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FIRST VIEW: HÖEGH COPENHAGEN

Höegh Copenhagen. Picture: Keith Betts

The car carrier HÖEGH COPENHAGEN (68,392-gt) was seen arriving in Durban in this photograph, taken earlier in April – just one of a number of Höegh Autoliner vessels to call at South African and other African ports while engaged on their worldwide services. Höegh Copenhagen was launched from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Okpo Shipyard on 2nd February 2010 as hull number 4454 and entered service with Höegh Autoliners shortly thereafter. She is the 11th in the series and the 17th vessel built by DSME for Höegh Autoliners. She became the 2nd vessel with a length of 228 metres and a carrying capacity of 7800 cars. This picture is by Keith Betts

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OVER 2000 BOAT PEOPLE SAVED OFF LIBYAN COAST

 

source: UNHCR

More than 2000 boat people, seeking refuge in Europe, were rescued from possible drowning off the coast of Libya on Friday and Saturday (14-15 April 2017), the Italian Coast Guard reports.

The rescues took place in numerous separate episodes involving migrants making their way towards Europe in the hope of a better life and in the process risking their lives in small and often unseaworthy craft. Rescue workers have reported the deaths of at least seven of these migrants, who set off from Libya after arriving in the North African country from various parts of West, East, Central and even Southern Africa, intent on finding their way to a European country of refuge and the chance of making something of themselves.

By Saturday, Chris Catrambone, who is one of the founders of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), said the…

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SHIP REPAIR COMPANY EBH NAMIBIA COMPLETES 5-TUG SVITZER SOYO CONTRACT ON TIME

Walvis Bay-based ship repair company EBH Namibia (EBHN) says it has completed a contract to maintain and repair five tugs being operated at the Angolan port of Soyo, which is in the mouth of the Congo River in the Angolan province of Zaire.

The contract was awarded to EBHN by the international ship towage, support and emergency response company, Svitzer, which is a part of the international Maersk Group.

Soyo is a busy port that acts as a conduit for oil from the local refinery. This major oil-producing region generates in the order of 1.1-million barrels of oil a day.

Svitzer’s tugs serve…

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P&O PORTS WINS CONCESSION TO RUN PUNTLAND’S PORT BOSASSO

P&O Ports has announced that it has won a 30-year US$336 million concession for the management and development of a multi-purpose port project at Bosasso in the Puntland State of Somalia.

The agreement was signed by the President of Puntland, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali and the Chairman of Ports, Customs & Freezone Corporation (PCFC), Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem at a ceremony in Dubai.

Work on the project will involve…

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REGIONAL PROGRAM TO PROMOTE SECURITY IN EAST, SOUTHERN AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN

“The recent events (with three acts of piracy off the Somali coasts after five years of calm), reminded us that maritime insecurity remains a major challenge in the Western Indian Ocean. That is why we must not slacken our efforts,” said the Indian Ocean Commission’s (IOC) General-Secretary, Hamada Madi.

He was addressing the opening of the fifth Steering Committee of the Regional Programme for the Promotion of Regional Maritime Security (MASE), earlier in April 2017 in Bagatelle, Mauritius. Madi advised the regional organisations and the countries of the Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, as well as the international community to “remain mobilised in our region that is strategic for world trade.”

The IOC General-Secretary pointed out that the region is crisscrossed by…

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EXPANSION OF WALVIS PORT NOW A PRIORITY

Walvis Bay’s new Container Terminal, under construction and a national priority

The expansion of the Namibian Port of Walvis Bay by way of its new container terminal is now a matter of being a national priority among development projects.

This was arrived at following consultations with the African Development Bank (AfDB), reports the Namibian newspaper Informante.

Eleven executive directors and one senior advisor from the AfDP paid a five day visit to Namibia earlier this month to conduct high-level consultations with authorities and relevant stakeholders.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Ericah Shafuda, said at the…

source: Informante

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ROYAL NAVY ESCORTS RUSSIAN WARSHIPS THROUGH ENGLISH CHANNEL

HMS Sutherland and Russian corvette 532. Pictures: UK Crown Copyright 2017 ©

On 15 April the Ministry of Defence reported that HMS SUTHERLAND had escorted two Russian warships sailing through the English Channel the previous night.

In the early hours of (Friday) 14 April the Type 23 frigate located the two Russian ships as they sailed through the southern North Sea towards the Dover Strait.

These Steregushchiy-class corvettes, SOOBRAZITELNY (531) and BOIKY (532), were joined later by a Russian support tanker and an ocean-going tug.

Sutherland was expected to continue monitoring movements of the ships as they passed by UK territorial waters.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon commented: “HMS Sutherland is carefully marking these Russian ships as they pass close to UK waters. The Royal Navy maintains a vigilant watch and is always ready to keep Britain safe.”

Warships such as the Plymouth-based Sutherland, a type-23 frigate of the Duke class, have kept watch on every movement of the ships, tracking course and speed.

Commander Andrew Canale, the Commanding Officer of HMS Sutherland, added: “As one of the Royal Navy’s high readiness units, HMS
Sutherland is required to escort warships that approach the UK and this task is considered routine business for us.

“It is vitally important the Royal Navy demonstrates its presence and commitment to the integrity of UK territorial waters as we work around the clock to secure the seas of our island nation.”

As a high-readiness unit Sutherland may be called upon at any time to help prevent arms trafficking, people smuggling, to conduct counter-terrorism operations, maritime search and rescue, or escort duties such as those undertaken over the Easter weekend.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

All pictures: UK Crown Copyright 2017 ©

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GAC HELPS FACILITATE MAIDEN PORT CALL FOR ARC7 CLASS LNG CARRIER

Christophe de Margerie

World’s first reinforced Arc7 class LNG carrier maiden port calls go smooth as ice, thanks to GAC Russia

GAC Russia has marked an important milestone with its successful handling of the first LNG carrier designed to withstand harsh Arctic conditions at the icy Russian ports of Murmansk and Sabetta.

The CHRISTOPHE DE MARGERIE is the world’s first specialised LNG ship in the reinforced ice Arc7 class, and the first of a fleet of 15 designed to export liquefied natural gas from Sabetta to European and Asian markets.

Ice trials
When it arrived in Murmansk for its…

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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 : MSC ZEBRA

MSC Zebra. Picture: Tony de Freitas

Here’s a MSC container ship that we are unlikely to see on the South Africa service anytime soon, yet she has called in times past under a different identity. She is MSC ZEBRA (34,622-dwt), seen here arriving off Port Everglades in Florida, USA. Built in 2001 the ship is 210 metres in length and 30.1m wide and has a container capacity of just 2,602 TEU – when she was built that was considered a medium-sized ship. Previous names for this ship have been MARFRET SORMIOU and more recently NILEDUTCH ZEBRA, and it is in this guise that we would have observed the ship in our ports and on the West African coast. The tug coming alongside to assist is the VICKI M.McALLISTER. This picture is by Tony de Freitas

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