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FIRST VIEW: BUSY PORT – MAYDON WHARF SCENE, DURBAN

Busy Port: Maydon Wharf berths 6-11. Picture: Chris Hoare, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maydon Wharf berths 6-11. Picture: Chris Hoare

Maydon Wharf scene at the port of Durban, showing berths 6 through to 11. Picture is by Chris Hoare / www.aerialphotosetc.co.za

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SA PORT STATISTICS FOR JULY ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Durban port scene with T-Jetty. Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Durban port scene with T-Jetty. Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za

Port statistics for the month of July 2017, covering the eight commercial ports under the administration of Transnet National Ports Authority, are now available.

Total cargo handled at all eight ports during the past month amounted to 25.274 million tons, compared with the previous month (June 2017) when 24.264 million tons of cargo was handled, reflecting an increase in throughput of about one million tonnes month on month – an impressive result. By comparison, the port of Richards Bay recorded…

 

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SEA HARVEST INVESTS IN ANOTHER ICELANDIC TRAWLER

Therney RE1. Picture by Magnus Thor Haffsteinsson / MarineTraffic, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Therney RE1. Picture by Magnus Thor Haffsteinsson / MarineTraffic

One of South Africa’s biggest fishing and processing companies, Sea Harvest has bought a vessel from Iceland’s HB Grandi, for $13.5 million (R181.85 million).

The fillet freezer trawler, which is named THERNEY RE1, was built in 1992 and delivered in 1993 since when it has been operated by the Icelandic firm.

The trawler will be delivered to Sea Harvest on 15 November 2017.

Therney RE1 becomes the fourth Sterkoder class trawler to enter service in South Africa. Two are owned and operated by Irvin & Johnson and the other by Sea Harvest which acquired it in 2014.

The Sterkoder fillet freezer trawlers were built in Norway at the Umoe Sterkoder shipyard in Kristiansund.

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EAST AFRICAN ROAD TRANSPORTERS AVOID MOMBASA PORT DURING ELECTION DISPUTES

Mombasa container terminal, berth 16, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mombasa container terminal, berth 16

Road hauliers have taken to avoiding the port of Mombasa during post-election uncertainties in Kenya.

This has become obvious with the low turnout of road trucks calling at the port, which serves not only Kenya but several neighbouring countries as well – Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern DRC and South Sudan.

Cargo handling involving ships in port is…

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NSRI MOSSEL BAY MEDIVAC OF CREWMAN FROM PASSING SHIP

Mossel Bay rescue craft, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mossel Bay rescue craft

In the early hours of yesterday morning (Monday 14 August), at 01h52, the duty crew at the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) at Mossel Bay was activated following a request for medical assistance from the cargo carrier MV LITTLE PRINCE, sailing from Port Elizabeth to West Africa and reporting a 65 year old Greek crewman onboard suspected to be suffering a heart attack.

The Little Prince had reportedly been off-shore of Witsand and following a request for medical assistance MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) had arranged a…

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GIANT SHIP AGROUND – PORT OF ANTWERP BLOCKED

CSCL Jupiter aground off Antwerp. Picture: Fleetmon, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CSCL Jupiter aground off Antwerp. Picture: Fleetmon

Europe’s second largest port, Antwerp, almost came to a virtual as far as entries and departures are concerned when the giant 366-metre Chinese container ship CSCL JUPITER went aground yesterday on the banks of the river Scheldt which connects the port with the North Sea.

CSCL Jupiter was sailing from Antwerp bound for Hamburg.

Up to eight tugs were sent to the assistance of the stricken container 14,300-TEU vessel and were later seen to be attempting to tow her back into deeper water. At the time the tide was…

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SWELTERING SOUTHERN EUROPE; THE ESA SENTINEL MISSION; EARTHQUAKES IN CHINA

Id 382392. Copyright. ESA contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Id 382392. Copyright. ESA contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.©

Southern Europe has been in the grip of a relentless heatwave, fuelling wildfires and water shortages. Information from the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite has been used to map the sweltering heat across the region.

The map here shows that on 7 August 2017, temperatures of the land surface rose above 40°C – not an unusual occurrence over recent weeks.

Much of Italy, including Rome, Naples, Florence, Sardinia and Sicily has been suffering these highs. With numerous towns and cities on the ministry of health’s maximum heat alert, the Italians have aptly dubbed the heatwave ‘Lucifer’.

Extreme temperatures have also been recorded in Spain and Portugal, the Balkans and Greece.

As well as wildfires and water shortages, the heat has also led to some tourist attractions being closed, ill health and even some fatalities, and the drought is also threatening crops.

The map (illustrated) uses data from the satellite’s Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer, which measures energy radiating from the Earth’s surface in nine spectral bands – the map therefore represents temperature of the land surface, not air temperature which is normally used in forecasts.

About the Sentinel series of missions

The Sentinel family: The Sentinel missions mark a new era in Earth observation focusing on delivering a wealth of operational data for decades to come. The six different missions carry a range of state-of-the-art technologies to supply a stream of complementary imagery and data tailored to the needs of Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme. ©ESA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Sentinel family: The Sentinel missions mark a new era in Earth observation focusing on delivering a wealth of operational data for decades to come. The six different missions carry a range of state-of-the-art technologies to supply a stream of complementary imagery and data tailored to the needs of Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme.
©ESA

The main objective of the Sentinel-3 mission is to measure sea surface topography, sea and land surface temperature, and ocean and land surface colour with high accuracy and reliability to support ocean forecasting systems, environmental monitoring and climate monitoring. The mission is jointly operated by ESA and EUMETSAT to deliver operational ocean and land observation services.

People’s Republic of China

Specific Sentinel-1B observations have been planned to support the analysis of two earthquakes that occurred on 8 August in central China at 1319 UTC, and in north-western China close to the border with Kazakhstan the same day at 2347 UTC), and possible aftershocks.

With the Sentinel-1A acquisitions already planned, these additional Sentinel-1B acquisitions will allow generation of interferograms* at six days for the month of August, in both ascending and descending geometry.

* a photographic record created of light interference patterns produced with an interferometer for recording shock waves and patterns of fluid flow.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius.

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

Naval News

Similarly you can read our regular Naval News reports and stories here in the general news section.

PIC OF THE DAY : ASIAN MAJESTY

Asian Majesty arriving Durban. Picture by Keith Betts
Asian Majesty. Picture: Keith Betts

EUKOR’s car carrier ASIAN MAJESTY (71,383-gt) makes her entry into Durban earlier this month. Built in 1999 at the Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan shipyard in South Korea, the ship is homeported in Jeju Cheju and sails under the South Korean flag. She is owned and managed by Eukor Car Carriers of Seoul, South Korea. At 229 metres and 32m wide she is one of the more lengthy car carriers and is capable of a full load of 7,645 motor cars. The ship was originally built at 200 metres but was lengthened in 2006 by an additional 28 metres to give her current size. EUKOR is represented in South Africa by Diamond Shipping.  This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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