The new high efficiency RoRo vessel from Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s HERO class, has made its maiden call at the Port of Southampton. The HERO class (High Efficiency RoRo) has two new-build ships in its fleet and the latest, MV Traviata, has called at the Port of Southampton for the first time.
The Port of Southampton has welcomed guests from Saga Cruises’ newest cruise ship on her maiden voyage around the UK. Namely, passengers on the ‘Spirit of Discovery’, were welcomed to the city on 22 July. The maiden voyage is touring the UK.
The UK’s Port of Southampton and Florida’s PortMiami signed a sister port agreement to enable them to collaborate and share best practices to strengthen the cruise market in both cities. The partnership provides responsibilities for cruise industry best practice in their respective areas.
According to local media, in the climate of Brexit discussions that debated between MPs, the Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, is of the opinion that the port of Southampton could gain many advantages from new trade agreements. According to Dr Fox, after the Brexit, on the 29th of March, UK will immediately begin negotiations with the US, New Zealand, Australia and discussions with countries in the Pacific Rim.
The Associated British Ports announced the construction of a new vehicle terminal at the Port of Southampton. This project is part of its latest phase a £50 million investment by ABP. The new £15 million multi-storey facility will be built in the Eastern Dock and will provide storage for a further 3,000 vehicles.
Solent University and Rolls-Royce started a collaborative research and development project on Autumn 2016, to support the unmanned and partially autonomous operation of marine vessels. The project ended on Spring 2018 and focused on applying immersive technologies to enable the crew perform typical duties remotely.
According to the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Control, bulk carrier Sirina’s cargo hold caught fire, while the ship was berthed at the Port of Southampton on May 25. The cargo ship was containing 7000 tonnes of scrap metal for most of the afternoon, with the being on the site many hours, trying to remove the scrap metal from the vessel.
The Port of Southampton is UK’s number one export port, handling £40 billion of exports every year. It is also UK’s second largest container terminal and each year handles around one million containers. The Port has secured more than £280 million of investment over the past 5 years.
The UK MAIB has issued the investigation report highlighting the importance of detailed planning and effective bridge resource management. Lessons learned also stressed that better master pilot exchange and communication could have prevented the ultra-large container vessel from grounding.
The Port of Southampton welcomed the biggest vessel to have ever docked in UK. The 20,170 TEU container ship “MOL Triumph” arrived at port in May 11th and will remain there until May 14th, before heading to Hamburg and its return journey to Asia, BBC reports.
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