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

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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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…[restrict] Djibouti’s geographic position on one of the world’s most busy sea routes as well as its general close proximity to several of the ongoing strife makes it a convenient transition location for the flow of arms to and from the war zones.

This particularly applies to Somalia and Yemen.

Added to this is the positioning of Djibouti as a strategic military base for several of the world’s leading nations, including the United States and China, both of whom having created military bases in the country.

Djibouti is currently China’s only foreign naval base.

Germany, France and Italy also each have a military presence in Djibouti.

Djibouti sits in the Gulf of Aden at the southern entrance to the Red Sea, one of the world’s most important trade lanes through a natural choke point, the Bab el Mandeb Strait.

In addition, though not a part of the report referred to above, a Chinese company has taken over the management and operations of the Doraleh Container Terminal at the port of Djibouti whilst China is backing the Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ), said to be the most modern free trade zone in Africa.

According to EX Africa, a number of Djiboutian companies that are engaged in the country’s thriving marine sector have been implicated in the illegal weapons trade, “raising reputational risks for foreign investors seeking to participate in Djibouti’s economy.

“The proliferation of weapons in Djibouti is also raising concerns over armed criminal activity and rising risk of terrorist attacks in a location frequented by foreign military personnel.

“However, none of Djibouti’s international partners are willing to flag such risks, fearing the potential loss of their leases on strategically important military bases in the country.

“One local source described the arms trade in the Gulf of Aden as a ‘political mess that most western nations do not want to wade into.’ Despite evidence implicating senior Djiboutian officials in the arms trade, there has been no concerted effort to impose punitive sanctions on these individuals.”

“Djibouti, which favours a weak Somalia and an isolated Eritrea, is likely to step into the gap and leverage its existing arms trafficking networks to continue to supply illegal weapons to armed groups in the Horn of Africa as Eritrea potentially steps out of the trade. Since seizing control of the Doraleh port terminal, the Djiboutian government seems to be preparing to increase shipments through the country’s main port. However, most shipments of illegal weapons through Djibouti will continue to be done by smaller dhows via the fishing communities on the south-east coast and via the Garacad port project,” the report said. source: EX Africa[/restrict]


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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:[restrict]

Five vessels of up to 3,600 TEU nominal capacity.

This will provide improved transit times from direct Mediterranean ports as follows:

Eleven days to Libreville and Douala, three days to Lome and Cotonou, in relay from Kribi, which is CMA CGM’s West Africa hub.

Onne, Port Gentil and Takoradi will be served by CMA CGM with a dedicated in-house feeder.

West Mediterranean connectivity

Valencia is served on a direct basis on EURAF 4. Cargo from Italy ports will be served via Valencia with in-house feeder on fixed weekly departure.

Marseille and Barcelona via Algeciras with in-house feeder on fixed weekly departure.[/restrict]


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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…[restrict] Ship Building and Ship repair identified as a strategic competence for both ports.

“We gained valuable feedback on industry’s plans and expectations of us as a crucial partner to their business. TNPA is looking to meet gaps in the market, by providing facilities that will attract business to the Western Cape, and create opportunities for those who were previously excluded from the port system,” said Mdawe.

TNPA’s various infrastructure and port development projects are addressing three critical sectors in the Port of Cape Town, namely Liquid Bulk, Ship Repair and Tourism, while at the developing Port of Saldanha the focus is on liquid petroleum gas (LPG), Oil and Gas, and Aquaculture.


Further opportunities in other sectors for the Port of Cape Town include a review of the under-utilised capacity within the breakbulk sector and developing innovative scenarios for future port developments.

Transnet is pursuing detailed studies aimed at creating additional container capacity through the Cape Town Container Terminal reconfiguration project which would increase the terminal’s capacity to 1.4m TEU per annum.

To boost ship repair the port is investing R950 million to modernise its ageing facilities including the 130-year-old Robinson Dry Dock, the 70-year-old Repair Pier and Sturrock Dry Dock, and the 45-year-old Syncrolift.

“While the Robinson Dry Dock floating caisson (main gate) was recently refurbished, it is the ultimate intention to replace this structure with a modern, fit-for-purpose caisson structure. The design process will be undertaken in the near future,” said Mdawe.

In terms of maritime skills development to support TNPA’s role as a lead implementer of government’s Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy programme, the port had established the new Cape Town Maritime Training Centre. Additionally, through a relationship with De Beers Marine, TNPA had created much needed ship fitting and repair activities with 3000 to 4000 active employment opportunities at peak and a further 300 to 400 small BEE contractors awarded supply contracts.

Mdawe said TNPA was prioritising operational efficiencies in the port in partnership with sister division Transnet Port Terminals. Cape Town has been plagued recently by weather related disruptions and high swell conditions. Surging interventions are being put in place in line with recommendations from a recent CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) study.

TNPA is exploring options to introduce a helicopter service to assist with operations during major swells and to increase the availability of service during stormy conditions. A fully-fledged feasibility study is being undertaken and TNPA will be engaging with customers to determine the best approach. TNPA is also prioritising the removal of some high spots that had been detected within the port’s Duncan Dock.

In terms of its Craft Replacement Strategy, the Port of Cape Town is striving to replace two of its workboats by 2019/20 and a request has also been made to bring forward the replacement of two tugs and two launches to 2019/20 instead of 2020/21 in order to meet industry needs.

Mdawe said there was still the opportunity for businesses to be located in the attractive Cape Town cruise terminal precinct or to use facilities there for business and conferencing needs within a working harbour environment.

“Our partnership with the V&A Waterfront for the development of a Cruise Terminal facility at E Berth has created a world-class facility akin to the Property Development facility of the V&A. This project is now at Phase three of its development. We invite industry in Cape Town to engage the V&A in this regard,” she said.

The Port of Cape Town is also pioneering the investigation of Green Ship Recycling which would help to position the South African port system as environmentally conscious.

Panellists (left to right) TNPA COO Nozipho Mdawe, TPT Terminal Manager for Cape Town Container Terminal Pamela Yoyo, Acting TNPA GM: Commercial Jacob Nare, Saldanha Port Manager Vernal Jones and Cape Town Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Panellists (left to right) TNPA COO Nozipho Mdawe, TPT Terminal Manager for Cape Town Container Terminal Pamela Yoyo, Acting TNPA GM: Commercial Jacob Nare, Saldanha Port Manager Vernal Jones and Cape Town Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana

Meanwhile TNPA has issued port concessions for various projects to establish new oil and gas facilities at its ports in support of a critical sector of the economy whilst promoting transformation.

“While there has been a slowdown in the development of specific infrastructure to support the oil and gas sector mainly due to the global economy, there remains an opportunity for South Africa to leverage its infrastructure, location, expertise and existing downstream industry to service the oil and gas industry,” said Mdawe.

The Burgan Cape Terminal liquid fuel storage facility, a substantial private sector investment of over R890 million, commenced operations as a clean fuels handling facility in July 2017.

Similar brownfields opportunities in this sector will follow in the short term.

Customer Perspective

Speaking from the TNPA customer perspective, Megan Gobey, Chairperson of the Cape Town Chapter of the South African Association of Ship Operators & Agents (SAASOA) and Port Consultative Committee representative for the Port of Cape Town, shared some strong feedback on various aspects mainly related to the Port of Cape Town.

While appreciative of “a brilliant team in the Port Control Tower”, as well as new Cape Town Harbour Master Captain Alex Miya and Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana, her criticisms included the state of ship repair facilities in the port, diminishing bunkering services and the availability of only one cruise liner berth. Gobey also called TNPA’s Integrated Port Management System (IPMS) “an incredible online system” but said that lingering issues with the system needed to be addressed.

“I feel with the right collaboration between the port and port users, our port can again return to a bustling and thriving industry for many years to come,” concluded Gobey.

Other speakers at the event included Head of Department in the Western Cape Ministry of Agriculture, Economic Development & Tourism, Solly Fourie, who outlined the province’s trade and investment plans.[/restrict]

Port of Saldanha report follows.


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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)


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…[restrict] space the Authority is committed to a solution that will benefit the LPG industry as a whole and ensure a competitive environment that will ultimately benefit the LPG consuming public.

“Saldanha is privileged to be the only Port in the system to have an IDZ declared on Port Land. We have established a tight relationship with the Saldanha Bay Licensing Company. Together we have moved to sign an MOU with pockets of land within the port to be developed by the SBIDZ for the operation of a focused Oil and Gas Customs Free Port area in Saldanha,” said Mdawe.

The partnership had produced its first tenant, with TNPA having signed a 20-year concession agreement with Saldehco Pty Ltd for the development of South Africa’s first dedicated Offshore Supply Base.

“Back of port on the Saldanha Bay IDZ footprint, we are currently finalising a lease with the IDZ for Saldehco over 20 Hectares of land. This is over and above a lease concluded in March 2018 covering 35 hectares with the Port for the IDZ for development of the promulgated Customs Control Freeport. Here, bulk earthworks, roads and services construction activities are currently underway, and planned for completion by the end of 2019. Over the years and as our partnership with Saldehco produces a vibrant Oil and Gas industry there is a further 20 hectares that would be made available for IDZ Development,” explained Mdawe.

She said industry could also expect Section 56 processes to be implemented in due course, calling for private sector participation on greenfields projects looking at a new ship repair facility / floating dock at the Mossgas quay in Saldanha, as well as a rig repair facility.

In further support of Operation Phakisa and the Oceans Economy, aquaculture is a key focus in Saldanha, with 15 of the 36 Operation Phakisa catalyst projects having expressed interest in expanding or farming in Saldanha Bay due to its environmental and financial promise.

One of the key drivers of delivering the second phase of TNPA’s aquaculture lease allocation process is developing closer alignment with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and ensuring that TNPA provides access to new black- women- and youth-owned entrants into the sector with an increased focus on local content.[/restrict]


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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…[restrict] Dar es Salaam and Tanga will no longer handle fuel for the southern region.

Instead, the southern port of Mtwara will take over handling imported petroleum products to areas far from Dar and Tanga, according to a new directive by the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura).

Ewura wants bulk petroleum importers and suppliers to use Mtwara Port, after its endorsement as the third fuel-receiving facility.

The decision, the government said, was meant to minimise the cost of doing business, as well as decongest the Tanzania-Zambia highway.

The regulator told The East African that it has been issuing monthly price caps for Mtwara and Ruvuma regions since July, for products offloaded at the Mtwara Port.

The agency said the decision was prompted by “unhealthy business practices in Mtwara and Ruvuma.”

Ewura added that all fuel suppliers should ensure that petroleum products for Mtwara and Ruvuma regions were only sourced from Mtwara Port.

Communications manager Titus Kaguo said that companies failing to comply with the Authority’s directive will be liable to a fine not less than Tsh100 million ($50,000) or equivalent court punishment under Section 238 of the Petroleum Act, Cap. 392.

“The Authority will closely monitor the situation of fuel supply in Tanzania to ensure that interests of all stakeholders including the consumers, wholesalers, retailers and the government are well protected,” Mr Kaguo said.

Storage facility

The government directed bulk oil importers and suppliers to construct an oil storage facility at Mtwara after opening the port for handling petroleum products last month.

With a capacity to offload 38,000 tonnes of oil, the facility is expected to supply petroleum products to Mtwara, Lindi, Ruvuma and other neighbouring areas.

The port’s installed storage facility is 25,000 tonnes.

Tanzania imported about 5.4 million tonnes of petroleum products last year through Dar es Salaam and Tanga ports through the Bulk Procurement System (BPS).

Ewura introduced a tendering process through the BPS for petroleum importation in Tanzania. source: The East African[/restrict]


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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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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…[restrict] the careers of young seafarers and seafarer welfare.

Stephen Chamberlain, for an act of bravery in saving a life.

Captain Timothy Charlesworth, for services to UK ports and the maritime industry.

Mark Dickinson, for services to seafarer employment, training and welfare.

Captain Antonio Gatti, for services to UK research expeditions.

John Halsall, for services to the careers of young seafarers.

Captain Nigel Jardine, for services to UK ports and the maritime industry including the small port sector.

Captain Robin Lock, for services to a maritime charity.

George Lonie, for services to the careers of young seafarers and seafarer welfare.

Michael Morley, for services to a maritime charity.

Captain Nicholas Nash, for services to maritime training.

Captain John Rankin, for services to the Merchant Navy.

Captain Michael Reeves, for services to the careers of young seafarers and seafarer welfare.

Captain Andrew Schofield, for services to the large yacht industry.

Captain Ian Shields, for services to a maritime charity.

Keith Thompson, for services to a maritime charity.

Captain Thomas Woolley, for services to harbour towage and safety standards.

Captain Belinda Bennett awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service for services to the promotion of the maritime sector. Captain Bennett is the first black female ship master in the commercial cruise industry. Her maiden voyage was a cruise to the Caribbean in a 148-passenger Windstar ship, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Captain Belinda Bennett awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service for services to the promotion of the maritime sector. Captain Bennett is the first black female ship master in the commercial cruise industry. Her maiden voyage was a cruise to the Caribbean in a 148-passenger Windstar ship

At the time these awards were announced Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani commented: “Our Merchant Navy is crucial to keeping the UK thriving – helping deliver goods, energy and Among the other winners this year are Captain Timothy Charlesworth who, on top of his service, provides sailing opportunities for people with mental health and addiction problems, Captain Michael Reeves who has five decades of Merchant Navy experience – much of which has been spent promoting seafaring to young people – and Captain Antonio Gatti who has played a crucial role in scientific research on board a Royal Research Ship during his 33 years of to our homes.

“These 19 people are a credit not just to the maritime industry but to the wider nation. They have gone above and beyond their duty for the benefit of others.

“Stephen’s heroic act and Belinda’s trailblazing are just two examples of the outstanding service provided by our mariners.”

This is the third year the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service will be awarded to those who have set an outstanding example to others.

Stephen Chamberlain awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service for an act of bravery in saving a life. The Wightlink deck officer risked his own life in February 2018 to help a man struggling in the cold water of Portsmouth Harbour late one evening. The crew in the ferry St Clare spotted the man in danger and the officer saw he was not able to reach the flotation device so he jumped in, kept him afloat and prevented him from drowning, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Stephen Chamberlain awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service for an act of bravery in saving a life. The Wightlink deck officer risked his own life in February 2018 to help a man struggling in the cold water of Portsmouth Harbour late one evening. The crew in the ferry St Clare spotted the man in danger and the officer saw he was not able to reach the flotation device so he jumped in, kept him afloat and prevented him from drowning

The medals (see example illustrated below) will be presented by HRH The Princess Royal, at an investiture to be held at Trinity House in the City of London on 26 September 2018.

Nominations were put forward for those working in the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets of the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

This state award replaces the UK shipping industry’s previous Merchant Navy Medal which was awarded annually from 2005 to 2015 by the Merchant Navy Medal Fund.

It is hoped that award of the Merchant Navy Medal and the celebration of a Merchant Navy Day may encourage administrations to record the value of their merchant seafarers and their deeds. Such deeds are achieved often with the routine tasks of moving cargoes and people across the oceans to the great benefit to national economies and, ultimately, the consumer.

*3 September 1939 was the first day of the Second World War and on this day the Donaldson liner Athenia on passage from the UK to Canada’s east coast was torpedoed and sank the following day in waters to the west of Ireland. Athenia was a steam-turbine transatlantic passenger liner built in Glasgow in 1923 for the Anchor-Donaldson Line, later to become the Donaldson Atlantic Line. A total of 117 civilian passengers and crew lost their lives and the sinking was condemned as a war crime.[/restrict]

Reported by Paul Ridgway

Merchant Navy Medal-artist's impression, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news


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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…[restrict] gigawatts of renewable energy were added than those from fossil fuels and this is reflected in where lenders are putting their money.”

Following the 2017 report, the new Maritime Forecast to 2050 focusses on the challenges of decarbonizing the shipping industry. It examines recent changes in shipping activity and fuel consumption, future developments in the types and levels of cargoes transported, and future regulations, fuels and technology drivers.

“Decarbonisation will be one of the megatrends that will shape the maritime industry over the next decades, especially in light of the new IMO greenhouse gas strategy,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime. He added: “Combined with the current and future trends in technology and regulations, this means that investment decisions should be examined through a new lens. Therefore, we propose a ‘carbon robust’ approach, which looks at future CO2 regulations and requirements and emphasizes flexibility, safety, and long term competitiveness. With this new framework, we hope to help empower robust decision making on assets.”

In the first Maritime Forecast, DNV GL introduced the concept of the ‘carbon robust’ ship. The 2018 Forecast develops this concept with a new model that now evaluates fuel and technology options by comparing the break-even costs of a design to that of the competing fleet of ships. This aims to support maritime stakeholders in evaluating the long-term competitiveness of their vessels and fleet and to future-proof their assets.

A case study utilising the model in several vessel designs reveals some striking findings, including that investing in energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprint beyond existing standards can increase the competitiveness of a vessel over its lifetime. The study also suggests that owners of high-emitting vessels could be exposed to significant market risks in 2030 and 2040.

Concluded Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen: “The uncertainty confronting the maritime industry in increasing as we head towards 2050. This makes it more important than ever before to examine the regulatory and technological challenges and opportunities of future scenarios to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the existing fleet and newbuildings.”

The Maritime Forecast predicts a rise of nearly a third (32%) in seaborne-trade measured in tonne-miles for 2016–2030, but only 5% growth over the period 2030–2050. This is based on the results of DNV GL’s updated global model, which is described in detail in the DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook 2018. The model encompasses the global energy supply and demand, and the use and exchange of energy within ten world regions.

Readers may download the full report here:

Edited by Paul Ridgway


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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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