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FIRST VIEW: MAKIKI

Bulker Makiki entering Durban, July 2017. Picture by Keith Betts
Makiki. Picture: Keith Betts

The bulk carrier MAKIKI slips into Durban earlier in July to a berth at Pier 1, berth 104. The 190-metre long, 54,525-dwt bulker was built in 2006 at the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) Inc shipyard in Japan as its hull number 059. Makiki was formerly named CE Guardian and before that Pacific Guardian and in keeping with her previous names, the ship is named for Makiki, an area in Honolulu in the Hawaiian Islands. She is currently owned by Greek interests and managed by Unisea Shipping of Athens, Greece and is flagged in Liberia. This picture was taken by Keith Betts

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MSC ALICE BRIEFLY DETAINED AFTER SNAGGING SUBMARINE CABLE

MSC ALICE at Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC ALICE at Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones

A container ship owned and operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company, MSC ALICE (43,170-dwt) was briefly detained by Somali authorities after the 1980-built, 243-metre long ship reportedly dragged her anchor ad snapped the main fibre cable leading to the port city of Mogadishu.

According to a Somali government statement, the country lost US$10 million a day because of the damage caused by the broken communications cable, which left an estimated 6.5 million cut off from the internet in the south-western region of the Horn of Africa country.

MSC said from its head office in Geneva that the matter was being investigated. “Following reports that an underwater cable was damaged, MSC is investigating the incident with other relevant parties and these investigations are at an early stage.”

Whatever has since transpired, the container shop has since been allowed to sail and is currently (Sunday evening) off the coast of north-west India.

A spokesman for the Somali government said that together with the communication company Dalkom which is part of the consortium that provides the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, said last week it should be able to have communications restored by the end of the week. It is understood that the target was achieved.

After a late start, Somalis have rapidly adapted to the idea of being connected with the rest of the world by internet ever since fibre optic was made available in 2014.

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DREDGING CLEARS GRINDROD’S MATOLA TERMINAL FOR PANAMAX SHIPS

The bulker Martine alongside the new Matola berth, on which the fender system and the supporting structure was designed and constructed by South African marine contractor, Subtech. Picture courtesy: Grindrod, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The bulker Martine alongside the new Matola berth, on which the fender system and the supporting structure was designed and constructed by South African marine contractor, Subtech. Picture courtesy: Grindrod

The recent dredging of the Port of Maputo access channel, early this year, from -11 to 14.3 metres has served as an enabler to other infrastructure projects, some already taking place at the Mozambique port.

Terminal de Carvão da Matola (TCM), an open storage dry bulk handling terminal customised to handle coal and magnetite, is the port’s first terminal to take…

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DRAMA & TRAGEDY NEAR ST FRANCIS BAY AS CHOKKA BOAT CAPSIZES

The Chokka fishing boat Maredon capsized at Sunset Rocks, Cape St Francis. Picture: NSRI St Francis Bay, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Chokka fishing boat Maredon capsized at Sunset Rocks, Cape St Francis. Picture: NSRI St Francis Bay

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) reports on the drama that took place in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday) near St Francis Bay in the Southern Cape, where a chokka (squid) boat capsized in the surf.

The NSRI said that the NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew was activated at 03h30 yesterday morning by the MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) following reports of…

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NIGERIA REGAINS TOP SPOT AS AFRICA’S LARGEST OIL PRODUCER

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After a period of years Nigeria has regained top spot as Africa largest oil producer, relegating Angola to second position.

This became obvious from the monthly oil market report…

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VALE MOZAMBIQUE SHIPS FIRST METALLURGICAL COAL TO AUSTRALIA

Nacala Corridor coal train, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nacala Corridor coal train

Brazilian mining major Vale has fixed a vessel to carry a 70,000mt metallurgical coal cargo from Nacala in Mozambique to Port Kembla in Australia which was to be loaded last week between 13 and 15 July, S&P Global Platts reported on Thursday.

This would be the first direct shipment of Nacala met coal to Port Kembla, it said.

Calling the shipment…

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INTERNATIONAL: NATO & EU DISCUSS FUTURE COOPERATION AT SEA

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Policy experts, diplomats and military representatives met a few weeks back to discuss maritime cooperation between NATO and the European Union.

This meeting, hosted at Norway House in Brussels, was designed to draw lessons for future cooperation at sea, building on NATO-EU experience in countering piracy in the Indian Ocean and working side-by-side in the Mediterranean.

Participants discussed all…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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REEFER SHIPPERS ASSESS RISKS FROM OCEAN CARRIER CONSOLIDATIONS

Maersk reefer container, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maersk reefer container

Reefer shippers gather at Cool Logistics – Heavy weight shipper trio to address Cool Logistics Global in Algeciras this year

LONDON: Chris Swartz from AJC International, Chayenne Wiskerke from Wiskerke Onions and Stefano di Paolo of Chiquita Brands International will take reefer carriers to task at the 9th Cool Logistics Global Conference in Algeciras on 25-27 September.

Global fresh and frozen product shippers are becoming increasingly concerned about the level of service provided by ocean carriers, not just in in terms of service reliability, but critically when trying to access reefer containers from them.

Last year only 75,000 new reefer boxes were ordered, compared with the usual 100,000 to 150,000. As a result, shippers and freight forwarders are becoming concerned that sooner or later they may run out of equipment.

The effect of the likely box shortage on global perishable supply chains, coupled with the slower than expected realignment of carrier services on all routes handling significant volumes of perishables, will take centre stage at Cool Logistics Global this year, according to Thomas Eskesen of Eskesen Advisory. The bottleneck has become more acute since the announcement of the new alliances earlier this year.

“With Thomas Eskesen chairing the Ocean Freight Debate on the 27 September and Ole Schack Petersen, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer at LCL chairing the sessions on 26 September, this year’s programme will cover all the latest trends affecting the world of perishables”, says Alex von Stempel, managing director of Cool Logistics Resources.

No other shipping line, with the exception Maersk, has been buying large volumes of reefer boxes this year. Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen, Global Head of Reefer Management and Catja Hjorth Rasmussen, Head of Equipment Excellence, Maersk Line will participate in various sessions, covering everything from technology to the effect of the Panama Canal and reefer container operations in Algeciras this year.

A ground-breaking technical pre-conference workshop on 25 September chaired by Mathijs Slangen, Head of Strategy and Strategic Accounts, TIP Trailer Services and featuring special guest Martin Rapos, Mobility Director, Route Monkey will ensure that delegates will be sitting on the edge of their seat while witnessing the latest developments in predictive analysis and how this will unleash whole new dimensions in perishable supply chain thinking.

The conference will be opened by Jose Llorca, President, Puertos del Estado and Manuel Morón, President, Port of Algeciras, setting the tone for a specially convened session on Ports and Perishables and will include as guest of honour Gonzalo Mortola, Chairman Port of Buenos Aires.

Key sponsors and exhibitors include the Port of Algeciras, Agro Merchants, Puertos del Estado, Anserlog, Emerson Climate Technologies, Daikin, Kuehne + Nagel, Zeeland Seaports, DP World London Gateway, Drewry, foodcareplus, Fruit Logistica, Port of Dover, Seaco, Visbeen, Daikin, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, Kuehne + Nagel, Maersk Line, RTE and Transito 2000.

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : MERIDIAN 1

Meridian 1 at Lyttelton. Picture: Alan Calvert, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime ews

Meridian 1 at Lyttelton and entering the port's dry dock. Pictures: Alan Calvert, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Meridian 1 at Lyttelton and entering the port’s dry dock. Pictures: Alan Calvert

A recent visitor to the Lyttelton dry-dock has been the Ukrainian owned trawler MERIDIAN 1. Three days were spent in the dock during early July to carry out urgent repairs to a leaking stern gland. A number of trawlers of this popular Soviet era design work in various joint ventures with New Zealand fishing companies. In recent years the Government has changed the rules for joint fishing ventures in NZ waters. All foreign trawlers must now be registered at a New Zealand port, in this case Nelson and they must comply with NZ conditions and pay rates. Food for thought for the South African fishing industry and foreign companies operating in the South African EEZ. Pictures by Alan Calvert

 

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