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EM Jade in Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Keith Betts
EM Jade. Picture: Keith Betts

The 55,091-dwt bulk carrier EM JADE (IMO 9405007) seen entering the port of Durban in June this year for bunkering purposes, en route to West Africa and loaded with an interesting deck cargo consisting of cement trucks for the Nigerian Dangote company, Africa’s largest cement manufacturer. The 189-metre long, 32m wide ship was built in 2010 and is owned by Singapore interests and managed by Goldenking Ship Management Co of Nanjing in China. The ship is flagged in Panama. This picture is by Keith Betts


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Rovuma LNG to be delievering from 2022, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The Mozambican government said on Tuesday (4 September) that it expects to see the departure of the first Mozambican natural gas export vessel from the northern Rovuma basin on 1 November 2022, reports the Portuguese news service Lusa.

The announcement said the start of production on the floating platform in Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin is scheduled for 1 June 2022 and five months later “the departure of the first gas-filled cargo vessel should take place”, the source said.

The offshore natural gas deposits in the Rovuma Basin promise to place Mozambique on the list of the world’s leading exporters of liquid natural gas and boost the country’s economy. Two consortia are building exploration infrastructures in Areas 1 and 4 off Cabo Delgado, and the first to enter into activity will be the Area 4 consortium, led by Eni and Exxon Mobil.

The operation starts with a floating platform that will pump the gas from its wells into six tanks, there turning it into liquid for loading into tankers. The platform hull started construction in a Korean shipyard this week.

Other government predictions about the Area 4 platform include the expectation that the project will create 820 new direct and indirect jobs during its operation phase.

The Area 4 consortium is comprised of ExxonMobil, Eni and CNODC – the China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation, which jointly hold a 70% stake, with the three remaining 10% portions being held by the Korean company Kogas, Galp Energia and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) of Mozambique. source: Lusa


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Doraleh terminal in dispute, Djibouti, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Doraleh terminal in dispute, Djibouti

Port Company also prohibited from replacing DP World directors in joint venture company

In a further twist to the tale of terminal operator DP World’s expulsion from a 99-year lease on the Doraleh Container Terminal port at Djibouti, the High Court of England & Wales has granted an injunction restraining Djibouti’s port company, Port de Djibouti S.A. (PDSA), from treating its joint venture shareholders’ agreement with global trade enabler DP World as terminated.

The High Court has further prohibited PDSA from removing directors of the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) joint venture company who were appointed by DP World pursuant to that agreement. PDSA is not to interfere with the management of DCT until…[restrict] further orders of the Court or the resolution of the dispute by a London-seated arbitration tribunal.

PDSA is owned in majority by the Government of Djibouti and its CEO is the Chairman of the Ports & Free Zones Authority of Djibouti. Hong Kong-based China Merchants is the minority shareholder in PDSA.

The High Court’s order follows the unlawful attempt by PDSA to terminate the joint venture agreement with DP World and the calling of an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting on 9 September by PDSA to replace DP World appointed directors of the DCT joint venture company.

This is the third legal ruling in relation to the Doraleh Container Terminal following two previous decisions from the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), all of them in favour of DP World. It recognises that although PDSA is the majority shareholder of the DCT joint venture company, it is DP World that has management control of the company, in accordance with the parties’ legally binding contracts.

The new ruling against PDSA, issued by the Court without PDSA’s participation, makes clear that PDSA:

* Cannot act as if the joint venture agreement with DP World has been terminated
* Cannot appoint new directors or remove DP World’s nominated directors without its consent
* Cannot cause the DCT joint venture company to act on the “Reserved Matters” without DP World’s consent
* Cannot instruct or cause DCT to give instructions to Standard Chartered Bank in London to transfer funds to Djibouti

If PDSA disobeys the Court’s order and seeks to replace DP World nominated directors of DCT on 9 September, it may be in contempt of court and face a fine or the seizure of its assets and its officers and directors may be imprisoned.

The Court has ordered PDSA to present its defence at another hearing on 14 September.

Meanwhile, DP World says in a statement that it is notifying Standard Chartered Bank so that the bank will reject any instructions that may be sent to them after the 9 September meeting. China Merchants, who have been given operational control of the Djibouti Freezone in breach of DP World’s exclusivity rights, will also be informed given its minority shareholding in PDSA.[/restrict]


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OCEA-built FPB 72 patrol boats in service with Nigerian Navy, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
OCEA-built FPB 72 patrol boats in service with Nigerian Navy

Earlier this week the Nigerian Navy commissioned 16 new vessels, consisting of ten Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), thought to have been built by Nautic Africa, and six larger vessels.

The six larger vessels are made up of four 72 Inshore Patrol Boats (IPBs) namely NNS GONGOLA, NNS OSE, NNS CALABAR, and NNS SHIRORO (IPBs), and two 110 Fast Patrol Boats (FPBs), NNS NGURU and NNS EKULU.

The new vessels will be deployed to…[restrict] protect critical oil installations in the Niger Delta and also for joint operational capability such as patrolling of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Maritime Zone E.

NNS NGURU and NNS EKULU are named after towns in Yobe and Rivers States and were built in France by the Ocea company. They were delivered earlier this year. They have an overall length of 35m, beam of 7.10m, maximum draft of 1.80m and midship moulded depth of 3.50m. Capable of doing 35 knots, they normally operate at 12 knots and have a crew of 36 including nine commissioned officers.

When ordered it was announced they were to be equipped with two 12.7 mm and one 20 mm cannon.

The IPBs were also built by Ocea in France and were delivered earlier in 2018 and 2017.

Meanwhile the naval dockyard is reported to be on course for the delivery of a third 42-metre Seaward Defence Boat (SDB).

Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas said this week that the construction of an additional 20 Suncraft RHIBS was at an advanced stage with their delivery on schedule within the next few months.

“Efforts are ongoing towards acquiring more fast patrol vessels for littoral waters up to the EEZ, while the construction of a hydrographic vessel and landing ship would further reinforce the NN’s regional maritime dominance,” the admiral said.

“They will help to make life more difficult for the criminals in our maritime space. Their coming is also deemed quite timely as it would widen the nation’s options to make a robust contribution to multinational collaboration of countries of ECOWAS’ Multinational Maritime Coordination Zone E, comprising Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Togo and Niger.

“Only last week, these countries signed to a combined operation platform to suppress piracy, hijacking and hostage taking, including IUUF and other abuses of our waters. These boats and others could find for themselves, critical roles in this regard.”[/restrict]


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Transflot's Lada, detained in Algoa Bay, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Transflot’s Lada, detained in Algoa Bay

The Russian general cargo ship LADA (IMO 9194050), which is operated by Transflot, remained at anchor last night and under detention more than two weeks after arriving to discharge 14 containers of explosives material.

This cargo was found to be legitimate but the ship lacked a permit for an additional 20 containers said to be carrying explosives and destined for discharging in Nigeria.

It appears the ship is not under official ‘detention’ via a court order but lacks transit permission before she can sail, so at present Lada lies at anchor in Algoa Bay outside Port Elizabeth.

Ships arriving in South African ports or anchorages with arms, ammunition or other explosive type cargo on board are required to…[restrict] obtain a permit ahead of arrival, and while the papers for the South Africa-bound element of the cargo appear to have been in order, allowing the ship to discharge that cargo, the rule book was brought out and applied when it was discovered that a further 20 containers of similar material was on board for a different destination.

This is reminiscent of a similar incident also involving Port Elizabeth some 15 or 20 years ago when a P&O container ship docked in port on a routine scheduled call. While in port and working cargo a port worker noticed on the ship’s manifest that the vessel carried containers of arms and ammunition – mostly the latter – bound for Mauritius and Saudi Arabia.

Authorities were notified and the ship summarily arrested pending investigation. The matter was eventually sorted out but the ship was considerably delayed because necessary paperwork had not been done. The line’s representative who claimed ignorance of the law failed in his appeal and was found guilty in a Cape Town High Court and fined a considerable amount.

There are parallels with the case of the Lada, but in the meantime the ship remains detained in the bay and is reported to be running short of food and water. Other reports say the ship faces a worse reception if and when it finally arrives in Nigeria.

Unless foolproof paperwork is available for that destination, perhaps the best option is to seek to have the balance of cargo discharged in either Ngqura or Port Elizabeth and let someone else sort out the legalities and what then happens to it.

In another time the option might have been to take the cargo to sea and dump it overboard! In another case not that long ago a Chinese ship arrived in Durban with containers of arms on board for Zimbabwe. A group of churchmen appealed to the courts to have the cargo impounded because of its destination and international sanctions, and an interim order was made out detaining the ship which also had to enter port and discharge the disputed cargo. The ship would then have been allowed to sail. It sailed anyway, defying a visiting sheriff of the court trying to deliver the court’s decision.

The vessel, one of Cosco’s then ‘disappeared’ with its transponder turned off and is later reported to have discharged the illegal cargo in Luanda for overland transport to Zimbabwe. South African authorities took no action to prevent the ship from sailing.

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LBH Ships Agency, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
LBH Ships Agency

The LBH Group has been providing Ships Agency services globally and to Southern Africa for over 30 years. In a statement the group says it has learnt a lot, through experience, industry relationships, market intelligence and through its people.

“We’ve always had a keen interest in how to do things better, and we’ve taken every opportunity to create innovative solutions through continuously offering pioneering services.

“Now is no different.

“Much of our customers’ cargo flows occur through multiple regional Ports. Therefore, to avoid confusion we recognise the need for our customers’ to benefit from the seamless regional services of our three Southern Africa units: LBH South Africa, LBH Mozambique and LBH Namibia. For simple branding purposes you are welcome to contact us as LBH Southern Africa, however all three entities will remain independent companies with local fiscal requirements.”

LBH Logistics, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
LBH Logistics

LBH says that using its wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with global market insight and intelligence, LBH Southern Africa is enhancing its offering to deliver greater value to clients. “Our market intelligence model has been an invaluable resource, and we will continue to use it to build an innovative and formidable solution unlike any other.

“We are and will continue to be obsessed with finding the ultimate solution for our clients, driven to deliver intelligent, uninterrupted ownership, control and accountability of the supply chain function and service.

“Experience has taught us the value of putting intelligence first, of focusing on market insight and of knowing our industry. We ensure our informed excellence through the LBH Group’s global presence across six continents and in 21 different countries – with 15 branches in Southern Africa alone. This affords LBH Southern Africa unprecedented access to local market insight and guarantees that we are able to offer our clients an unparalleled advantage.

“A partnership with LBH Southern Africa is a partnership with informed excellence in Ships Agency, Logistics Services and Projects, and in comprehensive supply chain management, delivering peace of mind and security to all our clients.”

LBH Projects, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
LBH Projects


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Railway map of Angola, appearing inAfrica PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Railway map of Angola

The National Institute of Railways of Angola (INCFA) has entered into a contract to acquire 10 diesel-electric locomotives from a consortium made up of companies Andrade Gutierrez and Zagope Angola. The contract is worth US$169.37 million, reports Angolan news agency ANGOP.

The agreement, which stipulates the provision of two years of…[restrict] technical assistance to the 10 locomotives from Germany and China, was signed by the deputy director general of INCFA, Aimé Tombuele, and the director of Andrade Gutierrez, Júlio Oliveira, and witnessed by the minister of Transport, Ricardo de Abreu.

The locomotives will operate on the Bungo/Baía line in the province of Luanda, in the service of Caminhos-de-Ferro de Luanda.

As part of Angola’s reconstruction and modernisation process, the government has since acquired 102 new locomotives, including 23 from China and 79 from General Electric, in the United States.

At the signing ceremony, the Spanish ambassador to Angola, Manuel Rui Gómez, announced that his country had granted financing of 97 million euros for the construction of the workshops for the maintenance of these locomotives.

Located in Catete, municipality of Icolo and Bengo, province of Luanda, the workshops will take two years to build, and when completed will create 100 jobs. source: Macauhub[/restrict]


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The scene of the collision. on th Mocamedes-Namibe railway Picture: Chen Xueyi-Xinhua, Appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The scene of the collision.        Picture: Chen Xueyi-Xinhua

Eighteen people have died and another 14 are receiving treatment for their injuries following a collision between two trains on the Moçâmedes Railway (CFM) in the south of the country.

The 14 injured have all be taken to the Bibala Hospital with serious injuries.

The collision occurred when a Moçâmedes Railway Company (CFM) train…[restrict] transporting black granite collided with another CFM train operating at the service of a Chinese firm that was servicing the rails.

The accident took place 180 kilometres from Bibala, Munhino in Namibe province.

According to the governor of Namibe, Carlos da Rocha Cruz, a technical team of the Moçamedes Railways is at the scene of the accident.[/restrict]


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“The Leading Maritime Nations of the World” report was released at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg yesterday, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
“The Leading Maritime Nations of the World” report was released at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg yesterday

DNV GL and Menon Economics announced that China is the top international shipping nation according to their new report The Leading Maritime Nations of the World, which was presented at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg yesterday (Wednesday).

The study benchmarks the 30 leading maritime nations around the world in four key maritime pillars: shipping, finance and law, maritime technology and ports & logistics, in an attempt to understand the key drivers behind national maritime success.

The new report follows up the 2017 report by Menon and DNV GL on the ‘Leading Maritime Capitals of the World’, but shifts the focus to…[restrict] an extensive review of the maritime industry at the national level. The 30 nations were ranked by size and magnitude on all four key maritime pillars and their subgroups. As the shipping sector is the main engine of the entire maritime industry, more weight was given to the shipping sector.

The 2018 report ranks China as the world’s leading maritime nation, due to its top four ranking in all of the maritime pillars. China’s position is particularly strong on the ports and logistics pillar, with the world’s largest container and bulk ports.

“The strength of China is overwhelming, particularly on the pillar of ports and logistics, but also in shipping,” says Erik W Jakobsen, Managing Partner in Menon Economics and co-author of the report. “It should not surprise us, though, since China is the largest exporting and importing country of the world. The other economic superpower, USA, follows China on the ranking, with major ports and maritime cities both on the east and west coast.”

USA is placed second, scoring high on all four dimensions, followed by Japan. Germany, Norway and South Korea, share the 4th place. Germany’s strength lies in its consistency, with a top 5 spot in three categories, whereas Norway has its strongest position within Maritime Finance & Law and maritime technology. South Korea scores top in Maritime Technology and is among the top 10 in Shipping and Ports & logistics.

“For the top 3 maritime nations, the study’s rankings mirror the size of their national economies,” says Shahrin Osman, Regional Head of Maritime Advisory for South East Asia, Pacific and India, at DNV GL Maritime, who co-authored both the 2017 and 2018 reports. “Interestingly however, in the joint fourth position of Norway, South Korea, and Greece in the 7th position, we can see that ‘smaller’ countries can still have an outsize influence and importance to the maritime world, due to their traditions, history and innovations. We hope that this report will be a valuable resource for national maritime authorities or governmental ministries, serving as an inspiration, a benchmark, and demonstrating a development path to leadership in the shipping world.”

To download a copy of the full report and watch a short video on the new report CLICK HERE


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Rig Transocean Marianas under maintenance at Cape Town. Picture: the late Aad Noorland, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Rig Transocean Marianas under maintenance at Cape Town. Picture: the late Aad Noorland

Imminent recovery in the ultra-deepwater market forecast

Transocean Ltd announced on Tuesday (4 September) that it has entered into an agreement to acquire its smaller rival, Ocean Rig in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately US$2.7 billion, inclusive of Ocean Rig’s net debt.

The cash and stock transaction was unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company and on completion of the merger, Transocean’s and Ocean Rig’s shareholders will own approximately 79% and approximately 21%, respectively, of the combined company.

The purchase provides Transocean with and addition of nine high-specification ultra-deepwater drillships and two harsh environment semisubmersibles.

Additionally, its fleet includes two…[restrict] high-specification ultra-deepwater drillships currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries with favourable shipyard financing terms. These two newbuilds are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2019 and the third quarter of 2020, respectively.

“The proposed acquisition of Ocean Rig provides us with a unique opportunity to continue enhancing our fleet of ultra-deepwater and harsh environment floaters, without compromising our liquidity or overall balance sheet flexibility,” said Transocean’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Thigpen.

“The combination of constructive and stable oil prices over the last several quarters, streamlined offshore project costs, and undeniable reserve replacement challenges has driven a material increase in offshore contracting activity. As such, adding Ocean Rig’s premium assets to our industry-leading fleet provides us with an increased number of the modern and highly efficient ultra-deepwater drillships preferred by our customers and better positions us to capitalise on what, we believe, is an imminent recovery in the ultra-deepwater market.”

Thigpen said the combination with Ocean Rig further strengthens Transocean’s relationships with strategic customers, while expanding its presence in the key markets of Brazil, West Africa and Norway. “It also enables us to reduce our cost per active rig, as we believe that we can efficiently merge the Ocean Rig operations into our existing structure with limited incremental shore-based expense. Further, we are confident that we can realize meaningful synergies through our OEM agreements, our overall approach to maintenance and our fleet-wide insurance coverage, among other opportunities.”

Thigpen concluded, “Including the five rigs under construction, and considering the two additional rigs that we have recently decided to recycle, Transocean’s pro forma fleet will be comprised of 57 floaters, including many of the most technically capable ultra-deepwater floaters, and harsh environment semisubmersibles in the industry.

“With this unparalleled fleet, the offshore drilling industry’s largest and most profitable backlog totaling $12.5 billion, and approximately $3.7 billion in liquidity, we are well-equipped for the market recovery.”

The announcement said that no changes to Transocean’s board of directors, executive management team, or corporate structure are anticipated as a result of the acquisition. The Company will remain headquartered in Steinhausen, Switzerland, with significant operating presence in Houston, Texas, Aberdeen, Scotland and Stavanger, Norway.[/restrict]


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Bulk carrier, Aquadiva. Illustration reproduced by kind authorization of ATSB ©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Bulk carrier, Aquadiva. Illustration reproduced by kind authorization of ATSB ©

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is highlighting the need for a shared understanding or ‘shared mental model’ of a ship’s passage plan by bridge crew and harbour pilots to ensure a safe voyage.

The ATSB’s investigation into the near grounding of the 182,060-dwt bulk carrier AQUADIVA (IMO 9469675) in Newcastle Harbour (New South Wales) on 12 February 2017 also underlines the importance of a ship’s bridge crew and harbour pilot engaging in effective communication and information exchange to develop this shared understanding or mental model of a ship’s passage plan.

The circumstances

On 12 February 2017, the fully-laden bulk carrier, Aquadiva, was departing Newcastle Harbour under the conduct of a harbour pilot. At about 22h18 Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), during Aquadiva’s passage through a section of the harbour channel known as…[restrict] The Horse Shoe, insufficient rudder was applied in time to effectively turn the ship. The ship slewed, or moved laterally, toward the southern edge of the channel, and at 22h24 it was over the limits of the marked navigation channel. Additional tugs were required to arrest the ship’s movement and return it to the channel to complete its departure.

During the investigation, the ATSB found that Aquadiva’s bridge crew had not received the harbour pilot’s passage plan before he boarded. This meant the harbour pilot and the bridge crew were operating with a different set of assumptions for what constituted a safe passage.

This misunderstanding restricted the ability of the crew to monitor the ship’s progress properly and identify or correct any errors in the ship’s progress.

A shared understanding or mental model of a ship’s passage enables the harbour pilot and bridge to crew work together to identify errors and take steps to correct them quickly.

As a result, when insufficient rudder was applied during the ship’s passage through a section of the harbour known as The Horse Shoe, the bridge crew did not identify the issue or alert the harbour pilot. The ship then slewed, or moved sideways, toward the southern edge of the channel, and went over the limits of the marked navigation channel.

Once the issue was identified, additional tugs were required to arrest the ship’s movement and return it to the channel to complete its safe passage out to sea.

ATSB Executive Director, Transport Safety, Nat Nagy, said a shared understanding or mental model of a ship’s passage lets the harbour pilot and bridge crew work together to identify errors and take steps to correct them quickly.

In Nagy’s words: “This shared understanding can be enhanced through tools such as a portable pilotage unit. In this case it could have helped with the communication between the pilot and bridge crew to point out and clarify the differences between each passage plan.”

Readers are invited to read the investigation report, MO-2017-002: Near grounding of Aquadiva, Newcastle Harbour, NSW, on 12 February 2017, by CLICKING HERE[/restrict]

Edited by Paul Ridgway


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CLIMACTIVE is the latest technology for an optimised transport of fruits and vegetables

On the occasion of the 2018 edition of the Asia Fruit Logistica fair, CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, says it is proud to announce the launching of CLIMACTIVE, the most advanced technology for the transportation of highly sensitive fruits and vegetables by active controlled atmosphere.

CLIMACTIVE is the latest and most advanced solution to maintain sensitive commodities’ freshness to destination, by faster reducing the level of oxygen inside the container equipped with DAIKIN Active CA.

CLIMACTIVE is created for highly sensitive commodities that require special attention due to their biological specificities and maturation time. It specifically targets:

* high added value products
* long transit time products
* organic products.

This technology allows businesses to optimise their competitive attractiveness by maintaining the products’ freshness up to final destination, preventing the maturation process, extend their shelf life and preserve the products’ quality attributes. It also allows businesses to expand by reaching further destinations and target news markets.

CLIMACTIVE finally allows businesses to maintain their products’ organic label.

CLIMACTIVE allows to reach the optimal level of O2 and CO2 much faster. A nitrogen pump creates a real barrier against oxygen infiltration, protecting the cargo from excessive ripening. Temperature, humidity and balance between gases are also very precisely regulated, allowing an optimal preservation and protection of highly-sensitive commodities.

The CMA CGM Reefer expertise

The CMA CGM Group is the 2nd largest refrigerated container carrier in the world. Thanks to its fleet of 385,000 TEUs of Reefer containers and 288,000 Reefer plugs, CMA CGM offers transport solutions for all sensitive cargo requiring refrigerated transportation in order to exceed customers’ expectations. With an organization dedicated to Reefers and a network of experts in over 160 countries, CMA CGM is a global Reefer partner with local expertise in refrigerated transport.

“Following the launch of the REEFLEX innovation, CMA CGM continues upgrading its Reefer range to better meet customers’ needs and acquire new markets. By introducing CLIMACTIVE, an additional technology is now available for the most sensitive commodities in CMA CGM’s Controlled Atmosphere offer. CMA CGM testifies again the importance of customer centricity and its ability to remain equipped with the latest innovative technologies” declared Eric Legros, Vice-President, Specialized Products and Value Added Services.  – PRESS RELEASE


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LPG tanker Pinza in Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pinza.      Picture: Trevor Jones

In mid July a virtually new LPG tanker named PINZA (IMO 9790232) called at Durban and is seen here already inside the port. The 230-metre long, 32m wide tanker has a deadweight of 51,202 tons and is flagged in Singapore. The ship was calling for bunkers while on route from Singapore to Houston, USA where she is due this week. Pinza, which entered service in January this year is owned by a Singapore registered company and managed by Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement based also in Singapore. This picture is by Trevor Jones



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