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FIRST VIEW: AS CYPRIA

AS Cypria arriving Durban, July 2018. Picture: Trevor Jones, featuring i9n Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
AS Cypria.         Picture: Trevor Jones

A regular caller in the port of Durban is this Portuguese-flagged container ship AS CYPRIA (IMO 9315812), 38,425-dwt, which has been calling in South Africa regularly since at least June 2017. Built in 2006 the ship is owned by German interests and managed by Ahrenkiel Steamship GMBH & Co, a company that has also held interests in South Africa for many years. For a period of five years since 2006 the ship was on charter to CMA CGM when she sailed with the name CMA CGM ORCHID. The ship is currently on charter with Maersk Line, as can be suggested by the many Maersk containers on board as she arrived in Durban. AS Cypria was built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards Ltd in Ulsan, South Korea as hull number 0361. The ship has a length of 222 metres and is 30m wide and her container capacity is 2824-TEU. This picture, taken on 22 July this year is by Trevor Jones

 

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TUGS TO THE RESCUE AS GALE FORCE WINDS BATTER PORT ELIZABETH

Video of vehicle carrier Glovis Chorus (YouTube) [4:04] courtesy YouTube/Binmei.jp

Two harbour tugs, QUNU and MVEZO rushed to the rescue of a large car carrier, GLOVIS CHORUS in Port Elizabeth harbour this weekend after strong gale force winds battered the port and city.

It required quick action and skill by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) marine crew at the Port of Port Elizabeth to ensure the safety of the 200-metre long, 55,729-gt RoRo vessel as Glovis Chorus was about to be blown adrift from the quayside on Friday (7 September).

Port Elizabeth tug Mvezo, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritiem News
Port Elizabeth tug Mvezo

The vehicle carrier Glovis Chorus was berthed at Berth 100 in the port when the sudden gusts of between 25 to 40 knots (approximately 80 km/hr) struck the port. The bulky ship was blown metres off the quayside as a result of the Northerly winds.

The vessel master immediately called Port Control for assistance as he was concerned his vessel, with 23 crew on board, would become adrift.

The Vessel Traffic Controllers on duty, Patrick Mgudlandlu and Vuyo Seti quickly deployed a marine pilot and two of the port’s new tugs to secure and stabilise the vessel safely alongside. The operation took approximately two hours and was led by marine pilot Andrew Ker-Fox supported by tug masters Desmond Basson and Morwe Share.

“All necessary safety protocols were activated to ensure that all vessels in the port were safe during the adverse weather,” said Port Manager Rajesh Dana. He added that the weather was only expected to improve by around 01h00 on Sunday morning.

Port Elizabeth tug Qunu, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port Elizabeth tug Qunu

The port’s powerful new tugs Qunu and Mvezo, which were instrumental in securing the stricken vessel, each have a bollard pull of 70 tons and Voith Schneider propulsion which makes them highly manoeuvrable and able to change direction and thrust almost instantaneously while guiding large vessels in port waters.

They were the first to be delivered from a R1.4 billion order of nine tugs built for TNPA by Durban-based ship builder Southern African Shipyards in the largest contract ever awarded to a South African company for the building of Transnet harbour craft.

“This was an operation carried out quickly and efficiently thanks to the capability of our marine operations, both in terms of the fleet and the skill of the marine pilot and tug crews. Well done to the TNPA employees involved in this successful operation,” said Dana.

 

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DJIBOUTI A POTENTIAL CENTRE FOR ARMS TRAFFICKING ACROSS AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST

US Marines training at Camp Lemonnier, the US Naval Expeditionary Base at Djibouti, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
US Marines training at Camp Lemonnier, the US Naval Expeditionary Base at Djibouti

A report by a specialist intelligence company says that Djibouti in the Gulf of Aden could be a potential processing centre for the illegal weapons industry.

EX Africa says that the reluctance of western and other powers to act against Djibouti’s increasing arms trafficking activities poses an existential threat to the security of the Horn of Africa and imperils ongoing efforts to end long-running conflicts in the region.

The report warns that Djibouti is now an important hub for armed groups in Africa and the Middle East. This is because…

 

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CMA CGM RESHUFFLES EURAF 4 SERVICE TO WEST AFRICA

CMA CGM announves updates for its EURAF 4 service Mediterranean to West Africa, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

French shipping company CMA CGM has announced that it is reshuffling its EURAF 4 service between Western Mediterranean Europe and West Africa.

The service from Mediterranean ports to various West Africa ports became effective on 7 September with the sailing of the vessel LETO, as follows:

Port Rotation:

Valencia – Algeciras – Tangier – Lome – Cotonou – Bata (fortnightly)- Malabo (fortnightly)- Kribi – Libreville – Douala – Valencia

Fleet optimisation:

 

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TNPA MEETS WITH CAPE TOWN PORT STAKEHOLDERS TO OUTLINE FUTURE PLANS

TNPA Chief Operating Officer Nozipho Mdawe delivered the keynote address and outlined the various strategic developments lined up for the ports of Cape Town and Saldanha, appearing in Africa PORTS & sHIPS maritime news
TNPA Chief Operating Officer Nozipho Mdawe delivered the keynote address and outlined the various strategic developments lined up for the ports of Cape Town and Saldanha

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) hosted port clients and representatives of government, business and industry at the authority’s Western Cape Regional Customer Forum on 31 August at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The session aimed to align TNPA’s plans to meet the business requirements of regional port users.

Chief Operating Officer of TNPA, Nozipho Mdawe, outlined various developments lined up for the two ports – with…

Port of Saldanha report follows.

 

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TNPA MEETS WITH SALDANHA PORT STAKEHOLDERS TO OUTLINE FUTURE PLANS

TNPA hosted port clients and representatives of government, business and industry at the authority’s Western Cape Regional Customer Forum on 31 August at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). This featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
TNPA hosted port clients and representatives of government, business and industry at the authority’s Western Cape Regional Customer Forum on 31 August at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Saldanha

In the part of the meeting devoted to the Port of Saldanha, TNPA Chief Operating Officer Nozipho Mdawe reported that the world-class Sunrise Energy LPG import facility in Saldanha had commenced operation in May 2017.

Mdawe said although challenges were being experienced in this…

 

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TANZANIA’S MTWARA PORT TO HANDLE FUEL IMPORTS FOR SOUTHERN TANZANIA

Port of Mtwara, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Mtwara

The port of Mtwara in southern Tanzania will in future handle all fuel imports for the entire southern region of Tanzania.

According to a report in The East African, the government wants to minimise fuel prces and the cost of doing business in the region and believes handling the import of fuel only through the port at Mtwara will assist with this.

As a result the ports of…

 

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** SPECIAL REPORT **
SPECIAL REPORT: HOW DOES GROWING INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN AFRICA STAND TO BENEFIT THE CONTINENT?

Souhir Mzali, OBG - appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Souhir Mzali

Special report: by Souhir Mzali, Africa Regional Editor Oxford Business Group (OBG)

While world trade is in the midst of a turbulent period – with US-China relations continuing to deteriorate, the UK disengaging from the EU, and currencies in emerging markets like Turkey and Argentina in turmoil – many countries are seeking to strengthen or foster new relations with Africa.

Between early July and the end of August France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May all made visits to the continent.

This builds upon the recent signing of Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), a trade agreement that unites over 40 African nations, bringing the promise of more consolidated commercial ties and the potential to see trade volumes rise by 50% over the next five years. Home to some of the world’s fastest-growing markets, such as Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Rwanda, and an economy that’s expected to grow from $1.6trn in 2017 to $2trn by 2020, Africa’s prospects – despite the challenges – remain bright.

This heightened interest among major global economies to build relations with Africa could help drive development across the continent.

Renewed European interest in Africa

President Macron has been particularly active in reinvigorating Franco-African relations, visiting the continent in July for the ninth time since his election in May 2017. Moreover, France is increasingly showing interest in African countries outside the French-speaking world, with his last visit to the continent including Nigeria.

In late August, as part of efforts to reboot trade relations for a post-Brexit UK, Prime Minister May made an official visit to Africa, the first time a UK prime minister has done so in over five years. Her trip entailed visits to South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, which she referred to as “key partners”.

China maintains its stakes in the continent

Over recent years, however, countries such as Turkey, India and China in particular have become more prominent in supporting Africa’s economic development goals.

According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development, China’s investments in Africa have grown from £13bn in 2010 to £35bn today. The majority of this is channelled into construction and infrastructure, with the Mombasa-Nairobi and Addis Ababa-Djibouti railways among recent flagship projects.

In the first week of September the Chinese government will host the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing – held every three years – during which it is expected to announce a new set of funding for the continent [this was written ahead of FOCAC]. At the 2015 summit China announced its intention to invest $60bn in infrastructure.

New forms of foreign partnerships with Africa

While European interest in Africa is nothing new, what appears to be changing is the way collaboration is taking shape. Long regarded as the most impoverished region in the world, the perception of Africa seems to be changing to acknowledge the riches the continent boasts in terms of not only natural resources, but also human resources.

While China continues to primarily invest in road, bridge and port construction, Europe is considering other ways of becoming financial partners with Africa.

The UK, for instance, is betting on new technologies and finance, looking to capitalise on its experience and merge it with Africa’s rapid uptake of ICT solutions (sub-Saharan Africa had an estimated 444 million mobile phone subscribers in 2017 according to GSMA Intelligence). In light of this, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority recently entered an agreement with the Central Bank of Nigeria to help develop the country’s regulatory framework for emerging financial technologies.

Other potential areas for foreign collaboration include improving governance and transparency to enhance the investment climate. The Business Barometer: OBG in Africa CEO Survey – which interviewed some 1000 C-suite executives across nine African markets in 2017 – reveals that 48% of participants view existing tax frameworks as uncompetitive or very uncompetitive on a global scale, while 36% rate the level of transparency for conducting business as low or very low relative to the region. In terms of skills development, the largest majority (32%) cited leadership as the skill in greatest need in their market.

These are some of the areas that have hindered Africa’s rankings in decisive business analyses such as the World Bank’s “Doing Business” reports. In this regard, the continent could hugely benefit from foreign expertise.

Africa may have significant obstacles to overcome, but its expanding pool of talented and determined youth is ripe to develop its skill set. With 60% of the continent’s population under the age of 24, efficiently tapping into the potential of such a large labour force will pave the way for a more prosperous Africa.

The report is also available CLICK HERE

 

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **
THE UK’S 2018 MERCHANT NAVY MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE ANNOUNCED

Merchant Navy medal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Merchant Navy medal

Recipients of the 2018 (UK) Merchant Navy Medal were announced from London on 3 September, Merchant Navy Day*. Briefest details of the activities for which they were recognised are listed here:

Captain Belinda Bennett, for services to the promotion of the maritime sector.

Derek Cardno, for services to the welfare of fishermen.

Lieutenant-Commander David Carter, for services to…

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

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DNV GL SAYS ENERGY TRANSITION OFFERS INNOVATORS A COMPETITIVE EDGE THROUGH CARBON ROBUST’ SHIP DESIGNS

The DNV GL Maritime Forecast to 2050 provides an independent forecast of the maritime energy future and examines how the energy transition will affect the shipping industry, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The DNV GL Maritime Forecast to 2050 provides an independent forecast of the maritime energy future and examines how the energy transition will affect the shipping industry

From London on 10 September DNV GL – Maritime released its second Maritime Forecast to 2050, part of a suite of Energy Transition Outlook (ETO) reports. This document provides an independent forecast of the maritime energy future and examines how the energy transition will affect the shipping industry.

In the words of Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL: “The energy transition is undeniable. Last year, more…

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : WILD LOTUS

Wild Lotus entering Durban during August 2018, featured in Africa POPRTS & SHIPS maritime news

Wild Lotus, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Pictures: Keith Betts
Wild Lotus.        Pictures: Keith Betts

The refrigerated cargo (reefer) ship WILD LOTUS (IMO 9181168) arrives in Durban on a heavily overcast August day to load citrus fruit at the Fresh Produce Terminal on Durban’s T-Jetty. With a deadweight of 10,139 tons and a length of 149 metres with a width of 22m the reefer was built in 1998 by Iwagi Shipbuilding Ochi in Japan and is currently sailing under the flag of Bahamas. She is owned by German interests and managed by Oos-West-Handel und Schiffahrt of Bremen, Germany. These pictures are by Keith Betts.

 

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