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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Felixstowe: Stowaways found in lorry at Port of Felixstowe


FIVE suspected stowaways were caught at the Port of Felixstowe and now face deportation.
Both port police and Suffolk police were alerted after the group was discovered hiding in the back of a lorry at the 700-acre complex.
It is understood they were arrested within the port after emerging from the truck and handed over to immigration officials at the UK Border Agency.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We can confirm that Port Police at Felixstowe arrested five suspected stowaways on Tuesday morning.
“The stowaways are not believed to have entered the UK illegally at Felixstowe but at another port.
“We are now taking action to remove them from the country as soon as possible.


Saturday, 30 March 2013

New Cafe arrives at Port viewpoint


A prefabricated new Cafe and Visitor Centre building has just arrived at the Port of FElixstowe viewpoint, and should be open in the next few weeks. It will be operated by the Yeo family, who already run the Bencotto and the Alex, and will soon be opening the revamped Fludyer Arms . . .






Is it really cold in the UK

All of us brits are complaining that it is very cold at the moment, have a thought for our fellow workers around the world.










Friday, 29 March 2013

VIDEO: Sailing on Cargo Ship


People who like to travel will agree that travelling across the sea is a unique experience. Now try to imagine sailing on a cargo ship.
This is made possible by shipping companies, which are promoting a new type of tourism, namely, letting passengers sail on their cargo ships and get a first- hand insight into how a cargo ship operates.
One of the lucky travelling lovers has shared his experience of sailing on a cargo ship from Hong Kong to Singapore captured in the following video.
As the author of the video, Fernando Souza, said: ”I hope it captures the essence of seafaring and shipping”.




Poor cargo fit prompts APL to drop 53-foot containers on transpacific


SINGAPORE's APL, the container shipping arm of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), has discontinued transpacific service to 53-foot containers after championing US standard truck-length box since 2007.

"The economics just didn't work," said APL Americas CEO Gene Seroka, reported American Shipper. "We'll keep watching it, but at this time it's just not a viable option."

It was hard to find exports to match inbound cargo arriving in the containers which were fortified of ocean passage and now used by Trailer Bridge, a truck-box barge service between Jacksonville, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Some 53-footers were now used by APL Logistics while others have been sold.


Thursday, 28 March 2013

How to unload a container crane Felixstowe / London Gateway


The third quay crane is unloaded from the Zhen Hua 26 onto the quayside at London Gateway.




Time lapse of ZPMC crane Felixstowe Port


This is a time lapse video of the second of three new ZPMC cranes being offloaded from Zhen Hua 25 onto The Port of Felixstowe's new South Terminal Quay.



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Maersk Group profit up 17pc to US$4 billion, boxes return to profitability





MAERSK Group has posted a 17.6 per cent increase in 2012 profit to US$4 billion year on year, marking a turnaround in Maersk Line which made a $461 million profit against a $553 million loss in 2011.

The gain for the Maersk Line container unit was attributed to improved volumes, rates and unit costs, said the statement accompanying the group results.

"The average freight rates were 1.9 per cent higher at $2,881 per FEU (versus $2,828 per FEU in 2011) and volumes increased by five per cent to 8.5 million FEU (versus 8.1 million FEU). Bunker consumption per FEU was reduced by 11 per cent and headquarters headcount was reduced significantly," said the company statement.

Maersk Line said its total fleet capacity rose four per cent in 2012 to 2.6 million TEU (versus 2.5 million TEU in 2011), and maintained its market share for the full year. Its cash flow from operating activities increased to $1.8 billion in 2012 from $899 million the previous year. Cash flow used for capital expenditure also rose to $3.6 billion from $3.2 billion in 2011.

"We are satisfied with our result for the year. After a difficult start, Maersk Line improved its performance and the Group achieved a result above last year's, both in terms of net result and in underlying performance," said Group CEO Nils Andersen.

APM Terminals also improved its profit to $723 million from $648 million in 2011. "The result was positively affected by pre-tax divestment gains of $123 million (versus $28 million in 2011). Number of containers handled increased six per cent to 35.4 million TEU (versus 33.5 million TEU), ahead of the market growth of four per cent," said the company statement.

Mr Andersen said: "We continued our push towards building our four strategic core businesses with investments and improved results in terminals, a high level of oil exploration in Maersk Oil, securing long term contracts for five of our seven new drilling rigs and significantly improved earnings in Maersk Line.

"The Group's presence in growth markets was further expanded through the introduction of SAMMAX and WAFMAX vessels targeted at West Africa and South America trades as well as new terminal investments in Russia and Latin America."


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Felixstowe port to double rail capacity





Port of Felixstowe is set to double its rail capacity with the arrival of three state-of-the-art rail mounted gantry cranes.
The cranes form part of a new rail terminal at the port which will further increase the already unrivalled range of rail services provided by the port. These first three RMGs, manufactured by Liebherr in Ireland, will span the new nine track rail terminal at the port, making them the biggest intermodal rail terminal cranes in the UK.
Clemence Cheng, chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, commented: “The arrival of our new cranes is an important milestone in Felixstowe’s plans to deliver the most cost- and environmentally-efficient logistics infrastructure in the UK, with the opening of our new rail terminal in the summer of this year.
"Port of Felixstowe is already operating 58 daily arrivals and departures to the industrial heartlands in the Midlands and the North, as well as to the population centres of the South East, London and Bristol, handling in excess of 800,000 TEU per annum. We have listened to our customers and the government on the importance of rail freight in the reduction of logistics cost, as well as reducing carbon footprint, and continue to invest in our rail capability. When the new rail terminal is opened this year, together with our existing two rail terminals, we will have a total 20 rail tracks, more than London King's Cross Station. It will double our rail handling capability.
“With this in mind, it is essential that we have the most up-to-date and technologically advanced equipment at our service. These cranes are not only the largest in the UK, together with the only intermodal locomotive traverser in the country, they will be serving the largest container rail terminal in Britain, to provide our customers with a level of service and efficiency that is second to none.”
The terminal, co-financed by the European Union Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme, will dramatically increase the port’s rail capacity at a time when logistics operators are increasingly seeking low-carbon transport options, future-proofing Felixstowe’s rail offering for the foreseeable future. The port already has the UK’s busiest intermodal rail hub by far and the new terminal will double its rail handling capacity.
Civil engineering work is near completion, with 10km of track laid and the UK’s only intermodal rail traverser successfully installed in February 2013. Designed to handle trains up to 35 wagons long, the new North Rail Terminal reinforces the port’s commitment to sustainable distribution.


K Line joins ultra-large boxship club at last


Japanese shipping giant K Line has confirmed it will become the latest to join the ultra-large container vessel club after signing a letter of intent to build five 14,000teu vessels at Imabari Shipbuilding (pictured).
As our sister publication Lloyd’s List has previously reported, the carrier’s move has been anticipated for some time as its alliance partners, Cosco Container Lines, Yang Ming Marine Transport and Hanjin Shipping, have all started to deploy or order giant boxships.

Cash-strapped K Line, with a debt-to-assets ratio at 72.4% as of end-2012, is still mulling whether to take ownership of the vessels or charter them from a leasing unit that will sign the formal newbuilding contract with Imabari.

“We are still discussing the final details and expect to make a decision soon. We don’t rule out any possibility,” K Line containership strategy manager Yasushi Shigeno told Lloyd’s List.

“Our plan is to deploy all our big vessels in the CKYH alliance service, possibly in Asia-Europe trades. We will discuss with Yang Ming whether we will have a joint loop, though we haven’t decided on anything yet.”

Among the world’s 20 largest container shipping lines, K Line will be the 16th to order ultra-large boxships. However, the late entry might actually benefit the carrier, as it can enjoy collapsing newbuilding prices.

“We anticipate this will result in remarkable improvement of both efficiency and cost competitiveness,” Shigeno said.

“We can enjoy lower costs versus our 8,000teu ships,” which are currently the largest vessels in K Line’s fleet, he added.

However, like many other operators, the carrier stressed that it had no plans to expand its overall shipping capacity and that some panamax vessels were likely to be withdrawn from its fleet.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Fire ravaged MSC Flaminia sails to Romania for repairs and overhaul


MSC Flaminia has left the German deep-water port under its own power, bound for Romania where she will be overhauled by the DSME (Daewoo)- Mangalia shipyard. 


THE severely damaged 6,732-TEU MSC Flaminia, whose cargo section was badly destroyed last July by a fire and finally towed to Wilhelmshaven, has left the German deep-water port under its own power, bound for Romania where she will be overhauled by the DSME (Daewoo)-Mangalia shipyard. 

When the vessel which was stricken by fire in its holds and resulted in the death of two crewmen, it eventually obtained permission to dock in Germany. It has since secured permission to leave Germany for Romania and is expected to take 10 days, according to Alphaliner. 

The MSC Flaminia, originally named the Conti Corono, was built in Korea by Daewoo in 2001 for Conti Reederei, and was chartered to MSC for 16 years. The costly sections (engine room, aft section and bow section) were not affected by the fire. 

A new cargo section will be built and inserted at the place of the ruined section. The ship manager, Niederelbe Schiffahrt (NSB), and the shipyard estimate that the repairs will be completed by the end of September.


COSCO’s New Containership “COSCO Belgium” Delivered


“COSCO Belgium”, the new 13386 TEU containership ordered by COSCO Container Lines Company was delivered on 28th February.
This vessel was built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Company, with a total length of 366 meters, 51.2m molded breadth and 29.85m molded depth. The vessel’s draft is 15.5m, designed for 24.3 knots operation speed. This is an environmental friendly ultra-large containership with world’s advanced technology. The delivery means Chinese shipbuilding ability reaches a new international level.



Monday, 25 March 2013

London Gateway ‘to be UK’s busiest box terminal within first year’


London Gateway ‘to be UK’s busiest box terminal within first year’



DP World has yet to name a customer but voices confidence in port’s prospects

This was on Lloyds list this morning ???? London Gateway will have 5 ship to shore cranes by the end of the year !!!!!

Felixstowe 34 ship to shore cranes
Tilbury 13 sts cranes
Southampton 12 sts cranes
Liverpool 8 sts cranes
Thamesport 8 sts cranes

The maths here do not add up at all.


London Gateway: “almost full by the time it opens”.
Bin Sulayem: London Gateway will be “almost full by the time it opens”.
DP World has yet to name a customer but voices confidence in port’s prospects
DP WORLD claims London Gateway will have a higher utilisation rate than any of its major UK rivals within its first year of operation, despite the fact it has yet to announce a single shipping line customer.
As well as being unable to name a carrier customer for the terminal, DP World is also unable to name a single tenant to have signed up to its adjoining logistics park. DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem would only say the terminal would be “almost full by the time it opens”.
“We are not in a hurry to go to shipping lines and say ‘Come and sign’, because we want to be comfortable when we open,” he said. “The business will come. We have commitments from consignees who want their business to be in London Gateway.
“It’s not something we haven’t done in the past. When you do something new, if you don’t have the experience and past history, you listen to experts, which can sometimes lead to confusion, but because we have done it before and succeeded, it’s easier.”
Mr bin Sulayem said DP World faced a similar challenge when it opened Jebel Ali container port in 1979. At the time, four rival ports were already in operation.
The key to convincing businesses to switch to a new port, he said, was by selling the supply-chain savings that shippers could make by utilising a terminal and logistics park close to the country’s main population centre.
“Logistics will be a major issue there. I believe a lot of companies will come to London Gateway and start their logistics because it is so convenient. It will act as the link in the supply chain that will allow companies to ship items just as they are needed on the shelf.”
When it opens, London Gateway will have space to accommodate Europe’s largest logistics park and an initial terminal capacity of 1.6m teu, which will expand to 3.5m teu when demand requires it.
However, the London Gateway team has yet to reveal any customers signed up to use the logistics park, even though department store Marks & Spencer and freight forwarder Uniserve are understood to have been in negotiations for around a year.
Industry sources suggest the current market conditions make businesses unwilling to alter their existing supply-chain operations to an unproven set-up. Usually, new developments offer an anchor tenant low rates to offset these concerns, but DP World appears to be refusing to do so.
“We are not in a hurry. Usually, when you are in a hurry, you will sign a bad deal. There are many prominent names that would love to be in London Gateway and if we tell them to sign, they will sign, but at a crazy rate,” said Mr bin Sulayem.
“What will happen is when the port opens, they will sign. One of them is ready to sign. They need it; we know they need it.”

SCA Tilbury Update



Brothers, The Dockers at the SCA terminal had another vote on a new offer (only a little better than the last) and the vote was still 100% to reject and still 100% to seek a vote on industrial action. It looks like the official ballot will start within the next week and we should have the result around 10 days after that. We expect a landslide in favour of strike action. I'll keep you all updated.

15th March


The latest news from the SCA terminal in Tilbury is that management have announced that if new terms and conditions are not accepted within one month then SCA will begin to make Dockers redundant and replace them with agency workers. Industrial action at the terminal is inevitable as these Dockers defend their livelihoods against SCA's attacks


AP Moller-Maersk posts higher profit than forecast




The Maersk Group delivered a profit of USD 4.0bn dollar, which was slightly higher than the latest announced outlook. Maersk Line made a profit of 461m dollar, compared to a loss of 553 million dollar in 2011.

“We are satisfied with our result for the year. After a difficult start, Maersk Line improved its performance and the Group achieved a result above last year’s, both in terms of net result and in underlying performance.
We continued our push towards building our four strategic core businesses with investments and improved results in terminals, a high level of oil exploration in Maersk Oil, securing long term contracts for five of our seven new drilling rigs and significantly improved earnings in Maersk Line.
The Group’s presence in growth markets was further expanded through the introduction of SAMMAX and WAFMAX vessels targeted at West Africa and South America trades as well as new terminal investments in Russia and Latin America,” says CEO Nils Smedegaard Andersen.

Rate increases and slow steaming boost profits at Maersk


For 2013 Maersk Line expects a result above the $461m profit for 2012 based primarily on further unit cost reductions. Global demand for seaborne containers is expected to increase by 4-5 per cent in 2013, lower on the Asia–Europe trades but supported by higher growth for imports to emerging economies.



Saturday, 23 March 2013

ECT stalemate on pay talks



The labour unions have rejected the "final pay offer" of the Rotterdam terminal operator
Members of the FNV trade union members have voted overwhelmingly to turn down ECT's final pay offer and are threatening to deliver a strike ultimatum. This follows a similar reposns from members of the CNV union. Spokesmen of the two unions anticipate further industrial action if ECT does not move.
The CNV, which has Christian roots, has traditionally been moderate, but its ports negotiator would not exclude industrial action, as members rejected the ECT bid a few weeks ago and were waiting for the FNV decision. Last night (13 March), the leader of the FNV Havens ports team announced that ECT is likely to get an ultimatum next week.
Rotterdam’s biggest container handler had to deal with several work disruptions last month over the new collective labour agreement, which has been overdue since October 2012.


Emma Maersk hit by installation error



On Saturday the last water was pumped out of the engine of Maersk Line’s container ship Emma Maersk, which lies in a shipyard in Palermo. Force Technology must now along with other experts try to find the cause of the accident.
"One of the questions we would like to have answered is whether the damage is something special for Emma Maersk, or if it can occur on the seven other ships in the series", says operations manager of Maersk Line, Palle B. Laursen.

A team of experts from Maersk Line, Force Technology and Rolls-Royce, together with the classification bureau ABS, have inspected the damage at close range.

The detached thrust gear will now be examined by the manufacturer Rolls-Royce, while the crack in the tunnel is cut out and sent to be studied at FORCE Technology in Københan.

Emma Maersk was hit by severe water ingress in the engine 01 February while the ship was at the entrance to the Suez Canal. The leakage occurred in the front of the two tunnels.

Connoisseurs have discussed how water could penetrate the engine from the over 100-meter-long shaft tunnel. There are many watertight doors which are supposed to keep water out.

It seems to be an installation error, made in connection with the construction of Emma Maersk, that 01 February was the cause of large quantities of water entering the ship's engine room, where it caused damage for up to a quarter of a billion kroner.
This has been assessed by Maersk Line Technical Vessel Operation.

"Although the watertight bulkheads in the propshaft tunnel acted as they should, the water went to the engine via holes around the massive wiring in the tunnel", says Fleet Group Manager Francis Sommer Reuss to maritimedanmark.dk.

Maersk Line thinks, according to Francis Reuss, that an installation error has been made compared to the original drawings for the ship.

The Company is in the process of reviewing all the ships in the series and have now rediscovered the same installation errors in other ships of the type. The errors are being immediately corrected.

Frants Reuss says to maritimdanmark.dk that they on Thursday were successful in removing the thruster which is believed to have forced water into the ship. The thruster will now be sent for examination by Rolls Royce who is the producer of the thruster.

A preliminary assessment says that it will cost up to a quarter of a billion kroner to replace and repair the equipment in the engine room.




Friday, 22 March 2013

Emma Maersk drained





On Saturday the last water was pumped out of the engine of Maersk Line’s container ship Emma Maersk, which lies in a shipyard in Palermo. Force Technology must now along with other experts try to find the cause of the accident.
"One of the questions we would like to have answered is whether the damage is something special for Emma Maersk, or if it can occur on the seven other ships in the series", says operations manager of Maersk Line, Palle B. Laursen.

A team of experts from Maersk Line, Force Technology and Rolls-Royce, together with the classification bureau ABS, have inspected the damage at close range.

The detached thrust gear will now be examined by the manufacturer Rolls-Royce, while the crack in the tunnel is cut out and sent to be studied at FORCE Technology in Københan.

Emma Maersk was hit by severe water ingress in the engine 01 February while the ship was at the entrance to the Suez Canal. The leakage occurred in the front of the two tunnels.

Connoisseurs have discussed how water could penetrate the engine from the over 100-meter-long shaft tunnel. There are many watertight doors which are supposed to keep water out.


Haven Gateway




UK – Almost exactly one year ago we wrote a detailed report on how the formation of the Haven GatewayPartnership’s Low Carbon Freight Dividend (LCFD) scheme meant offerings of £75 for each freight container transferring from road to rail in a £7.5 million intermodal shift project designed to lower fuel take up and pollution levels. With an initial objective of removing 30,000 road haulage movements from the country’s highways in the first three years the East of England based project has just taken another financial leap forward.
After an initial funding of almost £3 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) a new tranche of money, £370,000 from the same source, has, with matched funding taken the LCFD coffers up to a total of over £8.4 million in a bid to extend the scheme to water borne traffic in addition to rail.
The new parameters mean that eligible small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) which qualify can now claim up to 30% in dividends (capped at £75/box) for making a modal shift from road to rail or water, both inland and ocean freight qualifying. The scheme management team calculate that another 3,700 boxes could disappear from roads in the Eastern region as a result of the extension.
News of the move came in a speech from Ipswich MP Ben Gummer made during a conference of the European Union Port Integration Project, hosted by the Haven Gateway in Ipswich, one of the five local ports which make up the organisation. Mr Gummer said:
“I am delighted to announce the extension of this ground-breaking project, which is fantastic news for SME's and fantastic news for the environment. The original project, for shifting boxes from road to rail, was expected to remove at least 11.7 million kilogrammes of carbon dioxide from the logistics supply chain over the three-year life of the project. By adding the water element, the project will remove a further 1.4 million kilogrammes of carbon dioxide and encourage SME's to take up the low-carbon, congestion-free option of freight by water.”
This extension makes absolute sense given the location of the project, and with short sea links from the ports involved utilising feeder and ferry services, plus access to inland waterways which need further development, the scheme will doubtless continue to prove successful at diverting the existing traffic to a more eco friendly modal method. With SME’s able to claim a maximum of 90 allowances the scheme remains manageable and can offer a total of almost £7,000 in benefits to the best suited businesses. LCFD project manager Lisa Brazier clearly retains enthusiasm for the scheme as well as welcoming the latest development saying:
“Alongside this, we will continue to run our LCFD workshops in freight optimisation and low carbon marketing to support a longer-term switch. The workshops provide advice, guidance and practical examples of how to reduce carbon emissions in the movement of freight. The LCFD project also incorporates our unique web based Containerised Cargo Carbon Calculator, where companies can compare and contrast cargo movement methods and the carbon emissions for each method helping them to make ‘green’ choices.”



Thursday, 21 March 2013

Crane driving the hard way with Vidar Bakke

CKYH axes suspended Asia-north Europe service


The CKYH alliance will not resume the NE4 Asia-North Europe service it suspended in October 2012, blaming soft forward demand and falling freight rates.

CKYH will also cull its NE1 loop, leaving its Asia-Europe customers with four services – NE2, NE3, NE6 and NE7 – to north Europe and three – MD1,MD2 and MD3 –to the Mediterranean.

In recent weeks, westbound spot rates have continued to decline on the overcapacity-plagued Asia-Europe tradelane and have now fallen around 20% since the end of January.

This raises doubts over the carriers’ ability to implement the $700 per teu general rate increase they had planned for this week.

CKYH comprises Coscon, K Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping. Previous reports suggested it would reactivate its NE4 service in May, exerting more downward pressure on rates.

However, the parlous financial performance of some of its members has clearly made the alliance rethink its strategy on the NE4 and other services.

CKYH’s announcement will be welcomed by the alliance’s peers, all attempting to halt a freight-rate freefall.

In February, Maersk Line culled its AE-9 loop weeks after reactivating it, after the G6 alliance opted not to resume its own Loop 3, saying “we anticipate the current supply and demand balance will continue”

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

MSC FLAMINIA , March 15 2013



Today, at 5.00 p.m., MSC FLAMINIA has left the Jade-Weser-Port in Wilhelmshaven. The vessel put out to sea without any further occurrences and set a course for the North Sea. MSC FLAMINIA’s destination are the Daewoo shipyards in Mangalia, Romania, where the ship will be overhauled. The voyage to Romania is expected to take up ten days.
Prior to the vessel’s departure, REEDEREI NSB had received the written permission for the notification process from Romanian authorities. This permission was required to be able to begin the voyage to the shipyard.
REEDEREI NSB and Daewoo shipyards estimate that the repairs will be completed by the end of September.