• 2019 May 20 17:28

    Less storm damage in the port of Rotterdam because of Windbreakers

    "It can be very stormy in the Rotterdam sometimes. The nightmare of many a container depot and terminal, because strong winds can blow over stacked empty containers and cause serious damage. Windbreaker International has developed an effective precaution: a cast-iron coupling that connects the corners of containers, making them less vulnerable. Almost all depots in Rotterdam now use Windbreakers. And at Mainport Container Services, they have never had storm damage since,” the Port Authority reports.

    In Rotterdam, the largest container port in Europe, land is scarce and expensive, and container depots use their square metres as efficiently as possible by stacking empty containers up to eight high. When a storm is imminent, depots have their hands full with securing the containers using tie ratchets or removing layers from the stack. A time-consuming job. “I've been working with containers all my life, and especially at empty depots you'll encounter many problems during storm situations,” says Sjaak de Vos, director of Windbreaker International. “When I was still director of container depot Mainport Container Services (formerly Mainport Rotterdam Services) in Rotterdam, one of my supervisors once made a prototype of a connecting piece that connects the corners of the container - the corner castings - to each other, so the top layer becomes one solid block. It was a good idea, but nothing was done with it because there were still steps to be made in the execution.”

    Like Lego
    De Vos entered into a collaboration with research organisation TNO in Delft, which further developed the idea, tested it and searched for the most suitable material. “Steel, for instance, is much stronger, but it is way too heavy. Carbon is light, but far too expensive. We decided on the strongest form of cast iron, twenty centimetres long and weighing six kilos. The connector allows you to connect the containers in the top layer, just like Lego. It takes about five minutes extra to screw the Windbreaker into the corner castings. However, you will easily win back this time in case of a storm. Then you will barely have to worry about it.”

    Wind force 9
    The Windbreaker was launched and tested at Mainport Container Services in 2014. Other depots and terminals in Rotterdam were also immediately open to this innovative solution and some four thousand Windbreakers have now been sold in Rotterdam. Fifty units cost approximately 2,500 euros. “They offer excellent protection up to wind force 9. Our clients are satisfied, but the success depends of course on consistent use. It is a tool, not a panacea. Windbreakers reduce the risk of storm damage and at the same time make the workplace safer for employees.” Safety is a priority in the port of Rotterdam, and this argument may therefore be of interest to insurers and permit-granting parties.

    Expanding
    Spring 2018, De Vos stopped as depot manager, and now he focuses entirely on expanding Windbreaker International. After Rotterdam, the rest of the world is next. “The product is suitable for all ports where there are terminals and empty depots. We also want to start thinking about solutions that are suitable for terminals with full containers and about ways to better protect containers on board of ships.”




2019 September 23

17:07 Scorpio Bulkers announces the sale of two Ultramax vessels for $37.9 mln
17:06 Lloyd’s Register signs up to Getting to Zero Coalition
16:43 Marseille, France to host EUROMARITIME on 4-6 February 2020
16:28 MAN Energy Solutions joins getting to zero coalition
15:24 Hapag-Lloyd increases rates from North Europe to Middle East and Indian Subcontinent
14:24 Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach release report on the state of clean cargo-handling equipment technology
14:01 Severnaya Verf starts cutting metal for fourth processing trawler of Project 170701 ordered by NOREBO Group
13:39 ESPO Award jury puts ports of Dover, Dublin, Stockholm and UPF in final competition for Award 2019
13:15 Glander International Bunkering opens 8th office globally in Oslo
13:02 ECOSUBSEA achieves requirements to offer sustainable hull cleaning in the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge
12:53 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 14,725 in RF spot market
12:31 USPA Supervisory Board discussed corporatisation, integrated audit and dividend reduction
12:08 DNV GL’s Veracity strengthens maritime digitalization with new Asia-Pacific hub
11:50 Workshop in Kenya focused on reducing marine plastic from ships
11:36 Abu Dhabi Ports’ container volume up 82.4% in the first half of 2019
11:29 Regional workshop in Saudi Arabia focused on clean shipping in Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Gulf
11:04 Vympel Shipyard launches fourth Grachonok-class special purpose boat for Federal National Guard Troops Service
10:26 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.1% to $64.99, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.1% to $58.73
10:08 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Red Sea
09:47 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 7.4% to 12.18 million TEUs in Jan-Aug’2019
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,131 points
09:08 DNV GL awards AIPs to DSME for ethylene carrier cargo tank designs
08:49 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sep. 23
08:06 Damen completes maintenance work on Innovation at Damen Verolme Rotterdam

2019 September 22

17:03 Höegh increases its frequency to Australia
16:21 USCG Cutter Seneca offloads more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine in Miami
15:16 Algoma announces agreement to acquire Croatian-built dry-bulk carrier
13:03 Van Oord: Second Sand Motor successfully completed
12:47 Ørsted to pioneer deployment of GE’s next generation offshore wind turbine
11:39 ZPMC orders compressors to pipelay vessel

2019 September 21

16:17 USCG responds to breakaway barges striking I-10 San Jacinto River bridge
15:14 Eastern Shipbuilding launches the C.D WHITE for E.N. Bisso & Son
14:06 Boskalis associate Smit Lamnalco signs first 10-year terminal services contract in Mozambique
12:52 Kongsberg wins first full-scope expedition cruise vessel tender, with gensets and propulsion equipment
11:34 Rauma Shipyard bags Finnish Navy's four corvettes order

2019 September 20

18:41 Vostochny Port joins Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation as its permanent member
18:22 IAA PortNews offers photo release from 'Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet' conference held on NEVA 2019 zero-day
18:05 Global Ship Lease announces new five-year $268 mln credit facility for debt refinancing
17:24 Vostochny Port’s harbour services fleet presented at dedicated conference in Saint-Petersburg
17:05 F. A. Vinnen places entire fleet with Verifavia Shipping & Rina for IHM services
16:50 Helsinki Shipyard (Finland) to build two liners for polar cruises
16:35 COSCO SHIPPING Ports announces disposal of interest in various port assets and possible disposal of Taicang Terminal and Jiangsu Petrochemical Terminal
16:21 ABB presents electric power and propulsion solutions for icebreaking vessels at NEVA 2019
16:05 Port of Los Angeles protects overall clean air gains
15:19 Port of Riga rapidly increases volume of handled wood pellets
14:53 South Korean port to slash passenger vessel emissions with ABB shore power
14:15 Krasnoye Sormovo launches Pola Pelagia, dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59З, for Pola Rise
13:30 Damen Shipyards Group is ready to ensure construction of electric water buses for rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg and Russia
13:12 MSC Cruises and Fincantieri unveil further details of MSC Seashore at coin ceremony
12:24 Victor Olersky sees promising future of electric river passenger ships in Saint-Petersburg and in Russia
12:09 Algoma Central Corporation announces agreement to acquire Croatian-built vessel
11:28 Specifications for 0.50% sulphur fuels and the PAS from ISO: IBIA explains
11:09 GTT obtains Approval in Principle from Bureau Veritas for the Mark III Flex technology on ice-breaking LNG carriers
10:52 IBIA and S&P Global Platts collaborate to help shipping industry comply with IMO 2020
10:31 Workshop for training on emergency response, preparation and planning held in Manila
10:09 Van Oord and Shell test the use of biofuel on trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 316
09:50 State Duma ratifies Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $63.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.98% to $58.7
09:25 Lloyd’s Register, China Merchants, GTT, CNOOC, DSIC form jv to design LNG-fuelled VLCC
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,192 points