Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Gateway secures first east-west deepsea service, while logistics cluster expands


London Gateway has secured its first deepsea east-west service following the G6 Alliance decision to include the port in the European rotation of its transatlantic PA2 service.
The first sailing will be the Margrit Rickmers, chartered by Singapore-based alliance partner APL, which is scheduled to call at the DP World-operated port on May 14.
Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Le Havre are the service’s other European ports of call, before New York, Norfolk and Charleston. Miami, Jacksonville and Savannah are included on the eastbound rotation.
There has been mounting speculation in the UK in recent weeks that the country’s newest container terminal was set to win its first east-west service as the G6 partners had left the UK call for two transatlantic services undecided when it announced its latest service offering a few weeks ago.
The AX1 Atlantic Express Service will call at Southampton, which effectively means that by taking the PA1 service, London Gateway has secured its first win over Felixstowe.
A UK manager of one of the alliance members said the decision was partly motivated by a desire on the part of some partners to consolidate cargo at London Gateway.
For example, G6 alliance member MOL is also part of the SAECS service between Europe and South Africa that was the first service to call at the port, and the addition of the transatlantic service would allow it to combine US and South African cargo flows.
Equally, Hapag-Lloyd will this week, in combination with Hamburg Sud, launch two Europe-Latin American service and one Europe-Indian subcontinent service.
This morning the port also announced that feeder operator Xpress Container Line will launch a three-times a week feeder service between London Gateway and Dublin and Liverpool on May 18, the base cargo of which is understood to be from APL.
Yesterday, the port also completed on a joint-venture deal with the world’s largest industrial property developer ProLogis, which will see a 31,500sq metre facility built on the ports’ logistics park on a speculative basis – the first speculative warehouse development in the UK since the onset of the recession.
ProLogis UK managing director Andrew Griffiths said: “We are putting this capacity into the business because we believe it will be attractive to our customers – this will be the first standalone opportunity for shippers in the UK for a number of years.”
The Loadstar understands that under the terms of the deal, DP World will retain ownership of the property, while ProLogis will fund the development.
It adds to a growing sense that the port is growing the cluster of its activities. Last week container maintenance specialist Pentalver announced that it is to set up a new depot adjacent to the port, while container haulage Maritime Transport has also decided to base 20 trucks at the terminal, while both Freightliner and SB Schenker are increasing the number of trains serving the terminal.

Hutchison HPH Trust profit up 19pc to US$98,208 as revenue rises 3pc

HUTCHISON's Singapore-listed port operator has posted a 19 per cent year-on-year first quarter profit increase to HK$761.4 million (US$98,208), drawn on revenues of HK$2.94 billion, up three per cent.

HUTCHISON's Singapore-listed port operator has posted a 19 per cent year-on-year first quarter profit increase to HK$761.4 million (US$98,208), drawn on revenues of HK$2.94 billion, up three per cent.

Quarterly throughput of Hutchison controlled HPH Trust's deep-water ports was up three per cent year on year, said the company.

Combined volumes through Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), COSCO-HIT and Asia Container Terminals (ACT) grew four per cent mainly due to the acquisition of ACT in March 2013.

HIT's throughput dropped six per cent year on year while Yantian International Container Terminal's (YICT) volume was up two per cent year on year.

"Despite this, average revenue per TEU for HIT and YICT recorded an increase year on year," said an HPH Trust statement.

Both outbound cargo to US and EU increased. Throughput growth of YICT was mainly driven by transshipments. HIT's throughput dropped due to weaker intra-Asia cargo volume but was offset by more transshipments.

HPH Trust joined Cosco Pacific, which invested 40 per cent and China Shipping Terminal Development which invested 20 per cent in March to share ownership of ACT for a consideration of HK$2.47 billion.
"The partnership will enhance HPH Trust's capabilities in servicing multiple mega-vessels simultaneously, further bolstering all aspects of the group's port operations including flexibility, efficiency, synergy and profitability," said the HPH Trust statement.

Harwich: DFDS to axe Esbjerg ferry route from September

A passenger ferry service which has operated out of Harwich for nearly 140 years is to end in September.

DFDS says the withdrawal of its Harwich-Esbjerg route is due to a combination of dwindling demand and high costs, with the level of investment required to meet new environmental standards coming into force next year being the deciding factor.
The service, which began in 1875 when the port of Esbjerg opened, will cease at the end of the main summer season on September 29.
DFDS says that the Sirena Seaways, the vessel which has operated on the route since 2003, will be transferred to other duties and its 110 crew members are expected to be redeployed elsewhere within the company. However, eight shore-based jobs at Harwich and six in Denmark are expected to go.
A company spokesman said that the historic route had been “struggling for a long time”, despite efforts to cut costs, including a reduction in crew numbers, fuel economy measures and a reduction in sailings, and the addition of freight to help the passenger-based service pay its way.
However, with passenger demand continuing to be eroded by the growth of low-cost airlines, with a knock-on effect on duty-free sales, and freight volumes between the UK and Denmark declining, the route route was now unable to bear the additional cost that a forthcoming change in environmental law would entail, estimated at around £2million a year.

“This is what the new environmental law and the requirement to use low-sulphur oil will cost based on current oil prices from January 1, 2015,” said DFDS chief executive Niels Smedegaard.
“The route is of particular historical significance to DFDS so it’s a very sad day for us all. Our regrets go to our many passengers who must now see the last passenger ferry route between the UK and Scandinavia close.”
DFDS said it would now focus its effort to secure the future of its two-vessel freight route between Esbjerg and Immingham, on Humberside.
In contrast with the DFDS Harwich-Esbjerg route, Stena Line’s Harwich-Hook of Holland services have seen an increase in demand following the introduction of the Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannic super-ferries on the route in 2010.
In January, Stena Line reported record annual passenger and car volumes on the route, with the passenger total of 568,000 for 2013 representing an increase of 47,000 or 9% compared with the previous year.
Harwich International Port is also attracting more cruise business, with a total of 43 cruise ships expected to call at the port this year.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

DP World In Talks With Banks For $3 Billion Loan – Sources

DUBAI, April 24 (Reuters) – Dubai-owned port operator DP World is in talks with lenders to triple the size of an existing $1 billion loan, as well as extend the lifespan and reduce the interest rate, banking sources told Reuters on Thursday.

The firm, part of state-owned conglomerate Dubai World , is aiming to raise the loan to $3 billion, four banking sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity as the information isn’t public.
The original revolving credit facility was signed in April 2012 and has already been renegotiated once, adding a year to the lifespan in June 2013.

“We undertake a regular annual review of our banking facilities as part of active financial management,” a spokesperson for DP World said when contacted by Reuters. (Reporting by David French; Editing by Mark Potter)

Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV sign merger deal to create the world’s fourth biggest carrier

Michael Behrendt (left and Oscar Hasbun (right)
Michael Behrendt (left and Oscar Hasbun (right)
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV have signed a binding agreement on their merger discussions that is expected to see the Chilean carrier become the largest shareholder in the merged group.
All that remains as obstacles to the deal being closed are approvals from the respective competition authorities; the approval of the City of Hamburg (HGV), expected on 30 April; and the support of more than 95% of CSAV’s shareholders, which must be confirmed by 20 April.
If more than 5% withdraw support for the deal, it would be cancelled.
Yesterday, at a signing ceremony at Hapag-Lloyd’s headquarters in Hamburg, Hapag-Lloyd chief executive Michael Behrendt and his CSAV counterpart, Oscar Hasbrun, concluded the latest round of one of the biggest container shipping deals in recent years, which will propel the merged entity up the carrier rankings and make it the fourth largest in the world, in terms of capacity operated.
“I am delighted that we have succeeded in concluding this partnership through which our two companies are playing an active part in consolidating the liner shipping industry. The transaction increases the value of the company and therefore also the value of our shareholders’ shares,” said Mr Behrendt.
Mr Hasbun added: “By joining forces, we are creating a stronger, larger and more global company, with significant economies of scale and a considerably improved competitive position.”
However, liner analysts said that despite the improved competitive position of the combined entity, the loss-making environment of liner shipping meant that few of its problems are likely to disappear overnight.
Alphaliner executive partner Tan Hua Joo told The Loadstar: “The merger appears to be driven by all the wrong reasons, namely [the Luksic family-controlled] Quinenco’s desire to cut their losses on a spectacularly disastrous investment; TUI’s need for an earlier exit path from an unwanted shareholding position; and Kuehne/HGV’s need for a new equity partner willing to cough up more money in an under-capitalised company that is struggling to turn a profit.”
One of the key motivations behind the deal for CSAV, as Mr Hasbun has repeatedly told shareholders, is a targeted $300m a year in costs savings.
However, documents issued to CSAV shareholders also detail how these savings will not be fully realised until 2017. Instead, the deal is likely to cost $63m this year, and result in $43m and then $245m in savings in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
And the majority of these savings are likely to have to come from rationalising its workforce, with the corporate headquarters to remain in Hamburg – albeit with a significant regional HQ in Santiago. Privately, CSAV employees in the UK have expressed fears for their jobs.
The financial aspects of the deal remain the same as when the two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the end of the January and began the due diligence process.
In short, CSAV will initially take a 30% stake in Hapag-Lloyd, alongside the City of Hamburg, which will have its stake reduced from 36.9% currently to 25.8%; Kuehne Maritime – the vehicle through which Kuehne + Nagel chairman Klaus-Michael Kuehne owns a 28.2% stake – will have its holding reduced to 19.7%; travel group TUI will see its shareholding reduced to 15.4% from 22%, as part of its strategy to exit the company altogether, while the combined stake owned by minority shareholders will go from the current 12.9% consolidated shareholding to 9%.
The new shareholding structure will come into force once the current agreement has closed, and the company will then raise another €370m in a capital increase, with CSAV providing €259m, which will result in its stake being raised to 34%. This will then be followed by a planned initial public offering on an as-yet undecided stock exchange (although the clear favourite in Frankfurt) which will “be linked” to another capital increase of €370m.
A combined Hapag-Lloyd-CSAV would be the world’s fourth largest box shipping line, with a vessel capacity of 1m teu, carrying around 7.5m teu per year, with annual revenues of $12bn. And the deal excludes CSAV’s finished vehicle, bulk and reefer shipping operations.
In terms of orders, Hapag-Lloyd will take delivery of the last of its ten 13,200teu vessels at the end of this month, while CSAV has seven 9,300teu vessels specially designed for the trades into Latin America under construction, which are expected to be delivered this year and next.
“We will have a young and cost-efficient fleet. The use of optimum tonnage in the trades is one of the key prerequisites for successful operations in the face of international competition,” said Mr Hasbun. puts the current value of the tonnage owned by Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV at $1.72bn and $728.3m respectively.
Mr Hasbun added: ““The combination with CSAV considerably strengthens Hapag-Lloyd in this [Latin American] growth market and adds a strong position in the north-south traffic to the company’s global network and to its established strength in east-west traffics.”

Monday, 28 April 2014

Ferry returns to port with truck fire blazing April 28, 2014

A fire aboard the Los Cristianos (Tenerife) – La Gomera ferry Volcan de Taburiente, a RoPax vessel owned by Spanish operator, Naviera Armas, forced her to return to port on Friday. The blaze was centred around a truck on one of the ship’s car decks.
Here’s a video from Gloria Sabina:

UASC adds service to Asia-Europe through deals with other lines

UNITED Arab Shipping Co (UASC) is to operate five Asia-Europe services instead of four through a vessel sharing deal with China Shipping Container Lines and slot swops with the CKYHE Alliance's Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Marine.

UNITED Arab Shipping Co (UASC) is to operate five Asia-Europe services instead of four through a vessel sharing deal with China Shipping Container Lines and slot swops with the CKYHE Alliance's Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Marine.

In so doing the carrier's Asia-North Europe service network will continue to move closer to members of the CKYHE Alliance and CSCL, reported Lloyd's List.

The new services on the tradelane are: the AEC1 that uses 10 vessels of 8,500 TEU and 9,500 TEU from April 28; the AEC3 which started on April 17 using 10 ships of 14,000 TEU; and the AEC4 that began on April 15 with ten 8,000 TEU-10,000 TEU ships.

The AEC8 and AEC9, both operated with 11 ships of between 13,000 TEU and 13,500 TEU, are existing services that UASC says has been enhanced.

The new services will offer direct coverage from south, east and north China, Taiwan, South Korea and Southeast Asia to the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France. Also, direct calls from Asia to Felixstowe and from North Europe to the Middle East.

Fire Breaks Out at Hyundai Heavy Industries

Fire at HHI. Image courtesy YTN News/Facebook
Fire at HHI. Image courtesy YTN News/Facebook
South Korea’s YTN News reports today two people are dead and at least two injured after a fire broke out at Hyundai Heavy Industries, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding facilities.  Initial reports note the fire resulted from an explosion at one of the 84,000 cubic meter LPG carriers under construction.
The following image and video was sent to us from an anonymous gCaptain contributor.
fire hyundai heavy industries

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Hongkong International Terminals dockers offered 10pc pay rise

Dock workers at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the port operator hit by a five-week strike over wages last year, could see their pay go up by 10.1 per cent from next month.
Base salaries will increase by 6 per cent, and the company would offer an additional 4.1 per cent in incentive income.
HIT said its contractors had also agreed to the pay rise. It quoted the contractors as saying that over 95 per cent of their workers had agreed to the deal.
But Chan Chiu-wai, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, which led last year's strike, said the offer was unacceptable as the "incentive income" was discretionary. The union called for a base pay rise of no less than 9.8 per cent. Last year's strike - involving more than 500 dockers at its peak - ended when they were offered a 9.8 per cent pay rise and improved working conditions.

Dockers lukewarm on HIT pay offer: union

Port operator Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) claims nearly all of the 3,000 contracted dock workers at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals have agreed to its pay rise proposal of 10.1 per cent.
But Stanley Ho Wai-hong, general secretary of the Union of Hong Kong Dockers, disputed the claim, saying only half of the workers had accepted the plan.
"We will not rule out the possibility of taking industrial action," said Ho, organiser of last year's 40-day strike, during which throughput fell 10.7 per cent at the terminals.
The union is demanding a raise for dockers of 14 per cent.
HIT said yesterday that 96 per cent of contracted dockers had agreed to the 10.1 per cent rise from next month. That entails a 6 per cent base salary increase and an extra 4.1 per cent in discretionary pay under a new incentive scheme. Workers who maintain productivity at the same level as for the second half of last year would receive the additional 4.1 per cent pay.
HIT said most of the dockers who had not agreed to the proposal were away on holiday. It will hold briefings for workers in the coming weeks to explain how the pay rise will be calculated.
Last year, hundreds of dockers walked off the job at HIT's terminals to push for a 20 per cent raise. They eventually settled for 9.8 per cent and improved working conditions.
Ho yesterday criticised contractor Pui Kee Stevedore, which employs more than 100 dockers, for failing to follow through on last year's agreement. He said Pui Kee had treated the HK$45 meal allowance as part of its base salary increase. That meant its dockers' base wage has gone up just HK$2 in the past year - from HK$470 to HK$472, he said.
Pui Kee dismissed that claim yesterday, accusing Ho of making false allegations.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Expansion of UK’s Largest Container Port Begins

Here is where the new berth will be built.

Work has started at the Port of Felixstowe on the latest expansion of the UK’s largest container port.

VSBW Joint Venture, a consortium of VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster, has been appointed as the lead contractor to extend the port’s Berth 9 by 190 metres. The work will increase the combined lengths of Berths 8&9 to 920 metres, giving the port even greater flexibility to berth the world’s largest container ships.
The Boskalis Westminster dredger, Causeway, began dredging the area on 13 April 2014. The initial dredging is in preparation for construction to begin in the summer. The project will involve dredging 1 million cubic metres of material to provide the berth and approaches, and enable a new steel-piled quay wall to be built.

Commenting on the project, Clemence Cheng, Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited Chief Executive Officer, said:
“The scale of operations at the Port of Felixstowe already gives us the ability to berth more large container ships simultaneously than other ports in the UK. The new extension will increase the berthing permutations we can offer and continue to ensure that we turn our customers’ vessels around in the quickest possible time.
“Felixstowe’s location closest to the main shipping lanes and the ports of Northern Europe already saves our customers both time and money. Combined with the best road and rail connections to serve the UK, the new extension will further extend our advantage as the port-of-choice for deep-sea container ship operators.”

Ian Cussons, VSBW Project Manager said:
“We were delighted to secure the contract for the Berth 9 extension at Felixstowe and are ready to mobilise all the necessary resources in the very near future. The tubular pile design is very similar to the existing Berths 8&9 and will be built to allow the water alongside to be dredged to 18 metres depth.”
Piling of the quay wall for the new extension will start later in the summer with construction due to complete in mid 2015. The new extension will be equipped with three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes, each with a 25-container wide outreach.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Liverpool2 cranes in £100M order video

A new competitor in the big ship stakes for the Port of Felixstowe, as Liverpool expands its container shipping facilities: £100M worth of Ship to Shore and Gantry cranes go on order with ZPMC for Peel Ports new 2-berth Liverpool2 terminal:

Peel Ports, who are developing a 2-berth container terminal at Liverpool, have just signed the order for their quayside and stack cranes . .

Shipping TV

Annual freight Multimodal transport exhibition looms

New freight line at Felixstowe opens and Southampton deep water port expanded

Freight transport using rail has grown exponentially in the last 15 years and this growth shows no signs of abating. So what is carried? Container traffic from ports such as Southampton, Felixstowe have long been established while new ones such as DP London Gateway are attracting ever more traffic.
These coastal container terminals are being used by ever larger ships and these require deeper and longer berths to remain competitive with mainland European ports such as Rotterdam or Hamburg. But they also demand better onward rail connections from ports to deliver the goods with just one train carrying up to 70 containers in one go, reducing road congestion and pollution.
Most people will have been delayed by lorries on roads while driving and the chances are, that rail passengers will have heard an announcement saying that their journey has been delayed by a freight train. So what does the freight transport industry do and who are literally, the movers and shakers in it? Multimodal 2014 is the exhibition that explains all!

One chance….

There is just one chance every year to talk to the train operators and port operators as well as connecting logistics operators such as Malcom. This is at the annual Multimodal event at the National Exhibition Centre adjacent to Birmingham International between April 29 and May 1. This year is the 7th such show which has now established itself as the railfreight industry public showcase.
This year’s event will have a royal visitor, on April 30 when HRH The Princess Royal will take part in a seminar panel for charity Transaid, and take a look at the event. This is just one seminar of the 20 to be held at the event raging from customs, click and collect, and reverse logistics, safer container transport, supply chain management and "The Agenda for More – getting freight on track".

Who will be exhibiting?

Freight operators DB Schenker, Direct Rail Services and Freightliner have stands while the Railfreight Group, Malcolm Logistics, John G Russell, FreightArranger and Network Rail will also be exhibiting.

Where and when?

Halls 6, 7 & 8, NEC Birmingham
Tuesday 29th April, 10.00 – 18.00
Wednesday 30th April, 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 1st May, 10.00 – 15.00

Which of the free to attend Seminars may be of interest to followers?

There are two discussions concerning rail and these are both on 30 April.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA). 11.45 – 12.45 The Agenda for More – getting freight on track
  • Ralph Goldney, Managing Director, Railfreight Consulting (chair)
  • Justin Kirkhope, Project Manager – Logistics Strategy, The Co-operative
  • Chris Hall, Head of Central Transport, ASDA
  • Simon Polmear, Strategic Transport Development Manager, Sainsbury’s
  • Chris Welsh, Director of Global and European Policy, FTA
  • Paul McMahon, Freight Director, Network Rail

13.00 – 14.15 What next for PortCentric solutions? Our panel discusses opportunities for different s

  • Gavin Van Marle, Editor, The Loadstar (chair)
  • Geoff Lippitt, Business Development Director, PD Ports
  • Peter Ward, Cargo Supply Chain Commercial Director, DP World London Gateway
  • Stephen Carr, Head of Business Development, Peel Ports
  • Taylors of Harrogate (Speaker TBC)
So if you are into transport logistics, Multimodal will answer most questions you may have!

Rail network expansion – the need for HS2?

The rail network has had to be expanded to enable longer and more freight trains to operate and to an extent, this is driving the electrification project from Southampton to Basingstoke, Reading, Oxford and Milton Keynes due for completion in the next five years.
The expansion also looks as though it will help drive the case for High Speed 2 (HS2) as this will free up train paths on the heavily used West Coast Main Line (WCML) which has inland ports along its length. Trains link these ports such as at Daventry, Hams Hall, Trafford and Cumbernauld.

Felixstowe Bacon Factory Curve opens

The east coast port of Felixstowe has also been expanded and the railway between Ipswich and the port was running at capacity. Container trains had to run along the branch to Ipswich where the locomotive(s) had to change ends before heading west towards Peterborough and Nuneaton to connect into the main north-south routes.
The new just over a mile long track now avoids the reversal at Ipswich saving time and resources and the connecting line was named after a local bacon factory!

Southampton Container Port expansion

Southampton Docks, built by the Southern Railway, is now a major container port and operated by Dubai Ports (DP) and has just announced that it can offer deeper and longer berths for container ships. The south coast port now offers 1.87km of deepwater quay which can accommodate ships requiring a water depth of up to 16 metres. Individual berths for ships over 400 metres in length and 16 quayside gantry cranes with super post panamax capacity. These are supported by a fleet of flexible straddle carriers.
The line from Southampton has been upgraded with a larger loading to enable larger containers to be carried by rail and onto the major routes running via Reading and Oxford to the north.

Collapse of Containers Caused Fire aboard EUGEN MÆRSK

The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) has released a report on the fire on board the Danish flagged container ship EUGEN MÆRSK that occurred on 18 June 2013.

DMAIB Investigates Causes of Fire aboard EUGEN MÆRSK
The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board carries out investigations with a view to preventing accidents and promoting initiatives that will enhance safety at sea. The investigations of the Board procure information about the actual circumstances of accidents and clarify the sequence of events and reasons leading to these accidents. The investigations are carried out separate from the criminal investigation. The criminal and/or liability aspects of accidents are not considered.
DMAIB Investigates Causes of Fire aboard EUGEN MÆRSK1
On the morning of 18 June 2013, the crew on the EUGEN MÆRSK discovered a container fire on the aft cargo deck. At the time the ship was in the Gulf of Aden, underway from Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia to Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
In the days leading up to the fire, the ship had passed some rough weather resulting in substantial damage to cargo containers and their lashings.
The crew commenced the firefighting effort and managed to contain the fire. The vessel was allowed to enter the Port of Djibouti where they received assistance from local firefighters and Dutch salvage experts. The fire was extinguished on 23 June 2013.
No persons were injured in the fire. There was no pollution and only limited damage to the ship’s structure. A total of 16 cargo containers were damaged or destroyed.
Investigations into the causes and origin of the fire have revealed two likely main scenarios :
1) The fire started as a result of friction heat created by the collapse of the container stacks. This ignited the contents of the containers and the fire developed from there.
2) The fire was initiated at an early stage, perhaps even before the containers were loaded on board. After having slowly smouldered for a long time, the collapse of the containers created a sudden burst of oxygen which made the fire flare up and develop. In both scenarios the collapse of containers is considered a major contributing factor to the fire.
The DMAIB’s main focus in this investigation has been the significance of learning from managing adverse situations, organizational flexibility and adaptability, and the challenges ship crews face when dealing with their everyday tasks.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Peel Ports and ZPMC in Mega-Deal

Peel Ports Group has awarded a multi-million pound contract to Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. (ZPMC) to supply state-of-the-art mega container cranes for its new ‘Liverpool2′ development project.

ZPMC will initially supply five ship-to-shore (STS) megamax quay cranes and 12 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) for phase 1 of the contract, and a further 3 STS cranes and 10 CMRGs for the phase 2 of the project.

The £300 million investment programme by Peel Ports to expand and develop the existing Port of Liverpool will see Liverpool2 become the UK’s largest transatlantic deep-sea port and container terminal.

Once completed in late 2015, it will be able to accommodate most of the world’s current fleet of container vessel types and will offer shipping lines a unique opportunity to connect ships of up to 13,500 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) directly to the heart of the UK.
The new container handling equipment will be capable of handling two 380m vessels simultaneously, and ultimately will have a capacity of over one million TEU.
With semi-automated remote-controlled operation, the cranes will reduce the time taken to transfer containers from port to road or rail. They will also have the ability to operate at speeds in excess of 30mph and wind speeds of up to 55mph (88kmph).
The fleet of STS and CRMG cranes will be supported by a multi-million pound investment in state-of-the-art quayside facilities and support technology, including a fully-integrated Navis N4 terminal operating system, autogates and ABB equipment controls. Together, the investments will make Liverpool2 one of the most operationally efficient and modern terminals in Northern Europe.

Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “We have anticipated the future demands and growth of the industry, to ensure that our investment in infrastructure and technology is both flexible and adaptable to the current and future delivery-critical needs of our customers.”
Integral to our investment in leading-edge equipment is the aim of achieving energy efficiency and reduction in carbon emissions. In addition, a key benefit of the enhanced operations when the facility is completed will be the significant increase in cargo capacity, which will also stimulate the economy of the North-west and further afield,” added Mr. Whitworth.
The Port of Liverpool currently handles a diverse range of cargo, including bulk solids and liquids, RORO and containers. In 2012 it was named by leading industry journal Containerisation International as Port Authority of the Year in recognition of its progressive and innovative approach ‘beyond the port gates’.
The cutting-edge ‘megamax’ and CRMG cranes are being designed and manufactured by ZPMC, which has more than 76% of the market share for container cranes throughout 79 countries and was the first recipient of a National Science and Progress Award in China in recognition of its research and innovation.

Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Peel Ports to equip its new Liverpool2 container terminal with state-of-the-art ‘mega’ container cranes.

The Shanghai-based manufacturer, as part of a £100 million deal, will supply five ship-to-shore cranes (STS) megamax quay cranes and 12 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) for the first phase of Liverpool2’s development. A further three STS cranes and 10 CRMGs will be delivered to the terminal for the second phase.
The cranes will allow the new box terminal to handle two 13,500 TEU capacity vessels simultaneously. With semi-automated remote-controlled operation, the cranes will reduce the time taken to transfer containers from port to road or rail. They will also have the ability to operate at speeds in excess of 30mph and wind speeds of up to 55mph (88kmph).
“The specification set out by Peel Ports was extremely demanding,” explains ZPMC senior vice president, Liu Qizhong.
“It is clear their ambition to set new standards in port handling technology is a serious one. The combination of deep water and cutting edge technologies sets a new standard for port innovation in Europe.”
Liverpool2’s fleet of STS and CRMG cranes will be supported by the latest quayside facilities and technologies, including a fully-integrated Navis N4 terminal operating system, autogates and ABB equipment controls.
The £300 million investment programme by Peel Ports to expand and develop the existing Port of Liverpool will see Liverpool2 become the UK’s largest transatlantic deep-sea port and container terminal.
Liverpool2, which will boast a capacity of more than one million TEU per annum, is scheduled to open for commercial business in 2015.

Cargo Ship Burns Off Togo

The 1992-built ConRo vessel M/V Repubblica di Roma, owned by the Grimaldi Group caught fire last week and its current status is unknown this morning. These  images were sent to us from an anonymous Grimaldi employee showing smoke billowing from the ship’s superstructure.
All crew are safely ashore according to our source.
The ship is currently offshore Togo in the Gulf of Guinea and has a cargo capacity of 2,200 cars and 890 TEU.
We have reached out to the shipowner for comment on this incident and will update when new information is available.