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FIRST VIEW: CONTSHIP GEM

Contship Gem. Picture: Ian Shiffman, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Contship Gem. Picture: Ian Shiffman

The container ship CONTSHP GEM (12,895-dwt) arrived back in Cape Town harbour from Angola earlier this week. Built in 2003 the ship is owned by Greek interests and managed by Contships Managements Inc also of Athens, Greece. 146-metres long, 23 metres wide and a draught of 8.7 metres, the container ship has a maximum container capacity of 1100 TEU and is currently deployed on a Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Luanda, Cape Town rotation. The ship is owned by Thien & Heyenga of Germany and was built at the Mtzelfeldwerft Gmbh shipyard in Germany as hull number 242. This picture is by Ian Shiffman

 

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BUILD UP OF SHIPS AT MOMBASA FOLLOWING ELECTION UNCERTAINTY

Mombasa Container Terminal berths, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mombasa Container Terminal berths

More than 20 ships are waiting to dock at the Kenyan port of Mombasa in addition to at least 18 vessels already in port yesterday afternoon, following a build-up of shipping delayed by political jitters during the recent election in Kenya.

We reported recently of importers and exporters avoiding the Port of Mombasa while the elections were taking place SEE HERE and this has had a snowball type effect regarding shipping movements .

On Monday Kenya Ports Authority confirmed that cargo movement at the port of Mombasa had…

 

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US COASTGUARD AUDIT FOR GHANAIAN PORT OF TAKORADI

aerial view of Takoradi, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
aerial view of Takoradi

Ghana’s Port of Takoradi, which is currently being expanded to increase the number of vessel calls, has been audited by officials from the United States Coast Guard as part of their routine auditing of port facilities.

Soon after commending the port of Tema for improved security, the United State Coast guard team also visited the port of Takoradi to assess the level of its security, reports the Ghanaian Ports & Harbours Authority (GBHA).

The audit is in line with the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) code, which…

 

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SADC PUSHES FOR BENEFICIATION, INCREASED VALUE ADDITION

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While Southern Africa is making progress towards promoting regional integration, there is a greater need to push forward with industrialisation, beneficiation and increased value addition in the region.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) says these three components are the building blocks of raising the standard of living of the people of the region. Done right, they drive momentum towards stronger intra-SADC trade.

As it stands, intra-SADC trade remains very low at only below 17% of total SADC trade. While the region is endowed with abundant and diverse natural resources, productive sectors do not…

 

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THE RETURN OF UGANDA RAILWAYS CORPORATION

Kenya Railways in its heyday. Picture: AE Durrant, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Kenya Railways in its heyday. Picture: AE Durrant

After a gap of 11 years the government of Uganda has taken first steps in restoring Uganda Railways Corporation to its former status as the state-owned railway operating entity.

URC disappeared in 2006 with the handing over of rail operations in the country to a private concession known as Rift Valley Railway. Despite high hopes of a revival in the fortunes of the former colonial metre-gauge railway, matters crawled along both literally and figuratively.

With the advent of the standard gauge railway now under construction in Kenya, and…

 

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DEVELOPMENT OF ANGOLA’S PORTO AMBOIM MOVES AHEAD

The emerging new port of Porto Amboim, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The emerging new port of Porto Amboim

The original port of Porto Amboim, in a large natural bay, was closed due to deterioration and neglect in 1997 and its fate settled in 2006 when the authorities came to the conclusion it would be preferable to build a whole new port.

Construction of the first phase of a new port at Porto Amboim, roughly halfway between Luanda and Lobito in Angola, has commenced with the latest development being the opening of administration offices and facilities, including offices for the collection of revenues for the region.

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another angle showing the development of the new port

The inauguration of these offices was performed by the Angolan transport minister, Augusto da Silva Tomás. He said that having the revenue offices will contribute to the region’s economic development through the collection of taxes.

In addition, conditions are set for port services to commence and for companies to carry out their activities without constraints, the governor of Cuanza Sul Province, Eusébio de Brito Teixeira said.

The development of the port is being undertaken by a consortium made up of Sonangol Holding and Sogester, which will have a 70 percent stake and the remainder being private investment.

The port is being constructed in three phases between 2017 and 2024 on a land area of 80 hectares. In its initial phases an investment of US$500 million will be made, increasing to $1.8 billion once fully completed.

Porto Amboim also features a shipyard known as Paenal, a joint venture between Sonangol, SBM and DSME and Heerema Porto Amboim, the two major offshore fabrication yards.

The first phase of the port consists of a quay 500 metres long and a depth alongside of 14.5 metres, with a declared port draught of 12 metres. This quay will be able to berth two ships. The final phase will see berthing available for seven ships.

Porto Amboim, the port and town, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
One of Africa’s emerging new ports, Porto Amboim and the town of that name

Main exports from Porto Amboim are expected to be cotton and coffee but offshore activities will also feature. The port was originally connected with the coffee growing region of Gabela by a 123-km long, 610mm gauge narrow gauge railway. This closed in 1987 due to the civil war and the abandoning of most of the coffee plantations.

Porto Amboim was once known as Kissonde and dates back to at least 1587 when the Portuguese first set up a village with the name Benguela Velha (not to be confused with another Benguela established later some 350km south (near Lobito).

Porto Amboim, though still a small town, is one of the developing areas for the Angolan offshore industry.

 

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INTERNATIONAL: CONTAINERS LOST OVERBOARD

Picture: courtesy Hamburg Süd, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture: courtesy Hamburg Süd

In mid-July the World Shipping Council (WSC) released an update to its survey and estimate of containers lost at sea.

WSC undertook the first survey of its member companies in 2011, with updates in 2014 and 2017.

Based on the most recent survey results, WSC estimates that for the combined nine year period from 2008 to 2016, on average, there were 568 containers lost at sea each year, not counting…

Paul Ridgway
London

 

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HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH SAILS INTO HOMEPORT OF PORTSMOUTH FOR FIRST TIME

Picture: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©

Britain’s future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed into her home port of Portsmouth for the first time yesterday (16 August).

Greeted by thousands of people lining the Portsmouth seafront, the 65,000-tonne carrier was met with the warmest of welcomes as she arrived in her home port.

Sailors lined the flight deck of the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy as she passed Portsmouth’s Round Tower. HMS Queen Elizabeth was also greeted with a flypast from the Fleet Air Arm, including Wildcat and Merlin helicopters and Hawk jets.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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HEADS-UP NOTICE: DURBAN PORT FESTIVAL PLANNED

Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za

The Port of Durban is planning the 2017 Durban Port Festival for the weekend 9-10 September. The main event will be on the Yacht Mole as well as on the waters of the bay opposite. Further details are to follow.

 

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THE IMarEST HELPS STRANDED CREW RETURN HOME

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A group of nine seafarers from the Panama-flagged cargo ship SECCADI, who were left stranded on UK’s Mersey River for almost three weeks, have now returned home. The IMarEST’s Guild of Benevolence made funds available to support the crew of both this vessel and MV TOBA, also under detention.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency detained the ship on 20 June at a berth in the country’s Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, due to conditions on board. While the ship was given a layby berth at Manisty, the crew, which included Turkish, Indian and Azerbaijani nationals, remained locked in dispute with the vessel’s owner Voda Shipping of Turkey over pay and conditions, according to data provided by Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC).

“The seafarers have been repatriated at the owner’s expense, avoiding deportation which was fast becoming a reality,” John Wilson, LSC chief executive, said.

Following the crew’s repatriation, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) lodged protests with Seccadi’s owners and the Panama ship registry over the conditions discovered onboard the vessel.

About the IMarEST

The IMarEST is an international learned society and membership body that brings marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists together into one multi-disciplinary professional body. The largest marine organisation of its kind, it spans 128 countries and works to promote the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide. Members are able to gain professional registration through the Institute (such as Technician, Incorporated, Registered or Chartered status).

The IMarEST is an NGO with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and observer status at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, International Hydrographic Organization, the London Convention/London Protocol (LC/LP) and the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP).

It has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international intergovernmental meetings where its specialized marine expertise is of particular use, e.g., the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining. www.imarest.org

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : BALTIC LORD

Baltic Lord. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Baltic Lord. Picture: Trevor Jones

The refrigerated cargo ship (reefer) BALTIC LORD (12,912-dwt) heads down the Esplanade Channel in Durban Bay, bound for a berth at the Maydon Wharf Fruit Terminal, one of two in the port to handle citrus fruit. Owned by Russian interests and managed commercially by Baltic Reefers of St Petersburg, Russia, she carries the funnel markings of her ISM manager, Ost-West-Handel und Schiffahrt (OWH) of Bremen, Germany. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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