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FIRST VIEW: SANTA URSULA

Santa Ursula departing Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Trevor Jones
Santa Ursula. Picture: Trevor Jones

The Hamburg Süd container ship SANTA URSULA (IMO 9430387), which is now owned, managed and operated by Maersk Line and incorporated into Maersk Line services, is shown here sailing from the Port of Durban recently with rather less than her maximum 7,850 TEU capacity would allow. The 301-metre long, 40m wide, 93,025-dwt container ship was built in 2012 at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd yard in South Korea as yard number 4079. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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BREAKING NEWS: TRAGEDY ON LAKE VICTORIA AS MV NYERERE CAPSIZES 

MV Nyerere

More than a hundred people are feared to have drowned when the Lake Victoria ferry MV NYERERE capsized while on a routine journey between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora.

Although licensed to carry a hundred passengers it is thought the Nyerere was carrying far more than this number. Cargo on board included maize and cement. So far 44 deaths have been acknowledged by Tanzanian officials, being the bodies recovered.

Reports say that 37 people had been rescued this afternoon, some with serious injuries or suffering from near drowning and were receiving treatment.

Rescuers were busy late this afternoon and into the early evening looking for survivors. Further rescue efforts have been called off until first light on Friday morning 21 September.

The ferries that operate on the lake and other waterway systems in Central and East Africa are notorious for overloading that takes place, although it cannot be confirmed this was the case in this instance.

Reports say that the ticket clerk was travelling on the ferry when it capsized together with the records of the number of passengers on board. The ferry was approaching the ferry station when the tragedy occurred. It is possible that passengers surged to one side of the vessel as the landing dock was being neared.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sent his condolences to relatives of the victims.

MV Nyerere is operated by the Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical & Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA). Report added Thursday 20 September 2018 21h30

Capsized MV Nyerere

 

PUBLIC ENTERPRISES MINISTER PRAVIN GORDHAN WELCOMES COURT JUDGEMENT ON TRANSNET

Transnet banner, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has welcomed the high court’s decision to dismiss Seth Radebe’s application challenging his removal from office in Transnet.

On Tuesday, the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria dismissed an application by Radebe who had sought an order to set aside the decision by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, to remove him from the Transnet board.

:The Ministry of Public Enterprises welcomes the judgment, in particular, the emphasis it places on the need to urgently restore good corporate governance at state-owned companies like Transnet, given their position and role in the South African economy,” said the Ministry on Tuesday evening.

Radebe was appointed to the post at the rail, port and pipeline company in December 2017.

In the judgement, Judge Hans J Fabricius rejected this application describing it as “rather vague”.

Pravin Gordhan, minister of public enterprise, featuring in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pravin Gordhan

Gordhan said Radebe’s litigation was frivolous and devoid of fact and truth.

The court observed a lack of decisive actions by the previous board against Transnet employees implicated in corruption, specifically in the 1,064 locomotives tender.

The court accepted legal arguments that investigation reports by Werksmans Attorneys and Professor H E Wainer were “incomplete” but maintained this “did not mean that they were inconclusive and could not be acted upon.”

Radebe argued, amongst others, that Gordhan’s decision to remove him as one of the last three directors on the previous Transnet board by May this year was a racist act. Gordhan, who took the helm of the Department of Public Enterprises, which is the shareholder in Transnet and six other state owned companies, announced a new Transnet board in May.

Radebe was the only former director who approached the court to seek such relief.

The High Court dismissed his arguments in their entirety.

Judge Fabricius stated that he could not find that the Minister’s decision to remove Radebe was racially motivated or that it could be regarded as racial discrimination.

“Today’s judgment confirms our belief that the previous board failed to demonstrate an appreciation of the seriousness of allegations of maladministration and corruption or the ability to deal with these decisively in order to protect the institution,” said Gordhan.

The court further rejected Radebe’s arguments that he is entitled to a board position by virtue of his academic qualification. – SAnews.gov.za

 

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INCAT CROWTHER & VEECRAFT TO BUILD SA NAVY WORKBOAT

IC Veecraft workboat for the SANDF, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Australian-based shipbuilder Incat Crowther has announced a design contract with Cape Town based shipbuilder Veecraft Marine for the supply of a 20 metre monohull workboat for the South African National Defense Force.

The vessel will be tasked with the transportation of personnel and equipment and support training activities in coastal areas up to 10 miles off the coast under…

 

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BAGAMOYO PORT BACK ON AGAIN AS CHINA MERCHANTS HOLDINGS INTERNATIONAL RENEWS INTEREST

Map showing location of the proposed new Bagamoyo port in Tanzania, featrured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The ambitious on/off Port Bagamoyo project may be back on again after Chinese port management firm China Merchants Holdings International (CHMI) revealed interest in reviving failed talks with the Tanzanian Government.

The port and adjacent Special Economic Zone (SEZ) was announced in 2013 but any thought of the project going ahead failed when CHMI and the government were unable to agree terms.

According to reports coming from Tanzania now, an agreement appears…

 

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RUSSIA A MAJOR DESTINATION FOR SOUTH AFRICAN FRESH PRODUCE EXPORTS

citrus fruit - South Africa's fresh produce exports to Russia highlighted in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Russia continues to be an important market for South African fresh produce, says the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF).

“Russia continues to be an important market for us, as 10% out of 2.7 million tons of fresh fruit exported from South Africa goes to Russia,” said the forum’s CEO, Anton Kruger, on Wednesday.

Kruger is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s delegation that is…

 

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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MARITIME ECONOMISTS ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT

 

IAME banner, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

IAME, the International Association of Maritime Economists, has elected Professor Thanos Pallis as its new President. The announcement was made during the IAME 2018 Annual Conference which was held in Mombasa, Kenya, last week.

Established in 1992, IAME is an international forum for the exchange of research and information among those interested in maritime and maritime related issues, from all over the world. The Association today has a membership spanning…

 

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INVESTORS ACROSS THE WORLD SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE INVESTING IN DJIBOUTI, SAYS DP WORLD

[2:15] The above is a videographic press release expressing the views of DP World in the matter of rights to the Doraleh port terminal. We welcome the views of both parties in this ongoing dispute which has been the subject of the London Court of Arbitration and the English High Court and much debate affecting contractual rights of the terminal operator and sovereign rights of the state. Note there is no sound on the video so don’t adjust your volume.

 

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JOINT MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE CONDUCTED OFF CAPE COAST

Joint maritime search and rescue exercise held off Cape Town included the SA Navy sub S101. Picture: NSRI, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Joint maritime search and rescue exercise held off Cape Town included the SA Navy sub S101. Picture: NSRI

A full scale Maritime Search and Rescue exercise was conducted yesterday (Wednesday) off the Cape coast.

Participating in the exercise were National Sea Rescue (NSRI), Headquarters, NSRI Hout Bay, NSRI Table Bay and NSRI ASR (Airborne Sea Rescue).

The joint Maritime Search and Rescue exercise was coordinated by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) involving MRCC, TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority), Telkom Maritime Radio Services, the SA Navy, the SA Air Force 22 Squadron, SA Defence Force Military Operations Centres, Western Cape (WC) Government Health EMS and NSRI.

The exercise was conducted off the Cape Town coast, deep sea, and in the Granger Bay region and involved various search and rescue scenarios, patient evacuations, deploying sea rescue craft, SA Navy ships, an SA Air Force 22 Squadron Oryx helicopter and employing rescue techniques and inter service cooperation in routine training exercises.

The Maritime Search and Rescue exercise was launched at 07h00 and was completed at 15h30.

Joint maritime search and rescue exercise held off Cape Town included the SA Navy sub S101. Picture: NSRI, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

 

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **

DAMCO SUPPLY CHAIN BUSINESS TO BE INTEGRATED WITHIN MAERSK LINE

Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk

DAMCO Supply Chain Services and Maersk Line’s Ocean Product is to be integrated and their respective value-added services will be combined and sold as Maersk products and services, as from 1 January 2019.

A.P. Moller – Maersk said yesterday that this is to ensure an improved customer experience with fewer touchpoints and a more comprehensive service offering.

The company described the move as the next step in the Maersk journey to become a global, integrated container transport and logistics company.

The integrated commercial organisation will…

 

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** NAVAL WATCH **

EU NAVFOR STRENTHENING TIES WITH MADAGASCAR

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Madagascan Guard of Honour.   Pictures: EU NAVFOR

EU NAVFOR says it continues to encourage key partners in the region (North-Western Indian Ocean & Gulf of Aden) to coordinate efforts and to share information effectively about maritime security.

“Our Flagship ESPS Castilla and her crew have visited Madagascar to attend a series of discussions with senior leaders on how the nation is developing and…

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : CROWN TOPAZ

Reefer ship Crown Topaz arriving in Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Trevor Jones
Crown Topaz.        Picture: Trevor Jones

The refrigerated cargo ship (reefer) CROWN TOPAZ (IMO 9191498) arrives in Durban to load a cargo of citrus. Looking in need of a paint brush or two, the reefer is now 21 years in service and currently in service with Cool Carriers AB of Stockholm Sweden, where the ship is also registered. Crown Topaz is 152 metres in length and 23m wide. She is flagged in the Bahamas. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“In general people experience their present naively, as it were, without being able to form an estimate of its contents; they have first to put themselves at a distance from it — the present, that is to say, must have become the past — before it can yield points of vantage from which to judge the future.”
– Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

 

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