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FIRST VIEW: MAERSK LEBU

Maersk Lebu in Cape Town.    Picture: Ian Shiffman, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maersk Lebu. Picture: Ian Shiffman

Maersk Line container ship MAERSK LEBU (IMO 952 6930) departs from Cape Town earlier in March. The 106,043-dwt ship is owned and operated by the Danish company, the world’s biggest container line. The ship is 300 metres long, 45m wide and has a capacity of 7,450 TEU. She was built in 2011 at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd in South Korea as hull number 4220 and operates on a service schedule between Northern Europe and Southern African ports. This picture is by Ian Shiffman

 

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CHANGES AT THE TOP FOR TRANSNET NATIONAL PORTS AUTHORITY

Several leadership changes have been announced by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) mainly affecting the Port of Durban.

Phyllis Difeto, former TNPA COO, now GM Planning & Modelling, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Phyllis Difeto

TNPA Chief Operating Officer, Phyllis Difeto, has taken up the position as General Manager: Planning and Modelling position in the Operational Readiness Department at the Transnet Corporate Office. She assumed office on 1 April.

Difeto previously oversaw operational performance at the county’s eight ports as COO of TNPA as from 2015.

She is being succeeded at TNPA in an acting capacity by Durban Port Manager, Moshe Motlohi, until further notice. Motlohi’s position as port manager is taken by Ms Nokuzola Nkowane, presently Executive Manager: Operations Development, Performance Monitoring & Reporting also at TNPA, who will serve as Acting Port Manager for the Port of Durban.

Moshe Motlohi, former Port Manager at Port of Durban, now acting TNPA COO, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Moshe Motlohi

Motlohi has headed up management of Southern Africa’s busiest port since 2014. He boasts 20 years in the field of logistics, 15 of which have been within Transnet.

Nkowane joined TNPA at the Port of Cape Town in 2004 as the Property Manager and later moved to the ports of Richards Bay and Durban where she successfully managed the real estate portfolio. She pursued a career in port operations in 2012 at the Port of Durban where she served as Senior Operations Manager for the Maydon Wharf Precinct.

Her most recent executive management role at TNPA has been overseeing various internal teams across a broad portfolio of business units to ensure they are integrated into the same business plan with well-defined responsibilities and accountability.

 

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AUSTRALIAN FAMILY ON YACHT HAS NARROW ESCAPE FROM PIRATES OFF YEMEN

Japanese Navy helicopter, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Japanese Navy helicopter

An Australian family of four had a narrow escape from captivity or worse when pirate skiffs began encircling them and their yacht while sailing off the coast of Yemen.

The Turner family – husband and wife Lachin and Louise, and 11-year old daughter Siara and 4-year old son Kai were on a round the world cruise that had taken them into the Gulf of Aden and close to the coast of Yemen.

For four hours they were stalked by pirates operating in skiffs – high speed motor boats. As the skiffs began approaching so more…

 

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COASTAL BUNKER BARGE/TANKER AMBER II IN OPERATION AT RICHARDS BAY

Amber II delivering bunkers to a bulker at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Picture: TNPA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Amber II delivering bunkers to a bulker at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Picture: TNPA

South Africa’s first coastal bunker barge, AMBER II, is now in operation at Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Richards Bay, where it will serve as a floating storage and fuel replenishment vessel for BP customer vessels at the port.

The ‘barge’ is really more of a tanker although the term barge gets used in these circumstances. Apart from that…

 

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GHANA’S VP CALLS FOR AFRICA TO CLEAN UP AND ENSURE THAT UNSEAWORTHY SHIPS ARE MADE UNWELCOME

Ghana's vice president, Dr Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

Ghana’s Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has called on coastal African countries to “make Africa unattractive” to substandard ships.

He said this called for greater supervision and circumspection in order to prevent these ships from making use of Africa’s ports.

With proper adherence to Port State Control regulations, there would be a better marine environment. he said.

Dr Bawumia was speaking at the 3rd Ministerial Conference of the Abuja MoU on Port State Control for West and Central African Countries held in Accra last week.

The conference, which hasn’t been held since 2010, was attended by…

 

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COSCO MEGA CONTAINER SHIP IN COLLISION

Cosco Shipping Leo, involved in collision while on sea trials, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cosco Shipping Leo.  Picture: Chinanews.com

One of the world’s largest container ships, the 20,000-TEU ultra large container ship (ULCS) COSCO CONTAINER LEO (IMO 9783502) has been in a collision at sea with another ship, the 13,060-dwt MERCURY TRIUMPH (IMO 9379272) while on her sea trials.

Both ships have taken damage, the smaller ship quite seriously with damage to her hull both fore and aft and water ingress via her ballast tanks. The ship was left without power and drifting. Mercury Triumph is carrying a cargo of steel.

The 400-metre long, 58.6m wide, 197,500-dwt ULCS has damage to her starboard side bow with dented hull plating. She was on her sea trials with a reported 150 technicians and crew on board. There are no reports of casualties or injuries.

The accident, which was not reported immediately occurred on 29 March in the East China Sea some 50 n.miles south of Seogwipo port, southern Jeju. The ship had been named in a ceremony several days earlier but had still to complete certain sea trials before entering into service.

 

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VIDEO ABB PORT’S EYE ON THE CONTAINER SHIPPING INDUSTRY — UNO


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PIL CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER YC CHANG STEPS DOWN

YC Chang, founder of PIL, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mr YC Chang

The founder and veteran chairman of Pacific International Lines (PIL), YC Chang is retiring from the shipping line he founded more than 50 years ago, it was announced at the weekend.

His son…

 

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BREXIT AND THE WESTMINSTER PARLIAMENT : GIBRALTAR

picture: www.parliament.uk/business/committees ©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture: www.parliament.uk/business/committees ©

On 29 March the House of Lords (Upper House) EU Committee wrote to Rt Hon David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, seeking assurances on four key aspects of Brexit as it relates to Gibraltar.

Background

The letter follows a Committee visit to Gibraltar on 15-16 March 2018 by way of follow up to its March 2017 Brexit: Gibraltar inquiry, where the Committee met key interlocutors including the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, members of the Parliament of Gibraltar Brexit Committee, representatives of business and the cross-frontier group, and Gibraltar port, airport, police and customs officials.

Findings

The Committee has stressed the following priorities for Gibraltar in the Brexit negotiations:

  • Ensuring transitional arrangements applying to Gibraltar in full
  • Ensuring the fluidity of Gibraltar’s border with Spain and continued cooperation with the Campo de Gibraltar
  • Ensuring UK-Gibraltar relations are maintained and enhanced post-Brexit
  • Ensuring Gibraltar has a voice in the Brexit process

The Lords EU Committee has invited the British Government’s response on each of these bullet-pointed topics by 27 April.

Links

There are links to the relevant documents to be found here:

28 March 2018 – Letter to Rt Hon David Davis MP PDF 132 KB

In March 2017 the House of Lords European Union Committee published its report on the impact of Brexit on Gibraltar, in which it made clear that the UK Government has a ‘moral responsibility’ to ensure that Gibraltar’s voice is heard, and its interests protected, throughout Brexit negotiations with the EU. The Committee’s report into its enquiry is to be found here: INQUIRY: BREXIT: GIBRALTAR

Business of the Lords EU Committee can be found here: European Union Committee

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

 

Naval News

Similarly you can read our regular Naval News reports and stories here in the general news section.

 

PICS OF THE DAY : MAERSK MISAKI

Maersk Misaki in Durban, appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Maersk Misaki in Durban, appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maersk Misaki. Pictures: Keith Betts

Two views of the oil products tanker MAERSK MISAKI (IMO 9573658) on her arrival off Durban during March. The 47,980-dwt tanker is part of the Maersk Tankers A/S fleet headquartered in Copenhagen although the ship’s ownership is shown to be Maersk Tankers Singapore. The 180-metre long by 30m wide ship was built in 2011 at the Iwagi Shipbuilding yard at Kamijima in Japan. After a period on the Marshall Island registry the tanker now flies the flag of Singapore.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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– Chuang Tzu

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