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FIRST VIEW: MSC LUCIANA

MSC Luciana off Durban. Picture: Ken Malcolm, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Luciana.   Picture: Ken Malcolm

Yesterday, in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS about accidents involving harbour craft, mention was made of the time when the container ship MSC LUCIANA (IMO 9398383) was blown by gale force winds from her moorings in the Port of Ngqura and ended up crunching the harbour pilot boat ORIENT. Here we see the same container ship, the 366-metre long, 46m wide MSC Luciana outside the Port of Durban earlier this month. The 131,463-dwt ship was built in 2009 at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd as hull number 1943 and is flagged in Panama. She has the capacity to carry up to 11,660 TEU including 700 reefers. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

 

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CMA CGM SIGNS TO OPERATE LEKKI PORT’S FUTURE CONTAINER TERMINAL

Lekki port as envisaged, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Lekki port as envisaged

The CMA CGM Group and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to operate Lekki Port’s future container terminal.

Lekki Port is Nigeria’s first deep sea port and will become sub-Saharan Africa’s deepest port, according to Nigerian officials.

Located in Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, the future Lekki Deep Sea Port will be developed, built and operated by LPLE, a joint venture enterprise led by the Tolaram Group, the Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Ports Authority.

As the container terminal operator, CMA CGM, through its subsidiary CMA Terminals, will be responsible for…

 

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SAMSA OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO INYALAZI-CSCC ASIA COLLISION

The tug Uthukela (nearest) assist the stricken tug Inyalazi to Durban' Bayhead repair yards following the collision. Picture: Gerald Maddams, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The tug Uthukela (nearest) assist the stricken tug Inyalazi to Durban’ Bayhead repair yards following the collision. Picture: Gerald Maddams

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), has launched an investigation into the collision between a car carrier vessel and an inactive tugboat while the ship was berthing alongside Durban Point Precinct – see yesterday’s Africa PORTS & SHIPS News.

The vessel CSCC ASIA, operated by Hoegh Autoliners, collided with the inactive tug Inyalazi at about 9am on Friday, 13 April 2018 at R shed at the Port of Durban.

Captain Saroor Ali, SAMSA Regional Manager (Eastern Region) said the incident was being investigated by SAMSA.

“SAMSA is conducting an investigation to ascertain the factors contributing to the accident. Once completed recommendations will be provided to avoid any further re-occurrences. The process is guided by…

 

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TRANSNET SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MSC CRUISES AND AFRICA ARMADA TO BUILD R200M+ DURBAN CRUISE TERMINAL

From left to right standing – Ross Volk (KCT), Moshe Motlohi (Acting COO of TNPA), Nkululeko Mchunu (KCT),Shulami Qalinge (Chief Executive of TNPA). Seated are Gianluca Suprani (KCT) and Siyabonga Gama (Transnet Group Chief Executive) at signing of agreement to build new cruise terminal at the port of Durban.  Story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
From left to right standing – Ross Volk (KCT), Moshe Motlohi (Acting COO of TNPA), Nkululeko Mchunu (KCT), Shulami Qalinge (Chief Executive of TNPA).  Seated are Gianluca Suprani (KCT) and Siyabonga Gama (Transnet Group Chief Executive)

Transnet National Ports Authority has concluded an agreement that will see KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT) finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer a new Cruise Terminal Facility in the Port of Durban by October 2020.

The parties signed off on this R200 million-plus project at an official ceremony in the Port of Durban on Monday, 16 April 2018.

KCT was announced last year as the preferred bidder for the 25-year concession project. The company is a Joint Venture between MSC Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium, an investment company that empowers its black financiers through participation in economic activities, in particular port and logistics developments.

TNPA Chief Executive, Shulami Qalinge, said: “We are delighted to have concluded terms that will bring benefits to all parties, but most importantly to the City of Durban and South Africa as a growing cruise destination. In doing so, we will truly be positioning Durban as a ‘Smart Port City’ and a world-class cruise capital.”

Transnet SOC Limited Group Chief Executive, Siyabonga Gama, added: “In a few years, we will witness the rise of a much-needed brand new cruise terminal for Durban. In its wake, jobs will be created, new technologies implemented and tourism numbers boosted for Durban and for our country.”

Representing KCT, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “This agreement represents a great development for MSC Cruises’ South Africa operation, we could not be prouder. It will also be a major stepping stone for Durban, paving the way for a bright common future for the cruise industry and the city. Not only will this ensure a continued growth for cruising here in Durban, and in the whole of Southern Africa. It will also result in measurable positive socioeconomic effects for the city: we will create many jobs, both during its construction and the operation. This new terminal will also help further develop Durban as an international tourist destination.”

Initial version of Durban's new Cruise Terminal - final drawings are still to be completed. Image: TNPA - story in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Initial version of Durban’s new Cruise Terminal, street view – final drawings are still to be completed. Image: TNPA

The project is expected to dovetail with the City’s latest work to extend the beachfront promenade from uShaka beach southwards to the harbour entrance, as well as the development of Durban Point Waterfront.

The detailed design phase will commence in April and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. This will be followed by an 18-month construction phase from January 2019 to July 2020 and the cruise terminal is expected to commence operations in October 2020 kicking off the 2020/2021 cruise season.

In the event of any unforeseen delays, TNPA and KCT’s contingency planning includes the continued use of the existing N Shed Cruise Terminal.

Features for Growth

The new green and energy efficient terminal will boast a host of new features and facilities, allowing for simultaneous embarkation and disembarkation of passengers on multiple vessels. Parking will be provided for around 200 vehicles, with kerbside drop-off facilities for 12 buses, dedicated baggage drop-off areas, separate screening and temporary holding areas, as well as separate passenger entry and exit points.

There will be a retail component, as well as multi-purpose training, conferencing and events facilities and adequate space allocated for other ancillary services.

Qalinge said the new terminal will have a positive impact on local tourism as it will attract larger vessels and more leading cruise liners to South Africa. The cruise season period could also be extended during the 25-year operational phase, resulting in economic spinoffs for the tourism industry.

Annual cruise vessel calls to Durban and passenger numbers are projected to increase substantially as a result of the new terminal’s construction, helping to further develop the city as an international tourist destination. Looking at the cruise industry’s potential growth, with the construction of the new terminal KCT expects cruise calls to Durban to increase from 60 to 150+ calls by 2040, and passenger numbers to grow from 200,000 to more than 700,000 by the same year.

During the off-peak season the terminal will remain active as it has been designed to serve as a multipurpose facility including a Cruise and Hospitality Training Academy, office space for Maritime tenants and a fully-fledged events and conference centre.

Economic Boost

According to KCT, the project will result in up to 10,000 employment opportunities generated through multiplier effect, of which over 100 will be direct jobs during the operation phase, and the future employment of interns in the maritime and cruise tourism sectors. KCT has set aside a budget of R3m for the training and development of more than 100 people during the construction phase. R1.5 million will be allocated to bursaries and scholarships for students in related industries.

The project will also foster transformation, with KCT’s Black female ownership envisaged to rise from 12% to 20%, and black ownership from 30% to 45% by the 20th year of the concession period. About 40% of operational and maintenance costs and 31% of the construction value will be spent on black owned Exempted Micro Enterprises (EME) and Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSE). Furthermore, local quantity surveyors, project managers, engineering companies and civil architects have been identified to participate in the construction and roll-out phases.

KCT’s equity is currently divided into 70% ownership by MSC Cruises SA and 30% ownership by Africa Armada Consortium. It is classified as an EME and is anticipated to grow into a QSE.

Qalinge concluded: “This is a project allowed for by Section 56 of the National Ports Act, which permits TNPA to enter into an agreement for the private operation of a port facility in accordance with a procedure that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective. Drawing on over 13 years of international cruise tourism experience, KCT will be a vital partner in positioning the city as a global tourism destination.”

 

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TORRENTIAL RAINS CAUSE FLOODING IN PARTS OF DAR ES SALAAM

Port city of Dar es Salaam, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port city of Dar es Salaam

Heavy rains that have been falling across the Dar es Salaam region have brought chaos to many parts of the city.

Business activities in the port city of Dar es Salaam are reported to have come to a virtual standstill with some companies having closed and others kept running with a skeleton staffing.

One of these companies is Forwardair, a partner of the DB Schenker Network who report that roads have become impassable due to water levels and trees that have fallen down as well traffic jams resulting in very slow movement of vehicles due to the waterlogged streets.

Almost all the schools are closed and there is no electrical power in some areas.

“Some of our colleagues’ families have been affected by flooding,” reports Samrin Shaikh of Forwardair Ltd.

The rain has been ongoing since last week. Dar es Salaam’s port and airport have remained open “and so are we,” says Shaikh,”or at least until we see reasons to close down.

“We regret any inconvenience caused by this weather event.”

 

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ABANDONED SHIP SINKS OFF PORT SUDAN

Port Sudan from story in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port Sudan

A ship that has been abandoned and at anchor off the Sudanese Port Sudan for the past three years sank on Sunday, Radio Dabanga is reporting.

The ship whose name we believe to be SHAHEEN sank in the Salite area of the Red Sea, 10 nautical miles from Port Sudan. The wreck is now a potential hazard to other shipping, it is reported.

There is some uncertainty over the identity of the sunken ship. There were two vessels with this name, Shaheen 1 and Shaheen 2 and both are shown on AIS as being active and in the Persian Gulf, although this cannot be positively confirmed, nor the name…

 

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ANGOLA’S OIL PRODUCTION CONTIUES TO DROP

Oil rigs off the beach in Angola, from a story in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Oil rigs off the beach in Angola

Angola’s oil output fell again in March, reports Macauhub.

Nigeria, meanwhile, is increasing its production and strengthening its oil production leadership in Africa, according to the monthly oil market report for April from…

 

CALL FOR EFFECTIVE SECURITY SURVEILLANCE ON GHANA WATERS

Port of Tema, Ghana, from a story in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Tema, Ghana

Recent attacks by pirates operating in Ghanaian waters has alarmed Ghana’s authorities who now charge port officials at Tema and Takoradi to tighter their security and to avert any further occurrences of the sort.

This was highlighted after the attack on a Ghanaian fishing vessel, MARINE 711 which was attacked by armed pirates who the kidnapped five of the crew on board the vessel. The fishing vessel was based at Tema and operated offshore in Ghanaian waters.

Deputy Minister for Transport, Daniel Titus-Glover, visited the port of Tema where he…

 

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HISTORIC IMAGES RELEASED BY MoD TO MARK ROYAL AIR FORCE CENTENARY

RAF 100 B Image: DDC-45163717 Pictured is Squadron Commander EH Dunning attempting to land his Sopwith Pup (N6453) on the flight deck of HMS Furious for the second time on 7 August 1917, five days after his first success. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 © from a stori in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pictured is Squadron Commander EH Dunning attempting to land his Sopwith Pup (N6453) on the flight deck of HMS Furious for the second time on 7 August 1917, five days after his first success. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

To mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, the world’s first independent air force*, the (UK) Ministry of Defence (MoD) have brought together a series of impressive photographs, showing the development of the Service, and its people, across the years.

Images in the collection, offer an amazing insight into the RAF, showing snapshots of the people and equipment that have enabled successful operations from the air over the last century.

Harland Quarrington the MOD’s Chief Photographer offered his thoughts: “This was truly a challenging but hugely rewarding task, often it proved massively difficult to identify the history of an image. In many cases a tail number, or Squadron crest would be the only clues, but we stuck at it and with the help of our RAF friends managed to finalise this wonderful package – we are very proud of the results and of the Royal Air Force.”

Here we publish with grateful thanks to the MOD media service and the Air Historical Branch a representative selection of the pictures showing the first half century of the RAF together with more modern machines in the naval service .

* It could said that the formation had South African origins as Lieutenant-General Jan Christian Smuts, a member of the War Cabinet in London, had supported its creation against opposition from the Admiralty and the War Office.

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

RAF 100 C Image: DDC-45163636 Image of de Haviland Mosquito FB.VIs of 248 Squadron attacking a German 'M' Class minesweeper and two trawler-type auxiliaries in the mouth of the Gironde River, off Royan, France, on 12 August 1944. Bombs can be seen straddling the vessel, which later blew up. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 © from a story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Image of de Haviland Mosquito FB.VIs of 248 Squadron attacking a German ‘M’ Class minesweeper and two trawler-type auxiliaries in the mouth of the Gironde River, off Royan, France, on 12 August 1944. Bombs can be seen straddling the vessel, which later blew up. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
RAF 100 F Pictured: RAF Chinook helicopters land on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the newest aircraft carrier in the Royal Navy (2 February 2018) embarked two RAF Chinooks. The Chinooks were later to be joined by Merlin helicopters to take part in various flying operations as part of HMS Queen Elizabeth's sea trials. Queen Elizabeth sailed from her home port, Portsmouth, to continue her sea trials. She will take on US F35 B Lightning aircraft for trials later this year when she visits the United States. In addition to the joint force of Royal Air Force and Royal Navy F-35Bs and their pilots, the air wing is expected to be composed of a Maritime Force Protection package of nine anti-submarine Merlin HM2 and four or five Merlin for airborne early warning; alternatively a Littoral Manoeuvre package could include a mix of RAF Chinooks, Army Apaches, Merlin HC4 and Wildcat HM2. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 © from a story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
RAF Chinook helicopters land on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the newest aircraft carrier in the Royal Navy (2 February 2018) embarked two RAF Chinooks. The Chinooks were later to be joined by Merlin helicopters to take part in various flying operations as part of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s sea trials. Queen Elizabeth sailed from her home port, Portsmouth, to continue her sea trials. She will take on US F35 B Lightning aircraft for trials later this year when she visits the United States. In addition to the joint force of Royal Air Force and Royal Navy F-35Bs and their pilots, the air wing is expected to be composed of a Maritime Force Protection package of nine anti-submarine Merlin HM2 and four or five Merlin for airborne early warning; alternatively a Littoral Manoeuvre package could include a mix of RAF Chinooks, Army Apaches, Merlin HC4 and Wildcat HM2. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
RAF 100 G Harrier GR.3 aircraft of 1 Squadron parked alongside Royal Navy Sea Harriers and a Sea King helicopter on the flight deck of HMS Hermes on 19 May 1982, the day that 1 Squadron joined with Hermes in the South Atlantic bound for the Falkland Islands. The Sea Harrier FRS.1 differed from the RAF's GR.3 in having extensive corrosion-proofing, a cockpit that was raised to provide the pilot with a better view, and a multi-mode radar called Blue Fox, which could search for targets in the air or on the surface. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 © from a story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Harrier GR.3 aircraft of 1 Squadron parked alongside Royal Navy Sea Harriers and a Sea King helicopter on the flight deck of HMS Hermes on 19 May 1982, the day that 1 Squadron joined with Hermes in the South Atlantic bound for the Falkland Islands. The Sea Harrier FRS.1 differed from the RAF’s GR.3 in having extensive corrosion-proofing, a cockpit that was raised to provide the pilot with a better view, and a multi-mode radar called Blue Fox, which could search for targets in the air or on the surface. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

 

 

The crew of a Search and Rescue (SAR) Sea King helicopter at the Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falkland Islands. The Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force (SARF or SAR Force) was the Royal Air Force organisation which provided around-the-clock aeronautica l search and rescue cover in the United Kingdom, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands. The Search and Rescue Force was established in 1986 from the helicopter elements of the RAF Marine Branch which was disbanded that year. The Force supported search and rescue over the United Kingdom until 4 October 2015 when the role was handed over to civilian contractor. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 © from a story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The crew of a Search and Rescue (SAR) Sea King helicopter at the Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falkland Islands. The Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force (SARF or SAR Force) was the Royal Air Force organisation which provided around-the-clock aeronautica l search and rescue cover in the United Kingdom, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands. The Search and Rescue Force was established in 1986 from the helicopter elements of the RAF Marine Branch which was disbanded that year. The Force supported search and rescue over the United Kingdom until 4 October 2015 when the role was handed over to civilian contractor. Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

 

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COMMANDER COMBINED TASK FORCE 151 (CTF 151) MEETS WITH ROYAL SAUDI NAVAL & ARMED FORCES

Rear Admiral Kajimoto with Rear Admiral Al Johni, Commander of the Western Fleet, from a story in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Rear Admiral Kajimoto (right) with Rear Admiral Al Johni, Commander of the Western Fleet

Continuing his busy engagement programme, Commander Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), Rear Admiral Daisuke Kajimoto, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, has returned from a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) where he met key members of the Royal Saudi Naval Force and Armed Forces in order to develop maritime security and counter-piracy coordination.

Rear Admiral Kajimoto began his visit in Jeddah, meeting with the Commander of the Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Hamed Bakheet Al Johni. Though counter-piracy was the main topic of discussion, the recent attack on a KSA flagged merchant tanker in the southern Red Sea focused attention on how CMF and regional partners can cooperate in order to reassure the maritime community. Rear Admiral Kajimoto stated: “The primary mission of CMF is maritime security and, while CTF 151 is specifically tasked with counter-piracy operations, we take incidents such as this very seriously.”

The visit continued to Riyadh where Rear Admiral Kajimoto met with the Chief of General Staff, General Faiyad bin Hamed Al Rowaili and the Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Fahad bin Abdullah Al Ghufaily. Rear Admiral Kajimoto concluded his time in KSA with an informative tour of the Royal Saudi Air Force Air Operations Centre, during which he received a detailed brief on the execution of Gulf Coalition air operations and the coordination between the naval and air forces.

It is now six weeks since the Japan-led CTF 151 took the reins from the Royal Bahrain Naval Force. Although conditions for piracy have been favorable, only one, unsuccessful attack has occurred during this period due to continuous presence of CTF ships. Rear Admiral Kajimoto returns to Bahrain to ensure this good work continues.

Published by Combined Maritime Forces: CMF is a unique multi-national collective of 32 like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : COYO TERCERO

Spanish trawler Coyo Tercero leaves the port of Durban during March 2018 bound for the fishing grounds, from a report featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Spanish trawler Coyo Tercero. leaving port of Durban in March 2018 bound for the Indian Ocean fishing grounds, taken from a story in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news Pictures: Keith Betts
Coyo Tercero. Pictures: Keith Betts

The Spanish fishing trawler COYO TERCERO (IMO 9265304) departs Durban in this March 2018 scene, bound for the fishing grounds. The 186-gross ton, 33-metre long, 7.7m wide vessel was built in 2002 and is owned and operated by Spanish interests and has been operating in the Indian Ocean for a while. In 2010 Coyo Tercero was in the news as the subject of an intercept and inspection by Royal Navy River class patrol vessels, which saw the trawler ordered to the port of Falmouth. There officers of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) took over the investigation and uncovered not only half a ton of illegal fish but a connection to a British-owned vessel and company. The Spanish owners of Coyo Tercero and a second vessel O GENTIA were subsequently fined a total of £1.62 million for illegal fishing. Meanwhile, the British owned vessel connected to Coyo Tercero had been searched in another British port where extensive illegal boat-to-boat transfers of fish caught in Scottish and Irish waters came to light – these had then been landed into Spain and the UK. Charges were brought by the MMO that included false entries in logbooks and failing to record trans-shipments. The defendants – masters of the vessels and the owning companies – subsequently pleaded guilty to charges at a hearing in Truro in April 2012. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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