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FIRST VIEW: LEONORA VICTORY

Leonora Victory in Durban, June 2018.   Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Leonora Victory.       Picture: Trevor Jones

The Norwegian-flag products tanker LEONORA VICTORY (IMO 9283784) shown arriving at Durban to load bunkers on Thursday 14 June. The 46,889-dwt tanker was built in 2005 and is 183 metres in length and 32m wide. Owned by Norwegian interests, the vessel is managed by Champion Tankers A/S of Paradis, Norway. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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LEKKI SEAPORT’S MISSING RAILWAY CAUSING CONCERN

Impression of Lekki port as when completed, featured in Africa PORTS
Lekki port as when completed

As progress on the development of the long-awaited deepwater port at Lekki in Nigeria moves ahead, concerns have been raised about an apparent lack of a rail connection with the rest of the country.

The matter was raised recently by the Senate Committee on Marine Transport whose chairman, Senator Ahmed Yerima has made the point that the development lacked rail transportation links in its overall plans. This, he suggested, was imperative if the port is to avoid gridlocks along the port access roads.

Failing this, Yerima warned, the new port would see a repeat of the same challenges currently being faced by operators at the Lagos port of Apapa.

“We will not want what we are experiencing along the port access roads in Lagos to occur in the Lekki/Epe area, because it is really affecting the system,” Yerima said.

Several months ago the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Hassan Bello also warned about the need for rail connectivity to the new port.

Dangote Refinery under construction, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Dangote Refinery under construction

Bello pointed out the chaotic congestion that was occurring out the Apapa port and also at Tin Can Island where there was an historic reliance on road transport to handle port traffic.

The Shippers Council said that a rail line to the new port of Lekki was required if the Apapa and Tin Ca Island experience was not to be repeated.

It is generally a problem obtaining accurate estimates let along official statistics showing port throughout among the West African ports. However, while discussing the economic prospects for the nation’s seaports, the CE of Ships and Ports Communications, Mr Bolaji Akinola said recently that the record year for container handling in Nigeria was 2014 when 1.6 million TEUs were handled at all ports. “This has been the highest so far in the history of this country. Since then, we have had a plunge, but I see this year matching the 2014 records,” he is quoted as saying.

“The records are already there because the throughput in the first quarter of 2018 is as good as what was recorded in the same period of 2014, which means that our economy is rebounding.” source: Punch, Ships and Ports

 

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SA AGULHAS RETURNS TO CAPE TOWN FROM EAST COAST SCIENTIFIC VOYAGE

SA Agulhas in Cape Town, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SA Agulhas in Cape Town

The South African Maritime Safety Authority’s (SAMSA) dedicated training vessel, the SA AGULHAS is back in Cape Town after a successful scientific voyage off the East coast with 20 newly skilled rating trainees who are part of a new pilot programme aimed at increasing the number of employable South African seafarers.

The SA Agulhas arrived at Cape Town Port on Wednesday (13 June 2018).

The ship which was captained by Captain Daniel Postman, left Port Elizabeth on 31 May 2018 on a charter off the East coast of South Africa for scientific research as part of the SA Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).

The mission was to retrieve data from a number of…

 

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DEBUT AFRICA BLUE ECONOMY FORUM HITS THE MARK

African Blue Econo0my Forum banner, featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Launch event attracts international experts to debate ways to harness Africa’s oceans

The African continent needs to work together on a country and regional level to put in place and, more crucially, implement a sustainable maritime governance system that will benefit the whole continent, concluded delegates at the first Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF). This was reported from London on 14 June.

ABEF 2018 took place in London on 8 June, to coincide with World Oceans Day and attracted international experts and African government ministers to debate the economic contribution of oceans in the context of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Paul Holthus, CEO of the World Ocean Council and keynote speaker at ABEF 2018, remarked: “Africa presents major blue economy investment opportunities and also…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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MOSSEL BAY PORT’S MARINE TRAINING PROGRAMME EMPOWERS LOCAL YOUTH

Port of Mossel Bay trainees appearing ina story in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mossel Bay trainees

Embodying the Youth Month theme for 2018 of ‘Live the Legacy Towards a Socio-economically Empowered Youth’, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Port of Mossel Bay is running a special two-year marine training programme to upskill local youth.

The young adults are receiving training as either Deck Trainees working towards becoming Skippers, or Engine Trainees pursuing a Motorman Grade 2 qualification.

The programme is being facilitated by the port’s marine department under the stewardship of Marine Operations Manager, Captain Dave Keller. The majority of the group are from the Mossel Bay satellite centre of Sea Safety Training Group (Pty) Ltd, or SSTG, which is a SAMSA Accredited Training Organisation offering approved Maritime Training Courses recognised by the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

“Thus far, nine candidates are being trained by the Skippers, Engineers and crew in the Port of Mossel Bay according…

 

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TWO AWARDS FOR TFR AT 11th TRANSPORT AFRICA AWARDS

TFR class 44 locos at the Transnet workshops, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
TFR class 44 locos at the workshops

Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR) has set a goal of being a freight railway capable of satisfying the needs of its customers, and in this it appears well on track, judging by the two awards the organisation received at the Transport Africa Awards held last week (13 June).

Every year the Transport Africa Awards create a platform to recognise and reward companies who have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have continually set standards of excellence. In line with Transnet’s objective to transform freight logistics through technology, partnerships and collaboration TFR entered three projects…

 

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ANTARCTICA IN 2070: WHAT FUTURE WILL WE CHOOSE?

Multi-purpose research and resupply vessel, Aurora Australis arriving at Totten Glacier. Photo: Paul Brown, Australian Maritime College, © appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Multi-purpose research and resupply vessel, Aurora Australis arriving at Totten Glacier. Photo: Paul Brown, Australian Maritime College, ©

News from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)   https://www.csiro.au/

Choices made in the next decade will have long-term consequences for Antarctica and the globe, according to research published on 14 June by the journal Nature.

The study explores how Antarctica and the Southern Ocean will change over the next 50 years, and how those changes will impact the rest of the globe. This was reported by CSIRO on 14 June.

Two scenarios are considered: one in which greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked, and one in which strong action is taken to limit emissions and to manage increased human use of Antarctica.

In the high emissions narrative, by 2070 major ice shelves have collapsed, sea level rise has accelerated to rates not seen in 20,000 years, ocean acidification and over-fishing have altered Southern Ocean ecosystems, and failure to manage increased human pressures has degraded the Antarctic environment.

In the low emissions narrative, Antarctica in 2070 looks much like it does today.

The ice shelves remain intact, Antarctica makes a small contribution to sea level rise, and the continent remains a ‘natural reserve, dedicated to peace and science’ as agreed by Antarctic nations in the late 20th century.

Lead author and senior scientist with CSIRO’s Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart, Dr Steve Rintoul commented “Continued high greenhouse gas emissions risk committing us to changes in Antarctica that will have long-term and far-reaching consequences for Earth and humanity.

“Greenhouse gas emissions must start decreasing in the coming decade to have a realistic prospect of following the low emissions narrative and so avoid global impacts, such as substantial sea level rise.”

Totten Glacier. Photo: Esme van Wijk ©, appearing with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Totten Glacier. Photo: Esme van Wijk ©
Totten ice front. Photo: Esme van Wijk ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Totten ice front. Photo: Esme van Wijk ©

The scenarios, based on the best available science, represent plausible futures rather than predictions.

The high emissions narrative assumes that little action was taken to respond to environmental and human pressures on Antarctica.

As a result, the Antarctic environment was hit by the combined effects of warming, ocean acidification, spread of invasive species and unrestricted growth in human activities, resulting in a degraded environment and altered ecosystems.

The low emissions narrative assumes that Antarctic nations worked together to establish policies to manage the environmental and social pressures on the continent.

Antarctic ecosystems remained largely unscathed, as warming and ocean acidification were kept in check, and growing human use of Antarctica for tourism, fisheries and bioprospecting was managed sustainably.

Co-author Professor Steven Chown of Monash University’s School of Biological Sciences and President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research added: “The message from this work is clear. Global sustainability depends on a rapidly closing window of opportunity. If we take action now, to limit greenhouse gas emissions, Antarctic environments will remain much as we have come to know them over the past 200 years.”

He concluded by saying: “If we do not, they will change dramatically, and through their connections to the rest of the Earth System, result in global impacts with irreversible consequences.”

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

Collecting data. Photo: Steve Rintoul ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Collecting data. Photo: Steve Rintoul ©

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
ROYAL CARIBBEAN BUYS 66.7% STAKE IN SILVERSEA FOR US$1 BILLION

Silver Wind in Cape Town December 2008. Silversea ships have been regular visitors in South African ports since inception. Picture: Ian Shiffman, featured in article in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Silver Wind in Cape Town December 2008. Silversea ships have been regular visitors in South African ports since inception. Picture: Ian Shiffman

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is heading seriously upmarket with the news that it is acquiring a 66.7% stake in the privately owned Silversea Cruises.

Silversea owner Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio made the announcement last week that an agreement had been reached for RCL to acquire a share in Silversea Cruises, bringing together two companies with bold, long-term visions for the cruise industry.

Under the agreement, Royal Caribbean will acquire a 66.7% equity stake in Silversea Cruises based on an enterprise value of approximately $2 billion. The purchase price of the equity being acquired is approximately $1 billion.

RCL intends financing the purchase through debt. In addition, Lefebvre will qualify…

 

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DP WORLD ISSUES STATEMENT OVER DJIBOUTI DISPUTE

Doraleh container terminal port, Djibouti, as appearing in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Doraleh container terminal port, Djibouti

Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 16 June 2018: DP World issues the following statement.

It has been noted in some reports that DP World (http://web.DPWorld.com) may consider an out of court settlement with respect to the dispute with the Djiboutian government over their illegal action in taking control of the port at Doraleh.

A DP World spokesperson said that the concession agreement remains in place, and the action taken by the Djiboutian government is subject to legal process in the International court of Arbitration in London.

“We await the outcome of this process. We remain committed to operating Doraleh port as per original agreement of the concession, and we will not consider any other alternative settlement option.”

 

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PICS OF THE DAY : HMS PROTECTOR

HMS Protector arriving in Durban June 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Keith Betts

HMS Protector in Durban harbour, featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Keith Betts
HMS Protector. Picture: Keith Betts

The Royal Navy’s ice-strengthened Southern Ocean patrol ship HMS PROTECTOR (ex Polarbjorn) has arrived in Durban for a one week stayover during which a crew change is to be effected and minor repairs and maintenance carried out while the ship is at the Salisbury Island Naval Base. HMS Protector was built in Norway and completed in 2001 as the research ship POLABJORN. She entered Royal Navy service initially as a chartered vessel named HMS Protector until being purchased outright and absorbed fully into the navy fleet. In recent years she has been a regular visitor to South Africa though not to Durban and this visit and stayover is unusual and perhaps a sign that the South African Naval Base at Durban is again coming into its own. The ship displaces 5,000 tons, is 89 metres long and 18 metres wide and has a ship’s complement of 88. The vessel is lightly armed, mainly with machine guns and so-called mini guns but has a helicopter deck that adds to her ability for carrying out long-range patrols. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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