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FIRST VIEW: IVS HIRONO

IVS Hirono departing Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
IVS Hirono. Picture: Trevor Jones

Local company Island View Shipping’s Supramax dry bulker IVS HIRONO (60,000-dwt) was a recent caller at the Port of Durban and is seen here on her departure on Friday last week, 28 July 2017. The bulk carrier, registered in Singapore from where IVS now operates, was built at the Onomichi Shipyard in Hiroshima, Japan as hull number 709. The launch took place on 20 June 2015 with the ship being named in the traditional manner by Mrs Andrea Wade, wife of Grindrod Shipping’s Martyn Wade. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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OVERCAPACITY REARS ITS HEAD AS ORDER BOOKS ARE BRANDISHED

CMA CGM Kerguelen loading at Port Klang ahead of her maiden voyage, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maeritme shipping news
CMA CGM Kerguelen loading at Port Klang ahead of her maiden voyage

Several container liner companies have reported improved earnings after a disappointing number of years said by some to be more prolonged and worse than during the financial downturn of 2009.

The three main Japanese container lines, NYK, K Line and MOL each recently reported returns to profitability, ironically while they are deep in the process of setting up their joint single operation to be known as ONE (Ocean Network Express). Other companies are also completing their merger or alliance plans which will bring fewer options available to shippers across the world.

Yet despite the recent financial scares, with Hanjin Shipping going into bankruptcy earlier this year, and a mothballing of ships no longer in demand, indications are appearing that once again the ghosts of overcapacity are returning to global shipping to haunt even the bravest.

This is coming about as a succession of ultra large container ships ease into the water to take up service with almost every major (surviving) shipping line or group. More than two dozen new ships of greater than 14,000 TEU capacity have been delivered in the first six months of this year, most of them going onto the once lucrative Asia – Europe service where they have displaced less large ships of up to 14,000 TEU onto secondary services that do not require such capacity. They call it cascading.

Services to Africa and South Africa in particular fall into this category. Ships capable of carrying 14,000 TEU are now calling regularly at Durban or Ngqura, with the former incapable of accepting such ships when fully loaded on account of draught limitations but which experience landside congestion of roads when cargo consisting of 3,000 or more containers arrive on one ship.

But that’s not all. According to Alphaliner, at least one new ultra-large ship per week is set be delivered before the market slips into the traditional slack season in October.

The delivery of these behemoths does not end there. Even more are on order.

Rumours are rife that French carrier CMA CGM is set to place orders, if they haven’t already done so, for up to nine of what will become the world’s biggest container ships, at 22,000 TEU each. The orders will be with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries and China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS).

It seems that all it takes is for the line’s to receive the slightest amount of encouragement and the order books come out. At this rate there will shortly be another overcapacity of ships and freight rates will have to bear the brunt, just at a time when the shipping lines have been announcing hikes in anticipation of the benefits of mergers and consolidations.

Can the shipping lines get their predictions right this time, in terms of balancing supply and capacity? There’s little evidence of them knowing how to in the past. It would have been much more easy had one huge massive consolidation taken place, but in today’s world that is not possible but with a significant number of the larger companies already moving into new groupings (mergers) and each vying for the perceived advantages that accrue from deploying ultra large ships on the major services, with all the benefits they supposedly bring, who actually gains any advantage?

That is the question bemused shippers may be asking as history gets repeated in yet another regular cycle.

In the meantime the shipyards will be sighing with relief as order books are again brandished – maybe not to the level of those heady days when every creek in China was sprouting a shipyard but certainly the main shipbuilders can anticipate improved times ahead.

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TRAFFIC ON TAZARA RAILWAY TO DAR ES SALAAM PICKS UP

Tazara fuel train, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Tazara fuel train

After too many years in the doldrums traffic levels on the Tanzania- Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has started to improve, with the company having recently secured freight business to move 600,000 tonnes annually.

This follows concerted efforts from Tanzania and Zambia to rejuvenate the railway that had been allowed to fall away in terms of transporting goods to and from the port at Dar es Salaam. Similarly, passenger traffic also deteriorated, but now that too is reported to be showing signs of improvement.

In the 2015/16 fiscal year Tazara handled…

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END OF THE LINE FOR RIFT VALLEY RAILWAYS?

Kenya's impressive Madaraka Express passenger on the new SGR between Mombasa and Nairobi. Picture: KR, appearing if Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Kenya’s impressive Madaraka Express passenger on the new SGR between Mombasa and Nairobi. Picture: KR

News in this week is that Kenya Railways has sealed the fate of Rift Valley Railways (RVR) by terminating the 25-year contract that RVR held to run the Kenya-Uganda railway first built in colonial days.

RVR operates on metre gauge railway and for much of the distance between Mombasa and Nairobi it runs next to the new standard gauge railway completed as far as the capital by a Chinese construction company.

In terms of the agreement reached between the two operating companies, management of RVR will…

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CRUISE NEWS: NEW LINES, NEW SHIPS ON HORISON

Lindblad Expedition's National Geographic Quest, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Lindblad Expedition’s National Geographic Quest

The cruise industry never stands still and will occupancy figures in the upper 20 million a year, it is little surprise when new ships and even new lines keep appearing.

National Geographic, which operates the Lindblad Expeditions brand, has introduced a newbuild ship for its cruises off Southeast Alaska.

The new vessel is the QUEST, a 100-passenger ship that has begun an eight-day expedition cruise out of…

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NO GOOD CHOICES ON LAKE VICTORIA

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Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, has been affected by years of mismanagement, environmental changes, and a burgeoning population, reports IRIN.

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CAPE VERDE MOVES TOWARDS ITS OWN EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE (EEZ)

Cape Verde Islands. Map: Wikipedia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Cape Verde Islands. Map: Wikipedia

Cape Verde is moving towards the establishment of its own Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) – which will be the first among the Portuguese-speaking countries.

As a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde occupies a strategic position on one of the busiest maritime trade lanes, and the Cape Verde government is making the establishment of an EEZ as an important priority.

Cape Verde’s recent focus on its maritime sector has received the support of China, Macauhub reports, as the…

 

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS: HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH RECEIVES ROYAL SALUTE

The Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth, is based at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall. The band undertakes a wide variety of ceremonial work of national importance, as well as fulfilling its main role of providing music for the ships and establishments of the Royal Navy. Photo: UK Crown Copyright 2017 © appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
The Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth, is based at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall. The band undertakes a wide variety of ceremonial work of national importance, as well as fulfilling its main role of providing music for the ships and establishments of the Royal Navy. Photo: UK Crown Copyright 2017 ©

Last public engagement

The Royal Marines gave the Duke of Edinburgh a Royal Salute as members of the Corps family marked his last official engagement at Buckingham Palace on 2 August.

Seen here (right) the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the senior officer on Parade as Head of Service. Photo: UK Crown Copyright 2017 © appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maeritime shipping news
Seen here (right) the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the senior officer on Parade as Head of Service. Photo: UK Crown Copyright 2017 ©

His association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to 2 June 1953 (Coronation Day), upon Prince Philip’s appointment as Captain General Royal Marines (CGRM) in succession to the late King George VI.

During that time, the Duke has carried out a large number of visits to the Royal Marines at home and overseas for they are constantly deployed on operations from desert to jungle, to Arctic, on the sea, in the air and on land. They remain ready today to deploy anywhere in the world.

In the past year alone, the duke has spent time with the Corps in London, Portsmouth and Plymouth. The Captain General’s Parade brings to a close the veteran royal’s official engagements, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside Her Majesty The Queen, from time to time.

 

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LEADERS TO GATHER AT SHARM EL SHEIKH FOR AFRICA 2017

Heads of State and business leaders to gather once again in Sharm El Sheikh for Africa 2017

Over 1,000 delegates expected during the three-day forum to discuss and collaborate on African trade and investment

CAIRO, Egypt, 2 August 2017: The Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation of Egypt and COMESA Regional Investment Agency announced today the holding of Africa 2017 ( www.BusinessForAfricaForum.com), a high-level forum offering participants an unparalleled platform for promoting trade and investment within Africa. The Forum will be held under the High Patronage of H.E. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt on 7-9 December 2017, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The three-day conference will convene high-level delegations of leaders in business and policy from across Africa and worldwide, including heads of state and some of the most important CEOs of the continent.

Africa 2017 will kick-off with a Young Entrepreneurs Day (YED) that will …

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : ROELOF

Roelof. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news

Roelof departing Durban. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime shipping news
Roelof. Pictures: Keith Betts

To serve as a reminder that shipping is not only about BIG, we still see general cargo/container ships like this, the Dutch vessel ROELOF (7,912-dwt) seen departing from Durban earlier in July. Built in 1992 at the German shipyard of JJ Sietas KG Schiffswerft GmBH & Co, of Hamburg and managed by Scheepvaartbedrijf R. van Urk of the Netherlands, Roelof is only 107 metres in length and a beam of 19m. The ship, which is strengthened for heavy cargo, is homeported in Rotterdam. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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