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FIRST VIEW: ALS FAUNA

ALS Fauna, departing Cape Town. PIcture: Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
ALS Fauna. Picture: Ian Shiffman

The container ship ALS FAUNA (IMO 9389382) departs from Cape Town, bound for Singapore. The 162-metre long, 32m wide, 51,733-dwt ship was built in 2008 and is owned by Singapore interests and managed by Asiatic Shipmanagement Pte Ltd also of that port city – the prefix ALS representing Asiatic Lloyd Shipmanagement. The ship has also operated with the names HANJIN KINGSTON until January 2017 when she became (until end August last year) SEASPAN KENYA. In September 2017 the ship was renamed with her current name. Als Fauna was built at the Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea and owned by Hanjin Shipping until that company’s sudden demise in 2016. This picture is by Ian Shiffman

 

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KEEL LAID FOR NEW TRANSNET PLOUGH TUG

Left to right: TNPA Dredging Services' Carl Gabriel, Tide Marine Shipyard GM Fabian Crocker, Director and Head of Supplier Development at Tide Marine Shipyard, Mrs Taneal Crocker, TNPA GM: Infrastructure & Port Planning Hamilton Nxumalo, TNPA Chief Operating Officer, Ms Phyllis Difeto. Picture: TNPA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Left to right: TNPA Dredging Services’ Carl Gabriel, Tide Marine Shipyard GM Fabian Crocker, Director and Head of Supplier Development at Tide Marine Shipyard, Mrs Taneal Crocker, TNPA GM: Infrastructure & Port Planning Hamilton Nxumalo, TNPA Chief Operating Officer, Ms Phyllis Difeto. Picture: TNPA

Construction of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) new bed leveller (plough tug) is underway and was marked by an official keel laying ceremony on Friday in Port Elizabeth.

The new vessel is being designed, manufactured, assembled, commissioned and delivered to…

 

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FAREWELLS PLANNED FOR MAILSHIP RMS ST HELENA

RMS St Henena off the island of St Helena. Picture : St Helena Tourism, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture above : St Helena Tourism

One of the world’s surviving mailships, RMS ST HELENA, is due to sail on Wednesday this week for the last time from Cape Town harbour bound for the South Atlantic Ocean island of St Helena.

This will be her final official voyage following the successful introduction of an air service between Johannesburg and the mid-South Atlantic Ocean island.

Until the construction of an airport on the island all services including passenger and freight had to be by sea. In recent years the mailship voyages had largely been restricted between Cape Town and the islands with more frequent voyages to the UK having been curtailed.

RMS St Helena will depart from F berth – it is understood that the Government of St Helena will be holding an official function on the first floor of the passenger terminal overlooking E berth, where the Fred Olsen cruise ship BOUDICCA is expected to be berthed.

The Cape Town branch of the Ship Society has been offered the use of the top floor of the Terminal which has an open deck overlooking the quayside, from where the Society flag will be flown and there will be a party to mark the occasion.

The voyage will bring to an end 27 years of service to the remote island – not only of St Helena but shuttle services to Ascension.

She will arrive at St Helena on 6 February where an official welcome is being arranged as well as on-island activities to mark her final visit. This includes a service of thanksgiving at St James’ Church for the ship’s crew which is to be followed with a procession through the streets to the sea front. Organisers are arranging for a ‘memory wall’ in various locations where islanders can share their memories of the RMS.

RMS St Helena in Cape Town. Picture: Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
RMS St Helena in Cape Town. Picture: Ian Shiffman

On the following day the island’s public will be invited on board the ship to visit her for one final time, with a trip to the bridge to overlook the ship’s cargo decks and open deck spaces. The lifeboats will also be opened for visitors to inspect their insides.

RMS St Helena is due to sail from the island of the same name on Saturday, 10 February, prior to which the crew will march through the streets from the Grand Parade in Jamestown, through the Arch and along the way to the seafront before returning to their ship.

RMS St Helena will be returning to Cape Town for her paying off. – acknowledgements to St Helena Tourism & Cape Town Ship Society.

 

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ALL SYSTEMS GO AS OCEAN NETWORK EXPRESS (ONE) GAINS SOUTH AFRICA’S APPROVAL

K Line container ship, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
K Line container ship

The merger of Japanese container lines NYK, K Line and Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) into a single container operation known Ocean Network Express (ONE) remains on course for a 1 April start, with the good news being that ONE has now gained all necessary approvals from competition authorities in regions and countries including the Republic of South Africa where such approvals were required for the launch of a service by the newly-established joint venture company.

In a statement ONE said that…

 

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TANKER BARRETT AND CREW RELEASED UNHARMED BY PIRATES

The tanker Barrett. Picture courtesy: Union Maritime, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The tanker Barrett. Picture courtesy: Union Maritime

The crew of the UK-owned tanker BARRETT together with their ship have been released by the pirates after being captured and held hostage.

Barrett came under attack by armed pirates while at anchor off Benin in West Africa. For a while the ship was out of contact with authorities although one may surmise that the owners would have been contacted by representatives of the pirates, seeking a ransom for both ship and crew. The incident was unusual in that all the crew were…

 

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NSRI AGAIN TO THE RESCUE

Port Elizabeth station rescue craft Spirit of Toft. Picture: NSRI, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port Elizabeth station rescue craft Spirit of Toft. Picture: NSRI

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has again been kept busy with a number of rescues at different locations around the country.

Africa PORTS & SHIPS does not usually report the many incidents involving rescue of paddlers, swimmers (in both sea and rivers and dams), assistance given to yachts in distress or having difficulty with the elements, or cases where assistance is provided for injured or trapped hikers in otherwise inaccessible places along the coast.

Two incidents took place late last week that fall into the zone that we consider our duty to share with readers. They are as follows:

Port Elizabeth Station 6

Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander reports that on Saturday, 20 January the NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were alerted to prepare for a patient evacuation involving a 53 year old male Turkish crewman on the bulk carrier LADY ALARA who had suffered a dislocated left shoulder. The bulk carrier was heading towards Algoa Bay with her last call having been Durban.

Gray said they had launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft accompanied by an Eastern Cape Government Health EMS rescue paramedic and a doctor to rendezvous with the ship eight nautical miles off-shore.

The doctor and NSRI rescue crew were put aboard the ship where the patient, in severe pain and swelling, was stabilised and then, secured into a Stokes basket stretcher, was lowered onto the sea rescue craft.

The NSRI rescue craft then returned to shore with the patient in a serious but stable condition. He was then taken into the care of an EMS ambulance and transported to hospital.

St Francis Bay

On the previous day the NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the chokka (squid) fishing vessel Viagro.

Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, reported that a 33 year old male crewman, from Plettenberg Bay, suffering dehydration on board the fishing boat, was taken on board the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and taken ashore to be transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance “in a stable condition.”

 

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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ARGENTINE SEES FIRST GRADUATES OF PORT MANAGEMENT COURSE

DTL-TTL-Supply Chain, featured in Africa PORTS &N SHIPS maritime news

Almost a dozen officials from the Port of Buenos Aires completed an UNCTAD* management programme in December 2017 as part of an overall strategy to boost competitiveness. This was reported from the Geneva-based UNCTAD in mid-January.

Eleven mid-level managers working in the Port of Buenos Aires graduated last month from a two-year UNCTAD port management programme, marking a successful end to the first cycle of training in Argentina (see illustrations).

During a ceremony on 6 December, Gonzalo Mórtola, head of the country’s port authority…

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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RN AND RAN ACHIEVE MASSIVE DRUGS BUST

RFA Fort Rosalie, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
RFA Fort Rosalie is one of two Fort class Solid Support Ships; the ships replenish warships of the Royal Navy and allied navies with food, stores and ammunition, whilst underway. Fort Rosalie carries the explosive and non-explosive stores to support a Royal Marines Landing Force from the sea and has the capacity to assist with disaster relief, for example with hurricane support and evacuation of British nationals and entitled personnel. The ship’s company have the skills to enable them to respond to a range of emergencies: fire fighting, first aid, technical support and damage control/repair. RFA Fort Rosalie underwent a life extending programme at Cammell Laird’s yard, Birkenhead in 2015 and is now back in the RFA flotilla.

It was reported by Ministry of Defence (MoD) earlier in January that the Royal Navy had helped seize more than £100 million worth of drugs that were being shipped across international waters – and they also found time to save a family of turtles.

Under the command of Combined Task Force (CTF)150*, Royal Fleet Auxiliary FORT ROSALIE’s helicopter spotted a suspicious boat while flying over the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Oman.

HMAS WARRAMUNGA working with Fort Rosalie as part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) then…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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ROLLS-ROYCE CLARIFIES RESTRUCTURE REPORT

Rolls-Royce banner, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Clarification on Rolls-Royce press release: Rolls-Royce announces further simplification of business, strategic review of Commercial Marine operation and plans to restructure support and management functions’.

“Following Wednesday’s announcement of a further simplification of our business into three focused operating businesses (Civil Aerospace, Defence and Rolls-Royce Power Systems), Rolls-Royce would like to make it clear that our Power Systems business including MTU & Bergen Engines is unaffected by the decision to start a strategic review of our Commercial Marine operation.

“Rolls-Royce Power Systems, which has headquarters in Friedrichshafen, Germany, will continue to supply and service complex power and propulsion systems from MTU and Bergen Engines for customers in marine and infrastructure markets, with applications ranging from power generation, rail and mining, to construction, agriculture, yachts and defence. Marine customers include Navies, yacht manufacturers, shipyards and operators of commercial vessels.

“Our Commercial Marine operation, which has its largest facilities in Norway and Finland, provides ship design and onboard equipment mainly for the offshore oil and gas and commercial marine markets. It is this part of Rolls-Royce which is subject to a strategic review.”

The Wednesday 17 January 2018 Rolls-Royce Press Release can be found HERE

 

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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 : ALBATUN TRES and GALERNA II

Albatun Tres departs Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Galerna II departing Durbasn January 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

On 21 November last year we featured pictures and a brief story about the arrival in the port of Durban of the Spanish-owned fishing vessel GALERNA II (IMO 9663154), an eye-catching ship of 3,450 gross tons, registered in Victoria, Seychelles and owned by Albacora of Madrid, Spain. The vessel was built at the Astilleros Armon Gijon shipyard at Gijon, Spain in 2014. Galerna II is 96 metres long and has a beam of 15 metres and she joined a second similar but bigger vessel on berth at the Point, ALBATUN TRES (4,406-gt) which is 115m in length and 16.6m wide. Both vessels subsequently moved to the ship repair basin for maintenance and possible repairs. They are tuna freezer vessels and are reportedly among the most sophisticated of their type in the world. Whatever one may think of the job they are designed to do, there is little escaping the fact that these are highly impressive-looking ships. Here we see them departing from Durban on 13 January, with Albatun Tres in the top picture and Galerna II in the lower. These pictures of the pair departing, as for those taken in November of the ships arriving, are by Keith Betts

 

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