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FIRST VIEW: MSC SINFONIA

MSC Sinfonia at anchor off Portuguese Island, November 2017. Picture: Ken Malcolm, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Sinfonia. Picture: Ken Malcolm

MSC SINFONIA is seen here at anchor off Portuguese Island, Mozambique during her inaugural voyage of the season as far as the new resort of Pomene. As it turned out, passengers were unable to go ashore at Pomene due to worsening weather conditions, which later that day deteriorated sharply in the afternoon. However, the stopover at Portuguese Island which was earlier in the 4-day cruise was successful and passengers were able to go ashore and enjoy themselves on the island. MSC Sinfonia will be cruising out of Durban until April next year. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

 

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NEXT 11 MSC SHIPS COULD EXCEED 23,000 TEUS

The 19,400-TEU MSC Oscar, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

It is now being predicted that the massive order placed by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) for 11 ultra large container ships will break all barriers by being able to carry 23,356 TEUs.

This is based on a prediction by Alphaliner which says the ships will be larger than what was originally expected. It had originally been reported that the 11 ships ordered from South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering would each have a capacity of 22,000 TEUs.

To achieve this new record size the ships will be one row of containers wider than the…

 

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DENMARK AND GHANA COOPERATE ON SAFETY AT SEA

Ghana and Denmark, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

An authority-to-authority cooperation has been initiated between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana to contribute to enhanced safety at sea and to develop the maritime sector in Ghana. This was reported by the Danish Maritime Administration on 10 November.

As part of ongoing cooperation between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana, five Ghanaian ship surveyors visited the Danish Maritime Authority in week commencing 5 November. During the visit, the Danish and Ghanaian ship surveyors exchanged knowledge and experience about their responsibilities when acting on behalf of their maritime administrations.

On the visit, a number of workshops were held, and together the Danish and Ghanaian ship surveyors carried out a number of practical exercises on board the ferry to the island of Samsø and the ferry between the two towns of Hundested and Rørvig.

This visit was a follow-up on Danish ship surveyors’ visit to Ghana earlier this year and is merely one of several activities indicating cooperation between the two administrations.

In the words of Director General Andreas Nordseth from the Danish Maritime Authority: “International regulation of shipping is paramount to creating safety at sea and a level playing field in the global maritime sector.

“But regulation only has an impact if it is actually implemented and enforced all over the world. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that we cooperate across the borders and learn from each other.

“Consequently, we are pleased to share our knowledge and experience in areas where Ghana requests our assistance for developing its maritime sector.”

Ghana is one of the States at the centre of the positive political and economic development that has taken place in large parts of Africa during the last decade. The maritime sector plays a major role in the continued development of Ghana, while the Danish shipping industry also has a large presence in West Africa.

Authority-to-authority cooperation is implemented in a close partnership between the Danish Maritime Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the maritime authorities in Ghana. This cooperation, which dates from 2015 and will continue to August 2018, aims to support a continuous sustainable development of Ghana and Danish business activities in West Africa.

More specifically, work here is being made within three sub-projects, that is to say: (a) implementation and enforcement of international maritime regulation, (b) strengthening of pilotage in Ghana, and (c) the introduction of digital navigation instruments.

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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UGANDA-TANZANIA PIPELINE TO PUMP OIL FOR EXPORT IN 2020

route of the Uganda-Tanga pipeline, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
route of the Uganda-Tanga pipeline

The foundation stone for the Uganda-Tanzania oil pipeline was laid at the weekend with the presidents of both countries in attendance.

The decision to route the pipeline through Tanzania to the port at Tanga took most pundits by surprise after it had been expected that the line would follow the shorter route through northern Kenya to…

 

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SUNKEN CRUISE SHIP SEA DIAMOND TO BE RAISED FROM WATERY GRAVE OFF SANTORINI

Sea Diamond starts to settle before sinking beneath the waters of Santorini, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Sea Diamond starts to settle before sinking beneath the waters of Santorini, 2007

A cruise ship that sank in the sea-filled caldera of Santorini Island in the Greek Mediterranean, is to be raised, according to instructions from the Greek government.

The 22,412-gt SEA DIAMOND struck a volcanic reef on 5 April 2007, ripping a hole in her hull which caused the 1986-built ship to sink. Two French passengers…

 

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DREDGING UNDERWAY AT PORT OF BEIRA

Cutter suction dredger Volvox Atalanta now dredging the Beira port access channels, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cutter suction dredger Volvox Atalanta now dredging the Beira port access channels. Picture: Van Oord

Dredging of the Beira port access channels has commenced with th arrival of the Van Oord dredger VOLVOX ATALANTA.

The dredging began last week Thursday (9 November) and will last six months, during which time the channel will be restored to widths of between 135 and 250 metres and draughts of eight and 9.2 metres in the straight sections and Macuti curve respectively.

The cost of the contract is a reported EUR 25 million which is being provided by the Mozambican Ports and Railways (CFM).

Once dredging is completed, larger Panamax size ships of up to 60,000 gross tons will again be able to berth at the port, which is currently restricted to vessels of up to 30,000 tons.

The dredging is highly important for the export of coal from the mines at Moatize in Tete Province.

Once the emergency dredging is complete, maintenance dredging by another company will take over on a contract lasting for 18 months.

The Port of Beira has a high strategic importance for the neighbouring countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and the DRC.

See our earlier report dated 1 November Van Oord awarded Beira port emergency dredging contract

 

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CONGOLESE OFFICIALS THWART GREENPEACE SAVE THE CONGO BASIN FOREST CAMPAIGN

Greenpeace's Esperanza, now in Congolese waters but barred from berthing at Pointe Noire, report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Greenpeace’s Esperanza, now in Congolese waters but barred from berthing at Pointe Noire

Greenpeace’s ship, the ESPERANZA was barred on Tuesday last week from berthing at the port of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo. For two days, the ship had anchored in Congolese waters. But port and government officials in Pointe Noire refused her to berth, claiming no prior knowledge about the ship’s arrival and planned activities in Congolese territory.

The claim has been rebuked by Greenpeace Africa and its local partners who say they had filed all necessary documents for the ship to berth in the Congo.

The Esperanza has been on a month-long tour of the coast of Central Africa to raise awareness about…

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : NIHAT-M

Nihat-M. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Nihat-M arriving at Durban, November 2017. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nihat-M. Pictures: Keith Betts

The Turkish-owned bulk carrier NIHAT-M (32,942-dwt) makes an appearance at the Durban port entrance. The vessel which if flagged in Valetta, Malta, was built in 1998 at the Kanda Shipbuilding yard in Kure, Japan and is owned and managed by Iskenderun Gemi of Istanbul. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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