Friday, 31 March 2017

What To Expect From Shipping Industry In 2017- Infographic

Last year was a ride of incredible ups and downs for the global shipping in the industry. From financial pressures to overcapacity and numerous consolidations, a lot of challenges and shifts has surfaced in the world of global transportation last 2016, which was topped by the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping, South Korea’s biggest container carrier, and the world’s seventh-largest.
That said, the financial crisis from the previous years has really impacted the shipping industry in a very big way. Faced with harsh headwinds, many shipping firms are now setting their sails for the incoming shifts and trends in the global shipping industry this year 2017.
Check this infographic as we present to you where the shipping industry is heading to this 2017.


Chipping and Painting on Ships - How its done | Life at Sea on Container Ship

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These Are The First Ever Spreader/Cab Connected Cranes Ever Made

 Actually, these were among some of the first cranes installed in Seattle, there were earlier ones over at Sea-Land installed in the 60s.
Too my understanding, Matson in Oakland had the first container crane on the West Coast. As an FYI I operated the cranes depicted in the photo near the end of their operational life.
And they are still in use today...

 Retired a few years ago. Built between '72 and '74

As for the ship in the original photo, This is an original press photo. Japanese container ship Golden Arrow loads 442 trailerable metal boxes Friday at Terminal No. 2 in what dock officials termed the largest vanship load to leave Portland harbor. Ship's arrival inaugurated Japanese Six-Line vanship service to Portland, with stops to be made here every 29 days. Above, left, the record load of containers is shown stacked two and three tiers high in the 26-acre Portland Terminal.Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 12-13-1976.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Ex Hanjin Europe sails to Felixstowe as MSC Topaz completely empty 29th march 2017

Published on 29 Mar 2017
Ex Hanjin Europe now the MSC Topaz was sold to MSC as the 7th largest shipping company called in the liquidators to settle their huge debt. As time went on all Hanjin ships with several millions of dollars of cargo stranded out in international waters while plans were put in place to unload the cargo. As the plans were put in place, funds had to be found so ports could be paid before ships were allowed to berth for a complete unload then head straight back out into international water and to the unknown future.

Hanjin Europe had unloaded at Hamburg in September 2016 and then headed to the anchorage off Rotterdam before being sold off to MSC and having her name changed MSC Topaz. she was one of the largest in Hanjin's fleet at 13000TEU.

The ship now the MSC Topaz leaves international waters off Rotterdam and started her first voyage with a first call to the Port of Felixstowe.

The pilot boards her at the Sunk pilot station and slowly heads inwards as the Seago Antwerp departing Felixstowe Berth 6 calls another tug to help her off the berth as the wind causes problems for departing ships. MSC Topaz passes the Seago Antwerp just before the 7&8 buoys. Svitzer Sky heads out to be the first tug and is made fast on the centre lead aft. As she was so light the wind was pushing on the portside and slowing her as she was rounding the Beach End into the harbour. Svitzer Shotley waited for her to come on a northerly heading before making her approach to be made fast on the centre lead forward. In the middle of the harbour she swings to port and backs up toward her berth to go portside to Berth 7.

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Late last Friday evening, Hernan Vedia Lopez, a port worker at the TPS (South Pacific Terminal) facility, was apparently struck and killed by a rubber tired gantry crane within the terminal’s container yard. We understand that the yard was associated with operations at Berth 5 (see photo below). We await further information from sources at Valparaiso, but until then provide the following hyperlinks to available media accounts:
Link to Media Account:   Port worker dies inside TPS (032517)

The Hazards Of Being A Ships Pilot

Leaving Liverpool this morning. Another ladder held on a spreader and shackles not fit for purpose....

non compliant ladder seen yesterday. Sadly not uncommon arrangement.

platform 3 m above water and aft from ladder.

inspection and probably replacement needed.

No stanchions provided, ladder secured with metal bar passing through pad eyes and sideropes

Pilot ladder secured to pipeline.

London P&I Club: Warranty Surveyors to Reduce Cargo Shifting Risk

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Due to a recent increase in the incidence of deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather, the London P&I Club said it supports a recommendation to appoint a warranty surveyor to supervise high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations where appropriate.
“In the past year, LOC has seen many deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather,” Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC (Hong Kong), said.
After further investigation, it has been discovered that the stowage and securing of these cargoes “did not comply” with the ship’s Cargo Securing Manual (CSM) or the practices laid down within the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) or other applicable codes of safe practice, Walton added.
“Such losses have prompted the view that a suitably qualified Marine Warranty Surveyor (MWS) should be recommended to attend such load-outs. This would ensure that the port captain or supercargo carries out the operation correctly, and that the master is satisfied with the stowage, securing and tensioning requirements, as is his responsibility under SOLAS,” according to Walton.
An MWS provides independent third-party technical review and approval of high-value and/or high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations, beginning at the planning stage. The objective of employing such a surveyor is to make reasonable endeavours to ensure that the risks associated with the specified operations are reduced to an acceptable level in accordance with best industry practice. The role of the MWS is independent of, and complementary to, that of the port captain / supercargo.
“By appointing an independent third-party MWS to review the whole operation from start to finish, carriers and charterers will reduce the high-risk factor associated with deck cargoes. The attendance of an MWS will ensure that the regular areas of failure within a deck stow such as poor lashing equipment, insufficient use of lashing equipment, and non-compliance with all relevant safety codes will be avoided,” Walton said.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

EU Port Services Regulation Comes into Force

Image Courtesy: HHM / Michael Lindner

The European Union (EU) Port Services Regulation (PSR) came into force on March 24, after it was adopted by the European Council earlier this year.
EU member states will be required to implement the legislation within two years of the abovementioned date meaning that the PSR will be effective from March 24, 2019.
The new regulation establishes a framework for the provision of port services and common rules on financial transparency, port services and port infrastructure charges.
The PSR is expected to make it easier for new providers of certain port services to enter the market, creating a more level playing field and reducing legal uncertainties for ports, port service providers and investors.
Furthermore, the new rules are expected to ensure transparency of port charges and public funding of ports. This would lead to better use of public funds and the effective and fair application of EU competition rules in ports.
Due to the fact that the regulation will be effective in two years, the requirements would be implemented into the UK law before the country leaves the EU. What is more, the new rules “are unnecessary and unwelcome” as the UK ports are predominately private and competitively managed, according to Richard Ballantyne, the British Ports Association (BPA) Chief Executive.
“The UK ports industry has consistently lobbied against the PSR and we are therefore hopeful that the UK requirements will be overturned after Brexit. We are actively working with the UK Government to ensure the best post-Brexit outcome for the ports industry,” Ballantyne added.

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Stay the night at a hostel built entirely from shipping containers

Images: Facebook / Ccasa Hostel

You’ll see them instantly, brightly coloured shipping containers stacked on top of each just like at any regular dock or trucking station. But the ones here at Ccasa Hostel aren’t housing goods for sale, they’re housing people.
It may sound austere and claustrophobic, but the Nha Trang backpackers in Vietnam has designed each of the three containers to feel like a luxury train cabin. Split into 10 rooms with enough room to sleep four or six people, the containers are fitted with light timbers, patterned floors, personal lockers and, most importantly, a good amount windows providing natural light and airflow.
The rooms are available to book for about $10, which is slightly more expensive than the average Nha Trang hostel, but considering the free breakfasts, Wi-Fi, and open, shared spaces, it’s nothing to be concerned about. 
As you’d probably expect from a hostel recycling shipping containers into dorm rooms, the common spaces aren’t exactly standard, either. The rooftop space holds two large, pillowy nets, not for any unscrupulous bird-catching or due to budgetary issues, but for lounging and star-gazing.

Downstairs, Ccasa (pronounced C-Casa) is more traditional, with an open-air (but covered) shared kitchen, barbecue, and table with by a vine-covered backdrop.


UK Turns to China to Boost Maritime Ties ahead of Brexit

Illustration; Image Courtesy: Adam Smith Institute

The UK is steering its way to China to foster maritime ties ahead of the looming triggering of Article 50 which will lead to the break up of its unity with the European Union.
The split-up will require the UK to establish new trade relations as those made through the EU would not be valid any more potentially leaving the country’s maritime sector “high and dry”.
As a result, the UK maritime sector has embarked on a trade mission to China targeting the country’s investment potential. Namely, Maritime UK and the Department of International Trade (DIT) will lead a unique three-day trade mission to Shanghai at the end of March “to promote the UK as The World’s Maritime Centre, providing a complete package for global maritime business,” Maritime UK said.
As informed, the trade mission will be attended by senior industry and government leaders from both countries, including Shipping and Ports Minister, John Hayes MP, and Trade Minister, Mark Garnier MP, and it has been timed to coincide with the RMS Queen Mary 2’s visit to Shanghai during its East Asian tour.
Through partnership with government, the Shanghai trade mission is the first in a programme of international promotional activity to key target markets identified by industry.
The trade mission comes ahead of the UK Prime Minister’s scheduled visit to China in May.
“The UK and China are two of the world’s leading maritime powers, and this trade mission is designed to further strengthen relations between our two countries, delivering benefits for both markets,“ says David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK.
“As the UK triggers Article 50 and looks to a future outside the European Union, the maritime sector has a unique and critical role in ensuring the country makes a success of Brexit. With a resolve to increase exports and sign ambitious trade deals with countries across the world the maritime industry has a unique opportunity to make ‘Global Britain’ a reality, and it is ready to do so.”
During the visit Maritime UK and the DIT will be collaborating with the Pudong New Area to identify new maritime trade and investment opportunities for both the UK and China.
”A significant number of British companies are already working with China and we are looking forward to opening new chapters in these relationships, and beginning others,” Dingle added.
Following the Shanghai visit, the Maritime UK Chairman and Shipping and Ports Minister will visit Hong Kong to meet with the Hong Kong Shipowners Association. 
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