• 2017 November 23 15:00

    Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel

    ABP says the ports of Ayr and Troon have welcomed the delivery of a new £700,000 Scottish-built 12.75m pilot vessel.

    Named ‘Scotia’ after suggestions were voted on by local ABP employees, she was unveiled at a naming ceremony at the Port of Troon.

    The vessel is just the latest in a series of investments by port owners ABP designed to improve capability and customer service at its Scottish facilities. ‘Scotia’ will further enhance the ports’ ability to handle vessels in all weather conditions.

    Delivered by water ahead of schedule by Aberdeenshire’s MacDuff Shipyards via the Caledonian Canal, ‘Scotia’ will replace ABP’s long-serving vessel ‘The Lady Kyle’ after a quarter-century of service assisting vessels at the Ports of Ayr and Troon. Set to become a familiar sight around the region’s coasts, ‘Scotia’ will also perform general harbour duties, helping customers and vessels outside of the port’s boundaries along the Scottish West Coast.

    The new vessel is a significant upgrade on her predecessor, with two modern, cleaner engines, double the horsepower and a full Man Overboard recovery system.

    ‘Scotia’ was christened in a ceremony presided over by the Eileen Howat, Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council, said, “I’m proud to have been asked to play a part in today’s launch, with the Scotia set to become a familiar sight off our coast.

    “ABP remains an important local employer and the launch of this new vessel marks a significant investment to bolster its operations in Troon.

    “We’re pleased to see the company dedicate fresh resources to help attract new business and bolster the wider South Ayrshire economy.”

    Stuart Cresswell, Port Manager, Ayr and Troon, said: “This is an investment not just in increased capability at our Scottish ports but in local skills, technology and know-how. We are proud to be launching a Scottish built vessel to ensure our customers receive enhanced levels of service for many years to come.

    “This brand new vessel has been specifically designed, with close collaboration between ABP’s marine team and MacDuff, to deliver both pilotage services and assist the berthing of larger vessels in poor weather conditions, whilst also providing a comfortable and safe environment for our marine pilots. We hope that her arrival will help cement both Ayr and Troon’s status as primary hubs for trade in the West of Scotland.”


2017 December 18

11:23 Sirius Shipping took over the management for the vessel M/T Donia
10:59 The Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority expanded its land by nearly 10 ha in the port of Świnoujście
10:30 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.16% to $57.42
10:04 Russian Navy oceanographic ship Yantar pays business visit to Buenos Aires
09:42 Admiral Vladimirsky, research ship of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet, lays it course to Indian Ocean
09:20 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,619 points
09:08 Egypt officially starts operations of the Mediterranean’s largest gas field
08:11 DNV GL introduces first classification guideline for 3D printing

2017 December 17

08:08 APL enhances India Pakistan-Mediterranean Express Service with new port calls
07:06 Data on the LNG terminal in Świnoujście published on the ALSI platform
07:04 HELCOM and BONUS tighten collaboration for the good of environmental protection action in the Baltic Sea
06:57 Viking Sun sets sail on first world cruise from Miami to London

2017 December 16

07:46 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
06:51 Hapag-Lloyd announces new rates from Far East Westbound East Asia (including Japan) to Europe N.C. and Mediterranean
06:49 Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam to launch a pilot project with ‘fixed windows’ for inland vessels with large call sizes
06:45 Miriam Maes to succeed Rutger van Slobbe as Chair of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Advisory Board
06:37 DNV GL launches first class guideline for additive manufacturing

2017 December 15

23:12 Russia and USA filed first ever joint note to IMO on shipping in Bering Strait and Bering Sea
18:20 Onezhsky Shipyard launched self-propelled hopper Silnaya (photo)
18:06 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Marstein
17:06 The Port of Gdansk to expand the Oliwskie Quay
16:50 Russia’s State Duma approves ensuring the priority of ships flying RF flag in the segment of short-sea shipping
16:21 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:34 Construction at NIBULON’s transshipment terminal in Mykolaiv is in full swing
14:45 Klaipėdos Nafta and Eesti Gaas begin cooperation in small-scale LNG distribution business
14:18 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Korea Shipowners’ Association as first sub-Arctic member
13:51 Baltic Workboats delivered 24m combat pollution and diving support vessel to Port of Klaipeda
13:29 WMU Executive Board 21st Session meets in London
12:56 Marine Recruiting Agency launches training project for Rosterminalugol
12:33 Skangas to source LNG at import terminal on Isle of Grain, UK
12:10 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 9.6% to 933 million tons in Jan - Nov 2017
11:58 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company holds training with participation of crane ships crew
11:32 Africa maritime cooperation centre launched
11:09 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) up 14% to 13.1 mln t in 11M’17
10:44 Brent Crude futures price up 0.11% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.39% to $57.26
10:30 Rolls-Royce delivers first mobile MTU gas engines for Rederij Doeksen
10:11 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 39.21 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 6.5% Y-o-Y
09:57 IAA PortNews offers video of virtual round-table meeting “Best practices of coal transshipment in Russian ports”
09:32 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,668 points
09:16 GTT signs new Global Services Agreement with Chevron Transport Corporation
08:25 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Post-Panamax class dry-bulk vessel
07:05 Port of Los Angeles sets new record for highest monthly container volumes
06:04 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
05:04 The Foundation Det Norske Veritas assumes full ownership of DNV GL
04:43 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion wins contract for first European conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel LNG / MGO

2017 December 14

18:03 Bunker prices still maintain the potential for growth
18:02 Pacific centre launches on low-carbon shipping mission
17:37 Gazprom and Shell to handle oversized equipment for Baltic LNG at Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:29 Key decisions from MEPC 71 related to implementing BWM Convention outlined at BWMTech London Conference
17:05 Ulstein and TTS shortlisted for OSJ Innovation Award
16:35 HHI Group receives support of LR in building an LNG-fuelled future
16:05 Aker Solutions secures subsea services agreement with Statoil
15:50 Commercial Sea Port of Kandalaksha handled 1.46 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 3 times Y-o-Y
15:36 Special issue of PortNews magazine published for Transport Week is available online
15:25 United Nations experts endorse RF initiative
15:07 BASF extend their fleet with another Konecranes barge handler
14:52 Infrastructure development will be one of priorities of Vladimir Putin’s new presidential term
14:45 CMA CGM launches new, innovative and complementary set of products
14:03 Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME to collaborate in creating improved power and propulsion for ships
13:31 CLdN adds fourth weekly sailing between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge