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FIRST VIEW: MSC REGULUS

MSC Regulus arriving in Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Trevor Jones
MSC Regulus.      Picture: Trevor Jones

We’ve featured this ship quite recently but have no qualms about doing so again. MSC REGULUS (IMO 9465291) is one of the more impressive container ships that calls at the port of Durban, if only because of her sheer size. With a length of 366 metres and a beam of 48m, and a container capacity of 13,102 TEU, she is one of the biggest container ships to call here. The 148,542-dwt ship was built in 2012 at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard at Ulsan, South Korea and was launched as the E.R. Regulus, but shortly afterwards went into MSC service as a chartered vessel and taking her current name. Two years later MSC took the ship inmto full ownership. In this picture we see her entering the channel leading to the port and an appointment at sub-Saharan Africa’s largest and busiest container terminal. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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PORT OF DURBAN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC

In late news just received (Wednesday 0945) TNPA advises that the Port of Durban is closed to all incoming traffic, with selected outgoing and shifting of vessels, due to wind and sea conditions.  Check for further updates later in the day.

 

UNIQUE GROUP TO PARTNER WITH SOUTHERN AFRICAN SHIPYARDS ON THE PROJECT HOTEL SURVEY SHIP

A Vard-design hydrographic survey vessel. SA Shipyards has also partnered with Vard for the design of the new naval survey vessel, story featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
A Vard-design hydrographic survey vessel. SA Shipyards has also partnered with Vard for the design of the new naval survey vessel

Integrated subsea and offshore solution provider Unique Group announced yesterday (Tuesday) that its Marine & Subsea division has entered into a high value contract with the Southern African Shipyards in Durban to provide a turnkey package for Hydrographic Survey vessels and a Hydrographic office set up.

The Hydrographic survey vessel and support vessels are for the SA Navy, codenamed Project Hotel.

The project will include multiple new build vessels – main vessel and support vessels. Unique Group will act as a technology partner to the shipyard and provide the vessel’s Dynamic Positioning systems and Navigational equipment package. As part of the project, Unique Group will also provide complete integration of the Hydrographic equipment package, which will include centralised operations between the main vessel and smaller support vessels.

The Hydrographic office set up onshore will also be updated with new computer hardware and the latest processing software for chart production, data collection, processing, reporting and backup solutions. Unique Group will provide a full package including technical support and relevant operational and maintenance training for the staff.

“Unique Group has always been at the forefront of innovation and customer satisfaction,” commented Harry Gandhi, Unique Group’s CEO. “Our team specialises in working with partners to deliver projects on time and with the best available solution. We are pleased to have been chosen for a significant project to provide complete vessel integration for a reputed client like Southern African Shipyards.”

Unique Group provides a wide range of bespoke marine and offshore solutions, for subsea and merchant maritime industries around the world. Specialised solutions include – marine automation, cargo management and level sensors, temperature & pressure transmitters, integrated navigation & communication and vessel performance system for the offshore and research segments.

About Unique Group

Founded in 1993 Unique Group is a market leader in the delivery of engineering expertise, sales and rental equipment and the latest technology for the marine, diving, pipeline and subsea market sectors. Unique Group provides bespoke, off-the-shelf engineering solutions and cost efficiencies across the oil and gas supply chain — onshore and offshore, surface and subsea. Unique Group employs over 500 people worldwide through its seven multi-site divisions: Survey Equipment; Marine & Subsea; Diving & Life Support; Buoyancy & Ballast; On-Site Engineering; Specialised Boats and Medical Technology. Its 200-plus dedicated engineering specialists work across nine strategically important global oil and gas regions — USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, India, South Africa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE.

 

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SOUTH ATLANTIC CABLE SYSTEM GOES ON STREAM CONNECTING ANGOLA AND BRAZIL

The first, fastest connectivity, lowest latency trans-Atlantic link between Africa and the Americas

The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is now on-stream and open for commercial traffic. The new digital information highway is the first and fastest link between Africa and the Americas with the lowest latency and will provide a more direct routing for internet traffic in the Southern Hemisphere.

The SACS from Angola Cables was manufactured and powered by NEC Corporation and is one of the most…

 

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EU NAVFOR SHIPS MEET IN THE INDIAN OCEAN – 21 NATIONS ONE FORCE

ITS Federico Martinengo (left) and ESPS Castilla at sea in the Indian Ocean, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
ITS Federico Martinengo (left) and ESPS Castilla at sea in the Indian Ocean

Working as a force made up of a large variety of nations (21) can present numerous challenges; however when correctly exploited this enables the EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Rear Admiral Nanclares to have a plethora of expertise and resources to hand in order to maintain the counter-piracy operation around the Horn of Africa.

On 27 September 2018 EU NAVFOR ships ITS FEDERICO MARTINENGO and flagship ESPS CASTILLA met…

 

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CYCLONE WATCH IN MID INDIAN OCEAN AS STORM GATHERS STRENGTH

The developing storm as at 17h00 on 2 October 2018. Map: Joint Typhoon Warning Center, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The developing storm  system 92S as at 17h00 on 2 October 2018.    Map: Joint Typhoon Warning Center

A close eye is being kept on a storm developing its strength in the mid Indian Ocean. Described as a Tropical Disturbance the storm, which yesterday was situated at 4.7S 74.9E earlier today, approximately 214 nautical miles North-East of Diego Garcia. On…

 

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OPENING OF FIRST BERTH AT NEW LAMU PORT HAS BEEN DELAYED TO JUNE 2019

impression of the three new berths when in service at Lamu port., featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
impression of the three new berths when in service at Lamu port.

The opening of the first berth at the new Lamu port has been delayed for six months till June 2019. The port, costing KSh2.5 trillion is under construction at Kililana, in Lamu West.

This was announced by the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) chief executive, Silvester Kasuku, who said he was confident that there would not be any further delays after this and that the first berth at the deepwater port will begin service by June next year.

Kasuku said that so far the construction of the first three deep sea berths which is being fully financed by the Kenya national government has reached the 55 per cent complete status. All three berths are due to be completed by 2020. The three berths are costing the government Sh 48 billion.

Construction of the berths is obviously taking longer…

 

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MOZAMBIQUE AUTHORITIES PLEDGE THAT THE FERRY SERVICE ON LAKE NIASSA WILL RESUME SHORTLY

The Lake Niassa (Malawi) ferry Chambo, featured in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Lake Niassa ferry Chambo

Ferry services on Lake Niassa (Lake Malawi) will return on the Mozambique side of the disputed lake with two routes to be reopened.

This was the pledge given at an election rally in the municipality of Metangula last Sunday by Mozambique’s prime minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosario.

He said that one route would be…

 

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** NAVAL WATCH **
THE ANNUAL ROYAL NAVY PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Winner of the Colour Confidence Global Operations Award. HMS Trenchant has broken through the ice of the North Pole with two US submarines, as polar Ice Exercise 18 (ICEX) comes to an end. ICEX is a series of demanding trials in the frigid climate of the Arctic Circle, designed to test submariners' skills in operating under the Arctic ice cap. HMS Trenchant joined US submarines USS Connecticut and USS Hartford for the drills, co-ordinated by the US Navy’s Arctic Submarine Laboratory. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featured in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Winner of the Colour Confidence Global Operations Award.
HMS Trenchant has broken through the ice of the North Pole with two US submarines, as polar Ice Exercise 18 (ICEX) comes to an end. ICEX is a series of demanding trials in the frigid climate of the Arctic Circle, designed to test submariners’ skills in operating under the Arctic ice cap. HMS Trenchant joined US submarines USS Connecticut and USS Hartford for the drills, co-ordinated by the US Navy’s Arctic Submarine Laboratory. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

The Peregrine Trophy

From submarine operations in the icy wastes of the North Pole to emotional homecoming scenes on windswept jetties, the service photographers capture all aspects of life in the Naval Service.

Each year at this time skilled photojournalists are recognised for their perfect pictures in the Royal Navy’s annual photographic competition – the Peregrine Trophy Awards. These were presented at an event at Trinity House in the City of London in the last week of September.

Royal Navy photographers are charged with telling the stories of sailors and Royal Marines around the world through still imagery and video, taking them on deployments with warships and commando units wherever they may go.

In the past year their imagery and video has covered everything from submarine operations in the North Pole, flight deck operations on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, joyful homecomings and Royal Marines Commando exercises in hot climates.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Nathan Dua, the Royal Navy’s most senior photographer, said: “As technology and photographic practices get better every year, the quality and commitment of our talented photographers improves as well.

“I am always blown away by the standard of imagery achieved by the men and women of the Royal Navy’s photographic branch, and this year is no exception. I am proud of every entry in this year’s photographic competition.”

This year the awards were judged by Jane Sherwood of Getty Images, Thomas Newton of Sky News, Lee Durant of the BBC, Stuart McKenzie of the BBC, Nicholas Horne of Great State, Defence Imagery picture editor Panay Triantafillides, and freelance photographer Adam Sorenson.

Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum was named Royal Navy photographer of the year by the judges for his portfolio of imagery from operations all over the world.

He said: “To win an award in the Peregrine Trophy competition is a moment to be proud of in itself but to win photographer of the year, which effectively is the pinnacle of what all photographers aim for, is undoubtedly the proudest moment of my photographic career.

“Given the fierce competition within our branch and the high calibre of photography that my colleagues and friends produce, this award is definitely the hardest fought for.”

LPhot Rosenbaum is now deployed in HMS Argyll capturing all elements of her deployment to the Asia Pacific region.

Joining up as any other rating into a particular trade such as logistics, engineering or warfare specialists, RN photographers work hard to excel at their chosen field before being accepted into the elite Photographic Branch.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

Part of the winning Wex Commandant General Royal Marines portfolio.

Royal Marines turned Angels to rescue comrades from the battlefield in the Arizona desert. Personnel from 45 Commando joined their counterparts from Turkey, Denmark, Peru and the USA for the three-week Exercise Angel Thunder – billed as the world’s largest combat search-and-rescue exercise. Members of Yankee Company were aboard trusty Chinooks from the RAF’s 7 Squadron as medics, armed with machine guns, are parachuted in to help injured Servicemen. The US Air Force has run the exercise – Angel for the rescuers, Thunder for the ground forces providing the helicopters and medics with security – for the past decade, using Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the edge of Tucson, about 50 miles north of the Mexican Border. "For Yankee Company, this has been an opportunity to practice and rehearse a company level deployment to an austere and arid environment; we have seen daytime highs of 40 degrees C and the men have been working extremely hard often at range," said Major Mick Trafford RM, Officer Commanding Y Coy. The men from Arbroath were bolstered by Danish Battlefield Medics, attached to the Company to perform specialist medical attention, while the ‘Guardian Angels’ of the US Air Force whose sole purpose is that of Search and Rescue and Personnel Recovery, were on hand to give expert advice. The exercise, which started in 2006, was last held in 2015 and has just been revamped by making it biannual and reducing the size of the individual events. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featured in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Royal Marines turned Angels to rescue comrades from the battlefield in the Arizona desert. Personnel from 45 Commando joined their counterparts from Turkey, Denmark, Peru and the USA for the three-week Exercise Angel Thunder – billed as the world’s largest combat search-and-rescue exercise. Members of Yankee Company were aboard trusty Chinooks from the RAF’s 7 Squadron as medics, armed with machine guns, are parachuted in to help injured Servicemen.
The US Air Force has run the exercise – Angel for the rescuers, Thunder for the ground forces providing the helicopters and medics with security – for the past decade, using Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the edge of Tucson, about 50 miles north of the Mexican Border. “For Yankee Company, this has been an opportunity to practice and rehearse a company level deployment to an austere and arid environment; we have seen daytime highs of 40 degrees C and the men have been working extremely hard often at range,” said Major Mick Trafford RM, Officer Commanding Y Coy.
The men from Arbroath were bolstered by Danish Battlefield Medics, attached to the Company to perform specialist medical attention, while the ‘Guardian Angels’ of the US Air Force whose sole purpose is that of Search and Rescue and Personnel Recovery, were on hand to give expert advice. The exercise, which started in 2006, was last held in 2015 and has just been revamped by making it biannual and reducing the size of the individual events. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
Winner of the NSSL Engineering Excellence Award. (Pictured: Members of the Marine Engineering department) The Silent Service. HMS Trenchant is a Trafalgar class attack submarine capable of being deployed anywhere in the world, to support Great Britain’s defence capability. Primarily she is a state of the art war fighting platform, constantly ready to fight and win. To the ship’s company of 130 sailors she is much more; a home, a place of sanctuary. Where they eat, sleep and work always maintaining the watch. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featured in Africa PORS & SHIPS maritime news
Winner of the NSSL Engineering Excellence Award.
(Pictured: Members of the Marine Engineering department) The Silent Service. HMS Trenchant is a Trafalgar class attack submarine capable of being deployed anywhere in the world, to support Great Britain’s defence capability. Primarily she is a state of the art war fighting platform, constantly ready to fight and win. To the ship’s company of 130 sailors she is much more; a home, a place of sanctuary. Where they eat, sleep and work always maintaining the watch. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
Part of the winning portfolio in the Canon Royal Navy Photographer of the year award. AB(WS)* Aspen Mbabazi takes part in an air defence exercise where personnel were closed up on the Bridge and in the Operations Room. On 20 October 2017, HMS Monmouth took part in Exercise Intrepid Sentinel. The exercise which comprised of HMS Monmouth, USS Shoup and French warship Jean Bart saw various evolutions take place, including boarding exercises, Air Defence Exercises, Officer of the Watch manoeuvres, helicopter cross deck landings, and finalised with all three Units taking part in a PHOTEX (Photographic Exercise). *Able Seaman Warfare Specialist. Photo: LPhot Dan Rosenbaum HMS Monmouth. MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Part of the winning portfolio in the Canon Royal Navy Photographer of the year award.
AB(WS)* Aspen Mbabazi takes part in an air defence exercise where personnel were closed up on the Bridge and in the Operations Room. On 20 October 2017, HMS Monmouth took part in Exercise Intrepid Sentinel. The exercise which comprised of HMS Monmouth, USS Shoup and French warship Jean Bart saw various evolutions take place, including boarding exercises, Air Defence Exercises, Officer of the Watch manoeuvres, helicopter cross deck landings, and finalised with all three Units taking part in a PHOTEX (Photographic Exercise).
*Able Seaman Warfare Specialist.       Photo: LPhot Dan Rosenbaum HMS Monmouth. MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : KOKSIJDE

Koksijde at Durban, picture by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Koksijde at Durban, picture by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The Belgian LPG tanker KOKSIJDE (IMO 9719305) which called at Durban for the first time during September to take bunkers. A newbuild (June 2018) she has not yet accummulated many nautical miles under her waterline but that no doubt will soon be put to rights. Named for a town on the North Sea coast of West Flanders in Belgium the 180-metre long by 30m wide, 29,6490dwt tanker is registered in Belgium where she is also owned. Her ship managers are Exmar Shipmanagement & Marine of Antwerp. For the observant among us, Mr Betts asks that it be pointed out that the black spot visible above the ship in the middle picture is not a lens problem but the port helicopter going out to the CITY OF SHANGHAI which was due to enter port. These pictures are all by Keith Betts

 

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