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FIRST VIEW: MOL PRESENCE

MOL Presence, by Keith Betts in Maritime News
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Mitsui OSK Line’s container ship MOL Presence (72,912-dwt) arrives off Durban to work cargo at the Durban Container Terminal in March this year. MOL Presence is owned by Singapore interests and is managed and operated by Mitsui OSK Line of Tokyo, Japan. The ship, which was built in 2008 has a container capacity of 6,350 TEU and a length of 293 metres and a width of 40m. She was built at the Mitsui & Co shipyard in Japan as hull number 2230. MOL Presence flies the Singapore flag at her stern. This picture is by Keith Betts

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RICKMERS HOPEFUL OF SURVIVING THE CRISIS AND BEING ABLE TO RESTRUCTURE

Rickmers Singapore, in maritime news
Rickmers Singapore in Houston Channel.  Picture: Rickmers

German ship owner and operator Rickmers Group says it remains hopeful of being allowed to restructure under self-administration.

A week ago Rickmers was forced to seek the protection of the court by submitting an application for…

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COURT TELLS INDIAN GROUP JSPL IN MOATIZE TO CLOSE COAL MINE

Jindal's Chirodji coal mine in Tete, featured in Maritime News
Chirodzi mine, Tete Province

A Mozambique court has ordered that the JPL Mozambique Minerais coal mine at Moatize be closed in accordance with an earlier decision by the Tete Judicial Court to shut down operations on account of an environmental dispute.

Despite this earlier order, the Indian JSPL Mozambique Minerais kept the mine in operation.

A spokesman for the company, a subsidiary of the Jindal Africa group, which is controlled by Indian conglomerate Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL), told Radio Moçambique that he could not comment because the company needed time to study the court ruling.

The dispute arose from more than 2,500 people living close to the Chirodzi open cast mine who began to complain of health and other complications arising from the coal being mined and stored pending its transportation along the Sena Railway to the port at Beira. The company had been in talks about re-settling the people but this has not transpired and the communities say they have not received any form of compensation or offers of alternative land.

The local communities live close to the area where coal is stored.

JSPL Mozambique Minerals acquired the mine in 2011 but has had a stop/start operation. After the court action it resumed coal mining on 1 October 2016, based on the price of coking coal or metallurgical coal rising by more than 150% since August.

In March this year Jindal declared force majeure at its Wongawilli coking mine in New South Wales, Australia after flooding resulted from Cyclone Debbie. To compensate it began processing coal from its Mozambique mine where it was reported in mining circles to be producing about 250,000 tons a month.

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CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST CORRUPT PORT OFFICIALS AT GHANA’S PORTS

Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, in maritime news
Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto

Ghana’s minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, says stern action must be taken against port stakeholders who bend the rules with regards the export of goods to foreign markets.

He identified Freight Forward Operators, Customs Officers as well as individuals and institutions as the culprits who should face sanction.

Two years ago the EU imposed…

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NACALA -LICHINGA RAIL OPENED TO FREIGHT TRAINS

Nacala rail corridor in maritime news
Nacala Rail Corridor

Freight trains are running again as of this week between the port at Nacala, and Nampula, Cuamba and Lichinga.

This became possible after an understanding was reached between the government, local business people and the Northern Development Corridor company (CDN).

The news was first…

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SUPER STORM STOPS OPERATIONS AT PORT OF CAPE TOWN

As this year’s first winter storm rolled in from the South Atlantic and living up to the forecasts of this being the worst in more than 30 years, operations at the Port of Cape Town were adversely affected.

Strong gusting winds reaching

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WHY MENTORING AT SEA MATTERS

The Navigator, in Maritime News

The Nautical Institute is focusing on the vital subject of mentoring in the latest edition of The Navigator.

This issue explores how mentoring can, and has, enhanced careers and best practice.

Author of The Nautical Institute’s publication Mentoring at Sea – the 10 minute challenge, Captain Andre Le Goubin, contributes an article on how mentoring complements training and why the tradition must be continued.

To encourage others to engage in practical mentoring, The Nautical Institute is asking readers to share their stories by e-mailing: navigator@nautinst.org

Emma Ward, Editor of The Navigator, commented: “Life works better when…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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NIGERIAN OIL PRODUCTION PEAKS AS SHELL LIFTS FORCE MAJEURE

map: Energy-pedia.com, in maritime news
map: Energy-pedia.com

Exports of Nigerian Forcados crude oil has recommenced for the first time in 16 months, boosting the country’s total exports to around 1.8 million barrels a day.

This follows…

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SOUTH KOREAN NAVAL SHIPS JOIN EU FLEET TO COUNTER PIRACY OFF SOMALIA

South Korean Navy destroyer ROKS CHOI YOUNG in maritime news
South Korean Navy destroyer ROKS CHOI YOUNG DDH981

Brussels — The Republic of Korea warship, ROKS Choi Young, has been deployed as part of EU NAVFOR off the coast of Somalia. The invaluable cooperation between the Republic of Korea and European Union warships is helping to strengthen maritime security to keep seafarers safe as they transit the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

ROKS Choi Young is a Sun-sin class destroyer and entered service in September 2008. Equipped with the latest military and surveillance technology, she is perfectly suited to counter-piracy operations.

Commenting on what was the second integration of ROKS Choi Young to EU NAVFOR, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas said “By cooperating with the Republic of Korea Navy, we were able to show how EU NAVFOR develops its understanding of the maritime security situation off the coast of Somalia by talking to local coastal communities and conducting surveillance at sea. This in turn enabled the Republic of Korea Navy to assess how their capabilities can be best employed to contribute to Operation Atalanta’s counter-piracy efforts and importantly, to pass this knowledge on to the next Republic of Korea warship that will participate in EU NAVFOR.”

During the last week ROKS Choi Young and EU NAVFOR warships cooperated at sea to carry out combined operations and training.

The commander of the Republic of Korea fleet, Vice Admiral Jung Jin-sup stated: “The first combined operation between the Cheonghae unit and EU NAVFOR at the end of February was highly successful and this further coordination has taken our cooperation a step further.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of EUNAVFOR Atalanta.

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : FAIRMASTER

Fairmaster. Picture: Trevor Jones, in maritime news
Fairmaster. Picture: Trevor Jones

The heavy-lift carrier vessel FAIRMASTER (16,200-gt) sails from Durban with an impressive-looking load on her deck, making for the high seas after a bunker call at the port this week (next port is Vitoria). Fairmaster is 153 metres long and 27.4m wide and is, as her hull marking indicates, operated and managed by JUMBO Shipping Co SA of The Netherlands. The remarkable ship was built at the Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia in 2015. Together with her sister ship JUMBO KINETIC, they form Jumbo’s K-class of heavlift specialist ships each having two Huisman mast cranes with a lifting capacity of 1500 metric tons, giving each ship a combined lifting capacity of up to 3,000 metric tons. The ship’s design features rotating remote-operated mast cranes, bridge forward, shallow draught, twin propellers for enhanced manoeuvrability, floatable hatch covers and ice classed Finnish 1A. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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