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Matuku in Dunedin November 2017, picture by Alan Calvert, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Matuku in Dunedin harbour, New Zealand. Picture by Alana Calvert, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Matuku. Pictures: Alan Calvert

The New Zealand flagged coastal tanker MATUKU (IMO 9657806) sailing from Dunedin in ballast to the refinery at Marsden Point. Built in South Korea in 2016, Matuku is named after an Australasian wetland bird species. The 165-metre long chemical products and oil tanker, 50,143-dwt, is owned by Grindrod Maritime LLC and is under charter to Coastal Oil Logistics Limited (COLL) and managed by Silver Fern Shipping of Wellington, New Zealand, where the vessel is also registered. These pictures were taken earlier in November by Alan Calvert


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containers of logs detained in Beira harbour, story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Mozambique authorities have intercepted another 100 containers of logs that were on their way to the port at Beira for export to Asia.

Containing an estimated 2,000 cubic metres of wood, the shipment was stopped on the basis of irregularities with the paperwork, reports AIM Moçambique.

The logs originated from the central provinces of Manica and Tete and were all destined for export to Asia.

Authorities made up of a multi-sectoral team composed of…


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Port of Mossel Bay Acting Port Manager Vania Cloete, Lynde Minnie of Interwaste, Danie Otto of Swift Engineering, Michael Nene of Petro SA, Jethro Moses of Grindrod Sturrock Shipping, TNPA National Key Accounts Manager Ndubulu Ndlovu and Port of Mossel Bay Acting Port Manager Shadrack Tshikalange, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Mossel Bay Acting Port Manager Vania Cloete, Lynde Minnie of Interwaste, Danie Otto of Swift Engineering, Michael Nene of Petro SA, Jethro Moses of Grindrod Sturrock Shipping, TNPA National Key Accounts Manager Ndubulu Ndlovu and Port of Mossel Bay Acting Port Manager Shadrack Tshikalange.

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Mossel Bay hosted a Golf Day and Customer Awards at the Mossel Bay Golf Club on Monday (27 November) to acknowledge the valuable role of clients in the port’s successes and growth.

Acting Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange, thanked nominees for their contribution to the Port of Mossel Bay and the economic growth of the city, region and country.

“Your contribution and investment to the economy cannot be undermined or taken lightly as it ensures that people have jobs, people have food, skills are developed and our country is positioned and recognised for trade excellence in a very challenging world economy,” he said.

Tshikalange said it had been a challenging year for the port, which had shown consistency in performance and innovation, despite a decline in fishing activity and liquid bulk and break-bulk volumes which form the backbone of the region’s economy.

“The Port of Mossel Bay has declared this year as ‘The Year of the Customer’,” he added. “This theme is underpinned by our commitment to not only meet but exceed customer requirements and expectations.”

He also thanked the port’s leadership and employees for their unity, agility and innovation, which continued to delight the customer and helped position Mossel Bay as a region worth investing in. The port is amongst the best performing ports within TNPA’s system of eight commercial ports.

Clients recognised in various categories at the Port of Mossel Customer Awards 2017 were:

* Petro SA – Best Performing Tenant/Operator (2016/2017) – recognised for its financial year end performance, volume growth and revenue generation.

* Swift Engineering – Best Performing Ship Repairer – recognised for its safety record for year end 2017, investment, job creation and skills development

* Grindrod/Sturrock Shipping (Pty) Ltd – Best Performing Shipping Line (2016/2017 – recognised for its volume growth, revenue generated for TNPA and TOPS.

* Interwaste – Best Safety Performer (2016/2017) – recognised for its adherence to reporting requirements, quality of reporting and implementation of corrective action

* Petro SA for Best SHE Compliance Audit (2016/2017 – recognised for its management of audit findings

Director of Swift Engineering, Danie Otto, said: “Thank you. It was a really great day and a bonus with the award that came unexpected.”


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Iranian Navy frigate ALVAND, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Iranian Navy frigate ALVAND

The Iranian Navy in the form of the frigate ALVAND and the support vessel LAVAN was able to prevent armed pirates from boarding an Iranian merchant ship, the general cargo vessel CASPIAN HARMONY (IMO 9766645) near the Gulf of Aden, according to news agency Shabelle.

The attempted act of piracy took place south of Ras Sharbitat off the Oman coast. The merchant ship has since passed through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea.

Details of the attempt are sketchy and have not been confirmed by other organisations operating in the region. The Iranian Navy has maintained a naval presence in the area of the Gulf of Aden since 2008 in ord3er to undertake escort duties for Iranian merchant ships sailing through the region.

Iran has reported a number of pirate attacks…


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Coast of Ocean Destructio report by Greenpeace, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Vessels arrested for illegally fishing in West African waters are still carrying on with business as usual, said a Greenpeace Africa report released recently on World Fisheries Day.

The report, ‘The Cost of Ocean Destruction’, details how West African fishermen and communities continue to suffer from the consequences of overfishing and illegal fishing in this region and it provides specific recommendations for Governments on how to solve the crisis.

Greenpeace ( is calling upon West African governments as well as nations fishing in, or importing seafood from the region, to stand together to protect millions of Africans against the unceasing onslaught of industrial fishing fleets.

Greenpeace is also demanding that authorities provide follow-up information on fishing vessels and crews that were arrested during a joint patrol by Greenpeace and African fisheries inspectors last spring.

According to Pavel Klinckhamers, project leader in Greenpeace Netherlands, “The current situation…


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MSC Seaside entered service this week, story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Seaside

MSC Cruises took delivery yesterday of its latest cruise ship, the 4,134-passenger MSC SEASIDE at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone in Italy.

It was also confirmed that Fincantieri is to build two Seaside Evo (Evolution) ships which will be larger than MSC Seaside and her sister MSC Seaview – the latter is due for delivery in May 2018.

The new class of Seaside Evo ships are scheduled for delivery in 2021 and 2023 and will be longer than the two Seaside ships.

“It’s an evolution of the Seaside platform, an extension,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, chairman of MSC Cruises, who added that they will each have 2280 cabins and a gross tonnage of 169,380 gross tons. The order is worth €1.8 billion, compared to the €1.7 billion that MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview have cost.

But the day belonged to MSC Seaside, and following the blessing, Gianluigi Aponte’s granddaughter Asya Aponte cut the ribbon that brought a bottle of champagne to break against the ship’s hull in time-honoured fashion. The Fincantieri flag was then lowered and replaced with that of MSC Cruises, marking the official handover of the ship.

Now complete, MSC Seaside has departed to nearby Trieste from where on Friday she will set off on her maiden voyage, a 22-night cruise to Miami where she is to be based.

MSC Seaside is also the first MSC Cruises ship designed and built specifically for the American market. All other ships have targeted the European market where MSC Cruises grew its support and success.

In addition to MSC Seaview now nearing completion, MSC Cruises also has MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa under simultaneous construction at the French St Nazaire shipyard. By 2023 MSC Cruises will have built 12 new ships and will have doubled its fleet.


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IMO general assembly this week in London, story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

South Africa will continue to play a meaningful role in addressing the maritime related challenges facing the global community.

That assurance was given on Tuesday by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, at the 30th Regular Session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which commenced on Monday, 27 November 2017 at the IMO Headquarters in London in the United Kingdom.

She is being supported by officials from the Departments of Transport (DoT) and International Relations and Corporation (DIRCO), the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and Transnet.

“We will continue to put together our collaborative efforts and…


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IMO Awards night in ondon, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2016 has been presented to Mr Koji Sekimizu, former Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years.

Current IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim presented the prize on Monday (27 November) at the IMO awards ceremony.

“Mr Sekimizu has dedicated his career and his lifetime to promoting safety of life at sea and protecting the marine and atmospheric environment. He is truly deserving of the International Maritime Prize, Mr Lim said.

The IMO Council unanimously decided in July to…


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Statement from the Chennai Six and their families

Guard ship Seaman Guard Ohio, detained in India since October 2013, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Guard ship Seaman Guard Ohio, detained in India since October 2013

From the freedom of their hotel in India yesterday Billy Irving, John Armstrong, Nicholas Simpson, Ray Tindall, Nick Dunn, and Paul Towers – collectively known as the Chennai Six – have issued this joint statement on behalf of themselves and their families.

“After four long years, we, along with the 29 crew of the SEAMAN GUARD OHIO, have been cleared by the Appeal Court. We want to thank the court for reaching this decision. We are all in good health and eager to return to our families and friends. Whilst we wait for permission to leave India and come home, we ask the media to respect our privacy and that of our families during this process.

“We want to thank our legal counsel, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Mission to Seafarers for helping us reach this point. We have been glad to receive the many messages of support and care packages during our time in prison, and ask for time to reflect on our experience and to prepare for home.

“We kindly ask that any individuals or media interested in our story do not contact us or our families directly at present. Please respect our collective wish for privacy at this time.”

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Vale announces the signing of the Project Finance for Nacala Logistic Corridor

Nacala and Sena Railways. map: Mitsui, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nacala and Sena Railways. map: Mitsui

Brazilian mining company Vale S.A. advises that the Nacala Logistic Corridor (NLC) companies have this week signed the binding financing contracts in the form of a project finance, through which NLC will raise US$ 2.730 billion, broken down as follows:

* US$ 1.030 billion from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

* US$ 1.000 billion loan insured by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) from the following institutions: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd; Mizuho Bank Limited; Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited; Nippon Life Insurance Company and Standard Chartered Bank

* US$ 400 million loan insured by Export Credit Insurance of South Africa Limited (ECIC) from the following institutions: ABSA Bank Limited; Investec Bank Limited; Rand Merchant Bank and The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

* US$ 300 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB)

The project finance facility will be repaid in 14 years with the proceeds generated from the tariff related to the coal transportation services and from general cargo services provided by NLC. The tariff was introduced in April 2017 upon the completion of the equity transaction with Mitsui and the subsequent deconsolidation of NLC.

The Nacala project finance completes the investment structure devised to support the ramp-up of the logistic corridor until its full capacity utilization.

The completion of the transaction and the drawdown of the proceeds are subject to usual conditions precedent for a project finance and are expected to happen shortly. The funds received will be mostly paid to Vale to take out part of Vale’s shareholders loans conceded for construction of NLC, but will also be used to support the ramp up of the corridor.

The project finance also demonstrates the institutional maturity and the government support in both Mozambique and Malawi. The authorities at all government levels fully cooperated and enabled all the regulatory, financial and legal frameworks that support the Project Finance, for which Vale and Mitsui are deeply thankful. Vale wishes that the Nacala Project Finance becomes a postcard and a benchmark for the attraction of other large scale investments in both countries.


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{ekin at Durban by Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Pekin arriving in Durban. Pictures: Trevor Jones, asppearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pekin. Pictures: Trevor Jones

The latest ship to carry the name PEKIN (IMO 9721576) arrived in Durban earlier in November to take bunkers. Built in 2016 the 180 metre long, 30m wide bulker has a deadweight of 39,777 tons and sails under the Hong Kong flag. The bulker is owned and managed by China Navigation Co Pte Ltd of Singapore, better known as CNCo, which is the deepsea shipping arm of the British Swire group of companies. These pictures are by Trevor Jones



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