Saturday, 30 September 2017

Crane Drivers Can Only See This Type Of View. Keep In Their Area Of Vision



Si la vida pone a cada uno en su lugar, en la zona de gilipollas van a tener que poner gradas supletorias.
Canarias - El paraiso

This is the view of a Ship To Shore Crane Driver. If you are a Stevedore / Checker / IMV driver etc please note what the crane driver can see or CANNOT see.

Crane jacking with the Mega Jack 800, Barcelona, Spain

Crane jacking with the Mega Jack 800, Barcelona, Spain

ALE has completed the jacking of an STS crane by 6.3m at the TCB terminal in the Port of Barcelona.

The manoeuvre was the first of three twin STS cranes to be heightened and was the first time ALE’s latest innovation, the Mega Jack 800, has been used for a crane jacking in Spain.

The upper part of the crane was jacked using the jacking points in the modular beams. The distance between the rails of the crane was 30,480mm and the loads lifted in each leg ranged from 302t to 437t, which amounted to a combined total of 1,433t.

Crane jacking with the Mega Jack 800, Barcelona, SpainThe Mega Jack 800 system was used alongside a gantry support measuring 20.5 x 20.6 x 16.5mm installed on four towers with four integrated hydraulic jacks with 620mm stroke (each) and 800t capacity per tower.

The crane jacking was performed in 12 stages and the crane was raised by 560mm at each stage. The crane reached a total height of 6.3m to allow for the 6m leg extensions to be installed.

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Trade, Automation and Job Losses

Some experts argue that the next wave of technological advances will replace many existing jobs but will also create new ones. Other experts disagree, arguing that the new wave of technologies is different (in terms of speed, scale and force) and will replace human jobs at a massive scale, leading to a “jobless future.”
The 2017 edition of the World Trade Organization’s flagship publication, the World Trade Report, examines these issues highlighting how technology and trade affect labor markets. 
Technological progress and openness to trade – the two most important drivers of economic advances and change today – are inextricably linked. The rise of a more integrated global economy has accelerated the spread of innovation, information and know-how and has spurred cross-border collaboration and competition, all of which have helped to fuel technological advances. At the same time, these technological advances – from containerization to improvements in air-travel, to the invention of the internet – have helped to bring about today’s increasingly integrated global economy. The result tends to be a virtuous circle in which advances in technology lead to more openness to trade, and economic openness spurs technological advance, all helping to underpin deepening growth and greater integration of developing countries into the global economy. 
In the nineteenth century, new technologies – steamships, railways, the telegraph – allowed early industrializers in Europe and North America to race ahead of the rest of the world. In the twentieth century, newer technologies – automobiles, airplanes, telecommunications – enabled the next wave of industrializers – Korea, Singapore and other “Asian Tigers” – to catch up with the developed countries, even as they redoubled their per capita income lead on the less developed world. Now, even more advanced technologies – computers, smartphones, the internet – are fueling the latest and biggest wave of economic catch-up, as dozens of developing countries achieve sustained annual growth rates of eight percent or more.
Advanced economies continue “developing,” evolving from agricultural, to industrial, and now to services- and knowledge-based economies. Every month an average of 1.7 million jobs disappear – and an equal number is created – in a U.S. labor market of 160 million. In 1970, over a quarter of American employees worked in the manufacturing industry. Today, it employs less than 10 percent, yet U.S. manufacturing output has nearly tripled. 
The services sector encompasses a broad range of activities ranging from professional services, healthcare and banking to retail and wholesale trade, tourism and transport. According to ILO estimates, the services sector has been the world’s largest provider of jobs since the early 2000s. The global number of services jobs increased steadily by an average of three percent annually between 2000 and 2016. 
The phenomenon of digitalization has led to the emergence of new business and employment models, often referred to as the “platform economy.” In particular, the establishment and development of new digital transportation, accommodation and on-demand and freelance labor platforms have enabled the creation of new types of jobs as well as temporary and flexible contracting arrangements.
Several studies and reports have attempted to estimate the share of jobs that are at high risk of automation. Different methodologies and underlying assumptions lead to substantially different estimates which tend to be larger in developing countries than in developed countries. One recent study identified retail salespeople, administrative assistants, food counter personnel, cashiers and transport truck drivers as working at occupations that are at a greater risk of automation. 
While the debate remains unsettled and controversial, the upcoming technological progress is likely to continue being disruptive by having an impact on skills development, by making some skills obsolete but enhancing others and creating a need for new skills. 
The report is available here.
The opinions expressed herein are the author's and not necessarily those of The Maritime Executive.

Port Technology Takes on AI and Automation in New Event

  28 Sep 2017 10.27am

Port Technology is bringing together thought leaders to debate the best ways to automate port and terminal processes by launching the third Container Terminal Automation Conference with the new theme of artificial intelligence (AI).

The 2018 theme for the next event is ‘Automated Intelligence and AI’, which follows on from last year’s theme ‘Beyond Moves Per Hour’, and will take place on March 14-15, 2018 at the Grange City Hotel in London, UK.
Those employed in the port industry see AI development as a threat that is overtaking human capabilities, but the opportunity to create efficiency means that it is another technology that professionals need to understand before they can unlock its enormous potential.
Port Technology plans to do this by dedicating the conference to debating key industry issues with global ports and terminals, shipping liners, industry bodies, research agents, consultants, contractors, as well as technology, solution and equipment providers.
Last year's event had speakers from the World Economic Forum, Orbita Ingenieria, Trelleborg Marine Systems, Siemens, Seaintelligence Consulting, ABB, OECD, Ericsson, TBA, Inform, Drewry Maritime Research, Navis, Konecranes, and Hyperloop One.
AI moves so fast it is difficult to get a grip on the changes that are already occurring in the supply chain.
But the PTI conference will tackle this by bringing together the top futurists, analysts, and engineers in AI Automation.
Experts will help you find out the secrets of AI Automation, explore the latest innovative operations along the supply chain and discuss the human cost.
Find out what is in store for humanity and physical trade, and ensure that the best cybersecurity practices are in place to combat the threats that come with technological innovation.
Anyone can submit a guest speaker or moderator suggestion, or if you are a guest speaker wishing to present, please get in touch.

If you book your place before November 30, 2017, you will receive a £500 discount

Purchase your delegate ticket now via the website, by emailing, or by calling +44 (0) 20 7871 0123.

Take a look at 2017 event showreel and photo gallery, and see for yourself what you can expect at the 2018 conference

Friday, 29 September 2017


Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe won the Port Operator of the Year at the Lloyd's List Global Awardspresented last night at the National Maritime Museum in London.

The Port of Felixstowe won the award for a combination of its innovation, focus on reducing CO2, improved safety and emphasis on rail, helping to reduce road congestion.
Commenting on the award, Eric Ip, Group Managing Director, Hutchison Ports, said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Hutchison Ports. The Port of Felixstowe is a key element in what was the first, and is still the leading, global port network. I would like to congratulate everyone at the Port of Felixstowe on winning this award and for helping to ensure that Hutchison Ports continues to set new standards."
Clemence Cheng, Executive Director, Hutchison Ports and CEO of the Port of Felixstowe, added:"This year we are celebrating 50 years of dedicated container handling at the Port of Felixstowe. Throughout that time we have maintained a strong focus on constant improvement in all areas of our operations. We have invested constantly in new equipment, systems and people to both improve efficiency and reduce our environmental impact. Mostly, however, this award is a testament to the skill and dedication of our people and shows that, 50 years on from being the UKs first container terminal, we continue to lead the field."
In his opening speech, Richard Meade, managing editor of Lloyd's List said:"The past 20 years have thrown up many different challenges for shipping. We have seen stratospheric dry bulk rates followed by an unprecedented collapse. We have suffered the resurgence of piracy and the rising threat of cyber-attacks.
"But we have, at the same time, achieved extraordinary feats of technological distinction, creating the efficient backbone of globalisation, and, I would argue, a better world in the process."
The 20th anniversary of the awards were attended by over 400 industry professionals and hosted by BBC presenter Jeremy Vine. Recipients are chosen from entries taken from around the world and adjudicated by a distinguished judging panel.


While we presently have a victim who remains nameless and while have no indication of a precise date, we do know that a worker provided by a manpower agency to the non-union stevedoring firm SeaonusStevedoring, [] suffered fatal injuries while on the dock adjacent to an as yet unnamed refrigerated cargo ship loading poultry products at New Orleans port last month.
We’ve been made to understand that, while in the process of hoisting an electric forklift truck into one of the ship’s reefer hatches using ship’s gear, the forklift toppled over onto the dock and the mast of the machine (moving horizontally over the dock) came down and fell squarely onto the worker; killing him. The report we received indicated that the fatally injured worker was in his late twenties.
That same report theorized that as the ship’s boom was in motion and still being spotted over the forklift, the hoisting sling was applied to the forklift. That premature application of the sling apparently created a natural slack/drift which was transmitted through the hoist wire, and when the crane operator applied a strain on the gear the forklift was hoisted unevenly and toppled as a result.
Media coverage at New Orleans (the TIMES-PICAYUNE) is notoriously poor in covering accidents that occur on the waterfront. In this case, there was no coverage available to us at all. Notwithstanding, we continue our research into this accident and any further facts disclosed to us will appear within this post as an updated supplement. 

You cannot just pull a person off the street and make them a Docker / Longshoreman / Wharfie. R.I.P young man

OOCL christens another ‘G Class’ vessel, the OOCL United Kingdom

Today, OOCL commemorated the christening of the latest 21,413 TEU containership to join our fleet this year. Constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), Hull H2175 is the fourth in the line of six ordered by OOCL from the Korean shipyard.

OOCL christens another ‘G Class’ vessel, the OOCL United Kingdom
Caption: From L-R: Mr. D. Y. Park, President & Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Heavy Industries; Mrs. Tamiko Onaka, Sponsor; Mr. Koichi Onaka, Managing Executive Officer of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (SMTB) and Guest of Honor; Mrs. Jackeline Tung, wife of Mr. Alan Tung; Mr. Alan Tung, CFO of OOCL

Named the OOCL United Kingdom, and together with her sister vessels, Chief Financial Officer of OOCL Mr. Alan Tung indicated that they are “a class of their own” as the world’s largest by carrying capacity.
“Following our ‘M Class’ of 13,208 TEU vessels also built here at SHI, we are delighted to be adding these state-of-the-art titans at sea ‘G Class’ containerships into our fleet,” said Mr. Tung at the naming ceremony.  “In commemoration of this milestone at OOCL, we are very pleased to be able to once again invite Mrs. Tamiko Onaka as our Sponsor to officiate the naming of our latest vessel.  Thank you, Mrs. Onaka, for joining us and doing us the honor.”  
The last time Mrs. Onaka gave her blessings to our vessel was in 2015 when the 8,888 TEU OOCL Genoa was christened and later set sail on her maiden voyage to begin her service on the Trans-Pacific trade lanes.
In his ceremonial address, Mr. Tung also gave his special thanks to our Guest of Honor, Mr. Koichi Onaka, Managing Executive Officer of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (SMTB), for playing an important role in supporting OOCL’s fleet improvement that started with the financing work on two OOCL ‘SX Class’ vessels which eventually culminated in making the OOCL United Kingdom a success.
“SMTB has long been recognized for its knowledge in the shipping industry,” said Mr. Tung.  “The reasons for this success is both due to a long history of shipping in Japan and also the Bank’s global outlook and perspective.  I cherish our friendship and look forward to further our collaboration and work together in the future.”
To express his gratitude and appreciation at the event, Mr. Onaka said: “My special thanks goes to all those who contributed to the success of OOCL United Kingdom.  Without your great dedication toward this project and brilliant organization, this wonderful event wouldn’t have been possible.  I am very proud to be here, and I thank OOCL for giving my wife, Tamiko, the great honor to name and bless the vessel.  It is an experience she and I will never forget.”
In thanking SHI and commenting on the long-standing business partnership with the shipyard, Mr. Tung remarked: “The shipbuilding process is a complicated one.  From hull form design, machinery selection, fabrication to assembly, the shipyard must be able to bring a concept on paper to become a technically sound and economically viable product for the ship owner, the shipyard, the makers and sub-contractors.  Adding on the fact that many aspects of this class of vessels are in fact record breaking, be it size or machinery capacity and output, I think SHI should be very proud that it has achieved this goal in the safest and most efficient manner.”
Together with her sister ships, the OOCL United Kingdom, as the largest containership in the world, follows the same port rotation to call Felixstowe as the first European port of call in her maiden voyage.
Interestingly, 27 years ago in 1990, the largest containership in the world at the time also celebrated her first European port of call on her maiden voyage to Felixstowe. She was the vessel named OOCL Hope, a 3,500 TEU containership from OOCL.  To put things further into perspective, OOCL United Kingdom is six times larger or 600% greater in capacity, but only burns 60% more fuel per day.
The OOCL United Kingdom will be serving the Asia-Europe trade lane on the LL1 service and her port rotation is: Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Rotterdam / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Felixstowe / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian / Shanghai in a 77-day round trip.
Vessel Particulars:
 Length overall 399.870 meters Air Draft 73.5 metres
 Length BP 383.0 meters Deadweight Approx. 191,317 metric   tones
 Breadth (Mld) 383.0 meters Container carrying   capacity 21,413 TEUs
 Depth (Mld) 32.5 metres IMO number 9776200
 Designed Draught (Mld) 14.5 metres Official number HK-4866
 Scantling Draught (Mld) 16.0 metres Call Sign VRQZ8
Source: OOCL



Caption: Industrial pipes salvaged from the North Sea are reprocessed at ABP Lowestoft on 28 September 2017
An array of giant industrial pipes, which were rescued following an incident in the North Sea, are being reprocessed at the Port of Lowestoft as part of a sustainability project.
Following the arrival of the first pipe in the port on Friday, 1 September, ABP’s Lowestoft team have been working closely with the Salvors and the Environment Agency, to agree a sustainable reprocessing method to allow the pipes to be safely cut into 12-metre lengths.
As part of the operation cut sections of pipe will be lifted from Lake Lothing onto the port’s quays for storage before being exported for reprocessing overseas.
The seven large polyethylene pipes in lengths of up to 290 metres long each were rescued following an incident on 19 July, which involved a collision between two vessels in the Dover Straits. The incident damaged the pipes near the mid-point causing a series of failures in the tow bridle connections and a number of pipes were washed up on the East Coast.
Andrew Harston, ABP Short Sea Ports Director, said: “It is fantastic that we have managed to step in and support this reprocessing project and we look forward to working with all parties involved to ensure that operations run smoothly and leave a minimal impact on the environment. This is a great example of the type of flexibility and service that is regularly delivered by the ABP team at Lowestoft.”

Break-Bulk Falls On To Trailer - Updated With More Pics

Love the notice on the crane beam. Chains to lift a gondola ???

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Maersk Elba heads out of Felixstowe for Le Havre with Svitzer Kent assisting. 25th September 2017


The 366 metre Maersk Elba sails from Felixstowe Berth 6 with the help of Svitzer Kent fast centre lead aft. As they came off the berth the pilot varied the Kent's power to pull her clear. Once clear the pilot came ahead on the main engine and radioed tbe Kent to say they probably didn't require them at the Beach End as they were steering ok. Passing the Fort Buoy the Kent comes in to be released and retrieves their towing gear from the aft of the Elba.

OOCL Hong Kong departs Felixstowe after her second voyage to Europe. 26th September 2017

In the title sequence in have got the second tug as Svitzer Shotley but in fact it should read Svitzer Sky. The world's largest container ship OOCL Hong Kong leaves Felixstowe after her second voyage to Europe. The captain was happy for just the Svitzer Deben to assist her off the berth but a ship of over 395 metres has to have at least two 60 tonne bollard pull tugs in the Harwich Haven Authority area. The pilot had the Svitzer Deben made fast centre lead aft and the Svitzer Sky to push up midships as the lines were released because of a slight Easterly wind that would push the ship away from the quay. After the last of the lines were released the Sky was asked to hang back just incase she was required. The Jonni Ritscher was heading inbound and making best speed to pass the OOCL Hong Kong in the harbour as passing at the 90deg Beach End wouldn't be a good idea. As the pilot uses the Deben to edge away from the berth, Jonni Ritscher passes. The pilot comes ahead on the main engine and keeps the Deben fast aft just incase they need a bit of help around the corner. After a little while Deben moves onto the portside out of the wash of the OOCL Hong Kong. The pilot disembarks onto a pilot launch and heads back into the harbour where he boards the Svitzer Kent as they go out to assist the CSCL Globe into the harbour.

'Governments must get behind drive for safer packing of containers'

Governments must support the widespread use of the CTU Code to improve packing and thus the safety of cargo on the move.
During London Shipping Week, four industry bodies, the Global Shippers Forum, ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council, called on delegates of International Maritime Organisation member states to help implement the Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code).
Secretary general of the GSF Chris Welsh said the coalition of industry bodies “epitomised” the cooperation that existed in ensuring the safety of supply chain operatives and the security of cargo.
While the group claimed “credible statistics” were hard to come by – “due to a lack of engagement by state authorities” – it suggested that 24% of containers carrying dangerous goods were “badly packed”.
Risk management director of TT Club Peregrine Storrs-Fox said container packers were generally distant from ports and unaware of the consequences of a poorly packed goods.
He added that the maritime freight container, in particular, had diversified the responsibility for safe cargo packing from the historic concentration of expertise at quaysides and docks.
“Now, there is clearly a greater need for action by national governments to support these industry initiatives,” said Mr Welsh.
“In fact, it is critical that governments play a role in effecting the more widespread use of the code among those loading CTUs on a daily basis.”
The groups noted that “a lack of training, language problems, the sheer density of the information contained in the code, dramatic variations in the types of cargo now being carried in containers and the complexities of international supply chains were among the myriad challenges facing the industry in achieving widespread adoption”.

Published on 8 Sep 2017

The risks involved in cargo transfers are discussed with TT Club’s Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director, Thomas Miller & Co Ltd.