Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 25 October 2021

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The Monday masthead shows the Port of Durban Island View Terminal
The Tuesday masthead shows the Port of Durban Maydon Wharf
The Wednesday masthead shows the Port Cape Town Elliott Basin
The Thursday masthead shows the Port of Cape Town FC Sturrock Dry Dock
The Friday masthead shows the Port of Cape Town Tanker Basin
The Saturday masthead shows the Port of Cape Town Duncan Dock
The Sunday masthead shows the Port of Cape Town




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Under heavy rainclouds Höegh Autoliner’s vehicle carrier HÖEGH MASAN (IMO 9166704) sailed from Durban this Sunday (24 October), bound for her next ports of call at Maputo and Dar es Salaam. The ship is a regular caller to South and East Africa, and is one of the older car carriers that calls on this coast on a regular basis.  Höegh Masan was built in 1998 at the Hashihama Tsuneishi Tadotsu Shipbuilding yard in Imabari, Japan. The vessel has an overall length of 180 metres and a width of 32m, a deadweight of 12,490-tons and gross tonnage of 44,219-gt.

Höegh Masan is able to carry up to 4,300 CEU (motor car units) accommodated in an area of 39,380 m². To load or discharge vehicles are driven across a ramp capable handling 80 ton loads and has with a maximum door width of 12.5 metres.

The ship’s main engine was designed by B&W (model 7s60MC) and built at the Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co in Japan. The car carrier is owned by Höegh Autoliners Shipping Pte Ltd, Singapore and managed by Höegh Wallem Ship Management. The ship is flagged in Singapore.

The above pictures are by Keith Betts

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Maersk Drilling goes for world record depth off Angola

Maersk Voyager, currently drilling the world's deepest well off Angola
Maersk Voyager, ready to start drilling the world’s deepest well off Angola

Maersk Drilling awarded contract extension to drill world record well in Angola

TotalEnergies E&P Angola has exercised an option for the 7th generation drillship MAERSK VOYAGER (IMO 9633575)  to drill the ultra-deepwater Ondjaba-1 exploration well in Angola’s Block 48.

The contract extension has an estimated duration of 54 days, which means that Maersk Voyager is now contracted until February 2022. The work on Ondjaba-1 commenced in October 2021, after which the rig is scheduled to move to Namibia to drill the Venus well. One one-well option remains on the contract.

The Ondjaba-1 well will be drilled at a new world record water depth of 3,628 metres. The current world record is 3,400 metres, set by Maersk Voyager’s sister drillship Maersk Venturer when it drilled the Raya-1 well for TotalEnergies offshore Uruguay in 2016.

“We’re thrilled to be able to confirm that we indeed will be drilling for a new world record, said Maersk Drilling’s COO, Morten Kelstrup.

“Ondjaba-1 was part of Maersk Voyager’s original contract in Angola, but the rig’s drilling programme has undergone several changes due to the unprecedented circumstances the world has faced since early 2020.

With this contract option called, we’re now looking forward to proving that Maersk Drilling and the highly capable Voyager crew can once again break existing boundaries in close collaboration with TotalEnergies,”

Maersk Voyager is a high-spec ultra-deepwater drillship which was delivered in 2014. It is currently operating offshore Angola for TotalEnergies.

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Cruising on the River Nile on board SS Sphinx

S.S. Sphinx, Uniworld's latest river cruise vessel now operating on the Rive Nile in Egypt
S.S. Sphinx, Uniworld’s latest luxury river cruise vessel now operating on the Rive Nile in Egypt

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has introduced details and a few pictures of their newest cruise ship to sail along the River Nile in Egypt, S.S. SPHINX.

“As Egypt continues to be a top trending travel destination, we are overjoyed to set sail along the famed Nile River and provide an unmatched look at the destination aboard our striking new Super Ship, the S.S. Sphinx.

S.S. Sphinx

“We’re excited for our guests to experience the ship as it fully embodies what they love most when sailing with us, exquisite design and experiences they won’t find anywhere else,” said Ellen Bettridge, chief executive of Uniworld.

She said that over the past few years, the Uniworld Boutique River Cruises team poured their heart into sourcing the design aspects, spending weeks at a time searching the souks and bazaars to find local artisans and family-owned furniture businesses to collaborate with and bring the true spirit of Egypt to life onboard.

“Everything from the artwork to the ceilings to the ship’s bow was thought out and sourced by the local community,” she said.

SS Sphinx

“This floating boutique hotel features the signature touches the company’s ships are known for – more suites, more dining areas with space for social distancing, and more luxurious finishes, while maintaining their high crew to guest ratio.”

Venues onboard include a private dining room and an al fresco experience on the upper deck.

The vessel also features a swimming pool, massage room and 42 suites.

All staterooms and suites onboard have French balconies.

SS Sphinx

The menus reflect the destination guests sail through, with options including Egyptian beef liver, fatteh, sweet corn soup, mulukhiya Egyptian bread, hawawshi and more.

Guests can also pair their meals onboard with locally sourced Egyptian wines including Omar Khayyam and Shahrazade.

More details available found HERE

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WHARF TALK: Kamsarmax bulk carrier – ARTEMIS 1

The Kamsarmax bulk carrier Artemia 1 sailing from Cape Town after completing her repairs. Picture by 'Dockrat'
The Kamsarmax bulk carrier Artemia 1 sailing from Cape Town after completing her repairs. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

Story by Jay Gates
Pictures by ‘Dockrat’

Geared bulk carriers, up to Ultramax size (up to 65,000 dwt), are regular callers at all of the major ports of South Africa, with the much larger gearless bulk carriers up to Capesize (up to 200,000 dwt) to be seen, usually, only in the large ore ports of Richards Bay and Saldanha Bay.

To have a large, gearless Panamax (up to 80,000 dwt), Kamsarmax (up to 90,000 dwt) or Post Panamax (up to 100,000 dwt) bulk carrier arriving at Durban or Cape Town is usually an indication that the vessel requires engineering assistance, and not because there is a cargo to load or discharge.

On 14th October at 17h00, the Kamsarmax bulk carrier ARTEMIS 1 (IMO 9830991) arrived off Cape Town, from Krishnapatnam in India, and entered Cape Town harbour. She had de-ballasted, and was riding high out of the water. As expected, she went straight to the Landing Wall in Duncan Dock, a tell-tale sign that she required shoreside engineering intervention, and support services assistance.

Artemis 1 on her berth on the Landing Wall in Duncan Dock, Cape Town. Picture by 'Dockrat'
Artemis 1 on her berth on the Landing Wall in Duncan Dock, Cape Town. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

Such a large gearless bulk carrier would not be entering Cape Town harbour to work cargo, because the port does not possess any grab equipped shoreside cranes, bulk loading facilities, or bulk cargo storage areas, that are capable of servicing a gearless bulk carrier, irrespective of it being an inbound cargo, or an outbound cargo.

Originally bound for the port of La Plata, in Argentina, the reason for her making a technical detour to Cape Town, whilst en-route from India, became apparent shortly after she came alongside the Landing Wall. Within a few hours, she had ballasted bow down, to enable the propeller to be lifted clear of the water. It turns out that the shaft seal was failing during the voyage south, and the requirement to replace the seal became urgent, requiring the Cape Town call, and the need for shoreside assistance and expertise.

Artemis 1 with Table Mountain forming the backdrop. Picture by 'Dockrat'
Artemis 1 with Table Mountain forming the backdrop. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

With her propeller out of the water, it also became clear that Artemis 1 was fitted with both a nozzle, and a Wärtsilä EnergoProFin hub attachment. The EnergoProFin is an energy saving propeller cap with fins which are connected to the rotating propeller. It improves propulsive efficiency by weakening the hub vortex, and by recovering kinetic energy from the rotating flow aft of the propeller blades. The EnergoProFin provides average fuel savings of 2%, and Wärtsilä claim that fitting such a device gives the shipowner cost payback of less than one year.

On completion of the successful replacement of the stern seal, Artemis 1 was ballasted back on to an even keel, and on 19th October at 09h00, she backed off the Landing Wall, and her bluff bow made its way out of the Duncan Dock, and into the South Atlantic ocean, where she resumed her voyage to from Vishnapatnam to La Plata.

Having completed repairs on 19 October, Artemis 1 was ready to continue her interrupted journey to La Plata in Argentina. Picture by 'Dockrat'
Having completed repairs on 19 October, Artemis 1 was ready to continue her interrupted journey to La Plata in Argentina. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

Built in 2019 by the Jiangsu Jinling Shipyard, at Yizheng in China, Artemis 1 is 229 metres in length and has a deadweight of 82,000 dwt. She is powered by a single MAN-B&W 6S60ME-C8 6 cylinder 2 stroke main engine, producing 13,506 bhp (9,934 kW) to drive a fixed pitch propeller for a service speed of 14 knots.

Her auxiliary machinery includes three generators providing 550 kW each. She has seven holds, with a cargo carrying capacity of 97,123 m3. She cost US$24 million (ZAR348.6 million) to build.

Nominally owned by Def-Jin Corporation of Monaco, Artemis 1 is operated and managed by Transocean Maritime Agencies, also of Monaco. She is one of six sisterships built for her owners, and is built to a standard SDARI Dolphin KMAX 82 design.

The Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) was established in 1964, and is part of the government owned China State Shipping Corporation group (CSSC). The Dolphin KMAX 82 is one of their very popular large bulk carrier designs, being built at numerous other shipyards across China, with over 100 built to date since the first was launched in 2011.

A similar image to the previous, except this also shows the harbour tug Umbilo in assistance as Artemis 1 moves out of the Duncan Dock. Picture by 'Dockrat'
A similar scene to the previous picture, except this also shows the former Durban harbour tug Umbilo ready to assist Artemis 1 as the bulker moves out from the Duncan Dock. A second tug can just be glimpsed at the stern of the bulk carrier.  Picture by ‘Dockrat’

At 229 metres in length, and with her 82,000 tons deadweight, she is classed as a Kamsarmax bulk carrier. Her design is based on the maximum length of vessel that can use the port of Kamsar, which is located at the mouth of the Rio Nunez, seven miles from the sea, in the northern part of the Republic of Guinea.

Back in 2005, Tsuneishi Shipbuilding company, in Japan, decided to retain the maximum breadth of vessel needed to pass through the Panama Canal lock system, but increased the length of their Panamax bulk carrier design by 4 metres, taking the design to 229 metres in length. This boosted the maximum load capacity of the vessel type to 82,000 tons.

This type of bulk carrier was defined as a Kamsarmax, because it was the maximum length of vessel that could enter the port of Kamsar. The type nomenclature has become the industry standard today.

The accommodation section of the bulk carrier Artemis 1. Picture by 'Dockrat'
The accommodation section of the bulk carrier Artemis 1. Picture by ‘Dockrat’

The port of Kamsar was established to enable the export of bauxite, the main ore used in the manufacture of aluminium. The ore is mined at the Sangarédi mine, which is situated 135 miles inland from the port of Kamsar, in the province of Boké. Guinea is responsible for 14% of the world’s production of bauxite.

The ore is brought to the port by a dedicated railway line, from the mine to the port, where there are two export terminals. One terminal is operated by Compagnie des Bauxites Guinée (CBG), and the other by the Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC).

Both terminals are served by long jetties, stretching out into the Rio Nunez, with the CBG jetty having two Kamsarmax berths, equipped with a single bulk loader, and the GAC jetty having a single berth used to load barges for offshore transshipment.

This lovely shot shows Artemis heading out into the South Atlantic as the two harbour tugs return to Cape Town harbour. Picture by 'Docrat'
This lovely shot shows Artemis heading out into the South Atlantic as the two harbour tugs return to Cape Town harbour. Picture by ‘Docrat’

The barges, take the bauxite ore out to the Port of Boké, which is an anchorage terminal, located 11.5 miles from Kamsar, and 4 miles offshore in a water depth of 24 metres. The bauxite ore is loaded by floating cranes, from the barges, and into Capesize vessels, that are unable to proceed upriver to Kamsar due to their size. There are two loading points in the anchorage for these vessels.

Whilst those who work in the bulk carrier world will be aware of the existence of both the ports of Kamsar and Boké, and of Kamsarmax bulk carriers, for those who do not, but who frequently note that vessels on AIS are displaying the destination ports of Kamsar, or Boké, will now have a better idea and understanding of what these vessels are about.

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MSC reports that the terminals at Port Sudan have ceased operations

Port Sudan
Port Sudan.  Unrest and blockades have seen port terminal operations cease

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has confirmed that the terminals at Port Sudan in the Red Sea have ceased operating due to the ongoing strikes and unrest in the region.

For background to this drama affecting Port Sudan, CLICK HERE

MSC said that the terminals at Port Sudan have ceased operations creating uncertainty on the berthing prospects of its vessels and causing substantial delays.

“This unfortunate situation makes it unreasonable to continue the carriage of their shipment to Port Sudan as initially intended. Therefore, MSC is left with no other choice to announce end of voyage at King Abdulla Port for all container types including reefer and dry cargo in accordance with clause 19 of our Bill of Lading and Sea Waybill Terms and Conditions.

“Cargo will be at your disposal for pick up on your own account (clause 19.1(c)) after payment of due costs and local charges.

Due to risk of cargo deterioration and damages to MSC reefer equipment we invite the merchant to take delivery as soon as possible.”

While apologising for the inconvenience this action may cause, MSC said it continues to monitor the situation very closely in order to resume its service to Port Sudan.

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OneLearn Global: Launch of lifesaving enclosed spaces course

Crew member entering an enclosed space. Picture: courtesy Blogspot
Crew member entering an enclosed space. Picture: courtesy Blogspot

A maritime training course to enable safe access to enclosed spaces on vessels could help save the lives of seafarers entering such areas with dangerously low oxygen levels, explosive gases or physical hazards present.

OneLearn Global, a digital eLearning training provider to the maritime industry, has launched the Entry Into Enclosed Spaces course in response to sobering figures that show an alarming number of fatalities in recent years. This was announced in late October.

From 2015 to 2020 no less than 83 crew members died while working in enclosed spaces, with 53% of deaths attributed to oxygen depletion and 60% of all incidents taking place in the cargo hold, according to the International Group of P&I Clubs.

A report in 2019 by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) revealed 145 casualties in enclosed spaces dating back to 1999.

Of those fatalities, 28 (16 port workers and 12 seafarers) occurred in the 16 months leading up to January 2018. The causes were asphyxiation, explosions or falls involving seafarers who passed out because of poor air quality.

Nigel Cleave, Senior Advisor at OneLearn Global, commented: “A lack of training can lead to costly, potentially fatal mistakes for seafarers working in enclosed spaces.

“To avoid further tragedies, it is absolutely paramount that seafarers get the right training and education before heading into confined areas with numerous hazards. Being blunt, a course like ours could be the difference between someone emerging unharmed or losing their life.”

The new OneLearn Global course outlines the preventative and protective measures crew members should take before entering enclosed spaces on board. Its ten learning objectives help seafarers to identify the confined areas throughout a vessel, recognise the associated hazards and understand the risk assessment procedure for entering potentially dangerous spaces.

All duties and responsibilities of involved persons, space entry safety requirements and means of rescuing a seafarer from an enclosed space are also covered.

Video scenarios

Learners are taken through various animated or video scenarios to explore the potential risks and procedures facing crew members and to identify the mistakes made by the fictitious characters. Moreover, crew members explore the subject through captivating infographics, imagery, concise explanations and bullet points.

The easily understood course is divided into seven sections, giving seafarers the freedom to choose how much they complete when logging into OneLearn’s industry leading Learning Management System.

About OneLearn Global

OneLearn Global was created to provide digital training solutions to serve the maritime, energy, hospitality and industrial sectors and offers a rapidly growing content library via an enormously effective and intuitive next-generation Learning Management System (LMS), designed to deliver both an enhanced and engaging, yet personalised and intuitive, enjoyable learning experience through digitalisation.

With HQ in Cyprus, OneLearn Global is a member of the Fameline Holding Group (FHG), a truly diverse business entity comprising of over 50 companies actively engaged in the maritime, industrial, energy, exploration and healthcare sectors.

Paul Ridgway, Londn Correspondent Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Reported by Paul Ridgway

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Kotug sets up tug operations in Port Gentil, Gabon

Kotug tugs SD Spirit (left) and SD Magic, which have been deployed to Port Gentil in Gabon. Pictures Kotug
Kotug tugs SD Spirit (left) and SD Magic, which have been deployed to Port Gentil in Gabon. Pictures Kotug

Dutch company KOTUG International B.V. has been awarded a long-term contract by Perenco Oil & Gas Gabon S.A. to provide towage support for their operations off Port Gentil, Gabon. The contract includes the chartering, operation and manning of three vessels, two of which are Kotug’s first-ever Rotor Tugs, the RT MAGIC and RT SPIRIT.

After successfully operating in several countries, the RT Magic and RT Spirit will set sail to Gabon to support Perenco Oil & Gas in optimising their marine spread thereby providing cost savings simultaneously with redundancy in operations.

In addition, Kotug’s SD HONOUR will be temporarily deployed to support the operations in Gabon where she will be replaced by a third Rotortug.

A third Kotug tug, SD Honour will be joining the Spirit and Magic until replaced by anothr of the Kotug fleet
A third Kotug tug, SD Honour will be joining the Spirit and Magic until replaced by anothr of the Kotug fleet

KOTUG established KOTUG Gabon S.A. to align with the local community and provides knowledge and work experience for local people. The operation started in the second half of October 2021.

“We are happy to be awarded this contract and look forward to supporting Perenco with our proven in-house developed Rotor Tug technology and our extensive experience in the Oil & Gas industry,” said KOTUG President and CEO Ard-Jan Kooren.

“The Rotor Tug technology was developed under the inspiring guidance of my father, Ton Kooren. It is with great pride that our first two Rotortugs are now being deployed for this prestigious operation in Gabon.”

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