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  • 05 Jun 2014 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    STX Sun Rise is scheduled to arrive this month at the Panama Canal carrying four new gates for the third set of locks. It has left the Mediterranean and is now in open waters in the Atlantic Ocean.

    The 24,173-deadweight-ton semi-submersible vessel sailed from the Port of Trieste in Italy. The gates were built by Cimolai and weigh about 3,100 tons each.

    This is the second shipment of gates from Cimolai for the US$5.25 billion expansion. The first four gates were built for the Atlantic side, while the current shipment of gates will be installed on the Pacific side of the project. STX Sun Rise also transported the Atlantic gates, which arrived last August. Two additional shipments are scheduled for a total of eight gates on each side of the locks.

    When the new steel gates arrive, they will be transported by SPMTs to the installation site. Each gate measures more than 57 meters long, 10 meters wide and 30 meters high.


  • 04 Jun 2014 10:44 AM | Anonymous
    38,000 tonnes of equipment for Shreveport, La., plant sails from Germany

    Alexander Global Logistics has moved its first shipment of a 38,000-tonne tube mill from Germany to the U.S. The new steel tube mill is being built by Benteler International, an Austrian steel company, in Shreveport, La.

    The overdimensional cargo was loaded at Bremerhaven for shipment to the Port of Houston in Texas, Carago Equipment Experts CEE said in a statement on behalf of its Bremen-based member.

    At Houston, the cargo was discharged and loaded onto trucks for the journey to Shreveport, a distance of about 260 miles.

    In addition to the breakbulk cargo, AGL also handled 1,000 containers for the tube mill over a period of four months. The work included pre-carriages, port-handlings, seafreight, documentation, customs clearance and inspections by Alexander’s in-house surveyors.

    Benteler International last fall began construction on the first phase of the US$975 million plant at the Port of Caddo-Bossier in Shreveport. This phase consists of a hot-rolling seamless steel tube facility and will be completed in the third quarter of 2015. A second phase will includes a steel mill with an electric arc furnace, due to open in 2020. When complete, the project will span 1.35 million square feet on 330 acres at the port and have the capacity to produce 320,000 tons of steel tube product annually.


  • 04 Jun 2014 10:42 AM | Anonymous

        Original news was published on 3 June, 2014

    L.Branco recently handled several cold boxes in the Portuguese port of Setubal, the largest of which represented the heaviest piece of cargo ever handled with shore cranes in that port.

    The big piece weighed 166 tons and measured 40 meters long, 6.5 meters wide and 4 meters high, GPLN said in a statement on behalf of its Setubal-based member. L. Branco broke its own previous record of 150 tons at the port.

    The cold boxes were exported from Setubal to a BASF plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany.


  • 04 Jun 2014 10:40 AM | Anonymous

      Original news was published on 3 June, 2014

    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems will build a 480-megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Japan.

    The plant will be constructed at Kyushu Electric Power’s existing Shin Oita thermal power station in Oita City.

    MHPS will supply an M501J gas turbine, a SRT-50 steam turbine with 50-inch blade, a heat recovery steam generator and a generator, the company said in a statement. Construction will be completed by July 2016.

    The addition of the new plant increases the total number of facilities at the Shin Oita thermal power to 14 GTCC power plants, totaling 2,755 megawatts in generating capacity.


  • 03 Jun 2014 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    MAERSK Container Industry and the University of California are to issue a guide to air exchange technologies in delivery of quality fruit and produce in reefer boxes.

    By using a CO2 sensor, AV+ allows the produce to dictate the level of fresh air exchange based on its respiration rather than a fixed-vent opening based on constant fan speed, said a Maersk statement.

    Fixed vent openings, said the statement, leaves many variables that can alter the actual air volume being exchanged.

    The key is to provide the best possible conditions for fruit or vegetables in the cargo container from point A to B, said Malcolm Dodd, principal consultant at Cold Chain Solutions.

    During the transit of fruit, flowers or vegetables within a reefer container, the consumption of oxygen gives off carbon dioxide which is supported by open air exchange vents, AirEx.

    "There is much variability in the amount of air that moves through the vents. There are also varied opinions on what is the best AirEx for different types of fresh produce," said Mr Dodd. "It makes sense to manage the air exchange with an engineering solution."

    The AirEx vent can be mechanised and the opening controlled according to the respiration rate of the product being carried. The result will be better quality produce after the shipping voyage, Mr Dodd added.


  • 03 Jun 2014 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    THE Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will charter a postpanamax vessel before the opening of the expanded canal to train pilots and tugboat crews to assist transits through the new lane at the Third Set of Locks.

    "This is one of the best ways to train pilots and tug captains in the joint effort required to transit through the two new lock complexes of the expanded canal," said ACP vice president Esteban Saenz.

    Since 2012, a total of 186 of the 280 canal pilots have been trained at the Panama Canal's Centre for Simulation, Research and Maritime Development (SIDMAR) using postpanamax ships.

    "SIDMAR's mathematical modelling and simulations have been updated. Locks, navigational channels and the Culebra Cut have been added," said Mr Saenz, adding that 77 per cent of its pilots have had experience with postpanamax simulation.

    Canal pilots have also taken part in training programmes, both theoretical and practical, in Berendrecht Locks in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, which are of similar size and operation.


  • 02 Jun 2014 10:58 AM | Anonymous

        Original news was published on 1 June, 2014

    JAPANESE shipping giant MOL has staged a table top drill based on a scenario that a fire started in the engine room of a bulk carrier in the Kudako channel in the Inland Sea, resulting in the vessel running aground.

    The drill was held in cooperation with the 6th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan Coast Guard. The vessel was managed by an overseas third-party ship management company, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement.

    The exercise is intended to test the Japanese shipping line's emergency response structure based on the group's principles of protecting the environment by maintaining strict, safe operation and navigation standards. It also tested the response and communications between the relevant parties.

    Immediately after receiving an initial report, MOL established an emergency control headquarters, began first-response measures, information gathering and communications among the concerned parties during the joint response drill.


  • 02 Jun 2014 10:55 AM | Anonymous

        Original news was published on 1 June, 2014

    JIANGSU's port of Taicang, 60 kilometres up the Yangtze from Shanghai, posted a 29.28 per cent year-on-year increase in overall container volume to 799,000 TEU in the first four months of the year, setting a record high, reports Xinhua.

    Aggregate cargo volume in the period increased 33.7 per cent year on year to 47.9 million tonnes.

    From January to April, the port's container throughput to Japan surged 45.42 per cent to 69,800 TEU. The rapid growth was attributed to the port authority's efforts in opening near-sea shipping services and increasing sailings to Japan.

    Suzhou, in southeastern Jiangsu, saw its total import and export trade value reach US$309.3 billion in 2013, of which the trade value with Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asian Nations accounted for near 50 per cent of total value.

    Taicang port official said Taicang Container Lines opened a weekly service to Japan's Moji port on May 17. It also cooperates with Shanghai Haihua Shipping and SITC International Holdings on another four twice-weekly services to Japan.

    The total near sea shipping lines of the Taicang port are expected to surpass 20 per week by year end by increasing services to Taiwan and opening new services to Southeast Asia regions.




  • 31 May 2014 9:16 AM | Anonymous

        Original news was published on 31 May, 2014

    Damen Shipyards Group will unveil a pioneering new mobile ballast water treatment unit at the Posidonia exhibition in Athens next week.

    Developed in-house, the fully containerized, mobile Damen InvaSave BWT unit provides ship owners with a cost-effective alternative to retrofitting fixed BWT systems. Damen has also developed the world’s first mobile treatment vessel to operate in ports and support ship deballasting operations.

    The first of these customized Damen barges, fitted with Damen InvaSave units, is now under construction for service in the Dutch ports of Eemshaven and Delfzijl. One of the most important (financial) partners in this project is the Waddenfonds, the organization focusing on the preservation of the Waddensea, which is listed as a protected UNESCO world heritage site.

    As well as avoiding considerable retrofit investments, the mobile solution means ballast water only needs treating at the point of discharge, in contrast to fixed onboard BWT installations that also need to treat ballast water at intake. Damen can deliver the system as a separate mobile container, which can be put on board or moved around the port on a truck.

    Each Damen InvaSave container unit handles 300 m3/h – it’s easy to scale up if required by using multiple container units. The system has been successfully tested in the challenging waters of the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer in the Netherlands and is currently being certified by the Dutch Flag State.

    Damen Shipyards Group

    Damen Shipyards Group operates 40 ship and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers about 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide.

    Damen’s focus on standardization, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low total cost of ownership, high resale value and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

    Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and super yachts.


  • 31 May 2014 9:13 AM | Anonymous
        Original news was published on 30 May, 2014

    Operators transiting the polar regions are not always fully prepared for the unique challenges that they will face, according to a new publication issued by the Swedish Club.  Yet informing their P&I Club and Underwriter allows the owner to get access to hands-on advice that will reduce their exposure to these increased risks.

    “As summer approaches in the northern hemisphere and operators look to take up the increased opportunities that the opening of the routes offers, it is easy to forget that transiting the polar regions requires a unique set of skills.” says Lars Malm, Director, Strategic Business Development & Client Relationship for The Swedish Club.

    “Accident avoidance is key.  If a casualty was to occur, assistance would be limited due to the lack of infrastructure, and freezing temperatures can seriously impair the operations of any salvage equipment that can get through, escalating a minor incident into a serious casualty. We are dealing with temperatures as low as -50oC with icebergs as hard as concrete floating in unsurveyed waters.”

    The need to address gaps in knowledge and coordinate ice data and ice regimes has been identified by The Swedish Club.

    “The lack of a coherent ice regimen across the regions also adds to the difficulties,” said Malm. “For example, at present there are only two Arctic ice-regimes – the Russian and Canadian ice regimes. The Polar Code developed by the IMO is now awaiting ratification, but with the rules that are in force today, a vessel should operate in these areas as if it were sailing under an ice regime.”

    The Swedish Club has produced a new brochure, Ice – Advice for trading in polar regions, the latest in its series of Loss Prevention publications, aimed at the shipowner considering operating in these tempting routes.

    About The Swedish Club

    The Swedish Club was founded in 1872 and is today a leading and diversified mutual marine insurance company, owned and controlled by its members. The Club writes Protection & Indemnity, Freight, Demurrage & Defence, Hull & Machinery, Hull Interests, Loss of Hire, War Risks, and any additional insurances required by shipowners or charterers. It also writes Hull & Machinery, War risks and Loss of Hire for Mobile Offshore Units and FPSOs.

    Its head office is located in Gothenburg, Sweden, with branch offices in Piraeus, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Oslo.


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