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FIRST VIEW: SKYWALKER

Skywalker. Picture: Ken Malcolm

Now here’s a name for a ship, although a large bulker perhaps does not quite fit the expected image. The bulk carrier is SKYWALKER (63,056-dwt) which was seen during the recent weekend at Durban’s Maydon Wharf. 199 metres in length and 32m wide, the ship has a maximum draught of 13.3 metres. She was built in 2015 and is registered in Liberia. Skywalker is owned by Greek interests and managed by Primebulk Shipmanagement Ltd of Athens, Greece. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

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TPT CHIEF EXECUTIVE KARL SOCIKWA RESIGNS FROM TRANSNET

Karl Socikwa

Karl Socikwa, the Chief Executive of Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), has resigned from the port terminal operator which he has headed since November 2009.

Mr Socikwa will be leaving the company at the end of April to …

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PANALPINA CLOSES SHOP IN GABON, BLAMES ENERGY SECTOR DOWNTURN

The Swiss firm of Panalpina, one of the leading supply chain solution providers, has decided to close its operation in the West African state of Gabon on account of the downturn across the oil industry.

Panalpina, which in March reported …

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OPERATION COPPER, SA’S COUNTER-PIRACY PATROLS OFF MOZAMBIQUE, EXTENDED

Offshore patrol boat SAS Isaac Dyobha. Picture: Keith Betts

The South African Government has announced that Operation Copper, which takes the form of the navy patrolling in the Mozambique Channel, has been extended by a further 12 months as from 1 April 2017.

The Presidency announced this week that President Jacob Zuma has extended the employment of members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in terms of …

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TRANSNET INTRODUCES LOCALLY DESIGNED AND BUILT LOCOMOTIVE

TAL2001 being introduced yesterday

Transnet yesterday officially launched what it claims is the first ever diesel-electric locomotive which has been designed, engineered and manufactured in South Africa.

The locomotive, which will become available to serve the African continent, is specifically customised to African conditions and is said to be suitable for use on branch lines and in shunting yards.

Speaking on Tuesday in Pretoria during the launch of the Trans Africa Locomotive, …

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GAC MALAYSIA SIGNS MASTER SERVCIES AGREEMENT WITH COSL

COSL rigs

China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) has appointed GAC Malaysia to provide a range of on- and offshore support services in Malaysia, as well as to render support as required further afield in South East Asia and worldwide.

Under the master services agreement signed by the two companies, GAC will provide rig lay-up services, crew management, warehousing, freight, customs brokerage, marine charter and agency services to COSL.

Matthew Trovato, GAC’s Labuan Branch Manager says: “We have established a robust relationship with COSL over the past few months. I am positive that this partnership will continue to grow and become stronger, as we embark on collaboration opportunities in other parts of the world.”

Mou Jun, Procurement Manager of COSL says GAC’s strong commitment to business ethics and HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and the Environment) resonates well with COSL’s value of placing high importance on the health and safety of all involved. “We are pleased to have GAC as our logistics partner and are confident that the two companies can leverage our close cooperation and strong teamwork to achieve greater efficiency. I look forward to bringing our partnership to the next level.”

Work under the new contract is already underway. The 11-strong team from GAC’s Labuan office worked with the Oil & Gas Projects Department in Kuala Lumpur led by Key Account Manager Rahul Bhoj 36 hours round-the-clock to complete the first major backload and loadout job, which included the chartering of an offshore support vessel and project cargo moves.

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ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY’S NEW TANKER ARRIVES IN UK

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On 3 March the (UK) Ministry of Defence announced that the first of the newest support ships for the Royal Navy, RFA TIDESPRING, had arrived in Cornwall for customisation, helping to sustain 300 UK jobs.

The 39,000-tonne tanker, which can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,300 cubic metres of fresh water, will join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, a civilian-manned fleet which provides support for warships, helping the Royal Navy to maintain its global operations around the clock, throughout the year.

Tidespring is the first of a fleet of four Tide Class tankers which will …

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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CMM and DNV GL undertake first class health check of on-board control networks

Hellas Gladiator

Classification society DNV GL has teamed up with innovative Greek owner Consolidated Marine Management (CMM) for a test on the health of a control and communication network on board seagoing vessels.

The pilot project, conducted on one of CMM’s state-of-the-art chemical tankers, investigated exactly what it takes to carry out a successful test of a vessel’s communication and control systems, in order to strengthen their overall robustness and resilience.

“On-board communication networks have become …

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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 : AFRICAN OWL

African Owl at Durban. Picture: Keith Betts

The bulker AFRICAN OWL (34,370-dwt) arrives in Durban port to load cargo. The dry bulk ship was built in 2016 and has an overall length of 180 metres and a beam of 30m. African Owl is owned by Japanese interests but is chartered, managed and operated by MUR Shipping BV of Amsterdam, which has as its principal shareholder, Macsteel International Holdings BV.

Macsteel International Holdings is a joint venture between ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (AMSA) and Macsteel Global S.A.R.L BV (Luxemburg) (“Macsteel”). Macsteel is a global trading and distribution organisation, while ArcelorMittal is South Africa’s largest steel producer.

The shipping line has up to 100 owned and time chartered ships in its service, many of them whose names are prefaced by the word ‘African’ as with the ship above. The company specialises in dry bulk cargo which frequently includes steel.

This picture is by Keith Betts

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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