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FIRST VIEW: ETERNAL GRACE

Eternal Ace. Picture: Keith Betts

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) car carriers are no strangers in the South Africa ports – ETERNAL ACE (59,022-gt) being the latest to call at the Durban Car Terminal at R berth. The ship is pretty standard in terms of size – 200 metres in length, 32 metres wide and has a capacity of 6,163 motor cars. Eternal Ace was built in 2011 at the Minaminippon Shipbuilding yard in Usuki, Japan and flies the flag of Panama. She is owned by Mitsui OSK Lines of Tokyo, Japan and managed by MOL Shipmanagement of Singapore. This picture is by Keith Betts

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TRANSNET APPOINTS NEW PORT MANAGERS

The resignation of two senior port managers, at Cape Town and at Saldanha, has brought about a wholesale change with new appointments being made at four of the country’s eight ports.

This follows the sudden resignation in December of Willem Roux as port manager at Saldanha – Roux gave notice and emigrated to Australia almost before anyone was aware, leaving the port in the hands of an acting manager.

The other resignation has just occurred but was not entirely unexpected as word leaked out several weeks ago, concerns the port manager at Cape Town, Sipho Nzuza who has been appointed as city manager of the eThekwini Municipality (Durban).

“TNPA has bid farewell to the Port Managers of Cape Town – Sipho Nzuza – and Saldanha – Willem Roux – both of whom served our organisation admirably for a number of years. We are indeed grateful to them for their contribution to the organisation and wish them well as they pursue interests outside of TNPA,” said TNPA Chief Executive, Richard Vallihu.

Mpumi Dweba, new port manager, Cape Town

In his place at Cape Town, Transnet National Ports Authority has appointed its first female port manager in the form of Mpumi Dweba, who until now has been port manager at Ngqura in the Eastern Cape. TNPA says that Dweba boasts solid experience in port operations, supply chain logistics and the maritime industry and adds that she was instrumental in delivering on TNPA’s strategy to operationalise the Port of Ngqura and position it as a major container transshipment hub linking ports in the East, West and Southern Africa with their trading partners.

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SURGE IN CARGO TRAFFIC AT PORT OF DAR ES SALAAM

Port of Dar es Salaam container terminal

Tanzania’s Port of Dar es Salaam has shown some encouraging increases in volumes over the past six months and looks at reaching an annualised port throughput of 16 million tonnes.

According to the director-general of Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Deusdedit Kakoko, this increase in cargo volume has materialised in the final three months of 2016 and has continued into the first quarter of 2017.
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ANGOLA BECOMES CHINA’S THIRD LARGEST OIL SUPPLIER

Sonangol is Angola’s state-owned oil company

Angolan oil exports to China placed the African country in third place in February among the Asian country’s largest oil suppliers.

This detail became available from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)’s monthly report on the oil market .

It also revealed that…

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PIRATES STRIKE AGAIN OFF NIGERIA – TAKE 8 HOSTAGES

Pirates have struck again in the Gulf of Guinea, with eight crewmen from an unnamed offshore tug being kidnapped by what is assumed to be Nigerian pirates.

According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) which collects data and reports on incidents of piracy, the eight were taken from an offshore tug approximately 11 nautical miles off Brass in Nigeria.

The armed men boarded the tug last Wednesday at the reported time of 09:34 UTC. In the attack on the tug one of the tug’s crew was injured. After looting the ship the pirates returned to their speedboat, taking eight crew with them as hostages. They then left the area.

The Nigerian Navy responded to the incident and evacuated the wounded man to hospital by helicopter. No sign of the pirates and their hostages has been reported.

In a separate incident, an also unnamed but underway tanker came under attack about 59 n.miles south-southwest of Brass at about 08:45 UTC on the same day.

As the nine armed pirates approached in their speedboat, the crew of the tanker were able to raise the alarm, started the fire pumps and all unessential crew took to the vessel’s citadel. Meanwhile, the tanker’s speed had been increased and evasive manoeuvring action was adopted.

The pirates soon gave up the chase and left the scene, leaving the tanker and crew unharmed and safe.

It is possible the same group was responsible for both attacks.

The IMB reports there have been 11 incidents involving pirates in the Gulf of Guinea this year. This includes five boardings, four ships were fired on, and two other reports stated the sighting of suspicious craft nearby. All of these incidents took place off the coast of Nigeria.

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ZIMBABWE’S NATIONAL RAILWAY “TOO DISGUSTING” FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS

Zimbabwe’s transport minister says that the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has been so badly mismanaged that it has made the state-owned entity unattractive and too disgusting to prospective investors.

Transport minister Joram Gumbo was answering questions from legislators in the upper house of parliament, during a recent sitting.

In response to a question as to whether government would consider reviving the fortunes of the NRZ in order to relieve the number of heavy road trucks hauling bulk cargo, Gumbo said that…

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BERTRAM RICKMERS REDUCES SHAREHOLDING; RICKMERS MARITIME TRUST SELLS ENTIRE FLEET

MOL Delight. Picture: Shipspotting

Rickmers Holding AG last week released a statement that an understanding had been reached regarding restructuring of the Rickmers Group. This follows on from news from last month that Singapore-based Rickmers Maritime Trust is to be wound-up.

VesselsValue reports that it is now understood that the sole shareholder, Bertram Rickmers, will reduce his shareholding to below 25%. The remaining 75% will be taken by lenders and bondholders.

The value today of the Rickmers Group (subsidiary of Rickmers Holding AG)…

 

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Strainstall wins EU-type approval for load pin based container weighing system


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Strainstall, a leading provider of container weighing systems and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully achieved full Automatic Weighing Instruments EU-type approval from the National Measurements and Regulatory Office (NMRO) for its innovative Container Weight System (CWS)™.

Strainstall’s CWS™ EU-type approval enables complete compliance to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment for the verification of container weights, which came into force 1 July 2016. This is a critical milestone in the product’s development as CWS™ is now fully approved to provide the verified gross mass (VGM) of containers, assisting ports and terminals in the provision of container weighing services to their customers.

Strainstall’s CWS™ solution was specifically developed to meet the SOLAS container weight verification regulations and has been successfully installed at a number of international container terminals, including DP World Southampton’s full straddle carrier fleet, where the system has demonstrated its high accuracy in excess of industry expectations.

Simon Everett, managing director at Strainstall explains: “The NMRO approval process certifies full compliance to the IMO’s SOLAS amendment for the verification of container weights, and I’m delighted that CWS now has EU-type approval.”

CWS™ offers customers a fully compliant and robust solution. It’s designed to be easily integrated into terminal operating systems (TOS) giving a simple and automated process for producing a verified gross mass for SOLAS compliance, with no impact to existing terminal operating procedures.

“The industry is still experiencing some issues with implementation and enforcement, so this certification will help to give customers complete confidence in compliance and their ability to provide verified weights as legislated by the IMO, using our innovative and fully integrated container weighing solution.” Everett adds.

CWS™ also doesn’t just provide the verified gross mass of a container, but also container snag detection and its centre of gravity (COG), helping to ensuring the safety of container stowage and transportation.

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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.

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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 : SAS AMATOLA F145

Pictures: David Erickson

The South African Navy frigate SAS AMATOLA (F145) returned to South Africa and the naval base of Simon’s Town on Saturday, 22 April, after a three month deployment to the UK and Germany, followed by visits to several West African countries.

On Saturday the ship arrived ‘home’ at Simon’s Town to a warm welcome and was met by two of the navy tugboats spraying the traditional water welcome. The time was 09h11, Saturday, 22 April 2017.

Entry into the harbour was timed at 09h17.

SAS Amatola departed Simon’s Town on 17 January under Operation Ketane, which saw the vessel undergo Basic Operational Sea Training (BOST) under guidance from the British Royal Navy off Plymouth, the centenary commemoration of the accidental sinking of the troopship SS Mendi during the First World War near Portsmouth on 21 February and participation in Exercise Good Hope VII with the German Navy in the Baltic Sea from 27 February to 5 March. This was followed by visits to Rostock (Germany), Rota (Spain), Tema (Ghana), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Luanda (Angola) and Walvis Bay (Namibia).      Pictures are by David Erickson

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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― Stephen Richards

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