• 2021 March 2 12:01

    Port of Antwerp carries out the first trial for increasing draught on the Western Scheldt river

    The first trial run as part of a potential extension of the maximum draught of the Western Scheldt river has been carried out successfully. On Sunday, the MSC REGULUS entered the port of Antwerp with a draught of 15.7 metres, a new record. It is the first in a series of trial runs where the draught will be increased to 16 metres, according to the company's release. This draught is necessary to be able to continue receiving the very largest container ships in the future. The pilot project is a collaboration between Port of Antwerp, the Flemish and Dutch Pilotage, the Common Nautical Management and the shipping company MSC.

    The current maximum draught of the Western Scheldt river for container ships sailing to Antwerp is 15,5 metres. In order to allow the largest seagoing vessels to use Antwerp as their first port of call in the future, however, a draught of 16 metres is required at the inlet. It was therefore decided to carry out a series of trial runs during which the maximum draught was systematically increased to 16 metres. This increase in the permitted draught considerably increases the loading capacity of the ships.These extra 5 decimetres can yield a +/- 1000 TEU gain.

    During the pilot project, the maximum permissible draught at inlet will gradually be increased from the current 15,5 metres to 15.7 metres, via 15.9 metres and finally 16 metres. The pilot project is a collaboration by Port of Antwerp, the Flemish pilots from the Flemish Agency for Maritime Services and Coast (MDK), the Dutch pilots, the Common Nautical Management (GNA), traffic controllers and the shipping company MSC. The deepening applies only to container ships sailing to the Deurganck Dock. On Sunday, the first trial run was successfully carried out when the MSC REGULUS, with a draught of 15.7 metres, entered the port of Antwerp from Rotterdam, breaking the draught record at the Deurganck Dock.

    The inlet for deep-sea vessels is determined by the tide. During the higher water level, there is a ‘time window’ during which deeper vessels can embark or disembark. Calculation of the time windows and simulations have shown that shipping with a draught of 16 metres is effectively possible on the Western Scheldt river.

    In order to guarantee smooth and safe navigation on the Scheldt and its approaches to the sea, Flanders and the Netherlands are collaborating within the Common Nautical Management (GNA).

    The decision for the pilot project was made in close consultation with the GNA and the three progressively deeper draughts will therefore be tested by both Flemish and Dutch pilots. After each draught test, there will be a detailed assessmentand a discussion of the findings. A final evaluation will then follow after the six trial runs and a final decision will be taken for the passage of ships with a draught of 16 metres.

2021 April 16

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12:05 Valenciaport traffic up in March 2021
11:47 Consolidated marine container throughput of Global Ports declined 5.9% in Q1’2021
11:26 Tuapse Sea Commercial Port increased its throughput by 9% in 3M’2021
11:05 The newest ocean cruise ship “Viking Venus” delivered in Ancona
10:34 Rosterminalugol’s coal exports in 3M’21 totaled 6.05 million tonnes
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09:50 Finnish Government proposes amendments to Water Traffic Act
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2021 April 15

18:45 The UAE aims to attain the No. 1 status in Global Food Security Index by 2051
17:58 Public Ferry Terminal in Gdynia to be completed in June
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16:57 Black Sea Fleet ships go to sea as part of a control check during the winter training period
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15:32 ViaSea Shipping AS based in Norway launches its branch office in Gdynia
15:14 DNV awards world-first Smart notation to CMHI’s offshore rig
15:08 Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 14, 2021
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14:31 Trafigura to co-sponsor development of MAN Energy Solutions ammonia engine
14:14 NextDecade and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America sign ESA for carbon capture at Rio Grande LNG project in Texas
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13:35 Sparta III delivered cargo for construction of airfield in Arctic
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12:30 Seaports of Okhotsk Sea and Tatar Strait increased their throughput by 15% in 3M’21
12:11 DEME Offshore and Penta-Ocean establish JV to develop Japan’s offshore wind industry
11:41 Panama Canal Authority postpones planned price hike following calls from shipping industry
11:29 Atomflot estimates technical readiness of icebreaker Sibir at 88%
11:07 Georgia Ports Authority orders 28 Konecranes container cranes as larger ship traffic grows
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09:15 Baltic Dry Index as of April 14

2021 April 14

18:14 Stockholm Exergi orders Agilon automated warehouse solution from Konecranes
17:41 Throughput of Kaliningrad port in 3M’2021 fell by 13% Y-o-Y
17:41 Alblasserdam’s Container Transferium gets ready for further growth
17:12 ABS publishes guidance on shipping power and propulsion decarbonization technologies
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13:43 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches RSD59 ship Nikolai Leonov built for Alfa LLC
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12:20 Port of Oakland imports up 45 percent in March 2021
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11:34 FESCO and NtechLab to collaborate in digital field
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