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Super Post-Panamax Cranes Arrive at Port of Savannah

After 22 months of anticipation, two new Super Post-Panamax cranes finally arrived at the Port of Savannah’s Ocean Terminal on Saturday, June 18, 2005. Before reaching their final destination in Savannah, Ga., the cranes 47-day long journey aboard the 505-foot custom-made ship, Dock Express 10, originated at the Port of Tianjin, China. The cranes are the largest ship-to-shore cranes in the world, each with a length of 465 feet, a height of 374 feet with its boom raised, a weight of 1,369 tons and a span capacity of 22 containers across and six containers high on deck. The lift capacity of each crane is 72 tons under the spreader bar and 95 tons under the cargo beam. “We are very happy the new cranes have finally arrived,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Doug J. Marchand. “With the cranes’ capacity to handle the world’s largest cargo vessels, the economic impact to the state of Georgia will be tremendous.” The cranes are expected to be the first cargo unloaded later this week at the GPA’s Container Berth 8 (CB-8). When complete early in 2006, CB-8 will increase capacity at the Port of Savannah by 20 percent, provide more than 9,800 feet of continuous dock, create an additional 10,800 jobs for Georgia and impact more than $240 million in direct and indirect wages for Georgia workers.

Another Greek Ferry Runs Into Trouble

A Greek ferry with 1,081 passengers aboard ran aground as it was about to dock in an Aegean island port early on Friday but there were no injuries, the merchant marine ministry said. The incident in Naxos port occurred less than three days after another ferry with the same owner hit rocks and sank off a nearby island, Paros, killing at least 65 people - Greece's worst maritime tragedy since the mid-1960s. A merchant marine spokesman said the Express Artemis, a vehicle and passenger ferry

Minoan Flying Dolphins Buys Six Ferries

Minoan Flying Dolphins bought six ferries, operating in the sea routes linking the ports of Piraeus and Rafina with the Cyclades islands, from businessman Costas Agapitos. The cost of the acquisitions was not released. The ferries are Express Afrodite, Express Athena, Express Apollo, Express Hermes, Express Olympia and Express Santorini. The fleet additions will quadruple the present carrying capacity of Minoan Flying Dolphins in the Cyclade island routes

Lake Ferry Services Suspended for Maintenance

After four years of heavy summer use on Lake Michigan, the Lake Express high-speed ferry ended service early this fall for regularly scheduled maintenance in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. The 192-foot catamaran ferry was pulled out of the water after cruising to the Bay Shipbuilding yard Oct. 24, a day after the Milwaukee-to-Muskegon service ended for the year. The Lake Express has operated until Nov. 1 in past years. The dry-docking of The Lake Express will allow the Milwaukee-based ferry operator

A&P Falmouth Completes Overhaul

A&P Falmouth has recently completed the lay up and overhaul of the P&O Irish Sea fast ferry Superstar Express. The Austal Ships 82 Catamaran, built for Star Cruises and chartered by P&O Irish Sea, arrived in Falmouth on October 21, 2001 for lay up and then docked on February 6, 2002 for aluminum shell repairs in the forepeak areas; overhaul of the water jets, survey of the main engines, survey of auxiliary machinery, accommodation refurbishment and painting of the hull

China's CIC Boluomiao Shipyard Completes Repair Contracts

CIC Boluomiao Shipyard completed repairs of the ships Sinoker Pioneer and Novitas H. The U.S.-owned Sinoker Pioneer repair work included renewal of cargo hold plates and painting, hatch cover repair and regular docking repair and some machinery equipment repairs, etc., and all were carried out to the satisfaction of classification society ABS, the shipyard said. Next came the German-owned Novitas-H for the first time to the Boluomiao Shipyard, for drydocking and steel-work repairs

Austal Delivers Two More for Guadeloupe

In 1998, Austal delivered the Jade Express followed closely by the delivery in 1999 of the Opale Express. These vehicle/passenger ferries were destined for Guadeloupe, in the French West Indies, and island ferry operator Antilles Trans Express (ATE). It was in 2001 when the then manager, Dr Roland Bellemare and ship captain, Bruno Moeson decided to buy the company from Groupe Bourbon who owned ATE, giving rise to L’Express des Iles S.A. or The Islands Express.

Austal chooses Survitec for new Fast Ferries

Survitec Zodiac Small Inflatable Slides (SIS)

Austal Ships has selected Survitec Zodiac escape slides for the Perle Express and the Liberty vessels.   Both are newly constructed 47m fast ferries and were completed at the Austal yard in Henderson, Western Austalia. Perle Express and Liberty entered service in October with their owner L’Express des Iles and are in use on routes between Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, Marie Galante, Dominique, Martinique and St Lucia.   

CICT Sri Lanka Container Terminal Opens

Blessing ceremony: Photo credit CICT

China Merchant Holdings International (CMHI) subsidiary Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) put the new terminal into trial operation mode with the arrival of the first ship to dock there, the 'M/V Coromandel'. CMHI owns an 85% interest in CICT, there will be altogether 4 berths and a quay length of 1200 meters, with a designed handling capacity of 2.4 million TEU, the first phase project covers 400 meters quay length.

China-built Livestock Carriers Christened for Vroon

Gelbray Express & Girolando Express: Photo credit Vroon

Two new specialised livestock carriers have been named 'Gelbray Express' & 'Girolando Express' in a ceremony at the COSCO shipyard in Guangdong, China. Vroon inform that the godmothers are Ms Sophie Wang, Managing Director Landmark Global Exports Pty Ltd., who christened Gelbray Express, and Ms Marie Janet Blankers, wife of Mr Paul Pistorius, Head Operations at Vroon, who christened Girolando Express. These livestock carriers are the third and fourth in a newbuilding programme of

KEP Marine Releases Video Recording Products


  KEP Marine releases today the innovative network video recording system and new HD cameras. The plug-and-play KVNR-8001 network video recording system is simple to install with easy to use commands and remote operating capability. Offering high definition footage recorded at 30 frames

Navy Kicks Off Tours with Industry Program


  The Navy kicked off a new program Oct. 5, designed to give high performing officers and Sailors experience at large corporations for approximately one year. Three participants began work today with Amazon in Seattle, Washington, and two with FedEx, in Memphis, Tennessee

MARAD’s Jaenichen Issues Statement on El Faro

Paul Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen has issued a statement following the U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement that it will suspend the search for survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro.   “All of us at the Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration

Hapag-Lloyd Announce Service Improvement


  For the benefit of increased schedule reliability, Hapag-Lloyd and partner lines have decided to take the following measures: Implementation of a fourth vessel in AT2 Replace the Liverpool eastbound call on AT1 by a Southampton call on AT2

Fire in Urea carrier Otong Kosasih

Photo credit: Nasional

 Urea carrier Otong Kosasih suffered fire in superstructure, vessel is docked in Kalidoni Palembang, South Sumatra.    The 1975-built, 11,196 dwt urea carrier Otong Kosasih owned by a local fertilizer company PT. Sriwijaya fertilizer (Pusri) was docked at the firm’s own pier

Hapag-Lloyd Relies on GEA BallastMaster ultraV 500

BallastMaster  ultraV 500

Germany’s largest shipping company, Hapag-Lloyd, relies on chemical-free UV ballast water reatment from GEA for fitting its container fleet.   In April 2015, the BallastMaster ultraV 500 was technically accepted on board Panamax containership London Express (shipboard acceptance

Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Pearlson Shiplift

Barcelona Yacht Repairer

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new ship lift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at its Barcelona shipyard.

CFD to Assess SSP’s Crew Boat Docking Tunnel

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MARIN combined CFD with fast-time simulations and intensive testing on its bridge simulator to explore the full potential of the new SSP HUB. To save on costly helicopter crew transport, SSP Offshore took a good look at its SSP Plus design and decided to add a large crew boat docking tunnel

Vietnam Plans to Make Freight Tariffs Public

Image: Vietnam Maritime Administration

 The Vietnamese government is considering implementing a new decree that would require shipping companies to publicize their freight tariffs (including surcharges and commissions paid to brokers).   Several foreign logistics companies have expressed concern about the proposal. 

Philadelphia Express Assist Distressed Cuban Rafters

Crowley-Managed Philadelphia Express Provides Assistance to Distressed Cuban Rafters near Key West

  The Crowley-managed, Philadelphia Express – a 3,237 TEU container ship ­– recently provided assistance to nine Cubans on a makeshift raft adrift near Key West, Fla.   As the vessel was steaming from Houston, Texas to Savannah, Ga

Containership Aids Distressed Cuban Rafters

Philadelphia Express (Photo: Crowley)

The Crowley-managed, Philadelphia Express – a 3,237 TEU containership – recently provided assistance to nine Cubans on a makeshift raft adrift near Key West, Fla. As the vessel was steaming from Houston, Texas to Savannah, Ga., crewmembers spotted the floating object with people aboard

Manual Reporting Software Features Integrated Analysis

Bluetracker[Express] for fleet-wide uniform onboard manual data collection includes the benefit of Bluetracker Web Applications (Image: INTERSCHALT)

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, a provider of maritime software for cargo and fleet management, presented its solution for vessel performance monitoring, reporting and analysis software to industry professionals at the 5th International Conference on Ship Efficiency in Hamburg, Germany.  

Dredging Contract Awarded for Corpus Christi LNG Terminal

U.S. dredging services provider Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced it was awarded a contract for work on an export terminal under the development of Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (CCL).   CCL, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

MARAD to Fund Study on LNG Conversions

Midnight Sun will be converted to dual fuel LNG propulsion starting in December 2015 (Photo: TOTE)

MARAD provides funding to further study LNG as marine fuel for containerships The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has entered a $900,000 cooperative agreement with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. (TOTE) to study the costs and benefits of converting vessel to liquefied natural

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