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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.

 
Reefer: Aground off Galapagos
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

 Tourists watch as efforts are made to stabilise the reefer Galapaface 1 after she ran onto rocks off San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos 9 May. Trevor Gautrey Tourists watch as efforts are made to stabilise the reefer Galapaface 1 after she ran onto rocks off San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos 9 May. Trevor GautreyThe Ecuador-flagged reefer Galapaface 1 (1979/1,183gt) ran aground at Wreck Bay, near the entrance to the harbour at Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal island, the easternmost of the Galapagos inhabited islands at 0315 local time on 9 May.

It is understood that the vessel’s engine room was holed, with ensuing water ingress, but bunker tanks were not breached, and fortunately there was no threat of pollution in the highly environmentally sensitive area. The vessel was fenced off with booms, and salvage work was soon under way, with salvors and crew offloading cargo and pumping out fuel.

 
Heavylift: A giant among giants
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

 A massive new heavylift semi-submersible being planned by Dockwise will have a bowless design and asymmetric accommodation, similar to existing ship Dockwise Vanguard, but will be big enough to carry the latter. Dockwise A massive new heavylift semi-submersible being planned by Dockwise will have a bowless design and asymmetric accommodation, similar to existing ship Dockwise Vanguard, but will be big enough to carry the latter. DockwiseHolland’s Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, which placed the world’s largest heavylift semi-submersible, Dockwise Vanguard, into service last year, is proposing to build an even bigger vessel that could carry Dockwise Vanguard on its back. Boskalis has not disclosed the dimensions of the new giant, but illustrations show it carrying a loaded Dockwise Vanguard.

Completed in 2013, Dockwise Vanguard has a deck space of 270m by 70m and can carry up to 117,000 tonnes. According to Boskalis, the larger ship would be used to transport floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units and floating LNG (FLNG) vessels. JS

 
COMPANY NEWS: COSCO scraps and builds
Friday, 27 June 2014 08:16

China’s COSCO is scrapping over 40 ships this year but has another 50 under construction in Chinese shipyards. COSCO ZhoushanChina’s COSCO is scrapping over 40 ships this year but has another 50 under construction in Chinese shipyards. COSCO ZhoushanLast August China’s COSCO announced that it was going to scrap 13 ships, including four container carriers and nine bulkers, as part of a restructuring. In the past six months it has carried out that plan, although it has revised the number of ships. In the first quarter it sent 12 container vessels and four bulk carriers to the breakers, representing an aggregate capacity of 803,087dwt.

Among the ships were the container vessels Longhou, Conghe, Yanhe, Longhe, Shenghe, Tenghe, Zhonghe, Puhe, Taihe, Junhe, Yuanhe and Feihe, all of which were previously owned by COSCO Container Lines Co Ltd, and the four bulk carriers Pengye, Pengqing, Xinshenghai and Bailuhai.

 
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