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North Wales Trainees Start Offshore Careers

Back row: Scott Pitman, Joe Stafford, Martyn Berrington and Ronan Conway. Front: Troy Melling and Ralph Williams.

Six young men from North Wales have taken their first steps into a new career in the offshore wind energy industry having been accepted as trainees with the UK’s only dedicated trainee academy for the offshore wind industry, Offshore Marine Academy. Ranging in age from 20 to 24, the trainees come from a variety of backgrounds including plumbing, the Royal Marines and electronics, but all applied with the aim of starting a long-term career in the growing local offshore wind industry. The trainees are the second group to embark on a12-month programme with Bristol-based Offshore Marine Academy, which launched its Offshore Trainee Programme in the South West of England last year. Its aim is to give successful applicants the right mix of training and experience to begin a new career in this developing industry.   Chosen from more than 200 applicants, the trainees are: Scott Pitman, 24 from Holyhead; Joe Stafford, 21 and Ronan Conway, 24 both from Colwyn Bay; 24-year-old Martyn Berrington from Rhos-On-Sea; Troy Melling, 21 from Old Colwyn and 20-year-old Ralph Williams from Penrhynside.   Martyn Berrington said he was surprised to see such an opportunity in the current economic climate but not being in an office was a big motivator. While with many friends and family already working in renewables, Ralph Williams has always hoped for a long-term career in the industry.  


USNS Pathfinder Participates in at-Sea Demonstration

Military Sealift Command oceanographic survey ship USNS Pathfinder arrived in , , to pick up Ukrainian personnel and members of the U.S.-based Institute for Exploration for an upcoming at-sea capabilities demonstration with ’s Department of Underwater Heritage. In April 2008, the Ukranian government invited the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet to demonstrate U.S. Navy hydrographic survey capabilities and to help search for SS Armenia, a sunken, World War II Soviet hospital ship.


Container Census Predicts Limited Box Availability

After the critical shortages of containers of last year, production has picked up again, but high container prices and a tight ratio of containers to vessel slots will continue to constrain the availability of boxes, according to the Container Census – Annual Survey and Forecast of Global Container Units, a new report from Drewry Maritime Research. At the end of 2010, the global fleet of containers exceeded $90 billion in replacement value for the first time, according to the report


Toxics Dredging Resumes in the Hudson

Photo: EPA

Dredging of toxics resumes in upper Hudson River for fifth season; PCB cleanup designed to restore Hudson River; created hundreds of new jobs The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that dredging operations are expected to resume on Wednesday in the Upper Hudson River. In 2014, dredging will begin south of Schuylerville, New York and proceed south towards Troy. Dredging will also occur in a two-mile section of river near Fort Miller that is not easily accessed by boat


MHI Kobe Shipyard’s Receives Orders

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received consecutive orders for large size container ships from the Evergreen Group of Taiwan, one of the leading container transportation operators in the world. Since 1992, MHI has received orders for 38 container ships from Evergreen without a break, of which 32 ships have either been built, or are to be built at MHI’s Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works, and six at Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works


ISO Tank Containers Equipped for Hook Lifting

Photo: Langh Ship Cargo Solutions

Langh Ship Cargo Solutions has extended its offering to include tank containers equipped for hook lifting. “Often the on-carriage of tank containers meant for transportation by sea is quite expensive on land, as the need for special lifting equipment makes the handling of the containers difficult,” said Product Manager Markku Yli-Kahri. Just like the company’s other containers, Langh Ship Cargo Solutions’ tank container equipped for hook lifting has been developed


Med Taipei Owners, Operators to Pay $3.25M in Settlement

The owners and operators of the foreign-flagged container vessel Med Taipei have agreed to pay $3.25m to the United States to resolve allegations that the 15 containers lost overboard in 2004 resulted in long-term damage to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce announced on July 25. The settlement in behalf of MBNMS, located off the coast of California, and the owners and operators of the vessel – All Oceans Transportation


Container Load Weighing Becomes Mandatory

Image courtesy of DMA

The IMO has approved international regulations ensuring the weighing of containers before their carriage by sea informs the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) . The provisions will increase safety, contribute to preventing accidents and prevent loss of containers over board. The DMA considers it a milestone that the IMO has now approved international SOLAS regulations. The regulations ensure that a container is not loaded without its weight having been verified in accordance with


Cargotec's Kalmar SmartPort Automation is Key

Global Container Terminals in New Jersey plans to implement Cargotec's Kalmar SmartQuay solution for six quay cranes as part of an ongoing automation project.   The SmartQuay solution improves productivity during vessel operations and is delivered in partnership with APS Technology Group, part of the Kalmar SmartPort Alliance. The system automates data capture for all container movements, automatically builds ship plans and provides tools for managing traffic at the quay


Australia Takes Tougher Stance on Container Stowage

Image courtesy of Maersk Line

A container ship which did not meet the minimum access requirements for container stow working space was recently unable to discharge containers at an Australian port and was forced to leave Australia with containers onboard, informs the UK P&I Club. Carriers carrying containers (or cargo generally for that matter) to or from Australian ports should be aware of the requirements of Marine Order, Part 32 - Cargo Handling Equipment.


Hamburg Süd Christens Containership in S. Korea

Hamburg Süd’s San Christobal will operate between Asia and the east coast of South America from September 2014

Hamburg Süd yesterday celebrated the christening of its new containership San Christobal with customers and business partners at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel is the second newbuild in the series of three new San-class ships.


KKR & Borealis Maritime Acquire 9 Containerships

Containerships sunrise: File photo

KKR and Borealis Maritime say they have acquired a portfolio of nine feeder container vessels in a sale process coordinated by Commerzbank. The vessels were previously owned by a number of German KG funds and were originally financed by Commerzbank


Latest Ocean-Going Shipbuilding Orders

Welding: Photo courtesy GLG

Clarkson Hellas notes in its latest 'S&P Weekly Bulletin' shipbuilding orders placed in the dry bulk, tankship, gas carrier and containership sectors, as follows: Dry bulk carriers A couple of orders to report in dry this week with Santoku Senpaku adding further Kamsarmax to their orderbook


Big Increase in Port of Houston Steel Cargoes

Houston Ship Channel: File photo

More steel moved across the docks in July than any month since 2008, Executive Director Roger Guenther reported at the recent meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Guenther also noted that PHA has achieved a record


Piraeus Port Posts Flat Profit, Sales Dip

Photo: Piraeus Port Authority

Greece's Piraeus Port (OLP) , the largest in the country, said its first-half net profit was almost unchanged from the same year-ago period, while sales fell. Piraeus Port, which is privatisation, is one of the busiest passenger ports in Europe


Wishful Thinking From Across the Pond

Joseph Keefe

European Shipowners Pursue Softening of the Jones Act   Just last month, the Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) opined that the sixth negotiations round of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should include concessions


Shanghai Port's Q2 Profit Down; China Trade Flagging

Shanghai International Port , the operator of the world's busiest container port, reported earnings on Wednesday that showed its second-quarter net profit fell 2.5 percent in a sign of slowing trade in China. Shanghai Port said in a Chinese-language filing on the Shanghai stock exchange that


COSCO Resorts to Rate Restoration for F. East to S Africa Trade

COSCO

  COSCO Container Lines would like to announce Rate Restoration for all shipments (include reefer cargo) from Far East to South Africa Trade and take effect from September 1, 2014. The detail of the RR will be USD150 per TEU Far East include: China Mainland, China Hong Kong


Neeraj Bansal Appointed Deputy Chairman of JNPT

Neeraj Bansal appointed Deputy Chairman

The Government of India has appointed Neeraj Bansal as Deputy Chairman of India's largest container port,  Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust with immediate effect. Mr Neeraj Bansal is an Officer of Indian Revenue Servie with around twenty years of experience across the country in Direct Tax


Port of Long Beach Chooses APS Crane OCR System

Container cranes: Photo APS

APS Technology Group, a member of the ABB Group and a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and process automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal container terminals, says that that International Transportation Service (ITS) has selected the APS Crane OCR solution


Maersk to Raise Freight Rates from Asia to Europe

Photo: Maersk

The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk , said it plans to raise freight rates on routes from Asia to northern Europe by $400 per 20-foot container (TEU). The new rates will take effect from Sep


DMR Sees US Container Terminal Sector M&A Flurry

Development of US Container Port Volumes, 2000-2013 (million teu)

M&A (Merger & Acquisition) activity in the US container terminal sector is currently at its highest level since the boom time of the mid-2000s. However, whilst the type of buyer is largely similar to what it was, the rationale for pursuing today’s deals is different


APM Terminals Q2 2014 Profit, Volume Growth

Image courtesy of APM Terminals

In its second quarter ended 30, June 2014 APM Terminals reports increases in both profits and container volume throughput. Highlights as follows: Profit in Q2 increased to USD 223m (USD 179m) supported by 8% volume growth throughout the portfolio


CMA CGM Joint Service Between NE Asia, Australia & N. Zealand

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  CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM), has announced the co-operation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade commencing from Shanghai in early of November.


Ferguson Norge Unveils New NORSOK Workshops

Morten Smith

As a result of market demand for NORSOK workspace modules, Ferguson Norge, specialists in the rental of DNV 2.7-1 / EN 12079 certified offshore containers, refrigeration/freezer modules, workspace modules and accommodation solutions to the global offshore energy industry






 
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