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FIRST VIEW: BRITISH CHIEF

British Chief. Picture: Alan Calvert, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
British Chief.        Picture: Alan Calvert

The oil & chemical products tanker BRITISH CHIEF (IMO 9724726) is seen at the oil berths in Lyttelton, New Zealand this week. Built in 2017 the 45,999-dwt tanker is 183 metres in length and 32m wide. Flagged in the UK (Douglas, Isle of Man) she is part of the BP tanker fleet the tanker was built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co shipyard in South Korea. This picture is by Alan Calvert

 

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SOUTH AFRICA SIGNS AFRICA CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

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Leaders meeting at the Kigali forum to sign initial AfCFTA agreement

South Africa has signed the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement with the African Union, which will pave the way for the country to benefit from inter-regional trade within the African continent.

“This agreement is an important step towards South Africa’s participation in a market of over one billion people and will create opportunities and many benefits for South Africa, which would enable South African companies to export goods and services across the continent,” said President Ramaphosa.

“It will contribute to the growth and diversification of our economy and therefore create jobs, as well as reduce inequality and unemployment.”

The President signed the agreement during the AU Summit that took place from 1 – 2 July 2018 in the Republic of Mauritania under the theme ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’.”

“South Africa remains committed to a coordinated strategy to boost intra-Africa trade and to build an integrated market in Africa that will see a market of over one billion people and approximately $3.3 trillion in GDP.

“New markets in West Africa and North Africa will provide opportunities for the export of South African products. To date, the agreement has been ratified by six countries, namely Chad, eSwatini (Swaziland), Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Niger,” said the President.

The main objectives of the AfCFTA are to:

* Create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments;
* Accelerate the establishment of the Customs Union;
* Expand intra-African trade through better harmonization and coordination of trade liberalisation and facilitation and instruments across the RECs and across Africa in general and
* Enhance competitiveness at the industry and enterprise level through exploitation of opportunities for scale production, continental market access and better reallocation of resources.

President Ramaphosa said that in order to take full advantage of this agreement, investment in infrastructure that connects countries must be made.

“There are many other areas of cooperation where we can foster integration, particularly at a regional level, such as tourism, energy and transport. This agreement offers the prospect of a new dawn for Africa,” said the President.

The agreement will soon be submitted to Parliament as part of the process towards its ratification. – SAnews.gov.za

 

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RETUSA CALLS FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE ACTION AT TRANSNET TERMINALS NEXT WEDNESDAY 11 JULY

Durban’s Bayhead Road, main thoroughfare to the container terminals and Island View, with Ambrose Park on the right. Picture by Steve McCurrach  www.airserv.co.za, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Durban’s Bayhead Road, main thoroughfare to the container terminals and Island View, with Ambrose Park on the right. Picture by Steve McCurrach  www.airserv.co.za

The Revolutionary Transport Union of South Africa (RETUSA) said yesterday that it is calling for an indefinite strike action to take place next week on Wednesday 11 July.

Whilst it is one of the smallest trade unions, with approximately 4,500 members, the last time RETUSA led a strike action in April this year it was successful in disrupting operations at several of the Transnet Port Terminals in Durban. On that occasion it targeted Bayhead Road which is the main thoroughfare to and from the Durban Container Terminal as well as the vast Island View oil and chemical products complex.

“We call on all workers to join in this campaign of mass action to demonstrate our dissatisfaction with Transnet’s response to our demands,” said the union general secretary, Joseph Dube.

He said Transnet has had ample time for dialogue and to meet with RETUSA’s demands but the company continues to treat workers’ rights with total disregard.

“We have no choice but to exercise our might and right to demonstrate our grievance by downing tools.”

RETUSA was responsible for work disruptions in April this year at the Durban port (see our report AVOID DURBAN’S BAYHEAD ROAD AND AMBROSE PARK TODAY BECAUSE OF STRIKE ACTION.

RETUSA claims that Transnet pays attention only to the larger unions. It says that its members have been victimised and harassed even for minor infractions. The union also appears to have targeted the road freight industry, which among other things, it says are “mostly of the Indian demographic” and who disregard the “laws of the country regarding work permits as per the employment services Act.”

According to RETUSA the strike action will continue until agreement is reached with their demands.

 

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NEW NAVIGATIONAL AIDS BEING INTRODUCED AT PORT OF MAPUTO

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New buoys awaiting installation in the Maputo port access channel.

Mozambique’s National Institute for Hydrography and Navigation of Mozambique (INAHINA), which is responsible for ensuring navigational safety on national port access channels, is spending US$3.5 million on a “substantial intervention” in navigational aids at the port of Maputo, according to macauhub.

Quoting the Portuguese language daily newspaper Noticias, the report says that the introduction of…

 

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EU NAVFOR MAINTAINING 24-HOUR WATCH TO KEEP HORN OF AFRICA TRADE LANES OPEN

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The crews of the Italian FREMM frigate ITS CARLO MARGOTTINI (592) and Spain’s patrol ship ESPS METEORO maintain watch 24 hours a day ready to respond to piracy incidents off the Horn of Africa; there hasn’t been one minute where EU NAVFOR sailors have not been on duty over the last nine years of the operation, reports EU NAVFOR.

Watchkeeping, vigilance and preparedness are vital qualities which all warship bridge crew are required to have in order to perform at the highest level of counter-piracy.

Being at the centre of…

 

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GHANA REVENUE AUTHORITY REMINDS IMPORTERS OF CARGO TRACKING NOTE (CTN)

Tema, Ghana's main port, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Tema, Ghana’s main port

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has instructed importers that the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) System took effect from 1 July 2018 (B/L date).

In a reminder of this CMA CGM shipping group advises that the GRA issued the following notice:…

 

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CAPE TOWN CONTAINER TERMINAL REOPENS AFTER ANOTHER WEATHER STOPPAGE

Cape Town Container Terminal, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Cape Town Container Terminal

The Port of Cape Town began accepting ships again at the container terminal after the heavy rains and, more significantly, strong swells prevented ships from being berthed.

By late last night (Tuesday 22h00) the terminal had reopened to traffic and all three berths are now occupied.

This was the second time in the last week that weather has disrupted port and terminal operations at Cape Town, as the region received welcome heavy rains which however caused localised flooding in places.

See related report of 2 July PORT OF CAPE TOWN RECOVERS FROM INCLEMENT WEATHERCLICK HERE

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
VARD SECURES CONTRACT TO BUILD NEW LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISE SHIP FOR HAPAG-LLOYD

Hapag-Lloyd expedition ships, featuring in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Hapag-Lloyd expedition ships

Vard Holdings Limited, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialised vessels, has announced that it has secured a new contract for the design and construction of one luxury expedition cruise vessel for German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The new expedition cruise vessel will join Hapag-Lloyd Cruises HANSEATIC series, together with the two vessels that VARD already has under construction for the Germany-based cruise company.

Developed by Vard in close cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the vessels are specially designed for cruises in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as operations in warm water destinations such as the Amazon.

“It is encouraging to see returning customers such as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, which bears testament to the quality of our vessels and services,” Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of Vard said. “We currently have two vessels under construction to be delivered to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in 2019, and it is our honour to be awarded with this latest contract for their new luxury expedition cruise vessel.”

The new cruise ship will be approximately 16,000 gross tons, about 139 metres long and 22 metres wide. The vessel will have seven passenger decks, with accommodation for 230 passengers in 120 cabins and suites. Similar to its sister vessels, the new ship will be equipped with high standard of facilities.

The HANSEATIC series features a water sports marina and modern spa and fitness areas.

Delivery of the new vessel is scheduled from Vard Langsten in Norway in the second quarter of 2021. The hull will be built by Vard in Romania.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is owned by the TUI Group, the Hamburg-based world’s leading integrated tourism business, and is the German-speaking region’s leading cruise provider in the luxury and expedition segments.

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **
NATO MARITIME GROUP HANDOVER

UK command of SNMG2 came to an end on 30 June 2018 after 12 months. In the port of Lisbon that day Commodore Mike Utley, RN, formally handed over command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two to his Dutch counterpart Commodore Boudewijn GFM Boots. HNLMS De Ruyter assumed the SNMG2 Flagship role from HMS Duncan during the same ceremony, which was presided over by Commander Allied Maritime Command Vice-Admiral Clive Johnstone. NATO photo by GBRN LPhot Paul Hall / MoD Crown Copyright 2018 © appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
UK command of SNMG2 came to an end on 30 June 2018 after 12 months. In the port of Lisbon that day Commodore Mike Utley, RN, formally handed over command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two to his Dutch counterpart Commodore Boudewijn GFM Boots. HNLMS De Ruyter assumed the SNMG2 Flagship role from HMS Duncan during the same ceremony, which was presided over by Commander Allied Maritime Command Vice-Admiral Clive Johnstone. NATO photo by GBRN LPhot Paul Hall / MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

In the port of Lisbon on 30 June Commodore Mike Utley formally handed over command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two to his Dutch counterpart Commodore Boudewijn G F M Boots. This marked the end of a year-long UK commitment leading SNMG2.

Rear-Admiral James Morley assumed Command of SNMG2 during a ceremony in Souda Bay, Crete 12 months previously before handing over to Commodore Mike Utley on 4 January 2018.

HNLMS De Ruyter assumed the SNMG2 Flagship role from HMS Duncan during…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
UK AND IRISH WATERS — DIFFERENTIAL GPS USER SURVEY

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The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland are conducting a survey to gauge current and future user requirements for their Differential GPS service. This was announced at the end of June 2018.

Introduction

The authorities are now surveying users across a wide variety of sectors to better understand how the Differential GPS service is being used.

The Differential GPS service currently provides corrections for GPS (single frequency) only, but the technology is being developed to enable corrections to be provided for all Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), should there be a requirement. The survey results will be used to establish current and future user needs.

In order to ensure that the GLAs are well-informed and therefore able to make the best provision for future requirements, they are looking to gather as much user feedback as possible and encourage all users, from all sectors, to complete the survey.

It is important for respondents to understand that this is a survey about the Differential GPS service and not GPS / GNSS.

Link to survey document

The survey will take about five minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential and any identifiable information will be managed in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Survey responses can be provided until 31 August 2018.

The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/29N3SX3

Alternatively, the survey can be downloaded from the nearby pdf for offline completion and then e-mailed to: requests@gla-rrnav.org

About the General Lighthouse Authorities

The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) of the United Kingdom and Ireland are: Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board and the Commissioners of Irish Lights. Together, they have the statutory responsibility for the provision of marine aids to navigation around the British Isles and Ireland.

The GLA joint mission is the delivery of a reliable, efficient and cost effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners.

Readers are invited to learn more of the activities of these services by taking a look at their respective websites here:

• Trinity House: www.trinityhouse.co.uk

• The Northern Lighthouse Board: www.nlb.org.uk

• The Commissioners of Irish Lights: www.irishlights.ie

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

 

Naval News

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PIC OF THE DAY : GLOVIS CHALLENGE

Glocvis Challenge by Keith Betts, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news

Glovis Challenge arriving at Durban later June 2018.. Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Glovis Challenge.        Pictures: Keith Betts

The 58,288-gt car carrier GLOVIS CHALLENGE (IMO 9590591) shown entering Durban late in June. With a length of 200 metres and a beam of 32m this RoRo vessel was built in 2012 at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard at Ulsan, South Korea. The ship is owned and managed by Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea, a specialist company operating 66 ships of various vehicle-carrying types and a total capacity of 426,186 motor units. Glovis Challenge is capable of carrying up to 6,560 motor cars when fully loaded. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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