Sunday, 31 March 2019

A container vessel, the Seaspan New Delhi, has been detained at Hutchison Terminal, Port Botany following an MUA safety blitz

A container vessel, the Seaspan New Delhi, has been detained at Hutchison Terminal, Port Botany following an MUA safety blitz. The union investigation uncovered serious safety and engineering deficiencies on the Hong Kong registered ship, including severe fall from height risks, inadequate fencing, rusted out walkways, busted hatch covers, and other safety breaches. Members will not be unloading this vessel for as long as it takes for remedial work to be completed, likely to be several days at least. More to follow

Matt Goodwin is in Port Botany, New South Wales, Australia.

Choppy waters ahead as seafarers strike for the first time in 500 years at Trinity House

The first pay strike by seamen working for Trinity House in more than 500 years is set to launch on Wednesday (3 April).
The seafarers, members of Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union who have a key role in maintaining safety in British waters, are taking strike action after seven years of below inflation pay rises, or no increases at all.
Unite has 34 members working on three lighthouse tenders - Galatea and Alert based in Harwich, Essex and the Patricia whose home port is Swansea, south Wales.
Its 20 members at Harwich will walk out for 24 hours from 14:00 on 3 April in a move the union described as ‘a shot across the bows’ of the management at Trinity House Lighthouse Services (Corporation of Trinity House Deptford Strond).

Talks yesterday (Thursday 28 March) between Unite and the management, under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas, failed to reach agreement.
Unite’s members voted by 90 per cent for strike action  - it is the first union strike since The Corporation of Trinity House was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514 to regulate pilotage on the River Thames and provide for aged mariners.
Unite said that the lighthouse tenders assist in maintaining almost 11,000 aids to navigation – currently they are involved in a survey of lighting on North Sea oil rigs.
Unite regional officer Miles Hubbard said: “Our members are experienced seafarers on the ships which maintain buoyage and seamarks which are essential for the well-being of mariners in British waters. 
“For the last seven years they have received less than inflation pay awards or no pay rise at all.
“The 24 hour strike on 3 April is a first shot across the bows of the management of this august organisation of which the celebrated diarist Samuel Pepys was once Master. It follows months of negotiations that have now reached a brick wall due to management intransigence

“It will be the first strike over pay in its 505-year-old history.
“More industrial action could be on the cards if the management don’t enter into constructive talks about a decent pay rise for these sailors who are key to maritime safety. Choppy waters could lie ahead.
“Three years ago, Trinity House assured Unite it was prepared to offer a six per cent uplift in order to make our members’ pay comparable to elsewhere in the maritime industry.
“However, this offer was vetoed by its sponsoring government department, the transport ministry, leading to a swell of bad feeling.

“In 2017, the employer imposed a one per cent pay increase which Unite members voted overwhelmingly to reject. Talks, including a pay increase for the year starting April 2018, have continued ever since, but eventually run aground.”
Notes to editors:
The Trinity House website  says: ‘Our long-standing familiarity with the channels, hazards, currents and markings of our coastline also qualify us to inspect and audit almost 11,000 local aids to navigation, license Deep Sea Pilots and provide Elder Brethren as Nautical Assessors to the Admiralty Court’.

For more information please contact Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065
Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1 Web: 
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

COSCO’s 25,000 TEU Megaship Takes Shape

COSCO, the third largest container line in the world by market share, has had designs for its record-breaking 25,000 TEU vessel approved by China’s state-owned shipbuilding company.

According to a statement from Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI), a subsidiary of COSCO that specialises in ship design, the plans for the new vessel were approved at a meeting on March 8, 2019.

 Credit: SSSRI

Furthermore, the SSSRI also said the project, named the ’25,000-Class Container Ship Type Development’, is a significant part of China’s goal of becoming a global maritime superpower.

What does the future hold for the latest generation of megaships? A recent Port Technology technical paper recently answered this question

Credit: SSSRI

As well as that, it is central to the country’s two main strategic initiatives – the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a US$1 trillion plan to accelerate free trade, and Made in China 2025, the scheme by which Beijing wants to become a global hub of high quality goods.

Credit: SSSRI

As part of the announcement, the SSSRI also released pictures of the vessel’s maneuvering test, which is designed to test a vessel’s turning, yaw-checking, course keeping and stopping abilities, and tables showing its potential energy efficiency savings. 

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Maersk deploys EEE vessel from Rotterdam to Shanghai in world’s largest maritime biofuel pilot

A group of Dutch multinationals – FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever – all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), are joining forces with Maersk on a landmark biofuel-powered voyage from Europe to China.
The pilot, using up to 20% sustainable second-generation biofuels on a large triple-E boxship, will sail 25,000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on biofuel blends alone, a world’s first at this scale, saving 1.5m kg of CO2 and 20,000 kg of sulphur.
The CO2 savings of this journey alone equates to the annual CO2 emitted by over 200 households in a year or 12m km travelled in an average car which is 300 times around the world, Maersk stated in a release today. The voyage will take place between March and June 2019.
The DSGC members are sponsoring the pilot with Shell acting as the fuel supplier. The biofuel used in this pilot is produced from used cooking oil. The biofuel is ISCC certified, meaning that the whole chain is third party certified. The pilot further cements Rotterdam’s position as the world’s leading bunker hub for biofuels.
Søren Toft, chief operating officer A.P. Moller – Maersk, commented: “To reach our net zero CO2 target by 2050, in the next 10 years we need big breakthroughs. Maersk cannot do this alone. That is why this collaboration with DSGC and its members is such an important step in identifying and bringing low carbon solutions to life. It lays the foundation for how cross-industry partners can work together to take steps towards a more sustainable future. We welcome others to join in our efforts, as this journey is just beginning.”
Toft said biofuels were a short and medium term solution for the Danish carrier on its avowed path to decarbonise totally by 2050, the first shipping company to make such a bold claim.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Just a reminder to stay alert and work safely, this accident just occurred between a Top Loader and a Yard Hustler

Just a reminder to stay alert and work safely, this accident just occurred between a Top Loader and a Yard Hustler. Thank God that both drivers are alive, and were wearing seatbelts the seatbelt saved the drivers life!!!


Portsmouth International Port (PIP) is keen to become the first UK port to have zero-emission operations, as outlined in the UK government’s Maritime 2050 report.
The report stated that in the next 5-15 years the UK government will aims for at least one major port in the UK to have zero-emissions across all its ship-side activity. PIP confirmed it hadn’t engaged in discussion with the government, which has not disclosed whether it has discussed the plan with any UK port so far.
“We’d like to be the first,” said port director Mike Sellers. “We're aware of the government’s plan and we're engaging with consultants at the moment to look at how we can be the first.”

Air Quality Strategy
PIP is currently working towards its first Air Quality Strategy, which all UK ports are required to have produced by December.

Formal guidance, due this spring, has not yet been issued by the government. Collaborating with the City of Portsmouth, which has its own DEFRA director, PIP is in the process of creating an action plan to include eco-efficient equipment and solar energy, but “we need that guidance first as to what the Department for Transport want,” Mr Sellers stressed.
Work to improve air quality onsite and around the port is part of a long-term strategy. PIPs main terminal building is already carbon neutral with seawater harvesting, used for toilets and heating the building, air captures that help cool the building and smart LED lighting. PIP also uses LED lighting throughout, solar panels on the warehouses, while the new Portico building, announced as part of a GB£15m investment, will have air intakes and solar panels.
Shoreside power is being looked at as a “feasible” possibility for PIP’s soon to be renovated cruise berth. Offering ships the choice of turning off their engines and cutting particulate matter, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide is a huge step toward reducing overall emissions but Mr Sellers acknowledged it is a costly and difficult initiative to implement and provide adequate power.

“Shoreside power's been talked about for a long time – it’s certainly feasible,” he said. “We're looking at shoreside power as a possibility for cruise. It is a huge amount of power but we're looking at being an energy provider rather than being an energy user, so we're doing what we can to get to that level.”

GreenPort - balancing environmental challenges with economic demands

Quebec ferry corporation grounds NM Apollo for good after dismal winter season

Province has spent $3.5 million so far to purchase ferry and ensure service to eastern Quebec 

Friday, 29 March 2019

Robot Versus Lorry At London Gateway

New Greggs bakery set to open in Felixstowe

Anzani filling station in Triniity Avenue, Felixstowe - set for a revamp Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The bakery with in-house eating area will be the second in the seaside town – and brings the promise of 10 new jobs.

The development is set to take place at the Felixstowe Dock Service Area in Anzani Avenue – just off the A154 Trinity Avenue stretch of dual carriageway leading to Dock Gate Two.
Site operators Motor Fuel Group have applied to Suffolk Coastal District Council for a complete revamp of the service area which will involve demolition of the existing carwash, HGV wash and prefabricated cafe.
In its place will be built a new Greggs bakery and cafe, extra car parking and lorry parking, cycle parking, new jet wash, with a new exit onto Trinity Avenue.
The lorry parking at the 15,399 sq m site will be increased from 18 to 44 HGV spaces.
The filling station area – built in the early 1990s – will remain unchanged. The existing shower block on site will also be refurbished.
Planning officers are currently examining the plans, which are currently out for consultation. Felixstowe Town Council’s planning and environment committee will discuss the application on Wednesday, March 27.
In a report submiited with the plans, JMS Planning & Development Ltd, agents for Motor Fuel Group, say the project represents new inward investment into Felixstowe; provides much needed additional, secure, lorry parking close to Felixstowe port; creates 10 new jobs – two full-time and eight part-time; while providing new roadside infrastructure and additional consumer choice to meet an existing demand.
The company said: “The principle of the proposal is established on site by the existing HGV parking and prefabricated café, and the proposal merely seeks to replace the café with a permanent structure, improving the offer and environment on site.
“The proposals include the replacement of the prefabricated café building on site with a permanent building of 162 sqm to meet the needs of the HGV parking facility and petrol
filling station users. 
“This new building will be operated by Greggs. In line with anticipated requirements an additional 13 car parking spaces have been provided including two disabled spaces to the
south of the forecourt and to the south of the new Greggs building.”

Wave of boxship fires highlights largescale problem with DG

Will Waters

TT Club says these recent incidents are ‘merely the tip of a failing safety iceberg’, calling on the container supply chain to do more to tackle the incorrect processing of dangerous goods

The recent spate of container ship fires has understandably focused attention on container safety issues, with international transport and logistics insurer and safety campaigner TT Club highlighting the scale of the problem and how “wrongly classified, labelled, packed or simply inaccurately identified dangerous commodities bring the greatest potential risk of disaster”. 
The organisation said the recent reports of multiple containership fires “have once more focused those in the container supply chain on safety issues related to the incorrect processing of dangerous goods”, giving renewed impetus to the nascent ‘Cargo Integrity’ campaign initiated by TT Club. 
It highlighted the recent fire aboard the ‘Yantian Express’, details of the final judgment on the ‘MSC Flaminia’ explosion in July 2012, and the ongoing investigation of the ‘Maersk Honan’ fire, followed just days ago by the news of the ‘Grande America’ sustaining a container fire in the Bay of Biscay and subsequently sinking. 
“These perilous incidents not only frequently cost lives, millions of dollars in cargo losses and ship damage, but also significant delays in cargo supply chains amounting to major disruption across numerous industries in these ‘just-in-time’ days,” TT Club said. “Yet these incidents are merely the tip of a failing safety iceberg. Taking the maritime segment of global supply chain, it is estimated that a major container ship fire at sea occurs on average every 60 days. 
“Furthermore, TT Club’s records indicate that across the intermodal spectrum as a whole, 66% of incidents related to cargo damage can be attributed to poor practice in the overall packing process; that is not just in securing but also in cargo identification, declaration, documentation and effective data transfer.” It noted that the calculated cost of these claims in the marine aviation and transport (MAT) insurance sector is in excess of US$500 million a year. 
Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s risk management director and the man leading the Cargo Integrity campaign, commented: “We are endeavouring to focus all direct and indirect stakeholders on recognising and doing the right thing. One particularly critical aspect of this is the correct declaration and handling of dangerous goods (DG).”
He noted that all types of cargo can be mishandled; but wrongly classified, labelled, packed or simply inaccurately identified dangerous commodities bring the greatest potential risk of disaster. 
Estimating the degree of failure to comply with best practices in this regard is not straightforward, he noted. ICHCA International, the cargo handling operatives’ association, has calculated that of the 60 million packed containers moved each year, 10% or 6 million are declared as DG. 
“Information from published government inspections, which are invariably biased towards declared DG loads, suggests that 20% of these are poorly packed or incorrectly identified,” TT Club said. “This translates into 1.3 million potentially unstable DG containers traveling around the world each year.”
Storrs-Fox emphasised that this scale of risk is elevated when undeclared or misdeclared DG consignments are considered. “In these cases, an estimate of volumes is more obscure,” he noted.
“An indication has been given through the work of one container carrier, Hapag-Lloyd, developing a profiling algorithm to search its booking system for potential misdeclaration of commodities. Results from Cargo Patrol, when extrapolated to the carryings of all the lines, concludes a reasonable estimate in excess of 150,000 volatile containers in the supply chain each year.”
TT Club said container lines, in particular, are making efforts to mitigate the problem, noting: “The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), in which many of the top lines participate, has been active for a number of years and has successfully identified a number of commodities that commonly cause problems during transport – not always limited to those formally identified as dangerous. TT Club has additionally promoted, together with UK P&I Club and Exis Technologies, the Hazcheck Restrictions Portal, which is designed to identify and streamline the complexity of regulations and protocols imposed by carriers and ports around the world in relation to transporting declared dangerous goods.”
However, Storrs-Fox concluded: “There is very much still to be done in achieving true Cargo Integrity. Our diverse campaign is seeking significant cultural and behavioural change to say the least. 
“Certain elements may require legislative action, enforcement and inspection and there are great challenges in the field of technological development. Above all, there is a need for all involved in the supply chain to have a realistic perception of risk and a responsible attitude towards liability.”   
TT Club is a leading provider of insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry. Established in 1968, the Club's membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors.

Harwich plans for train maintenance centre unveiled

THE FIRST train maintenance centre for wheels in East Anglia is set for land in Harwich.
Greater Anglia has put forward an official planning application to build the wheel reprofiling centre next to the A120 near Pheonix Bridge.
The site is reclaimed land currently allocation for tree planting in the long-awaited Bathside Bay development.
But if approved, the metal depot with a wheel lathe could be built creating up to 10 jobs.
There would be a train maintenance centre, service yard, store, office and welfare, with a car park to provide 11 car parking spaces, two disabled spaces, 10 cycle spaces and three powered two wheeled vehicle spaces.

A design and access report sent to the council, said: "It is understood that the land was ‘reclaimed’ from the Stour Estuary in the mid 1980s, using material arising from channel dredging.
"Plans for a new container port permitted by Tendring Council in 2010 with commencement at any time prior to 2021 include all the reclaimed land, with the rail maintenance depot site allocated for tree planting.
"The site south of the A120 is the site of the proposed wheel-lathe development and is within the boundary of Station Lane Grassland Local Wildlife Site designated for its flower-rich grassland and brownfield land."
Greater Anglia has said a number of locations have been considered for the depot, which would be the first of it's kind on the franchise area to maintain the planned new trains.
It comes after plans for a £70million state-of-the-art train depot at the former Wardle Storeys/ICI site in Factory Lane, Brantham were unveiled in 2017.

The plans were set to see the creation of between 30 and 100 jobs with 13 tracks where trains can be parked overnight for cleaning and maintenance, two undercover tracks in a 300-metre shed with full under-train inspection pits and cranes as well as a wheel lathe for repairs.
But the idea halted due to issues with the land owner and extra movements on the level crossing at Manningtree.
A presentation included in the Harwich application added: "Various sites being looked at around the franchise area – but a site between Harwich International and Dovercourt stations shows strong potential."
The development would be the second big maintenance centre near Harwich International Port.
Work started in December on a new £10million state-of-the-art operations and maintenance base for Galloper Offshore Windfarm.
Construction is expected to take about 12 months and create 120 jobs, both direct and indirect.
It will be home to a team of 60 staff.
A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “We're still finalising our new maintenance and stabling plans. We'll confirm more details once all the plans are agreed.
“We have submitted a planning application to Tendring Council and await their decision.”

Bathside Bay Harwich Future Development ??

Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) has received a five year build extension on the new container port development at Bathside Bay in the UK – meaning that instead of a deadline of 2016, it has up until 2021 to start work.
HPH says that the extension was applied for because of the recession. Paul Davey, HPH spokesman, said to Port Strategy: “The Bathside consent was extended due to the recession impacting on growth. This is not unique to Bathside or even ports.”
Meanwhile, the local Tendring Council says that it’s important that the development goes ahead because it’s absolutely vital to the economy of the town of Harwich and the district itself.
The multi-million Harwich International Container Terminal (HICT) project was originally given the green light by the Secretary of State in March 2006 following a public inquiry. It will be located adjacently to Harwich International Port and should bring much needed jobs and investment to the area.
Hutchison Ports originally came forward with an application to extend the time limit for the scheme for another five years in January 2011.
It then applied for a variation on the original development application last November but later retracted it in light of “the anticipated costs and delay associated with a call-in and public inquiry.”
This provoked urgent talks at Whitehall to try to rescue the proposal because the council feared that HPH would pull out of the development altogether.

Councillors have hit out at a judge’s decision to allow a legal challenge to plans for a multi-million pound container port at Bathside Bay.
RAPE say planning permission granted by Tendring District Council (TDC) in February for the reclamation of Bathside Bay, Harwich, for the development of a port and a small harbour will destroy protected wetland.
The proposed £300million-plus development would see a deep-sea container port built at the site with rail and road links to the rest of the country.
Hope for the scheme’s go-ahead was boosted last month with Government approval for Assisted Area Status for Harwich, allowing firms access to grants for expansion.
Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd first applied for permission for the development in 2003, which was secured from the then Labour government three years later. In 2010 Hutchison applied to extend the time limit from 2016 to 2021. This was approved by TDC in February 2013.
Lord Justice Patten agreed Mrs Meredith’s claims that TDC did not properly consider whether “overriding public interest” continued to exist allowing the “destruction” of a protected site to be justified, as grounds for appeal.
He said: “The planning committee’s decision, the effect of which is to destroy or considerably impact a European Site of Interest, should arguably have been based on compelling evidence of an immediate need or one likely to be fulfilled within the life of the planning permission.
“The fact the prior planning permissions lasted 10 years without development being commenced, it seems there is at least an arguable case they had no such material in front of them so either asked themselves the wrong question or came to a conclusion which was not open to them on the evidence.”
He also said claims TDC failed to properly interpret the National Planning Policy Framework could be explored further.
The matter will now go to a full hearing at the Court of Appeal. The judge also limited Mrs Meredith’s liability to pay TDC’s legal costs in the event of defeat to only £2,500.
Carlo Guglielmi, TDC’s councillor for planning, said: “It is very disappointing and the real slap in the face is he has limited her liability for costs. It’s absolutely disgraceful.
“In this day and age when a government is doing all it can to stop obstacles in the course of economic growth we have a judiciary treating us in this dreadful manner.
“The grounds are very thin and though I respect the judge’s decision I very much hope when it goes higher up they will see sense.”
Council leader Mick Page added: “Bathside Bay is one of my projects as I consider Harwich to be the jewel in the crown for Tendring.
“Anything which will delay the economic boost is not welcomed and the Assisted Area Status gives us the impetus to more forward very fast. This scheme should allow us to achieve jobs and prosperity for the area.”

Harwich International Container Terminal ('HICT') is an exciting development that will help to meet the need for future port capacity that is essential to secure the UK’s economic prosperity.
HICT received planning consent in 2006. The development will see a new, state-of-the-art, deep-water container terminal built on Bathside Bay adjacent to Harwich International Port.
Harwich has a number of advantages as the site for future container terminal development:
As an extension of an existing facility, greater economies can be realised than would be available in an all new, stand-alone, development
It shares, with the Port of Felixstowe, the deepest approach channel of any UK container port
Good road and rail connections already exist with further improvements planned
It enjoys an ideal location with minimal deviation for the large container ships serving North West Europe
The project enjoys strong levels of public support

Harwich International Port (‘HIP’) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.
Harwich International Port is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (‘HWL’), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 50 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.
The development of HICT will maintain Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited’s (‘HPUK’) balanced policy on development, which ensures that the best use is made of the existing facilities before creating new capacity, and secures high environmental standards on a project for which there is a clear local and national need.
This site includes a wide range of information about the new terminal development and why it is necessary, as well as key documents relating to the Applications for planning permission.


Proposed seaport at Bathside Bay (yellow line encloses development area)
Bathside Bay (yellow line
encloses development area)
Bathside Bay is situated in Essex on the east coast and is surrounded by the ancient port town of Harwich and its younger neighbour, Dovercourt. It is:
  • part of the Stour estuary site of special scientific interest (SSSI)
  • part of the proposed Stour and Orwell estuaries Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site (wetland of international importance)
  • across the river from the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Proposed Development

Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd. wants to build the second largest container port in the UK, after Felixstowe, with nearly a mile of quayside.

Objections to the proposal

The proposal is being opposed by wildlife NGOs (RSPB, Essex Wildlife Trust), statutory bodies (English Nature, English Heritage, the Environment Agency, the Highways agency), environment NGOs (CPREssex, Friends of the Earth), local residents groups (HEAT, Residents Against Port Expansion, Starboard, Fisherman's Association) and others who are taking part in the Public Inquiry that began in Harwich on April 20th in Harwich and runs until the middle of September.

Wildlife in the area

Most of the area around the Stour and Orwell estuaries is protected because of the presence of salt marshes and inter tidal mudflats which provide feeding grounds for wintering wading birds.
  • more than 65,000 waterfowl spend their winters in the SPA and feed at Bathside Bay
  • the area is of international importance for nine bird species,including black-tailed godwit, redshank, grey plover and ringed plover
  • 69 hectares of inter tidal habitat will be lost

Quality of Life

Despite possible new jobs there will certainly be many detrimental effects for local communities including:
  • traffic generation: 4,000 new vehicle movements and 8-12 new freight train movements per day
  • increased air, noise, water and light pollution
  • loss of recreational space, wildlife and tranquility

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