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Sunday, March 29, 2020

River Thames News

Image: Forth Ports

Tarmac, Forth Ports Team-up for Tilbury2

British building materials company Tarmac has partnered with London’s fastest growing port, the Port of Tilbury, to create the UK’s largest construction materials aggregates terminal at Tilbury2, the new port being constructed on the north bank of the River Thames.The work will see the creation of new aggregate processing and manufacturing facilities, including an asphalt and ready mix concrete plant, at the new port terminal, supported by the terminal’s deep sea capacity for vessels up to 100,000 metric tonnes.

The Port of London Authority and Greater London Authority plan a greater role for the River Thames in London’s cultural life. (Photo © Adobe Stock / zgphotography)

New Report on Future for River Thames

A new report jointly produced by the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Greater London Authority (GLA) says a new vision could maximize the contribution the River Thames makes to culture in the UK capital. ‘’ sets out how clear direction could make the most of the river’s cultural attractions for the benefit of the city’s population and visitors alike.The report aligns with GLA’s priorities for promoting the city and the PLA’s wider Thames Vision, which was launched in 2016, setting out six targets for the economic, environmental and social resurgence of the river, to be delivered by 2035.

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.

Interferry Charts a Course for Growth

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.While I respect the mantra of cautious optimism, I can’t help feeling genuinely excited that 2019 could prove to be a milestone year in the continuing growth of Interferry’s influence as the global voice of the ferry industry. We’ve come a long way since our US origins in 1976 as what was essentially a networking movement, but developments in recent months already suggest we are on course for yet more enhancement of our present-day worldwide networking and lobbying relationships.

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM Plans Multi-Temperature Logistics Facility at DP World

CMA CGM, a world leader in maritime transport, is to take a long-term lease and invest in a build-to-suit, multi-temperature warehouse facility at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. The CMA CGM Group will occupy, through its international freight forwarding and logistics solutions subsidiary, a one hectare cold store facility within a 2.4 hectare logistics plot development on the River Thames and located close to main road access into the London area. This state-of-the-art facility…

(Photo: DP World London Gateway)

London Gateway Ups Security Measures

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

HR Wallingford has created a River Thames navigation simulation to assess Tideway’s fleet of vessel masters (Photo: HR Wallingford)

River Thames Simulation Supports Safer Navigation

The Thames Tideway Tunnel project, London’s new ‘super sewer’, which will upgrade the city’s 19th century sewerage system for today’s eight million plus inhabitants, requires excavation on an enormous scale. Creating a tunnel 25 kilometers in length, and running up to 65 meters beneath the River Thames, will generate immense volumes of spoil, right in the heart of London. To minimize the impact of transporting this on the capital’s roads, Tideway plans to transport around 4 million metric tons of this material by river.

Prerit Goel (Photo: Gulf Petrochem Group)

Gulf Petrochem Expands European Bunkering Division

Gulf Petrochem Group, the UAE based global bunker supplier, said it is now officially offering physical supply of Gasoil on the River Thames, U.K. The group’s deliveries will be carried out using a barge on an exclusive long-term charter named the Conveyer. The move will allow Gulf Petrochem Group to supply ISO compliant Gasoil to its customers at all ports and wharfs along the Thames and Medway. Further, the group’s Rotterdam operations have added to its current fleet with the time charter of The Melbourne.

Photo: by Andrew Bowen, DP World

DP World London Now Handles Far East Calls

MOL Triumph, the first of the world’s largest and newest vessels to call in the UK, arrives in Southampton on THE Alliance's FE2 service as new third deep-water berth opened at London Gateway in April, ahead of first regular Asia-Europe service starting. DP World's UK terminals will welcome the first services from the Far East following a global shake-up of the world’s shipping lines. Inaugural calls of Asia/Europe services by THE Alliance, a shipping consortium made up of Mitsui O.S.K Line…

UK Overhauls its Survey and Inspection Program

Plans to ensure there is a full maritime survey and inspection team covering the whole U.K., will see more remote working and a slight change to where some of the marine offices are based. The U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency has undertaken a review of the way it carries out its surveys and inspections and recently consulted on the locations of its marine offices. It has also, with its staff, reviewed the way the organization of those offices is structured. As a result of both consultations…

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Economic Importance of River Thames

The vital role that the River Thames plays in the economy, the movement of freight and the transport of passengers – and also in the wellbeing of the capital’s residents – has been made clear in two new reports launched by the Port of London Authority (PLA) this week during London International Shipping Week. PLA chief executive Robin Mortimer revealed some significant data relating to the river, which is home to the UK’s second biggest port. The tidal Thames and the Port of London generate 43…

Women on Top at London International Shipping Week

London International Shipping Week (LISW) is leading the way for women in shipping by placing WISTA-UK’s program of activities at the forefront of the event. LISW has grown since its debut in 2013, and this year’s event will include more than 100 sessions scheduled across five days. Tickets to all WISTA-UK sessions at LISW have been completely booked. Seats have been snatched up not only by Londoners, but also maritime enthusiasts from all over the U.K. and a number of different countries including Greece, The Netherlands, Estonia, Malta and as far away as India.

Photo courtesy of WISTA

Women Lead Agenda at London International Shipping Week

Women in command, a maritime incident ─ the perfect dilemma, and the marvels of Old Father Thames are just a few of the interesting topics that WISTA-UK will be exploring  at this year’s WISTA-UK event during London International Shipping Week (LISW). Following on from the success of their grand debate at LISW in 2013 WISTA-UK, in conjunction with UKTI, will again be holding an exciting program of free activities on the first day of LISW from 7-11 September 2015. Open to the public…

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Solar Solve Marine Receives Order from Incat

UK based Solar Solve Marine has received an order from its Australian distributor to supply 18 custom SOLASOLV roller screens and 44 ROLASOLV fabric roller blinds for Hull 075. The vessel is a 35 meter passenger catamaran being built by Incat in Hobart, Tasmania for MBNA Thames Clippers Line Ltd in the UK. Once delivered, the vessel will provide rapid passenger services on the River Thames on various routes. It is a DNV-GL Type Approved catamaran capable of carrying up to 150 passengers at high speeds.

River Action Plan delivers record Thames ridership

Record Thames Ridership

A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12 million by 2020. Figures from January to December 2014 have shown very positive signs as passenger numbers on River Buses and River Tours increased to 9.8 million, compared to 8 million for the same period in 2013.

Company Tugboat: Image credit KOTUG

KOTUG Celebrates Silver Jubilee, Extends Globally

Over the past 25 years KOTUG has been transformed from a European to a global player in the maritime industry. As a fast growing towage company KOTUG is expanding its innovative services to ports and terminals in Europe, West-Africa and Australia. With a young and powerful fleet of 40 tugs, KOTUG operates in a variety of markets, including towage services in ports and at sea as well to the salvage, offshore and dredging industry. KOTUG’s strategic objectives include expanding its global presence through strategic partnerships, acquisitions and organic growth.

Kort Propulsion Appoints Senior Sales Exec.

David Dalgleish appointed Senior Sales Executive by Kort Propulsion Ltd, a UK company founded by the inventor of the Kort Nozzle. "Kort’s expertise as propeller and Kort nozzle specialists, means the company has an unparalleled reputation in the propulsion field. We offer packages which include detailed calculations necessary to meet specific performance criteria and we are also able to supply the complete power train, which includes prime movers, marine gears,  through to the propellers and, of course, Kort Nozzles.

London Gateway Project: Artist's Impression Credit DP World

First Ship Docks at London Gateway Terminal

The first ship ever to berth at London's new deepwater container terminal, 'MV Wieniawski' also delivered four auto stacking cranes from China. Due to formally open in Q4 2013, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway will provide unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK.

Woolwich Ferry: Photo credit Briggs Marine

Briggs Marine Wins London Ferry Contract

UK marine contractor Briggs Marine wins 7-year contract worth over £50 million with Transport for London (TfL) to operate cross-Thames ferry. The contract will see Briggs Marine undertake operation and maintenance of the Woolwich Ferry service from 1st April 2013. Working with London River Services Limited (LRS), a subsidiary of TfL, Briggs Marine will be responsible for daily operation of the ferry service, which links Woolwich and North Woolwich and the north and south circular roads across the River Thames.

Multrasalvor 3: Photo courtesy of Multraship

New Offshore Construction Vessel Joins Multraship Fleet

Multraship takes delivery of Multrasalvor 3 built by Damen Shipyards for work offshore UK. Multraship continues to invest in its diverse fleet of towage and salvage vessels to help provide the highest levels of responsive service to the international shipping industry. The company has taken delivery of Multrasalvor 3, a new Multi-Cat 2409 from Damen which is a bigger and better version of their old Multrasalvor, which has now been sold. The new Multi Cat has two cranes, spud-poles, an A-frame and a double-drum winch.

HMS Bulwark: Photo credit MOD

Paralympics Security Role for British Warship

The crew of 'HMS Bulwark' serves as hub in Portland Harbour for the security effort surrounding the Paralympic sailing events. The assault ship serves as the command and control centre for maritime security operations around Portland for the duration of the Paralympic Games. From her operations room, Bulwark directs the movements of Royal Marines raiding craft, patrol boats and civilian launches and boats, fed by live imagery of the waters around Weymouth by special cameras fitted to Fleet Air Arm Merlin helicopters on patrol overhead.

Cruise Liner 'Deutschland':Photo credit Wikipemedia CCL

Mutiny on the 'Deutschland' Over Re-flagging

Captain Andreas Jungblut, 59, had captained the luxury cruise ship - made famous as the setting for the long-running Traumschiff television soap opera – for 13 years. But after he wrote a letter to German President Joachim Gauck on behalf of his crew protesting plans by the German Deilmann shipping company to hoist the Maltese flag in place of the German one, he was told to leave by the owner, Bild newspaper reported. “Dear Mr President … you can’t change a flag like you would an undershirt,” wrote Jungblut, according to the paper.

Tug Chieftan: Photo courtesy of MAIB

MAIB Issues Report on Tug Capsize, Fatal Accident

Last August, the tugs Steven B and Chiefton were connected to a 60m crane barge in a combined push/pull configuration. Steven B was secured aft with a combination of wires and ropes, making the tug and barge a composite unit. The distance between Chiefton, which was pulling, and the barge was 8.4 metres. There were two pilots positioned on the crane as the tow was navigated from St George Wharf towards Gravesend on the River Thames. Chiefton’s and Steven B’s engine powers were set at 95% and 70-75% respectively as the tow approached the eastern buoys of Greenwich Ship Tier…

Photo creditHMS Ocean: Photo credit Wiki CCL Graham Richardson

London Olympics – UK Warship Takes Station

HMS Ocean will berth at Greenwich in east London where she will act as a launch pad for eight Lynx helicopters and a base for Royal Marine snipers in the the final phase of the exercise 'Olympic Guardian', which began earlier this week in Weymouth and in the airspace over the capital. During the Games the ship will also accommodate 300 military personnel who are providing security at nearby Greenwich Park, and engage with Londoners by hosting public visits. Last year HMS Ocean spent four months operating off the Libyan coast.

Photo courtesy Dubai World Media Centre

DP World & Dubai World Chair on New Land

The Chairman of DP World and Dubai World has become the first person to step on land created at the UK’s newest port and logistics development, London Gateway. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has inspected the first section of reclaimed land as part a visit to see DP World’s newest development get underway. The dredge and reclamation programme is a key element in the $2.3b project at London Gateway. London Gateway is currently one of the largest inward investments into the UK and is the single largest jobs creation project, which will create some 36,000 jobs when complete.