As the world struggles with the Covid-19 virus, the maritime world is being hit hard, not only economically, but also socially and operationally. Where different countries use different ways to defeat this deadly virus, it is a challenge to deal with this in the international business of shipping. After all, in shipping there are no borders.
Today the HOEGH TROOPER came into port, from Bristol, UK . She is a full sized car carrie, with a capacity of 6500 ceu. These chips call to the RCT terminal, in the Brittaniehaven in the port of Rotterdam.
The ULCS EVER GIFTED departed from the Amazonehaven ECT terminal today. This 400 meter long ship can carry 20388 TEU containers. When we left port we passed bij a sister ship , the EVER GOODS who was inbound to take her berth. With a draft of only 12 meters, the wind area and her sensitivity to wind is something to keep in mind.
Today, ships in Port of Rotterdam blew their whistles in support of key workers during this COVID-19 crisis.
On boarding the POLAR ECUADOR at the APMT2 terminal in Maasvlakte2, there was still some cargo to be completed. This was an excellent opportunity to film the completion of cargo operations on a containerschip before sailing, in a time-lapse movie.
Today I passed the giant SLEIPNIR, the brand new Semi-submersible heavy lift platform which was just added to the HEEREMA fleet. At the time we passed her, she was taking LNG bunkers from an Antony Veder LNG carriers, moored alongside.
Today the MOL TREASURE was alongside at ECT Terminal, Amazonehaven in Port of Rotterdam at sunset. She is a huge ship, with a length of 400m, and as can be seen in the photos, her bridge is elevated between the terminal cranes.
As the COVID-19 pandemy restricts our daily lives more and more, Shipping Lines, Ports, Linesmen, Tugs an Pilots will never stop. We are all part in a big chain that keeps moving cargoes anytime, worldwide. Today we may wear face masks, we do not shake hands anymore, and we stay at a safe distance from each other onboard. But we keep them ships moving. This is a short video about the outgoing COSCO SHIPPING UNIVERSE, a 400 meter long ULCS, from Yangtzekanaal, Euromax Terminal to sea.
She has a full China crew. Let’s not forget the sacrifice these ship’s crews are making, since they are no longer allowed ashore or even be relieved at the end of their contract due to the Corona-crisis. They are the real heroes of the logistic chain.
Today, the MV GOLDEN BRILLIANT, a 225 m long bulk carrier came in at sunrise, underway to EMO terminal, Mississippihaven in Port of Rotterdam. We were assisted by two tugboats, the BUGSIER 12 and MULTRATUG 3. It was cold and very windy, but the Philippino crew dit an outstanding job!