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      MIKHAIL ULYANOV. outbound from Rotterdam.



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        CRYSTAL SKYE. inbound for Rotterdam

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          HANSE VISION. inbound for Rotterdam.

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          • janihudi
            janihudi commented
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            jij kan nog wel posten hier Joost,ik en de rest (bijna) komen er niet meer doorheen.




          STAR CURACAO. inbound for Rotterdam.

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            VIONA. inbound for Rotterdam.

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              MAERSK LINS. outbound from Rotterdam.

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                CONMAR ELBE................CONTAINERSHIPS VIII. Inbound race to Rotterdam.




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                    HYUNDAI SMART. outbound from Rotterdam Europoort

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                        HYUNDAI SMART. Leaving Rotterdam.

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                          Excuse my ignorance on the topic, but it seems to me, from half a world away, that Rotterdam is THE two-way port of Europe. Is that so? More than any port in GB or Hamburg, etc? Our copra from three tiny Pacific islands in the 40s and 50s went to Rotterdam, always.

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                          • ombugge
                            ombugge commented
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                            There is more than water depth required to handle the new Mega Container ships.
                            First of all the reach of cranes. Most ports with older Container cranes will not be able to handle these wide ships (59 m. / 23 Container rows across on deck)
                            It can also be a question of turning basins, channel width, height of bridges and overhead cables, as well as tug availability and pilot training etc.

                            One of the present limiting factors for size is the free height under the Bridge and the depth and width of the Suez Canal, but dredging is now ongoing to eliminate the last two restrictions. Draft restrictions in the Malacca Strait is also a limiting factor.

                            On the Cross Pacific trade the limit is (as said by Dane) the facilities at the major ports along the West Coast of USA.
                            Likewise for the Cross Atlantic trade.
                            There are no US ports able to handle ships of more than 12-14,000 TEU capacity. (20 - 21 TEUs across)
                            Most are limited to 8-9,000 TEU size. (18 TEUs across)

                            The Panama Canal is a limiting factor for trade directly from Asia to US East Coast, or Europe to US West Coast. Even when the new locks are ready the size of ships able to use the Panama Canal will be far less then the E-type and the up to 24,000 TEU size ships on the drawing board.
                            The planned Nicaragua Canal, if it gets built, may be able to handle very large ships, as it will not have locks.

                            Here is a list of classifications for Container ships by their limitations: http://www.globalsecurity.org/jhtml/...trend-2.gif|||

                          • ombugge
                            ombugge commented
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                            Two timely article on gcaptain today about the subject of US Ports and their capacity: http://gcaptain.com/port-of-savannah...content=261222

                            The reason why it is so cheap to ship things in containers is the meg ships and lower fuel cost: http://gcaptain.com/asia-northern-eu...content=261222

                          • janihudi
                            janihudi commented
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                            replaced to here,gave a comment on the wrong reply

                            it looks great those big container vessels,but a pain in the a55 for the roadtransportation.
                            with smaller ships the containers are spread over the week whit the arrivel of the vessels,
                            now they are comming with a big amount in the same time on a vessel.
                            the terminals have set all there material and employies on the vessel and road transport have to wait while there is no material or employies for it.
                            also the shipping companies giving there clients less days to pick there containers from the terminals,first it was about a week to get your container,now it is i believe 2 days free,than you have to pay .so every one wants there container in those days.results in many waiting hours that the trucking companies can't claim,not at there clients ,terminals or shipping companies.so the big ones saving money ,over the neck of others.




                          HILWAH. approaching Rotterdam Europoort.

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                            BALTIC FAITH. approaching port of Rotterdam

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