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A westbound Northwest passage
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Without much fanfare, Montreal-based Fednav sent its ice-strengthened bulk carrier Nunavik (22,622gt/27,997dwt) westward through the Northwest passage to Bayuquan, China during the autumn of 2014 with a cargo of 23,000 tonnes of nickel concentrate, which was loaded at Deception Bay, Canada.

Heavily built, and considered the most powerful non-nuclear  icebreaking bulk carrier in the world, the ship, which was launched at the Japanese shipyard in July 2013, travelled the entire route unescorted. According to the ship’s owners, the Northwest passage was 40 per cent shorter than the traditional Panama Canal route and, as a result, greenhouse gas emissions by the vessel were reduced by more than 1,300 tonnes. JS

 

 
Dredging at Rosslare
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:33

In late 2014 the Dutch dredger Sospan Dau (pictured) started work in Rosslare Europort, Ireland removing around 100,000m3 of sand from the breakwater and transporting it to an area just off Rosslare Strand. The accumulated sand had built up after severe storms in January and February 2014. The sand, after being deposited by Sospan Dau, is expected to be naturally carried ashore and will replenish the beach.

Rosslare Europort, Ireland’s premier ferryport, is operated by Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail), who were allocated funding of €1.4 million to contract out the work, which was expected to take three weeks. The hopper dredger Sospan Dau, built in 1978, had previously worked on the Southampton channel and in the Mersey area earlier in the year. RC

 

 
NEW DESIGN: Future reefer design
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

An impression of the newly developed RoRo Reefer Vessel.An impression of the newly developed RoRo Reefer Vessel.

A new design of ro-ro reefer ship has recently been developed by Knud E. Hansen in close co-operation with Stena RoRo and Reefer Intel. The RoRo Reefer Vessel is intended for worldwide operation in the banana trade, with particular emphasis on fast and efficient cargo handling in port.

Green technology has also been considered for the machinery plant, to give up to 40 per cent lower unit costs and 45 per cent more capacity than traditional reefers. Load and discharge is intended to take only 12 hours, compared to an average 36-48 hours currently, giving a very low box rate by very fast and efficient cargo handling in port, which enables slow steaming.

In order to optimise cargo handling on the under-deck areas, the bridge and engine have been positioned forward of the ship in the second version of the design. The new refined design gives the ship a capacity of about 12,500 HC pallets: 6,800 HC pallets on cassettes inside the ship and another 5,700 HC pallets in refrigerated containers on the weather deck. On the return trip, the ship has 4,400 lane metres, equivalent to about 900-1,000 cars, and general and project cargo can be transported as well.

 

 
CONTAINER SHIPS: More triple-E ordered by Maersk
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:00

Maersk Line CEO has outlined plans to invest $3 billion a year for up to five years on new ships, many of which could be of a similar size to the 18,270teu Triple-E vessels (pictured in build). Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou said that the line would need the equivalent of 425,000teu of new capacity between 2017 and 2019 in order to grow with the market.

He said: ‘Over the next three years, the bulk of the capacity we will be buying is going to be big ships that may include Triple-E size. Five years from now, it won’t be possible to be competitive with a 9,000 to 10,000TEU container ships operating in the Asia-Europe trade loop.’

The 425,000TEU total capacity could represent about 30 ships of 14,000TEU, and the annual investment would cover the ships, retrofits and include containers. Industry consultants Alphaliner forecast that Maersk Line could lose its title as the world’s largest container line in 2016 to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The lines are to partner each other in the newly formed 2M Alliance from early 2015, in a deal which Maersk says will save the company about $350 million a year.

 
CARGO VESSEL: Full cargoes for Arklow
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

Arklow Viking loading 4,000 tonnes of salt for Portugal at Runcorn Salt Works on 1 November. Roy CresseyArklow Viking loading 4,000 tonnes of salt for Portugal at Runcorn Salt Works on 1 November. Roy Cressey

Arklow Shipping vessels have been running at full capacity recently during their visits to the Manchester Ship Canal, where they are a common sight, bringing grain to Cerestar Wharf and picking up scrap metal for the return journey to Spain. On 1 November the 4,934dwt coaster Arklow Viking delivered 4,000 tonnes of wheat to Cerestar, and after discharge moved the down the canal to Runcorn Salt Works, where she took on another full cargo of 4,000 tonnes of salt destined for Figueira da Foz in Portugal. Owned by Arklow Shipping Nederland of Rotterdam, she was built by Bodewes Shipyard in 1999 as Mrs Sonja, becoming Arklow Viking in 2005. RC

 

 
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