• 2018 August 21 14:47

    Kenia Port Authority takes delivery of new 75bp tugboat Eugene

    The Kenya Ports Authority has acquired a new the Sh1.1billion state-of-the-art tugboat to boost efficiency at the crucial marine operations. The new 75 Bollard Pull (BP) tugboat is the first of its kind in East and Central Africa and will be instrumental in undertaking marine operations including berthing and un-berthing of ships. She becomes the largest tug in a fleet of five, the KPA said in its news release.

    Christened EUGENE, Azimuth Stern Driven (ASD) tug arrived at the Port of Mombasa on Monday after a 26-day's journey from the Cheoy Lee Shipbuilders in China.

    The vessel is named after the late Capt. EUGENE OKOTH, who passed on whilst performing pilotage duties on board an inbound vessel (car carrier) on a 3rd Shift at 0100hrs in April 2016.

    Celebrating the tugboat's safe voyage to the Port of Mombasa, the General Manager Human Resources and administration Dr. Amani Komora stressed the need for employees to focus on productivity even as the Authority keeps its promise of modernizing equipment.

    "We have delivered a tug that is superior to the previous ones, because we want to improve on quality," he said.

    He promised the marine engineers and other technical staff of support in the necessary training program to keep them abreast with the ever changing technology to ensure the equipment remain well manned.

    Dock Workers Union Secretary General Simon Sang applauded KPA for the equipment acquisition, urging the management to ensure that the unionisable staff get adequate training opportunities to sharpen their skills.

    The tug  is fitted with the most advanced and powerful caterpillar "E" series engines and has a length overall (LOA) of 32 meters compared to the other four "D" series ASD tugboats which have a length overall of 30 meters and a Bollard Pull of 58.

    The acquisition of this tug now guarantees two to three simultaneous vessel movement at any given time. This translates to optimal availability of Four (4) at all times as compared to current situation of three (3) whenever one tug is out of service due to planned maintenance or breakdown.

    Currently 90% of vessels calling at port of Mombasa are post Panamax, which require at least two tugs for berthing and unberthing operations.

    The tugboat will also effectively provide fire suppression at sea, maritime pollution control and berthing. Additionally, it will have the capability to execute tug services within and outside the harbor.

    KPA's General Manager Engineering Services, Engineer Rashid Salim, said the new tug would come in handy in allowing smooth operations at the seaside especially when one of the tugs is out of station for routine maintenance and repair.

    He added that other marine services mega projects lined up include the acquisition of a pilot boat worth Sh600 million to be deployed to Lamu Port. This is in preparation for the start of operations in Lamu Port, which is set to start next year when the first berth will be ready.

    Meanwhile, regular caller Mv. Evergreen Dynamic has set a new record performance in the container handling operations. The container ship that docked at berth No.17 set a new Shift Record of 1428 gross moves during the second shift on Sunday. The record beats the previous record of 1204 gross moves registered by MV Livorno.  

    According to the Head of Container Operations Mr Edward Opiyo, the vessel also broke the 24 Hour stevedoring record held by Mv. Livorno and Kota Lambai respectively.

    Evergreen Dynamic also registered an average of 290 gross moves per hour to beat Kota Lambadi's recent record of 286 gross moves per hour translating to 2320TEUs in 24hours. Kota Lambadi in her previous record managed 2285 TEUs in 24 hours.

    The Panama flagged vessel has a length overall of 294.15 m, a breadth of 32.22m, deadweight of 55515 tonnes, gross tonnage of 52090 and a draught of 11.8m.

    Mr. Opiyo attributed the improved performance to good yard management, improved availability and maintenance of both shore and offshore equipment, enhanced staff morale through management recognition of performance and proper traffic management.




2018 September 23

10:47 DEME unveils innovative nodule collector pre-prototype ‘Patania II’
10:33 Global Ship Lease secures additional charter coverage and adds Maersk Line to charterer portfolio
10:30 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Latin America to North Europe and South Europe

2018 September 21

18:06 Forth Ports wins prestigious award for community work
17:44 NCSP Group's cargo turnover for January–July 2018 totaled 82,351 thousand tons
17:28 First ISO-container ever loaded with liquefied natural gas at the LNG terminal in Świnoujście
17:06 Gibdock, RSP Systems and New Zealand fisheries choose LR
16:31 Outlook for marine cargo insurance challenging but opportunities remain for underwriters, says IUMI
16:04 Babcock ecoSMRT receives LR acknowledgement for ship application
15:09 Trafigura holds naming ceremony for first of 35 newbuild crude oil and product tankers
14:56 IBIA takes part in SIBCON 2018
14:27 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Pola Fiva, fifth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 built for Pola Rise
14:09 British International Freight Association fumes over sulphur surcharge
13:52 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 million passengers in 8M’18, up 10.5%, Y-o-Y
13:31 Maersk’s regional carriers go to market under one brand
13:09 GE Shipping takes delivery of Secondhand Very Large Gas Carrier “ Jag Vasant ”
12:50 ABP aims for frictionless trade with blockchain
12:28 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport declined by 1.9% to 3.6 million tonnes in 8M’18
12:09 COSCO SHIPPING Tanker (Dalian) takes delivery of 319,000 dwt Mt Cosnew Lake
11:07 Odfjell finalizes sale of Rotterdam tank terminal
10:36 ABP promotes South Wales ports as cruise destinations
10:07 Georgia Ports plan 8 million TEU capacity by 2028
09:54 Brent Crude futures price up 0.06% to $78.75, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.14% to $70.22
09:35 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,396 points
09:03 APL’s Eagle Express service makes a solution for precise logistics management
08:07 Yang Ming to upgrade China-Vietnam-Thailand service
07:20 Iskes Towage names twin Damen ASD Tugs 3212 Mars and Mercurius

2018 September 20

21:17 Expert says production declines and geopolitical unrest may push bunker prices up
18:02 SITC holds naming & delivery ceremony for M/V “SITC TOYOHASHI”
17:54 Sovcomflot participates in Eastern Economic Forum’s business programme
17:30 Kurt Bodewig appointed as new European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea
17:07 Port of Singapore holds annual multi-agency ferry emergency exercise
16:46 IAPH regional conference sets pan-African ports agenda
16:25 UAE to host Dubai Marine Insurance Conference 2018 on November 20-21
16:07 Governments of New Zealand and Australian announce fumigation requirement for import cargos
15:48 Sovcomflot is a Partner of the Second Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia”
15:32 NYK product tanker rescues 28 fishermen off the coast of Colombia
15:04 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
14:56 Admiralteiskie Verfi launches the Kronshtadt, diesel-electric submarine of Project 677
14:32 DNV GL releases autonomous and remotely operated ship guideline (UPDATE)
14:04 Port of Long Beach awarded $4.2 mln security grant
13:32 ABS supports innovative yacht design with dedicated guidance notes and software
13:20 Finnish Transport Agency: international seaborne transport volumes show significant boost
13:04 Port of Antwerp works on structural solutions to improve mobility
12:43 Arctic group of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet enters Chukchi Sea through Bering Strait
12:30 Wison receives AiP from LR for 300MW FSRP
12:04 Port of Rotterdam and Rönesans Holding sign agreement for petrochemical industrial zone in Turkey
11:49 IMO to start consideration of legal framework for low-flashpoint diesel
11:30 Gulftainer signs 50-year, $600 million concession to operate and expand Port of Wilmington in Delaware, USA
11:18 Fuel oil prices are going up the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:04 Green Corridor JIP delivers innovative bulk carrier designs for a low emissions future
10:55 IMO takes important step to facilitate use of methanol
10:30 HHI receives AiP from LR for a VLGC design capable of using LPG as fuel
10:19 Brent Crude futures price up 0.3% to $79.64, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.61% to $71.2
10:03 OpenIJ starts sinking operation of the lock gate chamber at the Port of Amsterdam
09:50 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg ("Marine Façade") welcomed MSC Meraviglia
09:34 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to East Africa
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,373 points
09:03 Port of Rotterdam organises information meeting about the replacement of Maaskade quay wall