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Saturday, January 20, 2018

River Thames News

London Gateway Ups Security Measures

(Photo: DP World London Gateway)

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

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, Tideway plans to transport around 4 million metric tons of this material by river.

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.

New Pacific for the Thames

VT Halmatic has recently secured an order for a Pacific 28 rigid inflatable boat (RIB) from the Metropolitan Police Service. The new boat will join the Metropolitan Police Services existing Pacific 24 RIBs and will be used to patrol the River Thames and its approaches. Already proven in service with the UK Ministry of Defence the powerful Pacific 28 is capable of operating in extreme conditions. Power will be provided by twin Yamaha marine diesels, to give an operational speed of over 40 knots.

Cruise Ship Detained on Thames

A Spanish-owned cruise ship carrying 178 passengers has been impounded on the River Thames in London because of serious safety deficiencies, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) said on Wednesday. It said the Vistamar, flying the Maltese flag, was detained by inspectors because of safety abuses including inoperable lifeboats. The 384-ft. long ship would be moored at the Tower of London overnight and its passengers disembarked on Thursday. Source: Reuters

Briggs Marine Wins London Ferry Contract

Woolwich Ferry: Photo credit Briggs Marine

UK marine contractor Briggs Marine wins 7-year contract worth over £50 million with Transport for London (TfL) to operate cross-Thames ferry. The contract will see Briggs Marine undertake operation and maintenance of the Woolwich Ferry service from 1st April 2013. Working with London River Services Limited (LRS), a subsidiary of TfL, Briggs Marine will be responsible for daily operation of the ferry service, which links Woolwich and North Woolwich and the north and south circular roads across the River Thames.

Clarkson's Long-serving Mike Cameron Retires

Mike Cameron: Photo credit Clarksons

Maritime industry veteran Mike Cameron has retired after 40 years – 34 of them with Clarksons. Guests from Italy, Scandinavia, USA, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Canada, Dubai and Greece recently gathered to celebrate the retirement of Mike Cameron after 34 years of working at Clarksons. Mike's family and industry friends were entertained by witty speeches recalling his almost 40 years of working in the shipping industry and later played crazy golf in the sunshine on Clarksons' terrace overlooking the River Thames.  

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. (Source: Holland & Knight)

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. (Source: The Press Association)

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. The tidal Thames and the Port of London generate 43…

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, and the involvement of over 100 businesses in the South of England as part of the delivery supply chain.

Kotug Performs First Assistance on the Thames

Kotug’s RT Champion performed her first assistance in the Thames on the tanker vessel Sten Idun to the Oikos Jetty, London. As of October 2013, a full 24/7 towage service, supported by Kotug’s local management, is available to assist the clients at the Oil and Gas Terminals on the river Thames and the London Gateway Container Terminal. In cooperation with ship managers, terminal operators, local agencies and its own representatives, Kotug said it offers services combining the skills of its highly trained and dedicated U.K.

UK Jubilee Convoy Led by LR Classed Royal Barge

Royal Barge: Photo credit Lloyd's Register

The recently constructed royal row barge led the UK’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend, heading a flotilla of ships along the River Thames. The barge was built in London and supervised by Lloyd’s Register’s Southampton-based UKI Marine Operations Team. Keith Vernon, LR’s Principal Specialist, said: “While the vessel will not be classed it will be certificated as an MCA Class V Passenger Vessel. “It has been a very interesting project because of the unique character of the project. Our initial concerns centred around LR’s limited experience of wood boat-building construction.

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 Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper.

Paralympics Security Role for British Warship

HMS Bulwark: Photo credit MOD

The crew of 'HMS Bulwark' serves as hub in Portland Harbour for the security effort surrounding the Paralympic sailing events. The assault ship serves as the command and control centre for maritime security operations around Portland for the duration of the Paralympic Games. From her operations room, Bulwark directs the movements of Royal Marines raiding craft, patrol boats and civilian launches and boats, fed by live imagery of the waters around Weymouth by special cameras fitted to Fleet Air Arm Merlin helicopters on patrol overhead.

Record Thames Ridership

River Action Plan delivers record Thames ridership

A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12 million by 2020. Figures from January to December 2014 have shown very positive signs as passenger numbers on River Buses and River Tours increased to 9.8 million, compared to 8 million for the same period in 2013.

Munkebo Maersk, Biggest Ship Ever to Sail on the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Pic: London Gateway)

The 18,300 TEU Triple E container ship Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway. The 399 metre long Munkebo Maersk, which weighs in at 195,000 tonnes and is 60 metre wide is one of the largest container vessels in the world. She was helped into port by pilots from the Port of London Authority. Cranes as high as 40 stacked double-decker buses are being used to lift containers off the vessel before it sets off for the Far East.

New Lifeboat Handed Over to RNLI for Jubilee Year Pageant

Tamar-class Lifeboat: Photo credit Geograph CCL Stephen McKay

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 handover ceremony at Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth today. Together with Babcock Project Manager Steve O’Mara they took the vessel for a short trip around the Plymouth Sound and into the sea…

UK – Failure of RIB Seat Attachment

The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a Safety Bulletin advising the maritime community of the failure of the seat attachments in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB), resulting in the three crew falling overboard. A 6.3 meter Ribquest RIB was being operated on the river Thames in July 2007. While making turn at speed, the seat attachments separated from the hull, throwing the three crewmembers into the river. Subsequent investigation revealed that poor surface preparation had resulted in poor adhesion of the sealants used to attach the seats. Thus, the seats were held on solely by self-taping screws. The screws came loose when the underlying plywood softened due to wetting. Owners and operators of Ribquest RIBs are Source: HK Law

New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

Image courtesy of CTruk

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year. The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life, continuing the PLA Hydrography team’s survey work which facilitates safe navigation on the tidal Thames. As the U.K.’s busiest inland waterway, the river is a link for trade, travel and leisure and as home to the U.K.’s second largest port.

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, which is a maneuverable rescue net normally stowed compactly against the bulwark or railing when not in use.

Clarksons Gift Rescue Boats to Sailing Centre

Clarkson rescue boat ceremony: Photo credit Clarksons

Clarksons recently visited the Docklands Waterports and Sailing Centre (DWSC) near Canary Wharf  on the UK's River Thames to officially launch the two new rescue boats it has bought for the organisation. The state of the art Rigiflex boats - named after two esteemed late Clarksons' Chairmen, Sir Alexander Glen and Sir Carron Greig - will enable DSWC to increase the number of participants that can be tutored on the water at any given time. The DWSC is located in the Milwall outer dock…

London Olympics – UK Warship Takes Station

Photo creditHMS Ocean: Photo credit Wiki CCL Graham Richardson

HMS Ocean will berth at Greenwich in east London where she will act as a launch pad for eight Lynx helicopters and a base for Royal Marine snipers in the the final phase of the exercise 'Olympic Guardian', which began earlier this week in Weymouth and in the airspace over the capital. During the Games the ship will also accommodate 300 military personnel who are providing security at nearby Greenwich Park, and engage with Londoners by hosting public visits. Last year HMS Ocean spent four months operating off the Libyan coast.

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