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CORRECTION

In First View in our edition for Wednesday, 4 April we incorrectly accredited the photograph of the vessel Hoegh Chiba. It should have read: Picture by Keith Betts. The error is regetted and has been corrected.

FIRST VIEW: COSCO TAIHANGSHAN

Cosco Taihangshan sailing from Durban, April 2018. Picture: Ken Malcolm, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cosco Taihangshan. Picture: Ken Malcolm

One can almost ‘feel’ and sense the waters of the bay in this action photograph as the timber carrier COSCO TAIHANGSHAN (IMO 9418327), laden with logs approaches the start of the channel leading out from Durban into the open sea. The 31,889-dwt bulker, built in 2010, is Chinese-owned and managed by Cosco Far Reaching Shipping Company of Guangzhou, Guangdong in China. Measuring 177.5 metre long and 28m wide she flies the flag of Hong Kong. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

 

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IMO ACTS ON ENHANCING SHIP-SHORE INTERFACE IN MOZAMBIUQUE

IMO flags, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

When the communication between ships and port is smoothly run, shipments move more quickly, more easily and more efficiently, advises the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

This, it says, is where IMO’s Facilitation Convention (FAL) comes in. The FAL convention contains standards and recommended practices and rules for simplifying formalities, documentary requirements and procedures on ships’ arrival, stay and departure.

The benefits of ratification and implementation of the FAL Convention were highlighted during a National Seminar on Facilitation of Maritime Traffic (27-29 March), held in Maputo, Mozambique. The aim was to support Mozambique to ratify the Convention, including its latest amendments. Participants were advised on the benefits of using the maritime single window and electronic data interchange to facilitate ship clearance.

IMO’s Julian Abril and IMO consultants were at the seminar, which was organised by IMO and the Instituto Nacional da Marinha (INAMAR). It was attended by 50 participants from ministries with responsibilities in the clearance of ships, cargo, crew and passengers at ports of Mozambique, and private stakeholders (Escola Superior de Ciências Náuticas, Portos do Norto, LBH Mozambique LDA, MPDC Maputo Port, Ovarah Mutheko Serviços Sociedade, CLN Corredor Logistico Integrado Nacala, PIL Mozambique Bollore Transport Logis).

Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL)

The Facilitation Convention (FAL) was adopted on 9 April 1965 and entered into force on 5 March 1967.

The Convention’s main objectives are to prevent unnecessary delays in maritime traffic, to aid co-operation between Governments, and to secure the highest practicable degree of uniformity in formalities and other procedures. In particular, the Convention reduces the number of declarations which can be required by public authorities.

Most human activities are regulated, either by precedent, convention or regulation. Most regulations are essential – but sometimes they come to be regarded not only as unnecessary but also as a significant burden on the activities they are supposed to control. Few activities have been more subject to over-regulation than international maritime transport.

This is partly because of the international nature of shipping: countries developed customs, immigration and other standards independently of each other and a ship visiting several countries during the course of a voyage could expect to be presented with numerous forms to fill in, often asking for exactly the same information but in a slightly different way.

As shipping and trade developed and grew in the early part of the twentieth century, so did the paperwork involved. By the 1950s it was being regarded not simply as an inconvenience but as a threat. The actual number of separate documents required varied from port to port; yet the information on cargoes and persons carried that was sought was often identical. The number of copies required of some of these documents could often become excessive. To the variety of forms and the number of copies required could be added other burdens such as local language translations, consular visa requirements, variations in document size and paper stock used and the necessity for authentication by the shipmaster of the information submitted.

By the early 1960s the maritime nations had decided that the situation could not be allowed to deteriorate further. International action was called for and to achieve it Governments turned to IMO, which had held its first meeting in 1959.

In 1961 the 2nd IMO Assembly adopted resolution A.29 (II) which recommended that IMO take up the matter. An Expert Group was convened which recommended that an international convention be adopted to assist the facilitation of international maritime traffic.

In October 1963 the 3rd IMO Assembly adopted resolution A.63 (III) which approved the report of Expert Group and in particular recommended that a convention be drafted which would be considered for adoption at a conference to be held under IMO auspices in the spring of 1965. The conference duly took place and the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), 1965 was adopted on 9 April.

 

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DURBAN CRUISE TERMINAL TO RECEIVE THE GO-AHEAD ON MONDAY

This is what the Durban Cruise Terminal was to look like 11 months ago - we will discover next Monday whether the design has altered. Featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
This is what the Durban Cruise Terminal was to look like 11 months ago – we will discover next Monday whether the design has altered

Eleven months after the announcement that a joint venture involving MSC Cruises South Africa and a Black empowerment partner Africa Armada Consortium had been identified and confirmed as the preferred bidder to develop and build the new Durban Cruise Terminal, a signing ceremony is to be held next Monday (16 April) in the old (existing) passenger terminal to confirm the go-ahead for the long-awaited project.

The JV is known as the Kwa-Zulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) company.

The reasons for the lengthy delay have not been disclosed, but this is not unusual in matters concerning Transnet. This is also only the signing ceremony for…

 

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ASIA-WEST AFRICA TRAFFIC RISES NEARLY 10% IN 2017

Apapa container terminal. Picture: OTAL, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Apapa container terminal. Picture: OTAL

Southbound traffic between Asia and West Africa grew by 10% in 2017, confirming forecasts made several years ago that this would be the case.

However, shipping analyst Drewry points out that last years’ recovery hasn’t…

 

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STRONG INTEREST SHOWN IN UPGRADING OF PORT KIGOMA ON LAKE TANGANYIKA

MV Liemba, which calls between Kigoma in the north and Mpulungu in Zambia to the south and places in between. Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MV Liemba, which calls between Kigoma in the north and Mpulungu in Zambia to the south and places in between

Strong interest is being shown in the upgrading of the port of Kigoma on the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Kigoma is also the terminus for the railway that runs from Dar es Salaam and cargo and passengers destined for across the lake in the DRC and Burundi and to other destinations on Lake Tanganyika are carried by vessels operating from the port. It is one of the busiest ports on the lake where the government is planning a special economic zone to stimulate trade and enhance stable economic growth for the port and region.

The port at Kigoma has a 200 metre long wharf and is equipped…

 

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US EXTENDS EMERGENCY DECLARATION OVER SOMALI PIRACY, TERRORISM

Somali pirates. Picture: US Navy Jason R Zalasky (public domain), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Somali pirates. Picture: US Navy Jason R Zalasky (public domain)

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order extending a national emergency declaration for Somalia, which had been slated to expire in May, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday last week, reports Shabelle Media Network.

It also cited the nation’s continued threat to US national security and foreign policy.

“The situation with respect to Somalia continues…

 

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NIGERIAN SHIPPERS URGE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE ONITSHA RIVER PORT FUNCTIONAL

Onitsh inland dry port, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, picture by Wikipedia Commons
Onitsha Inland Port (dry). Picture; Wikipedia Commons

Nigeria’s Federal Government has been urged by the Anambra State Shippers’ Association to make Onitsha River Port functional.

The Shippers’ Association president, Emma Akpaka said the port was needed to help boost the country’s economy.

Onitsha port was inaugurated by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012, shortly after its reconstruction. Since then, according to Akpaka, it has remained abandoned and unused.

“Shippers in the South-East are begging…

 

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** CRUISE SHIP NEWS **
VIKING SIGNS WITH VARD FOR TWO NEW CRUISE SHIPS

Viking Sky, built by Vard, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Viking Sky, built by Vard

Vard Holdings Limited, has signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) for the design and construction of two cruise vessels for Viking, with an option for a further two ships.

The potential contract value for two vessels is expected to be approximately US$573 million) (NOK 4.5 billion). The parties have a common intention to enter into final contract by mid-2018.

The vessels will be developed by Vard Design in Norway, in close cooperation with Viking.

High industry demand for the most environmentally friendly and safe operations is a key driver in the concept development process. Viking will be developing a series of advanced cruise vessels, designed to be among the most environmentally friendly ships.

Viking Sun on world cruise, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Viking Sun on her recent world cruise

Delivery of the vessels are scheduled from Vard in Norway, in 2Q 2021 and 2Q 2022 respectively. The hulls will be built by Vard in Romania.

“It is our pleasure to work with Viking to develop a new series of cruise vessels. The company is well known for its expansion in River Cruises and Ocean Cruises, and they are now looking to Norway for the design and construction of its new cruise fleet. We are honoured to be chosen as their partner in this exciting project, and look forward to continuing the excellent cooperation with the Viking team,” said Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of Vard.

Viking was founded in Switzerland in 1997. Norwegian Torstein Hagen is Chairman. With operational headquarters in Basel, Viking provides destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers whom have an interest in geography, culture and history. The company currently operates a fleet of more than 60 vessels. Through rapid expansion, Viking has grown to be the world’s leading river cruise line, and with the launch of its new ocean fleet, it has also become a leader in small ship ocean cruising.

Vard is a subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantieri. Altogether Fincantieri has received orders for 10 cruise ships since 2012. Four have been delivered and have featured here in Africa PORTS & SHIPS. The balance are due by 2023, but in March last year Fincantieri and Viking reached an agreement for a further six ships with deliveries scheduled up to 2027.

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : CHEMSTAR YASU

Chemstar Yasu in Cape TOwn. Picyure by Ian Shiffman, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Chemstar Yasu sailing from Cape Town, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture by Ian Shiffman
Chemstar Yasu. Pictures by Ian Shiffman

The oil and chemical products tanker CHEMSTAR YASU (IMO 9363869) seen here departing from Cape Town on 3 April 2018. The 19,896-dwt tanker is 146.5 metres in length and has a beam of 24m and was built in 2008 at the Usuki Shipbuilding yard at Usuki, Japan. Her owners are registered in the United States but the ship is managed by Iino Marine Services of Tokyo, Japan. These pictures are by Ian Shiffman

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
– Francis Bacon

 

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