Wednesday, 30 November 2016

TraPac in the Port of Los Angeles last night. No injuries reported - thankfully!

TraPac in the Port of Los Angeles last night. No injuries reported - thankfully! Again, another reminder of why one is to remain clear of a working bay at all times.

A good reminder indeed! Thanks Bill.
 So what was the cause of the container breaking free of the twist-locks?

 I'm not exactly sure. This was forwarded to my by one of my work partners this morning. If I find out more info, I'll post it here.

 Sounds good brother.
 I'm thinking how did they get it down, teetering like that, looks like you couldn't get chains in, bummer night and dangerous recovery job!!

 Synthetic slings or wire cables are the two things that I can think of. Can't think of many other options other than those two.

Dockworkers protesting over cargo lashing by ships' crews plan demo outside Unifeeder HQ

Dockworkers are planning a “noisy and active” protest outside the Aarhus headquarters of Europe’s largest feeder operator Unifeeder on Friday, part of a continent-wide campaign to halt the practice of ships’ crews lashing and unlashing containers in port.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which is organising the protest by “hundreds of dockworkers”, believes “cargo lashing is our work”.
However, Unifeeder told The Loadstar today that the dockers would be “demonstrating in the wrong place”, arguing that the carrier is not the employer but simply charters the vessels that include provision for ships’ crews to perform lashing and securing services for the duration of the hire period.
Indeed, it is common practice for feeder vessel charter parties to include this clause – applicable within the constraints of the port. It is believed the practice assists the quick discharge and load of the ship, at whatever time of day or night the vessel arrives or the berth becomes available.
Unifeeder chief executive Jesper Kristensen explained: “We buy a service but it is obviously important to us that the work is performed in a safe and flexible way, and that we maintain our competitive power.”
Mr Kristensen added that for the nigh-on 40 years of Unifeeder’s existence as a feeder operator, seafarers had “secured the cargo, and done it skilfully”.
“You pay extra attention to safety when you are on board yourself,” he added.
However, the ITF said its inspectors had said: “Unifeeder-chartered vessels are regularly failing to hire lashing gangs in European ports”.
ITF dockers’ section vice-chair Torben Seebold said: “We have tried to have a constructive dialogue with Unifeeder about cargo lashing, but they have taken an entrenched position on this issue.
“We are sending out messages to all shipping lines and charterers who resist and abuse ITF agreements that they will find themselves under increasing pressure.”
However, according to Mr Kristensen, when the ITF made contact in April, “we replied immediately, however, without receiving any reaction”.
He added: “We are always open to dialogue”

Speaking to The Loadstar from Hamburg this morning, Unifeeder’s chief operating officer, Annemette Jepsen, said she would return to Aarhus on Friday and was “looking forward to sharing tea and coffee” with the dockworkers and further explaining the company’s position.
Danish Shipowners’ Association director Anne Windfeldt Trolle said: “It seems strange that, among other parties, the ITF will demonstrate in front of Unifeeder, since they already have a collective agreement with the shipowners”.
She added: “It is surprising that the unions have not protested against this through the regular labour courts.”
In Finland, a court ruling was handed down in April this year against dock workers that attempted to blockade vessels and force operators to employ shore-based lashing gangs.
Unifeeder deploys a fleet of around 35 chartered container vessels on an extensive network of feeder services in Northern Europe.

Unifeeder seems confident that lashing is not Dockers jobs.
Well if only they would listen to the seafarers on their ships.. they have no time to rest on short sea trips..
And if they complain, they will loose their job.
So Unifeeder....
For once think about social responsibility and not just stupid profits!!!
Proud to be a docker

RAM SingFlex Twin Spreader Headblock for Single Hoist STS Cranes

The RAM 'SingFlex' is a tandem headblock system which has been designed for use with conventional single hoist cranes. It offers the terminal operator tandem lift capability without the need for expensive dual trolley cranes. Each SingFlex headblock system is fitted with two RAM separating twinlift spreaders, providing the terminal operator with the flexibility of handling single 20ft, 30ft, 40ft and 45ft containers in the conventional singlelift manner. Alternatively, the operator can handle 2x40ft containers, 2x45ft containers or 4x20ft containers in tandem mode.

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Willemen Groep awarded by APM Terminals for the construction of container terminal in Morocco

The Dutch company APM Terminals has awarded the construction of a new container terminal for APM Terminals Tangier Med Port to a conglomeration of four companies of the Willemen Groep. The companies being AsweboAannemingen Van WellenFranki Construct and Cosimco. The terminal will be built on a site of 53 hectares and will have a quay length of 1.200 meters. It will be the first automated container terminal in Africa.
APM Terminals has been active in the port of Tangier since 2007 and has decided to expand the container terminal to better serve future trade volumes and larger container ships. The facility is strategically located on the Strait of Gibraltar which serves as a shipping hub for many trade lanes. 

Experience in port works
The total project consists of 4 lots or 'packages'. All 4 were assigned to the Willemen Groep, which was, among other things, responsible for the development of a container terminal for MPET (MSC PSA European Terminal) in the port of Antwerp.
“To win this enormous project, a team of 35 people, spread across multiple companies within the group worked together on this project for four months. The complementarity of the different companies of the Willemen Groep and the experience we have accumulated in port works, were crucial factors for the Employer APM Terminals to entrust the entire project to our group”, says Johan Willemen, President and driving force for the international expansion of the Willemen Groep.
662 calendar days
The ‘Letter of Acceptance’ was signed on the 7th of November 2016. It states that the work must be executed in a time span of 662 calendar days, with the 8th of November 2016 as 'Commencement Day ' or start date.
The project consists of four ‘packages’. Package A consists of all road and sewerage works, the construction of the pipes for utilities and the pavement and fence works. Also the installation of the ARMG rails is included in the first lot. These are necessary to move the containers automatically to and from the terminal.
Package B includes the construction of the 1.200 meters long crane beam, on which the hoisting cranes will be placed. The crane beam is built on 403 poles with a diameter of 1,35 meters and a length of no less than 24 meters. The poles are drilled in the rock face to a depth of 9 meters. This package also contains all concrete works and formworks.
Package C includes the construction of all utilities for the entire site. The construction of all buildings (Office building and maintenance workshops) of the terminal and the equipment of the gas station and canopies are in package D. All buildings will be delivered completely finished and ready for use.
All works will be carried out in a partnership between Aswebo, Aannemingen Van Wellen, Franki Construct, Cosimco (all part of the Willemen Groep) and some local partners. Mid-February next year the first sod will be cut. On the 1st of September 2018 the works must be finished.
“Largest project in Africa”
The construction of this enormous terminal is not the test piece for the Willemen Groep on the African continent.
Johan Willemen: “Willemen is building a new Belgian Embassy in the Congolese capital Kinshasa since August 2014, the very first passive building in Central Africa. The port of Tangier is as a matter of fact familiar territory for Cosimco, that is active in Morocco since 2014 and has an establishment there. Cosimco has been awarded three projects in Morocco since then, of which two already have been completed. This new container terminal for APM Terminals is not the first project in Africa for our group, but it is by far the largest.”
Source: Willemen

DIJKSGRACHT passing under orwell bridge for ABP port of ipswich 29/11/16

156m length general cargo ship dijksgracht passing the port of felixstowe before making her way up the river orwell,sailing under the orwell bridge and arriving at the port of ipswich.she is one of the bigger vessels to sail up the river orwell.

Paul Hiett

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Triple-E MORTEN MAERSK arriving & swinging at Port Of Felixstowe 29/11/16

399m length triple-e vessel MORTEN MAERSK arriving at the port of felixstowe,swinging with 2 svitzer tugs and backing up for berth9.

Paul Hiett

Family Feud: To Sell Or Not To Sell?

The family behind the world’s seventh-largest shipping line, Hamburg Süd, are to meet to decide on the future of the company, reported Lloyd’s List.

With the carrier struggling amid the global slump in freight rates, members of the Oetker family, owners of Hamburg Süd, are reportedly in discussions over whether to sell to the shipping line, or retain their interest in the company.
With the industry currently going through a period of consolidation; mergers, acquisitions and alliance-building activity has spiked in 2016.
Recent deals have seen the merger of Hapag-Lloyd and UASC, as well as Nippon Yusen, Mitsui O.S.K Lines and K-Line.
Maersk could be the frontrunner to buy Hamburg Süd, should it be put up for sale, having announced its growth strategy would no longer rely on ordering new ships, but instead grow through acquisitions.
With a meeting between family members reportedly taking place on Wednesday November 30, it is understood there is a split over whether or not to retain the carrier.

Maersk Line linked to Hamburg Süd acquisition

Danish line said to have reached an advanced stage of takeover negotiations

MAERSK Line is reported to be closing in on Hamburg Süd, the privately owned German shipping group.The Danish line, which has not concluded an acquisition since 2005, when it bought P&O Nedlloyd,...

Maersk tipped to buy Hamburg Süd

Maersk tipped to buy Hamburg Süd

The Wall Street Journal is reporting Maersk Line is lining up a bid for the world’s seventh largest containerline, Hamburg Sud.
The owners of the German line are understood to be willing to sell the line amid massive consolidation seen this year in the container shipping sector. Hamburg Sud does not belong to any existing or future container alliance.
Hamburg Süd is part of the Oetker Group, a family-owned German conglomerate involved in shipping, banking, food and beverages.
Hamburg Süd has a fleet of around 130 boxships totaling some 600,000 teu in its fleet which VesselsValue estimates is worth $1.4bn.
Maersk has recently said it is after acquisitions rather than ordering new ships. Its last containerline acquisition was back in 2005 when it bought P&O Nedlloyd.
Both Hapag-Lloyd and Cosco have previously been linked with buying Hamburg Süd, a line with an especially strong presence in Latin America.

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Sam Chambers
Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

£50 million worth of cocaine seized at London Gateway port

COCAINE with an estimated street value of approximately £50m has been seized by Border Force officers at DP World London Gateway.
The drugs, which had been shipped from Ecuador via Belgium, were concealed within a container carrying a legitimate cargo of tinned tuna.
The seizure of the Class A drug was made on Monday (21 November). The smugglers had stashed approximately 500kgs of cocaine inside eight holdalls within the load of tuna.
The shipment would have had a wholesale value to organised crime of around £16.5 million, but when adulterated and sold at street level could have been worth more than £50 million.
Mark Kennedy, Border Force Assistant Director at DP World London Gateway, said:
“Cocaine is a destructive drug which ruins the lives of users and damages the wider community. This was a substantial find, the biggest we have made here in the port’s short history, and will have significantly disrupted the activity of the criminal parties involved.
“Seizures like this demonstrate how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of circulation.”
The case has been referred to the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Matthew Rivers, from the NCA’s Border Policing Command, said:
“The intended destination for this consignment was mainland Europe but it’s likely a proportion would still have ended up back in the UK. We are now working closely with our law enforcement colleagues overseas as part of the ongoing investigation.
“Cocaine is a commodity that has direct association to highly aggressive crime. A consignment of this size would undoubtedly have filtered through organised crime groups also associated with firearms, knife crime, exploitation of the young and vulnerable and gang culture. Seizing it has removed the opportunity to make profit from those groups.”
Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country. 
They use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and cigarettes which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.
Anyone with information about suspected smuggling should contact the hotline on 0800 59 5000.

CMA CGM improves its ECS service between North Europe and Central America, adding the port of London / MAERSK SIRAC - departing LCT,river thames 26/11/16


CMA CGM announced earlier today an improved service offer directly connecting North Europe with Central America. The enhanced ECS service will provide one of the shortest transit times on the market, linking Rotterdam from Costa Rica in only 14 days and adding London as a port of call in 15 days.

Container ship CMA CGM Fort St. Georg - Image courtesy: Gyssels Gilbert
This offer is dedicated to reefer transport from Central America and the Caribbean to North Europe and allows to connect the United Kingdom with all of the Caribbean through CMA CGM’s strategic hub in Kingston, Jamaica, one of the most modern ports in the area.
Offered in cooperation with Hapag–Lloyd, the service will be run by five state of the art CMA CGM vessels with 2300 TEUs and 550 reefer plugs and one Hapag–Lloyd vessel. The first vessel will enter the port of London Gateway on January 6, 2017.
The new rotation will be: Puerto Limon, Kingston, Rotterdam, London, HamburgAntwerpLe HavreCaucedo, Kingston, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Cortes and Puerto Limon.
CMA CGM' ECS service between North Europe and Central America
Source: CMA CGM

MAERSK SIRAC - departing LCT,river thames 26/11/16