Work‘bots’: Autonomous Vessels Arrive
The near-shore and inland workboat fleet is at the leading edge for autonomous vessel developmentWhile the advent of autonomous workboats are not exactly mainstream, you better believe that in the not-too-distant future they will be a reality on waterways in and around the U.S. Today there remain more questions than answers, particularly on the legal, logistics and insurance side of the coin. But the technology is evolving at record pace, providing many in the industry with mixed emotions. Excitement. Controversy. Curiosity. Skepticism.
Spill Prevention & Response: Old Lessons, New Challenges
Emerging spill response trends fit into two big categories: technology and a combination of economic and social forces. Both will shape what comes next.Florida’s stunning Tampa Bay stands out as exactly the kind of place where you have to think about hazardous materials emergencies. It was 25 years ago, on August 10, 1993, that a freighter collided with two barges near the entrance of Tampa Bay, causing a fire and spilling over 32,000 gallons of jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline and about 330,000 gallons of heavy fuel, devastating beaches, wildlife and habitat.
Partners Eye Autonomous Vessel Technology for UK Ports
Peel Ports Group and ASV Global (ASV) have launched a partnership which will develop the use of autonomous vessel technology for U.K. port operations.The partnership kick-started with a visit from ASV’s team to the Port of Liverpool, to demonstrate the C-Cat-3, an autonomous vessel ideal for shallow survey operations.The C-Cat 3 operated in Brocklebank Dock carrying out seabed survey using a Norbit iWBMS multibeam echo sounder.The successful demonstration has led Peel Ports Group…
Finalists of Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Announced
The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced. The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the region. The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime and the Awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.
Panama Canal Authority, Peel Ports Form Alliance
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with major UK ports operator, Peel Ports, who own the Port of Liverpool, as the latter gears up for the formal opening of its Liverpool2 container terminal in early November. The formal agreement creates a strategic alliance aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America via the Panama Canal. The agreement was signed October 24 by Jorge L.
BG Freight Line Orders Four Containerships
BG Freight Line, a fully owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short sea container feeder vessels optimized for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services. The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with ARKON Shipping as project initiator/commercial manager, technical managers Jüngerhans Maritime Services and designers CIMC ORIC. BG Freight Line will take delivery of four sister vessels under long-term charter after delivery from China’s Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard, with them expected to enter service during 2018.
Will UK Maritime Traffic Rise or Fall on Brexit?
UK container traffic will see more muted growth than expected a few months ago, at least in the short term, says Drewry. Patrick Walters, Peel Ports’ Group Commercial Director, believes that the bigger Brexit-related risk for UK container ports is a short-term negative impact on box volumes caused by economic and political uncertainty and GDP slowdown. According to the International Monetary Fund, the Brexit vote implies a substantial increase in economic, political, and institutional uncertainty, which is projected to have negative macroeconomic consequences.
New Port Academy Liverpool Unveiled at Grand Opening
LIVERPOOL City Region has launched a new £2.5 million maritime training academy which it believes is the only one in the U.K. to create vitally needed skills and become a beacon of international excellence. Hugh Baird College, Bootle, and its supporting partners officially launch the Port Academy Liverpool (PAL) with some 200 guests from across the U.K. representing the maritime industry, Merchant Navy, Royal Navy – both past and present - and charitable trusts. Port Academy Liverpool will provide first class academic…
Peel Ports Buys Great Yarmouth
Peel Ports Group has completed the acquisition of Great Yarmouth Port Company Limited (GYPC) from International Port Holdings for an undisclosed sum. GYPC is well established as the leading UK port servicing the UK sector of the Southern North Sea offshore oil and gas industry and has other activities in regional grain, aggregate and other bulk and general cargoes. In its last annual accounts, it reported revenue of £10.9m and an operating profit of £4.5m. It currently employs approximately 65 employees all of whom are located at Great Yarmouth.
Mersey Maritime Expands Awards Eligibility
In response to popular demand, Mersey Maritime has expanded the eligibility of its annual awards to include maritime companies and related organisations right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the whole of the North West and the Isle of Man. Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO of Mersey Maritime, said: “Last year’s inaugural event was so popular that we have been inundated with businesses wanting to get involved. Taking the time to enter one or more of our 10 award categories certainly pays off, as two non-finalists last year won lucrative contracts on the strength of their entries.
Campaign to Cut Haulage Miles
Peel Ports announced that it has secured 50 advocates for its Cargo200 initiative and is urging other shippers in the North-west to add their weight to the campaign. Launched in May, Peel Ports called for importers and exporters whose goods began or ended their journey in the north of the UK to switch current delivery of ocean freight from south-east ports to the centrally-located Port of Liverpool. The initiative aims to cut freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years.
Peel Ports' Cargo200 drive Secures 50 Supporters
Peel Ports has today (Thursday 19 November) announced that it has secured 50 advocates for its Cargo200 initiative and is urging other shippers in the North-west to add their weight to the campaign. Launched in May, Peel Ports called for importers and exporters whose goods began or ended their journey in the north of the UK to switch current delivery of ocean freight from south-east ports to the centrally-located Port of Liverpool. The initiative aims to cut freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years.
15 Terex Straddle Carriers for Liverpool Terminal
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order for 15 diesel-electric Terex N SC 634 E straddle carriers from the British terminal operator Peel Ports Group Ltd (Peel Ports). Five of these machines have already been in use at the Peel Ports terminal in Liverpool since June this year, ten more will be delivered to the Liverpool port with commissioning scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015. The straddle carriers are designed for handling 1-over-2 high-cube containers and incorporate particularly eco-friendly diesel engines…
Peel Ports Tops 'Track 250' League Table
Leading UK port operator, Peel Ports Group, has been recognised as the UK’s top company in this year’s prestigious Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table. Its ambitious development plans and strong financial results were key factors in the Liverpool-based business leaping 25 places ahead on its 2014 ranking. Compiled by research and networking events company Fast Track, the annual table ranks Britain's top performing private companies and entrepreneurs. The business…
Mersey Maritime, Liverpool Football Club at LISW15
Mersey Maritime, in association with some of its key members, is hosting what will be one of the most exciting events at London International Shipping Week (LISW15) on 9th September at The Walkie Talkie Building, 20 Fenchurch Street. Senior Liverpool Football Club (LFC) members will be present at this invitation only reception designed to showcase the amazing opportunities that exist for doing business with one of the Worlds’ most iconic port cities. LFC will also be bringing the European Cup which the club won outright after winning the competition for the fifth time in 2005.
Peel Ports Launches Cargo200 Initiative
The UK’s second largest ports operator, Peel Ports, has today (Wednesday, 29 April) launched a major carbon emission initiative, Cargo200, and is calling on the UK freight and logistics industry to rethink supply chain and services routes in order to reduce freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years. Announcing plans at Multimodal 2015 in Birmingham, the company outlined opportunities for cargo owners, importers and exporters to cut the cost of inland transportation…
General Mills Strategically placed in Port Salford
General Mills UK & Ireland – responsible for a range of market-leading brands, including Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker and Nature Valley – is to be the first tenant at a new state-of-the-art distribution hub that will save 600,000 road haulage miles each year whilst providing a “future proof” solution to market trends. The 280,000 sq. ft. site at Port Salford – which will be run by food and drink logistics expert Culina Group – will act as a central hub for General Mills’ ambient brands arriving by short sea freight from Europe.
Culina Group to Set Base at Peel Group's Port Salford
Food and drink logistics giant, Culina Group, has been announced as the first major tenant at the new National Import Centre being developed by the Peel Group, as part of its multi-million pound Port Salford development (located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Manchester City Centre in the UK). Culina Group will take occupation of the first warehouse distribution unit to be built on the Port Salford site - the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility and Distribution Park, accessible by rail, road and short sea-shipping. The property comprises 26,022 sq. m. (280,000 sq.
Retailers Head North of England
A shortage of inland transport capacity and increased waiting times for lorries at ports in the south of England have brought an uplift in the volume of containers to the Port of Liverpool. Over the last 12 months Metro Shipping has transferred several high-profile retail customers from Felixstowe and Southampton to Liverpool to realise the benefit of reduced inland haulage costs, especially for goods coming from the Far East and US. Metro Shipping handles over 80,000TEU per annum through the UK, both inbound and outbound, and works with various end users including international retail chains.
Peel Ports Enters 10-year Deal with Volkswagen
Peel Ports Group said it sees the automotive sector as a major growth opportunity and is working continually to provide vehicle manufacturers, logistics companies and shipping lines with world-class facilities and systems. The latest example is Peel Ports Medway’s new partnership with the Volkswagen Group UK Ltd. to build and oversee a new eight-acre Pre Delivery Inspection (PDI) Center at the Port of Sheerness. The investment will create 100 supply chain jobs and increase automobile imports into Sheerness by 50,000 vehicles annually.
Peel Ports Invests in AutoGate System at Liverpool
Peel Ports Group has committed £5.5 million to introducing advanced infrastructure and AutoGates technology as part of its ongoing investment at the Port of Liverpool. With the £300 million deepwater Liverpool2 expansion due to be open next year, this latest development is set to strengthen the port-side logistics required to support increased cargo volume. At present, a manual system is currently in place, requiring drivers to register at a site office, where they complete a form and wait for clearance before entering.
Kalmar SmartLane Automated Gate System for Liverpool Port
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver Kalmar SmartLane automated gate system to Port of Liverpool, operated by Peel Ports Group. The new system will reduce waiting times and administration for hauliers, resulting in faster turnaround. The implementation is scheduled to be completed by early 2015. Investment in Kalmar SmartLane automated gate system is part of Peelport's £5.5m package of improvements to port infrastructure. With the £300m deep-water Liverpool2 expansion due to be open next year…
Peel Ports Signs £100M Contract For Cranes For New Liverpool Terminal
Peel Ports Group has signed a multi-million pound deal with Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. (ZPMC) for 17 ‘mega cranes’ for its new £300m Liverpool2 container port. ZPMC will initially supply five ship-to-shore (STS) megamax quay cranes and 12 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) in phase 1 of the project and a further 3 three STS cranes and 10 CMRGs in phase 2.The contract is a major step forward in the construction of what will be one of Europe’s most advanced container facilities, scheduled to open at the end of 2015.