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FIRST VIEW: ERISORT

Erisort at Lyttelton, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Alan Calvert
Erisort.     Picture: Alan Calvert

The 180 metre long, 30m wide bulker ERISORT (IMO 9681895) is shown here making her first call to Lyttelton New Zealand carrying a cargo of grain loaded in San Lorenzo. The 39,763-dwt Erisort was built in 2014 and currently operates under the flag of Singapore. Owned by BAL Erisort Pte Ltd the ship is managed by China Navigation Pte, both of Singapore. This picture is by Alan Calvert

 

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UNREST SUSPENDS VALE COAL MINING ACTIVITY AT MOATIZE

Vale Moatize opencast mining, bringing complaints from local community, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Vale Moatize opencast mining, bringing complaints from local community

Coal mining activity at the Moatize open cast mine operated by Vale Moçambique had to be suspended at the weekend after protests from the community living along the fence.

This followed an invasion of the mining property, accompanied by rock throwing although the Association of Legal Support and Counselling to Communities [AAAJC – Associação de Apoio e Assistência Jurídica às Comunidades] claimed on its Facebook page that the invasion was without any vandalising of equipment.

Video footage of the invasion however showed clearly rocks being…

 

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ALIGNING TNPA PORT PLANS WITH BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS AT PORT ELIZABETH & NGQURA

Speakers and panellists of the day are from the left Moshe Motlohi (TNPA GM: Corporate Affairs & External Relations), Velile Dube (Transnet Port Terminals GM: Cape Channel), Nozipho Mdawe (TNPA Chief Operating Officer), Tandi Lebakeng (Port Manager, Port of Ngqura), Linda Seroka (TNPA Business Development Officer), Jane Stevenson (Exporters Club), Arthur Waters (MSC), Rajesh Dana (Port Manager, Port of PE) and Steve Kapp (Swartkops Terminal), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Speakers and panellists of the day are from the left Moshe Motlohi (TNPA GM: Corporate Affairs & External Relations), Velile Dube (Transnet Port Terminals GM: Cape Channel), Nozipho Mdawe (TNPA Chief Operating Officer), Tandi Lebakeng (Port Manager, Port of Ngqura), Linda Seroka (TNPA Business Development Officer), Jane Stevenson (Exporters Club), Arthur Waters (MSC), Rajesh Dana (Port Manager, Port of PE) and Steve Kapp (Swartkops Terminal)

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) recently hosted port clients and representatives of government, business and industry at the Nelson Mandela Bay ports’ Customer Forum in the Port of Ngqura. The session aimed to align TNPA’s plans to meet the business requirements of port users.

Chief Operating Officer of TNPA, Nozipho Mdawe, outlined various developments lined up for the two ports to enable them to contribute towards a well-functioning and efficient economy.

“We gained valuable feedback on industry’s plans and expectations of us as a crucial partner to their business. TNPA is looking to…

 

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KZN EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Chris Sparg (Dormac Marine), Palesa Phili, Juan van Schalkwyk, Mbali Mathenjwa (TPT), Morgan Moodley & Musa Makhunga at the KZN Exporter of the Year awards, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Chris Sparg (Dormac Marine), Palesa Phili, Juan van Schalkwyk, Mbali Mathenjwa (TPT), Morgan Moodley & Musa Makhunga at the KZN Exporter of the Year awards

Last Thursday night at the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Exporter of the Year Awards Banquet, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with Transnet Port Terminals, announced the winners and finalists of the 2018 edition of the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards, in recognition of the outstanding performance of companies exporting from KwaZulu-Natal.

The Award winners and finalists were announced at the Awards Banquet held at Durban ICC Arena, which were designed to promote and honour businesses that have proved their excellence in robust international markets and to inspire other ambitious companies to export their goods and services.[/restrict]

The 2018 KZN Exporter of the Year Award Winners and Finalists are:

CATEGORY: EMERGING
Winner: BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Amanzi Meters (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Scenicel (Pty) Ltd t/a Avolands

CATEGORY: SMALL
Winner: Anderson Engineering Food & Chemical Equipment (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Amanzi Meters (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust t/a Woza Moya

CATEGORY: MEDIUM
Winner: Bata South Africa
Finalist: Saddler Belts & Leathercraft (Pty) Ltd

CATEGORY: LARGE
Winner: Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Sappi Southern Africa Ltd
Finalist: Dormac Marine & Engineering (a division of Southey Holdings (Pty) Ltd)

CATEGORY: AFRICA
Winner: Amanzi Meters (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Anderson Engineering Food & Chemical Equipment (Pty) Ltd

CATEGORY: SERVICE PROVIDERS
Winner: Indian Ocean Export Company (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Mediterranean Shipping Company (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Kuehne + Nagel (Pty) Ltd

CATEGORY: MANUFACTURERS
Winner: Sappi Southern Africa Ltd
Finalist: BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd
Finalist: Anderson Engineering Food & Chemical Equipment (Pty) Ltd

CATEGORY: AGRO-PROCESSING
Winner: Scenicel (Pty) Ltd t/a Avolands

CATEGORY: CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Winner: Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust t/a Woza Moya
Finalist: Africa!Ignite

CATEGORY: SERVICES SECTOR
Winner: Dormac Marine & Engineering (a division of Southey Holdings (Pty) Ltd)

CATEGORY: B-BBEE
Winner: Kuehne + Nagel (Pty) Ltd

The value of exports from KZN increased from R130 billion in 2016 to approximately R139 billion in 2017 with the KZN exports in 2017 accounting for 20.82% of KZN’s gross domestic product (GDP) at basic prices. The top 5 commodities exported from KZN in 2017 included; motor vehicles for the transport of goods, unwrought aluminium; chemical wood pulp, dissolving grades; flat-rolled products of stainless steel (of a width of 600mm or more); and titanium ores and concentrates.

During his welcome speech, Durban Chamber President, Musa Makhunga, congratulated the winners and finalists as well as the nominees as exports are a crucial area of our economy that can drive economic growth and job creation in our region.

“Exports play a key role in our economy and can have positive knock-on effects on our regional economy as they can result in growth in our manufacturing and industrial sectors which can promote growth along the value chain and job creation. Additionally, KwaZulu-Natal has a strong trade partnership with countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Burundi and Djibouti on the African continent and China, the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, India and Germany in the rest of the world. We need to improve on those relationships and learn to replicate that success in other countries in order to improve our export profile as well as catalogue of products and services,” said Makhunga.

For the past 18 years the title sponsor for the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards has been Transnet Port Terminals and other key strategic partners include Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC).

TPT chief executive Nozipho Sithole, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
TPT chief executive Nozipho Sithole

During her keynote speech, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Chief Executive Nozipho Sithole spoke about TPT’s vision to become one of the world’s top 5 terminal operators in the next 5 years; and how the exporters being recognised at this year’s KZN Exporter of the Year Awards can be part of this legacy.

“As TPT, we want to bring our customers and stakeholders with us on this exciting journey that looks to position TPT as the leading maritime and logistics solutions company in the world. We want to encourage the exporters who have been recognised for their outstanding efforts at this year’s awards, to continue increasing export volumes so we can strengthen the region and country’s economy” she said, urging big business to assist SMMEs by breaking down the barriers to entry. SMMEs are key to job creation, and we cannot leave them behind in our pursuit to put economic growth on an upward trajectory,” said Sithole.

Lester Bouah, Executive Manager: Exporter Development and Promotion at TIKZN said that it is a known fact that KwaZulu-Natal, and the ports of Durban and Richards Bay are key conduits for trade into South Africa and the SADC Region at large. “With our existing infrastructure via our ports, road, rail and air logistics platforms we are able to meet all the requirement and demands of Exporters. KwaZulu-Natal is truly the Trade Hub for the region,” he said.

The awards were adjudicated by, Dumisani Zikalala (SEDA); Odirile Ramasodi (ECIC); Claude Moodley (TIKZN); Louise Pelser (South African Footwear and Leather Export Council); and Thembi Phahla (TPT).

At the Awards Banquet, the Durban Chamber CEO, Palesa Phili, launched the Durban Chamber’s new electronic Certificates of Origin solution, essCert, which provides all exporters with a secure, online tool for the application of electronic Certificates of Origin.

“Our partner service provider, essDOCS, operates the world’s most substantial electronic Certificate of Origin network, including more than 200 Chambers of Commerce and over 33,000 Exporters and Freight Forwarders, issuing electronic Certificates of Origin out of 12 export countries and receiving electronic Certificates of Origin into 203 import countries,” said Phili.

In closing, Phili invited all exporting companies and individuals that export their goods and services to other countries to enter the 19th edition of the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards for 2019.

“The Awards create a platform for exporters to promote their businesses as well as their products and services and provides opportunities to capitalise on potential growth and revenue streams via access to new prospects,” concluded Phili.[/restrict]

 

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COAL TO THE WORLD, GROWTH TO THE NATION

OMC Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien (centre) with Victorian Trade and Investment Minister Philip Dalidakis and the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau after winning a Governor of Victoria Export Award on September 14. OMC won the Business Services Award for "outstanding international success in the professional business services including ….Engineering….". Dr O’Brien said this prestigious award was "a fitting win" for OMC because the company’s DUKC® technology is recognised as the global standard in UKC management and OMC continues to be awarded contracts due to its extensive experience and unmatched expertise in this field, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
OMC Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien (centre) with Victorian Trade and Investment Minister Philip Dalidakis and the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau after winning a Governor of Victoria Export Award on September 14. OMC won the Business Services Award for “outstanding international success in the professional business services including ….Engineering….”. Dr O’Brien said this prestigious award was “a fitting win” for OMC because the company’s DUKC® technology is recognised as the global standard in UKC management and OMC continues to be awarded contracts due to its extensive experience and unmatched expertise in this field

FEATURE

In September 2018 the first-ever African Regional Conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) was held in Abuja, Nigeria and attendees included the President of Nigeria, the World Bank and the African regional Vice President. Ports were described as strategic national assets and synergy and collaboration were sought from those present for more effective and efficient port operations and shipping activities.

A key question raised was ‘How adequate is Africa’s port infrastructure in response to contemporary trends of increasing ship size and cargo volumes?’

This is an issue that many ports around the world, not just on the African continent, are trying to address because their ability to remain competitive on the global stage significantly affects their economies.

As ports race to be ready for bigger ships, they are also under enormous pressure to make smart investment decisions that will increase productivity.

Ports are strategic national assets. The pan-African ports agenda under the World Ports Sustainability Program outlines priority actions on infrastructure operations and governance.

Like Australia, Africa has an extensive ocean coastline parts of which are exposed to severe swells generating significant wave-induced ship motions in port approach channels and at berths. Both continents also have a strong coal, iron ore and mineral export industries.

OMC International Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien, who pioneered real-time DUKC® technology to allow the shipping of more cargo, more safely, more often, said his company’s main effort to introduce DUKC® systems to African ports has been at Richards Bay, one of the largest coal ports in the world, and at Durban, a large container port, both on the east coast of South Africa.

Richards Bay opened in 1976 exporting around 12mt /annum, celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2016 and in 2017 exported 99.2 million tonnes in 2000 vessel movements, with 86.6% to Asia. In February 2018 the port was the winner of the prestigious Global Ports Forum in Dubai.

Richards Bay Coal Terminal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Richards Bay Coal Terminal

Dr O’Brien has been a visitor to South Africa over many years, beginning with a three-month sabbatical leave from the University of Melbourne in 1983 which he spent on ship motion modelling research at the CSIR hydraulics laboratory in Stellenbosch. Following the establishment of OMC in 1987 and his pioneering work in the installation of the first Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) system at Hay Point coal terminal in 1993 and at the iron ore ports of Port Hedland and Dampier in 1995, he has visited South Africa on many occasions with a view to promote the contribution which DUKC® systems could make to more safe and efficient port operations in South Africa.

Dr O’Brien has long believed that the African port market is similar to that in Australia with a strong emphasis on bulk mineral exports. He believes that the experience of personnel at ports such as Port Hedland (the world’s largest bulk export port) where DUKC® has already delivered record export tonnages and throughputs could help many African ports increase their productivity.

However, a major barrier to the involvement of non-African consultants is the requirement of government bodies such as Transnet for the use of local technology and their strict requirement that they partner with a local company, which OMC is now attempting to do.

Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 North Quay looking East, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 North Quay looking East

OMC’s customised DUKC® systems are installed in 30 ports around the world, including most Australian ports, as well as in important waterways such as Torres Strait (a vital shipping route for the Asia-Pacific region) and also in Canada’s St Lawrence River (one of the world’s busiest inland waterways) from Montreal to Quebec City. They have yet to be installed in any African ports but have the potential to contribute to operational efficiency, capacity building and most importantly to safety.

In ports where DUKC® technology is already in operation, it can optimise the amount of dredging required for new channels or to maintain existing channels. For example, New Zealand’s Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) announced in August this year that DUKC® had significantly reduced by more than 40% the volume of dredging required, based on industry guidelines, to update the port’s entrance channel. The decision to adopt the DUKC® system has allowed LPC to reduce the volume required for Stage 1 of the deepening project by more than 40% compared with initial estimates, which were based on standard industry guidelines.

OMC’s business offerings also include the integration of its latest web-based DUKC® Series 5 technology with its Dynamic Port Capacity Model (DPCM®) which enables ports and port users to make more informed investment decisions such as the optimisation of high spot dredging and the number of tugs or pilots needed, or the impact of shore-side developments on port throughput. Installed at Port Hedland, it has enabled Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) to increase the predicted capacity of the Inner Harbour by 16%. This maximised throughput, or sweating of the assets, has deferred the need for a $20 billion Outer Harbour Development.

The DPCM® could be a useful tool for the cost-effective management of a congested container port like Durban.

The emergency response capability of DUKC® is critical because groundings can and do happen. The Port of Richards Bay, for example, had for 37 years been shipping coal out without incident until August 2013 when the coal carrier mv Smart grounded while in the port departure channel and broke into two sections in heavy seas.

A key question remains: Can African ports be made ready to safely handle bigger ships and cargo volumes and can proven UKC management technology be introduced to assist in this challenging mission?

For further information readers are invited to contact OMC International as follows:
Telephone: +61 3 9412 6500
e-mail: admin@omcinternational.com
Web: CLICK HERE

 

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ENI AND SASOL INVITE PUBLIC COMMENT ON SOUTH AFRICA DRILLING PROGRAMME

Oil rig off the South African coast, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Oil rig off the South African coast

ENI South Africa and Sasol are asking for public comment on their potential drilling program offshore South Africa. The two firms hold stakes in Block ER 236 off the east coast of South Africa, with ENI holding operatorship, reports Petroleum Africa.

The partners and Sasol are considering the possibility of conducting an exploration drilling program in Block ER 236 to assess the commercial viability of the hydrocarbon reservoir for future development. The project requires Environmental Authorisation (EA) from the National Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).

An EIA process was commenced in January 2018 with the release of a Draft Scoping Report. The Final Scoping Report was approved by PASA in April. ERM experienced unforeseen delays in the finalising of specialist studies which resulted in subsequent delays in the drafting of the EIA Report.

Consequently, ERM was not able to finalise and release the draft report for comment and comply with the stipulated 106 day timeframe in which to submit the final EIA report by 3 August 2018, as prescribed in Section 23(1)(a) of the NEMA EIA Regulations. As such, the EIA Application lapsed on 3 August.

A new EIA process has commenced, which was approved by PASA on 29 August, successive to the approval of the Scoping Report in April. Notice is hereby given that the Draft EIA Report is available to the public for comment.

 

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PORT ELIZABETH PORT FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED

Scene from last year's PE Port Festival, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Scene from last year’s PE Port Festival

Nelson Mandela Bay’s festive season is set to kick off on a high note with Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) PEople’s Port Festival taking place at the Port Elizabeth harbour on 1 and 2 December 2018.

The popular event made its return in 2017 after a long hiatus and this year will be celebrated under the theme ‘100th Centenary of Madiba.’

Nationally, port festivals are part of TNPA’s efforts to transform the country’s commercial ports into ‘Smart People’s Ports’ with a focus on community engagement, tourism, leisure, recreation, and career and business opportunities. These were once regular events attracting thousands of visitors, until the advent of the ISPS code of safety for ports which since 2004 began placing limitations on public interaction with ports.

Port Elizabeth Port Manager, Rajesh Dana, said: “Last year we had 90,000 people attend the first PEople’s Port Festival and this year we’ll be looking to welcome even greater numbers. We promise a wide range of port experiences that delight families while delivering on our important underlying strategic focus of raising awareness of the ports, including the career and business opportunities they represent.”

The two-day festival will offer the Nelson Mandela Bay community the rare chance to see the inner-workings of the Port of Port Elizabeth through a range of fun, educational landside and waterside activities that showcase some of the incredible technology, machinery and maritime experiences offered by the port.

Highlights will include tours of South African Navy vessels and TNPA marine craft, bus tours exploring areas that are restricted to the public, the Bayworld experiential area, Bocadillo’s pop up restaurant plus many food trucks and vendors, live entertainment by national and local artists, a spectacular laser show, shark displays and so much more. Dana added that: “The 2018 People’s Port Festival promises to be unique, exciting, fun, energetic, colourful and vibrant and it will be the perfect way to kick off the holidays and festive season.”

Dana said the 2018 festival theme would pay homage to the much-loved and renowned former President Nelson Mandela – who hailed from the Eastern Cape – during the year commemorating the centenary of his birth. The Port of PE has the honour of having two new tugs named in tribute to Mandela – namely tug MVEZO named after the small Eastern Cape village where he was born, and QUNU named after the village where he grew up.

Those interested in participating as a vendor or performer at the PEople’s Port Festival may contact peoplesport@magnetic.co.za for more information.

Scene from the 2017 Port Elizabeth Port Festival

 

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THE SUCCESSES OF ULSTEIN’S X-BOW, FOLLOWED BY THE X-STERN

The Acta Auriga on sea trial, March 2018. The vessel is custom-made for the offshore renewables industry. Picture by Coen de Jong, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Acta Auriga on sea trial, March 2018. The vessel is custom-made for the offshore renewables industry. Picture by Coen de Jong

The ULSTEIN X-BOW®, the inverted bow concept, redefined marine engineering. The bow concept was launched in 2005 (reported in PORTS & SHIPS at the time), together with the first shipbuilding contract, and gained immediate interest from shipowners. The X-BOW hull line design has been tried in all weather conditions.

The X-BOW (and later, the X-STERN) is one of ULSTEIN’s main contributions to maritime history. X-BOW vessels are being built at shipyards on many continents. Currently, more than 100 vessels with this bow concept are being constructed or in operational work around the world.

The X-BOW introduces the gentle displacer; a tapered fore ship shape with a different volume distribution as well as sectional angles, resulting in a wave piercing effect at small wave heights, and also reduces pitching and bow impact loads in bigger seas. When comparing fore ship volumes with more conventional, bulbous bow shapes, the X-BOW has more displacement volume starting from the waterline.

Bourbon Orca towing the Voyageur Spirit , featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Bourbon Orca towing the Voyageur Spirit

Instead of simply rising on the waves and then dropping with tremendous force, the X-BOW® is able to absorb the force more consistency across its surface – enabling the ship to remain more stable during poor weather conditions, increasing comfort for passengers and crew alike. And because it uses less fuel to get through the waves, it also helps to save energy.

The X-BOW is in its element in the more harsh environments, but is not any worse in more benign weather conditions. The benefit is the security for the crew and ship that the bow can accept anything the sea throws at it. This becomes stories, remembered and told by the crew on these vessels, and this is where the X-BOW design excels.

From a HSE point of view, reduced accelerations and slamming forces mean less wear and tear on people and equipment. The X-BOW has very little spray, so the deck remains dry behind. It takes very little water on deck to start being a hazard, or simply a nuisance.

MAJOR BENEFITS OF THE X-BOW
Improved power efficiency
Soft entry in waves
Very low levels of noise and vibrations
Reduced bow impact and slamming
Reduced wave-induced vibrations
Improved resting time
Lower acceleration levels
Lower pitch response due to volume
More enjoyable on board conditions
Lower speed loss

People also love the X-STERN

Lindblad, feauted in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

10 years after the X-BOW, the X-STERN was introduced, implementing the X-BOW effect to the aft end of the ship. This adds to the flexibility of the ship. The Windea La Cour is the first vessel which also features the X-STERN.

The DP operator Matthias Giebichenstein explains the positive effects this way:

Hard rock vocalist and senior DP operator Matthias Giebichenstein onboard the Windea La Cour SOV vessel, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Hard rock vocalist and senior DP operator Matthias Giebichenstein onboard the Windea La Cour SOV vessel

“From midnight till 6 a.m., my main task as a dynamic positioning operator will be to keep the vessel on standby mode. I prefer to keep the stern towards the weather. With the stern towards the weather, we experience absolutely no slamming and vibrations, not even when we are in transfer, and people love it. They get complete rest in between their maintenance shifts.”

Short video of the X-Bow principal [2:25]:

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : OSHIMANA

Oshimana. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Oshimana departijng Durban. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Oshimana.      Picture: Keith Betts

The general cargo ship OSHIMANA (IMO 9249295) makes her way into the Durban port entrance channel bound for the High Seas and Del Guazo in Argentina, accompanied (in the upper picture) by the harbour tug Mkhuze. Oshimana had arrived in port from Singapore, where the ship is registered, and before that from Chinese ports. Oshimana is 199 metres in length and 32m wide and possesses a covered gantry crane running the length of the main deck, enabling the vessel to continue working cargo in inclement weather. The lower picture of the ship in the channel shows this piece of equipment housing the gantry crane more clearly. Built in 2003 at the Oshima Shipbuilding yard in Saikai, Japan the 48,661-dwt vessel is owned by Singapore interests and managed by Masterbulk Ship Management Pte also of Singapore. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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