• 2019 September 16 13:16

    North Sea Port starts testing more reliable lockage planning for scheduled services in the Terneuzen lock

    North Sea Port says it is investigating whether shipping services can plan lockages in the Terneuzen lock further in the future. In cooperation with Dutch Rijkswaterstaat and the Flemish and Dutch pilotage, it will start testing lockage planning on Wednesday 18 September 2019.

    The test period runs until 31 December 2019. The aim is to refine the lock planning and achieve more sustainable shipping.

    During the test period of the planning horizon, the scheduled services operating in the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal will get their lockages more quickly, based on their sailing schedules. The aim is to measure the feasibility and impact of forward planning for sea-going vessels with a high and often fixed frequency. The other sea and inland vessels remain scheduled through the existing methods and agreements.

    "The increase in the number of ships and the increase of scale during the past ten years make it increasingly challenging to set up a lock planning in connection with logistics chains and production units in the port," says CEO Daan Schalck. “In 2018, almost 10,000 sea-going vessels passed the lock. We regard 1,250 of these as scheduled services that will participate in this test. So that is one in 8 sea-going vessels.” Moreover, since the beginning of May 2019, the lock complex has had to deal with restricted use of the Middensluis because of the construction of the Nieuwe Sluis. In the beginning of 2022, in the last straight line of the construction works, the Middensluis will even be closed completely.

    North Sea Port wants to make the lock passage as a central link in the nautical chain more reliable by planning lockages at Terneuzen earlier. In this way, the start-up routes of scheduled services can be tailored to the lock passages. Also, nautical service providers such as shipping companies and tugs will know much sooner what is coming to them. It is the intention to improve the planning horizon of the port user (just-in-time), to make the nautical chain more reliable and to make the start-up routes of the shipping services more economical and sustainable.

    Daan Schalck: "In the test phase, the scheduled services of DFDS, I-Motion Shipping, Outokumpu and Wagenborg in the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal will be locked through according to their sailing schedule instead of a schedule based on calculated arrival times and assigned prioritization." A decreasing margin will be used so that the reliability of the proposed lockage becomes greater as the remaining sailing time decreases, while still leaving enough room to optimize the locking sequence. If a liner vessel is outside its sailing schedule, the existing prioritization of the lock planning will apply.

    During the test period the methodology will be continuously evaluated and adjusted if required. At the end of the test and based on the final results, it will be decided whether to use the new methodology, or to extend the test or to extend the test to include non-line vessels.

2019 October 17

18:12 World's first emission-free push boat “Elektra” to have SCHOTTEL propulsion units
17:47 Five vessels call at the port of Brussels to show technological solutions to cut CO2 and air emissions
17:45 Nexans celebrates the next step in the construction of its Aurora cable installation vessel
17:43 Lotos shipyard delivers non-self-propelled cargo pontoon of Project GRPN
17:41 DFDS takes delivery of third Chinese-built RoRo
17:19 RroZero rolls out new 12m Site-Management boat for fish farming markets
16:14 North Sea Port offers online liner services
15:50 Ships detachment of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet arrive on business call to Kingdom of Thailand
15:26 Maldives received maritime security training from IMO on the ISPS Code
15:02 Maritime policy for sustainable development was in focus of IMO national workshop in Chile
14:37 IMO workshop helps put maritime development in Africa’s mainstream
14:11 VT Halter Marine launches first US-flagged offshore LNG bunker ATB barge for Q-LNG
13:25 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:01 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.1 percent in September 2019
12:41 Thordon to supply propeller shaft bearings for MSC Cruises' third Seaside class cruise ship
12:08 Oboronlogistics launched new shipping line linking ports of Novorossiysk, Tartus, Alexandria and Samsun
11:39 NIBULON MAX made her first cargo trip
11:00 Port of Long Beach posts cargo volume of 707,000 TEUs in September 2019
10:44 Air quality measures make impact at Port of Southampton
10:23 ABP held its annual oil spill exercise on the Humber
10:02 LUKOIL BoD recommends interim dividend amount
09:40 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.67% to $59.02, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.84% to $52.91
09:21 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 17
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,897 points
09:04 BOA awarded contracts to charter two vessels for the state’s emergency response preparedness
08:39 LLOG Exploration orders subsea trees for the Shenandoah Project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico

2019 October 16

18:37 Damen partners with TCS for increased vessel connectivity
18:07 AET christens two of the world's first LNG dual-fuel DPSTs to be chartered out to Norway's Equinor
17:35 PSA Marine signs frame agreement with Hydroniq Coolers
17:22 MODEC awarded Letter of Intent by Petrobras related to Marlim 1 FPSO
16:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Sep’2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 8.45 million tonnes
16:22 IBM boards the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project
16:22 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Sep'2019 climbed by 4% Y-o-Y to 14.27 million tonnes
15:58 Patrol ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet to take part in events dedicated to anniversary of Navarino battle
15:35 Navios Maritime Partners announces repayment of its Term Loan B
15:19 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Sep’2019 grew by 18% Y-o-Y to 46.93 million tonnes
14:53 Port of Ust-Luga handled 77.49 million tonnes in 9M’19, up 7% Y-o-Y
14:34 NEPTUN WERFT holds keel laying ceremony for AIDAcosma
14:06 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-Sep'2019 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 44.97 million tonnes
13:45 Zvezda shipyard lays down fourth Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:20 Carnival Cruise Line to add fourth ship in Galveston
12:12 Hapag-Lloyd to apply a Peak Season Surcharge from North Europe to East Asia
11:51 WMU and AHHIC cooperate on marine insurance
11:33 Gazprom Neft establishes a Singapore subsidiary company to develop its international marine lubricants business
11:20 Intensive training on port management and efficiency held in France
10:57 IMO visited United Kingdom to assess country's implementation of special maritime security measures
10:14 LUKOIL enters Ghasha project for extraction of hydrocarbons in UAE
10:01 MPA of Singapore to strengthen collaboration on cyber resilience and response at the 5th Port Authorities Roundtable
09:59 APM Terminals Gothenburg to double rail volumes by 2022
09:52 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.19% to $58.85, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.13% to $52.88
09:36 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,898 points
09:18 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
08:43 Award-winning yachts honored at Cannes - Azimut, Benetti, and Galeon
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 16

2019 October 15

18:37 MOL conducts tabletop drill based on an incident simulation involving containership
18:07 Fincantieri announces delivery of the fourth Royal Princess class ship at the Monfalcone shipyard
17:55 Tatarstan and Gazprom sign action plan for implementation of pilot project on using LNG powered ships
17:36 Keppel delivers fourth jackup rig to Borr Drilling
17:06 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd’s bunker craft operator licence
16:49 Hudson Shipping Lines joins the Trident Alliance as a member