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FIRST VIEW: MSC HIMANSHI

MSC Himanshi. Picture: Trevor Jones

Mediterranean Shipping Company’s 2064-TEU maximum capacity container ship MSC HIMANSHI (34,100-dwt) makes her entrance into Durban harbour during March this year, accompanied by the harbour tug LOTHENI. With a length of 210 metres and a width of 30 metres, she is one of the older ships in service with this company, having been built 20 years ago in 1997. Her builder was the Stocznia Gdynia S.A. shipyard in Poland, where she became hull number 8143/01. In her 20 years the ship has had a number of different operators and has sailed under several different names, including MAERSK CORDOBA (1998), WESTEREMS (1998), LYKES VOYAGER (2001), WESTEREMS (again, 2002), ANL ADDAX (2003), and WESTEREMS once more (2005), and then MAERSK NOVAZZANO (2010). Her owner was registered as Schiffahrtskontor Rendsburg but is currently listed as Himanshi Maritime Ltd, c/o MSC Shipmanagement in Limassol, Cyprus. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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BOOST FOR SEAFARER TRAINING

Professor Derrick Swartz, Vice-Chancellor, Nelson Mandela University; Mr Sobantu Tilayi, acting CEO, South African Maritime Safety Authority; Ms Olufunmilayo Folorunso. Secretary-General, African Shipowners Association and Dr Hisashi Yamamoto, Secretary-General: Global On-Board during the signing of an MOU between the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and Global On-Board Training Centre in Port Elizabeth. Picture: SAMSA

Seafarer training for South Africa and the rest of Africa has been given a further boost following to the signing of a historical memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and Global On Board – an International Maritime Organization (IMO) recognized institution in Port Elizabeth recently, reports SAMSA.

The signing took place on the third last day of the South African Maritime Industry Conference 2017 (SAMIC) held at the Boardwalk Conference Centre from Wednesday to Friday just over a week ago.

The MoU will enable South Africa and other African countries to work with the Global On-Board Training Centre in the identification and placement of cadets on trade vessels globally. SAIMI, based on Port Elizabeth is now responsible for the country’s cadet training management as part of its future objectives that also include research and related matters pertaining to the country’s maritime sector.

With the collaboration established between SAIMI and Global On Board Training Centre, the institution will be joining several institutions in countries including the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy and the Admiral G.I. Nevelskoy Maritime University both of Russia, the Dalian Maritime University (China), the Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty (Turkey), the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Philippines), and the Korea Maritime University (Republic of Korea).

In the video link below, the parties to the MoU, Dr Yamamoto and SAIMI chief executive officer, Professor Malek Pourzanjani, along with the witnesses – SAMSA acting CEO, Mr Sobantu Tilayi and African Shipowners Association secretary-general, Ms Olufunmilayo Folorunso, explained the rationale behind the MoU: source: SAMSA

http://wp.me/a6GXfa-On

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ANOTHER TOP AWARD FOR GHANA’S PORT AUTHORITY

GPHA Awarded for Best Management Information System at the 2017 African Port Awards

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has been adjudged the best port in Management Information System within the West and Central Regions at the 2017 African Ports awards ceremony held in Dakar.

Ghana’s Port Authority was also adjudged the best port that regularly updates its website with news and accurate data among all Ports in the West and Central Africa Coast (Africa PORTS & SHIPS will agree on that).

This recognition follows efforts…

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TANZANIA’S STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY TO THE HINTERLAND GETS UNDERWAY

SGR railway construction in Kenya

Another railway infrastructure project costing billions of dollars but with the promise of revolutionising the movement of cargo and passengers to Tanzania’s large hinterland and to neighbouring countries, has commenced construction.

The standard gauge railway (SGR) will run from the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam inland through Tanzania’s inland regions to connect with the Lake Victoria port of Mwanza and with that to provide a shipping connection to Uganda.

Other countries to benefit from…

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INDIAN OCEAN SECURITY: UK & INDIA AGREE CLOSER CO-OPERATION

During his Indian visit Sir Michael inspected a guard of honour and met the Indian Defence and Corporate Affairs Minister, Arun Jaitley. Photo: UK Crown Copyright 2017©

During the week commencing 9 April Sir Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary, visited India to strengthen UK-Indian defence and security ties.

On 13 April Sir Michael attended the first meeting, part of the 2015 Defence and International Security Partnership (DISP), with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley.

Among topics discussed were: UK-Indian defence industries, forthcoming exercises and global security, the defence counterparts jointly set out…

Paul Ridgway
London

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ALPHALINER: MAJOR SHIPPING LINES IN THE RED

HMM – worst performing of the 13 lines surveyed with losses of $595 million

According to the shipping analyst Alphaliner, the average operating margins of 13 main container lines remained negative for the second half of 2016.

This was in spite of an improvement in freight rates following the bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping during late August, Alphaliner reported.

Of the 13 shipping companies in the report, only three…

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ORGANISED CRIME TARGETS ROTTERDAM PORT WORKERS

Port of Rotterdam

About one of seven port workers at the Port of Rotterdam have been approached by criminals on at least one occasion, reports the police chief of Zeehaven, Jan Janse, according to the newspaper NL Times

The report said the criminals are looking to port workers to perform such tasks as approaching customs officers about not checking certain containers, or asking others to assist with the collection of containers carrying drugs.

This first ever study…

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EXPECTED SHIP ARRIVALS and SHIPS IN PORT


Port Louis – Indian Ocean gateway port

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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 APL

Kota APL. Pictures: Alan Calvert

Here’s an interesting scene. The container ship KOTA APL (50,600-dwt) is departing the New Zealand port of Lyttelton. Note that her funnel shows her to be a ship of the Pacific International Lines (PIL) – a line whose ships call here in Africa on a frequent basis – PIL ships being among the most regularly seen in Durban. The additional interest n this case comes with her name which is that of another Singapore-based shipping company, APL or American President Line, which last year was absorbed into the French container carrier, CMA CGM. These things can become convoluted at times. Kota APL is a gearless cellular ship with a container capacity of 4,335 TEUs. She was built in 2013 and is 266 metres long and 32 metres wide and is owned and managed by Pacific International Lines of Singapore, where she is also registered. Why the name? We simply don’t know.

These pictures are by Alan Calvert

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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