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Friday, January 19, 2018

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CMP Global Rebrands Marine Chains

To better reflect the strength and diversity of its chain products, CMP Global has rebranded it as Titan Marine Chain. Known for their strength and power, Titans were a centerpiece of Greek creation myths. CMP Global has also expanded the product line with stainless steel chain. CMP offers a range of windlass, anchor, mooring and general purpose chain, all proof-tested and calibrated to exacting standards. Titan Marine chain is embossed with the CMP stamp, which ensures it meets or exceeds certification requirements. It is the only chain on the market with such quality assurance measures. The company's new 316L stainless steel chain is calibrated for windlass use. Manufactured in an ISO-9001 quality-assured facility, it's available in 6mm and 8mm links, with more sizes available soon.

New Chains Replace Steel for Lashing Cargo

TYCAN chains with Dyneema replace steel chains for lashing cargo. (Photo DSM Dyneema, DYNPR301)

Industrial chains for handling heavy loads are being produced for the first time from DSM’s ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema. DSM Dyneema has formed a strategic partnership with Load Solutions AS in Bergen, Norway, for development, manufacturing, sales and marketing of link chains made with Dyneema fiber. The chains, branded as TYCAN, are fabricated from webbings and have numerous economic, environmental and safety advantages over traditional chains that for centuries have been made in iron and steel.

Azipod Slip Ring Order for Cavotec

Azipod Unit: Image credit Cavotec

Cavotec wins order from ABB for twenty compact Marine Propulsion Slip ring (MPS) units to be fitted to advanced Azipod marine propulsion systems. Under the terms of this project, Cavotec is scheduled to complete deliveries of the MPS units to ABB by the beginning of Q2 2013. Cavotec MPS units, fitted to Azipod systems, enable vessel propellers to rotate through 360 degrees in its vertical axis thus providing steering. The units ensure the safe transmission of electrical power for the main motors…

Cavotec Wins Major Container Terminal Cable Reel Order

Cavotec wins major cable reel order for Sri Lanka container port. Cavotec has won a substantial order for power and spreader cable reels for ship-to shore (STS) container cranes from the world’s largest port equipment manufacturer ZPMC. This project will see Cavotec electrical power and spreader cable reels fitted to 12 STS cranes for the China Merchant container terminal in the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The cranes form an important element of the Colombo South Harbour Development Project, a $500-million initiative that is set to considerably enhance the capacity of Sri Lanka's main port. According to a report by the Xinhua news agency, the programme is the largest foreign direct investment project in Sri Lanka to date.

Smit Develops High-Powered Wreck Removal Cutting System

Smit Salvage has developed a new, patented wreck removal cutting system that is designed to be fast and cost effective, and was used during the successful recovery of the Russian submarine Kursk last year. The new system utilizes a special abrasive cutting wire — a series of grit-covered bushes mounted along a high-tension steel cable. This wire can then be positioned over a wreck and connected up to a drive system producing a sawing motion. Highly efficient, this cutting system can be used as an alternative option to the traditional chain-cutting method that uses heavy steel chains and floating sheerlegs. The cutting system was developed in association with Widia Nederland, a Rotterdam-based manufacturer of tungsten carbide tools, and T.N.O. Nederland.

Peel Ports Pulls Out all the Stops

Operations team docks crucial bulk steel vessel at Port of Liverpool container terminal in order to overcome weather delays and provide an innovative customer-centric solution, which brings added value to customer supply chain. Peel Ports are never one to complain about gloomy weather, staying true to their values of being more than just a port; the owner and operator of the Port of Liverpool demonstrated innovative thinking and flexibility to solve challenges by taking on the elements.

Socgen Joins SEA\LNG

Photo: SEA\LNG

French multinational banking and financial services company Societe Generale (Socgen) has joined SEA\LNG, the industry coalition promoting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The bank is the first financial institution to join SEA\LNG. Joining a growing band of industry leaders from across the LNG value chain, Societe Generale brings an essential financial perspective to the group which aims to accelerate the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel. Paul Taylor, Global Head of Shipping Finance…

Wesmar’s Vertical Anchor Windlass

Wesmar is introducing the new WM3500 Stainless Steel Vertical Anchor Windlass. The Wesmar Anchor Windlass addresses the critical act of anchoring, quicker and more safely. With a touch of a button, the Vertical Anchor Windlass provides stress-free anchoring, requiring minimal crew and effort. The risk of accidents is next to none with a safety lock to help protect against unintentional windlass deployment. Ross Lund of Classic Yacht Service in Fort Myers said, “The windlass works great, everyone loves it. I have a customer who dives a lot, anchoring multiple times a day.

Port of LA Sets New Record with 2017 Container Throughput

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port. “We are powering Los Angeles’ economy to new heights every year, because we know that lasting prosperity means investing boldly in jobs, opportunity, and growth,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The…

Shipyard Productivity Reaches New Heights

(Image: Yale Cordage)

A job completed on time or ahead of schedule is a display of the proficiency, productivity, and innovative thinking that can give you a competitive edge. And with the current oil market and the upcoming elections fogging the forecast for future orders (and indicating a likely dip), shipyards are vying to become better and faster, and capture every edge they can. To seize these opportunities as they arise, many are leveraging innovative systems, materials and tools that allow them to be agile, efficient, and nimble.

Tata Steel’s New OPC Reduces Renewable Energy Costs

Robert Instone prepares cutting tool to produce section for offshore wind turbine foundation

Tata Steel today inaugurated its new £2 million offshore processing centre (OPC) at an event in Hartlepool attended by more than 40 leading business figures from the European renewable energy sector. Following a presentation at Hartlepool College of Further Education, guests were shown round the company’s new centre, a high-productivity processing facility that will produce welded tubular assemblies to be used in the fabrication of jacket foundations for offshore wind turbines. They also visited Tata Steel’s 42-inch tube mill, one of three tube mills located at the company’s Hartlepool site.

Stolt Acquires Three Ships for European Fleet

Stolt Tankers B.V. has agreed to acquire three 5,800 dwt fully stainless steel parcel tankers from Odfjell Tankers AS. The ships, which were built in 1997-1998 and are sister ships of three tankers currently operated by Stolt Tankers, are expected to join the Stolt-Nielsen Inter-Europe Service by the end of August 2015. Further terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Commenting on the purchase, Hans P. Feringa, President of Stolt Tankers, said, "We are pleased to have acquired these well priced, high quality assets, which enhance the scale efficiency of our fleet of European regional parcel tankers. The three ships are highly specialised, with 20 duplex stainless steel tanks, ICE class 1A and fitted with nitrogen generators.

Tata Steel is crowning glory of HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabet

Today’s naming ceremony of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth marks a major milestone in Tata Steel’s 12-year involvement in the project. In that time the company has supplied 40,000 tonnes of steel and developed three entirely new grades of lighter and stronger steel specifically for the future flagship of the Royal Navy. Tata Steel will also supply steel for the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. The naming ceremony will come five years after the first steel was manufactured…

Indian order for Enclosed Ship Unloader

Cargotec has received an order for a Siwertell ship unloader type ST790-D from the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO), Paradeep Unit. The enclosed screw-type unloader will be used to discharge rock phosphate and sulfur at a rated capacity of 1,800 t/h. "IFFCO wanted a totally enclosed system for both environmental and safety reasons," said Anders Paulsson, Sales manager, Bulk handling. "The company specified a screw-type unloader for high efficiency and chose a Siwertell system from Cargotec because we have by far the most knowledge and experience of this technology - the first Siwertell system designated for sulphur was delivered in 1980. Cargotec's Siwertell Sulphur Safety System (4S) was developed to minimise the risk of explosions and detect fires.

Steel Handling Facility for London Thamesport

London Thamesport and the Armitt Group have signed an agreement for a purpose-built, 120,000 square feet specialist steel handling facility. Pictured at the signing are (l to r) Nicholas Marshall, Commercial Director Armitt, Clemence Cheng, Managing Director Hutchison Ports Europe (seated), Allan Seedhouse, Director Armitt, Charles Gray, Managing Director Armitt (seated), Mark Taylor, Director, Hutchison Logistics (UK) Photo  Hutchison Ports)

London Thamesport has signed an agreement with UK shipping agent and logistics company The Armitt Group for a purpose-built, 120,000 square feet specialist steel handling facility at the Kent port. Construction of the first phase of 60,000 square feet is well underway. Once completed, the specialist facility will offer unparalleled multimodal connections for breakbulk cargo handled in the South East of England. The facility will allow the Armitt Group and its customers to take advantage of London Thamesport's deep-water berths and excellent rail and road links to London…

First Ocean Vessel of 2015 Arrives at Port of Indiana

M/V Irma (Photo courtesy of Ports of Indiana)

The arrival of the 655-foot bulk carrier M/V Irma at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor signals the official opening of the port’s international shipping season. Port officials welcomed 2015's first ocean vessel on Monday with a ceremony presenting the Ports of Indiana "Steel Stein" to the ship's captain. "Our port is open year-round handling Great Lakes ships and river barges, but the first ocean vessel of the year signifies the opening of Northwest Indiana's gateway to the world," said Port Director Rick Heimann.

Cavotec Wins Saudi & Singapore Orders

Cavotec strengthens US presence with ThyssenKrupp, Robbins orders for advanced cable & hose reels. The Cavotec engineering group has illustrated its rapidly growing presence on the critical US market with two important orders from leading industrial groups – ThyssenKrupp and The Robbins Company – for advanced cable and hose reels for applications in Saudi Arabia and Singapore. For ThyssenKrupp, Cavotec will manufacture explosion proof (Zone 21) Atex cable and hose reels, medium voltage cables, one Brevetti stainless steel circular power cable chain and related materiel. The equipment will be used to power indoor stacker and reclaimer machines that will handle coke and sulfur at an application in Saudi Arabia.

China Iron Ore Imports Rise in September

Chinese iron ore imports rose in September, according to Reuters data, as its steelmakers ramped up output in the face of global trade tensions about the country's steel exports. Thomson Reuters Supply Chain and Commodity Forecasts data showed 82.5 million tonnes of iron ore, which is used in steelmaking, arrived at Chinese ports in September - up 2.5 percent on August and not far off July's near record levels. The data, based on ship tracking and port figures, does not completely tally with official Chinese customs figures, but typically doesn't vary from them by more than 4 percent. China, which consumes some two-thirds of global sea-born iron ore, will release official trade figures for last month on Oct 8.

Cargotec Defines Sustainability Targets for 2018

Photo: Cargotec Corporation

Cargotec Corporation's Extended Executive Board has set the company sustainability targets for 2018. The targets support Cargotec's strategic must-win battles - services, digitalisation and people leadership - with which the company aims to become the global leader in intelligent cargo handling. Cargotec's focus in 2018 will be on increasing safety awareness, setting a new sustainability standard for the supply chain, increasing the usage of renewable electricity, and ensuring that human rights-related company practices and processes are at the correct level.

Royal IHC and DIHAG Acquire Allard-Europe

Royal IHC and German company DIHAG Holding GmbH have jointly acquired the Belgian steel and iron foundry, Allard-Europe NV. respectively. Through this acquisition, IHC is able to realize a reliable supply chain (competitive on price, quality and delivery time) for strategically important casting products, as well as improve its product development capabilities. At its foundry in Turnhout, Allard-Europe casts high-grade steel and iron components, which it then supplies to various markets including dredging, offshore and shipbuilding. The company specializes in bespoke products and short production runs. DIHAG, an experienced operator of foundries…

Stolt Tankers Buys Three Ships

Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Bors: SNI) announced  that Stolt Tankers B.V. has agreed to acquire three 5,800 dwt fully stainless steel parcel tankers from Odfjell Tankers AS. The ships, which were built in 1997-1998 and are sister ships of three tankers currently operated by Stolt Tankers, are expected to join the Stolt-Nielsen Inter-Europe Service by the end of August 2015. Further terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Commenting on the purchase, Hans P. Feringa, President of Stolt Tankers…

Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group’s “Upwind Sailing Strategy”

“Shipbuilding enterprises must be able to handle any strong waves that come their way, and their ships must be solidly built yet be able to move flexibly. Since 2008, the Chinese shipbuilding industry has experienced many ups and downs. The first was the big increase in shipbuilding steel material prices in 2008, with the prices at some steel producers reaching 10,000 RMB per ton, resulting in price increases of 21% to 30% over four months. The next challenge was the slump of the international shipping market in 2009 as impacted by the global financial crisis…

US Intermodal Container Leasing Market Report

The Intermodal Container Leasing industry is heavily dependent on large-scale domestic and international trade levels. Thus, as consumer spending fell during the recession and demand for goods across the economy dipped, fewer containers were needed for the transport of products. However, China's resilience and strong growth throughout the past five years, and the United States' close trade ties to that nation, kept demand for containers used for international trade high. As the US economy continues to recover, the industry is expected to keep growing at a brisk pace. Operating in the Intermodal Container Leasing industry has become a growing part of business for many shipping companies, with many firms leasing just under half of their total container fleet.

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