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Eastern Car Liner and Rickmers-Linie Agree on Trade Deal

Eastern Car Liner Ltd., Tokyo, and Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo specialist, have concluded a deal concerning the transpacific westbound trade. ECL, which provides a monthly liner service from Japan to the U.S. East Coast, will deliver its multipurpose vessels after the end of each eastbound voyage to Rickmers-Linie, which will then charter the ships for transpacific westbound voyages and redeliver them to Japan. The cooperation will start from January 2006 and is set for a period of two years. The four 11,000dwt vessels, which are involved in this cooperation, come with heavylift gear capable of lifting loads of up to 120 tons. They were built between 1995 and 1998 and are equipped with ro-ro ramps. Regular loading ports within Rickmers-Linie' westbound service will be Philadelphia, Charleston and Houston, with discharge ports Busan, Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai and Yokohama. With this deal, both ECL and Rickmers-Linie are optimizing their operations within their transpacific services. For Rickmers-Linie, these trip-chartered vessels will be the backbone of an enhanced westbound service, where additional tonnage will be chartered subject to demand. ECL, in turn, secures a scheduled re-delivery of these vessels for its eastbound service from Japan to the U.S.


Siemens’ Turbine Transport Ship Commissioned

Photo: Concordia Group

The heavy cargo roll on/roll off' coaster vessel recently delivered and commissioned by Concordia Group is not the typical RO/RO.   Once a containership, the 141-meter-long and 20-meter-wide Rotra Vente was converted into a specifically designed ship to be used under charter by Siemens mainly in the North Sea area for the transportation of mast, nacelles (engine rooms) and rotor blades for wind turbines.  


The Port of Le Havre Receives the Parsifal

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The maiden call of the Parsifal, the latest vessel of the Scandinavian shipowner’s fleet specialised in roll-on/roll-off traffic, took place on June 15th, at the ro-ro terminal of Le Havre. This giant of the seas, 265 m long, carries all types of vehicles, whatever the size and the weight, providing an unequalled capacity on this kind of vessels. The Parsifal was designed to offer a maximum of flexible areas suited for the transport of high and heavy cargo (H&H’s)


Offshore Carrier Design 7400 Launched by Damen

DOC 7500: Image credit Damen Shipyards

Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) 7500 design introduced: a smaller heavy transport, offshore installation & ro-ro platform. Damen developed the new vessel in cooperation with Singapore based heavy lift transport specialist Hans van Mameren, managing director of Ha-Ce Engineering Pte Ltd.. The DOC has an endurance of 65 days, a large, flat and unobstructed deck of 2,300 m², a deck strength of 20 t/m² and is highly fuel-efficient.


Ro-Ro Specific EEDI Approval Welcomed by Interferry

A sector-specific Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ro-ro cargo & ro-pax vessels has been agreed by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee – MEPC 65. Formal approval was confirmed late on Friday (May 17) for an Interferry-backed modification that will take effect from 2016 as an alternative to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ standard EEDI formula in force since January this year for tankers, bulk carriers and container ships.  


Sener Signs a Contract With Posco Plantec

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The contract for the design of a 1,200 passenger vessel was signed between Sener and Posco Plantec  (part of the South Korean group POSCO Family) in Madrid on June 13, 2013. The vessel is to be build and designed for the following operational areas: Northern Mozambique, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga and Mombasa. The scope of the project to be developed by Sener includes conceptual and classification engineering and the 3D model to extract the production information


Eight New Coastal RoRos Slated for U.S.

Maritime Transport & Logistics Advisors, LLC (MTLA) an industry consulting firm based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has been engaged by Roadships America, Inc. to provide research and analysis of the U.S. Coastal Transport market, as well as assistance with operational considerations in the final design stages of Roadships’ new generation high speed Ro/Ro vessels. Roadships America, Inc., a Reno, NV company is owned by U.S. and foreign investors.


RoRo Shortage Hits Car Trade

While the Chinese automotive sector is experiencing double-digit growth, Chinese finished vehicle exporters are facing stiff competition and ongoing logistics challenges in getting their products to foreign markets because of a lack of RoRo ships, according to a report on http://www.cargonewsasia.com. Zhang Xiaoyu, vice-chairman of the China Machinery Industry Federation said that while the number of China's vehicle exports has increased sharply


OTAL Upgrades West African Shipping Services

OT Africa Line (OTAL) has announced a number of developments to its West African Ro-Ro and container services designed to give customers access to a greater number of ports. The changes will also provide improved transit times and more frequent sailings to ensure even more extensive transport coverage of the trade to and from this region. OTAL continues to operate its established multipurpose Ro-Ro service but with the addition of a restructured improved all-round schedule called the


Another Ferry Chooses WESMAR Thrusters

Norcon Galatea

WESMAR announced that another ferry, the MV Norcon Galatea, has installed WESMAR’s commercial bow thrusters. The 387-ton, 125-foot Ro-Ro Passenger Ferry, owned by Norcon Marine Services, Clarenville, Newfoundland, provides support for the provincial ferry fleet serving Bell Island and Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. The Galatea has capacity for 70 passengers and 20 cars. The 40-year-old Ferry was previously the MV Hamilton Sound and owned by the Provincial Government


India to Develop 37 Waterways Projects in 3 Years

Photo: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

 A decision to undertake development of National Waterways (NWs) declared under The National Waterways Act, 2016 is based on Techno Economic Feasibility Study and Detailed Project Report, commissioned on each of them, by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).   


Tema Port To Be Expanded

President cuts sod for work on Tema Port project. Photo: Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority

 Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has launched the start of major expansion works at the Tema Port, near Accra, according to local reports.   This ambitious project involves an upgrade and significant expansion of Ghana’s main seaport


Traffic Increase between Gothenburg and Belgium

Shipping Line SOL now offer seven departures per week from Gothenburg Roro Terminal.

Belgium is Sweden’s eighth largest export market. The Swedish shipping company SOL is about to expand its departure frequency between the Port of Gothenburg and the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. The change will offer greater scope for Swedish import and export companies to ship freight to and


IRClass Authorised RO for Oman, Nigeria, Lebanon flags

Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director. Photo IRClass

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has obtained authorisation to act as ‘Recognised Organisation’ (RO), to carry out statutory survey, audit and certification on behalf of Nigeria, Oman and Lebanon flag states. With this developmental progress to-date


Wilh. Wilhelmsen sees extended Weak RO/RO Market

A Wallenius Line RO RO vessel (Wilh. Wilhelmsen)

Car and truck shipper Wilh. Wilhelmsen Asa made the following remarks and announcements on it's capital markets day on Thursday: * Expects fundamentals in car/truck carrier shipping market (PCTC) to remain weak for another 2-3 years * CEO Jan Eivind Wang says capacity utilisation globally is


Cochin Port Begins Coastal Shipping of Cars

M V Dresden. Photo:  Wilhelmsen Marine Personnel (Ukraine)

 Cochin Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has begun coastal transportation of cars, with carrier ship M V Dresden carrying 500 vehicles reached with first consignment.   The first call of a Car Carrier ship, M. V


Gibdock Performs Quick Freight Ferry Repair

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has redelivered the Seatruck Ferries container/ro-ro vessel Clipper Point on-time, after a fast turnaround 11-day renewal project for the Clipper Group-owned operator. The ship has subsequently been introduced to Seatrucks’ Irish Sea operations.  


Wärtsilä to Power Mediterranean's First LNG Ferry

Baleàrias new RoRo passenger ferry (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has signed a contract with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry being built for Spanish owner Baleària


Crowley Hits Milestones in Puerto Rico Investment

A view of the starboard side of  El Coquí under construction.  (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Highlighting the economic impact under the Jones Act of its $500 million investment in the trade between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached new milestones in its construction of two new


Antwerp Port Volume up 3.3% in 9 months

Courtesy Antwerp Port

The port of Antwerp continues its excellent performance, handling 161,671,573 tonnes of freight in the first nine months of this year, up 3.3% on the same period last year. The container volume in the first three quarters came to more than 7.5 million TEU. This represents growth of 4


Rotterdam Port Throughput Slips

Courtesy Port of Rotterdam Authority

Compared to the excellent first three quarters of 2015 (+5.4%), cargo throughput in the same period this year fell by 1.9%. The decrease was particularly strong in coal and iron ore. Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “Each of the different sectors in the port has its


Intermodal terminal moves to Gothenburg Port

Freight terminal in central Gothenburg moves to the Port of Gothenburg Photo Gothenburg Port

Plans are in place to move the freight terminal currently located in the central city of Gothenburg to the Port of Gothenburg. The switch will allow a higher proportion of transport by rail instead of road. At the intermodal terminal, in the city centre of Gothenburg


India Mulls Development of National Waterway -1

Map: IAS Preparation

 Development of Inland Water Transport is one of the major endeavours of the Ministry of Shipping. The Phase-1 of Jal Marg Vikas project will cover the Haldia- Varanasi stretch.    The project includes development of fairway, Multi-modal terminals at Varanasi, Haldia and Sahibganj


Wärtsilä EGC Gets First Flag Approval in Asia

The Ro-Ro vessel Theben is equipped with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning (EGC) System from Wärtsilä. The system is the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority.

The Singapore flag state authorities have approved Wärtsilä's exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) systems, making it the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority. The approvals relate to Wärtsilä EGC systems ordered for two new RoRo vessels owned by a Japanese shipowner


Gothenburg, Rotterdam New Service Begins

Courtesy Port of Gothenburg

 The opening of a new freight service to Rotterdam is a welcome development, presenting further opportunities for Swedish industry. The company behind the new service is the ro-ro* carrier CLdN, whose vessels will call at the Port of Gothenburg twice a week.






 
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