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FIRST VIEW: LEO SPIRIT

Leo Spirit. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Leo Spirit. Picture: Keith Betts

The Ro-Ro car carrier LEO SPIRIT (60,825-gt) on her berth at the Durban Car Terminal’s R berth earlier this year. As her funnel denotes, Leo Spirit is managed and operated by the Nissan Motor Car Carrier company of Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan – the ship being owned also by Japanese interests. The 200-metre long ship was built in 2012 and has a car carrying capacity of 5,200 motor vehicles. Nissan Motor Car Carriers operates a fleet of 16 Ro-Ro car carriers. This picture is by Keith Betts

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US WARSHIP IN COLLISION

USS Fitzgerald. USNavy pic, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald alongside at Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating SW of Yokosuka, Japan. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released. USN©.

Search continues for missing sailors

It was reported by the US Navy on 17 June that search and rescue efforts by US and Japanese aircraft and surface vessels were continuing in the hopes of recovering seven USS FITZGERALD sailors.

Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX CRYSTAL at approximately 02h30 local time on 17 June while operating…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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WORL MARITIME DAY 2020 CONFERENCE COMES TO DURBAN

Day of the Seafarer banner, SAMSA appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News

It has been announced that South Africa will host the 2020 World Maritime Day (WMD) conference organised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with the conference being held in Durban.

This is according to Sindisiwe Chikunga, Deputy Minister of Transport who said at the weekend that all eyes will be on South Africa’s maritime sector and Operation Phakisa when more than 230 countries participate in the WMD.

She was speaking ahead of the celebrations of the Day of the Seafarer, organised by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and supported by the DoT, which is to be held in Bizana in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, 25 June. The theme for this year is ‘Seafarers Matter’.

Sindisiwe Chikunga, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Sindisiwe Chikunga

The IMO, which supports the Day of the Seafarer, is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. Every year the IMO celebrates World Maritime Day, which focuses attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasise a particular aspect of IMO’s work.

World Maritime Day is celebrated each year in the last week of September – in South Africa it is celebrated on 25 September.   This year WMD will take place in Port St Johns [coincidentally not too far from Bizana].

In 2020, 230 maritime nations will converge in Durban, with experts in the shipping and maritime industry in attendance, together with an array of exhibitions involving the oceans economy.

Chikunga, who will be part of the IMO Day of the Seafarer celebrations in London this week, said South Africa’s participation in the international body was critical, as “we are able to showcase the vast potential that lies within our oceans”.

“Sitting on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) allows us to showcase our oceans economy, Operation Phakisa. But also it exposes us to what other countries are doing,” she said.

“When 2020 comes, the world will be in South Africa and they will want to know what South Africa has done. They will want to meet our seafarers. They will want to see our mariners. They will want to see our captains.

“In actual fact they will also want to see those vessels that are flying the South African flag, which makes us a flag state. They will want to visit our ports which make us a port state. They will also want to see our seas as we are a maritime nation,” said Chikunga.

The deputy minister called on young people to enter the maritime sector by becoming seafarers, by making the oceans their choice of vocation.

“If we train you as a seafarer or as cadet, as an engineer, maritime engineer, as a maritime lawyer, you are guaranteed to find employment because the opportunities are available. We are building this industry almost from scratch.”

SAMSA is currently implementing the Maritime Youth Development Program which was established to attract youth, and graduates to the maritime sector.

“This programme matters to SAMSA for two reasons,” said Sizwe Nkukwana, Programme manager for Operation Phakisa at SAMSA. “We would like to see the contribution of maritime towards solving some of the country’s problems. We also believe the oceans economy creates opportunities for the unemployed and those who want to build businesses in it.”

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ANOTHER HEROIN SMUGGLER NABBED BY AUSTRALIAN NAVY OFF AFRICAN COAST

Boarding party from HMAS Arunta off Somali coast. Picture: RANavy, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
HMAS Arunta’s boarding party prepares to board a dhow smuggling illegal narcotics in the Middle East Region. Picture: Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS ARUNTA, which is on her third deployment to the seas off north-west Africa and the Arabian Sea, has carried out another successful stop and search of an Arab dhow off the coast of Africa. Although the exact position has…

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CAMEROON HANDS BACK STOLEN NIGERIAN RESEARCH VESSEL

Sarkim Baka. Picture: Akanbi Williams / Marine Traffic, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Sarkim Baka. Picture: Akanbi Williams / Marine Traffic

The Nigerian-flagged fishing vessel SARKIN BAKA, which was operated by the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research, a division of the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has been released from detention in Cameroon and handed over to the Nigerian authorities.

The 272-gt vessel, built in Japan at the Fujishin Shipbuilding yard in Kizugawa, Japan in 1984, was stolen by…

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DIMAOND MINING SHIP SS NUJOMA READY FOR SERVICE

SS Nujoma.appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
SS Nujoma

Debmarine Namibia’s newest diamond mining vessel, and the world’s largest, has been handed over and is ready to commence operations off the coast of Namibia.

Costing US$157 million the new diamond dredger SS NUJOMA (7,800 gross tons) is a joint venture between the firm of Debmarine Namibia, a part of the De Beers Marine organisation, and the Government of Namibia.

The vessel was built…

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ETHIOPIA NEGOTIATES TO BUY INTO PORT OF BERBERA

Anxious to secure its own stake in a seaport, landlocked Ethiopia is reported to be negotiating with DP World to form a joint venture in which Ethiopia will have a minority stake in the DP Berbera port and terminal in Somaliland.

Ethiopia is looking to…

 

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IMarEST award for research into collaborative autonomous marine fleets

Fletcher Thompson (left), and IMarEST's Greg Hellessey, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Fletcher Thompson (left), and IMarEST’s Greg Hellessey

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has awarded its prestigious Laurie Prandolini Research Fellowship of AU$14,000 to Fletcher Thompson. Fletcher holds a BEng degree in Naval Architecture and is a PhD candidate at the Australian Maritime College of the University of Tasmania.

This fellowship will go towards supporting Fletcher’s PhD research project, Project FOX. Project FOX (Fleet Operations and eXpeditions) aims to…

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : LEEUW

Leeuw, by Trevor JOnes, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News

Leeuw, picture : Jan de Nul, appearing if Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News

An unusual visitor to Durban earlier this year was Jan de Nul’s split hopper barge LEEUW (6,210-dwt) which is seen berthed at the Point. The red crane overlooking the hopper is not part of the vessel but a mobile crane on the wharfside beyond the vessel. Leeuw is one of ten hopper barges in the Jan de Nul fleet. She was built in 2012 and has a hopper capacity of 3,700 cubic metres. As with most of the fleet she is registered in Luxembourg. Despite being known as a barge, the 99.5 metre long vessel is a fully fledged ocean-going motorised vessel.

The top picture is by Trevor Jones, the lower is courtesy of Jan de Nul

 

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