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FIRST VIEW: MTM YANGON

MTM Yangon. Picture: Trevor Jones, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MTM Yangon.        Picture: Trevor Jones

The 46,818-dwt handysized oil and chemical products tanker MTM YANGON (IMO 9250165) is seen here departing from Durban earlier in June. The tanker has a length of 183 metres and a beam of 32m and was built in 2013 Owned by MTM Yangon Pte Ltd and managed by that company’s MTM Ship Management all of Singapore, the tanker was built in Ulsan South Korea by Hyundai Mipo. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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PORT OF CAPE TOWN RECOVERS FROM INCLEMENT WEATHER

Cape Town Container Terminal - not always as idyllic a scene as this, weather-wise Picture: TNPA. Featured with report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cape Town Container Terminal – not always as idyllic a scene as this, weather-wise Picture: TNPA

Cape Town Container Terminal operations have been forced to play catch-up after severe Cape-style weather conditions impacted on terminal operations for the period from Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 June last week.

For several days despite there being container ships at anchor in Table Bay, the container berths remained empty. Later ships were admitted but little or no work took place in discharging or loading containers.

According Cape Town Container Business Manager, Pamela Yoyo, work on handling the ships or their cargo was curtailed owing to the severe weather being experienced.

“For the safety of staff, the vessels and customers’ cargo, TPT and TNPA communicated with relevant parties regarding work stoppages until the severe weather conditions had subsided,” she said in a statement to Africa PORTS & SHIPS.

“A business continuity plan has been implemented to mitigate the impact of the time lost due to the severe weather conditions. TPT and TNPA are grateful for their customers’ continued support and are committed to providing safe, reliable and efficient service to all customers.”

The severe weather conditions included strong winds and heavy swells.

 

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GROUNDING & LOSS OF COMMERCIALLY-OPERATED YACHT CV24 ON CAPE PENINSULA-MAIB REPORT

Yacht CV24 grounded on the Cape Peninsula, Picture: MAIB illustration: Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture: MAIB illustration: Crown Copyright 2018 ©

Cape Peninsula, South Africa. 31 October 2017 – (UK) Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report: what happened, safety lessons learned and recommendations made.

Summary

On the first night of the Cape Town to Fremantle leg of the 2017 – 2018 Clipper round the world race, the UK-registered and commercially operated yacht CV24 ran aground on Cape Peninsula, South Africa.

CV24 could not be freed and was abandoned with all the crew rescued safely.

CV24 had been sailing south and downwind with…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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LAKE VICTORIA’S MV UMOJA RESUMES PORT BELL-DAR ROUTE AFTER 12 YEARS

Lake Victoria train ferry MV Umoja. Picture: Wikipedia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MV Umoja.       Picture: Wikipedia

After a gap of about 12 years the Tanzanian train ferry MV UMOJA has returned to service on the Port Bell to Mwanza route on Lake Victoria, linking Uganda via Port Bell with Dar es Salaam.

The service was discontinued in 2006 when the Kenya and Uganda metre-gauge railways were privatised and taken over by Rift Valley Railway. The Port Bell section was neglected and fell into disuse.

The railway to Port Bell which is now operated by Uganda Railways Corporation once again has recently been returned to service, making possible the resumption of the lake ferry services.

Refer to our related earlier report of 15 April 2018 PORT BELL TO KAMPALA RAILWAY CORRIDOR TO REOPEN WITH TESTING OF CARGO TRAIN

Lake ferry UMOJA featured on a 30c East African stamp, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

MV Umoja will reopen the service between Port Bell and Mwanza, which is…

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CHINESE NAVY SHIPS CALL AT SIMON’S TOWN

Type 054A PLAN ship YANCHENG. Picture Zhu Linlin/China Military, appearing in frica PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Type 054A PLAN ship YANCHENG. Picture Zhu Linlin/China Military

Three naval ships of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) (or Chinese Navy for simplicity sake), have made a four-day courtesy visit to the South African Naval Base at Simon’s Town.

The three ships comprising the 28th Escort Task group (ETG546) is made up of the Type 054As frigates YANCHENG and WEIFANG and the Type 903A replenishment support ship TAIHU (AOR889).

The Task Force was arriving from West Africa where among other visits the group called at Ghana’s Tema port also for a four-day visit. Several other ports were also visited.

Prior to that the ships performed escort and patrol duties in the Gulf of Aden where they commenced their deployment in December 2017. With their departure their replacement, the 29th Escort Task Force has taken up the duty of escort patrols of Chinese and other nations’ ships sailing in the troubled waters of the Gulf of Aden. The Chinese ships have performed several escorts of World Food Programme ships.

The continuous presence of Chinese naval forces present off the North-Western coast of Africa is evidence of China asserting herself militarily as well as politically and economically across a wider canvas by utilising her naval ships to visit ports in Africa as well as elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.

China has rapidly evolved from a brown water navy to a true blue water navy in a short few years. As recently as 2011, China experienced difficulty in evacuating Chinese nationals from Libya when the civil war there broke out. It said that the heavy loss of Chinese investment during the Libyan civil war acted as a warning to China.

With the availability of increasing numbers of modern naval ships such as the type 054A, four years later in 2015 China was able to more confidently perform another evacuation of Chinese nationals from Yemen.

According to one Chinese source the presence of a Chinese fleet in an area of interest acts as a deterrent to the destabilising factors in the region and will make those involved more fearful of hurting China’s interests.

In addition, Africa is regarded as an important strategic area for China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a region with the fastest growth of China’s foreign investment and trade as well as a market where China holds great expectation. “The Chinese Navy’s visits to the countries in the region and its presence will not only promote the friendly relations with these countries, but also demonstrate China’s strength and capacity to safeguard national interests.”

While in West Africa waters the Group took part in a naval exercise involving ships of the Nigerian Navy, France, Portugal, Cameroon, Togo, Senegal, Ghana and China.

Other countries visited during the round Africa cruise from the Gulf of Aden were Valencia, Tunisia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, Angola, Namibia and South Africa.

The Group will now return to China with a stopover at Sri Lanka a possibility although this has not been confirmed.

Earlier, the 28th Escort Task Force handed over to its replacement, the 29th Escort Task Force which has taken up the duty of escorting Chinese and other nations’ ships sailing in the troubled waters of the Gulf of Aden and North-East African coast.

The 29th Chinese naval escort taskforce consists of the frigates BINZHOU and XUZHOU and the replenishment ship QIANDAOHU of the Donghai Fleet. The three warships set sail on 4 April from their homeport in Zhoushan.

 

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ROBBEN ISLAND BOAT OWNERS FINED, COMMISSIONER WANTS TO BRING CRIMINAL CHARGES

Robben Island, with Table Mountain and Cape Town in background, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Robben Island, with Table Mountain and Cape Town in background

The South African Competition Commission says in a statement that it welcomes the confirmation, as an order by the Competition Tribunal, of the consent agreement with three vessel owners who ferry passengers between the Robben Island Museum and the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Thembekile Maritime Services (Pty) Ltd (Thembekile), Silverbuckle Trade 21 CC t/a Yacoob Yatch (Silverbuckle), and Nauticat Charters (Pty) Ltd (Nauticat Charters) admitted to charges of…

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
P&O CRUISES DISPENSING WITH ORIANA

P&O Cruises' Oriana, featured i Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture by Antonio/Wikipedia
Oriana. Picture by Antonio/Wikipedia

P&O Cruises’ has announced that it is dispensing with one of its most well-known ships, ORIANA.

“Oriana is an original, and a much loved P&O Cruises ship. Whilst we will miss her, her departure will allow us to focus on our remaining mid-sized and larger ships as the fleet expands with IONA and her sister ship in 2020 and 2022 respectively,” said P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Paul Ludlow.

P&O Cruises intends sending…

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **
NORSAFE LAUNCHING NEW FAST RESCUE & PATROL BOAT

Norsafe S1200, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Launching at Seawork International 3-5 July 2018

Norsafe has carried out extensive research and development in the last few years to develop a new range of robust and safe boats for the military and professional market.

Using the experience gained from the closed cabin 1200 and S1200 in the Munin range, an open version is now ready for sea trials and will be launched at Seawork International on 3-5 July in Southampton.

It is reported that the latest boat has already been tested by Norsafe’s engineers together with user groups representing the coast guard, maritime police, customs and special forces. Overall, feedback has been very positive, say Norsafe.

Norsafe S1200 as appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

According to literature published the first open S1200 comes with a…

Paul Ridgway
London

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
UK SHIPPING MINISTER TO ANNOUNCE A NEW INITIATIVE IN THE MARITIME SECTOR

Nusrat Ghani, appearing in report featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture courtesy: www.gov.uk ©

UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Nusrat Ghani, the Shipping Minister* who is responsible for maritime matters including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will tour the Seawork** exhibition held in Southampton to meet key exhibitors in the week ahead.

She will also visit the Trinity House Vessel Alert, the largest vessel to be exhibited on water at Seawork International.

Importance of the maritime sector

The Minister will then make a speech focusing on the importance of the maritime sector, seafarer training and Maritime 2050***, a long-term strategy for the future of the UK maritime industries.

As the engine of British trade, the maritime sector supports nearly a million jobs, contributes tens of billions of pounds to the UK’s GDP and drives exports as well as inward investment. Half a trillion pounds worth of goods passes through UK ports each year, it is reported.

Nusrat Ghani is the first Muslim woman to speak from the House of Commons despatch box, the first female Muslim minister for the Department for Transport and only the second woman to hold the DfT’s portfolio for the UK’s £40bn maritime sector. During her speech she will also make a key announcement about a new initiative in the marine industry.

The ceremony is open to all exhibitors and visitors to the exhibition and will take place at 10h00 on the first day of Seawork (3 July).

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* The Minister’s portfolio includes:

• Accessibility across all transport modes
• Buses and taxis
• High speed rail (HS2)
• Maritime
• Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
• Maritime security

• Skills and apprenticeships
• The Year of Engineering.

** Seawork Exhibition

The 21st in a series of Seawork International Commercial Marine & Workboat Exhibition and Conference will be held from 3-5 July 2018 in Mayflower Park, Southampton, UK. See www.seawork.com

Seawork International is regarded as the industry’s focal point providing buyers, legislators and influencers from around the globe with direct access to the commercial marine and workboat market, its equipment and services, its innovations and its people.

Accustomed to a regular mid-June slot, Seawork’s move from June to July for 2018 was driven by a combination of spring tides on the previously favoured dates, and a busy calendar of events for the commercial marine industry sector.

*** For further information see Maritime 2050 Call for Evidence

The consultation period on this call for evidence began on 27 March 2018 and closed on 16 May.

 

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COSCO MERGER WITH OOCL MAKES IT No.3 AHEAD OF CMA CGM IN CONTAINER RANKING

COSCO Asa, featured with article about COSCO appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
COSCO Asia

With the approval of the Chinese anti-trust authorities now granted, COSCO can now proceed with the merger with OOCL, which will bring the new combined container ship fleet to around 400 ships and an…

annual container capacity in excess of 2.7 million TEUs.

According to data by shipping analyst Alphaliner, this will take COSCO ahead of the French company CMA CGM to rank at number three.

While these exercises are interesting and entertaining, what really matters is that over 60% of global trade now resides in the hands (or should that be holds) of the top six ocean carriers, which is unlikely to be regarded as healthy for the industry.</restrict]

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : ADRIA

Dongwon Industries fishig vessel ADRIA sailing from Durban June 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Photo by Sheree Cronwright

Dongwon Industries fishig vessel ADRIA sailing from Durban June 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Photo by Sheree Cronwright
Adria.        Pictures:  Sheree Cronwright

The fishing vessel ADRIA (IMO 8919489) heads out to sea after calling at Durban during June. The South Korean flagged vessel, 2227-gt, has a length of 80 metres and a width of 14m and was built in 1991. The vessel is owned and managed by Dongwon Industries of Seoul, South Korea, a company claiming to be the largest fishing company in the world. These pictures are by Sheree Cronwright

 

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