Harbour News February 2017


Harbour News

Current developments and ships in the Port of Rotterdam

An up-to-date addition to the standard cruise text.

FPSO Armada Kraken at Keppel Verolme

FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Off-loading) Armada Kraken is being phased out at the moment at Keppel Verolme in the Botlek. The new vessel will be deployed over the next 25 years to produce oil from the Kraken field in the UK North Sea Sector 125 kilometers east of the Shetland Islands. Kraken field contains an estimated 140 million barrels of heavy oil. The ship is a former tanker, the Prisco Alcor, which has been converted by Keppel and Singapore and can without dockings 25 years remain at sea. The production capacity is 460,000 barrels of oil per day, and there is storage space for 600,000 barrels. The water depth in the Kraken field is 120 meters.

Also in the dock of Keppel Verolme there are to admire some interesting vessels. For example, in the Beatrixdok Zr. Ms. Johan de Witt, an amphibious transport ship, the largest ship of the Dutch Navy. It is a combination of an airport, port, parking, hospital, hotel and communications. It will ship built in 2003, a major survey and maintenance at Keppel. Landing Platform Dock Johan de Witt was named after Pensionary of State Johan de Witt.

In Prince William Alexander dock is the Sveanen of the Rotterdam Company Van Oord. This is 8,700 tons lifting capacity the most powerful floating crane in the world. The Svanen has been developed by Ballast Nedam and built in 1990-1991 at Grootint in the Netherlands to be used in the construction of the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark. Later he is still adapted for the construction of the Øresund Bridge between Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmö (Sweden).In 2005, the floating crane is rebuilt again, but now for the construction of the Offshore Windpark Egmond aan Zee 'North Wind' in the North Sea.

Seven Boralis berthed at the quayside at Mammoet

Seven Boralis belongs to the 40-ship fleet of the British company Subsea.The ship was finished at Huisman Schiedam to a design by the Dutch design office Ulstein Sea of Solutions and put into service in 2010.Seven Borealis (182 x 46 meters) is a pipelay / construction vessel. The ship is equipped with the largest tower crane in the world. This crane can lift 5,000 tons (about 40 meters) and can operate at depths up to 6,000 meters (single fall). Besides the large crane, the Seven Borealis three additional taps. To starboard are two cranes of 40 tons, a crane of 36 tonnes to port. For the laying of pipes the vessel is equipped with a J-lay system of 937 tons and a S-lay system of 600 tons. In the engine room of the Seven Borealis are six Rolls-Royce engines with an output of 5,760 kW each. On board are 127 cabins with a total of 231 sleeping places.

The Rotterdam-Bayern Express successful

The Rotterdam-Bayern Express ECT Subsidiary European Gateway Services (EGS) and TX Logistics HAS carried in the first half of 2016 50% more containers than in the first six months of 2015. More and more South German companies are discovering the benefits of import and exports through the port of Rotterdam. From September 2015 the company drive their daily container trains between Rotterdam and Munich / Nuremberg. Therefore Rotterdam is easily accessible for the southern German market, and vice versa.

There is no difference between rail transport times through the North German ports or via Rotterdam to and from Bavaria, but the Bayern Express benefits from the fact that the Port of Rotterdam for many deep-sea shipping companies are increasingly the first and last port of call in Europe. While a ship after Rotterdam still sail to the North German ports, the container with the Rotterdam Bayern-Express is already on the way to southern Germany. This makes the Rotterdam Bayern Express a very competitive alternative to importing containers via northern Germany.

Companies: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd has the fifth largest container shipping company in the world. By 2015 the fleet consisted of 177 vessels of which 68 are owned. The total capacity was 966 000 TEU or 5,450 TEUs per ship on average. The largest ships of the fleet of Hamburg-class, this can take up to 13,200 TEU. In 2015 the company transported about 7.4 million containers to more than 25,000 customers. It employs approximately 9,400 people for the company including about 1,400 sail on the ships.

Hapag-Lloyd was formed in 1970 as a merger of the two largest German companies, the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) (Hamburg America Line), founded in 1847 in Hamburg, and Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) established in 1857 in Bremen. Major shareholders as at December 31, 2015: CSAV 31.4% of the shares, Hamburg City Administration (20.6%), Kühne Maritime (20.2%), TUI AG (12.3%) and free float (15.5%).

Since 1891, the company is also active in passenger shipping. In 2017, the fleet consists of four cruise ship MS Europa and Europa 2, MS Bremen and MS Hanseatic.

Featured harbours: De Jobshaven

St. Jobshaven is an antebellum port in Rotterdam - Delfshaven. St. Jobshaven was dug between 1906 and 1908 and built for the transshipment of cargo. The port is named after the demolished Saint Jobs Chapel in the former village Schoonderloo.N.V.

Architect J.J. Kanters designed in 1912 on the west side of the port design a storage building with silo cold the Blauwhoedenveem. This was a colossal concrete building exterior clad lined with brick. In St. Jobsveem colonial products were stored and distributed under customs supervision. On the east side of St. Jobshaven was stevedore company Wm.H. from 1908 to 1970 Müller & Co's Stevedores me. S.A. established.

With the advent of modern transshipment in the region Eemhaven port operations in Rotterdam West declined. In the nineties, there was no port-related activities more to the St. Jobshaven. On the east side of St. Jobshaven was the Müller Pier in use as event site. Warehouse Jobsveem, also called St. Job is one of the most beautiful monuments of Rotterdam and converted into residential building with loft apartments and topped up with penthouses and is part of the Lloyd District. Architect of the redevelopment of the Warehouse Jobsveem is Robert Winkel.

Art in the Harbour of Rotterdam: The Fisherman

The statue "The Fisherman" is located since 2006 to the border of the river Maas in Rotterdam downstream of the entrance of the Maashaven. The metal statue ten meters high was created by students of different practice schools, including the Albeda College. It was designed by artist Ger Bout.

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