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TOS Ship Delivery “Project Cargo” to South-America

Photo: TOS

A special ship delivery project left TOS’ homeport of Waalhaven in Rotterdam as a German coaster and a Belgian inland pusher guided "Project Cargo" for its delivery destination in South-America, a voyage that will last approximately four weeks. Ronald van der Kolk, Manager Division Ship Management at TOS, described it as “An extraordinary project, which demonstrates our total service package at TOS.” Van der Kolk said, “This job combines our services in the field of Ship Management, Ship Delivery and Crewing together and fits us like a glove. All nautical and technical preparations were conducted together with the related divisions and the project cargo departed for South-America as planned at the end of December.” Even for TOS a Project Cargo ship delivery is a challenging job. First of all TOS picked up a coaster for the client in Papenburg (Germany). The TOS crew started up the vessel from dead ship. The coaster had been out of services for half a year. TOS has changed the class through the classification offices, organized the flag-changing of the vessel and took care of the certificates for ISM, ISPS and MLC. At the same time, the barge pusher was sailed from Antwerp to Rotterdam. The pusher was prepared for transport at the Waalhaven. The windows of the pusher were covered with wood to protect the pusher during transport

Alfa Laval Launches DuroShell LPG/E Cargo Condenser

DuroShell (Photo: Alfa Laval)

With the new Alfa Laval DuroShell plate-and-shell heat exchanger, Alfa Laval aims to strengthen its offering in LPG/E cargo reliquefaction with a construction that increases resistance to thermal and pressure fatigue.   Alfa Laval DuroShell is a specially engineered plate-and-shell heat exchanger with unique design capabilities. Already used in the offshore oil and gas industry, it is now being introduced for marine duties such as LPG/E cargo reliquefaction

Express Global Logistics Moves Cement Mill From Mumbai To Spain

In the process of reloacting a cement mill in

  Express Global Logistics Pvt Ltd recently executed a cement mill project in Almonaster la real, Spain. It involved shipping and transportation of 2 nos x 57 ton mill shell measuring 9 x 5.5 x 5.5 (LBH in meters) , 4 nos x 38 ton mill heads measuring 5.5 x 5.5 x 2 (LBH in meters), various accessories from Mumbai to Almonaster la real being the destination in Spain. The desired port nearest to the final destination Almonaster la real was Huelva port in the south of Spain

LPG Coaster Shipping Market to Remain Weak in 2015

Freight Rates (Source: Drewrys LPG Forecaster)

The LPG coaster shipping market continues to be plagued by excess vessel supply with rates remaining stubbornly below pre-financial crisis levels, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. “Average 12-month LPG coaster time charter rates fell almost 15% between 2007 and 2014”, said Shresth Sharma, senior analyst, gas shipping at Drewry. “And in the case of smaller vessel classes such as coasters a small change

Maersk Line CEO Cautiously Optimistic

Tim Smith, Maersk Line’s North Asia CEO, reflects on 2012 being quite a volatile year, but sees an increase in the Asia-Europe container trade. The biggest challenge for the entire industry is overcapacity, said Smith. “In these volatile markets we have seen a lot more capacity coming into the market the last couple of years than is needed by the lower levels of demand. ” 

Last year that overcapacity was managed tolerably well by taking out ships, scrapping them

North Korean M/V Rim Hijacked, Gulf of Aden

The General Cargo vessel, M/V Rim is reported to have been hijacked the morning of Feb. 3 in the Gulf of Aden to the north of the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). M/V Rim is not registered with MSC HOA and has had no communications with UKMTO. The Rim was in the North West area of the Gulf of Aden just south of the Yemeni coast. The Coaster is a general cargo ship of 4,800 tonnes, North Korean flagged and owned by White Sea Shipping of Libya

Peter Döhle Purchases S-VDR 5000 Upgrades

Offshore Systems Ltd. announced the sale of five S-VDR 5000 systems to Peter Döhle Schiffahrts – KG shipping group, Hamburg, Germany. Five vessels (Alexandria, Aida, Attika, Aurelia and Ariga) will get S-VDR 5000 upgrades to their ECPINS (ECDIS) systems. Three additional S-VDR 5000 systems will be purchased in the near future. Peter Döhle is an existing Offshore Systems commercial grade navigation system customer with ECPINS 4000 on order or installed on eight multipurpose vessels

MAIB – Investigation of Fatal Accident

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its report of the investigation of the fatal accident on board the UK combi-coaster NORDSTRAND in Seville, Spain on 20 September 2004. A crewmember was killed and the chief officer was injured when a portable hold bulkhead fell while being relocated. Investigation revealed the bulkhead fell because the locking pins were not properly secured. There was no established procedure for checking to determine whether the locking pins were

Millman Steps Down From Grand Bahama Shipyard

Freeport’s Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has announced that current President & CEO, Chris Millman has decided to step down from his position and is to leave the Company. Chris has been with the Shipyard for over four years and in that short time he has overseen its growth from a construction site into one of the region’s foremost ship repair centres. Citing personal reasons for his decision, Chris said that he was leaving GBS to return to the UK with his family

UK - Ship Owner Pleads Guilty

UK - Ship Owner Pleads Guilty At a hearing yesterday in Folkestone Magistrates Court, the owner of a coaster pleaded guilty to three Merchant Shipping safety offences following a collision with the East Goodwin Light Vessel on 27th February 2007. The Antigua and Barbuda registered coaster, Jerome H, was on passage from Dagenham in Essex to Belfast in Northern Ireland. In the early hours of the 27th February 2007, the vessel struck the East Goodwin Light Vessel

Ecospeed Pays Dividends for Interscan

The 3000dwt general cargo vessel Patriot was coated with Ecospeed in 2005 Photo Ecospeed

Trading in ice is the toughest challenge for a hull coating. Regular anti-fouling paints or simple epoxies are usually scraped off by the constant abrasion of the ice, and extra drydockings are needed to repaint, often after just one season.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier commly used in the South America-to-Far East trades (credit: Vale)

Holidays in Asia likely to dampen chartering activity; Outlook still "slightly positive" for fourth quarter. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could hold steady around current levels next week in a quiet market, ship brokers said on Thursday.

ACO Marine's Clarimar Selected for New Environmentally Sound EcoCoasters

Clarimar MF-1 is amongst an array of environmentally-safe equipments specified for  VG-Shipping’s EcoCoasters Mirva VG and Eeva VG

Wastewater streams aboard the two state-of-the-art EcoCoasters Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes is building for Finland’s VG-Shipping will be managed by a bespoke treatment system designed by ACO Marine. Both 4700dwt EcoCoasters Eeva VG and Mirva VG

Calm Seas, Libya's Lawless State Open Door for Migrant Flows

Calmer seas and Libya's lawlessness have opened the way for smugglers to ship thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean this week, in a striking reminder of how far Europe is from ending the migrant crisis.   In just four days, Italy's coastguard and European vessels pulled 13

Half a Century at Sea

Captain Siegfried Schmerer points to a model of the Bonn Express. It was the first ship he has ever captained. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Siegfried Schmerer already dreamed of becoming a captain as a young boy. Later, as a sailor on a coaster, he suffered from seasickness. Though he thought about giving up, he stuck with it and eventually worked his way up all the way to the bridge

First Ship Bunkers LNG in Rotterdam

Ternsund is the first seagoing vessel to bunker LNG in Rotterdam (Photo: Terntank)

The bunkering of the Ternsund was initiated today in Rotterdam, marking the first seagoing vessel to bunker liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the port.   As a result the brand new product tanker of the Swedish shipping company Terntank also receives the first Rotterdam 'LNG bunkering

Slowing Shipping Fleet Growth to Ease Officer Shortage

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Slowing growth in the size of the shipping fleet will reduce the shortage of officers over the coming years, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   The global shipping fleet – encompassing all sectors except the non-cargo

Inmarsat Unveils Fleet One Global


Inmarsat has launched Fleet One Global, a service designed to offer basic voice and data connectivity to the maritime market. Fleet One Global is part of the Fleet One range of satcoms services developed for flexibility, reliability and simplicity

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates May Dip

Rates from Western Australia to China fall from six-month high. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could slide next week as charterers rein in their activity following a flurry of fixtures which pushed rates from Western Australia to China to a six-month high

Two ODCs Loaded at Hamburg Port

two out-of-gauge tanks manufactured by Chart Ferox were loaded by Wallmann & Co. Photo Port of Hamburg

On 25 April, two Over-Dimensional-Cargos (ODC) tanks manufactured by Chart Ferox were loaded by Wallmann & Co., the long-established Hamburg company specializing in handling heavy lift cargoes. With a length of almost 50 metres and a width of more than 6 metres

US Imports Rise Steady after 2015 Rollercoaster

File photo: Northwest Seaport Alliance

Import cargo volume at the United States’ major retail container ports has begun its annual climb toward summer levels but is expected to be largely flat when compared with last year’s record high numbers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the

Green Shipping: Wessels Reederei Takes the Lead

Gerd Wessels, the 45 year old CEO of the Wessels Reederei GmbH, was elected in 2013 as Chairman of the Environmental Committee of the Technical Advisory Board of DNV GL. In this role he has championed a number of pioneering developments, such as the “Environmental Passport – Operation.” (Image: PPM News Service Pospiech)

International trade relies on transportation by sea, as about 85 percent of the freight volumes are shipped globally by vessels. But while maritime is widely regarded as the most environmentally benign of any transport system, maritime transport can cause a diverse environmental burden: It includes

Damen Trading Launches New Website

Photo: Damen

The new website for Damen Trading, the brokerage department of the Damen Shipyards Group, integrates Damen corporate house-style as well as an improved profile of services that includes registration, transport and even vessel modifications if required

SCANIA Expands its Engine Range for Marine Applications

Two of the power packs are installed on SAR boat “Björn Christer.”

Scania, a tradition-rich Swedish industrial company will celebrate in 2016 its 125-year in existence. Very early on in 1902, the first engines for marine applications were produced. In fact, the market was considered so promising that the company’s new factory, which was built in 1907

Riders on the Storm

High performance Zodiac Hurricane RHIB with shock mitigation.jpg

It’s no shock that decking, seating and other related equipment for ‘fast boats’ is a critical ingredient for maritime security personnel. A  shock mitigation strategy is essential for all craft that undertake open sea transits or operate in rough water

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