Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Vahle’s Port of Felixstowe eRTG Project Wins Big

Vahle, a mobile electrification systems specialist, has won the inaugural Port of Felixstowe Environment award after converting diesel powered Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes (RTG) to electric power.

The eRTG Project contributed towards a Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) concentration reduction of 8% against 2016 figures when compared to the port’s findings from the previous year.
Port of Felixstowe created the accolade to recognize both the large and small scale projects happening at the port that demonstrate a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations.

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Presenting the award, Jessica Briggs, Energy and Environment Manager at the port, said: “I am very proud to present the Port of Felixstowe Environment Award to the eRTG project, as this project represents significant investment from our business into energy efficiency and carbon reduction.
"The reduced environmental impact of the converted fleet is already demonstrable, which is encouraging when considering future footprint reducing activities on site”

A windshield on a containership saves fuel and cuts emissions, says MOL

Japanese ocean carrier MOL has successfully completed testing a windshield on the bow of one of its containerships, which it claims has saved fuel and reduced CO2 emissions by around 2%.
The windshield was installed on the 2010-built 6,700 teu MOL Marvel in September 2015 and was monitored during its service on the Asia-North America east coast route.
The horseshoe-shaped shield, which has sufficient strength to meet ClassNK rules concerning wave impact, encloses the front line of the stacked containers to optimise wind resistance.
MOL said: “With today’s larger containerships, the height of the containers loaded on deck has increased, subjecting the vessels to greater wind resistance.”
Obliquely setting containers behind the windshield made the vessel more streamlined, further reducing wind resistance, it added.
And MOL said the windshield also offered protection from problems caused by water, especially “green water” on the bow deck during bad weather.
Data was accumulated by comparing the operational performance of two sister ships on the same route, one with a windshield and one without. The testing eliminated data from the impact of ocean waves and extracting only that on differences in wind resistance.
The results of the analysis were presented at the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers’ autumn and spring meetings in November and this month.
MOL said the test results confirmed “about 2% average CO2 reduction, sailing at 17 knots per hour, compared with an identical vessel at the same speed without the device installed”.
The carrier was continuing the testing “to confirm the windshield’s seaworthiness and sailing data analysis”, and looked forward to “more advanced technological development” based on the research project.
Slow-steaming, bulbous bow design and retrofitting and hulls coated with anti-fouling paint are all deployed by the major ocean carriers in a constant quest to reduce fuel costs and associated carbon emissions. Increased fuel costs were the primary reason why container lines generally posted disappointing first-quarter results this year.
A 60-70% hike in average bunker costs in the first three months on the same period of 2016 pushed both Maersk Line and Hapag-Lloyd into the red, despite analysts expecting the carriers to turn a profit on the back of a spike in freight rates.
MOL’s research into improving the aerodynamics of containerships, thus reducing fuel consumption, by fitting windshields will therefore no doubt interest its carrier peers.
Meanwhile, MOL announced last week a joint project with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding for developing a concept for “an autonomous ocean transport system”.
MOL sees major benefits in the future of unmanned vessels, which it claimed include eliminating needless voyages, reducing logistics costs, offering a seamless connection with other modes of transport, minimising accidents at sea and reducing environmental impact.

DPW Crane Collision Investigation Concluding Next Month

DP World has told Port Technology that the investigation into the incident involving a CMA-CGM containership colliding with its quay crane at Terminal 1 in Jebel Ali, Dubai on May 4, 2017, will finish in June.

The terminal operator reported that clearance of the collapsed crane is “following all necessary safety procedures” and is expected to finish early next month after starting on May 10. 
DP World added that, as a result of the combined efforts of the external emergency services and its internal safety teams, the ten people who sustained injuries have all been discharged since receiving medical treatment at either its terminal clinic or hospital.
There has also been no environmental impact and “only minimal disruption” to operations and customer service as a result of the incident.
A second quay crane that was struck but not toppled in the incident has been assessed for structural integrity but remains out of use pending further repair.  
DP World has reported that all those involved in the incident are cooperating fully with the investigation.
A DP World spokesperson said: “Our first priority is always the safety of our employees and visitors to our ports, as well as ensuring no adverse environmental impact at our global operations. 
“At the time of the incident we put all our resources into locating those affected as quickly as possible and providing necessary medical treatment. 
“We also quickly secured the area to prevent further harm to either people or the environment from any adverse conditions created by the incident.”
A single unverified source has pointed blame at the terminal operator since CCTV footage and images of the incident showing the immediate aftermath were shared online.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Getting the best possible outcome for all our stakeholders!

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After recent accidents on the quay with ships colliding with STS Cranes. This is how to berth a ship - all cranes out of the way and a fully skilled workforce putting the ship alongside.

Container Specialist Can Solve Delay Problems for Freight Forwarders and Shippers Alike

Pentalver Aims to Eliminate Quay Rent 

UK – Two phrases which are guaranteed to raise the hackles and the blood pressure of freight forwarders and shippers alike are demurrage and quay rent, an unholy combination which can drain the profit from a job for the forwarder or haulier and infuriate a consignee because of factors sometimes beyond all control. Now Jack of All Trades company (where containers are concerned) Pentalver, is reminding customers there is often an alternative when goods are delayed at Britain's biggest container port. 
Whilst Pentalver transports, refurbishes and converts boxes to customer requirements the company has been a steadily growing presence in the market when it comes to storage, increasing the size of its facilities countrywide. With its strategically placed port operations at Felixstowe, Pentalver can offer loaded storage facilities a short distance from the Port of Felixstowe with the opportunity to store for the as short or long period time to suit the clients requirements, pointing out the potential for saving a large amount of costs on quay rent. 

Pentalver recently won accolades for its reefer management in Felixstowe and with 42% of the UK’s box traffic passing through the Suffolk port, the ability to shunt containers between quayside and its secure depot, which includes the option of bonded storage, means shippers with predicted or unforeseen delays can contact the Pentalver department responsible for taking care of transfer and storage directly on or call 0333 150 2680.

Automation At It's Finest

Automation operations at LBCT Berth LB 24 against the container ship OOCL LONG BEACH.

Peel Ports hires 22 new recruits from within 15 miles of Port of Liverpool

Peel Ports new recruits with Container Director, Jouke Schaap (Pictured on right.)
22 new positions have been filled at the Liverpool2 container terminal, with all the successful recruits coming within a 15 mile radius of the port. The majority of the posts are highly skilled positions within the operations control room for the new container facility, which opened in November last year. Other roles include operations analysts, operational co-ordinators and a yard strategy manager. The new intake also includes four women.
Colin Darroch, Head of Container Terminal Operations said: “It must be an exceptionally rare occurrence to have an entire intake selected from so close to the port. The feedback that we’re getting is there’s a real buzz about what’s happening at the Port of Liverpool. The opening of the new container terminal is one important aspect of course, especially with the new ship-to-shore cranes being so visible. But there’s been so much investment in different facilities to handle different cargo types. And that’s contributing to a sense that we’re entering a new era for the port and indeed Liverpool’s status as one of the UK’s main trade gateways.”
Caroline Clark, Business and Automation Process Manager added: It’s important to stress that the four women we have recruited were all appointed on merit. However, we’re especially pleased to welcome them, as it sends a positive message about the prospects for females in the maritime industry. We are strong supporters of efforts to encourage more women into STEM professions and hope that we can attract even more to future vacancies.”
Most of the new joiners started in the last few weeks, with the remainder due to join before the end of May.
In a separate development, Peel Ports has appointed APM Terminals’ Jouke Schaap to head up its entire container operations. The position has been created to drive commercial opportunities focussed on the company’s network of terminals and port-centric logistics facilities.
Most recently Head of Commercial for Maasvlakte 2 container terminal in Rotterdam, Jouke has overall responsibility for Peel Ports’ container businesses in Liverpool, Dublin and the Manchester Ship Canal. He took up his position in May.
Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive Officer at Peel Ports, said: We’re very pleased to have secured an individual of Jouke’s calibre to lead the next phase in the future of our container business. His experience, especially that at Maasvlakte 2, will be critical in achieving our ambitious financial and performance targets. Although Liverpool2 is obviously our flagship terminal, our overall presence around the Irish Sea is the real strength, offering cargo owners an unrivalled range of options for moving goods to and from the heart of the UK and Irish markets.”
Jouke Schaap, Peel Ports’ new Container Director said: Peel Ports is shaking up the UK container industry through its investment in Liverpool2 and the Cargo200 campaign. So, it’s a very exciting time to join the company, especially as I will be based in one of the world’s great maritime cities. I am looking forward to using my commercial experience as Peel Ports looks to maximise the potential of its unique network of container facilities.”
Jouke began his career as a consultant with Deloitte, gaining an MBA during his time there. He then joined the Port of Rotterdam, initially as Business Development Manager Logistics, before going on to head up its breakbulk division for six years. Following this, he moved to APM Terminals’ commercial team for Maasvlakte 2.
Previously, Peel Ports’ container business was led by David Huck, who has recently been promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer.
Peel Ports’ container terminals handled over 980,000 TEU in 2015, representing over 9% of the UK and Irish market. The opening of Liverpool2 will see the annual throughput at the Port of Liverpool more than double and by 2025 it is anticipated that Liverpool’s share of the UK container market will be between 15-20%.
For more information on the Port of Liverpool click here.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Ships At The Port Felixstowe

IMO 9251377

26/10/2009, Port of Felixstowe, England.
Posting this as a bit of history - I was surprised to just see that she went for demolition in 2016 when only 13 years old. The fate of many panamax ships as the new Panama canal opened :-(

Built in 2003 by Mitsubishi, Kobe, Japan (1247)
53,822 g.t., 63,096 dwt. & 4,646 teu, as:
'MOL Excellence' to 2016 &
'Seaspan Excellence' until sold for demolition and beached at Alang, India on 31/08/2016.

19/05/2017, sailing from the Port of Felixstowe, England.

Built in 2012 by Jiangsu Rongcheng, Rugao, China (1101)
75,015 g.t., 84,660 dwt., & 6,552 teu, as:
'HS Paris'.

CMA CGM Charter and deployed on their 'NCLEVANT' service - i.e. NW Europe to Eastern Mediterranean.

Port rotation: Felixstowe –Antwerp – Hamburg – Tangier Med - Marsaxlokk – Alexandria – Beirut – Iskenderun – Mersin – Port Said E – Salerno – Algeciras – Felixstowe.

IMO 9237151

19/05/2017, Port of Felixstowe, England. 

Built in 2002 by Samho Heavy Industries, Samho, South Korea (S151)
40,300 g.t., 52,086 dwt. & 4,132 teu, as:
'MSC Donata'

IMO 9630420

19/05/2017, Port of Felixstowe, England.

A better angle this time.

First call at Felixstowe. OOCL charter and deployed on their 'Asia Europe Service Loop 1'.
Built in 2015 by Jiangsu Newyangzi Shipbuilding, Jingjiang, China (YZJ2011-1005)
113,042 g.t., 117,500 dwt. & 10,100 teu, as:
'Hanjin Bosal' to 2016 &
'Seaspan Elbe' since


Here is the full version of our video about women and visible minorities who work as longshoremen at the Port of Montreal.
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World’s First Zero Emission, Fully-Autonomous Containership Planned for 2020

Manned operation is planned to start in the latter half of 2018, with remote-operation beginning in 2019 and fully-autonomous operation starting in 2020. Credit: Yara/Kongsberg

Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara and maritime technology firm Kongsberg Gruppe are teaming up to build what they say will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship.
“The new zero-emission vessel will be a game-changer for global maritime transport contributing to meet the United Nations sustainability goals,” the companies said on Tuesday.
The planned autonomous container feeder ship, to be named YARA Birkeland, will cut emissions from road transport when it starts shipping products from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant to Norway’s Brevik and Larvik ports, the companies said. Brevik and Larvik ports are about 14 km and 26 km away from Porsgrunn respectively by road. The vessel is expected to reduce emissions and boost safety by removing up to 40,000 truck journeys per year.
YARA Birkeland will initially operate as a manned vessel before moving to remote operation in 2019, and later to fully autonomous operations from 2020 onwards.
Kongsberg will be responsible for the development and delivery the technology required for the vessel, including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous operations, in addition to the electric drive, battery and propulsion control systems.
“By moving container transport from land to sea, YARA Birkeland is the start of a major contribution to fulfilling national and international environmental impact goals. The new concept is also a giant step forward towards increased seaborne transportation in general,” says Geir Håøy, President and CEO of Kongsberg.
“Developing systems for autonomous operations is a major opening and natural step for KONGSBERG, considering our decades of expertise in the development and integration of advanced sensors, control and communication systems for all areas of ship operations. YARA Birkeland will set the benchmark for the application of innovative maritime technology for more efficient and environmentally friendly shipping,” Håøy added.
In 2016 Kongsberg teamed up with the UK’s Automated Ships Ltd to build what they claimed would be the world’s first unmanned and fully-automated vessel for offshore operations. If all goes as planned the offshore vessel, named Hrönn, could enter service as the world’s first full-size unmanned ship as early as 2018. 

The World’s First Zero-Emission, Full-Automated Container Ship

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Seaspan Elbe departs Felixstowe for Singapore 28th May 2017

Former Hanjin Bosal which was on charter from Seaspan has a new life with OOCL on undisclosed terms.

The Seaspan Elbe sails as on the Asia Northern Europe Loop1 which sailed straight from Singapore to Felixstowe then Rotterdam and then back to Felixstowe before heading back to Singapore.

She sailed from Felixstowe to Singapore with a draft of 14.1 metres
Loa 336.95 metres
Beam 48.2 metres
Gross tonnage 112967t
Deadweight 115297t
maximum capacity of 10100TEU 

The pilot radios Harwich VTS for the services. VTS replies that the mooring gang was still making fast the MSC Jade on Berth 8 and would be done shortly. Svitzer Deben headed back to the pontoon to collect someone then will come straight to the Seaspan, Svitzer Shotley slowly paddled from the MSC to make fast forward just starboard of centre. Svitzer Deben went astern to pick up the centre lead aft ready for departure.

The mooring gang in attendance lines began to be slackened and bought back aboard. VTS radioed the pilot to say that the Stena Britiannica had been clearance to depart and wanted to pass through the harbour as they were delayed. The pilot said it would be around a 15 minute delay for the departure. As the Stena passed the last head and stern lines were released from the bollards.

The pilot got both tugs, Svitzer Shotley and Svitzer Deben to pull straight off at 25% then the Shotley increased to 50%. Deben increased to 50%, the pilot wanted to get the bow out before the stern. 

Coming ahead on the main engine the pilot releases the Shotley from forward while the Deben comes astern of the Seaspan Elbe. 
Passing the Fort Buoy the pilot gets the Deben to go out on the starboard side at full line load to take her around the 90deg Beach End.

Deano C

MSC Renews Intermodal Contract with Rail Freight Operator

UK – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has awarded GB Railfreight (GBRf) a three-year contract extension of their intermodal freight agreement running container services out of the Port of Felixstowe. Building on their 15 year relationship, this new contract will see GBRf running 98 rail platforms daily. Dan Everitt, Managing Director of MSC UK, said: 
“MSC is delighted to be extending our contract with GB Railfreight as we enter our 15th year of working together. Rail is an integral part of our supply chain enabling us to move our customers’ containers closer to their final destination, while offering a reduction in CO2 emissions. Our decision to extend the contract for an additional three years is testament to our long-standing successful partnership with GB Railfreight that in turn allows us to deliver a reliable, seamless rail service to our customers.” 
Through 2015, GBRf and MSC worked towards running the longest Intermodal train on the network at 610 metres long. TEU capacity was increased by 52 on a round trip basis, removing an estimated 26,208 lorry movements per annum. GBRf currently runs three daily services for MSC UK, one to Newell and Wright in Rotherham, and two to ABP Connect in Hams Hall in the West Midlands. John Smith, Managing Director of GBRf, commented: 
“GB Railfreight welcomes the extension of our contract with MSC, and I am proud we get to continue playing such a significant role in supporting the Port of Felixstowe. The container market is an important source of growth for the industry, and it’s vital that we provide the terminal and network infrastructure that allows us to meet present and future consumer demand.” 
Picture: John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, and Dan Everitt, Managing Director of Mediterranean Shipping Company UK.

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Port Of Felixstowe Next Door Neighbour

Been up to Levington creek several times in the last few weeks and seen herds of wild deer each time and many birds of prey.. but today watched a heron eating a snake..didnt get photo tho as was to far away but watched it through binoculars 
What a wonderful world we live in.