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FIRST VIEW: PACIFIC SELENA

Pacific Selena bulker
Pacific Selena. Picture: Keith Betts

An arrival in port at Durban earlier this week was this midsize but quite smart looking bulk carrier, PACIFIC SELENA (49,052-dwt), built in 1997 at the Oshima Shipbuilding Co in Japan. The 190-metre long, 32m wide bulker was carrying an interesting deck cargo of buses and other wheeled vehicles. This picture is by Keith Betts

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POLICE FIRE SHOTS AS ANGRY WORKERS DISRUPT RICHARDS BAY PORT OPERATIONS

YouTube video [2:51]: WATCH: Richards Bay Port protest – public warned to ‘stay away!’

Angry contract workers at Richards Bay went on the rampage yesterday, using large front end loaders to tear up road installations and overturn a police vehicle.

Police stood by helplessly as workers commandeered several of the front end loaders and set about using them in an aggressive manner, including tearing up a section of armco rail and then turning their attention on an abandoned police vehicle, which was overturned on its side.

A Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) spokesperson said the workers who were employed by materials handling company Radds…

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NIGERIA INVESTS US186m ON MARITIME & COUNTER-PIRACY SECURITY

Nigerian Navy patrol boats
Damen-class patrol boats of the Nigerian Navy

Nigeria’s Federal Government has approved the spending of US$186 million to combat piracy in its waters.

This was announced at a one-day national conference aimed at fast-tracking port reforms which had as its theme, Making Nigerian Seaports World Class.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said the $186 million approved for the fight against piracy will be used to buy three helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft, 12 patrol boats and…

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FRENCH & NEW ZEALAND FORCES NAB 400KGS OF HEROIN FROM DHOWS

French patrol frigate
FS Surcouf

A French Navy frigate and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft joined forces to intercept a consignment of heroin on board a dhow off the coast of north-east Africa.

The frigate FS SURCOUF was on patrol along with the RNZAF aircraft as part of the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150).

Surcouf was only three weeks into her deployment when she made two interceptions with back-to-back boardings bringing in a haul of 400kg of heroin.

The first took place on 28 April when Surcouf boarded a suspicious dhow. It took the French boarding team four days to uncover all of the heroin, which had been stashed in different places around the vessel. They ultimately discovered about 200kg of the drug.

Once complete with this task the French ship began tracking a second suspicious dhow sailing in the area and on intercepting this vessel and boarding her on 3 May, they discovered another 200kgs of heroin hidden in multiple places. CTF-150 said afterwards that the haul has a value of more than US$150 million.

CTF-150 is currently under the command of the French Navy (Marine Nationale), supported by the Royal Navy under a Combined Joint Expeditionary Force framework, and includes staff from Belgium, Italy and Australia, exercising command over ships and aircraft from several CMF participating nations.

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FRENCH FRIGATE FS FLOREAL VISITS CAPE TOWN

French navy frigate Floreal
FS Floreal approaches Durban on an earlier occasion, escorted in by a SA Navy Namacurra patrol craft. Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za

The French patrol frigate FS FLOREAL is currently visiting the port of Cape Town where her crew are enjoying some R&R at the V&A Waterfront.

Floreal is based at Reunion in the Indian Ocean and undertakes regular patrols of the French Dependencies in the wider regions of the Indian Ocean, including those…

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BACK ON THE RAILS: GE HELPING DRIVE ANGOLA’S ECONOMY

GE Transportation loco
new GE diesel-electric locomotive arriving in Angola

Angola hopes to establish itself as a regional transportation hub for freight and mining commodities. The government estimates that routing through Angola could cut 40 to 50 percent of the cost of local transportation.

By Maggie Sieger

A few years ago, a group of investors from Singapore planned to open a large iron mine in southwest Angola’s Huila province. The mine would bring jobs and money to the local economy, but the project failed because there was no reliable way to move ore from the mine.

This is a common story in Angola, a country of 26 million. A lack of infrastructure has hampered economic growth within the region and continent. Angola has just three rail lines and 30 or so locomotives, the “youngest” of which have been…

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CMA CGM CONTAINER SHIP COLLAPSES JEBEL ALI SHORESIDE CRANE – VIDEO


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If we thought the collision between a ship, the bulker Julian, and a ship loader at Durban was an unusual event in the life of a port, the month of Many is about proving that wrong. This week a French container ship, CMA CGM CENTAURUS, struck the quayside and a 6-month old ship-to-shore gantry crane alongside, sending the STS crane toppling to the ground in spectacular fashion.

Six people were reported with injuries as a result of this incident, but fortunately no fatalities.

A second STS crane alongside was shifted off its rails but remained upright. A DP World spokesman said afterwards that every necessary measure was being taken to minimise disruption of terminal operations. The wrecked crane will be removed and the second crane is temporarily out of service, he noted.

An investigation into the accident has been set up. This accident took place on 4 May 2017.

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TUI TAKES DELIVERY OF MEIN SCHIFF 6

TUI Mein Schiff 6
Mein Schiff 6 departs from the shipyards

While TUI Cruises is getting ready to take delivery of the 99,300-gt cruise ship Mein Schiff 6 from the Meyer Turku shipyard, the full crew has arrived onboard.

Of the 1,030 crew members, 70 percent come from…

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : TD HAMBURG

bulker TD Hamburg, Maydon Wharf Durban
TD Hamburg. Picture: Trevor Jones

A journey by boat along the Maydon Channel made possible this picture of the Peter Dohle bulk carrier TD HAMBURG (63,600-dwt). Built in 2016 at the Jiangsu New Yangzi shipbuilding yard in China she is 200 metres in length with a 32m beam and has a maximum draught of 9.1 metres. TD Hamburg is seen here at Maydon Wharf 11. The picture is by Trevor Jones

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