Pirates release Clipper Projects vessel

first_imgAll the crew members have been accounted for and are uninjured. The vessel will now proceed to Oman under the escort of a Russian naval vessel from where the crew members will be flown home to rejoin their families.   The seizure of both this and other vessels over the last months in the Gulf of Aden must serve to highlight the unacceptable security situation in the arealast_img

Dockwise Ltd Seven up for Dockwise

first_imgDockwise will execute the bulk of this newly contracted work during the second quarter of 2010. In addition, the Group has secured a variation order, under the Vyborg contract, generating additional sailing days during the first half of 2010.Total revenues for the various commitments are expected to reach approximately USD 40 million.Chief executive, André Goedée said: “A stable oil price environment and stronger macroeconomic outlook has coincided with increased tender activity amongst drilling rig contractors, creating opportunities for Dockwise. While the return of tender activity is encouraging, we have yet to see whether this constitutes the beginning of a sustained recovery.”last_img read more

TT Club in appeal for increased vigilance in crane structural safety

first_imgThe London-based TT Club has issued an appeal to worldwide operators of quay cranes of all types and dimensions to establish a regular sequence of maintenance and thorough examination of all the lifting appliances they utilise in the face of a disturbing number of major structural failures in port equipment in recent years.Not only can this type of equipment failure be very costly in terms of repairs and operational downtime but can result in serious accidents and injuries, says the club.Laurence Jones, TT Club’s global risk assessment director, stresses how essential it is for operators of ports and cargo handling facilities to maintain a regular sequence of maintenance.”Provisions for such examinations are specified in ILO Convention 152 and its accompanying Code of Practice, and represent the international standard for the port industry. The purpose of a thorough examination is to make sure a crane can continue working safely and effectively, and a crucial element of this with regard to a quay crane is the safety of its structure,” Jones emphasised.The club recommends that independent examinations are always performed when procuring any type of crane as the ILO Convention requires that before being brought into commission for the first time, lifting appliances are tested and a thorough examination carried out. Damage resulting from relatively minor impacts, regular heavy lifts close or equal to the safe working load limits, intensive use or simply general wear and tear can affect the integrity of the crane’s structure. Often such operational issues can occur without anybody being aware, so regular examinations need to be conducted.last_img read more

Last, but not least

first_imgHLPFI’s Peter Edwards and Luke King , joined by supporter Suhail Shaikh (pictured below), managing director ofSahil Group Pvt Ltd , took part in today’s business fun run in Singapore, organised by Flensborg & Associates to coincide with the Breakbulk Asia event.They limped home with the slowest competitors, despite putting in a good effort.”It was fun,” said publisher Peter Edwards, “but I won’t be giving up the day job.”Participants were welcomed by 113-year-old Sister Teresa Hsu , who has devoted a lifetime to caring for others. A Royal Free Hospital-trained nurse, she has worked without pay in countries around the world, providing food and support for the homeless, hungry and orphans.Proceeds from the run went to Teresa’s Heart to Heart charity, www.hearttoheartservice.org , which helps underprivileged people in Singapore.last_img read more

Project Partners announces UT Freight Service as new member

first_imgUT Freight Service was established in Taiwan in 1973 and has sixteen offices in Asia, the USA and China. The company is Class A licensed and is a member of IATA and FIATA. With over 200 employees and a global network of partners, UT Freight Service offers full logistics services in air, ocean, sea-air, project cargo, integrated logistic and supply chain management.The companies offices in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and the USA have all been accepted for membership of the network.Further information about the company can be seen at www.utfreight.comlast_img read more

The Freight Co barges in

first_imgOperated by Consolidated Heavy Lift Singapore, the barge service is scheduled to begin operation in the middle of September.The service will be served by the tugboat Shwe Lin Ta and the 210 ft (64 m) flat top barge CHL 2101, which has a 60-tonne capacity heavy-duty ramp. There is also an option to add a 100-tonne capacity or 300-tonne capacity ramp, said The Freight Co.To allow for discharging at remote locations, the barge can also be fitted with a crawler crane. Services can be provided to all coastal areas and to offshore platforms, as well as upriver in Myanmar’s waterways, subject to draft conditions.The Freight Co explained that the barge service is primarily targeting the oil and gas, power, steel, mining and construction industries.The Freight Co is also to host a heavy transportation and lifting workshop for a number of authorities in Myanmar (including the Ministry of Energy, Power, Industry, Construction and Transport) in Yangon in November 2014.  www.the-freight.comlast_img read more

PCN pair completes trailer move

first_imgThe duo arranged pre-carriage, handling, surveys and sea freight for the Goldhofer trailers. Alexander Global Logistics is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN) representing Germany, Mongolia and Russia. C.H. Robinson Project Logistics is a PCN member representing Canada.www.alexander-logistics.comwww.chrprojectlogistics.comwww.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img

Van der Vlist helps Shell out

first_imgThe drum, which measured 34.8 m x 5.4 m x 5.7 m, was first loaded onto a 14-axle modular trailer and transported to the quay, where it was lifted onto a pontoon for shipment to the coating facility.Once coating was complete, the drum was shipped back to the Moerdijk terminal and lifted back onto the 14-axle trailer for transport by road to the Shell site.Van der Vlist explained that Shell required a new pressure drum after a chemical reaction at its facility last year caused an explosion in part of the plant.  www.vandervlist.comlast_img read more

Another projects network launched

first_imgBBOL says that the network has been established to provide a platform for members to exchange leads and project needs, whether on air, land or ocean.It is also intended to link freight forwarding and transport specialists with industry-related service providers, such as equipment suppliers, hauliers, barge companies, storage and warehousing providers and Customs agents.BPCLN will offer exclusive membership by business segment in every country, and members will also have access to BBOL’s master bill of lading on a purchase basis, informed the network.www.breakbulkoceanlines.comlast_img read more

Bolloré cements reputation with African projects

first_imgUnicem Nigeria is a joint venture between Lafarge Africa, Holcim, Dangote and Flour Mills to construct and operate a 6,000 tonne per day clinker and cement line in southwest Nigeria, near the Calabar Port.The Unicem project involved the movement of 500 teu and 150,000 tonnes of project cargo. Bolloré Logistics teams in China and Nigeria managed the shipment of 12 breakbulk vessels to the Calabar Port, which Bolloré claims was completed by more than 5,000 truck round trips from the port to the construction site.According to Bolloré the project also entailed the transport of 14 out-of-gauge cement mills, weighing 125 tonnes each. Two multi-axle hydraulic trailers were used to transport the units in one shipment.Meanwhile in South Africa, PPC contracted the same Chinese company for the supply of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. This project involved the construction of a 3,000 tonne per day clinker production line, located in Lichtenburg, in South Africa’s North West province.Bolloré Logistics was responsible for the breakbulk sea transportation and inland transport of the construction material and cement plant equipment. Bolloré Logistics claims that to date 200 teu have been moved to the site and 45,000 tonnes of cargo has been transported from Jingtang and Tianjin port, China to the plant site in South Africa.According to Bolloré Logistics, the project started in August 2015 is expected to be completed within 25 months.  www.bollore-logistics.comlast_img read more