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FIRST VIEW: HÖEGH CHIBA

Hoegh Chiba Picture: Ken Malcolm, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hoegh Chiba Picture: Keith Betts

Höegh Autoliners Ro-Ro car carrier HÖEGH CHIBA (IMO 9303558) arrives in Durban harbour, assisted by one of the harbour tugs, UTHUKELA. Höegh Chiba (59,705-gt) was built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd in 2006 and entered service as Maersk Welkin. In 2012 having joined the Höegh Autoliners fleet as Höegh Chiba, she and two other similar car carriers were lengthened by 19.2 metres to their current overall length of 199 metres (32m width). The lengthening was carried out at the Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co Ltd shipyard in China and increased the car carrying capacity of each vessel to 6000 motor cars. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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CAPE TOWN HARBOUR BLOCKED AS CMA CGM SAMSON GOES AGROUND

CMA CGM Samson aground in Cape Town harbour. Pictures courtesy: TNPA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CMA CGM Samson aground in Cape Town harbour. Pictures courtesy: TNPA

There was drama in Cape Town harbour yesterday when the 101,383-dwt container ship CMA CGM SAMSON failed to negotiate the turn into the container terminal basin at the port at 13h22 on Tuesday.

The 335-metre long, 43m wide ship was under pilotage at the time – unconfirmed reports suggested the ship may have undertaken the manoeuvre at too fast a speed and failed to ‘take the corner’ and instead struck bottom near the pier. It was low tide at the time.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said that it deployed three tugs (AIS showed four), Usiba, Nseleni and Pinotage to assist with the refloating. There were no injuries reported and all emergency services went on standby.

TNPA said that it would be attempting to refloat the French vessel at high tide (17h00) in collaboration with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

As a result of the grounding Shipping movements in and out of Duncan Dock and Cape Town Container Terminal were suspended as the 335-metre long vessel was completely blocking the entrance to both basins.

CMA CGM SAMSON is carrying 1000 containers and was en route from Singapore with 23 crew members on board. Her next destination was due to be Pointe Noire in the Congo.

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aground at the entrance to Cape Town harbour is CMA CGM Samson. Picture courtesy: TNPA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Aground at the entrance to Cape Town harbour is CMA CGM Samson. Picture courtesy: TNPA

In an update to this report, CMA CGM Samson was successfully refloated during high tide yesterday afternoon – this was at 17h20 – and has gone alongside at the container terminal berth 604, where independent surveyors will assess the vessel and any damage.

Cargo is being worked normally.

Cape Town Port Manager, Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana, said: “Thanks to the capabilities, commitment and teamwork of our marine crew working alongside other emergency role players, this was only a short disruption to the port and its customers.”

Shipping movements in and out of Duncan Dock and Cape Town Container Terminal resumed at 19h00.

The drama of a ship going aground and blocking the port is reminiscent of 10 October last year when during a freak storm that struck Durban, a similarly sized container ship, MSC INES went aground in the Durban port entrance channel and was likewise successfully refloated with the aid of harbour tugs plus another from AMSOL.

MSC Ines has remained in Durban undergoing major repairs in the area of her rudder. Messrs Dormac Marine is undertaking the specialist repair involved.

 

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KENYA PRESIDENT KENYATTA CALLS FOR SHIPPING LINKS BETWEEN KENYA & MOZAMBIQUE PORTS

Maputo Container Terminal. Picture: DP World, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maputo Container Terminal. Picture: DP World

During a visit to Mozambique Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed the need for shipping links to be developed between Kenya and Mozambique ports.

He described the ports of Maputo, Beira and Nacala as key to the regional markets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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WEST AFRICAN PIRATES STRIKE ONCE MORE, FISHERMEN ABDUCTED

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Armed pirates attacked and highjacked a Ghanaian fishing vessel as it was underway off Ghana, the 511-dwt MARINE 711 (IMO 7395870) and after holding the crew hostage for 12 hours, they left taking five fishermen with them, including three Koreans and one Greek national.

The attack took place on Monday evening last week and as usual with these incidents, the news has been slow in being made known.

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DISCUSSING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LAUNCH OF THE AFRICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (AfCFTA)

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What does the Adoption of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement signify?

Trudi Hartzenberg, tralac Executive Director, and Gerhard Erasmus, tralac Associate, discuss the significance of the launch of the AfCFTA.

At the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union which convened in Kigali on 21 March, 44 of the 55 member states signed the text of a new African free trade agreement called the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The complete package of legal instruments includes a founding agreement, protocols on trade in goods and services, with annexes on trade-related rules and procedures, and a dispute settlement mechanism.

What does this development signal and what could change? A key objective of the AfCFTA is to boost intra-African trade. It is designed to do so by forging a single continental legal regime for all relevant trade disciplines. This will include lower tariffs, simplified rules of origin and customs procedures, regulations for trade in services and remedies available to affected private parties. This is a bold vision but vital for advancing Africa’s economic development and capacity also to integrate more effectively into the 21st century global economy.

There is still a lot of work to be done before the full arrangement will be in place but it is an important step in the right direction. Protocols on investment, competition and intellectual property are still to be negotiated, in the second phase of this initiative. Institutions, including a Secretariat, are also to be established before ratifications of the agreement by member states can be deposited. The agreement will enter into force once 22 states have ratified it. The Summit hinted that entry into force may happen within a year.

It is too early to count tangible benefits to Africa’s exporters, freighters, service providers, investors and consumers. If the participating governments implement the obligations agreed upon, the Kigali Summit will have produced a milestone event. What are the prospects?

The record regarding intra-African trade and the settlement of trade disputes is not impressive. Integrating unequal partners is difficult. Some are concerned about the loss of tariff revenue, and have limited options for expanding their domestic tax base. It is also true that intra-Africa trade is a small share of the continent’s total trade.

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For 2016, intra-trade was 17.6% of the Africa’s total trade. But what does Africa trade with the rest of the world? Most of that is commodity trade – agricultural products, metals, minerals and other primary products. These commodities are processed in complex value chain arrangements at various locations across the world. They feed into the early stages of global value chains, meaning that most value addition to these exports from Africa accrues to other players in the global economy.

This makes it important for complementary and support initiatives to reduce the costs of doing business and cross border trade, to improve governance, and expand and diversify Africa’s industrial base. The African Union’s initiatives to Boost Intra-Africa Trade, the Programmes for Infrastructure Development for Africa and Accelerated Industrial Development for Africa are essential to realise the benefits of the AfCFTA.

The fact that the AfCFTA will be the first continent-wide African trade arrangement offers another potential advantage, to address the complications and duplication which characterizes the overlapping memberships of the existing eight Regional Economic Communities (which include SADC, the East African Community and COMESA). Matters could now be simplified and standardized for rules of origin, tariffs and standards for the same goods. Private parties will then face less fragmented sets of rules when doing business across African borders.

It will, however, be unrealistic to expect a sudden leap forward. Improvements will be incremental. That will already be significant. Judged by the statements delivered by the Heads of State and Government at this occasion, there does seem to be a new resolve to put intra-African trade on a sound footing. Sceptics will counter by pointing out that international agreements do not create trade.

However, their adoption and implementation are vital for making rules-based trade and investment possible and to provide for certainty and predictability. Governments do not trade but they shape and control the rules of the game. A new trade agreement about how governments (and their officials) exercise jurisdiction and improve trade governance is a necessary first step to a thriving rules-based trade environment for Africa.

There were important political developments in Kigali, involving Africa’s two biggest economies. Nigeria had been a staunch supporter of the AfCFTA vision and driving force in the negotiations. However, at the last moment the Nigerian President cancelled his trip to Kigali to deal with complaints by local business that their interests are not accommodated. Nigeria’s absence in Kigali was an embarrassment. South Africa, on the other hand, was a constructive voice. President Ramaphosa appeared in person, supported the new vision, and promised that Pretoria will sign the AfCFTA as soon as domestic legal requirements have been attended to. Minister Rob Davies subsequently confirmed that “South Africa is very much part of this process. We are not holding back. We don’t have reservations or differences.” The AU aim is to have more signatures when the next regular AU summit convenes in July.

Pretoria’s support for the AfCFTA is a positive sign. It could boost South Africa’s position as the major African exporter of goods and services to the continent. This is a fresh new wind blowing.

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US$194 BILLION TO BE SPENT IN AFRICA ON UPCOMING OIL AND GAS FIELDS

oil riug off the African coast, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Almost $200 Billion is to be Spent on Upstream in Africa over Eight Years, says a report in this week’s Petroleum Africa, quoting in turn GlobalData.

The report says the capex will be put into conventional, unconventional, and heavy oil projects over the eight-year period.

 

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QE2 COMES TO LIFE AGAIN WITH REFURBISHMENT AND A PERMANENT BERTH AS FLOATING HOTEL

Queen Elizabeth 2 in her glory. Picture: Trevor Jones, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Queen Elizabeth 2 in her glory. Picture: Trevor Jones

After years of disappointment and false promise, the former Cunard liner QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 has come back to life in a dry dock in Dubai and is now on her permanent berth in Port Rashid, ready to take up as a floating hotel.

The liner, perhaps the most famous of her kind certainly during her era, was withdrawn from liner and cruise ship duty by Cunard in 2008 and after being sold was moved shortly thereafter to Dubai, with the promise of becoming an equally famous and popular tourist attraction.

Instead, the world economy went into a downward tumble and with it the hopes of seeing QE2 refurbished and turned into a floating hotel in this magical Arabian Gulf city, came to naught.

Now however, without the publicity and fanfare that accompanied her move to Dubai ten years ago, and without the several false rays of hope, QE2 has already undergone refurbishment which included the removal of her propellers and the fine old ship is ready to take her place as one of THE places to visit when in Dubai.

During these past ten years there were genuine fears of the ship ending her days as a tawdry casino ship in an Asian port or going for scrap – Chinese buyers were said to be interested in buying her from Dubai World Istithmar – the same company that at that time owned the famed V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Fortunately that sale never went through and QE2 languished for more long years under the hot desert sun.

Her owners or new operator, it is not clear which, QE2 Dubai, say the ship will boast 12 major attractions, including top-rate restaurants, theaters and nightclubs. In fact, the place to visit when in Dubai.

Will she sail again? That is highly unlikely, certainly that doesn’t appear to be the owner’s intention after having removed the propellers – we understand these will be placed on prominent display on the quayside. In addition all underwater openings such as bow thrusters and stabilisers have been welded shut.

QE2 is now expected to open to the public later in April – exciting news indeed, and even for those of us who are unlikely to visit ever Dubai, there’s the satisfaction of knowing that this very special icon of a ship has not been lost in the way of other ship icons.

 

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BRITISH SHIP OWNERS AND BREXIT

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The UK Chamber of Shipping maintains a politically neutral position on Brexit and seeks to work in the best interests of its members, no matter what deal is struck.

Its highly regarded website is to be found here: https://www.ukchamberofshipping.com/

Since the referendum in June 2016, the Chamber has…

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : TAI AN KOU + MILAHA EXPLORER

Tai An Kou + Milaha Explorer. Pictures: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Tai An Kou + Milaha Explorer. Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tai An Kou + Milaha Explorer. Pictures: Keith Betts

The Chinese COSCO heavylift carrier TAI AN KOU (IMO 9223277) which arrived in Durban during March to take bunkers. The heavylift was carrying as her deck cargo the jack-up rig MILAHA EXPLORER. Built in 2002 the 20,247-dwt heavylift is owned and operated by COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers of Guangzhou in China. The semi-submersible Tai An Kou is 156 metres long and 36 metres long and can operate at a speed of 13.5 knots. Her cargo on this voyage, the platform jack-up Milaha Explorer has a deadweight or 2100 tons and an e=overall length of 85 metres with a width of 40m. It is owned by Milaha, a Qatar shipping company with a diverse fleet – Milaha Explorer having been built in China in 2016. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”
– Chuang Tzu

 

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