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FIRST VIEW: CIELO DI JARI

Cielo di Jari departing from Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Cielo di Jari.       Picture: Trevor Jones

The 39,202-dwt bulk carrier CIELO DO JARI (IMO 9735452) makes her departure from Durban earlier in the month bound for Richards Bay, where she is currently at anchor. Flagged in Liberia, the 180-metre long, 30m wide ship was built in 2016 at the Zhoushan Shipyard in north-eastern China and is owned by D’Amico Dry DAC of Dublin, Ireland and managed by D’Amico Dry Ltd of the same address. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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NGQURA PORT’S NEW LIQUID BULK FACILITY MAKES PROGRESS

Artist's impression of the new liquid bulk facility at Ngqura on completion, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Artist’s impression of the new liquid bulk facility on completion

Phase 1 involving the infrastructure necessary to service the new liquid bulk terminal at the port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth has been completed. This includes the construction of a new access road from the N2 to the location where Oil Tanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings (OTGC), the private terminal operator, will build the new Tank Farm.

This was disclosed at a meeting that Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) held recently with stakeholders to discuss progress on establishing the Port of Ngqura as an additional petroleum trading hub for Southern Africa.

TNPA has also completed the detailed design of the new Port Entrance Plaza and the new main access road, including the pipe line servitude that will form the link between the new Tank Farm and the port.

Phase 2 is to commence in November and will include the landside development – forming the link between the Tank Farm and the berth.

The port authority will provide infrastructure for the new OTGC Tank Farm by equipping Berth B100 to function as a liquid bulk berth. It will also construct a new access road from the Tank Farm to the berth. In addition TNPA will provide all the associated services and construct a new port entrance on the eastern side of the Couga River.

According to the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) agreement OTGC will plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate the new liquid bulk handling facility in the port. The concept engineering design and the relevant surveys have been completed and construction is due to start during November 2018. The design caters for 200,000 cbm of bulk storage and final total capacity of 790,000 cbm. The planned commissioning is at the end of 2020.

Phase 1 will cater for dedicated jetty pipelines, bulk storage for up to 200,000 cbm, road loading with a Vapour Recovery Unit (VRU), state-of-the-art firefighting facilities and site drainage facilities. Provision has been made for the receipt, storage and distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

The infrastructure will be designed to provide the following services – to accommodate vessel sizes of up to 100,000 deadweight tonnage, road loading facilities, inter-tank transfer/recirculation facilities, stock accounting in real time, office facilities for customers and an independent laboratory.

The Partnership

This Joint Venture between Oiltanking, the Grindrod Group and Calulo has the following strengths – international terminal operating expertise, local knowledge and sound experience and business expertise, and is a majority South African owned Level 1 BBBEE company. It is committed to the technical, operational, Health, Safety, Security, Environment (HSSE) and management standards of oiltanking activities in SA.

The deep-water Port of Ngqura is a strategic location for the facility as it can accommodate vessels up to 100,000 deadweight tonnage. The facility has the potential to establish itself as a global transhipment and trading hub for West and East Africa and as such it will reduce reliance on the Port of Durban for transhipments to coastal ports.

PE Tank Farm

PE Tank Farm and port, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
PE Tank Farm

This OTGC development in the Port of Ngqura will enable the decommissioning and remediation of the existing liquid bulk facilities in the Port of PE.

As part of the cut over strategy and subsequent to the commissioning of the Ngqura facility, the PE Tank Farm operators will wind down operations over a period of four months. During this period it is envisaged that no further related shipments will be received in the Port of PE. TNPA is working closely with the PE Tank Farm operators to compile a decommissioning and remediation plan, which once approved by Department of Environmental Affairs, will be executed after the four month ‘winding down period.’

Cost of the Project

The estimated investment by OTGC for Phase 1 of the Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility will be R800 million. TNPA, being the port authority responsible for investment in basic port infrastructure, will invest R1.2 billion in common user infrastructure for future terminal operators and port users at the Port of Ngqura’s Multi-Purpose Terminal (Finger Jetty) i.e. the B and C series berths in the port.

Berth B100 is the common user berth where liquid bulk vessels will call and where OTGC will install loading arms to load and discharge cargo for the liquid bulk facility.

Other basic infrastructure include access roads, bulk water and electricity services and an entrance plaza to allow for liquid bulk, hazardous and abnormal cargo to enter the port through a separate entrance which ensures a safe cargo working environment.

Timelines of the Project

TNPA and OTGC signed the agreement in December 2016. With projects of this nature, once the agreement was signed, OTGC could then proceed to engage with stakeholders such as regulatory authorities, potential customers and funders for the development of the facility. These matters have now been addressed and TNPA and OTGC also aligned on the optimal design for Phase 1 of the facility to be constructed at Ngqura.

This took slightly longer than anticipated, but the development period of 24 months will commence on 1 November 2018 and TNPA says that it looks forward to having an operational terminal at the Port of Ngqura by 1 November 2020.

Road works on the Ngqura site, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Road works on the site

 

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TNPA TESTING HELICOPTER MARINE PILOT TRANSFER SERVICE AT PORT OF CAPE TOWN

Under the stormy clouds of Cape Town the TNPA port helicopter tests the feasibility of augmenting the marine pilot transfer service, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Under the stormy clouds of Cape Town the TNPA port helicopter tests the feasibility of augmenting the marine pilot transfer service

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has commenced exploring the pros and cons of introducing a helicopter service at the Port of Cape Town to assist with operations during major swells and to increase the availability of service during stormy conditions.

Weather related disruptions and high swell conditions have plagued the Port of Cape Town recently, which has at times impacted on port operations and the use of pilot boats to…

 

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CONTROVERSY RAGES OVER DoT’s HIGH CUBE CONTAINER DECISION

Hi cube and standard container heights, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The government has placed a moratorium on any punitive measures arising from the continued use of high cube containers on South African roads which will be in effect for one year from 1 January 2019 until 1 January 2020. During this 12-month period law enforcement agencies will gather data to enable a smooth transition for when the period expires.

That was one of the outcomes arising from a short-notice meeting held last Thursday in Cape Town by the Department of Transport and headed by the minister, Dr Blade Nzimande.

He met with representatives of the freight logistics sector but minus any…

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TAKING TRANSFORMATION OF ISLAND VIEW PRECINCT ANOTHER STAGE FURTHER

Two of the ten berths available at Island View for ships carrying liquid bulk chemical or oil products. Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Two of the ten berths available at Island View for ships carrying liquid bulk chemical or oil products.     Picture by Steve McCurrach www.airserv.co.za

Transnet National Ports Authority held a further stakeholder meeting regarding progress with implementing its Island View Precinct Strategy. This was a follow up to a similar meeting held in April this year.

This strategy aims at introducing greater participation of historically disadvantaged persons in the terminal operations at Durban’s Island View, the country’s largest and most strategically important collection of liquid bulk terminals and facilities.

According to Transnet this is to “enhance the country’s supply of…

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NSRI RESCUES ILL SEAFARERS OFF IMMOBILISED CHOKKA BOAT

The NSRI rescue craft Spirit of St Francis, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The NSRI rescue craft Spirit of St Francis

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was again busy at the weekend starting on Friday, 12 October, with the evacuation of a sick seafarer on board a chokka fishing boat (squid) lying immobilised at sea east of St Francis.

Paul Hurley, NSRI St Francis Bay duty coxswain, reports that late on Friday afternoon (16h26 to be precise), 12th October, the NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew was called on to launch the sea rescue craft…

 

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FORMER RMS ST HELENA SOLD AGAIN AND RETURNING TO THE UK

RMS St Helena as she was in mailship service. Picture: Ian Shiffman, featrued in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
RMS St Helena as she was in mailship service.      Picture: Ian Shiffman

The former mail ship and supply vessel RMS ST HELENA, which was sold when an air service replaced the need for a passenger ship to operate between Cape Town and the mid Atlantic ocean island of St Helena, has been sold again and is…

 

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** INTERNATIONAL NEWS **
CMA CGM CONFIRMS ITS INTENTION OF TURNING CEVA INTO A LEADING LOGISTICS PROVIDER

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CMA CGM says that it has the “strategic ambition to accelerate CEVA’s turnaround and create value for all stakeholders, as discussed within the Board of CEVA during the last few weeks.”

CMA CGM plans to unlock CEVA’s potential by the following initiatives:

* Using its operational expertise and turnaround track record to…

 

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HUNDREDS OF UK TROOPS DEPLOY ON EXERCISE TRIDENT JUNCTURE

Vehicles are drawn up in the vehicle park before the road move starts. The British Army’s 4th Infantry Brigade HQ is deploying to command UK Reconnaissance, Infantry, Combat and Logistic Support units alongside a Danish battlegroup and a Polish Mechanised Infantry Company. The main British Army units will comprise The Light Dragoons, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment*, 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster Regiment and 102 and 104 Logistic Brigade. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Vehicles are drawn up in the vehicle park before the road move starts. The British Army’s 4th Infantry Brigade HQ is deploying to command UK Reconnaissance, Infantry, Combat and Logistic Support units alongside a Danish battlegroup and a Polish Mechanised Infantry Company. The main British Army units will comprise The Light Dragoons, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment*, 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster Regiment and 102 and 104 Logistic Brigade. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

On 10 October hundreds of UK troops arrived in The Netherlands as part of an epic 2,500km road move to Norway for Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO’s flagship exercise in 2018.

In Norway, UK Armed Forces personnel will contribute to the…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

*Affiliated to The South African Irish Regiment.

 

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CLASSNK RELEASES ‘ClassNK MRV PORTAL (IMO DCS)’

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Classification Society ClassNK has released ‘ClassNK MRV Portal (IMO DCS)‘, a software service for the reporting, monitoring and verification of shipping CO2 emissions in line with the IMO DCS regulations that will come into effect in 2019.

The implementation of fuel consumption data reporting regulations has been ongoing in an effort to reduce GHG emissions and the EU-MRV (European Union – Monitoring, Reporting, Verification) regulations for ships operating in the EU area began in 2018. The upcoming IMO DCS regulations require all globally operating ships over 5,000gt to collect fuel consumption data and create an annual fuel consumption data report to submit to their flag administration or recognized organization for verification.

‘ClassNK MRV Portal’ was launched in 2017 to facilitate compliance with EU MRV regulations, and has now been updated to support IMO DCS. The software consists of on-board data sending functions, an on-shore data management system, and also a function for submitting an annual fuel consumption report. Moreover, the software is capable of efficiently connecting with third-party packages or in-house logbook software without any added on-board tasks and allows users to submit necessary data reports to ClassNK through the system.

Speaking on the occasion, Corporate Officer, Director of Survey Operations Division Yoshinori Kozeki said: “We are very excited and proud to offer this major update to our ClassNK MRV Portal software solution. There is no doubt that the added convenience will prove beneficial to users, and the industry will now be able to smoothly respond to the upcoming IMO regulations.”

Instructions on how to register and further details of the software are available through the link below for those who will begin gathering data to comply with IMO DCS. Users of “ClassNK MRV Portal” for EU-MRV can use the software for IMO DCS without any additional registration. PRESS RELEASE

URL: www.classnk.or.jp/hp/en/activities/statutory/seemp/index.html

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town.    Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : ADFINES SKY

Adfines Sky at Durban. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Adfines Sky.       Picture: Keith Betts

At this time of year clear sunny days are not always to be relied on over Durban for many of the days, making for bright sunny conditions for a photograph of a ship a difficult task at times. Fortunately this won’t be for long and soon it will be sunny skies and, well…. no not a Chevrolet but as good as one can wish. Meanwhile, the ships keep coming and one of the chemical and oil product tankers to call was ADFINES SKY (IMO 9580986), a Maltese-flagged 19,118-dwt tanker owned by Swiss interests and managed by ABC Maritime of Nyon, Switzerland and built in 2011 at the Zhoushan Shipyard in Zhoushan, China. The tanker is 162 metres in length and 23m wide and is shown here entering port ahead of a voyage to Port Louis in Mauritius, where she is due this morning. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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– William Blake, Proverbs of Hell

 

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