Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News 3 December 2018

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Pacific Vision, picture courtesy Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pacific Vision.     picture courtesy Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard

The world’s first intelligent very large ore carrier (iVLOC), the DNV GL-classed PACIFIC VISION (IMO 9806990), was delivered by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard to China Merchants Energy Shipping Company (see details in article below). The vessel is the world’s first VLOC to implement DNV GL’s SmartShip descriptive notation. To qualify for the notation, Pacific Vision has been outfitted with an integration platform, a smart navigation decision support system, a ship energy efficiency management and optimisation system, and smart-vessel operation and maintenance system. Pacific Vision is 362 metres in length and 65m wide and has a 399,999-dwt. The ship will operate between Brazil and Asia and as such is likely to regularly pass around the Cape of Good Hope and the Southern Cape. There is also speculation that she will also operate for the Brazil/Europe trade. This picture from the ship’s sea trials is courtesy the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard


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Some of the young people chosen for this year's 'intake' of young South Africans who will join mostly MSC cruise ships in overseas ports.    Picture courtesy: SAMSA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Some of the young people chosen for this year’s ‘intake’ of young South Africans who will join mostly MSC cruise ships in overseas ports.        Picture courtesy: SAMSA

In a speech that will resonate with a great many South Africans, the Eastern Cape premier said that sheer laziness by South Africans could cost them their own economy and country.

What Premier Phumulo Masualle said while addressing another group of youngsters heading off to work on cruise ships across the world, may not be very palatable among many of us, but he touched on something that many South Africans have taken note of but lacked the opportunity, or courage, to say out loud.

Masualle was speaking to a group of young people from Lusikisiki in eastern Pondoland, a rural section of the Eastern Cape not far from Port St Johns. The young people are part of this year’s intake of employees selected for jobs on cruise ships across the world.

Sheer laziness among South Africans coupled with an entrenching penchant for particularly government hand-outs could lead to a hefty price to pay – the loss of control of the country to foreigners, Premier Masualle warned.

His stern warning was directed at dozens of youths, their parents and community members at a send-off event ahead of the young people heading off to join their ships around the world.

They are part of a group of about 170 young people from several municipal regions in the Eastern Cape that recently received training under the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) driven Maritime Youth Development Programme (MYDP) initiated two years ago in partnership with Harambe, a non-governmental outfit based in Johannesburg.

The Eastern Cape leg of the initiative is sponsored by the Office of the Premier of the province. The function was held at Mbotyi in the Ingquza District Municipality which extends along the Wild Coast south of KZN. This is the second such group of youths from the Eastern Cape and the third so far after Gauteng, to be trained and found employment by SAMSA in mainly MSC Cruise ships around the world since launch of the MYDP by SAMSA jointly with Harambe in 2016.

Phumulo Masualle, E Cape premier, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Phumulo Masualle, E Cape premier

In his unscripted address to guests delivered entirely in isiXhosa, Mr Masualle pulled no punches and virtually tore into the audience about some of the serious challenges facing South Africa particularly with regards productivity and unemployment.

He said while unemployment of particularly youth – estimated at over 40% in the Eastern Cape province alone – was a serious problem, one of the greatest challenges the country should no longer shy way away from what was however an apparent deep-seated laziness among people generally, and which increasingly rested on a self-destructive entrenching penchant for government handouts.

Just about everyone wanted everything for free, which was unworkable, never mind that it kept people away from effective engagement and control of their own economy, he said.

Masualle said government’s social security grants and related were already heavily strained as the number of people dependent on them was increasing, yet on the other hand, the economy was struggling, leading to a reduction in tax for collection.

He pointed out that government was ‘not a producer of anything’, but served the role of redistributing resources from the productive to the non-productive, alternatively those requiring assistance, such as health, education and similar social services.

Even so, Mr Masualle said, government continued to support people even with free housing.

Yet rather curiously, he said, when windows in the houses cracked, the average South African, living in a house handed to him or her for free by government, turned around to complain that government was building free houses with breaking windows.

“Our people cannot even fix cracks that show in the houses they receive for free. When glass panes break, they blame government for arranging shoddy workmanship.

“In this venue, where are holding this event, we are closest to the sea, and occasionally watch cargo vessels passing by. But we are only visitors to the sea. We have not the faintest idea what is going on in the oceans economic sector.

“Truth be told, we are a lazy people,” he added, contrasting South Africans with foreigners from neighbouring countries, who he said, had a strong healthy attitude for work and productivity.

As an illustration, he said that while South Africans by and large milled around doing very little in productive terms, an increasing number of foreigners from African countries had taken over and were running just about every trading store, and even spaza [informal] shops both in urban and rural areas all over the country where black people resided.

“We need to wake up from the slumber, as otherwise foreigners with the right attitude for work and productivity will take over everything including control of our economy,” Mr Masualle warned.

To the youths departing for work in tourism cruise ships across the world, he urged them to not only remain assistants, but to learn and absorb as much knowledge about that particularly industry as they could, with the goal of then transplanting such knowledge into products and services that will position their own country, South Africa, central to ocean tourism, and particularly cruise tourism.

He said South Africans, specifically black people who are in the majority in terms of the population, could not continue to be onlookers in the development of their own country’s economy, and yet they could not be meaningfully involved unless they got up and actively engaged in productive activity that generates self-employment.

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Walvis Bay, the port and town on the edge of the desert, taken earlier during the construction phase of the port's new container terminal, which is now nearing completion, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Walvis Bay, the port and town on the edge of the desert, taken earlier during the construction phase of the port’s new container terminal, which is now nearing completion

Team Namport has heeded the call from the Mayor’s office in Walvis Bay to join the rest…



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Durban Container Terminal scene, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Durban Container Terminal scene

South Africa’s Ports Regulator sprung something of a surprise this morning with the Record of Decision on the Tariff Application by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

On 1 August 2018 TNPA applied to the Ports Regulator of South Africa for approval of the tariffs for services and facilities offered by the NPA of an average increase of 4.21% for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

This was together with indicative tariff increases of 18.57% and 6.34% for 2020/21 and 2021/22 respectively.

Earlier today (Friday 30 November 2018) the Ports Regulator announced that after considering the application and the written and oral submissions by all stakeholders, and based on latest available data, it had concluded that an appropriate overall adjustment in average tariffs for the financial year 2019/20 is a decrease of 6.27%.

The Ports Regulator therefore approved the following specific changes to the Tariff Book, to become effective from 1 April 2019.

1. Marine services and related tariffs (Sections 1-8 of the Tariff Book, excluding Section 7 that deals with cargo dues) are to remain unchanged at 2018/19 levels.
2. All Container cargo dues are to decrease by 10%
3. All RoRo cargo dues are to decrease by 10%
4. Coal dry bulk export cargo dues are to increase by 10%
5. The following tariffs are to be reduced to upper limit caps applicable as follows:

i) All break-bulk cargo dues are to be capped at R31.50/ton
ii) All dry bulk cargo dues are to be capped at R20.00/ton
iii) All liquid bulk cargo dues are to be capped at R40.00/KL
iv) The tariffs below these upper limit caps in the categories above will remain at 2018/19 tariff levels, excluding coal dry bulk export cargo dues as set out above.

In line with the Department of Transport’s Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy, the incentive for South African flagged commercial vessels will be extended for three years. All marine tariffs (Sections 1-8 of the Tariff Book, excluding Section 7 that deals with cargo dues) for:

1) Existing commercial South African flagged vessels as well as commercial vessels registered in South Africa in 2019/20 will receive a 30% discount applicable year on year up to 31 March 2022;

2) Commercial vessels registered in South Africa in 2020/21 will receive a 20% discount up to 31 March 2022 and;

3) Commercial vessels registered in 2021/22 will receive a 10% discount up to 31 March 2022. The incentive for South African flagged commercial vessels will thereafter be reviewed.

In line with the Multi-Year Tariff Manual of March 2017 the Ports Regulator projects that the indicative overall average tariff adjustment for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 tariff years will be below the 6% upper limit of the inflation target band.

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Pacific Vision at launch time. Picture courtesy Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pacific Vision at launch time.      Picture courtesy Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard

The world’s first intelligent very large ore carrier (iVLOC), the DNV GL-classed PACIFIC VISION (IMO 9806990), was delivered by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard to China Merchants Energy Shipping Company.

The vessel is the world’s first VLOC to implement DNV GL’s SmartShip descriptive notation. To qualify for the notation, Pacific Vision has been outfitted with an integration platform, a smart navigation decision support system, a ship energy efficiency management and optimization system, and smart-vessel operation and maintenance system.

“It’s a great honour to have worked with…



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Mr Bisey /Uirab, Namport CEO, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mr Bisey /Uirab, Namport CEO

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) and the International University of Namibia (IUM) Coastal Campus last week signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) were both institutions will work together to ensure that students from the University get experiential exposure at the Port of Walvis Bay in their relevant fields of studies.

“This MOU will provide opportunities to students from IUM who will undertake internships at Namport for an…


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On 27 June 2018, the House of Commons Treasury Committee requested that the Bank of England publish analysis of how leaving the European Union would affect its ability to deliver its objectives for monetary and financial stability.

The report* was published on 28 November and analyses the economic effects of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration regarding the future relationship between the EU and the UK, as well as the consequences of leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement.

Analysis by the Bank includes scenarios not forecasts. They illustrate what could happen not necessarily what is most likely to happen. Building such scenarios requires making key assumptions about the form of the new relationship between the UK and EU, the degree of preparedness across firms and critical infrastructure, and how other policies respond.

*EU withdrawal scenarios and monetary and financial stability: A response to the House of Commons Treasury Committee, November 2018. For the report CLICK HERE

Edited by Paul Ridgway


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Port of Richards Bay small craft & Tuzi Gazi Waterfront, where much of the Festival activity will take place, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Richards Bay small craft & Tuzi Gazi Waterfront, where much of the Festival activity will take place

The South African ports under the jurisdiction of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) have been holding their annual ports festivals, which made a return a year ago as opportunities for the general public to renew acquaintances with the respective ports.

Coming up it is now the turn of Richards Bay in Zululand, KZN where the 2018 festive season is set to kick-off in style with the 2018 Richards Bay Port Festival, hosted in the port by TNPA on 8 and 9 December.

The popular event will be celebrated under the theme ‘Connecting Port & People’.

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 has placed limitations on public interaction with ports.

The two-day festival will offer local communities’ a rare chance to see the inner-workings of the Port of Richards Bay 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.

Richards Bay Port Manager, Thami Sithole, said the 2018 Richards Bay Port Festival presents the perfect backdrop for people to connect with the port in an interactive and fun way, while also learning about port operations and the various career and business opportunities within the maritime industry.

“We promise to offer unique and exciting port experiences at this year’s festival, with something for everyone. We are excited to showcase the port to our communities, particularly the youngsters,” added Sithole.

Planned activities include a careers exhibition, kiddies’ entertainment area, tours of the Ilembe (dredger), tug boats and other TNPA marine crafts, jet ski and NSIR sea rescue demonstrations, SANDF demonstrations plus food stalls and vendors. Visitors can also look forward to live entertainment by national and local artists and DJs.

There is no entry fee to attend the festival. Most of the festival activities are free, with a few requiring a nominal ticket purchase directly from these vendors. Food and beverages will be on sale in different areas throughout the festival. The festival area will be a pedestrian only zone and shuttles will be available from the designated parking areas.

Gates open at 10am to 8pm on Saturday, 8 December and 10am – 5pm on Sunday, 9 December.



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New extension to Freetown container terminal, Sierra Leone
New extension to Freetown container terminal

Bolloré Ports has announced that work has been completed on Sierra Leone’s Freetown Terminal for which it holds the concession.

Work was in fact completed ahead of schedule several months ago, which involved the development of an additional 270 metres of the Queen Elizabeth II Quay and its container terminal.

To mark the official opening of the new US$120 millionth section of the container terminal President Julius Maada Bio of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Cyrille Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, attended the official ceremony.

Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio cutting the ribbon to officially open the new section of the Freetown container terminal. feastured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio cutting the ribbon to officially open the new section of the Freetown container terminal

Bolloré Ports was the successful bidder for the international tender launched by the Sierra Leone authorities in March 2011, which is aimed at bringing the Freetown Terminal up to the highest international standards.

Included in the project was the refurbishment of existing yards, which were upgraded with modern equipment such as ship-to shore (STS) cranes, rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and reachstackers.

As a result of acquiring the new equipment an increase in traffic of over 30% has been made noted.

The new terminal section has, apart from its 270-metre long quay, a depth alongside of -13 metres and the capacity to accommodate ships of up to 6,000-TEU capacity.



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Scene at the recent SHADE conference (Nov 2018), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

“We cannot be complacent or else we will see a rapid resurgence in the scourge of piracy”

10 years of counter-piracy operations has seen successful outcomes resulting from the partnerships between military navies and commercial shipping working closely together. Key to this success is the bi-annual Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) conference with the 43rd meeting having just completed.

The aims of SHADE

Commodore Steve Dainton RN, the Deputy Commander of CMF and UK Maritime Component Commander, opened the conference, highlighting: “The 43rd SHADE provides…


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Standford Bateleur (on left). Picture courtesy: Shipspotting. The other vessel is the MMPL Merlin, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Standford Bateleur (on left).  The other vessel is the MMPL Merlin.    Picture courtesy: Shipspotting. 

Two UAE-registered exploration vessels arrived in Malindi harbour in Unguja (Tanzania) on Saturday to begin seismic surveys for oil and gas.

The two vessels, the seismic survey ship STANFORD BATELEUR (IMO 9654177) and the support vessel HAIBA will commence surveying the waters between Unguja and Pemba Island.

The larger of the two, Standford Bateleur is 86 metres in length and 5188-dwt and is Mexican owned and ship managed. Her ISM manager is Standford Marine registered in Dubai.

The smaller 25-metre Haiba is to be used for recording the sound waves generated by the bigger vessel.

A third vessel has been charted to act as a security vessel and to keep the path used for the surveys clear of other traffic.

Zanzibar Petroleum Regulatory Authority director Omar Zubeir said the vessels might begin their operations today (Thursday) dependent on government procedures to be completed.



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House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is concerned by slow progress and poor communication around Project Brock*.

Ability of businesses to plan is hampered by secrecy and lack of detailed information

Department of Transport is urged to write to the PAC before Christmas with updates on progress

Report Summary

There is a real risk that the UK Department for Transport will not be ready in the event of the UK departing the EU without a negotiated deal, and this risk is increasing as time runs out to deliver what is needed.

This latest PAC report is in a series looking at Government’s preparations for Brexit. As in previous PAC reports on border preparations, customs, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Committee is concerned about how well Government is prepared.

There is a real prospect of…

Edited by Paul Ridgway



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Xeneta, which provides freight rate benchmarking platforms and reports in real time on market average and low/high movements in its database covering over 160,000 global trade routes, is utilising its database of over 85 million contracted freight rates to deliver a unique monthly snapshot of long-term rate developments in the container industry.

The new Xeneta Shipping Index (XSI™) Public Indices report, launching today (Wednesday 28 November 2018), provides a detailed overview of the busiest global trade corridors, allowing users to gauge regional developments and track trends for key markets.

In June this year Oslo-headquartered Xeneta debuted the full version of the XSI index-linked contracting product. It enables cargo buyers and sellers to gain unparalleled real-time intelligence of market developments, meaning they can tie rates to the market. This results in fair rates, optimal value for shippers, forwarders and carriers, and an end to the burden of frequent or periodic contract negotiations.

XSI Public Indices has a different proposition, as Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund explains:

“The XSI Public Indices provide an…



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Diagram of the new hydrographic survey vessel as she is expected to look, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Image courtesy Unique Group
Diagram of the new hydrographic survey vessel as she is expected to look. Image courtesy Unique Group

Project Hotel, the design and building of the South African Navy’s new hydrographic survey ship, has its steel cutting ceremony this Friday.

The commmorative function, which will see the Chief of the Navy press the button to commence the steel cutting for the ‘keel’ of the ship, will take place at the Southern African Shipyards in Durban at 14h00.

Project Hotel involves the most complex and technically advanced vessel that has ever been built in this country.

The ship will be to a Vard Marine design, with a length of 95 metres and a diesel-electric power plant that will provide the ship with a maximum speed of 18 knots and a range of 10,000 nautical miles with 44 days endurance. The ship will be ice-strengthened to meet Polar Class 7 requirements.

AS yet with no name announced, the ship will have installed the latest hydrographic and oceanographic sensor suite and will be manned by a crew of 120 navy and scientist personnel.

“The ship will scan the ocean floor, mapping large areas of the southern hemisphere ocean floor. The vessel is aligned with IMO requirements to provide SA Navigational Charts for the South African coastline as well as the capacity to carry it out to other countries,” said Greg Delpaul, Southern African Shipyards’ general manager of shipbuilding.

The new ship will replace SAS PROTEA, the SA Navy’s current hydrographic survey ship which has been in service since 1972.

SAS was awarded the contract for Project Hotel in December 2017 and will employ a number of sub-contractors who will integrate various systems into the new ship. All these will be based at the SAS Bayhead works during the project, which is expected to take 40 months.

The project will mean work for about 500 people including apprentices, artisans, technicians, engineering interns and engineers in different disciplines who will be hired for this special project.

Armscor and the SA Navy already have trainees and interns at the shipyard.

LNG Barge
In addition to the steel cutting for the navy ship, a similar ceremony will also take place at the same time for cutting the first steel plate for a LNG barge to be built at the shipyard.

The 3,500-ton barge is being built for DNG Energy, a South African-based company in the energy industry. Work will start on the 147 metre long barge early in the New Year and will take about 12 months to complete.

Construction will be at the same time as building the hydrographic survey ship with space at the shipyard being utilised optimally.

At the same time of these developments, the port is readying to commence construction of a new longer and deeper quay wall for Pier 2 of the Durban Container Terminal. Other land at the shipyard will be taken up with container storage to accommodate additional capacity at DCT while that construction is going on.*

* See our report available in this edition DCT BERTH DEEPENING ON HOLD AS TRANSNET ISSUES STOP WORK ORDER.



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Saldanha TPT Iron Ore Terminal berths, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Saldanha TPT Iron Ore Terminal berths

Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT) Saldanha has increased its headcount by 300% over the past five years owing to a rise in the export of additional commodities like manganese, cementing the facility’s significance to the country.

Predominantly South Africa’s iron ore export facility, the Saldanha Terminal started handling manganese in 2014. Volumes have increased 45-fold year to date with an average throughput increase of…



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HMS Dragon and dhow, featured in African PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
HMS Dragon and dhow

HMS Dragon, a Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer has interdicted 3048kg of hashish from a dhow acting suspiciously in the Indian Ocean, along an area known as ‘The Hash Highway,’ reports the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

The warship was operating as direct support to CTF150, the CMF’s counter terrorism and narcotics smuggling task force, commanded by…

The intercepted dhow, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The intercepted dhow



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Capsized catamaran Escape Catin Table Bay, picture NSRI, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture courtesy: NSRI

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has launched an investigation into the capsizing of the sunset cruise Catamaran, ESCAPE CAT, in Table Bay on the evening of Monday, 26 November 2018.

SAMSA spokesman Sobantu Tilayi, SAMSA COO says the organisation would urgently look into why the Escape Cat had overturned and would report back as soon as possible.

“Fortunately there was no loss of life, but SAMSA is always concerned when something like this occurs. Our investigators will be talking to everyone concerned to ensure we avoid a repeat,” he says.

Three South Africans – the skipper and two crew members – and five passengers from the United Kingdom (two males and three females) were treated for non-threatening injuries and or mild hypothermia following the accident. They were transported to Cape Town Medi-Clinic as a precaution.

The NSRI securing the capsized catamaran Escape Cat in Granger Bay. Picture: NSRI

The vessel was secured by the NSRI on a three-anchor spread outside the outer breakwater.

The vessel was to be towed into port following the removal of the mainsail, jib and mast and righted once alongside Jetty No 2.

The NSRI Table Bay Station provided additional information soon after the incident, reporting that they had used two rescue craft to go to the assistance of the catamaran and that following the operation that saw all eight survivors safely rescued, they towed the capsized catamaran to Granger Bay outside the harbour entrance where it was secured for the night. Lights were secured to mark the navigational hazard and prevent any collision.

Prior to that the NSRI had responded to the news that the catamaran had capsized with people on board. On arrival at the scene they found eight persons – three local males and five tourists from the UK (two males and three females) on the upturned hull. All were wearing life jackets but it turned out that one of the tourists had been below decks when the boat flipped leaving her trapped inside the galley with a rapidly diminishing pocket of air.

From what the NSRI has been able to gather, the skipper of the Catamaran had free dived under the catamaran and was able to bring the mom out from below decks. The NSRI commended the skipper for this action.

Another female suffered a fractured shoulder and has had to receive treatment at the hospital where all five tourists were taken. Others were bruised and shaken up but following their care at the hospital were able to return to their guest lodge.

On hearing the news the owner of the lodge had meanwhile taken a taxi to the hospital to check on her guests. After having secured the capsized catamaran for the night the NSRI Table Bay coxswain Pat van Eyssen and station commander Quentin Botha also drove to the hospital at 23h55 and transported the five patients and guest lodge owner to the guest lodge.


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The hard-working NSRI rescue craft Spirit of Toft at Port Elizabeth, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The hard-working rescue craft Spirit of Toft

Another medical emergency at sea involving a seaman on board a passing ship has seen the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) responding to rendezvous with the bulk carrier 34 nautical miles south-east of Port Elizabeth.

The drama began at 09h40 on Sunday when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) based near Cape Town, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), Telkom Maritime Radio Services, Government Health EMS Control and …



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Trans Global Projects delivers logistics for the most remote construction site in the world

Supplying Antarctica Rothera Project, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news


Teesside, UK/Rothera Point, Antarctica, 26 November 2018:    For the Trans Global Projects Group (TGP), no location is too remote. But while the UK-based international project logistics specialist has handled numerous projects in some of the most inaccessible locations around the globe, even for industry professionals, Antarctica is a unique and challenging destination to serve.

TGP was awarded the contract for project logistics management for a shipment of equipment and construction materials to the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station at Rothera Point by BAM. The global construction and civil engineering company is in charge of removing Rothera Point’s old wharf and building a new one.

The facility is to accommodate the UK’s new state-of-the-art polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough. Serving as a UK Hub for polar science, Rothera is located 900 miles south of the tip of South America on Adelaide Island, which is along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Expertise in logistics biosecurity

While Antarctica has the coldest and one of the harshest climates on Earth, it also has unique and sensitive ecosystems that can be threatened by the incursion of non-native species of plants and animals. The biggest logistical challenge facing the TGP team was ensuring the shipment headed for Rothera remained completely contamination-free and in compliance with the British Antarctic Survey Biosecurity Handbook and The Polar Code, which was enacted to minimise the risk of nonnative species being introduced to the Antarctic continent.

Colin Charnock, TGP CEO, comments: “Trans Global Projects won this contract thanks to our extensive track-record in biosecurity and quarantine procedures – most notably in our work with project shipments and logistics to Australia, which has some of the strictest biosecurity regulations in the world.”

However, the Rothera project team faced another major challenge: no construction equipment or material is available on-site in Rothera. It is fair to say that this might be the most remote construction site in the world. This therefore necessitated TGP to work hand-in-hand with BAM to consolidate, prepare and ship almost all the supplies and equipment necessary for the wharf removal and re-construction at the research base on a single vessel charter.

Over the course of several weeks in late October and November, a team of Trans Global Projects experts worked at a specially prepared site to direct all aspects of the decontamination and loading procedures at AV Dawson facilities at Teesport in Teesside, UK, which is well equipped to handle such extensive cargo treatments.

“TGP is a recognised leader and expert in the field of biosecurity logistics,” says Charnock. “We offer consultancy services and human resources to our partners at all steps of the process, from development of the biosecurity concept through to the implementation thereof.”

The decontamination process for the Rothera shipment was multi-faceted and exhaustive. Firstly, the Teesport biosecure facility underwent deep cleaning directly prior to commencement of receiving cargo. This specially scheduled cleaning of the facility was conducted in addition to a maintenance schedule of spraying insecticides, pesticides and herbicides in and around the facility on top of the manual inspection for and removal of weeds, rodents, insects and other pests.

Secondly, all cargo intended for the November shipment to Rothera Research Station was inspected upon arrival and then washed using ultra high-pressure water jets. This decontamination process developed by TGP for this shipment is unique in its scope.

“As far as we are aware, this project represents the first time such stringent export procedures have been carried out at a UK port facility,” explains Charnock. The cargo, where deemed necessary, was additionally treated with residual insecticide solutions. All containers and loading equipment underwent fumigation, and only timber compliant with the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM15) was used for export packing.

The shipment

The shipment departed from Teesside, UK, on 22 November for a 9,600-mile trip to Rothera – a journey estimated to take approximately four to five weeks. The largest pieces were two 300-tonne crawler crane cabs.

Overall 13,000 cbm + 85 containers of cargo were prepared and loaded on board the vessel, an F-Type multipurpose ship geared with two 125 mt cranes combinable to lift up to 250 mt and featuring a Polar Class PC7 certification (which corresponds to Finnish-Swedish lce Class 1A).

The vessel itself also underwent a similar decontamination process in accordance with the biosecurity plan implemented by Trans Global Projects.

During the short Antarctic summer, temperatures typically range between 0 to +5 degrees Celsius. However, it can snow at any time of year and because of its coastal location and the Southern Ocean low-pressure weather systems, temperatures can vary widely at any time.

There is usually sea ice restricting sea traffic to the continent through to the end of November. Since Rothera Research Station is just south of the Antarctic Circle, both the vessel’s crew and the Rothera team will be able to take advantage of 24hours of summertime daylight to unload the cargo.


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Plans for Takoradi have it looking like this, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Plans for Takoradi have it looking like this

Ghana has announced plans of developing the Port of Takoradi as a oil and gas hub.

This was announced by the Ghana Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori, who said that work has already begun on developing a container and multi-purpose terminal facility at Takoradi which would have a draught clearance of -16 metres.

“The first phase of the dry bulk jetty, which involves the construction of the 600-metre quay wall, was completed. The second phase of an additional 200-metre quay wall will commence in 2019,” Mr Ofori-Atta said while delivering…


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Francophone summit on pollution at sea control, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Eleven francophone African countries* have agreed on an action plan to better implement IMO’s key treaty on prevention of pollution from ships – the MARPOL Convention, Annexes I-V, reports the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The plan includes both national and regional actions as well as recommendations to IMO, which aim to address the root causes hampering the effective…



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Russian ships blocking access under the bridge. Picture: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Russian ships blocking access under the bridge.      Picture: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Tensions have been raised once more in the disagreements between Russia and the Ukraine after Russia used a commercial bulk carrier to block access to three Ukraine Navy ships attempting to enter the Sea of Azov.

After stopping the navy ships from accessing…



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The Subtech Group, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has been awarded multi-million dollar contracts with a major oil and gas contractor, supporting a number of offshore and subsea projects across the Middle East.

The contracts cover a range of works from installation and maintenance to demolition and decommissioning and will draw upon resources from the wider James Fisher group in order to offer a seamless, integrated service solution to the customer via a single point of contact within Subtech.

“We’re really thrilled to work closely with the major oil and gas contractor on numerous projects in the Arabian Gulf,” said Paul Whiley, managing director at Subtech Group. “Access to a comprehensive array of offshore equipment and skilled personnel within the James Fisher group means we can offer a single point solution that many…



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Port of Tema, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Tema

In 2015, the Board and Management of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) took the decision to build another terminal at Tema harbour. The decision was based on the need for a new automated terminal that increased the volume and efficiency of operations at the harbour.

Its successful completion would make Tema a competitive global shipping hub. Not only was this necessitated by the global trend towards automation and competition but also the growth in population, increased economic activity and the corresponding lifestyle choices of Ghanaians as a result of economic growth.

The original plan by GPHA sought to put the expansion project through a competitive tendering process. Two projects were advertised. One for the construction of the terminal and the other for the operations once the terminal was completed. This decision had been unanimously taken by the board and management as it…



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DCT North Quay, Pier 2

Work on deepening and lenthening the North Quay on Pier 2, Durban Container Terminal has been dealt a blow following an order to stop work that has been issued by Transnet.

The project to deepen and lengthen berths 203, 204 and 205 at DCT – need to handle large container ships with full loads – had only recently received the green light but now, in the aftermath of the dismissal of former chief executive Siyabonga Gama, and enquiries into the extent of corruptive practices at Transnet, the board of Transnet SOC Ltd last week issued a stop work instruction on the Main marine Construction works contract of the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2’s North Quay berth deepening and lengthening project.

The contract for the multi-billion-rand Main Marine Construction Works package of the project was awarded to CMI Emtateni Joint Venture, following an open tender process that started in January 2017 and closed on 22 August 2017.

According to Transnet four tenders were received and evaluated and adjudicated by November 2017. The decision to award…



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African Road Safety Observatory

It was reported by the International Transport Forum (ITF) in week commencing 18 November, that 20% of global road deaths occur in Africa, although the continent only has 2% of the world’s vehicles.

A key concern for policy makers tackling this crisis is the lack of data on road crashes. If anything, the total number of road deaths is significantly underreported. Collecting and analysing accurate data that can inform policy requires harmonised and rigorous collection methods.

To address this issue, and following a Memorandum of Understanding signed…

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NSRI Port Elizabeth's Spirit of Toft and medi-evacuation of patient from ship in Algoa Bay, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news - picture NSRI Port Elizabeth
NSRI Port Elizabeth’s Spirit of Toft and medi-evacuation of patient from ship in Algoa Bay

The National Sea Rescue Institute, which maintains rescue stations around the long South Africa coast, is kept constantly busy with calls for assistance that often includes crisis such as drownings or near drownings at the country’s beaches, or people missing in the water or on nearby land, or injured during trail walking or, as in the cases reported here, with medical evacuations from ships and other vessels at sea.

East London

At 02h00 on Wednesday, 21 November, reports Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, the NSRI East London duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for medical assistance for a crewman on board a passing bulk carrier.

A 200 metre bulk tanker, then still some distance from East London after having sailed from Port Elizabeth, had been instructed to come towards the Port of East London by MRCC working in conjunction with Telkom Maritime Radio Services. This was after a Government Health EMS duty doctor evaluated the Vietnamese patient as suffering suspected appendicitis.

At 05h00 that morning the NSRI East London sea rescue craft Spirit of Lotto was launched and rendezvoused with the ship in the outer anchorage of East London where the patient was transferred to the sea rescue craft and brought safely to shore in a stable condition. He was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

Hout Bay

Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander reports that at 14h05, Thursday 22 November, the NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were alerted by the TNPA to a fishing vessel heading towards Hout Bay harbour and requiring an ambulance on arrival for a fisherman, a local male, who was suffering breathing difficulties.

The NSRI Hout Bay prepared to meet the fishing vessel on her arrival and MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) were alerted while in the meantime a Government Health EMS duty doctor evaluated the patient’s condition which was deemed to be intermediate and not urgent. As a result the Metro EMS Control dispatched an ER24 ambulance to the NSRI Hout Bay station to assist on the vessel’s arrival in harbour.

It was then established that the patient’ condition had escalated to a reduced level of consciousness and NSRI Hout Bay launched the sea rescue craft Albie Matthews accompanied by an ER24 rescue paramedic and rendezvoused with the fishing vessel five nautical miles from Hout Bay harbour.

The patient was transferred onto the sea rescue craft in a serious condition and in the care of the ER24 rescue paramedic he was brought to Hout Bay harbour and from there transported by ER24 ambulance to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

On the following day, Friday 23 November, Geoff Stevens, NSRI Hout Bay deputy station commander, reported that at 17h35 that day the NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were alerted by the TNPA following a request for medical assistance from a fishing vessel heading towards Hout Bay harbour from 40 nautical miles West of Hout Bay. On board was a fisherman who had suffered an amputated left thumb while working with machinery onboard.

The sea rescue craft Albie Matthews and Nadine Gordimer were launched accompanied by two WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics. On rendezvousing with the fishing vessel 25 nautical miles West of Hout Bay, and in two to three metre swells, medical crew boarded the fishing vessel where the patient was treated before being transferred onto the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer.

In the care of the EMS rescue paramedics he was brought to Hout Bay harbour and transported to hospital by an EMS ambulance in a serious but stable condition.

Port Elizabeth

On Saturday 24 November, at 08h45, reports Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, the NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated by TNPA following a request for medical assistance from an oil tanker which was at anchorage off-shore in Algoa Bay. Two crewmen had been injured in a fall onboard the ship.

Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) arranged a Government Health EMS duty doctor to evaluate the condition of the two patients while the NSRI launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft and JLK Rescuer and accompanied by EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics, they headed out into Algoa Bay.

On arrival on scene NSRI and EMS crew went onboard the ship and taken by the ship’s crew to the patients in the ship’s sick bay> One patient was found to be in a satisfactory condition with only scratches and bruising and not requiring further medical care awhile the other, an Indian crewman, was found to have more serious injuries.

The patient was treated for his injuries and stabilised before being secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and transferred onto the sea rescue craft using the ships crane.

The patient was then taken to the sea rescue station in the care of the EMS rescue paramedics and from there transported by ambulance to hospital in a stable but serious condition.



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Mombasa's second container terminal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mombasa’s second container terminal

The Port of Mombasa is set to reaffirm its position as the second busiest general cargo port* in sub-Saharan Africa with a forecast of exceeding 31 million tonnes of cargo throughput by the end of 2018.

As part of that volume Mombasa will have handled 1.2 million container TEUs for the year, up from the 1.190 million TEUs recorded in 2017. Last year the port handled a total cargo volume of 30.35mt.

Acting Kenya Ports Authority managing director, Dr Arch Daniel Manduku said the port was continuing to register growth despite several challenges.

“At KPA the management team and staff reviewed the set goals and agreed to walk the talk and deliver our remit the best way we could,” Manduku said.

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Tullow Oil, Kenya

Tullow Oil, which is operating in Uganda and in Kenya, reports that to date, in a period of five and a half months, it has transported a total; of 30,000 barrels of oil to the port at Mombasa.

The first lifting of sweet Kenyan crude oil stored in Mombasa is expected in the second quarter of 2019.

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Transnet to take charge of rehabilitation and operation of Nigerian rail capegauge services

Transnet’s statement on taking the lead with the Nigerian railway

Transnet has confirmed reports including that in Africa PORTS & SHIPS – see here GE PULLS OUT OF NIGERIAN RAIL CONCESSION – HANDS OVER TO TRANSNET – about Transnet taking the lead in the Nigerian Capegauge railway network.

In its statement Transnet said it was “excited to announce that it has taken over from General Electric as the lead consortium partner for the Nigerian narrow-gauge railway project.”

The statement continued…….

Transnet and its consortium partners were selected as preferred bidders in May 2017.

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Used motor vehicles being imported illegally into South Africa are being impounded and destroyed. Picture of Durban Car Terminal R berth by Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Used motor vehicles being imported illegally into South Africa are being impounded and destroyed. Picture of Durban Car Terminal R berth by Terry Hutson

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) on Friday destroyed several imported illegal vehicles valued close to R4 million as part of a clampdown on non-compliance in various customs sectors.

This followed a two-day inter-governmental operation in Durban and the surrounding areas to tackle illicit trade. The operation got underway on Tuesday.

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HE Kitak Lim, Secretary General of the IMO Picture kindly provided by IMO ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture kindly provided by IMO ©

The IMO Council has agreed to renew the appointment of Kitack Lim as Secretary-General of the IMO for a second four-year term, beginning 1 January 2020, subject to the approval of the IMO Assembly in December 2019. This was reported by IMO on 23 November.

Mr Lim was born in Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, in the Republic of Korea. He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Korean naval officer and for an international shipping company. He joined the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985, while continuing with further studies at the Graduate School of Administration, Yonsei University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in 1990. He then studied maritime administration at the World Maritime University (WMU), graduating with a master’s degree. From 1995 he attended a doctoral programme for international law at KMOU, completing course work in 1998.

Mr Lim began attending IMO meetings as part of the Republic of Korea’s delegation in 1986 and he engaged in activities to promote maritime safety through effective implementation of IMO conventions in his country and other IMO Member States in the Asian region. He was elected Chair of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI – now III) in 2001 and of the Tokyo Memorandum on Port State Control in 2004.

In 2006, Mr Lim was appointed Director General of the Maritime Safety Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) and then as a Senior Maritime Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London and led all IMO work for the Republic of Korea, serving as an Alternate Permanent Representative to IMO up to August 2009. Following that, he was re-appointed Director General for Maritime Safety Bureau (MLTM).

In March 2011, Mr Lim was appointed Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST).

In July 2012, he assumed the position of President of Busan Port Authority, until January 2016 when he took up his appointment as Secretary-General of IMO.

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Durban Queen shortly before capsizing. Picture: French Navy, featured in news report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Durban Queen shortly before capsizing.     Picture: French Navy

Twelve seafarers on board the St Kitts & Nevis-registered asphalt/bitumen tanker DURBAN QUEEN (IMO 8310360) were rescued from off their sinking ship in the Persian Gulf this week.

Coming to the rescue of the 12 Indian seafarers was the French frigate FS CASSARD, which on Tuesday morning responded to a distress call from the ship which was at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.

FS Cassard had just completed escorting the US vessel, Lewis B. Puller, on a patrolling mission and was preparing for replenishment at sea (RAS) with the USS Kanawha, when it intercepted a distress signal from the nearby distressed vessel, the Durban Queen.

The French Navy immediately launched a Panther helicopter to fly to the scene. After arrival overhead it was observed that the Durban Queen had capsized shortly beforehand, with the crew clinging to the upturned hull. The aircraft, with two pilots, a hoist-operator and a navy diver already on board, began lifting the seamen on board.

FS Cassard. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
FS Cassard.    Picture courtesy: Shipspotting

The first four rescued seamen were taken to a nearby commercial ship. This was followed by a further two hoists taking the remaining eight seamen off their ship which was beginning to settle in the sea. Several of the crew had suffered minor injuries and all eight were taken to the FS Cassard where the injured received treatment.

The eight rescued men were later flown to the merchant ship to rejoin their fellow crewmen so that FS Cassard, which is part of Task Force T55, could continue its voyage to Kuwait to participate in a bilateral naval exercise.

The 1369-dwt bitumen tanker named Durban Queen (IMO 8310360) was built in 1983 and was owned by UAE interests, Prime Tankers. The ship manager is International Ocean Shipping of Dubai. She has been reported elsewhere as having Panamanian registry but this refers to another bitumen tanker of the same name, age and same ownership that has been broken up.



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Map of Equatorial Guinea, map: Wikipedia
map courtesy: Wikipedia

Equatorial Guinea has followed the cancellation of all contracts awarded to oil services firm Subsea 7 by congratulating TechnipFMC and Schlumberger for “their proactive steps towards local content compliance in Equatorial Guinea.”

Earlier this week Equatorial Guinea announced that it was cancelling the Subsea 7 contracts because of that company’s non-compliance with…



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Mossel Bay Yacht Club mooring area, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mossel Bay Yacht Club mooring area

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Mossel Bay says it welcomes the judgement by the Supreme Court of Appeal to dismiss with costs an appeal by the Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club (MBYBC) against the judgements handed down by the Western Cape High Court in favour of TNPA on two occasions, in the MBYBC’s Review Application.

“While this is a landmark victory for TNPA, there remains the Eviction Application and the Ports Regulator complaint which were stayed pending the finalisation of this Review Application.” said Port of Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange. “Now that the latter has been finalised, TNPA’s external attorneys have been briefed to pursue the recovery of TNPA’s legal costs and to finalise the remaining matters.”

In May 2018 TNPA issued a notice to the MBYBC to vacate its port premises by the end of May 2018. This was in accordance with the terms of a High Court order dated 30 April 2018 which dismissed the application by MBYBC to review and set aside the lease application awarded by TNPA to successor lessee Mossel Bay Waterfront Pty Ltd, a Mossel Bay based, woman-owned micro-enterprise, in October 2016.

Judge AJ Langa in his High Court judgement had said: “Judged against the values of fairness, equitableness, transparency, competitiveness and effectiveness, the third respondent’s [Mossel Bay Waterfront] tender complies with all the specifications and conditions of tender as set out in the contract documents.”

He found that the tender was neither unreasonable nor irrational and that the Mossel Bay Waterfront’s bid was fully compliant with the terms of the lease.

MBYBC had occupied premises within the port on a lease agreement which continued on a month to month basis by agreement until a new tender was advertised for the premises in August 2016. MBYBC and Mossel Bay Waterfront were the only contesting bidders for the new tender which was subsequently awarded to Mossel Bay Waterfront.

The High Court found that points awarded in the tender process to Mossel Bay Waterfront were justified for new skills development, job creation and/or preservation, small business promotion and rural / community development and regional integration.

Mossel Bay scene, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mossel Bay

As ports landlord, TNPA operates within a legislative and regulatory environment created by the National Ports Act No.12 of 2005. This requires the Authority to follow a public process for service providers looking to provide port services and facilities.

Tshikalange said the finalisation of this protracted process would enable the port and the new lessee – through its strong business model – to provide all members of society with an equal opportunity to participate in port activities. This is in line with TNPA’s Smart People’s Ports vision, which includes promoting greater public access and ensuring a vibrant port system that connects local communities to port activities.

TNPA is also working closely with the Mossel Bay Municipality and Mossel Bay Tourism to develop the Port of Mossel Bay as a tourist port. “The Mossel Bay Waterfront will help to make the Port of Mossel Bay an even bigger attraction on this beautiful coastline, with a mixed-use waterfront that could include retail, commercial and industrial facilities,” said Tshikalange.


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Barcelona Europe South Terminal – BEST ©

Hutchison Ports BEST (Barcelona Europe South Terminal), a member of Hutchison Ports, announced on 19 November the launch of an international rail service connecting Barcelona with Lyon (France).

This new weekly service is an important achievement resulting from efforts of different actors, including BEST, to develop the Barcelona hinterland connections, making BEST the only container terminal in Spain that offers…



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Picture: Ocean Network Express (ONE) ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture:      Ocean Network Express (ONE) ©

It was reported on 19 November from Singapore that Ocean Network Express (ONE) has provided free transport of 23,000 English story books from Hong Kong to Cape Town to fill the mobile libraries and expand book access for children living in the rural area of the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Working closely with South African Japanese NPO, South African Primary Education Support Initiative (SAPESI) and Sony Group and collaborating with…

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Port of Beira. Picture: Anup Rampiar, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Beira. Picture: Anup Rampiar

Approval has been received from the Mozambique government for a US$290 million further investment in the Port of Beira by Dutch concession-holder Cornelder de Moçambique (CdM).

Although mentioned previously this confirmation now follows the official decree being announced approving…


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Walvis Bay synchrolift, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Walvis Bay synchrolift

Namport provides dry docking facilities at the Port of Walvis Bay to vessels that are due for repair or other types of maintenance. This time around a 91,500 kg lift with a hydraulic flight stimulator destined for the Republic of Nigeria was stored at Namport’s Synchrolift for the past five months while the carrying vessel was undergoing maintenance at the facility.

The unit which is valued at N$17 million will serve as a gangway for employees working on oil rigs in Nigeria.

“The past five months of storing the unit at Namport has been nothing but pleasant as the services received are of the highest quality,” said Mr Floris de Laat, Project Engineer of Ampelmann, the manufacturers and suppliers of the equipment.

He gave a thumbs up for the safe environment as well as the modern equipment at tte Walvis Bay port.

The lift was safely moved by Ampelmann a Dutch offshore company in conjunction with Namport’s staff. Namport prides itself with world-class infrastructure in equipment ensuring reliable and safe cargo handling.

The gangway is used to safely transfer employees from a moving vessel during a storm or heavy waves to a stationary platform.

Video clip showing Ampelmann gangway in use



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Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers, and Jorge Barakat Pitty, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers, and Jorge Barakat Pitty, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP)

First seafarer charity to operate in Panama

International seafarer welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers, has signed an agreement with the Panama Maritime Authority for the provision of seafarer welfare services in Panama.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Mission and Panama was signed this week by the Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers, and Jorge Barakat Pitty, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP). The signing ceremony took place…



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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council should give the new working group reforming governance at the UN shipping agency a remit that allows it to effectively increase public scrutiny and civil society participation, Transparency International said last Thursday (15 November 2018).

Transparency International’s assessment of the IMO’s governance structure published in July 2018 found a number of flaws in the IMO’s governance, including a disproportionate influence of private industry and an unequal influence of certain Member States in the policymaking process.

The report also highlighted a significant lack of delegate accountability, with the public often unable to find out their national delegation’s position in debates and negotiations.

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Following publication of Transparency International’s report, the IMO established a working group for reforming the governance of the agency, which regulates global shipping and has a crucial role to play in combatting climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

In April 2018, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50 per cent by 2050 compared to 2008, consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The report said the IMO Council will set the terms of reference for the working group at its next meeting on 19 – 23 November 2018.

Transparency International is concerned that the UK, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Panama, United Arab Emirates and United States could hamper reform at the IMO. Last month, they signed and submitted an official document to the IMO warning that “further expansion of access to information” about the agency “could lead to outside influence”.

“Unfortunately the International Maritime Organization is far too susceptible to disproportionate influence from private interests and certain Member States, meaning that there could be obstacles to meeting the targets for emissions reduction set earlier this year,” said Rueben Lifuka, vice-chair of Transparency International.

“This is why we want to see governance reform at the IMO. The agency needs to move towards a more open and transparent way of operating, with greater opportunities for public scrutiny and civil society engagement. The stakes are too high for the entire planet for the IMO to continue to operate as a closed shop.”



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Nigerian Cape-gauge railway locomotive, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nigerian Cape-gauge railway locomotive

General Electric (GE) which was one of the partners in a consortium headed by GE and South Africa’s Transnet SOC Ltd, has pulled out in terms of its strategy of exiting the transportation business, and has handed over leadership of the consortium to Transnet.

That’s according to a report from Nigeria that agreements GE had with the Nigerian government were being negotiated by…



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Methane Mickie Harper, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. Picture: Helderline
Methane Mickie Harper.        Picture: Helderline

The liquefied natural gas carrier (LNG), METHANE MICKIE HARPER (IMO 9520376) recently docked at the Port of Saldanha after requiring critical repairs, ahead of its journey to Punta Europa, Equatorial Guinea.

While docked, the team conducted intermediate surveys and…

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LNG River Niger.       Picture: TNPA


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