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A view from island View towards the Durban port entrance, with the green Bluff headland on the righhand side. This picture is by Anup Rampiar and appeared in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Island View. Picture : Anup Rampiar

The view towards the Durban port entrance from a ship on berth at the Island View liquid bulk berths, with the Odfjell products tanker BOW RIYAD in the picture and the dark green headland of the Bluff. The Norwegian tanker is no stranger to Durban and has made frequent calls, including one in September last year when she received a cofferdam repair to a ballast tank, undertaken by Dormac Marine. Note the ‘sentry’ on the stern of the photographer’s ship, one of two on duty. This picture is by Anup Rampiar


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Port of Richards Bay scene. Picture Chas Corbett, appearing in a news report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Richards Bay scene. Picture Chas Corbett

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has confirmed that incoming vessel movements resumed yesterday at the Port of Richards Bay at 09h00 (Tuesday 5 June 2018).

This after adverse weather conditions, including swells of up to four metres and wind gusts up to 30 knots, led to the suspension of marine movements. The suspension remained in effect for 39 hours from Sunday evening to Tuesday morning. See yesterday’s report WEATHER AFFECTS KZN PORTS OF RICHARDS BAY AND DURBAN

Nompumelelo Mkhize, Acting Harbour Master at the Port of Richards Bay, thanked port users for their patience. She said only two vessels had been affected by the suspension and had already entered port.

On 4 June 2018 Transnet Port Terminals’ Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 waterside operations were also on standby for over seven hours due to wind speeds recorded between 80 and 100km/h.

“The safety of our people, equipment and our customers’ cargo is always seen as a priority so due to adverse weather conditions our waterside operations were temporarily affected. However, our landside and rail operations continued as normal throughout this period as they did not face the same safety challenges,” stated Zamo Ngcobo, Transnet Port Terminals’ DCT Pier 2 Terminal Manager.

In Durban port operations likewise returned to normal after some disruption due to the adverse weather. Further details were not available when this report went to publication.


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Catherine Mturi-Wairi, managing director of Kenya Ports Authority, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Catherine Mturi-Wairi

First she was suspended on charges of being incompetent and then, and one week later is reinstated by order of the Kenya High Court.

It’s never a dull day, they say, in affairs of the East African country. Last Wednesday KPA managing director Catherine Mturi-Wairi was issued an order suspending her on charges of incompetency at the port at Mombasa.

Her position at the ports authority was taken by Daniel Manduku as acting managing director for a two month period. Manduku has not worked with the KPA previously.

Things moved swiftly from there and on Tuesday this week…


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Soraya Artman, newly appointed SAIMI Director of Operations, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Soraya Artman, SAIMI Director of Operations

The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) has announced the appointment of Soraya Artman to steer its operational side, as it seeks to strengthen partnerships within the South African maritime sector and beyond.

According to SAIMI, Artman brings a wealth of experience in finance and corporate governance within a research-driven organisation to her new role as director of operations. She was previously the senior manager of finance for the Nelson Mandela University Business School,

“One of SAIMI’s overarching aims is to be a national institute which is recognised nationally and internationally. To achieve this, we need to partner with all universities, colleges and private training providers who have an interest in maritime affairs,” Artman said.

“This will help South Africa…


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CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin at Long Beach, California, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

French shipping group CMA CGM which has worldwide operations has revealed that since the beginning of this year it has been collaborating with Shone, a San Francisco-based startup that is specialising in the use of artificial intelligence for maritime transportation.

The collaboration enables Shone to access the CMA CGM Group vessels to finalise the development of artificial intelligence systems on board container ships.

As a result, CMA CGM allows Shone to take onboard data collection systems which are then analysed at the startup’s headquarters in San Francisco. Once the development is finalised, this innovation will facilitate the work of crews on board, whether in decision support, maritime safety or piloting assistance.

As far as security and anti-collision alert systems are concerned, Shone fuses data from multiple sensors (radar, camera, AIS, etc) in order to increase detection accuracy, thus preventing potential collisions, taking into account COLREGs.

Shone is a young startup based in San Francisco. Founded by three French engineers, Shone is working on the introduction of artificial intelligence, which is already present in cars, on board ships. Created in 2017, it aims to become the world reference in the field of artificial intelligence on board ships.


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K Line's new build VLCC Tendorigawa, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
K Line’s new build VLCC Tendorigawa

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd, otherwise known as K Line has taken delivery this week of the 311,000-dwt VLCC TEDORIGAWA, the first in a new generation of VLCC and Aframax tankers featuring plumb bows.

The most noticeable feature of the new design is the lack of a bulbous bow. According to K Line, the ship’s plumb bow, together with…


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MSC Seaview which was delevered at the beginning of June 2018 and will sail initially in the Mediterrana. This picure and story appears in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Seaview

MSC Cruises has taken delivery of the third next-generation MSC cruise ship to come from the Italian Fincantieri shipyard at Monfalcone, and incidentally the biggest cruise ship ever built in Italy.

MSC SEAVIEW becomes MSC Cruises latest flagship in a fleet now totalling 15 ships.

With her iconic design and generous outdoor public spaces MSC hopes she will be a game changer for guests who want to make the most of the sun and outdoors, whilst enjoying the sea during their cruise experience. She will sail…


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Two fishermen adrift for a number of days in the western Mediterranean were rescued by Royal Navy ship HMS Duncan, from a news report appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
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Late in the day on 4 June an eagle-eyed lookout from the Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer HMS DUNCAN spied two men in a boat quite by chance in the western Mediterranean – and the warship immediately offered food, fuel and life-saving assistance.

Duncan, which has spent 2018 leading a NATO task group in the Black Sea and eastern Mediterranean, was making her way to Portugal when she came across the stranded fishermen about 70 miles off the Algerian coast.

Two fishermen adrift for a number of days in the western Mediterranean were rescued by Royal Navy ship HMS Duncan, from a news report appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

So small was the men’s boat that the destroyer was just 600 feet away before it was spotted by Officer-of-the-Watch Lieutenant Rob Coatsworth, who was scanning the horizon for anything unusual.

He said: “The fishermen were incredibly lucky to be spotted. The sun was low on the horizon, the swell was heavy and they had no signalling equipment. The odds were very much against them as they were 70 miles north of Algeria and outside any shipping lanes. It was only a sharp lookout that raised the alarm, there was absolutely nothing on radar.”

Duncan immediately launched her sea boat with Royal Marines, a medic and an engineer aboard to offer help.

Medical assistant Rhiann Dilmore said the two men in the boat were in a bad way. She said: “They had been eating raw fish and were drinking sea water. We patched them up and gave them hot drinks and halal food and made sure they were warm and reassured. Their engine had run out of fuel so we got it going.”

Petty Officer Daniel Law, who normally looks after Duncan’s diesel engines added: “They had been adrift for nearly five days. I filled the tank and primed the engine and she started first time. We all just smiled. I cannot speak Arabic and they had no English but the smiles said it all. It was really humbling to see the look of gratitude by those we had rescued.”

Duncan’s assistance did not end there. She accompanied the small boat for several miles until an Algerian Coast Guard vessel arrived to take over the rescue effort.

In the words of Operations Officer Lieutenant-Commander Ben Dorrington: “Being adrift in an open boat at night must have been petrifying. We quickly made contact with the Algerian Coast Guard and arranged for a suitable rendezvous for the early hours of the morning (5 June). Our sea boat escorted the fishermen throughout the night until a positive handover was made with Algerian authorities. We wish our fellow mariners well.”

Everyone aboard Duncan is convinced that without the destroyer’s intervention, the fate of the two men would have been bleak.

“The efforts of the crew were heart-warming,” said Lieutenant-Commander Florentine Dhellemmes, a French exchange officer aboard HMS Duncan. She added: “The fishermen would have had no chance without rescue. A good night’s work.”

Edited by Paul Ridgway

Two fishermen adrift for a number of days in the western Mediterranean were rescued by Royal Navy ship HMS Duncan, from a news report appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news


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Drone - parcel loading, from a story appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Drone – parcel loading

Wilhelmsen Ships Service lifts off with Airbus bringing drone delivery to one of the world’s busiest ports

Pairing Wilhelmsen’s extensive ships agency expertise and robust safety standards, with Airbus’ expertise in aeronautical vertical lift solutions, the Agency by Air project brings shore-to-ship drone delivery to one of the busiest ports in the world, Singapore.

Launching at Singapore port’s Marina South Pier in quarter three 2018, Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Airbus will be piloting the delivery of spare parts, documents, water test kits and 3D printed consumables via Airbus’ Skyways unmanned air system (UAS) to vessels at anchorage.

With the signing of an MOU at maritime trade show Posidonia, the Maritime UAS project agreement covers a joint ambition to establish a framework for cooperation between the Parties, with the aim of investigating the potential deployment and commercialisation of UAS for maritime deliveries use cases.

Marius Johansen, appearing in a report inAfrica PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Marius Johansen

Marking the very first time, the viability of autonomous drone delivery to vessels has been put to the test in hectic, real-world port conditions, Marius Johansen, VP Commercial, Ships Agency at Wilhelmsen Ships Service is confident with Airbus now onboard his agency team’s long-term drone delivery aspirations will be fulfilled.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with a forward thinking, industry leader like Airbus. When we announced last year that we were pursuing drone delivery, we were greeted with a fair amount of scepticism, but our collaboration with Airbus, shows we really do mean business.”

We’re confident drones will become a game changer in the agency and logistics business in the not too distant future, he adds.

“As an outward looking company, eager to utilise technology to help improve our customers’ experiences, drone delivery is a perfect fit for our agency business. Part of our standard husbandry services, we organise the delivery of essential spares, medical supplies and cash to master via launch boat day in and day out all over the world. However, delivery by drone is much more cost effective, quicker, and frankly safer for all involved. Costing on average ninety percent less than launch boats, they importantly remove the risks inherently involved with making launch deliveries and also have negligible environmental impact.”

Agency by air

With Wilhelmsen Ships Service tasked with setting up the necessary maritime and port operations, gaining the relevant approvals from port authorities and securing maritime customers, Airbus will take care of all the corresponding aviation approvals, and the running and maintenance of the UAS and its control systems.

Commenting on their partnership, Airbus’ Skyways lead Leo Jeoh said, “This collaboration with Wilhelmsen, the first of its kind in the region, gives us a unique test bed where we can trial, refine and shape the future of shore-to-ship drone technologies. This also serves as an exciting opportunity to bring together the strong domain expertise of both Airbus and Wilhelmsen, to pioneer the future of UAS in the maritime industry.”

Culminating over a year of planning and close collaboration between Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Airbus, involving the Singapore Maritime Port Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the partnership will first see an initial two-week pilot trial with deliveries to ships anchored in Singapore’s eastern anchorage.

A command centre and a delivery centre will be set up at the pier to facilitate the deliveries, with an initial delivery range of up to 3km from the shoreline. A second delivery station will be positioned at an open space in Marina South to extend delivery coverage to more anchorage vessels.

Exhibiting the Airbus drone and some examples of 3D printing parts it can deliver, Wilhelmsen’s Posidonia stand is located in Hall 3, Stand 3.213.

Agency by Air – Quick Facts

• Airbus and Wilhelmsen officially signs an MOU in June 2018 to develop an Unmanned Air System (UAS) for maritime deliveries.
• Test-project will begin in Singapore in Q3
• Unmanned autonomous drone deliveries enable a reduction in manpower and increased productivity compared to launch boat deliveries.
• With a quicker response rate and turnaround time of up to 6X, it has the potential to lower shore-to-ship delivery costs by up to 90%.

Wilhelmsen-Airbus drone maintenance centre in Singapore, from a report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Wilhelmsen-Airbus drone maintenance centre in Singapore


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Conti Courage, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Trevor Jones
Conti Courage. Picture: Trevor Jones

With a good load of cargo the container ship CONTI COURAGE (IMO 9293789) makes her entry into the Durban port entrance channel and an appointment at sub-Saharan Africa’s busiest container terminal. The 100,936-dwt ship, on charter to Maersk Line, was previously on a long-term charter to Evergreen under the name Hatsu Courage. Now renamed Conti Courage, she continues to be owned by German interests and managed by NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co of Buxtehude, Germany. The ship has a container capacity of 8073 TEU, is 334 metres in length and 43m wide and is flagged in Portugal. Conti Courage was delivered in late December 2005 from the Samsung Heavy Industries Co of Okpo, South Korea as hull number SHI 1525. This picture is by Trevor Jones



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