Felixstowe Dockers

Felixstowe Dockers

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Friday, 24 October 2014

Video: Elly Maersk - Around the world in 4 minutes





Time-lapse video posted on YouTube by Uffe Juul Andersen will guide you around the world on board Elly Maersk.
The container vessel belongs to the E-class of A. P. Moller-Maersk Group. She was built in 2007 by the Odense Steel Shipyard and is vessel number six in the series.
Elly Maersk (IMO number 9321536 and MMSI 220499000) has 23 holds with a capacity for 15,500 TEUs. The gross tonnage of the 376-metre vessel is 170,794 GT. The engine of the Elly Maersk, Wärtsilä-Sulzer 14RTFLEX96-C, is a diesel-electric and was built byDoosan Engine Company. It drives one propeller and produces 80,905 kW (109,998 hp).

Video: Around the world in 4 minutes on Elly Maersk 

PORT OF FELIXSTOWE HOSTS TRINITY HOUSE ELDER BRETHREN



The Port of Felixstowe hosted a tour for a group of Elder Brethren from Trinity House. They were welcomed to the Port by Clemence Cheng, CEO of Hutchison Ports (UK), and a Younger Brother of Trinity House (7th from left). The delegation was led by Captain Ian McNaught, Deputy Master at Trinity House (6th from left). Trinity House is an independent corporation with nearly 500 years of expertise in maritime safety. It was granted a Charter by Henry VIII in 1514 and today is the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar. 


Concern over transfer of Port of Liverpool staff


Union leaders have called for urgent talks after around 300 Liverpool dockers were transferred to a new employer.
The Port of Liverpool staff had been the responsibility of Drake Port Distribution Services since 1995.
But it has emerged Drake has lost the contract and the stevedores will now be transferred to Luton-based employment agency Blue Arrow.
The ECHO understands that the transfer is set to take place around mid-January next year.


Unite the Union has voiced concerns over the pay and terms of conditions of the staff, after Blue Arrow won the contract to supply labour to the port, which is currently building a £300m new container terminal at Seaforth capable of handling the biggest container ships in the world from the end of next year.
The Liverpool2 scheme is expected to create up to 412 port jobs.
Existing staff held a mass meeting regarding their transfer to Blue Arrow and called for urgent talks as soon as possible.
Unite regional officer Terry Teague said: “We had a good working relationship with Drakes and it is obviously a matter of concern that our members will be transferred to another employer – hence the call for the urgent meeting with Blue Arrow.
“We want to ensure that all the present agreements, jobs, terms and conditions and working practices are protected.
“Also, our members will expect their new employer to honour the promise made by Drakes to improve sick pay and introduce a bonus scheme.”
He added: “There is a lot of investment being pumped into the port which will enable Liverpool to take some of the world’s biggest container ships and our members are keen to play their part in securing a vibrant future for the port – but not at the expense of their pay and conditions.”


An artist's impression of the Liverpool2 container terminal at Seaforth


Unite represents dockers, boatmen, engineering operators, clerical and supervisory staff, warehouse staff and crane and plant operators.
A Blue Arrow spokesperson said: “We are delighted to have won the contract to work with Peel Ports and look forward to continuing to liaise with both the Port and the union to ensure a satisfactory transfer of the workers.”
And a Peel Ports spokesman added: “The tendering process is designed to ensure our customers receive the best and most efficient service but, importantly, it also ensures that workers’ terms and conditions are carefully protected under strict TUPE transfer legislation.
“We've already had a very constructive initial meeting with Blue Arrow and union representatives to discuss the smooth transfer of the contract and look forward to that process continuing.”

Thursday, 23 October 2014

London Gateway comes up towards 1st anniversary October 22, 2014by admin





London Gateway’s Xavier Woodward talks about the new port and how it has progressed during it’s first year in business . . .

Shipping TV

Gone in from Britain 60 minutes: How criminal gangs are stealing prestige vehicles from wealthy homes and exporting them within AN HOUR


  • Organised criminals are targeting sought-after BMWs, Range Rovers, Audis and even trucks and diggers
  • Modern vehicles often stolen using high-tech hacking equipment that means thieves don't even need a key
  • They are driven into shipping containers and exported to clients in Africa, Cyprus, U.S., Malaysia and Burma
  • Some of car theft rings are so sophisticated they can steal a car and get it out of Britain in less than an hour

Gangs are stealing prestige vehicles from the driveways of wealthy homes and exporting them from Britain in less than 60 minutes.
The organised criminals are targeting sought-after BMWs, Range Rovers, Audis and even trucks and diggers.
The modern vehicles are often stolen using high-tech hacking equipment that means the thieves do not even need a key.
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Discovery: Police found a container filled with valuable parts from at least 29 stolen BMWs that had been broken down
Prestige vehicles: Organised criminals are targeting sought-after BMWs, Range Rovers, Audis and even trucks and diggers
Discovery: Police found a container filled with valuable parts from at least 29 stolen BMWs that had been broken down 
Discovery: Police found a container filled with valuable parts from at least 29 stolen BMWs that had been broken down 
Stolen: The vehicles are driven into shipping containers
They are exported to clients in Africa, Cyprus, the U.S. and even Malaysia and Burma
Stolen: The vehicles are driven into shipping containers and exported to clients in Africa, Cyprus, the U.S. and even Malaysia and Burma
They are driven into shipping containers and exported to clients in Africa, Cyprus, the U.S. and even Malaysia and Burma.
Some of the car theft rings are so sophisticated they can steal a car and get it out of the country in less than an hour.
Last month the authorities recovered 44 vehicles worth more than £1.2million in a nationwide crackdown.
Eighteen of the vehicles were stolen from addresses in London, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Germany and the Netherlands.
Some were concealed inside containers by loads of clothes and other consumer goods, or hidden behind large sheets of cardboard.
Operation: Last month the authorities recovered 44 vehicles worth more than £1.2million in a nationwide crackdown
Operation: Last month the authorities recovered 44 vehicles worth more than £1.2million in a nationwide crackdown
Quick: Some of the car theft rings are so sophisticated they can steal a car and get it out of the country in less than an hour
Quick: Some of the car theft rings are so sophisticated they can steal a car and get it out of the country in less than an hour
Theft: 18 of the vehicles were stolen from addresses in London, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Germany and the Netherlands
Theft: 18 of the vehicles were stolen from addresses in London, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Germany and the Netherlands
Exporting and selling stolen vehicles on the black market is a lucrative business for organised crime groups as they also avoid tax or import duties 
Tom Dowdall, National Crime Agency
Many of the other stolen cars belonged to finance companies who had been duped into loaning them to bogus customers or to hire companies.
Police also discovered a container filled with valuable parts from at least 29 stolen BMWs that had been broken down.
Prestigious vehicles are highly prized by criminals themselves and also retain their value for resale wherever they are transported in the world.
Tom Dowdall, of the NCA’s Border Policing Command, said some criminal networks have begun paying for consignments of drugs with cars.
He said: ‘Exporting and selling stolen vehicles on the black market is a lucrative business for organised crime groups as they also avoid tax or import duties.
‘This type of crime not only affects car owners but also manufacturers, insurance companies and vehicle-related businesses such as rental companies and garages.’ 
Moved: Prestigious vehicles are highly prized by criminals and also retain their value for resale wherever they are transported
Moved: Prestigious vehicles are highly prized by criminals and also retain their value for resale wherever they are transported
Range Rover: Last year 90,000 vehicles were stolen in Britain and the authorities believe and many of these will have been exported
Range Rover: Last year 90,000 vehicles were stolen in Britain and the authorities believe and many of these will have been exported
Containers: The modern vehicles are often stolen using high-tech hacking equipment
Often, thieves do not even need a key to steal the cars
Containers: The modern vehicles are often stolen using high-tech hacking equipment that means the thieves do not even need a key
Last year 90,000 vehicles were stolen in Britain and the authorities believe and many of these will have been exported.
This type of crime not only affects car owners but also manufacturers, insurance companies and vehicle-related businesses
Tom Dowdall, National Crime Agency
Many steal vehicles to order with four-wheeled vehicles among the most commonly stolen because they can be used in countries with poor roads. 
Methods used to steal vehicles include hacking into onboard computer systems, taking keys during burglaries or the use of fake documents to hire vehicles or obtain them on finance.
Gangs can break into a car and programme a new electronic key or use devices to ‘grab’ security coding when the owner uses their fob.
Experts are concerned that thieves may even be using computer malware to take over vehicle systems via satellite, issuing remote commands for them to unlock and start up.
Many devices can be bought cheaply online, often from websites based in Bulgaria. They are accompanied by video tutorials posted online.
The problem was first exposed several years ago in certain models, but police now suspect that all modern makes are potentially vulnerable.
Police advise car owners to leave their cars in well-lit areas, to consider using steering, gear shift and pedal locks, as well as tracking devices.



Wednesday, 22 October 2014

COSCO Shipping returns to black



Shanghai-listed COSCO Shipping posted profits of CNY191.7M ($31.29M) for the first three quarters this year. Photo: PA
Shanghai-listed COSCO Shipping posted profits of CNY191.7M ($31.29M) for the first three quarters this year, returning to black from the loss of CNY42.8M in the same period last year, according to its fiscal report yesterday.
The company recorded revenue of CNY547.3M, down by 3.24% year on year, and its earnings per share (EPS) went up by 548% to CNY0.113.
It received CNY182.9M in subsidies for ship scrapping from its parent company COSCO group on September 30.


COSCO Shipping attributed the profit to the enhancement of marketing, the improvement of its fleet as well as strict control of operation cost.
During the first nine months, the company's fleet handled a total 10.4M tonnes of cargo, down by 6% than the previous year. Its multipurpose vessels (MPV) shipped 3.6M tonnes of cargos during this period, down by 26.2% y/y and accounting for 34.6% of total cargo.
As bunker prices keep dropping, COSCO Shipping is projected to reduce more operational cost and perform better this year, according to analysis by Guangfa Securities.