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2 Damen Tugs for KOTUG’s European Harbor Towage

ZP Bear will complement our fleet of tugs operating on the River Thames

  Damen Shipyards Group delivered two sister tugs ATD 2412 ‘ZP Bison’ and ‘ZP Bear’ to strengthen KOTUG’s European Harbour Towage. On April 8th 2015, the sister tugs were handed over by designer and builder Damen to her owner Elisabeth Ltd in order to operate for KOTUG. ZP Bison will operate in the Port of Bremerhaven and ZP Bear on the River Thames in London. Damen Services arranged the transport from Vietnam to Rotterdam, where they handed over the tugs in a turnkey operation. After their arrival the tugs have been equipped and prepared to commence their towage activities in Bremerhaven and on the River Thames from April 17th, 2015. Doug Harding, General Manager Harbour Towage UK, stated: “We are glad that ZP Bear will complement our fleet of tugs operating on the River Thames to exceed our clients’ needs and to respond our local growth ambitions. After formal inspection by Port of London Authority for acceptance under Towage Craft Licensing Regulations ‘ZP Bear’ will start operations on the River Thames in London.” Uwe Magnussen, General Manager Harbour Towage Germany, mentioned: “We welcome ZP Bison to the Port of Bremerhaven to commence assisting all vessels of our clients on the German River Weser as well as through the locks


UK Allision with Mooring Structures

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of a product carrier making heavy contact with mooring structures at a refinery on the River Thames on Feb. 25, 2008. While unmooring the vessel, the bow spring line was unexpectedly cast off. The pilot attempted to recover control of the vessel by laying alongside the next jetty, but the master (who was assisting) thought a different maneuver was being undertaken.


Historic UK Ship to Become Floating Museum

According to a June 27 report from The Press Association, a historic vessel - thought to be the world's last complete steamcoaster - will be lifted on to a floating pontoon following a $2.8m restoration. The 300-tonne SS Robin will be hoisted by giant cranes from its current base in Lowestoft, Suffolk, before being returned to London. The ship - built in 1890 and listed on the National Historic Fleet register - will be moved to the River Thames to be used as a floating museum.


New Lifeboat Handed Over to RNLI for Jubilee Year Pageant

Tamar-class Lifeboat: Photo credit Geograph CCL Stephen McKay

Babcock delivers Tamar-class lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee' to RNLI in time for Queen's  River Thames pageant Babcock has handed over the latest Tamar Class lifeboat to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).  This lifeboat will represent the charity during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in June to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s special year. The RNLI Engineering and Supply Director David Brook and Operations Director Michael Vlasto attended the


Ocean Safety to Supply Rescue Equipment to Port of London

The Dacon Rescue Scoop and the Dacon Rescue Frame

Ocean Safety has announced that the company has agreed a contract to supply two Port of London Authority (PLA) vessels with Dacon man overboard recovery equipment. The Dacon products are to be supplied in July to the vessels - the Verifier, a 21-meter monohull and the Yantlet, a 15-meter catamaran. The Verifier will be supplied with a Dacon Rescue Scoop, a crane operated recovery system favored by commercial vessels


Containership Becomes Largest to Sail the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Photo: DP World)

The Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea port hub. The 399-meter-long, 60-meter-wide, 195,000-ton Triple-E class vessel – equivalent in length to almost four football pitches and capable of carrying more than 18,300 TEUs – is one of the largest container vessels in the world, operating on Maersk’s new East-West Network. 


New Tugboat for UK Trucker – River Transport Beats Road

Stan Tug SWS Essex: Photo crdedit Damen Shipyards

UK Road hauliage company Walsh buys tug in strategy to utilize water transport Damen Stan Tug 1205 SWS Essex was delivered to the Walsh & Sons Head Office in Brentwood (UK) who ordered the Stan Tug as part of their strategy to transport more cargo by water than by road. In the near future, the total transport capacity of Walsh’s lorry fleet will be exceeded by tug and barge transport. Walsh is a recycling and construction company specialized in civil


Waterborne Freight in the UK

The latest (2007) annual National Statistics on waterborne freight in the UK produced by the Department for Transport, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority, shows that: •    Traffic on UK domestic waters accounted for 5 per cent (126 million tonnes) of all goods lifted in the UK, and 20 per cent (51 billion tonne-kilometres) of all goods moved in 2007. •    Over the decade to 2007


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 coastal provinces, as gusts of up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) an hour battered the Netherlands. A spokesman for Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Europe's fourth largest


SITA UK, Forth Ports Form Port Recycling Hub

Suez Environment subsidiary, SITA UK, and Forth Ports Limited announced a long-term partnership that will see the creation of a major recycling and resource management hub based at the Port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The partnership is part of a growth strategy for both companies that includes the acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, of Forth Ports-owned Nordic Recycling by SITA UK under a share purchase agreement and a long-term agreement between the two companies.


Spotlight on Intermodal River Transport

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company’s towboat, the M/V Miss Shirley, arrived at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, transporting containers via barge as part of a demonstration to show the viability of intermodal river transportation.  


Ships Collide on Lower Mississippi

Three ships were involved in a collision on the lower Mississippi River near Convent, Louisiana, Monday when a bulk carrier broke free from its mooring and drifted into a moored towing vessel and then an offloading tank ship. The U.S. Coast Guard is responding.  


Towing Vessel Sinking on Ohio River

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a towing vessel on the Ohio River near Golconda, Illinois, Wednesday.   Coast Guard Sector Ohio River Valley watchstanders were notified the towing vessel David Dunnigan sank while working near mile marker 897.5, at approximately 8 p.m


Port of London to Unveil £7m Vessel at Seawork

    The London Titan in build at Manor Marine (Photo courtesy of Seawork International)

  London Titan, the Port of London's new £6.97million ($10.5 million) 36-meter mooring maintenance vessel, will be officially unveiled at the opening day of the Seawork International exhibition and conference in June, the event's organizers announced today.  


Record Thames Ridership

River Action Plan delivers record Thames ridership

  A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12


Port of Durban to Triple Capacity, Compete with Suez Canal

The Port of Durban (Photo courtesy of the Durban Chamber of Commerce)

  Durban, South Africa's busiest port, has started a project to triple capacity and encourage vessels to skip the Suez Canal and sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Bloomberg reported today.   The excavation project, which will increase the port's capacity from 2


River Levels Decreasing in Argentina

Rivers of Argentina

  River levels in Argentina are currently decreasing and they are expected to continue over the coming week. The bottleneck remains in the River Plate access channel, where the maximum recommended sailing draft us 10.51 metres fw.


Munkebo Maersk, Biggest Ship Ever to Sail on the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Pic: London Gateway)

 The 18,300 TEU Triple E container ship Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway.   The 399 metre long Munkebo Maersk, which weighs in at 195,000 tonnes and is 60 metre wide is one of the largest container vessels


Maersk Line CEO: 11 New Ships Likely in Q2 2015

Eleonora Maersk, an E-class vessel  (Photo by Łukasz Golowanow)

Maersk is considering ordering 11 container megaships in the second quarter of 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported today. "We need to grow with the market and increase our capacity by 425,000 containers from 2017 onward for three years


Launch of Mississippi River Cruise Service

Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announces the selection of the Port of New Orleans today as the homeport for Viking River Cruises first North American river cruise service.

 Governor Bobby Jindal and Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the selection of New Orleans as the homeport for Viking River Cruises’ first North American river cruise itineraries. The Mississippi River cruises will operate from docking facilities near the French Quarter


New Terminal in Greenwich for Huge Cruise Ships

Image: Thames River Authority

Large cruise ships could become a familiar sight on the Thames if plans for a new passenger terminal in Greenwich move forward.   London could soon become a popular destination for large cruise ships in two years as new passenger terminal planned for Greenwich


New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

Image courtesy of CTruk

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year.   The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life


India to Convert 101 Rivers into Waterways

Nitin Gadkari (Courtesy: Press Information Bureau of India)

As part of promoting water transport in the country, the Indian government has set an ambitious target to convert 101 rivers across the nation into waterways.  The Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said that promoting waterways is the top-most priority of the


Saginaw River Shipping Volume at 10-Year Low

On account of cold weather shortening the season and a decline in cargo Saginaw River shipping traffic fell to its lowest level in 10 years in 2014   Saginaw River shipping traffic fell to a 10-year low in 2014. According to the local press reports


Sunken Barge Salvage Stops Traffic on Chicago River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is restricting vessel traffic on the Chicago River to allow for salvage of a sunken barge. All cargo has been removed from the sunken barge in the Chicago River between the Lake and Randolph Street bridges and divers are currently in the water to conduct a survey of






 
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