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FIRST VIEW: MCP ROTTERDAM

MCP Rotterdam arriving in Durban October 2017. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MCP Rotterdam. Picture: Keith Betts

The general cargo ship MCP ROTTERDAM (7,853-dwt) enters Durban earlier in October, having arrived from Congo and DRC ports. As the name might suggest, MCP Rotterdam is managed and owned by a Dutch company, Feederlines of Groningen in the Netherlands. The 117-metre long ship flies the Maltese flag and was built in 2008 by the Huanghai Shipbuilding yard in Rongcheng, China. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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VAN OORD AWARDED BEIRA PORT EMERGENCY DREDGING CONTRACT

Volvox Atalanta which is to dredge port of Beira. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Volvox Atalanta. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting

The Dutch dredging firm of Van Oord has been contracted to carry out emergency dredging works in the Port of Beira, Mozambique.

The contract is with CFM, the Mozambique ports and railways company.

The Dutch firm said in a statement yesterday that reinstating the port access channel to its charted lines and levels is of great importance to facilitate the growing maritime transport in this region.

Execution of the project will start soon and will take six months to complete.

The Port of Beira acts as an important gateway to the central interior area of the country as well as the land-locked nations of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The trailing suction hopper dredger VOLVOX ATALANTA will dredge the port access channel to its original width and depth and will be assisted by the SAGAR MANTHAN for bed-levelling operations.

Because the port is built on a river it is subject to constant silting and shifting underwater sandbanks, requiring daily dredging to maintain the situation. This has also acted as a bar to developing the port for large bulk carrier type operations, in particular the export of coal from Beira. The latter is loaded onto smaller bulk carriers and taken to large bulkers waiting outside where it is transhipped.

 

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CONSTRUCTION OF PEMBA GAS LOGISTICS BASE TO RESUME THIS MONTH

Port of Pemba, Mozambique. Picture: Terry Hutson, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Pemba, Mozambique. Picture: Terry Hutson

Construction of the Pemba Logistics Base which will serve the gas exploration projects in the Rovuma Basin to the north of ther Mozambque port, is set to resume this month.

The Pemba base will handle cargo for the oil companies that are operating in the small port town of Palma near the Tanzania border.

President of the Board of Directors of…

 

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FATAL MADAGASCAR PLAGUE UNDER CONTROL

Yersinia pestis bacteria - the cause of pneumonic plague. Picture: Wikipedia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Yersinia pestis bacteria – the cause of pneumonic plague. Picture: Wikipedia

No new cases of plague outbreak have been reported in Madagascar in the past ten days, and the numbers have stabilised in many districts which have previously reported active cases.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NCID) on Tuesday briefed the media in Johannesburg on developments about the plague outbreak in Madagascar.

NCID Deputy Director, Professor Lucille Blumberg, said the plague is being controlled and…

 

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COSCO SEEKS US$2 BILLION+ FOR 20 NEW CONTAINER SHIPS

Cosco Asia (114,394-dwt), appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cosco Asia (114,394-dwt)

Chinese container shipping line COSCO is seeking to raise more than US$2 billion from a share sale in order to pay for 20 new container ships that are already under construction at Chinese shipyards.

Costing up to…

 

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IRISH WARSHIP LÉ NIAMH JOINS OPERATION SOPHIA

Irish Navy ship LÉ Niamh, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Irish Navy ship LÉ Niamh

On 16 October Irish warship LÉ Niamh arrived in Augusta and joined Operation SOPHIA. LÉ Niamh was commissioned in 2001 and is the last warship in the Roisin Class of Offshore Patrol Vessel to be operated by the Irish Naval Service. She is named after Niamh Cínn Ór (Niamh of the Golden Hair), a female figure from Irish mythology.

In 2015, she deployed to the Mediterranean as part of OP PONTUS, a unilateral humanitarian mission conducted under…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL THANKS THE TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS INDUSTRY

HRH The Princess Royal, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

HRH The Princess Royal, patron of Transaid, has paid tribute to the road transport and logistics industry for helping to develop a sustainable model for road safety which is saving lives across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Princess Royal was speaking at Transaid’s annual showcase event in London, held at law firm Eversheds Sutherland on 9 October 2017. This event was focused around the launch of a new Professional Driver Training project in Uganda (PDTU) – Transaid’s largest independently funded road safety initiative to-date.

Addressing more than 100 supporters, The Princess Royal said: “The number of people dying on the road each year in sub-Saharan Africa is…

For more on Transaid see: www.transaid.org

To find out how to get involved with Transaid on either a company or an individual basis, readers are invited to contact by e-mail: Florence@transaid.org

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

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PARTNERS JOIN FORCES FOR MOSSEL BAY BEACH CLEAN-UP

Mossel Bay school learners were among 60 volunteers who participated in a coastal clean-up campaign to tackle pollution at Diaz Beach, Santos, Little Brak River, De Bakke and Hartenbos Beach around Mossel Bay on Saturday, 28 October. Picture: TNPA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mossel Bay school learners were among 60 volunteers who participated in a coastal clean-up campaign to tackle pollution at Diaz Beach, Santos, Little Brak River, De Bakke and Hartenbos Beach around Mossel Bay on Saturday, 28 October. Picture: TNPA

A coastal clean-up campaign involving more than 60 volunteers was held to tackle pollution at Diaz Beach, Santos, Little Brak River, De Bakke and Hartenbos Beach around Mossel Bay on Saturday, 28 October.

The clean-up was a joint effort between employees of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Mossel Bay in collaboration with the Mossel Bay Municipality, Interwaste, Afri-Forum, Mossel Bay Advertiser, Stranded Marine Animal Rescue Team (S.M.A.R.T.), Wildlife and Environment Society South Africa (WESSA) and Afrishore.

Volunteers also included 20 learners from Indwe Senior Secondary School, Garden Route Primary School, Isalathiso Primary School and Imekhaya Primary School.

“From the youngest to the oldest we all set out to play a part in keeping our beaches clean for ourselves and future generations,” said Sithembiso Soyaya, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Investment Manager at TNPA Port of Mossel Bay. Port of Mossel employees also volunteered their time to play a meaningful role in keeping our environment pollution free.

He said the original joint clean-up scheduled for International Coastal Clean-up Day on Saturday, 16 September had to be postponed due to rain and poor weather that day.

By the end of Saturday, dozens of bags of pollutants had been removed, including plastic materials, bottles and caps, cigarette butts and packaging material.

Interwaste provided the skip, Mossel Bay Municipality sponsored aprons and gloves, Afri-Forum donated plastic bags and TNPA Mossel Bay contributed sunscreen, a gazebo, water and refreshments.

 

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SAMSA — Plastic pellets clean-up along Durban coastline now fully underway

Plastic nurdles, spilt from a container washed overboard during the big storm at Durban on 10 October, now the subject of a massive clean-up operation. Picture: SAMSA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Plastic nurdles, spilled from a container washed overboard during the big storm at Durban on 10 October, now the subject of a massive clean-up operation. Picture: SAMSA

A massive, painstaking and possibly long term clean up of the coastline for miles north and south of Durban to rid it of very tiny pellets that have polluted the area since the blistering rainstorm of 10 October 2017 and which left the port city with a repair bill worth an estimated R600-million, is now fully underway.

This is according to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) a State agency charged with among other things, the environmental sound integrity of the country’s oceans.

As of Monday 30 October 2017, teams of workers have been hard at work since about a week ago retrieving the tiny pellets from the coastline sand in Durban with hope to reduce as much as is possible the float of the nurdles.

This followed a SAMSA directive to shipping group, the Mediterranean Shipping Company – operators of a shipping vessel from which the damaged containers carrying the cargo were lost and apparently deposited at sea – to conduct an assessment of the scale of pollution caused following the loss of cargo into the water in Durban harbour during the torrential natural disaster rainstorm that took place in earlier October.

plastic nurdle clean-up, a laborious operation, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
plastic nurdle clean-up, a laborious operation

On 10 October, the day of the rainstorm, SAMSA and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) had to prioritise the refloating and remooring of five drifting vessels and three of which had grounded in the port due to the extraordinary weather conditions characterised by very strong winds and rain.

From the day onward, SAMSA supported by TNPA had been actively involved in containing and minimising the impact of the damage caused in the Durban harbour.

On the day, two damaged shipping containers that had fallen into the harbour waters were secured and retrieved as soon as available resources had been successfully deployed on the five storm affected vessels.

Containment measures were implemented as soon as it was discovered that at least one of the fallen containers had held bags of plastic pellets. A while later, several bags were retrieved within the port waters and a clean-up operation was implemented by the Port Pollution Control department.

Later, sounding surveys were conducted by TNPA’s Dredging Services division supported by divers and drones, and which found no further obstructions or obstacles on the seabed within the port limits.  The port was declared safe for navigation on 13 October.

The port authority’s ongoing clean-up operations within port limits had also been targeting a significant inflow of waste that had discharged into the port from Umbilo, Amanzimnyama and Umhlatuzana Rivers, as well as the municipal stormwater system.

However, in the next few days a mixture of high and low density plastic cargo has been found in some parts of the ocean.

SAMSA Chief Operating Officer Sobantu Tilayi said MSC cooperated with the authorities for the clean-up operation which started a week ago, conducted surveillance and assessment of the extent of pollution in Durban harbour and the affected coastal areas.

Later SAMSA also met with the Durban Harbour Master and Pollution Control department, the Department of Environmental Affairs, and KZN Provincial Government, and KZN Wildlife.

From these meetings, Mr Tilayi indicated that SAMSA would undertake the monitoring and oversight role of the process while MSC would consult with the cargo owners for the technical details of the pollutant plastics.

He said area surveys of beaches up to Umhlanga on North Coast and Umkomaas on the South Coast beaches was conducted by a service provider accompanied by SAMSA.

Nurdle clean-up continues, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Mr Tilayi said: “A team to assess the extent of damage has travelled northwards and south wards. Local municipalities will be kept informed to enable surveillance team to access beaches.”

In the meantime on the direction of SAMSA, Drizit Environmental, was appointed and is leading the clean-up operation. On the weekend of 28 October 2017 strong winds interrupted the operation. However, favourable weather conditions prevailed on the Monday, 30 October 2017, and teams were back at work, cleaning the Durban beaches.

On Monday, Captain Hopewell Mkhize, a Principal Officer in the Durban SAMSA office said the clean-up might take a while yet, hopefully with no severe interruptions by windy conditions. According to Capt Mkhize, windy conditions, such as was experienced on Sunday, 29 October 2017 were not useful as the tiny pellets simply blew away along with the sand.

For more comment from Capt Mkhize, click on the video [4:07].

Meanwhile, the SAMSA appointed environmental cleanup company, Drizit, has established a central collection point for the nurdles at Durban Ski Boat Club (79 Browns Rd, Point, Durban) where the pellets may be dropped off.

Drizit can be contacted on their 24- hour toll free line 0800 202 202.

 

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PIC OF THE DAY : MOL CHARISMA

MOL Charisma sails from Durban, October 2017. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MOL Charisma. Picture: Trevor Jones

As the harbour pilot boat LUFAFA pulls away with the pilot safely onboard, Mitsui OSK Line’s MOL CHARISMA (99,500-dwt) faces the open sea and her next destination alone with the elements. Such is the life of the modern container ship – quick turnarounds and straight back to sea – time is money and hopefully no lengthy delays in port (or outside)! The 316-metre long MOL Charisma (90,390-dwt) is owned by Japanese interests and managed by Mitsui OSK Lines of Tokyo, Japan. The 8,540-TEU MOL Charisma was built in 2007 at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd Nagasaki, Japan as hull number 2226. This picture by Trevor Jones

 

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