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NEW TRANSNET TUG LAUNCHED – BUILT BY DURBAN FOR DURBAN

naming of tug Umbilo. Picture by Terry Hutson
The traditional bottle of ‘bubbly’ smashes against the hull of the new tug Umbilo. Picture: Terry Hutson

[Durban, South Africa, 26 May 2017] South Africa’s busiest port will soon take delivery of its first new tug – the sixth of nine powerful new vessels to roll off the production line in the port city of Durban, on time and within budget.

Named UMBILO, the vessel was launched at an official ceremony in Durban this morning (Friday, 26 May 2017). Executive Mayor of eThekwini (Durban), Councillor Zandile Gumede, performed the ceremonial duty of Lady Sponsor to christen the vessel in line with maritime tradition.

UMBILO is part of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) R1.4 billion tug building contract awarded to Durban-based Southern African Shipyards – the largest ever awarded to a South African company for the building of harbour craft.

TNPA Chief Executive, Richard Vallihu, said a new tug is exactly what the Port of Durban needs.

“Over the past few years, the Port of Durban has seen larger vessels calling at the port. This has put a strain on our marine fleet. Currently the port has a total of eight tugs of which four are old Schottel tugs with only 32 and 38 ton bollard pull power,” he said.

As a result of the tug shortage the port has been deploying a five tug operation to help guide vessels into the port instead of the industry request to use a six tug operation.

Having a new and a powerful tug in the port will release pressure on the port’s marine operations and speed up turnaround times for vessels calling at the port.

The TNPA tug procurement project also complements the skills development programme currently underway through TNPA’s Maritime School of Excellence.

Mayor Gumede asnd tug Umbilo. Picture: Terry Hutson
Mayor Councillor Zandile Gumede performs the ceremony of naming the tug, flanked by Richard Vallihu (left), chief executive of TNPA, and Lucinda Creamer of SA Shipyards. Picture: Terry Hutson

Speaking at the naming ceremony, Vallihu said it was essential to have well-trained people in place to support Transnet’s major drive to ramp up infrastructure and efficiency at South Africa’s ports. Transnet has set aside a record-breaking R7,7 billon for training over the next 10 years. The port authority will contribute in excess of R56 billion of capital expenditure under Transnet’s rolling R300 billion-plus Market Demand Strategy, or MDS, which is now in its fifth year.

Vallihu again praised the work of Southern African Shipyards, which he said was playing a proactive role in helping to unlock the potential of the Ocean Economy.

The nine tugs are being built for TNPA over three and a half years, as part of a wider fleet replacement programme that also includes new dredging vessels and new marine aviation helicopters. The programme is aimed at improving operational efficiency in the ports.

TNPA’s new fleet of nine tugs are each 31 metres long with a 70 ton bollard pull. They feature the latest global technology such as Voith Schneider propulsion which makes them highly manoeuvrable.

UMBILO is among four that will be deployed in KwaZulu-Natal’s ports of Durban and Richards Bay. Five of the planned total of nine have already been delivered to Port Elizabeth, Saldanha and Richards Bay.

FIRST VIEW: JUPITER LEADER

K-Line's car carrier Jupiter Leader
Jupiter Leader. Picture: Keith Betts

Today’s Maritime News features the following:  Just over a week ago (17 May) we showed you the car carrier JUPITER. Now we bring you JUPITER LEADER (44,412-gt), also a car carrier but this one operated by Japan’s NYK Lines. Jupiter Leader was built in 2008 at the Naikai Shipbuilding yard in Setoda, Japan. Her overall length is 183 metres and her beam 30m, making this one of the smaller of the modern car carriers in service. The ship flies the flag of Singapore. This picture taken as the vessel enters Durban is by Keith Betts

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TIN CAN ISLAND SHUT DOWN AS SMUGGLED WEAPONS DISCOVERED

The 11-berth Tin Can Terminal at Lagos
Tin Can Island terminal, Lagos. Picture: OTAL

Maritime News: Lagos’ Tin Can island container terminal was shut down on Tuesday (23 May 2017) as police and other security agencies carried out an investigation into the smuggling of 440 weapons imported from Turkey.

The guns, described as assorted firearms were discovered in a container being imported into the country.

As security authorities…

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UNCONFIRMED REORTS OF ANOTHER GULF OF ADEN PIRATE ATTACK

Arab dhow
typical dhow-type vessel used for trading or fishing

Unconfirmed reports from Somaliland say that pirates have captured an Iranian fishing dhow which they intend using as a mother ship to attack other shipping in the Gulf of Aden.

The reported capture took place on Tuesday but hasn’t been confirmed by EU NAVFOR or any of the other official counter-piracy groups operating in the area. This is not…

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‘FACTORY AFRICA’? TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT RED TAPE AT AFRICA’S BORDERS

International investment remains a critical, and often underappreciated, part of the global economy. Nearly two million jobs were created directly by foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2015, according to a Financial Times analysis. These employment gains in turn support many more jobs indirectly and, as a new paper from the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation points out, can lead to productivity improvements throughout the wider economy.

The unbundling of modern production into regional and global value chains provides opportunities for economies to attract investments specialised in specific segments of the manufacturing chain. Morocco, for instance, has attracted over US$ 3 billion in FDI into its manufacturing sector since 2011, about two-thirds of this into automotive components. Sri Lanka — another lower middle income country — attracted over US$ 1 billion in manufacturing FDI over the same period across a number of sectors focused on export markets. During this period, FDI into manufacturing accounted for less than one-third of total investment in Sri Lanka, but more than two-thirds of total jobs created by foreign investment.

Only 5% of FDI into Africa goes into manufacturing, but even with the limited levels of FDI into this sector, it has been a major driver of formal employment in countries such as Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. A number of factors drive the complex foreign investment decision-making process, but the ability of manufacturers to move goods quickly across borders is critical, especially for modern value chains.

If shipments are consistently delayed at ports or if the paperwork needed to clear goods for export is overly cumbersome, investors will turn towards other opportunities. Indeed, as the Alliance’s analysis shows, the more complex the manufacturing sector, the better the border environment must be.

A joined-up approach

Investment promotion agencies — key players in facilitating investment into priority sectors — must make the link between trade and investment. Similarly, customs and border agencies must understand the impact that improving service delivery has on productive sectors. Ambitious implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) — which came into force in February — sends a clear signal to both domestic and international investors that countries are committed to making trade easier and will prove influential in unlocking FDI opportunities, especially in the context of growing south-south trade and investment ties.

African countries are investing heavily in trade facilitation projects aimed at accelerating the movement of goods. This is a difficult task and a fine balancing act as they also have to preserve and secure government revenue. Yet – to maximise the yield of these investments, successfully achieve TFA objectives, and in the end increase FDI, it is essential that such projects are implemented in a coordinated, structured and sustainable way. It is for this reason that the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and other similar initiatives have been established. A lot of work still needs to be undertaken but Africa is moving in the right direction.

author: Philippe Isler
Geneva (World Econmic Forum)
The writer is the Executive Director for the Global Alliance For Trade Facilitation and is based at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

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KENYA’S STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY SET TO LAUNCH ON 31 MAY 2017

Kenya Railways SGR
Kenya’s luxury and standard SGR train services set to roll

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will launch the much-anticipated Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line next Wednesday, 31 May 2017.

The ceremony will be attended by a Chinese Government delegation comprising members of the State Council who will include two ministers and a vice-minister.

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TANZANIA FINDING FUNDING FOR ITS SGR NOT SO EASY

metre and Cape gauge railways
Tanzania existing railway system of metre and Cape (Tazara) gauges

In related news, Tanzania is reported to be finding the funding of its plan for a standard gauge railway from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza on Lake Victoria, and to Rwanda and Uganda on its northern borders, not so easy to come by.

Tanzania has embarked on the first phase of the new railway which takes the line from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro and is funding this largely through its own resources. Tanzania is looking for low-interest loans to finance the mammoth undertaking and President John Magafuli was…

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K LINE TAKES DELIVERY OF NEW WOODCHIP CARRIER

K-Line woodchip carrier
K-Line’s Forestal Gaia

K Line took delivery yesterday of its new woodchip carrier named FORESTAL GAIA.

The 49,200-dwt woodchip carrier was built at Tsuneishi Shipbuilding in Japan.

Forestal Gaia’s maiden voyage will…

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TULLOW READY TO DRILL NEW WELLS AT ITS TEN FIELD OFF GHANA

Ghana's TEN and Jupiter oilfields
Ghana’s claimed offshore oilfields

Tullow Oil plans to drill new wells and increase output at its TEN field off the coast of Ghana to 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) once a maritime border dispute with Ivory Coast is resolved, the company said recently.

Tullow also intends investing in exploring for new reserves off the West Africa country’s coast…

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SOUTH AFRICA ON HIGH ALERT AFTER EBOLA OUTBREAK IN DRC

new DRC Ebola outbreak
Ebola outbreak in DRC brings precautions

South Africa’s Department of Health says it is on high alert following the reported outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

On Friday, 12 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that nine suspected cases and three deaths of persons with Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported from a remote forested area in the Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the DRC, bordering Central African Republic.

“There is a low risk of transmission to South Africa. However, South African Emergency Departments and clinicians are advised to be on the alert for cases of fever and/or haemorrhagic symptoms amongst returning travellers from the area,” the Department of Health said on Wednesday.

South African Port Health authorities have been informed and continue to screen persons, who enter via airports, for fever. However, no travel restrictions are in place.

As of 20 May, a total of 37 suspected EVD cases and four deaths have been reported, giving a case fatality rate of 11%. The reported cases are from five health areas, namely Nambwa (12 cases and three deaths), Muma (four cases and no deaths), Ngayi (16 cases and one death), Azande (three cases and no deaths), and Ngabatala (two cases and no deaths).

No healthcare workers have been affected to date. The majority of the cases presented with fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and other bleeding symptoms and signs. The outbreak currently remains confined to Likati Health Zone.

The DRC Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation and various partners are working closely to rapidly control the outbreak through strengthened epidemiological surveillance, and implementation of a comprehensive logistics plan including the deployment of teams comprising experts in epidemiology, clinical management, social mobilisation and risk communication.

This is the eighth Ebola virus outbreak in the DRC since 1976. The last outbreak occurred in 2014 with 66 cases and 49 deaths.

Ebola virus is transmitted following direct contact with persons infected with the virus – through contaminated body fluids including blood, stool, urine, saliva and semen, or with an environment contaminated with body fluids.

Symptoms develop eight to 10 days after contact and include fever, weakness, myalgia, headache, sore throat, abdominal pain, rash and bleeding from mucous membranes. Treatment is supportive. Rapid implementation of infection control measures, as soon as the disease is suspected, is essential. – SAnews.gov.za

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US SUPPLIER FINDS SUCCESS WITH BOAT DRAIN PLUGS

Vesconite drain plugs
Vesconite polymer drain plugs

A US supplier of marine parts has found considerable demand for Vesconite T-handle and flatter stern screw-in drain plugs for a particular brand of wake surfing boats built between 2006 and 2014.

The original drain plugs were made of brass and also had a brass base. They were found to corrode due to galvanic corrosion, a process through which one metal corrodes preferentially when two metals are in contact with each other. They were…

WORLD FUEL SERVICES HEADS TO NOR-SHIPPING

 

WFS banner

Showcasing at Nor-Shipping for the first time; global fuel logistics, transaction management and payment processing company, World Fuel Services (WFS) will highlight its robust offering for the first time at Nor-Shipping from 30 May – 2 June 2017.

WFS, a Fortune 100 company, will…

ADDITIONAL DRIVE FOR THE HEAVY HAUL GIANT: ALE GOES FOR THE ADDRIVE

Ale and Goldhofer people
partners from both ALE and Goldhofer shaking hands: Rainer Auerbacher (Goldhofer’s General Manager/Transport Technology), David Purslow (ALE’s General Manager – Global Operations), Ronald Hoefmans (ALE’s Group Technical Director) and Renato Ramella (Goldhofer’s Director Sales Europe/North Africa)

Since it was founded in 1983 in Hixon, Staffordshire, ALE has grown into one of the world’s leading heavy haulage companies with numerous operating centres on all five continents.

For many years, the industry giant’s road success has been supported by Goldhofer Transport Systems, with more than 850 of the German company’s heavy-duty axle lines in service in the ALE fleets around the world.

This includes widening trailers designed specifically for the Australian, UK and South African markets, various…

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : GEMINI PIONEER

bulker Geminin Pioneer at Durban Bulk Connections
Gemini Pioneer. Picture: Ken Malcolm

The bulk carrier GEMINI PIONEER (55,624-dwt) seen on her berth at Bulk Connections (Durban’s Bluff) earlier this month. The vessel is seen with her hatches open, prior to begin loading ores at what used to be Durban’s coaling terminal but is now increasingly handling other minerals such as manganese and magnetite. Gemini Pioneer is 190 metres in length and 32m wide and was launched in May 2008 from the Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co, Ltd, Tamano Works in Japan as hull number 1674. The ship flies the flag of Panama. Owned by Japanese interests she is managed out of Singapore by Executive Ship Management Pte. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

 

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