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FIRST VIEW: AFRICAN BUZZARD

African Buzzard arriving in Durban in September 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture by Keith Betts
African Buzzard.         Picture: Keith Betts

Another MUR bulk carrier to cross our horison in recent weeks is the 66,000-dwt AFRICAN BUZZARD (IMO 9720225) seen here arriving in Durban earlier in September. Built in Tamano, Japan in 2014 at the Mitsui Tamano Engineering & Shipbuilding yard the ship has a length of 199 metres and a beam of 36m. Following her call at Durban African Buzzard proceeded to Cape Town and is now on her way to Singapore. The ship is owned by Japanese interests and is managed and operated by MUR Shipping BV of Amsterdam, Netherlands. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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NAMPORT, WALVIS BAY TIGHTENS UP ON CHANGE OF SHIPS AGENTS IN PORT

Port of Walvis Bay, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Walvis Bay

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) says that it is concerned with the increased number of incidents of changes of ships agents when vessels are already in port.

The port authority points out that port regulations Part III no.16 (4) stipulate that the owner, master or agent of a vessel which intends to call shall, before entering the port, provide a guarantee to the satisfaction of Namport for all fees, dues and levies which may become due and payable to Namport by the vessel for that port of call.

It says that it is therefore obvious that changing of agents while the vessel is already within port limits is in contravention of the regulation mentioned and has a negative bearing on the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of port operations.

As such the following conditions will apply immediately.

1. An agent who signs for the arrival notification of the vessel will be accountable for all fees related to the full duration of the relevant ship’s stay in port except for cargo related dues which remain the responsibility of the nominated cargo agents.

2. No change of agent or agents is allowed for vessel visits to the port under whatever circumstances.

3. Where there should, for whatsoever reason be a change in ships agent, such ship must sail outside port limits and re-enter with a completely new arrival notification.

Namport states that any master or agent not following these instructions will be fined as per port regulations no.110 and pilotage service will not be rendered to such vessel.

 

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NIMASA SAYS IT IS WORKING TO SECURE RELEASE OF 12 CREW TAKEN BY PIRATES

Glarus, which was attacked by Nigeria pirates and 12 seamen abducted. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Glarus.      Picture courtesy: Shipspotting

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says that it has commenced operations aimed at the rescue of the 12 crew members kidnapped from the bulk carrier GLARUS at the weekend.

Pirates stormed aboard the bulk carrier which was sailing between…

 

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IORA DELEGATION VISITS OPERATION PHAKISA PROJECTS IN PORT ELIZABETH

The boat hoist brings a vessel ashore in Port Elizabeth, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: TNPA
The boat hoist brings a vessel ashore

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Port Elizabeth hosted a 40-member delegation from the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Working Group on The Blue Economy (WGBE) earlier in September, led by the Head of the Oceans Economy Secretariat from the Department of Environmental Affairs, André Share.

The visit formed part of the 1st Preparatory Meeting for the Establishment of the IORA Working Group on the Blue Economy (WGBE) which was hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs in conjunction with IORA from 12 to 13 September 2018 in Port Elizabeth.

During the port visit TNPA showcased various…

 

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LIEBHERR REACHSTACKERS REINFORCE PORT OF DURBAN

Liebherr Reachstacker being assembled in Port of Durbban, reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Earlier this year Liebherr, the lifting solutions provider, delivered seven new reachstackers to the Port of Durban, where they have already been in operation for the past six months.

The reachstackers were manufactured in…

 

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UN ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA PUSHES FOR AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (AfCFTA)

UN ECA banner, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a unique and timely opportunity for the continent and offers more benefits than other trading arrangements with regions outside the continent, according to Mr Andrew Mold, Acting Director of UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Eastern Africa.

Mold indicated that the AfCFTA marks a fundamental step towards dismantling barriers and reducing costs to intra-African trade, boost industrialization, improve productivity and competitiveness of Africa for the creation of the much-needed jobs on the continent.

He was speaking in a two-day conference discussing…

 

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SOUTH AFRICA TO PILOT e-VISA IN NEW ZEALAND

Passports and Visas - the latter to become s-Visas as from 2019, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

South Africa will pilot its e-Visa in New Zealand by April 2019 in a bid to improve efficiency of visa applications.

“Once glitches identified during the pilot phase have been addressed, the e-Visa will be rolled out to other countries,” said Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Gigaba made the announcement at a media briefing yesterday (Tuesday).

The briefing follows an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on changes to the visa regime as part of the economic stimulus and recovery plan.

South Africa will also pilot e-Gates at…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **
SHIPPERS UP IN ARMS OVER SULPHUR CAP SURCHARGES

Sulphur cap to be introduced as from 1 January 2020, resulting in surcharges to be introduced one year ahead. Story featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Shippers are reacting strongly to announcements coming from the major container shipping companies that they will be passing on the cost of fleet compliance with the 0.5% sulphur cap that comes in to effect in 2020.

Maersk as usual led the way by announcing that it would pass the cost of complying with the 2020 deadline of a sulphur cap affecting container ships.

Other shipping companies have been quick to fire off their own announcements, including MSC and CMA CGM, the three largest container lines.

Each company has said they will adjust fuel surcharges ahead of the deadline for the introduction of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) low sulphur regulation.

The sulphur cap comes into effect on 1 January 2020 and it appears that the surcharge will be in the order of US$160 per TEU.

“In line with its commitments, the group will comply with the regulation issued by the International Maritime Organization from January 1, 2020,” said CMA CGM senior vice-president for commercial and agency network, Mathieu Friedberg. “In this context, we will inevitably have to review our sales policy regarding fuel surcharges.”

CMA CGM is pioneering the way ahead with orders placed for nine liquefied natural gas-powered container ships each capable of carrying up to 22,000 TEUs. The French company says it won’t be relying entirely on scrubbers, although these are likely for the existing fleet.

MSC has indicated that the cost of converting ships to reduce sulphur emissions will increase significantly and that a global fuel surcharge will come into effect on 1 January 2019, one year ahead of the official implementation of the new IMO rule.

“As we continue to prepare for the 2020 low-Sulphur fuel regime, we are therefore introducing a new Global Fuel Surcharge as of 1 January 2019 in order to help customers plan for the impact of the post-2020 fuel regime,” MSC said on Monday (24 September 2018).

MSC said the new MSC Global Fuel Surcharge will replace existing bunker surcharge mechanisms and will reflect a combination of fuel prices at bunkering ports around the world and specific line costs such as transit times, fuel efficiency and other trade-related factors.

“MSC operates a modern, green fleet and seeks to operate in a sustainable and responsible way, guided by social and environmental values in its business plans and practices. The company is committed to contributing to global efforts to reduce ship emissions and fully supports the UN IMO’s work in this area.

“A plan to optimise energy efficiency through continuous evaluation of trade route networks is also expected to help limit fuel use and improve service reliability.”

According to Maersk its fuel bill will increase by up to US$2 billion a year as a result of the sulphur cap. It would therefore introduce new bunker surcharges to recover these costs.

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) reacted with suspicion to the announcement by Maersk Line of new fuel surcharge arrangements from 1 January 2019 to recover presumed costs from the introduction of low-sulphur marine fuel from 1 January 2020.

James Hookham, GSF Secretary General, said: “Asking customers to contribute to new environmental costs is to be expected, but this charge lacks transparency; no data is available to let customers work out how the charge has been calculated.

“In addition, Maersk has decided to help itself to a whole year of higher fuel surcharges, a full 12 months before the rules requiring them to use surcharges actually come in.

“Given historical experiences with surcharges, shippers are naturally suspicious over something shipping lines say is ‘fair, transparent and clear’. GSF will be taking this piece of financial engineering apart piece by piece as we suspect this has more to do with rate restoration than environmental conservation.”

 

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SETTING STANDARDS FOR FUTURE OF SHIPPING: DNV GL RELEASES AUTONOMOUS & REMOTELY-OPERATED SHIP GUIDELINE

Picture courtesy DNV GL. featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

As digitalization continues to reshape the maritime industry, the first commercial autonomous vessels are due to launch in the next several years. To help build a safety culture around these new technologies, DNV GL has released a new class guideline covering autonomous and remotely operated ships.

“A new set of sensor, connectivity, analysis, and control functions in maritime technologies is …

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : JOLLY DIAMANTE

Jolly Diamante.        Pictures: Trevor Jones featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Jolly Diamante in Durban.        Pictures: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Jolly Diamante.        Pictures: Trevor Jones

Ignazio Messina Line’s fleet of Ro-Ro container ships are some of the brightest and most easily recognised ships to call at the Port of Durban, and when on their berth at the City Terminal (Point Docks) they remain highly visible, easily dominating the scene even from the Mahatma Gandhi Road (Point Road) outside the port precinct. We last featured this particular ship on 5 December 2017 and again on 19 April this year and with the excuse of having more recent readers, consider it not too soon to take another look at JOLLY DIAMANTE (IMO 9578957)  as she enters port earlier this month.
The Messina ships operate a regular service calling at ports between Genoa in Italy and Durban in South Africa via the Red Sea and East Africa coast with a fleet of identical ships. Built in 2011 by the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering at Geoje in South Korea as hull number 4465, the 46,635-dwt Italian-flagged Jolly Diamante remains an attractive sight whenever she is in port. At 240 metres long and 38m wide, with a draught of 10.5 metres and is impressive in all respects. These pictures are by Trevor Jones

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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– François VI de la Rochefoucault.

 

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