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FIRST VIEW: MSC FILOMENA

MSC Filomena. Pictures: Ken Malcolm

Get a load of that! One of the bigger ships to call at Durban is the 12,562-TEU capacity MSC FILOMENA (153,514-dwt, built 2011), seen departing the port earlier in March, with an impressive cargo of containers filling the ship, although we suspect that quite a number might have been empties. MSC Filomena has an overall length of 366 metres and a beam of 48m. She is owned by German ship owner Doehle Peter Schiffahrts and is of course under charter to Mediterranean Shipping Company. The ship was built at the Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy industries Co shipyard in South Korea as yard number 1795. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

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RUFUS LEKALA, SA’S CHIEF HARBOUR MASTER SUSPENDED

Capt. Rufus Lekala

South Africa’s Chief Harbour Master has been suspended, that’s official but with no reason given for this sudden development other than alleged irregularities.

We posed the question earlier this week asking about Captain Rufus Lekala’s whereabouts, as this had taken on the role of a mystery because nobody at Transnet National Ports Authority could answer. Our queries were being deflected on the basis that as Capt Lekala is an executive, no-one below executive level may respond to queries about him.

Well, that has been resolved now, thanks to TNPA chief executive Richard Vallihu, who responded:

“Transnet National Ports Authority can confirm that Chief Harbour Master Rufus Lekala has been placed on precautionary suspension due to alleged irregularities. This is to enable the internal investigation process to reach a fair conclusion.”

The big question now concerns the reason for this sudden development, and to expect an

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DENEL AND TKMS SIGN MOU TO COLLABORATE ON SA NAVY FRIGATE AND SUBMARINE UPGRADES

SAS Amatola. Picture: Clinton Wyness

As Denel prepares to revive the Naval Dockyard facilities in Simons Town, the company is collaborating with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) for joint support of the SA Navy frigates and submarines.

Denel, which is a global supplier of world-class defence products and solutions, and tkMS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week on board the SAS AMATOLA, in Rostock, Germany.

The cooperation is based on the recognition of the critical importance of the operational availability of the South African Navy Fleet at all times.

Denel’s Maritime division will take responsibility for maintenance and upgrades on

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ESKOM AND COEGA DEVELOPMENT CORP SIGN AGREEMENT ON NUCLEAR POWER

Port of Ngqura and adjacent IDZ

Eskom and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) have signed a collaborative agreement on South Africa’s nuclear new build programme.

Signed on Tuesday this week, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see the two state-owned companies working together in support of government’s plans to build local capacity through supplier development and localisation around the unfolding infrastructure for the nuclear programme.

“We are gearing ourselves up in preparation for the nuclear new build programme in order to deliver the project within the set timelines and budget. We want to ensure that South Africans get reliable, decarbonised baseload power that will bring sustainable economic growth,” said Eskom’s Group Executive for Group Capital, Abram Masango.

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UPDATE ON SUNRISE ENERGY LPG IMPORT TERMINAL CONSTRUCTION

VIDEO: Update on Sunrise Energy LPG Import Terminal Construction


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No, speaking, no reading (other than this), and no restrictions, just watching for the next 13 minutes on progress with the marine installation and onsite progress at Sunrise Energy LPG Terminal in Saldanha.

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NAVY HOLDS ITS ANNUAL FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

The South African Navy will hold its annual Festival this weekend, with events taking place from this evening (Thursday 16 March) right through until Sunday 19 March.

This is an occasion when the naval dockyard is opened up to the public to come and explore and visit the naval ships and to enjoy the fun and festivities. One of the big attractions is the concert which is taking place tonight, with the Navy Band in performance.

It is also an opportunity for the Navy to show off some of its skills, not just with the ships but with its human resources.

On show will be several of the Valour class frigates (SAS AMATOLA is away in Germany, while the combat support ship SAA DRAKENSBERG is officially on deployment in the Mozambique Channel). Other ships include the Heroine class submarines, mine counter-measure vessels, the ever popular navy tugs (which will be giving rides) and possibly other vessels.

The Royal Navy patrol ship HMS CLYDE also happens to be in Simon’s Town while on a visit to South Africa and will be opened to visitors.

Picture: David Erickson

On Saturday evening there will be a night shoot across False Bay while during the day the Air Force Silver Falcons aerobatic team will do their thing in the skies overhead, as will the Super Lynx helicopters.

Last year’s Festival has been described as something of a disappointment but no doubt this year’s event will be the smashing success it has been in the past.

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MAERSK TANKER EQUIPPED WITH FLETTNER ROTOR SAILS

Maersk tanker with rotor sails

Maersk Tankers has agreed to have one of its tankers equipped with the Flettner rotor sails as a means of testing and evaluating its effect on fuel savings.

The rotor sails will be fitted during the first half of 2018, before undergoing testing and data analysis at sea until the end of 2019, it was announced this week by Maersk Tankers, Norsepower Oy Ltd, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and Shell Shipping & Maritime.

Maersk Tankers will supply a 109,647-dwt Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel which will be retrofitted with two 30m tall by 5m diameter Norsepower Rotor Sails. Combined, these are expected to reduce average fuel consumption on typical global shipping routes by 7-10%.

The project is majority funded by the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) with

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NATO ANTI-SUB WARFARE EXERCISE DYNAMIC MANTA UNDERWAY OFF ITALY

Ships and submarines in Catania, Italy, prior to exercise Dynamic Manta starting on 13 March.
Photo reproduced by kind permission of NATO MARCOM©.

NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise Dynamic Manta 2017 (DYMA 17) began on 14 March off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from ten Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.

Submarines from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United States, under the control of Commander, Submarines NATO (COMSUBNATO), are due to join ten surface ships from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States.

Nine Maritime Patrol Aircraft and three shore based helicopters from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States will

Edited by Paul Ridgway
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Becker Marine Systems Establishes Itself on the US Market

Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3), US Navy, 2x Becker KSR Fullspade Rudders (Picture ©NASSCO)

For more than two years, Becker Marine Systems has been represented by a branch office in Houston. During this time, the Hamburg-based ship supplier has succeeded in positioning itself on the vital North American market, generating numerous orders for the company’s various product ranges.

“We have been able to significantly improve the degree of familiarity with Becker throughout the North American region and in the meantime have received a number of new orders“, says Walther Bauer, Director of Sales & Projects at Becker Marine Systems.

Major orders include delivery of rudders to the new generation of US Navy tankers being built at the NASSCO (National Steel & Shipbuilding Company) shipyard in San Diego.

Strong interest from numerous local shipping companies is also reflected by new orders for fish trawler, ferry and pushboat retrofits. There is thus great demand for inland waterway transport, on the Mississippi for example. A significant improvement in manoeuvrability and energy savings of up to fifteen per cent can be achieved with Becker Marine Systems’ innovative solutions.

Loree Eckstein, push boat, 2 x Becker Flap Rudders (Picture © Marquette Transportation)

“The entire Becker range of manoeuvring systems and energy-saving devices as well as cold ironing, the external and low-emission supply of power based on liquefied natural gas or LNG, is in demand in the North American region,” says Bauer. In future, Becker’s newly developed COBRA (Compact Battery Rack) maritime battery system will be marketed and sold via the office in Houston.

From Monday, 20th March to Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, Becker Marine Systems will be represented at CMA Shipping (Connecticut Maritime Association), North America’s leading shipping trade conference and exposition taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford. At stand L4, Mike Pevey, Director of Sales USA, and his team will, among other things, be presenting to professional visitors high-performance rudders for newbuildings of all size classes and ship types, as well as manoeuvring systems for river navigation.

Becker Marine Systems is the market leader for high-performance rudders and energy-saving manoeuvring technology solutions for any type of ship. Becker’s products are well-established on the world market and represent the top choice for both super tankers as well as container ships, passenger ferries, large cruise ships and luxury yachts. Hamburg-based Hybrid Port Energy was founded by Becker Marine Systems with the objective of supplying environmentally-friendly maritime energy.

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

Naval News

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PIC OF THE DAY : EASTERN HIGHWAY

Eastern Highway. Picture: Trevor Jones

‘K’-Line’s car carrier EASTERN HIGHWAY (39,422-gt, built 2006) arrives in port at Durban for an appointment with the car terminal. The 188 metre long vessel, flagged in Panama, was built by the Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co, Ltd, in Tokyo, Japan as hull number 5345. The vessel has a carrying capacity of 3,983 motor cars. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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