Port of Rotterdam Reports Productive Year
According to the provisional figures the port of Rotterdam in 2002 handled 321,9 million tons of goods. This result nearly equals the record of 2000 (322,4 mln tons). CEO Willem Scholten called the result "a pleasant surprise". "In the present economic circumstances a stable level of throughput would have seemed more logical, but our second half year was extremely good. In containers and oil products even the best ever". Up were ores and scrap (+7%), oil products (+27%), roll on/roll off (+8%), containers (+7%, from 6,1 to 6,5 mln TEU). Down crude oil (-2%), other liquid bulk goods (-3%), coal (-3%), agricultural bulk goods (-19%), other dry bulk goods (-9%), other general cargo (-11%). The full press release in English will be issued coming Monday.
Agreement on funding Rotterdam port expansion
The State, the municipality of Rotterdam and Port of Rotterdam have today concluded an agreement on financing for the construction of Maasvlakte 2, the plan to expand the port of Rotterdam. The construction of Maasvlakte 2 will cost EUR 2.575 billion. According to the agreement, the State will take a 33.3 percent interest in Port of Rotterdam as of 1-1-2006. Port of Rotterdam CEO Willem Scholten: "This a an extremely important agreement. The expansion will give businesses the opportunity to grow in Rotterdam. Maasvlakte 2 will be an excellent location. Right on the sea, and with good hinterland connections. Construction can start in 2006 and the first sites will be available for clients in 2010.
Rotterdam Sets Records in 2003
This year, the port of Rotterdam handled 328 million tons of goods, 2% more than in 2002. This surpassed the record year of 2000 by 6 million tons. The provisional figures were clarified by Willem Scholten, chairman of the Port Management, during a press meeting today. He appeared more than satisfied. "Record figures for the total, liquid bulk, RoRo and containers. In containers, we are the first non-Asian port to pass the 7 million TEU mark. Massive investments are still being made, throughout all port sectors. The Second Maasvlakte has come a lot closer. The Municipal Port Management is to be corporatized, and will have more commercial clout as a result.
Port of Rotterdam Reports Increase
This year, 328 million (metric) tons of cargo was handled in the port of Rotterdam, an increase of almost 2% compared to 2002. The former record year 2000 was beaten with 6 million tons (mt). The provisional figures of the largest port of the world were presented by its CEO, Willem Scholten. "There are record for the total, chemicals, ro/ro and containers. In containers Rotterdam broke through the barrier of 7 million TEU as first port outside Asia. Investments by the companies are staying on a high level. The extension of the port, creation of the Second Maasvlakte, came much closer. The increase of throughput is attributable to the handling of agricultural bulk (+10.7%)…
Dordrecht Inland Seaport to Get LNG Bunker Station
The Port of Rotterdam Authority wants a new multi-fuel bunkering station for refuelling with LNG and other cleaner fuels. The anticipated location of the bunkering station is Krabbegors/Duivelseiland at Dordrecht Inland Seaport. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and PitPoint.LNG have therefore signed a declaration of intent regarding a joint investigation into the construction of such a multi-fuel bunkering station. “As operator of Europe’s largest port, the Port Authority sees…
Throughput At Port Of Rotterdam Falls 3.5%, But Conditions Are Improving
At 303.9 million tons, cargo throughput in the port of Rotterdam in 1999 fell by 3.5 percent. This decrease is less than the 3.7 percent in the first half-year, but is a downturn compared with the top year of 1998 when 314.8 million tons were handled. The volumes of container cargo, grain and animal feed, scrap metal, and other liquid bulk cargo increased considerably this year. However, this did not compensate for the decrease in imports of ore, or the throughput of crude oil and coal. The tonnage of other general cargo (pallets, bags, boxes, big bags) also underwent a further decline, with the exception of fruit and vegetables. The Mayor of Rotterdam…
Delivery of Damen SWATH 3717 Close
The construction of the two Damen SWATH's 3717 for the Province of Zeeland at the Vlissingen yard Royal Schelde, a member of the Damen Shipyards Group, is progressing with completion in sight. Only two important tests remain to be completed: the embarkation and disembarkation trials with 181 passengers and the 10 hour endurance test. Both trials will be completed not later than the first week of February. After completion and approval, the SWATH will be delivered to the Province of Zeeland. The first SWATH Prinses Máxima as well as the second, SWATH Prins Willem Alexander will be named on March 13 by the Dutch Minister of Transport and Communications, K.M.H. Peijs. The first SWATH will be delivered upon its naming.
Caley Ocean Systems Get Offshore Cable Turntable Order
UK's Caley is to modify the vessel and install the turntable for dredging & marine engineering company Jan de Nul NV. The contract is for the supply of a 5,400Te capacity cable turntable for the MPV Willem De Vlamingh. Mid 2013, Jan de Nul is installing 245kV export cable connecting the Northwind Offshore Wind power plant, on the Lodewijkbank off the coast of Oostende, to the Belgian power grid. In the first quarter of 2013, the MPV Willem De Vlamingh is to be outfitted for cable laying offshore.
Offshore Cable Turntable Order for Jan De Nul
Jan De Nul Group to supply a 5,400 tonnes capacity cable turntable to offshore handling systems specialist Caley Ocean Systems. The turntable, including a 5 tonnes and 10 tonnes deck tensioner, is destined for the vessel Willem de Vlamingh. In addition to this turntable, Caley is supplying a modular loading tower assembly comprising loading arm, inboard chute, and control cabin. In the first quarter of 2013, Willem de Vlamingh will be being outfitted for cable laying offshore…
Northern Sea Route's First Challenger
Little is known about the life of the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz. However, his three journeys to the ocean which we today know as the Barents Sea, is well described. The most important reason for his fame is the unique map which was produced after these three voyages on the quest for the Northern Sea Route, a map that is in the possession of Cato Schiøtz, a Norwegian Supreme Court lawyer and partner in one of Norway’s largest law firms. As the Barents Cooperation is celebrating its first 20 years…
Royal IHC sells Subsidiary IHC Sealing Solutions
Royal IHC (IHC) has reached an agreement to sell 100% of its shares in its subsidiary IHC Sealing Solutions to new owners Willem Steenge, who as CEO is partly responsible for the strong growth of IHC Sealing Solutions in recent years, and Rabo Participaties (RaPar). The sale enables IHC to strengthen its focus on its core business: offering integrated innovative vessels, advanced equipment and life-cycle support to the dredging, wet mining and offshore construction industries.
Rotterdam Cargo Traffic Surges
In the first half of 2004, 177 million tonnes of cargo was transhipped in the port of Rotterdam, 8 percent more than the first half of 2003. Outgoing trade increased more noticeably than incoming trade (6.7% and 11.6% respectively) and general cargo grew almost twice as fast (12%) as bulk cargo. Only the amount of coal handled was down (2%) on the first half of last year. The other categories of goods grew: agribulk (+10.6%), ores and scrap (+7.6%), other dry bulk (+6.6%), crude oil (+5.3%), mineral oil products (+13.2%), other liquid bulk (+5.6%), roro (+5.5%), containers (+13.3%) and other general cargo (+7.8%). In numbers, container throughput increased by 12% to 4 million TEU (20-foot units). The prospects for throughput in the second half of the year are good.
Rotterdam Records Slight Drop
According to provisional figures, cargo throughput in the Port of Rotterdam in 2001 totalled 315.5 million tons. comparison with the record year of 2000. and the general cargo sector (-4.9%). The number of containers handled fell by 2.4% from 6.3 mln TEU in 2000 to 6.1 mln TEU in 2001. Imports of crude oil and the throughput of other liquid bulk cargo (chemicals, oils and fats) remained virtually stable. Throughput of oil products and petcoke (+10.5%), coal (+6.9%) and agribulk (+1.4%) increased. 5 mln tons. Imports showed a slight decline, by 2 million tons or 0.7%. This drop mainly occurred in the second half-year. Mr Willem Scholten…
New Foot/Bike Ferries Inaugurated
In mid-March the new foot/bicycle ferries Prinses Máxima and Prins Willem-Alexander were inaugurated. Two years ago, on 26 March 2002, the Queen’s Commissioner in the Province of Zeeland Mr W.T. van Gelder and the contracting shipyard B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem, signed the contract for the construction of two new foot/bicycle ferries. The ships, which are identical, are so-called SWATH vessels (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull). In SWATH vessels, the part of the vessel that is visible above the water surface ‘flies’ over the water…
Micanti Applies Thorn-D Antifouling on Tug Willem-B
Dutch BMS Towing chooses green antifouling solution. Maritime Technology Company Micanti has applied its patented non-toxic antifouling on the tug Willem-B Sr. Thorn-D is an adhesive foil with fibers that creates a textured surface. Instead of killing marine growth the textured foil is preventing it from attaching itself to the hull of a ship. Thorn-D is set to replace the generally used chemical coatings on hulls of ships. Willem-B Sr is owned by BMS Towing and mainly operates in the Netherlands for towage and salvage services. Dr. ir.
IHC Merwede Acquires Wave rotor Technology
IHC Merwede establishes IHC Tidal Energy and acquires Wave Rotor technology. On 30 May 2012, IHC Merwede signed an agreement to acquire Wave Rotor technology from Ecofys, which is renowned for its expertise in sustainable energy solutions. The official signing was made by Willem Steenge, Managing Director of IHC Tidal Energy, and Manon Janssen, Managing Director of Ecofys. Wave Rotor technology, which will be managed by the newly established company IHC Tidal Energy, enables IHC Merwede to further secure its position in the renewable market.
Damen Sells Shoalbuster to V.O.F. Sleepboot
On August 29 a contract was signed by Jos van Woerkum, Managing Director of Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, and Willem-Harm Mastenbroek, owner and managing director of V.O.F. Sleepboot ISA, for the delivery of a new Damen Shoalbuster 2709. Based in Wijk bij Duurstede in the Netherlands, the company has undertaken projects across north west Europe and as far east as the Caspian Sea. The new Shoalbuster is replacing a 30-meter, multipurpose, anchor handling tug and will be available for work all over the world.
Lagersmit, Back to Its Old Name
Starting in December 2014, IHC Sealing Solutions will operate under the new – but also old and trusted – name of Lagersmit. The new pay-off line ‘The Origin of Sealing Solutions’ pays tribute to the company’s rich history and its desire to supply the best sealing solutions, now and in the future. On 28 November 2014, the new name was unveiled at a party for the employees of the ‘new Lagersmit’. Why this new name and pay-off line? In the summer of 2014, the company became independent and consequently separated from Royal IHC.
Germany Offshore Transmission Station Contract Awarded
Seaway Heavy Lifting contracted by Siemens AG for the transportation & installation of the German North Sea jacket & transmission station. The contractors say that the 5,800 tonnes jacket will be installed by Heavy Lift Vessel “Oleg Strashnov”. The 14,000 tonnes transmission station will be installed as a float-over with Seaway Heavy Lifting to perform the float-over operation with the assistance of its subcontractor Dockwise. The work is scheduled to be performed in 2013/2014. The transmission station SylWin Alpha will be installed in the German exclusive economic zone of the North Sea, in the so called “SylWin Alpha” clusters. Seaway's CEO Jan Willem van der Graaf says: “We are very pleased that Siemens has awarded this important contract to Seaway Heavy Lifting.
Billion-dollar MoU for Shipping Finance
On October 26, 2015 in the presence of President Xi Jinping and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, ING Bank NV and The Export-Import Bank of China signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The objective of the MOU is to further strengthen the cooperation between the two parties in the financing of Chinese built ships, both new and second hand, as well as selected offshore projects for a total amount of $1 billion, ING said. Stephen Fewster, Global Head of Shipping Finance ING Bank said, “We are very pleased with this next step in building a deeper relationship with The Eximbank of China. China is one of the leading nations in the shipbuilding industry and many of our clients own Chinese built ships.
Construction Of Jan de Nul Multi-Purpose Vessel Starts
Uljanik Brodogradiliste in Pula, Croatia, started the construction of the Multi-Purpose Vessel JDN8628 for Jan de Nul . This versatile vessel can be equipped with two cable turntables with a total capacity of 10,000 tonnes. For Subsea Rock Installation the vessel can carry up to 10,000 tonnes of rock. The rock is unloaded by two excavators and discharged through a fall pipe with ROV down to waterdepths of about 400 m. The fall pipe installation is a further development of the system used on the vessels La Boudeuse and Willem De Vlamingh, but has been adapted to install rock at greater depths.
Van Oord Wins Dubai Project
Van Oord has been awarded the contract for Dubai Harbour marine works, a prestigious mega project in Dubai. The project, which Van Oord carries out for Projects Link Contracting Co LLC, is the next step in achieving ‘Dubai Tourism Vision 2020’, Dubai’s strategy to attract 20 million visitors per year by 2020. A strategy to which Van Oord has contributed since 2001 by building amongst others Palm Jumeirah, The World and many other artificial islands. Dubai Harbour is set to span 185 hectares, and will include berths for 1,400 boats and a cruise terminal.
New Water Taxi to Connect for Old Town Alexandria
National Harbor, the mile-and-a-quarter-long waterfront development under construction just south of the Wilson Bridge in Prince George's County. Riverboat Company and Milt Peterson, founder and chairman of Washington, D.C.-area developer, The Peterson Companies, which is developing the mixed-use project, announced today that the Potomac Riverboat Company will begin seven-day-a-week water taxi service between the two riverside destinations in April 2008. Two newly-commissioned 99-passenger boats, which are yet-to-be named, will run initially on the half-hour between 10 A.M. and 10 P.M., providing 50 one- way trips daily between the Alexandria City Marina and the Commercial North Pier at National Harbor. The crossing is expected to take 20 minutes.