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Monday, April 22, 2019

Thames News

Photo Courtesy: Fjellstrand

Shipbuilding: Rewriting the Book

As maritime digests a number of historical changes, Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard wants to put aside the rule book and look at the whole process in a new way, reducing engineering costs up to 70% and production costs up to 20%.The process of designing and building a ship, even in today’s highly standardized mass manufacturing environment, remains largely a one-off, one-of-a-kind design and build. Ships are most often built to a shipowner’s or operator’s specific requirements, which are often based on fixed parameters such as speed…

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Tilbury Port to Capitalise on Opportunities to Boost Trade

Tilbury Port and the people that work there will play a major role in helping the UK to increase international trade after we leave the European Union.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox visited Tilbury Port  to meet with port workers and management, as well as members of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust.Tilbury is the fastest growing port in the UK and a £1 billion investment programme will see the port employing 9,000 people by 2020, 3 times more than it did in 2012. One…

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Wison Bags FEED Contract for FLNG Project from Western LNG

Wison Offshore & Marine and Western LNG signed a technical service agreement (TSA) for the new floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) project that Western is developing in British Columbia, Canada.Pursuant to the TSA, Wison will develop the basis of design (BOD) and carry out front-end engineering design (FEED) for the proposed FLNG to be sited at the proposed facility.Western has also agreed to the appointment of Wison as the EPC service provider for the floating liquefaction plant upon project FID.Under the terms of the TSA…

Preston Khomo (Photo: TNPA)

TNPA Focuses on Ship Repair

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) appointed Preston Khomo, previously Richards Bay Port Manager, as Executive Manager: Ship Repair, to manage and administer the organization’s ship repair resources nationally.Thamsanqa (Thami) Sithole has been appointed as the new Port Manager for Richards Bay. Both appointments are effective July 1.Khomo joined TNPA in 2004 as Head of Infrastructure Development: Port Operations and Consulting at Portcon (the then international arm of Transnet)…

Training Academy Turf Cutting Photo Forth Ports

Forth Ports Traning Academy Construction Begins

Forth Port’s Chief Executive was joined by apprentices, graduates and Skills Development Scotland for a ‘turf-cutting’ ceremony to officially mark the start of construction of a new, purpose-built, Training Academy located within the Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s biggest port. The Training Academy is being built to ensure that the right skills are in place to support the future growth of the business and sustainability of the ports, as well as providing opportunities and flexibility for employees to broaden their skills and enhance their careers and job satisfaction.

Port of grangemouth terminal (Photo: Forth Ports)

Forth Ports Secures Scotland's First AEO Accreditation

Forth Ports, one of the UK’s largest port groups, has been awarded an internationally recognized quality mark – the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) - issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) – for its major ports on the River Forth. The AEO accreditation recognizes that the customs controls and procedures at each of the ports are efficient and compliant and most importantly, secure. The ports of Grangemouth, Leith and Rosyth are the first ports in Scotland to receive full AEO status for security and customs simplification processes.

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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.

Radar tower construction site with Arklow Falcon along side discharging cement materials at Tarmac’s Northfleet  facility (Photo: PLA)

New Kent Radar for Port of London Authority

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has broken ground for the construction of a new radar tower in Northfleet, Kent, as part of the 18-strong radar network it operates, overseeing safe navigation on the UK’s busiest waterway. The PLA is investing £1 million in replacing the existing Northfleet radar, located on Tarmac’s riverside office building, with a new 50-meter tall tower that will house the latest, energy efficient system. Tarmac’s Northfleet site is ideally located, offering excellent line of sight along two busy reaches of the Thames…

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…

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Not Even Storm Doris Could Ruin Armitt’s Heavy Lift Project

The Armitt Group successfully managed the recent removal of two 1050 metric tonne Ship Un-Loaders from the former Tilbury power station located on the Thames, east of London. After a lengthy planning phase, with various solutions considered, Armitt’s plan was accepted by the client. Armitt project managed the operational communication, vessel agency and chartering, liaising closely with all parties to perform two large piece movements, overcoming any unforeseen issues as they arose.

Two Directors Join Port of London Authority Board

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has announced two new non-executive directors have been appointed to the PLA board: Judith Armitt has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport (in accordance with the Port of London Act); and Darren James has been appointed by the PLA Board. Judith Armitt will bring substantial public sector, London and Thames experience to the PLA. She was most recently chief executive of Local Partnerships LLP, the joint venture between HM Treasury and the Local Government Association.

David Scott (Photo: Mech-Tool Engineering)

Mech-Tool Engineering Appoints Scott as MD

Mech-Tool Engineering Limited – based in Teesside and product manufacturers and global suppliers of fire, blast and heat hazard protection solutions - has  announced the appointment of David Scott to the new position of Managing Director. A seasoned executive, Scott has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy and gas industry having operated at Director level for some of the world’s largest companies in the sector including global marine company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)…

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Monjasa Named Exclusive Bunker Supplier at Tongue Anchor

Global oil and shipping group Monjasa said it has consolidated its physical operations in North Western Europe and in particular in the world’s second busiest waterway, the English Channel. Over the past year, Monjasa has established exclusive oil terminal operations and bunkering facilities in Portland Port, Tongue Anchorage, and set up an office in London. The bunkering operations at Tongue Anchorage further tightens the Monjasa Group’s European physical supply operations, which stretch from the Baltic Sea to the English Channel.

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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UK Minister Calls for Investment in Maritime

Government minister Anna Soubry has heaped praise on Britain’s marine and maritime sectors and urged international businesses to invest in “the U.K.’s world-leading infrastructure and expertise”. The Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise delivered her rousing endorsement to hundreds of delegates at INVESTINBLUE, the showcase for the U.K. maritime industry held as part of the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool. Her message was that Britain…

Jim Briggs, One of the Eagle’s first American crewmembers, returns to the vessel after 66 years (Photo: Jasmine Mieszala)

A Coastguardsman's Return to Eagle

In 1950, International Falls, Minn., native Jim Briggs, shook hands with his fellow crewmembers and stepped off the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle with his seabag packed to the brim and strewn across his back. It would be 66 years until he returned. “They told me I always had a home there, and I could always come back,” Briggs said. The Eagle was built in 1936 by Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel. At the end of World War II, the ship was taken by the U.S. as a war prize and renamed Eagle. In 1946, a U.S.

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Port of London Bridge Simulator Upgraded

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has invested £250,000 to upgrade its ship’s bridge simulator, adding a full tug bridge simulator in a move that is set to enable a boost in port trade and helps terminals verify their expansion plans. The Thames is the U.K.’s busiest waterway, handling more than 45 million metric tons of cargo a year. For over a decade the bridge simulator has been an essential tool for training the PLA pilots who guide ships to and from their berths on the Thames.

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New Thames Apprentices Celebrated

Transport minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon has marked the end of National Apprenticeship Week by presenting eleven Thames apprentices with Maritime Skills Diplomas. For the apprentices, aged from 18 to 25, the Diplomas are the result of two years’ hard work, gaining experience with passenger and freight operators along the river, alongside day release study with Skills Track at Tilbury. They will complete their training, which the Thames Training Alliance (TTA) ran, by passing Maritime & Coastguard Agency Boatmaster Licence exams.

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London Looking to Expand Team of Marine Pilots

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is recruiting 12 new pilots this year to respond to increased traffic on the Thames. The PLA is looking for candidates with a Class 1 Unlimited Certificate of Competency. Other suitably qualified candidate who can demonstrate experience relative to marine pilotage will also be considered. The candidates will typically undertake a 28-week training course consisting of training on the PLA’s ship bridge simulator and tug simulator, training in Vessel Traffic Services and on board tugs and ships, with regular reviews, assessments and oral exams.

Pearson Signs on with RCG

The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) announced the addition of Dan Pearson as a Director and head of the firm’s private equity and financial services practice. In his new role, Pearson will advise developers, technology companies, private equity and financial services firms and other corporations on matters relating to wind, marine and solar energy. With more than 16 years’ experience in renewable energy development, financing and construction both in the U.K. and overseas, Pearson brings technical understanding and commercial project finance experience to the team.

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Young Sea Cadets Return from Voyage of a Lifetime

Six-day ‘Voyage of Discovery’ concludes in Mt. Six teenage U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from Long Island who set sail from Mt. Sinai Harbor returned from their six-day Voyage of Discovery, bringing back a lifetime of practical sea experience and tactical training. Captain Roger Noakes and three experienced crewmen sailed with the aspiring U.S. Navy Midshipmen aboard the Nada, a 47-foot sailing vessel. The six-day and six-night sail started on August 14 and included voyages to Connecticut, Cape Cod and back to Mt. Sinai Harbor on August 20. The sea experience included site tours and training.

Attendees today at ABP’s annual Marine Conference which is being held at the Port of Ipswich

ABP Marine Conference at Port of Ipswich

The Port of Ipswich is hosting Associated British Ports’ (ABP) two-day annual Marine Conference for the first time starting today. Held at the Old Custom House on the Ipswich waterfront, the conference is an annual event for more than 30 marine professionals who represent all 21 of ABP’s ports across the UK. The focus of this year’s conference is to investigate current development in the industry, share experience and set the course for the year ahead. ABP Director Short Sea Ports…

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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…