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FIRST VIEW: BENJAMIN CONFIDENCE

Benjamin Confidence arriving at Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Benjamin Confidence.  Picture: Trevor Jones

The very smart 175-metre long, 30m wide bulk carrier BENJAMIN CONFIDENCE (34,874-dwt) arrived in Durban earlier in August. Built this year for Panamanian-registered owners and making her maiden voyage to Durban, her commercial ship managers are Dutch-based Orient Shipping Rotterdam BV while the bulker is flagged in the Philippines. The picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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SAMSA FUNDING MODEL CONSULTATIONS TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK

APL Austria appearing at Durban, in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Public consultations about a proposed funding model for the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), on which future tariffs will be based, are currently underway countrywide this week.

Undertaken and driven by the Department of Transport (DoT), the public consultation workshops began with Cape Town yesterday (Tuesday, 15 August), and will be followed by Durban on Thursday (17 August) and finally Johannesburg on Wednesday (30 August).

The venue for Cape Town’s workshop held yesterday was the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) main administration building at the port of Cape Town, where dozens of participants from across subsectors of primarily the maritime sector were expected to attend.

The maritime subsectors include operational support services, manufacturing and construction, business services, and public interest involving regulatory and naval defence.

According to DoT, consultations with the stakeholders will focus on a newly developed funding model for SAMSA on which the future tariffs of SAMSA will be derived.

Providing background to the exercise, the department says the development of the model began a year ago, prompted by among other reasons, a need to address challenges experienced over the last few years in meeting SAMSA’s capital infrastructure and operational costs.

According to DoT, this required that an exercise be undertaken to review the current tariff structure with plans to develop a sustainable funding model based on a multi-year tariff decision-making framework.

SAMSA, the department says, is a statutory body in terms of the SAMSA Act No. 5 of 1998, with legislated objectives that involve ensuring safety of life and property at sea; the prevention and combating of pollution of the marine environment by ships, and the promotion of South Africa’s maritime interests.

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SAMSA’s mandate was expanded in 2007 to include the regulation of some marine activities on South Africa’s inland waters.

SAMSA’s obligations in terms of this mandate includes among other activities; the issuing of operating licenses, surveying, accident investigations, the development of examination standards and the promotion of safety and awareness.

SAMSA is also tasked with the responsibility for monitoring ships traversing South African waters and ensuring their safe navigation for purpose of securing our country and its territorial interests.

“Maritime transport is a global business that embraces multinational stakeholders’ cooperation to make sure that standardised approaches, conventions and systems for safe, clean, sustainable and secure shipping and competent seafaring are established and adhered to,” says the DoT.

“SAMSA is a signatory to numerous bilateral agreements to advance maritime technical cooperation and coordinated search and rescue functions with other countries and the SADC region.

“SAMSA discharges the South African government’s responsibility in giving effect to IMO (International Maritime Organisations) and ILO (International Labour Organisation) Conventions,” the DoT said.

For more info on the public consultation process, CLICK HERE or for further inquiries contact the following officials; Rabelani Muthaphuli (012 309 3952), Tudor Hungwe (012 366 3600) and Mpho Monyane (012 309 3043).

 

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MINISTER WELCOMES SCRAP METAL COURT RULING

scrap at the harbours, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

South Africa’s Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has welcomed a decision by the Constitutional Court to dismiss a challenge to the State’s scrap metal export rules.

Minister Patel said the decision makes it clear that rational decisions by the State in favour of job creation and industrialisation will be upheld by the courts.

“Our Constitution enables government to intervene in…

 

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GROUNDED CSCL JUPITER REFLOATED, PORT OF ANTWERP REOPENED

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

The Port of Antwerp, Europe’s second busiest port, was reopened to traffic today after the grounding of a giant 14,300-TEU 266-metre long container ship, CSCL JUPITER went aground yesterday after rudder failure.

CSCL JUPITER lost her ability to…

 

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RED FACES FOR ROYAL NAVY AS DRONE LANDS ON AIRCRAFT CARRIER

Scene from HMS Queen Elizabeth's flight deck taken by the drone after it landed, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Scene from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck taken by the drone after it landed

In an embarrassing occurrence on Britain’s largest aircraft carrier, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, a private drone pilot has landed his drone aircraft on the deck of the warship while the latter was docked in Scotland.

According to what the unidentified drone pilot told British media, he conducted a flyover of the aircraft carrier, which was docked in Invergordon after carrying out sea…

 

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INTERNATIONAL: CYPRUS PORT’S NEW PASSENGER TERMINAL

Limassol's new cruise terminal, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Limassol’s new cruise terminal

It was announced in July from Cyprus that a new modern terminal designed to accommodate the largest operating cruise vessels is scheduled to open this summer in DP World Limassol port.

The new terminal consists of seven pods with an internal area of 7,000 square metres. Along with 24-hour availability the terminal offers integrated services including Home Call and Day Call handling…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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INTERNATIONAL: DP WORLD AND INDONESIA SIGN PORT DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT

new Indonesian port & terminal development, appearing id Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

It was announced from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 17 July 2017 that an agreement had been signed between global trade enabler DP World and Indonesian government and port officials to advise on the development of the Kuala Tanjung greenfield port and logistics zone and Belawan port in North Sumatra.

As part of a Technical Assistance Contract, DP World will share its expertise and experience in increasing efficiencies, training and development for employees and developing multi-modal transport hubs. The agreement was signed by DP World Group Executive Vice President and…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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INTERNATIONAL: CONTAINERS LOST AT SEA LOOTED & IN UK GIANT PIPES WASH ASHORE

Log-In Pantanal. Picture by Marcelo Vieira / Marine Traffic, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Log-In Pantanal. Picture by Marcelo Vieira / Marine Traffic

Containers lost overboard from the container ships LOG-IN PANTANAL are reported to have been looted by raiders.

The ship lost 45 containers overboard while about four kilometres off the coast of Sao Paulo (Santos) in Brazil last Friday (11 August.) The ship had encountered heavy swells when she lost part of her deck cargo.

The loss of the boxes occurred in the…

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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.

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PICS OF THE DAY : ATLANTIC CARTIER

Atlantic Cartier. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Atlantic Cartier, by Keith Betss, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIS Maritime News

Atlantic Cartier. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Afria PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Atlantic Cartier. Pictures: Keith Betts

One of the more interesting arrivals on the South African coast in recent weeks was the Ro-Ro vessel ATLANTIC CARTIER (51,648-dwt), which called at Durban for bunkers and has now departed for the beaches of Alang in India to be broken up, or recycled as the preferred euphemism would have it. Or so everyone thought! Instead the ship has gone to anchor outside Durban for reasons not immediately obvious. The Swedish-flagged ship was built in France at the Normed Dunkerque shipyard in 1985 and has operated with Atlantic Container Line (ACL) on its Trans-Atlantic route with a service speed of 18 knots, enabling her to complete the Trans-Atlantic crossing from Europe in between 6 and 8 days. These large ships (there were three of the G3 class) had a container capacity of up to 3,100 TEUs or a combination of about 1,000 motor vehicles and containers. ACL is part of the Grimaldi Group of companies, which makes regular appearances on the Europe – West Africa service.
These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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