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FIRST VIEW: STOLT SNELAND

Stolt Sneland arriving in Durban, mid November 2017. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Stolt Sneland. Picture: Trevor Jones

This chemical and oil products tanker called at Durban in mid November and is seen here arriving in the entrance channel. STOLT SNELAND (IMO 9352212) has been a regular caller at Durban over the past years along with a number of other Stolt tankers. The Dutch company operates a fleet of more than 160 liquid bulk tanker. Stolt Sneland (44,080-dwt) was built in 2008 at the Nikolaev Shipyard Okean in Nikolayev in the Ukraine and is registered in George Town in the Cayman Islands. Stolt-Nielsen, to give the owners their fuller name, was founded in 1959 by the founder Jacob Stolt-Nielsen and manages its corporate headquarters and parcel and terminal business in Rotterdam, its tanker container business in Houston, Texas and operates an aquaculture business from Spain. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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TNPA APPOINTS NEW PORT MANAGERS AT EAST LONDOND & MOSSEL BAY

Two vacancies as port managers at East London and Mossel Bay have been filled.

On Friday Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Chief Executive Shulami Qalinge announced the appointments of Shadrack Tshikalange as Port Manager at the Port of Mossel Bay and Sharon Sijako as Port Manager in East London. Both are effective from 1 December 2017.

Both appointees have fulfilled the roles in an acting capacity since April 2017. These vacancies came as a result of the resignation of the Cape Town and Saldanha Port Managers earlier in the year, resulting in transfers of the then port managers of East London and Mossel Bay.

Tshikalange and Sijako most recently served at their respective ports as Senior Operations Managers for three and a half years.

“We are delighted to have finalised the recruitment and selection processes leading up to these appointments, as this will better enable us to deliver on our strategic objectives and continue to pursue improvements in safety and operational efficiencies at these ports,” said Qalinge.

“I would also like to thank Captain Vania Cloete in Mossel Bay and Mr Alvin Singama in East London, who have both shared the Acting Port Manager responsibilities with our successful appointees in their respective ports this year. The decision was not made any easier due to the high calibre of these and other applicants. We are however confident that Shadrack and Sharon will continue to serve our organisation and its clients most ably in their new roles,” she added.

Sharon Sijako, East London port manager, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Sharon Sijako, East London port manager

Sijako is the third female Port Manager in East London after Jacqueline Brown, who had a nine-year tenure at the helm of South Africa’s only river port, and before that of Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane who was appointed in 1998.

Sijako’s career with Transnet began 21 years ago with short tenures at the Ports of Richards Bay and Port Elizabeth. In 1998 she joined the Port of East London, where she has developed an understanding of the port system through operations roles at both TNPA and sister division, Transnet Port Terminals. She has more than a decade of senior operations experience spanning the port’s automotive, container and grain terminals.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree and an honours degree in administration from the University of the Western Cape, and she has completed a number of training courses to improve her knowledge and skills. A proud East Londoner, Sijako matriculated from Mzomhle Senior Secondary School in Mdantsane.

Shadrack Tshikalange, port manager at Mossel Bay, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Shadrack Tshikalange, port manager at Mossel Bay

Originally from landlocked Limpopo, Tshikalange’s foray into the maritime industry began in 2014 when he was appointed as Senior Operations Manager at the Port of Mossel Bay. His responsibilities included ensuring efficient port operations, compliance management and that operational standards were met and exceeded. Stakeholder coordination and customer satisfaction were key facets of his role and will continue to be of importance in his new position as Port Manager.

Prior to joining Transnet his career experience lay predominantly in local government and development. He was Municipal Manager at Makhado Local Municipality in Limpopo for two years, and Director of Corporate Service at Bohlabela District Municipality for three years prior to the municipality’s disbandment. He also served tenures at the Local Government Sector Training Authority, Independent Development Trust and the then Northern Transvaal Regional Development Forum.

Tshikalange holds a B Juris degree from the University of the North, as well as an array of certifications in fields as diverse as Port Management, Project Management, Development Planning and Labour Relations. He is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development from the University of Stellenbosch. He matriculated from St Paul’s High School in Luckau Village, Groblersdal, Limpopo.

 

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FOUR AFRICAN NATIONS ELECTED TO IMO 40-MEMBER COUNCIL

IMO Headquarters in London, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The IMO Assembly has concluded a week-long gathering in London by electing a new 40-member Council, its executive body responsible for supervising the work of the Organization. The Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

The electoral campaign was tougher than usual as 46 countries presented their candidature. In category A, there was no contested election, but unusually in Category B Australia and the United Arab Emirates…

 

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DAMEN SHIPYARDS CAPE TOWN HOSTS ONE-DAY DREDGING SEMINAR & DEMO

The DOP dredge pump in action at Cape Town demo, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The DOP dredge pump in action

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) recently welcomed over 50 invitees from across the Southern African dredging sector to its shipyard in the Port of Cape Town for a one-day seminar on dredging.

The guest list included representatives from a wide range of companies with an interest in dredging, including those that supply dredging services, those that employ dredging services, and various government agencies.

The Damen Shipyards Group is a leader in the design and build of both dredging vessels and the equipment they use to extract and relocate sediment. Damen dredgers can be found in operation all over the world and the group has particular expertise is the design of modular dredgers that can be delivered in a series of containers and transported by road to remote inland locations, where they can then be assembled and put to work.

The programme included a presentation, lunch and a demonstration of a DOP dredge pump. There were…

 

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US$ 2.7 BILLION CONTRACTS SIGNED FOR NACALA CORRIDOR

Nacala-a-Velha coal loading point, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nacala-a-Velha coal loading point

Contracts worth US$ 2.7 billion (R37 billion) have been signed between companies funding the development of the Nacala deepwater port and Nacala Rail Corridor and Mozambique government and companies involved with the Corridor.

The contracts were signed in Maputo last Thursday (30 November).

In a report in the Mozambique publication Notícias quoting the Portuguese agency Lusa, the Nacala Corridor is said to be set for more than 30 years of useful operation by…

 

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PORTS REGULATOR GRANTS TNPA AVERAGE OF 2.5% INCREASE IN TARIFFS

DCT Pier 2 container terminal. Zero tariff increase on containers, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
DCT Pier 2 container terminal. Zero tariff increase on containers

South Africa’s Ports Regulator has turned down a request by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) for an average of 8.45% increase in tariffs for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Instead it has agreed to allow an average increase of 2.5% in tariffs for TNPA’s next financial year.

This is the first tariff application in terms of the second multi-year Tariff methodology (MYM2) published in March 2017.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ports Regulator, Mahesh Fakir, said whilst handing over the Ports Regulator’s Decision formally to TNPA’s Chief Executive, Ms Shulami Qalinge in Durban on Friday (1 December) that all tariffs for 2018/19 are to increase as follows:

 

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NSRI 17-HOUR MISSION TO RESCUE VESSEL 40 NAUTICAL MILES OFF THE COAST

Django being towed behind the NSRI's Spirit of Safmarine III, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Django being towed behind the NSRI’s Spirit of Safmarine III

It has been another busy weekend for the National Sea Rescue Institute in terms of call-outs across South Africa’s long coastline. One of the longest missions was to go to the rescue of an immobilised vessel some 40 nautical miles south of Cape Point.

According to Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander, the duty crew at the Simon’s Town NSRI Station 10 were activated at 18h18 on Friday, 1 December, following a request for assistance from the 16 metre vessel Django with 11 crew onboard reporting hydraulic failure to their boat.

Django was then 40 nautical miles South of Cape Point.

“We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and NSRI Hout Bay were placed on alert,” Zimmerman said.

“In a 15 to 20 knot South Easterly wind and lumpy seas we arrived at the casualty at around 23h00 and a towline was rigged and we towed them to Simonstown throughout the night, with sea conditions improving as the operation progressed.” Zimmerman said they arrived back in Simon’s Town at midday on Saturday, 2 December.

A relief crew was arranged to take over from the crew who had been out on this operation all night to assist with refueling the rescue boat and preparing equipment for stand-by.

Django has meanwhile been moored while the owners prepared to make arrangements for repairing the boat.

 

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RAF MILITARY ADVISORY TRAINING TEAM IN NIGERIA

Members of the Nigerian Air Force Regiment during a training serial run by the British Military Advisory Training Teams Short Term Training Team at Kaduna International Airport, Nigeria. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2017 © featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Members of the Nigerian Air Force Regiment during a training serial run by the British Military Advisory Training Teams Short Term Training Team at Kaduna International Airport, Nigeria. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2017 ©

Not since the days of the Cold War have the forces of NATO countries found themselves in direct conflict with a coherent, symmetrical, uniformed aggressor. Furthermore, since the drawdown of operations in Afghanistan and the ground campaign in Iraq, there has been criticism as to what extent UK personnel should be involved in far-flung hostilities. How much should the UK be doing? To what extent should it be doing anything at all?

Under ever-pressing financial and manpower restraints, the UK Armed Forces have found themselves with an unusual role to play on a global stage: that of mentor to developed and developing nations who face a domestic terror threat on their own land. Whether it be…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : SEASTAR ENDEAVOUR

Seastar Endeavour. Picture: Keith Betts, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Seastar Endeavour. Picture: Keith Betts

The bulk carrier SEASTAR ENDEAVOUR (IMO 9544748) arrives in the entrance channel to the Port of Durban during November this year. With a length of 186 metres, a width of 28m and a draught of 6m the 36,746-dwt ship is typical of many mid-sized bulkers plying their business on the world’s trade lanes. The bulk carrier was arriving from Dar es Salaam where she had discharged a cargo of fertiliser. Built in 2011 the ship is flagged in Malta,is owned by British interests and is managed by Norbulk Shipping UK of Glasgow, Scotland. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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– Norman Cousins

 

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