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FIRST VIEW: SM NEW YORK

SM New York arriving in Durban. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SM New York.        Picture: Keith Betts

We last featured the container ship SM NEW YORK (IMO 9461465) was on 12 October 2017, two days after the 102,518-dwt ship went aground on a sandbank in Durban harbour after being blown off her mooring at the Durban Container Terminal during the height of the big cyclone-force storm that struck parts of Durban including the harbour. Fortunately she suffered no damage.  SM New York is a former Hanjin Line vessel – at that time she was named Hanjin Long Beach. Built in 2010 the ship is 336 metres in length and 43m wide and has a capacity of 8,586 TEU.   This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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SAPPI’S R7 BILLION INVESTMENT TO INFLUENCE KZN ECONOMY

SAPPI banner, which featured in article about R7bn investment if KZN, told in an artickle in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Premier Sihle Zikalala has welcomed Sappi Limited’s enormous R7 billion planned investments that are expected to have a massive positive impact on the provincial economy.

Sappi Limited — a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, specialities and packaging papers, printing and writing papers and biomaterials — and a large exporter of paper products through Durban harbour, announced yesterday (Monday) major planned upgrades at its Saiccor Mill in Umkomaas, south of Durban.

The investments include a R2.7 billion capacity expansion project and a planned R5 billion over five years in various continuous improvement initiatives and upgrade projects.

Zikalala said it was heartening that more and more business organisations such as Sappi continue to express, through actions, their commitment and loyalty to the provincial economy.

Zikalala said the massive investments currently being poured into different parts of KwaZulu-Natal by big conglomerates are a major vote of confidence in the province’s resolve to grow its economy for the benefit of all its citizens.

The SAPPI Saiccor factory on the banks of the Umkomaas River is well known to South Coasters and to railway enthusiasts, the latter because of a fleet of steam locomotives employed until lately on the shunt between Umkomaas Station and Saiccor. Featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The SAPPI Saiccor factory on the banks of the Umkomaas River is well known to South Coasters and to railway enthusiasts, the latter because of a fleet of steam locomotives employed until lately on the shunt between Umkomaas Station and Saiccor.

According to Zikalala, the increased and expanded investment reaffirms Sappi’s commitment to KwaZulu-Natal.

“Major investments have also taken place in our special economic zones in the recent past. We will continue to sell our province as a destination for quality investments. Working with the central government, we will also continue to create an environment which is conducive for businesses to thrive,” Zikalala said.

The provincial government also commended Sappi for its recently launched Skills Centre near Saiccor Mill, which has created training and up skilling opportunities for the workforce and for local youth.

Zikalala said that KwaZulu-Natal would engage other conglomerates to invest more on skills development to assist in reducing unemployment.

The provincial government has been assured that Sappi would work swiftly and seamlessly to obtain necessary authorisations to make the company’s planned investment a reality.

Zikalala also said that the province is supportive of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s efforts to spur the country towards the growth trajectory under the banner of Operation Thuma Mina which encourages corporate South Africa to begin to invest in the economy. – SAnews.gov.za

 

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NIGERIA PORTS AUTHORITY CONDITIONALLY LIFTS SUSPENSION AT LAGOS ON MAERSK, COSCO, APS & LANSAL

Apapa terminal in Lagos where the suspension on four terminalk companies has been conditionally lifted. Appearing ina report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: OTAL
Apapa terminal in Lagos.     Picture: OTAL

Maersk Line reported yesterday (Monday) that the suspension imposed upon the Danish company by way of a 10-day ban has been lifted.*

It has subsequently been learned that the suspension on COSCO, African Port Services (APS) and Lagos and Nigeria Shipping Agencies Limited (LANSAL) has also been lifted but that conditions apply to…

 

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GHANA FACES NEW LEGAL DISPUTE OVER MARITIME BOUNDARY

Ghana map showing Keta and neighbouring Togo, featured in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Ghana map showing Keta and neighbouring Togo

Ghana’s Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) has cautioned the Ghanaian government of an impending maritime boundary dispute with Togo over oil exploration in the East Keta Ultra Deep Block.

According to the committee – which has oversight responsibility over…

 

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TNPA EMPLOYEES COMMEMORATE MANDELA CENTENARY

Port of East London employees paint the Qunu Junior Primary School, Nelson Mandela's first school, appearing in a report if Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of East London employees paint the Qunu Junior Primary School, Nelson Mandela’s first school.

Employees from Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) heeded the global call to mark Nelson Mandela International Day and the centenary of his birth by being of service to others.

This year TNPA once again encouraged employees who volunteer for causes in their personal time, to nominate organisations they wished to support through the company’s Mandela Day activities. TNPA’s activities impacted 17 charitable causes ranging from youth centres, schools, children’s and old age homes, palliative care organisations, informal settlements and more.

TNPA Head Office personnel at work in the Baragwanath Hospital near Johannesburg, appearing in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
TNPA Head Office personnel at work in the Baragwanath Hospital near Johannesburg

Staff from TNPA’s Johannesburg head office – including some of the national executive committee…

 

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MAPUTO-KA TEMBE IS THE NAME CHOSEN FOR THE NEW SUSPENSION BRIDGE OVER MAPUTO BAY

Maputo-Ka Tembe bridge

A name has been chosen for the new suspension bridge over Maputo Bay that will connect the city of Maputo with the district of Catembe.

This follows a proposal put to the Maputo Municipal Assembly of the Municipal Council of Maputo City last week, which met with approval, according to the Mozambique newspaper A Verdade.

“Following several public consultations, the name…

 

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AfDB CALLS FOR FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR MADAGASCAN PORT IN MANAKARA

Manakara port scene. Picture: Wikipedia Commons, featured in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Manakara port scene.       Picture: Wikipedia Commons

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has issued a call for expressions of interest for a consultant to carry out a feasibility study for a PPP refurbishment of the port at Manakara in Madagascar.

The AfDB has provided funding to the Republic of Madagascar to cover the cost of the Investment Promotion Support Project and intends to…

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
PRINCESS CRUISES ORDERS TWO LNG CRUISE SHIPS FROM FINCANTIERI

Caribbean Princess. Picture: courtesy Princess Cruises, appearing in an article in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Caribbean Princess.    Picture: courtesy Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises, a brand of parent company Carnival Corporation, has signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build two ‘Next Generation’ LNG cruise ships.

The new ships are for delivery from Monfalcone in late 2023 and early 2025 respectively.

They will be the largest and…

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **
MULTI-NATIONAL NAVAL EXERCISE, RIMPAC 2018 CONTINUES

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan M Kinee. Released. USN ©, featured in a rfport in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan M Kinee. Released. USN ©

Seen here on 21 July F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to the “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 fly in formation near the aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) during the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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GAC ANGOLA RENEWS SHIP AGENCY CONTRACT WITH POSH SEMCO

GAC banner, appearing in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Leading offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd (POSH) has reaffirmed its close working relationship with GAC Angola by renewing its ship agency contract for Soyo and Luanda and extending the agreement to include Cabinda.

Under the deal, GAC now provides an integrated range of services for…

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : AKTORAS

Aktoras arriving off Durban, by Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Aktoras.        Pictures: Trevor Jones

The chemical and oil products tanker AKTORAS (IMO 9312925) enters port at Durban bound for the Island View oil storage terminals. Built in 2006 the 37,582-dwt tanker is owned by Greek interests and managed by Capital Ship Management Corp. Until last year the tanker operated with the BRITISH ENVOY as one of the BP Shipping fleet when she flew under the flag of the Isle of Man (UK). The 185-metre long, 27m wide tanker was built at the Hyundai Mipo Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. These pictures are by Trevor Jones

 

 

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