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FIRST VIEW: ELEKTRA

Wallenius Wihjelmsen car carrier Elektra arriving Durban in March 2017. Picture by Keith Betts
Elektra. Picture: Keith Betts

Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s Ro-Ro car carrier ELEKTRA (67,264-gt) has been one of the most frequent of car carrier visitors to South African ports in recent times. This photograph was taken in March this year of the ship arriving in Durban harbour on yet another call. Built in 1999 she is managed out of Wallenius Marine’s offices in Singapore. Her capacity is an impressive 7,200 motor cars – alternately she could carry a combination of 3,700 cars and 600 trucks. ELEKTRA is a sister ship to BOHEME, MIGNON, UNDINE and MANON, all of which have called at South African ports at various times. Elektra is also one of the ships that has undergone lengthening – in her case by another 28 metres, giving her an overall length today of 228 metres and having increased her car capacity by 20 per cent. Her width has remained at 32 metres. She was built at the Daewoo Heavy Industry Ltd in South Korea and is registered in Singapore whose flag she flies. This picture is by Keith Betts

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STEADY INCREASE IN MEGA CONTAINER SHIPS 15,000 TEU+ DURING MAY

MOL Triumph, in Maritime News
MOL Triumph, one of the first 20,000+ ships in service

There are currently 76 containerships of 15,000+ TEU worldwide for a total capacity of 1.4 million TEU, representing an increase of 29 per cent compared to May 2016, as measured in TEU terms, according to research by Clarksons.

Deployed solely on the Asia-Europe trades, they…

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DAMEN DELIVERS RO-RO FERRY TO THE GAMBIA

Damen built ferry for The Gambia, in Maritime News

Damen-built ferry for The Gambia, in Maritime News
new Damen ferry for The Gambia

Damen has delivered a Ro-Ro ferry to a client in The Gambia more than a month ahead of schedule. The ferry was built entirely in the Netherlands to a very tight deadline, with the hull constructed in just 70 days at Damen’s subsidiary Niron Staal in Amsterdam. The outfitting was then carried out at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem.

Operating from Banjul, the Gambian capital, to Barra, across the mouth of the Gambia River estuary, the passenger and vehicle ferry is…

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EBOLA OUTBREAK IN THE DR CONGO

Ebola outbreak in DRC, in maritime news

By Carol Holness, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo may result in delays and higher freight costs for charterers and cargo owners in addition to the health risks posed to the health of crew members on board vessels calling at affected ports.

In May 2017, the World Health Organisation declared an Ebola outbreak in the Bas-Uele province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although the extent of the outbreak is…

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MSC CRUISES WELCOMES FLEET’S BIGGEST SHIP, MSC MERAVIGLIA

naming of MSC Meraviglia.in Maritime News
MSC MERAVIGLIA

MSC Cruises has welcomed into its fleet not only its biggest cruise ship but also the biggest to have been built for a European ship owner. MSC MERAVIGLIA tops out at 171,598-gt and has a passenger capacity of 5,714 guests.

The christening ceremony was held last Saturday (3 June 2017) in Le Havre with international screen legend and godmother of all of MSC Cruises’ ships, Sophia Loren performing the naming.

MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, hosted the glamorous, high-profile event with entertainment from top international performers and an exclusive gala dinner in the company of special guests, authorities, key partners from the travel industry, global media and top management from MSC Cruises and its parent company MSC Group.

Gianluigi Aponte, MSC Group’s founder and executive chairman as well as the ship owner, attended together with the Aponte and Aponte-Vago families.

“We have an ambitious vision for the future and MSC Meraviglia marks the start of a new era for our company,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman. “For this reason, this evening is an extremely proud moment for all of us at MSC Cruises as we see the first of our next-generation ships being named.”

“The new ships that will come into service over the coming ten years are purpose-built connected ships, featuring innovation in both product and design, as well as the very latest-cutting edge technology to create unforgettable holiday experiences at sea for guests of all ages. MSC Meraviglia is the first to make this vision come to life, as it sets a new standard for cruise ships as a destination in itself.”

MSC Meraviglia is the Company’s new flagship and the 13th addition to the MSC Cruises fleet as well as the first of 11 new MSC Cruises ships due to come into service over the next 10 years under an industry-unprecedented €9 billion investment plan.

Both the ship herself and Saturday night’s event were inspired by the wonders of the world, as Meraviglia literally means wonder. The christening ceremony itself was hosted by one of Europe’s most loved comedians, Gad Elmaleh. The audience were also entertained by internationally renowned artist Patrick Bruel who will perform a selection of his most loved songs. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Kids United performed to represent a diverse world, promoting peace and tolerance.

Cutting the ribbon
The crowning moment of the evening was the parade of the ship’s officers, as Sophia Loren cut the ribbon and named MSC Meraviglia to a time-honoured crescendo of champagne and fireworks. Ms Loren has held a close relationship with MSC Cruises for over a decade, when she first became godmother of MSC Lirica in 2003.

As the MSC Cruises fleet continued to grow, she blessed each and every new ship, reflecting MSC Cruises’ belief not only in loyalty, but also in Loren’s unique beauty, talent and elegant style – the same elements that distinguish every aspect on board an MSC Cruises ship.

The evening was concluded on a note of haute cuisine. Hélène Darroze, the chef with the two Michelin stars created an exceptional menu for the VIP gala dinner as well as an exclusive dish for all guests.

MSC Meraviglia is the largest cruise ship to launch in 2017 but is able to call in most of the world’s international cruise ports and is set to become one of the hottest destinations at sea.

MSC Meraviglia commenced her maiden voyage from Le Havre to Genoa on the following day (4 June) and then commences her summer itinerary from Genoa from 11 June. MSC Meraviglia will offer six embarkation ports in the Western Mediterranean including the popular ports of Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona as well as other much sought after Mediterranean destinations including Naples, Messina in Sicily and Valetta in Malta.

Watch a short video clip of the opening ceremony [2:04]

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LARGE CHINESE DELEGATION VISITS GHANA’S TAKORADI PORT

Takoradi port, Ghana, in maritime news
Upgrading the port of Takoradi

A delegation from Sinopec, China’s largest and the world’s third-largest company, has visited the Port of Takoradi in Ghana to explore business opportunities arising from the ongoing Takoradi port expansion project.

The delegation was received by…

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SUPER STORM EXPECTED ON CAPE ATLANTIC COAST

severe weather over Cape expected, in maritime news
stormy seas ahead

Port operations at Cape Town and Saldanha could be impacted by what may be described as the Cape’s ‘Super Storm’ which is expected to reach the coast today.

On land authorities have…

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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 : MEDI AERO

d'Amico's Medi Aero, by Trevor Jones, in Maritime News
Medi Aero. Picture: Trevor Jones

The d’Amico bulker MEDI AERO (57,517-dwt) is seen arriving in Durban this week. d’Amico is an Italian shipping company dating back to the early 1950s and operates with a fleet of owned and chartered dry bulk and container ships and product tankers, Medi Aero being one of the chartered variety of dry bulkers. The bulker is owned by Taiwanese interests and managed by First Steamships Co Ltd of Taipei, Taiwan. She is currently at berth on Maydon Wharf 6. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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