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FIRST VIEW: MAYDON WHARF 14

Caro Padre at Maydon Wharf 14. Picture: Anup Rampiar, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Caro Padre at Maydon Wharf 14. Picture: Anup Rampiar

This aerial picture shows the top or Bayhead end of the historic Maydon Wharf, now undergoing modernisation and conversion into deepwater berths and other berthing refinements. The ship on berth 14 is CARO PADRE and the blue-roof building beyond is Transnet Engineering’s Shop 24, which among other services caters for ship repair at the dry dock (glimpsed at extreme right) and the Shop 24 ship repair berths. Also seen in this picture is INDLOVU, the giant floating crane capable of lifting in excess of 220 tonnes. The picture is by ships agent, Anup Rampiar

 

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UKRAINE TAKES DELIVERY OF 675,000 TONNES OF SOUTH AFRICAN ANTHRACITE COAL

Semiramis. Picture: Martin Klingsick / Shipspotting, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Semiramis, currently delivering South African coal to Ukraine. Picture: Martin Klingsick / Shipspotting

A fifth shipment of South African anthracite coal has arrived in the Ukraine for DTEK Energy’s Prydniprovska and Kryvy Rih thermal power plants (TPPs).

The 75,000 tons of the coal was being discharged over an anticipated three days this week from a bulk carrier, the MIN SHENG 1 (812,659-dwt, built 2012), while another bulk carrier, SEMIRAMIS (82,620-dwt, built 2013) was reported as having arrived in the port of Yuzhny on 17 September with 80,000 tonnes of anthracite and had almost completed her discharge.

Both ships had loaded at…

 

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HAPAG-LLOYD ADDS POINTE NOIRE TO SOUTH AMERICA – SOUTH AFRICA SERVICE

Hapag-Lloyd's SAT service map, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has announced an enhancement to its port coverage on the existing South America – South Africa Triangle Service (SAT) by the addition of Pointe Noire to the port rotation. Hapag-Lloyd shares the service with Hamburg Süd and Nile Dutch.

This comes into effect from next month (October) commencing with the sailing of GERHARD SCHULTE on voyage 224W, from which time the SAT port rotation becomes:

Cape Town – Durban – Port Elizabeth – Luanda – Pointe Noire* – Navegantes – Paranagua – Santos – Rio de Janeiro*

* alternating Rio de Janeiro and Pointe Noire calls:

All CMA CGM vessels call Rio de Janeiro, but do not call Pointe Noire.
All Hamburg Süd and Nile Dutch vessels do not call Rio de Janeiro, but call Pointe Noire.

Coinciding with this enhancement, Hapag-Lloyd has announced that Bolloré Africa Logistics Congo, Avenue de Loango, BP 616 Pointe-Noire has become its new agency in Pointe Noire.

MV Gerhard Schulte 224W, will be the first sailing following the enhanced SAT port rotation (above).

SAT service transit times, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SAT service Gerhard Schulte ETA & ETS

SAT Transit Times:

Eastbound SAT service, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Eastbound
Westbound SAT service, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Westbound

 

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NIGERIAN CUSTOMS NAB ANOTHER CACHE OF SMUGGLED WEAPONS AT TIN CAN ISLAND

Tin Can Island, Lagos, Nigeria, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tin Can Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria’s Customs Services (NCS) has intercepted yet another container of smuggled weapons, just one week after a 20ft container filled with 1100 pump-action rifles was seized and confiscated. Earlier this year they prevented several other shipments from passing into the wrong hands by stopping containers of weapons and ammunition also at Tin Can Island.

The latest smuggled weapons were shipped at…

 

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DANGOTE SAYS AFRICA WILL BECOME FOOD BASKET OF THE WORLD

Aliko Dangote, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote at UN General Assembly in New York: “Africa will become the food basket of the world”; “Five of the twelve million jobs needed in Africa soon must be created in Nigeria”; “We should pray that oil prices remain low”

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York, USA, 20 September 2017 – Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote told investors “Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world.”

In a packed room at the headquarters of global law firm Shearman and Sterling LLC high level business leaders and international diplomats invited by the Corporate Council for Africa to hear Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and Rwandan president Paul Kagame openly converse on Africa’s opportunities and challenges.

Both leaders underscored the ongoing movement to diversify African economies. In the case of…

 

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IUMI CALLS FOR BETTER FIRE-FIGHTING PROVISIONS AS CONTAINER SHIPS GROW LARGER

13,798-TEU MSC Daniela in April 2017. Picture courtesy Sri Lanka Navy, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
13,798-TEU MSC Daniela in April 2017. Picture courtesy Sri Lanka Navy

With the growing size of container vessels, and a recent spate of fires on board these ships, the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) says it is concerned that current firefighting provisions are insufficient.

On Tuesday this week (19 September) the IUMI published a position paper calling for better on board firefighting systems for container vessels.

Fires on board container vessels are very real threats, it states. Recent examples include fires on NNCI Arauco (9,000 TEU) in September 2016 during welding operations whilst alongside in Hamburg, Hanjin Pennsylvania (4,000 TEU) in…

 

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WORLD WAR 1 SUBMARINE FOUND IN 30 METRES OF WATER OFF PORT OF OSTEND

UB II type German submarine from World War 1, appearing in Afria PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
UB II type German submarine from World War 1

A World War 1 German submarine has been discovered by divers in 30 metres of water off the Port of Ostend in Belgium.

Although the submarine’s identity is unknown at this stage, it is thought that based on the submarines good condition, the bodies of perhaps 23 submariners will still be onboard.

Divers and marine archaeologists have discovered and identified 11 submarines from the First World War sunk off the Belgian coast but this latest one remains a mystery. To deter other divers made curious by the reports, the submarine’s exact location is being kept secret.

The submarine has however been identified as a type UB-11 torpedo-carrying boat. This type was 36 metres overall in length and displaced 324 tons. The wreck found off Ostend is only 27 metres long due to a section of its rear being detached.

UB II type German submarine from World War 1, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
UB II type

The type UB II submarine was described as a coastal torpedo attack boat. A total of 30 were commissioned – 18 were built by Blohm+Voss of Hamburg and 12 by AG Weser of Bremen.

One of those involved in discovering the submarine said another dive was to be undertaken to clear some of the boat and reveal its identity. German authorities would be contacted but it is thought it unlikely that they would want to recover the bodies, in which case the submarine will become an official war grave.

 

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NAMIBIAN SNIPPETS – NOT YET READY FOR THE AFRICA FREE TRADE AREA

map of Namibia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
map of Namibia

Namibia is not ready to engage in the proposed African Continent Free Trade Area, according to stakeholders involved at the national level consultation on the initiative, the Namibia Press Agency reported.

On Tuesday a

 

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WHERE TO INVEST IN AFRICA REPORT

South Africa falls from top position and Nigeria drops out of the Top 10

Rand Merchant Bank’s seventh edition of Where to Invest in Africa presents some interesting changes in its ratings of the continent’s most attractive investment destinations.

One of the most important findings of Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) seventh edition of Where to Invest in Africa is that the African continent could find itself hovering on the brink of disaster if it continues to depend on its current economic fundamentals and does not usher in economic diversification. Where to Invest in Africa 2018 highlights those countries which have understood the need to…

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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Naval News

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PICS OF THE DAY : PACIFIC DILIGENCE & TINA

Pacific Diligence and Tina at Durban, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Pacific Diligence and Tina at Durban, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Pacific Diligence and Tina at Durban, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Pacific Diligence and Tina at Durban, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pacific Diligence and Tina at Durban. Pictures: Keith Betts

A tug and two which we first reported here on 18 September, entered the port at Durban yesterday where the tow, a fully laden bulker named TINA (75,933-dwt, built 2000), will undergo repairs. Tina was voyaging from Brazil when she required assistance. The tow was conducted by the impressive offshore 92-metre long Swire Pacific Offshore D class tug, PACIFIC DILIGENCE (6,641-gt, built 2013) and the entry into Durban was assisted by four port harbour tugs, including the newly built and commissioned UMBILO. These pictures taken in heavy overcast conditions are by Keith Betts

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
– – Max Ehrmann, ‘Desiderata’

 

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