Friday, 21 April 2017

Crane Driver - Crane Operator

Stafforce is proud to be working in partnership with Peelports a flagship operation. We currently have opportunities for Crane drivers/Operators to join our expanding team at Seaforth Docks on an ongoing basis. Why not also take advantage of an excellent gateway career opportunity and be part of the exciting developments at the Port of Liverpool.
As a Crane Operator, you will be working on a busy dockside operation unloading Bulk and Steel ships. We offer day and night shifts along with a competitive annual salary of up to £27,000 - £28,500

Ideal candidates will have:
  • Valid crane license
  • 12 months experience using quayside, mobile harbour and luffing cranes
  • Excellent Attendance record
  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours
Benefits & Rewards
  • Competitive salary
  • Gateway career opportunity
  • Training
  • Holiday pay
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexible hours
  • Free onsite parking.
To apply for this role, please follow the link and register, a member of our team will then contact you to discuss the role in more detail.
Stafforce is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.
For more information on this vacancy please contact Stafforce Online Registration on 0151 9202318.
Stafforce is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.
Date Posted:
Job Title:
Crane Driver - Crane Operator
Seaforth, Liverpool (L21), L21 1JR
£13.00 - £13.80 per hour + Holiday Pay

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Maersk now has world's largest boxship - the 20,568-TEU Madrid Maersk

DANISH shipping giant Maersk Line has taken delivery of the world's largest containership, dubbed the Madrid Maersk, surpassing the prior record set by MOL Triumph, which was delivered March 27.

While the MOL Triumph held the record for the largest boxship at 20,179 TEU, the Madrid Maersk now holds that record at 20,568 TEU, American Shipper reported.

A Maersk spokesperson said the company expects the Madrid Maersk to enter service in late April.

The vessel is the first of 11 EEE Mark II class boxships due for delivery from Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME) ordered at a total cost of US$1.8 billion in 2015. The last of the deliveries will be completed by mid-2018.

The second generation Triple-E vessels come with modifications that increase their nominal box intake by 12 per cent over the original 20 Triple-E's that were delivered from the same shipyard between 2013 and 2015, Splash 24/7 of Singapore said.

However, both vessel models have the same 400-metre by 60-metre dimensions, and can stow 24 bays of containers in length and 23 rows of containers across deck.

However, with the new generation, the bridge has been moved two bays toward the bow, the engine room moved on bay aft, and smaller engines have been installed. The hull is deeper to accommodate one extra tier of containers in the holds and heightened lash bridges allow additional tiers of deck containers.

But just like the MOL Triumph, the Madrid Maersk's record will also be made null as the 21,200-TEU OOCL Hong Kong is set to be delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries in mere weeks.

3 Important Man Overboard Recovery Methods Used At Sea

By  | In: Marine Safety 

Man overboard is a potentially dangerous situation for a ship at sea. Among the many threats that could undermine the proper course of the voyage of a vessel, accidents related to man falling overboard is one of them. Unfortunately, according to a report, a high percentage of all overboard incidents end in death. It is therefore very important for the ship personnel to act immediately and execute the correct recovery methods so that the life of the person in water is not endangered.
Some of the reasons why seafarers go overboard in the sea are:
  • Accidents such as loosing footing on deck, being swept overboard by waves
  • Being pulled by mooring ropes
  • Falling from an accommodation or ladder
  • Climbing on to or sitting on the ship’s railings
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Working in low visibility or in rough sea conditions
In this article, we would discuss the three most common manoeuvres that can be executed to turn a vessel back towards a man overboard in order to rescue the later
  1. The Williamson Turn
  2. The Anderson Turn or Single Turn
  3. Scharnov Turn
The Williamson Turn:
This is the most commonly used manoeuvre onboard ships in the event of a person overboard.
To execute a Williamson turn:
1. Put the rudder hard over towards the side from which the man went overboard, to reduce the chances of the vessel’s propeller striking the MOB
2. After deviation from the original course by 60 degrees, the rudder is put hard over to the opposite side
In the figures, given below, the original course of the ship is 110 degrees. Man overboard is on the starboard side and therefore the turn is to starboard. When the course is 170 (110 + 60) degrees after deviation from the original course which was 110 degrees, rudder is put hard over to port side.
3. When the heading is 20 degrees short of the reciprocal course, the rudder is brought to midship position.
The reciprocal course of 110 degrees is 290 degrees. Reciprocal course can be obtained by simply adding 180 degrees to the original course if original course is less than 180. When the heading shows 310 degrees ( i.e. 20 degrees short of 290 degrees) rudder is put to midship.
man overboard
man overboard rescue
man overboard shipship rescue manoverboard
Williamson turn is ideal method in reduced visibility. If executed properly it positions the ship on a reciprocal course on its exact original track thereby allowing the search to commence on the track the victim fell over, not from a parallel track. Speed should be maintained during the turn as any changes in speed may bring the ship on a reciprocal course in a different position than the line of the initial course. However, this turn takes the ship further away from the scene of incident.
Anderson Turn/Single Turn:
This is the fastest recovery method. It is most appropriate turn for ship in clear visibility. In case of this turn, rudder is put hard over to the side of the casualty. After deviation from the original course by 250 degrees, rudder is put to midship position. Revolution needs to be modified at the end of the turn and stopping manoeuvre is initiated.
rescue man at sea
In the above example, the original course of the ship is 290 degrees. Man overboard is on the starboard side. Rudder is put hard to starboard until deviation from the original course is 250 degrees i.e
290 + 250 = 540 degrees (greater than 360)
540 – 360 = 180 degrees
Therefore when the ship’s heading is 180 degrees, wheel is brought to midship.
It can be noted that Williamson turn was commenced at 08:10 local time and completed at 08:21 local time. The turn lasted about 11 minutes. Anderson turn commenced at 08:22 local time and was over by 08:28 local time.
The above manoeuvre demonstrates the superiority of the Anderson turn over the Williamson turn in the immediate rescue operation. This is due to the simplicity of the 270 degrees turn, which translates directly into its duration and also efficiency. Under favourable daylight conditions single turn is the best way to get back to a man overboard in a hurry. This turn is good for ships with tight turning characteristics.
The Scharnov Turn:
The Scharnov turn takes back the ship into her wake. However it cannot be used in an immediate maneuver. This turn cannot be carried out effectively unless the time elapsed between the person falling overboard and the commencement of the maneuver is known.
  1. The rudder is put hard over on to the side of the casualty to swing stern away from the man. After deviation from the original course by 240 degrees rudder is put hard over to the opposite side.
  2. When the heading is 20 degrees short of the reciprocal course, wheel is brought to midship position.
In the illustrations given below, the original course of the vessel is 180 degrees. The wheel is put hard to starboard to deviate 240 degrees from original course.
180 + 240 = 420 degrees (greater than 360)
420 – 360 = 060 degrees
Therefore when heading is 060 degrees, the rudder is put hard to port. Reciprocal of original course is 000 degrees. When the ship’s heading is 020 degrees, the wheel is put to midship.
rescue ship at sea
Once ship is brought to reciprocal course, speed should be reduced and preparations should be taken to launch rescue boat. The emergency boat’s crew should standby and be ready to launch the rescue boat. It might not be possible to launch rescue boat during worse sea conditions. In such case alternative recovery methods including the following can be adopted:
  1. Passing lines to the casualty so that they can be pulled alongside the ship. Rescue throw lines and heaving lines may be used.
  2. Buoyant appliances such as life buoys or an inflated life raft may be deployed on secure lines and then pulled back to the ship.
  3. If none of these options is feasible, the ship must standby until a helicopter or rescue vessel arrives.
launching rescue boat
Every vessel must be able to carry out man overboard rescue methods efficiently. When someone falls overboard it is invariably unexpected and under difficult conditions. Even the best swimmers can become disoriented when unexpectedly falling into the water. At such moments there is no time to think. Decisive action is of primary importance when a person falls overboard. One begins to act automatically and these actions are based entirely on the knowledge and training gained previous to the accident. Ship’s crew cannot cope with such a situation unless they are fully prepared for this. It is therefore vital that drills are conducted frequently onboard a vessel.

Safety Measure To Prevent Man Overboard Situation

Minimum safety measures that can be taken onboard ships to avoid man overboard situations:
  1. Wearing the correct personal protective equipment-life jackets, safety harness, and appropriate safety footwear when working at or near the ship’s side
  2. Taking extra precaution when working in heavy weather and when the decks are wet or icy
  3. Ensuring that all work at or near the ship’s side is properly controlled and supervised by a competent officer. The bridge must be informed when the work starts and when it ends
  4. Ensuring that day to day practices, such as standing on bollards, hatches or other raised surfaces or using ladders close to the bulwark do not place crew at risk of falling overboard.
  5. It is also important to be aware of the state of other crew members. People are more likely to be at risk if they drink too much or suffer from seasickness
Disclaimer: The authors’ views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Marine Insight. Data and charts, if used, in the article have been sourced from available information and have not been authenticated by any statutory authority. The author and Marine Insight do not claim it to be accurate nor accept any responsibility for the same. The views constitute only the opinions and do not constitute any guidelines or recommendation on any course of action to be followed by the reader.