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FIRST VIEW: KALEY

bulker Kaley departs from Durban. Picture by Trevor Jnes in Maritime News
Kaley. Picture: Trevor Jones

In today’s Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, the Greek-owned Ultramax dry bulk carrier KALEY (63,458-dwt) sails from Durban, accompanied by the pilot boat LUFAFA waiting to take off the pilot before the ship reaches the open sea. Kaley is operated and managed by Starbulk SA which is incorporated in the Marshall Islands with executive offices in Athens, Greece. Starbulk operates with a fleet of 73 ships in the dry bulk sector, of which three are still building. The fleet consists of Newcastlemax, Capesize, Post Panamax, Kamsarmax, Panamax, Ultramax and Supramax vessels with carrying capacities between 52,055 dwt and 209,537 dwt – now there are a few descriptions that we don’t often see or hear. Many of the Starbulk bulkers names are prefixed with STAR. Kaley is an exception and was built in 2015 – she is registered in the Marshall Islands. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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CONTAINER REVIVAL? NOT YET, OR SO IT SEEMS

MSC Carl departs Durban. Picture TNPA in Marine News
Picture: TNPA, in Maritime News

The world has been in the grip of one of the most prolonged economic downturns in recent history, and although there appeared to be a brief revival after the dramatic financial collapse of 2008 and 2009, a number of factors have seen the global economy struggling along with little in the way of progress.

The container industry acts as a mirror to much of the world economy, certainly as far as the manufacturing sector is concerned. Here in the Southern hemisphere we like to…

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ZAMBEZI AND CHIRE RIVER WATERWAY TO MALAWI UNVIABLE – REPORT

Nsanje port under construction, in maritime news
Nsanje port under construction, in Maritime News

Construction of port facilities at Nsanje in anticipation of a waterway corridor to the sea
Malawian ambitions of re-opening a waterway using the Chire (Shire) and Zambezi rivers has been dealt another blow with a Mozambique report saying the river route to the Indian Ocean lacks the necessary conditions and remains economically unviable in the short, medium and long terms.

The project was originally the brainchild of a former Malawian head of state, President Bingu Wa Mutharika, who set about establishing the port…

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MORE THAN 30 PROPERTIES UP FOR OFFER IN THE PORT OF DURBAN

overhead pictures of Durban port and environs, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Picture: TNPA, in Maritime News

Lease agreements are available for more than 30 properties and operational sites in the Port of Durban’s Ship Repair and Bayhead Precincts. The port has a land area of 985 hectares.
Transnet National Ports Authority in the Port of Durban is offering new lease agreements for more than 30 properties and operational sites in the Port’s Ship Repair and Bayhead Precincts.

The commercial sites, which will be leasable for a minimum of five years, present opportunities for new entrants who have a minimum of 51% black ownership to participate in port related activities.

Port Manager for the Port of Durban, Moshe Motlohi said this exercise was part of transforming the port space and making it more inclusive for interested businesses especially new entrants.

Durban port manager Moshe Motlohi, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Moshe Motlohi, Durban port manager

“This is the first ever real estate lease application exercise of this magnitude and we hope that it will be well received by the public, especially for communities residing in and around the Port of Durban,” he said.

“As the national ports authority, we have a responsibility to the country to help address the three scourges plaguing South Africa – unemployment, poverty and inequality – by making business opportunities available for small and emerging businesses owned by previously disadvantaged individuals to operate within the port environment,” said Motlohi.

The commercial sites range in size from 14m2 to 5000m2 and are mostly used for port and logistics related activities such as light industrial engineering workshops, repair operations and storage warehouses/sites. The properties up for grabs also include a restaurant which caters for the Bayhead industrial workers market and sites suitable for local sporting bodies, boating clubs and fishing clubs.

“Currently the Port of Durban has been leasing these properties on a month-to-month basis to a group of businesses for more than 20 years. This will now change, as most of the lease agreement terms will be on a five-year lease term agreement,” explained Gary Young, Real Estate Manager at the Port of Durban.

Young added that whilst most of the properties were still occupied, their lease agreements were soon coming to an end.

“Where the lease expires, we put them out to the market through a public process to identify new participants,” Young said.

Current tenants are encouraged to participate in the process, however, further recognition will be given to new entrants and applicants who have a minimum of 51% black ownership.

TNPA Chief Executive Richard Vallihu has repeatedly reinforced the view that the country’s ports are a catalyst for economic growth, pushing for what TNPA calls “Radical Port Reform”. This includes unleashing the potential of the ports to create jobs and open up the space for the participation of historically disadvantaged communities.

The Port of Durban which has a land area of 985 hectares, has at least 352 lease agreements with a number of businesses operating within the port vicinity.

Interested parties should refer to the tender advertisements in national newspapers or alternatively contact: Silindile Gwala or Cindy Hlubi, on +27 (0) 31 361 8747 or fax. +27 (0) 31 361 8854.

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ITALY DONATES FOUR PATROL BOATS TO SOMALIA

Italian Nay frigate Espero on duty with EU NAVFOR, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Italian Navy frigate ESPERO, in Maritime News

Somali Security Forces have taken delivery of four patrol boats donated by the Italian Ministry of Defence.

Originally in service with the Italian Navy, the four patrol boats are capable of carrying up to 15 people and will be used to patrol along the maritime sector of the Somali coast.

According to the Italian Ministry of Defence…

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NIGERIA TO SPEND US$ 186 MILLION ON COMBATTING PIRACY

bold prediction by Nigerian minister, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Piracy off Nigeria – soon to be eradicated, promises transport minister, in Maritime News

Nigeria intends spending US$ 186 million to combat piracy in a bid to safeguard its waters and vessels moving in and out of the country.

That’s the word from transport minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. In a speech at last week’s Nor-Shipping inaugural Africa Podium in Oslo, Norway, Amaechi set about trying to allay potential investors’ fears of growing security concerns in Nigeria’s seaway.

This follows…

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FASTEUR EMBASSY ENGAGEMENT TRAINING EXERCISE IN US AFRICA COMMAND

FASTEUR banner, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News

On 2 June the US Navy reported that Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Platoon of Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company Europe (FASTEUR) completed the first embassy engagement training exercise in the US Africa Command area of responsibility in Rabat, Morocco the previous week (26 May).

During the training engagement, FASTEUR trained with Moroccan police and the embassy’s Local Guard Force during…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London


Photographs kindly provided by US Navy© Public Domain Work.

 

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MEGA ALLIANCES ‘FAILING MISERABLY’ – DREWRY

Maersk McKinney Moller, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
East-West ships are not always so well filled. Picture: Wikipedia Commons, in Maritime News

Shippers are struggling to secure containership space, with reports of some eastbound Europe to Asia shippers waiting up to eight weeks to load, said London’s Drewry Maritime Research.

Furthermore, ocean liners have ceased taking bookings, it said, while…

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TAKE A GIRL CHILD TO WORK IN ALL TPT REGIONS

TPS's Take a Girl Child to Work project, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Neren Naicker, Key Accounts Representative, Commercial Department, with the girls on board the vessel Chang Shun II in Cape Town harbour, in Maritime News

As part of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day on at the end of May 2017, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) teams across the country (Cape Town, KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape) treated female learners in grades 10 to 12 to an exciting day exploring the heart of SA’s maritime industry.

Management from various departments within TPT dedicated their day to mentoring employees’ daughters and other girl students from neighbouring schools across the regions they operate in to empower these young women to think about their futures and showcase the various career opportunities available to them.

They spent the day at the Terminals learning the ins and outs of the organisation before they were awarded a certificate of attendance.

Transnet believes that women can be vibrant contributors to the economy and leading job creators for South Africa, so the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day initiative is one that resonated with the organisation and which is why it was hosted at a number of TPT’s terminals across the country.

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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Naval News

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PIC OF THE DAY : HAPPY DIAMOND

Happy Diamond by Keith Betts, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Heavylift Happy Diamond sailing from Durban March 2017, by Keith Betts in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Happy Diamond. Pictures: Keith Betts

The heavy-lift projects general cargo vessel HAPPY DIAMOND (18,148-dwt, built 2011) is seen sailing from Durban after a call at the port in March this year. While relatively small, ships such as this often carry large and cumbersome cargo to difficult to reach places where shallow waters will defeat the efforts of much larger vessels. With the spate of port and other infrastructural development taking place across the world, including here in Africa, these ‘mighty mouse’ vessels have become indispensable assets. Happy Diamond, owned by Dutch interests and operated by the Dutch company that trades under the appropriate name of Big Lift, is part of a wider fleet of strengthened ice-class vessels of different types all designed for heavy cargoes. On-board cranes usually exceed the lifting capacity of shoreside facilities and where these ships go there are sometimes no facilities. Happy Diamond belongs to the ‘Happy D-type’ class which have two 400 ton cranes and a single 120 ton crane onboard, giving an impressive combined lifting capacity of 800 tons. Her overall length is just short of 157 metres and her width is 25.6 metres. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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