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TODAY’S BULLETIN OF MARITIME NEWS

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FIRST VIEW: MSC HINA

MSC Hina sailing from Durban, July 2018. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Hina. Picture: Keith Betts

Ships like this are becoming much less common in the port of Durban, having been overtaken by much larger container ships and making it hard to believe how quickly container shipping has evolved from the time when a 2500 TEU ship could be labelled ‘big’ as in the case of the Safmarine ‘Big Whites’. At that time a feeder or coastal container ship would carry up to 800 TEU and often much less and the ship in our focus today, MSC HINA (IMO 9062984) would have been deployed to one of the major trade lanes. MSC Hina seen here sailing from Durban earlier in July, is the second vessel to have carried this name in the Mediterranean Shipping Company fleet. The current bearer, deadweight 30,328 tons has a length of 187 metres and a width of 30m and a container capacity of 2,074 TEU. She operates between Durban and the Mozambique coast. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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STRIKE ACTION TODAY TO HIT DURBAN CONTAINER TERMINAL

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 with a news report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Durban’s Bayhead Road, main thoroughfare to the container terminals and Island View, with Ambrose Park on the upper right and the Silt Canal, Bluff Yacht Club and Fish Wharf on the left. The canal disecting the picture is the combined Umhlatuzane and Umbilo Rivers. Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has confirmed reports that we first published on 4 July advising that the non-recognised Revolutionary Transport Union of South Africa (RETUSA) was calling for a strike to take place today through to Friday. See that report by CLICKING HERE

According to a communique issued by TNPA on Tuesday (10 July), RETUSA has given notice to Transnet of its intention to embark on a national strike as from today.

“We anticipate that this strike action may impact our operating divisions,” said Durban’s acting port manager, Nokuzola Nkowane. She said that the main impact was expected at the Durban Container Terminal and Bayhead precinct.

The activity being undertaken by RETUSA today involves a march from Ambrose Park along Bayhead Road up to the intersection of Bayhead and Langeberg Roads. The scheduled time is from 09h00 to 13h30.

On Thursday (tomorrow) the union will picket at Ambrose Park with no official movement beyond this location. The scheduled time is between 08h00 and 13h30.

On Friday 13 July the union will target the Eel Road corner with South Coast Road en route to Transnet Engineering at the cornr4 of Solomon Mahlangu Drive (Edwin Swales VC Drive). The scheduled time on this day is from 09h00 to 13h30.

Transnet says that the various operating divisions have invoked their relevant business continuity plans in order to minimise the impact of this strike action.

RETUSA’s reasons for calling this action are set out in our report of last Wednesday, 4 July. See link above.

 

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MOZAMBIQUE’S CFM TO INVEST US$200m IN PORTS & RAIL OVER NEXT THREE YEARS

The magnificent Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) railway station and CFM headquarters in Maputo, featured with report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The magnificent Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) railway station and CFM headquarters in Maputo

Mozambique’s Ports and Railways company (CFM) reached 120 years last Sunday and the occasion was celebrated in Maputo on Monday this week.

The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi was guest of honour and was joined by a number of government members, current leaders and former managers of the company as well as thousands of workers.

President Filipe Nyusi said that…

 

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FIRE DESTROYS TWO COMMERCIAL FISHING BOATS AT BEIRA, ANOTHER AT BALI

burned-out fishing vessel at Portof Beira, featured in news report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture: O País

A fire destroyed two fishing boats anchored at Beira port in the early hours of Saturday morning (7 July 2018), reports O País.

The National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC) is not yet sure what caused the fire, but assume that…

 

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US$98 MILLION BOOST FOR RICHARDS BAY COAL TERMINAL

Capesize coal ship at RBCT. Picture: Chas Corbett, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Capesize coal ship at RBCT. Picture: Chas Corbett

The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) has completed a R1.34 Billion (US$98 Million) machinery upgrade including new stacker reclaimers and shiploaders.

According to a report in Bulk Materials International, the move is…

 

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PIRATE ACTIVITY OFFSHORE NIGERIA

Armed Nigerian pirates in their skiff, featured in news report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Armed Nigerian pirates in their skiff

Piracy has reared its head once again offshore of Nigeria with a potential attack on a support tug.

The failed attack took place in position 01:49.9N – 003:12.1 E, which is around 220 nautical miles south west of Bayelsa, Nigeria. The time was 19h20 local time.

The first warning came when the duty officer onboard the tug noticed…

 

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POOREST COUNTRIES GACE GROWING BURDEN FROM COST OF IMPORTING FOOD

Farmers in Kenya. Picture: ©FAO/Luis Tato, appearingin Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Farmers in Kenya. Picture: ©FAO/Luis Tato

FAO’s Food Outlook offers detailed look at market trends ranging from guava to ethanol

Food imports are placing an increasing burden on the world’s poorest countries, a new FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) report says.

The world food import bill has broadly tripled since 2000 to reach $1.43 trillion in 2017, while it has risen around fivefold for countries that are the most vulnerable to food shortages. This shows a trend that has “been deteriorating over time, portending an increasing challenge, especially for the poorest countries, to meet their basic food needs from international markets,” said Adam Prakash, a FAO economist and author of the study in the Food Outlook released yesterday.

The global food import bill is likely to rise by around 3 percent to about $1.47 trillion this year. The annual increase mostly reflects greater international trade in fish – a high-value food mostly imported by developed countries – and cereals, a staple…

The Bi-annual report can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **
SAILOR FROM US DESTROYER USS JASON DUNHAM DIES IN RED SEA EXERCISE

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) conducts a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Egyptian Navy ship El Zafer (F951), top, 1 July 2018. U.S. Navy photo, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) conducts a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Egyptian Navy ship El Zafer (F951), top, 1 July 2018. U.S. Navy photo

A US Navy sailor on board the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) died from injuries sustained while conducting small boat operations on Sunday 8 July 2018.

An undated File Photo of Ensign Sarah Mitchell, 23, who died from injuries sustained aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DD 109), 8 July 2018. (U.S. Navy photo/Released), appearing in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
An undated File Photo of Ensign Sarah Mitchell, 23, who died from injuries sustained aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DD 109), 8 July 2018. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

The tragedy occurred while the destroyer was on deployment in the Red Sea.

According to U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs, the sailor was medically evacuated to a hospital in Aqaba, Jordan, and was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m., local time.

The sailor has since been identified as Ensign Sarah Mitchell, 23, of Feasterville, Pennsylvania.

The Navy said it is investigating the circumstances of the death. In accordance with Department of Defense policy, the identity of the sailor was released 24 hours following notification of family members.

Dunham is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. source: US Navy

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
CMA CGM OULLS OUT OF IRAN SERVICE DUE TO US SANCTIONS

CMA CGM Otello in the Suez Canal, from a news report appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CMA CGM Otello in the Suez Canal

The re-introduction of US sanctions against Iran has seen the withdrawal of its services to that country by French shipping group, CMA CGM.

“Our Chinese competitors are hesitating a bit, so they may have different relationships with the Trump administration but we apply the rules,” said CMA CGM chief executive Rodolphe Saade.

According to Radio Free Europe, Saade said…

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : SA AGULHAS II

SA Agulhas II arriving in Durban, July 2018 and appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

SA Agulhas II. Pictures: Trevor Jones, featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SA Agulhas II. Pictures: Trevor Jones

Can one get tired of looking at photographs of this ship? No apologies here for showing her again, as the ship returns to Durban from her latest research expedition into East African and Mozambique Channel waters involving training and capacity building for the Indian Ocean Expedition II (IIOE2). SA AGULHAS II was built at the STX Rauma shipyard in Finland for the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and launched in July 2011 ahead of completion and handing over the following year. Since then she has made several supply trips to the South African Antarctic Base and to the Marion island group and other remote islands in the Southern Ocean, as well as a number of journeys of exploration in the Indian Ocean, with the recently completed voyage being the latest. The 12,897-gt ship has a length of 134 metres and a beam of 21.7m and is classified as Polar Class 5. The ship features onboard laboratories for scientific research as well as cargo holds and tanks for supplies for the South African polar research stations. Hangars and a flight deck on the stern can handle two Atlas Oryx helicopters and she has accommodation for up to 100 passengers in 46 cabins and carries a crew of 45. The ship is registered in Cape Town. These pictures of her returning from East Africa earlier in July are by Trevor Jones

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“When you act on your beliefs, the realisation that happens is caused by you and this will in turn lead to a consequence.”
― Stephen Richards

 

 

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