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Bollinger Shipyards, USA, has delivered 'B. No. 284', a double
hull 80,000-barrel oil tank barge built to Bouchard Ocean
Barge 'B. No. 284' meets the requirements of the Oil Pollution
Act of 1990 (OPA'90) and is a manned ocean, clean oil tank barge
measuring 121-metres-long, with a 22.5-metre beam and a depth
of 8.7 metres. The barge is built for, and certified by, American
Bureau of Shipping and United States Coast Guard regulations to
meet the requirements of OPA'90 with twelve cargo
compartments and three separate pumping systems.
The barge is equipped with three Byron Jackson cargo pumps,
driven by John Deere engines, Model 6125HF070 Series, and the
deck is equipped with two Techcrane model C 30-60 electric-
'B. No. 284' is the second barge of a three-barge agreement
between Bollinger and Bouchard. The 'B. No. 262', a 60,000-
barrel OPA'90 compliant barge was delivered to Bouchard in
April of 2009 and was the first of the three-barge programme.
The remaining barge to be delivered from Bollinger is the
60,000-barrel 'B. No. 264', a clean oil barge scheduled for delivery
in March 2010 from Bollinger Marine.
Delivery of 80,000-barrel tank barge
'B. No. 284'
The management of Marseilles Fos and
the CGT trade union have reached an
agreement on the transfer of port
authority dockers based at Mourepiane
container terminal, in the Marseilles
harbour area, to the private stevedoring
The transfer of cargo handling to private
operators was a key requirement of French
port reform law passed in July last year,
which prompted the post-reform strategy
adopted by Marseilles Fos in April.
Under the agreement reached on July
28, the port authority has pledged to
support container activity in the
Marseilles harbour by taking a "minority
but significant" stake in Intramar.
The authority said that the agreement
improves on the national framework for
transfer arrangements and responds to
concerns expressed by affected members of
its workforce. It added that the deal brought
to an end several weeks of labour disruption
at the Mourepiane terminal, which mainly
handles intra-Mediterranean trades.
Marseilles in deal on post-reform labour transfer
Port of Marseilles, France
The first containers that were brought from Berlin to the Port
of Hamburg via the new Elbe-Spree inland waterway were
unloaded on August 3.
The weekly service is operated by the Berlin Hafen- und
Lagerhaus in cooperation with Konrad Zippel Spediteur from
Hamburg. The inland water vessel 'Shir Khan' has a transport
capacity of 54TEU.
The Berlin waterway connection was developed as part of the
"Deutsche Einheit No. 17" traffic project.
It is now possible to handle economic transport from Berlin to
Hamburg by ship through the Spree River, the Havelkanal, the
Elbe-Havel-Kanal, the Mittellandkanal and the Elbe-Seitenkanal.
The Middle-Elbe is navigable when the water level permits,
but there are still some navigation restrictions due to
discontinued maintenance measures. At Dömitz, the water level
fell below 80cm in the summer of 2008.
Container traffic in the Port of Hamburg is increasing. The
number of containers transported in the Hamburg port
hinterland traffic rose by 29 percent in 2008 and has now
New Berlin-Hamburg water transport route
Photo: Dietmar Hasenpusch
Marseille-based shipping giant CMA CGM has announced a
westbound all-cargo rate increase of US$400 per TEU and
US$500 per FEU between north Europe and the US and
Canada from September 1.
"A rate restoration is necessary to maintain a viable presence
on this trade and ensure the best level of services," said CMA
CGM Vice President Jean-Philippe Thenoz.
In early August, Maersk Line announced a rate increase on the
transatlantic trade as rates had dropped to "unsustainable" levels.
Earlier, Maersk had announced it was increasing rates by US$400
per TEU and US$500 per FEU and on high-cubes and 45 footers
on all cargo moving between North America, and northern
Europe from September 1.
The latest figures from the European Liner Affairs Association
show that rates dropped year-on-year 21 percent on the
eastbound and 26 percent on the westbound leg in April,
reported London's International Freighting Weekly. TRACEY JIA
CMA CGM to levy Atlantic rate hike
Northern Europe to North America rates to climb
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