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FIRST VIEW: SAN WAITAKI & TAPUHI

San Waitaki and Tapuhi in Lyttelton dry dock, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Alan Calvert
San Waitaki and Tapuhi.        Picture: Alan Calvert

Lyttelton dry dock in New Zealand and the 1899-gt stern trawler SAN WAITAKI (IMO 8901468) follows the harbour tug TAPUHI (IMO 9647435) in ahead of undergoing maintenance, survey and possible repairs. The 250-gt tug Tapuhi hails from Wellington and was built in 2013. The trawler was built in 1991 and is owned and managed by Sanford Ltd of Auckland, New Zealand. This picture is by Alan Calvert

 

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DISMISSAL OF TRANSNET GCEO SIYABONGA GAMA NOW LOOKS CERTAIN

Transnet banner appearing in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Barring some new revelations on the matter, it now seems certain that Mr Siyabonga Gama, group chief executive officer of Transnet SOC Ltd, will be fired within the next week to ten days.

On Thursday Mr Popo Molefe, Transnet Board SOC Ltd chairperson, issued a statement advising that the Board of Transnet has served Mr Siyabonga Gama with a letter informing him of the Board’s intention to terminate his employment as Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Transnet SOC Ltd.

Siyabonga Gama, Transnet CE,
Siyabonga Gama

Gama has been given ten days to make written representations as to why his appointment as GCEO should not be terminated.

The reasons provided to Gama by the Board relate to alleged serious violations of his financial, procurement and fiduciary responsibilities as Transnet GCEO.

The statement said that as a result, the Board had lost trust and confidence in his ability to lead Transnet as GCEO.

The Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Pravin Gordhan, has been informed of the Board’s decision.

The question of Siyabonga Gama’s role in the unfolding drama of the Gupta-related scandals involving several state-owned enterprises has until recently remained in the background of the drama and revelations involving ESKOM and those involved with that overwhelming scandal – notably and involving the ESKOM chief executive officer Mr Brian Molefe, who was prior to his appointment to ESKOM the GCEO of Transnet.

Brian Molefe, featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Brian Molefe

The story of Transnet and in particular, a massive order said to be the biggest ever at any one time of any railway company, for 1064 electric and diesel-electric locomotives that was placed with three manufacturers, began to attract attention as reports surfaced of so-called commission kickbacks equal to 10% paid to Tequesta, a Gupta-related group on an order totalling over R50 billion for the locomotives.

Another sales commission ‘kickback’ of 10% was paid by German software giant SAP to a company controlled by the Guptas to clinch business from Transnet.

It then seemed apparent if not obvious that Mr Gama, as head of the overall Transnet group and himself a former chief executive of Transnet Freight Rail, had to be aware in one way or another of this extraordinary ‘commission’. A commission that if nothing else would have inflated the cost of individual locomotives to far beyond their normal value which in itself ought to have triggered alarm bells.

A significant number of other senior officials within Transnet and Transnet Freight Rail in particular must also have been aware of the higher price being paid to the Chinese firm for some of the locomotives.

While all this human drama is continuing, the delivery of locomotives from the Chinese company continues.

 

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DAKAR EXPRESS (DEX), A NEW WEST AFRICA SERVICE FOR HAPAG-LLOYD

Hapag-Lloyd's new Dakar Express service rotation, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hapag-Lloyd’s new Dakar Express service rotation

German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has added to its West Africa services.

With effect from week 47, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce the DEX (Dakar Express) Service which will offer weekly sailings from North Europe to Senegal and Mauretania and vice versa.

These markets will be connected with Hapag-Lloyd’s…

 

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NSRI EVACUATES PATIENT OFF CHOKKA BOAT AT SEA NEAR ST FRANCIS

Spirit of St Francis at St Francis Bay, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Spirit of St Francis at St Francis Bay

On Saturday night shortly before midnight the duty crew of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) at St Francis Bay in the Southern Cape was activated following a request for medical assistance from the Chokka (squid) fishing boat BLUE MARLIN, reporting a crewman suffering severe stomach ailment and dehydration.

Blue Marlin was steaming towards…

 

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NIGERIAN SHIPPERS COUNCIL DECRIES LACK OF RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE

Nigerian Shippers Council banner, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Nigeria’s Shippers Council (NSC) says that the establishments of dry ports in the country will not succeed without proper and effective rail connections.

This was indicated by the Executive Secretary of the NSC, Hassan Bello, whilst talking to journalists at the sidelines of the two-day Sub-Regional Workshop and Joint Standing Committee Meeting of the Union of African Shippers’ Council (UASC) which had the theme ‘Port Concession in West and Central Africa: Impact on Economies of Member States’, being held in Abuja.

According to Bello the cost of shipping into Nigerian ports was…

 

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TNPA PLAYS HOST TO 2000 LEARNERS AT PORT OF EAST LONDON

Boarding the harbour tour boat to enjoy the sites of South Africa's only river port, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Boarding the harbour tour boat to enjoy the sites of South Africa’s only river port

To mark World Maritime Day on 27 September Transnet National Ports Authority’s Port of East London played host to around 2000 learners from schools across the Eastern Cape.

The learners from rural areas such as Umtata, Tsolo and Mount Ayliff explored South Africa’s only river port on tours, during which…

 

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SOUTH AFRICA’S FIRST SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES CO-OPS ARE LAUNCHED

Port Nolloth, aerial, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture courtesy TNPA
Port Nolloth. Picture courtesy: TNPA

After an 11-year journey to acquire their fishing rights, fishermen from the small fishing town of Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape can finally get on their fishing boats and catch linefish and rock lobster – on their own terms.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has launched South Africa’s first small-scale fisheries cooperatives – the Port Nolloth and the Hondeklipbaai cooperatives, which also marks the implementation of the small-scale fisheries policy.

* See our report of 25 September on this development: CLICK HERE

The two small-scale fishing communities have received…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL WATCH **
IHS FAIRPLAY TO SHUT DOWN AFTER 135 YEARS

IHS Fairplay magazine covers, soon to disappear into history, reports in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
IHS Fairplay magazine covers, soon to disappear into history

IHS Fairplay, the British weekly publication targeting the international merchant shipping industry is to cease publication. Fairplay has been in continuous publication since 1883.

This was announced late last week by its current owners, the IHS group.

“We have made the difficult decision to cease publication of Fairplay magazine and Fairplay.ihs.com. The magazine will continue to be published until the final issue on 6 December 2018 and stories will continue to be published daily on Fairplay.ihs.com until 26 November.

According to Stuart Strachan, senior vice-president, Maritime and Trade, at IHS Markit, despite great improvement in the editorial product in the past three years, a very competitive market and the challenges of print as a medium were behind the decision to close Fairplay.

“Despite investment and concerted efforts to build an online community and maritime events, we have been unable to generate growing circulation, subscription, and event revenues,” Strachan said. “Not unlike many print-based brands, we haven’t gained sufficient traction with these efforts.”

Fairplay was the first publication to make use of the internet by publishing an online daily news and email service in 1996. It entered a partnership with Lloyd’s Register in 2001 and in 2004 entered into a partnership with HITT NV of the Netherlands, leading to the creation of AISLive for tracking vessel movements. In 2008 the publication was acquired by IHS Markit who took full control from 2011 when they bought out the Lloyd’s Register 50% share in the company.

The editor of Africa PORTS & SHIPS, Terry Hutson was the South Africa correspondent for Fairplay for a period of about ten years.

 

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** NAVAL WATCH **
F 25s FLYING OFF HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

Two F-35B Lightning II fighter jets have successfully landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time, laying the foundations for the next 50 years of fixed wing aviation in support of the UK’s Carrier Strike Capability. Photo MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Two F-35B Lightning II fighter jets have successfully landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time, laying the foundations for the next 50 years of fixed wing aviation in support of the UK’s Carrier Strike Capability. Photo MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

Fighter jets join forces with British aircraft carrier to make history

The first F-35 Lightning fighter jets have landed on the deck of the United Kingdom’s new aircraft carrier, making history and marking the beginning of more than half-a-century of Carrier Strike operations.

On 25 September Commander Nathan Gray, RN, and RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell were…

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EXERCISE IBSAMAR BEGINS, INVOLVING NAVIES OF BRAZIL, INDIA & SOUTH AFRICA

INS Tarkash visiting London, May 2017. Picture: Wikipedia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
INS Tarkash visiting London, May 2017.        Picture: Wikipedia

Having concluded Exercise Atlasur, a naval exercise involving ships from the South African Navy, Brazil and Uruguay, the next exercise IBSAMAR VI is now underway.

Participating ships from the Indian Navy, Brazil and South Africa are taking part, they are:

South African Navy: SAS AMATOLA (frigate),…

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : IBSAMAR SHIPS BS BARROSO & SAS AMATOLA

BS Barroso. Picture: Louis Vosloo, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
BS Barroso.      Picture: Louis Vosloo
SAS Amatola at sea. Picture courtesy: SA Navy, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SAS Amatola.       Picture: SA Navy

Two of the frigates that are taking part in the Exercise IBSAMAR VI which commences today. At the top is the Brazilian Navy frigate BNS BARROSO seen here at an earlier IBSAMASR held also off the Cape in 2014, and lower is the SA Navy frigate SAS AMATOLA seen at sea. The BNS Barroso photo was taken by Louis Vosloo, while the lower picture is courtesy the SA Navy.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science.”
– Henry David Thoreau

 

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