News / MSC returns to port of Southampton as the Luciana joins 2M’s Condor service

first_imgThe MSC Luciana at DP World Southampton After an absence of nearly 40 years, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) last week called at the port of Southampton when MSC Luciana arrived on the morning of 10 June.The 2009-built vessel, with a nominal capacity of 11,660 teu, is the first MSC ship to be phased into the 2M Alliance’s Condor service, which since it started in March this year but has so far only seen Maersk Line vessels deployed.The world’s second-largest container line, MSC, has been a customer at Southampton’s DP World Container Terminal for a number of years through two alliances – in 2013 MSC started using the port when it joined forces with Southampton customer CMA CGM, on the French Line’s FAL1 and FAL 3 Far East services, although there were no direct calls from MSC’s own vessels.In January this year, the much anticipated 2M Alliance started operations and, unlike its competitors, the 2M uses two UK ports – Southampton and Felixstowe – for its Asia-Europe services. The 2M Alliance operates six Far East-Europe/Mediterranean services with both lines retaining their standard naming systems for the different services, with MSC using bird names and Maersk Line using its AE (Asia Europe) numbering system.With an average capacity of 9,000-9,500 teu, the Condor/AE9 service has the smallest-capacity vessels on 2M’s Far East-North Europe network, although one 13,000 teu vessel, the MSC Vega, is also currently deployed.At present the service has the following port rotation: Tanjung Pelepas-Suez Canal- Barcelona-Tangier Med-Southampton-Le Havre-Antwerp-Felixstowe-Tangier Med-Suez Canal-Colombo-Chiwan-Ningbo-Shanghai-Yantian-Chiwan.Last week Maersk Line announced that, following a network review, the smaller vessel sizes on the Condor service would be reduced from 9,500 teu to 6,500 teu – with the reduction in capacity mainly impacting Mediterranean.2M is currently putting the finishing touches on the revised rotations and full service details, which remain subject to regulatory requirements.center_img By Andrew McAlpine 16/06/2015last_img read more

Ematec develops traverse lifting system

first_imgActing as an intermediate piece between the crane hook and the load, the system is suitable for a wide range of applications, said Ematec, including in the petrochemical, power plant construction and wind energy sectors. “We got the idea for our new traverse [system] on the construction site, where rotor blades were mounted with a rotor blade lifter developed by us,” said Manfred Eberhard, ceo of Ematec Corporation. He added that this existing method is quick and efficient but, for each additional component of the wind turbine, a separate gripping and assembly tool was required. “Whether it was the hub, the nacelle or the generator, each time a new lifting tool had to be installed to the crane. The effort was enormous and the set-up times were considerably exceeding the actual mounting costs. That was when we came up with the idea of developing a flexible traverse fixed to the crane hook and to which various adapters could be attached and exchanged in a quick and easy way.” At both ends of the EMT system, a telescopic extension with 65 m-long chains is attached to roller blocks; two independent chain drives allow the components to be precisely manoeuvred and stabilised during lifting, positioning and assembly.Four adapters have been designed for the system: one can mount a rotor blade to the hub, while other units can be used to mount a complete rotor star, nacelles and generators. Ematec added that custom adapters can also be manufactured for specific requirements. “It is our speciality to develop the perfect solution for each field of application of our customers on a project-related basis,” concluded Eberhard. www.ematec.comlast_img read more