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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


Milaha Rolls Out First Direct Qatar-India Service

Image by Milaha Maritime & Logistics

 Milaha Maritime and Logistics, a subsidiary of Milaha Group, launched its first direct container service, known as the Nhava Sheva Doha Express (NDX), between Qatar’s Doha port and India’s port Nhava Sheva in Mumbai.  


Milaha launches Qatar - India Service

Khalifa Ali Al Hitmi

Milaha Maritime & Logistics, a subsidiary of the Qatar based Milaha Group which delivers integrated transport and supply chain solutions in the GCC, has announced the launch of the first direct container service between Qatar and India. The non-stop service will connect Qatar’s Doha


Rolls-Royce Extends Service Capability in S.Korea

Photo courtesy of Sunjin Entech

Rolls-Royce has extended its service capability in South Korea by partnering with Busan-based ship repairer Sunjin Entech.   The new service agreement means that Rolls-Royce can now provide customers with a bespoke one-stop service solution at the Gupyung and Youngdo yards


Xin Yue Feng: Growth with a Range of Vessels

The Cummins Swissco Garnet powered by a pair of Cummins a pair of Cummins KTA50-M2 mains producing a total of 3,200 HP.

From the four-story office tower, housing 100 technical engineers and administration staff, to the 65,000-square-meter yard with extensive fabrication and machine shops and a huge dry dock, the Xin Yue Feng Shipyard has been building every more sophisticated vessels


Houston Ship Channel Remains Partially Shut

Marine traffic in the Houston Ship Channel will remain partially halted until salvage ships retrieve an anchor that broke off a bulk carrier that collided with a tanker on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday.   The bulk ship hauling steel and the tanker that was carrying 216


Dutch Shipyard Dry Docks 51-Meter Crane Pontoon

     Kran 93 on the Hoebée slipway (Photo courtesy of Hoebée B.V.)

  Dutch shipyard Hoebée B.V. in Dordrecht has dry docked the Kraan 92 crane pontoon from European Bulk Services, the shipyard announced last week. It is the largest vessel the shipyard has ever dry docked.   Normally, the 52 x 24 meter and 51 meter tall crane pontoon could be


Los Angeles Unveils Plans for Faster Cargo Flow

Port of Los Angeles

  A new program that expedites cargo by streamlining container moves is speeding up operations at the Port of Los Angeles. Launched February 25, the "Peel Off" Program has added a new operational model to the Port to clear the current backlog of containers and improve the flow of


Dry-docking of ABIS BELFAST

ABIS BELFAST

  Our Shipyard Zamakona Pasaia, had recently dry-docked the modern general cargo vessel ABIS BELFAST belonging to the Dutch company Abis. The vessel with 89.95 meters length by 14 meters beam has made several repairs and general maintenance of mechanical


Beijing Angry over ASEAN Chief's Comments on South China Sea

South China Sea (International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy, London School of Economics)

 China has expressed anger at remarks made by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretary general Le Luong Minh on the disputed South China Sea, , rejecting Chinese claims based on the so-called nine-dash line.  


Indian Port Workers Drop Strike Proposal

Image: Kandla Port Trust

 The Port and Dock Workers Federation (AITUC) has decided to defer the strike proposed from March 16, in view of the Central Labour Commissioner appointing a committee to study the demands and grievances of workers and employees of major ports.  


U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon visits USNS Spearhead

Ambassador Michael S. Hoza, U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, gives a speech during a reception aboard the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Special

  Ambassador Michael S. Hoza, U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, visited and delivered remarks during reception held aboard the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) as part of Africa Partnership Station March 13, 2015.


Japanese Tsunami Debris Still Washing on US Shore

Debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and sports balls still floating offshore in the Pacific, an expert said on Tuesday.  


Maritime Security Training Unites Nations

A German navy boarding team member demonstrates military hand-to-hand combat techniques to Ghanaian navy personnel during Obangame Express 2015 U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luis R. Chavez Jr

  Ghanaian navy sailors joined a German navy maritime interdiction operations (MIO) team and a U.S. Navy medical trainer for three days of maritime security training at Naval Base Tema, Ghana, ending March 18, 2015. The training took place prior to the official start of Exercise Obangame


US Navy Christens New Amphibious Transport Dock as John P Murtha

Amphibious warship John P. Murtha: 	Photo by US Naval Institute

 The US Navy is christening the tenth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship on 21 March at the Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) shipbuilding division visitor control centre.   The ship is being named in honour of late John P Murtha


Giant Gates for Deurganck Dock Lock, Antwerp

The lock gates have the same length and thickness as those of the Berendrecht lock. -

  The four gates for the Deurganck dock lock in the port of Antwerp will begin their journey from China at the beginning of April. The gigantic gates are being built by the Chinese steel constructor ZPMC, together with the trolleys on which the gates will ride






 
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