There is a wide range of different vessels. The international dry cargo and tanker markets are immense and are served by numerous ships of several types and of various sizes. Some of them follow standard designs and can carry a variety of cargoes while others are more specialized and able to carry commodities which the standard vessels cannot. According to the UNCTAD, in early 2019 the total world fleet stood at 95,402 ships accounting for 1.97 billion dead-weight tons (dwt) of capacity.
NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers, part of Japanese NYK Group company, has signed a contract with Nanjing Jinling Shipyard, part of the China Merchants Group, to build two next-generation energy-saving heavy-lift vessels, to respond to the demand for transporting cargoes such plants, wind-turbine blades and equipment.
Global dredging contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. successfully loaded the 322 meter-long cruise ship ‘Carnival Vista’ on its semi-submersible heavy lift vessel BOKA Vanguard and transported it to a shipyard facility in Freeport, Bahamas for dry docking.
CHIRP published its Maritime Feedback 54, which is its first bulletin of 2019. The bulletin includes reports on lifting operations, proactive port authority, AIS and ECDIS offsets, heat and fatigue, and safety briefings. Regarding lifting operations a report describes an operation in which several areas presented a high potential for an accident to occur.
The above video is a timelapse depicting how BigLift’s heavy lift ship ‘Happy Star’ transported a large IUK continuous ship unloader from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to Onahama, Japan. The ship unloader will facilitate the port of Onahama to unload coal and guarantees a fast turn time of the vessels.
BBC Chartering and Jumbo announced creation of the “Global Project Alliance”, an exclusive strategic co-operation, effective immediately, aiming to improve worldwide service in their respective fields.
ALE lifting company announced that it has completed the load-in of the Sewol ferry, as part of a complex salvage operation in the East China Sea. During the operation, a record-breaking 600 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporter was used. At 17,000t, this is the heaviest piece ever to be transported by SPMTs.
Presenting a recent case of crew moving steel plates in its monthly “Risk Watch” report, the Britannia P&I Club informed on the risks associated with moving heavy objects. According to the case, three crew members were moving ten pieces of steel plate around the steering gear room, while the ship was underway.
In the past year many deck cargoes were shifted in heavy weather. Invariably, after further investigation, it has been discovered that the stowage and securing of these cargoes did not comply with the ship’s Cargo Securing Manual or the practices laid down within the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing or other applicable codes of safe practice, Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC, writes in an article in the London P&I Club’s latest StopLoss Bulletin.
This video depicts Happy Sky delivering two large STS container cranes from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to Vigo, Spain. Until 2015, the container cranes served the then Home Terminal of container handling company ECT in Rotterdam. The cranes were sold to Davila Group and will be operated on the Termavi container terminal in Vigo.
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