Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Crossing the picket line. Norwegian style!

Picket line, you say? No problem! 
Welcome to Yilport Oslo 

I posting this for Svein Lundeng on behalf of the Norway Dockers

‪#‎portofoslo‬ ‪#‎yilport‬ ‪#‎norwegianstyle‬ ‪#‎unionbusting‬ ‪#‎isps‬

MSC Maya - Maiden Voyage !!

Published on 24 Sep 2015

The MSC Maya arriving in Antwerp Harbor from her maiden voyage. She will also be baptized in Antwerp.
There was allot of wind this day with a steady 6 beaufort, and gusts up to 7 beaufort.

Cranes re-deployed to Gdynia, Tenerife as Hutch tries to revive Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM's moribund container terminal will shortly dispose of its remaining five over-panamax quay cranes to ports of Gdynia in Poland, which will take two and Santa Cruz in Tenerife, which will take three.

Cranes re-deployed to Gdynia, Tenerife as Hutch tries to revive Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM's moribund container terminal will shortly dispose of its remaining five over-panamax quay cranes to ports of Gdynia in Poland, which will take two and Santa Cruz in Tenerife, which will take three.

Hong Kong's Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) closed its Amsterdam Container Terminal (ACT) three years ago, ending four years of falling volumes, rendering the facility unused after it failed to attract new business.

ACT lost its last mainline customer at the beginning of 2010, when the Grand Alliance downsized its Far East-Europe services and scrapped its former EU-1 service.

Almost three years after disposing of a first set of four ship-to-shore gantries another five cranes from the have been taken by Wagenborg Towage, which also carried out the first transport, will take these to their new ports.

Weighing 1,500 tons each, the cranes will be moved on barges and towed to their destinations by tug, reports Alphaliner. Four self-propelled modular heavy-lift trailers with 16 axles each were used to move them from the pier onto the transporter barges. 

Despite this move, Hutchison Group, which had become a shareholder in ACT in late 2008, plans to keep on marketing the Amsterdam terminal to operators of small and mid-sized container and multi-purpose shipping.

The combination of a vessel or barge with one or more cranes is quite a regular sight within Royal Wagenborg; the A-series of Wagenborg Shipping are equipped with three deck-cranes and the sheerleg Triton of Wagenborg Towage is the perfect example of large crane capacity on a barge. But this time the combination of lifting power and buoyancy was not all that regular.

RORO activiteiten in Amsterdam
RORO activiteiten in Amsterdam

After 10 years of active duty on the quay of the Amsterdam Container Terminal, four Ship-To-Shore container cranes had to be relocated to two different Spanish ports. Wagenborg Towage, with support from Wagenborg Nedlift, took care of the complete scope of this relocation. After finishing all the engineering and preparations, the job could start with structurally reinforcing the cranes, each of them weighing around 1,450 tonnes. At the same time Wagenborg Barge 9 and tugs ‘Waterstraat’ and ‘Waterstad’ were mobilised to IJmuiden, together with a number of self-propelled modular trailers, mobile cranes, fork-lifts, cherry pickers, heavy duty winches, pumps and a wide range of auxiliary equipment to ensure a smooth operation.
One by one the cranes were loaded onto Wagenborg Barge 9 through a RORO operation, with the crew on the barge ensuring the stability by means of the internal ballasting system. Once all four cranes had been transported onto the barge and the required lashing and securing had been taken care of, the journey to the new home ports of the cranes could start. Or so we thought... It was not until some days later that we could finally leave, as we first had to wait for the weather conditions to improve. But then, one early Saturday morning, the weather improved and the tug with Wagenborg Barge 9 could leave Amsterdam, through the North-Sea channel into the open waters.

Aankomst in Tenerife
Aankomst in Tenerife

Arrival in Vigo...

After a 7 day journey Wagenborg Barge 9 was towed into the waters of Vigo in the northwest of Spain withoutany delays. Already before arriving at the berth, seven Wagenborg Towage employees had embarked the barge in order to prepare the upcoming arrival; winches had to be prepared, wires to be run and pumps to be set ready to get started. Directly after the vessel was safely moored to the Spanish quay, the preparations to unload one of the four cranes could proceed and the first crane was unlashed. The next high tide allowed us to place the self-propelled modular trailers on-board. Given that in Vigo roro-operations were only possible at high-tide, we only had the possibility until the next high tide to position the SPMTs and lifting beams. Within one hour, and with the local population following every move, we managed to unload the first crane safely onto the shore in Vigo. In that same hour the pumps on the barge moved around 3.5 million litres of ballast water in order to ensure the barge remained stable and in the correct position, not to disturb the on-going operations.

... and then to Tenerife

Vigo was not the last stop of this journey as this was the destination for only one of the four cranes. With again some delays due to weather conditions, even leading to the transport combination having to shelter in Cádiz, Spain, everyone and everything arrived safely in the port of Santa Crúz de Tenerife. Since the self-propelled modular trailers had remained on board the barge the cranes could be unlashed directly after arrival in the port and at first high water the first of the remaining three cranes was unloaded. Then two more cranes in two more days and the job was finished to the satisfaction of our customer…

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Barzarn Back To Felixstowe For It's Exports

Photo credit to Antony Perkins

Berths 8&9
Port Kelang (Swettenham)
United Arab Shpg - John Good


United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) named the industry’s most eco-efficient container vessel at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), Mokpo South Korea today. M.V. ‘Barzan’ is a part of the industry’s first LNG-ready ultra-large container vessel fleet.
With a loading capacity of 18,800TEU, the DNV GL classed vessel M.V. ‘Barzan’ is first in a new class of leading ultra-large container vessels that will be the largest in UASC’s fleet to date and will set new standards for fuel and energy efficiency, due to optimized vessel design and an array of propulsion and equipment efficiency technologies. Preliminary calculations indicate an EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) value that is close to 50% below the 2025 limit set by IMO. UASC is working to establish a range of additional metrics and targets through which the efficiency of UASC’s vessels can be managed to drive further reduction in carbon emissions across all UASC vessels.
The M.V. ‘Barzan’ has a CO2 output per TEU that is more than 60% below a 13,500 TEU vessels delivered just three years ago.
“We understand that providing environmentally friendly transport solutions and recognizing environmental initiatives around the globe are no longer a choice; they are a necessity for both our organization and our customers”, said Jørn Hinge, President and Chief Executive Officer of UASC. “M.V. ‘Barzan’ and the 18,800 TEU fleet will complement the 15,000 TEU fleet, being gradually delivered since November 2014 and operating on the Asia-Europe trades as part of the Ocean 3 services. There, Barzan will deliver the industry’s lowest per-container levels of CO2 output.”
“We are increasingly servicing environmentally aware customers across the globe. We push the boundaries of eco-efficiency standards to ultimately ensure that our customers can achieve higher levels of environmental sustainability” Hinge added.
“The M.V. ‘Barzan’ is equipped with an eco-friendly system incorporating state-of-the-art technologies to meet the reinforced maritime regulations and provide UASC with a competitive advantage” said Mr. G. J. Ha, President and CEO of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. “I am certain this vessel will further promote UASC’s and its alliance partner’s business competitiveness, and our own reputation as Builders, thereby paving the way for a closer relationship between UASC and Hyundai Heavy Industries Group” he added.
UASC’s eleven newbuild 15,000 TEU and six 18,800 TEU vessels are scheduled to be fully delivered by 2016. This year, UASC will receive a total of 10 new vessels.
Technologies previously used by UASC that proved extremely effective in reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been applied as best in class modus operandi across the board. Technologies and solutions deployed on the M.V. ‘Barzan’ and all 18,800 TEU vessels include shore-to-ship power supply solution for zero emissions at berth and energy efficient integrated system to monitor and optimize propulsion systems, machinery operations and navigation decision-making amongst others.

Dockside crane transformed into luxury hotel in Amsterdam

We’ve seen everything in this world, especially regarding hotels, people are always innovating in order to surprise and attract guests. Located in Amsterdam, the Faralda Crane Hotel has drawn attention because it was built inside a dockside crane, with rooms 50 meters off the ground and offering guests a 90 meters high bungee jumping adventure.

The hotel was built from an abandoned 250 tons crane built in 1951, which makes it one of the oldest structures of its kind in the world. After being closed for so many years, engineers and architects planned the project, which cost €3,150,000 and took four years to complete, opening in 2015.
In addition to the unusual project, the Faralda offers spectacular design in each of their 3 luxury rooms, with elaborate decoration by some of the best Dutch designers. There you can enjoy an amazing view over Amsterdam and the most romantic sunset from the Spa pool lonely on top of the sky-high crane. All this makes for one expensive stay with rates starting at €400. In addition to the hotel, the bungee jumping platform is not just for guests and costs €85 euro, which includes instructions and a certificate. Would you dare?


Monday, 28 September 2015

Port of Felixstowe Takes Delivery of More Cranes

Port of Felixstowe Takes Delivery of More Cranes

Port of Felixstowe Takes Delivery of More Cranes

September 28, 2015
Port Wings News Network:

Three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes, Built by ZPMC in Shanghai, have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain.
According to a media statement, the new cranes will be operated on the port’s Berth 8 & 9 which are currently being extended to increase the port’s ability to handle the latest ultra-large container ships.
The cranes are all designed to handle ships with containers stowed up to 24-wide and have a lift-height of 49.5 metres above the quay to allow them to work containers stacked up to 10-high on deck at all states of the tide.
Commenting on the latest crane arrivals, Mr Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of HPH Europe division, said, “The project to extend Berths 8&9 at the port, on which these cranes will operate, will allow us to work more mega-vessels simultaneously. We will commission these cranes over the next few weeks and the extended terminal will be operational during the fourth quarter this year.”
The new cranes are equipped with driver aids and are designed to work with tandem-lift spreaders allowing two 40’ containers to be handled at the same time. The driver aids include partial automation of the loading cycle to reduce strain on the drivers and to increase productivity.
They are part of a programme of investment at Felixstowe that has seen the development of Berths 8&9, the opening of a third rail terminal at the port, and the announcement of a new 1.4 million square foot logistics park in recent years.


Intermodal Trucker Run Over By His Own Tractor  [Long Beach, CA ~ 16 September 2015]

Initial reports coming to Blueoceana Company from sources on the ground at Long Beach on the date of this accident appear in the initial release linked below.
Subsequently, in the 2nd release linked to below, it is reported that the truckman apparently got out of his tractor’s cab to disengage a trailing chassis and in doing so neglected to take his vehicle out of gear nor set the emergency brake. We understand that he was standing in front of the tractor’s rear tandem wheels when he engaged the kingpin release actuator. As the kingpin released the chassis, his tractor moved forward, crushing him beneath its wheels……. It is reported (see link to Long Beach Police press release, below) that he was talking on his cellphone at the time of the incident.
While the foregoing, if accurate, represents the perfect storm of complacency, etc., there may be more underlying this event. Consider that intermodal truckers are likely candidates for being at the very bottom of the intermodal food chain, and that their daily financial fate hinges largely on how many times they can get in and out of marine terminals at their respective port. Are they in a rush? You bet… While that’s no solid excuse for the alleged errors committed here, it does speak to some pressing needs in the pursuit of safer marine terminals.
Updated Media Report:  Wm Vasquez (Long Beach ~ 091615)
Police Report:  Long Beach Police Report



Long Beach, California ~ 16 September 2015
Blueoceana Company has learned from sources at Long Beach, that during the morning hours of today’s date an over the road intermodal truck operator was struck and killed by his own tractor at Berth 60 in this city.
Given the immediacy of this notice, no media reports are currently available.
Information coming to us, however, indicates that while dropping off an empty chassis the truckman left his tractor in gear while disengaging the unit’s kingpin.
Once the kingpin was freed, the tractor moved forward and crushed the driver under its rear tandem wheels. 

Breached Ro-Ro Scuttled off Chilean coast - Ex Felixstowe Ship

Breached Ro-Ro Scuttled off Chilean coast

The Ro-Ro cargo ship Amadeo I of the Chilean ferry operator Navimag, which ran aground and capsized off southern Chile in August last year, was towed some 70 kilometers off Diego de Almagro Island and scuttled on Monday, September 21st.
The 5.675-dwt ferry was sunk 2.700 meters below the sea surface, bringing to an end a year-long salvage operation assigned to Florida-based Resolve Marine Group.
The ferry-owner decided to sink the ferry after insurance agents inspected the vessel and declared it to be a total write-off.
The Directorate General of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine (Directemar) in Chile has granted a permission for the vessel to be sunk.
Amadeo I was towed by the tugboat Resolve Commander at the location and scuttled. The operation was monitored by Armada de Chile.

The ferry Amadeo I hit a rock and ran aground in the Kirke Canal, approximately 100 nautical miles northwest of Punta Arenas on Aug 18,2014
On August 18 last year, the ferry was en route from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt when it hit a rock and ran aground in the Kirke Canal, approximately 100 nautical miles northwest of Punta Arenas.
The ro-ro cargo ship suffered a breach in its starboard side, causing it to take on water and capsize in coastal shallows, with most of the hull being above the water.

This was the "Seaspeed Dana" that use to run from Felixstowe to the Middle East in late 70s and was also called "Dana" on charter to Roto Line.

1977. Insatt mellan Felixstowe - Rotterdam - Beirut - Tartus - Damma - Jeddah.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Daily Hazard Of Being A Docker

To all you employers out there thinking about out sourcing / having casual labour within your Port. This is what skilled Dockers deal with every day somewhere in the world.

Zero hours contracts do not clean this lot up.

We all believe that it will never happen to 
us!!!!! this is dock work, it does and it will happen.

The majority of Dockers around the world are paid a good wage, the above pictures are one of the many factors for that good wage to be paid.