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FIRST VIEW: HAMMONIA AMERICA

The container ship HAMMONIA AMERICA (IMO 9622019) heads out to sea after calling at the Durban Container Terminal. This was on Friday, 27 April, with her cargo appearing to consist entirely of Maersk boxes. She is bound for Jebel Ali, her next port of call. The 56,620-dwt ship has a length of 250 metres and is 37.4m wide and was built in 2014 at the Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding yard in Zhoushan, China. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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DP WORLD MAPUTO CONTAINER TERMINAL ACHIEVES RECORD PRODUCTIVITY

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

DP World Maputo achieved its highest recorded productivity to date on 22 April 2018, when it handled 57.47 Berth Moves per hour (BMPH).

Making use of mobile harbour cranes, 1278 TEUs were handled on the 260-metre Maersk Line container ship ROSA.

According to DP World this latest performance further underlines its offering as a world class gateway to the Southern African market.

Through the terminal’s Fixed Berthing Window program and available berth capacity, zero vessel waiting time is being consistently achieved. This in turn translates to maximum schedule reliability for importers and exporters.

In February this year, the terminal completed the first phase of expansion, increasing the terminal capacity from 150,000 TEU to 350,000 TEU per annum. The investment is a key step in offering the services of Port Maputo to the hinterlands of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland as a superior supply chain solution.

About DP World Maputo

DP World Maputo has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal until 2043. The Maputo Container Terminal in the Port of Maputo is strategically located between the industrial areas of Southern Africa and the major economic and industrialised regions of Eastern and Southern Asia.

 

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McDERMOTT’S AMAZON TO PERFORM DIVING SERVICES AT DURBAN’S SBM

McDermott's pipelay and construction vessel Amazon in Durban in April/May 2018, appearing with a story in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Trevor Jones
Amazon in Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones

The multi-functional pipelay and construction vessel, AMAZON (IMO 9698094) which is currently at Pier 1 in Durban harbour for minor repairs and maintenance after arriving from the Middle East, will on completion of these repairs perform diving services to the single buoy mooring (SBM) and pipeline end manifold (PLEM) for the SAPREF refinery.

According to McDermott it has been awarded the contract to remove and replace a single 24 inch (61 centimetres) subsea hose string to the single buoy mooring (SBM) and pipeline end manifold (PLEM) for…

 

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BEIRA FISHING PORT ALMOST COMPLETE

Beira's old fishing port befre restoration recently carried out and now completing, from an article in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Beira’s fishing port

Following an inspection of the work being undertaken on the new Beira fishing port, it has been revealed that the work is now almost complete.

The inspection was conducted by Mozambique’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Ragendra de Sousa on Wednesday last week when the work was declared to be 97% finished.

Reconstruction of Beira’s fishing port became necessary after the old fishing port was wrecked…

 

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ARMED FORCES OF CMF AND EUNAVFOR STAGE 42nd SHADE CONFERENCE

Operation Atalanta naval forces intercept suspect pirates in Gulf of Aden, from an article appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Operation Atalanta naval forces intercept suspect pirates in Gulf of Aden

Earlier in April 2018, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) co-chaired the 42nd Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) conference in Bahrain alongside EU NAVFOR.

Over 110 people attended the conference including representatives from maritime shipping partners alongside the independent maritime naval force representatives from Russia, China and India.

The SHADE conference occurs twice yearly in the Kingdom of Bahrain with chair responsibilities rotating between CMF and EU NAVFOR. The main purpose of the conference is to offer delegates the chance to discuss and understand issues surrounding maritime security in the region and to ensure de-confliction between navies when conducting operations. A diversification of threats in…

 

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GROUNDING MADE BY BULK CARRIER OCEAN PREFECT

The UK registered bulk carrier Ocean Prefect. Photo taken from Report No 8/2018 kindly provided by MAIB. Crown Copyright 2018 ©, rported in an article appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The UK registered bulk carrier Ocean Prefect.   Photo taken from Report No 8/2018 kindly provided by MAIB. Crown Copyright 2018 ©

Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report issued

Summary

On 10 June 2017, the UK-registered bulk carrier OCEAN PREFECT grounded when approaching Ahmed Bin Rashid Port, in Umm Al Qaywayn, United Arab Emirates. The vessel was not damaged and was re-floated 12 hours later.

During a second attempted entry into the port the following day, Ocean Prefect again grounded but, despite the breaching of three ballast tanks, the vessel continued to its berth. Two harbour pilots were on board during the groundings. There were no injuries or pollution.

Safety lessons

  • The pilots had very limited local knowledge.
  • The effect of a tidal set was contributory to both groundings.
  • Tidal stream data for the port’s approaches was very limited.
  • The positions of the navigation marks used to indicate the limits of the
    port’s approach channel were potentially misleading.
  • The port in Umm Al Qaywayn lacked resource and marine expertise.

Action taken

The MAIB has presented the safety issues identified in Ocean Prefect’s groundings to the Director of Maritime Transport Affairs of the UAE Federal Transport Authority (FTA).

The Government of Umm Al Qaywayn has awarded a concession to the Hong Kong-based port operators, Hutchison Ports, to operate the container and bulk terminal facility at Ahmed Bin Rashid Port in Umm Al Qaywayn (UAQ).

The Port Authority has agreed with the UAE Transport Authority that:

  • Pilotage for vessels calling at the container and bulk terminal facility will be arranged only through the port authority.
  • The port authority will provide navigational information to visiting vessels.
  • Leading lights will be established in the approach channel.
  • Vessel movements will be controlled and a port control facility will be established.
  • A hydrographic survey of the port and its approaches will be conducted.
  • Aids to navigation will be upgraded.

V Ships (Asia) Private Limited has issued a safety bulletin detailing the circumstances of Ocean Prefect’s groundings in Umm Al Qaywayn, which included lessons for Masters / Bridge Teams.

Recommendations

In view of the actions already taken, no recommendations have been made.

The MAIB Report

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch report was issued on 25 April 2018 and is available by CLICKING HERE here:

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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ESA SENTINEL-3B LIFTOFF

Photo Id 393025: ESA ©ernicus Sentinel 3 rocket Photo Id 393025: ESA ©, from a news report appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Photo Id 393025: ESA ©

The second Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite, Sentinel-3B, lifted off on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 1757 GMT (1957 CEST) on 25 April.

Sentinel-3B joins its twin, Sentinel-3A, in orbit. The pairing of identical satellites provides the best coverage and data delivery for Europe’s Copernicus programme – the largest…

There is film of the space vehicle’s liftoff CLICK HERE

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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Naval News

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PICS OF THE DAY : MNG TAHITI

MNG Tahiti, from a report appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Pictures: Ian Shiffman

MNG Tahiti departing from Cape Town, her former homeport and featurd in a rport in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Pictures: Ian Shiffman
MNG Tahiti. Pictures: Ian Shiffman

MNG TAHITI ex ST.HELENA (IMO 8716306) departed from Cape Town around 15h00 yesterday afternoon (29 April). Her next port of call is listed as Madagascar. The former mailship is now registered in Basseterre, in the Caribbean Islands of St Kitts and Nevis and her new classification is listed as a Troopship. She will be initially deployed in the Gulf of Aden as a supply ship servicing ships acting as anti-piracy vessels, reports photographer Ian Shiffman who has recorded many of her arrivals and departures from the Mother City over the years.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“Our sweetest hopes rise blooming.
And then again are gone,
They bloom and fade alternate,
And so it goes rolling on.
I know it, and it troubles
My life, my love, my rest,
My heart is wise and witty,
And it bleeds within my breast.”
– Heinrich Heine, ‘A New Spring,’ 1826, Pictures of Travel, translated from German by Charles Godfrey Leland

 

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