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FIRST VIEW: SEROJA LIMA

Seroja Lima arriving at Durban. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Seroja Lima. Picture: Keith Betts

With another cold front looming over the southern horizon and the prospects of a couple more days of gloomy weather, we thought this bright and colourful impression of the containership SEROJA LIMA (90,388-dwt) on her final approach to the port of Durban would be an ideal way to start off this morning’s news. We hope you approve! Built in 2011 at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Shipyard & Engine Works in Nagasaki, Japan, the ship is owned and managed by Tokei Kaiun based in Imabari, Japan and until recently was operated by APL, which has since merged with CMA CGM. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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HUAWEI MARINE, TROPICAL SCIENCE BEGIN PEACE SUBSEA CABLE WORK

The PEACE cable to e laid between Pakistan and East Africa, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Construction of the PEACE Submarine Cable Linking South Asia with East and Southern Africa

Huawei Marine announced last week that it has commenced work on Desk Study and Marine Survey works in conjunction with key investor Tropic Science Co, Ltd to construct the Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) submarine cable, which connects South Asia with East Africa.

With initial work underway, the project is targeted for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The submarine cable has a total length of 13,000km and will connect South Asia (Pakistan) and East Africa (Djibouti) and Kenya, with a northern expansion to Egypt and further southern expansion from Kenya to South Africa. The project will facilitate connectivity from China to Pakistan via existing terrestrial cable networks and create the shortest route from China to Europe via Africa.

This network topology substantially reduces existing network lengths by up to 50% and when completed, will provide a cost-effective, diverse route for the escalating demand for capacity between Asia, Africa and Europe.

Tropical Science believes Africa’s market capacity is more attractive than many other regions as its networks are developing rapidly and the number of internet users in Africa is also growing at an unprecedented rate. The construction of this international information highway will become an important enabler of East Africa’s telecommunications as well as its social and economic development in future.

“We are pleased to commence work on this important project to ensure a timely delivery programme,” said Mao Shengjiang, COO of Huawei Marine. “Our customer-centric focus and commitment to quality and on-time delivery is a hallmark of our company values. I would like to thank Tropical Science and our other partners for their trust in Huawei Marine.”

Tropic Science, China-ASEAN Information Harbor, China Construction Bank and Huawei Marine signed and entered a MOU for the construction of the PEACE submarine cable project at the 3rd Asia Pacific Submarine Networks Forum, held in October.

 

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ANGOLA AND ZAMBIA MEET TO STRENGTHEN TRANSPORT COOPERATION

Angolan railway network, with the rebuilt Benguela Railway extending eastwards from the port of Lobito to the DRC border, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Angolan railway network, with the rebuilt Benguela Railway extending eastwards from the port of Lobito to the DRC border

Angola’s Transport minister, Augusto da Silva Tomás, met with local Zambian authorities in Lusaka on Saturday with a view to strengthening cooperation between the two neighbouring countries in the transport sector.

The Angolan official later travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to…

 

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JOINT FRENCH-SOUTH AFRICA NAVAL EXERCISE OXIDE DUE TO COMMENCE LATER THIS MONTH

SAS Amatola. Picture by Clinton Wyness
SAS Amatola at Durban. Picture by Clinton Wyness, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The bi-annual Exercise Oxide, a joint naval exercise held between the armed forces of France and South Africa, is due to commence on 24 November from and in the waters of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

The previous Exercise Oxide 2015 was staged in and around the South African port of Richards Bay.

Taking part from South Africa is the frigate…

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NEWS & VIEWS FROM THE PORT OF DURBAN

The tug UMBILO was handed over on 22 August. Picture: TNPA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The tug UMBILO was handed over on 22 August. Picture: TNPA

DURBAN PORT NEWS

Tug number 8 launches on Friday

The eighth in a series on nine harbour tugs being built for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Southern African Shipyards at Bayhead, Durban is to be launched at a naming ceremony on Friday this week (17 November).

Once fitting out has been completed the new tug will enter service in the Port of Durban, being the second of two new tugs for this port. The other, tug 6 named UMBILO, was handed over to the TNPA on 22 August, the same day that saw tug 7 named USIBA being launched at the shipyard.

This leaves just one tug still to be launched, which is expected in February 2018.

The contract for the nine harbour tugs was valued at R1.4 billion when awarded although escalation has since increased this amount. The nine tugs are the latest in a long series of harbour tugs built for Transnet at the Durban shipyard, dating back to the 1980s. All the current tugs since the early 2000s have been fitted with Voith Schneider propulsion which is now the standard in South African ports, although older tugs with other forms of propulsion remain in service.

Africa PORTS & SHIPS will bring you details of the latest tug launching on Friday.

SA Agulhas II arriving at Cape Town from marion island and the Southern Ocean. Picture: the late Robert Pabst, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SA Agulhas II.  Picture: the late Robert Pabst

SA Agulhas II comes and goes…. leaving Durban in the dark

The South Africa polar research and supply ship SA AGULHAS II has returned from East Africa with scientists from South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Mozambique on board to participate in research relating to the International Indian Ocean Expedition 11 (IIOE-2). You can see that report HERE.

Although the multi-million dollar ship entered service in 2012, until October this year she had never visited Durban, much to the disappointment of many ship enthusiasts. But even her arrival and departure last month proved a disappointment as she arrived and sailed in darkness, something that was repeated this week when the high profile SA Agulhas II returned this week, arriving at night and sailing the same way.

Owned by the Department of Environmental Affairs is the same as saying the ship is owned by the government which of course means she is owned by the people of South Africa. Perhaps those in the DEA should to be reminded that exercising good public relations can prove useful one day.

 

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AFRICA CONTAINER SERVICE UPDATES

Abidjan Express. Picture: Hiveminer.com, appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Abidjan Express. Picture: Hiveminer.com

Rotational switch for Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag Lloyd has announced a rotational change for its West Africa Service (WAX).

Commencing with the sailing of MV ABIDJAN EXPRESS (voyage 1745S), which is applicable immediately, the rotation will change to the following:

Antwerp – Hamburg – Casablanca – Tangier – Dakar – Tema – Abidjan

CMA CGM suspends Emergency PSC for cargo bound for Banjul (Gambia)

This is further to an announcement made by the French line on 9 October. CMA CGM says that with the improvement of the situation in Banjul, Gambia, the Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS) for cargo bound for Banjul has been suspended with effect from today 15 November 2017 (booking date) – until further notice.

CMA CGM suspends Emergency PSC for cargo bound for Dakar, (Senegal)

This is further to an announcement made by…

 

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FAIRPLAY TOWAGE FUSION WITH BUGSIER

The new alliance between Bugsier and Fairplay. Picture: © Fairplay, Peter Neumann, Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The new alliance between Bugsier and Fairplay. Picture: © Fairplay, Peter Neumann

The northern European tugboat market has been experiencing tough competition among operators for several years, with takeovers and fusions shaping the landscape. More and more shipping companies are building alliances, with a clear aim: to cover the entire port range as far as possible together with a partner.

As purely organic growth in the northern European markets is no longer possible, growth can only be gained through acquisitions or takeovers – a route the traditional Hamburg-based company Fairplay Towage has followed. On 8 November the closing was finalised, thus completing the fusion process.

The takeover of Bugsier was accomplished under the leadership…

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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CMF WARSHIP PROVIDES URGENT MEDICAL SUPPORT TO IRANIAN FISHING VESSEL

S Korean warship oes to the aid of injured fisherman on Iranaian fishing vessel, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

While patrolling at sea on 5 November 2017, Republic of Korea (ROK) Ship CHUNGMUGONG YISUNSHIN, which has only recently begun operating as part of CTF150, received an urgent call for help from an Iranian fishing boat. One of the boat’s crew members had badly injured his hand while operating the vessel’s machinery, and was…

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

 

Naval News

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PICS OF THE DAY : FAIRMASTER

Fairmaster. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Fairmaster arriving in Durban yesterday, 14 November. Pictures by Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Fairmaster arriving in Durban yesterday, 14 November. Pictures by Trevor Jones

One of Jumboship’s heavylift vessels arrived in Durban yesterday (14 November) with a deck cargo of oil and gas components loaded in Brazil. FAIRMASTER (16,200-gt) is registered in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and managed by Jumbo Maritime of that port city. The 152-metre long, 28m wide heavy load carrier was built in 2015 at the Split Shipyard in Split, Croatia. These pictures are by Trevor Jones

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“Love is holy because it is like grace–the worthiness of its object is never really what matters.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

 

 

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