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FIRST VIEW: TAIYUAN

Taiyuan in Lyttelton harbour. Picture by Alan Calvert, in Africa PORS & SHIPS maritime news
Taiyuan. Picture: Alan Calvert

China Navigation’s bulk carrier TAIYUAN (37,657-dwt) sails from the New Zealand port of Lyttelton after loading logs for China.
Perpetuating quite a celebrated name for one of China Navigation’s ships – a company dating back to 1872 and part of the Swire Group – Taiyuan was built in 2016 and is owned, managed and operated by CNCo out of their Singapore office. An earlier Taiyuan was a rather smart looking passenger ship which entered service with CNCo in 1949 and continued into the 1970s. This picture is by Alan Calvert

 

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DRAMA AT CAPE TOWN AS MARINE PILOT FALLS INTO SEA FROM BOARDING LADDER

The bitumen tanker Acacia Noir. Picture: courtesy Shipspotting, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The bitumen tanker Acacia Noir. Picture: courtesy Shipspotting

There was drama in Table Bay on Monday night (4 September) when a Port of Cape Town marine pilot slipped and fell from the boarding ladder as she was boarding a merchant ship.

The incident occurred as the pilot was on the ladder while attempting to board the asphalt/bitumen tanker, ACACIA NOIR (5895-dwt, built 2004).

The tanker, operated by Swedish company Wisby Tankers AB, was inbound and approaching the port where it was met by the pilot boat Petrel at approximately 21h40 with the pilot onboard, who then proceeded onto the ship’s ladder.

Details of how she fell are not available but the pilot presumably lost her grip and fell into the waters of Table Bay. She was wearing a regulation life jacket and was able to remain afloat, having not been hurt in the fall.

The crew of the Petrel immediately raised the alarm which was responded to by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI, Table Bay Station which launched its rescue boat Spirit of Vodacom. NSRI Bakoven was also activated, as were Western Cape Health EMS and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter which was placed on standby.

Shortly afterwards it was reported that the crew of the Petrel had rescued the pilot who was back on board, wet and cold but otherwise uninjured.

The pilot boat transferred the pilot to the pier next to the port control tower where she was met by an ER24 ambulance and taken to hospital as a precaution.

The NSRI commended the crew of the harbour pilot boat Petrel for the swift and successful rescue of their marine pilot.

 

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PETROSA SIGNS DEAL WITH RUSSIA’S ROSGEO TO DRILL FOR OFFSHORE GAS

Russia's Rosgeo to explore for oil and gas on South Africa's Agulhas Bank, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Russia’s Rosgeo to explore for oil on South Africa’s Agulhas Bank

Russia’s exploration company Rosgeo has signed an agreement with South Africa’s embattled PetroSA to drill for gas off the southern coast of South Africa.

The US$400 million deal aims at helping build South Africa’s reserves.

The agreement was formalised on Monday on the sidelines of…

 

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GHANA’S SECOND KARPOWER SHIP TAKES UP STATION AT TEMA

Karpower's 450MW Osman Khan now in Tema, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Karpower’s 450MW Osman Khan has arrived in Tema

Ghana’s second Karpower floating power station has taken up its berth at the Tema Fishing Harbour.

The 450-megawatt capacity Karadeniz OSMAN KHAN will replace a 225 megawatt barge that arrived from the Turkish floating power station specialist in November 2015 to overcome a shortage of power generation at Ghana’s leading port city.

The new arrival will augment the country’s current electricity supply. This is…

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IBO ISLAND FORT TO BE REHABILITATED

São João Baptista fortress on Ibo Island. Picture: courtesy Divianarts.com, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
São João Baptista fortress on Ibo Island. Picture: courtesy Divianarts.com

The following is not exactly a maritime story although it affects the ‘harbour’ at the island, but we are carrying it because for many decades it was one of the more important places where ships sailing between Portugal and India could take shelter in mid-journey.

The fort that is described and which is the subject of this report ensured that such ships would be safe while under the guns of the fort, much as it as further south on Mozambique Island and the much larger fort of Sao Sebastião at that equally fascinating and historically important place on the East Africa coast.

 

 

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THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE CHINESE ABOARD THE TITANIC

It is a little known fact that eight Chinese passengers were on the legendary liner Titanic when she went down in 1912. Six survived, reports Xinhua.

Now a new documentary, “The Six,” made by a British director, is going to tell the story of the Chinese survivors.

Arthur Jones, a professional documentary director from Yorkshire, speaking in his Shanghai studio, said that after he learnt about the Chinese survivors almost two years ago from his friend, Steven Schwankert, a US maritime historian, he decided to make the documentary to tell the world about who the…

 

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PORT OF RICHARDS BAY OPERATIONS DISRUPTED BY WEATHER

Port of Richards Bay, affected by weather this week, appearin in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Richards Bay, affected by weather this week. Picture: Charles Corbett

The unsettled weather (winds and high sea swells) continue to disrupt port operations in KwaZulu-Natal, with the Port of Richards Bay affected on Monday 5 September.

Between the hours of 22h30 and 06h00 on 5 September a strong gusting wind reaching 40 knots and a sea swell off the port entrance channel of approximately 3.5 metres saw all port ship movements being suspended.

The Port of Durban has experienced several disruptions for similar reasons in recent weeks, some of which have been reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS.

 

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MARITIME AGENCIES UNITE AT LONDON INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING WEEK

In La Reunion there is now a 100% electric vehicle used by Les Amis des Marins. The vehicle is environment friendly, emitting zero CO2 and can run for 100 miles on a charge received at the seafarers’ centre. This vehicle was funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust with a contribution by the Minister of Ecology of France. Photo: www.seafarerstrust.org © appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
In La Reunion there is now a 100% electric vehicle used by Les Amis des Marins. The vehicle is environment friendly, emitting zero CO2 and can run for 100 miles on a charge received at the seafarers’ centre. This vehicle was funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust with a contribution by the Minister of Ecology of France. Photo: www.seafarerstrust.org ©

Launch of seafarers’ welfare programme: Debate on fair shipping

The International Seafarers’ Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) will officially launch its highly acclaimed International Port Welfare Partnership (IPWP) programme during London’s International Shipping Week (LISW 17) at a formal Business Breakfast in the historic setting of Trinity House from 08h00 to 10h00 on 13 September 2017.

The IPWP programme is based on a small but highly impressive pilot project that ended in May 2016, having successfully established seafarers’ welfare boards in Europe, Africa, Australia and America.

As part of the same event the four maritime welfare charities that LISW17 is supporting have also organised a debate entitled Fair Shipping: does it exist? The panelists are: Tom Holmer of ISS, Nicola Good of Fairplay Magazine, Natalie Shaw of ICS, Andrew Wright of Mission to Seafarers, Kuba Syzmanski of Intermanager and Phil Parry of Spinnaker International.

Designed to bring together maritime leaders, the Business Breakfast will show how the IPWP
programme, a joint initiative managed by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) on behalf of ISWAN, is driven by the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006, Regulation 4.4). The MLC 2006 advocates the establishment of seafarers’ welfare boards to co-ordinate and improve “access to shore-based welfare services”, for the benefit of the seafarers’ workforce, worldwide.

The MNWB has successfully operated welfare boards, also known as Port Welfare Committees (PWCs), for nearly 70 years and is keen to partner ISWAN to share best practice with the rest of the maritime sector.

ISWAN Executive Director, Roger Harris, said: “Despite increased public awareness that the shipping industry is vital to our daily lives and trade around the world, there’s still little understanding about the challenges facing seafarers. Life at sea has always been hard but never more so than today. Separated from family and friends with ever smaller crews and shorter turnarounds, seafarers can often face isolation and loneliness, depression, harassment and bullying whilst at sea.”

ITF seafarers health: Taking place in Manila last March the 14th International Symposium on Maritime Health (ISMH14) highlighted the most recent and important emerging approaches to maritime health. Photo: www.seafarerstrust.org ©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
ITF seafarers health: Taking place in Manila last March the 14th International Symposium on Maritime Health (ISMH14) highlighted the most recent and important emerging approaches to maritime health. Photo: www.seafarerstrust.org ©

Peter Tomlin, Chief Executive of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) and IPWP Programme Director, agreed saying: “That’s why welfare facilities and services in port are so important for seafarers, providing a home from home where they can rest, recuperate and contact family and friends in a safe, welcoming environment.”

He added: “We recognise the tremendous efforts made by the numerous organisations, particularly in the voluntary sector, that support seafarers’ welfare in ports. We hope the truly collaborative and supportive nature of our partnership programme will enable the maritime community to work even closer together to improve welfare conditions for seafarers across the globe.”

Funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, TK Foundation, Seafarers’ UK and MNWB, the programme boasts an Executive Committee made up of shipowners, unions, port authorities, owners, government, maritime funders and voluntary organisation representatives, all of whom are keen to promote better seafarers’ welfare in ports under MLC, 2006. It is therefore fitting that the IPWP launch is held in the presence of maritime decision makers and key stakeholders during LISW17.

About ISWAN

The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network ( www.seafarerswelfare.org ) promotes seafarers welfare worldwide and supports seafarers with a 24/7 helpline to be found at: www.seafarerhelp.org

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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Cathelco to supply equipment for Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates

Type 26 frigate, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Type 26 frigate

Cathelco have signed a contract to supply equipment for the first three vessels in a new generation of warships which will have a major role across the full spectrum of the Royal Navy’s operations.

The Type 26 Frigates will be installed with two types of Cathelco systems, one protecting the underwater hull surface against corrosion and the other designed to prevent blockages in engine seawater cooling system pipework caused by bio-fouling.

Due to start the manufacturing phase in the coming weeks at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Glasgow, the first ship is scheduled to enter service

For further information from Cathelco, please contact:- Richard Woolley Email: richard.woolley@cathelco.com
Tel: +44 (0)1246 457900 Fax: +44 (0)1246 457901

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : ATLANTIC ACANTHUS

Atlantic Acanthus. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Atlantic Acanthus. Picture: Keith Betts

With the Bluff headland in the background, the reefer vessel ATLANTIC ACANTHUS (11,793-dwt) arrives in Durban harbour earlier in August to load citrus at the fruit terminal. Built in 1999 and flying the flag of the Bahamas, the refrigerated ship is owned by Greek interests and managed by Chartworld Shipping Corp of Athens, Greece. The name Acanthus is that of a genus of flowering plants and rather appropriately, the ship’s former name was Atlantic Iris, yet another flowering plant. The 144 metre long ship was built by the shipyard of Shin Kochi Jyuko Co Ltd in Kochi, Japan, as hull number 7112. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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– John Muir, 1869

 

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