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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…

DEME Names Second LNG-fueled Dredger

Photo: DEME Group

The trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Scheldt River was officially named  at the DEME head office in Zwijndrecht, Belgium. The dredger was named by Veerle Hegge, the wife of Bart De Wever, Mayor of Antwerp. The 8,400 m³ Scheldt River is the second dredger in the DEME fleet equipped with dual fuel engines. The highly innovative vessel can operate in LNG mode, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, almost eliminating sulphur, NOx and particle emissions. LNG is intrinsically clean and there is no need for exhaust gas cleaning systems.

Royal IHC launches DEME’s LNG-powered TSHD

Launch ceremony SCHELDT RIVER Photo Royal IHC

The launch ceremony of DEME’s 7,950m3 dual fuel trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) –SCHELDT RIVER – took place on 14 January at Royal IHC's shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. “After the successful launch of the world’s first LNG-powered hopper MINERVA on 3 December, I am delighted to see SCHELDT RIVER – the second IHC-built TSHD capable of operating on LNG – nearing completion,” says IHC's Executive Director Shipbuilding, Arjan Klijnsoon. As a result of IHC’s continuous research effort on fuel saving and analysis of operational profiles…

Video: LNG-powered Dredger Scheldt River Launched

Scheldt River (Photo: Royal IHC)

DEME Group’s second LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Scheldt River is part of a new generation of dual fuel hoppers that set out to achieve new standards in environmental performance. Launched January 14 at Royal IHC's shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands, the 7,950m3 vessel possesses a number of innovative features and technologies, including an IHC-patented two-speed gearbox as well as a newly developed wing-shaped bow thruster tunnel. A video showing the construction process and launching is available here.

Multraship Refloats Stranded Bulk Carrier

river. the Scheldt," says Leendert Muller, director of Multraship. response of Multraship's salvage team, a major casualty was avoided. Scheldt at 17.30 local time on Friday 21 February 2003. with 60,000 tonnes of coking coal. immediately to the location which was in the vicinity of buoy 49. communication vessel Patrol. the bank at 18.40 local time. The vessel was then safely anchored. was released after a dive inspection team revealed no damage. vessel quickly enough," says Muller. vessel grounded. The incident had the potential to cause many problems.

Wärtsilä to Power First Dual-Fuelled Dredger

The Scheldt River will be the world's first dual-fuelled dredger.

A new generation "Antigoon" class dredger, called Scheldt River, being built by Royal IHC in the Netherlands on behalf of the Belgium based DEME Group, is to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) engines. This will be the first ever dredger to operate on engines capable of utilising either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or conventional marine fuels. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in July. The 104-meter-long vessel will have a hopper volume capacity of approximately 8,000 cubic metres.

Dual-fuel Engines for DEME’s New Dredger

Image: Anglo Belgian Corporation

Anglo Belgian Corporation, a manufacturer of medium speed diesel engines, announced the sale of two 16VDZD dual fuel engines that will power a new build vessel for the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME. This agreement was officialized with the Dutch shipyard Royal IHC. The commissioning of the dredger Minerva is scheduled for late 2016, making it the first dredging vessel that will be equipped with dual fuel engines, in addition to DEME's other trailing suction hopper dredger Scheldt River that will be built and put into service around the same time.

Smit Acquires URS

Smit Internationale has completed the acquisition of Unie van Redding- en Sleepdienst (URS) from Bofort N.V., Antwerp. The agreement is subject to the customary due diligence investigations. SMIT acquired Bofort's 50.1 percent share in Unie van Redding- en Sleepdienst (URS), Antwerp. SMIT already has a minority interest of 49.9 percent in URS and will as a consequence of this transaction acquire the entire share capital of URS. URS is a supplier of towage, salvage and transport services on the Scheldt river and in and around the Belgian waters. The transaction is the first step of the implementation of the strategic re-orientation during which all participations have been assessed on management control, strategic fit and synergies within the SMIT group.

Container Ship Capsizes in Belgian Port

According to the Herald Tribune, a large container ship capsized during loading Thursday in Belgian port city Antwerp, officials said. No injuries were reported. The cause of the capsizing of the Republica di Genova, a roll on/roll off vessel of the London-based Grimaldi Lines, was not immediately clear, authorities said. Grimaldi Group vessels carry containers and Fiat cars from Italy to Antwerp. Port of Antwerp Captain Jan Persi said the 215-meter-long (705-foot-long) vessel slowly rolled onto its starboard side in a dead end dock early in the morning. He said the ship began taking on water and that the captain ordered the crew to evacuate. The white-and-yellow vessel lay resting on its side, part of its hull above the waterline in the dock.

Antwerp, Montreal Ports Renew Cooperation

Renewal of agreement Photo Port of Antwerp

Yesterday during a joint trade mission in Montreal, the port authorities of Montreal and Antwerp, Belgium renewed their cooperative agreement. The first agreement, signed in March 2013, resulted in four trade missions to Montreal and Antwerp during which extensive business contacts were developed. These meetings also enabled productive exchanges of information on issues such as sustainable development, land use, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, global trends in the markets, and the development of port logistics zones.

DEME Orders World’s Largest Cutter Suction Dredger

Image: DEME Group

Royal IHC said it has been awarded a contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 164m-long, 44,180kW self-propelled cutter suction dredger (CSD) for DEME in Belgium. The vessel, Spartacus, will be built in the Netherlands for summer 2019 delivery. Spartacus will be the world’s first CSD powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), following on the order for the first LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) Minerva and Scheldt River, and the LNG-ready Bonny River, that are currently under construction at IHC’s shipyards.

DEME, Royal IHC win DPC Innovation Award

LNG powered hopper Minerva under construction in Kinderdijk Photo Royal IHC

On November 10, DEME and Royal IHC have been awarded a DPC Innovation Award for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHD). The DPC Innovation Awards consisted of 13 categories looking at the most innovative and forward-thinking projects that the dredging and port construction industry has to offer. DEME and Royal IHC won the award in the “Innovation in Dredger Design” category. Since a few years, DEME has embarked on a comprehensive…

Belgian Sea Lock to be partly Financed

The construction of a sea lock in the Port of Antwerp in Belgium will be partly funded via the TEN-T Program. The project will receive €5 million in contribution to ensure that one of the bottlenecks currently restricting capacity at the port is removed. The aim of the project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, is to build a sea lock in the Port of Antwerp, one of northern Europe’s busiest ports. The new lock will create a new connection between the tidal Deurganckdock and the non-tidal docks of Waaslandhaven. The dimensions of the new lock will be the same as those of the Berendrecht lock, located on the right bank of the Scheldt river, which is currently the biggest sea lock in the world.

Antwerp fireboat on the Western Scheldt

Antwerp Port Authority had signed an agreement with Zeeland Safety Region to finance a fireboat on the Dutch part of the Western Scheldt. After flowing through Belgium the river Scheldt passes into Dutch territory where it becomes the Scheldt estuary or “Western Scheldt,” bordering the Dutch province of Zeeland. The recent agreement, which is actually a renewal of the covenant signed in 2010, provides for the further financing of a third firefighting boat in the eastern part of the Western Scheldt. Antwerp Port Authority will contribute 150,000 euros towards making the vessel available along with the operating costs. The boat financed by Antwerp Port Authority will be berthed in the Berendrecht-Zandvliet channel and will operate in the area between the Belgian-Dutch border and Hansweert.

Double Record set by Antwerp Port

Port Keeps growing Courtesy Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp is on course to handle more than 200 million tonnes of freight this year for the first time ever. And in container transhipment too a new record has been set, with more than 9 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers) being handled. In comparison with last year nearly 8% more containers will be transhipped. With these growth figures Antwerp is performing significantly better than Rotterdam and Hamburg, the number 1 and 3 ports respectively in North-West Europe. The port of Antwerp has a particularly rich history.

Salvors Complete Scheldt Double Salvage Op

Salvage and towage company Multraship, working with Antwerp-based URS Salvage & Maritime Contracting, has completed two salvage operations in the River Scheldt over a period of fewer than 24 hours. The 12,600 dwt Egyptian multipurpose vessel Aburdees, loaded with general cargo, containers and cars enroute from Bremen to Antwerp, suffered an engine black-out at 1630hrs on December 6. It tried to drop anchor but began drifting in the Oostgat, near Vlissingen, and eventually started to ground in low water. Multraship and co-contractor URS, working under an LOF agreement, deployed the tugs Multrasalvor and Schouwenbank, but were unable to arrest the grounding.

Scheldt Salvage Continues

containership Fowairet which grounded yesterday in the River Scheldt. is currently held in Flushing harbour, awaiting discharge and inspection. anti pollution craft with sweepers. including experts for hazardous cargoes, naval architect & divers. refloat the vessel could begin until the evening high water at 1715. occurs. carefully about the salvage capacity which is available. the oil leakage until the vessel can be berthed.

Multraship Takes Delivery of New Damen Tug

Photo courtesy Merlin Company

Towage and salvage specialist Multraship has bolstered its fleet of specialised tugs and multi-purpose vessels with the addition of the Damen newbuilding ASD 3213 tug Multratug 3. On September 30, the vessel will embark on its delivery voyage from Vietnam, where it was built by Damen Shipyards, to Terneuzen, Multraship’s home port in The Netherlands. Thereafter it will be employed principally in the River Scheldt area in a harbour towage and salvage role. With a maximum bollard pull of 94.7 tonnes…

Multraship Christens Two Latest Tugs

Photo courtesy Multraship B.V.

Towage and salvage specialist Multraship christened its two newest Azimuth stern-drive multipurpose tugs in a special ceremony at the Portaal van Vlaanderen in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, on February 4, 2011. Joan Nuijten-Muller of Multraship performed the christening ceremony on Multratug 18, which was delivered in 2009 by the Vega Shipyard in Bandirma, Turkey. Multratug 18 is 117.1 ft loa, with a moulded beam of 37.7 ft, and is designed for a multi-role capability for harbour, escort and sea towage as well as fire-fighting and salvage roles.

Multraship Announces Fleet Additions

Salvage and towage company, Multraship BV has added the former Red Funnel/Adsteam tug Hamtun to its fleet. The 1985-built, 3,500 IHP vessel has been renamed Multratug 16 and will mainly be deployed providing harbour towage services in the ports of Terneuzen and Flushing and on the Terneuzen-Ghent Canal. Multraship has also bought the former Dutch lifeboat Johannes Frederik, to operate as a fast-rescue tender providing emergency response services in the River Scheldt area. The vessel, now renamed Multraship Responder, will replace the Multrajet, which has been sold to the Congolese Ministry of Health.

Grounded Containership Rescued

The 2006-built vessel grounded after suffering rudder failure near Ossenisse on the River Scheldt, between Hansweert and , during ebb tide. Working under a Lloyd’s Open Form agreement, Multraship and URS immediately mobilized an experienced salvage team and six tugs. The salvors tried to refloat the vessel on the same tide, but the water level had fallen too far and the operation had to wait for the next tide, at around midnight. Because the vessel had hazardous cargo on board…

Ultraship completes VEBO takeover

Multraship Towage & Salvage has acquired a majority share in VEBO BV, the holding company of Verenigde Bootlieden BV and Vebocab BV, the leading boatman/mooring service provider in the port of Terneuzen. The takeover will have no adverse consequences for the 38 employees of VEBO, which specialises in the mooring and unmooring of vessels and in the provision of helmsmen services and taxi and waterborne transportation services. Multraship, which specialises in towage & salvage services, sees the takeover as a logical addition to, and expansion of, its services to the maritime community in the Zeeland Seaports area and on the River Scheldt. For Verenigde Bootlieden, the takeover represents a guarantee of its long-term survival.

New Hybrid Tug Joins Multraship Fleet

Photo: maritimephoto.com

Dutch towage and salvage specialist Multraship has welcomed into its fleet Multratug 28, an energy efficient hybrid Damen ASD 2810-type tug with FiFi 1 firefighting capabilities. Damen’s ASD 2810 Hybrid is a new design, and this is the second of its class to be built. Featuring diesel-direct, diesel-electric and battery-powered propulsion systems, this hybrid configuration will enable Multraship to lower fuel costs by up to 30 percent and emissions by up to 60 percent, the company said.

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