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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Elbe River News

CSCL Indian Ocean Refloated

On Tuesday, February 9 at around 3am, local time, the containership CSCL Indian Ocean has been able continue her voyage to the Port of Hamburg. the ship with the help of tugs back into the navigation channel, without any one being injured or damage to the environment. A total of 12 tugs were involved in the operation. First the ship was made lighter by pumping off fuel and ballast. Dredgers and water jets prepared the ground around the ship for refloating. The tide, higher than normal, provided additional help for the operation. "Once again we have seen that in this special situation on the Elbe, all emergency services worked very professionally and effectively together…

Hamburg Elbe Dredging Plan Needs Improvement

The port of Hamburg, Germany (CREDIT: AdobeStock)

Plans to dredge the river Elbe in Hamburg must be improved before a stop order on the work is lifted, a German court ruled on Thursday, raising the risk of more delay to work to deepen Germany's biggest port and open it up to new container ships. Green pressure groups had lodged a legal complaint against the original plan, arguing the environmental impact of dumping mud and sand on fragile coastal wetlands would be devastating. Following the ruling from Germany's top administrative court that authorities must do more to protect the river's maritime environment…

Boskalis Wins Hefty German Dredging Contract

Image credit Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) contracted by Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Cuxhaven to maintain 110-km of the River Elbe fairway. The contract is for a period of three years and has a value of approximately EUR 75 million and the dredging operations are to commence in May 2013. The dredging activities are related to maintaining the shipping fairway of the River Elbe between the city of Wedel northward in the direction of Cuxhaven. The river is an important shipping connection between the North Sea and the Port of Hamburg, where Boskalis recently maintained the port's basins.

Global Container Ports: Shares to Watch

Drewry Maritime Equity Research takes a positive view on the global port sector thanks to an improved outlook for a global economic recovery, driven by areas of favorable supply demand dynamics. Container trade is predicted to grow by 4.7% this year and 5.7% next year, reaching 684 million teu by the end of next year, according to the latest forecasts from Drewry. Port capacity is only expected reach 994 million teu by 2014 increasing at a CAGR of 3.9% since 2011, which will nudge average utilization up to 69% in 2014 from 67% in 2011. However, there will be wide regional variations, leading to very different utilization levels across geographies.

Containership Giant Calls Hamburg on Maiden Voyage

On February 23 2011, the container vessel CSCL Star called the port of Hamburg on her maiden voyage in their Far East liner service Asia-Europe Express-1/China-Europe-Mediterranean Service (AEX-1/CEM). CSCL Star with a capacity of 14 074 TEU, based on her container slot capacity, is the largest container vessel ever dispatched in the port of Hamburg. With a length of 1,200 ft and a beam of 168 ft the CSCL Star can load 20 rows of containers. Fully loaded she reaches a maximum draft of 50.8 ft. The port of Hamburg is served on a weekly basis in the joint AEX-1 service of China Shipping and Evergreen which was founded in July 2009. The round voyage takes 56 days and serves the following ports: Hamburg, Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Felixstowe, Hamburg.

More Danube Cruises Affected by Low Water Levels

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At least 20 river cruises have been affected in Germany on the Danube and Elbe rivers after lower than normal water levels have forced some cruise lines to undertake complex logistical maneuvers to keep tours running. Some Cruises have had to alter their itineraries. Cruise Critic will continue to monitor water levels in the regions and update you with further reports. Viking Cruises has seen more than a dozen of its itineraries affected, and maintains an updated list on its website.

GL: Exporting German Precision

Mechanical engineer Till Braun of Germanischer Lloyd is passionate about precision. "If I was building a boat, any boat, I would want to have a classification society involved," he says. Till, Project Manager for the society’s Diesel Engines and Emissions Department, is charged with certifying that engines meet the Rules for Diesel Engines of GL. The IMO air quality requirements, known as Marpol Annex VI, are also handled by this department headed by Claus Hadler. But as one of 700 employees at the Germanischer Lloyd head office in Hamburg, he can be part of one of the teams that are called together to oversee the construction of a particular vessel.

Abeking & Rasmussen Wins Pilot Tender Order

The Federal Ministry of Transport has decided to order a fourth SWATH Pilot Vessel from Abeking & Rasmussen following successful operation of the first three SWATH@A&R vessels for pilot service in the German Bight and the Elbe Approach. Since commissioning of the Elbe Range Pilot System in 1999/2000, shipborne pilot transfer increased significantly. The efficiency of the "Elbe Range" system resulted in cost savings of several million dollars each year, making the decision much easier for the new 82-ft. (25-m) SWATH@A&R Pilot Tender which will be delivered in Autumn 2004 and will extend the Elbe Range System up to the outer Weser Approach.

Hamburg to Roll out Third Cruise Ship Terminal

Image: Hamburg Cruise Center

To meet the cruise industry’s growing demand, Hamburg will open its third cruise terminal in Steinwerder, a former island separated by the Elbe River from downtown Hamburg, according to the port authority. Hamburg is Germany’s leading port for luxury cruise ships. The expectation is the fact that ever bigger floating hotels are going to be making the Elbe River at the avenue for call. The Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder is designed to handle up to 8,000 passengers at once. To ensure smooth passenger and baggage flow…

Precision Ship-Handling Writ Large

On the Elbe River, the famous port of Hamburg's Nautical Institute had its final intake this year due to a shortage of prospective students. From now on it will be known as the Hamburg Institute for Ship Handling and Simulation, but for many years it sent highly trained young people to sea. Some of those, after gaining years of deep sea experience, returned to Hamburg to become river and docking pilots. The Port has two pilot stations and two pilotage authorities. The Harbor Pilots (Hafenlotsenbrüüderschaft), of which there are about 45, work from a beautiful brick building complete with clock tower on a point at the entrance to the port on the south side of the river where most of the docks are located.

Elbe to Feature New Product

Elbe & Sohn, Incorporated will exhibit its full range of drive shafts, universal joints, power transmission yokes and more in Booth Number 674 at The International Workboat Show, December 3-5, 2003 in New Orleans. The Elbe & Sohn staff of sales and application engineers will be on hand to provide driveline systems and solutions to OEM’s and end-users alike. Elbe can now match output flanges for most marine transmissions, and the DIN style flange is standard on many jet drives and reduction gears. Elbe shafts are also available in wing style and SAE sizes, for drive shafts up to 24,000 Nm capacities, including 3 available sizes of constant velocity joints and 3 sizes of direct connect flanges for ZF® marine transmissions, designed specifically for the commercial marine industry.

Ships Collide in Germany

Two ships collided in a German river, sinking one of the vessels and throwing seven of its sailors into the water, according to an AP report. A third ship later ran into the wreckage. Tugboats pulled the sailors from the estuary of the Elbe River after a freighter carrying fertilizer collided with a container ship north of the port city of Hamburg. The freighter capsized and quickly sank. A tanker, which was also carrying fertilizer, plowed into the wreck in the dark about an hour later. The container ship was able to continue its journey, while the tanker was pulled free and brought into a nearby harbor. Source: AP

Dredging the River Elbe: Waiting for Luxembourg

Two passing containerships on the Elbe (Photo courtesy of the Port of Hamburg)

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig today adjourned the proceedings by the BUND and NABU environmental associations against the plan approval concerning the dredging of the lower and outer stretches of the river Elbe until the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg has reached a decision regarding a pending referral of the interpretive ruling on the Water Framework Directive. The 7th division of the Federal Administrative Court, which is responsible for waterways law…

Hamburg Port Dredging Delayed

Two passing containerships on the Elbe

"We respect the decision announced today by the Federal Administrative Court (FAC) in Leipzig on the deepening and widening of the navigation channel on the Lower and Outer Elbe. A final decision can only be taken when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has clarified questions still outstanding on the so-called prohibition of deterioration and desirability of improvement embodied in the European Water Framework Directive. These questions will be resolved by spring 2015 in connection with complaints against a deepening of the River Weser.

Newbuild Containership Enters CMA CGM Fleet

CMA CGM Elbe (Photo: CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group announced the maiden voyage of the CMA CGM Elbe on October, 14, 2014 in Dalian (China). The CMA CGM Elbe (9400 TEUs) is the second of a series of 28 vessels from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs, vessels which will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016. Last June, the group received the delivery of the first vessel of this series: the CMA CGM Danube. Each vessel of this one-of-a-kind series will be named after a famous river of the world. Sailing under the Malta flag…

U.K. – Multi-Ship Casualty Investigation

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of the multi-agency investigation of the collision between the Arctic Ocean and the Maritime Lady, the capsize of the Maritime Lady, contact with the wreck by the Sunny Blossom, and the subsequent grounding of the Sunny Blossom in the Elbe River on 5 December 2005 [and that’s just the title]. The investigation may be most memorable, though, for its discussion of the unwillingness of two principal witnesses (the master of the Maritime Lady and the nautical supervisor of VTS Brunsbüttel) to share their recollections with the investigators. The “American disease” seems to be spreading. Source: HK Law

Pella Shipyard Buys Sietas Shipyard

From left: Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator for Economy, Garegin G. Tsaturov, Coowner of Pella Shipyard, Natallia Dean, Managing Director Terraline, and Berthold Brinkmann, Insolvency Administrator of Sietas Shipyard

After an intensive search of over two years, the insolvency administrator, Berthold Brinkmann, has found a strategic investor for the renowned Sietas Shipyard in Hamburg: Pella Shipyard from Otradnoye near St. Petersburg, Russia is taking over the company as of March 10, 2014. The purchase agreement with the Hamburg-based company Terraline GmbH, a member of Pella Shipyard Group, has already been concluded and officially certified by a solicitor, but is still awaiting approval by the creditors’ committee and banks. Following the takeover, Terraline will be renamed Pella Sietas GmbH.

The Christening of the AIDAdiva Approaches

The AIDAdiva is expected to arrive at Hamburg Cruise Center (Großer Grasbrook) on April 18. As it is the case for each first call of a cruise ship she will be welcomed by a fireboat in the Elbe river and accompanied to her berth. Then, at 3 pm the AIDAdays will open officially. The christening ceremony as the highlight of the AIDAdays will be on April 20. At 9 pm the ship will leave the berth at Hamburg Cruise Center, surrounded by a spectacular lightshow, produced by the star light architect Gert Hof. The ship will then be at the level of the Hamburg Fischmarkt. On April 22 the AIDAdiva will leave the Hamburg Cruise Center only for few days, heading for the Port of Kiel. The ship is expected to be back already on April 29 to begin its maiden voyage on April 30.

New Berlin, Hamburg Water Transport Routes

On Monday, 03 August 2009, the first containers that were brought from Berlin to the Port of Hamburg via the new Elbe-Spree inland waterway were unloaded. The line operated by the Berlin Hafen- und Lagerhaus AG in cooperation with Konrad Zippel Spediteur GmbH from Hamburg will now be used for transports from City-GVZ Berlin Westhafen to the Hamburg container terminals and vice versa every week. containers). It will replace approx. 50 truck runs per week. The Berlin waterway connection was developed in the scope of the "Deutsche Einheit no. 17" traffic project.

Mobile LNG Bunkers Take Shape in Germany

Image: Nauticor

Nauticor has conducted the largest-ever LNG bunkering operation in Germany in the Elbehafen in Brunsbüttel. As the maritime market moves rapidly toward alternative fuel in the face of strict sulphur guidelines set to take effect in 2020, LNG is emerging as a prefered alternative, and the means to fuel commercial boats and ships of every size is taking shape in many forms. In Germany, for example, Nauticor has conducted the largest-ever LNG bunkering operation in Germany in the Elbehafen in Brunsbüttel…

New IT Platform at Port of Hamburg

PRISE, the Port River Information System Elbe, will soon be officially launched following a one-year trial. The new IT platform will bring together all information on ship arrivals and departures from all of the parties involved in the handling process: the terminals, pilots, shipping companies/brokers, tugs and mooring people as well as the Harbor Master Authority. At the Port of Hamburg and on the Elbe, an increasing number of ever-larger ships require handling within narrow time frames. A more rapid flow of information between all of the involved parties is essential in order to cope with the growing level of complexity for planning and execution.

Caterpillar Powers AIDAblu

Photo courtesy Caterpillar

As she entered the Hamburg, Germany, harbor on February 9, 2010, AIDA Cruises’s newest addition to the fleet, AIDAblu sailed right past the Caterpillar Marine Power Systems headquarters on the historic Elbe River. The AIDAblu represents the fourth ship in a series of seven AIDA club ships powered by MaK engines. The 827-ft Sphinx-class series cruise ship has a passenger capacity of 2,192 over 14 decks. These 4x MaK 9 M 43 C engines in a diesel-electric configuration will provide 36,000 kW (48,960 bhp) for both main propulsion and electric power to the main switchboard.

German Seaports Seek Federal Backing

Barge traffic at the Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg, along with the other German seaports, is calling for appropriate recognition in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan. “When the new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan is agreed this year, the forecast growth in freight traffic makes it essential that maintenance and expansion of routes to the seaports is given top priority,” said Ingo Egloff of Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Executive Board. To ensure accessibility from the North Sea, a decision by the…

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