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FIRST VIEW: SUPER SERVANT 4

Super Servant 4 at Port Everglades, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Tony de Freitas
Super Servant 4. Picture: Tony de Freitas

The heavy-lift vessel SUPER SERVANT 4 (IMO 8025343) is seen here approaching the US port of Port Everglades, one of two semi-submersibles dedicated to yacht transportation for the firm of DYT Yacht Transport – the other being Yacht Express. The ship is 169.4 metres long and 32m wide with a 17,600-dwt and an open deck area of 32m x 146 metres. Super Servant 4 was built in 1982 at the Oshima Shipbuilding yard in Saikai, Japan. DYT Yacht Transport, which is based in Fort Lauderdale USA, charters the vessel from the Dutch owners and ship management firm of Spliethoff Transport BV of Amsterdam, Netherlands. This picture is by Tony de Freitas
* For more information about these yacht transports and the industry they serve, read this story of riding a yacht in transit (featuring a South African deckhand) together with some video coverage by CLICKING HERE

 

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RICHARDS BAY LIGHTHOUSE DEMOLISHED – TEMPORARY STRUCTURE IN PLACE

The Richards Bay lighthouse about to be demolished, from a story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Demolition of the Richards Bay lighthouse about to begin, with the hydraulic excavator mounter breaker chipping away at the old tower . At lower left is the eroded bank

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has erected a temporary light and structure on the site of the old Richards Bay lighthouse to guide vessels navigating the surrounding waters. This follows the recent demolition of the 39-year-old lighthouse due to severe coastal erosion. See our report of 27 March 2018 RICHARDS BAY LIGHTHOUSE BACK ON

The new, temporary structure was successfully commissioned on 1 April 2018 after a period of testing and calibration. The steel structure was fabricated by a local company, while the LED long range beacon was shipped from the United Kingdom.

The original lighthouse situated at Meerensee was commissioned on May 22, 1979 and stood more than 200 metres from the edge of the cliff at the time of its construction. More recently the structure had come close to toppling into the sea.

The new temporary light structure until a new Richards Bay lighthopuse can be built, appearing in Africa aPORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The new temporary structure next to the old lighthouse shortly before the latter was demolished

The temporary structure (foreground) and the old Richards Bay lighthouse tower
David Gordon, Executive Manager for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Lighthouse and Navigational Services (LNS) said the recent slippage was a unique situation of great concern.

“The South African Maritime Safety Authority was informed and a navigational warning was issued. TNPA’s LNS division issued a tender calling for specialist advice for the demolition and removal of the structure and four unique proposals were received from well-established contractors,” he said.

The proposal submitted by Atomic Demolishers was selected and TNPA LNS enlisted their services in March 2018.

Their proposal involved anchoring the structure to two purpose-built concrete anchors and pre-tensioned cables, in order to secure and control the direction of the structure’s collapse. The site was handed over to the contractor on 12 April 2018 and the demolition took place under the guidance of a structural engineer.

Once the pre-tensioning was completed, the base of the tower was chipped and broken away using a hydraulic excavator mounted breaker. The tower was collapsed and broken up, and the concrete rubble was transported and disposed of. LNS conducted a final inspection on 4 May 2018.

Access to the dune face is presently restricted by a newly-erected wire fence.

LNS is working with the City of Umhlathuze to put the necessary services in place for a new lighthouse on a new site in Richards Bay. An environmental impact assessment (EIA) is outstanding, however construction of the new lighthouse is expected to begin later this year.

TNPA’s LNS division provides, operates and maintains lighthouses and other Aids to Navigation (AtoNs) along the 2,954 km coastline of South Africa, which is home to 45 lighthouses.

The collapsed Richards Bay lighthouse before its removal from the site, from a report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The collapsed Richards Bay lighthouse before its removal from the site

 

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DREDGING PROJECT RETURNS SAND TO DURBAN’S BEACHES

TNPA’s Ilembe dredger out at sea connected to a floating pipeline that has been pumping sand directly from the dredger onto Durban’s beaches, as reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
TNPA’s Ilembe dredger out at sea connected to a floating pipeline that has been pumping sand directly from the dredger onto Durban’s beaches

An innovative sand pumping initiative between eThekwini Municipality (Durban) and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully reinstated sand along eroded sections of Durban’s popular Golden Mile and could offer similar benefits for beaches extending further northwards.

The municipality and TNPA proposed the initiative late last year to tackle beach erosion exacerbated by climate change and inclement weather. A trial of the project was conducted in October 2017.

The special beach nourishment programme involves…

To view a short [1:05]video showing the beach replenishment underway on Durban’s North Beach, watch below.

 

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MOBILE CRANE ORDERED FOR NIGERIA’S BARO PORT ON NIGER RIVER

Konecrane Gottwald mobile crane simialr to that which is being supplied to the Nigerian river port of Baro, from a news report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Konecranes Gottwald Model 2 Mobile Harbour Crane of the type being supplied to Baro

Konecranes has revealed that earlier this year it received an order for a Konecranes Gottwald Model 2 Mobile Harbour Crane which is to go into service at the Nigeria river port of Baro.

The crane’s main purpose will be to handle containers and general cargo at the port, which is to the north of the city of Lekoja. Baro, originally a small riverside village was developed by the British as a river and railway junction to load mainly cotton – the site was chosen because…

 

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MORE HEROIN SEIZED IN RAID ON DHOW NEAR HORN OF AFRICA

The French Navy frigate LA FAYETTE has made another successful stop and search of a dhow sailing near the Horn of Africa, from a news report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The French Navy frigate LA FAYETTE has made another successful stop and search of a dhow sailing near the Horn of Africa

This is the third such seizure of narcotics by this ship in less than a month.

On 11 May the latest stop and search netted a haul of 260 kg of heroin hidden in the dhow. The naval ship is operating within the CTF 150 forces which are patrolling the Arabian Sea area. La Fayette was working closely with a French Navy Falcon patrol aircraft as well as the frigate’s own Panther helicopter when the latest dhow was observed.

The ship’s Commanding Officer determined that…

 

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PETROL TRAIN DERAILS OUTSIDE MOMBASA PORT, SPILLING LOADED WAGONS INTO OCEAN

Video above: NTV and YouTube [2:28]

A major rail derailment at Mombasa on Saturday has resulted in thousands of people being isolated from the mainland after police closed the road to the city at Kibarani.

The accident occurred when a train carrying 250,000 litres of petrol derailed, with fuel wagons overturning on the embankment and spilling at least seven loaded wagons into…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
SHIPPING LINES BEGIN TO REVISE THEIR IRANIAN SERVICES AS SANCTIONS ARE REINTRODUCED

MSC Anna approaching the Port of Durban in 2006, as reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
picture: Terry Hutson

A number of shipping lines, including Maersk Line and MSC, have begun reviewing their shipping services to Iran in face of the reintroduction of sanctions by the US.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said in a statement last week that like other major container shipping lines, it had been taking bookings for Iran-related trade after the 2015 JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) effectively lifted certain sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits to its nuclear program.

“In consideration of the impending US withdrawal…

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
CRUISE SHIP VIKING JUPITER IS FLOATED OUT

Viking Sun, identical to what Viking Jupiter weill look like, was in Lyttelton New Zealand in February this year when this was taken. Picture by Alan Calvert, as appeared in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Viking Sun, identical to what Viking Jupiter weill look like, was in Lyttelton New Zealand in February this year when this was taken. Picture by Alan Calvert

Earlier in the month the up and coming Viking Cruises ‘floated out’ their latest ocean cruise ship, the equivalent of a ship being launched.

The 930-passenger VIKING JUPITER is expected to enter service in early 2019 when her entry will make Viking Cruises the largest ‘small ship’ cruise line in the business. This after just four years since launching their ocean cruise business. Viking is also a noted river cruise operator.

Once launched in service Viking Jupiter will spend her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

“It is always a proud moment when a new ship touches water for the first time and is one step closer to welcoming guests onboard,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “As a Norwegian native, I am also particularly proud to announce today Sissel Kyrkjebø, my mother’s favourite singer and a long-time Viking partner, will be honoured as godmother to Viking Jupiter and will preside over the ship’s naming ceremony in Oslo, Norway in June 2019.”

The traditional float out ceremony took place at the Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard and is significant because it denotes a ship moving into its final stage of construction. Viking Jupiter’s float out began at approximately 11h30 local time and in keeping with maritime tradition, a madrina – a special woman of honour – assisted with the ceremony, first welding commemorative coins under the ship mast.

Viking Jupiter float-out, with Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø, who acted as madrina to the new ship
Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø, who acted as madrina to the new ship

Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø, who is widely considered one of the world’s top crossover sopranos and who has long been a cultural partner to Viking, served as Viking Jupiter’s madrina. She welded a commemorative coin representing her birth year, as well as the birth years for Chairman Hagen (1943) and Finse (2012), Hagen’s “grand dog.”

A special coin, dated 1911, was also welded to represent Ragnhild “Mamsen” Hagen, the mother of Chairman Hagen and the woman after whom the onboard Norwegian deli Mamsen’s is named. Kyrkjebø then cut a cord to allow water to begin flowing into the ship’s building dock. Following a two-day process that will set Viking Jupiter afloat, the ship will then be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

Each of Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, have 465 staterooms and host 930 guests. Classified as a “small ship” (they are getting bigger each time) the all-veranda Viking Jupiter will join Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet, which also in

Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **

GEORGIA-NATO MARITIME COOPERATION ENHANCED

SNMG2 arrives in Poti. HMS Duncan, flagship of SNMG2, arrived in the port of Poti, Georgia, in company with TCG Gemlik, ROS Regele Ferdinand and BGS Drazki. The visit is a high profile NATO and UK Defence Engagement opportunity during the Black Sea deployment. From a news report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SNMG2 arrives in Poti. HMS Duncan, flagship of SNMG2, arrived in the port of Poti, Georgia, in company with TCG Gemlik, ROS Regele Ferdinand and BGS Drazki. The visit is a high profile NATO and UK Defence Engagement opportunity during the Black Sea deployment.
A Georgian Coast Guard vessel escorts HMS Duncan into the port of Poti, Georgia. NATO photo by GBRN LPhot Paul Hall, from a news report carried by Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
A Georgian Coast Guard vessel escorts HMS Duncan into the port of Poti, Georgia. NATO photo by GBRN LPhot Paul Hall

It was reported from Tbilisi, Georgia, on 17 May that Allied Maritime Command and Georgian Internal Affairs officials conducted several events to enhance the operational level of NATO-Georgia maritime cooperation. This was reported from NATO MARCOM the same day.

NATO Maritime Command Deputy Commander, French Navy Vice-Admiral Hervé Bléjean, met with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Head of the Border Police and Chief of the Coast Guard during a visit to the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

Officials spoke about the specific steps taken so far at the operational and tactical level that have increased interoperability between NATO and Georgian forces.

At the same time, Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) under the…

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : FAUST

Faust. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Faust. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Faust. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Faust.         Picture: Keith Betts

One of the more impressive Ro-Ro car carrying ships to service South African ports is surely this one, Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s 8000-unit FAUST (IMO 9332925), one of a series of car carriers named after famous composers. With a length of 228 metres and a width of 32m and a height of 34.7m, they are hard not to notice, especially when decked out in Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s bright green livery. Built in 2007 and registered in Sweden, Faust is one of the biggest car carriers afloat – some more recent builds do go up to 8,500 car capacity. The 71,583-gt Faust was built in South Korea by the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering DSME shipyard. Her draught is 11.5 metres and the ship is capable of a swift 21 knots although her cruising speed is 19 knots. With 13 decks, five of them adjustable, and a capacity area of approximately 67,300 cubic metres, Faust was at her launching the biggest car carrier then afloat. One the occasion of this particular call Faust spent 12 hours in the Port of Durban, before heading back out to sea, next stop in Reunion. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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