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FIRST VIEW: STOLT APAL

Stolt Apal sailing from Durban, May 2018  Picture by Trevor Jones, from a feature in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Stolt Apal.       Picture by Trevor Jones

The Cardiff-registered Stolt oil and chemical products tanker STOLT APAL (IMO 9719240) seen departing from the port of Durban earlier in May. The 32,798-dwt Stolt Apal is 185 metres in length and 29m wide and was built in 2016. Owned by Norwegian company Hassel Shipping she is on charter to Stolt Tankers and has been a frequent caller in Durban. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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CORRECTED PORT CONTAINER STATISTICS FOR PORT OF CAPE TOWN

Cape Town Container Terminal.   Picture:  TPA, featured in an uopdated stry on Africa PORS & SHIPS maritime news
Cape Town Container Terminal.    Picture: TPA

CAPE TOWN CONTAINER TERMINAL STATS:

On Tuesday this week 15 May we reported the following: Please note we are querying the container figures shown for Cape Town as these appear to have been duplicated with those of March 2018. We will advise what Transnet has to say and may have to adjust all the results.

Following our query Transnet NPA has confirmed that this was so and has provided the corrected container figures for the month with their apologies.

As a result we have corrected the statistics that were published on Tuesday and these now reflect the updated results, which for ease you can find by CLICKING HERE

 

NIGERIAN NAVY REITERATES ITS COMMITMENT TO KEEPING MARITIME DOMAIN SAFE

NNS Andoni, locally-built Nigerian Navy patrol boat, appearing in a news story in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
NNS Andoni, locally-built Nigerian Navy patrol boat

The Nigerian Navy says that it has the strength, will and ability to effectively maintain the safety of its maritime domain, both in the seas opposite Nigeria’s coastline and in its riverine environment.

The achieve this the navy now possesses an impressive 173 vessels of assorted types and sufficient to maintain control of the many waterways from which illegal activities including piracy have emanated.

Vice-Admiral Ibok-Ete was speaking during a media briefing on Tuesday to mark the Nigerian Navy’s 62nd anniversary.

The admiral said the strength of the navy was capable of matching the requirements for the navy to effectively police the maritime areas and to carry out surveillance on illegal activities with the ability to act accordingly.

As an example, he said that 42 vessels have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in illegal activities. These were now the subject of further investigations and prosecutions.

The growing success of the navy in combatting the smugglers, pirates and other criminal elements can be judged by 76 reported attacks on various vessels in 2016, which was reduced to 34 in 2017. He said that so far this year the numbers show signs of being even less. “This is because our ability to counter these attacks has improved due to the various exercises we engage in to build capacity of the men,” the admiral said.

These successes were made possible by the upgrading of available maritime surveillance equipment, which includes the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) and Falcon Eye systems.

“Accordingly, the NN has nine RMAC sites established at Badagry, Bonny, Naval Base Apapa, Ibaka, Brass, FOB FORMOSO, NHQ as well as the Headquarters of the Eastern and Central Naval Commands. Similarly, the NN is working towards increasing its Falcon Eye system from nine sites at present to 12.

“When completed, these facilities will enable the NN expand its surveillance coverage of Nigeria’s maritime domain, with more effective checks on illegalities.”  source: Ships and Ports Nigeria www.shipsandports.com.ng

 

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CYCLONE THREAT FOR HORN OF AFRICA

image courtesy Joint Typhoon Warning Center/NOAA, from a report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
image courtesy Joint Typhoon Warning Center/NOAA

A storm developing in the Horn of Africa region, called officially a Tropical Disturbance, was yesterday (Wednesday) some 55 nautical miles south-west of Socotra Island at position 11.8N 53.2E. The storm is located in an area of light to moderate (10-20 knot) vertical wind shear.

Sea temperatures are reported to be very warm (30-31 degrees Celsius) which supports further development of the storm. Reports said that numerical models predict that the storm, identified at present as 91A, will track westward into the Gulf of Aden and remain over water for several days.

As it tracks westwards over warm water with favourable environmental conditions, models are predicting that 91A will intensify to a borderline Tropical Cyclone within 24 hours.

Maximum sustained surface winds were estimated yesterday at 28 to 33 knots. Minimum sea level pressure is estimated to be near 1000 MB.

The report last night said that the potential for the development of a significant Tropical Cyclone within the next 24 hours had been upgraded to High.

Latest:

At midnight Wednesday it was reported that Tropical Cyclone 01A (now so-named) was located near 13.2N 49.5E, approximately 687 nautical miles south-west of Masirah Island and had tracked westward at 10 knots over the previous six hours.  Maximum sustained surface winds were estimated at 35 knots gusting to 45 knots.

source: Cyclocane

 

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MOSSEL BAY PORT TAKES PART IN ANNUAL SMME EXPO

Port of Mossel Bay.   Picture:  TNPA, appearing with news report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Mossel Bay.   Picture: TNPA

Transnet National Ports Authority’s Port of Mossel Bay participated in the Mossel Bay Municipality’s annual SMME Expo held last Friday, 11 May 2018.

The theme of the Expo was ‘SMALL Business is BIG Business.’

Port Manager Shadrack Tshikalange said the Mossel Bay SMME Expo – which is held to foster the development of small and medium-sized enterprises – was a perfect platform for Transnet to showcase its vision of being a meaningful contributor towards empowering previously disadvantaged individuals, sustainably developing local industry and improving skills to support localisation and industrialisation objectives.

“We want to transform our supplier base by engaging in…

 

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SOUTH AFRICA REMAINS COMMITTEED TO CONTINENTAL AfCFTA

Intra-Africa trade, feastured in article in ASfrica PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

South Africa remains committed to becoming a signatory to the African Union’s agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

In March, South Africa held off on signing the actual agreement until legal and other instruments associated with AfCFTA are processed and ratified by South African stakeholders and Parliament.

But on Tuesday, International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu announced that South Africa as a signatory to the agreement is on Cabinet’s agenda.

“South Africa is fully committed to the AfCFTA and signed the Kigali Declaration launching the AfCFTA, which demonstrates South Africa’s political commitment to sign the Agreement and its Protocols, once it has fulfilled its domestic requirements, including…

 

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CONTAINER SEIZED IN RAID AT MAPUTO PORT REVEALS IVORY STOLEN FROM STATE WAREHOUSES

A container seized last month in a raid at the Port of Maputo has revealed that one third of the 3-tonne contents consisted of ivory stolen from state warehouses.

The elephant tusks were wrapped in plastic and disguised as material going for recycling in Cambodia.

Police investigations have now revealed…

 

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** RAIL NEWS **
FIRST SILK ROAD TRAIN ARRIVES AT PORT OF ANTWERP

First direct train from China arriving at the port of Antwerp, from a story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
First direct train from China arriving at the port of Antwerp

On Saturday 12 May the first Silk Road train exclusively destined for Antwerp arrived at the port city.

The freight train, which had left the Chinese port of Tangshan on 26 April, was officially welcomed in the port of Antwerp. This direct railway link between China and Antwerp is part of the transnational Chinese ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, with which China seeks to revive the trade routes of the old Silk Road from Asia to Europe.

Belt and Road Initiative

The train is part of the ‘Belt & Road Initiative’ (BRI), the ambitious development programme of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The initiative provides for enhanced Eurasian connectivity through major infrastructure projects and restoration of the Silk Road, the historic trade route between Europe and the Far East which, in addition to…

 

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NEW CHINA TO IRAN FREIGHT TRAIN BEATS OCEAN SHIPPING

Silk Road train from Mongolia to Teheran, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Freight train service from Mongolia to Teheran

A new freight train service connecting Inner Mongolia to Tehran, Iran’s capital, will cut shipping times by over half compared to ocean carrier services, according to China’s state-run news agency Xinhua.

The test of the new route started with…

 

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NIGERIA COMMITS TO US$6.68 BILLION SGR LINE BETWEEN IBADAN AND KADUNA

Map of Nigeria showing both Ibadan and Kano, appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nigeria showing both Ibadan and Kano

Nigeria’s Federal Government has committed itself to developing a US6/68 billion standard gauge railway (SGR) to connect Ibadan with Kaduna as part of the Lagos-Kano SGR railway.

The firm of China Civil…

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
SILVERSEA SIGNS WITH FINCANTIERI FOR THIRD 40,700-GT ALL-BALCONY CRUISE SHIP

Silver Muse, first of the 40,700-gt class cruise ships for Silversea Cruises, appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Silver Muse, first of the 40,700-gt class cruise ships for Silversea Cruises

Cruise ship operator Silversea has signed papers with Italian shipyard Fincantieri to build a third, 40,700-gt, all-balcony cruise ship to be named SILVER DAWN.

Delivery of the €320m ship is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.

Silver Muse, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Silversea recently placed an order for the second ship in this class, which is to be named SILVER MOON and is to be delivered in 2020.

The new ships are to be sister ships to SILVER MUSE, which was also built by Fincantieri at its Sestri Ponente yard.

Silver Dawn will become the 11th cruise ship in the expanding Silversea fleet. Chairman of the line, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio said it was his father’s dream to have a 12-ship fleet and Silversea was moving toward fulfilling that wish.

Silversea holds an option with Fincantieri for a further ship of the 40,700-gt class.

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

 

Naval News

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PIC OF THE DAY : BBC MARYLAND & BBC SKYSAILS

BBC Maryland by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

BBC Skysails, by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

BBC Maryland & BBC Skysails + BBC China. Pictures (first two) Keith Betts, Chris Bennett (BBC China), appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
BBC Maryland & BBC Skysails + BBC China. Pictures (first two) Keith Betts, Chris Bennett (BBC China)

Calling them two of his favourites, photographer and ship lover Keith Betts made sure he was available to capture these two ships on what makes up for film in these digital days. “These small General Cargo vessels are always so photogenic in their blue livery,” he says. Both ships are of a similar size and type – BBC MARYLAND (IMO 9433298) seen arriving in port at Durban (top) is 138 metres length and 21m wide. The ship was built in 2010 and has a deadweight of 12,720 tons and like Skysails is flagged in Antigua Barbuda. Her counterpart, BBC SKYSAILS (IMO 9399129) is the smaller of the two at 9832-dwt and a length of just 132 metres x 16 metres wide. Long-time readers of Africa PORTS & SHPS, or more accurately the original PORTS & SHIPS site, will recall we featured BBC Skysails on more than one occasion during the time when she was undertaking experiments using a giant kite-like sail to assist with her propulsion, hence the unusual name. Most BBC Chartering ships have names of countries – one of these has a permanent place on the South African coast and maritime history, BBC CHINA which unfortunately ran aground on the Wild Coast in October 2004 and was a complete write-off (lower picture).     Pictures – BBC Maryland & BBC Skysails: Keith Betts. BBC China shipwreck: Chris Bennett

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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– Matsuo Basho

 

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