Cargo

  • Stena Line welcomes Irish clearance

    15th April 2011

    The Irish Competition Authority’s decision to clear Stena Line’s proposed acquisition of DFDS passenger and freight services and routes between Belfast/ Heysham and Belfast/Liverpool has been welcomed by Stena Line. The company says it, “is pleased that the Irish Competition…

  • ENVIRONMENT: Wärtsilä scrubber

    ENVIRONMENT: Wärtsilä scrubber

    23rd March 2011

    Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Containerships Ltd Oy covering the retrofitting of a Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber system on the 2002-built Containerships VII, which is equipped with a Wärtsilä W7L64 main engine. This is Wärtsilä’s first commercial marine scrubber…

  • TANKERS: Parcel tankers on the up

    TANKERS: Parcel tankers on the up

    23rd March 2011

    It is widely thought within the industry that chemical carriers and specialised tanker operators are now obtaining better freight rates. Norwegian chemical carrier and terminal operator Odfjell reported that rates started to turn for the better during the final quarter…

  • PORT NEWS: Southampton can expand

    PORT NEWS: Southampton can expand

    23rd March 2011

    Associated British Ports (ABP) has received consent from the Marine Management Organisation for the construction of a new quay wall at Berths 201 and 202 in the Port of Southampton. On completion, the redeveloped quay will be 500m in length…

  • OFFSHORE SUPPORT: Solstad gains new contracts

    OFFSHORE SUPPORT: Solstad gains new contracts

    23rd March 2011

    Norwegian-based offshore operator, Solstad Offshore, has signed several new contracts and contract extensions for their fleet of oil rig service vessels. Global Industries has exercised a one-year option on an existing contract for the 2006-built Normand Commander, 4,700dwt, for operations…

  • COASTERS: Worrying time for upriver UK ports

    COASTERS: Worrying time for upriver UK ports

    23rd March 2011

    Over recent years the size of vessels operating between the UK and the near continent has increased. This, together with the fact that many smaller vessels have been sold or scrapped after reaching the end of their lives, has posed…

  • CARGO HANDLING: Offloading the old way

    CARGO HANDLING: Offloading the old way

    23rd March 2011

    Before containerisation, vessels were equipped with cargo-handling cranes to load and discharge their cargoes. As dock cranes or mobile cranes became more widespread, so the traditional gear became obsolete. Many vessels with the old equipment that had traded in the…

  • SERVICE SHIP: Wind farm ‘mother ship’

    SERVICE SHIP: Wind farm ‘mother ship’

    23rd March 2011

    The booming offshore wind energy sector is continuing to generate new construction as well as new servicing vessel designs. One of the latest is the Sea-Wind, an offshore wind farm maintenance‘mother ship’ drawn up by Offshore Ship Designers. In its…

  • SHIPPING CASUALTIES: Casualties of the hard winter

    SHIPPING CASUALTIES: Casualties of the hard winter

    10th March 2011

    Mid-November 2010 saw the winter start to take its toll on coastal shipping. Arklow Raider was leaving the Irish port of Drogheda on 16 November with a cargo of cement for Swansea when she ran aground at the mouth of…

  • SHIP COLLISION: Collision in the North Sea

    SHIP COLLISION: Collision in the North Sea

    10th March 2011

    The Chinese 20,763gt cargo ship Cleantec (2009) and the German container ship Frisia Rotterdam (2004/25,406gt) collided in the North Sea at the north-western tip of Denmark. The Hong Kong-flagged vessel Cleantec was carrying 10,000 tons of fertiliser and 30,000 tons…