Wednesday, 11 January 2017

5000 slabs per week average slab 23 MT. Mobile, AL

Joris Cleiren never seen barges between two gantry crane rails nice!!! do you have more photos? And how do you lift the slabs? Magnetic or?
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Jackie Gedling They are lifted with SGM electro-perm magnets. Up to 40 MT. The barges between the legs are controlled by the crane operator, cuts down his gantry times. Can load from vessel straight to barge, or from yard.
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Joris Cleiren The operators can control the barges? awesome! Thanks for the info 
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Evelyn Maersk sails From a breezy Felixstowe Berth 9 two tugs 10th January 2017

Ultra large Evelyn Maersk sails from Felixstowe Berth 9 with a draft of 12.5 metres and two Svitzer tugs assisting the pilot. The Svitzer Stanford is made fast on the centre lead aft and Svitzer Sky made fast centre lead forward for the departure. While the fore and aft lines were being slackened, I noticed the major hazard flag (cat; A) flapping in the brisk north westerly wind which only meant some of the cargo onboard was highly flammable, like explosives.

Once the spring lines were released the pilot and the tugs worked together to pull the 397m ship away from her berth into the main channel to head out of Felixstowe for her next port of Antwerp. Svitzer Stanford was held for a powered in-direct around the Beach End turn out of the harbour.

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MSC Albany sails from Felixstowe Berth 7 with asistance of Svitzer Stanford 10th January 2017

YM Wellhead departing Felixstowe Berth 8 with two tugs 10th January 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Maersk Containership Grounds in Southern Italy


Gustav Maersk aground in the Strait of Messina, Italy, January 10, 2017. Photo credit: Italian Coast Guard
A 366-meter-long Maersk Line containership ran aground early Tuesday while transiting the Strait of Messina in Southern Italy.
The Italian Coast Guard says the Denmark-flagged MV Gustav Maersk ran aground overnight near the town of Torre Cavallo.
AIS shows the track of the Maersk Gustav. Credit.
AIS shows the track of the Maersk Gustav. Credit.
The grounding occurred as Gustav Maersk was sailing from Rijeka, Croatia for Gioia Tauro, Italy, according to Maersk’s website.
An inspection of vessel showed no sign that the hull of the ship was breached in the grounding, the Coast Guard said. No pollution has been observed in the area.
The vessel was eventually pulled free with the assistance of three tugs from nearby ports of Messina and Milazzo. It was later escorted the ship to the port of Gioia Tauro, located just to the north.
The video below shows a tug pulling the Gustav Maersk free:
The Coast Guard said that prior to the grounding, the ship was contacted by the Vessel Traffic Service in Messina. 
The cause of grounding is currently under investigation.
AIS shows the Gustav Maersk alongside in Gioia Tauro as of 11 a.m. EST.
Photo: Italian Coast Guard
Photo: Italian Coast Guard


  • TEU (Nominal): 9038
  • Built: 14 Oct 2008
  • IMO No.: 9359038
  • Call Sign: OUJK2
  • Class:ABS
  • Flag: Denmark