Friday, 31 January 2014

Ever Lotus 1st call at Felixstowe, 27th January, 2013

Evergreen Line’s Ever Lotus, the fifteenth of the line’s L-type vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries, makes her 1st call at the Port of Felixstowe..

ITF moves to arrest vessel Isis at Tilbury

The ITF has initiated arrest proceedings on behalf of the crew of the Marshall Islands-flagged M/S Isis, which is moored at Tilbury, England and whose crew are owed at least USD130,000 in pay. The decision to arrest the vessel follows the delivery of a written warning to Athens-based company Derna Carriers over its negligence and evasion of its responsibilities.
ITF UK and Ireland coordinator Ken Fleming explained: “A visit to the Isis by myself and my colleague Darren Procter revealed that crew members had been unpaid for months. On the 3rd January Derna had sent an email to the ship stating clearly that all money would be paid to the full crew by the 7th January. This did not happen.
“Since then, the company has utterly failed to abide by its responsibilities. A few crew members have received paltry payments since our visit on the 7th January – which I am sure was done to confuse the ITF and make it look like the crew were not telling the truth. The situation remains that most of what is owed dates back to the 1st November – some two months and three weeks, and is clearly not forthcoming. This is totally unacceptable.”
He concluded: “I have been advised from the ship that all crew want to go home. The company’s litany of broken promises has left them feeling that no future exists for them on board the Isis, and they have decided to seek repatriation on the grounds that Derna have clearly breached their employment contracts. Given that the situation is deteriorating by the minute we have now moved to have the vessel arrested on behalf of the crew – quite simply no other course of action can now be taken, and the company will have to live with the costs and consequences of its own actions.”

Orwell Bridge: New speed limit to be introduced ‘by the end of summer

A new speed limit to cut accidents on the Orwell Bridge will be introduced this summer, it has been announced.
Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, said the reduction was agreed this afternoon during a “constructive” meeting with the county’s highways agency.
The announcement, which followed another accident and morning of tailbacks on the bridge, was welcomed by Mr Passmore who said it was “vitally important” to keep traffic moving.
“We know that any hold up on the A14 has a huge impact on Suffolk’s economy,” he said.
“Not just from the point of view of local companies and commuters but also the damage it does to the county’s reputation.”
Highways bosses first considered the new limit, which is likely to be 60mph, in November last year.
Mr Passmore has now confirmed it will take effect “by the end of summer” and will also cover the approach to the bridge on either side - including the problematic slipway by the Shell filling station.

Although Mr Passmore said there were “no immediate plans” to improve the slipway itself, he added that it was “still on the agenda” and could be considered if the other alterations did not fully resolve the problems.
At a later stage, Mr Passmore said highways bosses were also considering the introduction of variable speed limits which would change depending on traffic levels and weather conditions.

“Hopefully that will reduce the severity of any accidents that do occur and also reduce the numbers of accidents in the first place,” he said.
With the council facing criticism over the time taken to clear up after accidents, the commissioner also welcomed moves from highways bosses to speed up their response across the entire county.
“Anything we can do to keep traffic moving is really important,” he said

Thursday, 30 January 2014

WATCH: (Another) Heavy Seas Med Moor in Greece

You may remember a video we showed you last year of a high-risk docking maneuver, called Mediterranean mooring, performed by a Ro/Ro passenger ferry at the Greek island of Kimolos in March 2013.
The video was amazing to watch and not just because it looked extremely dangerous, but also because of the awe-inspiring ship handling skills of the captain and crew. In fact, the captain, Captain Isidoros Lignos, has since gained quite the reputation for his ability to perform the Med mooring maneuver to disembark passengers and supplies in heavy seas.
With that in mind, here’s another video of the same ship, the Adamantios Korais, again under the command of Captain Lignos, performing a similar maneuver under similar conditions at the Aegean Sea port of Sikinos Island, Greece this past Saturday.
Now before you call this crazy, just remember that without the supplies and people brought by these ferries, many of the small Aegean Sea islands would literally be cut off from the rest of the world, and the Greeks aren’t going to a little heavy weather let that happen.
Here we go again…

I wonder if a near miss was issued for this quality piece of ship mooring

The view from a ship to shore crane at The Port Of Felixstowe

All of these photos are from ship to shore cranes at The Port Of Felixstowe

Shippers face higher costs as box lines take new emission targets on board

European shippers should ready themselves for a hike in container shipping costs, as vessel operating and fuel costs are set to rise substantially.
Analyst Drewry says it expects ship operating costs to rise by 2-3% per year in the next few years, after keeping costs pegged back to a bare minimum of 1% in some sectors in 2013 against a backdrop of weak freight earnings.
Drewry said new international maritime conventions on safety, manning and the environment were placing “upward pressure on some cost elements”.
Not the least of these is an element of “catch-up in repairs due” that have been the subject of minimum maintenance regimes in the previous four years of depressed freight markets.
But it is bunker fuel where the industry faces the biggest cost inflation – a consequence of new regulations on sulphur content in emission control areas [ECAs] of the US and north Europe.
Effective January 2015, the sulphur content in bunker fuel in the ECAs of north Europe will reduce from a maximum of 1% to just 0.1%.
This will force ship operators to switch from tanks of IFO380 to more expensive marine gas oil (MGO) when operating in these regions.
In the US, tighter regulations were put in place on January 1 this year for Californian ports.
With the current price of Rotterdam-sourced IFO380 at around $560 per tonne, compared with low-sulphur MGO at approximately $880 per tonne, the difference will weigh heavily on the budgets of shipping lines. In the case of ocean carriers operating 10,000teu-plus ships that are slow-steaming, they burn more than 125 tonnes of fuel each day and the extra operating costs will be substantial, potentially destroying voyage profitability.
The challenge facing carriers is to successfully pass this cost on to shippers. However, they do not have a good track record of transparency when dealing with customers, and shippers are cynical about surcharges, viewing them as a covert way to raise prices.
Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd is one of the few carriers that appears to have alerted its customers to the prospect of higher bunker surcharges as a consequence of the new ECAs, and says it faces around $270m a year in higher fuel costs.
Historically, the problem for the carriers is that bunker surcharges often get wrapped into annual contracts, leaving little room for manoeuvre when higher costs hit.
Meanwhile, more carriers are looking at the option of LNG, which is currently 20% cheaper than heavy fuel oil and around 50% less in price than MGO.
The market-leading “LNG-ready” ocean carrier is UASC, with an order of five 14,000teu and five 18,000teu ships – the first due for delivery in 2015 – being designed to allow retrofitting of LNG tanks once the infrastructure to supply the gas is in place at major ports.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Liverpool 2 new container terminal starts build

With a completion date projected for Quarter 3, 2015, Peel Ports’ new Liverpool 2 container terminal will accommodate 2 vessels up to 13,500 TEU on a riverfront quay.

Liverpool2, the Port of Liverpool’s new £300 million container terminal, is scheduled to open for business in 2015. Image: The Big Partnership
Liverpool2, the Port of Liverpool’s new £300 million container terminal, is scheduled to open for business in 2015. Image: The Big Partnership

Peel Ports appoint UK firm to power Liverpool2

  • FES to deliver 33,000 HV ring main for the Liverpool2 deepwatercontainer terminal project

Peel Ports has appointed UK-based infrastructure contractor FES to deliver a 33,000 high voltage (HV) ring main for the Liverpool2 deepwater container terminal project.
Work to provide additional electrical capacity at the Port of Liverpool, which will provide extra resilience and support for the multi-million pound expansion plans began earlier this month. To form the new HV ring main around the port will involve installing an extra 4 kilometres of cabling and three new substations.
“We are delighted to be given the opportunity to be involved in the works for such a prestigious project as Liverpool2,” said FES divisional director, Charles Easton.
“The work planned will help provide an enhanced electrical infrastructure, which will support the Liverpool2 project and allow for future works at the Port of Liverpool to be carried out effectively.”
In a statement, Peel Ports said that work on the installation of the HV ring main is scheduled to be completed by early 2015.
As part of further infrastructure investments, Peel Ports has also appointed Scottish Power ManWeb to provide a 132,000/33,000 volt 30MV network upgrade, which will deliver a new 8-kilometre network supply to the Port of Liverpool.
Work on the proposed underground cable installations, between Litherland Grid Substation at Rimrose Valley Park and the Seaforth Container Terminal, started at the end of last year and is likely to finish in March 2014.
“This is a great step forward for our expansion plans at the Port of Liverpool, which include the deep water container terminal at Liverpool2,” said programme director for Peel Ports, Douglas Coleman.
“We operate in an increasingly competitive market and understand that in order to continue growing our business and deliver world class customer service; we need to continue to invest in our current infrastructure.
“By working with FES and Scottish Power ManWeb we are not only able to support our current projects, but we are able to ensure we have the capacity and resilient infrastructure in place to support future expansion plans, as we grow and evolve as a port.”
Liverpool2 is scheduled to open for commercial business in 2015.

Dock Basin Port Of Felixstowe

This is where the Port Of Felixstowe started its whole life. 

This small little berth was the training ground for so many workers who went on to man up the giant container berths that now make Felixstowe the largest container Port in the UK.