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Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News 18 February 2019

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FIRST VIEW 1: TROPICAL I

Tropical 1 arriving in Durban 18 December 2018. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Tropical 1.     Picture: Keith Betts

The Mozambican fishing trawler TROPICAL I  (402 C05) which caught fire at Durban’s bayhead reapir quay last week, with the tragic death of six persons on board (details in story below). The trawler arrived in Durban from Mozambique on 18 December and is seen here entering the port. The picture is by Keith Betts

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MINE COUNTER MEASURES EXERCISE DYNAMIC MOVE

NATO Ex Dynamic Move: In early February more than 160 naval personnel from 21 NATO and Partner nations met at the NATO Mine Countermeasures School (EGUERMIN), in Oostende, Belgium to practice large scale mine clearance operations in the computer-aided exercise Dynamic Move. Picture: NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) Northwood UK ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
NATO Ex Dynamic Move: In early February more than 160 naval personnel from 21 NATO and Partner nations met at the NATO Mine Countermeasures School (EGUERMIN), in Oostende, Belgium to practice large scale mine clearance operations in the computer-aided exercise Dynamic Move. Picture: NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) Northwood UK ©

As we well know the sea lanes are vital to the health and wellbeing of a nation. These strategic byways allow trade, travel and the movement of resources.

NATO maintains two groups of mine countermeasures ships ready to respond to a crisis if needed. In order to maintain a high level of readiness, NATO conducts training exercises to keep sailors skills sharp.

In the first half of February more than 160 naval personnel from 21 NATO and Partner nations met at the NATO Mine Countermeasures School (EGUERMIN), in Oostende, Belgium to practice large scale mine clearance operations in the…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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EXMAR SHIP MANAGEMENT OPTS FOR LUMINULTRA TO VERIFY QUALITY OF ONBOARD DRINKING WATER

QGA watervtesting kit for LuminUltra, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Water testing kit

EXMAR Ship Management, which is headquartered in Belgium, says it has selected the LuminUltra Quench-Gone Aqueous (QGA) test kit to monitor the quality of the drinking water produced onboard the LPG FSO NKOSSA II.

The decision follows the success of the QGA solution in analysing the quality of the water produced by reverse osmosis aboard accommodation barges operating in offshore waters of West Africa.

“We cannot emphasise enough the importance of testing the quality of our drinking water on a regular basis,” said Paul-Philippe Halleux, who is a Technical Superintendent from EXMAR Ship Management’s Offshore Services division. “We produce drinking water through reverse osmosis and with…

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AUSTRALIA’S CSIRO DEVELOPS SMELTING PROCESS TO PRODUCE SOLUBLE PHOSPHATE FOR FERTILISER

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, reported on 18 February that it has developed a smelting process to produce soluble phosphate for fertiliser from low value ores, eliminating hazardous waste and making production more economically and environmentally sustainable.

Phosphate is a key ingredient in fertilisers and essential for plant health and growth. The AUD$73 billion global phosphate market continues to grow as demand for fertiliser increases to meet food production needs.

CSIRO team leader, Keith Barnard, said the CSIRO-developed PyroPhos process offers a simpler, safer and more efficient alternative to conventional phosphate production processes.

In his words: “The PyroPhos smelting process uses high temperature to extract phosphate from ores, producing prized phosphate feedstock and a glassy gravel that can be used in road base construction and Portland cement.”

“A major benefit of the process is that is can be used on lower grade ores giving phosphate miners and processors the opportunity to increase their productivity in an environmentally sustainable way.”

The PyroPhos process is exclusively licenced to PyroPhos, a subsidiary of Process Capital and its technology has emerged out of decades of research from CSIRO’s award-winning Sirosmelt innovation and pryometalurgical expertise, it is reported.

Paul Ridgway
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PORT OF MOMBASA TARGETS 1.6 MILLION TEU BY 2022 THROUGH INCREASING EFFICIENCY

Mombasa container terminal port scene, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Mombasa container terminal port scene

The Kenya Port of Mombasa says that it is targeting greater efficiency in order to increase container handling capacity to 1.6 million TEU per year by 2022.

Mombasa is currently handling a throughout of just over one million TEU – one of the few ports in sub-Saharan Africa to do so, although growth has been static for several years.

Kenya Ports Authority managing director Daniel Manduku said they were…

Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

Kenya Standard Gauge Railway container train under the gantry at Mombasa container terminal
Kenya Standard Gauge Railway container train under the gantry at Mombasa container terminal    Picture: KPA

Concern over the mounting debt owed by Kenya to the Chinese banks for the construction (and operation) of the SGR is continuing to be expressed within Kenya, where it is reported that the debt has risen to approximately 1.9 billion Euros (KSh227 billion).

A recent report on the front page of Daily Nation claimed that Kenya could lose control of the Port of Mombasa if the country is unable to service the SGR debt, which is continuing to grow as the line is further extended.

The report stated that a…

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INDIAN REGISTER OF SHIPPING (IRClass) STRENGTHENS FOOTPRINT

Two new offices in Paradip and Guwahati

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading classification society, has opened two new offices in India – one located in Paradip, a major port town on the east coast of India, and another in Guwahati, the largest city in the northeast Indian state of Assam.

Strengthening IRClass’ service network, these new offices join an existing… network of 24 offices in India.

Opening of an office in Assam’s Guwahati follows the recent announcement on a joint initiative with the Assam Government in further developing the state’s inland water transport (IWT) system to improve commuter safety.

Mr K Bhardwaj, Head (Operations) IRClass, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Mr K Bhardwaj, Head (Operations)

Paradip is amongst the leading ports in the country and several infrastructure projects under the Sagarmala programme are planned around the port. The Paradip office was opened against long standing demand from the industry, it is understood. This office will serve ship owners, ports and drydocking repair facilities within proximity, as well as neighbouring ports including Dhamra and others in the region.

Pictured is Mr K Bhardwaj, Head (Operations) who commented on 11 February: “Establishing a presence in both Paradip and Guwahati has been a key part of our strategic development priorities, and this underlines IRClass’ commitment towards servicing its clients in the eastern part of India as we strive to provide high quality classification services to the maritime community in this region.”

Edited by Paul Ridgway
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NATO IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) ships conducting a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Turkish Navy while performing their Force Integration Training (FIT) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Photo credit: MCPL Manuela Berger, Royal Canadian Navy © featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) ships conducting a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Turkish Navy while performing their Force Integration Training (FIT) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Photo credit: MCPL Manuela Berger, Royal Canadian Navy ©

Mine Counter Measures Exercise Dynamic Move

On 13 February it was reported that Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) ships are taking their at sea training to an advanced level, performing Force Integration Training (FIT) while patrolling in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to maintain the high readiness level required of the NATO Standing Naval Forces.

Composed of four frigates, NATO ships in SNMG2 TU02 are the Royal Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen, as Flagship, the Royal Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto, the Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gelibolu and the Spanish Navy frigate Santa Maria. In addition to their FIT, NATO Groups regularly conduct exercises with various NATO Allied navies.

On 21 January SNMG2 conducted an in-depth air defence exercise with the Hellenic Navy with warships HS Psara, HS Ritsos and twelve aircraft from the Hellenic Air Force.

SNMG2 then conducted an advanced air defence exercise with the Turkish Navy on 8 / 9 February and the Turkish Air Force. Similar training was conducted on 1 February with the Turkish Navy ships TCG Barbaros, TCG Bafra and TCG Akar approximately 250 kilometres south of Antalya in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The exercises included manoeuvring, seamanship, helicopter operations and various synthetic serials.

Exercises between NATO and Turkish units contribute to the Tailored Assurance Measures for Turkey, as agreed on the NATO Summit in Warsaw, 8 and 9 July 2016 in support of Turkey as part of NATO.

SNMG2 is one of four Standing Maritime Groups (two destroyer/frigate groups and two mine countermeasures groups) which are multinational, integrated maritime forces made up of vessels from allied countries. These vessels are under continuous NATO command to perform a wide range of tasks ranging from deterrent presence and situational awareness to exercises and the conduct of operational missions.

These groups provide NATO with an immediate operational response capability both in peacetime and in crisis. They demonstrate Alliance resolve and foster solidarity, as well as enhance the Alliance’s relations with Partner nations through visits and exchanges.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
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ISSA EXECUTIVE TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

Mixing football with ship supply may not be an obvious choice unless you are ISSA* Executive Vice President Mr Kouame Aduo Luc (pictured) who has seen his love of the game result in him being elected as a senior member of the Ivory Coast team organising the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

ISSA Executive Vice President Mr Kouame Aduo Luc featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Apart from overseeing ISSA’s interests in Africa, Kouame Aduo Luc is also President of the Ivory Coast Premier Division club Stade d’Abidjan, and it is the sterling work he has undertaken here that has seen him elected as a Vice President of Cocan 2021, organisers of the football tournament.

The Ivory Coast was awarded the 2023 tournament instead of 2021 after Cameroon, which was stripped of the right to hold this year’s tournament, was chosen to…

*ISSA, the International Ship Supply Association ( http://shipsupply.org/ )

Edited by Paul Ridgway
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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR ARMED FORCES DAY IN CAPE TOWN

SAS Spioenkop departs from Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
SAS Spioenkop. Picture: Trevor Jones

It’s all systems go for this year’s Armed Forces Day which will be taking place this week in Cape Town.

According to the Department of Defence, the mobilisation phase of Armed Forces Day 2019 is well underway and final on-the-ground preparations are nearing completion.

The Armed Forces Day main event will take place on Thursday, 21 February, marking the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel in 1917 when over 600 SA Native Labour Corps members and 33 crew members died.

It has evolved into a week-long event with the national defence force using it to honour men and women in uniform, bring the…

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ALL TEN CREW RESCUED AS FISHING VESSEL ANKOVELD SINKS OFF SALDANHA BAY

Ankoveld, which sank on Saturday 16 February 2019 off Saldanha Bay. Picture: Jaco Louw, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Ankoveld.     Picture: Jaco Louw

Ten crew members of the fishing vessel ANKOVELD (ZR4388) were rescued this morning (Saturday, 16 February 2019) when their vessel sank off the West Cape coast near Saldanha Bay.

According to the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre (MRCC) based in Cape Town, the sinking took place in position 28.5 nautical miles west-north-west of Cape St Martin and some distance from the nearest land point.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) reported that the Ankoveld’s skipper was among those rescued after he reported that the vessel was taking water in the engine room. Shortly afterwards the vessel capsized and sank.

Meanwhile, on being alerted to the unfolding drama, the MRCC through the sub-rescue centre in Saldanha mobilised a vessel nearest the incident, the Atlantic Leader, which successfully rescued the sunken fishing vessel’s 10 member crew who had already abandoned ship into life rafts.

The MRCC reported that a navigational warning had been promulgated warning other vessels sailing in the vicinity of the sunken vessel. SAMSA officials in Saldanha Bay were preparing to conduct an investigation into the incident.

It has subsequently been learned that the 10 crewmembers of the sunken fishing vessel have been taken by the Atlantic Leader and safely landed at Laaiplek Harbour.

Both Ankoveld and Atlantic Leader are owned by the firm of Eigelaar Group of Laaiplek. Ankoveld was built in 1969 by Louw & Halvorsen in Cape Town harbour and was named for the two sons of founder Mnr Johnnie Eigelaar – Andre and Kobus Eigelaar.

Atlantic Leader was built in 1971 also in Cape Town harbour but by Globe Engineering.

Source – SAMSA (news of sinking). Pictures: Jaco Louw of Trawler Heritage
Atlantic Leader, which rescued to crew from the sunken Ankoveld off Saldanha Bay on Saturday, 16 February 2019. Picture: Jaco Louw, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Atlantic Leader, which rescued the crew from the sunken Ankoveld off Saldanha Bay on Saturday, 16 February 2019. Picture: Jaco Louw

 

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SAMSA SETS UP INQUIRY INTO DEADLY DURBAN SHIP FIRE

Fire on the tawler TROPICAL I in Durban harbour, Thursday 14 February 2019, picture courtesy Rescue Care, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Picture: Rescue Care

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has launch an investigation into the background and cause of the deadly fire on a Mozambican trawler, TROPICAL I, on Thursday afternoon, in which six people have been confirmed to have died.

Five of the men who perished in the fire were from Mozambique, the sixth person was a Portuguese citizen. All were crew or working on the vessel which was undergoing a maintenance repair. Three of them died from burns and the other three from inhaling the intense smoke.

In addition to the deceased, who are understood to have been in the accommodation area when the fire started, a large number (initially reported as 80) received treatment for smoke inhalation.

It is widely speculated the the fire began as a result of welding taking place on the vessel, but this has not been confirmed.

SAMSA said today (Friday) that it was in the process of making formal contact with the Mozambican authorities to inform them officially about the incident. The Mozambicans have been briefed by telephone of the details.

The bodies of the six who died were recovered in the early hours of Friday morning once the fire had been put out and the ship sufficiently cooled down for rescue teams to go on board. There are a further 12 crew members in Durban who are being attended to and a SAMSA team was scheduled to meet with them earlier today.

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ZILLE SAYS OVER R1 BILLION PLOUGHED INTO SALDANHA BAY IDZ

Poposed extensions and developments at Saldanha Bay, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Proposed extensions and developments at Saldanha Bay

The Western Cape Government has unlocked R1.8 billion in provincial and private sector infrastructure funding for the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) since 2014/15.

Presenting her final State of the Province (SOPA) address in Cape Town today (Friday), Western Cape Premier Hellen Zille said there are currently eight confirmed major investors in the IDZ, with a total investment value of R3 billion.

“We were also instrumental in establishing the Atlantis Special Economic Zone for Greentech. It is projected to attract R3.7 billion in investment, create nearly 3,000 direct jobs by 2030… At local level, we’ve helped municipalities create 15-year infrastructure investment plans through our local government department.

“Wesgro, our world-class trade, tourism and investment promotion agency, has secured…

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PARLIAMENT STEPS UP EFFORTS TO ASSIST SOUTH AFRICAN SUGAR INDUSTRY

Scene from Huletts sugar estates in KZN, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Scene from Huletts sugar estates in KZN

South Africa’s struggling sugar industry has come under scrutiny in Parliament, with the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry now engaging the industry to alleviate the plight of local sugarcane farmers.

In a statement issued on Thursday by committee chairperson Joanmariae Fubbs, the committee said challenges range from a lack of transformation and drought, to concerns around pricing, imports and the implications of the recent tax on sugary beverages.

“Many of these matters came to the fore when they were highlighted to the committee by the South African Development Farmers Association (Safda) in late 2017. The committee immediately prioritised the matter and…

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DEADLY FIRE ON FISHING TRAWLER AT DURBAN’S BAYHEAD SHIP REPAIR WHARF

Thursday 14 February 2019, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS. Picture: Rescue Care
Picture: Rescue Care

Three people are missing,* feared dead from a fire that broke out on a fishing trawler at Durban’s Ship Repair Jetty No.2 this afternoon (Thursday, 14 February 2019).

* It has since been confirmed that six people died as a result of the fire on the fishing trawler yesterday LATEST

The name of the vessel appears to be TROPICAL I, not one of the Krustamaroc trawlers as suggested in our Newsletter of earlier today. Her number is as stated below, 402 C05.

A large number of people, thought to be between 70 and 80, were treated on the quayside for smoke inhalation.

According to acting port manager Nokuzola Nkolwane, emergency services rushed to the scene to attend to the fire.

The fire did not spread to other vessels sharing the quay which is used for lay-by and for repair purposes.

The trawler is believed to be one of the Mozambique prawn trawlers that spends the summer off-season months in Durban each year – vessel No. 402 C05.

Durban harbour has had its share of drama this week. On Tuesday morning the driver of a large truck inadvertently reversed his lorry into the harbour while loading cargo at M-Shed.

The deceased’s body, identified as Mr Sifiso Dladla, was later recovered from the wreckage of the truck’s cab at a depth of about 12 metres. A large crane was employed to pull the vehicle from the bay after police divers secured heavy duty rigging to the truck.

An inquest docket has been opened.

Picture: SA Police Services via Twitter
Picture: SA Police Services via Twitter

 

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ANOTHER GREAT AUSTRALIAN MARITIME BUSINESS SUCCESS STORY

Our photograph shows, left to right: Jason Rhee, Senior Engineer and OMC UKCM Support Manager, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, OMC International CEO Peter O’Brien and Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Our photograph shows, left to right: Jason Rhee, Senior Engineer and OMC UKCM Support Manager, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, OMC International CEO Peter O’Brien and Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack has welcomed the opportunity to learn more about another great Australian business success story, OMC International, with its award-winning e-Navigation technology designed to improve transits for large commercial ships.

McCormack visited the Australian-owned maritime engineering company’s Melbourne HQ and was shown in detail how its innovative navigation software technology is helping to ship more cargo, more safely, more often.

“OMC International is an impressive, family-owned maritime business being used by ports and waterways serving the world’s largest mining, oil, gas and grain companies,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

He continued: “It was fantastic to meet with Executive Director and Founder Dr Terry O’Brien, his wife and company director Pauline O’Brien and their son and CEO Peter O’Brien.

“OMC’s advanced under keel management system monitors the under keel clearance of ships in real time which means they can sail up to one metre deeper allowing them to carry significantly more cargo while maintaining the highest safety standards.

“This impressive technology improves port efficiency and brings huge economic benefits. For example, at ports throughout the Pilbara in Western Australia, the technology has allowed miners including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and FMG to ship out $5 billion in extra iron ore revenue each year.”

Executive Director and Founder Dr O’Brien said it was a great honour for OMC to host the Deputy Prime Minister at its head office.

He reflected: “As maritime safety policy falls within his portfolio, it was an excellent opportunity to provide a live demonstration of the Torres Straits UKCM system. In doing so, our team was able to demonstrate to Mr McCormack the collaborative and successful journey AMSA and OMC have been on and how this has significantly enhanced both the safety and productivity of shipping through this sensitive area.”

Edited by Paul Ridgway
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SOUTH AFRICA EXPECTS TO REACH ROLL-OVER AGREEMENT WITH THE UK FOLLOWING BREXIT

 

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is expected to reach a roll-over agreement with the United Kingdom post Brexit.

Brexit logo, featuring with Africa PORTS & SHIPS

The department briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on Wednesday on developments made by its negotiating team regarding preferential trade arrangements after the British exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU).

Brexit is expected to occur on 29 March, while the negotiating team expects to reach the agreement by 21 February.

Committee chairperson Joan Fubbs commended the department and…

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SOUTH AFRICAN PORT STATISTICS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2019 ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Port statistics for the month of January 2019, covering the eight commercial ports under the administration of Transnet National Ports Authority, are now available.

The port with the highest turnover throughput in terms of tonnages handled in January was….. Saldanha Bay. This is the first time in recollection that Saldanha has been top in the rankings so well done to all concerned. For the record Saldanha handled a total of 9.381 million tonnes of cargo, consisting almost exclusively of dry bulk exports.

Not too far behind was the port that usually occupies top position in such terms, Richards Bay, with a total cargo handled of 8.341 million tonnes, followed by Durban with 6.645 million tonnes. The Durban cargo was made from 2.9mt of liquid bulk (mainly petroleum products) and a similar volume of containers, with dry bulk and breakbulk covering the rest.

Details of the port throughputs, ships berthed and containers numbers handled are in the Tables below.

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KENYA GOVT COMMISSIONS CONSTRUCTION & REHABILITATION OF LAMU JETTIES

Map of Lamu archipelago courtesy Lamu Holiday Homes, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Map of Lamu archipelago courtesy Lamu Holiday Homes

As elements of the new Lamu port in Kenya move forward (see below) the government has commissioned the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Phase 1 involving two jetties in Lamu County.

The two jetties concerned are the Mokowe Customs Jetty in Lamu West on which approximately US$ 6 million is being invested and another, the Mtangawanda Jetty in Lamu East costing $720,000.

Phase 2 will see construction of the Manda Airport Jetty and…

Long term Great Equatorial Land Bridge, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Long term LAPSSET Great Equatorial Land Bridge

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CONTRACTS FOR LUXURY SAILING SHIP SEA CLOUD SPIRIT AWARDED

Design study of Sea Cloud Spirit. Source: Acubens, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Design study of Sea Cloud Spirit. Source: Acubens

​DNV GL has been awarded a contract for the classification of the passenger sailing ship SEA CLOUD SPIRIT, built by Metalships & Docks in Vigo, Spain.

Representatives from both companies came together in Vigo, Spain this week to sign the agreement. Ordered by the Hamburg-based operator Sea Cloud Cruises, the vessel is designed to meet the increasing demand from both independent travellers and the charter market, mainly in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

“Sea Cloud Spirit will offer a new level of comfort to sailing cruise passengers. In addition to beautiful views from private balconies, it will have the first elevator ever to be installed on a large sailing ship that will connect its five different decks. DNV GL has unrivalled competence in the passenger ship sector, and both our companies have a long history of working together, so the selection of class was a natural choice,” says Alberto Iglesias, Managing Director at Metalships & Docks.

“We are very pleased that Metalships & Docks has chosen DNV GL as the preferred classification partner for this high-end sailing ship. The yard specialises in the construction of technically sophisticated ships, and we look forward to continuing our close collaboration on this exciting project,” says Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager West Europe at DNV GL – Maritime.

“Sea Cloud Spirit will become the third addition to our fleet of luxury sailing vessels. She will offer a unique combination of luxury accommodation, technologically advanced amenities and traditional sailing, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests on board in 2020,” says Daniel Schäfer, Managing Director of Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH.

“Knowing that both DNV GL and Metalships & Docks are working on this project, gives us confidence that it will be an outstanding vessel, delivered on time with the highest level of quality and safety,” he said.

Measuring 138 metres, Sea Cloud Spirit will be equipped with 69 outside cabins, 25 of which will have a private balcony. The vessel is a full three-masted sailing ship, able to carry up to 136 passengers on luxury cruises, with 85 crew members on board. The planning firm Partner Ship Design from Hamburg will be responsible for the design of the ship’s interior. Sea Cloud Spirit is scheduled to set sail in the summer of 2020.

Length overall: 138m
Width: 17.20m
Draught: 5.65m
Air draught: 57.70m
Sail surface overall: 4,000m²
No. of sails: 27
Propulsion: Sails + diesel-electric engines (2 x 1,700 KW)

(Left to right): Alberto Iglesias, Managing Director at Metalships & Docks, Jorge Dahl, Business Development Manager Iberia at DNV GL, and Vicente Santiago, Commercial Manager at Metalships & Docks (Source: DNV GL), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
(Left to right): Alberto Iglesias, Managing Director at Metalships & Docks, Jorge Dahl, Business Development Manager Iberia at DNV GL, and Vicente Santiago, Commercial Manager at Metalships & Docks (Source: DNV GL)

 

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Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius.

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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