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FIRST VIEW: SAVE RIVER and SASDOCK

SA Shipyards floating dock and tug Save River
Save River and SASDock. Picture: Trevor Jones

AMSOL’s tug SAVE RIVER (named for the river running into the sea near Beira in Mozambique, also known as Sabie River in South Africa) seen going onto the semi-submerged SASDock floating dock owned by Southern African Shipyards. The tug has been in operation at the port of Beira but is currently in Durban on layby and for maintenance. Save River is one of the Damen Stan 2208 series of tugs and was delivered to AMSOL in 2012 from the Damen Cape Town shipyard. AMSOL was then known as SMIT Amandla Marine. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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KENYA READY TO INTRODUCE FIRST SGR RAIL SERVICE

SGR train
New diesel locomotives for Kenya’s SGR

The launching of Kenya’s standard gauge railway (SGR) from the port of Mombasa to the capital city of Nairobi and on to Naivasha is but weeks away, but anticipation of a new standard of reliable, fast means-of-transport to inland Kenya or to the coast in the opposite direction has been tempered by the news that freight services have been postponed for six months until the end of this year.

The decision about the freight services will come as a disappointment to shippers but is being welcomed by road hauliers and trucking companies who will have another six months grace in which…

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SOUTH AFRICA’S OCEANS ATTRACT R7.3 BILLION IN INVESTMENTS – RADEBE

logo of Blue Economy
Blue Economy logo

Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, says Operation Phakisa in the oceans economy has unlocked R7.3 billion in investments.

The Minister said this during the tabling of his department’s Budget Vote in the National Assembly on Wednesday (yesterday).

“Since its launch by President [Jacob] Zuma in July 2014, Operation Phakisa in the oceans economy has unlocked R7.323 billion in both public and private sector investments, and a total of 6,952 jobs have been created,” he said.

Transnet National Ports Authority is undertaking infrastructure improvement projects at ports such as Richards Bay, Saldanha Bay and Port Elizabeth, among others.

The projects have created an additional 602 jobs, the bulk of which are for women and youth.

Progress report on Operation Phakisa in other sectors

Minister Radebe said, meanwhile, that Operation Phakisa in Information and Communication Technology has progressed well since it was launched in 2016.

The initiative has seen 2,884 schools receiving mobile trolley tablets for learners, and 221 special schools being connected.

Approximately 125 Teacher Resource Centres were connected out of a total of 147.

“On average, 20,000 teachers have been trained per quota on the use of ICT.

“Progress has also been made in the development of e-content, with 978 schools having received OpenView HD in the 2016/17 financial year,” he said.

Minister Radebe said in partnership with OpenView HD, DSTV, StarSat and Mindset, the Department of Basic Education channel is available on various platforms.– SAnews.gov.za

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FAILED PIRATE ATTACK ON BULKER IN GULF OF ADEN

bulker Lord Mountbatten
Lord Mountbatten. Picture: British Bulkers

The bulk carrier LORD MOUNTBATTEN (28,207-dwt, built 2011) came under the threat of attack by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday this week (16 May).

The Liberian-registered, Greek-owned and managed bulker issued a distress signal that was picked up by an Indian Navy patrol ship, INS SHARDA which diverted to rendezvous with the bulk carrier, some 230 nautical miles south-west of Salalah in Oman.

The merchant vessel reported that…

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KENYA FISHERIES OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL LAUNCHED

Doria under construction
During construction of OPV Doria. Picture: Western Marine Shipyard

An offshore fishery patrol vessel for the Kenyan Department of Fisheries, Livestock and Agriculture has been launched at the Western Marine Shipyard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

The vessel, named DORIA, was launched earlier this month. She was designed by a South African firm,…

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CRYSTAL SERENITY RETURNS TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD

Crystal Cruises Serenity
Crystal Serenity

Remember the voyage last year of the cruise ship CRYSTAL SERENITY through the North West Passage?

Crystal Serenity will be retracing her steps from the northern coast of Alaska to the Atlantic coast of Canada, navigating through the famed North West Passage with about 1,700 passengers able to make stop-offs at some of…

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DRAMATIC TANKER FIRE IN SHARJAH’S AL HAMRIYAH PORT – VIDEO CLIP

fire on tanker Ebrahim 1
Ebrahim 1 on fire in Sharjah port, showing ship’s broken back

A fire that engulfed a tanker in the UAE port at Sharjah has left one person dead before being brought under control by the coast guard fire control people. At least four others have been reported injured.

The fire broke out on board the small products tanker EBRAHIM 1 (5071-dwt), built 1991) at 05h30 on the morning of 13 May and was followed by an explosion which broke the ship’s back. There were 21 crew, all from…

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Maersk Fluid Technology: Growing demand for SEA-Mate® Lubricant Blending-on-Board system

B1000lub mixing unit fitted to Maersk tanker
Maersk tanker engine room fitted with B1000 lub mixing unit

Maersk Fluid Technology (MFT) has hailed a recent influx of orders for their SEA-Mate®

Blending-on-Board (BOB) system as confirmation of industry demand for technological solutions that enable ship operators to blend fit-for-purpose cylinder lubricant compositions on board their vessels that match actual engine operating conditions and fuel sulphur levels.

The use of this type of technology can reduce cylinder oil consumption and alleviate issues such as cold corrosion and excessive cylinder wear. It can also mitigate issues associated with worn system oil causing problems for the hydraulic control system in modern, electronic 2-stroke engines.

Developed based on proprietary technology, the SEA-Mate® BOB technology allows for the blending of the in-use system oil with a higher BN cylinder oil product to produce a fit-for-purpose cylinder lubricant and facilitate addition of fresh system oil to the engine sump. With BOB units on board 30 – 140 BN cylinder oil can be blended utilising the in-use system oil as a base-oil, blending it with high-BN or traditional cylinder oils available from the oil majors. The SEA-Mate® BOB system has received “no objection” letters from MAN Diesel & Turbo (MDT) and Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) engines and is suitable for use on all types of vessel, both retrofit and newbuild.

A future-ready system for cylinder oil blending with more than 200 installations in operation

Originally developed by Maersk for use on A.P Moller-Maersk group’s fleet of containerships, MFT has since welcomed investment in the technology for installations across a wide range of ship types. To date, over two hundred units have been installed and millions of cylinder operation hours have been logged.

The MFT Blending-on-Board product line comprises of three unit types; the B1000 for medium range engines with a bore size of 50 – 72 cm, the B3000 for larger engines with a bore size above 72 cm, and the new SEA-Mate B500 specifically designed for engines with a bore size of 26 – 48 cm.

B1000 Maersk Fluid Technology unit
Maersk Fluid Technology unit fitted to tanker

The medium range unit was introduced in 2015 and the first volume order was placed by Maersk Tankers for the retrofit of the SEA-Mate® B1000 system for twelve tankers. In 2016, the units were installed on the tankers without the need to interrupt the vessels schedule.

Since the introduction, the SEA-Mate® B1000 system has also been adopted for vessels owned by Bertling, Masterbulk and Evergas. For the smaller B500 system, the Clipper group has in 2017 taken delivery of the first unit, to be fitted on a vessel equipped with an MAN Diesel S42MC engine.

“Our experiences with the current 200+ installations have proved that it will be possible to achieve continuous lubrication at, or close to, the lowest allowed consumption of lubricant as specified by the engine manufacturer, with the optimal amount of acid neutralisation and cleaning properties – the cylinder lubricant from the SEA-Mate® BOB system always matching the fuel composition.

“The flexibility of the system allows blending of a cylinder oil with system oil or blending of two cylinder oils, and means it can easily be adapted for future needs through change of the incoming streams.” says Sune Lilbaek, Head of Sales at Maersk Fluid Technology A/S.

Online library for Blending-on-Board ready lubricants

In February 2017, MFT updated their online library of high-BN cylinder oil product sheets to include the latest generation of 140 BN and 300 BN cylinder oils suitable for BOB, for blending with system oil or low-BN cylinder oils. The library includes high-BN cylinder oils from BP, Castrol, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Premier 6, Shell & Total Lubmarine, and is continuously updated as new oils are released by the oil majors. The list of supporting oil major products can be found HERE

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : GRAND VEGA

car carrier Grand Vega
Grand Vega. Picture: Keith Betts

The car carrier GRAND VEGA (59, 217-dwt) was a recent caller at Durban and is seen here on her berth at the Point. Built in 2009 at the Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co yard in Toyohashi, Japan as hull number 3618, the 200m by 32m RoRo is managed by Cido Shipping out of that company’s Hong Kong office. Grand Vega has a total of nine decks and a maximum capacity of 6,400 cars (CEU). She is flagged in Panama. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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