Monday, 29 February 2016

The drum beat that will drive Liverpool2 container terminal

Peel Ports trains a new generation of tugs and trailers drivers ahead of in-river facility opening

Most people agree the toughest part of a driving test is the dreaded reversing section – but try it with a trailer big enough to carry two 30 tonne containers behind you and it is a completely different matter.
I’ll freely admit that my attempts to reverse this 14 metre, 8.5 tonne beast through gates of cones on the Liverpool2 dock estate almost ended extremely badly for the cones but for the guidance of trainer Rob Standring.
He is responsible for training a new generation of drivers of tugs – or internal movement vehicles (IMVs) – which tow the trailers used to transport containers around the Seaforth terminal.
Peel Ports has invested £3m in a new fleet of 30 tugs and trailers to keep Liverpool2 operating 24 hours a day.
Straddle cranes carry out the bulk of container movements at the port, but when Liverpool2 opens most of that work will fall to the tugs and trailers. 
The new fleet is state-of-the-art with flat screen monitors in each tug cab connected to the terminal operating system telling drivers where to go for their next load, or where to take their current cargo within the dock estate.
Port director David Huck talks of a ‘drum beat’ – a natural work cycle of moving containers between ship and shore at a certain ratio: “There will be five quayside ship-to-shore cranes deployed per vessel, fed by 32 tugs and trailers, feeding 12 smaller cranes. That is the drum beat,” he explained.
So far 34 drivers, including two women, have been trained from the existing workforce and some newly-recruited staff.

Mr Huck said: “They are absolutely fundamental to the success of Liverpool2. The productivity on the ship-side and in the yard is all about the drum beat and the feed of these vessels.”
Colin Darroch, head of container terminal operations (Mersey), added: “It is all about having well trained employees. The most important part of that machine (IMV) is the driver. They are the linkage to make the terminal tick.”
And he said female drivers are becoming the norm: “Those barriers are coming down. The stigma has been removed about girls working on the terminal which might have been seen as a male bastion, but that has moved on.”
And Mr Huck said that also goes for the nature of dock work now: “There’s a stereotypical view of work in the port and most people can’t believe the advancement in technology. It is very high tech and very highly skilled.
“You can have the best equipment in the world, but if you don’t invest in your people it is no good. When you get that right you will be really, really successful.”
Now the bulk of construction work on reclaiming an area the size of 14 Wembley football pitches to create two in-river berths has been completed, the focus is on training and upskilling port staff. 
Mr Huck said Liverpool2 is about people, process and technology : “We have done a lot on those fronts and now it is about people. The next three months is all about people, so we will see a big shift in our focus. We have been very much talking about construction, but now it is about people training and nurturing all that talent.” 
Tugs and trailers training lasts up to eight days per employee and among the first to undergo that process were Eddy Cabahug and James McGee.
Eddy, who has worked on the docks for 13 years, said the new vehicles are a big improvement: “They make the job easier and there’s less vibration.”
James added: “They’re very powerful and a lot different to the tugs I am used to. They’re a lot more advanced than the ones I started on in 2005.”

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Newly created China Cosco Shipping to retain its old divided rival alliances

CHINA Cosco Shipping (COSCOCS), China's biggest shipping line, plans to carry out a careful selection of its future vessel-sharing alliance partners, but will maintain its two current alliances for the moment, reports Reuters.

Newly created China Cosco Shipping to retain its old divided rival alliances

CHINA Cosco Shipping (COSCOCS), China's biggest shipping line, plans to carry out a careful selection of its future vessel-sharing alliance partners, but will maintain its two current alliances for the moment, reports Reuters.

Many say the alliance system will be shattered with the merger of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (Cosco) and China Shipping Group.

China Cosco, a unit of Cosco Group, is part of the CKYHE alliance with "K" Line, Yang Ming, Hanjin and Evergreen, while China Shipping is a member of Ocean Three with CMA CGM and UASC.

But the new COSCOCS told Reuters in an email: "The company will maintain operations in the two alliances until the alliance reorganisation is complete."

In 2014, Chinese authorities blocked a deal between Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and CMA CGM. But shorn of CMA CGM the smaller combination of Maersk and MSC received the go-ahead to form an alliance.

COSCOCS's launch also comes two months after CMA CGM proposed to buy Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines for US$2.4 billion. NOL's container arm is APL, which is in the G6 alliance with Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, NYK and OOCL.

Separately, Coscocs has revealed it plans to have two million TEU container shipping capacity by end-2018, up from the current 1.58 million TEU it has now, reports China Daily.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

The battle for collective agreements for the norwegian dockers rages on

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The battle for collective agreements for the norwegian dockers rages on. We've entered the third year of lockouts, continous strikes and scabs are being used to undermine the dockers. Recently Hurtigruten(tourism) changed their port of call to use scabs in Tromsø. We call for our brothers and sisters in unions abroad to voice their opinion to Hurtigruten in a very clear manner. So if our mates could give us a hand by spreading this info through their networks and give Hurtigruten a proper shitstorm of mails telling the company that they are losing costumers it would be greatly appreciated.
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Maersk shams departing felixstowe 28/2/16

Published on 28 Feb 2016
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Union safety reps drive down work incidents

The 100,000 trade union health and safety representatives in UK organisations are a major contributing factor to reducing injuries and ill-health at work, according to a report released on Friday by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

The report, The Union Effect: How unions make a difference on health and safety, reviews research that finds there are 24% fewer incidents in workplaces with recognised unions compared with those that do not.
Staff were found to be twice as likely to have received safety and health training in the previous year if a union was present in their workplace, and were also more willing to report hazards.
By reducing the number of days lost to work-related illness by more than 286,000, safety reps are estimated to save the economy more than £181m, the TUC says.
The Congress has raised concerns that the government’s trade union bill, which will cap the amount of time public sector trade union reps can spend protecting and supporting members, will put other workers and the public at risk.

MSC Itea arriving Felixstowe, breezy afternoon of 27 Feb 2016

Published on 27 Feb 2016
MSC Itea arriving at the Port of Felixstowe on the breezy afternoon of 27th February, 2016


Saturday, 27 February 2016

Drunken Captain Gets Vessel Stuck in Germany

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A inland freighter found itself pinned in a peculiar way on Germany’s Main river after the drunken ship captain allegedly ran the vessel into a bridge and then the river bank. 
Local media reports that the 105-meter vessel Elsava became pinned crossways between a bridge and the edge of the river in Lohr am Main, Germany early on Thursday.
Photos and video of the incident show the vessel’s bow protruding several meters up onto the riverbank. 
Upon boarding the vessel police found that the Captain was smoking cigarettes and drinking. He later blew a .15 BAC in a breath test and was taken to the police department for booking.
The ship remained pinned Friday but was expected to be pulled free later in the day.

MSC Flaminia Incident Prompts New EU Guidelines for Ships in Distress

The MSC Flaminia on fire in the North Atlantic in 2012.

The MSC Flaminia on fire in the North Atlantic in 2012.

The European Commission has presented new EU Operational guidelines for ships in need of assistance.
The guidelines have been developed by a group comprised of Member States’ authorities with input and support of industry stakeholders following a Commission initiative in the aftermath of the fatal MSC Flaminia accident in summer 2012.
The EU operational guidelines were drafted to ensure better coordination and exchange of information among competent authorities and industry stakeholders involved in the response to an incident concerning a ship in need of assistance, such as the MSC Flaminia in July 2012.
The German-flagged containership MSC Flaminia was rocked by a series of explosions in one its cargo holds and a devastating fire while in international waters in the Atlantic Ocean. Three crew members were killed in the blasts, and the ship suffered severe damage from the fire that engulfed the vessel for weeks. Due to the hazard, the ship was stuck out at sea for months and denied port access by nearly every possible EU country before Germany finally agreed accept ship into Wilhelmshaven in September.
The incident ignited a debate over Place of Refuge, a place where a ship in need of assistance can go to stabilize its condition and reduce the hazards to navigation, as well as to protect human life and the environment.
In the aftermath of the MSC Flaminia incident, an expert group was established in 2013 under the chairmanship of the Commission, and comprising all EU Member States, to develop EU Operational Guidelines to complement national plans and apply to situations where it is likely that more than one State may become involved, or where the incident falls outside the jurisdiction of any single Member State.
“It is a good example of proactive implementation of EU legislation, building on best practices and sharing experience, which is fully in line with President Juncker’s strategic approach to Better Regulation,” commented Commissioner Violeta Bulc.
The EU Operational Guidelines were drafted with a real operational situation for a vessel in need of assistance in mind, in a common effort including EU Member States, and several industry stakeholders, with the support of the Commission and EMSA. They aim at a robust operational process leading to well-advised and, where possible, quicker decision making. At the same time, they should contribute to promoting positive attitudes – within Governments, authorities, and the industry – for the purposes of Places of Refuge, in the interest of the protection of human life, maritime safety, security and the environment.

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Former docker Colin Ross from Hullbridge writes of long struggle in the East End

Former dock worker Colin Ross, of Tower Park, Hullbridge, has spent the last year and a half writing a book about his experience of the dockers strikes.

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It is disgusting that Hurtigruta assists a large private firm in breaking the legal dockworkers strike in Tromsø. As a Norwegian tourist attraction you are a disgrace. SHAME ON YOU

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Greetings from Tromso! Here we carry out active work battle! Here's your chance to contribute! And spread this in your networks and organizations!
12 dockers in Tromsø have been on strike for over 2 years.
The strike was aimed at the shipping company Nor Lines.
This week Hurtigruten has chosen to go into the conflict by adding the Coastal Express routes to transport goods around the legal blockades dockers organized in Tromso.
Hurtigruten contributes in this way to directly undermine the port workers' strike.
We refuse to accept a large company operating in Norway in this way damages the right to strike in the norwegian labor market. Require Hurtigruten respecting the right to strike.
Please contact Hurtigruten directly on tel. 81030000, by email or on facebook

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I react to that Hurtigruten actively contributes to undermining Tromso dockers lawful strike. It is unacceptable that a large company operating in Norway do not respect the right to strike. I'm not going to travel with Hurtigruten until they respect the right to strike and stop facilitating strike breakers. Sign: ..................... 

Friday, 26 February 2016

Cameron Thorpe to take over as London Gateway chief executive, as Simon Moore heads to Dubai

DP World London Gateway CEO Simon Moore with the Al Muraykh 01.01.16 (3)
Simon Moore pictured on the London Gateway quay at the beginning of the year
DP World London Gateway chief executive Simon Moore is moving on from his current position to the international terminal operator’s corporate headquarters in Dubai to take on a new role as senior vice president of commercial and strategy.
He begins his new job on 1 April this year and reports to DP World’s executive vice president and chief operating officer Anil Wats, who said he will be responsible for “the development and implementation of DP World’s overarching commercial and customer interface strategy to drive business performance, growth and market share”.
“He will also be responsible for the coordinated and consistent implementation of strategy within DP World and will evaluate and give input into cross-functional decisions that will enable DP World to achieve its value proposition to the customer and the company’s long-term objectives,” Mr Wats added.
Mr Moore has led the London Gateway project since DP World’s acquisition of P&O in early 2006, when his office was little more than a Portacabin on the north bank of the Thames overlooking an old oil refinery that was subsequently developed into the UK’s newest container port.
He joined the Dubai-based operator a few years prior to that and worked on its acquisitions of CSX World Terminals and P&O. Previous roles included a stint in the liner industry with P&O Containers and management positions with Hutchison.
He said: “It is with a heavy heart that I will be leaving London Gateway. It has become an integral part of my life over the last decade. Taking the project through the UK planning process,  building an outstanding team from scratch, and creating thousands of new jobs, as well as a new, world class, 21st century infrastructure asset for the UK, has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.
“There have been bumps along the way, but I can honestly say I have enjoyed every single minute,” he said.
London Gateway’s general port manager, Cameron Thorpe, will replace Mr Moore as the facility’s new chief executive, while Oliver Treneman will continue to head up London Gateway’s logistics park and real estate team.

Deep Water Ports and Container Line Staff Moves Lead Freight and Logistics Changes

UK – DUBAI – Major changes at the top of DP World’s UK container ports leads this week's round-up of staff movements in the freight and logistics sector. DP World London Gateway’s Chief Executive Officer Simon Moore, is going to relocate to the company’s corporate headquarters in Dubai to take on a new role as Senior Vice President of Commercial and Strategy, effective April 1. Moore has led the London Gateway since 2006, through the development phases to its stage as the UK's newest deep water port. General Manager at the London Gateway Port, Cameron Thorpe is to succeed Moore as CEO.
Following the group's acquisition of the remaining stake in DP World Southampton, a new UK management structure has been introduced to utilise both UK ports. As of April 1, Managing Director of DP World Southampton, Chris Lewis, will be appointed DP World's Managing Director for the UK, reporting into the Group's European Head Office in London. Nick Loader, current Finance Director, will succeed Lewis as CEO of DP World Southampton.

Container Accident Compilation #4 !!! Fails + Accidents + Lucky + Funny MUST SEE!!

Published on 23 Feb 2016
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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Exclusive: chief executive Mark Whitworth says Merseyside group could be interested in adding struggling southeast terminal to its ports portfolio

Exclusive: chief executive Mark Whitworth says Merseyside group could be interested in adding struggling southeast terminal to its ports portfolio
PORT of Liverpool owner Peel Ports could be interested in taking over Hutchison’s Thamesport in southeast England.
Peel Ports chief executive Mark Whitworth confirmed to Lloyd’s List that the Liverpool-based group was considering whether to approach Hutchison, which owns both Felixstowe and Thamesport.
No formal talks have taken place but Mr Whitworth said he thought Hutchison was aware of Peel Ports’ interest.
Thamesport, whose future is in doubt after the recent loss of its last major customer, is close to Sheerness on the River Medway, which owned by Peel Ports. Sheerness handles vehicles, forest products, containers and general cargo, and has ambitious growth plans.
CMA CGM’s shortsea operator MacAndrews recently quit Thamesport for nearby Tilbury, while another major customer, Evergreen, left for Felixstowe in 2013.
Peel Ports is the statutory harbour authority for the Medway, which covers Thamesport as well as Sheerness.
Thamesport has been squeezed by a ferocious battle for market share in the southeast of the country as the arrival of DP World’s London Gateway to the east of the capital put other ports in the region under intense pressure.
Hutchison is not thought to have put Thamesport up for sale but is known to be considering its options, with talk in the industry that it could be mothballed.
Speaking during a reception at the Houses of Parliament to promote Peel Ports’ Liverpool2 development and highlight the group’s £650m investment programme in the northwest, Mr Whitworth said Thamesport could be an attractive asset that would complement its existing portfolio and support future development of its Sheerness business.
Anthony Tam, Hutchison Port Holdings' head of group corporate affairs, said the group would not comment on market rumours, speculative questions or its future port investment plans.
Located on the Isle of Grain, some 35 miles east of central London, Thamesport was regarded as one of the most advanced in the world in terms of cargo-handling technology when it opened in 1990. Hutchison acquired the facility in 1998.
Addressing guests, which included Members of Parliament, shippers and forwarders, Mr Whitworth said the £300m Liverpool2 facility being built on the River Mersey outside the port’s existing locks would start handling its first ships towards the end of April. These will be trials initially to test the cranes and other equipment, with the first phase of the new facility due to be fully operational by October.
Liverpool2 will enable the port to handle vessels of 13,000 teu or more, whereas the locks currently limit ships to around 4,000 teu.
As completion of the development approaches, shippers and forwarders are urging the big global lines that currently call at ports in the southeast to consider deepsea services to the northwest.
In particular, Maersk Line was singled out by one shipper who would like the Danish line to add Liverpool to its Asia-Europe network.
“It makes no sense to only go to Felixstowe,” said Jerome Wildsmith, shipping director for the retail group B&M, during the reception.
James Roth, chairman of transport group Seacon, said he hoped container lines would see Liverpool2 as “a genuine opportunity to serve the north better”.
Others also complained about the expense of moving cargo by road or rail from ports in the south of England to the north, which was more than the cost of seafreight from Asia to Europe.
Mr Whitworth pointed out that some 90% of UK inbound containers are currently imported through ports in the southeast, principally Felixstowe, Southampton, London Gateway, and Tilbury. But 60% of those are bound for UK destinations in the north, while 65% of the population is located within 150 miles of Liverpool, he said.

cscl globe departing felixstowe 24/2/16

Published on 24 Feb 2016
cscl globe departing felixstowe 24/2/16

Heavily laden CSCL Globe arriving at Felixsowe 22nd February 2016

Published on 24 Feb 2016 by Dean Cable
The CSCL Globe arrived at the Port of Felixstowe with a draft of 15.3 metres and a massive load of cargo from the Far East. She sailed for Port Kelang in Malaysia via the Suez Canal. As she got closer towards the harbour Svitzer Deben and Svitzer Shotley met the CSCL Globe before the corner into the harbour. Svitzer Deben was on the centre lead aft ready for in-direct and the Svitzer Shotley was pushing on the starboard quarter to help the Globe around the 90 degree turn. Svitzer Sky met them as they came on the northerly heading to go centre lead forward. She swung around with a port swing in the middle of the harbour with the assistance of 3 tugs before berthing portside to berth 9.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Another crane bites the dust at Felixstowe

Published on 24 Feb 2016
Wednesday 24th February 2016 Another ship to shore crane hits the ground with a thud after being pulled down for scrap metal. After an hour and 45 minutes delay the crane came down without the boom causing problems.

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The Top 15 EU Ports

Infographic: The Top 15 EU Ports. Source: iStock
A rankings chart released by Professor Theo Notteboom of PortEconomics shows the top 15 European ports in 2015, with a comparison of performance for 2014.
The Port of Rotterdam has maintained its position as Europe’s largest port, having moved more than 12.2 million TEU in 2015.
Many ports have been able to boost their positions in the past year, with the Port of Antwerp shooting up to second place. The port handled 7.5% more containers in 2015, bringing its total up to more than 9.6 million TEU.
The bigger picture unveils a different story, as ports such as Valencia and Piraeus have both seen growth of more than 50% in the last eight years.
Piraeus Port has seen a 139.4% increase in cargo volumes during this time, and handled more than 3.2 million TEU in 2015.
The top three European container ports make up almost half of the total cargo volumes of the top 15 ports.
(Source: Theo Notteboom / Port Economics)