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FIRST VIEW: MSC CRISTINA

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

Mediterranean Shipping Company’s 13,102-TEU capacity container ship MSC CRISTINA (140,547-dwt) made her appearance in Durban last week. Included in the ship’s 13,102 TEU capacity are 1600 reefer slots for refrigerated cargo. The 366-metre long, 48m wide ship has been released from East-West services in the northern hemisphere and transferred to the Far East – West AFrica (Lome) service via South Africa. Owned by E.R. Schiffahrt and operated by MSC, the ship was built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd Co, South Korea shipyard as hull number 2154. A slightly unusual feature with this ship is that although on charter to MSC she carries a feminine name, Christina. It’s long been the practice for MSC to name their ships after females connected in one way or another with the company (wives, mothers, daughters, long-serving employees of the fairer sex etc) while chartered in vessels are named after places or things. In MSC Cristina’s case the ship was originally named E.R. Cristina and on taking her on charter MSC dropped the ER from the name. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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SPECIAL FEATURE: ILHA DE MOÇAMBIQUE’S 200th YEAR CELEBRATION

Ilha de Mocambique, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Artists gear up for Island of Mozambique’s 200 years celebrations

The city of Ilha de Moçambique, in Nampula province, is hosting a visual arts workshop marking the start of the island’s second centenary celebrations, scheduled for 17 September next year. The event will include painting, children’s drawing, ceramics and sculptures made from wood and recycled material, reports Notícias.

Artist Paulo César Magalhães says the workshop in the Corredor dos Arcos is the combined initiative of three Mozambican artists based in Maputo, Nampula and Ilha de Moçambique, sponsored by arts organisation Traços e Tons.

Church of San Antonio on Isla de Mocambique, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Church of San Antonio on Isla de Mocambique

In addition to celebrating the 200 years of the Island of Mozambique [as a municipality], the idea is to create initiatives of this nature outside Maputo, exploring other ways of arousing interest to artists and the public and thus promote cultural tourism.

“We also want to get people interested in the cultural, social and anthropological history of the first capital of Mozambique, and to promote its tourist potential, while also contributing to revenue and affirm its World Heritage status,” he said.

Titos Pelembe, vice president of the Kulungwana Cultural Development Association, explains that the artists will produce a wide range of works over the seven days, mainly exploring recycled materials and culminating in a collective exhibition of the resulting artistic creations.

Isla de Mocambique's impressive Fort of Sao Sebastiao, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Isla de Mocambique’s impressive Fort of Sao Sebastiao

Helena Perestrelo is another participant of this workshop, with over 45 years of experience in the field of visual arts, including painting postcards and portraits of children on recycled cardboard and paper using acrylic and other materials.

For her, this is an opportunity to interact with other Mozambican artists, exchange experiences and, above all, see other dynamics and mechanisms of artistic production.

Ilha de Moçambique has scheduled several artistic and cultural nature events to celebrate this year’s anniversary on September 17. The Arcos Corridor, where the workshop will take place, is easily accessible in the old part of the Island of Mozambique and has been refurbished to host events of an artistic and cultural nature.

Brief history

The island city of Ilha de Moçambique, which gave the country is name, is a municipality in the province of Nampula with an elected local government. It acquired city status in 1818 and was the first capital of Mozambique, until 1898.

Located on a coral reef, the Island is connected to the mainland by a 3.80 km long bridge designed by engineer Edgar Cardoso. Built in the 1960s, the bridge has recently undergone major restoration works.

When Vasco da Gama arrived in 1498, the island was ruled by the Sultan of Zanzibar and used by the Arabs in their trade with the Red Sea, Persia, India and the islands of the Indian Ocean. Thanks to its strategic geographical situation, the island soon became a mandatory stopover point for round trips between Lisbon and Goa, and a profitable commercial warehouse.

The interest revealed by other European powers justified the construction of its vast and valuable architectural heritage, which began in 1507 when the Portuguese built the Tower of St. Gabriel, today part of the Palace of the Captain General.

Former Governor's residence on Ilha de Mocambique, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Former Governor’s residence on Ilha de Mocambique

Classified as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1991, the city has, among other valuable monuments, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Baluarte, dated 1522, at the north end of the island (the only example of Manueline architecture in Mozambique). There is also the Fortress of St. Sebastian, the largest in Southern Africa, which was erected between 1588 and 1620, with stones from ships’ ballast, some of which are still visible on the nearest beach.

The island is divided in two parts: the “Stone City” in the north where the main monuments are located, and “Macuti City” in the south, where buildings are made from coconut palms. Most residents live by fishing, with some agricultural activity and handicrafts.

The present population are mainly descendants of Bantu immigrants, but the centuries of Arab influence is still evident today in the local language, Naharsa.   Source: Notícias

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1810 chart of the Island of Mozambique, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
1810 chart of the Island of Mozambique

 

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TANZANIAN GOVT VOWS TO CLEAR DAR ES SALAAM PORT CLEARING GLITCHES

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Port of Dar es Salaam

Following a spate of complaints by clearing and forwarding agents concerning delays in the clearing of cargo at the port of Dra es Salaam, the government in the form of Works, Transport and Communication minister, Prof Makame Mbarawa, has stepped in and promised to look into the reasons for the delays.

Speaking to the Tanzanian Daily News the minister said he has received complaints from port stakeholders and was busy addressing these complaints before taking action.

He emphasised that further action would only be taken after…

 

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GO PAPERLESS OR GO WITHOUT, GHANA PORT STAKEHOLDERS ARE TOLD

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

Port terminal users at Ghana’s ports have been warned that those who are not ready when the ports go paperless from 1 September, will not be allowed to process their cargo.

This stern warning came from the country’s vice president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who added that port terminals also not ready for the change-over to automation will be left behind and afterwards sanctioned.

Addressing the media last week the vice president said the government expected the cooperation of all stakeholders in order to ensure port efficiency. All stakeholders have been engaged with and must…

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SALDANHA’S SUNRISE ENERGY LPG TERMINAL IS LAUNCHED

The second of five 600-ton LPG storage tanks being delivered to the Sunrise Energy terminal in May this year. All five have since been delivered. Picture: TPT, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The second of five 600-ton LPG storage tanks being delivered to the Sunrise Energy terminal in May this year. All five have since been delivered. Picture: TPT

Sunrise Energy, the locally-based infrastructure company, has launched its open-access liquefied petroleum gas (LOG) plant for imports and exports at the port of Saldanha at an event held in Saldanha Bay last week.

Costing over a billion rans the terminal will become South Africa’s largest open-access LPG terminal for handling both imports and exports.

According to Sunrise Energy, the Saldanha Bay terminal will “change the energy mix in the Western Cape and…

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CONTRACT FOR LNG TERMINAL AT PALMA, MOZAMBIQUE TO BE SIGNED TODAY

An early impression of the LNG terminal near Palma. Image: Anadarko, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
An early impression of the LNG terminal near Palma. Image: Anadarko

The concession contract for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Maritime Terminal in Areas 1 and 4 of the Rovuma Basin, in northern Mozambique, is to be signed in Maputo today, Thursday 10 August by the Mozambican government and the multinationals ENI and Anadarko, reports Portuguese news agency Lusa.

A statement distributed in Maputo on Tuesday said that the contract will be signed…

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HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH MEETS UP WITH US CARRIER GROUP OFF SCOTTISH COAST

HMS Queen Elizabeth (briefly) joins US Carrier Group off Scotland. Illustrations reproduced by kind permission of MoD. Crown Copyright 2017 © unless otherwise stated. Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
HMS Queen Elizabeth (briefly) joins US Carrier Group off Scotland. Illustrations reproduced by kind permission of MoD. Crown Copyright 2017 © unless otherwise stated.

Ahead of her first entry to Portsmouth, HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed in company with USS George HW Bush and her carrier strike group off the coast of Scotland on 8 August.

The Nimitz-class US carrier has more than 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines on board, who have been working with their US counterparts to hone carrier strike skills ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s entry into service.

The series of exercises have seen the Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, Commodore Andrew Betton, and his team direct aircraft, firepower and personnel across the task group for the last ten days to ensure readiness for the UK’s own carrier strike capability.

During a pause in the exercise’s high tempo activities, there was a…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the 'Tomcatters' of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, bottom, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the 'Blacklions' of VFA-213 fly in formation above HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH (R08) during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017. US Navy photo by Capt. Jim McCall/Released, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the ‘Tomcatters’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, bottom, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the ‘Blacklions’ of VFA-213 fly in formation above HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH (R08) during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017. US Navy photo by Capt. Jim McCall/Released

 

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APM HOLDING LAUNCHES US$550 MILLION AFRICA INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

Maersk Calabararriving in Durban, June 2017: Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maersk Calabar: Picture: Trevor Jones

APM Holding joins forces with Danish pension funds PKA, Pension Danmark, and Lægernes Pension to establish a fund for investing in Africa totalling USD 550 million under the name Afrika Infrastruktur Fond. Well-known Maersk executives will head the project.

A.P. Moller Holding has together with PKA, PensionDanmark and Lægernes Pension launched a new infrastructure fund with a focus on Africa. The fund has received commitments of USD 550 million from anchor investors.

The new fund will focus on investments in infrastructure in Africa to support sustainable economic growth in the region while delivering an attractive return to its investors.

The fund will be managed by A.P. Moller Capital, which is an…

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : RIGEL LEADER

Rigel Leader in Durban, Picture by Keith Betts, appeearing n Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Rigel Leader in Durban, August 2017. Picture by Keith betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Rigel Leader. Pictures by Keith Betts

NYK Line’s car carrier RIGEL LEADER (59,694-gt) is seen departing from Durban earlier this month. NYK car carriers are among the most striking looking ships to sail in our seas, always smart and neat and easily recognisable. The ship was built in 2012 at the Imabari Shipbuilding Marugame yard in Marugame, Japan as hull/yard number 1541 and she flies the Panama flag. The ship is 200 metres in length and 32m wide with a draught of 10 metres. Fully loaded she is capable of carrying 6,153 motor cars. Rigel Leader is owned and managed by NYK Shipmanagement of Singapore. These pictures are by Keith Betts.

 

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