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FIRST VIEW: WARNOW WHALE & TUG TRIDENT

 

Warnow Whale Picture: Tony de Freitas

The container ship WARNOW WHALE (18,318-dwt), operated by Seaboard Marine based out of Miami, is seen here at Port Everglades in Florida, USA. Seaboard maintains quite a large fleet and operation – there had been some talk of transferring their home port and storage facilities to Port Everglades but whether this has or will come about is not clear. Warnow Whale is owned by GB Shipping & Chartering of Leer, in Germany and flies either the Antigua & Barbuda or Cypriot flags – there are conflicting reports about this. She was built in 2007 at the Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding yard in Zhoushan in China. The ship has a nominal container capacity of 1296 TEU and her current schedule see her sailing out of Miami to Costa Rica and Central American ports.

Also in the image is the brand new tug, TRIDENT (484-gt), the first Rotortug built this year in the US for Seabulk Towing, one of the two contracted tug companies operating out of Port Everglades (McAlister being the other). A second is being built and will be named TRITON. Trident has been in service since February/March this year. Picture by Tony de Freitas

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MOU SIGNED TO IMPROVE TRADE LINKS BETWEEN THE DRC AND EAST AFRICA

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) says that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to facilitate projects that will improve cross border trade and enhance trade links between the country and East Africa Community member states.

With the MOU in force, TMEA, a leading trade facilitation institution, says it intends replicating and consolidating its success in contributing to the ease of trading across East and Central African borders and in this case, by investing in already available resources like water transport, simplifying trade processes through…

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NEWS FROM THE CONTAINER LINES

MOL Delight, on charter from RMT. Picture: Shipspotting

Rickmers Marine closes down

Final efforts to stave off the winding up of panamax shipowner Rickmers Marine Trust (RMT) have all been fruitless and this week the Singapore=based company, which owns and charters out 14 container ships in the range between 3,450 and 5,060 TEUs, will now have to be sold.

An improvement in the charter markets came…

Maersk claims top spot in megamax container ships

Madrid Maersk

No one line holds the crown for long in the business of having the largest container ship. A few days ago we brought you a report about MOL TRIUMPH, the new holder of the ‘title’ at 20,179 TEU. MOL has another four similar ships on order. MOL Triumph sailed this week and has just made her maiden call at Shanghai after which she will head for Singapore and then to Europe via the Suez Canal.

She won’t be doing it as the biggest ship however. For what it is worth,

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SOMALI PIRACY STORY TAKES AN INTERESTING ANGLE

Trading dhow

Somali security forces have detained a number of pirates who were holding the crew of an Indian-owned trading dhow, AL KAUSAR, after a series of actions, but others managed to escape ashore taking Indian sailors with them as hostages. The dhow is now free from pirate control.

The drama unfolded on Monday this week after an exchange of gunfire. In the event, some of the pirates slipped ashore, taking eight of the Indian crew with them but leaving two onboard to be rescued. A second report suggested the

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CMA CGM ENHANCES CANADA – WEST AFRICA SERVICE

CMA CGM has announced a significant improvement of its shipping service between Montreal, Canada and African West Coast markets.

Starting 6 May 2017 with the opening of the new service Med Canada, CMA CGM will…

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MADEIRA WANTS A PIECE OF THE NEW SILK ROAD

Madeira, the group of islands lying opposite the coast of Morocco, is positioning itself to take advantage of China’s New Silk Road concept, and to secure Chinese investment while boosting exports. As an autonomous region of Portugal, Madeira sees itself with the advantage of factors such as its geographical location and duty free zone, reports Macauhub.

Madeira is situated in the Atlantic Ocean opposite the coast of Morocco.

On 24 March Funchal, the region’s capital,

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MOL TARGETS FOUR LNG-POWERED 20,000-TEU CONTAINERSHIPS

MOL Triumph, now on her maiden voyage

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Japan’s largest and oldest international ocean carrier, has been given clearance for four LNG-powered 20,000 TEU containerships that are under construction at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyards.

The clearance came from the registrar and classification society headquartered in Germany, DNV GL.

MOL LNG plans

The building of the vessels has

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

LPG powered Hellas Gladiator

Classification society DNV GL 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

South Korean fishing vessels install Vesconite Hilube stern tubes and rudder bearings

Port Louis dry dock

Two South Korean fishing vessels have just installed Vesconite Hilube stern tubes and rudder bearings at Port Louis dry dock, Mauritius.

The vessels, with a gross tonnage of 441t and 578t, came into the port separately, with a week’s interval between their entries.

It was determined that stern tube and rudder bearing replacement was required, and the vital hollow tube-like structures that connect the ship’s engine to the propeller and assist with steering as well as tubes that allow for the free movement of the rudder were ordered from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The one Vesconite Hilube bushing had an outer diameter of 225mm, an inner diameter of 170mm and a length of 250mm, while another had an outer diameter of 155mm, an inner diameter of 75mm and a length of 400mm.

Other bushings, measuring 350mm x 250mm x 250mm and 350mm x 250mm x 1000mm, were also ordered.

“The repairer was happy that Vesconite Bearings’ Johannesburg warehouse was able to deliver the stern tubes and rudder bearings within a day of their being dispatched,” says technical consultant Eddie Swanepoel.

“The cost of a ship being in dry dock is considerable, as is the cost of lost fishing production, so delivery times of essential components is important,” he notes.

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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 : KOTA MAWAR

Kota Mawar. Picture: Keith Betts

Seaspan’s 3,500-TEU container ship with something of an identity puzzle, being in Cosco colours while operating on a current CMA CGM service but bearing a typical Pacific International Lines (PIL) name. At one stage the ship operated under the name Kota Fuzhou which is where the colours possibly come in. There’s probably a very logical answer to this little conundrum. Seaspan are certainly the ship’s owner (Hong Kong) and manager (Canada) but the rest we’ll leave for another time or someone to fill us in. Suffice to say, here was the ship arriving in Durban, loaded mainly with CMA CGM boxes and appearing to be on a current-charter to the French company. The ship is 232 metres in length, 32m wide and is flagged in Hong Kong. She was built at the Zhejiang shipyard in China in 2007. The last Kota Mawar to call in Durban was a 1994-built PIL vessel that operated from Singapore to South and West Africa for some years. We reported on her on 26 July 2010 HERE
and again on 6 August 2013 HERE. Today’s picture, taken on 27 March 2017, was taken by Keith Betts

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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