Cargo

  • COASTER: In trouble in the North Sea

    COASTER: In trouble in the North Sea

    27th May 2011

    The 1,800dwt British-flagged coaster Douwent (1987/1,311gt), a regular visitor to the north east, recently got into trouble. Early on 2 April she left for Rotterdam, having loaded the previous day at Blyth. However, she had only just started her voyage…

  • HEAVYLIFT: Crouched down cranes

    HEAVYLIFT: Crouched down cranes

    27th May 2011

    The semi-submersible heavylift ship Tai An Kou and its cargo of two 65-long-ton lift capacity container cranes presented an odd profile as they seemed to ‘crouch down’ on the Mississippi River recently to clear bridges on their way to the…

  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Samskip gets two feeders

    CONTAINER SHIPS: Samskip gets two feeders

    4th May 2011

    Samskip, which operates services from Grangemouth, Teesport, Hull and Tilbury, has taken ownership control of two newly-built Damen 800 container vessels. The 804TEU ships, Samskip Innovator and Samskip Endeavour (both 7,987gt), were completed in January and have entered service on…

  • BULKER: Turning the clock back

    BULKER: Turning the clock back

    28th April 2011

    The port of Birkenhead witnessed a sight that was more in keeping with the glory days of Blue Funnel and Clan Line on 12 March, when a bulk cargo vessel turned in the river Mersey with the help of three…

  • COASTERS: Top Gunness on the Trent

    COASTERS: Top Gunness on the Trent

    28th April 2011

    The amount of shipping visiting up-river quays and ports has increased in the early months of 2011. The river Trent has seen an increase in trade, and more coasters have been seen as a result within the confines of the…

  • GENERAL CARGO: More scrap metal cargoes

    GENERAL CARGO: More scrap metal cargoes

    28th April 2011

    The price of scrap metal has risen in the early months of 2011. This has resulted in many ports within the UK seeing increased amounts of scrap cargo, and that cargo going to a wider range of destinations than before.…

  • PORT NEWS: Rosyth Dockyard’s Goliath crane arrives

    PORT NEWS: Rosyth Dockyard’s Goliath crane arrives

    28th April 2011

    On 3 March the UK’s largest crane passed under the Forth bridges in Scotland after a 14,000-nautical-mile sea voyage, bound for Babcock’s Rosyth Dockyard in Fife. The Goliath crane will play a vital role in the assembly of the Royal…

  • HEAVYLIFT: Restructuring for Beluga

    HEAVYLIFT: Restructuring for Beluga

    28th April 2011

    The blue-hulled ships of Germany’s heavylift specialist Beluga Shipping are continuing in employment, but the company is undergoing a substantial financial restructuring after its founder, Niels Stolberg, took a leave of absence in March and a new management team took…

  • 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…

  • 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…