Three more containers lost from the "Star First" have washed ashore in Dunkirk, two in Lombardsijde, two in Middelkerke and Nieuwpoort. In the afternoon of Dec 1 one more container spotted at the height of the Wenduinebank in De Haan. The Voluntary Rescue Service in Blankenberge was to tow it to shore. Six of on the whole 15 Containers remained unaccounted for, but have probably broken up. In Ostend some large fragments were recovered. Ship Support will store the largest pieces, while the Civil Protection will clean the beaches. There were, among other palettes, also insulation and bananas on the beach. The Provincial Governor Carl Decaluwé will inform the mayors of the steps taken.
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Towed by the "Irbis" the Floating Dock No.9 sank during towage in the South China sea in position 20 55,65N 116 33,03E, 116 miles east-north-east from Hong Kong, on Nov 30, 2015, at 6.10 p.m. The sinking was caused by a water ingress into dock. The dock developed a starboard list, capsized and foundered on 300 meters depth, with no fuel and supplies on board, so there was no risk of pollution. It was unmanned and sealed underway from Sovetskaya Gavan to Batam. Owner of the dock was the A&C TRADING NETWORK PTE LTD, Singapore.
Hamburg creates more space for big ships at Tollerort
Already well advanced in the heart of Europe’s second biggest port – Hamburg - are extensive works to improve accessibility and manoeuverability for big container and cruise ships.
Three phase construction on the €98 million redesign and restructuring project at Tollerort in the German North Sea port began in 2014 and Maritime Journal has been told that work is still on schedule late year for completion in 2017.
The project, described by some as “open-heart surgery” because of the activity around it, involves the removal of the Tollerortspitze, a four hectare area of land which juts into the Norderelbe, the busy northern arm of the River Elbe. The excavated soil is being used to backfill the Kohlenschiffhafen harbour basin which lies alongside and that area will become replacement land for the adjacent big Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).
Martin Boness, spokesman for the Hamburg Port Authority, told Maritime Journal in November “work is progressing according to schedule. We plan to complete the project in early 2017”. More to read at www.maritimejourn...
Strikes Planned At Rotterdam Port In December And January
Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and January in protest at possible job cuts, threatening to freeze the movement of goods through Europe’s largest port.
Niek Stam, leader of the FNV Havens union, said in a statement members of the union had voted in favour of the strikes to back their demand for guarantees of no layoffs for the coming nine years.
Major container employers ECT, APMT and RWG have rejected that demand in contract talks which have been running since April. www.marineinsight...