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FIRST VIEW: MAERSK TRIESTE

Maersk Trieste. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maersk Trieste.      Picture: Keith Betts

The oil & chemical products tanker MAERSK TRIESTE (IMO 9732931) motors past the Bluff Connections’ berths in Durban harbour, heading for the entrance channel and the open sea beyond. This was after working her cargo at the vast Island View oil and chemical products complex. The 49,709-dwt tanker was built in 2017 with an overall length of 183 metres and a width of 32m. She is flying the flag of Singapore. This pictures is by Keith Betts

 

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GLENCORE SECURES ITS CONTROLLING INTEREST IN CAPE TOWN’S CHEVRON SA REFINERY

Cape Town's Chevron Refinery, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cape Town’s Chevron Refinery

After several twists and turns it now appears clear that Glencore is the new owner of Chevron SA including the Cape Town refinery and a lubricants plant at Durban.

Then there are the 800 Caltex petrol stations across South Africa, which until recently appeared to be heading into Chinese Sinotec ownership, branding and operation.

In January this year Sinotec had every reason to feel confident that it had secured the sale. This was after giving an undertaking that it would sink a R6 billion investment to upgrade the Cape Town refinery and that followed a statement made last year that US oil company Chevron South Africa had agreed to sell to Sinotec for an agreed figure of US$900 million to seal the deal.

It appeared to be a done deal between Sinotec and Chevron SA with even the Competition Tribunal granting its approval on 10 March this year.

Now comes news that Glencore has acquired the majority interest in Off the Shelf (OTS) investments and intends purchasing the majority shareholding of Chevron SA from OTS.

That becomes possible on account that OTS already held a 23% stake in Chevron SA and the announced deal between Sinotec and Chevron SA triggered OTS’s pre-emptive right to make an offer for the balance of shares. With Glencore now having acquired OTS it has therefore ‘inherited’ that right and the acquisition of OTS gives it a 98% interest in the company, which has since been renamed Astron Energy. OTS will also hold 100% of the shares in Chevron Botswana.

The balance of 2% will be held by employees.

The Competition Tribunal has once again given its approval, this time to the acquiring of a controlling interest by the Glencore-owned OTS.

In terms of the conditions applied by the Tribunal, jobs are to be preserved, Chevron SA’s branded Marketer programme will continue, a development fund for small and black-owned businesses will be established and a commitment to a significant investment to deal with refinery capacity and related issues will be necessary. The Cape Town refinery is one of South Africa’s smallest with a capability of 100,000 barrels a day.

 

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TRANSNET PREPARES TO RECONSTRUCT ACCUMMULATOR TANKS AT DURBAN’S ISLAND VIEW

storage tanks similar to the accumulator tanks having to be replaced at Durban's Island View, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
storage tanks similar to the accumulator tanks having to be replaced at Durban’s Island View

Transnet SOC Ltd has begun preparation work on the reconstruction of the accumulator tanks situated at the Island View precinct in the Port of Durban. The project is expected to commence in 2019.

The ten accummulator tanks to be dismantled and rebuilt were constructed between Bayhead and Iran Roads at Island View for petrol, diesel and jet fuel. The total installed capacity…

 

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PORT ELIZABETH WELCOMES MODERN CAR CARRIER TITUS ON MAIDEN VOYAGE

Titus in Port Elizabeth last week. Picture: TNPA, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Titus in Port Elizabeth last week.        Picture: TNPA

Port Elizabeth last week Thursday (18 October) welcomed the car carrier TITUS (IMO 9700512) the latest WW Ocean Neo-Panamax vessel on her maiden voyage.

On Sunday (yesterday) the ship visited East London’s car terminal and later today or Tuesday she is due in Durban.

The MV Titus, which is sailing the Asia to North America trade route on her maiden voyage, has been specifically designed to reduce energy consumption and emissions per ton/km cargo transported. She is the first Large Car and Truck Carrier (LCTC) ever built at the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s (CSIC) Xingang Shipyard and the first Chinese built LCTC in the WW Ocean fleet.

The MV Titus is also the first in a series of four new Post-Panamax vessels due to…

 

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SIYABONGA GAMA DISMISSED DESPITE ARBITRATION ORDER

Siyabonga Gama, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Siyabonga Gama     Picture: Terry Hutson

The Chief Executive of Transnet, Siyabonga Gama has been served with a letter informing him that his services have been terminated.

This was the latest twist yesterday and follows Gama’s success in taking that matter of his dismissal to the Labour Court last week with the court ordering that the case must go to arbitration .

Earlier, Mr Gama had been given a period of ten days in which…

 

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BULK CARRIER ATTAKED BY SOMALI PIRATES IDENTIFIED

picture: Max Wei/MarineTraffic, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
picture:   Max Wei/MarineTraffic

The bulk carrier that was attacked while sailing off the Somalia coast last week has been identified.

The bulker was the…

 

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WORLD’S LARGEST LNG BUNKER SUPPLY VESSEL KAIROS SETS OFF TO EUROPE

Nauticor's Kairos, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Kairos

The world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel KAIROS (IMO 9819882) has begun her voyage from the builder’s yard in South Korea bound for Northwest Europe.

The 8070-gt ship, with an LNG capacity of 7,500 m³, will be ready for operations before…

 

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MAIB REPORT: HEAVY CONTACT MADE BY CMA CGM CENTAURUS WITH JEBEL ALI QUAY & SHORE CRANE

Picture: MAIB/Gov/UK Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture:     MAIB/Gov/UK Crown Copyright 2018 ©

To see the MAIB Report: CLICK HERE for PDF

Summary

At 11h37 on 4 May 2017, the UK registered container ship CMA CGM Centaurus made heavy contact with the quay and two shore cranes while under pilotage during its arrival at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

The accident resulted in the collapse of a shore crane and ten injuries, including one serious injury, to shore personnel.

The accident occurred because the ship was unable to attain a sufficiently high rate of turn into a basin in preparation for berthing. The pilot was unaware of the ship’s speed, and the ship’s bridge team were uncertain of the maximum speed required to complete the turn safely.

There was no agreed plan for the intended manoeuvre, and therefore no shared mental model between the bridge team and the pilot. Consequently, the pilot was operating in isolation without the support of the bridge team, allowing the pilot’s decision-making to become a single system point of failure.

The pilot’s performance was focused on efficiency, which influenced his decision to turn the ship into the basin without ensuring that the manoeuvre was conducted at a sufficiently slow speed to enable its safe completion.

Safety lessons

The master/pilot exchange carried out on CMA CGM Centaurus lacked structure and detail. There was little further detail as the approach proceeded.

By not actively engaging with the bridge team, the pilot effectively signalled that he did not need their assistance. The bridge team and the pilot did not have a shared mental model for the intended manoeuvre.

By not requiring its newly recruited pilots to undertake BRM-P training*, Jebel Ali port authority missed the opportunity to both emphasise its commitment to the effective integration of its pilots with bridge teams, and ensure its pilots were trained/refreshed in the principles of BRM**. Despite extensive industry guidance, there continues to be a reluctance by masters and pilots to work together in accordance with the principles of BRM.

Many of the factors in this accident can be attributed to a focus on completing acts of pilotage as quickly as possible. The priorities set at senior management level have a significant impact on the safety culture of a port, and there is a need to recognise that time-pressure, in the quest for terminal efficiency or financial reward, can have a negative effect.

Recommendations

DP World UAE region (2018/127) are recommended to review and improve its management of pilotage and berthing operations in respect of large container ship movements within the port of Jebel Ali.

The International Chamber of Shipping, the International Maritime Pilots’ Association and the International Harbour Masters’ Association (2018/128) are recommended to promote the benefits of adhering to effective bridge resource management procedures during acts of pilotage and to endorse the Bridge Resource Management training for pilots’ course as an effective means of achieving this.

Related publications

Guidance on BRM-P developed by the International Maritime Pilots’ Association as a result of this investigation, are included in the annexes to the investigation report to be found CLICK HERE
*Bridge Resource Management training for pilots
**Bridge Resource Management.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

 

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** NAVAL NEWS **
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH ARRIVES IN NEW YORK

HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving last week in New York, Photographs MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Photographs MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

The UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, arrived in New York on 19 October, marking the start of an historic visit to the US city (illustrated).

The largest ship in the history of the Royal Navy, which has been home to more than 1,500 military and civilian personnel…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving last week in New York, Photographs MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

 

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USN IN NORTHERN WATERS UNDER WAY TO EXERCISE TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018

Seen here on 18 October the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Norwegian Sea. Currently operating in the US Sixth Fleet area of operations, Harry S. Truman will continue to foster cooperation with regional allies and partners, strengthen regional stability, and remain vigilant, agile and dynamic. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Higgins/Released. US Navy ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Seen here on 18 October the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Norwegian Sea. Currently operating in the US Sixth Fleet area of operations, Harry S. Truman will continue to foster cooperation with regional allies and partners, strengthen regional stability, and remain vigilant, agile and dynamic. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Higgins/Released. US Navy ©

In week commencing 14 October, accompanied by select ships from Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) steamed north to demonstrate the flexibility and toughness of US naval forces through high-end warfare training with regional allies and partners. USS AMERICA (CV 66) was the last ship to operate in the area, participating in NATO exercise North Star in September 1991.

In the words of Captain Nick Dienna, CO of Harry S Truman: “We are…

 

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QM2 in Cape Town.     Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : ALS FAUNA

ALS Fauna. Picture: Trevor Jones, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
ALS Fauna.     Picture: Trevor Jones

A familiar prefix to the name of this ship seen departing from Durban late on Friday afternoon (19 October) is ALS FAUNA (IMO 9389382), a container ship under charter to the ONE company (NYK/K Line/MOL). The familiar ALS stood for Ahrenkiel Liner Services which maintained an office in Durban and a regular service involving multi-purpose vessels. Sadly the German company became victim to an awkward economic period which saw its services severely cut back and ALS ships became rare visitors in South Africa. This particular ship, the 51,733-dwt ALS Fauna is the former HANJIN KINGSTON and later SEASPAN KENYA and has been owned and managed since 2017 by Asiatic Shipmanagement Pte Ltd of Singapore. The ship has a container capacity of 4275 TEU and is 261 metres in length and 32m wide. She was built in 2008 at the Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea and is currently returning to Singapore. This picture is by Trevor Jones

 

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