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Strait Feronia arriving at Pictron, New Zealand from Wellington and appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIP maritime news. Picture is by Alan Calvert
Strait Feronia            Picture: Alan Calvert

The Bluebridge-operated STRAIT FERONIA (9136022) arrives at Picton, New Zealand after her crossing from Wellington earlier this month. The 21,856-gt passenger/cargo Ro-Ro vessel was built for Norse Irish Ferries in 1997 by Cantiere Navale Visentini, Italy, operating between Liverpool and Belfast. She was at that time named MERSEY VIKING but subsequently underwent several name changes, ending up as STRAIT FERONIA in 2011 after being sold to Stena Line. In 2015 Strait Shipping acquired her and she made the long crossing to New Zealand to take up service between Wellington and Picton. The ferry is 186 metres in length and 25.6m wide and can carry up to 350 passengers along with freight and vehicular cargo. The vessel is registered in Wellington under the New Zealand flag. This picture is by Alan Calvert


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Nigeria is to connect its seaports and the hinterland with a rail network by the end of 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed.

Speaking on Monday President Buhari said he has directed that the country’s major seaports will have the full complement of rail infrastructure with rail connections between the major ports and to destinations inland which must be achieved in a little over three years.

The country’s North will be connected to the South with a new standard gauge railway, he said. Nigeria’s existing rail network is built to Cape gauge (1067mm).

Buhari was speaking at the IAPH (International Association of Ports & Harbours) conference being held this week in Abuja.

“We understand that this inter-connectivity will improve the country’s economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth plan. So for starters, I have directed that every port must have the complement of rail infrastructure and our projection is that by the end of 2021, we will have standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route,” he said.

President Buhari, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
President Buhari

The president said the same attention was being given to improving the country’s road infrastructure, with 25 major highway and 44 roads currently under construction.

The president said that activities on and the use of the country’s waterways would be stimulated with major river channels dredged and provided with adequate navigational markings to ease traffic through the East and Northern parts of the country. “That is the only way to go if we plan to remain competitive in the maritime industry,” he said.

Continental Integration

Looking further afield, President Buhari said that nations across Africa were connected by the same developmental challenges while having large human capital and natural resources.

“It behoves us therefore to work together and deploy our resources towards solving those issues that militate against us,” he said.

Buhari pointed out that 39 of the continent’s 54 countries were either littoral or island states and this made the formulation of policies to better utilise these waters a matter of expediency for the growth of the continent’s economies.

“This, in a sense, seems to be a divine ordination of our desire for continental integration. Even though we have physical national boundaries that separate us, the waters are a natural source of connectivity and they seem like a subtle message that we must work together for the good of all our countries.”

He pointed out however that one important factor in deciding the competitiveness of Africa’s ports was that of efficiency in handling cargo at the ports.

“This, without doubt is an area in which port operations in Africa needs a lot of intervention,” he said.

“Of course, there are on-going discussions in Nigeria and other African countries on the expediency of urgently investing in infrastructure that support multi-modal means of transportation between our ports and the hinterland. Meetings like this put the issues in proper perspective and serve as avenue for the generation of ideas that would aid our national governments formulate effective policies.” source:; Maritime First


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Linda Seroka, new Development Officer at Transnet NPA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Linda Seroka

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Linda Seroka as TNPA’s Business Development Officer, with effect yesterday (18 September 2018).

Ms Seroka’s role will be to explore and unlock growth opportunities for TNPA and its clients in the fields of Commercial and Marketing, Strategy, Property and Facilities Management.

She is an experienced professional with more than 17 years of practice in developing and executing strategies to grow businesses.

Seroka most recently served as…


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German AF P-3C Orion after landing at Djibouti, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
German AF P-3C Orion after landing at Djibouti

A German P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) has returned to Djibouti to re-join the fight against piracy being conducted by EU NAVFOR on Operation Atalanta.

The aircraft, its crew and supporting staff deployed to the Horn of Africa area…


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Imperial Logistics International (ILI), an integrated outsourced logistics service provider with a presence across Africa and Europe has a new chief executive officer. He is Hakan Bicil, who joins ILI from CEVA Logistics, where he was Chief Commercial Officer responsible for global sales.

Bicil was previously European MD for Toll Global Forwarding and, prior to that, held various board level posts at Kuehne & Nagel.

He has taken up his new post as Chief Executive of Imperial Logistics International, the international division of Johannesburg-based Imperial Logistics.

Hakan Bicil reports to Imperial Logistics Group Chief Executive Marius Swanepoel and is charged with accelerating the development of the Group’s international business – which currently accounts for some 40% of Imperial Logistics’ total revenue, with a turnover of €1.6 billion.

Hakan Bicil CEO of Imperial Logistics International ILI appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hakan Bicil

He said he was excited to be taking over the reins at Imperial Logistics International at the most exciting time in its young history. “We have a diversified portfolio of businesses with impressive collective capabilities, a blue-chip customer list, and a team of highly-experienced experts. These are excellent building blocks on which to base our ‘One Imperial Logistics’ concept, which will see the creation of a single company and a single global brand.

“Imperial is a transport and logistics giant in its home territory of South Africa, with substantial operations throughout all Africa’s major markets; but is lesser known elsewhere. That will change: we have the appetite to grow and the resources to support our strategy.”

“We have been fortunate in attracting such a capable leader to steer Imperial Logistics International through the next phase of its development,” said Marius Swanepoel. “Hakan’s extensive global logistics experience encompassing major accounts management, leading a huge global sales operation and spearheading mergers and acquisitions will be invaluable in achieving our goals.”

About Imperial

Imperial Holdings, the owner of Imperial Logistics, was founded 1948 as a single car dealership, and now generates annual revenues in excess of R119 billion. It is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and employs over 48,000 people in 33 mainly African and Eurozone countries. It operates exclusively in the logistics and vehicle sectors.

Imperial Holdings has announced its plan to unbundle its automotive business, Motus, which will be separately floated. Once this is completed, Imperial’s entire activity will be logistics-based.

Imperial Logistics has three divisions, of which Imperial Logistics International is one. The others are the South Africa and African Regions. Imperial Logistics employs over 30,000 staff at 340 locations in 38 countries and provides customised value-add logistics, supply chain management and route-to-market solutions to multinational clients in selected geographic markets and industries.

The company is a specialist in logistics for agriculture, automotive, chemicals, energy, consumer packaged goods, industrial, mining, and healthcare. 2018 revenue amounted to R51.4 billion with an operating profit of R2.8 billion.

Imperial Logistics International (ILI) is headquartered in Duisburg, Germany and is responsible for all group logistics activity outside Africa.

Operations span forwarding, shipping (60 million tonnes p.a.), liquid/general road freight (600 trucks), barge operations (600 owned, rented and chartered motorised and non-motorised units), express freight (Western Europe’s largest network for palletised express freight, 10 million pallets p.a.), and 3PL/4PL services.

ILI boasts unmatched capability in the European chemical industry, with more than 60 chemical tankers, 15 gas tankers and 23 specialised warehouses. In South America, 84 barges and 7 push boats transport over 2.2 million tons per year. ILI has over 9,000 employees at 170 locations in 20 countries.

ILI has 2.2 million sq m of covered storage space and specialises in automotive, industrial, retail and consumer, steel, and chemicals. LI had a 2017 turnover of €1.6 billion.


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Genco Brittany making history in the Port of Ngqura. Pictures courtesy: TNPA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Genco Brittany making history in the Port of Ngqura.      Pictures courtesy: TNPA

The young developing Port of Ngqura handled a milestone in its growth with the arrival of the first vessel discharging cargo for Osho Cement, a new cement manufacturer currently under construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

The GENCO BRITTANY discharged 55,410 tons of…


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An oil and chemical products tanker at anchor in position 09:20.8N – 013:43.3W in the Conakry (Guinea) anchorage was boarded by four armed robbers on Monday (17 September).

The robbers were noticed coming aboard the unidentified tanker at 03h00 UTC whereupon the Master raised the alarm, locked the accommodation section and all crew mustered in the citadel.

The armed robbers then opened fire at the bridge windows, which gave them access into…


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Nor-Shipping and Viking are promising visitors to Oslo a night to remember on 6 June 2019, with a spectacular naming ceremony party for VIKING JUPITER.

The 47,800 gt Fincantieri built vessel, the latest addition to Viking’s growing fleet, will be celebrated with a public concert in front of Oslo’s imposing town hall, overlooking the city’s bustling harbour. The concert, which will be complimentary for all, will feature a range of as yet unnamed international and Norwegian stars.

Nor-Shipping 2019, Your Arena for Ocean Solutions, runs from 4 to 7 June across a series of venues in Lillestrøm and Oslo. The naming ceremony will act as the highlight of the traditional Thursday evening Closing Party, where visitors from across the maritime and ocean industry worlds gather to mix, network and wind down after a busy week of exhibiting, conferences and business meetings.

“The Closing Party is always a highlight of the week’s programme and this one promises to be extra special,” comments Nor-Shipping Director Per Martin Tanggaard.

“Viking Jupiter is a sleek, modern ship with an award-winning interior that was inspired by Nordic heritage and design – and will be a major attraction next to the city skyline in its own right. The fact that she will also be joined by a range of star names and performers in a celebration that will be open to the public, including Nor-Shipping attendees and all Oslo residents and visitors, will provide a unique occasion that should not be missed.”

“We’d like to thank Viking for their energy, vision and commitment to making this happen. It is a generous gesture from them to the people of Oslo, and a great opportunity for Nor-Shipping 2019 to sign off in style.”

Viking Jupiter was floated out in May in Ancona, Italy. Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø helped celebrate that event as well., ffeatured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Viking Jupiter was floated out in May in Ancona, Italy. Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø helped celebrate that event as well.

Viking Jupiter was ‘floated out’ from Fincantieri’s Ancona yard in May and will be the sixth ocean ship in Viking’s growing fleet. Measuring 745 feet, with a beam of 94.5 feet, the vessel will offer 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 guests.

The names of the performers appearing at the ceremony will be announced later this year. One name that is already confirmed, however, is Norwegian star soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø, the ship’s ceremonial godmother.

“We look forward to welcoming around 35,000 global guests and close to 1,000 exhibiting companies, populating our 21,000 m2 exhibition halls, in June next year,” concludes Tanggaard. “I’d recommend as many of them as possible to put the Viking Jupiter naming ceremony in their diaries now. See you there!”

The news comes in the same month that Nor-Shipping announced it will devote the whole of Hall A at the 2019 exhibition to the concept of Blue Economy. This will serve to showcase, promote and accelerate business practices and players that balance maritime and ocean activity growth with sustainability and environmental protection.


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Australian science and technology will be front and centre in the ASEAN region as Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, formally launched its presence in Singapore, 17 September 2018. Photo: CSIRO ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Australian science and technology will be front and centre in the ASEAN region as Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, formally launched its presence in Singapore, 17 September 2018. Photo: CSIRO ©

Australian science and technology will be front and centre in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region as Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO*, formally launched its presence in Singapore on 18 September.

The announcement coincided with Singapore-headquartered investment company, Temasek, becoming the third largest investor in the A$232 million CSIRO Innovation Fund, managed by Main Sequence Ventures.

The CSIRO Innovation Fund supports new spin-outs, start-ups, and…

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CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery working cargo at Southampton. Picture: Wikipedia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery working cargo at Southampton.        Picture: Wikipedia

BIO-UV Group has successfully installed and commissioned its BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system to CMA CGM’s new flagship, the 400m long, 20,600-TEU CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPÉRY.

The vessel, one of the largest containerships to be built by Hanjin Heavy Industries’ yard in the Philippines, and the largest to fly the French flag, was christened in Le Havre earlier this month by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, and the Minister in charge of Transport, Elisabeth Borne.

BIO-UV Group will also supply BIO-Sea Units to nine 22,000TEU CMA CGM vessels under construction in China, following the signing of a supply order earlier this year.

A BIO-SEA Modular arrangement

Benoit Gillmann, President and CEO, BIO-UV Group, said: “The successful installation and commissioning of the 2000m3/h capacity BIO-SEA unit to this new flagship, together with newbuild and retrofit installations planned in coming months, puts CMA CGM very much ahead in the game.

“We anticipate a significant spike in ballast water retrofits over the next two to three years. Taking newbuilds and retrofits into account, the market is worth more than €7.5 billion and if BIO-SEA can account for just 5% of this over the next six years or so, then we would be very happy, indeed.”

Bio-Sea modular ballast water treatment system featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Bio-Sea modular ballast water treatment system

Xavier Deval, Business Director, BIO-SEA, said: “We anticipate the market beginning to take shape in 2019, but the big boom is likely to be in the 2020-2021 period. It will inevitably be a last-minute rush, so owners really do need to plan ahead to account for any increase in lead times. Depending on the size of the system, we can supply BIO-SEA units within 8 to 12 weeks.”

The short lead time is because each BIO-SEA unit is designed and manufactured completely in-house, at the company’s production plant in Lunel, France.

The BIO-Sea system incorporates two technologies in a single, fully automated skid-mounted or modular unit. The system first cleans ballast water using a screen filter, in order to reduce the amount of total suspended particles present in the seawater.

The second technology – BIO-UV Group’s patented UV-based disinfection technology – treats the water and eliminates all microorganisms without the addition of chemicals or active substances. The water passes through a reactor where UV rays destroy the microorganisms’ DNA.

Since one 22kW UV lamp can treat flow rates of 150m3/h, overall system footprint is minimal compared to other UV-based technologies.

Commenting on the market acceptance of the BIO-SEA system, Mr Gillmann said: “As a result of the recently announced supply order from CMA CGM, we have noticed considerable interest in the technology. During the SMM exhibition, in Hamburg Germany, we met with over 100 shipowners, engineering advisory firms, shipyards and agents, all of whom were interested in the dual IMO/USCG certification we received in June. Only two other companies in the world currently have this dual certification for UV systems.”

About BIO-UV Group

For almost 20 years, BIO-UV Group has been designing, manufacturing and marketing ultraviolet light (UV-C) water treatment technologies for a multitude of industrial applications. In 2011, it added the treatment of ship ballast water to its range. The company’s product range is designed and produce at its own purpose-built facility in Lunel, France, allowing the company to quickly respond to its customers specific requirements. The public-listed company, since June 2017, has a consolidated turnover of €10.2 million and a workforce of 61 employees. More than 50% of the group’s sales are made in export markets.

CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry arriving at Le Havre, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry arriving at Le Havre


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Poseidon Leader arriving at Durban, by Keith Betts and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Poseidon Leader arriving Durban 12 September 2018. Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Poseidon Leader.       Pictures: Keith Betts

Another in NYK’s ‘Leader’ class of Ro-Ro vehicle carriers, the 63,001-gt POSEIDON LEADER (IMO 9335965) approaches the breakwater to the Durban port entrance channel last week, prior to berthing at one of the car terminal’s several Ro-Ro berths. The 5,213-car capacity ship is owned and managed by NYK out of its Tokyo offices. Her length is 199 metres, beam is 32m and she was built in 2007 at the Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipyard at Toyohashi in Japan. These pictures are by Keith Betts



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