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FIRST VIEW: PHOLELA, LOTHENI & UMKHOMAZI

Tugs Pholela, Lotheni & Umkhomazi. Picture: Keith Betts, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tugs Pholela, Lotheni & Umkhomazi. Picture: Keith Betts

An interesting view of three Durban harbour tugs lined up under the Bulk Connections’ gantry cranes awaiting the arrival of a special visitor, the large WW car carrier Tomar, whose pictures we will feature in a future edition. The tugs from the left are PHOLELA, LOTHENI and UMKHOMAZI, all modern products of the Southern Africa Shipyards at Bayhead, Durban.  Each tug boasts a 70-ton bollard pull, almost double that of the earlier South African tugs of which several remain in service at the port. Also of interest are the two STS cranes which were originally container ship-to-shore cranes based at Cape Town and Durban for the coastal traffic. As the coasters increased in size and a growing demand for container terminal berthing placed pressure on a dedicated coastal berth, these were replaced with larger STS cranes and the two shown here were replaced and sold as scrap. The Bidfreight company now known as Bulk Connections eagerly snapped them up, overhauled them and converted them to a swivel operation in order to utilise open-top containers in place of much smaller skips previously in use for loading ships.   This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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GRINDROD SCALES UP ITS SHIPS AGENCY AND WAREHOUSING BUSINESSES

 

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Grindrod says that its Freight Services division is making strides in cementing its strategy of adding scale and refocusing on its core expertise to provide tailored solutions for customers.

This follows Grindrod’s recent interim results reflecting a 5% increase in revenue, a 23% improvement in headline earnings on the prior year and the spinoff of its Shipping Division,

The Durban-based company recently announced the acquisition of the Novagroup (Nova) from Pescanova. Established in the sixties to deliver support services to the maritime industry, the business has grown to be leading providers of marine and aviation rescue and survival equipment, container storage, shipwright, depots, bespoke engineering and support services.

The services provided by Nova dovetails with Grindrod existing businesses, specifically the provision of marine and aviation rescue and survival equipment and Nova’s United Container Depot (UCD) business. These businesses complement Sturrock Grindrod Marine Tech (SGMT) and Grindrod Intermodal respectively.

Andrew Sturrock, CEO Sturrock Grindrod Maritime (pictured) explained that the intention is to strengthen Grindrod’s position in the niche marine technical market. “This acquisition will enable us to leverage off the respective sales and servicing agreements of both SGM and Nova, with a view to enhance our already impressive range of services and to increase our comprehensive product offering to the marine and shore-based industries we serve,” Sturrock said.

Over and above providing a more comprehensive product offering in the marine technical market, the integration of Nova’s businesses will introduce further complementary services to SGM’s customer base serviced by its 60 offices in 14 countries.

“We are very pleased to be in a position to provide the solutions required by Shipping Lines from a wider footprint in southern Africa,” said newly appointed CEO Grindrod Intermodal, Mahmood Simjee.

Grindrod Intermodal currently has warehousing and depot facilities in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Mozambique with a total area of 411,600 m² and a throughput of 350,000 TEUs per annum. The integration of UCD will provide further depot facilities in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth totalling an area of 78,000m².

“We have advised that we are looking to ‘scale up’ our businesses. It is important that these acquisitions support our existing core expertise and that they contribute to unlocking trade corridors for our valued customers,” said Andrew Waller, CEO Grindrod Limited. “This acquisition of a good footprint, agencies and people will do exactly that. We continue to look at further opportunities to enhance our service offering to customers.”

 

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RECORD EXPORTS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN GRAPEFRUIT, SA REMAINS LEADING EXPORTER

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As the curtain comes down on the 2018 grapefruit season, the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) has been able to announce that it has been a record in terms of volume packed for export.

The 16.4 million 17 Kg cartons…

 

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CAPE MARITIME HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS WARNED AGAINST ‘CULTURE OF INSTANT GRATIFICATION’

Dr Iraj Abedian, of South Africa’s top economists who is CEO of Pan-African Capital Holdings as well as Chairman of Amsol board of directors, flanked by three of about a dozen Simon’s Town School Lawhill Maritime Centre matric pupils who received awards in recognition of their academic performance at the school on Thursday, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Dr Iraj Abedian, one of South Africa’s top economists and who is CEO of Pan-African Capital Holdings as well as Chairman of AMSOL board of directors, flanked by three of about a dozen Simon’s Town School Lawhill Maritime Centre matric pupils who received awards in recognition of their academic performance at the school on Thursday

South Africa’s youth would be well-advised to learn to be patient in their pursuit of success both in their school and tertiary level studies through to their working lives while steadfast in their…

For Dr Abedian’s full remarks, click on the video above. Source: SAMSA [29:08]

 

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NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY & NIGERIAN NAVY TO MORE CLOSELY CO-OPERATE

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (7th left) with the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral, Obed Habila Ngalabak. Picture Marine First, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (7th left) with the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral, Obed Habila Ngalabak. Picture: Marine First

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) managing director Hadiza Bala Usman says that the NPA will co-operate more closely with…

 

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GRINDROD’S COLLABORATION PAYS OFF IN MAPUTO

Maputo port, paying dividends for Grindrod, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Maputo port, paying dividends for Grindrod

JSE listed Grindrod Limited with its partners is continuing to build on its core freight management competence in improving and unlocking trade corridors, says the company in a statement yesterday.

This, it says, is evident in the recent improvement in the efficiency achieved at the port of Maputo. Amongst other factors, the improvement is attributed to three major interventions which…

 

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DURBAN PORT CLOSED OVERNIGHT (TUESDAY) DUE TO WIND AND SWELL

Port of Durban entrance, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Durban entrance

It is still the month of October when the weather is variable and the east coast of South Africa experiences its own ‘monsoon’ with strong winds common during the day or night – remember the freak storm in October last year?

Nothing so serious this year fortunately but there have been a few days when the wind and outside sea swell at Durban was a bit rough, and last night (Tuesday 23 October) was an example.

Shortly after 19h00 Port Control advised that the port was experiencing strong winds (30 – 35 knots NE increasing) and High Swells (3 to 5 metres). As a result the port was closed for all ship movements, with an update expected after midnight (by when the wind had largely abated).

The weather this morning (Wednesday 24 October, 05h00) is sunny and clear, very light breeze.

 

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STENA LINE’S BATTERY-POWERED HYBRID FERRY COMPLETES ONE MONTH OF OPERATION

Stena Jutlandica, batteery-powered and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Stena Jutlandica

Stena Line, one of the world’s largest ferry operators, has completed has completed one month of successful operation between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Frederikshavn, Denmark, using the battery-powered hybrid vessel named STENA JUTLANDICA.

The vessel in in the first stage of conversion to electrical operation, aimed at reducing…

 

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MSC TO EQUIP 50,000 CONTAINERS WITH TRACKING DEVICES

MSC Antonella.       Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Antonella.       Picture: Trevor Jones

MSC has committed to equipping 50,000 ‘smart’ dry cargo containers in the coming months to meet the growing demand from shippers for TRAXENS solutions.

According to MSC it is introducing the smart container solutions for customers at many locations around the world, using IoT solutions developed by its partner TRAXENS.

MSC’s partnership with TRAXENS will enhance supply chain management for shippers through unprecedented visibility of dry cargo flow from door-to-door, adding efficiency, safety and predictability, according to the shipping company.

TRAXENS provides shippers with an Internet-connected device to permanently fix on dry cargo containers. This transforms the container into a smart, connected object which collects and communicates real-time data on its position and movements throughout its journey. Other factors which help to keep cargo secure include: temperature, humidity level, shocks and vibrations, door opening and closing.

Lack of real-time, end-to-end visibility is a major issue in today’s global supply chains and importers or exporters have not had total visibility over the whole trip.

The use of digital technologies like smart containers will alter this by bringing substantial gains in efficiency, service, security and safety along the entire supply chain. It will also help manage delays and other problems along the supply chain where historically chasing information has been time-consuming and expensive.

“MSC believes that the real-time tracking of containers is the future of the shipping industry,” said Diego Aponte, President and CEO of MSC Group.

“While shipping lines should of course compete on service, we will achieve better results for our customers by working in a more harmonised way on technology and innovation. Smart containers are a perfect example of where we can cooperate according to industry standards to make our services truly comprehensive and TRAXENS is the top innovator in this area.”

In due course, TRAXENS solutions are also expected to facilitate easier and quicker pre-customs clearance for shippers.

 

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HONG KONG TO MACAU BRIDGE IS OFFICIALLY OPENED

New Hong Kong to Macau bridge, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday (Tuesday 23 October 2018) inaugurated the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge at a formal ceremony held in Zhuhai, in Guangdong province, adjacent to Macau.

The bridge, said to be the longest ocean crossing bridge in…

 

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AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK HEADLINES STRONG PERFORMANCE AHEAD OF KEY INVESTMENT FORUM

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ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire – Ahead of its maiden African Investment Forum next month, the African Development Bank continues to see another year of sustained indicators, underlined by a stellar Triple A rating by all three major agencies and sharply increased earnings.

The inaugural Forum takes place 7-9 November 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, offering a platform for sourcing funding for bankable African projects, brokering infrastructure deals and providing innovative financial solutions. The event will attract key global companies, financial players, and public officials who will address the continent’s critical infrastructure investment gaps.

The Bank’s performance and ratings are based on the solid support from its shareholders, including in the form of strong callable capital. Net operational earnings for 2017 showed a 63-percent jump to US$597 million from US$109 million in 2016 – capping a five-year upward trend from 2013.

In projects performance, the Bank disbursed a record US$5.1 billion to projects and programs across Africa in 2017, an increase of 14 percent over the previous all-time high of US$4.5 billion in 2016.

The Bank’s financial performance and overall achievements across other key metrics like volume of new development assistance, disbursements and governance, were excellent in spite of a well-recognized difficult operating environment.

“Of all multilateral development banks, African Development Bank operates in the most challenging ‘operating environment’ defined by rating agencies as a reflection of the risks associated with the countries of operation,” Senior Vice President, Charles Boamah, noted.

The Bank’s core agenda targets lifting out of poverty 38 African countries considered as the continent’s most vulnerable and least developed. Since its founding in 1974 the Bank has invested a total of US$45 billion in operations across Africa with significant focus on the LDC countries.

Boamah said the Bank’s challenging operating environment was offset by the institution’s intrinsic financial strength, which prompted shareholders at this year’s Annual Meetings in May to approve the formal commencement of discussions for a possible seventh General Capital Increase for the Bank Group.

Such an increase “would further strengthen the financial base of the Bank, thereby enabling it to further scale up its support to African countries, including those facing conditions of fragility,” Boamah added.

Since assuming office in September 2015, President Akinwumi Adesina has overseen wide-ranging institutional reforms and restructuring at the Bank, with significant positive impact on its development programs and cost savings.

The 2018 Aid Transparency Index Report issued by Publish What You Fund ranked the African Development Bank 4th among 45 development institutions surveyed, lifting the Bank by six positions since 2016.

The Bank has the lowest ratio of Administrative Expenses to Adjusted Equity at 2.2 percent, meaning that it spends the least in administrative costs for every dollar entrusted to it by shareholders.

 

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

 

Naval News

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PICS OF THE DAY : OCEAN DAWN

Ocean Dawn Picture: Alan Calvert, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Ocean Dawn. Pictures: Alan Calvert, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Ocean Dawn. Pictures: Alan Calvert

This could be a Cape Town scene, or Mossel Bay, or Port Elizabeth or even Durban but instead it’s Lyttelton, New Zealand. The trawler OCEAN DAWN (IMO 8901470), owned by Sealord Vessel Management, is seen arriving in the South Island port. Her design is quite common the world over and several examples similar to this can be found operating in South African and other African waters. The name is quite common as well, and is shared by a number of other fishing vessel types. This particular example has a gross tonnage of 1899 and was built in 1991.She fishing in Australasian waters. These pictures are by Alan Calvert

 

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