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FIRST VIEW: ZHEN HUA 13

Zhen Hua 13 in Cape Town, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Ian Shiffman
Zhen Hua 13.        Picture: Ian Shiffman

The Chinese heavylift semi-submersible vessel ZHEN HUA (IMO 8008761) that called at Cape Town in January this year to take bunkers. Loaded on her deck were two large STS (ship-to-shore) cranes, the purpose of her voyage. Chinese owned and managed by Shanghai Zhenhua Shipping Co the 44,770-dwt ship is one of the older heavylift cargo vessels having been built in 1983. With the boom in container terminal development leading to an increased demand for ship-to-shore type cranes, rubber tyre gantries and straddle carriers, Chinese built and operated ships of this type have been in constant demand as Chinese companies have gradually taken the lion’s share for the manufacture of such equipment.     This picture is by Ian Shiffman

 

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DP WORLD FIGHTS BACK OVER DORALEH SHAREHOLDING ISSUE

Doraleh Container terminal and port at Djibouti, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Doraleh Container terminal and port

DP World said yesterday that it will continue to pursue all legal means to defend its rights as a shareholder and concessionaire in Doraleh Container Terminal SA (DCT) in what it says is the face of Djibouti’s blatant disregard for the rule of law and respect for commercial contracts.

On 9 September the President of Djibouti enacted a decree which purportedly transferred the shareholding of Port de Djibouti SA (PDSA) in Doraleh Container Terminal SA (DCT) to the Government of Djibouti. PDSA is 23.5% owned by China Merchants Port Holdings Company Ltd of Hong Kong.

DP World said the transfer appears to have been made in an attempt to flout an injunction of the English High Court which restrains PDSA from using its shareholding to take control of DCT. It said this is the latest step in the Government of Djibouti’s five-year campaign to take the 2006 Concession Agreement away from DCT, through which DP World operated and part owns the Doraleh Container Terminal.

“Investors across the world must think twice about investing in Djibouti and reassess any agreements they may have with a government that has no respect for legal agreements and changes them at will without agreement or consent,” a DP World spokesperson said.

On 31 August, the High Court of England & Wales issued an injunction against PDSA, as shareholder in DCT, ordering that it:

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

In an apparent attempt to circumvent the injunction, on 9 September 2018, the Government of Djibouti transferred PDSA’s shares in DCT to itself. DP World said yesterday that the new decree was accompanied by a press release which it says is replete with untrue statements. It also refers to DP World being paid fair compensation in accordance with international law.

“The 2006 Concession Agreement, which is governed by English law, provides that disputes relating to the Agreement are to be resolved through binding arbitration in the London Court of International Arbitration. Such arbitration proceedings are ongoing. To date the Government has not made any offer to compensate DP World.”

 

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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA SAYS THE CHINESE LOANS TO ESKOM AND TRANSNET ARE UNCONDITIONAL

Transnet banner, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the recent Chinese loans that were given to state-owned entities Eskom and Transnet come with no conditions.

Responding to oral questions at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday, the President also said that it is not unusual for state owned entities to raise funding in the market for capital investment or operating costs.

Of the Eskom loan he said: “There are…

 

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TRANSPORT PENSION FUND HIT WITH CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS

Transport Sector Retirement Fund logo, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime News

 

It is being alleged that a senior official of the fund used a “now liquidated company to execute this deal and made a massive commission for himself”

 

 

The Transport Sector Retirement Fund is facing fresh allegations of possible corruption after a deal involving 10 million euros (R160 million) for a property supposedly owned by the fund in London, Chelsea suburb, purchased in 2008 was cited as one many investment deals that are questionable, according to Business Gazette.

The Transport Sector Retirement Fund recently changed…

 

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MARINE REPORT – SHIPS IN COASTAL WATERS

Brazilian Navy frigate BNS Barroso arriving at Simon's Town for Exercise Atlasur. Picture: David Erickson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Brazilian Navy frigate BNS Barroso arriving at Simon’s Town for Exercise Atlasur. Picture: David Erickson

Shipping along the Africa coast, from West Africa through South Africa to East African waters, the variety of ships calling at the ports and harbours, or sailing by remains highly interesting and noteworthy.

In the southern Cape naval ships from the Brazilian, Uruguayan and South African Navies are engaged in Exercise Atlasur until 21 September and are currently at sea in the first sea phase. Details of this can be found at www.defenceweb.co.za or at the official SA Navy website www.navy.mil.za/

While on the subject of the navy, the SA Navy advises that it will not be staging its annual flagship event, the Navy Festival. Although it doesn’t say so it would appear that reason lies with the severe financial straits that the Navy as well as other elements making up the South African Defence Force now find themselves.

Nacala Bay

Irem Sultan now at Nacala, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture courtesy Shipspotting
Irem Sultan.       Picture courtesy Shipspotting

Moving north we notice that a second Turkish Karadeniz Powership company vessel has arrived in the Port of Nacala in northern Mozambique. KPS IREM SULTAN (IMO 8222252) and KPS REMZI BEY (IMO 8415548) are the two vessels.

Remzi Bey. Picture Baltic Shipping / Cormac Gebreur, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Remzi Bey. Picture Baltic Shipping / Cormac Gebreur

Irem Sultan has been at Nacala since March 2016 when it arrived to begin delivering electricity to Zambia and northern Mozambique. Ship and crew manager Nevzat Ayden says the ‘powership’ Remzi Bey is in Nacala to assist Irem Sultan, and from her appearance this vessel appears to fall under the category of a tug or support vessel/workboat.

She is much smaller (65 metres) than the powership Irem Sultan and was built in 1986 at the Scottish Ferguson Shipyard Newark Works in Glasgow as yard number 568 and was originally a tug.

Durban

Ehoala Toly at Port D'Ehoala. Picture by Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Ehoala Toly at Port D’Ehoala.    Picture by Terry Hutson

The Madagascan-based harbour tug EHOALA TOLY (IMO 9048184) has arrived in Durban for maintenance and survey work and will be going on the EBH floating dock. nm interesting little vessel, th 350-gt tug was built in Australia at the Port Lincoln Maritine Services yard at Port Lincoln in 1993 and is owned by Qit Madagascar Minerals registered in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

Her homeport is Port D’Ehoala, the new port for the town known as Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro) on the south-east coast of Madagascar. The new port was created to serve the Rio Tinto heavy metals mine nearby, as the old port of Fort Dauphin can scarcely accommodate a modern fishing boat.

Marion Dufresne

Marion Drufresne in Durban in 2012, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture by Trevor Jones
Marion Drufresne in 2012. Picture by Trevor Jones

Another vessel to look forward to and coming to Durban to be dry docked is the French research ship MARION DUFRESNE (IMO 9050814). Hardly a stranger to Durban or South Africa, the 9,400-gt research ship is based at Reunion in the Indian Ocean and must be one of the loveliest research ships at sea today – or is it simply that beauty is only in the eye of the beholder?

Marion Dufresne was built in 1995 and is managed by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Sasu of Suresnes, France. She has a two-fold purpose – one being to supply the outlying French possessions across the Indian Ocean, primarily the Crozet and Kerguelen Islands and the smaller islands of Amsterdam and St-Paul. The other main purpose is oceanographic research.

Due to scientific demand for research Marion Dufresne occasionally ventures outside the Indian Ocean as required and so is sometimes seen in the North Atlantic. On-board she has accommodation for 110 passengers in 59 cabins, enabling large scientific parties to embark on her. Her crew complement is six officers and 22 seamen. As required she may carry a helicopter to assist with transferring goods or people ashore. The helicopters are available from Reunion.

Marion Dufresne is due in Durban on 17 September 2018.

 

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NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY CONCERN OVER LACK OF RAIL PLANS FOR LEKKI PORT

NPA MD Hadiza Bala-Usman, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
NPA MD Hadiza Bala-Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is concerned over the apparent lack of planning for a rail link connecting with the new port at Lekki.

If the port has no rail link then it faces the same problems as is being experienced at Apapa, says NPA managing director Hadiza Bala-Usman.

“If it will take ten years to build the ports, it will take five years to build the rail,” she said in an article reported in the Nigerian daily Vanguard.

“We have written to the Nigerian Railway Corporation on linking the Lekki deep seaport to the rail system.

“We have reiterated the need for…

Mixed fortunes for Q1 at Nigerian ports

Apapa port container terminal, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Apapa port container terminal

It is reported elsewhere that the number of ship calls at Nigerian ports in the first quarter of 2018 is down by 2.3 per cent.

In that period 985 vessels called at Nigerian ports compared…

 

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HAPAG-LLOYD WELCOMES 15,000-TEU CONTAINER SHIP AL JMELIYAH

Al Jmeliyah at naming ceremeny in Rotterdam, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Hapag-Lloyd’s new 15,000 TEU container ship AL JMELIYAH (IMO 9732357) has been officially named in a ceremony held in Rotterdam.

The ship, completed in 2017, has entered the Far East-Europe service with the German shipping line, becoming the latest very large container ship to do so. The name is Arabic and means ‘The Beautiful One’.

Al Jmeliyah is technically equipped to…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **
SEAFARERS’ HAPPINESS INDEX – SEAFARERS CALL FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

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Seafarers from across the world have responded to the latest Seafarers’ Happiness Index. In answering questions about their lives at sea, they have called for ship owners, operators and managers to have designated human resource management in place to address concerns and to reflect the growing appreciation and importance of seafarer mental health and wellbeing on board and at sea.

This was reported by the London HQ of the Mission to Seafarers on 10 September.

This comes as the second quarterly report of 2018 sees seafarers experience an increase in…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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** NAVAL WATCH **

HMS PRINCE OF WALES RECEIVES HER FIRST CO

Captain Stephen Moorhouse, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

On 11 September Commodore Stephen Moorhouse RN took over command of the UK’s second aircraft carrier HMS PRINCE OF WALES, currently under build in Scotland. The warship is expected to leave Rosyth in late 2019 for contractor sea trials.

Moorhouse, who carries the rank of Captain in his new role said: “I am delighted to assume command of HMS Prince of Wales at this exciting time as we prepare the ship to enter service. She will operate of the centre of a Maritime Task Group that will..

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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LAST WORD: WELL DONE TO THE NSRI, ONCE AGAIN

NSRI rescue near Gordon's Bay

The following is not a ‘sea-going’ account of a NSRI rescue but does help to indicate just some of the many varied calls that the National Sea Rescue Institute, manned by volunteers, responds to at all hours of the day and night along our long coastline. Salute to them!

Dappat se Gat: Seven teenagers rescued from a cove at high tide.

Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay (Station 9) station commander reports:

At 17h13, Tuesday, 11 September, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from the parents of a teenager reported to be in a cove at Dappat Se Gat, along the R44 towards Koegel Bay, and cut off from exiting the cove by the incoming high tide, with six friends.

Our sea rescue vehicle with NSRI rescue swimmers responded and GB Med Security ambulance, Cape Town Traffic Department, Law Enforcement and Metro Police responded.

WC Government Health EMS and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services were placed on alert.

Dappat se Gat, NSRI to the rescue, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pictures: NSRI Gordon’s Bay

On arrival on the scene we found the seven teenagers, aged 18, three males and four females, from Stellenbosch and Paarl, were cut off by the high tide, still showing the effects of the recent 9 September peak of the New Moon Spring High Tide, and although safe in a cove at Dappat Se Gat, with daylight fading efforts to get them safely out of the cove became the priority.

Concerned parents had also arrived at the scene.

Our NSRI rescue swimmers reached the teenagers using the lull in the incoming waves and timing the incoming wave sets to wade through chest deep water to reach them.

A rope system was set up and safety equipment was taken to the cove by our rescue swimmers.

The teenagers were placed in life jackets and rescue helmets and one by one our rescue swimmers waded the teenagers, in relays, through chest deep surf, again timing the incoming waves and using the lull in between the wave sets.

Once all teenagers were safely extricated from the cove they were walked up the trail to the roadway and reunited with family and they were put into blankets to warm them up.

No one was injured and no further assistance was required. [End of NRI report]

Well done once again the volunteers of the NSRI.

 

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WILHELMSEN SHIPS SERVICE PARTNERS WITH KLUBER LUBRICATION

Signing ceremony at SMM - featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Klüber Lubrication and Wilhelmsen Ships Service have signed a close distribution partnership, with Wilhelmsen becoming a global partner for marine lubricants from Klüber Lubrication.

With the deal, signed at the maritime industry’s largest exhibition SMM Hamburg, Wilhelmsen will strengthen its existing product portfolio in a key area, adding…

high-performance speciality lubricants to its global offering.

Kjell Andre Engen, EVP Marine Products, says, “Joining forces with Klüber Lubrication is a real coup for us, it enables us for the first time to offer customers market leading lubricants and a wealth of in-depth product specific expertise. A key area previously missing in our portfolio, we are thrilled to also now be able to provide customers lubricants, and the world’s most sophisticated ones for that matter, through our unrivalled global network.”

Combining quality products, innovation, and dedication to developing environmental and sustainable solutions offered by Klüber Lubrication, with Wilhelmsen’s enviable distribution network, industry-defining customer service and forward leaning solutions portfolio is seemingly a match made in marine products heaven.

“We always had an eye on each other since we both met at the last SMM. With mutual admiration we observed the successes and outstanding performances which both parties brought to the market with passion and dedication,” says Dieter Becker, Head of Global Business Teams at Klüber Lubrication.

Providing assured performance and reliability, along with maintaining compliance, the marine specific global product portfolio Klüber Lubrication offers is comprehensive, benefitting from numerous OEM approvals.

To this end, despite the ink being barely dry on the agreement, training on speciality lubricants has already begun for Wilhelmsen staff.

Signing ceremony at SMM - featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Signing ceremony at SMM

About Wilhelmsen

With the largest maritime network in the world Wilhelmsen Ships Service is active in 2,000 ports, in 125 countries worldwide.

Supplying marine solutions including the Unitor brand of products, Timm ropes, Unicool refrigerants, and Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, along with a complete portfolio of ships agency services and maritime logistics, last year Wilhelmsen Ships Service made product deliveries to 27,500 vessels and handled 75,000 port calls. “The maritime industry’s trusted partner in port, on board and offshore, our wide portfolio of products and services are available in every market and region, to every conceivable vessel type.”

Wilhelmsen Ships Service is part of the Wilhelmsen group. For more information, see wilhelmsen.com

About Klüber Lubrication

Klüber Lubrication is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of speciality lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements. During its more than 80 years of existence, Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, thorough consultation and extensive services, which has earned it an excellent reputation in the market. The company holds all common industrial certifications and operates a testing section hardly rivalled in the lubricants industry.

Klüber Lubrication, set up as a retail company for mineral oil products in Munich in 1929, is today part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co. KG, a Business Group of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim. Klüber Lubrication has about 2,000 employees in more than 30 countries.

For further information, please click http://www.klueber.com

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : UMKHOMAZI

Umkhomazi, in Durban, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news Picture: Trevor Jones
Umkhomazi. Picture: Trevor Jones

On 23 July we featured the Port of Durban and Transnet National Ports Authority’s latest tug in service, UMKHOMAZI (IMO 9755270), which was launched at Southern African Shipyards in Bayhead, Durban on 17 November 2017 and subsequently fitted out and completed earlier this year. This was the eighth out of an order for nine tugs – the final tug, supposedly for Saldanha although that is not necessarily definite, is due for launching next month or possibly November. The tug has a gross tonnage of 460-gt and forms part of a fleet of around nine tugs in the port. This picture, with the signature Bluff in the background is by Trevor Jones.

 

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