Sunday, 30 June 2019

Hutchison Port Holdings Makes Top Executive Changes

Hong Kong-based container terminal operator Hutchison Port Holdings Management has revealed changes in the company’s top executive position.
According to the trustee-manager of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust, the Chief Executive officer (CEO) Yim Lui Fai, Gerry will retire from his present position as CEO with effect from July 13, 2019.

The company added that Lam Hing Man, that is currently the managing director of Yantian International Container Terminals Limited, Yantian International Container Terminals (Phase III) Limited and Shenzhen Yantian West Port Terminals Limited, would be appointed as his successor.

“The Board of the trustee-manager wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Yim for his valuable contribution to HPH Trust during his tenure as the CEO of the Trustee-Manager,” the company concluded.

Container Terminal Operations Quay Crane Maintenance ENG

Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has released a new video highlighting the benefits of its Eco Reachstacker for the efficiency and sustainability of multipurpose terminals.

Focusing on the operations of Broekman Logistics, a terminal operator based in the Netherlands, Kalmar has emphasized that saving fuel and maximizing energy efficiency is equally important to achieving high levels of performance.
Broekman, which operates three terminals, purchased five Eco Reachstackers for its Rotterdam facility in 2018, a decision that was made to help it transition into a multipurpose terminal.

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While this change of focus created a need for additional reachstackers, the choice of Kalmar’s Eco equipment was motivated by Broekman’s care for both the local and wider environment.
For the operator, this meant ordering machines that consume less fuel and reduce the amount of carbon emissions produced by the terminal.
This move, according to Operations Manager Taco Post, has reduced the amount of fuel consumed per hour by five litres, as well as supporting the terminal’s aim to decrease CO2 emissions by 10% before 2020.

Peter Söderberg, Kalmar, discusses eco-efficient terminal operations in a recent Port Technology technical paper

Another advantage of the reachstacker fleet is its reliability, especially when equipped with the Kalmar Insight system.
Post asserted that with the help of this solution, no malfunctions or errors with the Eco Reachstackers have been experienced.
In the future, Broekman plans to electrify its entire fleet of container handling equipment.


Saturday, 29 June 2019

As of today, fnv ports / itf teams are going to inspect at protection on ships shorter than 170 meters.

As of today, fnv ports / itf teams are going to inspect at protection on ships shorter than 170 meters. After long negotiation, there is an agreement on feederschepen under an ibf cao that dockworkers will do the lashings instead of seafarers. But of course we'll do that safely.

Are Virtual Reality Headsets Safe for Eyes?

Written By: Reena Mukamal
Reviewed By: Stephen N Lipsky MD

Virtual reality (VR) technology can transport us to sci-fi battlefields, underwater, outer space and beyond. With a host of new games, apps and headsets offering an engaging three-dimensional (3D) experience for users, it’s not surprising that many families are embracing VR technology. But what impact does VR gear have on the eyes? While the technology is relatively new and no long-term studies have been done, there are a few things we do know.

Immersive, 3D images

VR headsets create a life-size, 3D virtual environment without the boundaries of a screen. They mimic the way our eyes already work by showing each eye a slightly different image, so we perceive depth. VR headsets use either two feeds sent to one display or two LCD displays, one for each eye. They also have lenses which are placed between your eyes and the pixels. The lenses focus and reshape the picture for each eye and create a stereoscopic 3D image. VR headsets provide an increased field of view (width of the picture) to create a sense of immersion. Additionally, the headsets make use of “head tracking”—shifting the picture in front of you as you look up, down and side to side.

Why do manufacturers set age limits?

Most VR headset manufacturers say the device is not suitable for children under age 12 or 13. Although there are no long-term studies, ophthalmologists agree there is no reason to be concerned that VR headsets will damage eye development, health or function. “Age limitations for VR technology might make sense for content, but as far as we know this technology poses no threat to the eyes,” said Stephen Lipsky, MD, a pediatric ophthalmologist who practices in Georgia.

Eye Strain and Fatigue

Staring at a VR headset screen—or any digital device—for a prolonged period may cause eye strain or fatigue. That’s because you tend blink less when using a digital screen device than you normally do. This can cause the front surface of your eye to dry out and feel fatigued.  

Dizziness and Motion Sickness

Viewing an image involving motion gives the brain the same visual signals it receives during actual physical motion. That’s why use of VR headsets can lead to dizziness. If you’re susceptible to motion sickness on a rollercoaster or boat, you’ll likely be susceptible to virtual motion sickness as well.

What if You Have an Eye Condition?

Individuals who have amblyopia (an imbalance in visual strength between the two eyes)strabismus (misaligned eyes), or other conditions that inhibit focusing, depth perception or normal 3D vision may not experience the 3D effects of VR headsets. That does not mean that vision disorders can be caused by VR headsets. However, children or adults who have these disorders may be more likely to experience headaches and/or eye fatigue when using VR gear. If you wear glasses to correct a refractive error or eye disorder, you should keep your glasses on while using a VR headset.

BG Freight Line to introduce additional Waterford-Rotterdam service facilitating global trade

BG Freight Line, in partnership with Maersk, is starting a new weekly service on the Waterford-Rotterdam route that will act as a deep-sea feeder for businesses in Ireland who are exporting or importing goods globally through Europe’s largest seaport. The new service is being introduced to support Maersk’s customers in the southeast and in response to the needs of some of the region’s largest industries. 
BG Freight Line is a long-established European shipping line and part of the Peel Ports Group. It runs a fleet of 23 fully containerised vessels from its headquarters in Rotterdam and focuses on northern European, UK and Ireland connections.
Maersk is the largest container logistics organisation in the world. It has a presence in 130 countries, employing over 75,000 people. Maersk moves more than 12m containers a year worldwide and offers a wide variety of other logistics products to service customer needs.
Koert Luitwieler, CEO, BG Freight Line, said: “BG Freight Line is always looking for new growth opportunities and adding Waterford will strengthen our excellent Irish Sea network even further. The call in Waterford will boost the shipping options for local businesses enabling them to reach Rotterdam within days and connect to the rest of the world!”
Simon Smith, Country Manager for Ireland & Scotland, Maersk, said: ‘’Maersk are very pleased to be in a position to grow deeper roots in the southeast. To be able to offer tailored solutions to our customers’ needs is at the heart of what we do. We look forward to working with our existing and new customers on ensuring this service is sustainable and successful for all importers and exporters in the southeast.’’
Frank Ronan, Chief Executive, Port of Waterford, added: “We are delighted to have this extra weekly service commencing on Saturday (22 June). It marks the culmination of a lot of work over a significant period of time and is due in no small part to the consistent support of the region’s exporters, particularly from the agri-foods sector. The new service will be especially valuable to customers shipping containers to/from Africa, Asia and the Americas as it will feed into the global hub at Rotterdam and allow seamless movement of goods between Waterford and the rest of the world.
“Reflecting Ireland’s economic growth, the Port continues to perform well and this additional service will allow us provide new capacity to the many businesses in the southeast who trade goods globally. For the Port, the additional weekly service increases our activity and throughput which is obviously important from a business perspective. We look forward to working with BG Freight Line and Maersk to ensure that this is a sustainable partnership.”
Further information about BG Freight Lines is available at You can learn more about Maersk at and the Port of Waterford at


Unconfirmed reports coming to us this morning, allege that either the head block of a container gantry crane separated from the intermodal container spreader it was attached to during mid-lift yesterday at Port Elizabeth, NJ or, alternatively, that there was a spreader twist lock failure.

Unconfirmed reports coming to us this morning, allege that either the head block of a container gantry crane separated from the intermodal container spreader it was attached to during mid-lift yesterday at Port Elizabeth, NJ or, alternatively, that there was a spreader twist lock failure.
The photograph below depicts the accident's aftermath, with the container that had been lifted coming to rest between the inboard crane legs and a straddle carrier loading/discharge platform

Ron Signorino

to Longshore Safety

Member/Honorary Member at International Longshoremen's Association

Friday, 28 June 2019

Villagers' David v Goliath fight to save rural way of life

Villagers are fighting to stop land between Trimley St Martin, Kirton and the A14 - just behind these houses and the farm shop - being turned into a 200-acre logistics park.

Villagers fighting to stop major development in the Suffolk countryside have launched an online crowdfunding bid to get wider support for their legal fight against one of the country's wealthiest institutions.

Stephen Wrinch, Director of Katcag inside the council chambers   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN
KATCAG - the Kirton and Trimley Community Action Group - is taking on landowner Trinity College, Cambridge, in a David v Goliath planning battle to try stop land in the communities being designated for homes and industry.
The group has worries about proposed housing sites in the Trimleys and "huge concerns" about 300 acres of land designated for an industrial development at Innocence Farm, between Trimley St Martin and Kirton.
The land is part of Trinity College's 3,400-acre landholding on the Felixstowe peninsula - which includes land on which part of the Port of Felixstowe stands - which is believed to be worth tens of millions of pounds.
East Suffolk Council says the business park would support the Port of Felixstowe, reflecting its "important economic role" and support its continued viability.
But KATCAG says the projects would ruin the villages, swamping them and turning them into urban sprawl.
It has launched a crowdJustice page to boost its fundraising for a barrister to go head-to-head with the landowners' lawyers to represent local people at a public inquiry into East Suffolk Council's new Local Plan later this summer.

A spokesman for the group said: "This is a self-funded campaign we believe we can win, given the right level of help and support. Accordingly, we are raising money to pay for a barrister, to help us to challenge Trinity College. Neither they, nor the council seem prepared to consider the loss of two precious Domesday Book villages.
"We currently have funds of £8,500 towards our campaign. We need to collectively raise another £21,500, totalling £30,000 by the end of August."
The group says it is fighting to preserve the village way of life.
The spokesman said: "These two Domesday Book villages face the awful prospect on the horizon of the obliteration of their countryside, wildlife habitats and extremely valuable arable farmland. It isn't difficult to realise that we need to grow our own food more than ever."
The group is also concerned at further pressure on the A14 - the Felixstowe peninsula's only road in and out - and the impact closures have on villagers.
It added: "Our infrastructure is at breaking point already regarding sewage, water, schools and doctor's surgeries."
The group believes there are plenty of brownfield sites for housing - but this is contested by Suffolk Coastal.
Bidwells, agents for Trinity College, Cambridge, were approached for comment.

Rebranded funnels: Maritime look and clear communication of the name

DFDS is testing a new funnel look. It includes the use of our name rather than the logo and tests a blue wave that aims to underline the maritime nature of our business. The logo isn’t to be used alone but only together with our name to ensure that we are recognised in our markets. Thank you to Mike Hughes for taking the picture.
Some of you might have noticed a change to a couple of funnels on our ferries. The Maltese cross has been replaced by the letters DFDS as can be seen above on the funnel of Ark Germania.
Over the centuries, DFDS has had many different funnels looks – varying from bands of special colours to the recent ones with a huge Maltese cross. “However, we have grown considerably in recent years and are now operating in new markets where we have a rather new history and are less known and where our market studies have revealed that the Maltese cross isn’t directly and automatically associated with DFDS if it is used alone. Therefore, we have started testing a new way of branding our ships to ensure that we communicate our name as efficiently as possible in both our old and new markets,” says Peder Gellert Pedersen, Head of the Ferry Division.
The gradual rebranding process will be managed by Jette Lundquist, Head of Marketing. She says: “We have already rebranded two vessels, and their funnels are now adorned with a light blue wave together with the DFDS name. The blue wave is inspired by the angle in the parallelogram around our logo and by the maritime nature of our business. It provides a sense of movement and energy,” she says.  “The blue colour ensures continuity since it is being used across all online and offline material already.”
No change to logo
“It is important to note that we will not be replacing the logo. However, in the future, we will only use it together with the DFDS name, such as on signs, stationery, equipment and advertisements,” Jette.

A lot thought and testing was done before going live on two of our vessels

Ultra large and heavily laden CSCL Pacific Ocean arrives to the Port of Felixstowe 27th June 2019