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FIRST VIEW: JPO LEO

JPO Leo arriving at Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones. featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime ews
JPO Leo.               Picture: Trevor Jones

The self-geared container ship JPO LEO (IMO 9246700) enters the port of Durban during July to work her cargo of containers at the Durban Container Terminal. The 41,743-dwt, 220-metre long by 32m wide ship is flagged in Liberia and was built in 2005 at the Stocznia Szczecinska Nowa S.A. Shipyard at Szczecin in Poland as hull number 178/I/13. Owned by German interests, managed by HanseContor Shipmanagement Niederelbe in Germany and apparently operated by MOL (now part of the ONE combined line), the 3104-TEU capacity ship has also carried the names MOL RENAISSANCE from 2005 and HYUNDAI RENAISSANCE for a brief period in 2008/09. Vessels that carry the prefix JPO are owned by the Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Oltmann mbH & Co KG company, a family-owned shipping company dating back to 1836. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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BREAKING NEWS…….. breaking news……..

Thursday 2 August 2018 13h45

London Court of International Arbitration finds the Djiboutian Government’s Seizure of Doraleh Terminal Illegal

Tribunal declares validity of the concession agreement
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, August 2, 2018/ — An Arbitral Tribunal of the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) today confirmed the illegitimacy of the Government of Djibouti’s action of seizing control of the Doraleh Container Terminal from DP World (http://web.DPWorld.com).  The LCIA Tribunal has ruled that Doraleh Container Terminal’s Concession Agreement “remains valid and binding notwithstanding Law 202 and the 2018 Decrees”.  Law 202 and the referenced decrees were devices enacted by Djibouti to seek to evade Djibouti’s contractual obligations, and these have been found to be ineffective in law.  DP World will now reflect on the ruling and review its options.

On 22 February 2018, the Government illegally seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal from DP World, who designed, built and operated the terminal following a concession awarded in 2006. The Terminal is the largest employer and biggest source of revenue in the country, has operated at a profit every year since it opened, and has been found to have been a “great success” for Djibouti under DP World’s management.

The illegal seizure of the Terminal followed the Government’s campaign to force DP World to renegotiate the terms of the concession. The Concession terms were found to be “fair and reasonable” in 2017 by another LCIA tribunal led by Lord Leonard Hoffmann, Peter Leaver QC and Sir Richard Aikens, all highly respected English jurists.

 

 

 

NIGERIA’S HEAD OF SHIP OWNERS ASSOC SPEAKS OUT ON FLOATING DOCK PLAN

Osanyamo going through her paces off Cape Town earlier this year, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Osanyamo going through her paces off Cape Town earlier this year

The decision by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to acquire a floating dock for Nigeria has been criticised by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starzs Investment Company Limited, Engr Greg Ogbeifun.

In an interview granted to Ships & Ports Ltd, Ogbeifun called the floating dock a bad investment. “I ask myself is NIMASA going into ship building or repairs themselves now,” he said.

“Does the NIMASA Act stipulate that they can establish ship yards? Do they have the expertise to run shipyards? Somebody needs to tell us what they plan to do.”

Ogbeifun suggested that instead of buying the floating dock, NIMASA should have sought advice from the ship yards that already exist in the country and enquired what was needed for them improve and grow their share of the business.

“Right now, a lot of Nigerian ship owners are still leaving this country to go outside to look for docking facilities. In an ideal world, the money that was used to build that the floating dock is a bad investment.”

He said the matter had not been well thought through.

“Where is NIMASA going to operate it from? Where are the trained skill personnel that will operate it? That money should have been given to ship owners to buy ships and generate revenue and give back to them. Some of us are still waiting to know what NIMASA wants to do with that floating dock.

“Granted that this administration did not initiate this process, but if the new administration sees that this thing is already on, there are things it could have done. It could call a meeting of ship yards operators in the country, and ask if they can form a consortium and have a neutral yard to operate the dock or buy it off? The whole thing is just interesting and I am waiting to see how it goes.

Ogbeifun, who is also the president of the Ship Owners Association (SOAN), recently experienced frustration over delays in building and delivering of his company’s new vessel OSANYAMO at a Damen shipyard (see DAMEN TYPE 5114 OSANYAMO FINALLY GETS DELIVERED TO SICL IN PORT HARCOURT) as a result of hassles with the country’s cabotage rules, said the cabotage fund is not meant for NIMASA to go and buy a floating dock.

“It is meant to develop the industry, those who are already there and have the expertise,” he said. source: ShipsandPorts.com.ng

 

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MAPUTO-CATEMBE BRIDGE OPENING DELAYED YET AGAIN

Maputo-Katembe Bridge delayed again, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maputo-Katembe Bridge

The construction company for the Maputo-KaTembe Bridge, Maputo Sul, has again failed to meet construction deadlines, reports the Portuguese-language newspaper, O Pais.

The work on the bridge across Maputo Bay was supposed to have been completed yesterday (31 July) after several previous delays, but instead…

 

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THIRTY-FIVE SEAFARERS KIDNAPPED IN GULF OF GUINEA IN FIRST HALF OF 2018-EOS REPORT

Nigerian pirates, featured in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nigerian pirates

In the first half of 2018 pirates in the Gulf of Guinea took 35 seafarers off their ships to hold for ransom, according to a report published by the UK security firm EOS Risk Group.

EOS ascribed Nigerian pirates being at the epicentre of piracy activity in the region and said that between January and end June this year 34 Nigerian pirate attacks were recorded on merchant and fishing vessels in the Gulf of Guinea.

These attacks resulted in the kidnap of 35 seafarers for…

 

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DJIBOUTI IMPROVES POSITION IN WORLD BANK RANKINGS DUE TO INFRASTRUCTURE SPEND

Doraleh container terminal, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Doraleh container terminal

Djibouti has improved its position by a phenomenal 44 places in the World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) in just two years due to it investing heavily in infrastructure.

Djibouti is Africa’s one of Africa’s smallest states but occupies a strategic position in the Gulf of Aden/Red Sea region. From 154th ranking in 2014 it has…

 

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COEGA CAR PLANT BAIC RAMPS UP USE OF LOCAL MATERIALS AND LABOUR

BAIC 3-X25, soon to be running off the Coega plant line, featured in ASfrica PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
BAIC 3-X25, soon to be running off the Coega plant line

The Chinese motor vehicle manufacturer BAIC, which recently produced its first motor vehicle in South Africa, is ramping up the use of local materials and labour at its Coega plant near the port of Ngqura.

This will be happening as the plant moves into full production from its set-up phase. The first batches of the BAC X25 compact SUV are due to start running off the assembly line in the…

 

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HAPAG-LlOYD ANNOUNCES EUROPE-AUSTRALIA EXPRESS (EAX) ROTATION & TERMINAL CHANGES

Hapag-Lloyd's Berlin Express, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hapag-Lloyd’s Berlin Express

Hapag-Lloyd has announced that its Europe Australia Express (EAX) service will change its rotation in North Europe.

The first vessel will be MV JAZAN Voyage 8035S (ETA Rotterdam 25 August).

As from this sailing the rotation will change as follows:

 

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** TRANSAID WATCH **
TRANSAID LATEST: TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH SAFE, AVAILABLE, AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

Transiad at 20 years, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

TRANSAID TRANSFORMS

Founded by Save the Children, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and with, as its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, the international development organisation Transaid shares more than two decades worth of expertise in 23 countries with partners and governments – empowering people to build the skills they need to transform their own lives.

For a concise report of the charity’s activities and achievements, followed by a full set of audited accounts readers are invited to take a look CLICK HERE here:

Below are found some recent news stories of Transaid’s achievements in Africa.

MAMaZ Against Malaria – Alexandria’s story

Alexandria, featured in a Transaid report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

One-year-old Alexandria Katontoka (pictured) from the Serenje District of Zambia fell sick on 13 December 2017 at around 10h00. He stopped playing with his friend and fell asleep near the doorway of his house. While picking up her (seemingly) sleepy son, Sharon Musonda realised his body temperature was very high. Worried, she immediately set off to see the Community Health Volunteer (CHV), Charity Mumba. With a rapid diagnostic test confirming Alexandria had malaria, he was given an antimalarial and paracetamol and taken home.

At around 15h00 Alexandria’s big brother came running to Charity’s home in tears. He said that Alexandria had died, and he had been sent to call her. Charity ran into her house to pick up her test kits and newly World Health Organisation-approved Rectal Artesunate Suppository (RAS), which gives children with suspected severe malaria a 12 hour window to reach a health facility. When she arrived, Alexandria was lying on a blanket on the floor with his eyes closed. His mother, Sharon, explained that he had started vomiting severely and had been having fits.

Charity immediately administered RAS and advised for preparations to be made to go to the hospital. Just five minutes later, Alexandria opened his eyes and started to cry. Charity’s husband then called for a bicycle ambulance, which transferred Sharon and Alexandria to the local health facility within two hours.

On arrival, Alexandria was given three courses of Injectable Artesunate and the following day could be discharged, with a course of follow-up medication and vitamins to be taken at home. Although it took him almost a week to walk properly, thanks to the follow-up visits by Charity, we know he has now fully recovered. RAS gave Alexandria a second chance to live.

Since July last year, Transaid has been part of the programme MAMaZ Against Malaria (MAM), an innovative approach to beating malaria. This is a collaboration between Medicines for Malaria Ventures (MMV), Transaid, Development Data, Disacare, Health Partners Zambia, the National Malaria Elimination Center of Zambia and the District Health Management Team, Serenje.

Motor Transport Awards – record-breaking amount raised

Transaid was delighted to once again be the beneficiary charity of the Motor Transport Awards this year. A brilliant evening was rounded off with Transaid receiving a record-breaking £33,000. Thanks are sent to all involved in this achievement.

Cycle Zambia

Cycle Zambia, as feastured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

With Cycle Zambia less than eight weeks away, cyclists are getting ready for their once-in-a-lifetime challenge to benefit Transaid with a sponsored ride.

20th Anniversary

Transaid turns 20 in October this year, and as part of the celebrations, supporters are cycling the length of the UK. For those readers in the UK, here is an opportunity to take on an amazing challenge, either individually or as part of a relay team.

To learn more

Readers are invited to take a look at: www.transaid.org to learn more about these events, past activities and plans for the future of this worthy charity supporting the people of Africa.

The charity’s mailing address is:
Transaid
137 Euston Road
London,
NW1 2AA
UK

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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TNPA CELEBRATES WOMEN’S MONTH

TNPA’s Port of Durban women came out in solidarity to kick off Women’s Month, which began on 1 August, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
TNPA’s Port of Durban women came out in solidarity to kick off Women’s Month, which began on 1 August.

 

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **
HOW THE NEW FUEL REGULATIONS CHANGE THE ENTIRE SHIPPPING INDUSTRY

Hapag-Lloyd's Colombo Express, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hapag-Lloyd’s Colombo Express

LSF2020 refers to the new “Low Sulfur Fuel” regulations, which will come into effect on 1 January 2020, reports shipping group Hapag-Lloyd.

These regulations are the biggest of a series of steps by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to reduce marine pollution (MARPOL) in response to the threat of climate change. The LSF2020 emission regulations mean ships will have to significantly reduce emissions on the high seas as well as in coastal areas. This change does not only concern Hapag-Lloyd but it challenges the entire shipping industry. The good news is however: Thanks to the regulations, the industry will become much greener.

Now, the question is how to comply with the new regulations and how much it will cost. Ship owners are…

 

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Map of the Middle East and Africa, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

COMPLIMENTARY MAP: PORT PROJECTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

With a significant number of seaport terminals lining the Arabian coasts, port authorities and operators in GCC continue to expand and upgrade their infrastructure in order to increase their market positions and stay competitive.

To enable you to keep a track of key port infrastructure developments in the Middle East, we (IQPC Middle East) have prepared a COMPLIMENTARY MAP on some of the major port development projects in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE.

The map highlights projects worth over US$600 million. View all the projects country-wise for free!

If you are involved in this sector and would like to meet with the high-level stakeholders involved in these projects, then be a part of the 4th Port Development Middle East Conference, taking place from 22-24 October 2018 in Muscat, Oman.

The following port authorities and operators have already confirmed to attend and showcase the projects they are involved in:
Port of Salalah, Oman
Port of Duqm Company, Oman
SOHAR Ports Freezone, Oman
Red Sea Gateway Terminal
King Abdullah Port, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Ports Authority
DP World, UAE
Kuwait Ports Authority, Kuwait
Aqaba Development Corporation, Jordan
And many more…

Download the >> complete programme now.

Enquiries to:
enquiry@iqpc.ae

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EXPECTED SHIP ARRIVALS and SHIPS IN PORT


Port Louis – Indian Ocean gateway port

Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius.

In the case of South Africa’s container ports of Durban, Ngqura, Ports Elizabeth and Cape Town links to container Stack Dates are also available.

You can access this information, including the list of ports covered, by going HERE remember to use your BACKSPACE to return to this page.

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

 

Naval News

Similarly you can read our regular Naval News reports and stories here in the general news section.

 

PICS OF THE DAY : MAERSK VARNA

Maersk Varna in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, picture by Keith Betts

Maersk Varna at Durban, featureed in Africa APORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Pictures: Keith Betts
Maersk Varna.          Pictures: Keith Betts

The container ship MAERSK VARNA (IMO 9411379) is one of those ‘workhorse’ ships that tend to be overlooked because of their regularity in port until suddenly one day, it comes to your notice that a particular ship is no longer calling. So before that happens (and no, we have no prior knowledge) we present two studies of the Maersk Line container ship entering port at Durban. Built in 2011 the 26,021-dwt ship can be described as a typical modern feeder vessel, running cargo between the coastal ports including some that might not be catered for by the wider international services on account of size, facilities and volume of cargo. Maersk Varna is 180 metres in length and 27m wide and has a container capacity of 1800 TEU. She was built at the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group shipyard in Dalian, China and is named for the port and city in Bulgaria. She is owned by AP Moller in Singapore and flies that country’s flag of registry. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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