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Felixstowe DockersHarwich Haven Authority announces major improvement project for Harwich Harbour

Harwich Haven Authority today announces that it is launching a major development in the Haven ports and has applied to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for consent to increase the depth of the harbour and approach channel to -16.0m (plus tide).
This significant improvement project will ensure that Haven ports will continue to be able to handle the increasing numbers of super-sized container vessels in operation and under construction for the future.
The improvements are vital for the future of the local, regional and national economies, to maintain the Haven’s role as the UK’s premier container hub and to sustain both employment and economic viability.
Neil Glendinning, Chief Executive Officer, Harwich Haven Authority commented: “The proposal we have put forward to deepen the harbour and channel is vital to ensure the flow of trade into and out of the UK’s largest port facility.
“The shipping industry is critical to the UK economy with approximately 95% of all British imports and exports being moved by sea and the UK maritime sector contributes in excess of £2bn GVA to the economy. Many UK port operators face increased competition for trade and we’re keen to ensure that Haven ports remain the premier destination for the global container shipping fleet.
“As the trend to build mega-sized container vessels continues, we need to ensure that we can facilitate the unimpeded arrival and departure of these vessels at the Haven ports. We also need to ensure that the local and regional economy continues to benefit from the trade and inward investment that this brings and safeguard jobs for future generations.”

Marine Management Organisation licence process
Before granting a licence to improve the access channel to Harwich Harbour the MMO will conduct a public consultation to seek the views of other regulators and stakeholders, which will last for a period of 42 days from 21 October 2019.
Public Notices announcing the licence application will be posted in the East Anglian Daily Times and Harwich and Manningtree Standard starting 21 October 2019 and will include an invitation for interested parties to have their say about the proposed improvement project. In addition – and outside of the required consultation process – Harwich Haven Authority will also be holding two information events during October. The first event will be held in Harwich on the 23 October at the 1912 Centre, Cow Lane between 10am and 3.30pm. The second information day will be held at the Felixstowe Town Hall, Undercliff Road, Felixstowe on 25 October between 10.30am – 3pm. More information about these events can be found on our website – or on Facebook page @harwichhaven.
For further information contact: Fiona Brunning, Communications Manager
Tel: 01255 252310 or 07598282580

Harwich Haven Authority:
Harwich Haven Authority is the Harbour Authority, set up by Acts of Parliament, to oversee the marine operations in Harwich and Felixstowe. It is required to do what is necessary for the ‘…conservancy, protection, regulation, maintenance and improvement of the Harbour and approaches within the Harwich seaward area, and the navigation thereof…’ 
The Authority’s jurisdiction covers the Harbour (including the Port of Felixstowe, Harwich International Port and Harwich Navyard), the tidal River Stour (including the Port of Mistley), through traffic to Associated British Ports; Ipswich, and an area to sea extending to the Shipwash Bank.
As a trust port the Authority has no shareholders and surplus profits are invested back into the Haven for the benefit of stakeholders. These include the port facility operators, the shipping lines, local businesses and communities, leisure users and visitors. As a statutory Harbour Authority, its main focus is on safety of navigation for all its users and it seeks to carry out these responsibilities as sustainably and transparently as possible.

Felixstowe DockersWatch: Merchant Navy Salary – How Much Do They Earn?

As we all know the merchant navy is one of the most sought after careers in the world mainly because of the lucrative salary it provides.
It is a difficult career option to pursue, both physically and mentally, and that is probably the main reason people are paid well in this field.
Now we all know that you are interested in knowing how much does one earns in merchant navy?
Watch the video below to find out:
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To answer this question, we will ask you to first watch our video on all the ranks in merchant navy along with their duties. This will help you understand the salary structure better.
It is to note that the exact answer on how much a maritime professional will earn depends on several factors such as nationality, shipping company, type of vessel, rank, qualification, experience, loyalty, etc.
Also, generally, a freshly promoted 2nd engineer will earn less than a 2nd engineer who has sailed for more than 2-3 ships. Many companies provide additional benefits to loyal seafarers. Hence, a 3rd engineer who has been with a particular company for a long time may earn more than a freshly recruited 3rd engineer having more experience.
As mentioned earlier, though the Merchant navy is famous for offering attractive salaries to professional, a lot differs from country to country and company to company.
To give a general overview of how much an average seafarer earns, we will consider average salaries of seafarers across various departments and ranks.
Do note that the seafarers are usually hired on a contractual basis, i.e. they are not hired as a permanent employee and the company will pay the seafarer on a monthly basis till the contract is over.

Felixstowe DockersControlled Collapse of STS Crane - Port of Felixstowe, UK

Felixstowe Dockers1st call, APL Minnesota prepares to depart Felixstowe as the light fades 17th October 2019

International Longshore and Warehouse UnionGabriel Prawl, first African American President of ILWU Local 52

Local 52 President Garbriel Prawl

In January of this year, Gabriel Prawl was elected the first African-American President of the ILWU Clerks Local 52. Prawl was born in Panama. He immigrated to New York when he was 15 to join his parents who had moved there in the late 60s and early 70s. The Prawl family has been migrating to America since the early 1900s from Jamaica and Europe, he said.   At the age of 16, Prawl moved to the Pacific Northwest, but after graduating high school, he returned to New York where he lived for 11 years before finally returning to Seattle in his early 30s. He started working as a causal at

Local 19 in 1994. He was introduced to the work through his uncle and some friends who were casuals at the time. “I became active in the ILWU after getting my A-book,” Prawl said. “I requested to be a part of the Local 19 Education Committee, and eventually became the chair in 2004. When I started learning about the real history of the ILWU—that is what inspired me.” He was also elected to the Local 19 Executive Board for five years and also attended the Leadership, Education and Development program put on by the Coast Longshore Division. Prawl said that he was influenced by many of the rank-and-file activists from Local 10. “Leo Robinson was a mentor to me,” he said.

Gabriel Prawl, first African American President of ILWU Local 52 Prawl transferred to Local 52 in 2010 after suffering a rotator cuff injury. He was elected to several leadership positions at Local 52, serving on the Labor Relations Committee for four years and as Vice President for two years. He ran for President of Local 52 with the encouragement of outgoing President Max Vekich.  In addition to his leadership position in the union, Prawl also serves as the Seattle chapter President of the A Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), an organization of Black Trade Unionists who fight for racial equality and economic justice. Through his position at the APRI, Prawl sits on the Board of the Washington State Labor Council. “I want to be in a leadership position so I can make a difference,” Prawl said. My goal is to make sure we educate our members, build solidarity within our membership, and make connections with organizations outside our union.”

International Longshore and Warehouse UnionEducate, Agitate and Organize: The 4th Young Workers Conference inspires a new generation of leaders

Past, present and future leaders: Over 200 delegates and guests attended the fourth ILWU Young Workers Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Over 200 registered delegates and guests gathered at the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver, B.C., from September 4-6 for the fourth biennial ILWU Young Workers Conference. This was the largest Young Workers Conference yet with the largest delegation of workers from the ILWU International. In addition to impressive membership turnout from Canada and the U.S., this meeting had the largest number of international delegates with workers from Australia, Indonesia, Poland, Croatia, and the United Kingdom.

Recognizing the First Nations

ILWU Canada’s Second Vice President Dan Kask began the conference by acknowledging and thanking the First Nations people’s, on whose land the conference was held. A moment of silence followed to honor all union members who passed since the last Young Workers Conference.

In his introductory remarks, Kask said the purpose of the conference was to build worker power by providing young workers with the tools and space to organize. “This year’s theme, ‘Educate, Agitate and Organize,’ contains three words that you will hear in any discussion about the history and struggle of the ILWU,” said Kask in his opening remarks. “This conference is about providing the next generation an opportunity to write the ongoing history of militant rank-and-file unionism. If we want to strengthen our unions, we must build workers’ power.”

The conference covered ILWU history, the union’s Ten Guiding Principles, political action, and other concerns, such as workplace health and safety, port security, international solidarity and social media. Also featured was a theatrical performance from a musical, The Battle of Ballantyne Pier. A wide variety of speakers included international guests, current and former ILWU elected officers, rank-and-file leaders, along with active members and pensioners from many of the union’s divisions.

Leaders past, present and future

Past, present and future leaders: Over 200 delegates and guests attended the fourth ILWU Young Workers Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The first speaker was former First Vice President of ILWU Canada, John Cordecedo, who spoke about the history of the ILWU Longshore locals in British Columbia. ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton followed with a short but inspiring speech that touched on the first of the conference’s three themes: “educate.” He encouraged delegates to learn throughout their careers to keep up with an ever-changing industry.

“This is our future here in this room,” he said, “and our future is ever-evolving. As we go through our lives as workers, we have to educate ourselves. Don’t be stagnant. Don’t expect that today is going to be same as tomorrow. It’s going to change whether we like it or not. Learn about the technology that’s coming. Learn to use it; learn to fight against it. Learn to protect what you have and expand upon it for the future.”

Next up were members of the Young Workers Committee who were elected two-years ago at the previous Conference. Ashley Bordignon, Tyler Gerard, Danielle Phelan, Isaac Baidoo, Viri Gomez and Stef Flores each offered their reflections on the ILWU’s Ten Guiding Principles. Conference participants then held small group discussions where they proposed a “new” guiding principle.

Pensioner experience

A panel of ILWU Canada pensioners provided an important perspective on ILWU history. The group included former ILWU Canada President Tom Dufresne, Herb Howe, Ted Grewcut and Gord Westrand. Each reflected on their most memorable experience of rank-and-file power in the workplace, their thoughts about leadership and automation, and sharing what they miss most about working on the waterfront.

Musical interlude

Following the lunch break, conference attendees were treated to a performance from the Battle of Ballantyne Musical. The musical was written by award-winning playwright Sherry MacDonald and tells the story of the 1935 strike by longshore workers in Vancouver. The remainder of the afternoon featured sessions on Canadian Transport Security Clearances and social media.

Internationalism and activism

Young Workers Committee: The newly elected committee members (L-R): Tyrel Ratich, Local 500; Bryan Delwo, Local 502; Alexander Fernadez, Local 29; Brittni Hodson, Local 508; Tereza Tacic, Local 500; Lateesha Myers, Local 502; Paul
Gill, Local 502.

The second day emphasized international solidarity with a panel of workers from the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). Delegates watched a short documentary on the Patrick’s dispute that took place in 1998 when the Patrick Corporation fired MUA members in four Australian ports and replaced them with non-union workers. The ILWU responded by refusing to unload cargo from Australian ships loaded by non-union workers. The firing of MUA members was later ruled illegal by Australian courts. The film was followed by a panel of MUA speakers who discussed the current issues and struggles facing Australian maritime workers.

A second panel of featuring International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) delegates included workers from Australia, Indonesia, Poland, Croatia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. ILWU International Secretary- Treasurer Ed Ferris spoke on this panel and reported about efforts by the ITF Dockers’ Section Occupational Safety and Health Working Group.

Afternoon Activism

The conference took time out during the afternoon for some hands-on agitation. Delegates rode by bus to Vancouver’s Jack Poole square where they participated in some street theater by staging a mass “die-in” – part of ILWU’s Canada’s “Kill a Worker, go to Jail” campaign. The effort dramatized on-the job fatalities and serious accidents caused by poor enforcement and weak health and safety laws. Afterward, delegates held a short rally that included a speech from Secretary-Treasurer Ed Ferris.

“I’m tired of losing family and friends every year for corporate profit,” said Ferris. “You have the right to go home to your family at the end of the day. We need to start valuing our lives a little bit more.”

The rally also heard from Local 502 President Tom Doran: “We have not stopped industrial manslaughter because we haven’t even begun to enforce the law.”

History lesson

During the Friday morning session, Mark Leier, a history professor at Simon Fraser University, explained how movements can build solidarity. His session included small group brainstorming and a sing-along to a song written by the famous Wobblie organizer Joe Hill.

Community activism

ILWU Local 23 young workers Zack Pattin and Brian Skiffington delivered a presentation about their effort to connect the union with community activism. The example they used was a tenant organizing campaign assisted by Local 23 members who helped working-class tenants in Tacoma’s Tiki Apartments resist evictions by greedy landlords. ILWU members helped the tenants organize and provided assistance to displaced tenants. They also worked with tenants and community groups who forced the City Council to delay evictions and pass stronger tenant-protection laws.

Call to Action: ILWU International
President Willie Adams challenged the
delegates to apply what they learned at
the conference when they return to their

Internal organizing

Puget Sound IBU Business Agent Ryan Brazeau and Columbia River IBU Business Agent Adam Smith discussed the recent effort by Inlandboatmen’s Union activists to strengthen their public-sector membership by enlisting employees to recommit their union affiliation in light of the Janus decision. In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that non-union members represented by a union contract are no longer

required to pay representation fees that cover the costs of contract administration and enforcement. Anti-union forces funded the Janus court fight and they continue funding nationwide campaigns aimed to weaken labor unions.

ILWU President Willie Adams

ILWU International President Willie Adams delivered a keynote address on Friday that shared details about his forty-year evolution from a young worker on Tacoma’s waterfront in 1978 to being elected ILWU International President in 2018. Adams challenged workers to encourage greater participation and combat apathy when they return to their local unions. “What are you going to do when you get home?” he asked. “We are going to kill this working-class, labor movement if we don’t have participation from our brothers and sisters,” he concluded.

The afternoon session also featured a training to “build power on-the-job” that was led by Barbara Madeloni and Joe DeManuell-Hall from Labor Notes. A final inspired and heartfelt address was provided by Steve Nasby, former ILWU Canada Second Vice President who helped establish the Young Workers’ Conference.

The final order of business was the election of a new Young Worker’s Committee that now includes Local 500 members Tyrel Ratich and Tereza Tacic, Local 502’s Paul Gill, Lateesha Myers and Bryan Delwo, Local 508’s Brittni Hodson and Local 29’s Alexander Fernadez. Local 5’s Andy Anderson said they left the conference with a sense of urgency and a renewed commitment to activism in their union.

“It’s important to show up and be a part of things,” they said. “There was a challenge issued at the conference for every member to attend at least one union event every year. If you can’t make it to your membership meeting, show up to another event.”

Local 10’s Morall Griffin said he intends to take the challenge issued by President Adams and put it into practice when he returns.

“This experience made me realize there is a lot of work that needs to be done when I get back home. I’m going to share what I learned here with my peers back home,” he said.


Felixstowe DockersImran Khan Welcomes HPH’s Karachi Expansion

Hong Kong-based port operator Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) has committed an investment of US$240 million for the development of Pakistan’s Karachi port, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. 
The investment is designed to significantly increase the capacity of the port, although it is not yet determined by much; it will also see HPH’s spending in Pakistan to rise to $1 billion and in doing so employ 3,000 people.
The announcement was made during a visit from a HPH delegation, which included Managing Director Eric Ip to the Pakistani capital Islamabad on October 15, 2019 where they met Prime Minister Imran Khan.  

The HPH delegation also met several cabinet ministers from the government, including Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Minister for Maritime Affairs, Abdul Razzaq Dawood, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Ali Jehangir Siddiqui, Ambassador at Large for Foreign Investment.
As well as the investment in Karachi, Khan was also briefed on HPH’s commitment to Pakistan and its efforts to turn the country into a major Asian trade hub.
Pakistan is a source of significant maritime investment, with China helping to develop the Port of Gwadar as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Gwadar opened for commercial use last week – a story Port Technology reported on.

Felixstowe DockersEurope's no.1 crossroads of container flows



International Longshore and Warehouse UnionILWU Statement on the Death of Elijah Cummings


With the passing of U.S. Congressional Representative Elijah Cummings, the nation has lost a leader, and the working people of our nation have lost a formidable champion and advocate. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and their three children; his friends and staff; and the people of the 7th Congressional District of Maryland.

A former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Cummings made voting rights, equality, and access to opportunity a top priority. He was also committed to ensuring that young people had access to a bright future. As Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, he led the charge to defend democracy and to hold government officials accountable.

The ILWU had the privilege of working with Rep. Cummings when he was both Chairman and Ranking member of the House Transportation Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over maritime law. He was a tough defender of maritime workers and our collective bargaining rights. He pushed the Coast Guard and the maritime industry to create more opportunities for women and people of color.

Chairman Elijah Cummings was respected by Democrats and Republicans for his toughness, fairness, kind heart and decency. A truly great leader, he once said that his life was “filled with pain, passion and purpose.” We can honor his legacy by acting with purpose and integrity in our efforts to achieve equality, justice and opportunity for the American people.

Download a PDF of the statement here.

Felixstowe DockersContainer Carrier MSC Orders Five Giant Box Ships for $762 Million

The order by the world’s No. 2 container shipping line comes as global trade growth is faltering and freight rates are tumbling

The MSC Gulsun container ship entered a terminal in Gdansk, Poland, in August. PHOTO: MICHAL FLUDRA/ZUMA PRESS
Mediterranean Shipping Co. will buy five giant container ships from South Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. for $762 million in a new sign that ocean cargo carriers are building up their capacity despite falling freight rates and weak trade growth.
DSME announced the order Monday without naming the buyer. Two people familiar with the matter said Geneva-based MSC, the world’s second-largest container shipping carrier by capacity, exercised an option to buy the vessels as part of a previous order.
The ships likely will be deployed on the Asia-to-Europe trade lane and will be able to move 23,000 containers each. The route is the world’s busiest ocean container lane and carriers including MSC, A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and China’s Cosco Shipping Holdings Ltd. use their biggest vessels there, but faltering global trade has left the operators competing more aggressively on pricing.
The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index shows freight rates from Asia to Europe at $581 per box this week, the lowest in three years. Trans-Pacific rates, which have been highly volatile on the back of the U.S.-China trade tariffs, were at $2,335 per container, the lowest this year.

“Container volumes from Asia to Europe rose 4.6% on year from January to August while the fleet of new very large container ships [vessels that move more than 10,000 boxes] has grown 12%,” said Jonathan Roach, an analyst at Braemar ACM Shipbroking. “With a weak European economic backdrop, combined with a very large container ship fleet expansion program, freight rate deflation has become difficult to avoid.”
Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp. last week ordered six ships of the same capacity as the MSC vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., another Korean yard, for around $920 million. France’s CMA CGM SA, the world’s fourth-largest shipping line, in August took delivery of the first of nine 23,000-box vessels it has ordered.
Container ships move the vast majority of international trade of manufactured goods like cars, furniture, home appliances, food, clothing and electronics.
Trade disputes between the U.S., China and Europe have put the brakes on global economic growth, and the International Monetary Fund projects the world economy in 2019 is on course for its weakest year of growth since the financial crisis.
Carriers say the giant box ships, which are 400 meters long (1,312 feet) or about as high as the Empire State Building if turned upright, provide critical operating economies. When the ships are full, their fuel consumption per container is a quarter that of smaller vessels.
“The key is to sail full,” said the chief executive of an Asian operator, asking not to be named. “These days, with the global slowdown and the trade tensions, that’s not the case and we are losing a lot of money.”
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Felixstowe DockersBoluda focuses on fleet growth after €300M KST acquisition

Boluda has taken over KST’s tugs, including Buffalo, in Southampton, UK

By Martyn Wingrove

The world’s second-largest owner of tugs is looking for investment opportunities as it serves ultra-large container ships in European terminals
Boluda Corporación Marítima subsidiary Boluda Towage is considering ordering new tugs for its northern European fleet after its €300M (US$330M) acquisition of the joint venture Kotug Smit Towage (KST) in Q3 2019, ahead of its centenary celebrations.
Established in 1920 in Valencia, Boluda Towage has amassed a fleet of more than 320 tugs operating in 90 ports in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Indian Ocean. That was bolstered in August with the addition of the KST, a joint venture between Kotug International and Royal Boskalis, its fleet of 67 tugs and operations in Benelux countries, Germany and the UK.
Following the acquisition, the group is repainting the KST tugs into the Boluda Towage colours either at sea or in drydock, Boluda Towage UK general manager Phil Dulson tells Tug Technology & Business. But this is the only change, as Boluda Towage has kept almost all KST staff and is willing to invest further in the fleet.
“Safety is at the forefront and so is reliable service to our clients and that means investment in new assets and crew,” says Mr Dulson. “As part of a bigger group, we have the finance to invest in new tugs. We have access to a larger network to offer more port operations.”
He sees benefits for the UK and beyond from operating within this larger group. “We increased market share, increased utilisation and can share best practice across the organisation,” says Mr Dulson.
This enables Boluda Towage to boost its operational capacity when demand in ports and terminals increases.
“Our objective is growth and to commit to investment,” Mr Dulson continues. He explains that Boluda Towage’s management is still gaining a better understanding of the former KST business it acquired. However, their strategic ambition is to enhance the existing fleet and expand. “They may look for growth in new ports,” he says.
The acquisition goals were to consolidate Boluda Towage’s prospects, strengthen its position as a European tugboat market leader, open up new opportunities and boost innovation. It has increased its presence in the following major European ports:
  • Flushing (Netherlands)
  • Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Terneuzen (Netherlands)
  • Liverpool (UK)
  • London Gateway (UK)
  • Southampton (UK)
  • Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Ghent (Belgium)
  • Zeebrugge (Belgium)
Boluda Towage also strengthened its position in Germany, specifically in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, where it has been operating since 2017 since acquiring German enterprise Urag.
Boluda Towage executive vice president Vicente Boluda Ceballos indicates fleet investment may involve ordering new harbour tugboats at Spanish shipyards, although he would also consider Turkish shipyards and Damen Shipyards as sources for towage assets.
He says the need to order new tugs comes from the increasing size of container ships entering European ports.
An example in September was the arrival of one of the world’s largest container ships, 23,756 TEU-capacity, 228,741-gt MSC Mina at the Port of Algeciras, Spain. MSC Mina arrived during its maiden voyage from the Chinese port of Xingang to northern Europe, a service operated jointly with Maersk. This 399.8-m long super giant, with 61 m beam, required assistance from Boluda Towage’s tugs VB Juan GonzalezVB TitanVB Tron and VB Andalucia on its port entrance and berthing.
Fleet growth will also be driven by new or expanded European terminals.
VB Concorde joined Boluda Towage France’s fleet in port of Nantes-St. Nazaire
VB Concorde joined Boluda Towage France’s fleet in port of Nantes-St. Nazaire
Boluda Towage added two new multipurpose tugs to its fleet in August to assist larger LNG carriers and container ships visiting the expanded import facilities in the port of Nantes-St. Nazaire, France.
It took delivery of VB Concorde and VB Mirage from Piriou’s shipyard in Vietnam as part of a much larger newbuilding campaign. They assist tugboats VB Ouragan and VB Croisic, which Boluda Towage already operates in the French port.
“We have invested in new equipment in anticipation of future changes in port operations,” says Boluda Towage France general manager Denis Monserrand. “The port of Nantes-St. Nazaire is the base for the world’s largest LNG tankers and has recently increased capacity to accommodate the largest container ships. These new and powerful tugs are equipped with FiFi1 firefighting equipment and are prepared to respond to any challenging situations that may arise.”
Piriou built these two 30-m escort and harbour support tugs to its own OST 30 design. VB Concorde and VB Mirageare the first of an eight-tug newbuilding series Boluda Towage France ordered from Piriou.
The next two tugs in this series were officially ordered in May 2018 and are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2019.
Two tugs ordered as part of this series in January 2019 will be delivered in May 2020. Two more are expected to be built for delivery before the beginning of 2021.
All eight tugs will have bollard pulls of around 73-75 tonnes, sufficient to assist the largest container ships, LNG carriers and cruise liners.
UK terminal towage requirements
In the UK, ultra-large container ships arriving in Southampton are putting pressure on existing towage vessels. A member of Boluda Towage’s dispatch team says there could be requirements for more powerful tugs in Southampton to manage more visits from larger ships.
Increasing numbers of tugs are required to manoeuvre the largest container ships and tankers along shipping lanes and into UK terminals.
Zodiac Maritime operations manager Stuart Robertson says up to four tugs are needed to assist very large crude carriers and Suezmax tankers into terminals, including one ready to assist if there are issues. He says tugboats need to be powerful and highly manoeuvrable for these operations. They need a higher bollard pull and to be ready to tackle greater vessel forces in different weather conditions.
Harwich Haven Authority chief executive Neil Glendinning says at least four azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs are required to assist container ships entering the port of Felixstowe because of the angles in the shipping channel. Svitzer provides towage services in this port.
“We have four Svitzer ASDs for dynamic towage and manoeuvring container ships,” Mr Glendinning explains to TTB. “There is a 90˚ bend in the channel, so we had to work out how to get these ships around the corner safely in wind speeds up to 30-35 knots.”
This was achieved through simulating towage operations and training tug crew. “We then know what the towage resources are and the weather parameters we can handle ships in,” says Mr Glendinning. “We work out safe operations for tug assistance, train the pilots and understand the tug power requirements.”
Using simulators, Harwich Haven Authority also creates safety operating procedures with the tug masters, pilots and ship operators before container ships arrive outside the port.



Felixstowe DockersBack to Brock as UK Government Prepares for Brexit Delays and Puts the Onus on Drivers

Once Again the Parking Solution on Kent Motorway Surfaces - This Time with Traffic Wardens

UK – The government has announced that Operation Brock will go live on 28 October in a bid to manage any traffic disruption and help keep trade moving in and out of the UK, in the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal. The government says that it has worked closely with the Kent Resilience Forum to implement the scheme, which is intended to cope with any delays to Europe-bound freight while protecting local roads from bottlenecks and the like.
The traffic management scheme will keep the M20 open in both directions for all other traffic, minimising any impacts on local residents, businesses and public services. Whether road haulage operators, or indeed the general public will consider this as ‘management’ is far from certain. 
Hauliers driving during Operation Brock and heading to Europe via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel will need to be on the Operation Brock routes and follow all diversions, instructions and speed restrictions rather than relying on satellite navigation systems. They will also need to be ready to show that they have the right paperwork before reaching the border to avoid being turned back, or else risk facing fines and further delays. 
The Department for Transport says that new legislation will help keep haulage vehicles on main routes through Kent and away from local roads, reducing the impact of any disruption on local communities. Traffic officers in Kent will also have new and enhanced powers from 31 October to help ensure hauliers are complying with the Operation Brock system. So that’s all right then. 
Final works in the coming weeks will ensure that the holding areas are ready to be activated on October 28 as Operation Brock goes live. If the UK leaves the EU as planned on October 21 truckers will presumably just have a week to wait for the scheme to swing into action and resolve all the nasty problems. Cynics will say that the total ineffectiveness of the British government to solve the free trade issue in almost three years might cast a doubt on why anyone should think this scheme should be necessary, let alone be a good solution. 
This timing means that from 26-27 October there will be overnight closures on the M20 between junctions 7 and 9, so that final preparations can be carried out safely. Policy Manager for South East England at Freight Transport Association (FTA), Heidi Skinner, said: 
“Any move which keeps traffic flowing to and from the coast, and through and around Kent, is to be welcomed in order to keep Britain trading. Our members have been asking for clarity on the arrangements for some time, so this news will help them to prepare for a potential no deal Brexit and any resulting traffic disruption which may occur.” 
Once Operation Brock goes live on Monday 28 October, lorries heading for mainland Europe will need to use the coast bound carriageway of the M20 between junctions 8 and 9, with a 30mph speed limit in place. All other traffic will run on the London-bound carriageway between these junctions, with two lanes in each direction operating at 50mph. 
In addition, Highways England is apparently fast-tracking work to ensure that key slip roads at a new junction being created on the M20 near Ashford will be open to traffic by the 31 October. This comes as the Department for Transport launches a targeted information campaign to ensure hauliers know what to expect if they are travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel in a no-deal Brexit scenario. Transport Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, said: 
“We want residents in Kent and hauliers travelling from across the EU to be reassured that there are robust plans in place to deal with any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit. We now need everyone to do their bit, whether you are travelling to see family, heading to work or transporting vital goods around the country, please check before you travel to ensure you know what to expect and have the right documents when heading to the border.” 
So that’s it folks. Whether you are a haulier trying to do the job that keeps food on the table for all, or a guy taking his kids out for the day, this is all down to you. When the minister says ‘robust plans’, he presumably means you are likely to get parked up somewhere if there is a problem and fined using those ‘enhanced powers’ if you make a mistake. Whether the government in its wisdom has arrange sustenance or even toilet facilities on the routes concerned remains to be seen. The odds however are not good. 
Could be worse folks, they might have left Chris Grayling in post. 
Photo: It seems drivers may be in for a long wait.

Felixstowe DockersVIDEO: Damages from runaway yacht still being investigated

PORT ANGELES — William Bohannon’s sailboat was damaged this week by a runaway yacht.
But he’s still feeling lucky.
The San Diego resident’s 33-footer was tied up at the Port Angeles Boat Haven when, without warning, a 260-ton, 125-foot Westport LLC pleasure craft took off at full throttle from a fuel dock about 300 feet away.
“Good thing I wasn’t on board during the accident since my bunk was right next to the smashed-in window and crushed hull area,” Bohannon said Tuesday in an email.
“It used to be quite seaworthy.
“Now windows are smashed and there’s a big crack right in the middle of the hull — don’t know if it’s even repairable.”
No one was injured in the crash that damaged three sailboats, a power boat, and a an aluminum SR3 marine wildlife and rehabilitation research vessel.

“The aluminum marine research vessel got crunched pretty well, and there was a white and yellow sailboat next to the research vessel that may be a total loss due to the fiberglass damage,” John Nutter, port director of property, marinas and airports.
The Boat Haven is owned by the port.
Nutter’s assessment was contained in an email Monday afternoon to Westport General Manager David Hagiwara. 
The extent of damage to the yacht was unknown Thursday. Hagiwara has not returned calls for comment about the incident.
“We have a surveyor here today and he will be looking at our boat,” Hagiwara told Nutter on Wednesday in an email.
The Westport 125 also took out much of the port’s G-H dock, one of nine moorage piers at the Port of Port Angeles facility just west of downtown Port Angeles.
When the yacht accelerated, a mooring rope broke and a couple of cleats were ripped out of the dock.
The main dock also buckled, Nutter said.
The crash removed six moorage spots, Nutter said.
Port officials said the collision caused more than $100,000 in damage.
Nutter said Thursday a damage estimate of port property will not be known until an insurance company draws up an estimate.
Owners of boats that were damaged are being told to talk to Westport, Nutter said.
The 2020 yacht, valued at about $24 million to $25 million, is owned by Westport.
It was at the fuel dock pending fuel-up and delivery to a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., customer when it suddenly accelerated at about 8:15 a.m., Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and port officials said.
Brian King, sheriff’s office chief criminal deputy, said Thursday it appears an electronic malfunction occurred on the yacht and that the acceleration was unintentional.
The crash is being investigated by the sheriff’s office marine unit.
“It was full-throttle propulsion moving forward,” King said.
Six Westport employees, including the captain, were on board when the boat, moving slowly forward, accelerated.
“We know the captain was in the process of electronically switching from one control to the next control when the boat took off.
“There was some type of malfunction that occurred there.”
Nutter said the propulsion system is electronically controlled.
Nutter said he did not know if the yacht’s motor was running when it accelerated.
The yacht, so new it lacked a name, had been moored in the marina for the past couple of months.
Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at pgottlieb@

Felixstowe Dockers£40m Investement to upgrade container terminal

Belfast Harbour has today revealed details of a £40m investment programme to upgrade its container terminal at Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3) which connects Northern Ireland’s businesses to global markets through the European hub ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Belfast Harbour recently launched its 2035 Strategic Outlook with plans to be the ‘Best Regional Port in the World’ and a ‘Smart Port’ by investing in new technology and enhancing capacity. The first investment announcement on the back of this for VT3 will improve productivity and help customers grow and target new trade opportunities.

The three-year investment programme will see Belfast Harbour invest £28m in ten new cranes and undertake major civil works delivered by local contractor F.P. McCann to reconfigure the 27-acre terminal to increase terminal capacity by around 30% and improve terminal efficiency.
The terminal is operated by Belfast Harbour’s partners, Irish Continental Group (ICG), and currently handles more than 250 sailings annually between Belfast and key Northern European container ports such as Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre, providing local importers and exporters with access to overseas markets.
Michael Robinson, Belfast Harbour’s Port Director, said:
“This investment programme will future-proof the terminal for a generation as well as utilise the most modern technology making Belfast Harbour one of the world leaders through the implementation of Rubber Tyre Gantry remote control and stack automation technology. Long-term, we anticipate that the container market will continue to grow and surpass pre-recession levels and as a port we need to be ready to handle these volumes.”

The investment in new larger state-of-the-art cranes and a new terminal layout, futureproofs the terminal capacity and provides the ability to handle larger ships.  Two Ship to Shore (STS) cranes have been purchased from Liebherr Cranes, the first of which will be delivered in Q1 2020.
The investment will also provide eight new Kalmar Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) cranes, which are faster and more versatile than the current yard cranes and can be operated remotely, further increasing productivity. The first five RTGs will be delivered in November 2019 with the first two RTGs commissioned and ready for use in early Q1 2020.

Mr. Robinson added:
“This is amongst the largest investment projects that Belfast Harbour has ever undertaken and will help create one of the most modern container handling terminals of its size in Europe.
“There is widespread recognition in industry and government that Northern Ireland’s future economic growth will rely on increasing exports and this investment puts us in a strong position to accommodate export growth by local companies over the long term.”
Declan Freeman, Managing Director, ICG Container and Terminal Division, said:
“We wholeheartedly welcome Belfast Harbour’s commitment to make a long-term investment in both infrastructure and equipment to modernise and improve efficiency at the container terminal. This announcement is good for all local exporters who want to access international markets and we are very much looking forward to the arrival of the first new RTGs in November.”

VT3 links Northern Ireland with the international hubs of Rotterdam and Antwerp, bringing products such as food and drink and household goods to Northern Ireland, and providing a route to global markets for local exporters. Last year VT3 handled almost 128,000 containers, a 1.5% increase on the previous year and the highest volume since 2010.
VT3 was opened in 1993 and was pivotal in repositioning Belfast as one of the island’s gateways to international markets.

Felixstowe DockersAntarctic research vessel RRS James Clark Ross departs Harwich International Port. 15th October 2019

Felixstowe DockersWhy are third officers being paid less than coffee shop workers?


I recently came across a job advert for a third officer by one of the UK’s major maritime industry recruiters, Faststream Recruitment. The advert offers the successful candidate “the opportunity to work with a leading cruise company, experience global travel, and enjoy an attractive package with lots of future possibilities,” sounds great right?
In return, Faststream’s cruise ship operating client asks for “experience in this rank on any type of passenger vessel,” an “Officer of the watch CoC unlimited,” and “the legal right to live and work in the EU.” This all seemed perfectly reasonable to me, and a great opportunity for a junior officer, until I saw the salary.
“The client will offer the successful candidates up to $16,000 per year with a 4:2 rotation.”
$16,000. Let that sink in.
At today’s exchange rate that equates to a UK salary of £12,613. For a third officer. With experience in rank. For a leading cruise ship operator.
If you assume that the successful candidate will work around 12 hours per day for the eight months they are on board, that equates to around £4.33 per hour. The minimum wage in the UK for an 18-21 year old is £6.15 per hour. The minimum wage for an under 18 year old in the UK is £4.35 per hour.
So that we are crystal clear, a leading cruise operator is attempting to employ EU deck officers for less money than an employer in the UK can legally pay a child. When I saw this I assumed it was a typo and, through the magic of LinkedIn asked the team to verify.
Faststream’s recruitment manager told me: “The pay advised on the advert is correct. This position is working with a leading and very well established company – and with this opportunity they are offering an entry into the cruise industry”.
These officers are professionally qualified navigators and will be legally responsible for the safe navigation of a multimillion dollar asset and the lives of thousands of people. It takes a minimum of three years and a combination of practical training, academic study, and sea-going experience to obtain an unlimited Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency. Even after all of the training, there is no guarantee that a cadet will obtain their officer’s ticket. In the UK, and across the EU, we maintain exceptionally high standards for the certification of seafarers and those who cannot prove their competence simply don’t get a license.
There is a great deal of skill and creative flair that goes into brewing good coffee. For the sake of reference, a leading coffee shop in the UK pays its entry level staff an average of £7.00 per hour. But the skills required and the level of responsibility involved in navigating a merchant ship versus making my morning macchiato cannot be compared. So how is it that the officers on board these particular ships are being paid less than my local barista? I’m no stranger to the employment economics of our global shipping industry, and that UK and European seafarers must compete in an international market. During my time at sea, I was lucky enough to sail with officers from all over the world; Russia, the Philippines, Ukraine, Indonesia, India, Poland, and Croatia to name a few. We always swapped stories about pay and conditions during long hours on the bridge. I never met any seafarer who bore the responsibility of stripes on their shoulders earning a wage as low as what’s on offer here.
Though morally questionable in my opinion, Faststream and their client are not doing anything illegal here. The salary on offer from this job comes in above the minimum wage of a number of EU countries, some of which have no lower pay limit. An irrelevant point, because EU minimum wages have no bearing on what happens at sea. But it also comes in just above the recommended $1,822 a month minimum wage for a third officer set by ITF, ISF and ILO as part of the Maritime Labour Convention. However, comparing what’s on offer here to the minimum international standards completely misses the point. When I think of the minimum standards set by MLC, I picture rusty bulk carriers operated by anonymous and unscrupulous owners who spend their days treading the thin line between costs and safety. I don’t picture cruise ships carrying thousands of unwitting passengers.
When all is said and done, this is a safety issue. When a leading cruise ship operator is willing to devalue critical skills by paying the officers stood on deck, who bear responsibility for the safety of passengers and crew, a paltry $16,000, it makes a mockery of all of the important work done by industry to improve safety at sea in recent decades. If any ship operator is willing to cut a corner this important‍‍‍, it makes you wonder where else they are cutting corners. Further, I wonder how safe the passengers on board would feel if they knew that the officers responsible for navigating their ship were paid less than the taxi or bus driver that took them to the airport?
Unfortunately, I have no doubt that the roles will be filled. Across Europe, there are enough qualified junior officers scrabbling for work that doesn’t exist to fill these roles many times over, even at this insulting salary. I believe wholeheartedly in free-market economics and that, above certain minimum standards, an employee’s salary should be determined by supply and demand. But in this case, I believe the cruise operator is shortsightedly sourcing officers well below the market rate. Sooner or later, markets always correct themselves. In our industry, those corrections tend to come after catastrophic events. It is a repeating pattern I’ve seen play out many times; a ship operator sources the cheapest possible labour, they struggle with crew retention and quality, near misses increase but go unreported, eventually, something happens; lives are lost, oil is spilled, or a ship founders.
I am lucky enough to often be asked to speak at events or privately brief clients on the future of the industry. A consistent question comes up wherever I go; how do we attract the next generation of talent and give them the skills to succeed? It’s a simple question and I believe it has a simple answer. Hire good people, train them well, and most importantly treat them well. You don’t need to pay people filmstar wages to retain them, but you do need to pay them a wage that reflects their skills and the gravity of the responsibility they hold. I hope for their own sake, and for the sake of the passengers and crew in their charge, that Faststream and their client realise the error of their ways before irreparable harm is done to the industry.

International Longshore and Warehouse UnionILWU solidarity for strike by United Autoworkers

ILWU International President Willie Adams took an all-night “red-eye” flight to join striking members of the United Autoworkers Union in Michigan on Monday, October 14. “Solidarity is the most important thing union members can do for each other,” said Adams, who chose to spend his solidarity day in Flint, Michigan.

“Flint is a working-class town with an impressive labor history that continues to this day,” said Adams.

Workers who formed the United Autoworkers made history in 1936 by seizing control of Flint’s General Motors plant after company officials refused to respect the new union.

The “sit-down” strike was one of the country’s most dramatic labor actions that followed the 1934 Minneapolis general strike led by Teamsters and West Coast maritime strike the same year that was led by longshore workers. Adams visited a memorial in Flint honoring the sit-down strikers.  He was accompanied throughout the day by rank-and-file UAW activist Sean Crawford, a Flint native whose family members participated in the sit-down. Adams arrived on day 28 of the strike.  General Motors wants to continue a “two-tier” system with low-paid “perma-temp” workers, higher health costs and close more plants in the U.S.

“When we say ‘an injury to one is an injury to all,’ it means caring for each other, helping union brothers and sisters, and fighting for the entire working class,” said Adams.  “My trip was short, but I made new friends on the picket line, and shared our message of solidarity with these brave workers.”




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Felixstowe DockersJust recently feasibility was discussed at a Port of Los Angeles meeting yesterday and I have some thoughts of my own.

Just recently feasibility was discussed at a Port of Los Angeles meeting yesterday and I have some thoughts of my own.

We all want clean air, but at what cost? The NRDC recently explained they want nothing short of 100% clean. For context, 90-95% will keep thousands employed, but at 100% you make it impossible to employ anyone, including truckers. 

Right now, Los Angeles, California is quickly becoming the leader in this race for clean air and now the NRDC is telling us,”It’s not enough.” and has threatened with legal ramifications if we do not hit 100% clean air. 🤔

I noticed some of these NRDC members are well off. Some of them own entire blocks of real estate that are leased out to thriving businesses in San Pedro. They know who pays their rent, so why would they attack the Maritime industry, knowing who pays their bills?

Maybe they’ve lost touch with the community they claim to represent? Automation is not the only answer and this is well known. For those of you that do not know, the use of automation isn’t even 100%, they still use diesel. Knowing this, they still stand against electric machinery that would bring us to 90-95% clean? I hate to speculate, but I’m starting to question the agenda of the NRDC and who is funding them.


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The annual CITT Town Hall will address the future of how we move goods and what this means for our national and regional competitiveness, the livability of our communities and the opportunities and challenges for the workforce. Technology can contribute to a more efficient and cleaner supply chain, including port and terminal operations; but technology also contributes to a change in the way goods are moved and the skills needed by the waterfront workforce.”“Join CITT for breakfast at the 2019 State of the Trade and Transportation Industry Town Hall Meeting "Smart Port of the Future: Economy, Environment, Technology, and Workforce"

The annual CITT Town Hall will address the future of how we move goods and what this means for our national and regional competitiveness, the livability of our communities and the opportunities and challenges for the workforce. Technology can contribute to a more efficient and cleaner supply chain, including port and terminal operations; but technology also contributes to a change in the way goods are moved and the skills needed by the waterfront workforce.”

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Felixstowe DockersMersey maritime sector can turbo-charge post-Brexit UK economy

The Port of Liverpool is at the heart of Liverpool city region’s maritime sector. Picture by HowardLiverpool

New report reveals the maritime sector clustered around the Mersey directly drove just under £2bn in domestic output through business turnover in 2017. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool city region’s maritime sector could be a major driving force for the UK economy post-Brexit as a new report shows just what a powerhouse it has become.
Industry body Mersey Maritime, working with Maritime UK and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), commissioned the report to determine how important the region’s maritime industry is to the national economy and the Liverpool city region.
It found that the maritime sector clustered around the Mersey directly drove just under £2bn in domestic output through business turnover in 2017.
Compared to 2010, Liverpool city region’s domestic output levels across the sector have grown by 118% – approximately £1bn. It also produced £650m in GVA and 7,899 new jobs in the the city region in 2017.
Merseyside also outperformed the UK average GVA per employee. In 2017, LCR maritime productivity stood at £81,461, while the UK average sat at £54,330.
The new report, The Economic Contribution of the Maritime Sector in the Liverpool City Region, also found that:
  • For every £1 generated by the maritime sector in the LCR, the wider economy benefits by £2.64.
  • The maritime sector is a growing one for the LCR, with a growth forecast for 2019-2023 of 16% cumulative.
  • 52,000 jobs across the region are related to the maritime supply chain, while 7,900 are direct jobs supported by the sector.
  • Marine engineering and scientific industry grew the most (158 per cent between 2010 and 2017).
The maritime sector supports other major sectors of the economy, such as offshore oil, gas and renewable energy, as well as automotive exports. For the purposes of the report the maritime sector has been defined as consisting of the ports, shipping, leisure marine, marine engineering, and scientific and maritime business services industries.
Chris Shirling-Rooke, chief executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “The national report showed the industry to be a massive contributor to the economic wellbeing of the UK and the findings of this new report have confirmed how significant the LCR contribution is within that.
“It’s even more remarkable considering that they exclude non-maritime logistics operations. These positive findings are a real vote of confidence in the dynamism and hard work of the people Mersey Maritime deal with on a day to day basis, our members.”

Mersey MaritimeFrom left, Chris Shirling-Rooke, Mersey Maritime, Gary Hodgson, Peel Ports, and Gareth Davies, director general, International and Security at Department for Transport

The report explains that the footprint of the maritime sector in the LCR is extensive and diverse, spread across areas of transport, infrastructure, training, business services and equipment manufacturing. Within these sub-sectors are goods and services which are highly exportable, giving renewed hope for the UK’s export potential in a post-Brexit trading landscape.
The LCR report follows on from the national report produced by CEBR and Maritime UK which showed that the maritime sector contributes £46.1bn to the UK economy – an £8.3bn increase since 2010.
Mark Whitworth, chief executive at Port of Liverpool operator Peel Ports, said: “The maritime sector is an enabler of trade, ensuring the supply of energy, food and commodities – the import and export of which is crucial for other UK businesses to thrive.
“As we look ahead to a post-Brexit trading future, Liverpool is not only strategically located for imports and exports, it has the relevant investment and infrastructure to make it the UK’s most important and valuable trade link with the rest of the world.”

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Felixstowe DockersMaking the workplace better for women dock workers

Making the workplace better for women dock workers

From crane drivers to tally clerks, women are joining the ranks of dock workers around the world. Now more women than ever before are earning their living in this traditionally male environment.

Strong unions need women

It’s now the responsibility of unions to ensure that women are represented in their collective bargaining and that issues concerning women dock workers are addressed.

A safer workplace for women, free from harassment and bullying, is a happier workplace for all. Childcare and parental leave for both men and women means more family time for all workers. Women actively engaged in their unions mean more women members and stronger unions for all.

Women dock workers need unions

Union membership gives women dockers a powerful network to share experiences and get support and advice. Given that women are also far more likely to occupy part-time, lower-paid and, often, casual contractual roles, the unions support them in times of economic crisis and government cutbacks, and if employers fail to honour their right to a safe and fair workplace. As women are often a minority group in a port environment, it is even more vital for their voice to be heard and the union provides that space.

How you can get involved

By becoming union leaders, women dock workers are providing a voice for women in ports all over the world.
Find out how the ITF is training women to take up leadership roles
The ITF has also created a range of resources, including policy documents, educational material and video, to highlight the key issues that need to be addressed by their union affiliates.
There are also ongoing campaigns and one-off events in support of women’s rights across the transport industry.
Find out more about the ITF women's department
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Felixstowe DockersDocking the World's Largest Container Ship - MSC Gulsun.

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Felixstowe DockersBrexit: Govt signs £87m ferry contracts for no-deal medicine supply

Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena Line will provide additional capacity for up to 3,000 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) a week.

Felixstowe DockersHuntingdon section of A14 will open in December ahead of schedule

Felixstowe DockersPlanned Closure of Orwell Bridge starting on the 14th October

We have been advised by Highways England that the Orwell Bridge will be closed for planned maintenance work to replace bridge joints and carry out carriageway repairs from 14th October. Specific details are as follows:
  • The closures are going in on the 14th, 15th, and 16th October for Eastbound.
  • The closures are going in on the 17th, 18th, and 21st October for Westbound.
  • Contingency in place for the 22nd October.
  • No work on the 23rd October as Ipswich playing at home.
  • Depending on the traffic count the closures will go in for each day the earliest at 21:00hrs.
  • The closures be lifted for each day expected at 05:00hrs.
  • The closures are on weekday nights only.
  • Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the closure when on a call.

A diversion route will be in place whilst the closure is in place as follows (clicking the image will open/download a full-scale pdf):

Felixstowe DockersGreene King workers threaten strike over 'paltry' pay as £2.7bn takeover approved

Greene King Sharholders have agreeds a £2.7bn takeover from Li Ka-Shing's CK Assets. Picture: PA IMAGES

Unrest is brewing among Greene King employees after staff were offered a "paltry" pay offer amid a £2.7bn takeover deal.

Greene King shareholders have agreed a £2.7bn takeover from CK Assets. Photo: PA.
On Wednesday evening, shareholders approved a deal from Hong Kong's CK Asset (CKA) to acquire the Suffolk firm's portfolio of 3,000 pubs.
In total, 98.8% of investors agreed for Hong King's richest man Li Ka-Shing to take ownership of the 220-year-old chain which employees around 39,000 people. 
The UK pub group and brewer Greene King has agreed a £2.7 billion sale to Hong Kong real estate giant CKA, the company has announced.  Picture: PA IMAGES
However, trade union Unite has warned a ballot for industrial action is looming as workers seek reassurances over job security and protest pay offers. 
MORE: Suffolk village to get UK's fastest broadband in new trialThe union has told the Bury St Edmunds firm preparation for a ballot is under way after around 200 members in the brewing and brands department rejected a 2% pay increase for the year 2019/2020.
Greene King's Bury St Edmunds headquarters. Photo:  PA IMAGES
Unite regional officer Mark Jaina said: "Our members are fed up with being palmed off with a paltry 2% rise which has been the norm for the last six or seven years.

Felixstowe DockersContainer stack found its way into the water yesterday at Long Beach Port, California

Container stack found its way into the water yesterday at Long Beach Port, California........ Anyone there with first hand knowledge is encouraged to enlighten us.

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Felixstowe DockersABP joins Great British Beach Clean

Image Caption: Andrew Harston, Director, Wales & Short Sea Ports, Associated British Ports (far left) and the cross-regional team clean up Pipers Vale beach
ABP organised a beach clean in September, at Pipers Vale, which saw the participation of 40 people as part of the nationwide Great British Beach Clean initiative.
During the beach clean, over 40 bags of rubbish, weighing around 250kg in total were collected, making a significant difference to the local environment. Some old bicycle frames, other sizeable items of rubbish and household plastics were 
removed, helping make the area safer for local wildlife.
The annual Great British Beach Clean initiative has been leading the way in tackling pollution for 25 years, helping make significant positive impacts on the reduction of beach litter.
Andrew Harston, ABP’s Wales and Short Sea Ports Director, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people come together to clean up the local beach at Pipers Vale and we were proud to organise it during the Great British Beach Clean weekend.
“Not only were we able make a real difference to area, but it gave us the opportunity to team up with our neighbours to help improve conditions for wildlife, in line with ABP’s wider commitment to sustainability and the environment.”
ABP’s team has been running regular beach cleans at Pipers Vale beach since September 2017. This litter pick is part of ABP’s wider commitment to the environment, as the company organises regular waste clearing days in areas surrounding its estate, including ‘Tidy Fridays’ across its network of 21 ports.

Felixstowe DockersDutch Ports Get Ready for a "No-Deal" Brexit

Image courtesy Port of Rotterdam

BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE  2019-10-10 21:13:30
Dutch port authorities say that they are working hard to get ready for traffic disruption as Britain heads slowly towards a "hard" exit from the European Union. 
Brussels and London have until October 31 to reach a deal on the terms of Britain's exit from the EU, a goal that has evaded negotiators for more than two years. The timeline is ambitious, and many analysts (and several of the negotiators themselves) view it as increasingly unlikely given the wide difference in the two sides' positions. The tumultuous debate over Brexit within Britain and the strained relationship between Parliament and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson add additional hurdles to gaining final approval.
If the UK does not secure either a deal or an extension to its exit timeline, customs procedures will apply to cross-Channel shipments effective November 1- something that most UK shippers are not prepared to handle, according to the British government. Ro/ro freight shipping, a vital part of the trade connections between the UK and continental Europe, could be heavily affected by customs delays. 
Dutch Customs, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Port of Amsterdam Authority, port coordination platform PortBase, and local municipalities are all working together on Brexit preparations, the authorities said in a joint statement. The aim of the coordinated action is to minimize delays resulting from new customs checks at the Rotterdam and Vlaardingen ferry terminals. 
In order to address congestion, the group is coming up with contingency plans for traffic management - traffic circulation plans and parking sites for trucks lacking the right paperwork - and digital solutions to ease compliance. After registering themselves and their cargoes with Dutch Customs, exporters and importers will have to register their shipments online on the PortBase portal. This will give Dutch terminal operators transparency on whether the right paperwork has been completed in advance. 
Without digital pre-notification through PortBase, the trucker (and the shipment) won't be allowed into or out of the terminal. This is inconvenient for the trucker, but it will also slow down traffic flow at the gate as truckers are turned away. To avoid this problem, truckers can check online to make sure that the terminal has all the needed information before he or she arrives.

Felixstowe DockersMaersk backs BIMCO ship power limits proposal

There is now a united front coalescing against slow steaming with Maersk coming out in support of BIMCO’s proposal to limit ship’s power systems as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the short term.
Maersk had earlier been supporting a goal-based plan to slash the industry’s carbon footprint, but facing a growing coalition of slow steaming supporters it has come out in favour of the BIMCO proposal, which is similar to an idea mooted by Japan at an IMO meeting earlier this year.
“Focusing on power instead of speed limitation will, first and foremost, help to achieve the CO2 reduction goals set by the IMO. Next, it will reward the most efficient ships and last but not least, it will stimulate the necessary innovation in the development of CO2-neutral propulsion technologies needed to truly decarbonise shipping,” Maersk wrote in an email to Maritime Denmark.
A power limiter, not dissimilar to those used in automotives, was promoted by the Japanese delegation at the IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting in April.
“Measuring a ship’s speed is not an accurate exercise, therefore, other avenues have been investigated. It has been concluded that limiting ships’ propulsion power can be controlled accurately and at the same time, it has a close correlation to speed,” BIMCO stated in a release on Monday outlining its proposal to IMO ahead of a technical meeting at the London UN body to discuss GHG cutting measures.
The slow-steaming debate is being led by French president Emanuel Macron with the backing of more than 120 shipowners. Macron brought up the subject while hosting the G7 summit in Biarritz last month.

Felixstowe DockersChief Officer killed by snapped line, Spain

Chief Officer on board of general cargo ship YALIKOY died after being hit, reportedly, by a snapped mooring line, during berthing at Sagunto port, Spain, in the morning Oct 8. Paramedics declared him dead when they arrived on board. Another crew was injured, but not seriously. Chief officer was of Turkish nationality.

General cargo ship YALIKOY, IMO 9166510, dwt 4600, built 1999, flag S-Vincent, manager WHITE SEAGULL SHIPPING LTD, Mersin (EQUASIS).

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We're in receipt of information from a friend, which informs us about a fatal accident that occurred earlier this morning at the Spanish port of Sagunto (Valencia).
As the article liked-to below indicates, a mooring line attached to M/V YALIKOY broke a mooring fitting (perhaps a bollard). A piece of the fitting was propelled by the energy stored within the line, and struck the vessel's first officer.... killing him.
Another (unidentified) worker was less seriously injured.
The pdf-formatted media account provided below is a rough translation from the original Catalan, while the url link below is a late-arriving press account.
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Longshore Safety

Felixstowe DockersHinkley Point: World's largest crane begins work in Somerset

The world's largest crane has arrived in the UK to begin work on the nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.
Standing at 656ft (250m) tall, the crane is one of the tallest man-made structures in the west country.
The massive crane is known as Big Carl, after Carl Sarens the father of the Belgian family business which made it.
Able to carry 5,000 tonnes in a single lift, Big Carl is expected to be at Hinkley, in Somerset, for the next four years.

Hinkley Point: World's largest craneImage captionThe crane can reach higher than the tallest tower at London's Canary Wharf
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Felixstowe DockersBG Ireland swings to port as she departs Felixstowe Trinity. 8th October 2019

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Felixstowe DockersDemolition of the Morris Ship to shore crane on Felixstowe Trinity 2. 9th October 2019

The British built Morris crane was built in 1981 on the quayside and has served for many decades and after all those years the time had come to say goodbye to another crane on the Trinity Terminal. Preparations had taken place from the 16th September to weaken her structure to help her collapse under controlled conditions. The original plan was to bring her down on Tuesday 8th October but the demolition was postponed due to the strengthening winds. The demolition was rescheduled for 24 hours later. 23 hours later, and the demolition was confirmed for midday, final preparations were taking place. At the same time, 12 miles out in the North Sea, the Monte Cervantes was boarding a pilot at the Sunk Pilot Station inbound for Felixstowe Berth 5. The pilot was a bit concerned of the demolition as there was a 150 metre exclusion zone in force and didn't want to be in the harbour when it was collapsing. The pilot still proceeded in at normal speed but kept in constant contact with Harwich VTS for updates. Midday came and went, and no demolition. There was still a cherry picker alongside with a person doing some hot works. As the cherry picker began their descent to the ground. VTS confirms that there was a 15-20 minute delay but it was still going ahead. The lines connected to the crane began to tension and within 30 seconds she creaked and collapsed to the ground with a crash. The boom stood up in as like it was a failer attempt bit after a few second, it began to fold in to a neat pile on the quay. The sound echoed across the harbour a few moments later. The twisted metal is due to be cut up and recycled.

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Felixstowe DockersSafety inspection ‘blitz’ at docks and ports after five deaths

The HSA said there were five recorded workplace deaths at ports and docks countrywide since January 2018. Three of these were at Dublin Port (above), one was at Rosslare Ferryport and one at Waterford. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Union inspector at Dublin Port says the problems are a lack of training, no mandatory safety regulations and a ‘fractured’ workforce

A “blitz”of safety inspections has been launched at docks and ports around Ireland in response to concerns about five workplace deaths since the start of last year.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) started the unannounced inspections on Monday morning, days after the latest serious accident at Dublin Port
It is understood a Moldovan person found in a skip with crush injuries at Dublin Port on Monday, September 30th, remains critically ill in the intensive care unit at the Mater hospital.
The HSA said there were five recorded workplace deaths at ports and docks countrywide since January 2018. Three of these were at Dublin Port, one was at Rosslare Ferryport and one at Waterford.
The latest accidental death was that of father-of-four Nicholas “Nicky” Collier, a Dublin truck driver, who died on August 14th after he was struck by a container-handling machine as he was checking a refrigerated unit. Both the Garda and the HSA launched investigations into Mr Collier’s death.
Sources have confirmed that a freshly-launched “inspection blitz” of ports and docks around the country is directly connected to the number of fatalities over the past two years. It is expected to last around two weeks.

There are 13 recognised port companies in the Republic: Dublin Port, Port of Cork, Shannon Foynes, Rosslare Europort, Bantry, Drogheda, Dún Laoghaire, Dundalk, Greenore, New Ross, Galway, Waterford and Wicklow.
Michael Whelan, an International Transport Federation trade union inspector at Dublin Port, said the number of deaths at Irish ports and docks in recent years was “outrageous”.
“Seafarers and dockers’ lives are being repeatedly put at risk due to continually unsafe conditions,” he said. “They say agriculture and construction have the highest death rates, but the truth of the matter is there are relatively few people working in the ports, so the percentage death rate of port workers is right up there.”

Dockland culture 

He said key problems were a lack of training, regulations and a “fractured” workforce. 
“There has been a massive change in dockland culture since around 1995 – years ago it was full of families working together and working directly for the ports. With the automation of the industry, the environments have become very heavily mechanised, workers come from far and wide, it is more fractured, there are sub-contractors, agency staff.
“And there are no mandatory safety regulations. It is effectively self-regulatory, and what needs to happen is a Safe Pass-type system that operates on construction sites needs to be implemented at ports, so workers operating any machinery will have specific training for doing so.”
Mr Whelan said it was the responsibility of the Government to implement such a system.
“The workforce is so fractured in the ports that you could have several different companies working on the one ship – the seafarer might be working for one company, the stevedore working for another, and agency staff helping out the stevedores.
“So it is hard to zero in on one company. That is why the Government should have the authority to say this is the standard that we expect everyone to be working under, across all the ports.”
A delegation of Siptu representatives met Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty last month specifically about health and safety at Irish ports.

Felixstowe DockersHow we loaded a record long breakbulk unit in Valencia

Every breakbulk shipment is unique, and the more complex operations require meticulous planning. When Spanish Freight Forwarder, Sparber Group needed to ship a 30 metre-long rail transfer cart to meet a project deadline in Saudi Arabia, Höegh’s extensive experience in handling breakbulk cargo came to the rescue.
Transporting long out-of-gauge cargo is nothing new to Höegh Autoliners who frequently transport much longer units but each breakbulk shipment is unique and the more complex operations require meticulous planning. This shipment broke a record in Valencia for being the longest unit transported on a RoRo vessel and it had a deadline to meet.

Specialised equipment for breakbulk cargo

The Roll on and Roll off vessels, do as the name indicate, allow cargo to roll on and off, instead of being lifted. For breakbulk cargo that does not roll by itself, like the rail transfer cart, we use specialised rolltrailers to transport the cargo on and off the vessel.
Port Captain Roger Duran explains,
We have a range of rolltrailers that are designed to safely transport a wide selection of breakbulk cargo. As an example we have railed rolltrailers for trains and trams, super-low for high cargo, heavy-duty for heavy cargo and double-wide concept for the wider segment.
Due to the length of the long rail transfer cart, the breakbulk operations team required the longer rolltrailers.

Identifying any critical points

When planning for breakbulk operations, Höegh Autoliners use software to simulate the cargo loading and discharging scenarios. The calculations offer a more realistic and calculated approach in the planning stage.
When the cargo operations team performed a close up verification of the entire loading process, they could see that the critical point would be in the angle of the ramp.
Roger clarifies,
When creating the drawings on how to stuff the rolltrailer, it became clear that there would be a considerable overhang and therefore a potential risk to hit the ramp during operations.

Planning for safe breakbulk operations

The risk to hit the ramp would depend on the angle of the ramp and this can differ at load and discharge port, as the berths are different. To solve the challenge, the breakbulk operations team went back to the drawing board and calculated what the lowest ramp angle would be in both the load and the discharge port.
"With this at hand, we could determine the necessary ground clearance for the overhanging section, Roger explains." 
Although the breakbulk operations team were now satisfied with the results in the simulations tool, they took extra precaution and added dunnage underneath the rolltrailer when it rolled over the critical point of the ramp.
Roger continues,
Wooden blocks of specific strength and height were placed between the cargo and rolltrailer to mitigate the risk and secure that we achieve the desired clearance.
As part of the planning of the 30-meter long shipment, the breakbulk operations team created a ramp transit plan and a lashing and stuffing plan. During the actual loading operation, these documents were used as guides to secure that everything was performed in line with the detailed planning.  
Following the carefully calculated plans, the cargo was safely loaded on board Höegh Seoul ready for its sea voyage to Jeddah.

How will the rail transfer cart be used?

The rail transfer cart is used to move trains, and will be used in the maintenance of the Haramain high speed-rail network in Saudi Arabia. The fleet of high-speed Talgo trains are capable of operating at 300km/hr in the most inhospitable environment. Their unique designed and technical features guarantee the protection from sand and dust and extreme temperatures.
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Felixstowe DockersLack of firefighting resources to tackle containership blazes

Containerships that carry thousands of different cargoes, many of them dangerous goods, are ill equipped to fight fires that can break out inside the boxes. Additionally the crew are not trained to meet the challenge of often complex and highly treacherous situations.

Cargo fires have long been a cause for concern in the maritime sector, because the consequences of moving mis-declared as well as properly labelled dangerous cargo can be multiple crew deaths, as with the Maersk Honam last year, and millions of dollars of lost revenue leading to long litigation battles, again as is now happening in the Maersk case.

Six fires on board container vessels in the first three months of this year have further concentrated the collective minds of the industry that over the last two years has been averaging a cargo fire a month.

It was a subject that was tackled by a highly skilled panel of experts at Clyde & Co.’s offices as part of this month’s London International Shipping Week (LISW), though the panel conclusions were concerning there was a feeling that the issue is finally being addressed by the industry, in part at least, but that there is still some way to go.

Daniel Jackson, a partner at the science end engineering consultancy, Burgoynes, told the audience that some cargoes decompose and release heat which is not easily dissipated due to the close proximity of other cargo containers, driving the temperatures ever higher, “The rate of increase in temperature doubles for every 10 degrees centigrade increase in temperature,” explained Jackson.

When the temperature achieves a critical level, fire breaks out and eventually the intensity leads to “thermal runaway” meaning that all available combustible materials are ignited, and the situation quickly becomes uncontrollable for the crew.

Complicating matters is the fact that other cargo that may also be dangerous, and which may have different properties, that is it may be sensitive to water for example, may be stowed close to the source of the first accident, and that could mean that the crew, in fighting the initial fire, could inadvertently cause a secondary explosion and fire.

Former Lloyd’s Register container shipping expert, David Tozer, explained that the cargo stacks on a large container vessel are only 50-60 mm apart, leaving no space for crew to fight fires that have developed deep in the hold.
Tozer, who spent 32 years at Lloyd’s Register, believes that one solution to the dangerous goods problem in container shipping is to regulate more specifically so that any modifications will need to be carried out by all shipping lines, meaning that no one line will be disadvantaged.

A former container ship master, Amerinder Singh Brar, also pointed out that the fire fighting equipment on board modern container vessels is inadequate, he said that container stacks can be up to nine containers high, and no fire hoses can reach that high.

What is more the latest Safety At Sea regulations, the SOLAS convention, were developed in 1983. Singh Brar pointed out that the latest ultra large container ship, the MSC Gűlsűn, which was delivered in August with a further 10 vessels yet to be delivered, was built to regulations that are more than 30 years old.

“Would you buy a car built to 30-year old standards?” asked the Singh Brar, who now works as a consultant master mariner to London Offshore Consultants.

Felixstowe DockersWorker Dies after Accident at Copenhagen Container Terminal

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An employee at the container terminal in Copenhagen, Denmark, has passed away after a workplace accident on October 4.
According to Copenhagen Malmö Port, the employee was seriously injured and, despite extensive treatment at the hospital, he passed away in the evening of October 6 due to severe injuries.
The work accident occurred when two straddle carriers collided with each other. Relevant authorities launched an official investigation into the matter.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we have received the information that we have lost a colleague. It is a great tragedy. My thoughts during this difficult time go to the family and other relatives, and also to everyone in CMP who has lost a good friend and highly valued colleague,” Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO of Copenhagen Malmö Port, said.
Since the accident, employees have been offered crisis support in various forms, the CMP added.

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Felixstowe DockersEvergreen confirms order for six 23,764 teu boxships at Samsung


Taiwanese shipping line Evergreen has signed shipbuilding contracts with South Korean yard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for the construction of six 23,764 teu mega containerships.
The total value of the order is $920m, and deliveries will start from May 2022.
According to Samsung, the ships will be 400m long, 61.5m wide and 33.2m high.
The order is part of Evergreen’s newbuilding programme announced last month to order ten 23,000 teu ultra large containerships in total. The remaining four will be ordered at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard and Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding.
The new ships will be the largest ships in Evergreen’s fleet and are similar to the largest ships afloat – a series of MSC giants delivering now from Samsung.
Alphaliner data shows Evergreen currently operates a fleet of 206 ships with total capacity of 1.3m teu, making it the seventh largest line in the world. The company also has an orderbook of 67 ships with a total capacity of 563,674 teu, accounting for 43.6% of its existing fleet capacity.

Felixstowe DockersIfor Jones Tugmaster 60 Today R.I.P

There Are Some Really Special People In This World That Are NEVER Forgotten

This is the only post I am going to do today as a mark of respect to Ifor Jones and his family. And his lovely  grandchild to Pugwash Jones & Laura. 

In memory of Ifor Jones. A well loved Tug Master at Felixstowe. Saturday 10th June 2017 - Two years today after we put Ifor To R.I.P

A huge thank you goes to Svitzer Felixstowe for allowing this humbling experience. Bill Bailey / Gary Bradford / Andy Manning and your crew THANK YOU

In memory of Ifor Jones. A well loved Tug Master at Felixstowe. Saturday 10th June 2017
In memory of Ifor Jones. A well loved tug master at Felixstowe.

Ifor Jones was a man who took pride in assisting some of the world's largest container ships into the Port of Felixstowe.
Sadly Ifor passed away last month after a short illness. 

The tugs at Felixstowe took Ifor for his last trip on the Svitzer Kent with the Svitzer Shotley, Svitzer Deben and the Gray Test following behind.

As the tugs lined up in front of the Landguard Fort Ifor was laid to rest. The Svitzer Kent opened up their jets and blasted their horn with the other tugs following with their horns.
The tug masters showed their appreciation to a their fallen colleague/friend by swinging around while blowing horns.

All money made on this video will be given to the charity of Ifor's families choice.

A huge thank you goes to Svitzer / Maersk who organised all the tugs for this momentous day
Here is the final cut on the video that we developed for the UK Chamber of Shipping summit held this week.

The aim was not to develop a brand video but rather an "objective" video showcasing what we do and the value we deliver to ports, clients and other stakeholders.



Blueoceana Company has been made aware of an apparent fatal accident that occurred yesterday (Sunday) afternoon aboard C/V AAL GENOA at the Port of Panama City, Florida.
Unconfirmed reports which supplement the news article linked to below, indicate that the fatally injured worker (said to be an employee of Tri-State Maritime) was struck while aboard the Seaboard Marine chartered vessel by a falling semi-automatic twist lock while he was engaged in lashing operations.
Those same reports allege that, once struck, the worker fell to a lower level and sustained further injuries. He was evacuated from the vessel and taken to hospital by the local fire department, where he is said to have died.
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The Blueoceana Company was founded in 2000 by its president, Ron Signorino.

In the ten year period that preceded the launching of the firm, Mr. Signorino was Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Maersk organization in North America. In that position, his principal business responsibilities centered upon all aspects of Federal and State regulatory compliance incumbent upon the Maersk business groups (inclusive of thirteen marine terminals, intermodal trucking groups, logistics centers and agency operations) and in the molding of enabling legislation at Washington, D.C. and various State Capitols.
Prior to his assignment with Maersk, he headed the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Office of Maritime Standards at the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. Mr. Signorino’s professional career with OSHA spanned a sixteen year period; the first three of those years assigned as a senior compliance officer at the Port of New York & New Jersey.
He is the principal author of 29 CFR Part 1917 (OSHA’s regulations for marine terminals) and 29 CFR Part 1918 (OSHA’s regulations for longshoring aboard vessels).
Prior to his civil service career, he held managerial positions with several ocean carriers, stevedores and marine terminal operators.
Mr. Signorino began work in the marine cargo handling industry in 1969, as a rank and file member of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO, in Brooklyn, New York. He retains honorary membership within that labor organization.

Felixstowe DockersThe MSC Isabella eases slowly away from her berth before swinging around and proceeding out to sea.

The MSC Isabella eases slowly away from her berth before swinging around and proceeding out to sea. Massive ship = massive team effort, to ensure
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"I name you, MSC Isabella!" Earlier today, the MSC Isabella was named at a ceremony in the Port of Felixstowe. The ceremony was graced by the young godmother, Isabella, whom the vessel is named after.


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Felixstowe DockersMobile crane fell onto ship’s cargo deck, Turkey

Mobile crane toppled over with boom landing onto cargo ship ASTRA MARINE cargo deck at Bartin port, Turkey, Black sea coast, on Oct 6. Crane was loading clinker cargo. Damages reported as slight, cargo operation already resumed. Crane operator was slightly injured.

General cargo ship ASTRA MARINE, IMO 7305112, dwt 2466, built 1972, flag Moldova, manager SEA STAR-KHERSON, Ukraine.

Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.

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Felixstowe DockersDeadly accident on EUROFERRY MALTA, 1 crew dead 1 injured

One crew died and another was seriously injured in an accident, which too place on board of passenger ro-ro ship EUROFERRY MALTA in the morning Oct 7, while en route from Cagliari to Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy. Injured seaman was airlifted to hospital, the ship was in process of mooring as of 1300 UTC, at Porto Torres. It was said, that accident has been caused by shifted cargo – truck or car, but this information is not yet confirmed.

Passenger ro-ro ship EUROFERRY MALTA, IMO 9108556, GT 21664, built 1995, flag Italy, manager VALIANT SHIPPING SA.

Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.

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Felixstowe DockersLater today, MSC Isabella will be celebrated at a naming ceremony in the Port of Felixstowe.

Later today, MSC Isabella will be celebrated at a naming ceremony in the Port of Felixstowe. MSC Isabella is the 4th vessel in our new class of 23K+ TEU vessels. Learn more:


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Biggest Ever Container Ship to Call in the UK Arrives in Port of Felixstowe

MSC Vessel Arrives After Maiden Voyage from China
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UK – When the MSC Isabella hove into the Port of Felixstowe this week she became the largest container ship to make a cargo call in the UK, after completing her maiden voyage from the north of China. However in a race which has seen ever larger box ships successively exchange titles the Isabella sets a new standard in container shipping, in particular in terms of environmental performance.
Built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea and delivered in August 2019, MSC Isabella is the sister ship of MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, and forms part of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping network of MSC. 
At around 400 metres long and 61 metres wide, MSC Isabella can carry 23,656 TEU and is significantly longer than the Empire State Building is tall. Bigger ships generally emit less CO2 per container carried, helping companies moving goods on MSC’s services between Asia and Europe to lower the carbon footprint of their supply chains. Included in that TEU tally MSC Isabella can carry more than 2,000 refrigerated containers, boosting the trade of food, drink, pharmaceutical and other chilled and frozen items between Asia and Europe. 
A ceremony held today (7 October 2019) at the Port of Felixstowe marked the first time that MSC has officially named a container ship in the UK and comes in a big year for the Swiss shipping group coming as it does after seeing the company’s world-class cruise ship, MSC Bellissima, become the first MSC cruise ship to be named in the UK at a ceremony hosted by Holly Willoughby in Southampton in March. 
As a family firm which has seen phenomenal growth in the past few decades MSC vessels are named after relatives of MSC employees, and the scale of expansion was summed up by Dan Everitt, Managing Director at MSC UK, who commented: 
“Today is a truly momentous occasion for MSC UK and I feel so proud to stand alongside our people, our customers and suppliers to witness not only the biggest ever cargo call to the Port of Felixstowe, but MSC’s first ever vessel naming ceremony here in the UK. When I first joined MSC in 1984 at just 17 years old, the largest MSC vessel at that time was the MSC Alexandra at 650 TEU. 
”The MSC Isabella is more than 23,000 TEU larger which just shows the sheer scale and growth of MSC and the maritime industry over the past three decades. It’s a really exciting time for MSC in the UK having recently expanded our local headquarters through the acquisition of a third building in Ipswich, Suffolk and we’re extremely grateful to the MSC Group for their global investment and commitment to UK operations.” 
MSC Isabella’s improved energy efficiency and fuel economy ensure that MSC is on track to meet international 2030 environmental policy targets set by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) ahead of time. The ship features a remarkable approach to energy efficiency with the shape of the bow designed to enhance energy efficiency by reducing hull resistance. State-of-the-art engineering minimises wind resistance, resulting in lower fuel consumption. She is also equipped with a UN IMO-approved hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning System and has the option of switching to low-Sulphur fuel, or to be adapted for liquefied natural gas in the future which complies with an upcoming marine fuel regulation in 2020. 
Ensuring crew and cargo safety remains MSC’s priority, the new class of ships are equipped with a new dual-tower fire-fighting system with high-capacity pumps to further enhance the safety of seafarers on board and protect cargo carried across the whole deck of the ship. MSC Isabella, together with her 10 sister ships, are also all designed to meet the next steps in digital shipping. Enabling fast data transmission to shore and connection for smart containers help make the shipping experience more transparent, safe and reliable for customers.