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FIRST VIEW: SAS ISAAC DYOBHA P1565

SAS Isaac Dyobha. Picture: Keith Betts

The South African Navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV) SAS ISAAC DYOBHA (P1565) undergoing maintenance on the synchrolift at Durban’s Salisbury Island Naval Base. One of three remaining former missile strike craft the locally-built OPVs perform regular three-month deployments patrolling the Mozambique Channel on counter piracy duty and have long proved to be among the most reliable of the navy’s arsenal of ships. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

 

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TRANSINSULAR INTRODUCES NEW ‘LINCE CLASS’ SERVICE TO CAPE VERDE REPLACING AFRICA EXPRESS

Pocahontas. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting/ Corveleyn Roger, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pocahontas. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting/ Corveleyn Roger

Transinsular, part of the Group ETE and the largest Portuguese shipping company, has introduced the ‘Lince Class’, the fastest maritime connection with Cape Verde from Portugal (Leixões / Lisbon) and the Canary Islands (Las Palmas), calling it the most competitive solution for exporting products from Portugal, Spain, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Complementing the Lince Class service, the ETE Group will offer inter-island ‘Atoba’ cabotage services, on the way from Praia, Mindelo, Sal and Boavista, connecting these ports to the African proximity markets such as Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania.

The service is operated with the 950-TEU capacity POCAHONTAS on a fortnightly rotation, offering weekly fixed dates and the best transit-time southbound from Lisbon to Praia (5 days) and northbound Mindelo / Leixões also in 5 days. Cargoes destined for Cape Verde and the African markets of proximity are discharged in Praia while export cargoes destined for Leixões and Lisbon and directed to Europe, Mediterranean and rest of the world are received in Mindelo.

The new ‘Lince’ service, replacing the previous ‘Africa Express’ is the only one in the market to guarantee its customers schedules on fixed week dates, thus reducing risks and responding more effectively to the product requirements and targeted markets.

The fortnightly, fixed days schedule, short transit time and the capacity for up to 330 40foot reefer boxes on board the Pocahontas position the port of Mindelo and Cape Verde as the most competitive link in West Africa for fish export from that region and from the South American market (Brazil and Uruguay) to Vigo, one of the main international fish conservation and processing centres. Fixed departures take place on Wednesday with arrival in Leixões on Monday.

Transinsular Lince service, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime services
Transinsular Lince service

Additionally, the service benefits via the Atoba service with the reefer export cargo from Nouadhibou, Mauritania, with regular schedules and departures on Saturdays (fortnightly) and arrivals to Leixões on Monday, providing only nine days of transit-time.

According to Transinsular’s CEO, Claus Larner, the services optimize the time to market in Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and the Canaries, and simultaneously transform Cape Verde into the maritime hub for West Africa.

Meanwhile, Transinsular’s inter-island Atoba service calls at the ports of Boavista, Sal, Mindelo, Bissau, Nouadhibou and Nouakchott with feeder cargo, promoting the development of local economies and increasing their potential for internationalization.

Transinsular is supported with its own local agents in Cape Verde and partner agencies in the remaining ports.

The cabotage service is carried out by the ship PONTA DO SOL, under the command of the local shipowner Transinsular – Transportes Marítimos Insulares de Cabo Verde, Lda and operated with native archipelago crew. Ponta do Sol is the only ship registered in Cape Verde and enabled to operate in the inter-island cabotage.

The ETE Group was founded in 1936 and is the largest Portuguese shipping group integrating the six main areas in the maritime sector – port operations, inland transport, shipping, shipping agents, logistic operations and naval engineering, shipbuilding and repair. The ETE Group comprises more than 40 companies including owning Transinsular, the largest Portuguese cargo shipping company. ETE Group’s international presence includes operations in Portugal, Colombia, Uruguay, Cape Verde, and Mozambique.

 

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BROKEN RICHARDS BAY SHIPLOADER CLOSES BERTH

Berth 801 at the Port of Richards Bay, by Chas Corbett, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Berth 801 at the Port of Richards Bay

The Port of Richards Bay’s Dry Bulk Terminal export berth 801 has been rendered unavailable due to the breakdown of the adjacent ship loader.

As a result of this Transnet Port Terminals declared a force majeure over a week ago.

An electrical fault…

 

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CMA CGM REVISES SWAHILI EXPRESS SERVICE ROTATION

CMA CGM Swahili Service new rotation, March 2018, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CMA CGM Swahili Service new rotation

French shipping line CMA CGM has advised that it has revised its Swahili Express service that operates between India/Middle East and East Africa.

The changes are as follows:

 

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PETRONAS SIGNS TO JOIN FAR OFFSHORE OF THE GAMBIA

FAR and Petronas offshore, The Gambia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

FAR Ltd, an independent Africa focused Australian Securities Exchange listed oil and gas exploration and development company, has signed a Farm-out Agreement (FOA) with a subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to assign a 40% interest in each of the highly prospective offshore petroleum licences, Blocks A2 and A5 in The Gambia.

FAR is to retain a 40% interest in each of the licences.

Petronas will fund 80% of total well costs of the Samo-1 exploration well up to a…

 

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SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY ENDED 2017 ON STRONG FOOTING

Economi world map, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

South Africa’s economy grew by 3.1% in the fourth quarter of 2017 ending the year on a strong footing, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced yesterday (Tuesday).

At a media briefing in Tshwane, Stats SA’s Deputy Director-General: Economic Statistics Joe de Beer announced that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the fourth quarter grew by 3.1% following a revised growth of 2.3% in the fourth quarter. Growth in the third quarter of 2017 was revised upwards from an initial 2%.

“The highest contributor to the growth of 3.1% came from agriculture that grew…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
IMPA DAKAR 2018 PREVIEW VIDEO

IMPA banner appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

IMPA, the International Maritime Pilots’ Association, will be holding its annual conference on ASfrica soil this April when Dakar will be host city and port. Watch the short video below that provides details and background information.

IMPA is a professional, non-profitmaking body with a truly international outlook. It is primarily concerned with promoting professional standards of pilotage worldwide in the interests of pilots’ safety. It seeks to fulfil this momentous task by encouraging both consultation between its members and the exchange of technical information with other industry partners and regulators at the local, national and international levels.

The association was formed thanks to the initiative of pilots’ associations from the five continents whose representatives met in Kiel, Germany in June 1970. IMPA was officially launched in Amsterdam in May 1971.

To date, it has over 8,000 members in 54 countries. IMPA seeks to achieve its principal objective – the promotion of professionally sound and safe pilotage.

IMPA DAKAR 2018 video clip [5:19]

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
NEW CRUISE SHIP ORDERS GOING OFF THE CLOCK

We can safely assume that Viking's newest order will look something like the Viking Sun, shown here at Lyttelton, New Zealand. Picture: Alan Calvert, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
We can safely assume that Viking’s newest order will look something like the Viking Sun, shown here at Lyttelton, New Zealand. Picture: Alan Calvert

An almost insatiable demand for cruising opportunities, allied to excellent marketing strategies and a growing public across many parts of the world with disposable income, is seeing an unprecedented demand for new cruise ships.

This week saw the international cruise ship order book soar to 100 ships now on order.

The magic number came up when Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced that…

 

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WORLD’S LARGEST CRUISE SHIP SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS IS READY TO CRUISE

Symphony of the Seas on her February sea trials, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Symphony of the Seas on her February sea trials

Set to be established as the world’s largest cruise ship (until another comes along), Royal Caribbean Cruises’ fourth Oasis-class ship, the mammoth 228,000-gt SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS is about ready to begin cruising.

The giant ship was built at STX France and although having the same basic design as her predecessor HARMONY OF THE SEAS, some added refinements have resulted…

 

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BLT REBRANDS TO NEW COMPANY NAME BLTWORLD

BLTWORLD Meclift ML1812R series variable reach trucks, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
BLTWORLD Meclift ML1812R series variable reach trucks

Durban-based material handling specialists, BLT, has transformed its corporate identity, with the launch of a new company name – BLTWORLD.

“The company, which has traded locally and internationally as BLT – Big Lift Trucks – for over 20 years, needed to re-brand, in line with changes in the business model and an extended product profile,” explains BLTWORLD’s managing director, Ken Mouritzen. “BLTWORLD, which represents the consolidation of different specialist divisions, to form a single, unified brand, has been well received by our broad network of local and international suppliers, as well as our loyal customer base.

“The BLTWORLD team is proud of its rejuvenated identity that reflects the company’s sound structure and global offering of an extensive range of quality branded handling equipment.”

Mobicon mobile container handler, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mobicon mobile container handler

Through a carefully implemented expansion strategy, the company’s portfolio of container and bulk handling equipment now encompasses Mobicon straddle carriers, Taylor empty and loaded container handlers and reach stackers, as well as Meclift variable reach trucks for swift and safe container stuffing and handling. Terminal tractors can be customised for specific handling tasks required.

The company is also the exclusive distributor in Africa for the Samson range of bulk handling equipment, which includes material and boom feeders for loading and high capacity stockpiling, link conveyors and grab hoppers, as well as mobile shiploaders. BLTWORLD also distributes MDS trommel screens and apron feeders for mineral processing and recycling applications.

New to the range are Five Watts light emitting diode (LED) work lights, which ensure safety on site, even after dark. Liftec translifters and cassettes are used for horizontal heavy transportation in ports and industry to improve production flexibility and enhance safety for workers, cargo and equipment.

BLTWORLD’s portfolio of German engineered walk-behind Haaga sweepers range from entry level machines for domestic and commercial applications, to high power sweepers for use in large commercial and industrial areas.

Terminal tractors, used to place trailers at offloading and loading docks, significantly enhance efficient logistics at dock areas. Yard management benefits, like reduced traffic congestion and faster handling speed, greater safety on site and operational flexibility, play a critical role in the logistics chain.

In response to demand from logistics and supply chain managers, for improved efficiencies in distribution, warehousing, production facilities and trucking yards, BLTWORLD’s solutions services now encompass the rental option of shunting tractors.

With banks around the world now offering limited finance options, there is a growing trend for companies to rent equipment, rather than make a substantial investment in new machinery. For this reason, BLTWORLD supports its entire range of new and reconditioned machines with a rental option. A maintenance programme designed to suit each customer’s requirements, is tailored for optimum performance and extended service life of every machine.

The company also offers a technical advisory and original spare parts service to all sectors, including shipping, mining and quarrying, civil engineering and construction, general engineering and agriculture.

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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Naval News

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PIC OF THE DAY : SUMMIT SW

Summit SW.   Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Summit SW.   Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Summit SW.   Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Summit SW.   Pictures: Keith Betts

The bulk carrier SUMMIT SW (IMO 9691163) departing from Durban on 24 February this year, bound for Singapore. The SW in Summit SW stands for Shih Wei Navigation Co, the vessel’s Taiwanese owner/operator. The 37,055-dwt bulk carrier is 179 metres long and 28.6m wide and was built in 2014 at the Saiki Heavy Industries shipyard at Saiki, Japan as yard number 703. In the third and lowest picture the car carrier PROGRESS ACE is preparing to enter port – the tiny spec of the port helicopter can just be seen lowering the pilot on board ahead of this move. These pictures were taken by Keith Betts

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it.”
– Albert Szent-Györgyi

 

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