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Port News: Gateway gets another
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:57

The new London Gateway super port has gained its second customer as it battles with other ports to acquire business. The German line Hamburg Süd announced that, from May, it will transfer all its services from the port of Tilbury, now rebranded as London Container Terminal (LCT), to the DP World-owned London Gateway.

In an announcement to customers in January, the line stated that the move to the new port, which is ten miles downriver, ‘will help ensure a seamless transition from one port to the other’. The services affected will be: SAEC-1 (South America east coast, operated with Hapag-Lloyd under its River Plate Express service), SAWC-1 (South America west coast, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand), and EPIC (North America west coast, India, Pakistan and Middle East, also operated with Hapag-Lloyd).

As a result, three weekly calls have gone from LCT. A total of 27 vessels are deployed on all three services, with Hamburg Süd deploying the largest vessels, the state-of-the-art Santa Clara class vessels, which have a capacity of 7,100TEU, on the SAEC-1 service.  AM


Cargo ship: Long narrow ‘tweendecker
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

The 3,500dwt Hartman M2 Runner has been designed to transport very long or tall cargoes. HartmanThe 3,500dwt Hartman M2 Runner has been designed to transport very long or tall cargoes. Hartman

The Hartman Marine Group of The Netherlands, in conjunction with Conoship International and Vuyk Engineering Groningen, has developed a new type of ship specifically to cater for long and odd-sized cargoes, such as offshore equipment and windmills.

Known as the Hartman M2 Runner, the design features a high freeboard and narrow superstructure located on the starboard side of the stern as well as a 219,000ft³ hold equipped with a removable and adjustable ‘tweendeck. The 22.9m by 15m vessel is classed to sail in ‘open top’ configuration, with the hatch covers lifted, which allows the carriage of tall or large objects. JS


Replica: Galleon across the Atlantic
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

A replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s galleon NAO Victoria is visiting several US East Coast ports this year after being successfully transported across the Atlantic by DYT Yacht Transport. A replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s galleon NAO Victoria is visiting several US East Coast ports this year after being successfully transported across the Atlantic by DYT Yacht Transport.

There is a growing number of historic replicas afloat, and several are making ocean crossings, but in a much safer manner than the originals. One such is an 85ft replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s galleon, NAO Victoria, which crossed the Atlantic last winter aboard DYT Yacht Transport’s semi-submersible yacht carrier Super Servant 4.

Managed by Fundacion NAO Victoria, the sailing ship was loaded aboard the DYT vessel in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and delivered to Port Everglades, Florida in time for Christmas. It has since undertaken a cultural exhibition tour to educate people about the first complete circumnavigation of the world by Magellan’s expedition in the 16th century. The original NAO Victoria was  launched in 1519 as one of five ships in the explorer’s Spanish expedition. JS


Aurora Expeditions: Trapped in the ice for Christmas
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

The expedition cruise ship Akademik Shokalskiy (pictured), operated by the Australian-based Aurora Expeditions, became trapped during the Christmas period in ice while on a cruise 1,700 nautical miles south of New Zealand. The cruise was intended to recreate the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Sir Douglas Mawson, but ice closed the clear water behind the ship too quickly, preventing the vessel from escaping on Christmas Day. Akademik Shokalskiy had 74 passengers, scientists and crew aboard, but they were not in immediate danger.

The Chinese supply ship Xue Long and the French supply ship L’Astrolabe were despatched to the scene but, although both have ice-breaking capabilities, were unable to reach the stranded Russian ship as the ice thickened, although Xue Long got within seven miles. The Australian ice class survey ship Aurora Australis, owned by P&O Maritime Services, which arrived four days after the ship became trapped, was thought to be the solution, but that ship too was turned back by ice that was too thick, and ice might close her exit route.

Ramsey Steamship: Centenary marked
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:00

 Ben Maye in Dublin last year. Jehan Ashmore Ben Maye in Dublin last year. Jehan Ashmore

To mark the centenary of the founding of the Ramsey Steamship Co, the company’s small coaster Ben Maye (1979/548grt) was dressed overall for a commemorative charter voyage marking another event that took place in 1913.

The Bideford-built ship docked in Dublin’s Docklands on 5 October 2013 to re-enact the role of the steamer Hare, which undertook a voyage 100 years ago from Liverpool to bring food supplied by the TUC to thousands of striking workers in an event known as the Lockout of 1913.

Hundreds of people lined Sir John Rogersons Quay on the Liffey to witness Ben Maye, and ‘dockers’ unloaded symbolic food parcels to the ‘needy’ on the quayside next to the last of the surviving former warehouses. JA


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