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FIRST VIEW: SHUNTIEN

container ship Shuntien at Auckland, NZ. Picture: Alan Calvert, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Shuntien. Picture: Alan Calvert

Auckland, New Zealand is the scene for today’s First View – why? Because there’s been another devastating earthquake in that country with whom we share so many similarities, not to mention people. The 6.4M earthquake occurred in the very south of South Island, well away from Auckland where this picture of the container ship SHUNTIEN (30,852-dwt) was taken. An idea of how much damage a 6.4M quake can make can be seen from a comparison with the 6.3M earthquake that resulted in sever damage to buildings and loss of life at Christchurch in 2011. Last year the island experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake followed by almost 17,500 aftershocks. Our thoughts are with all those affected.

Coming back to our ship in Auckland harbour, she is owned and managed by China navigation Pte of Singapore and was built in 2013 at the Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding Co in China as the yard’s hull number 641. Her container capacity is 2082 TEU and the ship is registered in Hong Kong. She is being assisted by the Auckland Ports tug WAKA KUME (338-gt). This picture is by Alan Calvert

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CREW RESCUED AFTER TAIWANESE FISHING VESSEL HSIANG FUH No.6 CATCHES FIRE

Hsiang Fuh No.6 abandoned after fire. Picture courtesy: SAMSA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hsiang Fuh No.6 abandoned after fire. Picture courtesy: SAMSA

A fire which enveloped the Taiwanese longliner HSIANG FUH No.6 on Sunday, forced the crew of 30 to abandon ship 460 n.miles East-North-East from Durban and 310 n.miles from the closest shore.

SAMSA, which jointly coordinated the rescue, reports that some of the crew suffered burns, one of them serious. The crew took to life rafts and were later picked up by ships that responded to the MAYDAY.

One of these was the container ship EVER DIADEM which was sailing about 6 n.miles away and which has recovered 16 of the crew while a second responding ship, the bulker SBI ANTARES picked up the remaining 14. Both ships then headed for Durban.

A third responding vessel, the bulker HAMPTON BAY was later released from the scene by the Maritime Rescue Co-ordinating Centre in Cape Town (MRCC CT) which co-ordinated the rescue together with SAMSA.

one of the life rafts with crew onboard, appearing in Africa aPORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hsiang Fuh No.6 and a life raft with survivors. Picture: SAMSA

The NSRI Durban responded to the call for assistance and despatched their rescue boat and paramedics to rendezvous with the 294-metre container ship which had the injured men onboard. The South African Air Force 15 Squadron based in Durban meanwhile sent one of their Oryx helicopters with paramedics on board also to assist.

Two of the crew that suffered injuries were evacuated from the Ever Diadem yesterday morning (11 July) by the Air Force helicopter as the Ever Diadem approached Durban and were taken to a Durban hospital for treatment, one in a serious but stable condition and the other reported as being stable.

A warning has been issued for the abandoned and unmanned vessel still adrift.

SAMSA said that necessary arrangements for the safe delivery and repatriation of the sailors, Philippine, Indonesian, Taiwanese and Vietnamese nationals, was made for them to be met by representatives of their countries on arrival in Durban. By yesterday afternoon the ships were at anchor outside Durban awaiting permission to enter port.

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FIRST WOMAN TO BE APPOINTED AS TRANSNET NATIONAL PORTS AUTHORITY CE

new and former TNPA chief executives

Transnet SOC has announced the appointment, with immediate effect, of Ms Shulami Qalinge as the TNPA’s new chief executive.

She replaces Richard Vallihu who has been…

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GHANA SHIPPERS CALL FOR ENFORCING SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS

Port of Tema, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Port of Tema

A call has gone out to the Ghanaian Government to enforce service level agreements (SLAs) with the respective service providers involved at the country’s ports.

Dr Kofi Mbiah, the former CEO of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) says that only by enforcing the SLAs can the service providers begin to perform at optimum levels when it comes to cargo clearance at the ports.

This, he said, would help cargo owners having…

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SAMSA REPORT: AFRICAN MARINE WASTE CONFERENCE 2017

African Marine Waste Management 2017 logo, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Video clip [18:16] Sylvia Earle: How to Protect the Oceans (click video bottom right for full screen)

The world’s oceans are drowning, but there is an economic opportunity to it

This was the topic of discussion at the African Marine Waste Conference 2017 currently taking place in Port Elizabeth.

With more than 150 million tons of plastic material floating across the world’s oceans – and likely to rise to 950mt in 30 years – and with very little being done about it, the world is facing an imminent ecological disaster, scientists told delegates during the opening day of the conference.

The African Marine Waste Conference 2017 began on Monday with about 200 delegates and will end Friday, with its main aim being to encourage development of concrete plans to…


You can read this full report including a number of video and audio presentations on the SAMSA website CLICK HERE
source: SAMSA

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TUI DISPOSES OF REMAINING HAPAG-LLOYD SHARES

Mein Schiff 2, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mein Schiff 2

Germany’s TUI Group, the world’s number one integrated tourism group operating in around 180 destinations worldwide, has cut the final cord linking it to the container business by disposing its remaining shares in Hapag-Lloyd AG.

The disposal of the remaining 8.5 million shares took place in an open market block trade (Accelerated Book Building) to a guaranteed minimum price close to today’s market closing. Prior to this trade TUI AG had…

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RCCL SIGNS WITH NAVTOR FOR FLEET OF 49 CRUISE SHIPS

RCCL signs with NAVTOR, appearing in Africa PORTS 7 SHIPS maritime news

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC), a global leader in the cruise segment, has signed a deal with NAVTOR to install the innovative NavBox solution across its entire corporate fleet of 49 vessels. The deal, which spans the six different operating companies within RCC, will greatly simplify and enhance on-board navigational procedures, optimising efficiency, safety and compliance.

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR launched NavBox in 2013. The solution automatically downloads, distributes and updates all vessel navigational charts and publications – dramatically cutting administration time, while ensuring the very latest, compliant charts are always at hand.

NavBox, which complements NAVTOR’s range of…

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

Naval News

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PIC OF THE DAY : IMME OLDENDORFF

Imme Oldendorff arriving at Durban. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Imme Oldendorff. Picture: Keith Betts

The bulk carrier IMME OLDENDORFF (63,550-dwt) sails into Durban harbour earlier this month. Built last year the 200-metre long geared bulk carrier is owned by German interests and managed by Oldendorff Carriers GMBH based in Luebeck, Germany. Flying the Portuguese flag, she is the latest in a number of ships to carry this name. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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