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FIRST VIEW: HOEGH AMERICA

Hoegh America. Picture: Keith Betts

The RoRo car carrier vessel HOEGH AMERICA (57,218-gt) seen here arriving in Durban during April, with the harbour tug INYALAZI in front. Owned by Ray Car Carriers of Douglas, Isle of Man, and managed by Stamco Shipmanagement of Athens, Greece, the 2003-built RoRo is operated by Hoegh Autoliners. The ship was built at the Gdynia Shipyard in Gdynia in Poland as hull number 8168/4. At 200 metres long and 32m wide, the ship can carry up to 6658 cars. Until 2008 she operated with the name Hual America. This picture is by Keith Betts

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SOMALI PIRATES STRIKE AGAIN – DHOW AND CREW TAKEN HOSTAGE

square-stern dhow. Picture: Knight Associates

In the fourth such attack on foreign shipping off the Somali coast, a dhow named SALAMA I has been seized by pirates and taken with its crew as hostage for ransoming.

Salama I is a small dhow type trading vessel from Pakistan and was sailing near…

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IMPROVEMENTS TO CMA CGM’S EURAF 5 SERVICE EUROPE TO WEST AFRICA

EURAF 5

CMA CGM has announced the strengthening of its position on Europe to West Africa route by becoming the vessel operator on its current service EURAF 5.

With effect from 5 April 2017 CMA CGM now operates …

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EASTERN CAPE AIMS AT BECOMING AFRICA’S BIGGEST BUNKERING CENTRE

Bunkering tanker Lefkas now at Port Elizabeth. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting

The Eastern Cape has set itself the target of becoming the leading bunkering stop-over in Africa, says Eastern Cape MEC for rural development and agrarian reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane.

He was speaking during the South African Maritime Industry Conference (SAMIC 2017) which was held in Port Elizabeth on Thursday and Friday last week.

This …

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TRANSNET SAYS IT IS WELL POSITIONED TO WITHSTAND DOWNGRADE

 

Transnet says that its adequate liquidity levels will enable it to pursue its funding plan, thanks to management’s sharp risk management framework and sound relationships with financial institutions.

Transnet was responding to its Sovereign rating downgrade, in which S&P Global Ratings has reviewed Transnet’s (and three other parastatals) long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating to ‘BB+’ from ‘BBB-‘ and the long-term local currency rating to ‘BBB-‘ from ‘BBB’.

The ratings agency said the outlook …

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IVORY COAST & GHANA ABLE TO WITHSTAND SHORT-TERM LOW COCOA PRICE FLUCTUATIONS

cocoa beans being sorted

Ghana and the Ivory Coast should be able to withstand short-term low cocoa price fluctuations, despite cocoa prices being at 10-year lows, says Moody’s Investors Service.

Its report said that current average cocoa prices reflect a drop of around 30% compared to mid-2016.

The report, “Sovereigns — Africa: Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana Resilient to Credit Pressures from Fall in Cocoa Prices”, is now available on www.moodys.com. The research is an update to the markets and does not …

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INT’L: DAMEN DUNKERQUE COMPLETES FLOATING DOCK REFURBISHMENT

Dunkerque floating dock. Picture: Damen

Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu) has recently completed major refurbishment works to the yard’s floating dry dock. The dock, capable of taking vessels up to 180 metres in length and lifting 14,000 tonnes, is owned by the Port of Dunkerque (Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque – GPMD) and is operated by DSDu. It is a major piece of ship repair infrastructure and an important part of the yard’s capability to repair and maintain a wide range of vessels.

The dock has recently celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. It was built in 1986 in Germany and purchased by GPMD in 2001. After 30 years in service, in which …

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WESTERN CAPE -HUB OF SUB-SAHARAN DOWNSTREAM OIL & GAS INDUSTRY

Ghana Investment – Oil and Gas

Why engineers from across sub-Saharan Africa will head for the Western Cape in July

Cape Town is the hub of the oil & gas, midstream and downstream sectors for sub-Saharan Africa and the city hosts Oil & Gas 2017, a three-day conference and expo.

Engineers are being invited to Cape Town this July for Oil & Gas 2017 with its unique three-day conference, with presentation on issues from fracking to refining.

“Western Cape is the hub of sub-Saharan oil industry’s midstream and downstream oil industry and this year ensuring a convenient and attractive location for senior engineers,” says Brad Hook, who is organiser dmg-ems Africa’s Commercial Director.

“The conference will set the agenda for the region, influence policy and explore the economic potential focused on the importance of continued development and the associated benefit to Africa’s oil and gas sector.”

Oil & Gas 2017 also attracts international suppliers to the exhibition halls, providing them and visitors a comprehensive platform to meet prospective business partners face-to-face, says Hook.

“This is a networking event, a top-level conference and an opportunity to meet suppliers. The conference programme will cover the key future issues: regulation, exploration, refineries, service industries, offshore logistics, renewables and the energy mix.”

Oil & Gas Africa 2017 was acquired last year by global exhibition and conference organiser dmg events MEA adding to its worldwide energy portfolio that includes ADIPEC, which attracts 80,000 visitors to the UAE in the world’s largest oil expo outside of North America.

Oil & Gas Africa 2017 runs from 11-13 July at the Cape Town International Conference Centre with a three-day conference and exhibition.

More details available at www.africaogp.com

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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.

PICS OF THE DAY : HAPPY RANGER

Happy Ranger. Pictures: Tony de Freitas

An interesting vessel to make a call at Port Everglades in Florida, USA was the heavy lift vessel HAPPY RANGER (15,634-dwt). She was meant to sail the day before but strong winds apparently prevented her from loading / discharging her cargo of yachts. Happy Ranger belongs to a group of such ships known as the Happy R-class, vessels equipped with strong, 400 mt SWL Huisman cranes that enable them to handle units up to 800 mt in a tandem lift. The ships are equipped with a moveable tweendeck, which when removed allows cargo units with an overall height of 11.70 metres to be stowed under deck. Tweendeck and upper deck strength can be increased by positioning pillars underneath the hatches. This allows large, concentrated loads to be placed on deck.

The Happy R-type ships are approved to sail with partly opened hatches to allow very high units to be stowed on the tank top and protruding through the main deck. Due to the hatch cover arrangements with folding hatches the Happy R-Class ships can also be used for bulk cargoes and other general commodities. The other two ships of this class are named HAPPY RIVER and HAPPY ROVERand were built in 1997 – Happy Ranger the following year. The ships are 138 metres in length and 22.88 metres wide. The operators of these specialist ships, BigLift, are based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Pictures are by Tony de Freitas

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here
– Max Ehrmann ‘Desiderata’

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