Saturday, 30 May 2015


LaPorte, Texas ~ 26 May 2015
Blueoceana Company has learned from sources at Houston, that during the early morning hours of today’s date a Spring storm packing 60 mile an hour plus winds pushed a container gantry crane down its rails and into the ship’s accommodation (the House) during cargo operations at the Port of Houston Authority’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal. 

From those sources, we understand that the boom collapsed and folded onto the vessel. We also understand that the resultant forces transmitted down the crane’s structure acted in a manner that caused several of the crane’s trucks to come off their respective rails (see photo above). Finally, and fortunately, we understand that no workers were injured as a result of this incident. 

APM Terminals Algeciras devises a 'safety cage' adapted to mega-ships

The basket is vertical and allow work at height safer and more agile

APM Terminals Algeciras yesterday approved a new tool to improve security and optimize operations on large container ships like the one that ended up in the dock yesterday Juan Carlos I, the MSC Oliver. This is a new safety cage, a collapsible cage upright allowing three stevedores rise at a time and open or close the twist-locks that secure the battery containers are up to a more agile and reliable manner. The leader of the team that devised the new cage is Jose Miguel Gomez, and has recently been recognized by APM Terminals global and Safety Hero.

Gomez works on the container terminal almost since its opening. "From here it was two cranes," he recalled. Always linked to Marina Operations department, it has devised several improvements to elements of the terminal. Now, besides working in innovation, coordinates the operations of works, for example, the 2014 Algeciras project that the terminal is adapted to the dimensions of the large container ships. These ships allow stacking to heights never before seen in the industry and require procedures to increase productivity.

For those same ships thought the new basket. All parties involved in work on the terminal yesterday gave its approval to this tool, failing only use the procedure is processed and put it in the operation. It is a folding cage upright about 50 feet that has nothing to do with the interiors of which are available so far.

Gomez explained that the main objective is to improve safety, as the safety cage features all measures for staff onboard lashing work in the best conditions. But also it will reduce time, because what is done so far in a basket with a bar, now they will three people with their hands, more comfortable and agile. "And besides, when folded, can be moved where needed," said Gomez while teaching yesterday the prototype in one of the ships of the terminal.

But it's not the only idea of ​​the team that has been implemented not only in the terminal dock Juan Carlos I, but in the global network of APM Terminals. At its input list is, for example, a specific load twistlock container as outside makes safer operations and downloading operational folded containers. It has to do with creating extensible lashing bars without screws combined weight and functionality that allow open without breaking tacillas above. These terminals are used in the Mediterranean for three years, and were an invention made in Algeciras.

It all adds up, but the idea which has been recognized as Safety Hero by APM Terminals Global is not neither. During the past two years his team has worked on an innovative hull, already patented in Spain, used to be seen. The idea is simple, but it had not occurred to anyone. Bring high luminescence lights LED technology with a battery powered 16 hours to allow the crane operator see the staff working on the dock at night. And USB charging. "The hull is now under production. We implement it to all staff working in the dock, on boats and in a second phase can differentiate color to each group", she said.

Safer stevedoring


Fritz Merk, Sort + Store GmbH, Essenbach, Germany Dockers live dangerously
Although modern container terminals are highly automated, thereby helping to achieve a major reduction in the risks to life and limb facing their workforces, there is one group which still works under the same conditions, but under steadily increasing time pressures: the stevedores.
As was recently remarked by Lloyds, container ship building has undergone a rapid development in the past few years, but this has not extended to stevedoring systems. Although deck containers are now stacked up to eight deep – a good 25 metres – the lashing and locking techniques remain unchanged. Above the third tier (or the fifth if using lashing bridges), the boxes are interlocked with twistlocks (TWLs).
Since fully automatic twistlocks are still the exception, the TWLs have to be released manually on unloading (and – if using manual TWLs – locked again after loading). This is performed by the stevedoring gangs from the top tier of containers using long operation rods. And – given the constant imperative to minimise berthing times – they are constantly up against the clock.
This makes the stevedores’ job highly dangerous: often they work on bays as they are being unloaded from the gantry crane; night work or poor visibility due to bad weather conditions make matters worse and the operation rods too can present a serious hazard when dropped or discarded. According to the statistics, one in two lashing accidents involves the rod. And such accidents resulting in personal injury abound, as evidenced not only by the statistics, but also by accident insurance premiums, which – in German ports for example – are typically three times as high for stevedores as they are for the yard personnel.
Flying not climbing
Serious accidents have made the need for action abundantly clear. Until fully automatic TWLs become standard – which is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future given the persistent safety problems with the types currently on the market – a concerted effort needs to be made to make stevedoring safer.
Workers are guided along in narrow pods, enabling the
m to reach and release TWLs directly, without using any aids.
This task is facilitated by an entirely new type of lash basket. Instead of the conventional cages which are lowered onto the container stacks, with SORT + STORE’s TPC the workers are guided along both sides of the top container tier in narrow pods, enabling them to reach and release the TWLs directly – without using any aids.
The pods are joined horizontally by a telescopic beam allowing stevedores to work on stacks of 20', 40' and 45' containers. The system is suspended from the gantry crane like a standard container, and additional, optionally available securing devices prevent dropping due to operating errors, etc.The pods are narrow enough to be used in the vast majority of container ships while allowing sufficient freedom of movement for the workers plus extra space for stowing any remaining TWLs or necessary tools. As an added feature, the pods of the TPC S2 type also telescope vertically, so that the stevedores can work through the top container tier while travelling from the land to the seaward side before lowering their pods to the second tier and releasing all the TWLs there on the way back.This reduces unproductive return journeys to the bridge and helps improve economic efficiency.
Beside these routine uses, the TPC has also proved an ideal aid in case of emergencies: when blocked or frozen TWLs need to be released, the time-consuming and extremely dangerous task of ladder climbing can be dispensed with, and the worker ‘flies’ instead directly to the source of the problem complete with equipment, enabling him to deal with it from a secure and ergonomic position.
What does the industry tell us?
SORT + STORE developed the ‘Telescopic Personnel Cage’ (TPC) in close collaboration with the EUROGATE Group. The design principle is protected by the German manufacturer by international patent and has now been certified by Germanischer Lloyd.The lash basket has been and continues to be thoroughly tested at a range of terminals in Europe and USA and is also increasingly used commercially, although this

involves some changes in the work process. Opting for the TPC brings a substantial safety improvement for the stevedores, which has to be weighed against potential disadvantages on a case-by-case basis.

Below are some frequently cited arguments for and against this novel lashing device. After all, only practitioners can evaluate in the long term whether the TPC can be successfully integrated in the highly individual and variable processes of a container terminal.
Ideal equipment for working on top container tiers (tiers 5 to 8); can be used even by lower cranes which are unable to place conventional baskets on the container stacks.
  • Telescopable from 20ft to 45ft; good solution for 45ft containers with TWLs in 40ft position.
  • TPC solves lashing problems of open top containers and flatracks in the top tiers.
    • Allows faster and safer trouble-shooting.
    • Excellent access to TWLs – no need for operating rods.
Workers feel safe on board thanks to sufficiently high sides, safety devices and unobstructed view.The lash basket is light (approx. 5 tonnes) and the pods are pivot-mounted, allowing them to react flexibly to impacts.
Fritz Merk is a shareholder in various companies dealing with solutions for logistic problems. He is also the owner and Managing Director of SORT + STORE GmbH, a manufacturer of highly sophisticated devices for container handling.
The bridge is blocked by the TPC throughout the process (releasing of TWLs).
Problem of communication between stevedores and crane operator; best solved by the use of radio devices.
No manpower saving.
The TPC can only be used in wind speeds of up to 20m/sec for

safety reasons
The vertical retraction of the TPC by the bridge spreader must be performed at reduced speed to avoid damage to the hydraulic brake
The TPC requires more maintenance than conventional lash baskets. Summary
The TPC – available in a fixed version for working on one container tier or a vertically telescopic version for two tiers per operation – is a device which helps fill one of the biggest safety deficits at container terminals.While the acquisition of these lash baskets is not primarily associated with an improvement in productivity, more and more terminals are now opting to use them, as the avoidance of serious or fatal accidents constitutes a success factor which operators world-wide are increasingly giving the priority it undoubtedly deserves. 

Friday, 29 May 2015

£6 million investment to strengthen container operations fleet at DP World Southampton

New Straddles 2015SOUTHAMPTON, UK, Thursday 28 May, 2015. Today, DP World Southampton has strengthened its straddle carrier fleet by taking delivery of 10 brand new Kalmar machines worth £6 million.

The straddle carriers arrived fully assembled onboard the Eemsgracht direct from the assembly plant in Gdynia, Poland.

The new straddle carriers are part of a replacement and investment programme that DP World Southampton is undertaking to improve its operational fleet and landside capabilities.

Last year, the company bought six new three high diesel electric machines with twin lift capability and are in the process of ordering a further 9 machines bringing the total number of new machines to 25 in three years.

The 10 new straddle carriers are also three high diesel electric machines with twin lift capability, which will provide the terminal with the advantage of having more machines that are able to undertake twin discharge from beneath the terminal’s cranes.

Chris Lewis, Managing Director, DP World Southampton, said:

“Over 30 percent of our fleet will be less than five years old. We are committed to investing in our infrastructure and operational capabilities to ensure that Southampton can continue to meet the needs of our customers now and in the future.
Following the opening of DP World Southampton’s new deep-water berth last year, which included the commissioning of four brand new super post-panamax cranes, Chris Lewis added:

“This investment in our landside and marine capabilities means we are in a great position to continue to build on our reputation as the most productive terminal in the UK.”

Now the new straddle carriers are on site, there will be some necessary performance testing to carry out as well as some additional installation work before the new machines can enter operational service.

DP World Southampton has just taken delivery of a batch of 10 brand new Kalmar straddle carriers, with more to come soon. . .

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North Sea ship evacuated off Germany amid blast fears

Handout of Purple Beach on fire
The Purple Beach caught fire en route from Immingham in north-east England to Germany

A crew have abandoned a container ship a few miles off the German coast amid fears that its cargo of fertiliser could explode.
Fire broke out on Monday night in the hold of the Purple Beach, as it headed for the German port of Brake.
Residents near Bremerhaven were told to keep windows and doors shut as a strong smell was reported in the area.
Although the fire was initially put out, it started again on Tuesday prompting the crew to leave the ship.

Toxic gas

Havariekommando handout of Purple Beach on fire
German authorities warned residents to stay indoors because of the smell from a gas cloud

The 192m-long (630ft) ship had been heading from Immingham on the north-east coast of England to Brake, south of Bremerhaven, when it caught fire.
It was still well alight on Wednesday and authorities said there was a danger it might explode.
Footage from the scene showed smoke rising from the Marshall Islands-registered ship on Wednesday.
The 22-strong crew and firefighters, who had tried to put out the blaze, arrived back on land overnight after three boats were sent to their aid some 20 nautical miles (40km) north of the German coast and 15 nautical miles west of the island of Helgoland.
A total of 36 people were taken to hospital for treatment for inhaling toxic gas, although no-one was said to be in a serious condition.
Maritime emergency officials issued an alert to nearby islands as well as mainland areas of northern Germany because of the cloud of malodorous gas.
"There's no danger to the environment yet," maritime official Michael Friedrich said, although there were fears that could change.

The 192-metre Purple Beach has been abandoned after the 33,720-DWT vessel caught fire while en route fromImmingham to Brake.
Purple Beach on fire and abandoned in North Sea, threatens to explode
Photo: Markus Hibbeler / Bild
The fire aboard the vessel, which is laden with fertilizers, started in one of its cargo holds on Monday evening. Initially, the crew managed to contained and extinguish the fire, but on the following day it reignited while Purple Beach was about 15 nautical miles west of Helgoland.
Several boats were dispatched to the scene as the crew requested assistance. A team of firefighters was brought on Purple Beach to help contain the fire. A crew member reportedly has been airlifted after suffering injuries from the toxic gas.

Currently the crew and the firefighters have all been evacuated, most of them have also been taken to hospital for gas-poisoning treatment. The fire is still on and there is a possibility that the vessel might explode. Salvage boats are drifting in the site keeping a distance of some 3 nm due to danger of gas poisoning.

0300 UTC May 27: Fire in cargo hold or holds of general cargo vessel Purple Beach is still on, explosion feared, crew and firefighters evacuated, vessel in the same position anchored 17 nm southwest of Helgoland, North sea. Three salvage vessel, Mellum Nordic and Neuwerk, are drifting nearby. Some 36 people, among them 22 crew and a number of firefighters, were taken to hospital for gas-poisoning treatment, but luckily, no one seriously injured. There’s a danger of gas poisoning, salvage vessel keep a distance of 3 miles, even coastal population was warned about possible air pollution. It’s still unknown, what happened in cargo hold and what’s going on, vessel is too dangerous for boarding.
First news:
Fire on board of freighter Purple Beach, North sea
Fire erupted on board of general cargo vessel Purple Beach in the evening May 25 in one of the cargo holds, vessel loaded with fertilizers was en route from Immingham UK to Brake Germany. It was thought that crew extinguished fire by own means, but on May 26 fire broke out again, which most probably, is due to the character of fertilizer. Vessel at the time of restarted fire was some 15 nm west of Helgoland, North sea. Big-scale salvage under way, involving salvage vessel Neuwerk (IMO 9143984) rescue boats and helicopters. Firefighting team or teams were delivered on board. Some 25 people, reportedly crew and salvors, suffered slight gas poisoning, one crew was seriously injured and medevaced by helicopter. At 1400 UTC May 26 vessel was shown by AIS as anchored 17 nm southwest of Helgoland, surrounded by salvage vessels.
General cargo vessel Purple Beach, IMO 9138135, dwt 33720, built 1998, flag Marshall Islands, manager MACS MARITIME CARRIER SHIPPING, Germany.

Gallery: Firefighters to Flood Cargo Holds of Freighter Ablaze off Germany

Four firefighters managed to board a general cargo ship Purple Beach that has been burning off Germany’s North Sea coast since Monday, and to position three hoses to pump sea water and flood the burning cargo holds, the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME) reports.
CCME says that the smoke coming from the ship laden with fertilizers has noticeably reduced.
Around 500 m3 of water has been pumped into the holds so far, and after Germanischer Lloyd gives an all-clear, the holds will be filled with water completely.
One multipurpose vessel and one tug are on scene, as well as two helicopters.
CCME Cuxhaven established a 5-mile security zone around the vessel as a precaution should the vessel explode. There is currently no reported damage to the surrounding areas.
As World Maritime News previously reported, the 1998-built freighter Purple Beach caught fire Monday evening while carrying a load of fertilizers from the UK to Germany.
The ship’s crew immediately sealed off and activated the on board extinguishing system.
The crew reportedly initially managed to contain the fire, but not extinguish it completely, as the fire broke out again on Tuesday, emitting toxic smoke and gasses.
The crew of 22 and 14 firefighters sent to assist the vessel had been airlifted to local hospitals, with no reported injuries.
Purple Beach is currently anchored some 17 nautical miles southwest of Helgoland.
A cloud of smoke from the burning ship reached Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven, CCME reports.
The smoke is reportedly not toxic, although local residents were asked to keep their windows and doors closed. Aircraft are currently trying to push the clouds of smoke back to the sea with water sprays.
World Maritime News Staff; Images: CCME

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Blockade against the Oslo Port

I am posting this on behalf of Svein Lundeng

Blockade against the Oslo Port
26 May 2015 Written by Øyvind Ludt Print Email
The entrance to the terminal at Sjursøya blocked Tuesday. And action may be prolonged, according wharf workers.
The entrance to the terminal at Sjursøya blocked Tuesday. And action may be prolonged, according wharf workers.
Photo: Roar Langaard
Dock workers blocking the access for Tuesday Yilports terminal at Sjursøya because they denied collective agreement.
Wharf workers prevents entry and exit from Sjursøya Container Terminal Tuesday morning. Oslo Havn calling action illegal on its website, and contacted police.

The action happens because Yilport, which is the terminal operator at Sjursøya, not wanting to enter into a collective agreement with Norwegian Transport Workers' Federation (NTF) and dock workers who have been affiliated Oslo Discharge and Cargo Office (OLLK).
Already from February has NTF boycotted Yilport and action escalates therefore now up.
Yilport for its part does not deny that they want to modernize operations through more automation and that it should not hired workers from OLLK, but rather use the company's own employees and hired temporary workers.
- Well they have not killed me
During a lecture at the Logistics Day 2015 Sarpsborg last week presented the general manager in Yilport Oslo, Eryn Dinyovszky Yilports thoughts about the future. They contained including a strong focus on automation of port operations, and Dinyovszky neither did he deny that dockers are a challenge.

- One of the good things about the first few months is well that the union of port workers have taken life of me, said the American director.
Harbour Works and track membership in Oslo Jetty Workers Roar Langaard is in place on the dock, and says that this is not a short political selection.
- This is just the start. This is going to be prolonged. We are going to hold on until they realize what they have been doing, he says to
- We take action against Yilport because they will not enter into a collective agreement with us, he says.
OLLK bankruptcy
The action comes in light of OLLK last week filed for bankruptcy. NHO believes that the old collective agreement therefore no longer valid. It is wrong, says Langaard.
- The agreement concluded between Brygge Workers Association, Norwegian Transport Workers' Federation (NTF) and NHO and the bankruptcy have therefore nothing to say for the deal, saying Langaard.
He also dismisses the action is illegal.

- This is not any illegal action. Yilport were offered to meet us at the State Mediator, but they did not bother to meet up. When these are the funds we have available, he said.
Hired temporary staff
Taking the job at Yilport Nor has there been any alternative, believes Langaard.
- It's not fancy like some positions in Yilport. They use Adecco and hired people over a low shoes. And I do not think so many would like to be employed in Yilport, he said.
The operation was terminated at 13 o'clock.
- That's what the plan was, to hold on for three hours now the first time, says Langaard.

CSCL Indian Ocean arriving Felixstowe, 3 tugs, 27th May 2015

New video on Shipping TV: Employing 3 tugs, 19,000 TEU CSCL Indian Ocean, sistership of CSCL Globe, the world's largest container ship for just a month at the start of 2015, enters the Port of Felixstowe on the breezy afternoon of 27th May, 2015:

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A14 shut from Nine Mile Hill to Girton

A14 shut from Nine Mile Hill to Girton because a serious accident. It happened between Histon and Girton. Traffic's stationary. (28/05/2015)

Credit: @roadpolicebch

A crash involving two lorries has closed the A14 at Girton near Newmarket. Police say there's no indication of serious or life threatening injuries.

A14 Cambridgeshire Westbound

1Incident type: accident
between J36 A1303 Cambridgeshire
and J31 M11 Cambridge
A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 closed and severe delays westbound between J36, A1303 (Nine Mile Hill) and J31, M11 (Girton), because of a serious accident involving two lorries. Diversion in operation - via A11 to the A505 and the A505 westbound to the M11, and the M11 northbound to rejoin the A14 at Girton. Congestion to J38 A11.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A14 In Felixstowe Blocked - Dockers & Lorry Drivers

A14 Suffolk Westbound

1Incident type: disruption
at J60 A154 Candlet Road Felixstowe
A14 Suffolk - A14 in Felixstowe blocked and slow traffic westbound at J60, A154 (Dock Spur Roundabout), because of an overturned lorry. On the roundabout.

Two North East firms win multi-million pound contract to convert Port of Felixstowe cranes

Gateshead's Techservices and Blaydon's Stella Maintenance Technologies have been chosen by Hutchinson Ports UK to carry out a three-year contract.

Some of the gantry cranes which Techservices and Stella Maintenance Technologies will help to convert

A pair of North East firms have secured a multi-million pound contract which is believed to be the largest of its kind in Western Europe.
Gateshead-based Techservices (North East) Limited and partners Stella Maintenance Technologies have been chosen to convert 54 rubber-tyred gantry cranes at the Port of Felixstowe, from diesel power to full electrification.
The contract with global port operators Hutchinson Ports UK will see both North East firms work on the cranes, which are used to move containers around the port.
Techservices, which leads the contract, is already established as a contractor at the Port of Felixstowe, but had to fight off fierce competition from global competitors across a year-long tendering process.
As strategic partners, Blaydon-based Stella Maintenance Technologies will help Techservices to make sure they meet the technical requirements of Hutchinson Ports’ tender package.
A team of six will provide the electrical engineering expertise necessary for the work, which will begin in June, and another six jobs are expected to be created on the back of the contract.
The deal is part of a strategy by Hutchinson Ports UK to significantly reduce fuel costs and lower the carbon emissions of the entire Port of Felixstowe crane fleet.
Barry Renwick, commercial director at Techservices, said: “This project is the largest Techservices has undertaken in its 36-year history and we are delighted that a project of such magnitude will both protect and create many new jobs in the region. It will also benefit other local companies in our supply chain.”
John Oxley, technical director at Techservices, said: “We are delighted Techservices have been successful in securing this prestigious contract, and that we complied with all the requirements in Hutchinson Ports UK’s competitive tendering process.

“We’re well aware of the significance of this project within the port industry and the benefits it gives to the Port itself. Techservices have all the experience to manage this conversion of the rubber-tyred gantry fleet, and we’re excited about the potential further growth in this area.”
In addition to the crane conversions, Techservices will also install more than 13 kilometres of steelwork and conductor rails during the three-year project.
Electrical infrastructure will also be developed to connect the cranes to the main 11,000 volt power supply at the port through transformers and sub-stations.
Malcolm Bell, managing director and principal consultant electrical engineer at Stella Maintenance Technologies Limited, said: “During the last five years we have worked very closely with Techservices on a number of technically demanding projects, both for other ports and in general manufacturing facilities.
“This exciting new project will require the combined expertise and skills of both companies in all aspects of project management, electrical and mechanical engineering, logistics and supply, health and safety, regulatory compliance, workforce supervision and leadership.
“New jobs will be created and we will continue our commitment to support existing long-term clients across the North East.”

The Port Of Felixstowe Commissions Greener Electric Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes

eRTG press shotThe Port of Felixstowe has taken another step to improve both its operational and environmental efficiency with the introduction of its first electric-powered Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs).
The four machines, originally manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, have been converted from diesel to electric primary drive in the first project of its kind in Western Europe. The work was undertaken by Kalmar, part of the Cargotec group.
Commenting on the initiative, Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs, Hutchison Ports (UK), owners of the Port of Felixstowe, said:
“The Port of Felixstowe is fully committed to providing the highest levels of operational performance whilst at the same time reducing the impact of its operations on the environment. This pilot project to electrify four RTGs will help us achieve both objectives. The greener machines are the latest in a programme of measures which has seen carbon emissions at the port cut by 12 percent since 2007, keeping us on course to achieving a target reduction of 30 percent by 2017.”
The electric RTGs are expected to make a significant contribution to further increase carbon savings. It is estimated that each machine will deliver energy savings of at least 45 percent compared with conventional diesel machines. With a comparable reduction in emissions, the conversion programme will also contribute to improving air quality in and around the port.
The conversion project involved installing electrical infrastructure along the full 217m length of two of the port’s RTG container storage blocks. The RTGs themselves were modified to install an automatic drive-in collector unit to connect to the electric supply as well as fitting new operator controls and a conductor bar system to supply power to the electric motors.
Importantly, the design allows RTGs to move between storage blocks and connect quickly and easily to a new electricity supply. This retains the inherent advantage of RTGs over rail-mounted alternatives, allowing greater flexibility and an improved ability to match equipment to variable patterns of demand.
The converted machines have also been fitted with an auto-steer function when connected to the conductor bar system through which the electricity is supplied. This system reduces the demand on the driver, minimizing fatigue and allowing him to focus on the efficient movement of containers.