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Stolt Selje on berth at Durban's Island View. Picture: Ken Malcolm, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Stolt Selje.   Picture: Ken Malcolm

Set against a backdrop of the Island View terminal with its tank farm and warehouses, also known as the Cutler Complex, is the Stolt products tanker STOLT SELJE (36,778-dwt). The chemical and oil products tanker is owned and managed by Stolt Tankers of Rotterdam, Netherlands and was built in 1993. She flies the Liberian flag. Stolt Tankers is a division of Stolt-Nielsen. This picture is by Ken Malcolm


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Höegh Target in Durban in February 2017. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Höegh Target in Durban. Picture: Keith Betts

Höegh Autoliners has become the second car carrying shipping company to face charges of collusive action, price fixing and market division.

This was after the Norwegian shipping line was referred to the Tribunal for prosecution by the Competition Commission of South Africa.

The Commission said the charges stem from a probe into widespread anti-competitive conduct in the market for the transportation of motor vehicles, equipment and machinery by sea to and from South Africa.

Höegh Autoliners Holdings AS (Höegh) stands accused of colluding with a Japanese car shipping company, Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd (MOL), the Commission said. From around 2009, MOL and Hoegh engaged in prohibited practices in that…


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coal mining in Tete province's Moatize district, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

When the coalfields of Mozambique’s Tete province, said to hold the largest undeveloped coal deposits in the world, were first opened to mining one of the major stumbling blocks that mining houses faced was that of getting the coal to a port on the coast.

An existing rail link from Tete to the port at Beira, known as the Sena Railway, had been severely damaged during the civil war and required extensive rebuilding and refurbishing. This was initially undertaken by an Indian company but was later taken over by CFM, the Mozambique rail and port company, after the Indian company failed to perform to CFM’s satisfaction.

These delays led to initial complications involving the mining companies – the main ones at that time being…


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NSRI Port Elizabeth Station 6, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The rescue of a couple of surf-ski paddlers off the beach at Port Elizabeth might not sound too out-of-the-ordinary under usual circumstances, but read on.

Ian Gray, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station commander at the Eastern Cape port city reports that his duty crew was activated on Monday following reports from the mother of a paddler reporting her son and his friend to be overdue from a paddle on surf-ski’s in the Summerstrand vicinity.

Before the NSRI had a chance to respond, she phoned back to say the two paddlers were safe in Port Elizabeth harbour, having been rescued at sea by the commercial fishing trawler, Sea Lion.

The NSRI confirmed this to be the case and then investigated the circumstances.

It turned out that the two paddlers, one a local and the other visiting from Zimbabwe, were paddling behind the backline when strong winds swept them out to sea. That was when the trawler Sea Lion got into the action. In the words of the skipper of Sea Lion, Steven Benade:

“Yesterday (Monday) at around 12 midday one of my crewman alerted me to a paddler in possible distress one mile off Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth. We were on anchor sheltering from the wind. After picking up anchor and reaching the paddler we were surprised to see a second man hanging onto the back of the paddle ski.

“The story goes that the two guys went for a paddle just behind the breakers when the wind started to pick up. Before they knew it they were being blown further away from shore. The one guy was not a confident paddler and was definitely not going to make it back to shore alone. His friend made the call for him to abandon his ski and for the two of them to try to paddle back to land.

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“Unfortunately that plan did not work as the wind increased in strength and ended up blowing them further out to sea. By this stage they had been in 16 degree water for over an hour and were very cold and tired. They then made the choice to turn around and paddle out to sea to using the wind to try get to one of the vessels lying on anchor.

“They made a very brave choice, one that ended up saving their lives in my eyes. In saying that it could have gone horribly wrong if they were not spotted as by then the wind was gusting 30 knots and they would have been blown far out to sea before any help was sent to find them.

“First of all I would like to thank all of my crew onboard the f/v Sea Lion for getting them out the water quickly and safely. By the time they were taken out the water, both paddlers were on the first stages of hypothermia. My crew acted fast by supplying both guys with dry clothing, blankets and a hot cup of coffee. Secondly I want to say to that even though we picked them up, the true hero of the day was the one guy (whose name I forget). Faced with a life and death situation, he stayed calm, assessed the situation and made a call that saved his friend’s life.

“The sea can be a dangerous place as we all know but staying calm and not panicking could save your life. I’m just thankful that this story had a happy ending.”

The NSRI’s Ian Gray said the NSRI commends the skipper and crew of the f/v Sea Lion for the rescue of the two men and for saving their lives. One paddle board was not recovered and the NSRI have been made aware that the white paddle board remains adrift at sea.


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Tazara bridge crossing scene, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

TAZARA (Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bombardier Transportation to explore investment opportunities.

This is one of the strategies for repositioning ourselves towards boosting our haulage capacity, said Conrad K Simuchile, TAZARA’s Head of Public Relations.

TAZARA operates an 1860-km railway service between Zambia and the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam, and…


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Namibian fishery research vessel RV Mirabilis, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Namibian fishery research vessel RV Mirabilis

Namibia’s fisheries ministry has complained to Angolan marine authorities about five foreign fishing vessels that have been entering Namibian waters under cover of darkness from Angolan waters to fish illegally inside Namibian territorial waters.

Namibian Fisheries permanent secretary Moses Maurihungirire is quoted in The Namibian as confirming reports by the newspaper of the illegal fishing activity, during which…


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HMS Ocean at Gibraltar to take on humanitarian supplies for Caribbean. Picture : © MoD Crown Copyright 2017 islands devastated by Hurricane Irma, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
HMS Ocean at Gibraltar to take on humanitarian supplies for Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma. Picture : © MoD Crown Copyright 2017

Gibraltar Naval Base was a hive of activity on 11 September as HMS Ocean berthed to prepare herself to provide hurricane aid to British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean. Ocean was operating in the Mediterranean Sea as Flagship for the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 when Hurricane Irma struck, causing untold damage to islands in the Caribbean.

Ocean, or the Mighty O as she is known, was re-tasked to…

Reported and edited by Paul Ridgway


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Autonomous ships and the human element

The Nautical Institute banner, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

As vessels become more and more autonomous consideration has to be given to the human element of future vessel operations, according to David Patraiko FNI, Director of Projects at The Nautical Institute.

Speaking on Monday at the Autonomous, robotics and loT – exploring the potential and human impact conference organised by WISTA-UK (Women in Shipping and Trading Association) as part of London International Shipping week, he said the human element in developments could not be ignored.

“Although some might be surprised that the leading maritime professional organisation that is so well recognised for its commitment to the human element should be involved in the autonomous vessel debate, there are some very good reasons,” he explained.

The Nautical Institute, London - David Patraiko, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
David Patraiko

Pointing out that the existence of autonomous vessels is a ‘reality’ with hundreds working today, Mr Patraiko said they will be increasingly interacting with manned vessels. The NI’s work was of importance in ensuring relationships between the autonomous vessels and humans.

“NI members are already dealing with many autonomous systems onboard, including machinery, cargo, communications and navigation,” he told the conference. “Understanding and refining the interaction between the human and these systems is a priority as we move into the future.”

The NI is dedicated to ‘supporting those in control of seagoing craft’ and has opened its membership to all maritime professionals accepting the need of those in autonomous ship operations to embrace professional development.

It will be essential to ensure the competencies of all involved in controlling autonomous vessels, whether onboard or ashore, are maintained, he added.

About The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world.


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Themis Leader sailing from Durban, by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Themis Leader sailing from Durban, by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Themis Leader. Pictures: Keith Betts

NYK’s car carrier THEMIS LEADER (61,804-gt), sailing from Durban earlier in August. The NYK car carriers are among the most attractive of these vessels on account of their eye-catching livery and generally smart appearance. Themis Leader is no exception. The 200-metre long, 32m wide Ro-Ro vessel was completed in July 2010 at the Imabari Shipbuilding Co, Ltd Marugame Headquarters shipyard in Marugame, Japan as hull number 1522. The ship is owned by a Panamanian-registered company and operated by Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line (NYK) of Tokyo, Japan. The ship has 12 decks and a capacity of 5,400 motor cars and is manned by a crew of 22. She flies the Panama flag. These pictures are by Keith Betts



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