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FIRST VIEW: GREEN MOUNTAIN

Green Mountain, arriving at Durban in April 2018 and featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Trevor Jones
Green Mountain.        Picture: Trevor Jones

MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping GmbH & Co (MACS) has been operating shipping services between South Africa, Europe, the UK and USA/Mexico for more than 35 years, operating a fleet of multi-purpose ships carrying containers and general cargo and their ships have become familiar sights in the ports of Durban and Cape Town in particular, as well as in Richards Bay and Maputo and the other ports as required. GREEN MOUNTAIN (IMO 9502312), seen here entering the port of Durban is one of the familiar names, and is one of four sister ships of 37,443-dwt, all built in 2013 and able to carry up to 2,225 TEUs and with ships own heavy lifting gear able to handle 60 tonnes and 240 tonnes respectively. The other ships in her class are Blue Mountain II, Golden Karoo and Bright Sky. The 200-metre long by 30.5m wide Green Mountain was built at the Qingshan Shipyard in Wuhan, China.     This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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MOSSEL BAY YACHT CLUB TO VACATE SITE IN PORT AFTER LOSING HIGH COURT DECISION

Mossel Bay Yacht Club - numbered days! Report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mossel Bay Yacht Club – numbered days!

High Court Upholds TNPA Decision regarding Mossel Bay Yacht Club

The Mossel Bay Yacht Club (MYBC) has been given until the end of May to vacate its port premises at Mossel Bay.

On Friday (4 May) Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Mossel Bay confirmed that it has issued a notice to the MBYC to move out by the end of the month.

This in accordance with the terms of a High Court order dated 30 April 2018 which dismissed the application by MBYC to review and set aside the lease application awarded by TNPA to successor lessee Mossel Bay Waterfront Pty Ltd in October 2016.

Port of Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange, said TNPA welcomed the judgement. “We are confident that this decision will enable the port and the new lessee – through its strong business model – to provide all members of society with an equal opportunity to participate in port activities. This is in line with TNPA’s Smart People’s Ports vision, which includes promoting greater public access and ensuring a vibrant port system that connects local communities to port activities,” he said.

The tender was awarded to the Mossel Bay Waterfront, a Mossel Bay based, woman-owned micro-enterprise.

In his judgement, Judge AJ Langa said: “Judged against the values of fairness, equitableness, transparency, competitiveness and effectiveness, the third respondent’s [Mossel Bay Waterfront] tender complies with all the specifications and conditions of tender as set out in the contract documents.”

He found that the tender was neither unreasonable nor irrational and that the Mossel Bay Waterfront’s bid was fully compliant with the terms of the lease.

MBYC had occupied premises within the port on a lease agreement which continued on a month to month basis by agreement until a new tender was advertised for the premises in August 2016. MBYC and Mossel Bay Waterfront were the only contesting bidders for the new tender which was subsequently awarded to Mossel Bay Waterfront.

The High Court found that points awarded in the tender process to Mossel Bay Waterfront were justified for new skills development, job creation and/or preservation, small business promotion and rural / community development and regional integration.

MBYC has to move out by 31 May 2018.

 

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DRAMA AT SEA OFF EASTERN CAPE COAST AS TUG & TOW GOES AWRY

AHT Carrier and her tow, MT Order, from a story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
AHT Carrier and her tow, MT Order

A tug and tow along the South African South Coast and into Eastern Cape waters went horribly wrong on Friday (4 May 2018) when the tow rope between the tug and its tow separated, with the rope fouling one propeller on the tug and preventing her from recovering the rope and reuniting the tow.

The 442-gt Singapore tug AHT CARRIER (IMO 9573000) was towing the 1994-built tanker ORDER (IMO 9048093) and was bound for Maputo in Mozambique when the tow was lost. This left both the 46,925-dwt tanker and the tug drifting towards the South African shore from an initial distance of about 15 nautical miles offshore.

The standby tug SA AMANDLA was meanwhile despatched from Cape Town to assist with reconnecting the tow but there were fears that SA Amandla wouldn’t reach the position before…

The following message to the NSRI is from Captain Russel Duse, Master of the salvage tug, SA AMANDLA.

I would like to forward my deepest and sincere appreciation and thanks to the NSRI teams – Rescue 21 St Francis and Rescue 37 Jeffrey’s Bay and their base support teams that came out to give support and medical standby during the time of the bridle wire recovery and tow connection. We had on this occasion had to work as close as <5 metres from the bulbous bow of the MT ORDER to recover the very short bridle pennant on deck. It was comforting and morale up lifting to all onboard to have the rescue teams in close standby should any immediate evacuation of crew had been required.

I take my hat off to those guys who offer their time and life for the preservation of life to all connected with the seas.

Well done to all… Give them all a Bells from us.

Kind regards
The Master , Officers and crew
Russel Duse
Master – m.t. SA Amandla

 

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EU PROVIDES GRANT TO HELP WITH UPGRADE OF SEYCHELLES PORT VICTORIA

Victoria Harbour, which features in a report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Wikipedia Commons
Victoria Harbour. Picture: Wikipedia Commons

A €12.5 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) together with a €5 million European Union (EU) grant will be used to finance the modernisation and enlargement of Seychelles main commercial harbour, Port Victoria.

In addition, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) will provide a…

 

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AFRICAN MARINE WASTE NETWORK JOINS GLOBAL WAR AGAINST MARINE PLASTIC POLLUTION

Stormwater pollution, including plastics. From a report carried by Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news Picture: Terry Hutson
Stormwater pollution, including plastics. Picture: Terry Hutson

The global war against oceans plastic pollution has been given yet another boost with the launch of a new plastic waste academy in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The African Marine Waste Network Academy, an initiative of the Sustainable Seas Trust and funded by the Norwegian government, was launched at a day long ceremony held at the Nelson Mandela University on Tuesday, 24 April 2018.

The Nelson Mandela University is settled on the seashore of the Indian Ocean, one of three oceans surrounding the country at the most southern tip of Africa – the Southern Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean to the west – and which together combine to form a 3,200 kilometre coastline and attaching to which is a 1.5 million square kilometres (km²) of an exclusive economic zone to which South Africa has control.
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The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has direct…

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PORT OF NGQURA’S INNOVATORS SAVE WATER AND MONEY

tanks at Ngqura to assiste with water saving, from a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

With the severe drought in the Eastern Cape, the Port of Ngqura is playing its part to be water smart. Various innovations in the port are not only saving valuable potable water, but also money.

“Instead of flushing drinking water down the toilets, we are using…

 

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ANOTHER TWO TOP TRANSNET DIRECTORS RESIGN

Transnet banner, appearing with a report on the resignation of three board members appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The fall-out continues! Another three top Transnet officials handed in their resignations last week, joining chief financial officer Garry Pita who resigned last month.

On Thursday, the day before the Transnet Board was due to meet, chairperson Linda Mabaso handed in her resignation as did non-executive directors Yasmin Forbes and Vusi Nkoyane.

Making the announcement was…

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
MEIN SCHIFF HERZ IS THE NEW NAME FOR CURRENT MEIN SCHIFF 2

Mein Schiff 2, to be renamed Mein Schiff Herz from 2019, from a news report carried by Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mein Schiff 2, to be renamed Mein Schiff Herz from 2019

TUI’s cruise ship MEIN SCHIFF 2 is to now remain with TUI Cruises instead of going to TUI’s British new subsidiary Marella Cruises with sister ship MEIN SCHIFF 1 that is to be renamed MARELLA EXPLORER later this month.

With the decision to retain Mein Schiff 2 in the TUI fleet until 2022 the ship will however be renamed MEIN SCHIFF HERZ next year, once the new ship to be named Mein Schiff 2 comes into service.

Mein Schiff Herz (the name means…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
CMA CGM CONFIRMS ITS INVESTMENT IN CEVA LOGISTICS

CEVA flag, from a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news that CMA CGM is taking a quarter stake in the Swiss logistics company

French shipping line CMA CGM confirmed late last week that it has invested in CEVA Logistics, a global leading player in the logistics sector, on the occasion of CEVA’s initial public offering (IPO).

This investment will take the form of convertible bonds, which will be converted into CEVA common shares upon obtaining all the requisite regulatory approvals. CMA CGM’s investment will represent…

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **
US NAVY RE-ESTABLISHES 2ND FLEET

USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) at sea, from a repoprt appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. picture: US Navy
USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) at sea.      Picture: US Navy

The US Navy is re-establishing the US 2nd Fleet which was de-established in 2011.

The reason behind this development lies with the growing presence of the Russian Navy and increasing military competition across the world.

“As previously briefed to you by the CNO, the re-establishment of SECOND Fleet was directed to better respond to the changing security environment,” reads a memo signed by Secretary of the Navy Richard V Spencer, approving the re-establishing of the command in Norfolk, Va., based on a recommendation of outgoing U.S. Fleet Forces Command commander Adm. Phil Davidson and endorsed by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

“Commander, SECOND Fleet will exercise training and operational authorities over assigned ships, aircraft, and landing forces in conducting maritime, joint and combined operations in support of designated Unified and Allied Commanders.”

The command will stand up on 1 July and will have an initial manning of 11 officers and four enlisted personnel. The staff will eventually grow to 85 officers, 164 enlisted and seven civilians.

“Our national defence strategy makes clear that we’re back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex,” Adm Richardson said.

“That’s why today, we’re standing up 2nd Fleet to address these changes, particularly in the North Atlantic.”

 

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ROLLS-ROYCE ON COURSE FOR GROWTH IN BRAZIL WITH MTU MARINE ENGINES

New order from Hamburg Süd for MTU Series 4000 engines

Rolls-Royce has won an order to supply MTU engines for four new tugs for Aliança Navegação, a company owned by the Hamburg Süd shipping line, from a report carried in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Rolls-Royce has won an order to supply MTU engines for four new tugs for Aliança Navegação, a company owned by the Hamburg Süd shipping line.

All seven Aliança Navegação tugs in Brazil powered by MTU engines

Rolls-Royce has won an order to supply MTU engines for four new tugs for Aliança Navegação, a company owned by the Hamburg Süd shipping line.

The shipping company uses 16-cylinder MTU Series 4000 propulsion systems throughout its Brazilian tugboat fleet consisting of seven harbour tugs, two of which are deployed in São Francisco in the north of Santa Catarina. The remaining five tugboats are still to undergo commissioning.

All tugs are being built by Detroit Brasil Ltda. The shipyard based in Itajai, Brazil has installed very successfully MTU engines in over 30 vessel projects for customers such as Saam Smit Towing.

“The MTU engines used for example by our subsidiary Starnav in tug boats are convincing in terms of maintenance and fuel consumption, and some of these vessels have been in service for over seven years. We have fourteen 16V 4000M63 units in our fleet and some of them have clocked up almost 30,000 operating hours,” said Sergio Camiruaga, Executive Vice President of Detroit Brasil-Starnav.

Rolls-Royce has won an order to supply MTU engines for four new tugs for Aliança Navegação, a company owned by the Hamburg Süd shipping line. From a report carried in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The shipping company, Aliança Navegação, a company owned by the Hamburg Süd shipping line, uses 16-cylinder MTU Series 4000 propulsion systems throughout its Brazilian tugboat fleet consisting of seven harbour tugs.

Rolls-Royce has been supplying MTU-Series 4000 engines to Detroit Brasil since 2010 for use in harbour tugs as well as in platform supply vessels.

“Based on our previous experience in towage applications, we had no reservations in recommending Hamburg Süd to use MTU engines for its worldwide towage operations. We have enjoyed good cooperation with MTU and will continue with them in offering good service to the customer,” said Camiruaga.
All engines MTU delivered to Detroit Brasil have already racked up over 1,000,000 hours of operation.

“MTU takes around 30% of the Brazilian offshore market and also holds a leading position in Brazil’s general commercial marine propulsion market overall. For us, Brazil is an important focal point, and it is a country where we plan to expand our market presence even further going forward. Our experience of vessels and engines gained during this large number of operating hours help us guarantee the customer a level of uptime which is absolutely as high as possible,” said Knut Müller, Head of the Marine and Government Business unit at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : WILD COSMOS

Wild Cosmos. Picture: Keith Betts appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Wild Cosmos. Picture: Keith Betts appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Wild Cosmos. Picture: Keith Betts appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Wild Cosmos.       Pictures: Keith Betts

It is the month of May and that means the South African (and much of the Southern Hemisphere) citrus season is underway, with regular visits by the mostly attractive reefer ships, although they are becoming a diminishing breed as more refrigerated cargo including fruit is shipped in the ubiquitous containers. WILD COSMOS (IMO 9181132) is a Swedish-owned and managed reefer operated by Cool Carriers and was built in 1998 at the Iwagi Shipbuilding yard in Kamijima, Japan. The 10,097-dwt ship is 150 metres in length and 22m wide and she sails under the flag of the Bahamas. Unusually for such vessels, Wild Cosmos has operated under this name since her launching 20 years ago. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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