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FIRST VIEW: USIBA

Usiba on SASDock at launchtime. Picture: Terry Hutson, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Usiba on SASDock at launchtime. Picture: Terry Hutson

The latest tug to be launched at Southern African Shipyards in Durban is the USIBA, an isiZulu word for Feather. She is number 7 in a series of 9 tugs being built at the Bayhead shipyard, on time and within budget. Shortly after the naming of the vessel by the sponsor, President of the Zululand Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Judith Nzimande, the tug was taken away from the quayside on board the shipyard’s own floating dock to be lowered into the water in the Maydon Wharf turning basin. See the full report below. The picture is by Terry Hutson

 

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SAMSA AND MSC PLACE 97 YOUNG E. CAPERS IN TOURISM JOBS ON CRUISE SHIPS

Almost a hundred young South Africans will soon be jetting off to careers on board ships such as MSC Meraviglia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Almost a hundred young South Africans will soon be jetting off to careers on board ships such as MSC Meraviglia

A joint initiative between government, private sector companies and non-governmental organizations to not only skill but create job opportunities in the maritime economic sector will pay off for 96 Eastern Cape youths this week, when they are officially sent off to join tourism cruise vessels sailing across the world, reports the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

The 97 youths out of a total 128 that recently completed specialised training in basic marine skills under the Maritime Youth Development Programme (Eastern Cape) over the last two months, are to join MSC Cruises vessels in different parts of the globe.

SAMSA function for 97 youth off to join MSC Cruise ships across the world, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

A ceremony to wish them well in their new venture into the maritime world is to be held in Port St Johns, an Eastern Cape town on the spectacular Wild Coast region of the Indian Ocean, midway between East London and Durban.

The joint partners in the MYDP Eastern Cape initiative include the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, and Harambee.

More than half the youths due for send-off this week – some for their first jobs ever – are from the O.R Tambo District Municipality, and precisely Port St Johns; an area that is targeted this current year for a series of maritime sector related projects, primarily by SAMSA, for both maritime awareness and associated youth skills development and local community social upliftment.

But perhaps crucially, the SAMSA inspired and driven MYDP’s impact in the O.R Tambo District Municipality occurs against the backdrop of a Government announcement last week that Port St Johns has been declared one of six nodes in the country to be targeted for an Operation Phakisa (Ocean Economy) marine and coastal development programme over the next five years.

In a statement last week, Department of Tourism Minister, Ms Tokozile Xasa said following to Cabinet approval earlier this month, the Coastal and Marine Tourism Plan would be implemented in a nodal or cluster approach that would prioritize destinations rather than individual tourism projects or products.

She said the identified nodes/clusters in the first phase of up to five years would involve five geographic areas encompassing (Node 1) Durban and surrounds and (Node 2) Umkhanyakude District including Umhlabuyalingana and surrounds – all in the KwaZulu-Natal province; (Node 3) Port St Johns to Coffee Bay and (Node 4) East London, Port Elizabeth and surrounds – in the Eastern Cape province; (Node 5) Cape Town and surrounds in the Western Cape province and finally, (Node 6) West Coast and surrounds in the Northern Cape province.

Meanwhile, regarding today’s (Wednesday 23 August ) event in Port St Johns, according to SAMSA, the successful placement of the 97 youths on cruise vessels worldwide beginning September 2017, is a major achievement as it exceeds an original target of 50 youths originally planned for the first send-off.

Sizwe Nkukwana, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Sizwe Nkukwana

“We are pleased that the EC project has been a resounding success. We completed the entire preparation process at the end of last week with MSC interviewing the final 128 candidates that successfully completed the training program,” said SAMSA Programme Manager for Operation Phakisa initiatives (Marine Transport and Manufacturing Delivery Unit), Mr Sizwe Nkukwana.

“MSC Cruises has agreed to place 97 candidates in this year’s intake that starts from 1 September. This number far exceeds he initially agreed target of 50, which was our SLA with the client, Office of the Premier of the Eastern Cape. This means we exceeded our target by 80% or we had an 180% achievement.”

Mr Nkukwana along with some senior SAMSA management headed by Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr Sobantu Tilayi will join Eastern Cape Premier, Hon. Phumulo Masaulle – MPL, Eastern Cape provincial government officials, local traditional leadership, officials of the O.R Tambo District Municipality at the send-off ceremony today, which will characterised by a colourful display of AmaMpondo cultural activities including dance.

“The time to work with young people, to alter positively their future prospects and fortunes is now. As an entry point it is good that these young people are getting this kind of exposure and opportunity, to actually work on cruise liners to gain that international outlook and experience,” says Premier Masualle.

“It is also important that we do not position to only take up the lower layers level jobs in the sector, but we must move to empower these young people to go on to captain these ships, to be the engineers and ports officials and so, in essence, we must strive to penetrate all sectors including scarce skills in the maritime space.”

The event to be held at Port St Johns 2nd Beach – notorious for some spectacular shark attacks these last few years – will be beamed live on SABC radio and television (MorningLive as well as on Umhlobo Wenene, Trufm and local radio stations).

 

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TUG No.7 USIBA IS LAUNCHED AS No.6 UMBILO IS HANDED OVER

The tug UMBILO was handed over yesterday for service in the port of Durban. Picture: TNPA. appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The tug UMBILO was handed over yesterday for service in the port of Durban. Picture: TNPA

It was another proud day at the Southern African Shipyards yesterday when tug number 7 in a building programme of nine tugs was named USIBA and launched while tug number 6 UMBILO was handed over to Transnet National Ports Authority.

The sponsor or godmother of the latest tug, Ms Judith Nzimande, who is president of the Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sent a bottle of sparkling wine breaking across the tug’s bows in the traditional form of christening a vessel, before the tug was taken out into Durban Bay on board the floating dock which would later lower her into the waters for the first time.

USIBA, whose name means “Feather”, is destined for…

 

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MIXED REACTIONS AS GHANA PORTS FACE PAPERLESS TRANSACTIONS

Ghana Clearing agents protesting against introduction of paperless transactions at the Ghanaian ports, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Clearing agents at the demonstration

As Ghanaian port users approach the deadline when paperless transactions become compulsory (1 September), clearing and forwarding agents have expressed their disquiet saying that not enough preparation has gone into its implementation.

The agents staged a noisy demonstration outside the Customs Long Room at the Port of Tema. They sang, danced and chanted their displeasure while calling for the suspension of its implementation at the end of this month.

Some agents said they feared…

 

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NEW PATROL VESSEL FOR MAURITIUS COAST GUARD

Goa-built patrol boat MCGS Victory, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Goa-built patrol boat MCGS Victory

The Mauritian Coast Guard has commissioned into service its latest new patrol vessel, MCGS VALIANT, built in India at the Goa Shipyard.

The vessel was officially commissioned after arriving from India where the vessel had been completed on 30 April this year, four months ahead of schedule.

The contract for MCGS Valiant was awarded…

 

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USS PORTER CONDUCTS RAS (Replenishment at Sea) WITH TURKISH NAVY

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) received fuel and supplies during a replenishment at sea (RAS) on 19 August, from Turkish replenishment oiler TCG YB. Kudret (A 595) in the Black Sea. Photos kindly provided by Commander US Naval Forces Europe-Africa / US 6th Fleet. Copyright U S Navy©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) received fuel and supplies during a replenishment at sea (RAS) on 19 August, from Turkish replenishment oiler TCG YB. Kudret (A 595) in the Black Sea. Photos kindly provided by Commander US Naval Forces Europe-Africa / US 6th Fleet. Copyright U S Navy©

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS PORTER (DDG 78) received fuel and supplies during a replenishment at sea (RAS) on 19 August with Turkish replenishment oiler TCG YB KUDRET (A 595) in the Black Sea.

While Porter usually resupplies through United States Naval Ships, the RAS..

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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REMAINS OF SOME USS JOHN S McCAIN SAILORS LOCATED

Damage to the portside is visible as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain (DDG 56) is underway to Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore, following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while on passage east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released). USN ©. Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Damage to the portside is visible as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain (DDG 56) is underway to Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore, following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while on passage east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released). USN ©.

US Navy 7th Fleet reported (22 August) that Admiral Scott Swift, commander, Pacific Fleet, said some of the ten missing USS John S McCain (DDG 56) sailors were discovered earlier that day by divers performing recovery operations inside the guided-missile destroyer.

Swift also said the Royal Malaysian Navy has reported the discovery of potential remains of another missing McCain sailor, located while the ship was…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

VIDEO CLIP [3:39]: Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations USN Announces Investigation, Operational Pause After USS John McCain Collision

 

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PIC OF THE DAY : MOL DELIGHT

MOL Delight. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MOL Delight. Picture: Keith Betts

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) container ship MOL DELIGHT (50,500-dwt) arriving in Durban earlier in August to work cargo at the Durban Container Terminal. Built in 2008 this 4500-TEU ship is 260 metres long and 32.2m wide. Operated by MOL she is owned by Rickmers & Cie. She was built at the Dalian Shipyard, China Shipbuilding Heavy Ind. Corp. in China as hull number CS4250-10. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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