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FIRST VIEW: SAINT DIMITRIOS

Saint Dimitrios at Durban. Picture: Ken Malcolm, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Saint Dimitrios.       Picture: Ken Malcolm

The Greek bulk carrier SAINT DIMITRIOS (IMO 9486398) seen arriving in Durban during late June this year. The 33,788-dwt vessel, registered in the Marshall Islands, was built in 2011 at the 21st Century Shipbuilding yard in Tongyoung, South Korea for her Greek owners, the Zefxis Maritime Corp and managed by Transman Shipmanagers SA of Athens. The ship, which briefly carried the name TRITON during 2011, has an overall length of 181 metres and a width of 30m. This picture is by Ken Malcolm

 

 

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DP WORLD WARNS AGAINST VIOLATION OF CONCESSION FOR DORALEH TERMINAL, DJIBOUTI

Doraleh Container Terminal, Djibouti, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Doraleh Container Terminal, Djibouti

DP World reiterates Validity of Doraleh Container Terminal Concession and Exclusivity Rights – Warns against violation and threatens legal action

DP World has reiterated that its concession agreement for the Doraleh Container Terminal (DTC) in Djibouti remains in force, warning that the government’s illegal seizure of the facility doesn’t give the right to any third party to violate the terms of the concession agreement.

DP World statement came in the wake of news reports…

 

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SAFETY HIGHLIGHTED AT FISHING INDABA HELD IN CAPE TOWN

fishing vessels at rest. Picture courtesy: SAMSA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
fishing vessels at rest.      Pictures courtesy: SAMSA

Safety on board South Africa’s fishing industry sea going vessels is among key operations aspects of the sector that can never be left to chance, delegates to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) hosted ‘Fishing Safety Indaba‘ heard on Wednesday.

The Fishing Safety Indaba, which was held at an hotel in Milnerton, Cape Town, is a part of…

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LIFTBOAT MILAHA EXPLORER DEPLOYS TO WEST AFRICA

Milaha Explorer which has deployed to the Gulf of Guinea
Milaha Explorer

The offshore liftboat, MILAHA EXPLORER (IMO 9727819) has been deployed to West Africa on a long-term charter with a major international oil company.

On Sunday Milaha Explorer was in the Gulf of Guinea south of Calabar.

Milaha Explorer is the largest of its kind to be owned by a Qatari company, and has a large deck area, a variable load capacity, and the ability to accommodate 300 persons on board. The vessel was taken into service in 2016 from the Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industries shipyard in Liaoning Province in China and had been designed by the China-based…

 

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SHIPPERS’ COUNCIL AND NPA HELP BRING TRUCK OWNERS’ STRIKE AT LAGOS TO AN END

Port of Apapa, Lagos, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
An aerial view of Apapa port, Lagos

As a result of an intervention by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the six day old strike at the Lagos ports has ended.

The strike was called by the road transport operators and owners, who had become fed up with chronic congestion and delays that had led to alleged extortion and brutality by military personnel brought in to manage the road congestion.

The strike action took the form of truck operators dumping containers to…

 

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FOR THE RECORD : ARTICLE HEADED ‘NEW TRANSNET APPOINTMENTS…..’

TNPA banner, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

In our article of 5 July we stated that “At Durban, David Goliath has been appointed as Acting Executive Manager for Operations, taking over the role most recently filled by Nokuzola Nkowane who is currently serving as Acting Port Manager at the Port of Durban.”

David Goliath in his new capacity as Acting Executive Manager for Operations is based at TNPA head office in Johannesburg, not at Durban.

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
MSC ORCHESTRA TO MAKE HER WAY TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR 2019/20 SEASON

MSC Orchestra - heading to South Africa for 2019-20 season - this story featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Orchestra – heading to South Africa for 2019-20 season

MSC Cruises South Africa has announced that MSC MUSICA’S sister ship, MSC ORCHESTRA will be arriving in South African waters for the 2019-20 cruise season.

The ship will embark on her Southbound Grand Voyage, departing from Genoa on 18 October 2019 for a journey of 29 nights. MSC Orchestra will make her way down to Durban and will be stopping at some of the most exciting ports along the way.

MSC Orchestra Southbound departure is available for bookings now. All 2019-20 local departures and 2020 Northbound departure will become available for bookings from approximately mid-September 2018.

Voyage of MSC Orchestra to Durban, South Africa

The itinerary for this journey is:

Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Chania, Suez Canal, Eilat, Aqaba, Salalah, Male, Port Victoria, Port Louis, Pointe des Galets, Durban, total 29 nights.

The cost of this voyage ranges from R 41,534 per person (inside bella), which includes: port and service fees but excludes insurance fee.

Reservations can be made via MSC Cruises South Africa.

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
INTERNATIONA: AT LAST THE BREXIT WHITE PAPER

Brexit & Europe flags

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 and begin to chart a new course in the world, it has been said. At that date the Westminster Government will have delivered on the result of the 2016 referendum.

Last Friday (6 July) the Cabinet went off to Chequers (the PM’s country residence) to be briefed by herself and to produce a consensus from which would be prepared a working document of needs to achieve an orderly departure from the EU.

There was the desired accord and yet on the Monday following (9 July) two Cabinet members resigned before the document could be presented to the Conservative Party in a meeting at the end of a day which turned out to be very stormy.

To continue, on 12 July the Department for Exiting the European Union issued a document entitled: The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, otherwise known as The Brexit White Paper, the longed for set of pages outlining the wants of the Government.

This document can be found by CLICKING HERE.

In this 104 page paper there is much. It was available on the Government’s web news service and yet it had not arrived at the House of Commons at the time the (new) Brexit Minister Dominic Raab was attempting its introduction.

It is subject, of course, to EU acceptance. Negotiators will soon get aboard this as we wait to see what the outlook will be for business in general and the shipping, transport and fisheries sectors in particular.

In the White Paper road freight is dealt with in Section 1.7.2; maritime affairs in 1.7.3; space, particularly the Galileo satellite navigation and Copernicus earth observation projects will be found in 3.4.2. Section 3.5 introduces the outlook for fisheries.

This morning (13 July) the business pages had mixed views. See www.cityam.com, a piece by Catherine Neilan. In the words of David Dingle, Chairman of MaritimeUK ( (www.maritimeuk.org): “Despite the progress, there are areas where further clarity is needed. This includes EU VAT and services.

“We need to be able to continue serving customers in the EU. The UK is the world’s premier centre for maritime services, and we’ve long called for mutual recognition as part of the UK’s future relationship.”

Responding to yesterday’s White Paper Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) expressed mixed feelings about its contents. He said: “The White Paper addresses some of the issues that BIFA has highlighted over the past two years, including retaining something as close to the Single Market and Customs Union as is possible, with positive ideas on future Customs matters and international trading arrangements.

“But we have to remember that nothing in the White Paper is cast in stone. The proposals on Customs, where the UK is proposing to apply EU tariffs to EU goods passing through the UK, while having the freedom to set different tariffs on goods entering the UK, look complex and untested, something that has already seen negative comment from the EU. Other than a facilitated customs arrangement, I suspect that there will be other areas where there will be differences of opinion between the UK and EU.

“Notwithstanding the above, it is the most comprehensive and cogent proposal put forward by the UK Government to date and is a useful basis for negotiation with the EU. However, we need to be realistic. It still has to get through parliament, even before the negotiations in Brussels.”

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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Naval News

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PICS OF THE DAY : AFRIC STAR

Afric Star arriving at Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Afric Star arriving Durban. Pictures: Keith Betts, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Afric Star.        Pictures: Keith Betts

The reefer vessel AFRIC STAR (IMO 8713562) made an appearance in Durban harbour earlier in July to load citrus fruit.  The 12,519-dwt ship was built in Spain in 1990 by the Navantia Carenas Puerto Real shipyard in Purto Real and has also operated with the names  DEL MONTE CONSUMER (until January 2000) and TUNDRA CONSUMER (until 2004). The Star Reefers vessel is 158 metres long and 24m wide and flies the flag of Bahamas.  These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

 

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