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Ro-Ro Ships: Finnlines scrubs up
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

 Six large ro-ro vessels operated in the Baltic Sea by Finnlines are to be fitted with Wärtsilä open loop scrubbers. Finnlines Six large ro-ro vessels operated in the Baltic Sea by Finnlines are to be fitted with Wärtsilä open loop scrubbers. FinnlinesHelsinki-based Finnlines has ordered Wärtsilä scrubber systems for six of its ro-ro ships employed in the Baltic and North Seas to allow them to operate in compliance with new environmental regulations coming into force, while continuing to burn heavy fuel oil. A Wärtsilä open loop scrubber system will be installed on each vessel, with the twin main engines connected to a single integrated scrubber which will utilise seawater to remove SOx from the vessel’s exhaust. Wärtsilä will support Finnlines during the installation phase by providing technical advice and will provide retrofit services. JS

 
New way to carry LNG: LNG CARRIERS
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

The LNT A-BOX containment system for LNG carriers. LNG New TechnologiesThe LNT A-BOX containment system for LNG carriers. LNG New TechnologiesNorway’s LNG New Technologies has successfully completed a mock-up testing of its new LNT A-BOX containment system for LNG carriers in China in cooperation with partners Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry and MGI Thermo. The testing, which was witnessed by class surveyors from ABS, BV and DNV GL, was carried out for procedure qualifications and verification of the containment arrangement, with specific focus on its insulation system and integrated secondary barrier design.

It was agreed between the parties involved and the class representatives that the tests were successful. This has allowed the company to embark on the next phase of development, which will include project development for LNG carriers and other large LNG floating units. JS

 
Container ships: ACL’s new ten-year Mersey deal
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

The new ACL ships to operate out of Liverpool will be bigger than their predecessors in every aspect.The new ACL ships to operate out of Liverpool will be bigger than their predecessors in every aspect.Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has chosen the Port of Liverpool as the UK port of call for its new five-strong fleet of ro-ro/container ships (CONROs), which are the world’s largest, after a review of schedules, market potential and opportunities for its North Atlantic Services. Liverpool owner Peel Ports Group retained the transatlantic services and will make a £10 million investment in Liverpool to widen the Seaforth Passage and create a dedicated car storage area capable of handling 70,000 vehicles per year.

ACL has been operating services connecting Liverpool with ports in North America and Europe since 1969, and has now agreed an extended ten-year contract with Peel Ports. ACL is expanding its Liverpool office to concentrate its commercial, marine and logistics operations work in the city.

ACL has the five new G4 CONRO vessels currently under construction in China, each with container capacity of 3,800TEU, compared with 1,850TEU for ACL’s five current G3 ships. The ships will also have 764TEU of ro-ro space against 525TEU now, and space on the car decks for 1,307 vehicles against 1,000.

 
RO-RO CARRIERS: Thamesport gains African service
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:33

RMR Shipping’s ro-ro vessel Dresden making her first call at London Thamesport, 25 May. Hutchison Ports (UK) LtdRMR Shipping’s ro-ro vessel Dresden making her first call at London Thamesport, 25 May. Hutchison Ports (UK) LtdNetherlands-based RMR Shipping has chosen London Thamesport to handle the UK call of its North West Europe-West Africa ro-ro service. The first call of the service was made by the 176m ro-ro vessel Dresden (37,237gt) on 25 May. The vessel has the versatility to handle a wide variety of cargoes through quarter and side ramps, which allow cargo to be loaded and discharged directly onto the quay.

The vessel has the capacity to hold 4,000-plus cars and ro-ro units on fully-enclosed decks. The Cyprus-flagged vessel is operated by Siem Car Carriers of Gdynia, but has been chartered by RMR. Built in 2000 and with a deadweight of 12,743, Dresden will be part of a service that offers transport for a variety of general and wheeled cargoes to Lagos in Nigeria, Dakar in Senegal and Abidjan on the Ivory Coast. Project and conventional cargoes are also accepted, utilising the line’s own Mafi trailers. RC

 
Container Services: G6 consolidate services
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

DP World Southampton (pictured) and London Gateway are the two UK ports that now feature on the G6 Alliance schedules. Andrew McAlpineDP World Southampton (pictured) and London Gateway are the two UK ports that now feature on the G6 Alliance schedules. Andrew McAlpineSouthampton and London Gateway have gained while Felixstowe has lost out after the G6 Alliance announced the UK port calls of its consolidated USA service shake up. The G6 Alliance, comprising APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), MOL, Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL, have now extended their cooperation to cover transatlantic and transpacific services after receiving FMC approval earlier this year. This extension of cooperation between G6 members is to prepare for increased competition from the proposed P3 Alliance of Maersk, CMA-CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Co if it obtains the final regulatory clearance.

 
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