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AAL delivers mobile gantry cranes to Port of Oslo

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AAL delivers mobile gantry cranes to Port of Oslo. Image: AAL
AAL delivers mobile gantry cranes to Port of Oslo. Image: AAL
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AAL Shipping delivered four of the largest rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) in the carrier’s history to the Port of Oslo, Norway. These new generation mobile units, measuring 36 m in height and 28 m in length, were transported from Taicang in China to Oslo on a single sailing aboard the 31,000 deadweight ‘mega-size’ multipurpose vessel (MPV), the AAL Pusan.

The cranes were engineered and manufactured by Kalmar, part of Cargotec and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co. Ltd (RCI) in Taicang and will help to deal with the increased volume of container arrivals from Asia and Europe at Norway’s busiest port – a facility that handled 1.5 million metric tonnes of containers in 2019 alone. The four cranes had a combined weight of almost 700 tonnes. Three of the cranes were fully erected and the fourth was loaded in parts, using the AAL Pusan’s port-side heavy lift cranes (700 tonnes max lift). They were transported from China to Norway along AAL’s monthly ‘Asia – Europe Trade Route’. They will be deployed at the Port of Oslo, Norway’s main logistics hub that handles about 80% of the country’s imported containerized goods.

Eike Muentz, General Manager Europe, AAL, commented; “This particular cargo was booked through our Finland office in Porvoo – part of our expanding European office network. Demand for regular and dependable services between Asia and Europe has grown exponentially in 2021, as markets rush to address shortfalls in scheduled development projects and shortages in general stock and commodity levels, depleted due to the pandemic lock-down of the past 18 months. In this sense, we are not just moving project heavy lift cargo like these cranes, but smaller breakbulk parcels, general cargoes, dry bulk commodities, steel, and containers.”

AAL operates one of the multipurpose shipping sector’s largest fleets of specialist MPV heavy lift vessels, comprising both mega-size (30,000+ deadweight tonnage) and smaller tonnage vessels. These are deployed worldwide, serving the carrier’s tailor-made tramp chartering services, regular fixed trade routes and scheduled monthly liner services.

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Mammoet launches two floating drydocks via float-off operation in Saudi Arabia

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Mammoet launches two floating drydocks via float-off operation in Saudi Arabia. Image: Mammoet
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Built at Zamil Shipyard in the port of Dammam, two floating drydocks, intended for maintenance and repair works of naval crafts in Saudi Arabia, are being commissioned by Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN), a French naval ship design and construction company.

Mammoet’s Saudi Arabia branch was contracted by CMN to launch the drydocks via float-off operation. Using its vast expertise in marine load-out and float-off operations, Mammoet undertook all engineering, procurement, logistics and execution for the successful float-off of the drydocks.

In the concept stage, the team proposed a solution for the float-off that has never been performed in the Kingdom before. The solution entailed the use of a large floating dock with the capability to perform float-off directly at the jetty. The use of the proposed dock eliminated the traditional offshore float-off and related logistics. This gave the client a commercial advantage that in addition to the costs, saved a significant amount of time.

A thorough transport and marine engineering, multiple risk assessments and warranty surveys were performed to ensure safe and efficient execution. The floating dock, mooring and ballasting equipment were mobilized from UAE along with a specialized team to execute the operation. It was performed in accordance with the requirements of the client, warranty surveyors, shipyard and port authorities and environmental regulations.

Each drydock, weighing 1,450t and measuring 85m long, 34m wide and 11m high, was safely transported from the fabrication facility to the quayside, then loaded out onto the floating dock using 96 axle lines of Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT), before being floated off successfully at the right time and tide.

Commenting on the operation, CMN’s Transfer of Technology Manager said: “Congratulations to the entire Mammoet team and its subcontractors that have worked so hard during these days. The temperatures were high and some were fasting during Ramadan – yet, the float-off operation has been accomplished with great professionalism. We have been planning this operation together for some time but due to the COVID19 pandemic we had to be inventive and find solutions and avoid delays. The job was well done. Pleasure to have been working with such a great partner as Mammoet.”

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Enviva and MOL explore GHG emissions reduction technologies for biomass supply chain

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Enviva and MOL explore GHG emissions reduction technologies for biomass supply chain. Image: Pexels
Enviva and MOL explore GHG emissions reduction technologies for biomass supply chain. Image: Pexels
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Enviva, a global energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy, and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, a leading global marine transport group, today announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding agreement to develop and deploy an environmentally friendly bulk carrier.

The goal of the agreement is to reduce the greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions in the ocean transportation of sustainable wood pellets. In the initial stage, the partnership will explore the environmental benefits, commercial and operational feasibilities of various technologies.

This will include the “Wind Challenger”, a cargo ship design with a hard sail, which would reduce emissions by harnessing wind energy. MOL have been jointly studying the technology with cross-industrial partners.

“Enviva is extremely excited to partner with MOL on this innovative project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our supply chain,” said Thomas Meth, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Enviva. “In our recently announced goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, we committed to proactively engage with our partners and other key stakeholders to adopt clean energy solutions in our supply chain and this is one of the first opportunities for us to explore carbon reductions in our Scope 3 emissions.

MOL has been a long-term shipping partner of Enviva, providing a consistently professional and reliable shipping service, and we look forward to our new level of partnership which will positively impact climate mitigation and reduce carbon emissions.”

Toshiaki Tanaka, Managing Executive Officer and Chief Environment and Sustainability Officer of MOL said, “We are truly excited about this partnership, and it comes at a perfect timing as we start our new business entity, MOL Drybulk, this April. By integrating the various areas of Drybulk businesses amongst our group, MOL Drybulk will aim to improve our service and provide solutions to meet the various needs of our customers, including the reduction of emissions from our shipping service. This is not an easy challenge, especially when we aim to introduce new technologies such as the Wind Challenger, so it is extremely encouraging to have Enviva as our partner, whose core mission is to fight climate change, and with their passion and determination, have proved that they can make a difference.”

Plans to develop the Wind Challenger started in 2009 as an industry-academia joint research project led by the University of Tokyo. MOL took charge of the plan in 2018 and has been working on the technology since. The first Wind Challenger is scheduled to be released in 2022.

The system converts wind energy to propulsive force with a telescopic hard sail. The long-term goal is to develop a widely accepted shipping solution to achieve the International Maritime Organization target in combination with other measures to reduce GHG by equipping vessels with multiple sails.

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Great Eastern Shipping to buy a second hand LR2 product carrier

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G E Shipping to buy a second hand LR2 product carrier. Image: Great Eastern Shipping
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The Great Eastern Shipping Company has signed a contract to buy a second hand Long Range 2 (LR2) Product Carrier of approximately 105,258 deadweight tonne. The 2012 South Korean constructed vessel is predicted to enter the Company’s fleet in Q3 FY21.

As per a statement released by G E Shipping, current fleet count stands at 46 vessels, comprising 33 tankers (11 crude carriers, 17 product tankers, 5 LPG carrier) and 13 dry bulk carriers with an average age of 12.39 years aggregating 3.70 mn deadweight tonnes.

G E Shipping has already contracted to sell its 1996 built Very Large Gas Carrier Jag Vidhi which will be delivered to buyers in Q3 FY21 .The company has also contracted to buy a Very Large Gas Carrier which is expected to be delivered in Q3FY21.

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