Cargo

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • VEHICLE CARRIERS: Car carrier drives forward

    VEHICLE CARRIERS: Car carrier drives forward

    10th March 2011

    Last year will go down as a bad one for the car carrier shipping sector. Vessels were either laid up or sold to reduce operations. However, the year ended with signs of improvement, although car carriers were still finding their…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    10th March 2011

    A rare caller at Brixham on 20 October 2010 was the container ship CMA CGM Laperouse. Built in 2010, the 157,092dwt Explorer class vessel was on on the joint FAL 5/Maersk AE8 Service, which runs between Ningbo to Northern Europe,…

  • REEFER: World’s biggest reefer ship

    REEFER: World’s biggest reefer ship

    10th March 2011

    The ship with the biggest reefer capacity currently, 1,600 reefer plugs, docked in South Africa for the first time in early December 2010. The 93,430dwt Santa Clara, which has a nominal slot capacity of 7,100TEU and a length of 299.95m,…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: MSC increase market share

    CONTAINER SHIP: MSC increase market share

    10th March 2011

    The container shipping market continues to show signs of growth after a couple of difficult years. The 20 largest container lines expanded their fleet capacity by 14 per cent in 2010, with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) leading the way.…