• 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 June 25

18:06 VARD orders seawater cooling for newbuild cable layer
17:34 ABP Humber Estuary Services (HES) purchased new £600,000 survey vessel
17:06 Q-Flex vessel sets delivery benchmark in Turkey
16:28 Awilco LNG posts vessel and contract update
16:22 Zhatai Shipyard to be provided with RUB 4.1 billion of budget investments in 2019–2021
15:59 Maersk introduces Maersk Spot, a new fully online product that simplifies the buying process for customers
15:15 NCSP Group announced decisions made at annual general shareholders' meeting
14:51 IMO: committed to implementation
14:20 ABP King’s Lynn investment attracts new construction industry customer
13:37 MAN B&W dual-fuel engines pass half-million hour milestone
12:59 ECSA celebrates the Day of the Seafarer
12:47 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:58 Fuel technologies in the spotlight at ABS Hellenic Technical Committee
11:39 Dickson obtains status of international port
10:58 MEYER WERFT hands over Spirit of Discovery to the British cruise line Saga Cruises
10:42 Concordia Damen ships 18 hulls from Shanghai to Rotterdam
10:24 Gender equality is the theme of Day of the Seafarer 2019
10:03 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.81% to $63.66, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.88% to $57.39
09:46 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 25
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,258 points

2019 June 24

18:05 Training Montenegro to combat oil spills
17:50 Four cruise ships visit the Port of Riga at the same time
17:27 Finnish Government proposes supplementary appropriation of EUR 40 million for basic infrastructure management
17:05 Austal delivers third guardian class patrol boat to the Australian Department of Defence
16:47 Incat Crowther announces contract to design a 65m catamaran passenger ferry
16:46 Construction and operation of dual-fuel ships has low economic efficiency – USC President
16:45 Maersk Drilling completes sale of jack-up Mærsk Giant
16:24 USC set to build floating electricity-generating facilities running on LNG supplied by bunkering ships
16:03 Van Oord and Mammoet enter into cooperation with scale-up Verton
15:45 United Shipbuilding Corporation to launch the first LNG-powered ferry for Ust-Luga – Baltijsk line in late July
15:30 United Shipbuilding Corporation establishes USC-Propulsion and USC-Interior subdivisions
15:03 MOL signs deal on a long-term charter contract to utilize "MOL FSRU Challenger" for Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project
14:42 New USC Vice-President, Civil Shipbuilding, to get into office on 10 July 2019
14:21 USC expects its Astrakhan cluster to build 12 river-sea class ships per year
14:03 Yang Ming announces new China-Thailand direct service
13:37 Port of Rotterdam Authority to collaborate with four new companies
13:25 Igor Vasilyev appointed as Acting General Director of FTI Rostransmodernizatsiya
13:02 ARIES gained ABS Certification: Middle East 1 st Remote Inspection Techniques specialist
12:20 BC Ferries releases year-end results
12:10 Keel laid for the first of Damen’s revolutionary new FCS 7011 Crew Change
11:56 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 15,377 in RF spot market
11:29 FESCO to launch new container train to China via Far East overland route
10:58 Southern Center of Shipbuilding and Ship Repair acquired property of Krasniye Barrikady plant
10:35 Satti floating drilling unit owned by Kazmortransflot delivered to Azerbaijan
10:13 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.1% to 5.5 billion tonnes in Jan-May’2019
09:53 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning June, 24
09:52 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.4% to $64.71, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.68% to $57.82
09:34 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 7.7% to 7.55 million TEUs in Jan-May’2019
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,239 points

2019 June 23

16:29 INPEX submits revised plan of development for Abadi LNG Project
15:13 Oceanwide Expeditions: Hondius sister ship m/v Janssonius ordered for 2021
14:19 CMA CGM announces FAK rates on Asia - Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka service
13:46 Coast Guard rescues five from capsized boat in Chesapeake Bay
12:43 Danske Commodities signs 20-year PPA with Hywind Scotland wind farm
10:29 TMC sets up office to support Chinese yards

2019 June 22

15:24 AAPA selects Christopher Connor as its new CEO
12:37 TMC contracted by VARD to supply marine compressors for Viking Cruises' vessels
11:23 ABS to class first ‘tri-fueled’ vessel for Harvey Gulf
10:13 Port of Oakland steps up as ships carry bigger loads than ever
10:05 Coast Guard responds to barge aground in Naknek, Alaska