Saturday, 30 June 2018

This afternoon was the first time I've seen 4 ships at @LondonGatewayUK

This afternoon was the first time I've seen 4 ships at (from left to right): EXPRESS ROME (operated by ) - 10,114 TEU capacity AS PAULINA ( ) - 2,556 TEU MARFRET GUYANE () - 1,713 TEU YM EVOLUTION () - 4,662 TEU

Krispen Atkinson

Halo is handed keys to new multi-temperature facility at DP World London Gateway

London, United Kingdom, 27 June 2018: DP World London Gateway handed SH Pratt Group the keys to its bespoke temperature controlled warehouse - home to its new business, Halo.
The 108,555 sq ft facility at DP World London Gateway’s Logistics Park was completed in less than 24 weeks, under budget and within just eight months of the planning application first being submitted.
Senior executives from SH Pratt Group and DP World London Gateway attended a formal hand over of the building on Tuesday, June 27. 
SH Pratt Group will now start occupation of the building and undertake the fit out, installing high-tech temperature controlling equipment across nine chambers including three frozen chambers.
The intention is to have the building operational and handling a large variety of temperature controlled, chilled and frozen products by October.
Halo is seeking to reduce food miles and increase freshness in perishable and chilled supply chains by adding value to products coming across the quay at DP World London Gateway Port.
The facility is a Grade A quality building, rated BREEAM ‘Excellent’, EPC ‘A’ rated and with The Planet Mark™ accreditation, ensuring that construction was undertaken in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway:
We are delighted to have handed the keys to SH Pratt Group for its first Halo facility.
The processes we have put in place to deliver bespoke warehouses for tenants quickly and flexibly are working. This is demonstrated by the fact we have handed over this building less than eight months after the planning application was submitted.
As a developer of industrial real estate, possessing considerable in-house supply chain expertise, we have the ability to rapidly develop fit-for-purpose, environmentally friendly buildings in a location that lends itself to enhancing supply chains.
This project with SH Pratt Group is a great example.  Halo is going to add value to temperature controlled supply chains, through its mix of expertise and know-how and through operating a high-spec, focussed facility on the same site as one of the world’s fastest growing container ports.
DP World London Gateway’s market-centric location, 25 miles from Central London, means more than 18 million consumers are located within a 90 minute drive. It presents an opportunity for retailers and importers to reduce lead times, increase the freshness and shelf life of products by getting them to stores faster – and with a reduced carbon footprint.
The fast delivery of the building, which comprises 100,094 sq ft of warehouse space and 8,461 sq ft of office space, was constructed by contractor Readie, and its accelerated programme comes thanks to a Local Development Order which DP World London Gateway has agreed with Thurrock Council – one of only two such unique planning consents in the UK.
The order ensures planning consent can be obtained for warehouse facilities up to 1.5 million sq ft in size and up to 42m in height, within just 28 days – meaning occupiers can begin reaping the benefits of reconfigured supply chains sooner.
 Robert Wells, Chairman, SH Pratt Group:
This is another key milestone in the development of Halo, our exciting new venture. We’re really pleased with how the building has progressed.We’ll now begin a three-month period of fitting out the building with high-tech temperature controlled equipment, which will enable us to handle a huge variety of refrigerated and frozen goods.
Halo will see us drawing on our expertise in delivering a quality service when it comes to handling a wide range of products. This will be through a state-of-the-art, fully accredited, fully-focused facility, which coupled with the Group’s sister company, Kinship Logistics, and its ideal location at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, will be able to pass on tangible savings to customers and also reduce demurrage by offering a rapid turnaround.
For more information about Halo visit or call 01582 436509.

COSCO Finalizes OOCL Deal

COSCO’s takeover of OOCL has been approved by Chinese anti-trust authorities a day earlier than the intended deadline of June 30, according to Tradewinds.

By merging with OOCL, COSCO’s new combined fleet of around 400 vessels will manage an annual capacity of more than 2.7 million TEU, which, according to shipping analyst Alphaliner’s data, will push it ahead of CMA CGM to make it the third largest ocean carrier in the world.
The merger’s impact on container shipping competition has concerned analysts as the top six ocean carriers’ market share will swell to over 60%.

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It was predicted that COSCO could have faced large fines if it had fallen short of the merger’s agreed deadline.
An Alphaliner newsletter in April stated: “OOIL will receive a break fee of $253 million if COSCO fails to complete the deal by the deadline, but the fee would be waived if the transaction 'failed to meet the requirements of CFIUS', even though the CFIUS clearance was not listed as one of the five pre-conditions for the offer from COSCO.”

COSCO takes on Maersk

Fri 29 Jun 2018 by Rebecca Moore

COSCO snaps at Maersk’s heels with its takeover of OOCL
Its takeover of OOCL will help it in this aim. It places it head and shoulders above its Ocean Alliance partners CMA CGM and Evergreen in terms of size. Post takeover, COSCO will own 49% of the Ocean Alliance fleet by value, 54% by TEU and will own 51% of the vessels by number, according to VesselsValue figures.
The merger brings COSCO closer in capacity compared to Maersk Line, PIC 2 boosting its fleet to 225 vessels at 1.75M TEU, compared to its fleet of 1.64M TEU and 122 vessels without OOCL’s ships.
The gap will hugely narrow when COSCO’S newbuilding orderbook is taken into account.
Its 374,534 TEU on order is considerably more than Maersk’s newbuilding orderbook at just over 96,000 TEU. Once added, COSCO’s fleet at 2.13M TEU will be even closer to Maersk’s 2.37M TEU when both current and orderbook ships are combined.
But it is not just about fleet size. OOCL is a wise choice. It has a strong record for above-average profits in a difficult market.
And it is not just the takeover of OOCL that I think will push it above Maersk – COSCO has a major role in China’s Belt and Road initiative, with its port division aggressively buying stakes in Europe and elsewhere.
That will help propel it up the ranks to top of the league.

Cocaine seized on container ship CAP SAN SOUNIO, probable crew complicity

Peruvian Drug Enforcement agency officers searched very large container ship CAP SAN SOUNIO in the morning Jun 29 at Callao container terminal, on arrival from Buenaventura, Colombia. They found and seized 24-kilo shipment of cocaine, hidden in a compartment under cargo deck in Row 04 Bay 64 Aft area, cocaine is believed to be destined for Europe. The place where cocaine was found implies possibility of crew complicity, it wasn’t hidden, as in majority of container ships drug busts, in container. At least one crew is detained and interrogated as a suspect. As of morning Jun 30, CAP SAN SOUNIO was still at Callao.
Container ship CAP SAN SOUNIO, IMO 9633953, dwt 124426, capacity 9600 TEU, built 2014, flag Singapore, manager ENESEL Cyprus, Service Eurosal Loop 1.


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Great Yarmouth the perfect port of call for American cruise tourists

Picture courtesy of Seabourn website
More than 450 American tourists will call into the Port of Great Yarmouth this Saturday (30th June) as the Norfolk town prepares to welcome one of its first ever cruise ships.
The MV Seabourn Quest will dock at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour at around 7am, carrying 458 American passengers, as part of a Northern European tour offered by Seabourn Cruise Line.
Her arrival marks the first of several lines for the US-based luxury cruise operator planned for this year and in 2019. In September 2018 the MV Seabourn Ovation vessel will dock into the port, with the MV Seabourn Quest returning in July 2019.  
Peel Ports has been working with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to ensure passengers receive a five-star welcome and a chance to explore what the town has to offer.
This includes a special coach tour which will visit some of the town’s key attractions such as the Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth Minster and Town Centre, and the famous Golden Mile.
As part of a special civic reception on the quayside, they will be greeted by local band Great Yarmouth Brass and magician Sean Goodman and will have the chance to take part in a guided heritage walk from the Fishermen’s Hospital.
Cllr Kerry Robinson-Payne, the deputy mayor, said: “This is a great opportunity to develop a new side to our visitor economy through the Outer Harbour. This will be the first time that some of our American visitors have experienced a traditional British seaside, and we’ve laid on a special, action-packed itinerary to showcase our rich history and fun attractions.”
 The arrival of the Seabourn Quest follows a period of significant investment at Great Yarmouth from Peel Ports, which includes an expansion of the Outer Harbour wall and an upgrade in facilities to attract new commodities and strengthen its capabilities in the offshore wind sector.
Richard Goffin, Port Director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth said: “Investment has been crucial to the success of Great Yarmouth and we have made significant wins in areas including offshore energy, automotive and bulk cargo. This new cruise call is part of our ongoing success story, and yet another new opportunity for Great Yarmouth.  
“The cruise industry in the UK is going from strength to strength, which makes it a key sector for us to expand into at Great Yarmouth and market it as a destination for cruise operators.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Seabourn’s American passengers and hope they enjoy their time here.”
The arrival of the Seabourn Quest will officially be marked at 10am by a presentation to the ship’s captain by Cllr Robinson-Payne, who will be accompanied by civic dignitaries including including Cllr Carl Smith, the deputy council leader, and Henry Cator, the high steward of Great Yarmouth.
MV Seabourn Quest will arrive into Great Yarmouth on Saturday 30th June, berthing at around 0700hrs and departing at 1800hrs.
For more information on the Port of Great Yarmouth click here.

MSC Topaz arrives to the Port of Felixstowe on a busy day of tide restricted vessels 29th June 2018


Published on 29 Jun 2018


Friday, 29 June 2018

There Are Some Very Good Truckers Out On The Road

I know the lorry drivers often get a bad press but thought I would just give the one I encountered yesterday a big thumbs up and Thank you! Bartrums Haulage driver yesterday about 5.15 at the smaller Tesco roundabout just before Copdock Mill - my 17 year old learner driver daughter was negotiating this roundabout Felixstowe bound from London Road for the first time, 3 cars in the right hand lane had already zipped on to the roundabout while she was waiting for a suitable gap but the Bartrums Haulage driver hung back in the right hand lane, allowing us full sight of traffic coming round and giving her the time to only enter the roundabout when she felt it was safe for her to do so, he then simultaneously pulled onto the roundabout which served to slow down the faster drivers coming around the roundabout towards Pinewood. It wasn't until just after that I appreciated what he had actually done - Thank you!

‎Tanya Anderson‎ to Felixstowe - The Residents' Page

Man killed, 3 others injured at Port of Longview after line tied to ship snaps

With great regret, we've been made to understand that a longshore worker and member of ILWU Local Union 21 suffered a fatal accident yesterday at the port of Longview, Washington.

Byron "Jake" Jacobs, a dedicated family man with a wife and three children under the age of ten was, according to reports, involved in line handling operations associated with a log export vessel.

The unconfirmed reports received thus far, indicate that there was a "snapback" situation created by one of the tensioned mooring lines. Mr. Jacobs was, from those same reports, struck and killed by the parted line.

In the fullness of time, we hope to learn more about the particulars of this accident. Those members with credible information are encouraged to report it here. In the meantime, we mourn with the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Jacobs.

UPDATE: 28 June 11:15 AM

We now understand that the vessel at issue is M/V ANSAC SPLENDOR (see photo below). Line handling orders were apparently issued by the Port of Longview.

UPDATE: 28 June 5:00 PM

We have been told by normally reliable sources that the accident outlined above occurred during the shifting of the vessel from one berth to another, and that only one mooring line had been deployed in that process, taking the entire strain of the vessel's load imposition when it parted.

We also have been made to understand that a crew member was also seriously injured in this accident, and is not expected to live.

News reports now coming our way indicate that a security guard and another longshore worker were hurt, with non-life threatening injuries.

Ron Signorino to Longshore Safety- Facebook

Bernie Sanders: These exploited truck drivers are living an "American nightmare."

Published on 25 Nov 2017

Driving for 18 hours a day. Working for two weeks and taking home a paycheck worth nothing. No health care or overtime pay. These exploited truck drivers are living an "American nightmare." Canadians of all ages please sign:

Cars could be allowed over Orwell Bridge during high winds, but lorries banned

Jason Noble

A traffic management plan to allow cars to continue to use the Orwell Bridge during high winds is being drawn up by highways chiefs, it has been revealed.

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin said it strengthened calls for a Northern Bypass Picture: GREGG BROWN
The plan, a filter system separating lorries and cars, is being designed by road bosses.
It could mean lorries are sent on diversions while cars are allowed to continue on their journeys over the bridge.
The idea for the plan has been revealed by Highways England in its response to a series of questions from Ipswich Borough Council’s overview and scrutiny committee.
But Highways England says that while Suffolk police and Suffolk County Council are supporting the idea, it did not mean it would be implemented.
Currently segregating lorries and other high-sided vehicles is considered “not viable” because of the road layout, but assessment was continuing to test the safety of options on the table.
Highways England said a traffic management plan and road signs were being designed to separate trucks onto the diversions and allow cars to carry on.
A spokesman said: “We are currently working with our partners within local authorities, emergency services and in local business to reach a solution to the high traffic caused every time the bridge is closed and devise a protocol which explains any closure, and details what we are doing to minimise any disruption caused.
“We will continue to work closely with everyone to realise further improvements as we realise the importance of the A14 and Orwell Bridge, not just for Ipswich but for all of Britain.”

Other measures being looked at include installing wind barriers on the bridge, but more detailed studies are needed to make sure it won’t create a wind tunnel effect.
But progress has been criticised by Sandra Gage, vice-chairman of the committee, who said the idea was first raised two years ago.
“I will be questioning what is holding this up, and asking on Thursday for Highways England to attend the October meeting of the committee to tell us whether they are prepared to trial letting cars through on windy days this winter,” she said.
Ipswich MP Sandy Martin said it strengthened the need for a Northern Bypass, and added: “Highways England still does not appear to have grasped the severity of the congestion caused in Ipswich when the Orwell Bridge is closed.
“For lorries leaving Felixstowe there have been occasions when it would have been easier and quicker for them to reach the Midlands via Lowestoft, rather than sitting in stationary queues in the centre of Ipswich.
“We have asked for multiple diversion routes, so that different alternative roads are used for different journeys, but Highways England and Suffolk County Council have ignored that request.”
A Suffolk County Council highways spokesman added: “All diversions routes must be planned carefully to ensure the safety of those travelling on them.

“A number of factors are considered when planning a diversion, such as height and weight restrictions, and the construction of the roads to ensure the route is suitable for all vehicles, big, small and abnormal.
“Highways England is responsible for the A14 and Orwell Bridge and we will continue to work with them by commenting and supporting on any proposals, with the aim of driving forward suitable alternatives for the area.”