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FIRST VIEW: SEASPAN LINGUE

Seaspan Lingue departing from Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Afria PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Seaspan Lingue. Picture: Trevor Jones

On charter for up to 12 months to CMA CGM, the container ship SEASPAN LINGUE (IMO 9443475) is seen here sailing from the Port of Durban on 1 June 2018. Built in 2010 by the Jiangsu Shipyard in China, the 50,435-dwt ship is 261 metres long and 32m wide and has a container capacity of 4,250 TEU. Seaspan claims to be the largest independent charter owner and manager of containerships with over 100 ships. The company operates from offices in Hong Kong, Canada, India, China and South Korea. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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ONE EXPECTS TO BOOST BUSINESS IN AFRICA THROUGH COMPETITIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE

ONE line container ship, appearing in a report carried by Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
ONE Line container ship

When Mitsui OSK Line (MOL), NYK and K Line merged their container business last year to form ONE (Ocean Network Express) the purpose was to boost competitiveness.

The three largest Japanese shipping companies were also following a global trend of consolidation of container lines, especially those operating on the busiest trade lanes.

For the three Japanese container operators the intention is to offer this consolidated service on all trades worldwide, and in that respect ONE says it will be looking to Africa to help boost business.

ONE is operating in five key global regions, of which Europe and Africa is one. The other four regions are East Asia, South Asia, North America and Latin America.

Each of these regions is headed by a regional executive and the man in charge of Europe and Africa is former MOL executive, Jotaro Tamura.

ONE Line containers, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

ONE now provides a combined container fleet equivalent of 1.4 million TEU and offers 85 service loops and links more than 200 of the world’s major ports. The line ranks 6th in terms of fleet size.

Tamaru says that the most important effect of combining the three lines is that it creates greater scale of merit and competitiveness.

“Competition is the key challenge for the global shipping market, which is exactly why the three lines came to the conclusion to form ONE. The competition is not region-specific.”

Tamaru points out that in addition to being able to compete more effectively as a single combined company, ONE is now presented with more opportunities in the European and African markets and allows ONE to extend its coverage in Africa.

He said that while the three lines each had a presence in each region Africa, ONE will now be able to offer complete coverage of east, south and west Africa, and because ONE is relatively small in this region will have opportunities to grow.

Individually the three lines were unable to provide this total coverage. As an example, previously the only line out of the three that operated in West Africa was MOL. “We are really capable of providing service to customers compared to our competitors,” he said.  source: Container Shipping & Trade

 

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FOREIGN SEAFARERS IN MEDICAL RESCUE MISSION TO EAST LONDON

 

Rendezvous between SA Air Force helicopter from 15 Squadron, Charlie Flight, and bulker KS Flora off the coast of East London.  Picture courtesy:  NSRI.  This appeared in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime News
Rendezvous between SA Air Force helicopter from 15 Squadron, Charlie Flight, and bulker KS Flora off the coast of East London. Picture courtesy: NSRI

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) was called on yesterday to coordinate a medical rescue mission, in which two Filipino sailors who were injured on board the bulk carrier, KS FLORA, were airlifted to hospital in East London. The ship was then approximately 81 kilometres from the Eastern Cape port.

The Marshal Island-registered vessel had left Algoa Bay (Ngqura) bound for Muara Port in Brunei. According to information obtained by SAMSA’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, based in Cape Town, the two crew were injured when the vessel experienced bad weather. One crewman suffered a severe left knee injury and the other suffered a severe fracture to the left foot.

Jared Blows, SAMSA’s MRCC Chief said…

 

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HMAS WARRAMUNGA SCORES AGAIN… AND AGAIN… AND AGAIN

Leading Seaman Timothy Wilson passes down a bag of narcotics from the drug smuggling dhow to HMAS Warramunga’s RIB. From a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Leading Seaman Timothy Wilson passes down a bag of narcotics from the drug smuggling dhow to Warramunga’s RIB

Those responsible for sending illegal drugs by dhow and other local shipping across the Arabian Sea to Africa must be sick of the name HMAS WARRAMUNGA.

The Australian Navy frigate has already run up an impressive record of intercepting drug hauls running into millions of dollars and this week, the ship scored not just once, but three times in three days.

HMAS Warramunga forms part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) which has just passed to a UK-led team.

The Australian ship has made an incredible 16 drug busts at sea, intercepting stateless vessels for examination and then confiscating any illegal substances found which are examined and recorded before being destroyed at sea.

This past week the ship’s hauls over…

 

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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA INVITED TO G7 SUMMIT FOR OCEANS PROTECTION

Africa's Blue Economy and focus on the potential of the sea. Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa will this weekend participate in the G7 Leaders’ Summit Outreach.

The President has been invited by the host of the G7 Leaders’ Summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, under the theme ‘Healthy, productive and resilient oceans and seas, coasts and communities’.

The two-day session will start with a dinner for the outreach leaders on Friday and the summit will be held on Saturday in Quebec, Canada.

President Ramaphosa will also participate…

 

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SAMSA RECOGNISES WORLD OCEANS DAY WITH DURBAN OPEN DAY

SA Agulhas II in Cape Town harbour. Picture: Ian Shiffman.  Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SA Agulhas II in Cape Town harbour. Picture: Ian Shiffman

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) says that it is critical that shipping has a minimal negative impact on the ocean and atmospheric environment.

Tomorrow (Friday), 8 June is World Oceans Day, the theme of which is

Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.

In commemorating this event, SAMSA is holding an exhibition at the Durban Cruise Terminal in N-Shed, promoting safe seas and clean oceans. This coincides with the SA AGULHAS 11 Open Day with the research ship alongside and open to the public. The event is being hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

To deliver on its mandate to prevent pollution from ships, SAMSA, as South Africa’s maritime authority, is charged with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which covers prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes.

It is a treaty adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to prevent and minimise pollution from shipping.

“People rely on shipping every single day, as the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient way to transport essential raw materials, commodities and consumer goods. Thus, we have to make sure that shipping has a minimal negative impact on the ocean and atmospheric environment,” says Sobantu Tilayi, Chief Operating Officer for SAMSA.

MARPOL addresses pollution by oil from ships; noxious liquid substances, such as chemicals, carried in bulk; harmful substances carried in packaged form; sewage discharges into the sea and the disposal at sea of ship-generated garbage.

South Africa has a robust safety and pollution response framework and is a leader in much of the science and development associated with combatting pollution on the continent, Tilayi said.

He said the IMO has already adopted mandatory measures aimed at reducing pollution.

SAMSA believes that a safe, sustainable, and competitive transportation framework is essential to Africa’s prosperity and competitiveness in the shipping sector which accounts for 90% of goods transported around the world.

“This must be achieved in a sustainable manner that respects the importance of the ocean. We are poised to ensure waterways are managed safely and effectively, and to establish low-impact trade corridors on the land and the sea that enable international and domestic trade safely and efficiently,” says Tilayi.

MARPOL also recognizes the need for more stringent requirements to manage and protect so-called Special Areas, due to their ecology and their sea traffic.

This recognition of special areas, alongside global regulation including regulation here in South Africa, is a clear indication of a strong awareness of – and total commitment to – the fundamental importance of protecting and preserving the world’s seas and oceans as vital life support systems for all people.

The Antarctic has enjoyed Special Area status since 1992. Oily discharges into the sea and garbage disposal overboard are totally prohibited. In addition, a total ban on the carriage or use of heavy fuel oils took effect on 1 August 2011.

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BUNKER SUPPLIER AEGEAN PETROLEUM SHARES CRASH AFTER US$200 MILLION WRITE-OFF REPORT

Lefkas, a South African-registered bunker tanker owned by Aegean Marine, as repored in a feature in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Lefkas, a South African-registered bunker tanker owned by Aegean Marine

Shares in the NYSE-listed international bunker supplier Aegean Marine Petroleum network crashed heavily by over 75% on Tuesday following reports that Aegean will most likely have to write off US$200 million in questionable transactions.

Among the many regions in which it has a presence, Aegean operates South Africa’s only offshore bunker fuel supply service from Port Elizabeth.

The announcement by Aegean of a possible write-off came on Monday and this followed the results of…

 

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HISTORIC MOZAMBIQUE ISLAND TO REBUILD SEA WALL

Mozambique Island, where the damaged sea wall is to be repaired.  From a news feature in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Historic Mozambique Island – Ilha de Moçambique –  a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991 in the north of Mozambique (which takes its name from the island), will be receiving approximately US$514,000 (31 million meticais) for the reconstruction of its sea wall, which has been damaged by recent cyclones and resultant heavy seas.

Mozambique’s Council of Ministers announced the news this week.

The amount is to be channelled through the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development’s National Fund for Sustainable Development to the municipal council of the City of the Island of Mozambique, said Deputy Minister of Education Armindo Ngunga.

He was speaking in his capacity as spokesperson after a session of the Council of Ministers (cabinet) in Maputo.

“The money is meant to minimise the socio-economic impact of the degradation of the sea wall,” he said.

The sea wall shows signs of degradation following several cyclones and othe3r weather related issues.

The former Portuguese Governor's Residence, now a museum, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The former Portuguese Colonial Government buildings

Just three kilometres in length and crescent-shaped, the island was for four centuries the capital and main trading centre for the Portuguese on the long coast of Mozambique. The island boasts a number of historical monuments, the most notable of which is the magnificent San Sebastian Fortress that dates back to the 16th century.

Vasco da Gama landed there in 1498 and established a stopover on the trade route between Portugal and India. The island was already a trading centre for many hundreds of years for the Omani Arabs and for traders who sailed to East Africa from India and beyond, long before the arrival of the first Europeans.

Today it has city status in the province of Nampula, in the north of Mozambique. The island is approached by road and by sea – MSC Cruises and one or two other cruise companies call here during the summer months. The island itself is a coral formation in Mossuril Bay, two miles off the north-eastern coast of the mainland, to which it is joined by a long narrow concrete causeway. Ilha de Moçambique has a population of about 1600 of who most live in Macuti Town in the south of the island. In the north is Stone Town, full of architectural and historical interest.

 

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LONG BEACH NAMED AS BEST GREEN SEAPORT WORLDWIDE

Port of Long Beach, California, as appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Long Beach, California

International award recognizes Port’s environmental achievements

It was reported on 1 June that the Port of Long Beach had been recognised recently as the Best Green Seaport in the world at the 32nd annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards hosted in Shanghai by the Asia Cargo News shipping trade publication.

The Port of Long Beach, known as the Green Port, has succeeded in dramatically reducing its environmental impact.

Adopted in 2005, Long Beach’s Green Port Policy has led to significant improvements in air and water quality from initiatives such as…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : THOR MAXIMUS

Bulker HOR MAXIMUS sailing from Durban, April 2018 by Keith Betts

Thor Maximus. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Thor Maximus. Picture: Keith Betts

Any ship with such an impressive-sounding name as THOR MAXIMUS (IMO 9291391) would have to be big and solid of appearance and perhaps a bulk carrier suitably qualifies. Thor Maximus is owned by Thoresen Shipping of Singapore, where the ship is flagged, and is managed by Thoresen out of their Bangkok, Thailand offices. The 55,695-dwt vessel is 190 metres in length and 32,2m wide and was built in 2005 at the Oshima Shipbuilding yard in Saikai, Japan. Previous names carried by this ship are not quite so awe-inspiring – POS HARMONY when launched and later TOP HARMONY for a nine month charter period from August 2013. These pictures were taken by Keith Betts in April as the vessel departed from Durban

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.”
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

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