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FIRST VIEW: GRAND PACE

Grand Pace at Durban, July 2017. Picture by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Grand Pace. Picture: Keith Betts

One of the smaller car carriers to call locally is the 4000-CEU (car units) GRAND PACE (50,309-gt) seen arriving in port during early July. Built in 1999 and only 179 metres long by 32m wide, she was one of the early ‘modern’ design pure car carriers – rounded bow line to maximise capacity while reducing wind drag. These RoRo car carriers may be the ugly ducklings of the modern shipping world but what they might lack in aesthetic beauty is more than compensated by their economic performance, withmore recent larger ships able to load up to 8,500 cars at a time. Owned by Cido Shipping, one of the bigger such operators and originally of Japan, Grand Pace is owned by that company out of their Hong Kong office and is part of a fleet of more than 100 ships. Grand Pace was built at the Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding yard in Toyohashi, Japan and is managed from Cido’s South Korea company. This picture is by Keith Betts

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TRANSNET, WITH ITS ANNUAL REVENUE OF MORE THAN R60 Bn, WAS TARGET FOR GUPTA CAPTURE – amaBHUNGANE

Three of the Chinese-supplied STS cranes mentioned in the article. Picture courtesy: Roy Reed, appearing in Africa PORT & SHIPS maritime news
Three of the Chinese-supplied STS cranes mentioned in the article. Picture courtesy: Roy Reed

As the #GuptaLeaks and other investigations publicly turn up more evidence, it has become clear that Transnet, with its annual revenue of more than R60-billion, was targeted as ground-zero for Gupta capture, says the Centre for Investigative Journalism, amaBhungane.

The #GuptaLeaks have revealed that two more companies that won Transnet tenders paid tens of millions to Gupta offshore fronts.

In response to the latest allegations and leaks Transnet spokesperson Viwe Tlaleane said: “The company is conducting its own internal enquiry and will investigate all allegations made. Where appropriate, it will enlist the services of independent experts, depending on the required expertise”.

amaBhungane reported this week that bank and accounting records show that two heavy equipment manufacturers – Swiss-based Liebherr-International AG and China’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Limited – funnelled nearly R100-million to the Guptas, as Transnet awarded them contracts to supply cranes to South African ports.

This brings to seven the number of…

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UAL HOUSTON BOARDED BY PIRATES NEAR PORT HARCOURT

UAL Houston. Picture: Shipspotting, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
UAL Houston. Picture: Shipspotting

United Africa Lines (UAL) general cargo vessel UAL HOUSTON (8703-dwt, built 2012) was approached and boarded by six pirates at approximately 07h45 on the mornin of Thursday, 13 July.

At the time the ship was in position 04 07N 007 00E close to Port Harcourt. As the pirates began to board the ship the crew locked the superstructure access doors and retreated to the ship’ citadel.

Details are sketchy ut it appears that the pirates failed to gain access to the accommodation or the bridge and as a consequence nothing was taken, if robbery was the motive for the attack. The crew are all accounted for and unharmed.

Having failed in their intent, whatever that was, the pirates left the scene the way they came. The crew was able to leave their citadel and assume full control of the ship once again.

UAL Houston is registered in the Netherlands and is managed by Nescos Shipping BV, also of the Netherlands.

UAL Houston has been in the fleet of UAL since her launching in 2012. Her design makes use of the Groot Cross Bow shape of her bows that reportedly has improved wave piercing abilities, ensuring that the ship will experience less slamming and maintain speed more easily than compared to the more conventional bow shapes with bow flare.

Her design aims at ultimately resulting in large energy savings as less fuel is burned and leading to a reduction in the CO2 output.

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TIN CAN ISLAND TERMINAL REDUCES VESSEL TURNAROUND TIMES

JPS dry dulk terminal at Tin Can Island. Apperaing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
JPS dry dulk terminal at Tin Can Island

Josepdam Port Services (JPS) which operates Terminal A at Tin Can Island claims to have reduced vessel turnaround times from 68 hours down to 48 hours.

Nigerian newspaper Vanguard quoted JPS managing director Simon Travers as saying that the intention is to reduce vessel waiting time to 24 hours.

He said the next stage of the terminal development involves…

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KENYA’S STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY GOES A STEP FURTHER TO THE LAKE

appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

It is beginning to look as though Kenya will go ahead with extending the new standard gauge railway from Naivasha to Kisumu on Lake Victoria.

This appears to be the likely result of the authorities submitting an environmental impact assessment report.

The proposal for the extension of the…

SHIPPING LINES DENY THEY ARE RIPPING SHIPPERS OFF

Port of Tema, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Tema

Ghana’s Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana (SOAAG) has reacted strongly to allegations that shipping lines have been benefiting at the expense of cargo owners by levying excessive demurrage charges.

Speaking to the Ghanaian online newspaper B&FT, SOAAG’s vice-president, Adam Imoro Ayarna said that demurrage is regarded as an opportunity cost against the shipping lines. “We do not want demurrage income because at the end of the day, the shipping line loses more if it does not get the containers to other markets where they are needed.”

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INTERNATIONAL: DISNEY INCREASES ORDER TO THREE NEW CRUISE SHIPS

Disney Dream floating out 2011, appearing in Africa PORTS& SHIPS maritime news
The 128,000-gt Disney Dream being floated out at the Meyer Werft Papenberg shipyard on 31 October 2010. Delivered in 20111 she was followed the next year by the similar Disney Fantasy

Disney Cruise Lines has revealed that it plans to third new ship to its award-winning fleet, to be built at the German shipyard of Meyer-Werft along with another two already announced.

Disney announced the other two newbuilds last year, saying that the new ships would be introduced in 2021 and 2023. Oddly, the seventh ship just announced will be delivered from the same shipyard in between, in 2022.

“We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level with immersive Disney storytelling, world-class family entertainment, and imaginative innovations that are fantastically fun and uniquely Disney,” Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek said. “By the time all three new ships are sailing, we’ll have nearly doubled the size of our existing fleet.”

All ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development, with each of the ships expected to have their own unique experiences. The three new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG) and be the same size – approximately 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned – which is slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

Disney Cruise Line was introduced in 1998 with two similar design ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. They quickly became popular with the American cruising community – each ship is 85,000 tons and has 877 cabins – big at that time. With the arrival in the next few years of the three new ships from Meyer Werft, the fleet will have more than doubled in passenger capacity as well as the actual number of ships.

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : PORT MACAU

Port Macau in Durban, July 2017. Picture by Trevor JOnes, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Macau. Picture: Trevor Jones

The bulk carrier PORT MACAU (58, 730-dwt) seen on her berth in Durban harbour, which although not stated appears to be 104 at Pier 1. Built in 2008 the ship is owned by Portuguese interests and managed and operated by Portline Bulk International SA, a well-known Portuguese ship operator. The 190-metre long bulker was built primarily for the grain trade at the Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding yard in China. The ship flies the flag of Panama. This picture is by Trevr Jones

 

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