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FIRST VIEW: HÖEGH JEDDAH

Höegh Jeddah at the Durban car terminal. Picture: Ken Malcolm, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Höegh Jeddah. Picture: Ken Malcolm

Höegh Autoliners’ car carrier HÖEGH JEDDAH (IMO 9673381) is seen on her berth on the Durban T-Jetty section of the port car terminal earlier this month. The 57,000-gt vessel was built in 2014 at the Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries shipyard in Mangalia, Romania and is owned and operated by Höegh Autoliners of Oslo, Norway. Equipped with a stern ramp capable of handling ro-ro vehicles of up to 150 tons, the ship can also accommodate 6500 motor cars. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

 

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BRITISH TANKER BARRETT SEIZED BY PIRATES OFF BENIN, 22 CREW TAKEN HOSTAGE

tanker Barrett, courtesy Union maritime, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
picture courtesy: Union Maritime

Pirates have seized a 11,999-dwt products tanker off the coast of Benin and have taken hostage of all 22 crewmembers, it has been confirmed by the UK shipowners, Union Maritime.

The tanker is the BARRETT (IMO 9351749), which came under attack by the pirates last Wednesday, 10 January, when contact…

 

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CYCLONE BERGUITTA BEARS DOWN ON MAURITIUS AND REUNION

5-day route forecast for Cyclone Berguitta, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news courtesy Wunderground
5-day route forecast for Cyclone Berguitta, courtesy Wunderground

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta is bearing down on the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion where it was expected to strike in full force by last night (Wednesday 17 January).

At 12h00 yesterday the cyclone was located near 18.2 degrees South, 59.5 degrees East 178 nautical miles northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius. It had been tracked west-southwestwards at 05 knots over the previous six hours. Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 65 knots gusting to 80 knots.

In anticipation of the cyclone’s arrival the seaport at Port Louis and the island’s airport were closed to traffic as authorities raised their alert to class III with the expectation that the cyclone is likely to gain strength as its approaches Mauritius.

“On this trajectory, tropical cyclone Berguitta is dangerously approaching Mauritius and represents a direct threat to the island,” the Mauritian meteorological service said in a statement.

The public was warned to adopt safety precautions and advised that rough seas could be expected.

Airlines flying in to Mauritius and Reunion have cancelled scheduled flights. These include South African Airways which operates daily flights from South Africa with two flights a day on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Another airline announcing cancelled flights was Air Seychelles which said all flights were cancelled “until further notice”.

The cyclone could dump up to 300 or 400mm of rain over Mauritius, the met office said.

Mozambique

Exposed property on a beach at Ilha de Mocambique. Picture Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Exposed property on a beach at Ilha de Mocambique. Picture Terry Hutson

Meanwhile, Radio Moçambique has reported that Mozambique’s National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) has positioned six mobile bridges in the city of Mocuba in Zambézia province to help ease the movement of people and goods if road infrastructure is damaged in the current rainy season.

INGC is also stockpiling tents and about 120 tons of cereals and various food products to support families who may be affected by rainfall and flooding in the Licungo river basin and in Nicoadala and Morrumbala.

People living in risk areas especially along the banks of the Licungo River in Mocuba, have been advised to leave. Bad weather including the threat of tropical storms was behind these measures.

Heavy rains and high winds struck Nampula on Tuesday this week, possible an aftermath of the tropical storm that lashed parts of Madagascar and the Mozambique Channel last week. Poles carrying power lines in Namialo and Moçambique Island were torn down, leaving the latter, a World Heritage Site and popular cruise ship destination, without electricity and in the dark.

Dozens of homes on the island were also destroyed as well as in Monapo and Mossuril, and many boats in the water were damaged. People affected are being evacuated to temporary shelter in churches and schools.

 

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CONCERN AS VALE DEPARTS THE SENA RAILWAY

Vale coal train, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Vale coal train

It must always have been on the cards once coal miner Vale Moçambique announced its intention of building a rail line to connect with the railway it already operated through Malawi and along the Nacala Corridor.

The completion of the Nacala rail corridor gave Vale an alternative from…

 

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US STUDENTS LEARN FROM SA MARITIME SECTOR

America meets Africa: Students from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the USA are currently in South Africa as part of an experiential learning programme. Pictured with the group at the Port of Ngqura in Nelson Mandela Bay are (front, from left) senior student Nick Zaia, the academy’s South African-born Dr Portia Ndlovu and Transnet representative Ntshantsha Buyambo, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
America meets Africa: Students from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the USA are currently in South Africa as part of an experiential learning programme. Pictured with the group at the Port of Ngqura in Nelson Mandela Bay are (front, from left) senior student Nick Zaia, the academy’s South African-born Dr Portia Ndlovu and Transnet representative Ntshantsha Buyambo.

US maritime business students are visiting two of South Africa’s major shipping centres of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay this month as part of an experiential learning programme to explore the cultural complexity of the global maritime industry.

Hosted by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), the 19 top-performing students from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy kicked off their…

 

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KEEL-LAYING OF TRANSNET’S NEW PLOUGH TUG TO BE HELD TOMORROW

Transnet currently has one plough tug in service, named IMPISI, seen here crossing Durban Bay. The 'tug' should perhaps be more correctly known as a type of dredger rather than a tug. Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Transnet currently has one plough tug in service, named IMPISI, seen here crossing Durban Bay. The ‘tug’ should perhaps be more correctly referred to as a type of dredger rather than a tug. Picture: Terry Hutson

Laying of keel for new plough tug at Port Elizabeth tomorrow

The keel-laying ceremony for Transnet’s new plough tug is to be held tomorrow (Friday 19 January) in Port Elizabeth.

The plough tug, which is used in harbour dredging to clear built-up sand that is accumulating against the quayside, is to be built on behalf of Transnet Dredging Services.

The vessel is to be built at the Tide Marine Shipyard in Port Elizabeth.

Once completed the tug will go into service at South Africa ports helping to maintain dredging to required limits.

Details of the ceremony and of the planned vessel will be available in our Monday edition of Africa PORTS & SHIPS.

 

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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SAN ANTONIO PORT EXPANSION PROJECT

When fully completed, San Antonio’s Outer Port will have a breakwater of over 3.9 km length. Images courtesy of Puerto San Antonio, Chile. © featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
When fully completed, San Antonio’s Outer Port will have a breakwater of over 3.9 km length. Images courtesy of Puerto San Antonio, Chile. ©

HR Wallingford to undertake studies

HR Wallingford is to undertake physical modelling studies for a major breakwater which forms part of the proposed port expansion of San Antonio, Chile.

The Outer Port project, known as the Puerto de Gran Escala (PGE), represents a major expansion of the existing port infrastructure of San Antonio. This proposal involves staged development of the port over a 19 year time span, with an estimated overall cost of US$3.4 billion. This was reported from HR Wallingford on 11 January.

Construction of the new breakwater to shelter the terminals involves a…

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) & USS JOHN S McCAIN (DDG 56 COLLISIONS

US Navy Seal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Department of the Navy seal. (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)

Further action

Below is a statement released 16 January 16 by US Navy Chief of Information (Acting), Captain Greg Hicks, on Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) charges preferred against individual service members in relation to the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS John S McCain (DDG 56) collisions:

“On 30 October 2017, Admiral William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, designated Admiral Frank Caldwell as the Consolidated Disposition Authority to review…

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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IRANIAN TANKER SANCHI SINKS – VIDEO REPORT

source: YouTube [2:30]

The Iranian tanker SANCHI, which was in a collision with a Hong Kong-registered cargo ship, CF CRYSTAL while the ships were 260km from the Chinese coast, caught fire in which it is believed all crew died. The accident occurred on the afternoon of 6 January, roughly opposite the mouth of the Yangtze River.

The cargo ship took damage on her bow and was escorted away from the scene to an anchorage for investigation. None of her crew of 21 was injured. Sanchi meanwhile continued to…

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT: A HISTORY OF DURBAN’S FLYING BOAT SERVICE

SAAF Sunderland on Durban Bay circa 1950s, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Short S23 C class flying boat 'Cleopatra' of the Imperial Airways flying off Durban during the late 1930s, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pictures: (above) A Sunderland of the SAAF on Durban Bay circa 1950s (top) and (lower picture) a Short S23 C class flying boat ‘Cleopatra’ of the Imperial Airways flying off Durban during the late 1930s

The Port Natal (Durban) branch of The World Ship Society is holding its regular monthly meeting at the Royal Natal Yacht Club this coming Tuesday (23 January) during which Dr John Buchan of Durban will present his ‘A History of Durban’s Flying Boat Service’ – a subject in which he has been researching for many years and is an expert on the topic.

The World Ship Society asks that this be publicised and that visitors will be welcome. The meeting begins at 17h00 for 17h30, Tuesday 23 January at the Royal Natal Yacht Club on the Yacht Mole, Durban Harbour.

Royal Air Force PBY Catalina flying boat used for coastal patrol off the KZN coast during World War 2, seen here on Durban Bay, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Royal Air Force PBY Catalina flying boat used for coastal patrol off the KZN coast during World War 2, seen here on Durban Bay about to land

 

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ROLLS-ROYCE MARINE BUSINESS UNDER REVIEW

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Strategic review of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine

Rolls Royce has issued the following which forms part of a greater statement:

Since 2015 our Marine business has responded to weak demand for products and services for the offshore oil and gas market, which significantly impacted its profitability.

It has divested non-core businesses and reduced the number of sites from 27 to 15 – an overall reduction in footprint of 40%. It has managed a reduction in its workforce by 30% to 4,200, with the majority now based in the Nordic region. At the same time, the business has been investing in new facilities and new technologies and become an industry leader in the fields of ship intelligence and autonomous vessels, culminating in June 2017 with the successful demonstration, in Copenhagen harbour, of the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel.

Given the progress the business has already made, it is now an appropriate time to conduct a strategic review of Commercial Marine. This review will be undertaken during 2018 and we will update the market of the outcome at the appropriate time.

Chief Executive Warren East said: “This is the right time to be evaluating the strategic options for our Commercial Marine operation. The team there has responded admirably to a significant downturn in the offshore oil and gas market to reduce its cost base. At the same time, we have carved out an industry-leading position in ship intelligence and autonomous shipping and it is only right that we consider whether its future may be better served under new ownership.”

Regardless of the outcome of this strategic review, Rolls-Royce will retain the Marine operations which supply complex power and propulsion systems to Naval customers, including the Royal Navy and US Navy. During the first quarter of 2018, these Naval operations will become part of an enlarged Defence business named Rolls-Royce Defence, comprising the current Defence Aerospace business and our Nuclear Submarines operation. We will also continue to have a successful engine business serving marine customers within Power Systems.

In 2016, Marine contributed £1,114m revenue and generated a loss of £27m. Within this, the Commercial Marine business, which supplies equipment and vessel design across the oil and gas, merchant and other commercial markets, accounted for 75% of revenues while the Naval operations accounted for 25% and achieved a small profit. Marine continues to be impacted by weak demand for products and services for the off-shore oil and gas market, as we said on 9 November 2017, and will continue to pursue cost reduction opportunities.

See the full media report here: Rolls-Royce announces further simplification of business, strategic review of Commercial Marine operation and plans to restructure support and management functions

report courtesy Paul Ridgway
London

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : MOL CHARISMA

MOL Charisma. Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MOL Charisma. Picture: Trevor Jones

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) container ship MOL CHARISMA (IMO 9321249) seen in Durban after arriving on one of her scheduled visits in late December. The 8450-TEU ship, 90,390-dwt, was built in 2007 at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd shipyard at Nagasaki, Japan as their hull number 2226. The ship is 316 metres in length with a beam of 45.5m. She flies the Bahamas flag and is owned by Japanese interests and managed by MOL Ship Management of Hong Kong. MOL Charisma is a sister ship to the ill-fated MOL COMFORT which broke in half through structural failure and sank in the Arabian Sea in June 2013, resulting in insurance claims of between US$300 and $400 million. The group of similar ships, all built by the same shipyard, underwent modification and reinforcement – there have been no similar incidents since. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“A Happy New Year! There is a glow of cheer and optimism in the very words ‘New Year.’ The old year, with its anxieties and worries, is over. It too brought happy days and sunshine, and in memory we must cherish the bright places.
– May Louise Crane

 

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