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FIRST VIEW: STELLAR WISTERIA

Stellar Wisteria. Picture: Alan Calvert

The oil and chemical products tanker STELLAR WISTERIA (12,600-dwt) seen in the harbour at Lyttelton, New Zealand during March, where she’d called to discharge lubricants. The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker is owned by Tokyo Marine Asia and managed by Singapore’s Unix Line. The vessel was built in 2011 at the Kitanihon Shipbuilding yard at Hachinohe, Japan. This picture was taken by Alan Calvert

 

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SOMALI PIRATES STRIKE AGAIN – INDIAN CARGO SHIP AL KAUSAR HIGHJACKED

cargo-carrying trading dhow

Somali pirates are not wasting any time to attack new targets and this weekend they took on and captured an Indian cargo vessel, believed to be a dhow, named AL KAUSHAR (alternately Al Kausar).

The cargo vessel was on her way from Dubai and bound for Yemen’s Al Mukala when the attack took place. This was on Saturday 1 April but details have only become available yesterday (Monday). The cargo ship has a …

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SAMSA SET ON CREATING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Radical transformation was necessary to transform South Africa’s ocean economy to create up to 650,000 jobs which are available in this growing sector.

That’s the message from Sobantu Tilayi, acting CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). To tap into the ocean economy, he said, government through its rapid expansion Operation Phakisa program, had identified marine transport and manufacturing activities, such as coastal shipping, trans-shipment, boat building, repair and …

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COMMISSIONING OF DEEPWATER KRIBI PORT DELAYED

envisaged completed Kribi port

The commissioning of Cameroon’s new deepwater port at Kribi has been inexplicably delayed yet again without any apparent reason emerging for the delays.

Built by the Chinese engineering company CHEC, with financing from China’s Eximbank, the new port has 650 metres of quayside of which 350 metres is intended for a container berth and terminal and the balance for the multi-purpose terminal. The container terminal has a …

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NIMASA TELLS OWNERS TO EITHER REMOVE OR LOSE ABANDONED SHIPS

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Owners of ships and other vessels abandoned inside Nigerian territorial waters have been warned to either move them or face losing them.

That’s the warning from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) who has given owners until 28 April to comply failing which the vessels will either be forfeited or will be removed by the agency at the owners expense.

Director General Dakuku Peterside said it was imperative that …

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JAPAN PROVIDES LOAN FOR ABIDJAN GRAIN BERTH CONSTRUCTION

Port of Abidjan, showing mainly the container terminal. Picture: Bolloré

Japan has extended its involvement and investment programme in Africa with the signing of a loan agreement with the Ivory Coast for the construction of a grain berth and terminal project at Abidjan.

The loan for the amount of 10.869 billion Yen will ensure the construction of the Abidjan Port Cereal Berth Construction Project, to give its full name. The objectives of the project is to meet an increasing demand for rice (a staple food in West Africa) plus other cereals in not only Ivory Coast but also the …

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CRUISING: TAKE A VIRTUAL RIDE ON AEGEAN ODYSSEY

Aegean Odyssey off Monemvasia, Greece. Picture by Andrew Smith

Owned and operated by the cruise company Voyages to Antiquity, Aegean Odyssey was originally a car ferry but was extensively converted into a cruise ship in 1988 and then rebuilt again in 2010. The ship carries 380 passengers and has a crew numbering 180. During the European summer the ship is to be found cruising in the Mediterranean, and in the (northern) winter months she migrates to Asian waters.

Voyages to Antiquity is a single ship cruise company.

Maritime Memories – enjoy a short virtual cruise on board the AEGEAN ODYSSEY


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5-AXIS MACHINING CENTRE BOOSTS CAPACITY

The arrival of the 5-axis CNC machining centre at VescoPlastics in Virginia, Free State

South Africa-based self-lubricated bearings and manufacturer VescoPlastics will be able to machine custom components faster and easier thanks to the introduction of a new 5-axis computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) machining centre at its factory in Virginia, Free State.

The state-of-the-art Haas VF-11 machining centre has a 3,000mm travel, and allows the cutting tool to move across the X,Y and Z linear axes and the workpiece to tilt and to rotate in any direction.

Among the many applications that it may be used on is in the machining of daggerboard casings for high technology sailing boats that are used as an alternative to fixed keels on catamarans, for performance boat builders.

Other complicated machining jobs are also to be carried out.

“The machining centre will allow us to complete complex projects quickly and accurately,” says VescoPlastics chairperson Dr Jean-Patrick Leger.

“It will also save manufacturing time because components do not need to be transferred between machines for finishing,” he says.

VescoPlastics produces its proprietary brands of Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube bushings and wear plates that operate in dusty, dirty or wet conditions and still last longer than other products on the market.

The company also provides extensive machining services and has the largest machine shop in the Free State, with 60 computer numerically controlled lathes and machining centres, and numerous large conventional lathes that are capable of machining bushings up to 3000mm in diameter.

VescoPlastics has warehouses in Johannesburg, Texas, the UK, the Netherlands and New Zealand, with stocking distributors in Argentina, Australia and Singapore.

Leger’s South African Bureau of Standards-approved and ISO 9001-accredited company boasts a staff of 71, 25 of whom are employed in the sales and administration divisions, with 46 in manufacturing.

The company also focuses significantly on training and skills development, and is currently mentoring 30 young people as part of its learnership and apprenticeship programmes.

VescoPlastics boasts customers in more than 100 countries, exports over half of its total sales, and dispatches large orders regularly to the US, China, South America and Australasia.

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EXPECTED SHIP ARRIVALS and SHIPS IN PORT


Port Louis – Indian Ocean gateway port

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.

In the case of South Africa’s container ports of Durban, Ngqura, Ports Elizabeth and Cape Town links to container Stack Dates are also available.

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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 : HAFNIA TAURUS

Hafnia Taurus. Picture: Trevor Jones

The Handysized oil and chemical products tanker HAFNIA TAURUS (50,385-dwt) enters the port of Durban during March. Hafnia Tankers are not regular visitors to this port so the ship assumed an added interest when she arrived. Built at Guangzhou Shipyard International shipyard in China in 2011, she is one of 42 tankers in the Hafnia Tankers fleet. The 176-metre long, 32.2m wide Hafnia Taurus is registered in Valetta, Malta where her owners are also registered, Hafnia Tankers Shipholding Malta Ltd. Ship management however comes out of the company’s own ship management company based in Denmark, with technical management from Wallem GMBH & Co of Hamburg, while Wallem’s other divisions in India and Philippines take care of crewing management. The ship has a total crew of 24 on board. This picture is by Trevor Jones

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
– Max Ehrmann ‘Desiderata’

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