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FIRST VIEW: ZIM SAO PAOLO

 

ZIM Sao Paolo arriving off Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Keith Betts
ZIM Sao Paolo. Picture: Keith Betts

The Israeli container ship ZIM SAO PAOLO (IMO 9389681) makes an entrance to Durban port earlier in July. The 50,818-dwt ship is 260 metres long and 32m wide and was built in 2008 at the Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy industries Co Ltd shipyard in South Korea as hull number 1671. Her maximum carrying capacity of containers is 4,526 TEU. Registered in Malta, she is owned by Greek interests and managed by Danaos Shipping of Piraeus and has remained on charter to Zim since launch in September 2008. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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LAGOS STATE GOVT SUSPENDS PLANS FOR NEW TANK FARM AT APAPA DUE TO GRIDLOCK CRISIS

aerial view of Apapa, Lagos, featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Apapa

Faced with an ongoing crisis caused by the gridlock of trucks and containers blocking access to the port terminals at Apapa and Tin Can Island, the Lagos State Government has decided to suspend approval for a planned tank farm in the Apapa area.

Introducing the tank farm would simply add to the problem of too many road vehicles on a totally inadequate road network – a problem not unique to Lagos but certainly one that has reached crisis proportions in the Nigerian main port.

In addition the local government has extended the work of the joint task force by one month and has issued a 30-day ultimatum to existing tank farm operators without adequate loading bay facilities.

As reported by Africa PORTS & SHIPS yesterday, the 10-day suspension on four shipping companies, Maersk, COSO, Lansall and APS for not having adequate facilities was lifted but only, it turns out, for a short interim period.

This emerged from a meeting with stakeholders from the maritime and road transport sectors and involving also the Nigeria Ports Authority, Shippers Council, Tank Farm Owners, and Department of Petroleum Resources, who agreed to work together in finding solutions for the crisis.

Among the measures taken is a resolution that all truck owners/operators must be registered and well-regulated by their unions who will be held accountable for the way in which the members adhere to the new regulations and existing laws.

 

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CHINA PLEDGES TO INVEST US$14.7 BILLION IN SOUTH AFRICA

BRICS countries' banner as BRICS holds summitin JOhannesburg, July 2018, and reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The South African government has signed several agreements with China, including an investment commitment from China to the tune of $14.7 billion.

This was announced yesterday (Tuesday) after the State visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he met with President Cyril Ramaphosa to further deepen trade and bilateral relations.

“We have signed several agreements and memoranda of understanding that are intended to further deepen our relations, including investment commitments to the value of…

 

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MAROONED KZN COMMUNITY GET NEW MOBILITY FROM FIVE DONATED BOATS

The first of the five donated boats, reported by Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The first of the five donated boats

The marooned island community of Enkovukeni at Umhlab’uyalingana in northern KwaZulu-Natal was able last week to breath more easily after receiving the final three of five motorised boats.

These were handed over to the Inkosi Tembe by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga.

The boats – all ready to be operated by newly trained skippers from the community who were previously unemployed youths – are a product of a joint initiative between…

 

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NAMPORT HOSTS JAMAICAN PREMIER MR ANDREW HOLNESS

Port of Walvis Bay - Namport makng comparisons with Jamaica, rfeported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Walvis Bay – Namport makng comparisons with Jamaica

Namport played host yesterday (Tuesday) to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr Andrew Michael Holness.

The Premier who has been on a state visit to Namibia concluded his journey by visiting the Erongo region where he and his delegation met Namport’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Bisey /Uirab and other regional political and business leaders.

Namport’s CEO highlighted the fact that Jamaica and Namibia share a lot of…

 

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RISING STAR FINALIST FROM TPT SALDANHA AMONG THREE OTHER FINALISTS

Nomvana Marwanqana of TP, Port of Saldanha, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nomvana Marwanqana

One of this year’s shining finalists of the Standard Bank Rising Star Awards is from Saldanha in the Western Cape.

Nomvana Marwanqana – a Technical Manager from Transnet Port Terminals’ Saldanha operations – will be among three other finalists honoured at a Rising Star Gala Dinner in Sandton tomorrow (26 July) where the winner will be announced of the Transport, Logistics and Security category.

Nominated by one of her fellow Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) colleagues, Marwanqana has demonstrated qualities and attributes that encapsulate a Rising Star. According to the Awards organisers, a rising star is an individual who possesses amazing talent, tremendous capabilities and tenacity that…

 

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NEW IMB REPORT SHOWS PERSISTENT PIRACY RISK IN GULF OF GUINEA

IMB Piracy Report infographic, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

It was reported from London and Kuala Lumpur on 24 July 2018 that the second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that all 2018 crew kidnappings have so far occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents.

A total of 107 incidents were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first six months of 2018. In total, 69 vessels were boarded, with 23 attempted attacks, 11 vessels fired upon and…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
2018 INTERNATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN CONSERVATION GOES TO DR SYLVIA EARLE

Dr Sylvia Earle. Picture courtesy: Kip Evans, featured in report carried by Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Dr Sylvia Earle. Picture courtesy: Kip Evans

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) says it is proud to announce that Dr Sylvia Earle has been selected to receive BRIT’s 2018 International Award of Excellence in Conservation for her lifetime of work in marine biology and ocean conservation.

Dr Earle will be the first ocean conservationist to receive BRIT’s conservation award in its 23-year history. The award will be presented at BRIT’s annual ceremony on 25 October 2018 at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

An American oceanographer and explorer known for her research on marine algae, Dr Earle has lived by her mantra, “no blue, no green.” She has spent her lifetime protecting and conserving the world’s oceans.

Earning undergraduate and post graduate degrees in botany helped form Dr Earle’s belief that understanding vegetation was the first step in understanding any ecosystem. Dr Earle’s 1966 Duke University dissertation, Phaeophyta of Eastern Gulf of Mexico, shed new light on the region’s aquatic plant life, and when combined with her other Gulf research, the body of work stands today as the definitive study of the region’s abundant and rich aquatic plant life.

“The study of botany whether on land or in the ocean serves as the fundamental key to solving our planet’s environmental challenges,” said Dr Ed Schneider, BRIT’s executive director. “Dr Earle’s dedication in keeping the ocean blue is truly remarkable. On behalf of the BRIT board, I commend her for her important, ongoing work. We are thrilled to have her among our illustrious Conservation Award honourees.”

Dr Earle has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater. In 1970, she led the first team of women aquanauts on the government’s historic Tektite II deep-sea research project, during which time the team conducted groundbreaking work on the effects of coral reef pollution. She has participated in ten saturation dives and set the women’s solo diving record in 1,000 metres depth. The New Yorker and the New York Times have called her ‘Her Deepness,’ and the Library of Congress named her a ‘Living Legend.’ She was the first recipient of Time Magazine’s ‘Hero for the Planet’ and the 2009 TED Prize winner.

Dr Earle’s recent research focus is on developing a global network of marine protected areas—called “Hope Spots”—to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes. Today, she is Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and a prolific author and lecturer.

Created in 1995, the International Award of Excellence in Conservation is presented to honour individuals and organisations that exemplify the ideals expressed in BRIT’s mission. Honourees include scientists, conservationists, heads of state, philanthropists, Pulitzer Prize winners, politicians and other notables.

BRIT’s annual award event has played an important role in raising public awareness of its mission and has brought an increased understanding of the importance of conservation issues and environmental awareness. Through the education of supporters, BRIT has added to the global efforts to save the diminishing resources of the planet.

About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a non-profit, international research and education organisation that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world.

BRIT’s scientists and educators work together in achieving the organisation’s two-fold mission of scientific research and education. Its scientists work from local to global scales, investigating fundamental botanical questions within the themes of biodiversity exploration and species conservation. BRIT educators create new ways to turn information into knowledge through outdoor discovery, discussion, and experiential learning for both students and teachers.

BRIT’s work benefits our community and the world in a number of areas, including environment, by understanding how plants function and interact in ecosystems; society, by educating and training a new generation of thinkers and problem solvers; and conservation, by providing the critical data needed for proper land stewardship.

For more information, visit www.brit.org

 

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ABB TURBOCHARGERS SUPPORT OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE FOR 21,000-TEU SHIP

Cosco Shipping Universe. Picture courtesy: COSCO, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cosco Shipping Universe.     Picture courtesy: COSCO

ABB turbochargers support optimal performance and fuel efficiency for one of the world’s largest container ships, COSCO Shipping Universe

The 21,000+ TEU COSCO SHIPPING UNIVERSE has broken the record for China’s largest container ship and is equipped with ABB turbochargers to assure optimal performance and fuel efficiency.

ABB Turbocharging is a key strategic partner for COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co, Ltd (COSCO SHIPPING Lines), with ABB turbochargers selected for all main and auxiliary engines across six 21,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) container ships being delivered for the Universe series by 2019. Hundreds of ABB turbochargers are in operation across the extensive COSCO SHIPPING Lines fleet.

The first flagship mega container ship in the Universe series, COSCO Shipping Universe, was delivered in June 2018 by…

 

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PICS OF THE DAY : CMA CGM OTELLO

CMA CGM Otello in Cape Town, picture by Ian Shiffman and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

CMA CGM Otello. Pictures: Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CMA CGM Otello. Pictures: Ian Shiffman

CMA CGM’s 101,818-dwt container ship CMA CGM OTELLO (IMO 9299628) at the Port of Cape Town yesterday (Tuesday 24 July) preparing to sail for Pointe Noire in the Congo. The 334-metre long, 43m wide ship is a considerable step-up from the smaller vessels that until quite recently called at ports in Central West Africa, such are the improvements to ports generally in that region. The ship was acquired last year from American President Lines (APL) when that line’s parent company, Neptune Orient Lines or NOL was absorbed into the French giant’s operation. Built in 2005 at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea, CMA CGM Otello is flagged in France and is regarded as an 8,500-TEU capacity ship. These figures always reflect the nominal total or capacity, based on empty containers. If every box on board weighed 14 tons, the ship’s capacity would reduce to 6,413 TEUs. Just one more complication to add to the complexity of operating a modern container ship.    These pictures are by Ian Shiffman

 

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