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Atlantic Ro-Ro Launches Tampa-Russia Service

Multi-purpose service to St. Petersburg kicked off this week Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers launched a general cargo service between the Port of Tampa and the Port of St. Petersburg..The service kicked off this week with a call at Tampa by the Baltic Merkur, which was loaded at the Ports America terminal with containers, heavy equipment work vehicles and freight trucks.The new monthly service uses a fleet of multi-purpose vessels that can carry a variety of general cargoes such as steel, containers, roll-on/roll-off traffic, project cargoes and bulk commodities. Transit time is 18 days, according to a company statement.Source: Journal of Commerce

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Ro-Ro ship crashes into ferry in Marmara, disaster averted

There were no casualties reported in the crash, but it caused panic A ferry running between İstanbul's Yenikapı port and Güzelyalı, Bursa, collided with a ro-ro ship in the Sea of Marmara on Monday, narrowly avoiding capsizing.The Osmangazi ferry, which was carrying 830 passengers and 150 vehicles, collided with the ro-ro ship off Sivriada early on Monday. There were no casualties reported in the crash, but it caused panic among the passengers.The ferry returned to Yenikapı after the crash, where the passengers were evacuated from the ferry. There was massive damage on the ship's bow. Officials say they will release a statement on the cause of the accident.The passengers aboard the ferry during the incident told reporters that they were able to survive thanks to the alertness and experience of the ferry's captain.One of the passengers told reporters that a ship was coming towards them and that the captain of the ferry was able to reduce the impact of the collision through skillful maneuvering. They added that if the captain hadn't changed course, the officials would be collecting their dead bodies from the sea now.Another passenger said that the ferry had departed from Güzelyalı at 7:30 a.m. and that at ...

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MOL gets environmentally friendly Ro-Ro vessel

MOL and Cargotec committe to clean seas A Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) car carrier has become the first to have all of its ro-ro equipment electrically driven.The 4,000 unit car carriers Iris Ace, built by Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding, features an electrically-driven MacGregor stern quarter ramp/door, side ramps and two movable ramps from Cargotec. With the equipment be all electric it eliminates the need for hydraulic oil in the operating system."Shin-Kurushima, MOL and Cargotec are all committed to clean seas," said Magnus Sjöberg, sales director for ro-ro ships at Cargotec. "The cooperation between the companies has resulted in these exceptionally efficient, environmentally-friendly vessels. Our collaboration was an essential part of this technology's development; and we are seeing a steadily growing demand for it"."On average, electric drives consume less energy than their hydraulic equivalents, therefore, their introduction into MOL's recent newbuilds was a natural progression in the company's environmental initiatives," he said.Source: Seatrade Asia

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UK-flagged ro-ro has leaked oil into the sea at Helsinki

Due to damage of the propeller tunnel of the vessel A British cargo ship is leaking hydraulic oil into the sea at Helsinki's Vuosaari port. Efforts are underway to contain the leak from the M/S Longstone, which is due to damage to the vessel's propeller tunnel.Local emergency officials have been installing oil containment booms around the vessel since Monday evening. The procedure is to be completed on Tuesday morning.The ship, which is nearly 200 metres long, is leaking oil at a rate of 100-150 litres a day, creating a one-millimetre thick oil slick. The leak cannot be stopped while the vessel is in the water.Maritime authorities are to decide on Tuesday whether the Longstone will be allowed to continue on its journey or whether it must be put into dry dock in Finland.The London-based ship was built in Germany in 2003. Finnlines now operates it between Helsinki and Århus, Denmark.Source: YLE News

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Philippines oppose to contract for putting up modular steel adjustable Ro-Ro ports

Ro-Ro ports project costs several billion pesos Despite the fact that Ro-Ro ports are needed by a maritime country such as the Philippines, Filipino contractors are opposing a contract between the Philippine government and a French corporation to put up modular steel adjustable Ro-Ro ports on 72 islands in the archipelago.Why? Because the contractors want to build the ports themselves out of concrete. The whole project will cost several billion pesos so you can understand why the contractors want our government to cancel a contract and re-award the contract to them.Ro-Ro ports are needed by the Ro-Ro (roll-on, roll off) vessels that make the loading and unloading of cargo so much easier and faster. In the traditional sea vessels, gangs of stevedores spend many hours and days trudging up and down gangplanks to carry off or into the holds of the vessels sacks of produce. With a Ro-Ro, the front of the vessel is simply lowered and trucks loaded with cargo drive into and out of the vessels hold. It takes only minutes to do this.Thus, the vessels and the businessmen save precious timeand money. The Ro-Ro was adapted for peacetime use from the World War II landing craft that ...

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The first Cosco Chinese-designed and built ro-ro car carrier sets sail

The ship is one of the two Cosco operates COSCO Shipping recently held a naming ceremony before China's first designed and built ro-ro car carrier set sail on its maiden voyage from Shanghai to Brazil.The 5,000-car capacity vessel was loaded with 4,380 Chinese cars and engineering vehicles, and set sail for Brazil, establishing a new record for the number of vehicles loaded on a made-in-China car carrier.The ship is one of the two Cosco operates. It is 182.8 metres long, 32.2 metres wide, has 12 decks for cars with 5,276 slots, and can sail at 20 knots. It is the most advanced car carrier a Chinese shipping line has ever put into service. The other ship was put into service in February.After the world economic downturn in 2008, China rolled out supportive policies for the domestic automobile industry and stimulated rapid development. According to statistics from China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China made 18.3 million cars and sold 18.1 million in 2010, both were No 1 in the world.China started large volume exports of Chinese cars in 2005 and exported 168,000 that year. The figure reached its peak before the 2008 financial crisis at 656,000 and shrank until recovery in ...

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