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Coast Guard Conducts Operation "Make Way"

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Coast Guard to conduct Operation Make Way on Columbia and Willamette Rivers.   The Coast Guard is stressing the importance of the law requiring smaller vessels to stay out of the path of larger oncoming vessels by conducting Operation Make Way this fall fishing season. Operation Make Way is a joint recreational boater education and enforcement campaign designed to help boaters understand the need to give way and stay clear of commercial deep draft vessels on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.Rule 9 in the Navigational Rules of the Road requires recreational boaters to give way to larger vessels restricted in their ability to maneuver. Recreational fishermen, often caught up in the excitement of a day on the water, frequently neglect to give way to larger vessels in a timely manner. Waiting until the last second to move from the path of these larger vessels is illegal and highly dangerous. “Large congregations of boaters recklessly put themselves and their passengers at risk this time of year, waiting until deep draft vessels sound their warnings the second time before moving,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River commander and Captain of the Port. “These boaters are essentially playing chicken and pilots of larger vessels have expressed deep concern.”Commercial vessels such as tug and tows, deep draft vessels and passenger cruise vessels cannot maneuver quickly and must stay on course to remain in deep water


APM Terminals CEO Calls for Port Industry Changes

Kim Fejfer (Photo: APM Terminals)

 APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer addressed the challenges facing port operators in today’s volatile market as well as the requirements for success, calling for investment, consolidation and rationalization in the port industry.   “The need for change has been more pronounced in the past two years than in the past 20 years,” Fejfer said, presenting the Terminal Operators’ keynote address at the 18th Annual Global Liner Shipping Conference


Houston Pilots Accept 45 ft. Fresh Water Draft

Effective immediately, the Houston Pilots will accept vessels with drafts up to 45 ft. (13.7 m) in fresh water. In the wake of the crisis along the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Houston Pilots are foregoing a previously scheduled phased-in approach to larger vessels, as the maritime industry needs to divert many deep draft loaded vessels from ports affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Houston Pilots are comprised of 81 pilots; including two deputy pilots still in training.


ADED Releases Mid-Season Report

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) released its Mid-Season Cruise Ship and Ferry Report for 2002. The report covers 25 large vessels, 14 small vessels, and 5 ferries. Compliance with air quality standards by these vessels was very encouraging. ADEC remains concerned, though, that some large passenger vessels are discharging wastewater outside state waters so as to avoid state requirements. Wastewater problems were also noted with small passenger vessels.


Vessels: First Rigdon Vessel

The first of 10 Rigdon Marine vessels being launched at Bender Shipbuilding and Repair, Mobile, ALa. The Orleans is 210- by 54 ft. wide and features DP-2 navigation and has liquid mud holding capacities of much larger vessels. The Orleans in now in service and will be followed by Bourbon in May. All 10 yessels will be delivered by Summer 2005.


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 Industries (HSHI) for its South American trade. Each of the new ships is 333 meters long, 48 meters wide and has capacity for 10,500 standard containers (TEU)


China Shipbuilder Delivers One More Supramax Bulker

Typical Supramax Bulker: Photo credit COSCO

COSCO Corporation (Singapore) say that their COSCO Guangdong shipyard has delivered the 57,000 dwt bulk carrier 'Ionnnis G' to its European buyer. The new bulk carrier measures 189.99 meters in LOA, 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth. About COSCO Shipyard Group Founded in June 2001, COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd, is a subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), specializing in large vessels building, marine engineering and ship construction and conversion


CMA CGM Box Ship is the Largest to Call Brazil

CMA CGM Tigris (Photo courtesy of CMA CGM)

CMA CGM reinforces its position in Brazil, introducing the largest vessel in terms of TEU capacity to ever call Brazil   Containership CMA CGM Tigris, one of the newest vessels in the CMA CGM fleet, is due to call the Port of Santos on February, 6, making the French shipping company the first carrier to introduce a vessel of such a capacity in Brazil, the CMA CGM Group announced today.   The 10,622 TEU CMA CGM Tigris will be added to the fixed-day and weekly SEAS2 service


UK Register’s Largest Ship Docks in Southampton

Photo: UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The largest vessel registered in the UK Ship Register has arrived in Southampton today.   CMA CGM Kerguelen, a 398-meter-long containership operated by the CMA CGM Group, is big enough to pack five and a half A380 Airbuses on. It is capable of carrying 17,772 TEU (twenty feet equivalent units) and is driven by an engine of 9,000 horsepower.   Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with responsibility for the UK Ship Register


Svitzer Acquires Two Damen ASD Tugs

DAMEN ASD TUG SVITZER DEBEN KENT Photo Damen

  Svitzer has taken delivery of two Damen ASD Tugs 3212 in the UK. The initial contract was signed at the Tugnology 2015 event, which took place in London in May. The vessels were built for stock at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam and arrived in Rotterdam in late October as part of a 22-vessel consignment on board BigLift Shipping’s heavy-lift vessel,Happy Star. Named the Svitzer Deben and Svitzer Kent respectively


APM Terminals LA Makes Room for Mega Ships

Signing photo of APM Terminals and ZPMC executives Courtesy APM

The 10 STS Cranes will be the tallest in service at any American port; new LED lighting on the crane booms will increase visibility while significantly reducing energy consumption, as capabilities expand to meet the needs of larger vessels entering into th global fleet.


Baltic Index Falls on Weaker Demand for Larger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Friday on weaker demand for larger vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down nine points


BEST Sets Container Handling Record

Image: Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST)

 Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved a new record when it moved 7,760 TEU on the call of MSC Beatrice.    A total of eight ship-to-shore gantry cranes were deployed simultaneously for the operation


Baltic Index Falls on Weaker Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday as demand for larger vessel segments declined.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down six points


WILCO Logistics Bags Townsville Port Safety Works

WILCO Logistics Pty Ltd to undertake Breakwater safety works Photo Port of Townsville.

WILCO Logistics Pty Ltd has been announced as the successful bid contractor on Breakwater safety works at the Port of Townsville.   Minister for Ports Mark Bailey said the overall $1.5 million project will improve navigational safety at the Townsville Port by widening the entrance to the


Holland America Line Kicks off Seattle's Record Cruise Season

The Nieuw Amsterdam arrives in Seattle on April 29, 2016 to kick off the 2016 cruise season

The Port of Seattle begins the 2016 cruise season welcoming the first ship call, Holland America Cruise Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Larger vessels and more cruises will make this the biggest cruise season ever with nearly one million revenue passengers


Transport via Northern European ports more sustainable

Scatter plot of CO2 emission per TEU per day for vessels according to size and year of build.

On the European continent, the Alps form a natural barrier for international transport. Containers can be transported to Southern Germany, the Czech Republic or Poland cheaper as well as more sustainably via North European ports than via Southern European ports


Recent strength in dry bulk shipping to be short-lived - Drewry

Rahul leads dry bulk research at Drewry and is the editor of Drewry’s flagship publications Photo Drewry

Drewry forecasts dry bulk freight rates in 2016 will be, on average, lower than in 2015, as the medium-to-long term fundamentals for dry bulk shipping will remain challenging, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Slower Demand for Larger Vessels Drags Baltic Index Lower

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday due to diminishing demand for larger vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell 10 points


Recent Strength in Dry Bulk Shipping to be Short-Lived

Graph: Drewry Maritime Research

 Drewry forecasts dry bulk freight rates in 2016 will be, on average, lower than in 2015, as the medium-to-long term fundamentals for dry bulk shipping will remain challenging, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Two New Tugs Built for TNPA

TNPA’s new tugs, Qunu and Cormorant, were launched and named at the Southern African Shipyards in Durban Linda Mabaso, Chair of Transnet SOC Limited, named the vessels, flanked by Trishna Misra, Chief Financial Officer of Southern African Shipyards. (Photo by Philip Wilson – Logico Creative Solutions)

 The South African government’s Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy initiative has yielded more results with the ceremonial launch of two more tugboats built for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).   The two tugs – named Qunu and Cormorant – form part of


CMA CGM’s Benjamin Franklin Ends US-Asia Route

Benjamin Franklin. Photo: CMA CGM

French shipping line CMA CGM SA will no longer run the mega containership Benjamin Franklin between Asia and the U.S. West Coast, on account of weak market conditions, reports FT. According to sources, Benjamin Franklin’s voyages have been suspended on the route between Asia and U.S


Chemical Shipping Freight Rates to Remain Firm

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Chemical tanker shipping freight rates are expected to remain firm over the medium term, thanks to rising production capacity in key exporting countries, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


Aberdeen Harbour Performance Steady on Diversity

Photo: Aberdeen Harbour

Activity at Aberdeen Harbour remained steady throughout 2015 resulting in the port recording a 9.7 percent increase in turnover, up from £28.9 million in 2014 to £31.7 million in 2015. Pretax profit was also up by 21 percent at £15.03 million, compared to £12


APMT Prepares for 20,000 teu Ships on Pacific

Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals, the port terminal operator arm of Danish shipping conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk A/S, has signed an agreement to enlarge 10 STS cranes at its Pier 400 facility in the Port of Los Angeles.   The 10 STS cranes will be the tallest in service at any port in the United States






 
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