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  • 18 Jun 2014 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 17 June, 2014

    The project cargo logistics experts at UTC unveiled their own newly constructed mega railcar, featuring a 40-foot load deck undefined the longest of any 16-axle depressed center car currently available in North America and an attractive alternative to 20-axle Schnabel cars.

    The extra-length deck and 400-load-capacity make the new car ideally suited for the transport of heavy and oversized components such as turbines, generators, stators, engines, gensets and transformers.

    The delivery of the new car, after four months of construction, is particularly timely given the limited national inventory of such specialized rolling stock and increasing competition for such resources, driven in part by the global effort to modernize, diversify and expand power generation and distribution systems.


  • 17 Jun 2014 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 16 June, 2014

    JAPANESE shipping giant NYK has acquired 30 per cent ownership of the CSI (Consorcio de Servicios Internacionales) Group, a finished-car logistics company as domestic auto sales and export boom.

    The signing ceremony was held at the NYK head office in Tokyo and attended by CSI chief executive Leon Antonio Flores Elizondo and NYK president Yasumi Kudo.

    Mexican exports of cars is increasing, and a number of car companies making plans to build and expand plants is growing as domestic sales contribute to Mexico's strong economic performance, said an NYK statement.

    Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) is one of the world's leading transportation companies operating 846 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, trains, and trucks.

    NYK's fleet consists of 389 bulk carriers, 126 containerships, 120 car carriers, 82 tankers, 51 wood-chip carriers, 28 LNG carriers, 18 heavy-load carriers / conventional ships, three cruise ships, and 29 other ships.

  • 17 Jun 2014 8:37 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 16 June, 2014

    SARJAK Container Lines has again taken a major award in logistics by being named the All-India Winner - ET NOW India MART Leaders of Tomorrow Award 2013" for being innovative in handling outsize cargo.

    "Being acknowledged as the best amongst the best and that on an all-India basis, is a tremendous morale booster," said Sarjak managing director Ashish Sheth.

    "Sarjak looks at this award as a milestone from which we can only go forward and keep the flag of India flying high in regions across the globe," said Mr Sheth.

    Sarjak, with its own fleet of special equipment and driven by a vision of excellence, innovation and a special ability to resolve complex ODC/OOG movements, is ranked among the select few, ODC/OOG service providers across the globe.

    The latest award by the very reputed ET NOW India MART award forum, that is independent of the logistics industry, has highlighted the quality of Sarjak's leadership, as well as showcased the innovation and the commitment it delivers to its customers across 80 countries and 145 port cities of the world, according to the Daily Shipping Times of India.


  • 16 Jun 2014 8:35 AM | Anonymous

        Original news was published on 15 June, 2014

    “In the specialised shipbuilding sector, this is the most important ship we have built in the past 20 years. She has opened a door for us into a market segment which will help to secure the future of our concern”, said FSG Managing Director Peter Sierk.

    Speaking during the hand-over ceremony he also recalled the orders signed just this spring for two further offshore ships for Siem Offshore for charter to Helix Energy Solutions.

    “We are making our mark in this market segment, drawing attention to ourselves because of our outstanding performance and working to create follow-up orders. We are very proud of all of this”, the yard chief said.

    The AMAZON WARRIOR is an Amazon-class vessel that features the world´s first custom-built hull and propulsion system, developed exclusively for seismic operationsusing a WesternGeco proprietary design.

    As far as efficiency, safety, reliability and durabilityare concerned; this vessel meets the highest of demands and supports secureoperation anywhere the ship operates, including the Polar Regions, even in the most inhospitable weather conditions.


  • 16 Jun 2014 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    China has issued new air emission standards for boilers undefined old and new.

    For companies installing new boilers, the limits take effect on July 1, 2014. Existing boilers with capacities greater than 10 tons per hour must meet the stricter standards by October 1, 2015; smaller boilers by July 1, 2016.

    Retrofitting and upgrading could cost more than US$50 billion, according to a report by Industrial Info Resources. Already, companies are moving to comply.

    “As a result of the large emission of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from China’s thermal power plants, industrial and space heating boilers, which are primarily fired with coal, the country has been faced with the increasing challenge of poor air quality and environmental pollution, including the heavy smog which has hit vast areas in China recently,” Gang Li, chairman of NF Energy Saving in Beijing, said in a statement. “It has been mandated in China’s Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Program for the 12(th) 5 year Plan Period that energy efficiency enhancements and dust removal retrofits shall be conducted on coal-fired industrial boilers and emission intensive industries such as iron, steel and cement making.

    Li said his company NF Energy Saving has signed a US$3.38 million contract in Beijing to retrofit coal-fired boilers owned by a Chinese aircraft manufacturing company.

    NF Energy Saving will provide and install boiler denitration, dust removal and desulfurization systems two sets of equipment at the project for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions reduction and dust removal. Li anticipates there will many more such contracts in the future.


  • 14 Jun 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 13, June 2014

    Signalling a major commitment to tug fleet renewal, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has placed a 10-vessel order with Damen Shipyards Group, as part of the state-owned operator’s strategic shift from chartered in to owned tonnage. The new tugs, which are expected to enhance operating efficiencies while reduce running costs, will provide mooring and manoeuvring support to tankers in Venezuelan ports and harbours.

    Following a global tender, the contract calls for Dutch shipbuilding group Damen to supply ten ASD 2810 type Azimuthing Stern Drive tugs, each with a 60 tonne bollard pull rating. Seven of these 28m long tugs are being supplied by Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania), while the remaining three are being built at Damen’s joint venture Song Cam yard in Vietnam. All ten tugs are expected to be delivered by the end of July this year.

    The Venezuelan oil company has several years of experience operating chartered-in tonnage to the ASD 2810 design. However, this is the first time that Damen has secured a direct contract from PDVSA.

    “There are two main reasons why PDVSA opted for the Damen design,” says Erik Hertel, Damen regional sales manager. “Technically the ASD 2810’s flexibility and high-end performance makes a perfect match for PDVSA requirements; this is our most popular standard tug and has a proven track record for reliability. In addition we were able to provide a very short delivery time as a result of our policy of building tugs for stock.”

    The 10 tugs have each been specified with a number of optional extras, including FiFi 1 capability, an aft towing winch and a larger than usual deck crane. The latter will have a lift capacity of 1.45 tonnes and 12.6m outreach.

    Hertel suggest that while this is the first direct Damen contract with PDVSA, it may not be the last. “We are talking to PDVSA about further orders to meet their various requirements as a result of the ongoing tug renewal project,” he says. “We developed a close cooperation with them as part of this project and we hope very much to build a long term partnership over the months to come.”

    In addition to tug newbuilding contracts, the shipbuilder and PDVSA are in active discussions over the possibility of Damen setting up service and maintenance facilities to support the operations of its new fleet of tugs in Venezuela.


  • 14 Jun 2014 8:58 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 13 June, 2014

    Crossrail, Europe’s biggest civil engineering project, is receiving critical data from the world’s first smart tunnel, operated by University of Cambridge engineers.

    "A project as big as Crossrail comes with all sorts of engineering challenges,” Robert Mair, head of civil engineering and of the Center for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University of Cambridge, said in a statement. “One of the most important of those challenges is how you excavate large tunnels underneath urban infrastructure without causing any distress to buildings or other tunnels.”

    Cambridge engineers installed an underground laboratory in the old Royal Mail Tunnel that runs just a few meters above the excavation of one of Crossrail’s new tunnels. The two tunnels run parallel to each other for more than 100 meters. This is the first time that two tunnels have been dug in London in such close proximity and parallel to each other for such a long distance

    The lab contains hundreds of low-cost sensors that monitor the movement of the old tunnel as construction proceeds. The Cambridge technology is answering how much movement is happening, what form the movement is taking and whether it is within acceptable limits. In fact, the sensors can detect movements as small as one-hundredth of a millimeter, which means any potential problems can be identified and corrected before they cause any damage to the older tunnel.

    “By installing the kind of sensors that can give a continuous update about how much those tunnels might be moving and what changes are taking place, we can answer a lot of important questions about the value of our current infrastructure, the future of it, whether it needs to be maintained, whether it needs to be replaced undefined all those kinds of issues can be much better quantified,” Mair said.


  • 13 Jun 2014 8:36 AM | Anonymous
     Original news was published on 12 June, 2014

    Performed simultaneously in two yards in India and one in Oman

    Lift & Shift India Pvt (LSPL) has completed the loadout of 17 modules for Larsen & Toubro at their yards in India (Hazira, Gujarat and Katupalli in Chennai and Tamil Nadu) and in Oman at Sohar.

    The modules and related cargoes were for the B-127 and HRP fields in Mumbai High and Yetugon in Myanmar. The B 127 project included four decks and four jackets, while the HRP project had three decks and three jackets, Lift & Shifts said in a statement. The Yetugon project consisted of one jacket, one deck, one crane and four sets of piles. The loadouts were done simultaneously.

    LSPL  provided a set of 100-plus axles and barges at each location. The jackets weighed from 1,227 tons to 3,500 tons. The 140-meter-long Yetugon jacket loadout was the first time a jacket was loaded out using a skidding technique, LSPL said in a statement. The company imported heavy-duty winches and a ballast monitoring system in addition to the strand jacks. The operation lasted 36 hours, which included moving the jacket from the yard to the jetty over 140 meters and then skidding it onto a 400-class barge.


  • 13 Jun 2014 8:33 AM | Anonymous

      Original news was published on 12 June, 2014

    UTi Worldwide, a global supply chain services and solutions company, recently established ocean charter service centers to coordinate the fastest possible response to energy, mining and construction industries clients, which is an important market segment for the company.

    These client services teams are strategically located in Amsterdam, Johannesburg and Singapore, with a global hub in Houston, Texas. These locations are major centers for gas and oil exploration, drilling, mining and large projects construction. Each regional center is manned by experts who understand the special needs of these industries.

    “UTi’s EMP team members have specific skill sets to analyze and drive the execution of specialized services that include Heavy and Breakbulk transportation services, including cargo and project supervision,” Bruce Hulings, vice president of UTi energy, mining and projects, said.


  • 12 Jun 2014 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 11 June, 2014

    RollDock Shipping today (June 11) took delivery of RollDock Storm, a semi-submersible heavy-lift ro-ro vessel, built by Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft in Germany. RollDock Storm is the fourth in a series of vessels, following RollDock Sun, RollDock Sea and RollDock Star.

    Each vessel in the series is equipped with two 350-ton-capacity Liebherr heavy-lift cranes and a heavy duty ro-ro ramp with a weight capacity of up to 4,000 tons, which can be positioned at various levels in relation to the quay, RollDock Shipping said in a statement. They also have the ability to submerge to load cargoes such as dredgers, submarines and various naval craft.

    The vessels’ dock holds are box shaped and measure 119.44 meters long and 19.4 meters wide. With a maximum shallow draft of only 5.67 meters fully loaded coupled with exceptional manoeuvrability, the RollDock Storm and its sister vessels are able to call remote ports with little water depth to load or discharge cargo. Sailing speed is about 17 knots.

    In related news, RollDock and its joint venture partner BigLift that formed BigRoll, will expand its fleet as well. BigRoll Barentsz and BigRoll Bering are scheduled to be delivered in 2015. These vessels have been designed to deliver large and heavy modules and can access remote Arctic locations due to their Finnish Swedish 1A Ice Class approval.  BigRoll also holds an option on two more sister vessels.

    Photo: Inside RollDock’s new RollDock Storm semi-submersible vessel. Courtesy of RollDock Shipping.

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