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MSC Altamira in CapeTow by Ian Shiffman, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Altamira. Picture: Ian Shiffman

We thought it about time that we featured a ship in Cape Town for our opening FIRST VIEW, even if it happens to have been taken back in July last year, there being no recent Cape offerings in the mailbag. This is the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC ALTAMIRA (112,150-dwt), seen here in glorious winter sunlight. The 8,900-TEU container ship is 299 metres in length and 48m wide and was built in 2012 at the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd shipyard in South Korea as their yard or hull number S592. The picture was taken by Ian Shiffman

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Tin Can Island terminal and the city of Lagos, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tin Can Island terminal and the city of Lagos

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it is close to concluding negotiations with DP World that will result in investments in Tin Can Island at the port of Lagos to the amount of around US$ 1 billion.

The investment will see DP World deploying its resources to upgrade and deliver world class services at the Tin Can Island Bulk Terminal A. In addition, DP World will also invest in a greenfield DP World Terminal in the Lagos area for which a suitable site is currently being sought.

It is understood the latter project will…[restrict] involve the development of a new terminal for the transhipment of containers and bulk cargo, while modernising and expanding existing operations at the port.

According to the NPA these negotiations are close to being concluded. This comes shortly after the news that the Philippine terminal operator International Container Terminal Services withdrew from participating in the Lekki port project because of long delays.

ICTSI was to have developed and operated a new container terminal with a 2.5 million TEU capacity by 2016 for a period of 21 years.

ICTSI’s withdrawal and other factors drew criticism from several quarters, including the Committee of Maritime Professionals (CMP).

The NPA response is that it is committed to realising the full potential of the maritime sector in Nigeria but that while it remains anxious to ease the means of doing business in the country and to increase revenue from its operations, the NPA remained guided by global best practices without prejudice.

“We are happy to report that proponents of the Lekki Deep Sea Port have recently informed the NPA of the readiness of the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to take up the balance of NPA’s equity to the tune of US$86.81 million which the NPA is unable to bear. Both parties have already executed an agreement to this effect.”

According to the NPA, Tanger Med Port of Morocco has expressed interest in investing in a variety of opportunities in Nigeria. These include the development of the Greenfield Terminal, Logistics Base and warehousing, running into over a billion dollars.[/restrict]

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Mozambique railways, the green line to the coast being the line in this article, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mozambique railways, the green line to the coast being the line in this article

The construction of a new 500-km railway from the coal mining centre of Moatize in Mozambique’s Tete province will now go ahead.

This follows the signing of a contract between the developer Thai Moçambique Logística and the consortium of Portuguese construction group Mota-Engil and China National Complete Engineering Corporation, a subsidiary of the China Machinery Engineering Corporation which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

According to Mota-Engil the railway will…[restrict] connect the coal mines of Moatize with a new port facility on the coast at Macuse in Zambezia province, north of the Zambezi mouth.

The contract calls for the railway corridor to be developed in 44 months at a cost of US$1.389 billion. Construction is likely to commence in 2018 “once the client’s negotiations to finance the project are concluded.”

Mota-Engil says that it is very likely that Chinese export credit institutions, in particular China’s Export and Import Bank, could contribute “positively” to the process of setting up financing for the project.

Mota-Engil assumes management of Monkey Bay port in 2013, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mota-Engil assumes management of Monkey Bay port in 2013

Mota-Engil has a successful history of large sized projects in Africa, and includes construction of a new bridge over the Zambezi in Tete province, construction of a section of the Moatize-Nacala corridor railway, the upgrade of the Sena Railway to increase its capacity, and a 35-year concession awarded in 2013 to manage and operate the ports of Chipoka, Chilumba, Nkhata-Bay and Monkey Bay located along Lake Malawi. The concession is in the name of Malawi Ports Company, a Mota-Engil subsidiary.

Monkey Bay is specifically a passenger port, while Chilumba, Chipoka and Nkhata Bay handle the transport of passengers and cargo.

The ports of Chilumba and Chipoka were expanded in 1991 to deal with import and export of cargo that goes through the port of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania, together being able to handle up to 300,000 tons of cargo per year.[/restrict]

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Mercosul Suape. Picture: courtesy Shipspotting

French line CMA CGM and Maersk Line announced yesterday that they have entered into a binding agreement whereby CMA CGM will acquire Mercosul Line, one of the leading players in Brazil’s domestic container shipping market.

CMA CGM says that the acquisition of Mercosul Line will it to strengthen its service offering to and South America. This would be most notably in Brazil, a market with a strong potential for development, especially on cabotage and “door-to-door” services.

“This activity is part of CMA CGM’s core strategy, which is to develop intra-regional sea transportation links and complementary services such as logistics,” CMA CGM said in a statement.

The Mercosul transaction is subject to Brazilian regulatory approval and the closing of Maersk’s Hamburg Süd acquisition. At the earliest, the integration of Mercosul within CMA CGM will start at the same time as the Hamburg Süd integration, which is expected in Q4 2017.

Until then, Mercosul Line will continue business as usual.

The French company says that the transaction will ensure that the cabotage sector in Brazil remains competitive and that customers continue to benefit from a comprehensive choice of carriers.

Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM’s Chief Executive Officer said the acquisition of Mercosul represents a milestone in CMA CGM’s development strategy in South America. “It is a well-managed company and we will leverage this platform to expand our footprint and service offerings to and from Latin America, seizing opportunities linked to the high growth prospects in this region. As a result, CMA CGM will be able to propose complete door-to-door services continue providing best-in-class services to its customers.

The parties agreed not to publicly disclose the price of the sale.

About Mercosul Line

Launched in 1996 and acquired by Maersk in 2006, Mercosul Line is a specialist in the Brazilian internal transport market. Its fleet of four ships operates in Brazil and South America. Mercosul employs 92 land based staff and 160 seafarers. The company reported revenues of US$128 million in 2016 and offers strong profitability.

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Bunker vessel SARAH a Port Louis, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Bunker tanker SARAH at Port Louis

Engen says that it has enjoyed success in establishing itself in the bunker fuel market in Mauritius and growing its share of fuel oil “more than ten-fold”.

This follows the liberalisation in 2014 of the importation of heavy fuel oils for bunkering purposes on the Indian Ocean island as the Mauritius government set about supporting Port Louis as a bunkering hub for the region. Heavy fuel contributes 62% of the bunkering sales in Mauritius and is used by many industries, including the fishing and cargo shipping industries.

The invitation to suppliers of…[restrict] bunker fuel, including Engen, specified a 380 CST grade fuel, which for Engen proved to be non-competitive in terms of price, the availability of dedicated storage facilities and barges to target big customers.

Convinced that Engen’s 180 CST would do a better job than the 380 CST Grade, a joint team was assembled from Engen and tasked with formulating and executing a strategy to get the company into play. The first phase involved a number of high-level stakeholder engagements which saw the business get approval for 180 CST.

Engen’s team then managed to secure optimal storage and logistics solutions by partnering with third parties for storage and barge facilities. In doing so the business secured healthy shore storage tank capacity, barges, and a dedicated pipeline for receipt and loading of barges.

Port Louis, Mauritius, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port Louis

Engen tightly manages inbound logistics into Port Louis, daily price volatility and financing of the product to ensure that it is always competitive. Engen Petroleum Mauritius manages the in-country storage and outbound logistics through marketing and delivery to the customers.

The Engen task team also set about creating awareness among local and international customers of product quality and availability.

According to Christian Li, Engen Commercial Business Development Manager, “It took buy-in, teamwork, commitments, cross collaborations and stakeholder engagement to make it all possible. It also took almost a year of pre-work and a number of engagements.”

“What began as a barrier to entry into a growing market has become a major success, and a significant step in Engen’s drive to become a major player in every market that it operates,” said Drikus Kotze, Engen General Manager: International Business.[/restrict]

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Gabon's attractive coatline, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, courtesy Vaalco
Gabon’s attractive coast, picture courtesy Vaalco

The government of Gabon has announced the creation of 20 marine protected areas along its coastline.

Making the announcement at the United Nations headquarters in New York, President Ali Bongo Ondimba, said that his government has created a network of 20 marine protected areas in Gabon, consisting of nine marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering 26% of Gabon’s territorial waters.

“As I have often argued, we cannot…[restrict] approach sustainable management solely from the point of view of conservation. On the contrary, we must also tackle this issue through rational use of the environment in order to give more meaning to its preservation by the people who live in it,” the President said.

map of Gabon, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
map of Gabon

With a network of 13 national parks, representing true treasures of global biodiversity, and more than 800 kilometres of coastline, Gabon – more than 90% of which is covered with forest – is seeing a significant acceleration of its sustainable development policy.

This is an innovative initiative on the African continent. The policy aims to rehabilitate fish stocks, increase the sustainable production of the available fishery resources and protect the marine environment, which will have multiple positive outcomes for the people of Gabon.

This policy is based on a new model of socio-economic development that is beneficial both to the Gabonese population and to the international community. Its practical implementation can be seen, in particular, in the signing of major environmental agreements such as the Paris Agreement, signed in the context of the COP21 summit.

Gabon had the honour, in January 2017, of being chosen to coordinate the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC).

During his term in office at the head of CAHOSCC, Ali Bongo Ondimba intends to continue the work of his predecessor, the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, and “to open up new areas of development in this field that are so crucial to our future in the face of climate change.”[/restrict]

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Shipping losses continue to decline but “perfect storm” of regulation, cost-savings and cyber security looms, says Allianz

MV Benita, aground on the Mauritian coast in 2016. The ships wasrefloated by later sank under tow. Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MV Benita, aground off Mauritius 2016
  • Allianz Safety & Shipping Review 2017: 85 large ships lost worldwide in 2016, down 50% over a decade.  South China and Southeast Asian waters top loss location. East Mediterranean replaces British Isles as top incident hotspot.
  • Crew negligence, inadequate vessel maintenance and cyber increasing areas of concern, as economic pressures challenge budgets.
  • New navigational and monitoring technologies could help reduce impact of human error – which has resulted in $1.6bn of losses in five years. However, over-reliance brings risks.
  • Piracy in Africa drastically declined from 160 incidents in 2011 to only 2 in 2016.
  • Johannesburg 14 June 2017: Large shipping losses have declined by 50% over the past decade, largely driven by development of a more robust safety environment by ship-owners, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety & Shipping Review 2017.

    There were 85 vessels reported as total losses around the shipping world in 2016, down 16% compared with a year earlier (101). Last year set safety records in the sector with the lowest number of losses in the past 10 years, preliminary figures show. The number of shipping incidents (casualties) also…[restrict] declined slightly year-on-year, by 4% with 2,611 reported, according to the review, which analyzes reported shipping losses over 100 gross tons.

    “While the long-term downward loss trend is encouraging, there can be no room for complacency,” says Baptiste Ossena, Global Product Leader Hull & Marine Liabilities, AGCS. “The shipping sector is being buffeted by a number of interconnected risks at a time of inherent economic challenges.”

    Environmental scrutiny is increasing with record fines for vessel pollution.  New ballast water management rules that come into force in 2017 are welcomed, but the cost of complying could have a significant impact on already-stressed shippers. Political risk is increasing, with activity in hotspots such as Yemen and the South China Sea having the potential to affect vessel routes. The threat of offshore cyber-attacks is also significant. “A ‘perfect storm’ of increasing regulatory pressure combined with narrowing margins and new risks is gathering,” says Ossena.

    More than a quarter of shipping losses in 2016 (23) occurred in the South China, Indochina, Indonesia and Philippines region – the top hotspot for the last decade. Loss activity remained stable but was still almost double the East Mediterranean and Black Sea region (12), which was the next highest. Loss activity was up in the Japan, Korea and North China; East African Coast; South Atlantic and East Coast South America; and Canadian Arctic and Alaska maritime regions.

    Cargo vessels (30) accounted for more than a third of all vessels lost. Passenger ferry losses increased slightly (8), driven by activity in the Mediterranean and South East Asia. Standards remain an issue in some parts of Asia with bad weather, poor maintenance, weak enforcement of regulations and overcrowding contributing to loss activity.

    The most common cause of global shipping losses remains foundering (sinking), accounting for over half of all losses in 2016, with bad weather often a factor. Meanwhile, over a third of shipping casualties during 2016 were caused by machinery damage. This was also responsible for driving a 16% uptick in incidents in the East Mediterranean & Black Sea region (563), enough to see it replace the British Isles as the top incident location over the past decade. Piracy incidents around the globe and shipping incidents in Arctic Circle waters declined year-on-year.

    Piracy continues downward trend

    In 2016, piracy continued its downward trend as it recorded only 191 incidents, down 22 from 2015 (246), which is the lowest total recorded since 1998. The reduction reflects the successful measures taken to contain the threat of Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, including the introduction of armed guards on-board vessels and the presence of a multinational naval task force. As a result there were just two recorded incidents off the coast of Somalia in 2016, compared with 160 in 2011. Despite this positive trend, the threat of Somali pirates has not gone away. In March 2017 pirates captured the oil tanker, Aris 13 off the coast of Somalia and demanded a ransom – the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel since 2012. Following this incident there has been four further attempts or successful incidents, raising concerns about piracy resurfacing more widely in the region. However, other risk challenges remain, such as the rise in crew kidnappings in parts of Asia and West Africa and the impact of an expected increase in Polar transits.

    After Hanjin – economic pressures continue to bite

    The collapse of one of the world’s largest shipping companies, Hanjin Shipping over the past year exposed the perilous state of some parts of the sector. Bankruptcies are rising and when debt levels are high and earnings are low, ship-owners often seek to make cost savings on maintenance budgets, training and crewing levels, all of which can spike loss activity.

    “Crew negligence and inadequate vessel maintenance are two potential areas of increasing risk, particularly if ship-owners opt to recruit crew with less experience and training, or choose to stretch maintenance work to the longest possible intervals in order to save money,” says Duncan Southcott, Global Head of Marine Claims at AGCS. According to AGCS, negligence/poor maintenance is already one of the top causes of liability loss in the shipping sector and an increase in maintenance-related claims is observed. Implementing rigorous inspection and maintenance regimes is crucial.

    Technology drives safety improvements but over-reliance presents risk challenges

    Safety-enhancing technology is already impacting shipping – from electronic navigational tools through to shore-based monitoring of machinery and even crew welfare. Technology has the potential to significantly reduce both the impact of human error – which AGCS analysis shows accounted for approximately 75% of the value of almost 15,000 marine liability insurance claims over five years; equivalent to over $1.6bn – and machinery breakdown.

    For example, telematics are already successfully deployed in the automotive sector, improving driver behavior. The shipping sector could also benefit. Insurers such as AGCS are in the early stages of working with ship-owners to utilise Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) analysis to improve safety.

    “VDR data is already used in accident investigation, but there are also important lessons to be learned from analyzing everyday operations, as well as crew behavior and decision-making in near-misses,” says Captain Rahul Khanna, Head of Marine Risk Consulting at AGCS.

    However, the issue of over-reliance on technology is ongoing and incidents continue to result, particularly around navigation. “Crews and officers must understand the shortcomings and limitations of technology,” says Khanna. “Sometimes replacing common sense decisions with digital inferences is not such a good idea.”

    Technology can also be used to improve crew welfare. For example, offshore health problems can often be difficult to address due to location. In response, AGCS, together with Allianz Worldwide Care and Allianz Global Assistance, is now offering crew 24/7 access to medical advice through a dedicated app and on-board equipment. “Such innovative ‘telemedicine’ assistance services can help vessels to make more informed decisions about a crew member’s health, potentially reducing the need to make costly route deviations,” says Ossena.

    The threat of cyber-attacks continues to be significant. Most attacks to date have been aimed at breaching corporate security rather than taking control of a vessel. “The shipping sector doesn’t have a particularly heightened risk awareness when it comes to cyber. As no major incident due to a cyber-attack has taken place yet, many in the industry are still complacent about the risks,” says Khanna. As many as 80% of offshore security breaches are estimated to be down to human error. “IT security should not be put on the backburner. If hackers were able to take control of a large container ship on a strategically important route they could block transits for a long period of time, causing significant economic damage.”

    Other risk topics identified in the review include:


    • Structural integrity of vessels: This remains an issue in the wake of a number of incidents and losses resulting from breaches in recent years, particularly concerning vessels that have been converted.
    • Fires at sea: The recent number of fires on container ships has raised questions about whether safety systems have kept pace with vessel size. Inaccurately labelled cargo can exacerbate the issue.
    • The potential for a $4bn loss:  Larger vessels, the rising cost of wreck removal, environmental sensitivities and greater liability and regulation means such a scenario may no longer be unlikely.
    • Autonomous shipping could be operating on fixed regional routes in the near future.  Safety considerations will be crucial to development with concerns about collisions and challenges around regulatory and liability issues.


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    About Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

    Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is the Allianz Group’s dedicated carrier for corporate and specialty insurance business. AGCS provides insurance and risk consultancy across the whole spectrum of specialty, alternative risk transfer and corporate business: Marine, Aviation (incl. Space), Energy, Engineering, Entertainment, Financial Lines (incl. D&O), Liability, Mid-Corporate and Property insurance (incl. International Insurance Programs).

    Worldwide, AGCS operates in 30 countries with own units and in more than 160 countries through the Allianz Group network and partners. In 2016, it employed more than 5,000 people and provided insurance solutions to more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies, writing a total of €7.6 billion gross premium worldwide annually.

    AGCS SE is rated AA by Standard & Poor’s and A+ by A.M.Best.[/restrict]

    For more information please visit or follow on Twitter @AGCS_Insurance LinkedIn and Google+.

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    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11 June to support humanitarian assistance operations in the wake of severe flooding and landslides that devastated many regions of the country. Recent heavy rainfalls brought by a SW monsoon triggered flooding and landslides throughout the country, displacing thousands of people and causing significant damage to homes and buildings. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released©

    On 11 June it was reported by the US Navy from Colombo, Sri Lanka, that the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie arrived in the port to…[restrict] support humanitarian assistance operations in the wake of severe flooding and landslides that devastated many regions of the country.

    The United States Pacific Command will also deploy military aircraft and other specialists who will join in the humanitarian efforts, it is understood.

    In the words of Admiral Harry Harris, commander US Pacific Command: “We share in the sorrow of the Sri Lankan people at the loss of life and devastation brought on by this disaster. Friends help friends and the United States stands with Sri Lanka during this difficult time. US forces will coordinate with our Sri Lankan counterparts to support recovery efforts. We will work closely with our interagency partners from the US Department of State, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and others to ensure continued, timely and swift responses to requests from the Government of Sri Lanka.”

    Recent heavy rainfall brought by a SW monsoon triggered flooding and landslides throughout the country, displacing thousands of people and causing significant damage to homes and buildings.

    Because of the long-standing friendship between the United States and Sri Lanka, American forces are able to respond with critically needed capabilities.

    Captain Darren McPherson, commanding officer, USS Lake Erie added: “We are very proud to have the opportunity to provide relief and assistance to the citizens of Sri Lanka. Whether it is rehabilitating flooded areas or providing food and water, our sailors are well trained for this mission and we are ready to execute on behalf of the United States.”

    The US military has a history of successfully working with international relief organizations and host nations to provide relief to those affected by disaster. In March this year US Navy doctors and civil engineers aboard USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) visited Hambantota, Sri Lanka for Pacific Partnership, a two week humanitarian and disaster relief preparedness mission, establishing key relationships with the Sri Lankan Navy and civil service agencies in the country. Those relationships are helping US military personnel efficiently integrate into the current Sri Lanka humanitarian response mission.

    In conclusion the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap reflected: “Americans and Sri Lankans have shared a deep bond throughout the history of our two countries. The people of both countries have always stood side-by-side in times of need.”

    Lake Erie left her homeport of San Diego in May on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific with an embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 49.

    As US 7th Fleet’s executive agent for theatre security cooperation in South and Southeast Asia, Commander, Task Force 73 conducts advanced planning, organize resources, and directly support the execution of maritime exercises and engagements, such as Pacific Partnership, the bilateral CARAT* series, the Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) with Vietnam and the multi-lateral Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

    *Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training.[/restrict]

    Edited by Paul Ridgway

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    Siyamtanda pictured with her fellow 2016 Matric bursary holders from Lawhill Maritime School Phaphama Kepu (L) and Gershwyn Poole (R), appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
    Siyamtanda pictured with her fellow 2016 Matric bursary holders from Lawhill Maritime School Phaphama Kepu (L) and Gershwyn Poole (R).

    “The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.” – Nelson Mandela

    In early 2017 the Subtech Group announced the launch of the Imbokodo Trust. The purpose of which is to use dividend flow from the shareholding in Subtech SA to grant education bursaries to new entrants to the Maritime Industry.

    The Trust has been set up in recognition of the fact that education and skills development are part of the long-term solution to many of the problems that the country and the economy presently face and directly supports the objectives of Operation Phakisa.

    Through the Subtech Imbokodo Trust, the Subtech Group intends to change the maritime world one bursary at a time.

    The first beneficiary of the Subtech Imbokodo Trust is Siyamtanda Vuyelwa. Siyamtanda is originally from the Eastern Cape and lives with her mother, grandfather and uncle with only her mother employed. Through the Trust Siyamtanda has been able to follow her passion and is now studying Marine Science at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Having recently completed her second semester, we caught up with Siyamtanda to find out more about life as a student, how she feels about the trust and what her future goals are.

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    Siyamtanda and a friend taking a study break in the Lawhill library during their Matric year

    What are you currently Studying?
    I am studying marine sciences at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

    How has the Trust helped you to undertake your studies?
    Had it not been for Mandy and the Trust I would not have been studying. Instead I would have been at home looking for employment unrelated to the industry or trying to find an internship. So I can say that the Trust is the reason that I am able to study what I am passionate about.

    What do you enjoy most about your studies?
    Although we haven’t done much practical work, we’ve only been to lakeside to do one boat practical, it is the part I have enjoyed the most. Apart from that I love that my studies challenge me, keep my mind occupied and interested and that I am never bored in class.

    What have you found challenging?
    My maths classes my most difficult class – hope we don’t have it again in second semester!

    What do you want to do once you have completed your studies?
    For the top 5 students in my course there is an opportunity for a Work Integrated Learnership (WIL) onboard a research vessel for the last six months of their degree in either Mauritius or Hawaii, which is what I am really trying my hardest to work towards. From there I would like to work as a marine scientist onboard a research ship and gain some experience in the South African industry before moving abroad.

    What inspired you to pursue a career in the maritime industry?
    I knew nothing about the Maritime Industry until I was granted a bursary to study at Lawhill. In grade 10 when I started Maritime Studies, which I found very interesting and it exposed me to a whole new world, I wanted to become a cadet and eventually become a captain. But then everything changed after a presentation by Lwandle Marine Environmental Services who came to talk to us about becoming Maritime Scientists. I found the talk so interesting and it was like my world started blossoming as I realised that I didn’t want to be a cadet anymore.

    Have you received support from other organisations during your studies?
    Apart from the Imbokodo Trust I have received support from Lwandle, who have given me work experience and a living allowance which I am so grateful for!

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    During April this year the Nelson based tug HURIA MATENGA (238-gt) spent several weeks at New Zealand’s Lyttelton harbour on standby while one of the local tugs awaited spare parts to arrive for some repair work to be carried out. Her appearance gives away her Japanese design. Japanese builders Sagami Zosen Takko K.K completed her during 1983 at their Yokosuka yard as Shiomi Maru and in the same year she was sold to the then Nelson Harbour Board (now Port Nelson Ltd). A recent purchase of a new tug by Port Nelson has allowed Huria Matenga to be available for work in other New Zealand ports. These pictures by Alan Calvert



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