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Tokyo Car. Picture: Alan Calvert, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tokyo Car. Picture: Alan Calvert

The Ro-Ro vehicles carrier TOKYO CAR (46,800-gt) seen in Lyttelton harbour in New Zealand during June this year, discharging new and used cars. The 182-metre long, 31.5m wide ship was built in 2008 at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co, Ltd shipyard in the PaiTou HaiCang Invest Zone at Xiamen, China. The current owner operates out of a British Virgin island address whereas the previous owners were listed in London. The ship is managed by Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd of London and flies the UK flag but despite all these British links she is operated by Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines. This picture is by Alan Calvert

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Port of Dar es Salaam, appearing in Maritime News

The capacity of the Port of Dar es Salaam will be increased to 25 million tons over the next seven years following the World Bank Board of Executive Directors’ approval of a US$345 million credit and a $12 million grant to the new Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Project (DSMGP).*

The investments in the port will also improve waiting time to berth from 80 hours to 30 hours as well as overall productivity.

“The Port of Dar es Salaam is vital for the economies of Tanzania and neighboring countries,” said Bella Bird, World Bank Country Director for Tanzania who…[restrict] also oversees Malawi, Burundi and Somalia. “Enhancing its operational potential will boost trade and job creation across the region, and reduce the current cost of $200-400 for each additional day of delay for a single consignment.”

The DSMGP is to be implemented as part of a larger ongoing investment program for the overall development of the Port of Dar es Salaam with the support of several development partners. The Government of Tanzania is contributing about $63 million through Tanzania Ports Authority, while Trade Mark East Africa is supporting improvements in the spatial and operational efficiency of the port currently, through the rehabilitation of access and egress roads and demolition and relocation of sheds.

The United Kingdom through its Department for International Development (DFID) are also contributing a $12 million Grant. This support will co-finance the activities in the DSMGP, and further support is available for capacity building programs in institutions like Bandari College, the vocational training facility run by TPA, the Dar Maritime Institute, and the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Dar es Salaam.

“The UK is committed to supporting Tanzania’s growth and helping to improve the lives of Tanzanians. We’ve been a committed partner to the Tanzanian Ports Authority over the last six years. As well as the $12m grant to the Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Project, DFID has funded 100 percent of the work Trademark East Africa has implemented in the port over recent years. We hope that these investments will help Tanzania take advantage of the opportunities that trade offers for future growth and prosperity,” said Sarah Cooke, British High Commissioner.

“TradeMark East Africa commends the World Bank and the UK Government for providing this much needed investment to improve capacity and efficiency of the Port of Dar es Salaam. Funded by the UK Government through DFID, TradeMark East Africa has implemented a number of interventions at the Port over recent years including port access roads, feasibility studies for Berths 1 – 7, and the Port’s dredging studies to prepare for this major investment,” said John Ulanga, TradeMark East Africa Country Director.

The Port of Dar es Salaam currently has 11 berths, with seven of these dedicated to general cargo (including container, dry bulk, break bulk and RoRo operations) and four to container operations. The Port handled 13.8 million tons in 2016, up from 13.1 million tons in 2013, and 10.4 million tons in 2011, reflecting an average growth of 9 percent per year over the last five years. While recent numbers indicated a slowdown, the respite is likely to be short lived as projections for the long term suggest the Port’s volumes could double, from the current 14 million tons to 38 million tons by 2030, in an unconstrained scenario.

Dar es Salaam, appearing in Maritime News

The DSMGP has two main components: the improvements to the physical infrastructure which involve the deepening and strengthening of Berths 1 to 11; the construction of a new multipurpose berth at Gerezani Creek; the deepening and widening of the entrance channel and turning basin; and the improvement of rail linkages and platform in the port.

“Improvement of the port’s infrastructure is long overdue,” said Engineer Deusdedit Kakoko, the Director General of the Tanzania Ports Authority that oversees all Ports in the country including the Port of Dar es Salaam “We have been performing rather optimally, yet under very difficult conditions.”

The institutional strengthening component will support the restructuring of Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and further develop its capacity to act as a landlord, manager and developer of the ports in Tanzania, whilst at the same time building capacity for future private sector participation in port operations.

“The project represents the start of an incremental process towards increasing the capacity of the port of Dar es Salaam, and strengthening its economic role in the region,” said Richard Martin Humphreys, the World Bank’s Lead Transport Economist and Task Team Leader. “It aims to make the necessary improvements to the current sub-structure, whilst providing a new berth, facilitating the access and egress of larger vessels to the port, and improving the integration with the access modes of road and rail.

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The 14,000-TEU NYK Blue Jay. Picture: NYK, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The 14,000-TEU NYK Blue Jay. Picture: NYK

The three main Japanese container lines, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd (K-Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) say they are going ahead with amalgamating their container services and the formation of an integrated operating company despite missing the 1 July 2017 target date.

The group said that as of today (3 July 2017), the new company to be established has received all necessary approvals for compliance with local competition laws in regions and countries where compliance is required for the new company’s establishment, and progress is being made towards completing the establishment of the new integrated container shipping business. Further details will be announced upon completion of all establishment procedures.

They said that the new company expects to complete the approval process for compliance with competition law in South Africa before the service commencement date of 1 April 2018, after appealing the Commission’s ruling.

This follows the rejection of the planned merger by the South African Competition Commission, announced on 21 June. The Commission said it had prohibited the merger of the Japanese trio on the basis that that the transaction was “likely to increase the scope for coordination in the container liner shipping market, while creating a platform for coordination in the car carrier market”.

This week the three Japanese lines said in a joint statement that “overall, there is no impact on the three companies’ integration plans for the new container shipping business, and the service commencement date for the new company is likewise unchanged from 1 April 2018.”

No decision has been made in the United States, where the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) decided it could not rule on the matter and referred the matter to the US Department of Justice.

As a result of the planned merger, the make up of the new combined service, to be known as Ocean Network Express (ONE) will be NYK with a fleet capacity of 563,000 TEU and a 38% stake, MOL with 536,000 TEU (31%) and K-Line 354,000 TEU (31%). The new company will operate out of Singapore, with regional HQ offices in Hong Kong, London, Richmond (USA), and Sao Paulo.

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Cape Town, site of the main Maritime Communication System. Picture: TNPA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cape Town, site of the main Maritime Communication System. Picture: TNPA

The Department of Transport through Telkom Maritime Services has ordered a global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS) from the Austrian communication specialist, Frequentis.

The Frequentis System will replace the old coastal Maritime Distress Communications System (MDCS) and will service coastal waters, along a coastline extending for 2,800 kilometres. Frequentis partner and prime contractor…[restrict] for the project is South African company, AME Telecommunications.

Working with AME Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd as prime contractor, Frequentis will install its Maritime Communication System (MCS) 3020 IP and Tracking and Tracing System (T&T) for the Centre in Cape Town, the back-up facility in Klipheuwel and all its Remote Sites.

The system will ensure search and rescue authorities onshore, ships in the immediate vicinity of a vessel, or person, in distress, will be rapidly alerted to a distress incident. The Frequentis system will also be capable of transmitting voice messages, weather forecasts and navigation warnings on any selected HF transmitter/s and VHF transmitter/s in any combination from any operator workstation.

“The Frequentis maritime information solution, T&T, provides a solid foundation for a fully integrated maritime solution, while the MCS allows the transmission and receipt of DSC (Area A1, A3), NAVTEX as well as the capability to listen to a combined CH16 radio feed and combined HF receiver feed. We are looking forward to providing this global distress and safety system to South Africa and assisting them with enhanced communications”, says Khashayar Saravandi-Rad, Frequentis’ Director Maritime.

Frequentis says that its solution was chosen by AME based on Frequentis’ wealth of experience in the field of maritime communication, and voice communication systems in general. “The MCS 3020 IP system is a highly-flexible communication system featuring a fail-safe design and a broad range of radio and telephone functionality. This state-of-the-art system will provide improved situational awareness for search and rescue along the South African coast operated by the Maritime Department of Telkom South Africa.

“We successfully completed Factory Acceptance Testing in Vienna, showcasing the full range of capabilities of the Frequentis product, tailored for the needs of our South African System,” says Marius Schoeman AME.[/restrict]

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CMA CGM's SWAX July 2017, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

French container line CMA CGM has decided to enhance its services to Africa, with the SWAHILI EXPRESS receiving further improvements after having also received attention in February this year.

With effect from 12 July 2017 and the sailing of CMA CGM MANET (voyage 2162 SN) from the port of Dar es Salaam on her northbound rotation, SWAHILI EXPRESS will be upgraded as follows:

Exports from Mombasa will benefit from a significantly shortened transit time of up to 10 days for export cargo from East Africa to Northern Europe, Mediterranean and the USA. Felixstowe will be reached from Mombasa in 29 days, Hamburg 31 days, Genoa 25 days, Port Said East 25 days and New York 29 days.

A direct call at Djibouti opens new opportunities for a fixed-day weekly service to India, the Middle East and Gulf markets. Nhava Sheva will be reached in 5 days, Mundra in 8 days, and Jebel Ali in 12 days. The aid cargo from Djibouti to Mogadishu will benefit by an excellent transit time of 25 days.

For the reefer cargo, there will be a significant service improvement for avocadoes from Mombasa to Holland and Fos (France) with a reliable and competitive transit time of 30 days.

The port rotation for the Swahili Express now becomes:

Nhava Sheva – Mundra – Khor Fakkan – Jebel Ali – Mombasa – Dar Es Salaam – Mombasa Export call NB – Djibouti – Nhava Sheva

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G20 Hamburg logo, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Pretoria, 4 July 2017: President Jacob Zuma will lead a high level delegation to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

The South African delegation to the summit, which is scheduled for 7 and 8 July, will include International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi.

South Africa is one of the 19 member countries of the Group of 20 (which includes the European Union (EU) as the 20th member) who have been meeting regularly since 1999 to discuss global economic policy coordination.

South Africa’s primary aim in the G20 is to…[restrict] provide strategic foresight in establishing an economic and international policy platform that will drive and negotiate the best possible outcomes for South Africa, Africa and the developing world.

President Zuma said that given the current global dynamics on trade and climate change, the upcoming G20 Summit presents an opportunity for decisive leadership.

“In this regard, South Africa supports calls for the G20 to show international leadership particularly, in the area of climate change and trade, in helping to achieve progress in multilateral institutions, on the understanding that the G20 is not a substitute for the UN system, but should support and add value to what is being done within the UN context,” the President said.

South Africa’s participation in the G20 is guided by its national interest and the primacy of the African Agenda. As the only permanent African member of the G20, South Africa utilises its participation to raise issues of concern to Africa with other G20 members.

“South Africa therefore seeks to use its participation in the G20 to promote and strengthen the interests of Africa and the South on the understanding that if managed carefully, the G20 does present meaningful opportunities for advancing much needed global governance reforms and orienting the international development agenda,” said President Zuma.

The summit will be held under the theme ‘Shaping an Interconnected World’ with the sub-themes of ‘Building Resilience’, ‘Improving Sustainability’ and ‘Assuming Responsibility’.

The sub-theme of ‘Building Resilience’ of the Leaders’ Summit will focus on the world economy, trade and investment, employment, strengthening the international financial architecture, financial markets and international tax cooperation.

The sub-theme of ‘Improving Sustainability’ will focus on climate and energy, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, digitalisation, global health as well as seizing the opportunities of digital technology and empowering women.

The sub-theme of ‘Assuming Responsibility’ will focus on tackling the causes of displacement, the partnership with Africa, fighting terrorism, anti-corruption efforts as well as agriculture and food security. –[/restrict]

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A computer generated image of the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigate. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
A computer generated image of the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigate. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©

On 2 July the (UK) Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the signing of a contract worth around £3.7 billion to start building the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates.

Construction of the first three of these new highly capable warships will secure approximately 1700 skilled shipbuilding jobs in Scotland and 1700 jobs throughout the supply chain across Britain until 2035, it is claimed.

Sir Michael said: “The Type 26 Frigate is a cutting-edge warship, combining the expertise of the British shipbuilding industry with the excellence of the Royal Navy. We will cut steel on the first ship later this month (July) – a hugely…[restrict] significant milestone that delivers on our commitment to maintain our global naval power. These ships will be a force to be reckoned with, there to protect our powerful new carriers and helping keep British interests safe across the world.

“Backed by a rising defence budget and a £178bn Equipment Plan, the Type 26 programme will bring vast economic benefits to Scotland and the wider UK. The contract is structured to ensure value for taxpayers’ money and, importantly, now designed to protect them from extra bills from project overrun. The investment will secure hundreds of skilled jobs at BAE Systems on the Clyde for the next twenty years, and thousands of jobs in the supply chain across Britain.”

These world-class warships will protect the nation’s nuclear deterrent and the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers, the first of which, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has recently taken to sea for the first time. Of the Type 26 frigates they specialise in anti-submarine warfare, protecting the UK’s overseas territories and interests across the globe. The flexible design will allow the capabilities to be adapted throughout its lifespan to counter future threats.

The deal also reaffirms the commitment made by the British Government in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR15) to build eight Type 26 ships. The contract for the second batch of five ships is expected to be negotiated in the early 2020s, paving the way to sustain further jobs in Scotland and across the wider supply chain for many years to come. The Type 26 programme will secure the long term future of the Scottish shipbuilding industry.

The Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigate. Image: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigate. Image: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, added: “For an island nation, dependent on maritime trade, a strong Royal Navy is essential for our national security and economic prosperity. Today there are over 500 submarines in the world operated by 40 navies. As one of the quietest and most potent submarine-hunters of any Navy, the Type 26 will have a crucial role to play to protect the nuclear deterrent and our two new aircraft carriers.

“Although designed to fight and win in the most demanding scenarios, they will also work alongside our international partners to protect and promote the United Kingdom’s interests around the world.”

The (UK) Ministry of Defence (MoD) reports that the Type 26 frigate will be the most advanced anti-submarine warfare ship of its class around the world. The Ministry is exploring potential export opportunities where there is strong interest from international customers.

This contract is specifically structured to motivate both sides to deliver to a successful outcome where both parties share in the pain and gain in the delivery of the programme. This will deliver better value for money for the UK taxpayer.

The MoD spent £1.5 billion with Scottish businesses last year and supports 9,700 jobs across Scotland. The Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers are being built in Rosyth and the new Offshore Patrol Vessels are under construction in Govan and Scotstoun ahead of this summer’s Type 26 Frigate steel cut.[/restrict]

MoD Type 26 diagram, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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At the signing, back left: Asbjørn Skaro, Director Digital & Systems - Rolls-Royce, Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO - DNV GL. Front left: Hans Petter Hildre, Professor and Chairman - NTNU, Henning Borgen, President - Sintef Ocean Ålesund, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
At the signing, back left: Asbjørn Skaro, Director Digital & Systems – Rolls-Royce, Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO – DNV GL. Front left: Hans Petter Hildre, Professor and Chairman – NTNU, Henning Borgen, President – Sintef Ocean Ålesund.

Oslo, NORWAY: Rolls-Royce, The Norwegian University of Technology Science (NTNU), research organisation SINTEF Ocean, and classification society DNV GL have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of creating an open source digital platform for use in the development of new ships.

The platform would allow the creation of so called “digital twins”. A digital twin is a digital copy of a real ship, including its systems, that synthesizes the information available about the ship in a digital world. This allows any aspect of an asset to be explored through a digital interface, creating a virtual test bench to assess the safety and performance of a vessel and its systems, both before its construction and through its lifecycle.

Asbjørn Skaro, Director Digital & Systems, Rolls-Royce – Marine said: “The platform will enable us to build digital twins of real ships, which in turn will form the basis for novel ways of designing, constructing, verifying and operating new maritime concepts and technology.”

Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO, DNV GL said: “We are entering a new era with the accelerated uptake of more IT-technology in shipping. Digitalization of information flows will have a positive impact on safety and environmental performance. By creating ships and ship technology in a virtual environment new ideas and technology can be realized and tested in a shorter time frame. A platform like this could form the basis for future class services.”

Hans Petter Hildre, Professor and Chairman, NTNU said: “A simulation-based way of working lets us easily test multiple concepts before a final solution is selected. In addition, re-using digital models along the entire value chain will contribute to reducing costs.”

Henning Borgen, President, SINTEF Ocean said: “This is a very concrete example of how digitalization can contribute in making our most important ocean space industries more efficient. I believe we have the knowledge and data needed to contribute to this industrial revolution and look forward to be part of this.”

The project partners intend to open the platform for use by other parties, with some core aspects built on an open source framework – enabling designers, equipment and system manufacturers, yards, ship owners, operators, research institutes and academia to work together to co-create and innovate together.

The platform is also designed to serve as a model library for different ship concepts, where concepts can be made generally available or kept part of projects with limited access. Following the signing of the MoU, the project partners are now working to form a steering group that will define and govern the development of the core platform system and its deployment.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.

Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

We have three common themes across all our businesses:

Investing in and developing engineering excellence

Driving a manufacturing and supply chain transformation which will embed operational excellence in lean, lower-cost facilities and processes

Leveraging our installed base, product knowledge and engineering capabilities to provide customers with outstanding service through which we can capture aftermarket value long into the future.

Annual underlying revenue was £13.8 billion in 2016, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £80 billion at the end of 2016. In 2016, Rolls-Royce invested £1.3 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

Rolls-Royce employs almost 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 16,500 of these are engineers. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2016 we recruited 274 graduates and 327 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

About NTNU

The Norwegian University for Technology and Science (NTNU) has the main responsibility for higher education in technology in Norway, and it is the country’s premier institution for the education of engineers. The university offers several programmes of professional study and a broad academic curriculum in the natural sciences, social sciences, teacher education, humanities, medicine and health sciences, economics, finance and administration, as well as architecture and the arts.

About SINTEF Ocean

SINTEF Ocean is one of seven research institute in the SINTEF Group, one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations. SINTEF holds international top-level expertise in the fields of technology, natural sciences, medicine and social sciences. SINTEF Ocean focus on industries and activities that are important to Norway such as fisheries, aquaculture, the maritime sector, offshore oil and gas technology, as well as research into new opportunities.

About DNV GL

Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

About DNV GL – Maritime

DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges. For more information visit

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Standby Safet Vessel Seaway Invincible, by Keith Betts. Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Seaway Invincible. Pictures: Keith Betts

The standby safety vessel SEAWAY INVINCIBLE (1727-dwt), which has been at Durban’s Bayhead for a while, finally sailed this past week, bound, so it appears, for India. The 1970-built vessel has undergone some refurbishment wile in port and was looking quite smart when she departed for the high seas. Since 2014 she has been registered in Lome, Togo, having previously flown the Panamanian flag. Seaway Invincible is 72 metres in length and 12m wide and was built in the UK by Cochrane Shipbuilders of Selby. Her previous names have been Invincible, Seaboard Invincible (1982), Hornbeck Invincible (1995), Tidewater Invincible (May 1998), Seaway Invincible (November 1998). These pictures are by Keith Betts



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