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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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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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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…[restrict] the completion of the new Sinendet-Kisumu pipeline which has increased the petroleum product availability in Western Kenya and to the export markets ofUganda, Eastern DRC, Rwanda, Burundi and northern Tanzania.

Throughput along the pipeline to Kisumu has increased from 110,000 litres an hour to 350,000 litres per hour which has considerably improved Kenya’s competitive edge in the region as a leading petroleum products exporter.

Map of Kenya showing location of Kisumu on Lake Victoria, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Map of Kenya showing location of Kisumu on Lake Victoria

According to KPC the oil jetty’s target market will be around the lake and expanding the export market into Uganda and mines in northern Tanzania. The project is expected to boost throughput in Kisumu by 1 billion litres a year in phase 1 and up to 3 billion litres per year by 2028.

Sang said the jetty project will also turn Kisumu into a focal point of oil and gas commerce in the region and one of the busiest inland ports in Africa.

“KPC remains focused on becoming a major regional player supporting regional growth by lowering the cost of doing business by ensuring that we operate a cost effective and highly efficient pipeline and related infrastructure system,” he said.

Construction of the oil jetty followed an invitation to interested companies to tender for its construction. After a competitive process that involved six local and foreign bidders, the contract was awarded to SECO.

Critics have pointed out that to succeed other infrastructure and political will needs to be implemented among the respective areas and countries that will be involved in distributing oil which has been loaded at Kisumu oil jetty. This require barge-type tankers to convey petroleum products, but also suitable jetty facilities and loading points at other lake ports such as Port Bell and Jinja in Uganda, and Mwanza, Musoma and Bukoba in Tanzania.

Currently, petroleum products to the Tanzania ports are distributed by road transport from Dar es Salaam.[/restrict]


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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…[restrict] for the contract and it expected the survey of the channel to commence this week ahead of the awarding of a dredging contract.

map shows location of Calabar, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The survey is to determine the whole area that requires dredging, said the executive director of NPA Engineering and Technical Services, Idris Abubakar, who said that the contract was now in the procurement process. A budget for this had been allocated.

“The procurement process will not be completed until the survey report is ready, and the standard bidding documents for the contractors will be made available after the survey. Once that is ready, we will progress to the Ministry, and further to the Federal Executive Council for approvals of the contractor. When this is done, we will be immediately commence the dredging.”

Calabar Signal Station

The NPA has also commissioned a signal station at the dockyard in the port of Calabar. This is to enable the tracking of vessel movements and to ensure safer navigation into or from the port.

Usman said the high-tech signal station is part of the Authority’s commitment to ensure that the channels are safe for visiting ships.

It was important to the operations of NPA because it would help to monitor all vessel traffic along the channel.

“It improves the security at the channel, as you will have all data base of movement along the channel such that you can use the data bank to get information from the signal station,” she said.

Port Manager of Calabar, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu, said that the signal station is positioned at a vantage spot overlooking the entire entrance to the port, has all necessary equipment for observing ship movements, has a 24-hour electricity supply and will be useful in terms of any rescue operations in the region or along the channel. source: The Guardian (Nigeria)[/restrict]


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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…[restrict] have to be transported by rail and that road hauliers and other affected parties’ fears of losing their business were unfounded.

However, Kenya’s Transport Principal Secretary Joseph Kinyua issued a circular last week (7 March) in which all government departments and agencies are required to use the standard gauge railway to move cargo. Cargo being moved between Mombasa and Nairobi by any other means including road, would require written consent.

KSC Chairman Gilbert Langat said that he noted that the government is one of the biggest cargo movers as it handles about 40 per cent of the goods through the various parastatals.

He said that a government owned clearing house existed but lacked the capacity to move all parastatal cargo, which is why this business was opened up to private cargo handlers, he said.

According to Langat an average of 3,000 containers are available each day for handling and transportation. The government agencies can only handle around 15-16 per cent of the cargo, he said, or in other words about 320 containers a day.

He said that the SGR should complement other modes of transport instead of acting in competition.

“The government should realise there are major users of the port and ensure efficiency,” he said.

Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (Kifwa) chairman, William Ojonyo said that while the order by government may sound like music to the ears of Kenya Railways, it probably did not have any legal backing.

He said that the railway should nevertheless be appreciated and supported as it was a major investment by Kenya.

He implied that as rail was supposedly the second cheapest means of transport after sea travel it should (by itself)become the preferred mode of transport.

Dock Workers Union Secretary General Simeon Sang said the issue was sensitive but the private sector should be allowed to choose the best mode of transport. source: The Star (Kenya)[/restrict]


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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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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…[restrict] the main focus of the Port of Richards Bay’s advancement programmes.

The class of 2017 achieved impressive results in their final exams, with a pass rate of 100% in Life Sciences, 86% in Maths Literacy, 64% in Physical Science, and 56% in Mathematics. The school achieved an overall pass rate of 8% – the highest accomplishment in the school’s history.

Prior to TNPA’s intervention five years ago, Siphosethu pupils struggled with the sciences and mathematics. One of the biggest hurdles for teachers, was the lack of proper infrastructure and equipment – in some instances, pupils were forced to share desks due to lack of sufficient supplies.

Discovering the dire straits of the pupils motivated the port to reach out to the school and cultivate their interest in mathematics and the sciences – subjects that are crucial to many careers within the country.

Empangeni’s Khombindlela High School had an overall pass rate of 84%. While classified as an urban school, much like Siphosethu, Khombindlela High has many pupils who are unable to afford essential educational material such as scientific calculators and mobile lab equipment.

During the adoption tenure, the port provided the schools with educational necessities – beginning with desks and chairs to accommodate all learners comfortably.

TNP adopted school appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Scientific calculators and mobile lab equipment were also brought in with the aim of helping the students stay on par with not only other schools in the area, but schools across the country. The port also introduced Wi-Fi capabilities to both schools.

“It hasn’t been easy, but I can confidently say that we have seen a great improvement in the results when compared to five years ago. Through the report cards over the years, you can see a distinct improvement. It is not only the pupils and teachers from the two schools that have benefited. Teachers from surrounding schools came through to the training sessions and have taken what they have learned back to their schools,” said the Port of Richard’s Bay’s Corporate Affairs Officer, Nkululeko Molefe.

“One of the greatest hurdles for the children was the language barrier. Mathematics and the sciences are languages on their own and if you do not understand what is being said, there is no way you are going to learn. One of the ways we helped in this regard, was by providing both schools with mathematics and science dictionaries so that the pupils had something to refer to in order to understand the basics,” Molefe added.

The Port of Richards Bay’s involvement in Khombindlela High has had a positive effect on the school’s educators in addition to the learners.

“There is definitely more enthusiasm all round. TNPA has given our teachers the aids they need and that makes it easier to go to class with confidence,” said principal Lungile Ntuli.

Since the adoption period commenced five years ago, nearly every CSI activation conducted by the port has included the two schools. Initiatives included; Bring a Girl Child to Work Day events, port excursions, part-time jobs for students within the port and National Marine Week initiatives.

The upturn in results at both schools has been palpable, with one pupil from each of the schools now part of TNPA’s General Purpose Rating (GPR) programme at the Maritime School of Excellence in Durban.

Siphosethu Secondary principal Sebenzile Dube, said the achievements of the class of 2017 have served as a motivator to the new matric class.

“The Port of Richard Bay has improved the lives of teachers, learners and the community in such a positive way, that parents are removing their children from other schools and bringing them to Siphosethu High due to the performance of the school. The new Grade 12’s are promising to get A’s in their subjects and they are promising to do better than the 90% pass rate of 2017,” said Dube.

Molefe said this was the outcome the port had hoped for when the initiative began five years ago.

“Once the pupils received the calculators, dictionaries and mobile science lab equipment to do experiments and proper furniture, the learners gained a lot of confidence and love towards the subjects that they struggled with in the past and that for us is the most rewarding thing. Our main goal was to see these youngsters in universities and know that we played a small part in helping them get there. We are really very proud of them. While last year was our final year with these schools, we know that what we have left behind will always be felt,” Molefe said.[/restrict]


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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…[restrict] LED lights: two equal range lights which maintain the safety service to the mariner in the event of a failure.

The LED light source, Mumbles Lighthouse in Wales, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The LED light source

Mumbles is an island several hundred metres off-shore with one of the UK’s largest tidal ranges, with no proper boat landing and a rocky foreshore. Two days of busy helicopter operations delivered numerous loads of equipment and materials, including five cabins, 6,000 litres of fuel and 12,000 litres of water which enabled the site to be established and facilities to be built allowing staff to stay on station, which enabled the welfare and navigational upgrade phases to commence.

The logistical challenges of the works made full use of Trinity House’s diverse teams: a project team to plan and prepare for the works in the first phase, Field Operations technicians from both its east and west coast bases to carry out the installation in phase two. The crews of THV Galatea and contract support vessel MV Mair provided transport and helicopter operations respectively, with support from the Swansea and St Just helicopter teams to handle the G-GLAA helicopter used by all three General Lighthouse Authorities.

Mumbles lighthouse in Wales, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mumbles lighthouse

The Grade II* Listed Mumbles Lighthouse was built in 1794 to guide vessels along the coast and into Swansea Bay, past the hazards of the Mixon Shoal half a mile to the south. In 1995 Trinity House converted the lighthouse to solar powered operation and it is now monitored and operated from the Trinity House Planning Centre in Harwich, Essex.

Trinity House Senior Project Engineer Mike Yaxley said: “All in all it would be fair to say this was a logistical challenge that involved detailed co-ordination of a wide range of skills and resources from around the service.”

Commodore Rob Dorey, Trinity House Director of Operations added: “Working at a station like Mumbles is deceptively complicated and demanded a lot from our various teams. Thankfully we were able to bring together all of our in-house knowledge, experience and understanding of service operations towards a successful conclusion. I’m glad to be able to report that Mumbles Lighthouse is fit to serve the mariner for another 20 years at least.”[/restrict]

Edited by Paul Ridgway

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Mumbles Lighthouse, Wales



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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…[restrict] creation and maintenance of a certified register of software used in the ship’s onboard systems. SW-Registry is compulsory for newbuild ships using digital systems and enables owners to comply with IACS UR E22, applicable from 1 July 2017. Existing ships may choose to create their own register and would benefit from the additional class notation to help indicate their cyber safety level.

A second new notation, SYS-COM, addresses cyber security, and is directed at preventing malicious cyber attacks. SYS-COM is a voluntary notation covering the exchange of data between ship and shore. Bureau Veritas is now the only classification society to offer a notation for this specific risk, identified as a key cyber security threat to digital ship data and systems. The experience from projects with shipowners and providers of ship equipment and technology systems has been vital in developing and testing the Bureau Veritas approach. Recent announcements of projects with Bourbon and Kongsberg are examples.

“As vessels become increasingly smart and reliant on digital systems, both cyber safety and security have become a major concern for shipowners seeking to protect their data, people, assets and operations,” says Gijsbert de Jong, Marine Marketing & Sales Director, Bureau Veritas.

“The approach developed by Bureau Veritas enables shipowners to address risks relating to digital onboard systems, including the major cybersecurity threat to communications between ship and shore.”

The new notations are supported by specialist testing services delivered by Bureau Veritas and its partners. Testing services for cyber safety include software code analysis for potential safety risks and simulations using a mathematical model of the ship to test the code in hazardous situations. Cyber security risks are addressed through a security risk assessment possibly completed by software penetration tests.

Jean-François Segretain, Technical Director, Bureau Veritas added: “Bureau Veritas continues to invest in developing specialist skills to help our clients leverage the power of digital systems to improve fleet efficiency and performance, while keeping their ships, crew and data safe.”

Additionally, NI 641- Guidelines for Autonomous Shipping was released at the end of December. This guidance note contains the basis for the risk assessment of ships including autonomous systems, the goal-based recommendations for a minimum level of functionality of autonomous and the guidelines for improving the reliability of essential systems within autonomous ships.

Further tools and services are planned for 2018, including a certification scheme covering all onboard systems and equipment and an additional class notation covering continuous monitoring of the state of the onboard systems and logging of security events to ensure traceability.[/restrict]



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…[restrict] the digital transformation of shipping and had already launched several projects to help the industry adapt to recent shifts in markets, regulations and technologies, Ørbeck-Nilssen noted. In a dedicated working group, IACS has examined all the relevant resolutions, to identify which standards present potential regulatory barriers to autonomous ship operations. In addition, IACS is supporting the industry by leading the work on the development of a common terminology for different levels of autonomy.

To help the maritime community ensure the cyber-resilience of their assets, IACS established and is taking the lead in an industry working group focused on cyber safety. The working group addresses common safety issues with interconnected systems, sharing best practices and keeping up to date with new developments. To facilitate the use of modern survey technology, IACS is also taking a fresh look at its survey requirements. Potential revisions could cover advanced non-destructive testing and remote inspection techniques.

IACS itself was a focus of the changes as well, added Ørbeck-Nilssen: “As our way of working changes, the Association has taken a fresh look at its internal procedures. Our focus is to ensure that the services delivered by both new and existing members keep up with regulatory developments and meet the highest quality standards.”

But even in a rapidly changing world, IACS and the classification societies would stay true to their ideals, said Ørbeck-Nilssen: “And when everything around us is in motion, class aspires to be a beacon of light setting the course ahead – with modern requirements, transparent processes and the highest quality of service. The industry is changing. Our ways of working may be changing. But the purpose of classification remains the same: To protect life, property and the environment.”

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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



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