The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the port of Marseille Fos signed at the end of May a financial partnership of 50 million euros. The monetary institution has undertaken to pay this amount in order to support the development projects of the port. Five of them include a global investment of 136 million euros and concern among other things the redevelopment of several terminals and the « expansion of the North channel for the large cruise ships reception », as the port announced. This partnership follows the previous one signed in 2008 to build the Fos 2XL terminal.
Photo : Christine Cabau Woehrel, Chairwoman of Marseille Fos and Ambroise Fayolle, BEI’s Vice-President
Maritime Holdings Delaware, parent company of Intermarine, has entered into a joint venture agreement with the German group Zeaborn. The company, which will be named Zeamarine, will include the transfer of assets and operating entities from the various commercial activities of Zeaborn as well as the company Intermarine held by Maritime Holdings, said the duo in a statement. The joint venture will have a fleet of more than 75 vessels and is expected to exceed 100 vessels by the end of the year. The shareholders of the new Zeamarine company will also commit to finance the new capital to develop the joint venture in which Zeaborn will be the majority shareholder.
DCT Gdansk, Poland’s largest container terminal, has surpassed the handling of 9 million TEU since its opening 10 years ago.
With 1.3 km of deep-water quay-line, 11 STS cranes handles over 460 vessels per year. In 2017, DCT Gdansk was ranked as the 16th largest port in Europe with 1.6 million TEUs processed.
“The DCT terminal that we see today, is the product of constant investment year after year to create a true gateway to the world for Poland,” said Cameron Thorpe, of DCT Gdansk SA.
Konecranes has won a new order for the delivery of two Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes to Winning Logistics Company Limited (Myanmar). This order was placed in the first quarter of 2018 and with these new cranes, Winning has ordered eight cranes in a short period.
The new gear will be used primarily for bauxite handling activities off the coast of Guinea by transhipping bauxite from river barges to cape size vessels.
Designed for use on the open sea, the Model 8 floating cranes have a maximum outreach of 43 m and a powerful 63 tonne grab curve. They are designed in accordance with Lloyd’s Register Code for lifting appliances in a marine environment. This allows them to operate at wind speeds of up to 24 m / s and at maximum wave heights of 2.5 m.
In March, Konecranes was selected to supply two Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 mobile harbor cranes for the Port of Dover’s new cargo facilities as part of the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development. The Model 5 mobile harbor cranes, which have a maximum lifting capacity of 125 t and an outreach of up to 51 m, operate with a hybrid drive technology that reduces fuel consumption and exhaust emissions while reducing noise pollution at the port. They will be used to handle mainly containers and palletised fruit on the new multi-purpose refrigerated cargo terminal, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019. The DWDR is the largest single investment ever made by the Port of Dover and will ultimately be a very important instrument to cope with the constant increase in port traffic in the UK.
This machine builds on the performance of the previous generation of RTG to deliver greater savings in energy efficiency, air emissions, noise and maintenance costs.
The old super-capacitor system has been replaced by the latest litheum-ion battery technology, which has a much higher energy storage capacity. The Li-ion battery, guaranteed for five years, is associated with a smaller diesel engine, consuming up to 50% less fuel than a conventionally powered RTG, but also quite and easier to maintain.
The new Kalmar Hybrid RTG also features a “regenerative” energy system that stores energy generated by braking and spreader-lowering for later use.
This platform also offers several advanced features. These include an intuitive graphical user interface as standard as well as options such as an electro-mechanical anti-sway system, SmartProfile stack anti-collision system, and SmartView camera system.The Kalmar Hybrid RTG can be customized to meet the precise needs of each operator terminal in terms of height, width and cabin options.