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FIRST VIEW: MOUNT HIKURANGI

Mount Hikurangi. Picture: Alan Calvert

Lyttelton harbour, South Island, New Zealand and the Pacific Basin operated bulk carrier MOUNT HIKURANGI (31,646-dwt, built 2013) is on her berth to discharge grain. The ship, which is named for a mountain peak in New Zealand’s North Island, is owned and managed by Pacific Basin Shipping of Hong Kong and was in the news last year when a Chinese deckhand fell overboard while the vessel, then carrying a cargo of logs, was in New Zealand’s Port of Tauranga. Police who later recovered the body said the man fell 10 metres from the ship and his body was only discovered by navy divers some 15 hours later. This picture is by Alan Calvert

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BOOST FOR SA SEAFARERS WITH 3RD SHIP NOW ON SA REGISTER

Greatship Manisha. Picture: Neil McBride, Shipspotting

Cape Town based ship operator, and seafarer recruitment and training company, Marine Crew Services (MCS) has responded to the call for increased opportunities for South African seafarers by registering a modern, multi-purpose platform supply and support vessel (MPSV) on the South African Ships Register.

The 94 metre multi-purpose supply vessel, GREATSHIP MANISHA (4765-gt, built 2010), is owned by Singapore-based Greatship Global Offshore Services Pte Limited. MCS has bareboat chartered the vessel to service its two-year contract with PetroSA.

While this is the first vessel to be registered by MCS under the South African Flag, it is not the first time it has employed South Africans on foreign-owned vessels. “In fact, MCS, as the only private South African manning company with

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PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2017 (IN INDIAN OCEAN)

Official US Navy file photo of Hospital Corpsman Unique Mooney teaching two local nursing students how to properly perform CPR during a basic life savings skills course during Pacific Partnership 2017 in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner©

Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific and aims to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for manmade and natural disasters.

Now in its twelfth year, the US-led Pacific Partnership continues to enhance regional partnerships and host nation relationships through civil-military cooperation, medical exchanges, and inter-government agency coordination.

On 14 March it was reported from Hambantota, Sri Lanka, that members of the US armed forces with those of the Sri Lankan Air Force and Navy had

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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SAMSUNG BUILDS WORLD’S BIGGEST CONTAINERSHIP – 20,150-TEU MOL TRIUMPH

MOL Triumph

Records are there to be broken, but there has been a short hiatus in the race to have the biggest container ship afloat when at one time not so long ago it seemed that there would be no limit to what they (shipbuilders) would achieve.

The two interests that have broken this hiatus are South Korea’s major shipyard, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), and Japan’s leading shipping line, Mitsui OSK Line (MOL). Strangely, MOL has not been noted for having

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COALS TO NEWCASTLE OR DIESEL TO SINGAPORE

Torm Horizon. Picture: Shipspotting

In what might appear to be a rather unusual activity, it is being reported that the products tanker TORM HORIZON, currently (Sunday) outside Durban at anchor in the anchorage, will be loading a 35,000-ton cargo of gas oil (diesel) fuel for Singapore.

South Africa seldom exports the fuel, except to neighbouring countries and even more rarely (if ever?)

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RUSSIA WARNS OF IMPENDING CRISIS AT YEMEN’S HODEIDAH

Hodeida port

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has warned that Saudi-led coalition plans to launch an assault on the Yemeni port of Hodeida, the Gulf of Aden nation’s chief port, is of great concern.

Plans to launch an offensive against Yemen’s biggest port, Hodeidah, are especially worrying, the ministry’s Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

“Combat in this region will not only cause mass flight of the population, but will essentially cut the capital, Sana’a, off from food and humanitarian aid supply routes. There is no need to say what disastrous

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TRINITY HOUSE ADVANCES AT EUROPA POINT, GIBRALTAR

 

Europa Point Lighthouse, commissioned in 1841, provides a landfall and waypoint for vessels passing through the Strait, Photo: www.trinityhouse.co.uk ©

Europa Point Lighthouse re-engineering complete

Trinity House London has completed the re-engineering of Europa Point Lighthouse in Gibraltar, its most southerly lighthouse.

This extensive project has seen a number of improvements which assure a more effective service to the mariner, perhaps most notably the installation of two all-round white LED lanterns positioned one above the other to provide a main light and a standby light. This arrangement satisfies the station’s updated navigational requirements.

As well as a new state-of-the-art light source, other improvements to the station include the installation of lightning protection, increased battery capacity to maintain the station’s aids to navigation in the event of a power failure and

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London.

 

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TNPA PILOT BRINGS IN CAR CARRIER DESPITE HEAVY SWELLS

Durban harbourmaster, Capt Alex Tiya (left), Pilot Rauntenberg, and deputy harbourmaster Capt Justin Adams (right) with the Hoegh Tracer in the background. Picture: TNPA

Many of you will have seen this short video clip on social media. It was taken on a mobile phone camera, as the Hoegh Autoliner car carrier HOEGH TRACER is brought into Durban at a time when heavy swells were being experienced along the KZN coast. The ‘bar’ across the port entrance channel – where seas moving along the Bluff surge around the end of the South Breakwater before pushing across the entrance towards Durban’s main beaches – this invariably results in some rolling for ships entering or sailing, even in calm conditions. With the sea conditions recently, coinciding with a spring high tide and strong winds, and supposedly the after-effects of Cyclone Enowa in Madagascar, the conditions were anything but optimium.


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The cyclonic weather conditions which battered the Durban beach front earlier this week, did not stop the Port of Durban’s marine pilot Rainer Rauntenberg from safely steering an automotive vessel into the port on Sunday, 12 March 2017.

Rauntenberg, who has been a marine pilot for more than 14 years,

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Port Louis – Indian Ocean gateway port

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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

Similarly you can read our regular Naval News reports and stories here in the general news section.

PIC OF THE DAY : STADT KOLN

Stadt Koln. Picture: Trevor Jones

It’s not all about bigger and bigger container ships. South African ports still see a number of the smaller vessels – those that run on the coast and others that feed traffic further afield. The result is an always interesting mix of ships. Here we see the 3398-TEU capacity STADT KOLN (43,127-dwt, built 2007), owned by German ship owner Thien & Heyenga* and managed by another German group, Hapag-Lloyd, although the evidence of cargo on board in this scene suggests she may be on charter to French line CMA CGM. Stadt Koln (City of Cologne) was built at the Hanjin Heavy Industries Co. Ltd shipyard in South Korea as hull number 159. She flies the Marshall Islands flag. This picture is by Trevor Jones

* In 2014 Thien & Heyenga together with the MPC Group took over the struggling Ahrenkiel group, forming an even stronger shipping group. Thien & Hayenga alone owns about 25 container ships, all on charter to various shipping lines. The fleet of about 139 Ahrenkiel Shipmanagement, MPC Steamship and Thien & Heyenga vessels, both container ships and bulkers, have been subsequently pooled while operating under their separate identities.

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