortaleza in the north-eastern state of Ceará, the Danish wind energy manufacturing company said in a statement. Initially, the facility will have a production capacity of more than 400 megawatts per year with the possibility of expanding to 800 megawatts. Blade and tower production will also be sourced locally in order to comply with the Brazilian government’s requirements.

    The Brazilian Development Bank requires foreign turbine makers to buy or make all of their main parts domestically for their customers to be eligible for cheap loans from state bank BNDES, a rule that was announced in December 2012. Previously, 60 percent of parts had to be locally sourced.

    “We are delighted to announce our plan to ramp up operations in Brazil to comply with local requirements,” Jean-Marc Lechêne, Vestas executive vice president of manufacturing and global sourcing, said. “Brazil is one of the most competitive and fastest-growing markets in the world.”

    Vestas plans to train local employees at its facilities in Europe and the U.S.

    Vestas aims to participate in the upcoming government auctions for projects throughout 2014. WIth its increased local capacity, Vestas said it may also produce turbines in Brazil for export to the rest of Latin America.


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