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

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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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…[restrict] US$14.7 billion,” President Ramaphosa told a packed media briefing after their official talks.

“President Xi Jinping has indicated that China is ready to invest and work with South Africa in various sectors, such as infrastructure development, the ocean economy, green economy, science and technology, agriculture, environment and finance.”

Some of the agreements signed are in trade and industry, agriculture and science and technology, including a visa agreement.

Several South African State-owned companies also benefitted. These are Transnet, Naspers and power utility Eskom.

The power SOC bagged a $2.5 billion loan agreement with China’s Development Bank.

BRICS Johannesburg logo, reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe told the media that the $2.5 billion loan agreement is strategic both for investment and capital growth.

“At the beginning of the year, we indicated we need to borrow R72 billion to operate efficiently. Since January, we have raised R57 billion. Today we signed $2.5 billion. This amount moves our funding from 22% to 66%,” he said.

Trade on an upward trajectory

As things stand, total trade between South Africa and China has been growing since 2009, moving from R118 billion to R271 billion by the end of 2013.

However, while there is a trade imbalance between China and South Africa, both countries have implemented various mechanisms to address these discrepancies, President Ramaphosa said.

Both South Africa and China hope that these newly signed agreements and investment commitment will help balance the trade between Pretoria and the Asian giant.

“We also recognised that although trade figures have grown steadily over the past few years, bilateral trade has not reached its potential. We have thus explored avenues for increasing trade, identifying sectors for future investment and promoting tourism,” said President Ramaphosa.

President Xi, who was accompanied to the visit by his wife Peng Liyuan, used the occasion to acknowledge the close and high-level exchanges and fruitful practical cooperation across the board. He described South Africa as a “good brother and comrade”.

Speaking through an interpreter, President Xi said the two countries need to start a new chapter of elevating their relations.

“South African is on a new journey for national development. China and South Africa relations are at a new historical departure point. Just now, President Ramaphosa had a very productive discussion on how to take our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) to new heights.”

The two countries also committed to further increase development cooperation in infrastructure, trade, technology and financial cooperation to unlock collaboration potential.

“We support the proposed investment summit and we will be taking active measures to support the government of South Africa in achieving its developmental agenda,” the Chinese leader said.

But above all, the two countries committed to putting the people at the centre of their cooperation, as this will bring greater public support for a China-South Africa friendship, and make the people more closely connected.

President Xi called for strengthened collaboration and strategic coordination in international organisations such as the UN, G20 and BRICS in order to promote the reform of the global governance system in a joint effort to advance the fundamental interests of African and other developing countries.

BRICS Johannesburg logo, reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

This was echoed by President Ramaphosa, who said both countries will continue to advance the centrality of the UN and other multilateral forums in resolving issues of global concern.

“In 2019, South Africa will commence its two-year non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. South Africa and China will continue to work together in full accord over the need for the reform of the structures and modalities of the work of the UN,” said President Ramaphosa.

The State visit forms part of a number of activities South Africa and China committed to jointly undertake during the course of this year under the umbrella of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

South Africa and China celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, which have advanced from a simple partnership to a strategic one, and now to a comprehensive strategic alliance.

The China State visit coincides with the 10th BRICS Summit, which kicks off today at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. source:[/restrict]


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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…[restrict] the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) supported by the Department of Transport (DoT) and private sector companies, among them shipping group, AMSOL as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board.

It’s a joint initiative that began as the Enkovukeni Outreach Project three years ago as a gesture of goodwill in the spirit of the Nelson Mandela International Day, which was sparked by an outcry from the Enkovukeni community after it was trapped for months, unable to move following heavy rains.

The swollen waterways make up part of the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (Lake St Lucia region) which is a World Heritage Site in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

The first of the five boats was handed to the community in 2016, followed a while later by another, donated by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Department of Education.

On Monday afternoon (16 July) during a very wet rainy day the community was handed the last three of the five boats that are intended to assist it with water transport while broader efforts are continuing to establish the feasibility of erecting a permanent bridge in the area.

children having to wade through the water on the way to school, reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Children having to wade through the water on the way to school

The handover was a day ahead of the reopening of schools. Children from about 250 households in the village have to daily wade through waist deep water to reach their school, and then do the return journey each afternoon.

According to Ms Chikunga, speaking at the ceremony last Monday, the building of a permanent bridge across the estuary would be an ideal solution but this would require extensive consultations among several government departments and other affected or interested entities.

From a financial perspective she said, current estimates indicated that it would be a highly expensive exercise largely due to the character of the landscape of the area.

Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, featured in Africa PORS & SHIPS maritime news
Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga

She urged the community to actively engage in the exercise in two ways; first by ensuring it was represented in task teams appointed for the feasibility studies, but also in embarking on entrepreneurial initiatives that will add financial support.

“These boats that we are handing over to you today are not Government or anyone else’s property but your property as a community and which you must protect and preserve as best you can in your own interest. But in addition, you must find ways in which you will raise funds to maintain them with fuel as well as all other necessary repairs,” she said.[/restrict]


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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…[restrict] similarities such as both countries having their own ports as well as the great reliance each has on the tourism industry as a big contributor to Gross Domestic Products.

It was for this reason of the shared commonalities in port administrations that Namport was seen as a worthwhile entity to host the Jamaican delegation within the Erongo Region.

“Namibia’s government made very conscious efforts years ago to develop and invest in the Port of Walvis Bay as a commercial port not only for the country but also as a port that would serve the interest of the entire SADC region most especially countries that are landlocked,” said Mr /Uirab.

Premier Holness complimented Namibia in its significant strides made after attaining its independence and using such a platform to attain the economic freedom it has thus far attained.

The two leaders looked at specific future collaborations and the CEO was invited to visit the Republic of Jamaica for further deliberations between the two countries with particular emphasis on the maritime sector.[/restrict]


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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…[restrict]goes beyond technical and functional abilities.

The person does not need to be in management nor hold a position of great authority. Rising Star finalists would have had to demonstrate vision and the ability to create, showcase impressive communication and listening skills, be motivated and committed individuals, embody trust and ethics, and display team effectiveness and collaboration.

Marwanqana is no stranger to being recognised for her leadership prowess and talent within the workplace having previously been nominated as a finalist in Transnet’s Group Awards for inspirational leadership.

“TPT has been my sole employer since I started my apprenticeship with them in 2009 and ever since then the company has played a very important role in my career development and moulding me into the person that I am today. From the outset TPT has been supportive and appreciative of nurturing my talent – even providing me with various bursaries to study further that included my latest qualification obtained from Stellenbosch University’s Business School. Everything I know, I have learnt directly from this great organisation and I cannot say enough how grateful I am to them,” she stated.

While acknowledging the “pro women and youth” stance that TPT promotes within the company, Nomvana also acknowledges that in order for her to have moved forward and reached her ambitious goals, it was up to her to take the opportunities offered to her with both hands.

“Working in a male-dominated engineering industry has definitely brought with it various challenges that I have had to overcome but I believe that if you are able to visualise your end goal and be resilient in your approach to the obstacles that come your way – the sky is the limit! Having grown up in George and attended Thembalethu High School, just being recognised as one of the top five of the Rising Star Awards in itself makes me feel like a winner. I am truly honoured and grateful for being recognised as possessing the qualities that this competition promotes,” she added.

Industries have been challenged with the recognition and retention of talent in the workplace. In order to build a strong, motivated workforce, SA Rising Star programme together with dedicated sponsors has embarked on a giant leap to recognise talented individuals by introducing the Rising Star Awards.

As part of the Talent Management Strategy and Transnet’s commitment to recognise and nurture talent, there are multiple programmes and incentives in place. The women and youth training and development programmes that TPT facilitate entails Youth-In-Training, Graduates-In-Training, Technicians-In-Training, Engineers-In-Training, learnerships and apprentices, amongst others.

TPT has placed a total of 117 apprentices in various terminals across three provinces along South Africa’s coastline at a cost of almost R27 million as part of various tailor-made learning programmes that aim to hone their skills in order to ready them for the job market in the face of a national skills shortage and unprecedented unemployment figures. Out of the 117 apprentices, 45 of them have been permanently employed within TPT.

TPT’s management team have commended Nomvana Marwanqana on her remarkable achievement so far.[/restrict]


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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…[restrict] four vessels hijacked. No vessels were reported as hijacked in the second quarter of 2018.

The number of crewmembers taken hostage increased from 63 to 102 compared to the same time period in 2017.

The number of crew kidnappings decreased from 41 by the second quarter in 2017 to 25 so far in 2018. However, all 25 crew kidnappings reported this year have occurred over six incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, highlighting the higher risks in this area.

Moreover, the true number of incidents in the Gulf of Guinea is believed to be significantly higher than what is reported to the IMB PRC, says the report.

Captain Pottengal Mukundan, Director of IMB, commented: “The 2018 figures aptly demonstrate the value of timely and transparent reporting. The reports help to focus on risk areas, and to accurately inform vessels of evolving dangers and allow authorities to deliver an effective response.”

Fewer incidents in the Philippines and off Somalia

Outside the Gulf of Guinea, the number of 2018 incidents decreased in other piracy hotspots. There were no reported incidents recorded off the coast of Somalia in the second quarter of 2018. Masters are however again urged to continue to maintain high levels of vigilance when transiting the high-risk area and to follow the latest version of the best management practices.

The number of incidents in the Philippines dropped from 13 by the second quarter of 2017 to three in the same time period this year.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is also commended for the prompt and successful boarding of a product tanker which was under attack by armed robbers around six nautical miles east of Pulau Tinggi, Malaysia. Fourteen robbers were detained for investigation and two were arrested in Indonesia by Indonesian Enforcement authorities

Of the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre

Since 1991 the IMB PRC’s 24-hour manned centre has provided the maritime industry, governments and response agencies with timely and transparent data on piracy and armed robbery incidents – received directly from the Master of the vessel or its owners.

It is reported that IMB PRC’s prompt forwarding of reports and liaison with response agencies, its broadcasts to shipping via Inmarsat Safety Net Services and email alerts to CSOs, all provided free of cost, has helped the response against piracy and armed robbery and the security of seafarers, globally.

IMB strongly urges all shipmasters and owners to report all actual, attempted and suspected piracy and armed robbery incidents to the IMB PRC.

This first step in the response chain is vital to ensuring that adequate resources are allocated by authorities to tackle piracy.

Transparent statistics from an independent, non-political, international organization can act as a catalyst to achieve this goal.

About the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organization with a network of over 6.5 million members in more than 130 countries. Work here promotes international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard setting activities—together with market leading dispute resolution services. Members include many of the world’s largest companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

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Reported by Paul Ridgway

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

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

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

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

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

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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…[restrict] Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co Ltd. The vessel is equipped with three ABB A180-L two-stroke turbochargers to match the diesel main engine and four ABB TPL67-C33 4-stroke turbochargers to match four auxiliary engines.

ABB logo appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Oliver Riemenschneider, Managing Director, ABB Turbocharging, said it was an honour to support COSCO SHIPPING Lines, which is the largest container shipping operator in Asia and fourth largest globally, with the fleet.

“We are proud to support COSCO SHIPPING Lines, with premium ABB turbochargers selected for all of the main and auxiliary engines across the six mega container ships in the Universe series, including the record-breaking COSCO Shipping Universe recently delivered,” he said.

“The ABB turbochargers on COSCO Shipping Universe will support maximum performance and fuel efficiency, in addition to contributing to COSCO SHIPPING Lines pursuing green shipping practices for long-term success. We foresee the ABB turbochargers on the forthcoming mega container ships in the Universe series will contribute similar viable operational gains.”

Key benefits for ABB’s A100 series include compliance with IMO Tier II and Tier III emission limits; reduced fuel consumption; high operational flexibility, reliability and availability; long intervals between inspections, routine maintenance and overhauls; absolute operational safety with rigorous testing and reduced engine room noise.

The TPL-C series, respectively, is designed to meet growing market demand for greater power, efficiency and long operational life. In addition to its outstanding fuel savings and low emissions capabilities, the TPL-C series boasts a modular design with minimized spare parts for easy installation and service.

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with an integrated, international logistics network, ABB Turbocharging provides vital servicing support for all ABB turbochargers in use across the COSCO SHIPPING Lines fleet. Access to 24/7 servicing, 365 days a year, and guaranteed 98 percent spare parts availability support maximum uptime. Customers such as COSCO SHIPPING Lines have confidence in the quality of ABB Turbocharging’s servicing, as well as the availability of reliable, customized care whenever and wherever required for ultimate performance and lowest total ongoing operating costs.

At a capacity of 21,237 TEU, COSCO Shipping Universe has eclipsed the record for China’s largest container ship set only weeks prior by a different COSCO SHIPPING Lines vessel, the COSCO SHIPPING VIRGO. The pioneering vessel has an overall length of 399.9 metres and an overall height equivalent to a 24-storey building (72 metres), with a deadweight of 198,000 tons and a travelling speed of 22 knots.

As the core flagship in the fleet of COSCO SHIPPING Lines, COSCO Shipping Universe is planned to serve in the route from the Far East to Northwest Europe, becoming the new messenger and business card of “the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road”.

About COSCO Shipping Lines Co, Ltd

COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co, Ltd, an enterprise specially engaged in international and domestic container shipping and related services. The company has a total of 373 container vessels, with a total capacity of 1.9 million TEUs, ranking 4th place in the world, and 1st place in Asia. COSCO SHIPPING Lines operates 362 international and domestic shipping routes, consisting of 227 international services (including international feeder services), 49 domestic services, 86 Yangtze River and Pearl River shipping services, covering 289 ports in 90 countries and regions worldwide.

About ABB Turbocharging

ABB logo, appearing in reports carried by Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

ABB Turbocharging is at the helm of the global industry in the manufacture and maintenance of turbochargers for 500 kW to 80+ MW diesel and gas engines. Innovative leading-edge technology enables customers to increase their performance; producing lower emissions, and improving fuel consumption even in the toughest environments. Approximately 200,000 ABB turbochargers are in operation across the globe on ships, power stations, gen-sets, diesel locomotives and large, off-highway vehicles. ABB has over 100 Service Stations in more than 50 countries globally and a wide service portfolio that guarantees Original Parts and Original Service anytime, anywhere.[/restrict]


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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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