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FIRST VIEW: GRAND PEARL

Car carrier Grand Pearl arriving in Durban, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Keith Betts
Grand Pearl. Picture: Keith Betts

The car carrier GRAND PEARL (59,217-gt) enters the port of Durban in this picture captured earlier in the year. The 199-metre long Ro-Ro car carrier is owned and managed by Cido Shipping of Pusan in South Korea and was built in 2008 at the Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding yard in Toyohashi, Japan. The ship operates in the Eukor Car Carriers fleet and her maximum capacity is 6,502 motor cars. This picture is by Keith Betts

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PORT OF DAR ES SALAAM TO UNDERGO US$154 MILLION UPGRADE

Tanzania's Port of Dar es Salaam, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Dar es Salaam

Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has signed a US154 million contract with China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) to upgrade the port of Dar es Salaam and to dredge and deepen seven of the berths.

Dubbed the Dar es Salaam port expansion programme, the project will see berths 1 – 7 being strengthened and the depth alongside dredged to 15.5 metres.

This is designed to enable the port to cater for much bigger ships, container ships in particular, that have already begun calling on East African ports.

The Port of Dar es Salaam has two container terminals…

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R1 BILLION LPG STORAGE TERMINAL FOR RICHARDS BAY

Petredec's LPG tanker MANIFESTO, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Petredec’s LPG tanker MANIFESTO

Petredec, the leading independent LPG specialist has entered into an agreement with Bidvest Tank Terminals for the development of a new facility for the import and storage of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) at Bidvest’s existing site in Richards Bay.

The terminal will consist of a 22,600 metric tonne storage facility which when completed will become the world’s largest pressurised LPG import terminal, featuring four mounded tanks, each capable of storing more than 5,500 metric tonnes of gas, guaranteeing year-round availability.

Despite growing demand in…

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CMA CGM LAUNCHES INDIAMED SERVICE

CMA CGM'S Iniamed service, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

CMA CGM has launched INDIAMED, a new service linking the East Mediterranean with Djibouti, Arabian Gulf, Pakistan and India.

The new service starts on 2 July and is one of the fastest between these strategic zones while connecting CMA CGM hubs in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf.

INDIAMED will complement the French line’s MEGEM (East Mediterranean to/from Middle East) and…

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WORLD LARGEST PASSENGER SHIP, SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS, FLOATED OUT

Symphony of the Seas, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

On Friday, 9 June Royal Caribbean’s SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS was floated out into open water for the first time at the STX France shipyard.

Following the floating out from the construction area, Symphony of the Seas was transferred to basin C, assisted by three pilots and eight tug boats ensuring that the manoeuvre went without hitch. The ship’s giant engines were not in use at this time.

She will remain in this position until…

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MADAGASCAR DOCKWORKER PROTEST REACHES PARLIAMENT & GLOBAL UNION TAKES UP CAUSE

Malagasy dockers protesting, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Malagasy dock workers and supporters protesting

The plight of the Malagasy 43 dockworkers sacked at the Madagascar port of Toamasina reached Madagascan government level yesterday with protests taking place at Parliament and meetings scheduled with government officials to try and resolve the dispute.

The dispute arose over the sacking of 43 workers which led to the Madagascar government having to deal with an International Labour Organisation (ILO) complaint over the dispute. The workers say they lost their jobs after fighting for better wages and against working in dangerous conditions. After joining their union, they say they faced intimidation and retaliation from management who gave them two options: leave the union or lose their jobs.

The workers refused and were sacked, contravening their rights to freedom of association. None of the 43 workers have been reinstated. The matter went before the Supreme Court of Madagascar which ruled that the workers should be re-instated but the government has refused to enforce the decision.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Madagascan union SYGMMA said it will be meeting with Minister of Public Service, Labor, & Social Law Jean de Dieu Maharante and was requesting that the Madagascan government enforce the Supreme Court ruling and resolve the worsening dispute.

The meetings come after major international garment manufacturers Esprit and Levi Strauss backed the workers and called on the government to uphold basic labour rights.

ITF President and Dockers’ section chairman Paddy Crumlin said the Malagasy 43 had support from around the world, with dockers in Indonesia holding events in their ports to show solidarity with them.

“We will keep fighting for justice for these workers. The government and ICTSI need to agree to work with the unions to improve safety and working conditions at the port [Toamasina]. The first step is to accept the court ruling and let them get back to work.

“The other message we will be giving the government is ICTSI is a rogue operator. They boast about charging hugely inflated prices of US$250 to move a container through their African ports while paying their workers as little as US$40 per month. ICTSI was a bad choice to operate the port.”

Crumlin said that the ITF will be delivering this message in Madagascar and across Africa – wherever ICTSI are looking to expand into. “There are better operators for governments to partner with,” he claimed. “In particularly Tanzania where they are interested in buying the port operator, the government should be wary and instead choose an operator that charges their customers fairly and treats their workers with dignity and respect.”

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Background
The Port of Toamasina which is operated by ICTSI, is the main port of Madagascar and is the main gateway for $360 million worth of textile products exported to Europe, $100 million to South Africa, and $60 million to the USA. Major international brands source clothing in Madagascar – including Esprit, Eddie Bauera, Camaieu and Levi Strauss.

ITF is the international union federation representing around 700 transport unions, and more than 4.5 million transport workers from 150 countries.

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TRANSNET REACHES OUT TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF ZULULAND FLASH FLOOD

Transnet donates R100,000 to aid of uMhlatuze flood victims. In Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mr Mlamuli Buthelezi (front), Transnet GCOO, handing over food parcels to community members. Also pictured are (back) Jeffrey Krishnan (UNTU: Full Time Shops Steward), Mr. Reggie Mthembu (Terminal Manager: Dry Bulk Terminal), Mr. Velile Dube (Acting TPT COO), Mr. Mfundo Mthenjana (Speaker of Umhlathuze Municipality), Mr. Preston Khomo (Richards Bay Port Manager), Ms. Siziwe Batyi (Terminal Manager MPT), Ms. Amanda Siyengo (GM: Bulk, Break-bulk & Cars), Mr. Tiyani Hlabangwane (Executive Manager : TFR), Ms. Sinamile Zuma (Manager CRM, TNPA)

Transnet has handed over a donation of R100,000 to the victims living in the uMhlathuze area that were affected by the recent flash floods that hit the province of KZN in May 2017, impacting on a number of communities. One of these was uMhlathuze.

An appeal by the uMhlathuze Municipality to local businesses to assist the destitute victims from their community was…

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ANOTHER RECORD BREAKER AT THE PORT OF FELIXSTOWE

Madrid Maersk at Felixstowe, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Madrid Maersk 20,568 TEU

The largest container ship to call in North Europe so far made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe on Britain’s East Coast.

The 20,568 TEU MADRID MAERSK, (illustrated) operated on the 2M NEU2 Asia to Europe service, arrived at the port with over 6,000 TEU for the UK loaded in China and Malaysia.

Commenting on the latest in a long line of record-breakers to call at the UK’s largest container port, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said:

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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GAC BRAZIL HELPS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITION MOVE FORWARD

RSS James Clark Ross. Picture: Hilmar Snorrason/Shipspotting, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
RSS James Clark Ross. Picture: Hilmar Snorrason/Shipspotting

São Paulo, Brazil – National Geographic’s largest environmental preservation initiative is on its way to the remote Ascension Island, with help from GAC Brazil in Recife.

The team behind the Pristine Seas project is on expedition to the island, in partnership with the Ascension Island Conservation Department, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

They are on board the National Geographic’s vessel, the RSS James Clark Ross, which arrived at Recife from Montevideo in Uruguay. Once at the port, GAC’s team took care of a crew change and arranged for the scientists joining the ship for exhibition to embark. They also handled the delivery and loading of important research equipment, including a full range of remote-sensing equipment.

Operations at the port were coordinated by Elberland Silva, GAC’s Ship Operator at Recife, who says: “It is exciting to play even a small part in the important work of the National Geographic Society and the British Antarctic Survey. This was a great opportunity to start a long-term relationship with them both.”

Tim Page, Master for the RSS James Clark Ross says GAC’s team at Recife took good care of his vessel and worked hard to arrange the release charter equipment held by customs.

BBC Television and Natgeo presenter Paul Rose was among those who joined the ship at Recife. He adds: “Many thanks to GAC for the excellent handling. It feels great to be aboard!”

The RSS James Clark Ross has now begun its 1,200 nautical mile passage to the island where the team will prepare for deep ocean work and make new discoveries of the seafloor at Ascension. source: www.gac.com/hpn

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : AFRICAN SUNBIRD

African Sunbird. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
African Sunbird. Pictures: Keith Betts

The bulk carrier AFRICAN SUNBIRD (55,688-dwt) is seen sailing from Durban during February this year. Registered in Panama, the ship was built in 2006. Owned by Misuga Kaiun of Tokyo, Japan and managed out of that company’s Hong Kong office. The bulker, which was previously named TOMOSHIO, was built at the Mitsui Tamano Engineering & Shipbuilding yard in Tamano, Japan. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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