London Gateway Cuts Lorry Miles

London Gateway received 90,000 tonnes of aggregate for the construction of the port’s gate complex, in a single direct delivery by the bulk cargo ship Yeoman Bridge, saving 9,000 lorry journeys on the national road network.  Colin Hitchcock, London Gateway Harbour Master, said: “Yeoman Bridge is the largest aggregate ship to come this far up […]

NATO Maritime Command Takes Over Anti-Terror Mission

Allied Maritime Command in Northwood, NATO’s single maritime HQ, has taken over command of NATO’s defence against terrorism mission Operation Active Endeavour (OAE).  Along with Operation Ocean Shield, NATOs’ counter piracy mission, this now brings together both of NATO’s current maritime operations under one command.  OAE is part of NATO’s multi-faceted response to the terrorist […]

MARPOL and VIMSAS top discussions at Caribbean meeting

MARPOL and VIMSAS topped discussions when senior Caribbean maritime administrators met in Montego Bay, Jamaica this week. The Regional Senior Marine Administrators Workshop was hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica during a milestone visit to the country by Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Representatives from 20 countries met to […]

Britannia maintains firm line

Britannia, one of the most successful P&I Clubs in recent years with many of the world’s leading ship owners in membership, has maintained a firm line with members at renewal. The Club’s general increase was at the top end of the range imposed by the Clubs, but it sought to soften the cash flow implications […]

BP extends presence at Aberdeen Harbour for further 10 years

Aberdeen Harbour Board has announced that BP has agreed to extend its presence at the port for a further 10 years.    The agreement, worth an estimated £25 million to the Board over the term, will see BP continue to lease its Albert Quay base from Aberdeen Harbour for the next decade to support its operations […]

Considerably fewer ships in port of Rotterdam

The number of sea-going ships arriving in the port of Rotterdam decreased further in 2012. Increased scale, crisis and fewer ferry service departures reduced the number of arrivals by 2,347 to 32,057 ship visits. In 2008, 36,415 sea-going ships still arrived. Despite the decline, throughput in 2012 increased by 1.7 per cent to 442 million […]