Jumbo Orders Super Heavylift Ships from Damen
Dutch heavylift shipping specialist Jumbo ordered two Super Heavylift vessels from Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands. Scheduled for delivery in 2003, the new 11,000 dwt J-1600 class vessels will reportedly be the heaviest heavylift vessels in the world. The The design reflects demand for greater lift and outreach capabilities. The vessel’s equipment outfit takes account of market needs. The ships will have a pair of state-of-the-art rotating mast cranes, with a combined lift capacity of 1,600 tons at 16 m outreach and a maximum outreach of 35 m. The vessel’s shallow draft of 6.5 m maintains the small port operational capability that is the basis of the Jumbo fleet.
Pacific-Gulf Marine To Operate Unique Vessel
Pacific-Gulf Marine has finalized an agreement with Patriot Shipping LLC to manage and operate the heavylift vessel, Industrial Challenger, under U.S. Flag. Built in 2000, the 8000 deadweight multi-purpose vessel has lifting capacity of 400 metric tons, a 16.5 knot service speed and is ideally suited for project & heavylift cargo. It is expected that the vessel will operate in the U.S. to South America trade while pursuing other opportunities to move both commercial and/or U.S. government cargoes from the U.S. to worldwide destinations. Licensed officers from the American Maritime Officers (AMO) and unlicensed personnel provided by the Seafarers International Union (SIU) will man the vessel.
Rickmers-Linie Secures Tonnage
monthly liner service from Europe to the Middle East and India. All three vessels are now being renamed whilst being drydocked in Shanghai. Mumbai and Leon will become Rickmers Chennai. take place at the beginning of July. and project cargoes. non-containerisable cargo and heavy lifts.
Port of Everett Seaport Adds Lift Capacity
The Port of Everett Seaport is adding additional lift capacity to its operations in March 2015, with the purchase of a new, 150-ton GHMK 7608 mobile harbor crane. The nearly $5.1 million investment, which was authorized by the Port Commission, will allow the Port of Everett to better accommodate its niche market of overdimensional cargoes, and provide opportunity to compete for new heavylift business. “We are investing in our infrastructure and cargo handling equipment to continue with our reputation of safe and excellent service…
HoOk Offshore Crane R&D Project Launched
With funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and supported by "Projektträger Jülich" (PTJ) (project sponsors Jülich), over the next three years Hamburg University of Technology, Mareval AG Hamburg and the maritime engineering company HeavyLift@Sea will conduct research into the improvement of tools for the simulation of offshore crane operations. The project is named HoOK - Hochseeoperationen mit Kranen [Offshore Operations with Cranes]. The goal is…
HeavyLift@Sea Presents the MPV 500 Heavy Lifter
Expanded design family of extremely versatile heavy goods transporters. HeavyLift@Sea presents the MPV 500 Heavy Lifter for intermediate market segment. With the development and creation of the MPV 500, the maritime engineering specialist HeavyLift@Sea, with headquarters in Hamburg's HafenCity, has now expanded its design family of extremely versatile heavy lifters. The multi-purpose vessel is based on the HLV 1600 heavy lifter, which was introduced by the team working with company founder, Lars Rolner, and Managing Director, Hendrik Gröne, at the start of this year.
To Russia With Love
A pair of 200-pax catamarans, “Penguin 32” and “Penguin 33”, being loaded onto heavylift vessel MV MERWEDEGRACHT at Jurong Port, Singapore. The ferries departed Singapore on 27 July for Vladivostok, where they will serve as vital support craft at the APEC 2012 Summit to be held on Russky Island, part of Vladivostok's Frunzensky district in the Peter the Great Gulf. The owner of the ferries, Penguin International Limited (www.penguin.com.sg), is a Singapore-based builder and operator of ferries and offshore crewboats.
FirstWave/Newpark Awarded Repair Contract
FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding was granted a contract by Pride Offshore of Houma, La. for repair and maintenance of the jack-up drilling rig Pride Colorado. The rig, which arrived at the company's East Pelican Island facility in Galveston during mid-October, will be drydocked on a heavylift barge for inspection and repair, if required. Newpark has completed three successful dockings on lift barges in the past.
Time, Air Is Running Out: Russian Sub Rescue Continues
Russia's navy said on Wednesday it had launched a new attempt to rescue 116 sailors trapped in a powerless nuclear submarine grounded on the bed of the Barents Sea since the weekend. Itar-Tass news agency quoted the navy press office as saying the operation started at 8 a.m. A spokesman said the last time rescue vessels in the area monitored SOS signals tapped by the submarine crew was on Tuesday afternoon. The vessels monitor tapping using electronic equipment. Navy commander Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov said on Tuesday that if attempts to dock with the submarine fail, the whole vessel could be lifted using pontoons. Officials say the Kursk's oxygen supply could last until Friday.
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.
Rickmers-Linie Celebrates 200th Voyage
Rickmers Chennai, a multipurpose heavylift vessel of Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist in the global transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo, departed Hamburg on for the 200th voyage of a Rickmers vessel to the Middle East and India. Rickmers-Linie introduced its regular and direct multipurpose service from Europe to the Middle East in 1991 and added India to its schedule two years later. The main loading ports are Antwerp, Hamburg and Genoa with Dammam, Ras Laffan, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as well as Mumbai and Chennai as main discharge ports. Further ports are called on inducement. Sailings are offered every three weeks and performed by four multipurpose vessels with a capacity of approximately 23,000 dwt each and a lifting capacity of up to 250 tonnes.
Newbuildings Earmarked for Rickmers-Linie
Four more 24,000dwt multi-purpose vessels have been ordered for the global services of Rickmers-Linie, the heavylift and project cargo shipping company by Polaris Shipmanagement, a Rickmers Group company. The contract with the Chinese shipbuilder Guangzhou Wenchong was signed in on the evening of 23 September, the first day of the major German shipbuilding and marine equipment exhibition, SMM. Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for May 2011 and by December 2011 all four will be in service. This latest quartet brings to 18 the number of newbuildings now contracted in for ultimate deployment in Rickmers-Linie’s worldwide network.
Cory Logistics Ships Pilot Boat to East Africa
Cory Brothers has just completed a pilot boat manoeuvre from Pembrokeshire to Kenya for commercial boat builder Mustang Marine. The boat was loaded directly from water onto a OXL heavylift vessel with 300te lifting capacity. Cory logistics project managed the full spectrum of services for the client including heavylift vessel agency, customs documentation, warranty surveying, insurance and managing technical issues. Mike Bryant of Cory Logistics said: "We were delighted to successfully complete this project which was part of our expanding operations in Wales.
Charleston Receives First Heavy Lifts for Nuclear Plant
The high, wide and heavy cargo arrived at Charleston's Columbus Street Terminal, and is being shipped to the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company's (SCE&G) nuclear plant expansion 30 miles from the state capital of Columbia. Crews offloaded a large amount of specialty cargo from the 10,500-ton HR Recommendation, operated by BBC Chartering. From there, the cargo moved by rail and truck to SCE&G's project site. A US$23-million improvement project completed last year at the 135-acre Columbus Street Terminal to enhance the facility's mix of on-dock rail, storage and heavylift capabilities. The terminal handles a variety of non-container freight, including vehicles, other rolling stock, breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo, including power generation equipment.
Rickmers-Linie Transports Three LPG Storage Tanks
Rickmers-Linie’s 19,100dwt Baltic Winter has recently completed the transportation of three LPG storage tanks, each weighing 475 tons, from Kuantan in Malaysia to Shuaiba in Kuwait. Fabricated by KNM Process System Sdn Bhd, part of the global KNM Group, the tanks were destined for the new Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) LPG filling station at Umm Al-Aish, to the north of Kuwait City. The new plant will be built on an area of 150,000 square meters and provide 15 million cylinders of gas every year. The overall project, which involves six tanks, is being handled by the Malaysian heavylift transport specialists SGV Logistik Sdn Bhd and Aman Logistics Sdn Bhd. It was SGV Logistik that awarded to Rickmers-Linie the contract to transport the first three units to Kuwait.
Heavy Lift Cargo Companies Merge
Intermarine & Scan-Trans unite to head for a leadership position in project & heavy lift cargo transportation. Danish Scan-Trans Holding A/S and U.S. based Intermarine, LLC announce a stock transaction. The two companies will create a platform for premier services in project and heavylift cargo transportation worldwide. The companies will merge their operations under the Intermarine name. By consolidating the Scan-Trans and Intermarine fleets, the Company will expand its customer coverage with more than 50 multipurpose and heavylift vessels with lifting capacities of up to 800 metric tons. The two companies are a perfect and complementary match for each other with little overlap.
AAL and Peter Döhle Team Up
A Singapore-based breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift carrier AAL (formerly Austral Asia Line) and German multipurpose shipping operator Peter Döhle have announced the launch of a new global cooperation. From June onwards, the pair will offer joint tramp and project services. For, they have pooled a fleet of 26 multi-purpose heavy-lift vessels on trade routes between Asia, Europe and the Americas starting June 2015. The two carriers will remain independent of each other, with separate ownership, operations and identities.
ABB’s OCTOPUS for four semi-submersible vessels
ABB’s OCTOPUS marine software will improve the safety and efficiency of four new semi-submersible heavy lift vessels, using weather and loading data to plot the optimal route. The ships, owned by Greenland Heavylift Holdings, will transport gigantic cargoes such as oil rigs and jack-up rigs, with OCTOPUS providing a tailored route for each voyage that is updated with fresh weather data throughout the transportation. OCTOPUS is the maritime industry’s most comprehensive vessel management software platform and ship owners can choose the modules most relevant to their operations.
Comfort, Efficiency the Focus for New Offshore Vessel Concept
Dedicated ship design office HEAVYLIFT@SEA has partnered with service provider to the offshore industry SeaRenergy to produce a new vessel design that is poised to benefit from best practice from both worlds: ship design and offshore experience. According to the designers, the new 72-meter vessel targets both efficiency and comfort, developed with a focus on minimizing losses during operation but still with a cost efficient propulsion arrangement (ERN 99,99,99,95) with low fuel consumption and maintenance cost.
DCT Gdansk Heavylift Cargo Capabilities
Since it opened in 2007, the new DCT Gdansk container terminal has had several opportunities to demonstrate its versatility, notably with the transhipment of motor vehicles from deepsea to feeder car carriers and even the handling of a cruise vessel. It has also handled several heavylift vessels including, of course, the vessels that delivered its ship-to-shore cranes and RTGs. More recently though, the terminal has handled a number of very heavy pieces destined for the adjacent Gdansk oil refinery, operated by Group Lotos, and further shipments are programmed for later in 2009.
Rickmers Tokyo Displays Capabilities
An almost complete profile of cargo carried regularly by Rickmers-Linie vessels was photographed onboard Rickmers Tokyo shortly after she departed the Port of Genoa, Italy, in late October. Almost every square meter of deck space was used. Aside from a row of yachts, the vessel had loaded a number of tanks for a brewery project in Thailand. The tanks, booked by Züst & Bachmeier Project GmbH, Düsseldorf, had been loaded on the vessel in Antwerp – four below deck and the remainder above. Rickmers Tokyo is the second of nine identical Superflex Heavy Multipurpose Container (MPC) vessels built for Rickmers in China between 2002 and 2004.
Rickmers-Linie Re-Certified to ISO Standards
Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo specialist, has been successfully re-certified in accordance with the latest ISO standards ISO 9001:2008, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004. Rickmers-Linie’s new integrated quality management system incorporates statutory and regulatory requirements for quality, occupational health and safety as well as environmental management. The certificates became valid with effect from 30 November 2009. In connection with the process of this re-certification, Rickmers-Linie has switched from using the services of auditing company Lloyd’s Register to Hamburg based Germanischer Lloyd Certification GmbH. (www.rickmers-linie.com)
Rickmers-Linie Appoints Oceanway as Sales Agent
Rickmers-Linie, a heavylift and project cargo liner specialist has appointed Oceanway S.A. in Buenos Aires as its sales agent for Argentina with immediate effect. Oceanway will focus on sales of Rickmers-Linie’s services to and from Argentina, especially where Argentinian companies are involved. Gerhard Janssen, Director Global Sales and Marketing of Rickmers-Linie, commented: “With the nomination of Oceanway we are taking further steps to reinforce our activities in South America.