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Sunday, October 22, 2017

River Thames

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

UK’s Wight Shipyard to Build Two Fast Ferries

Photo: Wight Shipyard Co

The largest fast passenger ferry order for a U.K. shipyard in over 25 years has been confirmed by MBNA Thames Clippers. Two new 170 capacity passenger boats will be built at the Wight Shipyard Co on the Isle of Wight, and will join London’s growing river transport network in summer 2017.   Representing an investment worth over £6.3 million, the order will see the creation of 75 new jobs across the Isle of Wight and London

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

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. 

Clipper Yacht Race Ends After 40,000 Miles

Londons Tower Bridge opens its gates to welcome home fleet of Clipper Round the World yacht race, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Photo: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 London welcomed home the 12-strong fleet of the biennial Clipper Round the World yacht race, Saturday, July 30, 2016.    Twelve teams celebrated the completion of the 40,000-nautical-mile ocean race — the world's longest — by sailing up the River Thames and under London's iconic Tower Bridge.   The fleet began its parade at the Thames Barrier, and passed London landmarks such as Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College, The O2 Arena

Gulf Petrochem Expands European Bunkering Division

Prerit Goel (Photo: Gulf Petrochem Group)

Gulf Petrochem Group, the UAE based global bunker supplier, said it is now officially offering physical supply of Gasoil on the River Thames, U.K.   The group’s deliveries will be carried out using a barge on an exclusive long-term charter named the Conveyer. The move will allow Gulf Petrochem Group to supply ISO compliant Gasoil to its customers at all ports and wharfs along the Thames and Medway.  

DP World London Now Handles Far East Calls

Photo: by Andrew Bowen, DP World

 MOL Triumph, the first of the world’s largest and newest vessels to call in the UK, arrives in Southampton on THE Alliance's FE2 service as new third deep-water berth opened at London Gateway in April, ahead of first regular Asia-Europe service starting.   DP World's UK terminals will welcome the first services from the Far East following a global shake-up of the world’s shipping lines.  

Wight Shipyard Delivers Ferries for London

(Photo: Wight Shipyard Company)

Sydney has its Harbour Ferries, Hong Kong its Star Ferries and New York the instantly recognizable Staten Island Ferries. Add to that list London, for increasingly the fleet of MBNA Thames Clippers is becoming as identifiable with the British capital as its famous red double decker buses.   Wight Shipyard Company has delivered to MBNA Thames Clippers the latest, most technically advanced and energy efficient fast ferries in the expanding London fleet; the 35 meter low wash catamarans

Damen Stan Pontoons to Support London’s ‘Super Sewer’ Construction

(Photo: Damen)

The Ferrovial Agroman Laing O'Rourke joint venture (FLO) has taken delivery of two Damen Stan Pontoons. FLO will deploy the vessels – a SPo 7120 and a SPo 4113 – for marine infrastructure construction duties on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in London. The joint venture company has also chartered a smaller SPo 3011 for a period of one year.   Considered to be one of the most important civil engineering projects currently under construction

River Thames Simulation Supports Safer Navigation

HR Wallingford has created a River Thames navigation simulation to assess Tideway’s fleet of vessel masters (Photo: HR Wallingford)

The Thames Tideway Tunnel project, London’s new ‘super sewer’, which will upgrade the city’s 19th century sewerage system for today’s eight million plus inhabitants, requires excavation on an enormous scale. Creating a tunnel 25 kilometers in length, and running up to 65 meters beneath the River Thames, will generate immense volumes of spoil, right in the heart of London. To minimize the impact of transporting this on the capital’s roads

Economic Importance of River Thames

Photo: Totally Thames

 The vital role that the River Thames plays in the economy, the movement of freight and the transport of passengers – and also in the wellbeing of the capital’s residents – has been made clear in two new reports launched by the Port of London Authority (PLA) this week during London International Shipping Week.   PLA chief executive Robin Mortimer revealed some significant data relating to the river, which is home to the UK’s second biggest port.  

UPS to Build Facility at DP World London Gateway

Latest aerial shot of the park showing the Logistics Centre, joint venture building and port Photo by DP World

  DP World London Gateway and UPS today announced plans to build a new 32,000 square metre package sorting and delivery facility at the logistics site in the south east of England. At close to £120 Million, the project is one of UPS’s largest infrastructure investments outside of the United States of America.   HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said, “We congratulate UPS on this strategic development

London Looking to Expand Team of Marine Pilots

Photo by Andy Wallace

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is recruiting 12 new pilots this year to respond to increased traffic on the Thames.   The PLA is looking for candidates with a Class 1 Unlimited Certificate of Competency. Other suitably qualified candidate who can demonstrate experience relative to marine pilotage will also be considered.   The candidates will typically undertake a 28-week training course consisting of training on the PLA’s ship bridge simulator and tug simulator

Bigger Ships Call Port of London

Photo courtesy of PLA

The Port of London saw larger ships than ever calling last year as the tonnage of cargo handled at Thames terminals climbed to 45.4 million metric tons (up 2 percent from 2014).   PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer said, “Last year a number of operators introduced new, bigger ships and records were broken. The record breakers included containership, UASC Barzan and cruise ship Viking Star. The 400 -meter-long Barzan set a new benchmark as the biggest-ever ship on the Thames when

Port of London Bridge Simulator Upgraded

Photo: PLA

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has invested £250,000 to upgrade its ship’s bridge simulator, adding a full tug bridge simulator in a move that is set to enable a boost in port trade and helps terminals verify their expansion plans.   The Thames is the U.K.’s busiest waterway, handling more than 45 million metric tons of cargo a year.  For over a decade the bridge simulator has been an essential tool for training the PLA pilots who guide ships to and from their

Giant Cranes Delivered for UK’s New Logistics Hub

Photo: DP World London Gateway

Enormous quay cranes, which arrived at DP World London Gateway on Wednesday morning, will enhance U.K. trade infrastructure   Two more of the U.K.’s most technically advanced quay cranes were brought up the River Thames on Wednesday, completing the sea voyage from China on vessel Zhen Hua 10 via the Cape of Good Hope to arrive at DP World London Gateway Port, just 25 miles from Central London.   The new cranes are for the third Berth at the DP World London Gateway container

UK Overhauls its Survey and Inspection Program

 Plans to ensure there is a full maritime survey and inspection team covering the whole U.K., will see more remote working and a slight change to where some of the marine offices are based.   The U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency has undertaken a review of the way it carries out its surveys and inspections and recently consulted on the locations of its marine offices. It has also, with its staff, reviewed the way the organization of those offices is structured.  

First Ballast Water Port Solution Completes Tests

Photo: Damen

Successful shipboard testing has shown that Damen Green Solutions’ InvaSave mobile ballast water treatment solution is capable of providing an IMO type approved backup in a port in the event of a failure in a vessel’s on board treatment systems to uptake or discharge ballast water. The BWT solution can even serve as a port-based alternative for those ship owners that may not want to retrofit an onboard treatment system or be deployed in a port with a sudden outbreak of marine pests

Thames Ship Discount for Environmental High Performers

Photo: Port of London Authority

 The Port of London is set to become the first UK port to recognise ship owners committed to progressively improving their environmental performance, as part of a wider approach to reduce the port’s environmental impact.   The Port of London Authority (PLA) is set to introduce a discount on port charges for vessels with lower emissions that meet an Environmental Shipping Index (ESI) score of 30, or above.   

London Port's Trade Jumps to Record 50 mi tonnes

The Port of London comprises over 70 independently owned and operated terminals and port facilities at different locations on the Thames. These handle a wide range of cargoes. Photo Port of London

Trade in the Port of London in 2016 reached the highest this decade, rising 10% to top 50 million tonnes for the first time since 2008.   The strong performance reflects continued growth at terminals along the Thames.  The volumes of oil, containers and building materials all rose markedly.  Prior to 2016, port throughput had been increasing at between two to three percent, year-on-year.   PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer said

New Pilot Boat for the Thames and Medway

Photo: Port of London Authority

Estuary Services Limited (ESL), a joint venture between the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Peel Ports London Medway, is continuing its fleet replacement plan and buying another new pilot boat for its pilot transfer operations serving the ports of London and Medway.    ESL currently has a fleet of six vessels including two 17.1 meter ORC class vessels that carry marine pilots from the Kent coast to board ships, in the Thames Estuary

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