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FIRST VIEW: SPIRIT OF SHANGHAI

Spirit of Shanghai in Dunedin, New Zealand Picture: Alan Calvert, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Spirit of Shanghai.        Picture: Alan Calvert

Hamburg Süd’s chartered container ship SPIRIT OF SHANGHAI (IMO 9362401) arrives in the port of Dunedin bound for the container terminal at Port Chalmers, New Zealand, earlier in July. The German-owned vessel, painted in the red of Hamburg Süd but without the markings, was built in 2007 at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Geoje, South Korea as hull number 4131. The 254-metre long, 32m wide ship is owned by German interests and managed by Rickmers Shipmanagement of Hamburg. The 53,160-dwt vessel’s container capacity is 3,752 TEUs. This picture is by Alan Calvert

 

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CMA CGM UPGRADES INDIA, MIDDLE EAST TO EAST AFRICA SERVICE

CMA CGM, leading line in Africa, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

French shipping group CMA CGM announced on Friday that it is upgrading its service connection between India, the Middle East and East Africa.

Commencing on 17 August 2018, the group will offer a new product to East Africa whilst combining the NOURA 1 and NOURA 2 former rotations.

The strengths of this new offer include having one direct service serving six ports of call in the East Africa range.

The revised port rotation is as follows:

Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Mogadishu, Longoni, Beira (1/2), Port Victoria, Khor Fakkan
Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Mogadishu, Longoni, Nacala (1/2), Port Victoria, Khor Fakkan

Zanzibar which was served previously on Noura 2 will be offered via a dedicated feeder service from Mombasa port via the SWAX 2 loop.

This solution will improve the Zanzibar transit time by five days and ensure reliability for delivery of import cargo whilst reducing operational constrains previously faced with large vessels.

Weekly improved service to Mogadishu, and regularity of service ensured to Beira and Nacala ports.

A CMA CGM operated service with five vessels of up to 2,200 TEUS capacity.

A competitive transit time to Mozambican destinations for import/ export cargo due to Zanzibar call transfer on a CMA dedicated feeder service.

Extensive intermodal coverage to landlocked countries from Mozambican ports proposed by the CMA CGM Group.

Worldwide interconnection from all origins in North and South Europe, USA, India Subcontinent and Middle East.

 

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MOZAMBIQUE’S MOATIZE-MACUSE RAILWAY TO COMMENCE IN 2019 WITH A 2022 COMPELTION DATE

the Macuse railway,aturing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
the Macuse railway

Further details of the coal and ore railway between Moatize in Mozambique’s Tete province and the port facility at Macuse on the Mozambique Channel coast have been revealed.

The line, which has received funding in the form of a US$2.7 billion loan from China, will commence…

 

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NIMASA LOOKS TO INCREASE OPERATIONS IN NIGERIAN DELTA PORTS

West Africa Container Terminal, Port of Onne, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
West Africa Container Terminal, Port of Onne

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) together with other stakeholders have begun improving the efficiency and infrastructure of the country’s Eastern ports.

This follows the chronic congestion at the Lagos ports of Apapa and…

 

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EU NAVFOR MANDATED TO CONTINUE OPERATION ATALANTA, MOVES TO NEW HEADQUARTERS

EU NAVFOR banner logo, appearing with article in Africa PORYS & SHIPS maritime news

EU Council prolongs the Operation and decides on new headquarters and new Operation Commander

On 30 July the Council of the European Union extended the mandate of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta until 31 December 2020.

The Council also decided to relocate the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operational Headquarters from Northwood (UK) to Rota (Spain), and to Brest (France) for the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) as of 29 March 2019. It appointed Vice-Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave from the Spanish Navy as new Operation Commander to take command from Major-General Charlie Stickland on the same date.

It is understood that this relocation and change in command are required due to the UK’s decision to withdraw…

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EASTERN CAPE TO EXPORT MAIZE TO VIETNAM

BEE farmer and his maize crop, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform is to export more than 8,000 tons of yellow maize produced by Matatiele farmers to Vietnam.

As part of the implementation of the Agriculture Economic Transformation Strategy, the department signed a service level agreement with the Grain Farmer Development Association (GFDA) tasking it to support emerging black grain farmers to produce maize on…

 

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CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES ON TWO 22,000-TEU CONTAINER SHIPS, THE FIRST OF NINE

CMA CGM funnel markings, as appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

According to Chinese media sources, construction of the first two of nine container ships for French shipping group CMA CGM commenced last week.

The ships will be capable of loading up to 22,000 TEUs, making them the largest in the world.

The contract for the nine ships was…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **
GIBDOCK SECURES NEW ISO CERTIFICATION FIRST

Gibdock at Gibraltar, as featured in reoport in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Gibdock (above) has underlined its commitment to Occupational Health & Safety by becoming the first shipyard in the Mediterranean region, and one of the first companies worldwide, to achieve ISO 45001:2018 certification*.

An audit by LRQA completed on 6 July confirmed that the Gibraltar shipyard is fully compliant with the requirements of the new ISO standard, which was only published in March this year.

ISO 45001:2018 replaces the previous standard, OHSAS 18001. Organisations certified to OHSAS 18001 have three years to migrate to the new standard before the old one is withdrawn in March 2021, but Gibdock decided to transition at the earliest possible opportunity.

Francis Mauro, QHSE manager, commented: “We started work to move over to the new standard with the support of our consultants, Mabbett, earlier this year, even before the ISO 45001:2018 standard had been officially published. It took a lot of work, and needed engagement throughout the workforce, from our top management down, to update our policies and processes to make sure we were ready as soon as the new standard was in force.

“This preparation proved invaluable and we are pleased we were able to achieve the new standard at the first attempt.”

ISO 45001:2018 is similar to OHAS 18001 in many respects, but places greater emphasis on top management involvement and employee participation to make workplaces safer and healthier. The structure of the new standard is the same as the quality and environmental management systems standards, ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, with the aim of making them easier to integrate and ensuring consistency worldwide.

Gibdock made the successful transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 last year (2017), and so is already able to benefit fully from the synergies between these three standards.

Francis Mauro added: “For Gibdock, workplace safety is a top priority, and the new standard will help us to build on what is already a strong track record. We expect to see significant health and safety benefits as a result of adopting the new standard and our workforce, customers and stakeholders can be further assured that Gibdock is a yard that places safety right at the top of its agenda.”

Maintaining high standards of workplace safety is a continuous process at Gibdock, with ISO 45001:2018 certification only setting a new benchmark.

Concluded Mauro: “There are only six months between audits to ensure we remain compliant and so we cannot rest on our laurels. We will continue to take proactive steps to improve health and safety within the company.”

* https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso:45001:ed-1:v1:en

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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AEOLUS PREPARING TO FLY THE WIND MISSION

Measuring of cyclones by ESA’s Aeolus satellite. Id 340783. Released 02/06/2015 Copyright ESA/ATG medialab © featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Measuring of cyclones by ESA’s Aeolus satellite. Id 340783. Released 02/06/2015 Copyright ESA/ATG medialab ©

ESA’s (European Space Agency) Aeolus wind mission will provide timely and accurate profiles of the world’s winds and further information on aerosols and clouds. This mission will advance our understanding of atmospheric dynamics. It will also provide much-needed information to improve weather forecasts and contribute to climate research.

The satellite, an example shown here, carries a single instrument: a Doppler wind lidar* called Aladin. This…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

* a detection system (light+radar) which works on the principle of radar, but uses light from a laser.

 

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** NAVAL WATCH **
COMPLEX MINE WARFARE TRAINING COMPLETE IN RIMPAC SOCAL

On 26 July warships from 25 nations assembled for a photo-exercise off the coast of Hawaii during RIMPAC 2018. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan M Kinee (Released) 180726-N-MT837-226 USN © and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
On 26 July warships from 25 nations assembled for a photo-exercise off the coast of Hawaii during RIMPAC 2018. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan M Kinee (Released) 180726-N-MT837-226 USN ©

Tactical free play phase of mine warfare operations

Earlier this month (July) it was reported from (US) Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, California (said to be one of the most diverse naval installations in the world) that the tactical free play phase of Mine Warfare operations in the Southern California (SOCAL) area of operations in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise finished here on 30 July.

The tactical free play phase is one of the five phases of the exercise, and the most complex training for participating units in mine warfare operations.

Commander, Task Force (CTF) 177 Rear-Admiral Dave Welch served as RIMPAC’s Mine Warfare Commander. Welch also serves as Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) and the US Navy’s Global Mine Warfare Commander. SMWDC maintains the USN’s operational mine warfare battle staff, maintaining the capability to…

(Based on US Navy News Service material written by MC2 Curtis D Spencer)

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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JAY IRELAND TO RETIRE FROM GE; FARID FEZOUA TO BECOME AFRICA CEO

GE banner, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

He led GE Asset Management (GEAM), a global investment firm with about US$120 billion in assets under management at the time

GE announced yesterday (Monday) that President & CEO GE Africa, Jay Ireland will retire from GE effective 30 September 2018, after 38 years of service. Farid Fezoua, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Africa has been named President and CEO, GE Africa in addition to his role in GE Healthcare. This appointment is effective 1 October 2018.

“It has been a great honour to build GE Africa,” said Jay Ireland. “The past seven years in Sub-Saharan Africa have been the most rewarding of my…

 

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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 at Durban by Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Afric Star at Durban by Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Afric Star. Pictures: Trevor Jones

Earlier in July (16th) we published two photographs of this ship, the reefer AFRIC STAR (IMO 8713562) and make no apology for showing the ship again, this time by another photographer, as the subject and quality of the photographs warrant the attention. Africa Star called to load citrus at the fruit terminal. Built in Spain in 1990 by the Navantia Carenas Puerto Real shipyard at Purto Real, the 12,519-dwt ship which operates in the Star Reefers’ pool is 158 metres long and 24m wide and flies the flag of Bahamas. These pictures are taken by Trevor Jones

 

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