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FIRST VIEW: JOLLY PERLA

Jolly Perla arriving at Durban, March 2018. Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTSD & SHIPS maritime news
Jolly Perla.   Picture: Trevor Jones

The Italian Ro-Ro container ship JOLLY PERLA of Ignazio Messina Line is a regular caller at Durban and operates between Genoa and Durban with calls in both directions at various ports along the East Africa coast, including to places in Mozambique and to Mogadishu and Djibouti.

Jolly Perla was built in 2012 as part of a fleet renewal by Messina Line at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Her gross weight is 50,722 tons and she is 240 metres in length and 37.5m wide. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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CAMEROON’S FLNG HILLI EPISEYO GOES INTO PRODUCTION

FLNG Hilli Episeyo being launched. Picture courtesy Keppel, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hilli Episeyo being launched. Picture courtesy Keppel

On Monday this week (12 March 2018) the world’s third liquefaction plant in the Gulf of Guinea after Nigeria LNG and Angola LNG, went into production off the coast of Cameroon. Nigeria and Angola however each have land-based operations.

The FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas) vessel HILLI EPISEYO (IMO 7382720) departed from the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore last October afte3r having been converted from The FLNG was converted from a 1975 built Moss LNG carrier with a storage capacity of 125,000 cubic metres, on behalf of LNG shipper Golar.

Hilli Episeyo at sea en route to Cameroon, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hilli Episeyo at sea en route to Cameroon

Hilli Episeyo becomes the first liquefaction plant in the Cameroon region and is expected to produce 1.2 million tons of liquefied natural gas for exports. The FLNG will also produce 5,000 tons of condensate daily and 30,000 tons of domestic gas per year, to satisfy local demand.

The FLNG has gone into operation opposite the Cameroon port of Kribi for Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures and Perenco Cameroon. For the first eight years production will be sold exclusively to the Russian Gazprom.

It was announced earlier that up to 100 new jobs would be created with Hilli Episeyo having gone into production off Cameroon.

Hilli Episeyo is 293 metres in length and has a width of 62m and a draught of 8.2 metres and a deadweight of 72,703 tons. Built in 1975 she now has a speed as a FLNG of 4.6 knots. She is flagged in the Marshall Islands.

 

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NEW KISUMU OIL JETTY ON LAKE VICTORIA OPENS FOR BUSINESS

Kisumu oil jetty recently refurbished, Lake Victoria, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Kisumu oil jetty, Lake Victoria

A new loading jetty has been completed at the Kenya Pipeline Company’s (KPC) oil terminal at Kisumu on Lake Victoria.

The jetty will facilitate loading oil onto vessels for distribution around the lake. “The oil jetty’s target market will create an integrated marine fuel transportation in the region making it more efficient and commercially viable and reduce transportation costs for the oil marketing companies,” said KPC managing director, Joe Sang.

The jetty became possible following…

 

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DREDGING SURVEY FOR NIGERIA’S CALABAR PORT GETS UNDERWAY

Port of Calabar, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Calabar

A survey has commenced ahead of the dredging of Nigeria’s port of Calabar in Cross River State, reports The Guardian (Nigeria).

The port of Calabar has been adversely affected by shallowing waters and controversy over the dredging of the channel leading to the port` has delayed any action being taken so far.

This time, however, the dredging exercise will be carried out, says Nigerian Ports Authority managing director, Hadiza Bala Usman.

Usman said at a stakeholders meeting in Calabar that the NPA had placed an advertisement…

 

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KENYA CARGO OWNERS TELL GOVT, DON’T FORCE US TO USE SGR

Kenya's new SGR's freight service began operating early this year. Faced with having to recover the enormous costs of the new wide gauge railway, the government is introducing unpopular edicts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Kenya’s new SGR’s freight service began operating early this year. Faced with having to recover the enormous costs of the new wide gauge railway, the government is introducing unpopular edicts.

Kenya Shippers Council (KSC), representing the majority of cargo owners importing or exporting through the port of Mombasa, says the government should not go ahead with plans to block the transporting of cargo by road.

The government has announced previously that it intends blocking cargo owners from using road services in order to force them to move their cargo on the new standard gauge railway (SGR), in which it has invested billions of US dollars.

Initially, government said that only a certain percentage of goods would…

 

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SOCIETY CELEBRATES 200 YEARS OF HELPING SEAFARERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Chaplain Paul Richardson with Indonesian seafarers stranded in Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Chaplain Paul Richardson with Indonesian seafarers stranded in Durban

On this coming Sunday 18 March the Durban branch of the Sailors Society of South Africa will join with many other ports across the world to celebrate the society’s 200th anniversary of helping seafarers and their families.

That’s quite an achievement – 200 years takes you back to 1818 when all shipping was slow and by sail and conditions on board sailing ships weren’t exactly nice, no matter the spin that is put on sail today.

It took a sailor-turned preacher by name of George Charles Smith to do something about creating a caring environment for seafarers when he opened what is thought to be the world’s first seafarers’ church.

This was in the London docks and was targeted specifically at helping countless out-of-work sailors following the end of the Napoleonic wars. A sanctuary for worship was built on the Thames River in the sloop ‘Speedy’ which later became known as ‘The Ark’.

The Ark was the first of many of what were to become homes away from home for visiting seafarers.

The society that evolved from those beginnings became an international one with seafarer missions around the world. In 1877 it opened its doors in Durban, to serve ‘those who go down to the sea in ships’, and has chaplains also present in all the major ports in South Africa.

In 2012 the society spreads its wings to counselling survivors of piracy in Somalia and today the Durban office coordinates the Sailors’ Society Sub-Sahara Africa Response network as trauma practitioners from the Cape to the Gulf of Guinea (Nigeria) in West Africa and up to Somalia on the east coast.

However, the main work of the society remains that of a Christian charity working in ports across the world, providing seafarers from all faiths and those with none, and their families, with welfare and practical support.

Chaplains visit ships in port for the purpose of meeting and reaching out to seafarers separated from home for periods of up to a year at a time. That part of a seafarer’s life hasn’t changed much in 200 years.

Chaplains also help seafarers get in touch with much missed loved ones and assist with providing access to medical treatment when necessary. They are there for seafarers who are facing financial difficulty, isolation, and dangerous conditions. Chaplains also liaise with frightened families when seafarers are kidnapped by pirates or imprisoned, mostly through no fault of their own.

Visiting ill or injured seafarers in hospital, Durban Sailors Society, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Visiting ill or injured seafarers in hospital

These days, chaplains take phone cards and Wi-Fi on board thousands of ships so that seafarers can speak to their loved ones. In Rio de Janeiro a Sailors’ Society’s even introduced a new father to his baby for the first time via a video call.

Seafarers stranded on abandoned ships send SOS messages to Sailors’ Society using Twitter and Facebook and chaplains communicate with them and their worried families on WhatsApp.

The charity has even built its own app to help chaplains share information and provide continuity of care from port to port.

Seafarers calling at the Durban Seafarers Centre in Bayhead are always sure to receive a warm friendly welcome but this Sunday it is bound to be even more so. Among other things they will receive a free drink, a meal and a small gift when they leave to return to board their ship.

* This article first appeared in The Mercury on Wednesday, 14 March 2018.

 

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TNPA ADOPT A SCHOOL PROJECT BENEFITS RICHARDS BAY SCHOOL

Euipment at Siphosethu Secondary School donated by Transnet National Ports Authority Port of Richards Bay featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Equipment at Siphosethu Secondary School donated by Transnet National Ports Authority Port of Richards Bay

The Port of Richards Bay’s continued support of two local schools in need has paid dividends for the institutions’ learners. Siphosethu Secondary School and Khombindlela High School were identified by the parastatal five years ago as part of Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA) school adoption programme.

Schools in need of infrastructure and educational support were identified with the assistance of the Department of Education.

Located in the rural sector of Richards Bay, Siphosethu Secondary is classified as a non-urban school and was…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
MUMBLES LIGHTHOUSE MODERNISATION COMPLETED

A generator being winched from the Trinity House vessel Galatea, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
A generator being winched from the Trinity House vessel Galatea

18th century lighthouse in South Wales upgraded with 21st century technology

Trinity House has completed the modernisation of Mumbles Lighthouse in South Wales, upgrading the site’s aids to navigation and control systems to provide simplified maintenance and reliable performance that will extend the life of the station for a further 20 years.

This upgrade included refurbishing the solar and power system that supports the new main and standby 15 nautical mile…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

Mumbles Lighthouse, Wales. Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mumbles Lighthouse, Wales

 

 

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BUREAU VERITAS ADDRESSSES CYBER SAFETY AND SECURITY WITH NEW NOTATIONS & GUIDELINES

Bureau Veritas banner, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Bureau Veritas has developed a comprehensive approach to support shipowners in addressing maritime cyber risks. A new series of classification notations, guidelines and services enable owners to comply with regulatory requirements, safeguard their crews and protect their assets from both malfunction and malicious attack.

Bureau Veritas now offers two cyber notations:

The first, SW-Registry, focuses on software change management ensuring that installations of tested new software versions are properly tracked. It requires the…

 

IACS CHAIRMAN SETS OUT TRANSFORMATION OF IACS AT CMA SHIPPING 2018

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, IACS Chairman and CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, speaking at CMA Shipping 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, IACS Chairman and CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, speaking at CMA Shipping 2018

Speaking at Shipping 2018, the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (CMA) annual conference, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, IACS Chairman and CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, looked at some of the initiatives taken at the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) that were changing the organisation.

“It is my duty and honour to encourage the world’s biggest classification societies to pull together to adapt to this rapid pace of change and create a strong foundation for IACS as the leading maritime technical association,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen. The changes at IACS were not a “sudden revolution, where we throw everything we know overboard and start back at one”, he said, but rather “an evolution, a gradual transformation to becoming more advanced, more transparent and more efficient in serving our industry.”

IACS was embracing the challenges of…

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : CMA CGM JAMAICA

CMA CGM Jamaica at Cape Town, by Ian Shiffman, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

CMA CGM Jamaica.  Pictures:  Ian Shiffman
CMA CGM Jamaica    Pictures: Ian Shiffman

The French line CMA CGM’s container ship CMA CGM JAMAICA (IMO 9326770) in Cape Town harbour earlier this month. The 264-metre long, 32m wide, 53,663-dwt ship was built in 2006 and is deployed on CMA CGM’s WAX West Africa Express service. The 4,300-TEU ship is flagged in Cyprus. These pictures are by Ian Shiffman

 

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 labors 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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