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FIRST VIEW: CANOPUS LEADER

Canopus Leader in Lyttelton, New Zealand, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Alan Calvert
Canopus Leader.       Picture: Alan Calvert

Not the first time that we’ve featured the NYK RoRo car carrier CANOPUS LEADER (IMO 9367607) – the last time was in October last year as the ship was departing from Durban. On this occasion we show her arriving in the South Island New Zealand port of Lyttelton at the recent weekend. The NYK RoRo ships always stand out with their bold striking livery, maybe more so than most other car carriers of other lines. The 51,917-gt) Canopus Leader is 180 metres in length and 32m wide and has a car carrying capacity of 5,100 units. She was built in 2009 at the Tsuneishi Shipbuilding shipyard in Fukuyama, Japan and is owned and managed by United Ocean Shipmanagement of Singapore where the ship is registered. This picture is by Alan Calvert

 

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MUSICAL CHAIRS AS PORT HARBOUR MASTERS ARE ROTATED

Captain Sabelo Mdlalose, new Harbour Master at Port of Durban, featurd in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Captain Sabelo Mdlalose, new Harbour Master at Port of Durban

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is about to implement several inter-port transfers within its complement of Harbour Masters, effective 1 July 2018.

According to TNPA, this will allow ongoing development of the Harbour Masters through their exposure to other ports within the Ports Authority’s network of complementary ports. This is despite all of these personnel having been exposed to other ports while rising through the ranks to their present positions.

The transfers will also enable TNPA to fill the vacancy in the role of Harbour Master at the Port of Cape Town following the promotion of Captain Vernal Jones from Cape Town Harbour Master to Port Manager at the Port of Saldanha last year, which left Cape Town Harbour in the hands of an acting harbour master for 15 months.

“The complexities in the Harbour Masters function…

 

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DEATH OF CMA CGM’S FOUNDER, JACQUES R SAADÉ

Jacques Saadé, founding father of CMA CGM

The death of Mr Jacques R. Saadé, Founding President of the CMA CGM Group, has occurred yesterday, Sunday 24 June 2018. Mr Saadé was aged 81.

Jacques R. Saadé whole life was dedicated to CMA CGM. An extraordinary visionary and entrepreneur, he made the Group into a world leader in the maritime transport of containers, developing the company in more than 160 countries, while maintaining the family dimension with its values.

After having left Lebanon 40 years ago to protect his family during the civil war, Jacques R Saadé founded the Compagnie Maritime d’Affretement (CMA), on 13 September 1978, anticipating major developments in world trade and convinced that the container would have a determining role in world maritime transport.

He began with four employees, a single ship and only one maritime service between Marseilles and Beirut. Then began the company’s extraordinary development. In 1983, he sent his first ships beyond the Mediterranean and had them cross the Suez Canal. In 1986 he launched a service linking North Europe to Asia. In 1992, convinced that China would become the world’s factory, he opened CMA’s first office in Shanghai.

He combined vigorous internal growth with strategic acquisitions allowing him to strengthen the company’s presence on key markets : CGM in 1986, ANL in 1998 and Delmas in 2005. In 2006, the company became the third largest container shipping company in the world.

With strong ties to the city of Marseilles, where the Group was founded, Jacques R Saadé built the CMA CGM Tower in 2006, the new headquarters of the Group and now a symbol of the city of Marseilles.

He was always attentive to strengthening the ties between France and Lebanon.

Jacques R Saadé was a recognized industry leader with a worldwide reputation. In 2013 he received one of the highest decorations of the City of Hamburg, the Admiralitäts-Portugaleser. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from the American University in Lebanon, as well as Lebanon’s National Order of the Cedar. In 2014 Jacques R Saadé received an award from the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) for encouraging the economic development and conveying a positive image of the Mediterranean Basin, as well as promoting peace and tolerance worldwide.

In 2015, he was conferred the title of Commander of the French Legion of Honour by the President of France. The following year he was named Commander of the Ordre National du Mérite Maritime.

On 7 February 2017, on his 80th birthday, Jacques R Saadé, appointed Rodolphe Saadé to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group and then appointed him Chairman of the Board of Directors on 24 November, the same year.

 

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FERRY SAFETY, IMO ADVICE – OVERCROWDING IS DANGEROUS

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Ferry Safety, IMO advice

* Overcrowding is dangerous.
* Listen to crew.
* Follow instructions.
* It could save your life.

These simple but key messages to ferry passengers are included in a new one-minute animated IMO safety video, to be shown in ferry terminals across the Asia and Pacific region and on national TV channels.

Perhaps it should be shown across Africa as well, where overcrowding of ferries and small passenger boats is chronic.

This was introduced by IMO on 22 June.

The video was commissioned following a series of IMO-sponsored regional discussion forums on ferry safety held in the Asia and Pacific region. Overloading and overcrowding were highlighted as common and potentially deadly problems for passenger ships plying inland waterways or on domestic and inter-island services.

Domestic ferry operations play a crucial role in the movement of people and goods in the region and sometimes represent the only possible or reasonably affordable means of transport.

“Safety standards on domestic passenger ferries should be as stringent as those on international vessels,” said Bekir Sitki Ustaoglu, Head Asia-Pacific of IMO Technical Co-operation Division who added: “We hope that this video will help raise awareness amongst passengers, crew and ferry operators. This should contribute to safer sea journeys for everyone.”

The video is being provided free-of-charge to national maritime authorities across the Asia and Pacific region.

It can also be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni1DaRidOrY&feature=youtu.be

IMO, in collaboration with partners including the international ferry industry association, Interferry, has been working with countries and partners in the Asia-Pacific region for a number of years to address the safety of domestic ferries, through regional fora and workshops.

A set of guidelines (known as the Manila Statement) on the safe operation of coastal and inter-island passenger ships not engaged on international voyages was adopted in 2015, by an international Conference, held in the Philippines and organized by IMO in collaboration with the Government of the Philippines, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), Interferry, and the World Maritime University.

Regulations for passenger ship safety in IMO’s International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) do not generally apply to passenger ships on domestic voyages, but many countries base their regulations on the IMO standards.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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MINISTER GIVES THUMBS UP FOR SEA-BASED AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT ZONE

Saldanha Bay harbour, featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Saldanha Bay harbour

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has welcomed the green light received on the proposed sea-based Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ) in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, saying this enhances sustainable aquaculture expansion in the bay.

Zokwana said this will further contribute towards the realisation of the aquaculture aspirations of Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy in terms of job creation, increased primary production, increased GDP (Gross Domestic Product) contribution and…

Saldanha Bay, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Saldanha Bay

Access to land and water space

Previous studies indicate that one of the fundamental challenges in realising the potential of aquaculture in Saldanha Bay was the lack of an enabling regulatory environment.

The Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy programme provides the platform to create this environment through increasing access to land and water space, as well as improving access to markets and funding.

As a result, there is significant interest from industry to expand current operations and to…

 

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SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH SHIP SA AGULHAS II VISIT DAR ES SALAAM

SA Agulhas II. Picture: the late Robert Pabst, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SA Agulhas II. Picture: the late Robert Pabst

The South African research ship and ice-strengthened polar supply vessel SA AGULHAS II has visited the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam during her current voyage involving training and capacity building for the Indian Ocean Expedition II (IIOE2).

According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, the IIOE2 is a multi-national programme of the United Nations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) which emphasises the need to research the Indian Ocean and its influence on the climate and its marine ecosystem.

The IOC recognised that there was a persistent lack of basic long-term environmental information in the Indian Ocean, particularly for countries surrounding the Indian Ocean. As a result, the…

 

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DP WORLD JOINS WORLD OCEAN COUNCIL

Illustrations kindly provided by World Ocean Council https://www.oceancouncil.org/ ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Illustrations kindly provided by World Ocean Council https://www.oceancouncil.org/ ©

First company in sector to become a full member

It was announced from Dubai, UAE, on 7 June that DP World has become the first company in its sector to join the World Ocean Council (WOC) as part of its leadership effort to actively engage in the protection of the world’s oceans.

By becoming a member of the growing international multi-industry alliance on Corporate Ocean Responsibility DP World will commence, enhance…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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** INTERNATIONAL CRUISE NEWS **
MSC CRUISES CONTINUES ON EXPANSION PATH WITH ORDER FOR FIFTH MERAVIGLIA CLASS

The 'World Class' ships to enter service from 2022 look to be perhaps the most attractive of MSC designs, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The ‘World Class’ ships to enter service from 2022 look to be perhaps the most attractive of MSC designs

During a unique ceremony at the STX France Saint-Nazaire shipyard MSC Cruises and the ship builder signed an order for a fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship.

Due for delivery in 2023, this fifth vessel of the class of 172,000 gross tons will be equipped with a new generation of dual-fuel engines designed to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). This represents for MSC Cruises an additional investment of €900 million (US˜$1.06 billion).

She will also feature other innovative environmental technologies, notably including an advanced wastewater treatment system compliant with the world’s most stringent regulatory standards, including the provisions enshrined in Resolution MEPC.227 for the Baltic Sea.

What made the ceremony unique was that STX Franca and MSC Cruises were celebrating three major ship building milestones: the Steel Cutting Ceremony of the 4th Meraviglia class vessel where MSC Cruises announced that the ship will be named MSC VIRTUOSA; the Coin Ceremony of MSC GRANDIOSA; and the Float-out of MSC BELLISIMA.

Video Highlights of MSC Bellisima [3:15]


For the first time in Saint-Nazaire’s history, three cruise ships belonging to a single cruise brand are under simultaneous construction at the shipyard.

Speaking before opening the valves to flood the dry dock where MSC Bellissima has been assembled, Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said: “With the announcement of yet another new vessel, the 13th under our 10-year investment plan, we are affirming our commitment to sustainable growth for our Company. I say this while three more next-generation MSC Cruises are now simultaneously under construction.”

Mr Vago said that the fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship will bring a new generation of cutting-edge environmental technology to the market, benefiting from a new generation of LNG-powered engines.

This will help us further reduce our environmental footprint and advance in our journey of constant improvement.

Then he added that she will be joined at sea by up to four World Class LNG-powered ships, as part of MSC’s overall commitment to environmental stewardship.

The agreement for the additional Meraviglia-Plus ship represents an additional investment of €900 million (˜$1.06 billion USD).

MSC Grandiosa and MSC Bellisima video tour [2:16]

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
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MSC DIVERTS SHIPS FROM FELIXSTOWE DUE TO ONGOING CONGESTION

Port of Felixstowe. Picture: Wikipedia Commons, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Felixstowe. Picture: Wikipedia Commons

MSC has become the latest container shipping line to divert vessels away from Felixstowe in favour of London Gateway and Tilbury and elsewhere.

This follows ongoing IT terminal operating problems at Felixstowe that are leading to severe congestion.

Other shipping companies to divert their vessels include Hamburg Süd and Seago.

Hamburg Süd is diverting two of its vessels to Southampton instead of Felixstowe, while Seago, a Maersk owned company said it would refrain from accepting export cargoes from the London terminal.

According to MSC it has diverted vessels to…

 

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MAIB REPORT: MV RUYTER GROUNDING 10 OCTOBER 2017

Ruyter agroubd, 2017. Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Photo: Crown Copyright 2018 / MAIB ©
Photo: Crown Copyright 2018 / MAIB ©

Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report

In summary, the MAIB report (No11/2018 published on 20 June 2018) indicated that at 23h11 on 10 October 2017, The Netherlands registered general cargo vessel Ruyter (89.99m loa; 2528gt; built 2006) on passage from Skagen, Denmark to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, ran aground on the north shore of Rathlin Island. It was found that the master who was the watchkeeper had left the bridge unattended.

The bridge navigational watch alarm system, which…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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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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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : ZUMAYA DOUS

Zumaya Dous featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Pictures: Keith Betts

Zumaya Dous, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Pictures: Keith Betts
Zumaya Dous.      Pictures:  Keith Betts

The well-looked after Spanish fishing trawler ZUMAYA DOUS (IMO 9306603) seen sailing from Durban at the weekend. The little vessel has long been a regular caller in Durban from where she operates out to the fishing grounds. The trawler is just 30 metres in length (about the same as the harbour tugs) with a 7.2m beam and a gross tonnage of 148 tons. She was built in 2003 at the Astilleros Armon shipyard in Vigo, Spain and is owned and managed by Zumaya Pesqueras of Guards (Pontevedra) in Spain. Zumaya Dous flies the Spanish flag. These pictures taken by Keith Betts

 

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