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Monday, November 20, 2017

Cargo Operations News

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APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles Sets New Single Vessel Record

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has established a new single vessel cargo operations record during the call of the 13,600 TEU capacity Maersk Evora, with a combined total of 24,846 TEUs loaded and discharged over a 128-hour period. This performance eclipsed the previous record of 18,500 TEUs handled during the call of a similarly-sized vessel at the Port of Rotterdam in 2015. The Maersk Evora arrived at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles on October 19th, on the Europe-Far East/Transpacific AE6/TP6 service operated by 2M partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company.

BIMCO

Ship-to-ship Transfer Clause for Dry Bulk

A new clause for dry cargo voyage charters is set to plug the gap in contracts that do not address ship-to-ship transfer (STST) cargo operations. STST cargo operations are a common feature in most tanker voyage charters, but rarely form part of dry cargo standard forms. If a charterer wants to conduct STST cargo operations and the charter party form does not contain the required wording, then this clause should be incorporated. It is very important to have such a clause because of the increased risk to the ship of such cargo operations.

GTT Expands Capability of LNG Cargo Operations Simulator

GTT Training announced the expansion of the capabilities of its LNG Cargo Operations Simulator. Used to provide hands on, real time training in the processes and procedures that must be followed to undertake and complete any type of LNG cargo related operation, the LNG Cargo Operations simulator provides full simulation of all the systems on a vessel that are involved in the management and handling of the LNG cargo and maintaining the vessel in a safe condition. The capabilities…

SOCP Presents STCW Workshop at MITAGS

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) invites maritime industry representatives to attend and take part in our Summer 2010 meeting scheduled to be held September 8-9, 2010 at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, MD. This public session will be designed to provide maritime professionals, labor unions, seafarers, training institutions and regulatory representatives the opportunity to participate in a working group format…

Abu Dhabi Ports Invests in Terminal Management Software

Abu Dhabi Ports Invests in Management Software

Abu Dhabi Ports is implementing a brand new terminal operating system (TOS) which will enhance the general cargo operations at the emirate’s ports, significantly improving processing times and the full range of customer service offerings. The state-of-the-art port management software called “Master Terminal” will replace Abu Dhabi Ports’ existing systems and support the management of all aspects of the general cargo operations, including bulk, break bulk, project and Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) cargo.

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New GTT Training Center Awards First Certificates

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced that its new training center awarded certificates to the first group of delegates to complete a LNG Cargo Operations (SIGTTO management Level) training course. The delegates who participated received training in the cargo operations typically conducted onboard LNG carries in a course which is approved by DNV GL as complying with the SIGTTO (Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators), suggested competence standard. Located in the grounds of GTT’s headquarters in Saint Rémy Lès Chevreuse near Paris…

Loading containers Photo JN Port

Hong Kong Issues Note on Container Handling Safety

Hong Kong’s Marine Department has issued a reminder about safe handling of containers following the investigation into the death of a sailor on board a container vessel during cargo unloading operations. The incident occurred while containers were being discharged from the cargo ship onto a barge, the Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.106 of 2015 stated. The barge listed towards the container ship due to uneven disposition of containers loaded on the barge.

Gary LaGrange, Port President & CEO

Port of New Orleans on Reduced Operating Schedule

Cargo Operations Ongoing, Terminal Operators Adjust Schedules Due To Winter Weather. Non-Essential Employees Must Not Report To Work Jan. 29. Freezing temperatures and a wintry mix of precipitation forced adjustments to operations schedules at the Port of New Orleans yesterday and today (Jan. 29). While ship cargo operations were ongoing today at Port terminals, all gatehouse operations for truck transport were suspended due to bridge and interstate closures in south Louisiana. All non-essential employees will also be asked not to report to work again Wednesday, Jan.

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Port of Oakland Adds 400 Dockworkers

The first of 400 new dockworkers arrive this week to meet the Port of Oakland’s need for more labor, the port announced today, noting that additional hires will be phased into the workforce through September to handle a buildup of ships and cargo. The port said its aim in brining in the new workers is to accelerate cargo operations and clear out a backlog of vessels anchored in San Francisco Bay. “We’re not operating with the speed and efficiency our customers deserve right now,” said Maritime Director John Driscoll.

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Tradepoint Atlantic Inks License Deal with Host Terminals

Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,100-acre multimodal global logistics center in Baltimore, Maryland, that features an unmatched combination of access to deepwater berths, railroads, highways, and storage space today announced an exclusive, 10-year agreement with Host Terminals to oversee the vast majority of marine cargo operations. As part of the announcement, $30 million in combined investment toward infrastructure improvements will also be made to the site. This will further Tradepoint Atlantic’s ability to generate a projected 17…

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SCH to Handle Renault Vehicles in Southampton

Roll-on/roll-off cargo handlers Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) said it has secured the stevedoring contract to handle all Renault vehicles being shipped through the Port of Southampton. The move follows the success of Euro Marine Logistics (EML), a joint venture project between Mitsui OSK Lines and Hoegh Autoliners, in winning the shipping contract for some 60,000 Renault vehicles a year that pass through Southampton. EML is making calls every four days in the port after loading vehicles in France and Spain.

Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowley Cargo Lightering Ops in Port-au-Prince

Crowley Maritime Corporation, working under contract with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), successfully discharged 12 20-foot containers of relief supplies across a beach in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 22 in an experimental lightering operation. The success of this operation, which involved lifting the containers from a Crowley container ship anchored in the harbor to a smaller, shallow-draft landing vessel for transport and discharge over the beach, paves the way for container shipments directly into Port-au-Prince next week.

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Crowley Completes Cargo Lightering in Haiti

Crowley Maritime Corporation, working under contract with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), successfully discharged 202 20-foot containers of relief supplies across a beach in Port-au-Prince, Haiti yesterday marking the largest post-disaster lightering operation to date. This successful, larger scale operation follows a trial shipment of 12 containers last week. In addition to the two sailings of the Marcajama directly into Port-au-Prince, the ship also made a call in Rio Haina as did the Crowley Americas.

'Bourbon Calm': Image credit Ulstein

China Shipyard Delivers PSV to Bourbon Offshore

Ulstein-designed PX105 Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) delivered. The PSV Bourbon Calm has been delivered to Bourbon from China's Zhejiang Shipyard, the third in a series of four such vessels built to Ulstein's PX105 design for Bourbon Offshore. Bourbon Calm has a length of 88.8 metres, a width of 19 metres, deadweight 4,290 tons and a maximum speed of 15.5 knots. The ship is equipped to carry a permanent crew of 25. The new vessel's cargo system has been designed to ensure safe and efficient loading and discharging offshore…

US Longshoremen Protest Loss of Military Cargo Handling

International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) begins protest in Washington DC & Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Union longshore workers from many Atlantic Coast District Ports are joining forces outside the United States Marine Barracks in Washington, DC to protest the loss of handling military cargo at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Hundreds more members of the International Longshoremen's Association are also picketing simultaneously at the Port of Charleston.

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Call for Papers: CAMM/IFSMA - Protecting and Informing Ship Masters in the 21st Century

Today’s Master Mariner - Interacting with IFSMA and CAMM to get the help and info they need to be successful/safe/secure. Today’s Master Mariner - and the environmental challenges/requirements in the 21st Century. Today’s Master Mariner - and the New Electronic Age: ECDIS, ARPA, communications, E-paperwork. Cyber threats to navigation, safety and cargo operations (theft, smuggling, pirate attacks, GPS vulnerability). Working with the IMO - What’s in it for the Master Mariner? Where is the next generation of Master Mariners?

Online reservations for free boat excursion available Monday, March 2

Long Beach Harbor Tour Season

Long Beach Port is once again giving tourists opportunity to enjoy a rare view of port operations on a free Port of Long Beach harbor tour. The organizers are being welcomed to experience an up-close view of the biggest ships to call in North America and learn about cargo operations, construction projects and environmental initiatives as we build the port of the future. Due to high demand, the 90-minute, narrated harbor tours will start a month early – running from April through September. Tours are scheduled on the first and third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

MAIB: Multiple Errors in Hoegh Osaka Grounding

A number of reporting and operational errors caused the list and grounding of Höegh Osaka on January 3, 2015 according to an investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, UK. The report into MAIB’s investigation of the listing, flooding and grounding of pure car and truck carrier Hoegh Osaka on the Bramble Bank, The Solent on 3 January 2015 is now published. In his statement to the media, Steve Clinch, The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents stated, "The MAIB’s investigation…

North P&I Publishes Loss Prevention Guide on Bulk Cargoes

The 175 million GT, ‘A’ rated North P&I Club has published a major new guide for the international shipping industry on how to reduce losses when carrying bulk cargoes by sea. The 280-page Bulk Cargoes: A Guide to Good Practice adds to North’s comprehensive portfolio of guidance provided about different cargo types and is the first to be made available in both print and e-book formats. Bulk Cargoes explains the basic rules to be remembered on every occasion during loading, carriage and unloading of bulk cargoes.

Jon Slangerup (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Long Beach CEO Expects Port Cutbacks This Weekend

Shipping lines are expected to curtail cargo operations at U.S. West Coast ports again this weekend amid stalled labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers, the chief executive of the Port of Long Beach said on Wednesday. "This weekend is going to be yet another limited operating weekend, just like last weekend was," Long Beach port CEO Jon Slangerup said in an interview with Reuters in New York. However, the two sides could reach a contract settlement in "a matter of days," he added.

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Vroon Offshore Embarks on 10-Vessel New-Build Program

North Sea Emergency Recovery & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) operator Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) to invest $100-million in new ships. The new "comfort class" boats - six 50m ERRVs and four 60 ERRV field support vessels - will be built in Nanjing and Fujian in China under Vroon's supervision and support a new wave-piercing bow-shape designed in Singapore by the group. The first of the ERRVs is due to be delivered in April 2013 with the first of the 60m boats due to arrive in Q1 2014.

Zayed Port. Photo by Abu Dhabi Ports

ADP Deploys New Terminal Operating System at Zayed Port

Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP), the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate, has successfully implemented Jade’s terminal operating system, Master Terminal, at Zayed Port. It went live with its new terminal operating software on July 1, at the Zayed Port, the first of seven ports scheduled to upgrade its legacy system to Jade Master Terminal – an important regional hub for general cargo and home to the emirate’s growing cruise industry, said a statement.

Cargo Ship Held in Seattle for Safety Violations

Containership Lowlands Kamsar has been detained by U.S. Coast Guard personnel in Seattle, Monday, after a Port State Control exam detected several safety violations. The Lowlands Kamsar a 751-foot, Panamanian-flagged ship will remain in Sector Puget Sound's Captain of the Port zone until the violations are corrected, the Coast Guard said. During the exam Coast Guard Port State Control officers discovered that the automatic fire extinguishing system that protects the vessel’s engine room had been disabled by the crew…

Pic: Port of Piraeus

Piraeus Port Shareholders Okays Sale to COSCO

The buy-out of the Greece's Piraeus Port by Chinese shipping giant COSCO is closer to completion, as shareholders approved a new concession agreement, reports Reuters. Greece had already agreed in April to sell a 67 percent stake in Piraeus to COSCO for $415.7 million. Now that shareholders have signed off on the deal, it heads to parliament and competition authorities for approval. The sale of Piraeus and the country’s second state-owned seaport, Thessaloniki, have been key conditions…

Port Everglades Assessing Hurricane Damage

Port Everglades in Broward County, Fla. said it is conducting damage assessment, channel surveys and inspection of aids of navigation in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The port, which was closed to all ship and truck traffic yesterday as the storm approached the U.S. East Coast, is reopened on the landside for petroleum and cargo operations  only. Waterside, channel surveys are complete and vessels will be allowed to enter the port once approval is received by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port. No cruise ships are scheduled until Saturday, October 8.  

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Crowley Liner Services Earns AQUA Lane Certification

Crowley Liner Services said it has been certified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the new Marine Port Terminal Operator (MPTO) designation, known as the AQUA Lane program, which essentially gives the shipper a “fast lane” for cargo operations by allowing incoming vessels to be pre-cleared by CBP. The validation comes after an a on-site inspections and vetting of Crowley’s Port Everglades terminal found the shipper to be fully compliant with program requirements and to have also implemented additional best practices, including enhanced due diligence security standards.