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FIRST VIEW: MAERSK KAWASAKI

Maersk Kawasaki at Freeport, Bahamas. Picture: Tony de Freitas, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maersk Kawasaki.     Picture: Tony de Freitas

Maersk Line container ship MAERSK KAWASAKI (IMO 9107887) seen on her berth at Freeport Bahamas earlier this year, having just taken the place of MSC Aniello. Built in 1997 and now owned by Greek interests and managed by Costamare Shipping of Athens in Greece, the 7,900-TEU ship was built for Maersk Line at the Odense Steel Shipyard AS, Denmark as hull number 159. When launched the 90,455-dwt container ship was named Kirsten Maersk. She is 318 metres in length and 43m wide and when built she would have been regarded as a particularly large container ship. This picture is by former Cape Town photographer Tony de Freitas now living in the United States.

 

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NEW POWERFUL TUG ENTERS SERVICE AT PORT OF MOMBASA

Port of Mombasa's new harbour tug Eugene, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Mombasa’s new harbour tug Eugene.   Picture KPA

Kenya’s Port of Mombasa has taken delivery of a new harbour tug, the Robert Allan-designed Raster 3200, 75-ton bollard pull Azimuth stern driven tug EUGENE, so named for the late port pilot Captain Eugene Okoth who died on duty while bringing a car carrier into port in April 2016.

The tug was built in China at a cost of Sh1.1 billion (US$10.923 million) at the Cheoy Lee Shipbuilders shipyard and arrived in late July after a 26-day journey from the shipyard.

She becomes the most powerful harbour tug in service along the entire east coast of Africa, exceeding the given 70-ton bollard pulls of the nine new South African Voith tugs that have or are about to enter service.

The Port of Mombasa now operates with a fleet of five tugs.

A pilot boat is also on order for the new Port of Lamu currently under construction at a cost of KSh 600 million. The first berth at the new Lamu port will be completed during next year.

Eugene arrived in Mombasa to a welcome performed by the other tugs in Kilindini Harbour, spraying the traditional water welcome.

The tug has an overall length of 32 metres and a beam of 12.8m with a moulded hull depth of 5.37m and a maximum draught of 5.80m. Mombasa’s other ‘D’ series tugs are 30m in length and have bollard pulls of 58 tons. On trials she achieved a running speed ahead of 13.5 knots.

There is accommodation on board for up to eight crew members, with the master and chief engineer’s cabins on the main deck plus three two-berth cabins for crew on the lower accommodation deck. The deckhouse arrangement is completed with a galley and a spacious mess/lounge room.

Deck machinery comprises a ship-assist hawser winch forward, manufactured by MacGregor and a radial type tow hook on the aft deck. In addition, a capstan is installed aft to facilitate line handling operations. The wheelhouse is designed for maximum all-round visibility and provides maximum visibility to both fore and aft deck working areas.

Main propulsion for this RAstar 3200 tug consists of a pair of CAT 3516C HD high-speed diesel engines; each rated 2240 kW at 1800 rpm, and each driving a Rolls-Royce 255 fixed pitch Z-drive unit, in ASD configuration. The electrical plant comprises three identical Cummins diesel gen-sets, each with a power output of 80 ekW.

Ship-handling fenders at the bow consist of one row cylindrical fender at the main deck level, with W block fenders between the main deck and the knuckle. Two hollow ‘D’ fenders provide protection at the main and foc’sle deck sheer lines, and W block fenders are used at the stern. The unique hull form of the RAstar tugs gives these vessels a level of crew safety and comfort that will enable operation in conditions previously deemed unworkable.

General Manager Human Resources and administration Dr Amani Komora stressed the need for employees to focus on productivity even as the Authority modernises its equipment.

“We have delivered a tug that is superior to the previous ones, because we want to improve on quality,” he said.

He assured the port marine engineers and other technical staff of support regarding the necessary training programmes to keep them abreast with the ever changing technology and to ensure the equipment remains well manned.

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Eugene at work in Mombasa

 

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DP WORLD EXPANDS STRATEGIC PRESENCE AT SOMALILAND’S PORT OF BERBERA

Port of Berbera's new tug EGAL. Picture: Somaliland Press, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Berbera’s new tug EGAL.       Picture: Somaliland Press

DP World, which holds a controversial long-term concession on the Somaliland Port of Berbera, is continuing to expand its presence in the Gulf of Aden port.

New equipment is providing the port with the ability to better handle cargo and…

 

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NEW ALL-WOMEN BUNKER BARGE COMPANY STARTS SERVICE IN ALGOA BAY

Aegean Marine Petroleum's South African-flagged bunker tanker Lefkas, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Aegean Marine Petroleum’s South African-flagged bunker tanker Lefkas

A new all-women owned bunkering company has set up in business based at the Port of Ngqura and servicing ships offshore in Algoa Bay.

The company is South African-owned and all-women managed South African Marine Fuels (SAMF), whose managing director is Siyamthanda Maya.

SAMF operates with three bunker barges and has joined another…

 

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HANSA HEAVYLIFT DELIVERS GIANT EGINA CAROUSEL TO NIGERIA

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Hansa Heavy Lift consignment for Nigeria’s Egina oil field

Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL) has transported a giant carousel together with eight reels, weighing a total of 3,508 metric tonnes, from Newcastle, United Kingdom to Lagos in Nigeria.

The consignment is destined for the Egina Oil Field.

The voyage took place on board the super heavy lift vessel HHL LAGOS, which was mobilised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to…

 

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NIGERIA, AND LAGOS PORTS IN PARTICULAR, REMAIN DOMINANT PORTS OF WEST & CENTRAL AFRICA

Port of Apapa, Lagos 

Nigerian ports handle the bulk of all trade in West and the Central West Africa regions according to the Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (PCC).

This traffic is equal to 70 per cent of all formal trade – the figure would be higher if informal trade was included, says PCC chairman Kunle Folarin.

A total of 5,307 ships called at…

 

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MSC HONOURED FOR WHALE PROTECTION MEASURES

MSC Branka off Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Branka         Picture: Trevor Jones

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones national marine sanctuaries, off the US Pacific coast, has recognised the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) positive work in reducing vessel speeds for a cleaner environment and better marine wildlife safety.

The purpose of this speed-reduction program is to improve air quality, reduce risk of fatal whale strikes, and protect whales within…

 

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** CRUISE WATCH **
PASSENGER SHIP OPERATORS URGED TO DO MORE TO PREVENT SPREAD OF LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE

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French-USA-based Infection Control Solutions expert aqua-tools says that cruiseship and ferry operators must do more to protect passengers from contracting Legionnaires’ disease and other infections from waterborne pathogens.

Concerned with the results from research that found higher levels of Legionella contamination in local ferries and cruiseships, aqua-tools’ CEO Marc Raymond said that…

 

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NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST LNG BUNKER BARGE IS INTRODUCED

LNG bunker barge Clean jacksonville, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The shape of things to come, the LNG bunker barge CLEAN JACKSONVILLE for the Port of Jacksonville in the USA

Conrad Industries, Inc announced this week the successful completion and delivery of the CLEAN JACKSONVILLE, the first LNG bunker barge built in North America.

The Clean Jacksonville was constructed in Orange, TX, at Conrad Orange Shipyard, a subsidiary of Conrad Industries, and the safe and successful gas trial execution took place in Port Fourchon, LA.

The vessel will enter service for TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico in the Port of Jacksonville, FL, where the vessel will bunker two Marlin Class containerships operating on LNG fuel.

“The successful completion and delivery of the Clean Jacksonville is both a proud and humbling moment for Conrad. I am proud of our team’s tenacious dedication to the completion of this project and unwavering adherence to our commitments. At the same time, we are humbled and grateful to be a part of an unparalleled international partnership comprised of the owner, our engineering groups, vendors and manufacturers who made this vessel a reality,” stated Brett Wolbrink, Vice President of Conrad LNG, LLC.

Of equal importance was the extensive collaboration with regulatory agencies to accomplish this industry first. Mr. Wolbrink went on to state, “We were fortunate to have such a good working relationship with the USCG and ABS throughout the design, engineering and construction of the LNG bunker barge.”

“Conrad has been at the helm of many firsts,” said Mr Johnny Conrad, President and CEO of Conrad Industries, Inc. “It is the first LNG bunker barge built in North America. It is the first time the GTT membrane system has been installed in a non-self-propelled barge in the US It is the first time an LNG bunker mast of this type has been built. The list goes on.”

“TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico is excited to utilise the Clean Jacksonville for our LNG bunkering. Our partners, including Conrad Shipyard and GTT, have been critical in our development of North America’s first LNG bunker barge. The use of LNG as a maritime fuel results in tremendous environmental benefits – including air and water quality improvements – and this barge is the final critical component of our LNG program in Jacksonville.” noted Tim Nolan, President and CEO of TOTE.

Mr Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, added: “GTT has been honoured to play a key role in the successful delivery of this first US LNG bunker barge by Conrad. The broad collaboration between TOTE, Conrad, the myriad project stakeholders, and US regulators led to the successful design, construction, and commissioning of this unique and groundbreaking project. Beyond our traditional role of designing the cargo containment and other cryogenic elements, such as the innovative REACH4™ bunker mast, GTT adapted and expanded its support services to ensure the effective training of the barge crew and the safe and satisfactory execution of the barge commissioning activities and gas trials.

“Adapting to meet the requirements and fill the gaps within this growing industry is essential to continue to develop LNG as the preferred and cleaner marine fuel of the future. GTT remains committed to that vision.”

Conrad concluded by saying that while it has been a challenge and true learning experience, the Clean Jacksonville is a triumph for the US Maritime industry. “I am proud of Conrad’s commitment, investment and foresight in shepherding the advancement of LNG as a marine fuel. We welcome the opportunity to work with customers as they explore and pursue the use of LNG in their vessels.”

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : CITY OF SHANGHAI

City of Shanghai with Durban tug Umkhomazi. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
City of Shanghai with Durban tug Umkhomazi.    Picture: Trevor Jones

The Maersk-charter ship CITY OF SHANGHAI (IMO 9434450) enters the Port of Durban earlier in August with her cargo of containers for discharge. The 212-metre long, 30m wide vessel is owned by German interests and managed by Conship Management GMBH of Emden-Ostfriesland in Germany and was built in 2009 at the Xiamen Shipyard in China as the yard’s hull or yard number XSI402C. The 34,269-dwt ship has a container capacity of 2578 TEUs and flies the flag of Antigua and Barbuda. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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– Evelyn Waugh

 

 

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