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FIRST VIEW: STOLT VIRTUE

Stolt Virtue arriving in Durban. Picture by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Stolt Virtue. Picture: Keith Betts

Stolt Tankers chemical and oil products tanker STOLT VIRTUE (25,230-dwt) enters Durban harbour headed for one of the Island View oil and liquid chemical berths earlier in August. Stolt Tankers vessels are regular callers at Durban. Stolt Virtue was built in 2004 at the Shimanami Shipyard at Imabari in Japan. The ship is registered in Monrovia and operated by Stolt Tankers BV of Rotterdam who are also shown as the owners. This picture is by Keith Betts

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MOMBASA PORT RECEIVES TWO NEW HARBOUR CRANES COURTESY TMEA

The two new mobile cranes being unloaded at Mombasa. Picture: KPA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The two new mobile cranes being unloaded at Mombasa. Picture: KPA

The Kenyan Port of Mombasa received a major boost last week with the arrival of two modern diesel-electric powered mobile cranes, which had been funded by TradeMark East Africa working with the UK government’s International Climate Fund (ICF) facility.

The cranes cost a total of US$98.7 million for the two machines and form part of a comprehensive programme in supporting the Port of Mombasa’s resilient port infrastructure initiatives.

These cranes are aimed at…

 

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WALVIS BAY RECEIVES A WHALE OF A VISITOR

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Pictures taken by Sonja Koen, Tug Master, Port of Walvis Bay, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pictures taken by Sonja Koen, Tug Master, Port of Walvis Bay

Not for nothing is Namibia’s main port known as Walvis (Whale) Bay.

In years gone by it held a whaling station, but that was a long time ago and today Walvis Bay is a busy port on the South Atlantic coast, developing a reputation as a gateway into Central Southern Africa and even to South Africa.

Just as the port was enjoying the first days of spring, they received unexpected visitors at the Small Craft Harbour, as if to remind them of the changing of the seasons.

No less than four sightings of whales took place during the week in the Walvis Bay environment. The photo’s above depict the closest sighting of what was tentatively identified as ‘Humpback’ whales species at the port’s Small Craft Harbour right in front of the quayside wall. The whale appeared to be in good health and uninjured.

Increased sightings of whales have also taken place at the Port of Lüderitz within the last 10 days.

reporting by Edith Kukuri
Namport

 

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IVORY COAST INVESTS IN GRAIN AND CONTAINER TERMINALS

Port of Abidjan, as appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Abidjan

It’s not just China and the United Arab Emirates that are investing in Africa, reports Medi Telegraph. Japan has also decided to get involved, granting a favourable loan to a grain terminal in the port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The loan, which is worth €90 million, was granted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A communiqué from Côte d’Ivoire’s Council of Ministers explains, “This project seeks to increase the freight moving capabilities of the autonomous port of Abidjan (PAA), for the construction of a new grain terminal and a storage area.

It will allow the PAA to…

 

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TANZANIA TURNS TO INLAND DRY PORTS TO DE-CONGEST DAR ES SALAAM

Tanzania map Administrative, as appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

As competition among ports in Eastern and Southern Africa stiffens, the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has turned to the creation of a Master Plan for the establishment of dry ports in strategic regions to ease clearance and shipment of transit cargo, especially to neighbouring countries, reports the Tanzania Daily News

TPA’s Director General, Deusdedit Kakoko was visiting in the Ruvu-Vigwaza area (inland of Dar es Salaam) together with Works, Transport and Communications Minister, Prof Makame Mbarawa, where they were inspecting the construction of a dry port.

He said that for years TPA has…

 

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INT’L: USS KEARSARGE TO HURRICANE HARVEY: DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!

On 31 August the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed Naval Station Norfolk to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. US military assets are supporting FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts in wake of Hurricane Harvey. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey J Hopkins/ Released. USN ©, as appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
On 31 August the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed Naval Station Norfolk to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. US military assets are supporting FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts in wake of Hurricane Harvey. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey J Hopkins/ Released. USN ©

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious assault ship, departed for the Gulf Coast region on 31 August in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s, and local and state authorities’ efforts to provide humanitarian and disaster relief for the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The warship and her ship’s company were recently underway conducting shipboard drills, and returned to homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for 30 hours on 30 August to take on supplies and embark various units, including Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2; Commander, Amphibious Squadron 6; the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit; Tactical Air Control Squadron 22; and Fleet Surgical Team 4.

Warships transiting with Kearsarge to assist…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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INT’L: NATO WARSHIPS CONCLUDE OPEN SPIRIT 2017 EXERCISE

Estonian minehunter ENS Sakala and German minehunter FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Photo by Tālis Dzērve © kindly provided by NATO MARCOM ©, as appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Estonian minehunter ENS Sakala and German minehunter FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Photo by Tālis Dzērve © kindly provided by NATO MARCOM ©

31 August and the warships of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) conclude OPEN SPIRIT 2017

OPEN SPIRIT is a multinational Partnership for Peace naval mine clearance and ordnance disposal operation, conducted in the Baltic Sea. This year the operation was led by the Latvian Naval Force and took place inside Latvian territorial waters, in the Irbe Straight area, lasting from 18 to 31 August.

The aim of the operation was to…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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KL Sandefjord – First Offshore Vessel with DNV GL’s Shore Power Class Notation

The offshore vessel KL Sandefjord, as appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The offshore vessel KL Sandefjord

Høvik: The offshore vessel KL Sandefjord, owned by K Line Offshore AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (‘K’ Line), is the first offshore vessel with the DNV GL class notation Shore Power.

The Shore Power notation verifies the design and installation of a vessel’s on-board electrical shore connection. When in port, the vessel can shut down its engines and rely on a shore-based electrical supply for its needs at berth – the so called ‘cold ironing’.

“We are very pleased to receive this notation for our large and powerful anchor handler KL Sandefjord which reflects our commitment to ensure a cleaner port environment,” says Espen Sørensen, Senior Vice President, Operation and Technical in K Line Offshore AS.

“With an on-board shore power installation tested and verified by DNV GL, we now have an offshore vessel equipped for the future. And as result of the good cooperation we have enjoyed with the Bergen Port Authority and DNV GL during this process, we have also decided to apply for the Shore Power class notation for the sister vessel, KL Saltfjord.”

By tapping into an onshore electrical supply, vessels not only reduce their fuel consumption, but they also eliminate the associated emissions. This will have a marked improvement on the air quality in the port and surrounding environment, cutting PPM, NOx, SOx and reducing CO2 by using more efficient shore-based electricity. In combination with renewable energy sources, electrical supply can even result in zero emission operation for the duration of a vessel’s stay in port. In addition, it can free the engines for maintenance, reduce wear and tear, and limit noise.

“There is an increasing awareness of the impact of shipping emissions in ports and this is driving investments in cold ironing,” says Jon Rysst, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager North Europe, DNV GL. “This is leading to ports both requiring and incentivizing the use of alternative maritime power (AMP). As access expands, alongside the rise of fully electric and hybrid vessels, cold ironing could soon become standard procedure in many ports around the world – with a noticeable positive impact on air quality. With the Shore Power notation shipowners can easily document a safe interface between shore facilities and the ship, based on IEC standards.”

DNV GL’s electrical shore connection class rules cover safety requirements for a vessel’s on-board electrical shore connection. The Shore Power notation ensures a safe and efficient way of performing the connection and disconnection of shore power. DNV GL also verifies compatibility between ship and port and provides recommendations for a well-defined future proof technical solution.

The technical requirements are based on the international standard for high voltage shore connections established by IEC, ISO and IEEE in IEC/ISO/IEEE Publication ‘80005-1 Utility connections in Port – Part 1: High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) Systems’. Part 3 of this standard is currently under development and will deal with low voltage shore connections. DNV GL is actively involved in this work as a member of the IEC working group.

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : THERESA DUMAI

Theresa Dumai. Pictures: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Theresa Dumai. Pictures: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Theresa Dumai arriving Durban. Pictures: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Theresa Dumai. Pictures: Trevor Jones

The oil and chemical products tanker THERESA DUMAI (29,500-dwt) seen from Millennium Tower overlooking the port entrance as she moves into Durban harbour and a place at the Island View complex. The tanker is owned by the Raffles Shipping Group of Singapore, who also manage the vessel. Built in 1991 she is now quite an elderly vessel as tankers go. Theresa Dumai was built at the Hanjin Heavy Industries shipyard in Pusan, South Korea and is registered in the port of Funafuti, Tuvalu. These pictures are by Trevor Jones

 

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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
– John Muir, 1869

 

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