Friday, 19 May 2017

Incident Video: Ferry Slams Into Pier in Santo Domingo

Some major damage at the port of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic after a ferry struck a pier while mooring on Thursday.
Video shows the moment the ferry, named Kydon, slammed into the pier and several containers at the Don Diego terminal. Amazingly no injuries were reported.
According to reports, the ferry had just arrived in Santo Domingo and was already partially tied up with its forward loading ramp down when the incident occurred.
Another video posted online shows workers scrambling for safety as the vessel moved forward.
The ferry, operated by Ferries Del Caribe, provides service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo. It had only recently resumed service on May 3 after the fire on the Caribbean Fantasy last August put the service on hold. 

Ships At The Port Of Felixstowe By Peter Westcott

CSCL URANUS 2012 150853 gt 14074 teu's departing Felixstowe 
RIO BRAVO 2009 73899 gt 5905 teu's departing Felixstowe 
SUECIA SEAWAYS 1999 24613 gt outward bound at Felixstowe

SEVERINE 2012 16342 gt outward bound at Felixstowe

ELAN 2005 11662 gt departing Felixstowe 

MSC DYMPHNA 1996 64054 gt 5711 teu's departing Felixstowe

MSC INGRID 1999 53208 gt 4396 teu's departing Felixstowe 

MSC FRANCESCA 2008 131771gt 11660 teus departing Felixstowe

All photo credits to Peter Westcott

Certas Energy drives air quality improvements with cleaner burning GTL Fuel at Peel Ports Liverpool

Tackling the air quality problem has risen to the top of the Government’s agenda, putting the transport sector under significant pressure to clean up its act.  
Making more responsible fuel choices is a practical first step to improving air quality and Certas Energy has now made Shell GTL Fuel available at its HGV refuelling station at the Port of Liverpool, providing hauliers with a cleaner alternative to conventional diesel. Once initial trials with hauliers have been completed later this month, the fuel will be made available for all users of the facilities at the Port.
Certas Energy, working in partnership with Peel Ports Group, opened the state-of-the-art site in January 2017 and the station will be the first port in the UK to offer Shell GTL Fuel.
As part of the paraffinic family of fuels, Shell GTL Fuel has improved combustion properties inside standard diesel engines, helping to reduce harmful emissions such as Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM). One of the biggest benefits to transport operators is that the fuel can be used as a drop-in solution for diesel engines without the need for expensive engine modifications or changes to infrastructure.  Readily biodegradable, the fuel disperses easily, to make it safer and easier to handle, especially in areas where there could be a risk of contamination. As well as the transport sector, Shell GTL Fuel is also suitable for use in inland and offshore shipping, construction and agricultural machinery as well as power generation equipment.
Andrew Goodwin, National Bunker Manager for Certas Energy said, “The availability of Shell GTL Fuel in the North West provides an immediate solution for transport companies looking to reduce harmful emissions. Our decision to make Shell GTL Fuel available at the Port demonstrates our commitment to investment in the region, servicing high volumes of HGV traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
By offering a practical alternative to diesel that helps to improve air quality without compromising efficiency, Shell GTL Fuel has the potential to change the future of fuel usage in the UK and our goal is to make it available at other bunker sites in our network for both on-road and off-road engines. We are proud to be the only provider of the fuel in the UK and look forward to helping visitors to the Port of Liverpool make more responsible fuel choices, supporting a cleaner, healthier Northern Powerhouse.”  
Colin Darroch, Head of Container Terminal Operations, Peel Ports Group said:
“Through our £750m investment programme, we are delivering pioneering infrastructure in the North West, such as the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal. This level of commitment gives our customers the confidence to choose Peel Ports Liverpool as the launch pad for cutting-edge solutions.
We are very happy that Certas Energy chose Peel Ports Liverpool as the first site in the UK to offer GTL.”
Since opening, the strategically located fuelling station has catered for approximately 15,000 vehicles, helping to ease congestion and improve efficiency by enabling drivers to refuel in under five minutes using high speed pumps. Alongside Shell GTL Fuel the site also provides diesel, gas oil and AdBlue® for port users.