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FIRST VIEW: HÖEGH PUSAN

Hoegh Pusan arrives Durban, pic by Keith Betts
Höegh Pusan. Picture by Keith Betts

The Ro-Ro car carrier HÖEGH PUSAN (44,219-gt) arrives at Durban in April this year. Owned by Höegh Autoliners of Oslo, Norway and managed by Höegh Wallem Ship Management of Singapore, her car-carrying capacity is 4,300 vehicles. This picture is by Keith Betts

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ANOTHER PIRATE ATTACK OFF HORN OF AFRICA

pirate attack on tanker Navig8 Providence
Navig8 Providence. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting

EU NAVFOR, the multi-national European naval force doing counter piracy operations off the Horn of Africa region has confirmed that on Thursday, 1 June the oil tanker NAVIG8 PROVIDENCE was attacked by an armed pirate group.

According to E NAVFOR, Navig8 Providence was at sea 100 nautical miles east of Muscat when…

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NAUTIC AFRICA LAUNCHES SIX NEW FERRIES FOR IVORY COAST

Ferry for Abidjan, Ivory Coast
picture courtesy: Nautic Africa

With the delivery of six ferries to their Ivory Coast client, Cape-Town shipbuilder has reached a significant milestone in Ivory Coast’s Presidential infrastructure project with the launch of six ferries which will go toward helping alleviate traffic congestion for the 4.7 million inhabitants of Abidjan.

The commission, worth R347 million, has seen Nautic’s in-house naval architecture and.

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THREE INTO ONE FOR THE 3 JAPANESE LINES

NYK container ship Blue Jay
NYK Blue Jay – will feature in new combined fleet. Picture courtesy: NYK

LOOK OUT FOR A NEW NAME IN SHIPPING!

Last year the Big 3 Japanese container lines announced their intention to amalgamate into a single service in order to contain overhead costs and maximise operating opportunities.

Now comes the news that the Big 3 – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) will be known under the new combined joint venture name…

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GRINDROD’S ALAN OLIVIER STEPS DOWN

Alan Olivier takes early retirement
Alan Olivier

Alan Olivier, chief executive officer of Grindrod Limited, has decided to step down after ten years at the helm.

The announcement was made on Friday (2 June) which said that Olivier will take early retirement as from 31 July 2017 “to pursue personal interests”.

He will however remain available to the Shipping Division in a consulting capacity, the statement said.

Grindrod Limited, an investment holding company, operates through three business divisions, Freight Services, Shipping and Financial Services.

Olivier has been at the helm since he took over from Ivan Clark who had reached retirement age. Olivier has been with Grindrod for 31 years.

“On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Alan for his valued contribution to the Group over the past 31 years, the last 10 years as CEO,” said Mike Hankinson, Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Grindrod.

“We wish him well and as Alan will be consulting to the Shipping Division, on an ad hoc basis, it is by no means goodbye.”

The three Grindrod divisions will continue to be managed by the management team, Bongiwe Ntuli (Freight Services), Martyn Wade (Shipping) and David Polkinghorne (Financial Services).

Hankinson has agreed to act as Executive Chairman in the transitional phase, with Andrew Waller, Group Financial Director, supporting him. According to Grindrod the board will begin the process of appointing a Group CEO and will notify the market
accordingly.

Nkululeko Sowazi will be the Lead Independent Non-Executive Director of the Board.

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RICKMERS HOLDING FILES FOR INSOLVENCY

Rickmers Baltic Winter
Baltic Winter. Picture courtesy: Rickmers Linie

Largest ship casualty since Hanjin

The financial restructuring of the Rickmers Group, a leading German ship owner and international service provider in the maritime transport sector, has been dealt a severe blow last week when the Board of HSH Nordbank AG surprisingly denied approval of the term sheet regarding the financial restructuring of Rickmers Holding AG.

On 19 April 2017, Rickmers Holding AG reached an understanding with HSH Nordbank AG on a term sheet regarding the restructuring of material financial liabilities of the Rickmers Group that was subject to…

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CREATION OF A EUROPEAN COAST GUARD

EMSA banner logo

At the close of a workshop in Lisbon on 2 June the pilot project Creation of a European Coast Guard Function brought together more than 110 participants from various European and national entities at the premises of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

During the event the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), the European Fisheries’ Control Agency (EFCA) and EMSA jointly presented the project results. This 18 month pilot project was launched in January 2016 in order to provide the test bed for the co-operation mechanism proposed by the Commission within the framework of the European border and coast guard package.

It was reported that the project aimed to raise cross-sector awareness of Frontex, EFCA’s and EMSA’s activities between the three agencies and among pilot project stakeholders and to create operational and technical collaboration between different coast guard functions at EU level.

In the framework of the project the three Agencies explored and tested ways to further enhance their cooperation in four areas:

  • The sharing of information generated by fusing and analysing vessel movement and earth observation data
  • Provision of surveillance and communication services based on state-of-the-art technology
  • Capacity building
  • Capacity sharing including multipurpose operations and the sharing of assets and capabilities across sectors and borders

Furthermore, it was reported that the enhanced cooperation among Frontex, EFCA and EMSA will enable them to support in an effective and cost-efficient way the activities of more than 300 civilian and military authorities in the EU Member States responsible for carrying out coast guard functions in a wide range of areas such as: maritime safety, security, search and rescue, border control, fisheries control, customs control, general law enforcement and environmental protection.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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More African collaborations and international investment needed for continents’ maritime sector

Sobantu Tilayi at Nor-Shipping, 2017

Oslo, Norway: Meeting in Norway, African maritime delegates committed their countries to work together to collaborate efforts in developing the maritime economy on the continent.

Sobantu Tilayi (pictured), acting CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) led South African delegates to one of the most prestigious international shipping events for maritime experts, the Nor-shipping Conference in Oslo, Norway. The Conference commenced on Tuesday, 30 May and concluded on Friday 2 June.

SAMSA used the opportunity to showcase the vast potential that lies within South Africa’s…

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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 : ENDLESS HORIZON

bulker Endless Horizon sailin from Durban, April 2017 Picture by Trevor Jones
Endless Horizon. Picture: Trevor Jones

The bulk carrier ENDLESS HORIZON (58,018-dwt) makes a fine sight as she heads out into the Indian Ocean after a call at Durban. The ship is 189 metres in length and 32m wide and was built in 2012. She is owned by Greek interests and managed by Sea Vision Shipping Inc of Athens, Greece and flies the Liberian flag. Picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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