Here's the latest round up of news concerning the lift, transport and installation of heavy and over-dimensional project cargoes, prepared for you by HLPFI.
This week's Friday Flyer is sponsored by Instar Logistics, your personal heavy lift logistics provider in power generation and industrial projects.?
A round table of international shipping organisations including BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo and INTERTANKO, has expressed deep concerns about the implementation of ballast water management (BWM) systems.
The Ballast Water Management Convention has been developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in a bid to protect local ecosystems from the impact of invasive species carried in ships' ballast water.
The round table fully supports the need for international BWM regulation. However, it has highlighted serious concerns surrounding type-approved BWM systems and realistic implementation schedules for shipowners and operators, particularly for vessels operating into the USA. ?
The round table expects the BWM Convention to be ratified shortly and enter into force as early as 2016. Shipowners that have not already done so will be required to spend between USD1 million and USD5 million to install a BWM system on each of their ships. It is estimated that there are 50,000 ships that require to be fitted with such systems over a five-year period.
Unilateral regulations are already in force in the USA, which require all ships that discharge ballast into US waters to treat it through a US Coast Guard (USCG) approved BWM system.
Currently there are a number of BWM systems in the USCG testing and approval process, but none that have yet received type approval.
The round table has urged the US Coast Guard to approve as many ballast water management systems as possible, as soon as possible, and provide a pragmatic schedule for the installation of such equipment.
The round table is alarmed that the international shipping industry may be forced to spend millions of dollars on BWM systems that that may not subsequently achieve US type-approval and therefore will need to be replaced in a short period of time.
VVM and Vector join forces?Paraguay's VVM Cargo has formed a collaboration with crane and equipment rental company Vector SRL for the handling of project cargo and heavy loads.
Barnhart launches River Train?Barnhart Crane & Rigging has launched a barge service - River Train - which will facilitate the movement of project cargoes, weighing 150 tonnes and over, along any of the navigable US river systems.
Omega Morgan takes Action
Omega Morgan has formed a partnership with Lynden, Washington-based Action Specialialized Transportation & Rigging as part of a multi-year deal to purchase the assets of the company.
Pan Ocean profits double ?
Pan Ocean has more than doubled its first quarter 2015 profits, reporting a net income of USD105.98 million - up by 208.5 percent over the same period of 2014.
Flying start for Atlas Air
For the three months ended March 31, 2015, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reported a net profit of USD29.23 million - up from USD11.3 million in Q1 2014.?
Winches delivered to Hyundai crane barge
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has delivered and commissioned 45 variable frequency drive (VFD) winches and a full control system for the recently completed heavy lift crane barge Hyundai HLV-10000.
World's largest lock begins to fill
The pumps have been switched on at the Deurganck dock lock, Port of Antwerp, and 1.5 million cu m of water is filling what will be the world's largest lock upon its completion in 2016.
Dornseiff adds Liebherr duo
Two new Liebherr cranes - an LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane and an LR 1250 crawler crane - have been added to Dornseiff Autokrane und Schwertransporte's fleet.
New compact crane from Liebherr?
Liebherr unveiled its new LTC 1050-3.1 compact mobile crane at the Intermat 2015 exhibition in Paris.?
Shipment of the week
Through its distributor in Dubai, Al Masaood Trading, Enerpac has supplied Lamprell with an EVO-series synchronous lifting system to weigh a newly completed jack-up rig, in Dubai.
On the move
Huisman changes leaders
André Meijer will become the chief executive officer of Huisman, following the decision of Joop Roodenburg to step down as the company's ceo to become chief technology officer.?
Network and association developments
The Specialized Carriers and & Rigging Association (SC&RA) welcomed 10 new members to its roster: 4Site Technology in Seattle; Danny Carden McElwaney in Tyrone, Georgia; Denver Wire Rope and Supply in Colorado; Concord, Canada's International Bulk Services; Keller Rigging from Akron, Ohio; Eagle Rigging & Transport, headquartered in Patterson, New York; Harper, based in Tijuana, Mexico; Detroit's Knight Insurance Group; Lightway Logistics & Consulting from Oregon City; and the Maryland Port Administration from Baltimore.
The SC&RA also saw two companies rejoin its roster: Express Mondor Trucking, based in Lanoraie, Canada; and Long Beach, California-based BHC Crane.
The XLProjects (XLP) network added Hong Kong's AOC Limited to its network, along with Beijing Oriental Fortune International Transportation Agent in China.
The X2 project network welcomed 11 new representative offices during April, including: Unimasters Logistics (Bulgaria); Radius Logistics (India and the UK); Trustport Supply Chain Solutions (Afghanistan); PAS Cargo Guyana (Guyana); Waterlink Group of Companies (Kenya, Pakistan, and Sudan); Star Shipping (Pakistan); FAS Logistika (Croatia) and Expedimar (Cuba).
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