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FIRST VIEW: SAS PROTEA

SAS Protea arriving at Durban 21 November 2017. Picture: Trevor Jones, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SAS Protea. Picture: Trevor Jones

Is this the most photographed ship in South African waters? If not then pray tell us what is? The man responsible for the above photograph, taken as the SA Navy hydrographic survey ship entered port at Durban on 21 November this year, has declared that he never tires of taking pictures of the lovely little ship, which could also be the most hard working vessel in the navy today. SAS Protea is due to be replaced by a new survey vessel in the sometime future, unless there is a change of mind or another delay but will that ship, fitted with all the latest surveying equipment, ever come close to capturing the hearts and minds of so many admirers. Only time will tell and in the meantime SAS Protea continues faithfully performing the duties she was designed to do. The picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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PORT STATISTICS FOR NOVEMBER ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE

Three car carriers at the Durban Car Terminal, a fairly normal event in the life of the port. Picture is by Chris Hoare / www.aerialphotosetc.co.za, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Three car carriers at the Durban Car Terminal, a fairly normal event in the life of the port. Picture is by Chris Hoare / www.aerialphotosetc.co.za

Port statistics for the month of November 2017, covering the eight commercial ports under the administration of Transnet National Ports Authority, are now available.

Total cargo handled at all eight ports during the past month amounted to a high 25.072 million tonnes, compared with October 2017 when 26.562 million tonnes of cargo was handled, reflecting a decrease in throughput of almost 1.5 million tonnes month on month.

The Port of Richards Bay was again in the forefront in terms of volume by having handled…

 

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EU NAVAL FORCE SOMALIA’S OPERATION ATALANTA REACHES NINTH ANNIVERSARY COMBATING PIRACY

EU Navfor ships on counter-piracy patrol, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
EU Navfor ships on counter-piracy patrol

Friday 8 December 2017 marked the ninth anniversary of EU Naval Force Somalia’s Operation Atalanta, the successful EU Naval Force counter- piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin, reports EU NAVFOR.

This anniversary comes soon after EU NAVFOR successfully apprehended, detained and transferred suspected pirates for judicial process in the Seychelles.

During the past eight years, Operation Atalanta’s mission has four aspects. Firstly, the…

 

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AFRICAN PORTS MUST HARNESS TECHNOLOGY FOR MORE EFFECTIVE SKILLS & TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Lwandile Mabuza, Senior Operations Manager for Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Durban's Point and Leisure Precinct, Rachael White, Conference Editor of TOC Events Worldwide and Hariesh Manaadiar, Editor of Shipping and Freight Resource, at the Tech TOC session at TOC Africa 2017, where Mabuza and Manaadiar shared their insights on Skills and Talent Development in African Ports. Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Lwandile Mabuza, Senior Operations Manager for Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Durban’s Point and Leisure Precinct, Rachael White, Conference Editor of TOC Events Worldwide and Hariesh Manaadiar, Editor of Shipping and Freight Resource, at the Tech TOC session at TOC Africa 2017, where Mabuza and Manaadiar shared their insights on Skills and Talent Development in African Ports.

Automation, artificial intelligence and augmented reality are transforming the maritime industry and reshaping the workforce of the future, driving logistics companies, including South Africa’s Transnet, to rethink their business strategies.

Addressing the Tech TOC session at the African Terminal Operators’ Conference (TOC Africa) in Durban last week, Lwandile Mabuza, Senior Operations Manager for Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Durban’s Point and Leisure Precinct, said African ports needed African solutions that respond to the rapid technology changes in the maritime industry. These solutions should embrace technology while enhancing the skills and talent development within the port sector.

“Whilst we have a dire need for job creation on the continent, we also want to be efficient, so I believe that it is beneficial to incorporate semi-automation that will enhance productivity, develop new skills and job opportunities that will attract and retain the ports’ workforce.” she said.

Globally shipping lines, ports and terminals are implementing automation as a way to minimise costs and increase the productivity, safety and sustainability of their operations. While TNPA has embraced this wave of the 4th industrial revolution, through its Smart Peoples Port, it is also using high tech training media to develop a high-performance workforce rather than eliminate human work.

The demands of clients have also changed, said Mabuza. “Shippers now need a one-stop shop offering a single point of entry and competition has moved from countries’ comparative advantage to competitive global supply chains. This is driving African ports to diversify in order to facilitate nearshoring and value-added logistics by creating more facilities for postponed manufacturing closer to the port,” she said.

These shifts are all impacting on the workforce of the future.

Mabuza said that despite a growing number of millennials in the workplace, African ports still faced challenges in recruitment and selection. These include an ageing, low-tech workforce, the high experiential requirement for white collar jobs, limited upward mobility, physically demanding jobs, inflexible work schedules, repetitive work and long hours.

Recruitment strategies for ports therefore needed to incorporate a healthier mix of older and younger people and should leverage technology to improve the working conditions of port workers. To retain the best people, ports and logistics companies should have a talent programme and should foster corporate entrepreneurship, while embracing Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Gamification* to enable quicker decision making and creative supply chain solutions.

Mabuza said South African ports were approaching technology as more of a friend than a foe. At its eight commercial ports, TNPA is using technology to reduce barriers to entry, employ more people and upskill them to perform meaningful work. TNPA’s Smart People’s Port Programme, for example, is an integrated solution that seeks to create a single view of port connected logistics, operations, infrastructure, assets, traffic and trade flows using the latest digital technology to complement human activity. The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence also remains committed to training for a high-performance workforce.

“What we know is that more than education and experience, ports require creative, passionate supply chain thinkers and entrepreneurial talent to navigate the ever changing and uncertain future,” said Mabuza.

“Your agility gives you competitiveness. African ports must invest in training and development and should look at how we leverage technology to bolster our competitive edge,” she added.

For more from TOC Africa, search #TOCAfrica and #TechTOC on social media.

* Gamification – applying and integrating game playing competitive elements to other areas of activity, such as point scoring, competition among workers for the purpose of developing loyalty and to encourage engagement with a product or service.

 

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DURBAN BEACHES CLEANED, NURDLE CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS MOVE NORTH

This is what nurdles look like, featuring in Africa PORS & SHIPS maritime news
This is what nurdles look like – that’s a drinking straw amongst them which gives perspective to their size

As the festive season approaches, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) along with Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Transnet National Ports Authority (TPNA), and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) say they are optimistic that KwaZulu-Natal beaches are ready for bathers and holidaymakers.

Authorities have been working tirelessly around the clock to retrieve a total of 2000 bags that were carrying plastic polyethylene nurdles lost from containers following the storm on 10 October 2017 in KwaZulu-Natal.

The storm wreaked havoc causing several deaths in and around the province, as well as extensive damage. It further caused destruction at the Durban harbour when several ships…

 

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MOZAMBIQUE SIGNS IRON ORE MINING CONTRACT WITH BAOBAB

Mozambique railways connecting with the Moatize region, including projected lines, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mozambique railways connecting with the Moatize (Tete) region, including projected lines

The Mozambican government has signed a contract for the operation of iron ore mines in Tete province. The contract was signed on Monday with Capitol Resources, it was reported by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The company is a subsidiary of Australia’s Baobab, and will be investing in iron ore extraction and the building of a foundry where it will use the ore in steel production. It is also planned to install a thermoelectric plant, according to a resolution passed on 14 November 14 in a cabinet meeting.

The concession that was awarded this week is valid for 25 years and covers an area of 19,878 hectares in the districts of Chiúta and Moatize.

The Mozambique government estimates that 3,500 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project, with 2,100 lasting into the operation phase. Source: Lusa

There is no clarity over moving iron ore to a port for export purposes, with some talk of a new port north of Quelimane while there is also talk of connecting with a coal line that will link the proposed port of Macuse with Moatize in Tete province. The latter is thought more likely to be chosen instead of the developers having to bilt a totally new port and railway.

 

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REMINDER ABOUT NIGERIA’S NEW PALLETISATION IN CONTAINERS POLICY

Apapa container terminal, featured in ASfrica PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Apapa container terminal

French container carrier CMA CGM issued a reminder at the weekend of the impending new regulation at Nigerian ports whereby all cargo loaded into containers must make use of pallets.

The new regulations were announced earlier this month – see our report in the 5 December edition of Africa PORTS & SHIPS Nigeria issues directive enforcing palletisation of containerised cargo.

The French line said this week that in compliance with these new regulations, enforced in Nigeria by the Ministry of Finance, “CMA CGM would like to inform you on the revised import guidelines.

“Effective 1 January 2018 (date of loading at origin):

“The e-Form “M” number must be reflected on the bill of lading and cargo manifest.
Containerized cargo bound for Nigerian destinations must be palletized.

“CMA CGM will request full compliance to the revised import guidelines as directed.

“Non-compliance may lead to severe cargo delay and additional costs such as fines, penalties, storage, handling and reshipment. All costs will be charged on the account of cargo in Nigeria.

“For more information, visit the Nigerian Ministry of Finance at www.finance.gov.ng and www.customs.gov.ng or contact CMA CGM’s local commercial team.”

 

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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 : NAUTICA

Nautica arriving at Durban, 11 Dec 2017 by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Nautica arriving at Durban, 11 Dec 2017 by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Nautica arriving at Durban, 11 Dec 2017 by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nautica. Pictures by Keith Betts

Oceania Cruises NAUTICA is currently engaged with a series of cruises along the South African coast. The ship is seen here arriving in Durban yesterday, unfortunately accompanied by wet weather as an extended rainfall occurs along the South Africa east coast. As a result few passengers were out on deck to watch their arrival in port.

Nautica carries a maximum 684 passengers, attended to by a European crew/staff of just fewer than 400. The ship has four open-plan restaurants, eight lounges and bars, and the usual fitness centre and spa, swimming pool, open deck areas that one comes to expect on board a cruise ship. About 70% of her 342 cabins/suites have balconies, which is a goodly proportion as not everyone necessarily wants an open area overlooking the sea.

Nautica was built in 2000 at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France for Renaissance Cruises as one of their unimaginatively-named ‘R’ class ships – Nautica being R Five. With the demise of Renaissance Cruises she was briefly laid up before joining Pullmantur Cruises in 2002 for a couple of years. From 2005 onwards she has been with Oceania Cruises cruising in many regions of the world. The 30,277-gt ship first entered service in February 2000, is 181 metres in length and 25.5 metres wide and has a draught of 5.95 metres. The ship is powered by four Wärtsilä 12V32 diesel engines, driving two propellers and giving her a speed of 18 knots.

When Nautica departs from Richards Bay and South African waters on 27 December she will head for Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and then Mombasa, before crossing to the Seychelles and heading east to the Maldives, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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