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FIRST VIEW: MSC SINFONIA ARRIVES IN SOUTH AFRICA

MSC Sinfonia sailing from Cape Town, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

passengers disembark in Durban from MSC Sinfonia after a 23-day voyage from Venice, 30 October 2017, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Port of Durban Harbour Master Captain Alex Miya receives a gift from Captain Lauro Maresca of MSC Cruises, flanked by Durban Port Manager Moshe Motlohi and (back left to right) Ross Volk, MD of MSC Cruises South Africa and Councillor Sqiniseko Shezi, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Top picture: MSC Sinfonia leaving Cape Town during a previous season. Middle picture: passengers disembark after their 23-day voyage from Venice to Durban; Lower picture, front left to right: Port of Durban Harbour Master Captain Alex Miya receives a gift from Captain Lauro Maresca of MSC Cruises, flanked by Durban Port Manager Moshe Motlohi and (back left to right) Ross Volk, MD of MSC Cruises South Africa and Councillor Sqiniseko Shezi, representing Her Worship the Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Councillor Zandile Gumede.

Durban. With 2,300 European and South African passengers on board MSC Cruises MSC SINFONIA arrived in port yesterday morning to ring in the 2017/18 South African cruise season. The ship had just concluded a 23-day positioning cruise from Venice and is set to make numerous sailing from both Durban and Cape Town before she heads back to the Mediterranean in about six months time.

On hand to greet the ship were dignitaries from the city and the port of Durban, including port manager Moshe Motlohi. “It gives us great pleasure to welcome MSC Cruises and MSC SINFONIA back to her South African home port each year. We are also delighted to welcome some new operators and vessels to the port this season. These 13 vessels represent 11 cruise line companies that have shown confidence in Durban as a route this season – up from seven in 2016/17,” he said. See report further below…..

 

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TRANSNET REPORTS 230% INCREASE IN PROFITS AND BULLISH HALF-YEAR

Port of Durban, North Quay, Durban Container Terminal, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet SOC Ltd, yesterday delivered a remarkable increase in revenue for the six-months ending 30 September 2017, which it says was driven by improved operational performance and a slight rise in consumer demand and mineral production output in the country.

Revenue for the six months of the financial year rose 13,8% to R37,1 billion (2016: R32,6 billion) driven by a 7,9% increase in general freight volumes, a 6,5% increase in export coal railed volumes and a 11,4% increase in railed container and automotive volumes. Chrome and manganese volumes performed particularly well, increasing by 19,2% to 3,1mt and by 25,9% to 6,8mt respectively.

The company’s key measure of profitability – EBITDA improved by…

 

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MSC WAS PROACTIVE IN ITS REPOSNSE TO DURBAN BEACH CLEAN-UP FOLLOWING STORM

Storm damage - straddle carrier over the side at Pier 1. Picture: Ken Malcolm, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Storm damage – straddle carrier over the side at Pier 1. Picture: Ken Malcolm

MSC in Geneva has responded to our report in yesterday’s Africa PORTS & SHIPS news about the spilling of nurdles into the sea.

Giles Broom, MSC global public relations manager drew our attention to a statement issued by MSC on 27 October (which was not circulated to us), which he said dated was prior to the SAMSA statement from which we quoted. This stated that MSC had already engaged the services of Resolve Marine Group, an experienced salvage and emergency response company, to conduct surveillance and assessment of Durban harbour and the affected coastal areas and to supervise the clean-up operations.

Here is the full MSC statement dated Geneva, 27 October 2017.

MSC Supports South African Beach Clean-Up After Durban Storms

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global container shipping line, is assisting with the clean-up of beaches near Durban Harbour following the freak storm earlier this month.

On 10 October, strong winds and heavy rain lashed the harbour, leading to the temporary closure of the port. The storm also devastated homes and roads inland, reportedly flooding highways and uprooting trees, in what amounted to a provincial disaster. The extreme weather damaged MSC vessels and containers, as well as ships and equipment belonging to other carriers, amid zero visibility at times. Some cargo escaped from the containers.

This triggered inquiries into whether materials that washed up on beaches two weeks later, including plastic pellets, were linked to the impact of the severe weather. Those inquiries, as well as a scientific analysis to determine the origin of the pellets, are not yet conclusive.

While the plastic pellets may not be harmful to humans, MSC is responsive to concerns about the impact on marine life and is voluntarily assisting with the clean-up.

MSC therefore ensured the appointment of Resolve Marine Group, an experienced global salvage and emergency response company well-known in the shipping industry, to conduct surveillance and assessment of Durban harbour and the affected coastal areas and to supervise the clean-up operations.

MSC understands that at least one cargo-owner customer also appointed a clean-up company, Drizit Environmental, and MSC through its external surveyors has been in contact with Drizit since its appointment.

Following an extensive inspection, the clean-up operations began during the week at Durban Ski Boat Club and are expected to continue into the weekend.

MSC is also cooperating with a directive by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to assess the beaches near Durban, in line with normal protocols around marine spillage incidents. SAMSA has acknowledged that the cause of the damage in Durban Harbour was natural phenomenon.

MSC continues to assist Transnet National Ports Authority with efforts to locate missing equipment.[end of MSC statement]

 

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MSC SINFONIA KICKS OFF SOUTH AFRICA’S CRUISE SEASON

MSC SINFONIA arrived in her home port of Durban on 30 October with approximately 2300 European and South African passengers. The vessel is the first international cruise liner to visit South African ports for the 2017/18 cruise season, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC SINFONIA arrived in her home port of Durban on 30 October with approximately 2300 European and South African passengers. The vessel is the first international cruise liner to visit South African ports for the 2017/18 cruise season

The South African 2017/18 cruise season kicked off yesterday morning (Monday) with the arrival of the first international cruise liner, MSC SINFONIA, at the Port of Durban.

Carrying 2300 European and South African passengers, the vessel arrived on a 23-day itinerary from Venice in Italy and was welcomed with a tug spray, marimba band and traditional dancers.

Transnet National Ports Authority’s Port Manager for the Port of Durban, Moshe Motlohi, said the Port of Durban is…

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MOL USES VR GOGGLES FOR MARINER SAFETY TRAINING

Onboard safety training on MOL ships using virtual reality (VR) goggles - screen shows trainee moving down the stairs and a safety measure; appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Onboard safety training using virtual reality (VR) goggles – screen shows trainee moving down the stairs and a safety measure

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced yesterday (Monday 30 October) that it has developed a mariner safety education tool goggle, which uses virtual reality (VR) technology created by Tsumiki Seisaku Co, Ltd.

The tool relies on VR technology to replicate various training scenarios and work operations, until now a difficult task, offering a new level of realism and immersion. It works on…

 

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FISHING VESSELS COULD SOON HAVE TO DISPLAY IDENTITIES – IMO

Detained Chinese fishing vessel in East London harbour, 2016. Picture: SAMSA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Detained Chinese fishing vessel in East London harbour, 2016. Picture: SAMSA

Fishing vessels on international waters may soon be expected to display their identities prominently, in the form of flags of States in which they registered, should the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly pass a resolution proposing this at its scheduled meeting in November 2017.

This is according to the IMO in an article published on Thursday last week reflecting on progress achieved during a five day seminar for Anglophone African countries held in Cape Town earlier in October that focused on an agreement on global fishing vessels safety being canvassed for ratification and implementation.

The seminar held at the Castle of Good Hope…

 

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NEW MOVES TO HAVE TANZANIA’S BAGAMOYO PORT UP AND RUNNING

map showing location of proposed new port at Bagamoyo, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
map showing location of proposed new port at Bagamoyo

According to newspaper reports in Tanzania, the Deputy Minister for trade, Industries and Investment, Engineer Stella Manyanya, has confirmed that the proposed new port at Bagamoyo will be up and running by 2021.

The deputy minister was addressing a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industries, Trade and Environment in Dodoma when she said construction of the new port, which is to be developed by a combined venture involving China and Oman, would shortly get underway.

The new port will…

 

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CONTAINERS RECOVERED FROM SEABED OF DURBAN BAY

TNPA's floating crane INDLOVU (elephant) and divers recover one of several missing containers, overboard during the big storm of 10 October 2016. Picture: SAMSA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
TNPA’s floating crane INDLOVU (elephant) and divers recover one of several missing containers, overboard during the big storm of 10 October 2016. Picture: SAMSA

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) said yesterday that it has been working around the clock monitoring mop up operations carried out by independent service provider Drizit Environmental, cleaning beaches and shorelines from Richards Bay to Umkomaas.

The activity follows in the aftermath of the big storm of 10 October in which …

 

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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 : SWAN

Swan arriving in Durban, October 2017, by Keith betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Swan arriving in Durban, October 2017, by Keith betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Swan arriving in Durban, October 2017, by Keith betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Swan arriving in Durban, October 2017, by Keith betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Swan. Pictures: Keith Betts

The heavylift cargo ship SWAN (30,060-dwt) was a recent visitor in Durban, having arrived in the port on Saturday 28 October to take bunkers and supplies. Her decks are loaded with shoreside shiploaders, bound for the US port of Savannah. The vessel was built in 1981 as a tanker, but was later converted for heavylift type project cargo. Owned and managed by Anglo Eastern Shipmanagement of Hong Kong and operating in the Dockwise pool she was built in Norway at the Kaldnes Mekaniske Verksted shipyard in Tonsberg. She flies the flag of Curacao and appears to have retained the name Swan in her various names since at least the late 1980s, having been DYVI Swan, Swan HL and Sea Swan at different times. Swan sailed from Durban yesterday bound for her next port of call at Walvis Bay before making the trans-Atlantic crossing. These pictures were taken by Keith Betts – as the ship attracted has considerable attention we are fortunate to have a small selection and will be showing others at a later stage.

 

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– Rumi

 

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