Under the sea
On the 14th December 2018, the Brazilian Navy launched its first Brazilian-built Scorpène submarine, the Riachuelo. The ceremony took place at the Itaguaí Navy base in presence of the President of the Federal Republic of Brazil and of the elected President.

The launching of the Scorpène Riachuelo demonstrated the success of a programme entrusted to Naval Group in 2009, when the Brazilian Navy awarded it the contract for designing and transferring the technology for four conventional Scorpène submarines, and for the design and manufacturing assistance for the non-nuclear part of Brazil’s first nuclear-powered submarine. The contract also included the support for the construction of a naval base and a shipyard in Brazil.

Scorpène is the conventional submarine designed by Naval Group for the export market. It demonstrates both Naval Group’s ability to deliver best in class submarines and to conduct successful transfers of technology. The Scorpène design is adapted to fit each navy’s specific requirements – the Brazilian Scorpène will be slightly longer to carry a larger crew, almost double the patrol range, and be able to cover greater distances. Integrating improvements from French Barracuda-Class fast-attack submarine, Scorpène is ideally suited for action and operational effectiveness.

Top trailers
TIP Trailer Services has supplied a new consignment of curtainsider trailers to Middlesbrough-based LV Shipping to carry steel pipes and related products for their customer, the global pipe and tubes provider, Van Leeuwen.

Manufactured by Krone in Werlte, NW Germany, the Profi Liner trailers are a mixture of standard and high-cube specifications – both of which are designed for the specific needs of the steel pipe transport sector yet at the same time, set a high standard specification for international freight forwarding.

Equipped with additional slot-in side posts, Krone’s easy-operation sliding roof and Multi-Lock load-securing system, the Profi Liners are ideal for fast and secure loading of heavy and out-sized cargo. Accordingly, strapping points are positioned at 100mm intervals along both side raves, which enables the load to be safely secured at any point along the trailer.

For additional strength and security, the rear doors are steel ‘container type’ with bolted rear frame, integrated door locks and concealed door hinges, leaving a smooth, flat outer surface for easy livery application. While the steel front wall comes with bolted corner posts and is reinforced on the inside with hard-wearing phenolic-coated plywood.

Lifting up
A mobile crane capable of lifting up to 120T is set to boost the cargo handling capabilities of the Port of Sunderland. The brand new Liebherr LHM 420 – the second of the same kind the port now owns – is the latest investment agreed by the board to unlock the significant potential that exists at the port.

Port director, Matthew Hunt, said he was delighted with the new arrival. He added: “The port’s ability to support significant lifting projects has meant we have attracted business from all over the world as well as supporting our current customer base in providing speedier turnaround of vessels in the Port. By investing in our second heavy lift crane, we can deliver large, more complex projects much more efficiently, and we can send a very clear message to the market – that we should be the first port of call for projects that require the very best facilities.”

Monitoring mission
UMS SKELDAR’s world-leading rotary UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) the SKELDAR V-200, has been selected to fulfil a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) framework contract valued at €14 million over two to four years for RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems) VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) Services for Emissions Monitoring and Maritime Surveillance on an emergency basis.

The announcement follows a range of task-specific demonstrations by UAV specialist operator Nordic Unmanned, UMS SKELDAR, and Norut Northern Research Institute, and the award of contracts to support enforcement of EU Directives and other important coastal and maritime tasks.

Two SKELDAR V-200 systems will be provided to Nordic Unmanned, which will then provide UAV based services together with UMS SKELDAR and Norut via EMSA to users of the EU member states.

As the emissions monitoring operations are foreseen as multipurpose, the SKELDAR V200 UAVs could also be used on an emergency basis for a wide range of other ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) services that could potentially include border control, search and rescue, pollution monitoring, detection of illegal fishing, and drug/people traffic surveillance.

Vessel delivery
A project that has been in the making for nearly 14 months came to fruition in December 2018 when Blyth Catamarans Ltd handed over its largest vessel to date, an 18m survey vessel for the UK’s Swansea University.

The Swansea University department of biosciences will use the vessel for coastline survey, mapping critical habitats, studying water quality, observing marine wildlife and deploying marine equipment.

Named ‘Mary Anning’, the boat features a large A frame, dive lift and survey station, and features hard-wearing DuroWipers pantographs, synonymous with the new Shannon class lifeboat builds. Stuart Davidsen, managing director, Blyth Catamarans explained why these were chosen: “DuroWipers are the obvious choice because they offer a ‘linked wiper system’ where a second wiper is connected to the motor to give a wider wiper area, required for the larger front windscreen on the Mary Anning.”

Among some of the other advanced specs on-board Mary Anning are two trawl winches, a moon pool with multi-beam deployment, dive lift and an external TV to show survey results. The wheelhouse has a wet lab with TV, survey station, dinette with TV, workshop, bow fender for turbine transfer, raised helm to give 360-degree visibility and observation platform for bird watching.

Listening to logistics
The government launched its Aviation Strategy Consultation on 17 December 2018, which details its long-term vision for aviation to 2050. According to Alex Veitch, Head of Global Policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), this paper shows the government is listening to the needs of the logistics sector and recognises the importance of air cargo to the UK economy – not just in the value of goods moved but in the businesses these products support and allow to thrive. “The paper states that air freight – and the businesses it supports – provides over 46,000 jobs and contributes over £1.4 billion to the UK economy; FTA is pleased to see air cargo take such a prominent place within the strategy. A thriving long-haul air passenger market is also crucial to UK trade and it’s promising to see this recognised,” he said.

The consultation period will run until 11 April 2019. The final white paper version of the aviation strategy will be published by the middle of 2019.