Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News 4 February 2019

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Santa Barbara arriving at Durban January 2019, picture by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Santa Barbara arriving at Durban January 2019, picture by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Santa Barbara. Picture: Keith Betts

Hamburg Süd’s 7,850-TEU capacity (nominal) container ship SANTA BARBARA (IMO 9430399) makes a bright entry into port at Durban earlier in the month. Built in 2012 at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd in South Korea, the 85,000-dwt ship has an overall length of 301 metres and a beam of 40m. No longer deployed exclusively on Hamburg Süd services the ship now operates in a pool with other Maersk ships and as a result South African ports can expect to see a wider range of these former German ships.    These pictures are by Keith Betts


Jolly Vanadio at Durban by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

A much anticipated ship arrival at Durban has been this vessel, the RoRo cargo ship JOLLY VANADIO (IMO 9668972). Built in 2015 at the STX Offshore Shipbuilding yard in Jinhae, South Korea, she is one of the later batches of fine-looking roll-on, roll-off cargo vessels to appear in African waters, being currently deployed between Genoa in Italy and Durban in South Africa via the East Coast. The 51,055-dwt Jolly Vanadio is 240 metres in length and 37.5m wide and operates with Linea Messina (Messina Line), which is now part-owned by MSC.

These pictures are by Keith Betts (top) and Trevor Jones (lower).

Jolly Vandio at Durban by Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS



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Deepsea Stavanger, now operating off the Cape southern coast of South Africa, features in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Deepsea Stavanger

South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe says the Total Exploration and Production Southern Africa’s Deepsea Stavanger rig operations in the Western Cape should boost investor confidence and contribute positively to the oceans economy.

“If we can discover oil and gas here, that will be a game changer for the country in terms of…


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Maersk Trieste, sailing from Durban October 2018. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Maersk Trieste, sailing from Durban October 2018. Picture: Keith Betts

AP Moller-Maersk, known more simply as Maersk, the largest container shipping company in the world, is reported in an American maritime paper over the weekend to have confirmed a new long-term strategy that involves reducing by a significant number the recruitment of cadets from South Africa.

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Picture of Mocimboa da Praia in Portuguese colonial days. Photographer unknown, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Mocimboa da Praia in Portuguese colonial days. Photographer unknown

Mozambique authorities have imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the northern Mozambique ‘port’ town of Mocimboa da Praia, following a series of attacks by suspected jihadist rebels.

The curfew, ordered by the Mocimboa da Praia municipal council means a total ban on pedestrian and vehicular traffic between the hours of 21h00 and 04h00.

The report, carried today by the Portuguese language publication O País, says that since October 2017 more than a hundred deaths have occurred as a result of attacks mostly on ordinary people in the immediate district.

Africa PORTS & SHIPS has carried many of these reports in the past year.

Mocimboa da Praia government building. featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Mocimboa da Praia will become an important town with port landing facilities for the emerging oil and gas sector as that industry develops mostly offshore in the coming years. Several companies have announced their intention of operating from the town, making use of landing craft type vessels for the landing of cargo and supplies in support of the oil/gas sector.

The attacks on local villages and towns have mostly targeted ordinary people as opposed to police or army camps. There has been criticism that the police and army remain in fortified barracks during the hours of darkness, and the only protection that isolated villages can receive is by villagers deserting their homes and fleeing into the bush to sleep, returning to the villages in the morning.

The report in O País says that the curfew notification is dated 25 January 2019 when it came into immediate effect, and decreed that “the circulation of heavy or light vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians is prohibited, as well as the exercise of any commercial activity, film projection, discotheques in the municipal radius, in the period from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.”.

The report quotes the mayor talking to a TV station about suspicions of insurgents circulating through the town at night.

The current spate of attacks by armed men started in the early hours of 5 October 2017, when a group of unidentified individuals attacked the district police command in the town of Mocimboa da Praia. Since then most of the attacks have been on isolated villages and has resulted in the deaths quoted above, and has included the beheading of a small number of villagers.

Anchorage at Mocimboa da Praia, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Anchorage at Mocimboa da Praia


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Cadets from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy pose in front of the TNPA port of Durban boat Isiponono, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Cadets from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy pose in front of the TNPA port of Durban boat Isiponono

A group of cadets from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the United States have been visiting Durban as part of their annual Cultural Exchange Programme, which is being staged in partnership with the eThekwini Maritime Cluster (EMC).

The visit has seen the cadets visiting the city between 10 and 30 January 2019 with the objective of enhancing mutual understanding among the people of South Africa and the United States of America.

It was structured to maximise exposure of the cadets to South Africa through knowledge sharing. The cadets travelled to local schools in Durban and engaged with learners, especially those that have taken up maritime studies as a subject, and in turn the cadets gave them an insight to the United States maritime industry.

Durban has a number of schools that are engaging in maritime studies.

Towards the end of the stay in Durban the cadets were hosted to a tour of the port of Durban, the busiest general cargo port in sub-Saharan Africa, with the largest container terminal.

Accompanied by Dr PF Ndlovu, a professor from the International Maritime Business (IMB), a department of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the cadets were presented to an overview of the port before being taken on a water side tour of the port.

Massachsetts Maritime AScademy cadets receive a safety briefing in one of the lifeboats at the port, faetured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Safety briefing in one of the lifeboats at the port


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Boats on Lake Victoria come in all shapes and sizes and are a major form of transport, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Boats on Lake Victoria come in all shapes and sizes and are a major form of transport

The compulsory registration of all Ugandan-owned or operated boats on Lake Victoria has commenced, The Monitor newspaper has reported.

Supervisor of the project, Barnabus Twinomujuni, said the intention is to create an updated data base of all lake boats. “The government doesn’t know how many boats are operating on Lake Victoria. We want to know the total number of boats and then register them,” he said.

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Angolan forests facing exploitation, featured in Africa ports & ships. Picture: Greenpeace

According to the Angolan Minister for Economic & Social Development, the new timber warehouse opened three months ago in Luanda is already generating revenue of over US$19 million.

Prior to the opening of the warehouse that state received no benefit from the exploitation of the country’s forests, said Minister Manuel Nunes Júnior.

“Nothing entered the State’s coffers as a result of wood exports…. It is important that we take care of the organisation of the production and sale of the product so that we can…


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SAS Makhanda at the Salisbury Island Naval base Picture: Shipspotting, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
SAS Makhanda at the Salisbury Island Naval base Picture: Shipspotting

One of the three offshore patrol vessels (OPV) based at Salisbury Island Naval Base, SAS MAKHANDA (P1569) has taken on a new role for the next fortnight of patrolling the fishing grounds off the Eastern Cape coast.

The locally-built former missile strike craft of which three survive as converted OPVs have proven their versatility and reliability since…


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Ultra Deep support and construction vessel Picasso, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Singapore-based Ultra Deep Solutions, which designs, builds and operates offshore support and construction vessels, has sent one of its specialist vessels to West Africa for a long-term subsea programme.

The dive support and construction vessel PICASSO (IMO 9698783) has left Sharjah in the UAE for West Africa and will call at Cape Town on 20 February 2019 en route to West Africa. The 121-metre long, 25m wide ship (11,117-gt) was…


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Unique Group, the company that provides services and solutions for the offshore, subsea and life support industries, is extending its offering to include diving and industrial gas supply for the African offshore market from its base in Cape Town.

Unique logo, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

This now includes the full range of diving, welding, industrial, laboratory, test and calibration gases, chemical tanks and gas storage equipment, which says that these additions should help bolster the group’s diving and life support division, thereby offering a complete solution for the diving industry.

Unique Group will supply diving gas, speciality gas and gas equipment on a sale and rental basis to its diving & life support customers across Africa.

“This new sector offering will play a key role in enabling us to deliver a sustainable, reliable and cost-effective service to the African Oil and Gas industry,” said Vishvas Chauhan, head of the new section.

Rodney McKechnie, group director at Unique Group, said that it was imperative for Unique’s diving division to offer a complete turnkey package inclusive of diving and industrial gas.

“The African market is paramount to the overall success of our diving & life support division and Vishvas’ appointment is strategic as we look forward to further strengthen our operations in the region,” he said.

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Angolan Ports, Part 4: Copper shipments from Lobito

Lobito Bay, Angola, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Lobito Bay, Angola

The port of Lobito is also now shipping mining exports. It handled copper mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) last year after a gap of more than 30 years. The rehabilitation of the 1,344 kilometre Benguela Railway eastwards across central Angola and over the border into DR Congo means that the port can once against target Congolese (and Zambian) mining exports.

Copper and other mining commodities produced in the south-eastern Congolese Katanga provinces have mainly…

source: China-Lusophone (CLBrief)


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Deepsea Stavanger which is deployed to the Brulpadda field off the southern Cape coast of South Africa on behalf of Total, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Deepsea Stavanger which is deployed to the Brulpadda field off the southern Cape coast of South Africa on behalf of Total

Total, the French energy major announced this week a significant discovery in the North Sea offshore the UK coast, on the Glengorm prospect located in the Central Graben. Meanwhile it has commenced drilling off the South African coast amidst renewed hopes of a significant discovery.

The North Sea well was drilled to a final depth of 5,056 metres and…


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Wärtsilä gas-fuelled marine engine, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Wärtsilä gas-fuelled marine engine

Wärtsilä Corporation, the Finnish global leader in smart technologies and marine solutions, announced yesterday (Thursday 30 January) its intention to streamline operations which will lead to the cutting of 1,200 jobs internationally.

Wärtsilä said in a statement that the group-wide program emphasises sustainable savings and actions that increase customer value in an effective way.

The planned actions include “an increased focus on targeted sales activities, developing the agreements-based and ‘as-a-service’ business, reviewing the cost structure, as well as optimising the business portfolio and organisation.”

It said the programme of reductions will impact all businesses and support functions.

With these actions Wärtsilä seeks annual savings of EUR 100 million. Savings are expected to materialise gradually during the second half of 2019, with full effect by the end of 2020. “Furthermore, this programme enables increased sales and stability for business operations. The costs related to the restructuring measures are expected to be EUR 75 million,” the statement read.

“The business environment around us is changing with increasing speed,” said Jaakko Eskola, President & CEO. “Trade tensions, geopolitical uncertainty, and market volatility are sources of concern.

“We have performed reasonably well in the prevailing market environment, thanks to our Smart Marine and Smart Energy strategies. Nevertheless, we must constantly strengthen ourselves to cope with current and future developments. To maintain our leading position in the market, and to stay strong, agile, and competitive, it is fundamentally important to continuously streamline our operations and align them to market requirements. This is a painful decision, but redundancies cannot unfortunately be avoided.”

The planned reductions are subject to consultation processes, which will be initiated in the affected countries according to local practices and legislation. The company will provide support and consultation, as well as assistance in re-employment in the impacted countries.

At the end of 2018, Wärtsilä had approximately 19,300 employees in more than 80 countries around the world. The company maintains an office in South Africa, with headquarters at Cape Town and branch offices in Fort Dauphin (Madagascar) Ndola, Zambia and Maputo. In South Africa Wärtsilä in South Africa employs nearly 150 people of various nationalities.


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Amphibex amphibious dredger which is being deployed in Nigeria. Picture: NormRock, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Amphibex amphibious dredger which is being deployed in Nigeria. Picture: NormRock

The Canadian NormRock company, designer and manufacturer of the Amphibex series of amphibious dredgers, has announced that one of its Amphibex dredgers will shortly be deployed to Nigeria where it will operate on reducing the chronic build-up of sand accumulating in the Niger River.

There is growing concern in the West African country that the sand build-up will…

Aerial view of the Niger River. Picture: NormRock, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Aerial view of the Niger River. Picture: NormRock

Watch the short video below displaying the Amphibex at work. [4:32]


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Port of Namibe, ex Mocamedes, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Port of Namibe, ex Mocamedes

While Chinese investment has focused on the north of the country, Japanese companies are developing the port of Namibe in the province of the same name in the far south. In 2009, the Japanese government financed a feasibility study into port improvements, while Japan International Cooperation Agency funded US$20 million basic improvements undertaken by Japan’s TOA Corporation last year. These include paving the container storage area and strengthening a 240 metre stretch of the 480 metre quay.

In January, another Japanese firm Toyota Tsusho, announced that it is to invest 70 billion yen (US$643 million) in the port: borrowing half of the sum and sourcing the remainder out of its own resources. The government of Angola has approved Toyota Tsusho’s use of a line of credit that the Japan Bank for International Cooperation has opened up for…

source: China-Lusophone (CLBrief)


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Liberia has regained its position of having the second-largest ships registry which is lost previously to the Marshall Islands.

Flag of Liberia, courtesy Wikipedia Commons, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

This is according to shipping analyst Clarksons and published in its World Fleet Monitor for January 2019. The report confirms that the Marshall Islands are now in third place overall, measured by gross tonnage of ships registered.

Alfonso Castillero, CCO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), which is based in the United States, said the Liberian fleet was…


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New design liquefied hydrogen bunker vessel, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Moss Maritime, in cooperation with Equinor, Wilhelmsen and DNV-GL, has developed a design for a Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) bunker vessel.

The vessel design comes at a time when hydrogen is finally developing into a viable solution for the larger market and is in response to a global ambition of reducing the environmental footprint from maritime transport.

The future large scale use of hydrogen in both maritime and land-based industry will require vessels tailored for transportation and bunkering of liquefied hydrogen. The project, sponsored by Innovation Norway, was launched with the objective to clarify challenges and find solutions for storage and handling of this demanding cargo and fuel on a vessel.

“Moss Maritime has utilised its long-standing experience from design of Moss LNG carriers in the development of the LH2 bunker vessel, where liquefied hydrogen at a temperature of -253°C will offer advantages over pressurised hydrogen gas in relation to transportation costs,” says Tor Skogan, Vice President LNG of Moss Maritime.

“We are ready to support the ship industry in implementing solutions for liquefied hydrogen for future projects,” he added.

The LH2 bunker vessel has cargo capacity of 9000 m³, with a cargo containment system designed to maximise insulation performance and meet the most stringent safety requirements. The vessel has been developed to provide liquefied hydrogen bunkering services to merchant ships, in addition to open sea transport.

“Equinor believes hydrogen may represent an attractive energy solution for the sectors that are hard to decarbonise and currently outside the scope of renewable solutions like batteries. Long haul maritime shipping is one of these and an important milestone has been passed by introducing a logistical solution for transport of liquefied hydrogen by the sea,” says Steinar Eikaas, VP for Low Carbon Solutions in Equinor.

Håkon Lenz, VP Europe and Americas of Wilhelmsen Ship Management, said that they viewed hydrogen as a possible fuel for the future. “The commercial feasibility of such a vessel is depending on the overall hydrogen market development,” he said.

“Once market signals show that there is a need for big scale liquefied hydrogen, we and our partners are ready to take this design to the next level. By initiating and participating in this project we prepare ourselves for meeting the demand of our customers in the years to come, and Wilhelmsen will always seek opportunities in new technology to enable sustainable global trade,” Lenz said.


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Somaliand Coast Guard personnel watch a helicopter landing on board the Spanish naval ship ESPS Relámpago. Picture: EU NAVFOR, featuredin Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Somaliand Coast Guard personnel watch a helicopter landing on board the Spanish naval ship ESPS Relámpago. Picture: EU NAVFOR


We recently reported on two attacks by pirates on ships sailing off the coast of Brass in Nigeria, which fortunately were unsuccessful and in which the ships and crews escape without injury or damage. See that report further below.

Now comes the news that about a week earlier, on Saturday 19 January in position 05:12.4N – 004:02.8W, in the Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast, two robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored product tanker at 22h40.

The duty officer on routine rounds noticed a…

Somaliland Coast Guard patrol craft exercise with the Spanish naval ship, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Somaliland Coast Guard patrol craft exercise with the Spanish naval ship


News from EU NAVFOR, the European Union naval presence stationed in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia coast region to guard ships delivering World Food Aid (WFP) products in the area, describes an interaction taking place between one of EU NAVFOR’s patrol ships, ESPS Relámpago, and the Somaliland Coast Guard.

Somaliland is an autonomous country facing into the Gulf of Aden that considers itself independent of Somalia. Piracy was once rife from this coastline and that…


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Iridium Certus Iridium NEXT VIII, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Iridium Certus makes global broadband functionality & high-quality voice capabilities a reality.

Global satcom and IT solutions provider, NSSLGlobal, says that it is service ready for Iridium Certus, the new L-Band service from Iridium Communications Inc, as part of the Service Provider agreement signed in August 2018.

Maritime customers will have immediate access to enterprise-grade global broadband functionality and high-quality voice capabilities offered by Iridium Certus.

Enabled by Iridium NEXT, the company’s next-generation $3bn low orbit satellite constellation of 66 satellites, Iridium Certus ensures that crews at sea are safely connected and maintaining consistent communication, regardless of location.

Iridium Certus can be combined with NSSLGlobal’s existing VSAT IP@SEA network, providing enhanced connectivity for NSSLGlobal technologies and applications including the Cruise Control+ virtual platform. This will enable users to fully manage their operational and crew communications, via NSSLGlobal’s suite of value-added services, covering everything from crew entertainment, onboard IT management, cyber security to an integrated IP PBX.

Iridium Certus also offers a variety of speed classes, with the initial service debuting at 352 Kbps and later upgradable via firmware to 704 Kbps in early 2019.

“The demand for robust connectivity at sea is mission critical,” said Scott McBride, the Group Sales Director at NSSLGlobal. “Maritime companies are hungry for this next generation of satellite connectivity that will guarantee the speeds, consistency, and security they need to operate.

“Whether used as a standalone service or as a VSAT companion solution, Iridium Certus provides just that. We are service ready from all of the NSSLGlobal offices and able to provide SAILOR 4300 terminals for immediate shipment and service installation.”

Iridium’s crosslinked satellite architecture enables real-time transit of data to and from any location on the globe without the need for abundant ground stations and allows it to maintain consistent, high quality coverage, including over the oceans and polar regions.

Bryan Hartin, Executive Vice President at Iridium described the adoption of the Iridium Certus service by world-class specialist partners NSSLGlobal as a major milestone for the programme.

“Not only does it allow us to reach a wider pool of potential users who will benefit from the service, NSSLGlobal’s customer base of land-mobile users, maritime and governments will benefit from the secure solution Iridium Certus provides connecting ‘on-the-move’ vehicles and assets anywhere on the planet along with a dual mode cost-efficiency capability that allows users to alternate between cellular and satellite connectivity,” he said.

NSSLGlobal has a permanent Iridium Certus demo system set up in its UK Redhill headquarters, Denmark Copenhagen and German Hamburg offices, available for customers to test the service. For enquiries contact


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Nozipho Mdawe (TNPA’s Chief Operating Officer) hands over the official agreement to Jannie Roux (BPO Managing Director), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Nozipho Mdawe (TNPA’s Chief Operating Officer) hands over the official agreement to Jannie Roux (BPO Managing Director)

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded an agreement with Bidfreight Port Operations (Pty) Ltd (BPO) for the design, development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of a Multi-Purpose Terminal at Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of Port Elizabeth, following an open tender process.

“We are extremely excited that the agreement with BPO has been concluded and that we can welcome a world-class independent operator to the Port of Port Elizabeth,” said Nozipho Mdawe, Chief Operating Officer of TNPA. She added that the development would optimise the use of Sheds 10 and 11, and give the port an edge in the competition for import and export cargo for Southern Africa.”

Bidfreight Port Operations (Pty) Ltd was formed in 2004 and is one of the largest providers of in-port logistics in South Africa with operations in all of the country’s commercial ports. It has established an enviable reputation for its world-class expertise in stevedoring, transport, agency clearing and forwarding, as well as warehousing services.

BPO is a fully empowered Black Empowerment entity with a level 2 rating.

From the left - Rajesh Dana (PE Port Manager), Nozipho Mdawe (TNPA’s COO), Cllr. Thsonono Buyeye (Deputy Mayor) and Jannie Roux (BPO Managing Director) celebrate the achievement at Monday’s event., featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
From the left – Rajesh Dana (PE Port Manager), Nozipho Mdawe (TNPA’s COO), Cllr. Thsonono Buyeye (Deputy Mayor) and Jannie Roux (BPO Managing Director) celebrate the achievement at Monday’s event

“We are an independent operator with a reputation built on delivering holistic solutions that ensure the movement and storage of client goods is managed professionally and timeously,” said Jannie Roux, BPO’s Managing Director. “We continually strive to meet and surpass the values encompassed in our motto: In place, on time.”

Although the official ceremony took place yesterday (Monday 28 January 2019), the agreement was concluded towards the end of last year. The refurbishment of Sheds 10 and 11 commenced in November 2018 and the facility is expected to be fully operational by September 2019.

With the overall multi-purpose cargo demand projections for South Africa, and the much required undercover storage infrastructure close to the quayside to support this, the facility will play a vital role in growing the volume of multi-purpose cargo passing through the Port of Port Elizabeth, boosting the economy of the region.

Socio-economic benefits of the development include:

  • Creating local jobs during the refurbishment phase expected to take nine months
  • Promoting rural development due to skills development in the construction industry
  • Creating permanent jobs in the logistical supply chain once the terminal is operational
  • Empowering local BBBEE businesses
  • Increasing revenue for local businesses, and
  • Providing additional tax revenue.
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    Port of Caio in Cabinda, Angola, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Port of Caio in Cabinda, Angola (envisaged)

    Caio in the northern enclave of Cabinda is the other greenfield port project with an uncertain future. Built relatively close to the mouth of the River Congo, its primary purpose is likely to be as a transhipment hub. Its depth alongside has been variously reported as 14 metres or 16 metres: the latter would make it the deepest port in Angola and capable of handling the same size ships as Kribi in Cameroon, Tema in Ghana and other container facilities under development in the northern Gulf of Guinea. Containers from very large vessels are unloaded at deepwater transhipment ports to be distributed to smaller local ports via feeder services.

    The project plans were originally unveiled in 2007 but development has…

    source: China-Lusophone (CLBrief)


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    Zhen Hua 20 (IMO 7826180) docking at the Port of East London. Picture: Terry Taylor, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Zhen Hua 20 (IMO 7826180) docking at the Port of East London.         Picture: Terry Taylor

    report and photography by Terry Taylor, Port of East London

    Longest ship to dock in port history

    Last year, East London welcomed the widest and the biggest vessel in South Africa’s only river port and in 2019 this record-breaking momentum has continued with the successful docking of the longest vessel at the Port of East London on Friday 25 January 2019.

    The heavylift vessel Zhen Hua 20 is equivalent to two and a half rugby fields in length at 247,2 metres and has a beam of 41,2 metres. At 39,923 gross tonnes (47,800-dwt), the vessel required the assistance of three TNPA tugs, namely, Impunzi, Mthwalume and Mvezo as well as pilot boat – Tristan Tern to ensure a successful docking.

    Sharon Sijako TNPA Port Manager for the Port of East London, with port and Zhen Hua 20 in background, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Sharon Sijako TNPA Port Manager for the Port of East London, with port and Zhen Hua 20 in background

    Port Manager Sharon Sijako said safely docking the large vessel required in-depth preparation. This included a site visit by Port of East London Pilot, Billy Rowe, who travelled to the Port of Ngqura to observe the vessel’s manoeuvring characteristics in preparation for the arrival at the Port of East London.

    “Welcoming a vessel of this size requires meticulous planning and flawless execution. Our marine crew worked efficiently in planning and arranging the optimal conditions to ensure that the vessel entered and docked safely and incident-free,” said Sijako.

    Rowe, who docked the vessel said that although the task was extremely daunting and challenging, he was proud to have contributed to this momentous occasion.

    “It is exciting to play a part in the making of port history. I am grateful for the support of the various crew members, who assisted me in docking the vessel safely,” he said.

    In April 2018, the Port of East London handled its widest vessel to ever dock in the city when the Chinese-owned ZHEN HUA 8, a 220 metre multi-purpose heavy load carrier with a beam of 42,3 metres, docked safely and without incident.

    The following month, new generation Post Panamax Ro-Ro vessel MV THERMOPYLAE, the widest car carrier and the first HERO Class vessel, called at the port on her maiden voyage. With a width of 36.5 metres, gross tonnage of 75,283 tons and a length of just under 200 metres, the car carrier is substantially broader than the standard large ships, which are slightly over 32 metres wide. Previous car carriers that have docked in East London have had a maximum beam of 32 metres.

    Sijako said the port’s capabilities have been successfully put to the test.

    “Huge vessels like the Zhen Hua 20, Zhen Hua 8 and the MV Thermopylae have really showcased the world-class capabilities of the Port of East London,” she said. “Being able to receive a vessel of this magnitude makes us proud and it shows the quality of our mariners and marine craft. We look forward to welcoming other vessels of this calibre and are committed to providing excellent operational performance and service each and every time.”

    Zhen Hua 20 has been docking at the other South African ports to collect and relocate various cargo equipment and mobile cranes on behalf of Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). Executive Manager Containers & Auto Cape at TPT, Wandisa Vazi said: “In efforts to continually improve business efficiency and operations, TPT has undertaken the relocation of equipment across TPT terminals this quarter. The relocation effort is a collaboration between the various TPT Terminals and will see each terminal benefiting from this initiative by improving on operation efficiencies.”

    This strategic move will also assist TPT Terminals in achieving the set business targets, Vazi added.


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    MSC Ruby sailing from Durban. MSC will be retrofitting 86 of its ships with exhaust gas scribbers. Picture: Trevor Jones featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    MSC Ruby sailing from Durban. MSC will be retrofitting 86 of its ships with exhaust gas scribbers.    Picture: Trevor Jones

    Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the second largest container carrier in the world has taken a US$ 439 million loan to install exhaust scrubbers on 86 of its vessels.

    At the start of January MSC introduced a bunker surcharge aimed at helping the company to prepare its vessels ahead of the mandatory sulphur cap being introduced on 1 January 2020. From that date, now 11 months away, the maximum permissible sulphur emitted by a ship’s engines will be set at 0.5%.

    Several other shipping lines including Maersk, ONE (Ocean Network Express) have similarly introduced bunker surcharges with effect from this month.

    The so-called scrubbers consist of equipment that uses a liquid to wash pollutants from the ship’s exhaust emissions. When using open loop scrubbers the polluted washwater used to spray the exhaust fumes is discharged into the ocean.

    This system allows owners to buy cheaper high-sulphur or ‘dirty’ fuel which is then washed on board using the scrubber.

    While it would appear that scrubbing technology is rapidly becoming the preferred method of ‘cleaning’ ship exhausts, an increasing number of authorities including several key ports are responding to the impact of scrubbers in their waters by banning their use outright in order to prevent the discharge of washwater into their adjacent oceans.

    One of the latest ports to announce a ban on the use of scrubbers is the UAE’s Fujairah. Singapore is another, while Californian ports have decreed that ships may make use only of distillates in complying with the IMO sulphur cap. Other US ports have prohibited the discharge of exhaust gas scrubber washwater from any ships.

    Several European countries have similar rules which are likely to force ships to use distillates when sailing to the affected ports.

    Maersk and MSC have each estimated the cost of making changes to their fleet will amount to around US$ 2 million a year, hence the already introduced bunker surcharges, which have been met with criticism from several leading shipping and freight organisations.


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    Richards Bay's Finger Jetty, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Richards Bay’s Finger Jetty.    Picture: TNPA

    The performance of the Port of Richards Bay in 2018 provides a number of interesting aspects as it helps to reveal how a port that was developed purely for the export of coal (to a single customer in 1977) can evolve in a relatively short period of time into something a whole lot greater.

    During the 2018 calendar year Richards Bay’s cargo throughput exceeded the 100 million tonne mark, reaching 103.55mt in total. This is up from 99.984mt for the year 2017, a year in which the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) exported…


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    Tropical cyclone tracks in western Indian Ocean. Picture: Wikipedia Commons, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Tropical cyclone tracks in western Indian Ocean. Picture: Wikipedia Commons

    South Africa believes that efforts in the fight against climate change need to be scaled up within a multilateral regime that protects the development gains of developing countries.

    Speaking at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) open debate on addressing the impact of climate related disasters on international peace and security, South Africa’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, said the country has with great concern noted the erratic nature and veracity of natural calamities.

    These erratic weather patterns including hurricanes, tsunamis and…


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    Nigerian pirates, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    Pirates have been active in the Gulf of Guinea over the last week and at least two separate attacks on ships have taken place, fortunately without the pirates gaining their targets.

    In the first reported incident, a chemical and oil products tanker came under attack by armed pirates who fired at the tanker which was…


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    Port of Luanda andcity, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    Angola’s President João Lourenço has turned his attention to the port sector, both in an effort to assert his authority politically and also to improve the ports themselves.

    Angola has four main existing and planned ports running north to south: Caio in Cabinda, Luanda and the associated planned port of Barra do Dande, Lobito and Namibe, but Luanda is currently by far the most important. However, more capacity will be needed if the non-oil economy picks up as hoped, while mining export capacity is needed further south.

    Luanda constricted by city

    The situation could have been even more urgent had it not been for the economic downturn. Turnover at Luanda fell…

    source: China-Lusophone (CLBrief)


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    MV Victoria, one of the Lake Victoria vessels that is to undergo refurbishment for renewed use on the lake. featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    MV Victoria, one of the Lake Victoria vessels that is to undergo refurbishment for renewed use on the lake

    As the new standard gauge railway from Mombasa edges forward towards Lake Victoria and eventually to the Uganda border, there are clear signs that navigation on Lake Victoria is also undergoing a rebirth.

    We recently published news of a new ship to be introduced by the Tanzanians in the south of the lake SPANISH SENER GROUP TO DESIGN NEW TANZANIAN LAKE VICTORIA FERRY.

    In other news we’ve reported on older vessels undergoing maintenance and refits. Now comes news that dredging of the lake around the Kenya port of Kisumu has begun and is to include hyacinth control – a major obstacle along sections of the lake shore.

    The purpose of both measures is to open up the port for the largest vessels available to call at Kenya’s main lakeside port. Parts of the Winam Gulf have been choked with the hyacinth weed that spreads as far as Homa Bay County.

    According to Javan Wanga, in charge of Kenya Ports Authority Inland Waterways, the dredging and clearing of the weed will embrace 62 square kilometres and will take 30 months to complete. Meanwhile sections of the port area have become silted and require urgent dredging to lake ships to come alongside.

    Wanga said it is intended to dredge to a depth of six metres which would allow the biggest vessels to dock. He said that in places the water depth is between 1.5 to 3 metres deep.

    The landing will be widened to around 80 metres which would then accommodate two ships at the same time.

    “The government is committed to revitalise the lake for optimisation of the blue economy and to make it beneficial to the economy of the region,” he said.

    Dredging is being undertaken by a 70-metre long, 4,000-tonne dredger owned by the Ugandan firm Mangoe Tree Group Ltd which is already on station.

    The control and eradication of water hyacinth will be tackled using two harvesting machines ordered from China, which have still to arrive.

    Capt Mike Mukula, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Capt Mike Mukula 

    The port of Kisumu will assume a far greater importance once again as a result of the impending arrival of the standard gauge railway (SGR) and traffic railed from the port for Uganda will be transhipped onto trading vessels for delivery to Port Bell in Uganda.

    Uganda is making similar efforts at reviving transport and trade on Africa’s largest lake. The two countries have entered into common agreement to this effect. Among these is recognition of the need to introduce measures of water hyacinth control by addressing the discharge of effluent into the lake, on which the weed feeds and multiplies.

    “Uganda is concerned that Lake Victoria which is the largest Lake in Africa has remained unutilized for many years, thus the need by the two countries to bring it back to life,” said Uganda National Resistance Movement (NRM) vice chairman Eastern Region, Captain Mike Mukula, during a meeting with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.


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    MSC Musica in Cape Town, by Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    MSC Musica In Cape Town.   Picture: Ian Shiffman

    MSC MUSICA, which was delayed for two days outside the port at Cape Town last week following the ship’s return from Walvis Bay, finally entered port on Saturday 26 January and has since sailed for Durban, where she is to resume her scheduled cruises to Mozambique destinations.

    The strong gale force winds at Cape Town prevented the ship from entering port as scheduled on the morning of 24 January (Thursday). When the winds failed to lessen the cruise ship went to anchor off Sea Point and was able to enter port only in the early hours of Saturday morning, 26 January.

    Having discharged her passengers and taken on board those new arrivals sailing to a planned Port Elizabeth call and Durban as her destination, MSC Musica left Cape Town port at around noon on the same day.

    Due to the delay the scheduled call at Port Elizabeth was cancelled and the ship is currently making 18.5 knots in a strong easterly wind and on Sunday mid-afternoon was off the East Cape coast opposite Kenton-on-Sea.

    MSC Musica is now scheduled to arrive off Durban tomorrow (Monday, 28 January 2019) at noon to disembark passengers before sailing again for the Mozambique coast. Her scheduled departure for Mozambique is unlikely to be much delayed, with the ship having caught up on lost time, or so it is hoped.

    UPDATE:  At 05h30 this morning, Monday 28 January, MSC Musica was a little south of Port Edward and sailing towards Durban at 17.6 knots. Her ETA should be late morning.

    LATEST:  MSC Musica arrived in Durban at 11h30 Monday morning, having sailed along the KZN South Coast at a speed of just over 19 knots.  She departed for Mozambique at 21h35 Monday night.

    MSC Musica will continue cruising out of Durban until April when she returns to the Mediterranean after a six-month season in South African waters.


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    China Railways is once again proposing that a railway be built connecting Zimbabwe with the existing railway from Mozambique’s Tete province at Moatize to the port at Nacala.

    This follows a delegation headed by China’s Vice President Shao Gang which visited both countries last year during which the proposal was made.

    It calls for a 400-kilomtere section of new railway to be built connecting the Zimbabwe railhead at Shamva, north-east of Harare, with Moatize in Tete province, Mozambique.

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    Ship on her berth at Ngqura Container Terminal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Ship on her berth at Ngqura Container Terminal

    Statistics for the calendar year 2018, courtesy TNPA, reveal that the eight ports under the control of the TNPA showed an increase of 1.33% in cargo tonnages handled for the year compared with that of 2017. The actual tonnages handled for the 2018 calendar year was 294.290 million tonnes (mt), compared to 290.428mt achieved in the calendar year 2017, which was then a 2.473% increase on 2016.

    Figures for the five years from 2014 to 2018 are reflected below in the tables.

    Container volumes at all ports increased by just short of 250,000 TEU (5.36%) to reach 4.883 million TEU. The port of Durban, which had remained ‘stagnant’ in terms of container volumes over several years, produced an encouraging 9.50% improvement on 2017.

    Port tonnages in this report include a calculation made for container weights where applicable, based on an average of 13.5 tonnes per TEU. Africa PORTS & SHIPS is unique in presenting these figures this way, which present an accurate and historically comparable picture of the port performances. See the tables for details.

    Details of volumes by individual port are set out below.

    Figures for the respective ports during the calendar years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014:


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    MSC Musica in Cape Town earlier in January. Picture: Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    MSC Musica in Cape Town earlier in January. Picture: Ian Shiffman

    MSC MUSICA has been forced to go to anchor opposite Sea Point/Green Point because of high winds that have prevented the 294-metre cruise ship from entering the port at Cape Town.

    As a result her departure for Port Elzaibeth and Durban scheduled for later in the day has been delayed.

    MSC Musica returned from her final cruise to Walvis Bay and arrived off Cape Town at around 05h30 yesterday. Her arrival coincided with Cape Town experiencing one of its famous (infamous ?) ‘Cape Doctor’ easterly gales which made it impossible to bring the ship safely into port.

    After several hours of idling outside in Table Bay the ship moved to the anchorage point opposite Sea Point where she has remained all yesterday and overnight.

    MSC Musica is on her first cruise season in South Africa and operates mainly from the port of Durban, undertaking cruises to destinations off Mozambique. She recently completed her longest cruise which was from Durban to Mauritius and Reunion and on returning to Durban she sailed later that day for a short season sailing between Cape Town and Walvis Bay.

    The cruise ship was due to have sailed later yesterday for Port Elizabeth and Durban to recommence cruising to Mozambique destinations as from Monday 28 January.


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    Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office establishes new bathymetric capabilities with CARIS software

    Commander Okafor of the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office with John Smart, Senior Geomatics Analyst-Teledyne CARIS, Picture: Teledyne CARIS, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Commander Okafor of the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office with John Smart, Senior Geomatics Analyst-Teledyne CARIS, Picture: Teledyne CARIS

    The Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office (NNHO) has selected Teledyne CARIS to provide solutions for both current and future national and international charting requirements.

    Equipped with CARIS Ping-to-Chart technology, the NNHO is establishing new capabilities for bathymetric analysis, and completion of hydrographic and other geospatial data. These tools will ensure an efficient workflow for the production of electronic charts and paper charts according to both the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and NNHO standards.

    The first part of the project was completed in late 2018, with delivery of software and training at the NNHO office in Lagos. It will continue into 2019 with professional services from Teledyne CARIS to help ensure a successful launch of their new software infrastructure.

    The NNHO is organised into three sections, the Hydrographic Office, Hydrographic School, and the Survey Fleet, and is responsible for acting as the sole National Authority on hydrographic, charting and tidal matters.

    The organisation holds the responsibility of meeting Nigeria’s commitment to hydrography and charting as a member state of the IHO. With the establishment of CARIS software solutions for survey processing, data analysis and chart production, the NNHO will be well positioned to address the critical importance of safe and efficient navigation.


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    Polarcus Alima, undertaking a seismic survey offshore of Namibia from today (Friday 25 January 2019), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS. Picture: Polarcus
    Polarcus Alima, undertaking a seismic survey offshore of Namibia from today (Friday 25 January 2019)

    Portuguese energy company Galp says that Polarcus will commence this week with a seismic survey offshore of Namibia over its PEL83 Offshore Licence in the Orange Basin.

    The 3D seismic survey comprises an area of around 3,000km2 in Namibia’s deepwater offshore. The survey is scheduled to start today (25 January) and will be completed during March.

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    Intermodal Trans-Kalahari Corridor, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Intermodal Trans-Kalahari Corridor

    The development of a container terminal at Gobabis has been the subject of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Gaberone, Botswana, between Johny Smith, TransNamib CEO and Leonard Musa Makwinja, Botswana Railways CEO.

    Gobabis is directly east of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia and is also the railhead closest to the Botswana border and the Kalahari Desert crossing. There is no railway at present connecting Namibia to Botswana but the Trans-Kalahari Corridor Highway (road) is handling an increasing volume of traffic involving cargo not only for Botswana but also some for South Africa.

    The development of a container terminal at Gobabis is intended to bring about an increased trade between the two countries. The statement of the MoU said the terminal is expected to facilitate the development of import and export opportunities and to unlock value on the Trans-Kalahari corridor even though the two countries (and rail companies) are yet to be linked by rail.

    The terminal will serve as a short to medium term partnership of connecting the two rail companies by way of a rail and road intermodal service between Namibia and Botswana.

    The intermodal linkage from Walvis Bay to Gobabis will, therefore, reduce the road transportation return trip by approximately 1,200 km.

    Both rail companies will be hoping that the agreement will help to bring life back into rail transport again while acting as a starting point for the development of the proposed Trans-Kalahari Railway project.

    Included in the MoU just signed is collaboration in the areas of Business Development and Marketing, Benchmarking and Operational Excellence, Business Process Reengineering and Systems Maps, Train Plan Automatisation and Signalling Systems, Level Crossings and Siding Connectivity, and Human Capital related Learnings and Growth.

    The Trans-Kalahari Corridor has been identified to hold potential to unlock significant commerce and trade opportunities for Namibia. The Trans-Kalahari Corridor is tripartite trans-boundary Corridor Management Institution, which was established with a political and economic vision to pursue or contribute towards deeper regional integration programmes of SADC and SACU.

    Johny Smith, TransNamib CEO

    Johny Smith previously headed up the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, a public-private partnership that was established in 2000 in order to promote the utilisation of the Walvis Bay Corridors. These are a network of transport corridors principally comprising the Port of Walvis Bay, the Trans-Kalahari Corridor (to Botswana), the Trans-Caprivi Corridor (to the Namibia-Zambia border), the Trans-Cunene Corridor (to southern Angola), and the Trans-Oranje Corridor (to South Africa).

    This is to be achieved by linking the port of Walvis Bay to the port of Maputo on the east coast of Africa.

    The Trans-Kalahari Corridor connects highways of Namibia, commencing at the Port of Walvis Bay through Kanye and Lobatse in Botswana, to South Africa mainly to the industrial heartland of the greater Gauteng in South Africa.


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    TC 93S downrated,featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    This particular report, which refers to a storm possibly reaching tropical storm status (cyclone strength) in mid-Mozambique Channel and tracking south before rounding Madagsacr has been downrated overnight. This was located near 21.9S 40.8E, 186 nautical miles west-northwest of Tollara, Madagascar. Wind speeds…


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    Eight out of ten leaders of UK ports admit to little or no Brexit planning

    Paul Butterworth of Odgers Berndtson, quoted in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    Paul Butterworth

    While pro-Brexit groups foresee a bright future for the UK as a global trading nation, chief executives and directors at ports and harbour authorities around the UK reveal that, with ten weeks to go, little or no planning has been done.

    Leaders at almost every UK port and harbour authority – in total around 100 – were asked about their state of readiness by the Maritime & Shipping Practice at Odgers Berndtson, a leading executive search firm.

    Odgers Berndtson has relationships with around 100 ports and port authorities across the UK, representing the vast majority of port operations, appointing many chief executives and directors in the sector. Within the past month it asked them about their readiness for Brexit and received replies from around a quarter (25), including most major ports.

    Only 16% said they had made any “significant or practical” plans for Brexit. The remainder were equally split between ports doing “only some high-level planning” and nothing at all.

    These findings, reported on 23 January, are significant as the Government hopes regional ports will reduce additional demands on busy ports in southern England.

    In the words of Paul Butterworth (illustrated), head of the Maritime & Shipping Practice at Odgers Berndtson: “The ports industry is keen to seize on any opportunities arising from Brexit, but this is the first real indication of what’s actually happening outside ports like Dover.”

    The heads of individual ports across the country, privately owned, as well as trust port authorities and ports groups, revealed that:

        • Although most (over 80%) UK ports have done little or no planning for Brexit, over half (59%) expect a negative or strongly negative impact;
        • Despite the lack of preparation, only 25% of UK port leaders think they are currently in a position to handle Brexit well. A third believe they could cope, but ideally with further investment, whilst over 40% either don’t know or doubt their ability to handle additional demands.
        • Physical blockages and additional complexity arising from Brexit are the principal concerns of leadership teams, with around half (respectively 43.5% and 52%) giving these as their most pressing worries.
        • Almost 80% gave physical infrastructure as their top priority for any further investment. Technology was first priority for 26%, with almost half (47%) making their second highest priority for additional investment.

    Most of the senior management teams (83%) believe their ports have the right people to lead in the short term. However, a similar number identified investing in senior people as a priority, albeit less urgent than infrastructure and technology.

    Added Butterworth: “Finding senior people with the right combination of talents to develop UK ports strategically is already hard, and Brexit has made it much harder.

    “People are unwilling to take the risk and relocate with so much uncertainty. Traditionally both senior people and many semi-and unskilled workers in UK ports have come from across the European Union.

    “While the UK aspires to attract a more global workforce, this doesn’t work at the top because the ports industry is very different in other parts of the world, and particularly the US. Meantime many senior people working in Asia don’t want to lose the higher lifestyles they currently enjoy.

    About Odgers Berndtson

    Odgers Berndtson is a leading executive search firm in the UK and globally, with 62 offices across 29 countries and more than 250 partners specialising in over 50 industry sectors.

    The firm offers a wide range of role and sector expertise to find and develop senior executives and non-executive for quoted and privately held businesses and public organisations and has recently acted for over two-thirds of FTSE100 companies.

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    Edited by Paul Ridgway


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    New Mein Schiff 2. Picture: courtesy Meyer Turku, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    New Mein Schiff 2.     Picture: courtesy Meyer Turku

    TUI Cruises took delivery this week of their latest cruise ship, the 111,500-gt NEW MEIN SCHIFF 2.

    The handover took place in Kiel on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 some two years after construction of the ship commenced at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. She transferred to Kiel earlier in January for some final equipment to be installed, owing to the icy conditions in Finland at the time.

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    Angolan oil rigs, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    As it sets about reforming the nation’s economy and in particular, its oil sector, Angola has announced the creation of the National Oil and Gas Agency (ANPG).

    In Angolan style, this has been achieved by way of Presidential Decree No 15/19 published on 9 January, which transfers the concessionaire responsibilities of the previous agency, Sonangol, to the ANPG.

    The purpose is stated to ensure “greater political coordination and…


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    Ethiopia Eritrea joint map

    According to Ethiopian reports the proposed railway link between Addis Ababa and the Eritrean port city of Massawa could go ahead with financial support from the Italian government.

    This followed an official visit to Rome by Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed who met with the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, in which the Italian PM expressed his government’s interest in covering the…


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    pirate flag, accompanying BIMCO report on piracy in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    A fresh annual report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that attacks in West Africa pushed piracy numbers up in 2018. In terms of military and law enforcement, an international operation is not complicated, so what is needed above all is the will to act – BIMCO.

    According to the bureau’s report, there were 201 incidents reported to the IMB last year (including six hijackings) – all of which happened in the Gulf of Guinea. That is a rise from 180 incidents in 2017 and from 191 in 2016.

    The report also showed that the region saw a considerable spike in violence in the last quarter of the year, with 41 kidnappings in the waters…


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    ort of Felixstowe and DFDS ferry, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

    The Port of Felixstowe and leading Danish ferry operator DFDS have agreed to increase ro-ro capacity at the UK port by over 40% through investment in a new link span, tractor units and additional trailer parking facilities.

    Commenting on the move, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, said: “As well as being the UK’s largest container port, Felixstowe is also a key gateway for roll-on/roll-off trade with Europe. Demand on DFDS’s service to Rotterdam has been growing steadily for a number of years and we are delighted to have agreed a new contract with them to secure the service at Felixstowe for another 15 years.

    “The new contract includes a significant investment by Hutchison Ports replacing one of our existing ro-ro bridges with a modern floating link span capable of handling the latest generation of ro-ro vessels and creating over 300 additional trailer spaces for unaccompanied ro-ro traffic.”

    Niels Smedegaard, CEO & President of DFDS, said: “We are very happy to continue our excellent relation with the Port of Felixstowe and their ro-ro staff. We are very excited about this investment which allows us to further enhance the high level of customer service that is expected by our clients. It is also a further step in our striving to provide necessary capacity to continue supporting our customers’ trade and business, even in a possible post-Brexit world.”

    Clemence Cheng added: “This investment is driven by our long-term confidence in the ro-ro route between Felixstowe and Rotterdam. We are seeing increasing interest in both ro-ro and short sea container connections at all three of our UK ports as shippers seek to minimise risks to their supply chains resulting from Brexit.”

    Edited by Paul Ridgway

        • Felixstowe is also a major port of entry for container traffic between South Africa and the UK – AP&S


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    New Camrail locomoives awaiting shipment from GE in the United States, no snow where they have gone. picture: GE, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS.
    New Camrail locomotives awaiting shipment from GE in the United States – no snow where they will work

    Cameroon Railways (Camrail), which is operated by the Bolloré Group, has taken delivery in the port of Douala of a batch of five diesel-electric locomotives.

    The new locos arrived from the US General Electric (GE) company last Thursday 17 January, part of an order of nine locomotives.

    Business in Cameroon reports that…


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    FPSO Egina for the Nigerian oil field, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
    FPSO Egina for the Nigerian oil field

    2019 will be key for the advancement of new exploration and production development projects from West to East Africa

    After a year of rebound and recovery, Africa’s old and new hydrocarbons markets have an opportunity to further entrench the continent’s position as the world’s hottest oil and gas frontier in 2019. However, the new year also brings a new set of dynamics and challenges set to influence the future of the industry, from presidential elections to megaprojects developments, amidst intensifying international competition.

    New African frontiers opening up

    Independents are leading the way in exploring and opening up new frontiers across Africa. This year will be key for the advancement of new exploration and production development projects from West to East Africa. Developments to watch notably include Senegal’s SNE field development, where FEED works are ongoing and…

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