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FIRST VIEW: OCEAN MAKMUR

Ocean Makmur. Picture: Ken Malcolm, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Ocean Makmur. Picture: Ken Malcolm

We make no apology for featuring a ship seen against the wharf with hatches open although we appreciate there are others who prefer photographs of ships to be clean with no ‘clutter’ of any description within sight of their lens when the shutter goes click. For the record, a sight like this of a dry bulker carrier ready to commence loading her export cargo at the Durban Bluff will always be welcome in these pages. Here we have the 60,455-dwt Singapore-flagged OCEAN MAKMUR (IMO 9767077). Built in 2017 the bulker has Indonesian owners and is managed/operated in that country by Samudera Sukses Makmur of Jakarta. The ship was built in Japan by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding at the Tamano shipyard and was handed over last April. The 200-metre long, 32m wide Ocean Makmur is equipped with four ship’s cranes and five cargo holds with a capacity of 76,121m3. She was the 24th ship of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding’s eco-ship neo60BC class – note the shape of her bow – and has a market value of US$ 26.4 million. She operates with low sulphur fuel oil and is designed for operation in ECA (Emission Control Areas). This picture is by Ken Malcolm

 

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SA PORT STATISTICS FOR FEBRUARY ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Port of East London on a quiet day, with nary a ship in sight., featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of East London on a quiet day, with nary a ship in sight.

Port statistics for the month of February 2018, covering the eight commercial ports under the administration of Transnet National Ports Authority, are now available.

Overall results were quite disappointing compared with the highs of January, although the two KZN ports of Richards Bay and Durban experienced a good month. Total volumes for all eight ports were 21.501 million tons – this compared with the record 35.842mt recorded in January (however, those figures were inflated – see below).

In February 2017 the eight ports had a throughput of 26.265mt.

We must remind readers that…

 

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SOMALIA ENTERS DP WORLD DISPUTE-BANS TERMINAL OPERATOR FROM COUNTRY>

Berbera port scene, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Berbera port scene

The dispute involving DP World which has been thrown out of Djibouti after its concession to operate the Doraleh container terminal was summarily cancelled, has been taken a step further with the Somali Parliament now banning DP World from operating anywhere in the country.

UAE-based DP World holds a concession with the semi-autonomous Somaliland to operate the Berbera port and container terminal. But now this week the Somalia Federal Parliament voted to introduce legislation banning DP World from operating at Berbera or any other place within Somalia.

The matter is likely to remain controversial as Berbera is within the region of Somaliland, which enjoys a degree of autonomy from Somalia, as does…

 

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SAMSA EXPRESSES SADNESS AT CONFIRMED DEATH OF SOUTH AFRICAN ENGINEER ON MAERSK HONAM

Fighting the fire on board Maersk Honam, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has expressed sadness at the confirmed death of a South African seafarer, Mr Stephen John Bouch of Johannesburg on board a Maersk Line container ship, MAERSK HONAM, that caught fire in the Arabian Sea near Oman last week.

Mr Bouch, 53, a veteran seafarer was believed to be among four missing crew members of the Maersk Honam cargo vessel that caught alight on Tuesday last week while en route from Singapore to the Suez in Egypt.

At the time of the incident, the vessel had 27 crew on board of which 23 were evacuated. One crew member, a Thai national, had passed away due to injuries sustained while four others remained missing until on Monday after three of the bodies were found, Maersk Line reported.

South African marine engineer, Mr Stephen Bouch of Johannesburg, one of several seafarers that’s been confirmed as casualties of a fire that broke out on board a Maersk Line shipping company cargo vessel on the Arabian Sea on 6 March 2018, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
South African marine engineer, Mr Stephen Bouch of Johannesburg, one of several seafarers that’s been confirmed as casualties of a fire that broke out on board a Maersk Line shipping company cargo vessel on the Arabian Sea on 6 March 2018

According to the shipping company’s statement, the three bodies found had not yet been identified and the search for the fourth person, now presumed dead, was continuing.

It was not clear on Tuesday whether the South African seafarer, Mr Bouch was among those whose bodies had been found, since no identity had been established of any of the bodies.

In Pretoria on Tuesday, SAMSA which had been in touch with all relevant authorities as well as the affected family since reports of the incident last week, expressed sadness at the turn of events involving the death of Mr Bouch and the other sailors.

In a statement SAMSA said: “The South African Maritime Safety Authority joins the South African maritime fraternity in mourning the loss of seafarers on board the Maersk Honam.

“South Africa has lost Mr Stephen John Bouch, of Johannesburg. Our condolences goes to his family, colleagues and fellow seafarers.”

According to SAMSA, Mr Bouch was a qualified and experienced Marine Engineer with seafarer certificates inclusive of a Certificate of Competency as an Officer in Charge of Engineering Watch or Designated Duty Engineer for which he Qualified 24 June 1991.

He had been an employee of Safmarine, later becoming part of Maersk, for the most part of his life.

SAMSA said during his time with Safmarine (Maersk), he worked and mentored many other young South African officers.

Mr Bouch is survived by his wife and a son.

 

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MOZAMBIQUE AUTHORITIES INTERCEPT ANOTHER LARGE CONSGNMENT OF ILLEGAL LOGS

loggingin Mozambique, often illegally, features in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

One hundred and eighteen cubic metres of protected-species wood were seized last Friday (9 March) by the Forestry and Wildlife sector in Zambézia province, which is now seeking proof that it has not been illegally logged.

The timber, which was being transported in five trucks also seized, is being stored in Nicoadala district. The transport firm involved did not wish to make a statement to the press, saying the matter should be dealt with by the owners of the merchandise, who they did not identify.

The head of the…

 

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PEUGEOT AND OPEL TO MANUFACTURE TWO MODELS IN WALVIS BAY

Peugeot 3008 utility vehicle, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Peugeot 3008 utility vehicle

Walvis Bay is to become Namibia’s auto hub centre with the news that Peugeot and Opel vehicles will be assembled in the port town. The commencement of operations will be in the second half of this year.

The decision follows discussions and an agreement reached between…

 

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MOZAMBIQUE TRANSPORT MINISTER INSISTS ORE MUST GO BY RAIL

rail tracks near Maputo, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Mozambique Minister of Transport and Communications Carlos Mesquita has repeated his call for the speedy implementation of measures to move road freight to the rail system.

This is with a view to mitigating the impact of heavy goods traffic on National Highway Number Four (EN4) – including road degradation, congestion, accidents, increased operational costs for the transport of goods and passengers and environmental problems, reports A Verdade.

Among the measures identified are…

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **
TWO US SUBMARINES SURFACE TOGETHER WITHIN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) break through the ice 10 March, 2018 in support of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018. ICEX 2018 is a five-week exercise that allows the US Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. US Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Micheal H. Lee/Released ©, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) break through the ice 10 March, 2018 in support of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018. ICEX 2018 is a five-week exercise that allows the US Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. US Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Micheal H. Lee/Released ©, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) break through the ice 10 March, 2018 in support of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018. ICEX 2018 is a five-week exercise that allows the US Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. US Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Micheal H. Lee/Released ©, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) break through the ice 10 March, 2018 in support of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018. ICEX 2018 is a five-week exercise that allows the US Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. US Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Micheal H. Lee/Released ©

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) and Seawolf-class fast attack submarine, USS Connecticut (SSN 22) both surfaced within the Arctic Circle on 10 March during the multinational maritime Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018 north of Alaska.

Both fast-attack submarines as well as HMS Trenchant (S91), are participating in the biennial exercise in the Arctic to train and validate warfighting capabilities of submarines in extreme cold-water conditions.

Said Rear-Admiral James Pitts, commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC): “From a military, geographic, and scientific perspective, the Arctic Ocean is truly unique, and remains one of the most challenging ocean environments on earth.”

ICEX provides the US Submarine Force and partners from the Royal Navy an opportunity to test combat and weapons, sonar, communications and navigation systems in a challenging operational environment. Furthermore, the unique acoustic undersea environment is further compounded by the presence of a contoured, reflective ice canopy when submerged.

According to Pitts, operating in the Arctic ice alters methods and practices by which submarines operate, communicate and navigate.

Pitts added: “We must constantly train together with our submarine units and partners to remain proficient in this hemisphere. Having both submarines on the surface is clear demonstration of our proficiency in the Arctic.”

In recent years, the Arctic has been used as a transit route for submarines. The most recent ICEX was conducted in 2016 with USS Hampton (SSN 767) and USS Hartford (SSN 768).

The first Arctic under-ice operations by submarines were achieved in 1947-49. On 1 August 1947, the diesel submarine USS Boarfish (SS-327), with Arctic Submarine Laboratory’s founder Dr Waldo Lyon onboard serving as an Ice Pilot, conducted the first under-ice transit of an ice floe in the Chukchi Sea.

In 1958, the nuclear-powered USS Nautilus made the first crossing of the Arctic Ocean beneath the pack ice. The first surfacing in the Arctic was by USS Skate (SSN 578) in March 1959. USS Sargo was the first submarine to conduct a winter Bering Strait transit in 1960.

It is understood that the units participating in the exercise are supported by a temporary ice camp on a moving ice floe approximately 150 miles off the coast of the northern slope of Alaska in international waters.

This ice camp, administered by the Arctic Submarine Laboratory (ASL), is a remote Arctic drifting ice station, built on multi-year sea-ice especially for ICEX. It is logistically supported with contract aircraft from Deadhorse, Alaska, and will be de-established once the exercise is over.

ASL is an operational fleet support detachment of the Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC). It is also the Navy Programme Manager for the (US) Submarine Arctic Warfare Programme.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

 

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NAVTOR CLAIMS WORLD FIRST

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NAVTOR has announced that the world’s first digital chart table, NavStation, is now the first software to offer fully integrated ADMIRALTY e-Nautical Publications (AENPs).

The feature has been added as an option on the upcoming NavStation 4.1 release, and will simplify information management for navigators, and support route planning and compliance with SOLAS regulations and Port State Authorities.

NavStation has been creating waves since its launch in 2014, when it became the first software platform to allow navigators to easily gather, view and manage all critical voyage information – such as weather and tidal data – in one place. Continual development has enhanced functionality, with the 4.0 version, launched earlier this year, offering a unique Passage Planning module to automate data input, reduce human error and share planned routes across entire fleets.

“This latest 4.1 release marks another leap forward,” states NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes. “AENPs, essentially electronic versions of UKHO’s market leading ADMIRALTY Nautical Publications, are essential tools for providing easy access to accurate and comprehensive maritime data. By integrating them into NavStation we continue the process of streamlining all vital navigational information into one interface – with everything a navigator needs at their fingertips.

“Bridge officers can now seamlessly register, access, licence and update all AENPs from within NavStation – meaning they don’t have to switch from software to software. This makes it easier to ensure their vessels are always fully compliant, with the very latest publications for their operational needs.”

He continues: “There’s so much information available, and compulsory today, that management can be time-consuming, and complex. NavStation 4.1 simplifies that by collecting everything in one place. We’re very proud that UKHO has worked with us to consolidate those benefits with this trailblazing AENP integration.”

UKHO currently offers a range of some 87 AENPs – with key titles including Sailing Directions, Ocean Passages for the World, the Nautical Almanac, and the Mariner’s Handbook – which are approved for use by the Flag States of over 80% of ships trading internationally.

“We are pleased that NAVTOR have chosen to include AENPs in their latest NavStation release,” comments Product Manager at UKHO Nicholas Dekkers. “Integration of AENPs within the software solutions of chart agents will help to simplify processes on board and give mariners easy access to accurate ADMIRALTY information in a compliant and easy to use format.”

NavStation is available on standard computers and touch screen devices, allowing users to simply grab, swipe and manoeuvre all overlaid layers of information. Further features include the integrated NavTracker vessel management function and dynamically optimised routes to improve decision making and reduce fuel use and emissions.

NAVTOR launched in 2011, releasing its breakthrough ENC service to the market in 2012, including the world’s first ever Pay As You Sail option. It has now built a network of offices spanning Norway, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the US, and UK, alongside a growing global client base.

 

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Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius.

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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 : MAERSK TUKANG

Maersk Tukang at Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maersk Tukang. Pictures: Trevor Jones

Looking in need of some running TLC, Maersk Line’s container ship MAERSK TUKANG (IMO 9334686) enters port at Durban on Friday (9 March) bound for the container terminal where last month record throughputs were achieved. (Equally important was the vast improvement claimed in truck turnaround, 4,000 trucks cleared in a day – see Positive start to 2018 for Transnet as DCT sets the standard.) Built in 2008 and with a maximum container capacity of 8,400 TEU, the 107,500-dwt ship, all of 332 metres in length and a 43m width, will help test that improvement in capability with a more than respectable load of containers on board. The gearless Maersk Tukang was built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd shipyard in South Korea as hull number 4120 using what was at that time a pretty standard and successful design. How these ship designs have evolved in so few years that would turn a ship such as this, which would once not very long ago have earned headlines for her sheer size and capacity, into being just another medium size boxship, tending towards the smaller range of mid-size. Despite the need for some paint on her hull she’s still a handsome ship. Maersk Tukang is owned and operated by Maersk and is flagged in Singapore. These pictures are by Trevor Jones

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
– Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”

 

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