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FIRST VIEW: ANTHEA

Anthea arriving in Durban for bunkers, September 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Trevor Jones
Anthea.           Picture: Trevor Jones

The 76,781-dwt bulk carrier ANTHEA (IMO 9317729) makes her entrance into Durban harbour earlier in September. Built in 2006 the ship is 225 metres in length and 32m wide and was calling to load bunkers at a berth at 104 on Pier 1. The Greek-owned ship is managed by Minoa Marine Ltd of Athens Greece and is registered in the Marshall Islands. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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QUARTET OF POWERFUL SANMAR TUGS SET OFF FOR MOROCCO

The four tugs heading to Morocco - Svitzer Tanger, Svitzer Tetouan, Svitzer Chefchaouen and Svitzer Al Hoceima all measure 29.4m LOA with a beam of 13.3m and attain a bollard pull ahead in excess of 90 tonnes and a free-running speed of around 14½ knots, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The four tugs heading to Morocco – Svitzer Tanger, Svitzer Tetouan, Svitzer Chefchaouen and Svitzer Al Hoceima all measure 29.4m LOA with a beam of 13.3m and attain a bollard pull ahead in excess of 90 tonnes and a free-running speed of around 14½ knots

A quartet of Sanmar’s very powerful latest development, the Bigaçay Series of fire-fighting ASDs, designed exclusively for Turkey’s leading tug builder by Robert Allan Ltd (and designated by them as the RAstar 2900 SX) set off in convoy across the Mediterranean to North Africa and the Kingdom of Morocco to form the nucleus of Svitzer’s fleet at the Tanger Med 2 terminal.

The four boats, the first in a newly launched series, are claimed by Sanmar’s project director, Ali Gürün, to be the most powerful to serve in the Mediterranean Sea region.

The propulsion plant consists of a pair of 2700kW MTU engines turning Schottel SRP560 CP Rudder propellers giving high performance yet still inside a relatively compact hull. Knut Müller, head of the marine and government business division at MTU, said: “This is the first time high-speed engines have been used to power harbour tugs in this power class. To date, it has only been possible to use medium-speed engines for harbour tugs with a bollard pull of over 85 tonnes. Electrical power is supplied by two 99ekW Caterpillar C4.4 generator sets.”

A variant of the well sought after RAstar range of tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd, the Bigaçay series has been exclusively developed for Sanmar.

Sanmar's Bigaçay tug, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Sanmar’s Bigaçay tug

Giving high performance with exceptionally high bollard pull, these still compact tugs are aimed at ensuring efficient construction while still meeting the customisation requirements of discerning clients. The RAstar escort/offshore terminal tug designation is reserved for a range of high performing ASD tugs with unique sponsoned hull form which has been proven to provide significantly enhanced escort towing and sea keeping performance.

The new tugs all have first class accommodation for eight persons. The master and chief engineer both have single en suite cabins on the main deck alongside a generous lounge and mess area with separate galley. Access from the aft deck is via a wet room with easily accessible head compartment.

The lower accommodation deck comprises three twin berth cabins, all en suite, a storage area and a laundry. A switchboard room is accessed via the engine room.

Sanmar, an experienced operator in high ambient temperature conditions as well as a leading constructor with two custom-built shipyards, has taken special care to ensure crew comfort at all environmental conditions with a comprehensive HVAC system throughout the accommodation areas. Additional separate split type A/C units are fitted in the wheelhouse. Sound levels according to the requirements of flag authorities are achieved with the use of resilient mounts to engines and essential equipment including hydraulic pipes.

The vessel is equipped with tanks to accept 160m3 of fuel oil, 18.6m3 of fresh water and 2.4m3 of oily water.

Featured among the deck machinery items are an Ibercisa escort towing winch forward, and another from the same manufacturer aft. Other items include a capstan with 100 tonne towing hook by Data Hidrolik, a Data anchor windlass and a Palfinger deck crane. The main engine driven external fire-fighting system by FFS is to ABS FiFi1 notation with two forward bridge deck mounted monitors.

 

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KENYA RAILWAYS COMMENCES DOUBLE-STACKED CONTAINER TRAINS OUT OF MOMBASA

An example of a double-stacked container train in the Cajon Pass, USA. Picture: Wikipedia Commons, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
An example of a double-stacked container train in the Cajon Pass, USA.      Picture: Wikipedia Commons

Kenya Railways has commenced double-stacking container trains between Mombasa and Nairobi’s Inland Container Depot (ICD).

These are the first container trains in sub-Saharan Africa and possibly in the whole of Africa that use double-stacked container wagons, thus doubling the load per train.

As a result of this development the clearance of containers from the…

 

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TNPA MARKS WORLD MARITIME DAY 2018 IN MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

TNPA participated in the programme alongside maritime industry role players such as the Ports Regulator of South Africa and the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
TNPA participated in the programme alongside maritime industry role players such as the Ports Regulator of South Africa and the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

In commemoration of World Maritime Day 2018 in September, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) lent its support to a programme hosted by the Department of Transport (DoT) in Badplaas, Mpumalanga Province on 27 and 28 September 2018.

The 2018 World Maritime Day theme, as endorsed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council and adopted by the Secretary General, is: “Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future”.

TNPA participated in the programme alongside…

 

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CONTAINER SHIP GOES GREEN WITH EBH AND VESCONITE

Vesconite is sued to replace steern tube bearing on container ship Marine Rickmers, reported in Afriac PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

When the stern tube bearing on the 149.6 metre x 23m container ship MARINE RICKMERS (IMO 9151917) began to fail, Durban-based Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH South Africa) replaced it with state-of-the-art, South African-manufactured pollution-free Vesconite.

The innovative self-lubricating polymer is far superior to oil-lubricated lignum vitae, white metal and composite bearings, especially with the implementation of ever more stringent…

 

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GAC SOUTH AFRICA BEAT THE ODDS TO DELIVER CONVOY FOR BW OFFSHORE

The FPSO Berge Helene at anchor in St Helena Bay
The FPSO Berge Helene at anchor in St Helena Bay

Turnkey agency services for two tugs and FPSO

When GAC South Africa’s team in Cape Town was appointed to handle the passage of two tugs, FAIRMOUNT SUMMIT and FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION, towing the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) BERGE HELENE bound for the Far East, the odds seemed to be stacked against them. But perseverance and professionalism paid off.

Appointed by BW Offshore Limited, a leading provider of floating production services to the oil & gas industry, the GAC team were already facing tight deadlines as they waited for the convoy to arrive from Mauritania for refuelling, delivery of stores, spares and provisions plus crew changes, before continuing their journey to Indonesia and Singapore.

That was when the weather delivered a new blow. As…

 

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LACK OF ACTION BY POLICE IN NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE UPSETS LOCALS

Map showing location of Macomia, opposite the resort island of Matemo and the island of Ibo, just north of Pemba, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Map showing location of Macomia, opposite the resort island of Matemo and the island of Ibo, just north of the port of Pemba

A police station in northern Mozambique was attacked last Thursday (27 September), not by Islamist terrorists but by a group of ordinary local people who were demanding that a man arrested on suspicion of being one of the jihadist terrorists, be handed over to them for mob justice.

The jihadists have been spreading terror throughout the northern region of northern Mozambique, burning houses and executing ordinary villagers as well as attacking police outposts.

The mob attacking the police station in Macomia demanded the arrested suspect be handed over to them. The suspect was being held in detention on suspicion of being one of the jihadists accused of killing and beheading a local villager.

The terror attacks have resulted in the deaths of more than 50 local people, all innocent villagers who were attacked and their homes burned, forcing frightened villagers to take to the bush at night, fearful of being killed if they remain in their homes.

Thus on Thursday a group of young people took matters into their own hands and marched to the Macomia police station, demanding that the prisoner held in custody at the station be handed over to them. Police had to fire warning shots in the air to disperse the group.

A large part of Cabo Delgado is subject to attack by the jihadists, who have been nicknamed the ‘shebabs’ meaning young people in Arabic. It is thought the shebabs were recruited by a foreign imam who has settled in the area, where a large proportion of the population are of the Muslim faith. The group of jihadists number anywhere between 100 and 500, it is believed.

The first terror attack took place on 5 October 2017 against a police station and an army barracks in the city of Mocimboa da Praia.

Since then the Mozambique government has responded with police and army reinforcements deployed to the area and although a number of arrests have been made, their presence remains mainly ineffectual while attacks on the population continue.

The local people say they have lost confidence in the ability or willingness of the security forces, including the police, to counter the attacks. Making things difficult for the Mozambique security forces is that the area is close to the border with Tanzania and the terrorists may be using this to escape across the border and return to carry out further attacks once the Mozambique security forces have returned to base.

Residents meanwhile say they no longer trust the police or the army to protect them and want to take justice into their own hands.

Making things more difficult for the authorities is that the region forms part of the Rovuma Basin of oil and gas exploration, with foreign oil companies active in the area and having to employ strong security while carrying out their explorations.

Major oil companies involved include Exxon, Anadarko and ENI.

 

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QM2 in Cape Town.      Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : IBSAMAR VI 2018

IBSAMAR Panorama: BNS Barroso, INS Tarkash, INS Kolkata alongside, with SAS Protea. All pictures: David Erickson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
IBSAMAR Panorama: BNS Barroso, INS Tarkash, INS Kolkata alongside, with SAS Protea. All pictures: David Erickson
P1290335b: BNS Barroso (V34) coming alongside at Simon’s Town, with naval tug ZSWL Imvubu attending, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
BNS Barroso (V34) coming alongside at Simon’s Town, with naval tug ZSWL Imvubu attending
P1290343c: INS Tarkash (F50) firing a 21-gun salute as she approaches Simon’s Town Naval Harbour, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news picture by David Erickson
INS Tarkash (F50) firing a 21-gun salute as she approaches Simon’s Town Naval Harbour
P1290357b: INS Tarkash (F50) coming alongside at Simon’s Town, with naval tug ZSWL Imvubu attending, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, picture by David Erickson
INS Tarkash (F50) coming alongside at Simon’s Town, with naval tug ZSWL Imvubu attending
P1290379b: INS Kolkata (D63) approaching Simon’s Town with naval tugs ZSWL Imvubu and ZSXK Inyathi attending, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, picture by David Erickson
INS Kolkata (D63) approaching Simon’s Town with naval tugs ZSWL Imvubu and ZSXK Inyathi attending
P1290385b: INS Kolkata (D63) entering the Naval Harbour, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, picture by David Erickson
INS Kolkata (D63) entering the Naval Harbour
P1290387b: INS Kolkata (D63) takes on a distinct list as the naval tugs push on her port side within the confines of the harbour, featured n Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, picture by David Erickson
INS Kolkata (D63) takes on a distinct list as the naval tugs push on her port side within the confines of the harbour

Exercise IBSAMAR VI involving ships of the Brazilian Navy, Indian Navy and South African Navy have met in Simon’s Town Naval Base in South Africa for Exercise Ibsamar VI in which the navies will participate together between 1 and 15 October. Apart from the ships displayed here, the South African Navy ships taking part will be the frigate SAS Amatola, survey ship SAS Protea and submarine SAS Manthatisi. The exercise flows from the trilateral agreement between Brazil, India and South Africa and was first staged 10 years ago in 2008. These pictures are by David Erickson

 

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