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FIRST VIEW: CSC AMETHYST

CSC Amethyst. Picture: Trevor Jones, departing Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CSC Amethyst.      Picture: Trevor Jones

The oil products tanker CSC AMETHYST (IMO 9406386) departs from Durban on Sunday, 19 August. The 49,982-dwt tanker had arrived earlier from East London to where she was now returning after loading product at Island View 8. She was built in 2009 at the Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing, China, the same port city where the vessel’s owner Nanjing Tankers is based. The handysize tanker is 185 metres in length and 32m in width. She flies the Hong Kong flag. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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TRANSNET RESULTS – 11.3 PER CENT INCREASE IN REVENUE

Transnet banner, appearing with the company's 2017/18 financial results in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Transnet has recorded an increase in revenue by 11.3% to R72.9 billion for the year ending in March 2018, the company revealed yesterday (Monday).

Transnet Group chief executive Siyabonga Gama, who had until yesterday to explain to the new Transnet board why he should not be suspended pending investigations into the acquisition of 1064 locomotives under unusual circumstances, made the announcement of the company’s financial results for the year which ended on 31 March 2018.

Gama attributed the increase in revenue to a 4.3% increase in railed export coal volumes; a 6.5% increase in railed automotive and container volumes and a 6.1% increase in port container volumes.

The reform pledge was included in Transnet’s financial results for the year through March, which showed an 18% rise in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation to R32.5 billion rand ($2.2 billion). That was driven by rising volumes of rail-transported coal and automotives.

Transnet continued to execute its infrastructure investment programme, spending R21.8 billion, a 1.6% increase from the previous year. This takes total investment under the Market Demand Strategy (MDS) to R165.6 billion in the past six years.

Transnet said it expected to invest a further 163.7 billion rand over next five years, with the aim of “aggressively growing volumes” and also “seeking new markets to compensate for lower growth expected within Transnet’s traditional markets”.

Among the company’s most significant investments, it listed the acquisition of locomotives to modernise its fleet in anticipation of a rise in general freight volumes and the solidifying of the ‘road to rail’ strategy.

Siyabonga Gama, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Siyabonga Gama

“As at 31 March 2018, the cumulative expenditure incurred on the 1064 locomotive contract amounts to R30.1 billion, with R7.3 billion spent in the year under review.

“A total of 402 locomotives have been accepted into operations while 16 have been delivered and are currently undergoing acceptance testing,” said Gama.

While Transnet boasted an increase in revenue, it said an action plan is in the works that will assist the state-owned entity to curb irregular expenditure, which has tainted its reputation.

“The year under review though, has been characterised by a number of serious procurement related governance challenges which has impacted on the company’s reputation and the ability to attract investment.

“The board, together with management, is developing a comprehensive corrective action plan to prevent the recurrence of such instances,” said Gama.

The plan will focus on developing additional controls to prevent irregular expenditure while a mechanism to ensure the completeness of reported irregular expenditure is developed and implemented. – SAnews.gov.za

 

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WFP CONFIDENT OTHERS WILL FOLLOW ALONG THE RE-OPENED MWANZA-PORT BELL ROUTE

The Tanzanian ferry UMOJA featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Tanzanian ferry UMOJA

The World Food Programme (WFP) says that it is confident that others will follow its lead in using the recently re-opened rail service that includes lake-rail on Lake Victoria from Mwanza to Port Bell in Uganda, which it says is proving to be time and cost effective.

The service was re-opened in June with a consignment of 18 train wagons of vegetable oil destined for WFP operations in Uganda. On arrival at Mwanza from Dar es Salaam the wagons were loaded onto a ferry and shipped across the lake to Port Bell in Uganda, thus re-opening…

The Ugandan ferry MV Kaawa after her recent refurbishment, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Ugandan ferry MV Kaawa after her recent refurbishment

 

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NIMASA REOPENS FOUR OIL JETTIES RECENLY CLOSED FOR ISPS VIOLATIONS

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Nigerian oil jetty

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has reopened four of the five jetties it shut for non-compliance with provisions of the International Ships & Ports Facilities Security (ISPS) Code.

The jetties that were shut down on 24 July this year are…

 

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MOZAMBIQUE TO BUILD NEW BRIDGE ACROSS SAVE RIVER ON NORTH-SOUTH HIGHWAY

The existing bridge across the Save River (Sabi in SA) dates from 1971, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The existing bridge across the Save River (Sabi in SA) dates from 1971

The Mozambican government says it is planning to build a new bridge over the Save River, which is on the North-South highway and marks the divide between southern and central Mozambique.

Mozambique’s Minister of Public Works, João Machatine, said in an interview with the independent television station STV that the new bridge would be…

 

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OCTOBER COMPLETION DATE FOR MAPUTO-CATEMBE BRIDGE

The Maputo-Catembe Bridge as it will look when opened in October, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Maputo-Catembe Bridge as it will look when opened in October

The Maputo-Catembe bridge, linking the two banks of the bay of the Mozambican capital, will be ready by the end of October, Mozambique’s Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources João Machatine said.

The launch of the bridge, costing more than US$785 million, has seen several delays since last December.

Machatine said that…

 

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OVER 700 NIGERIANS HAVE DROWNED IN MEDITERRANEAN IN LAST SIX MONTHS

Overcrowding on obsolete boats is frequently the cause of the thousands of African migrants who drown in the Mediterranean, featured in an article in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Overcrowding on obsolete boats is frequently the cause of the thousands of African migrants who drown in the Mediterranean

According to a group known as Migration Enlightenment Project Nigeria (MEPN), more than 700 Nigerians died in the Mediterranean Sea while migrating illegally in the last six months.

The report which is carried by the publication Maritime First, raises the alarm at a time when people making the journey across the Mediterranean face immense obstacles including being denied a landing in Europe.

The Director MEPN, Femi Awoniyi, told a media gathering in Abuja at the recent weekend that the figure of 700 is conservative compared to those who have died while crossing the Sahara Desert.

He acknowledged that Nigerians constitute the highest number of illegal migrants from Africa, but lamented that Nigerians have the highest rate of rejection among sub-Sahara asylum applicants in the European Union.

He said MEPN intended raising awareness on the risks and dangers of irregular migration, and would dispel the misconception that there were better job opportunities outside the shores of Nigeria. “In this year alone, more than 1,500 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, many of them Nigerians.

“This is not even counting those who have died travelling through the Sahara Desert, or in the transit countries,” he said.

“Everybody knows that more than half of Saharan migrants in Africa are Nigerians. We cannot count the number of people who die in the Sahara Desert. Experts say more people die in the Sahara Desert than the Mediterranean. For those who are lucky to reach Europe, a difficult struggle to obtain legal residency begins.

He said that more than 30,000 Nigerians are currently awaiting deportation in Germany alone.

“Their asylum claims have been rejected since Nigeria is not considered by the European Union as a country where there is political persecution.”

 

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** CRUISE WATCH **
BRITISH WOMAN’S LUCKY ESCAPE AFTER GOING OVERBOARD FROM NCL CRUISE SHIP

NCL's Norwegian Star, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Norwegian Star

A 46-year old British woman will have reason to remember her cruise in the Adriatic after she spent 10 hours treading water through the night and hoping for a rescue after going overboard from the Norwegian Cruise Line ship NORWEGIAN STAR.

The woman, identified as Kay Longstaff went overboard on the morning of 19 August (Sunday) as the…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **
MAERSK SUPPLY SERVICE AND THE OCEAN CLEANUP PLASTICS REMOVAL

A 120 metre unit of the first cleanup system being tested in towing configuration for two weeks in the Pacific Ocean, May-June 2018.   Photo: The Ocean Cleanup ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
A 120 metre unit of the first cleanup system being tested in towing configuration for two weeks in the Pacific Ocean, May-June 2018.   Photo: The Ocean Cleanup ©

It was announced in mid-August that Maersk Supply Service will in the coming months provide marine support to The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organisation that is developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastics, and install their first clean up system in the North Pacific.

This introduction will mark the start of the World’s first large-scale initiative for collection of floating plastic…

 

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NEW L-BAND SATELLITE SERVICE TO PROVIDE 100% GLOBAL COVERAGE FOR ALL VESSELS

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NSSLGlobal brings Iridium CertusSM to maritime customers

Award-winning global satcoms provider NSSLGlobal has signed a Service Provider agreement with Iridium Communications Inc that will see NSSLGlobal offer the new Iridium Certus L-Band service as part of its portfolio of maritime satcom offerings to its extensive customer base.

Iridium Certus will be offered both as a standalone L-Band service and in conjunction with NSSLGlobal’s premier VSAT IP@SEA service as its preferred service assurance offering. The Iridium Certus service is suitable for vessels across the maritime spectrum, from recreational yachts and workboats to commercial fishing trawlers and merchant vessels.

Iridium Certus will initially offer speeds of up to 352kbits but by early 2019 this will double to 704kbits ensuring that the service will be the most global and fastest L-Band satellite solution available. The Iridium Certus service is enabled by Iridium NEXT, the next-generation $3bn satellite constellation of 66 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that provide full coverage of the Earth’s surface. With 65 satellites already launched successfully, Iridium’s 8th and final launch is planned for later this year on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket when the last 10 satellites will be launched.

Alongside the Cobham SAILOR 4300 Iridium Certus terminal, NSSLGlobal will be offering customers its unique Cruise Control solution, which enables users to fully manage their operational and crew communications, while also offering a suite of value added services, covering everything from crew entertainment, onboard IT management, cyber security to an integrated IP PBX.

Scott McBride, the Group Sales Director at NSSLGlobal, commented: “Robust global connectivity is critical in order to facilitate data management, safety, efficiency and crew welfare benefits brought about by digitalisation, IoT and the connected smart ship. Whether used as standalone or as a VSAT companion solution, Iridium Certus represents a very strong addition to the NSSLGlobal portfolio of services — offering truly global, high quality, reliable connectivity that is superior to any other L-Band service on the market today.”

Wouter Deknopper, Vice President & General Manager at Iridium, was similarly upbeat: “The Iridium Certus program can only benefit from the addition of world-class service providers like NSSLGlobal. The company’s involvement and ability to add unique value and global support only serves to reinforce how important versatility and choice is in the satcom industry. Being able to distribute the Iridium Certus program through specialist resellers who can support the maritime market allows us to reach a wide variety of potential users who will benefit from the service.”

For more information about NSSLGlobal’s Iridium Certus L-band service please come and visit us at SMM 2018 in Hamburg. NSSLGlobal’s stand will be located in Hall B6, Stand 514.

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : MSC CAPRI

MSC Capri departing Durban for Maputo, by Keith betts and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

MSC Capri departing Durban for Maputo and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, Picture by Keith Betts
MSC Capri.       Pictures: Keith Betts

Mediterranean Shipping Company’s 2446-TEU coastal or feeder type container ship MSC CAPRI (IMO 9154220) departing from Durban fully laden and bound for Maputo in Mozambique. This was on 15 August 2018. The 34,051-dwt ship which is 208 metres in length and 29m wide, is now owned and managed by MSC. She was built in 1998 at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Geoje, South Korea and as evidence of her suitability to the task, the ship has undergone numerous charters with accompanying name changes, including previous spells with the MSC company as MSC SPAIN from October 2003 until October 2005 and MSC MALAGA from June 2006 until June 2008. Other names carried by this ship have been CONTI VALENCIA (for three periods- this was her ‘given’ name at launch), SEA TIGER, IVARAN HUNTER and LYKES HUNTER (a South African visitor). Being owned now by MSC she is likely to remain as MSC Capri until taken out of service. These pictures are by Keith Betts

 

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