Thursday, 31 December 2015

Peel Ports Liverpool aims to draw off boxes from southern gateways

PEEL Ports, a major UK port operator, aims to attract cargo to Liverpool from Southampton, Felixstowe and London gateways with a new GBP300 million (US$445.92 million) deep water container terminal, reports Reuters.

PEEL Ports, a major UK port operator, aims to attract cargo to Liverpool from Southampton, Felixstowe and London gateways with a new GBP300 million (US$445.92 million) deep water container terminal, reports Reuters.

"Our business case is predicated on taking existing market share," said Peel Ports CEO Mark Whitworth in an interview. "In a market that is stagnant, hopefully there will be an improvement in efficiency and costs."

The container market has been hit hard by a slowdown in demand for goods from Asia, especially China. The Baltic exchange's main sea freight index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk commodities such as coal, has fallen to the lowest level since data is available on the China slowdown.

Mr Whitworth said that 90 per cent of container volume comes into southern British ports while Liverpool accounts for seven per cent. Peel Ports is aiming to increase that to 20 per cent.

"Ship sizes got bigger and physically we could not get them through the lock system," Mr Whitworth said, adding that Liverpool's port enlargement would create "a northern gateway".

Peel Ports is 50.1 per cent owned by Peel Group which is controlled by British tycoon John Whittaker. Deutsche Bank asset management unit RREEF holds the remaining 49.9 per cent stake.

Peel Ports, which handles 70 million tonnes of cargo annually and generates revenues of GBP800 million a year, owns several ports in the UK and Ireland. It is also developing a separate logistics hub in Manchester.

Liverpool will become a cargo transfer point for Manchester and beyond using smaller vessels via the 36-mile long Manchester Ship Canal waterway, which Peel Ports also controls.

Peel Ports said 50 companies had already signed up to the project to move their routes from southern ports to Liverpool, including spirits giant Diageo, discount store chain B&M, car maker Jaguar Land Rover and clothing and homewares retailer Matalan.

Brand NEW Caterpillar Bulldozers 938M & 936M discharged from a container ship. Wanna see how?

Brand NEW Caterpillar Bulldozers 938M & 936M discharged from a container ship. Wanna see how?

Heightening of STS cranes by ZPMC @ container terminal in Zeebrugge Belgium

Those cranes were delivered in 2010 by Zhen Hua 24

ZPMC Crane Upgrades and Services heightened 4 STS cranes with 4 meters including a rail span modification, preparations for a stacker platform, storm pin modifications and new access stairs at waterside.
All four cranes together in only eight weeks of time back into operations.

These cranes are on the new PSA Zeebrugge intl terminal (ZIP) CLOSED down this year and the cranes are suppose to be moving to Antwerp. As can be seen on video, it's opposite APM Zeebrugge terminal.

ZPMC is world largest heavy duty equipment manufacturer and market leader for the supply of port equipment, dominating the ship-to-shore and yard gantry container crane market.
As most experienced crane expert in the market we are the best capable partner to upgrade your STS equipment. Our offering portfolio 

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Gateway to get World record container load on New Year’s Day

UASC Ultra Large Container Ship Al Muraykh will be carry her world-record load of 18.601 TEU into DP World London Gateway on 1st January, not Felixstowe as originally planned:

European Gateway Sinking Off Felixstowe - Old Pics Of The Salvage

Thanks to Raymond Gamble for this collection and also to Stuart Frith for taking the pics

ABB to Automate DP World’s Mega-Terminal

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will deliver automation and remote control solutions to the underway Terminal 4 (T4) at Jebel Ali Port. T4 will be operated by the global marine terminal operator DP World in Dubai, UAE.

The first phase of the new T4 will add 3.1 million TEU of capacity to Jebel Ali Port by 2018. This capacity will be achieved with 13 ship to shore (STS) cranes and 35 automatic stacking cranes(ASC), all equipped with automation and remote control solutions from ABB.
Read a Technical Paper on T4

The operational concept of Terminal 4 will be similar to that in Terminal 3, which commenced operations in 2014 with its 50 ARMGs.
However, with T4, DP World will take another step in remote operations, with all STS and stacking cranes at the terminal operated from a control room located away from the quay of the terminal.

Fred Hoonaard, Group Vice President of ABB Ports, said: “DP World’s new concept of placing the control room within the port area but outside the terminal with increased distance between the cranes and the control room, are what we see as the next level in remote operation.
“This concept simplifies the security procedures for crane operators since they can reach their control stations without going through security control required for entering the terminal.”
Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “Investments in state-of-the art automation systems and remote control in our terminals together with increasing capacity reinforces Jebel Ali’s position as a leading trade hub and gateway of the whole region.
“With the concepts and technologies we have chosen to deploy, we are building facilities that meet the requirements of our customers and their new mega ships.

“We are building capacity to accommodate more of the world’s largest containerships at one time, and to improve the efficiency of the region’s supply chain.”

UASC Linah working containers at Felixstowe, 29th December 2015

UASC’s 15,000 TEU container ship Linah working container alongside Felixstowe’s newest berth on her most recent visit, 29th December, 2015:

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Seafarer repatriated after fall from cargo ship into port water

Sister Marian Davey of the AoS at the Port of Felixstowe
A seafarer who had a narrow escape after falling overboard from a ship berthed at Britain’s biggest container port has been flown home to be with his family for Christmas and New Year.

11:02 29 December 2015

The Filipino man was supported by seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) after the accident in Harwich Harbour.
The man was working on a vessel at the Port of Felixstowe when he had the accident, falling into the water.
Colleagues working nearby were able to throw him a lifebuoy and with their help he was able to reach the pilot ladder located on the quayside wall.
He managed to get ashore using the little strength he had left, assisted by his crew mates.
He was then taken to Ipswich Hospital, where he received medical attention and was kept in for observation overnight.
AoS Felixstowe port chaplain Sister Marian Davey visited the seafarer during his stay in hospital and after his discharge to a hotel.
She spoke with his wife and daughter back home in the Philippines and kept them updated on his progress.
She also liaised with the shipping company about his discharge arrangements and subsequent repatriation back home.
Sister Marian said: “In preparation for his flight I provided him with a little spending money for the airport and some fresh clothing for travelling.”
She also supported the seafarer’s crew mates, who were anxious and very concerned about him.
Last week she visited the ship before its departure to reassure his colleagues that the injured seafarer was making a good recovery.
“The incident reminds us of the high risk factor involved in seafaring on a daily basis,” said Sr Marian.
Staff from the AoS, a registered charity and agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England, Wales and Scotland, work at Felixstowe Seafarers’ Centre to support crews working away from home and separated from their family and loved ones for long periods.

One more overtime shift as I really need the money !!!!!! sometimes BUT NOT all of the time.

Think about it.......... as we have all done it.

SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make £30 an hour."
SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow £15?"
The father was furious.
DAD: "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior."

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that £15 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"

SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".
DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the £15 you asked for."

The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up notes. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"

SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do.

"Daddy, I have £30 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that £30 worth of your time with someone you love? If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

Some things are more important.

Written byJimmy McGovern
Irvine Welsh
Directed byBill Anderson
StarringKen Stott
Crissy Rock
Katy Lamont
Ricky Tomlinson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Producer(s)Sally Hibbin
Running time91 minutes[1]
Production company(s)Prism Leisure
Original networkChannel 4
Original release1999
External links

Liverpool Dockers Strike - Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

This September marks the 20th Anniversary of one of the longest and most united industrial disputes ever seen in the history of the labour and trade union movement.

It was a dispute that originally involved 500 Liverpool Dockworkers who were sacked from the Port of Liverpool for honouring the number one principle of the trade union movement in refusing to cross a picket line. When the dispute ended in January 1998 more than 80,000 national and international trade unionists and supporters had either pledged or taken part in solidarity action on behalf of the Liverpool Dockworkers and their families.

September 29 of this year will record the 20th anniversary of the start of the Liverpool Dock Strike and to mark the occasion the sacked Liverpool Dockworkers are intending to hold a weekend event commemorating the many good and progressive legacies that were born out of the 28 month dispute.

The two-day event will mix social functions with a special solidarity rally and will take place over the weekend of September 25 to September 27, starting at the Casa - the home of the sacked Liverpool Dockworkers.

The participation of the MUA at the commemoration weekend and especially at the solidarity rally will be greatly appreciated by all in attendance and will help contribute to a powerful display of representation from the national and international labour and trade union movement.

Martin Bencher France transports 9 straddle carriers

Published on 25 Nov 2015
In October 2015, Martin Bencher France transported 9 straddle carriers from Hamburg to the new container terminal of Le Verdon (100 km from Bordeaux).
The weight of the 9 straddle carriers was 72 tons and the dimensions were 10.90 x 5.35 x 13.10 m

Monday, 28 December 2015

Atlantic Star, world largest combination Lo-Lo Ro-Ro vessel @ Royal Seaforth Container Terminal

Lee Chapman

Atlantic Star, world largest combination Lo-Lo Ro-Ro vessel, arriving on its maiden voyage in to Liverpool, December 26th 2015. Soon to be joined by 4 sister ships in 2016.

Plenty of debate over the ships looks, and fair comments, but the ship is designed to be one of the most efficient in its class. Having spent some time on board in Germany last week, and the last 2 days on board in Liverpool, I can safely say she is already proving to be a sound investment. I am an avid fan of the G3 class, way ahead of their time when built in the 80's, but these G4 have evolved from them, and internally carry some of their DNA. Well done ACL for once again leading the way forward.

Many thanks to Raymond Gamble who sent me this link along with many other links to our " Dockers " world

Maersk Line Starts Workforce Cuts

Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line, Maersk Group’s container shipping arm, is cutting 110 jobs at its Copenhagen headquarters as part of the previously announced savings plan.
This is only the beginning of the planned reduction of 4,000 jobs expected to take place by the end of 2017.
The number represents a decrease of 17 percent in the company’s workforce of 23,000 land based staff globally.
As World Maritime News reported on November 4, Maersk Line said that the move has “the aim of minimizing redundancies through managing natural attrition.”
“We are fewer people today than a year ago. We will be fewer next year and the following year. These decisions are not taken lightly, but they are necessary steps to transform our industry,” Maersk Line CEO, Søren Skou, said.
The move comes as the group fights to mitigate the negative impact of the situation in the global container shipping market which deteriorated beyond the group’s expectations especially in the latter part of Q3 and October with no signs of recovery by the end of the year.
World Maritime News Staff

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