The Netherland’s Tax and Customs Administration has introduced a new paperless transfer system of containers to reduce the administrative workload and to simplify the exchange of containers between terminals.
Accordingly, it has signed agreements with APM Terminals (APMT), Europe Container Terminals (ECT) and Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG), which can now enjoy paperless transfer of containers between Maasvlakte terminals.
Other authorities that have taken advantage of the new legislation include the Association of Rotterdam Shipbrokers and Agents (VRC), the participating container terminals, as well as the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Russia’s Rosneft has signed an agreement with China Shipbuilding Industry (CSIC) for the construction and delivery of a floating transfer dock facility for the Zvezda shipbuilding complex.
The contract includes the construction of a 40,000t floating transfer dock, which will enable the construction of marine engineering facilities at the shipyard. In addition, CSIC, along with its other Chinese partners, will develop the design documentation, train the crew and will also be responsible for the final trail of the barge in Bolshoi Kamen Bay, located in the Far East of Russia.
The UK’s Associated British Ports (ABP) has ordered two electric Terex Gottwald Model 8 portal harbour cranes of G HSK 8424 B four-rope grab variant from Terex Port Solutions (TPS).
The two cranes, which will be deployed at ABP’s Immingham terminal located on the North Sea estuary of the Humber in northern England, are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2016. They will replace the existing cranes from generation four of TPS.
Wartsila has secured an order to supply two engines for the under-construction trailing suction hopper dredgers being built by Netherlands’ Royal IHC (IHC), for the Adani group.
The vessels, which are the first of a new IHC Beagle series, will be fitted with Wartsila’s eight-cylinder 32 main engines and two seven-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines, respectively, along with four Wartsila controllable pitch propella systems (CPPs) with shafts.
Wartsila will also provide a super trident sewage treatment plant with vacuum generation for both the vessels.
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), in partnership with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, has launched Kawasaki – Integrated Maritime Solutions (K-IMS), which is an integrated vessel operation and performance management system developed based on K Line’s two existing systems, ship performance analysing system (SPAS) and engine plant monitor (EP-Monitor).
The integrated system enables K Line to utilise real-time operation data, known as big data, from vessels in mutual systems and also helps improve vessel operation and performance management.