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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.

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

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

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.

Ro-Clean Presents New Disc Skimmer

Ro-Clean Desmi has introduced a new disc skimmer for the recovery of floating oils - Ro-Disc, a high efficient skimmer for inland waters and industrial process applications such as separators and tanks. Ro-Disc has a single bank of rotating oleophilic (oil attracting) discs driven by a hydraulic motor. Oil is recovered from the water's surface as it sticks to the disc surface. As the discs are rotated through the skimmer, head oil is scraped off and collected in the sump on an ongoing basis.

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 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

Shipbuilding: Crowley's First LNG ConRo Ship on Schedule

Image: Crowley

Construction of the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is now 25 percent complete, the company announced.

IRS Scores High with US Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has placed the International Register of Shipping (IRS) in the top bracket of those recognized organizations (RO) that consistently achieve zero detentions for its registered vessels for the third time in just six years.   

Höegh Autoliners Appoints Agents in Finland

Joachim Lagerstedt Managing Director Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics

  Höegh Autoliners has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) as its agent in Finland from 1 December 2015.   SSL, which has worked with Höegh Autoliners in Sweden and Norway for several years, is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited Petri

SSL Expands into Finland for Höegh Autoliners

Höegh Autoliners has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) as its agent in Finland from December 1, 2015. SSL, which has worked with Höegh Autoliners in Sweden and Norway for several years, is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited Petri Kalkkinen as

Cargo Volumes Rise at St Petersburg

Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg

  In the first half of 2015 the turnover of OJSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” (SP SPb) amounted to 4.3 mln tons, which is by 5% more than the indicator of the same period during the last year. Positive dynamics was caused by growth of handling volumes of main cargoes

Strong Half Year for Antwerp Port


  The port of Antwerp handled 104,529,242 tonnes of freight in the first six months of this year, up 6.4% on the same period last year. The strong performance during the half year was mainly due to the impressive growth in container freight (up 9.5% in TEU and 7

Damen Offshore Carrier Maersk Connector Launched

Launch of Maersk Connector at Damen Shipyard

  Yesterday senior representatives of Maersk Supply Service, DeepOcean UK and the Damen Shipyards Group who gathered at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania witnessed the launching of subsea support vessel Maersk Connector. The vessel is owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service and is built to

Totem Inks LNG Conversion Deal with Keppel

Midnight Sun

  Totem Ocean Trailer Express announced that it has signed a contract with Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd for the conversion of  the  Midnight Sun to dual fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion

IPS Completes Two Ferry Deals for Stena Line

L TO R Paul Smith and Peter Hillan (Photo: IPS)

Birkenhead based IPS Marine Fabrications is continuing to ramp up growth in the passenger ferry market after completing work on two Stena Line vessels. The firm, run by maritime engineering specialists Paul Smith and Peter Hillan, has delivered a package of insulation and fabrication work for

MacGregor RoRo Access Systems for Grimaldi Car Carriers

RoRo equipment

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been contracted by Chinese shipbuilding group Yangfan to deliver comprehensive RoRo access equipment packages for a series of five post-Panamax 7,800 CEU pure car/truck carriers (PCTCs). The vessels are under construction for Italian operator Grimaldi Group

Wärtsilä Scrubbers for Finnlines Vessels

A total of nine Finnlines vessels have now been contracted to be fitted with Wärtsilä scrubber systems (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Finnlines, a Ro-Ro and passenger vessel operator with services in the North and Baltic Seas, has contracted Wärtsilä to supply three vessels with exhaust cleaning scrubber systems. The deal marks a repeat order for Wärtsilä

APM Terminals Pipavav Starts New Ro/Ro Service

APM Terminals Pipavav handles RORO vessel

  With 1,300 new Indian-built Ford automobiles loaded onto the Grand Dahlia on August 27th for delivery to Mexico, a new era for the Indian auto industry and Gujarat Port Pipavav commenced. The 59,217 gross ton roll on/roll off (Ro/Ro) vessel was the first to call Western India’s

Unmanned Ships: How Close is the Autonomous Ferry?

The first remote-controlled ferry demonstrator could hit the water within four to five years thanks to a new wave of research into operational efficiency based on ship intelligence solutions. The prediction from Oskar Levander, VP for innovation

V&A Completes Hydraulics Projects for Stena Ferries

Photo courtesy of V&A Hydraulics

V&A Hydraulics reportes that it has completed two specialist projects for ferry operator Stena Line to support cargo loading functions and the release of a fast-rescue boat. The company was tasked with upgrading a tweendeck ramp on the Stena Mersey

India Relaxes Cabotage for Special Vessels

Image:  Herfurth Logistics

 Vessel operators can now be allowed to bring foreign flagged vessels on the coastal routes as the Indian Government has decided to relax cabotage for special vessels.    Special vessels like Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro), Hybrid Roll-On Roll-Off (Hybrid Ro-Ro)

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