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BREAKING NEWS >>>>>>>>>>>> MSC SHIP AGROUND IN DURBAN HARBOUR ENTRANCE

MSC Ines has gone aground this morning blocking the Durban harbour entrance. The ship was sailing shortly before 11h00 when a fierce wind and rain storm struck the port and city.  It appears that two other ships have also been blown aground in the harbour – SM NEW YORK which appears to have gone aground on a sandbank opposite berth 203 of the Durban Container Terminal, and the products tanker BOW TRIUMPH which appears to be aground on the trotts at the back of Salisbury Island Naval Base (Island View side).

posted at 12h40 Tuesday 10 October 2017

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FIRST VIEW: WORLD ODYSSEY

World Odyssey. Picture: Ian Shiffman, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
World Odyssey.   Picture: Ian Shiffman

What might be called the first cruise ship of the South African 2017/18 summer season has arrived in Cape Town harbour for a three-night stayover. This is the Semester at Sea ship WORLD ODYSSEY (22,400-gt), the former Peter Deilmann luxury cruise ship Deutschland which visited South Africa on a number of occasions from the early 2000s. The ship was launched in 1998 to cater for an affluent and mainly German market but fell afoul of market forces that saw Peter Deilmann Cruises lose all his ships – the others were on the rivers of Europe. Since then World Odyssey has also operated for six months of the year under her original name Deutschland for the European operator Phoenix Reisen during the northern summer months and as a ‘university at sea’ type ship for the remainder. This picture is by Ian Shiffman

 

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SOUTH AFRICA COMMITTED TO ENHANCING INTRA-AFRICAN TRADE

 

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Africa’s trading blocks

President Jacob Zuma says South Africa remains committed to boosting intra-African trade, which will be equitably beneficial for all participating countries.

“The overriding imperative of the CFTA [continental free trade area] is to boost intra-African trade, promote market integration and industrialisation in Africa. A bigger market will improve the prospects of African countries to attract investment, promote the development of regional value-chains, thus increase the potential of diversifying the economic base.

“We believe that this will contribute positively to economic growth and development in Africa,” said the President in response to a Parliamentary question.

President Zuma was asked by the United Democratic Movement’s Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa if South Africa had taken any steps to ensure that member countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) would receive the same revenue they derive from the current [tripartite] free trade agreement (TFTA), given the decision by African countries to establish the CFTA by October 2017.

President Zuma said negotiations towards establishing the CFTA build on the trade liberalisation progress and achievements of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

The CFTA will bring together 54 African countries with a combined population of more than one billion people and a combined gross domestic product of more than US$3.4 trillion.

“The aim is to enhance intra-regional trade and ensure that African countries trade with each other on better terms than third countries.

“A free trade area implies granting parties thereto preferential access in terms of tariff duties, which has implications for revenue,” said the President.

He said each negotiating party makes its own sovereign assessment about the benefits of entering into the CFTA negotiations and whether they potentially outweigh the negative considerations that arise.

The President said it is not possible to predict with any degree of precision how the CFTA will impact on the revenue base of the negotiating State parties. This, he said, will depend on the export profile of each negotiating State party to the CFTA.

The overriding imperative of the CFTA is to boost intra-Africa trade, promote market integration and industrialisation in Africa. source: SAnews.gov.za

 

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NSRI MEDIVACS SICK SEAMAN FROM TRAWLER IN ALGOA BAY

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Station 6’s Spirit of Toft

Seldom does a weekend go by without the National Sea rescue Institute (NSRI) being called out at all hours of the day and night to rescue someone in distress.

We don’t report most of these, mostly those involving the NSRI going to the assistance of people on land or on the beaches or even in the surf. That’s the job of publications catering to other needs, but when it involves shipping at sea then we believe it our duty to, as often as possible, report these if only to…

 

INVITATION: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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PIRACY REARS ITS HEAD IN GULF OF ADEN

Iranian Navy frigate Alvand at Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones
Iranian Navy frigate Alvand at Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones

Attack of Iranian merchant ship

Piracy or the threat of it has reared its ugly head once again in the Gulf of Aden, proving that it never really went away. It has simply been under better control.

In the one incident the Iranian Navy is reporting that is has thwarted an attack on…

 

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ITF STEPS UP CAMPAIGN AGAINST ICTSI WITH FOCUS ON AFRICAN PORTS

Port of Toamasina, where a labour dispute remains unresolved
Port of Toamasina, where a labour dispute remains unresolved

Analysis carried out by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) just released has found an emerging pattern of labour rights violations throughout one of the world’s most profitable stevedoring companies: International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), says the ITF

The ITF says it will now focus on ports in which ICTSI seeks to expand, including the multi-purpose terminal in Kribi, Cameroon, a new port in Guinea-Bissau, the Motuka Port in Port Moresby and the Port of Lae in Papua New Guinea.

ICTSI is currently lobbying the Government of Cameroon to…

 

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TANZANIA’S NEW STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY VERSUS KENYA

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New Kenya Railways SGR locomotive

When the presidents of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Southern Sudan met to ratify the protocol that led to the construction of the Kenyan standard gauge railway (SGR) from the port at Mombasa to Nairobi and on the the Uganda border, missing from the table of East African leaders was Tanzania.

There were reasons for this, one being geography, the other that was no doubt a factor was that Tanzania and its main port of Dar es Salaam is a competitor to the trade traffic of the Central East African nations. It was no mistake that Tanzania was missing, says an article in The Standard Digital (see below for link). Read on…

Read this story and even more at: www.standardmedia.co.ke

 

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UNITED STATES: PORT FUNDING LOWER IN PRESIDENT’S 2018 BUDGET

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AAPA encouraged by Administration’s call to support $1 trillion in infrastructure investment

Seaports Deliver Prosperity

In reviewing the details announced earlier this year (23 May) in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the recognised and unified voice of America’s seaports – reported that it saw declines for most federally funded, port-related programs. However, AAPA is encouraged by the Administration’s recently announced major infrastructure initiative to support $1 trillion in infrastructure over ten years, of which $200 billion would be in direct spending. Of that $200 billion, $5 billion is proposed for spending next year.

AAPA president and CEO Kurt Nagle stated: “AAPA applauds President Trump’s call to invest $1 trillion into America’s infrastructure over the next decade. The port industry has identified a need of $66 billion in federal investments to port-related infrastructure over that time. Ports and their private sector partners plan to invest $155 billion over the next five years alone in port facility infrastructure, and it is vital that…

For more information visit www.aapa-ports.org

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/AAPA_Seaports

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

 

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SONANGOL AND OIL OPERATORS MEET PRESIDENT OF ANGOLA

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The meeting follows a statement issued by the operators to the President of the Executive, who have identified several matters related to their investment strategies and operations in Angola

LUANDA, Angola, 9 October 2017/ – Sonangol EP (www.Sonangol.co.ao), along with several oil operators, attended a meeting today convened by the President of Angola, João Lourenço.

The meeting follows a statement issued by the operators to the President of the Executive, who have identified several matters related to their investment strategies and operations in Angola, which are seen as relevant to the continued development of the oil sector.

In their statement, the oil operators identified the excess of bureaucracy in the sector as being unfavourable to the overall development of the industry.

Reinforcing the alignment with the concerns of Sonangol’s partners, and anticipating some solutions, the statutes of Sonangol have recently been revised in light of these identified issues. A hierarchical level has thus been eliminated in the approval pyramid, which will make the whole process of analysis much faster, including approvals of the operators’ dossiers.

Other critical areas for improvement have also been identified, which require total dedication and specialization due to their importance in the business. These include: the management of the concessionaire; the review of old approval processes that have long existed within the company; and the replacement of the Ex-CEO who oversaw the concessionaire’s management and the relationship with its operators.

These functions are now being carried out by two Directors who guarantee full commitment to the best management practices and the appropriate treatment of the challenges to the sector.

In today’s meeting with the President, Sonangol’s commitment to the ultimate goal of defending and protecting the interests of the Angolan State were reaffirmed.

Sonangol has maintained a constant and transparent dialogue between the operators, the company and the government in order to advance the interests of the national industry. In July of this year, Sonangol held an international roadshow at the headquarters of the main oil companies to discuss investment plans in Angola and the challenges facing the industry. This event was accompanied by meetings held with each of the operators based in Angola.

Sonangol reached an agreement with the operators to significantly increase the competitiveness of the national oil industry. As a result, production costs per barrel fell by 48% from 2014 to 2016, and cost-cutting and investment efforts led by Sonangol resulted in additional savings of US $ 1.7B in 2017.

Sonangol has also worked with the operators to identify new investment opportunities. Despite the reduction of recent investment in Angola, which is no more than a reflection and consequence of reduced investment worldwide, there are still very interesting opportunities in both oil and gas, which is enough to keep production levels attracting profitability for the long-term future.

In Sonangol’s opinion, investment in this opportunity goes through for better management of costs and projects in industry.

The meeting today ended with a strengthened feeling that the company is on the right track and in total harmony with our partners in responding to the challenges facing the industry. The creation of a joint team led by the Ministry of Petroleum, which includes the Ministry of Finance and Sonangol, show the alignment of the main decision-makers in the analysis of the most competitive framework for this sector in Angola.

The Board of Directors at Sonangol remains highly involved and strongly committed, together with all the players of the national oil industry, to fulfill its mission of increasing revenues for the Angolan State.

 

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PIC OF THE DAY : AT 27

bulker AT 27 arriving in Durban. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
AT 27 Picture: Keith Betts

What’s in a name?  Quite a lot when it involves a ship, actually, for along with its IMO number these are the visible signs of the vessel’s identity.  Just like you and me! We occasionally see ships with unusual or even strange names, and others that do not seem to have any meaning or purpose behind them, although no doubt the all do – to the owner at least. This one doesn’t fit any known category for naming a ship – AT 27 – so if a reader has an explanation please share it with us. AT 27 used to be called RUBIN DRAGON and at one time RUBIA, both of which are much more conventional. The Belize-flagged vessel is a bulker, built in 1997 and with a deadweight of 26,551 dwt. She is owned by Lebanese interests and managed by T Fleet Management – does that explain the T part of her name?…. The picture shows the ship arriving in Durban and was taken by Keith Betts

 

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― Max Ehrmann, ‘Desiderata’

 

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