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FIRST VIEW: GLOVIS CORONA

Glovis Corona in Durban. Picture: Keith Betts, sppearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Glovis Corona. Picture: Keith Betts

The car carrier GLOVIS CORONA (55,680-gt) seen arriving in Durban last week. The ship is the fairly standard car carrier length of 200 metres with a beam of 32m, although some of the newer ships are a bit longer. Built in 1996 at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, the ship originally operated with the name ASIAN GRACE until April 2014 when she took on her current identity. The ship is owned by Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea and managed by Haeyoung Maritime of Busan, South Korea and with her name also inscribed in Korean on her bows, the ship’s nationality and ownership cannot easily be ignored. At Christmas time last year however the owners and managers would probably have preferred less publicity when their ship, on a voyage in rough weather and high swells between Hamburg and Gothenburg, developed a list to port which the crew was unable to repair through ballasting, forcing the ship to be turned back and an anchorage sought off Bremerhaven. Because of her list that at one stage reached nearly 20 degrees, she was unable to dock in port until the weather improved, but once the weather had abated the crew was able to reballast her. Accompanied by tugs she then entered port where necessary repairs were carried out. These included repairs to frames, pillars and columns all of which received damage from motor vehicles including large trucks moving about as the ship listed. After repairs she was able to continue her interrupted voyage. This picture is by Keith Betts

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PIL REFUTES MERGER RUMOURS

PIL's Kota Arif arriving off Durban Picture: Terry Hutson, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS shipping & maritime news
PIL’s Kota Arif. Picture: Terry Hutson

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has refuted speculation that the Singapore-based container company is next in line for absorption into a larger group.

The rumours were given credence when shipping analyst Alphaliner speculated that PIL was an attractive target because the company was privately owned with no governmental links and because of PIL’s ties to African trades, which made it attractive to other groups.

Alphaliner pointed out that PIL was one of four mid-sized container operators that remained independent but that the other three – Yang Ming (Taiwan), ZIM (Israel) and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) had links to their respective national governments which would render them difficult targets for a takeover outside of the own countries.

Adding to reasons why PIL might be considering accepting an offer is that the company posted a significant loss in the last financial year and that it has a substantial order book of new ships, all in the very large container range, which will require payment in the coming years.

In an interview with the American Journal of Commerce, however, PIL’s spokesperson Lisa Teo said that PIL was not willing to add to the speculation, partly she said because this was bad for the industry. Her response however fell short of an outright denial of the rumours, although she noted that the liner market had improved significantly in the first half of this year.

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CAREER NAVY MAN APPOINTED DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE NAVY

Rear Admiral Guy Jamieson, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS shipping and maritime news
Rear Admiral Guy Jamieson

A career navy man who has come up through the ranks has become South Africa’s new deputy chief of the Navy. Rear Admiral Guy Jamieson was appointed to this rank earlier this year although the news was not widely publicised.

David Guy Jamieson went to school at Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal. After completing his schooling he joined the navy in 1978. He rose in rank to command two of the Warrior class strike craft, SAS ADAM KOK and SAS JAN SMUTS and was also appointed in charge…

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SOUTH AFRICA & CHINA TO PARTICIPATE IN TRADE TALKS

Rob Davies, Minister of Trade & Industries, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS shipping & maritime news
Rob Davies, Minister of Trade & Industries

South Africa and China will over the next few days participate in two BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] trade Ministers’ meetings.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who arrived in China on Friday, attended the Industry Ministers two-day meeting which got underway in Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday.

Following the conclusion of the Industry Ministers meeting, Minister Davies will participate in the Trade Ministers Meeting in Shanghai.

The meeting is scheduled for 1-2 August.

The meetings will discuss areas in which BRICS countries can enhance cooperation on issues related to trade and investment. The key areas of…

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CMA CGM RE-INTRODUCES WAX 2 SERVICE TO WEST AFRICA

CMA CGM's WAX 2 service resinstated, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS shipping & maritime news
WAX 2 service reinstated

French shipping group CMA CGM says it is re-introducing its WAX 2 Service between Asia and West Africa in response to “positive commercial exchanges in the dynamic market in West Africa”.

The service returns as from today (31 July 2017) with a second loop…

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TRANSID COMMENCES A MAJOR PROJECT OF DRIVER TRAINING IN UGANDA

HGV and PSV driver training in Uganda

Transaid's Uganda project, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS shipping & maritime news

Introducing Transaid

Founded by Save the Children, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and with HRH The Princess Royal as its patron, the international development organisation Transaid shares 25 years’ worth of expertise in 23 countries with partners and governments – empowering people to build the skills they need to transform their own lives.

This London-based charity has a priority with passion: “Every driver should be able to leave for a day’s work without the fear they may not come home because of a lack of training, or dangerous vehicles and roads. Every family should be able to access vital healthcare; nobody should be left behind. Every person should have the opportunity to build the skills they need to transform their future.”

Transaid is trusted by international organisations, governments, and communities, to…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

*(Deutsche) Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
** Employment for Development

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NAVAL: USS GERALD R FORD COMMISSIONING

Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew J Sneeringer/Released. Photo © USN. Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS shipping & maritime news
Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew J Sneeringer/Released. Photo © USN.

Includes video (1 hour 22mins 56 seconds) of the Commissioning Ceremony

On 22 July President Donald J Trump commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk Virginia.

A commissioning is a day of celebration, and honours the dedication, team work, and collaboration of sailors, legislators, shipbuilders, programme managers, and the ship’s sponsor in delivering the ship to the Fleet.

Trump landed on the flight deck in Marine One and was greeted by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, and USS Gerald R Ford Commanding Officer Captain Rick McCormack.

Captain Richard McCormack, Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), salutes President Donald J Trump as he assumes command during the ship’s commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gitte chirrmacher/Released. Photo © USN, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS shipping and maritime news
Captain Richard McCormack, Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), salutes President Donald J Trump as he assumes command during the ship’s commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gitte chirrmacher/Released. Photo © USN

Over 10,000 friends and family members attended the event, watching the festivities from the hangar bay, the pier and USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69).

In the words of the President: “Wherever this vessel cuts through the horizon, our allies will rest easy and our enemies will shake with fear because everyone will know that America is coming and America is coming strong. Our true strength is our people. Our greatest weapon is all of you. Our nation endures because we have citizens who love America and who are willing to fight for America.”

He continued: “We are so very blessed with warriors who are willing to serve America in the greatest fighting force in history, the United States military. Today this ship officially begins its role in the noble military history of our great nation.”

Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley also addressed the ship’s company and guests: “So Skipper, as we marvel at the technology and the daunting numbers that measure this ship, never lose sight that in times of crisis, you will be the first to respond, and when called upon, you will deliver the final word in the bidding of our nation. Whenever you sail, wherever you sail, you will be a symbol of Unites States resolve and you will be a symbol of the man whose name you bear.”

After the ship’s sponsor and President Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales gave the traditional command to “Man our ship and bring her to life,” Ford Sailors ran up the brows and manned the rails as the band played ‘Anchors Aweigh.’

Captain Rick McCormack expressed his pride in the work his crew has done to get the ship ready to serve in the fleet. He said: “The Sailors aboard today are among our nation’s finest. They are talented, driven, innovative, dedicated, and passionate about what they do and I am very proud to be their commanding officer. Team Wolverine, I have the utmost faith and confidence in your abilities to handle any challenge ahead, and I can think of no better team to take this ship to sea.”

After the ceremony, the ship was opened to the general public for tours, which included the flight deck, the Commanding Officer’s in-port cabin, pilot house, mess decks, fo’c’sle, and the newly opened tribute room.

Ford is the lead ship of the Ford-class aircraft carriers, and the first new U.S. aircraft carrier designed in 40 years. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Julio Martinez Martinez/Released. Photo © USN, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS shipping & maritime news
Ford is the lead ship of the Ford-class aircraft carriers, and the first new U.S. aircraft carrier designed in 40 years. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Julio Martinez Martinez/Released. Photo © USN

USS Gerald R. Ford is the lead ship in the Ford-class of aircraft carrier, the first new class in more than 40 years, and will begin the phased replacement of Nimitz-class carriers.

CVN78 honours the 38th President of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service in the Navy, in the US government and to the nation. During the Second World War Ford attained the rank of Lieutenant-Commander in the Navy, serving in the light carrier USS Monterey. Ford became president in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal and served in the country’s highest office from 1974-1977.

YouTube video of the Commissioning Ceremony can be found here: [1:22:56]

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : MSC SOFIA CELESTE

MSC Sofia Celeste departing from Durban, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS shipping & maritime news. Picture: Trevor Jones
MSC Sofia Celeste. Picture: Trevor Jones

A new arrival on the local horizon although not a new ship just out from the builder’s yard but now included among the great many Mediterranean Shipping Company ships to call in South Africa, MSC SOFIA CELESTE (110,039-dwt) is seen departing from her inaugural call at Durban on Thursday 27 July 2017 (and at Ngqura a few days earlier). The 300 metre long, 48m wide ship has a container capacity of 8800 TEU. She was built in 2015 at the Dalian Shipbuilding Co in Dalian, China. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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