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Schwarzenegger, Offshore Oil Drilling

According to a June 1 report from the Los Angeles Times, the State Lands Commission lashed out at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to reverse its rejection of the first new oil drilling in California waters since 1969. At a contentious hearing in Santa Monica, the commission passed a resolution urging legislators not to go along with Schwarzenegger's plan, which would revive a drilling project off the Santa Barbara County coast that the commission killed in January. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

MacGregor Cargo Handling for HL Newbuilds

Image: MacGregor

 MacGregor has received an order worth USD 21 million for optimised cargo handling systems for five 10,500 TEU container ships currently under construction at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries for German operator Hapag-Lloyd.   The ships are under construction at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and are being built for German operator Hapag-Lloyd. They are planned for delivery between October 2016 and May 2017 and will primarily be deployed on

Cable Snaps as Refloat Begins

One of the cables connecting the stranded freighter Pasha Bulker to a tugboat at Newcastle's Nobbys Beach has snapped, as efforts are made to refloat the freighter. The tugboat has now moved further out to sea. Two tugboats are still connected to the Pasha Bulker and their engines are working hard against the line. There are also three deep-sea anchors connected the Pasha Bulker and it is hoped that when the tide peaks, the ship will be able to refloat and move further out to sea.

IHI Completes Post Panamax Container Carrier

IHI Marine United Inc. has completed construction of the 6,492 TEU post panamax container carrier for delivery to Great River Line S.A. of Panama at the Kure Shipyard on November 29, 2002. The NYK Apollo, first of a series of seven post panamax carriers to be chartered by NYK Line, will be utilized for transport services in routes centered on Europe and Far East. The carrier with a beam of over 131 ft. (40 m) can load containers of nine tiers in 14 rows in cargo holds and six tiers in 16

Weather Shuts Down Sydney

Strong winds and high seas forced authorities to close Sydney's port to passenger and cargo ships on Saturday. Winds of up to 59 mph lashed the coast of New South Wales state, bringing down power lines and unroofing a handful of homes. A Sydney Ports spokeswoman said swells of between 22 to 33 feet and wind gusts up to 35 knots inside Sydney Harbour forced the port's closure until at least Sunday. Australian Broadcasting Corp radio said the P&O passenger liner Pacific Sky, with about 1

Typhoon Rips Philippines, Mass Evacuation Underway

Typhoon Hagupit

A powerful typhoon roared into the eastern Philippines on Saturday, bringing lashing rain and strong winds that felled trees, ripped off tin roofs and toppled power lines in areas still bearing the scars of a super typhoon 13 months ago. About 1 million people had already fled to shelters by the time Typhoon Hagupit made landfall, in what a U.N. agency said was one of the world's biggest peacetime evacuations. As the storm barrelled in from the Pacific

LTM Crane Shipped Via the Ostuferhafen

Project load business gains ground in Kiel

The number of heavy cargo and project loads being handled in Kiel using the port’s efficient port cranes or RoRo ramps is on the rise. The latest example has been what is currently the most up-to-date telescopic mobile crane to be built by the firm of Liebherr. It was shipped directly to Klaipeda in Lithuania on April 1st on a ferry ship belonging to DFDS Seaways. The Type LTM 1750-9.1 mobile crane is used in power plants and refineries as well as in bridge building and in the

New Shipuilding Method Promises Cost Savings

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has developed and obtained an international patent for a new inundation method used in the tandem shipbuilding process. With traditional methods, a vessel that was under construction would float on the water whenever the dry dock was flooded to launch a completed ship. The new method holds the incomplete ship in place, allowing the company to continue work on the ship whether the dry dock is flooded or dry, reducing construction time.

ICG Rescues 20 from MV Jindal Kamakshi

Rescue Operation by Indian Coast Guard Underway

  At about 2300 hrs on 21 Jun 15 a container merchant vessel “Jindal Kamakshi” sent a distress alert. The vessel was on passage from Mundra to Kochi with 20 crew members onboard. The vessel was about 35 kms from the nearest coast and 75 kms from Mumbai. The distress was received by Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC Mumbai).MRCC (MBI) immediately contacted the master of the vessel.

MacGregor's Improved Lashings Storage System

MacGregors new 40ft flat rack system offers improved storage capacity

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has developed a new 40ft flat rack loose lashings storage system that is designed to make better use of available deck space. "An overall trend for twistlocks, stackers and midlocks is their weight reduction," explains Perttu Jokinen, Lashing Portfolio Manager, Cargo Stowage and Securing Systems, MacGregor. "This can often lead to the maximum volume of a storage bin being reached before its maximum payload

Tropical Storm Erika Heads for Florida

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and eventually South Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.  

Fire Hits Passenger Ship at Ormoc Port

Photo captured from Youtube video

 A passenger ship, owned by Roble Shipping, carrying more than 500 passengers caught fire at Ormoc port in Leyte, Phillipines early Saturday (August 15).   Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said 3 crewmembers of the M/V Wonderful Stars of Roble Shipping Line

Powerful storm hits Taiwan, six dead

Typhoon Soudelor  photo

  A powerful typhoon battered Taiwan on Saturday with strong wind and torrential rain, cutting power to 3.62 million households as the death toll rose to six. Four people were missing and 101 were injured, authorities said. Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled and more than 9

Hong Kong Issues Note on Container Handling Safety

Loading containers Photo JN Port

  Hong Kong’s Marine Department has issued a reminder about safe handling of containers following the investigation into the death of a sailor on board a container vessel during cargo unloading operations. The incident occurred while containers were being discharged from the cargo

Typhoon Glances off E. China Coast

Typhoon hits China

  China's eastern coast took less of a battering than feared after Super Typhoon Chan-hom changed course and lost much of its strength shortly after making landfall near Shanghai late on Saturday. Chan-hom, which Chinese government meteorologists feared would be the powerful typhoon to

TT Club Calls for ‘Utmost Good Faith’ in the Container Supply Chain

Kevin King (Photo: TT Club)

TT Club has long championed a variety of measures designed to increase safety throughout the container supply chain.  In Rotterdam last week, Kevin King, the Club’s Regional Director EMEA took the opportunity to address an audience of container operators

Hapag-Lloyd Orders 5 New Containerships

Due to the dimensions of the canal, shipping companies are only able to use ships with a maximum capacity of 4,900 TEU so far. (Photo Hapag-Lloyd)

When the expansion of the Panama Canal is complete, liner shipping companies will finally be able to use larger vessels. Hapag-Lloyd has therefore ordered five state-of-the-art ships.   Hapag-Lloyd has ordered five modern container ships from the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy

MacGregor Optimises UASC's Container Vessels Payload

Photo of MV Barzan courtesy MacGregor

  United Arab Shipping Company's first ultra-large container vessel has entered service equipped with a MacGregor high-efficiency cargo handling system, which is designed to maximise payload potential and operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact by minimising emissions per TEU

US Builder Secures Wind Farm Supply Vessel Order

Photo: Blount Boats

Rhode Island based shipbuilder Blount Boats signed a contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry for the construction of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island, the shipbuilder announced today.   The 21-meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW

Storm Shutters Australia's Newcastle Coal Port

Coal port shut since Monday night; seven coal ships waiting to leave, ship queue undisclosed. * Newcastle coal futures price up 10 pct this week (Adds coal terminal operator comments) MELBOURNE, April 22 (Reuters) - Australia's Newcastle port, the world's biggest coal export port

Port Klang Ensures Faster Turnaround for CMA CGM KERGUELEN

The CMA CGM KERGUELEN welcomed with a unique arrangement at the Port Klang Terminal

  The CMA CGM Group reported that during the CMA CGM KERGUELEN first call at the Port Klang Port Terminal in Malaysia, the terminal set up a unique arrangement for the vessel: no less than 12 cranes were simultaneously used to match the vessel's exceptional length (398 meters) and capacity

The Deadly Migration Sea Routes in Mediterranean, 400 Died

The Italian Harbourmaster Corps (Coast Guard) rescues migrants bound for the coasts of Italy. File Photo from Archive: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

 With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have died, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way, say Italian media.  

Hurricane-Strength Winds Batter European Ports, Traffic

Hurricane-force winds lashed parts of northern Europe on Tuesday, including Germany and the Netherlands, causing flights to be cancelled, snarling some train services and hitting port traffic. The Dutch meteorological office issued a code red warning for the low-lying country's northern and

Slow Steaming “can damage containers” - BMT

Courtesy BMT

  Fuel saving measures can have a negative effect on the lashing forces on the containers, according to Maritime London member BMT Surveys. The company's risk & quality manager and marine surveyor, Olivier van der Kruijs, bases this warning on audits on more than 100 container vessels

Ports of Auckland Fined for Stevedore Injury

Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has been fined $55,000 and ordered to pay $25,000 in reparation to a stevedore who suffered serious injuries unloading a containership at the port in January 2014, Maritime New Zealand Media reported.   POAL admitted a charge laid by Maritime New Zealand under

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