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FIRST VIEW: JIN WAN LING

JIN WANG LING. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
JIN WANG LING.       Picture: Keith Betts

COSCO Shipping’s bulk carrier JIN WAN LING (IMO 9487108) enters Durban port late in June. The 31,775-dwt handysize bulker is 177.5 metres in length and 28.1m in width and was built in 2010. The ship, which is registered in Hong Kong, is more accurately described as a log carrier, for that is what she was designed as, along with three identical sister ships named JIN GUANG LING, JIN YUAN LING and JIN XING LING. COSCO Shipping runs a fleet of 13 log carriers in all. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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PMAWCA SECRETARY GENERAL TAKES OVER AS DIRECTOR GENERAL OF GHANA PORTS

Michael Luguje, newly appointed Durector General of Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority by Lanre Badmus, Ghana, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Michael Luguje, newly appointed Durector General of Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority
by Lanre Badmus, Ghana

The Secretary General of the Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA), Mr Michael Achagwe Luguje, has officially assumed office as Director General of the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority (GPHA). His appointment took effect yesterday (2 July 2018).

Luguje’s appointment was approved in June by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, following his decision to sack the erstwhile Director General Mr Paul Asare. The Director of Tema Ports, Mr Edward Kofi Osei, was directed to act in the capacity while Luguje “clears” his desk at the PMAWCA Secretariat in Lagos, Nigeria.

See related report ABRUPT DISMISSAL OF GHANA PORTS & HARBOURS AUTHORITY DIRECTOR-GENERAL PAUL ASARE ANSAH dated 11 June 2018.

An accomplished bilingual port management specialist, who has served at very senior levels at international port and maritime institutions, Luguje’s managerial skills will no doubt help GPHA to reposition Ghana as the preferred hub of maritime commerce in West Africa, in line with President’s Akufo-Addo’s vision.

Luguje has garnered extensive cognate experience in the ports sector of West and Central Africa; as a reforms and change expert with remarkable achievements in team building, employee motivation, and strict adherence to service quality and productivity.

Luguje joined GPHA in 1999 after serving as a National Youth Intern with the organization the previous year. During his early days, he distinguished himself as a disciplined pacesetter and rose to become Special Assistant to the Director General of GPHA about five years after joining the organization.

He secured his first high profile international position in 2007 as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa.

After five years with the IMO, he was elected as Secretary General of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) in 2012. PMAWCA is a sub-regional intergovernmental economic organization, made up of 23 Regular Member Ports and nine Associate Members including landlocked countries and maritime organizations, all located along the Western Atlantic Coast of the African continent, stretching from Mauritania to Angola.

While on his tour of duty at PMAWCA, he also served as Executive Secretary of the Pan African Association of Port Cooperation (PAPC), the continental body for the three regional port associations, from 2012 to 2017.

Luguje holds an Executive MBA in Project and Strategic Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management and Master of Science in Maritime Affairs (Port Management Specialization) from the World Maritime University (WMU), Malmo – Sweden. He is also a Graduate of French and Linguistics, University of Ghana (Legon). He has attended numerous professional training seminars and workshops on port reforms, human resource management, performance indicators, concessions management and project management.

As Secretary General of PMAWCA, Luguje engendered greater vibrancy and prudency in the affairs of the Association. In 2017, he mobilized member ports from the region to support the candidacy of Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, who became the first to be elected Vice President (Africa Region) of the International Association of Ports and Habours (IAPH), under its new constitution.

President of PMAWCA and Chairman of Cape Verde’s Port Administration, Mr Jorge Pimenta Mauricio, in a communication to the chief executives of all regular and associate Member Ports wrote: “As you will all agree with me, PMAWCA must be proud and grateful to the President of the Republic of Ghana and his Government for this appointment which is not only in recognition of Mr Micheal Luguje’s professional competence as an individual, but also an endorsement of PMAWCA as a beacon of rich skills and competence in port management from which our Governments can obtain the best experts to serve at the highest level in all key areas of the port, logistics and maritime transport sector.

“Over the last six years of his stewardship as Secretary General, PMAWCA can attest to Mr Luguje’s professional competence, team spirit and dedication to producing good results, which has repositioned the Association among the best sub-regional port organizations in Africa and beyond. We therefore have no doubt that he would be successful in his new role as Director General of the GPHA.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, Council and members of the Association, I extend our congratulations to Mr Luguje on his appointment and wish him best success in this new role of higher responsibility.”

Although his notice of resignation has been formally received, the Association’s President has requested Luguje to maintain general supervision over the work of the PMAWCA Secretariat for the month of July so that the 39th PMAWCA Council Meeting which will hold in Accra at the end of July could take a decision on modalities to elect a new Secretary General.

 

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EVERGREEN STRENGTHENS ITS ASIA- EAST AFRICA SERVICE

Evergreen's 4,300-TEU Ever Racer. Picture: Ron van de Velde/Shipspotting, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Evergreen’s 4,300-TEU Ever Racer. Picture: Ron van de Velde/Shipspotting

Evergreen Line has announced enhancements to its current Asia – East Africa service (AEF) which is adding to its direct calls in Central & Southern China.

The enhancements are to meet increasing and diverse market demands, the line said in a statement.

Five vessels are currently deployed on the AEF service – three operated by Evergreen Line, the remaining two by COSCO and X-Press Feeders. To accommodate the extended service to China, Evergreen Line and COSCO will each provide one more vessel.

This brings to a total of seven dedicated ships with an average capacity of 4,200 TEU that are utilised with a service rotation of seven weeks.

In addition to the current AEF calls in Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Kenya, the extended…

 

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OPEN DAY AT SEA IN COMOROS FOR SA AGULHAS II

SA Agulhas II. Picture: Ian Shiffman, appearing in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
SA Agulhas II. Picture: Ian Shiffman

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in partnership with the South African Embassy in Comoros hosted an open day aboard its research and polar vessel the SA AGULHAS II, on Monday (yesterday).

“The exposure that the scientists of the Comoros have had in the past few days on this vessel, as well as the visit by the young students, is a way by South Africa to say to the people of Comoros, especially its children that we care about your future and the development of your country,” said Ambassador of the Comoros, Mbulelo Bungane.

Visitors enjoyed guided tours of the vessel, from its state-of-the-art science laboratories to…

 

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PETERSIDE CAUTIONS ON THE EFFECT OF CHINA’S SILK ROAD INITIATIVE ON AFRICA

Dr Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA Director General, appearing in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Dr Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA Director General

Unless Africa adopts strategic decision making policies, the continent will fail to fully optimise the gains of China’s Silk Road ‘One Road One Belt’ initiative, says Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) head, Dr. Dakuku Peterside.

One of the objectives of China’s maritime Silk Road initiative, he pointed out, is to develop international shipping connectivity across South East Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Indian Ocean.

This, said Peterside in a report carried by Nigeria’s Maritime First newspaper, will open new…

 

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EU NAVFOR WELCOME FOR PUBLICATION OF BMP5

EU NAVFOR BMP5 released, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news

EU NAVFOR, the combined naval force operating in the region of the Horn of Africa, says it welcomes the announcement of the publication of BMP5 (Best Management Practices 5).

“In addition we welcome the launch of Global Counter Piracy Guidance. These documents have and will continue to contribute to the security and safety of merchant shipping transiting the High Risk Areas off the Horn of Africa.”

BMP5 continues to strongly encourage shipping operators to…

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **
OPERATION JUNCTION RAIN: MARITIME LAW ENFORCEMENT

Our picture shows members of the Togo’s maritime forces, US Navy, and US Coast Guard last year conducting a combined maritime law enforcement operation in support of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP). It is reported that the operation’s objectives were to enhance the maritime enforcement capabilities of African partner nations while increasing interoperability between the two maritime forces. US 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance US national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. Photo: US Navy / Released ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Our picture shows members of the Togo’s maritime forces, US Navy, and US Coast Guard last year conducting a combined maritime law enforcement operation in support of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP). It is reported that the operation’s objectives were to enhance the maritime enforcement capabilities of African partner nations while increasing interoperability between the two maritime forces. US 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance US national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. Photo: US Navy / Released ©

The US, Cabo Verde, and Senegal completed combined operations during Operation Junction Rain, a part of African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), in Dakar, Senegal, on 28 June 2018.

AMLEP paired a US Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET) with partner nation maritime forces and interagency personnel to execute combined law enforcement operations. It was reported that the US boarding teams operated from partner nation vessels to identify suspect vessels or escort vessels that have been cited for illicit and criminal activities.

In the words of Commodore Matthew Lehman, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 60 and Task Force 65: “This part…

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
MARIOTTI DAMEN CRUISE CREATED AS SEABOURN SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT FOR TWO EXPEDITION SHIPS

Marco Ghiglione (Managing Director, T. Mariotti), Andrea Trevisan (Damen Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing Cruise), appearing in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Marco Ghiglione (Managing Director, T. Mariotti), Andrea Trevisan (Damen Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing Cruise)

T. Mariotti, the leading Italian luxury cruise shipbuilding company, and Damen Shipyards Group have announced the creation of a new partnership to build cruise vessels.

T. Mariotti, which will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year, has a long-standing reputation within the cruise industry. Damen, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2017, operates in a wide range of sectors across the maritime industry and has recently announced its intention to move into the cruise market.

The partnership between the two companies will be…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
THE BIGGEST SOLAR PARK IN THE NETHERLANDS, NORTH SEA PORT

Photo kindly provided by Northseaport.com / ib vogt ©, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Photo kindly provided by Northseaport.com / ib vogt ©

In May this year works were commenced for the Solarpark Scaldia on the edge of the Sloehaven in the Vlissingen port area of North Sea Port. As the main land owner, North Sea Port supported the development of the renewable energy project.

Good for 14,000 households

Having a capacity of 54.5 MWp, the solar park will have an average production of 51,000 MWh per year, it is understood. This can be compared to the consumption of more than 14,000 households. During its 30 years’ life it will save more than 738,000 tons of CO2 emissions. This was reported on 29 June. On completion Solarpark Scaldia will then be the biggest installation of its type in The Netherlands.

Around the Sloehaven in Vlissingen

This solar park will be built next to a number of wind turbines and under a high-voltage line, in a cable and pipeline corridor. Total surface area is 38 hectares (94 acres) around the Sloehaven. 140,000 solar panels will be erected in an east-west direction in order to optimize land use, the production profile and, as a consequence, cost-effectiveness.

Network manager Enduris started in February 2018 with the construction of the network connection. EPC contractor and owner, ib vogt GmbH*, started the construction of the plant in May. ib vogt, located in Germany, was advised by the Dutch Solarfields, and HSH Nordbank recently completed its financing.

Completion of the project will enable The Netherlands in its transition towards renewable energy and in obtaining its goal of 37% sustainable energy sources in electricity consumption by 2020.

The solar park will be commissioned after the summer, it is understood.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

*see here for recent installations: https://www.ibvogt.com/home.html

 

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MSC Branka entering Durban port by Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news

MSC Branka in Durban harbour, appearing in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news  Pictures: Trevor Jones
MSC Branka.       Pictures: Trevor Jones

On 15 May this year we featured a picture of MSC BRANKA (IMO 9720495) in Table Bay as she sailed from Cape Town. Today we show her arriving in Durban on her next rotation for an appointment at the Durban Container Terminal. Built in 2016 at the Shanghai Jiangnan Changxin Shipbuilding Co at Shanghai in China as hull number H3005, the 110,527-dwt MSC Branka is 300 metres in length and 48m wide and can carry up to 9,400 TEU fully loaded. These pictures are by Trevor Jones

 

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