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FIRST VIEW: HMS PROTECTOR

HMS Protector. Picture: Ian Shiffman, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
HMS Protector. Picture: Ian Shiffman

The Royal Navy ice-patrol research ship HMS PROTECTOR recently returned to Cape Town for a stopover. The survey ship has been operating in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean regions and earlier this year spent some time on layby in Cape Town harbour. The Cape port is about to receive several other important naval visitors on 1 September when three Chinese naval ships arrive on a scheduled visit. They are the type 054A guided missile frigate YUNCHENG, the type 052D destroyer HEFEI, and the replenishment support ship LUOMA LAKE. The three ships are returning from the Baltic Sea where they took part in a massive naval parade and exercise with the Russian Navy. This picture is by Ian Shiffman

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SAMSA AND MSC CRUISES SEND OFF 97 YOUTH TO START MARITIME CAREERS

Port St Johns and the Umzimvubu River, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port St Johns and the Umzimvubu River

SAMSA youth employment program extends to all provinces

It was a big day in the lives of almost a hundred young South Africans yesterday when they were officially sent off to join the maritime industry by working on board MSC Cruise ships across the world (see our report of yesterday).

And adding to the exciting and breaking news, MSC Cruises announced that it will be opening a crewing school for South Africans in Durban next year. This was revealed at a function to wish the young people well which was held in Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape.

The programme involving the 97 youth falls under the auspices of SAMSA’s Maritime Youth Development Program.

SAMSA’s Sizwe Nkukwana said the target was to place 1000-2000 youth a year over the next three years.

The public-private partnership, championed by the South African Maritime Safety Authority is with the Office of the Premier, Eastern Cape, which saw 97 youths out of a total 128 completing specialised training in basic marine skills over the last two months.

The success of the program – which provides employment potential for matriculated youth under 25 in the leisure cruise sector – has promoted SAMSA to introduce the program to other provinces.

During the send-off yesterday Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masaulle announced that the province will continue to commit to the MYDP program, focusing on training a further 350 youth in 2018, and expanding the recruits from a wider Eastern Cape audience.

Masaulle added those newly recruited seafarers would return to their homes with ‘excellence and pride’.

“We are committed to continuing this relationship next year,” he added.

Port St Johns Harbour

Masaulle said the province was working with the Department of Public Works on a program called the “Small Harbour Development Program” to develop a Port St Johns harbour. Port St Johns has been earmarked as a national maritime node by Operation Phakisa, a fast track government program to accelerate development and jobs.

This is part of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission.

“Accelerating that will really transform the economic life in this area. Not only benefiting tourism and the other fishing activities as part of Operation Phakisa. It is something that we truly appreciate and will work harder to make it happen.”

King Ndamase Ndamase, the leader of the Amapondo dressed the Premier in traditional garb as a sign of appreciation for assisting the many youth who are jobless in the region.

Upriver and site of the original harbour quays, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Upriver and site of the original harbour quays

SAMSA Chief Operating Officer Sobantu Tilayi said the maritime sector is poised to create South Africa’s maritime economic sector contributes about R54-billion to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as recorded in 2013. Projections currently indicates it would rise rapidly to R177-billion in 2033.

He said the sector was projected to generate between 800,000 and 1 million jobs by 2033. “The 2013 projections reflect that marine tourism is likely to be the second largest subsector contributor to South Africa’s GDP by 2033. The MYDP seeks to attract the youth to the maritime sector while making an immediate positive impact on their lives and their communities in a practical way.”

He said the newly employed youth would repatriate lucrative salaries as these were international jobs paying in US dollars.

“These are permanent jobs. The youth would have an opportunity to work outside the country and have new experiences. They will be joining ships in the Americas, Europe and Asia. This would become an exciting industry to get into.

 

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GRINDROD PLANS AN OFFSHORE LISTING OF SHIPPING BUSINESS

IVS Orchard, by Keith Betts - appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
IVS Orchard. Grindrod planning offshore listing for shipping business. Picture: Keith Betts

Grindrod’s results reflect improved commodity markets

Durban, 23 August 2017: Grindrod released its interim results yesterday for the period ending 30 June 2017.

Stronger commodity markets impacted positively on the EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) of R640.4 million inclusive of joint ventures, and excluding rail assembly businesses, compared to the R246.4 million of the prior year comparative period.

The closure of the Rail assembly businesses held for sale resulted in losses and impairments of R255 million and consequently a headline loss of R128.9 million for the 6 month period ending 30 June 2017. This is a 66% improvement compared to the prior year comparative period headline loss of R381 million.

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BURGAN CAPE TOWN’S FUEL STORAGE FACILITY OPENS

The first liquid bulk vessel discharged product at the Burgan Cape Terminal at the Port of Cape Town during the first week of July 2017, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The first liquid bulk vessel discharged product at the Burgan Cape Terminal at the Port of Cape Town during the first week of July 2017.

The Port of Cape Town’s new fuel storage facility operated by black-empowered Burgan Cape Terminals, is now fully operational, having received its pilot consignment of diesel aboard the tanker MARLIN AMMOLITE in the first week of July 2017.

Located on approximately 37,273 square metres of land at the port’s Eastern Mole, the new fuel storage and distribution facility for cleaner fuels is poised to assist with security of fuel supply in the region.

Construction began…

 

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FEATURE: BELT & ROAD WON’T SOLVE AFRICA’S PROBLEMS, BUT WILL EASE OTHER MORE SERIOUS ISSUES

China's Silk Roads, map: VOA. Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
map: VOA

While African economic growth has been slowing, there is ample evidence to show there are countervailing forces – mostly from China – that are working to reverse these unfortunate trends and re-accelerate development once again, reports a feature published in www.shippinggazette.com

After growing five per cent from 2010 to 2014 and declining to 3.2 per cent in 2015, Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP growth fell to 1.3 per cent last year, its lowest level in two decades.

Yet two forces, says experts, are likely to…

 

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UPSURGE OF INTEREST IN AFRICA TRADES BY OCEAN CARRIERS

Seaspan Chiwan. Picture: courtesy Shipspotting, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Seaspan Chiwan. Picture: courtesy Shipspotting

Gold Star Line (GSL) and Cosco, which operate a joint Asia-South Africa-West Africa service with six 4,200-TEU container ships, are to add an extra sailing, of which the first vessel, the 4,252 TEU SEASPAN CHIWAN, sailed from Ningbo on Monday this week (21 August).

The service is known as FA3 by GSL and WAX5 by Cosco.

According to Alphaliner the service now has a…

 

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NEW NAVAL OFFSHORE PATROL VESSELS FOR INDIA

INS Shachi. Picture: IR Class / Reliance Defence ©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
INS Shachi. Picture: IR Class / Reliance Defence ©

Two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPV’s) which are being built under classification of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass*) were launched at the Reliance Defence shipyard, Pipavav, Gujarat, on 25 July 2017.

These vessels, named INS SHACHI and INS SHRUTI, are the first two in a five vessel class which are being built to IRS Rules and Regulations for Construction and Classification of Naval Ships. These Rules were jointly developed by the Indian Navy and the Indian Register of Shipping.

Besides providing classification services, the Indian Register of Shipping is also…

Paul Ridgway
London

 

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NATO OPERATIONS SEA GUARDIAN

Historical Ordnance Disposal (HOD) Operations conducted by Estonian minehunter ENS Sakala in Estonian territorial waters, 17 August. Photo: Reproduced by kind permission of the Estonian Navy / NATO ©.
Historical Ordnance Disposal (HOD) Operations conducted by Estonian minehunter ENS Admiral Cowan in Estonian territorial waters, 17 August. Photo: Reproduced by kind permission of the Estonian Navy / NATO ©.

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1)

On 22 August NATO’s Allied Maritime Command reported from its HQ in Northwood (NW London) that its warships had conducted a focused operation as part of Operation Sea Guardian in the central Mediterranean Sea from 3-20 August.

This was to further refine coordination efforts with the…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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Advisian appoints Adam Boughton to grow infrastructure business

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Adam Boughton

Advisian, the technical and management consulting division of WorleyParsons, has appointed Adam Boughton to the newly created role of Regional Director Infrastructure, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Reporting to EMEA Managing Director Adrian Smith, Adam will serve as a member of the EMEA Leadership team and will focus on growing Advisian’s infrastructure business across the region.

Adrian Smith, Managing Director EMEA at Advisian, said: “We are…

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : ITAL LAGUNA

ITAL Laguna at Durban by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

ITAL Laguna at Durban by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS
ITAL Laguna. Pictures: Keith Betts

Evergreen’s ITAL LAGUNA (67,470-dwt) made a visit to Durban during August and is seen here arriving down the entrance channel. The 294-metre long, 32m wide ship has a container capacity of 5,060 TEU. She was built in 2006 at the Hanjin Heavy Industries Co Ltd shipyard in South Korea as their hull number 152 and is owned by Italian interests and flies the Italian flag. Her original name was LT LAGUNA which changed after the Taiwanese Evergreen company became the parent of Italia Line. These Italian ships were once much more common in Durban but have become infrequent visitors in recent years. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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