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FIRST VIEW: DIAMOND LAND

Diamond Land sailing from Durban, October 2017. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Diamond Land. Picture: Trevor Jones

The name DIAMOND LAND and MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping GmbH & Co are synonymous in Southern African shipping circles, with several ships having carried this name for the German-owned shipping company. The current Diamond Land (35,040-dwt) was acquired by MACS last year (ex CALABRIA) and is deployed on the GAL service between Southern Africa and North America. Flying the Maltese flag, the 188 metre long, 27.69m wide ship was built in 2004, has a 1874-TEU capacity and is a sister ship to another with a long-serving name, GREEN CAPE. Picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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ANNUAL KZN EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AWARDS RECOGNISES OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES

Among those attending the KZN Exporter of the Year awards were Bronwyn Bamber, Morgan Moodley (Sappi), and Elijah Masondo, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Among those attending the KZN Exporter of the Year awards were Bronwyn Bamber, Morgan Moodley (Sappi), and Elijah Masondo

The outstanding performance of companies exporting within KwaZulu-Natal was recognised and celebrated at the 2017 KZN Exporter of the Year awards held at the Durban ICC last Thursday (19 October).

The Awards are hosted by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), and are designed to honour and promote large and small businesses that have proved their excellence in tough international markets and to inspire other ambitious companies to export their goods and services. This was the 17th time the awards evening has been held.

Delivering the keynote speech Transnet Port Terminals CE, Nozipho Sithole, highlighted the vital role that exports play in growing the region and country’s economy.

Exports play an important role in our economy by influencing the level of economic growth, employment and the balance of payments, she said. Traditionally, export jobs have been in manufacturing industries – an important source of full-time employment, especially in industrial regions. However, in recent years, exports have become more diversified with a greater reliance on service sector based exports, which is why over the past two years we introduced new categories at these awards.

Sithole congratulations all those taking part for playing their part in strengthening South Africa’s economy. “We recognize your excellence and are committed to working closely with you and other players in the export and import industry to provide you with the support you need to achieve optimum results, for the sake of strengthening your business and the overall health of the country’s economy,” she said.

CEO of the Durban Chamber, Dumile Cele, highlighted the crucial role of exporters and the need for more people to enter this sector as the only way of reversing South Africa’s trade deficit and to ensure stability and growth on the economy. “The key focus of export growth is for exporting companies to provide a facilitation service to other like-minded manufacturers, big or small, who wish to expand their production capacity,” she said.

Cele thanked TPT’s investment in the sector and their involvement in the awards.

She said that a major role of the Durban Chamber is to facilitate and promote economic growth in the region through partnerships with strategic stakeholders. “For 17 years TPT has shared its meaningful commitment to creating an enabling environment for exporters to play their role in ensuring sustained economic growth as international trade is one of the key features that make KZN a key contributor to South Africa’s economy.”

Other strategic partners that support the awards include the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Economic Affairs (edtea), Trade & Investment KwaZulu Natal (TIKZN), EThekwini Maritime Cluster (EMC), Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC).

KZN exports have increased and more than doubled to an estimated R122.8 billion in 2015 from an estimated R46.6 billion in 2005. This is a contribution of 18.9% as a proportion of GDP. Over and above this constitutes 11.8% of South Africa’s exports which is second after Gauteng (64.3%). KZN has a comparative advantage as the province is home to the busiest ports of Durban and Richards Bay.

KwaZulu- Natal’s manufacturing sector is the second largest in the country with almost 30% of South Africa’s manufactured exports produced in the Province. The Durban South Basin is a key manufacturing and industrial zone of the city, contributing a major part of Durban’s GDP and providing 10% of the country’s manufacturing jobs.

The top five manufacturing industries in the Province, in terms of employment, are clothing, textiles and footwear, food and beverages, basic iron and steel and metal products, chemicals and plastic and paper and publishing. In addition, KwaZulu- Natal is a significant producer of vehicles and vehicle components.

 

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NIGERIA ACTS AGAINST ARMED GUARDS ON MERCHANT SHIPS

No armed guards for Nigerian waters, story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
No armed guards for Nigerian waters

Nigeria says it is effectively policing against piracy and armed robbers and that armed guards will not be permitted on board vessels operating in its waters or in the ports.

The rule applies to anyone carrying a firearm. Nigeria has warned that any vessel found with armed guards on board would be detained and if the guards were from the navy, then they would face sanctions.

According to Rear Admiral Osondo, Nigerian Navy’s Head of Standards and Transformation, Nigeria has started to station floating operating bases in…

 

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HALF A BILLION INVESTMENT BOOST FOR PORT OF EAST LONDON

Port of East London, upgrade completed. Story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Port of East London, upgrade completed

Several major infrastructure and equipment projects at the Port of East London have seen Transnet pump a collective R542 million into South Africa’s only river port in the last few years. The latest project – rehabilitation of the sheet pile wharf adjacent to the dry dock – was completed earlier this month, with labour and material sourced locally.

The R108 million project set out to rehabilitate the 83 metre wharf adjacent to the Princess Elizabeth Dry Dock and Latimer’s Landing. With multiple functions including use as a ship repair facility and for berthing small craft, the wharf will…

 

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VALE MOÇAMBIQUE COAL PRODUCTION HITS A PEAK

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A Vale Moçambique train

Last week the Brazilian mining company Vale reported that coal production in Mozambique reached a record quarter of 3.2 million tonnes in the third quarter of the year, up 5.8 percent from the previous quarter, reports Lusa.

In comparison with same period of 2016, coal production in Mozambique increased by 38.3 percent…

 

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ROVUMA-GAUTENG GAS PIPELINE DRAWS CLOSER WITH TALKS

gas pipeline from Rovuma to Gauteng - talks to get underway. Story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

A start of the construction of the gas pipeline from Rovuma in northern Mozambique to Gauteng in South Africa has drawn closer with the announcement that talks between the two governments and affected parties will be held next month in November.

The announcement was made by the Mozambican energy minister, Fernando de Sousa, who said the relevant state-owned companies would be involved in the talks.

Petroleum Africa reports that…

 

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SHIPS’ OFFICERS’ UNION LAUNCHES KEY SHIPPING FACTS CARDS

Nautilus Union cards, story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Nautilus Union cards, story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Nautilus International is a highly regarded trade union and professional organisation representing more than 22,000 maritime professionals in the UK, The Netherlands and Switzerland.

Nautilus members work at sea and ashore. Sometimes Nautilus is referred to as the Merchant Navy union, but this does not tell the whole story. Members include shipmasters, officers, cadets, ratings, yacht crew, VTS officers, harbourmasters, river boatmen, nautical college lecturers, maritime lawyers and even ship-based medical personnel.

Now the east London-based Nautilus has launched…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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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 : STENAWECO SPIRIT

Stenaweco Spirit. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Stenaweco Spirit. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Stenaweco Spirit arrivng at Durban, October 2017. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Stenaweco Spirit. Pictures: Keith Betts

The products tanker STENAWECO SPIRIT (49,994-dwt), looking a little tatty and in need of some paintwork maintenance, arrives in Durban harbour after a two week wait outside. Delays outside the port are such that a number of ships have been at anchor for several weeks, awaiting the signal to come inside. Of course not all these delays are the fault of the port authorities, and some ships will be awaiting orders or cargo to arrive, but there are a number of instances when the delays are a result of problems in the port. Recent weather patterns haven’t been helpful either. Stenaweco Spirit was built in 2012 and is owned and managed by Oceangold Tankers of Athens, Greece. She makes use of the flag of Liberia, with Monrovia as her port of registry. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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