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FIRST VIEW: MSC LAURENCE

MSC Laurence. Picture: Ken Malcolm

A ship we have not featured before is the imposing-looking container ship pictured here at the Durban Container Terminal North Quay, MSC LAURENCE (139,418-dwt), all of 366 metres long and 48.4 metres wide. The ship has a container capacity of 12,400 TEU, making her one of an increasing number of very large container ships to call at the sub-continent’s premier container port. Her maximum draught is 15.5 metres and while Durban could handle this on entering the port, the berths alongside the container terminal at present do not for such a ship fully loaded. MSC Laurence is owned by the Niki Group of Greece (Niki in Greek means ‘Victory’ – a good name for a shipping company) and is of course operated by MSC. She was built in 2011 at the STX Shipbuilding Co Ltd shipyard in South Korea as their hull number 3015. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

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CONTAINERSHIP MSC DANIELA CATCHES FIRE: VIDEO

Pictures courtesy Sri Lankan Navy

Yet another container ship has experienced a fire among the containers loaded on her deck.

This time the ship is the 366-metre MSC DANIELA (162,867-dwt, 13,798-TEU) which was sailing off the Sri Lankan coast, about 33 nautical miles from Colombo harbour. The fire began among containers amidships and soon large flames could be seen.

MSC Daniela has a crew of 22.

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COAL EXPECTED TO BE MOZAMBIQUE’S LARGEST SOURCE OF EXPORT EARNINGS

coal seam exposed by open-cast mining

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), coal is expected to be Mozambique’s largest source of export earnings in the medium term, following increased security in the centre of the country and rising international prices.

“Although the global outlook does not offer much comfort to a country relying on the sector, we anticipate that increasing production will make coal the main source of export revenues in the medium term,” said experts at …

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KENYA CANCELS RIFT VALLEY RAILWAYS 25-YEAR CONCESSION

East African Railways in all its former glory. Picture: the late AE Durrant

In a not totally unexpected development, the Kenyan Government by way of Kenya Railways has terminated Rift Valley Railways’ (RVR) 25-year concession to operate the historic metre-gauge railway between the port city of Mombasa, and Nairobi and Uganda.

There has been considerable speculation over the future of RVR as the Chinese-built standard gauge railway (SGR) over the same route nears completion over the first section between Mombasa and Nairobi. Rift Valley Railway has not succeeded …

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MASSIVE SEA AND LAND JOURNEY FOR TRANSFORMERS

The successful delivery of two giant transformers from India to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) via the port of Durban has just been completed.

The delivery of a 58-ton 50MVA transformer and a second 150MVA transformer weighing 85 tons was completed by Polytra NV, a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) to

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MOZAMBIQUE EXTENDS LOGGING BAN BY THREE MONTHS

picture: EIA

Mozambique’s Council of Ministers on Tuesday extended the ban on logging, in force in Mozambique since the beginning of the year, for a further three months to give time for the implementation of a new licensing regime and re-evaluation of operators’ performance, reports Lusa.

On Tuesday this week the Minister for Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celso Correia said that the decision made …

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GHANA PORTS: TEMA DRYDOCK & TAKORADI CONTAINER TERMINAL OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Tema’s impressive shipyard and dry docks

Tema Port

The Ghana port of Tema’s dry dock is shortly to be developed into a world class facility, says the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Paul Asare Ansah.

Speaking to management and staff at the dockyard, Ansah said …

impression of port of Takoradi

In other news from the ports of Ghana, the Port of Takoradi Container Terminal (TACOTEL) is set to be opened this coming Monday, 10 April says Ebenezer Afedzi, Director General of the port.

Prior to this all import and export containers will have been evacuated to TACOTEL by tomorrow, 7 April, from the multi-purpose section of the port where containers were previously handled…

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TRANSAID TRUCK DONATION TO ZAMBIA

The London-based charity Transaid transforms lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport.

Founded by the charity Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), with HRH The Princess Royal as its patron, this international development organisation shares 25 years’ expertise in 23 countries with partners and governments – empowering people to build the skills they need to transform their lives.

In January 2017 two rigid trucks (illustrated) arrived in Zambia, having travelled from the UK to support efforts to reduce death and injury on the roads in Zambia. This is the second time that the Central England Cooperative has provided training vehicles to the Industrial Training Centre, a government training facility based in Lusaka.

Gary Forster, Transaid’s Chief Executive commented…

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London

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VIKING LINE SIGNS WITH CHINESE SHIPYARD FOR NEW CRUISE SHIP

Viking Line has signed a conditional shipbuilding contract with the Chinese company Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co concerning a new passenger cruise ship for the Turku (Finland)–Aland Islands–Stockholm (Sweden ) route.

The LNG-powered ferry is to be delivered in 2020.

A final agreement is subject to …

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Lisbon & Malaga announced as Seatrade Cruise Med venues for 2018 & 2020

‘Queens’ at Lisbon

Seatrade is delighted to announce that Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, will be the next venue for the largest cruise industry event focusing on the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas – Seatrade Cruise Med 2018.

Hosted by the Port of Lisbon Authority (APL) and supported by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) and MedCruise, the event will take place from 19 – 21 September 2018 and feature a showcase exhibition, conference and a full social and networking programme.

As a leading platform for discussion and debate on issues confronting the Mediterranean cruise market, which recorded more than 27.4m cruise passengers and 13,460 cruise calls in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas in 2016, the conference forms an integral part of Seatrade Cruise Med, organised by Seatrade. Previous editions of Seatrade Cruise Med have attracted cruise line executives representing 30 brands as well as MedCruise members – representing 80% of cruise ports from across the region.

Portugal’s Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, said: “Portugal is increasingly affirmed as an important and renowned player in the world cruise sector with both the country as a whole and the city of Lisbon benefiting from the economic impact of cruise ship calls.”

A sentiment agreed by the President of APL, Lidia Sequeira: “To host this prestigious event is recognition of the work we have been doing in the cruise sector for many years. The hope is that this event will give an important boost to the local and national economy of this sector, especially now that Lisbon is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to welcome all the cruise ships and their guests.”

Located on both banks of the Tagus Estuary, the Port of Lisbon welcomes more than 500,000 passengers annually to its shores and boasts an access channel of 15.5mtr depth and over 2,400 metres of quays. More than 45 cruise lines choose the Port of Lisbon, which has four passenger terminals – all within easy walking distance of the city’s historical sites and shopping districts.

With an annual growth of 8.4% over the past 10 years, efforts are also in place to finish its new terminal – Lisbon Cruise Terminal – which will offer 1,450 metres of berthing with a draft between 11 and 6.5 metres. On its completion, projected for the second half of 2017, the Port of Lisbon Authority estimates that current traffic could grow to over 750,000 passengers annually – reaching 1.8 million passengers within 10 years.

Seatrade Cruise Med will also hold an exhibition that will see ports and destinations, tourism authorities, cruise associations, ground handlers, tour operators, port agents, technical equipment and hotel suppliers showcasing their products and services to the cruise industry. The event will also feature a full social and networking programme for attending delegates.

“We are also pleased to announce that the venue for the 2020 Seatrade Cruise Med has also been confirmed – and we look forward to holding the event in Malaga, Spain,” confirmed Andrew Williams, General Manager, Seatrade and Group Director, UBM.

The President of the Port Authority of Málaga, Paulino Plata, welcomed the news that Málaga has been selected as the venue for the most important cruise show in the Mediterranean in 2020, which he said had been made possible due to the commitment from the port and destination to promote it as the gateway to Andalusia. He added: “Málaga has positioned itself as the most important cruise port in the region, thanks to the investment on state-of-the-art port facilities that provide a high-quality service both to the passenger and the ship, as well as to our wide gastronomic, cultural and leisure offer, added to excellent air, rail and road connections.”

The 2020 event will see the Port Authority of Málaga, Málagaport; the Tourist Boards in the Area – Málaga City Council, Costa del Sol Tourist Board, and Andalucía Tourist Board, as well as cruise terminal operators – Cruceros Málaga, a subsidiary of Global Ports Holding – work together to host Seatrade Cruise Med 2020.

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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 : USTS KENNEDY

Pictures: Tony de Freitas

An interesting visitor to Port Everglades recently was the American training ship USTS KENNEDY (T-AK-5059, 13,886-gt, built 1967). Originally built for Lykes lines as a C4 freighter she was named SS VELMA LYKES. Renamed CAPE BON in government service some 20 years later, and later renamed again TS ENTERPRISE, she received her current name in 2009 in honour of the Kennedy family. USTS Kennedy is owned by MARAD (US Government) while she is managed by Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Over the years she has undergone some refitting and modifications to suit her different roles, but still has some resemblance of her former glory. Here she is sailing out of Port Everglades onto her home port. Lykes Line had a long (over 50 years) association with Southern and Eastern Africa although this particular ship did not as far as we know feature on the African trades. Pictures by Tony de Freitas

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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– Max Ehrmann ‘Desiderata’

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