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FIRST VIEW: ISSARA NAREE

Issara Naree at the Bluff, Durban. Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Keith Betts
Issara Naree.       Picture: Keith Betts

Ships photographed against the quayside may not be everyone’s favourite ‘ship pose’ but this is how we observe the majority of ships within our ports and after all, that is why they have come to the port. Everyone to their own likes and dislikes however but for the record we have a lening towards images of ships hard at work, i.e. on their berth or with tugs toiling away alongside – these are in our books equally real shipping pictures, capturing the essence of what ports and shipping is all about. Not that we have anything against a ‘purist-type’ ship picture and we will be among the first to admire and publish them – they almost always do look great. Now that we’ve got that off our editorial chests, our First View image today shows a typical bulker alongside, a Thai owned and managed vessel in this case, with hatches open and working cargo at the Durban Bulk Connections berth at the Bluff on what used to be referred to as the coaling appliances. The 63,516-dwt ISSARA NAREE (IMO 9732187), all of 200 metres in length and 32m wide, was built in 2014 and sails under the Thai flag, which is where the ship is owned and managed. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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WALVIS BAY CONTAINER TERMINAL EXPANSION WELL UNDERWAY

An early stage of the new container terminal development. Picture: Namport, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
An early stage of the new container terminal development.   Picture: Namport

Walvis Bay’s new container terminal, now nearing completion, will position Namibia as a regional logistic hub and gateway to international markets, says the African Development Bank.

As Namibia’s largest commercial port, Walvis Bay serves as the logistical backbone for several industries in the southern African country.

The small country with an estimated population of 2.59 million people is also set to become a regional logistic hub with the ongoing expansion of the Walvis Bay Port, driven by the country’s long term Vision 2030.

The project includes the construction of a new container terminal on a 40ha of land reclaimed from the sea, which is expected to lead to more and sustained trade between the South African Development Community and the rest of the world.

What the new passenger ship jetty will look like. The container terminal is to the left in this artistic depiction. Picture: Namport
The new passenger ship jetty as it will look like. The container terminal is to the left in this artistic depiction. Picture: Namport

 

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SHIPS COLLIDE IN MEDITERRANEAN NEAR CORSICA

The Roro ferry Ulysses which collided with the at anchor container ship CSL Virginia, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Two ships have collided north of the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean, resulting in a significant loss of oil into the sea.

Reports said the oil had spread over a four kilometre stretch of ocean and several hundred metres wide.

The collision involved the 17,907-gt Tunisian Ro-Ro passenger ferry ULYSSE (IMO 9142459) sailing from Genoa to Tunis which collided into the side of the anchored Greek container ship CSL VIRGINIA (IMO 9289568). The accident occurred at around 06h00 on Sunday, 7 October 2018.

Ulysses is 162 metres in length and 26m wide and was built in 1997. She is operated by the Tunisian company Cotunav (Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation), a Tunisian shipping line that provides scheduled ferry connections between Tunisia and Marseille in southern France and Genoa in northern Italy.

The anchored 66,644-dwt container ship CSL Virginia is 294 metres in length and 33m wide. Built in 2005 she is owned by Greek interests and managed by Cyprus Sea Lines Co Ltd of Athens, Greece. The ship was on layby with no cargo on board.

There were no injuries to anyone on board either vessel but considerable damage has been caused to both ships. The oil spill that measured about four kilometres and several hundred metres wide was moving away from the damaged ships in the direction of the French and Italian coasts but oil has also spread into the nearby Cap Corse and Agriate marine reserve.

According to the French maritime safety authority the container ship was leaking ‘propulsion fuel’, probably meaning marine diesel. Speculators suggested that the ferry was travelling at high speed and failed to avoid the anchored container ship, despite reported good visibility and calm seas.

The French Navy has despatched a pollution control vessel and at least one tug is on scene. AS the picture indicates, the two ships remained locked together.

 

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CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF MODERNISING THE MOZAMBIQUE PORT OF NACALA

Progress being made with the new port terminal at Nacala, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Progress being made with the new port terminal at Nacala

The official start to the modernisation of the northern Mozambique Port of Nacala was held last week Thursday attended by the Minister of Transport & Communications Carlos Mesquita.

The actual work on the port has been underway for some time with progress already well visible. Nacala is assuming an…

 

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CYCLONE 05a LUBAN MOVES THROUGH ARABIAN SEA TRACKING WESTWARD

Tropical Cyclone Luban (05a) position yesterday. Image: The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tropical Cyclone Luban (05a) position yesterday.         Image: The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre

A Tropical cyclone dubbed 05a Luban has developed and is currently moving through the Arabian Sea and was this morning at position 13N 60.4E, approximately 450 nautical miles East-Southeast of Salalah.

According to The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre Cyclone Luban (05a) had tracked…

 

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PORT OF DURBAN NAMED AFRICA’S LEADING CRUISE PORT IN WORLD TRABEL AWARDS 2018

Port of Durban viewed from the sea, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture:TNPA
The Port of Durban, winner of the World Travel Awards “Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2018” title, viewed from the sea, with the Bluff at left.      Picture: TNPA

The Port of Durban, operated by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), has scooped the prestigious title of “Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2018” in the 25th annual World Travel Awards.

The Africa & Indian Ocean gala awards ceremony took place at Durban’s International Convention Centre on Saturday, 6 October 2018, where the Port of Durban emerged victorious against other finalists including Kenya’s Port of Mombasa and Tanzania’s Ports of Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar.

Durban City Manager Sipho Nzuza accepted the award on behalf of TNPA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Durban City Manager Sipho Nzuza accepted the award on behalf of TNPA

City Manager for eThekwini Municipality, Sipho Nzuza, the former port manager at Cape Town, accepted the award on behalf of TNPA.

Acting Durban Port Manager, Nokuzola Nkowane said: “We are delighted as the Port of Durban to have scooped the title of Africa’s Leading Cruise Port and would like to congratulate the other strong nominees in this category, which included two other ports operated by TNPA – Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Durban is already well entrenched as one of the busiest ports in Africa from a cargo perspective, but accolades like this demonstrate how versatile we are and most importantly show that the work we are doing to develop our cruise tourism sector has not gone unnoticed globally.”

Nkowane said that improving Durban’s global status as an attractive cruise destination would bring more international cruise lines and passengers to our shores, creating a big economic boost for the city of Durban and South Africa as a whole.

“Having upgraded the existing cruise terminal over the past years to enhance the passenger experience, we are now looking forward to satisfying the growing demand by passengers to cruise from Durban even more, through the new cruise terminal which is to be developed for operation by the 2020/2021 cruise season,” she added.

“Durban is definitely deserving of this award and remains attractive due to its pleasant climate and beaches, cultural diversity, close proximity to the two World Heritage Sites, shore excursions, land programmes and promotion of wildlife experiences at nearby luxury game lodges,” said Nkowane.

The future Durban Cruise Terminal - construction begins early next year, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The future Durban Cruise Terminal – construction begins early next year

TNPA is positioning Durban and Cape Town as stimulus cruise home ports, while other South African ports – Richards Bay, East London, Port Elizabeth and Mossel Bay – are also cruise destinations on global itineraries.

Annual escalations in the number of visitors and liners have afforded TNPA, and the country at large, positive socio-economic spin-offs such as tourism development, job creation, skills development and supplier development.

In the calendar year 2017, 185,390 embarking and disembarking passengers were processed through the Port of Durban during 56 vessel calls. This represents a 173% increase in passenger numbers at the port over the last 10 years, from only 67,892 passengers and 39 vessel calls in 2007. Durban is used as a home port by MSC Cruises, which will introduce the 292-metre long, 92,400-gt cruise ship MSC MUSICA on the route in the 2018/19 season, following remarkable success with MSC SINFONIA sailing regionally over the last few years.

South Africa welcomed more than 20 luxury cruise ships operated by 17 international cruise lines to its six cruise ports during the 2017/18 cruise season. Through port concessions TNPA is also making it possible for private operators to use their expertise to ensure that South Africa earns its slice of the global luxury cruise sector, which is one of the fastest growing segments in the tourism industry.

Kwa Zulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT) – a Joint Venture between MSC Cruises SA (a subsidiary of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA) and Africa Armada Consortium (an empowered investment company) – has been granted a concession for the Design, Financing, Construction, Operation, Maintenance and Transfer of the new Cruise Terminal Facility for a 25 Year Concession Period in the Port of Durban.

Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards seek to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Other South African winners at the awards ceremony included:
• Durban –Africa’s Leading City Destination 2018
• Durban – Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2018
• Durban ICC – Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2018
• Cape Town Africa’s Leading Festival & Event Destination 2018
• Cape Town International Airport – Africa’s Leading Airport 2018
• South African Tourism – Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2018

Hospitality winners included Hilton Hotels & Resorts (‘Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand), Oyster Box Hotel Umhlanga (Durban – South Africa’s leading hotel), Hilton Durban (‘South Africa’s Leading Business Hotel’), Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa (‘Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel’), Legend Golf Resort & Spa, South Africa (‘Africa’s Leading Sports Resort’) and the Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari, north of Hluhluwe, was named Africa’s leading luxury private villa.

Durban's T-Jetty and the current Cruise Terminal and Ocean Termainal Building. Picture: Russell Cleaver, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Durban’s T-Jetty and the current Cruise Terminal and Ocean Termainal Building.      Picture: Russell Cleaver

 

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‘GHOST SHIP’ SAM RATULANGI PB 1600 SINKS OFF MYANMAR

The abandoned Sam Ratulangi PB 1600. Picture: Yangon Police Facebook, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The abandoned Sam Ratulangi PB 1600.       Picture: Yangon Police Facebook

The former container ship SAM RATULANGI PB 1600 (IMO 9151981) has sunk off the coast of Myanmar after breaking free from a tow and drifting away.

A month ago on 3 September we reported the case of a ghost ship that appeared out of the mist and then grounded herself on a deserted beach near the mouth of the Sittoung River where fishermen found her. See that report HERE

The ship had been under tow…

 

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** CRUISE NEWS **
CAPTAIN OF P&O CRUISE SHIP AZURA ARRESTED ON POLLUTION CHARGES

P&O Cruises Azura in Lisbon in 2010. Picture by Luis Miguel Correia, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
P&O Cruises Azura in Lisbon in 2010.      Picture by Luis Miguel Correia

The American captain of the P&O Cruises passenger ship AZURA (IMO 9424883) has been arrested in Marseilles on charges that his ship used fuel with a sulphur levels set above European limits.

The 115,000-gt ship, the third largest in P&O Cruises’ service, which was built in 2010 by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, was found to have burned…

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **
FIGHTER JETS BEGIN NIGHT FLIGHTS ON HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

F-35 Lightning fighter jets have conducted their first night flying trials off the United Kingdom’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The aircraft carrier, which first landed F-35 Lightning jets on board at the end of September, is currently conducting flight testing off the east coast of the United States. Pictures show how the night time trials, which up until now have only been tested in simulators or on the ground, were carried out using state-of-the-art night-vision technology, with the pilots and aircraft handlers successfully guiding the supersonic fighter jets onto the flight deck. Some trials were also carried out without night vision technology to ensure the jets’ capability in any eventuality. Pictures: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
F-35 Lightning fighter jets have conducted their first night flying trials off the United Kingdom’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The aircraft carrier, which first landed F-35 Lightning jets on board at the end of September, is currently conducting flight testing off the east coast of the United States. Pictures show how the night time trials, which up until now have only been tested in simulators or on the ground, were carried out using state-of-the-art night-vision technology, with the pilots and aircraft handlers successfully guiding the supersonic fighter jets onto the flight deck. Some trials were also carried out without night vision technology to ensure the jets’ capability in any eventuality.       Pictures: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

F-35 Lightning fighter jets have conducted their first night flying trials off the United Kingdom’s largest warship, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. This was reported by the Ministry of Defence on 3 October.

The aircraft carrier, which first landed F-35 Lightning jets on board the previous week, is currently conducting flight testing off the east coast of the United States.

Pictures show how the night time trials, which up until now have only been tested in simulators or on the ground, were carried out using state-of-the-art night-vision technology, with the pilots and aircraft handlers successfully guiding the supersonic fighter jets onto the flight deck.

Some trials were also carried out without…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

F-35 Lightning fighter jets have conducted their first night flying trials off the United Kingdom’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The aircraft carrier, which first landed F-35 Lightning jets on board at the end of September, is currently conducting flight testing off the east coast of the United States. Pictures show how the night time trials, which up until now have only been tested in simulators or on the ground, were carried out using state-of-the-art night-vision technology, with the pilots and aircraft handlers successfully guiding the supersonic fighter jets onto the flight deck. Some trials were also carried out without night vision technology to ensure the jets’ capability in any eventuality. Pictures: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

 

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PICS OF THE DAY : KATHERINE

Katherine arriving at Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Katherine.         Picture: Trevor Jones

Now sailing with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is the container vessel KATHERINE (IMO 9641235) seen arriving in the Port of Durban. The 80,295-dwt ship which has a length of 270 metres by 43m wide, was built in 2013 at the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co Ltd shipyard in South Korea as hull number S623. She has a container capacity of 6,900 TEU. The ship is owned by Greek interests and managed by Technomar Shipping Inc of Athens, Greece. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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