Cargo

  • COASTER: Dry weather affects cargo levels at ports

    COASTER: Dry weather affects cargo levels at ports

    30th June 2011

    Whilst most of the United Kingdom was enjoying an extra bank holiday on 29 April, maritime activity on the RMS service to and from the port of Goole was in full operation. On the afternoon tide the Wiebke D (1980/1,441gt)…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: New service at Felixstowe

    CONTAINER SHIP: New service at Felixstowe

    30th June 2011

    MSC’s Lion service connecting Felixstowe with the important Asian market commenced in May to provide one of the fastest available eastbound connections for UK exporters. The service commenced with a call from MSC Bruxelles (2005/107,849gt) in May, but from July…

  • CARGO VESSEL: New feeder vessel

    CARGO VESSEL: New feeder vessel

    30th June 2011

    Canada Feeder Lines (CFL) is a Dutch shipping company founded in 2006. Going against the prevailing trend towards consolidating the company under Dutch management, Dutch-built vessels flying the Dutch flag have succeeded with several new vessels. The company anticipated a…

  • BULKERS: A modern bulk carrier

    BULKERS: A modern bulk carrier

    30th June 2011

    The outward shape of Handysize bulk carriers has changed little over the decades, but internally their design has been in constant evolution. An example is the recently completed bulker Arnica. The 56,000dwt handymax ship was completed by the Chiba Works…

  • GROUNDING: Aground on the Tyne

    GROUNDING: Aground on the Tyne

    8th June 2011

    The small container ship Clonlee ran aground at the entrance to the river Tyne on 16 March after she lost power as she was entering the river. The Sietas-built Clonlee (1996/3,999gt, ex-Vera) was heading into the river at around 0100…

  • BUNKERING TANKER: Lizrix for drydock

    BUNKERING TANKER: Lizrix for drydock

    1st June 2011

    In 2008 the Hull-based firm of J. R. Rix added four new vessels to its fleet of bunkering tankers to meet increased demand, the result of higher transport costs and awareness of environmental issues. Lizrix was the second of these…

  • CARGO SHIP: Seized by pirates

    CARGO SHIP: Seized by pirates

    27th May 2011

    In early April a Somali man became the first pirate to be sentenced to jail in the US for an act of piracy against a ship that was not US-flagged. This was for the 71-day hijacking of Clipper Group’s CEC…

  • BULKERS: More Münchmeyers

    BULKERS: More Münchmeyers

    27th May 2011

    MPC Münchmeyers Steamship of Germany has ordered two 82,000dwt Kamsarmax bulk carriers from China’s Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industries for delivery in 2012 and 2013. The deal comes as Münchmeyers waits to see what will happen at the Seko Heavy…

  • 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…