Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News 11 February 2019

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FIRST VIEW 1: VASILIY GOLOVNIN

Vasiliy Golovnin at Cape Town by Ian Shiffman, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Vasiliy Golovnin in Cape Town. Pictures: Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Vasiliy Golovnin. Pictures: Ian Shiffman

The Russian general cargo vessel of the FESCO fleet, VASILIY GOLOVNIN (IMO 8723426) called at Cape Town earlier in the month while en route to Antarctica, no doubt on a resupply run to the Russian Antarctic base. The 10,700-dwt ship, 164 metres in length and 22m wide was built in 1988 and her current voyage has brought her to the Southern Ocean from Vladivostok via Zhoushan, Singapore and now Cape Town. These pictures are by Ian Shiffman

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FIRST VIEW 2: PROMETHEUS LEADER

Prometheus Leader arriving at Durban, February 2019.       Picture by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Prometheus Leader.       Picture by Keith Betts

The RoRo vehicles carrier PROMETHEUS LEADER (IMO 9338888) shown arriving off Durban earlier in January this year. The 4,886-gt car carrier, built in 2008 is, despite her Japanese NYK operator and appearance, managed by Wilhelmsen Ship Management of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, where the ship’s owner is also registered. The ship has a length of 190 metres and a width of 28m and was built at the Shin Kurushima Onishi Shipyard at Imabari in Japan. Having called at East African ports since departing from Durban the ship is now on her way back to the South African port where she is expected on 13 February.     This picture is by Keith Betts

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CYCLONE WARNING UPDATES FUNANI 12S and GELENA 13S

Map of the Mascarene Islands, showing Rodrigues to east of Mauritius, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Map of the Mascarene Islands, showing Rodrigues to east of Mauritius
TC Funani and TC Gelena 9 February 2019. Map courtesy Joint Typhoon Warning Center, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
TC Funani and TC Gelena 9 February 2019.        Map courtesy Joint Typhoon Warning Center

It looks like Mauritius and Reunion, to say nothing of Madagascar, are to be spared the wrath and fury of the two cyclones, 12S Funani, and 13S Gelena that at one stage threatened all three islands.

Mauritius may be experiencing the effects of Gelena (13S) slightly today as the cyclone passes to the west, although the island of Rodrigues will not have been as lucky and is almost directly in the path of the tropical storm.

Cyclone Gelena (13S)

The second and earlier storm named Funani (12S) is likely to blow itself out away to the southwestward after threatening the Mascarene Islands briefly until the storm’s path was clearly determined – see graphic.

The route expected of Cyclone Gelena, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
The route expected of Cyclone Gelena, courtesy JTWC

Earlier today this storm, Funani 12S was in position near 28.8S 75.0E approximately 1056 nautical miles east-southeast of Port Louis and was being tracked south-eastward at 15 knots. Studies showed a raidly weakening system with wind speed intensity estimated at 60 knots. The forecast is that Funani will continue to weaken but will remain an expansive storm with frontal characteristics and a broad wind field.

Maximum wave height at 06h00 today (Saturday) was 42 feet.

Cyclone Gelena (13S)

Situated near 18.2S 59.5E at 09h00 this morning (Saturday 9 February), Cyclone Gelena was located approximately 157 nautical miles north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius and had tracked east-southeastward at 19 knots over the past six hours. Satellite imagery shows a robust deep convection surrounding a small eye. Wind intensity is 115 knots and will peak at 130 knots according to the forecast.

Gelena is forecast to track east-southeastward to eastward throughout the day as it tracks and is expected to gradually weaken steadily due to increasingly westerly vertical wind shear. Maximum wave height this morning at 06h00 was 37 feet.

The island of Rodrigues to the east of Mauritius is more in the path of TC Gelena and will be affected by the storm although no information is currently available.

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NEWS FROM THE EUROPEAN MARITIME SAFETY AGENCY (EMSA)

The SafeSeaNet Ecosystem Graphical User Interface (SEG) is the common web interface providing access to EMSA's maritime applications and data sets including SSN, IMS, LRIT and CSN, featued in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
The SafeSeaNet Ecosystem Graphical User Interface (SEG) is the common web interface providing access to EMSA’s maritime applications and data sets including SSN, IMS, LRIT and CSN.

From EMSA based in Lisbon we learn that on 29 January, a kick-off meeting got underway for the development of a Handbook on European Cooperation on Coast Guard Functions.

Further, it was reported that EMSA and the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation, Europol, are to cooperate more closely together following the…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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BREXIT — IN THE EVENT OF A NO DEAL. British International Freight Association speaks out

BIFA speaks out on Brexit, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

 

Yet more on Brexit…

       In the event of no deal…
Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) should be for all involved in visible international trade movements, including freight forwarders

Commenting on the recent announcement by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) for Customs in the case of no deal on 29 March, Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association, said: “As the trade association for freight forwarders, which are responsible for managing the supply chains that underpin the UK’s visible international trade, we have long campaigned for frictionless borders post Brexit.

“We note the publication of these Transitional Simplified Procedures by HMRC in the event of a non-deal Brexit, and are led to believe that they are aimed at making importing easier by simplifying the declarations at the border and postponing the payment of import duties that would otherwise be due.

“However, having reviewed the documentation that has been released, BIFA believes that they are aimed solely at those traders, which have not been previously engaged in international trade, giving an overview of the procedures available to those traders.

“Whilst some of the easements that they contain regarding simplifications and special procedures may make it easier for new applicants to obtain these authorisations, there does not appear to be equivalent liberalisation of the regimes for existing holders, such as freight forwarders.

“In many ways the documentation appears skewed in favour of new applicants for authorisations and actually discriminates against existing holders, particularly relating to special procedures.

“It appears to us that TSP allows traders without any customs expertise, and tried and tested systems, to by-pass the strict authorisation requirements which otherwise apply to freight forwarders and customs agents.

“If the above are the case this will be highly unpopular amongst freight forwarders and customs agents as they appear to be excluded from them and no-one seems willing to say why this is so. That is something on which we will be seeking clarification from HMRC.”

BIFA says that the TSP appear to confirm that if the UK leaves without a deal, the country will revert to trading with the EU on a third country basis, acceding to the CTC Convention, which may help goods move across frontiers. It notes that some BIFA member companies are already basing their post-Brexit planning on this model.

Keen added: “If this is a true picture of the situation, we question whether the preparations are far enough advanced and whether the systems that will be needed are fully tested.”

He concluded by saying: “It is all very well to write down these procedures, but the unanswered question is will they work when systems are largely untried, communication links between the parties involved on the processes are not established, many will be unaware of their responsibilities, and the freight forwarding companies that are at the heart of international trade movements appear to be excluded from them.

“TSP should be for all involved in visible international trade movements, including freight forwarders.”

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

BIFA speaks out on a No Deal Brexit, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

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CAPE TOWN’S STURROCK DRY DOCK CAISSON REPAIRED AHEAD OF REPLACING IT WITH A NEW GATE

Sturrock Dry Dock with the newly repaired floating caisson in position. This will soon be replaced by a brand new caisson., featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Sturrock Dry Dock with the newly repaired floating caisson in position. This will soon be replaced by a brand new caisson

 

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has revealed that a new, R98 million floating caisson is to be fabricated for the Sturrock Dry Dock in the Port of Cape Town which will enable one of the biggest dry dock facilities in the Southern Hemisphere to improve its productivity.

The new caisson forms part of a multimillion-rand overhaul taking place at the port’s ship repair facilities under South Africa’s Operation Phakisa programme, through which ship building and ship repair have been identified as a strategic competence for the port.

The caisson is a large steel gate structure (gate) that acts as a…

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NAMPORT CEO BISEY /UIRAB TO RETIRE AFTER 10 YEARS AT THE HELM

Namports's retiring CEO, Mr Bisey /Uirab, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Namports’s retiring CEO, Mr Bisey /Uirab

Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) chief executive officer, Mr Bisey /Uirab is set to retire from his position within a few months time, the Board of Namport announced yesterday.

/Uirab has been CEO for the past ten years during which period he steered the port authority from a fairly medium sized public enterprise into a regionally acclaimed logistics and maritime industry leader.

During his term of office from 2009 onwards /Uirab and his leadership team helped place the ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz as among the most efficient on the Atlantic seaboard of Africa. A rolling five year plan was re-introduced and a number of significant milestones were achieved.

With the port operating in a complex and highly competitive environment, Namport has delivered relatively good results with…

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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA LAUD’S TOTAL’S DISCOVERY OF GAS CONDENSATE

Total’s discovery of gas condensate off the coast of South Africa will have significant consequences for the country’s energy security and the development of the industry, says President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Total announced yesterday (Thursday) that it had made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometres off the…

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SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT WELCOMES TOTAL GAS DISCOVERY

Deepsea Stavanger, drillling and discovering oil and gas off the South African coast, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Deepsea Stavanger, drillling and discovering oil and gas off the South African coast

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has welcomed Total’s significant gas discovery in the Outeniqua Basin off the southern coast of South Africa.

The French oil and gas company made the announcement on Thursday (7 February 2019).

Following this discovery and confirmation of its potential, the company has indicated it will follow up with 3D seismic tests to be followed up by four exploration wells.

Mantashe visited the rig last Saturday to receive an update on the drilling project.

“It is exciting for our country that this discovery has been made. It is potentially a major boost for the economy, and we welcome it as we continue to seek investment to grow our economy.

“It further confirms that our decision to separate legislation for oil and gas from traditional minerals, so that we can support this sector in realising its full potential, is the correct one,” said the Minister.

Mantashe said government is moving with speed to finalise legislation to ensure that it’s presented as soon as the sixth Parliament sits. – SAnews.gov.za

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GAME CHANGER AS TOTAL MAKES ‘WORLD CLASS’ GAS & OIL DISCOVERY OFF MOSSEL BAY

Deepsea Stavanger now stationed in the Brulpadda field off the South African south coast, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Deepsea Stavanger now stationed in the Brulpadda field off the South African south coast

In what is being described as ‘catalytic’ and a ‘game changer’ Total SA has announced that it has opened up a new world class oil and gas play off the South African south coast in the Outeniqua Basin south of Mossel Bay.

Total says it is well-positioned to test several follow-on prospects on the same block. The discovery includes some light oil.

The first clue of the discovery came with the sudden visit to the site last week by Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe who led a delegation from the Department of Mineral Resources on a visit to the Total Exploration and Production Southern Africa’s Deepsea Stavanger Rig operations, situated 180km off the shore of Mossel Bay. See that report here MANTASHE SAYS OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION OFF CAPE SOUTH COAST EXPECTED TO BOOST ECONOMY

It also seems likely that Thursday’s announcement has been delayed to coincide with the State of the Nation Address to be delivered this evening (Thursday) by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

In its announcement Total SA’s Kevin McLachlan, senior vice president of exploration said: “We are very pleased to announce the Brulpadda discovery, which was drilled in a challenging deep-water environment. Total has opened a new world-class gas and oil play and is well-positioned to test several follow-on prospects on the same block.”

Gas has previously been extracted in the Outeniqua Basin but not previously from a deepwater well. That ‘discovery’ which dates back several decades has all but been expired leaving the Mossgas refinery at Mossel Bay having to import product.

South Africa also processes oil from coal, a process that has continued since 1955 when Sasol began producing synthetic oil from coal at its Sasolburg plant near Johannesburg. Apart from these relatively small efforts South Africa has remained dependent on imported oil.

Total said today that the next step would involve acquiring 3D seismic date before commencing the drilling of possibly another four exploration wells at its license in the Brulpadda field. Total has a 45% working interest in Block 11b/12b with Qatar Petroleum owning 25%, CNR International 20% and Main Street, a local South African consortium 10%.

The drilling area is about 100 nautical miles offshore in the Outeniqua Basin and was drilled using the rig DEEPSEA STAVANGER to a depth of 3,633 metres.

The potential of the new exploration area is regarded as excellent for further discoveries which may now attract other companies that hold licences but have shied away from making commitments. Total SA describes the area as quite difficult to operate, with huge waves and dicey weather.

South Africa is expected to introduce new legislation later this year which aims at attracting further oil and gas exploration.

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NIGERIAN PIRATES STRIKE AGAIN, SEIZING LANDING CRAFT LAETITIA V AND KIDNAPPING THREE OF THE CREW

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Landing craft Laetitia V, attacked by pirates

Nigerian pirates have struck again, this time attacking a Malaysian-owned landing craft LAETITIA V on Sunday morning, 3 February 2019.

The landing craft was en route from Cotonou in Benin to Onne, Port Harcourt when the pirates struck.

After the usual theft of valuables the pirates…

pirate flag of old -modern pirates don't bother with such niceties. this featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
pirate flag of old -modern pirates don’t bother with such niceties

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THE PRICE OF TERROR, AS CRUISE SHIP NAUTICA DIVERTS AWAY FROM MOMBASA

Nautica arriving in Durban during the current cruise. Picture by Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Nautica arriving in Durban during the current cruise. Picture by Trevor Jones

The effect of recent terror attacks in Nairobi, Kenya has spiralled downwards with the few cruise ship operators who planned to send ships to Mombasa this summer, now having second thoughts.

Oceania Cruises, a division of Norwegian Cruise Line and operator of the popular cruise ship NAUTICA that has been cruising along the South and East African coasts, was forced at short notice to cancel the scheduled call at Mombasa (due last Sunday, 3 February) with the ship going on direct to Mahe in the Seychelles, which was the ship’s next scheduled call.

The reason for the sudden decision to cancel the visit to Mombasa followed an advisory warning by the US Government to its citizens to “be careful” when visiting Kenya.

Port and tourism officials in Mombasa were left bemused and disappointed at the cancellation of the ship visit by, one of only a few cruise ships to call at the Kenya port in recent years.

The US warning came as a result of the recent attack by suicide terrorists thought to have links to the Somali al-Shabaab movement. People were held hostage in a hotel ending in a shootout with security forces during which a number of civilians including foreign visitors were killed.

A second cruise ship, Silversea’s SILVER WHSPER is due to pay Mombasa a visit at the beginning of April when she arrives from Singapore via the Maldives and Seychelles. There’ll be concerned interest in awaiting developments with this visit in case it too is cancelled.

Kenya Ports Authority is planning a multi-million Kenya shilling cruise terminal under development for Mombasa which is scheduled for completion by August this year.

Despite the setbacks, tourism earnings in Kenya rose by 30% while the number of tourists to the country increased by 37 per cent.

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US OFFERS TO HELP COUNTER TERROR ATTACKS IN NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

House burned by terrorists in northern Mozambique village in June 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
House burned by terrorists in northern Mozambique village in June 2018

It has been reported that the United States government has expressed its willingness to help Mozambique combat the unidentified groups that have been carrying out attacks in remote villages in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.

Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Maputo, Bryan Hunt told Lusa that the United States was available and would like to help Mozambique in combating the unidentified groups that have been attacking villagers and security forces in the north of the country….

Red Sea Gateway Terminal, Jeddah, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Red Sea Gateway Terminal, Jeddah

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COMBINED ARMED FORCES SEIZE ANOTHER 3 TONNES OF NARCOTICS IN ARABIAN SEA

Royal Australian Navy boarding team from HMAS Ballarat approach a dhow, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Royal Australian Navy boarding team from HMAS Ballarat approach a dhow

In the final week of January 2019, between 23 and 31 January Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 conducted a group operation in the Arabian Sea which netted over 3 tonnes of illegal drugs.

The narcotics were being smuggled in dhows and were headed for either the African or Yemen coasts.

Code-named Operation Marhaba the operation saw maritime assets from Pakistan, United Kingdom, Australia, France and the United States working under direct CTF 150 command, which is currently led by the Canadian Armed Forces and supported by the Royal Australian Navy.

The operation focused on maritime security with the…

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SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT SAYS SA IS PLAYING ITS PART IN CURBING MARITIME CRIME

South African sea fisheries patrol vessel SARAH BAARTMAN with LILIAN NGOYI in background, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
South African sea fisheries patrol vessel SARAH BAARTMAN with LILIAN NGOYI in background

South Africa says it is actively playing its part to combat transnational organised maritime crime, while remaining committed to its international obligations aimed at combating lawlessness at sea.

Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi, the Deputy Director-General of Global Governance and Continental Agenda at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), on Tuesday addressed a United Nations Security Council debate on transnational organised crime at sea as a threat to international peace and security.

Maritime crime, Nkosi said, has had a significant impact on the African continent, affecting stability, security and the development of both coastal and inland countries.

“In many instances, it is the effects of transnational organised crime that fuels conflicts on the continent. The proceeds from these crimes contribute to a proliferation of small arms and light weapons, protracted conflicts, drugs and human trafficking, terrorism, money-laundering and increased mercenary activity.

“In order to arrest the challenges posed by this broad phenomenon, it is crucial that a robust, regulatory framework and a coordinated and comprehensive approach be developed at national, regional and international levels to address this scourge,” he said.

Nkosi highlighted that the South African security and coastal patrols have confiscated numerous vessels and arrested countless people involved in illegal fishing and abalone poaching in SA waters.

“This denies South Africa millions of dollars of revenue and negatively affects the livelihoods of our coastal communities,” he said.

South Africa has worked together with African countries in developing continental instruments which seek to create an oceanic environment which is safe, secure and environmentally sustainable for the benefit of the peoples of Africa.

In cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the governments of Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa have entered into a trilateral agreement to counter drug trafficking on maritime routes in the Indian Ocean.

Nkosi said this agreement seeks to intensify maritime surveillance capability, detection of illicit trafficking in the Indian Ocean as well as enhance the security at ports and other points of entry in the region, he said.

In addition to these initiatives on the African continent, South Africa is currently the chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), which was formed in 1995 and consists of 21 Indian ocean-rim countries from Africa, Asia as well as Australia.

IORA recognises that the ocean economy is emerging globally as a common and critical source of growth, innovation and employment creation due to the enormous economic potential that it possess. The association has identified maritime security and safety as a priority.

South Africa is a maritime country with a coastline of over 2,800 kilometres and an exclusive economic zone of 1.54 million square kilometres, straddling both the Indian and Atlantic oceans, which is larger than the land size of 1.2 million square kilometres. About 580 ships are in South African waters every day and annually over 9,000 ships dock in the country’s ports.

South Africa, Nkosi said, has welcomed the adoption of recent Security Council Resolutions in 2017 and 2018, whose measures are expected to contribute significantly to resolving the challenge, specifically off the coast of Somalia and affected coastal areas in the Gulf of Guinea.

“These resolutions embody some of the progressive mechanisms the international community should implement in order to prevent and counteract maritime crimes and maintain international peace and security,” said the ambassador.

South Africa has identified marine protection and governance as one of the priorities under Operation Phakisa, which is South Africa’s ocean economy strategy.

Nkosi said South Africa fully supports the call for strengthening the capacity of member States’ maritime security in order to enforce international maritime law.

“The importance of exchanging evidence and information for anti-piracy law enforcement purposes, as well as lessons learnt and best practices sharing between States, international and regional organisations is imperative.

“This ensures that the necessary structures remain dynamic and that the relevant structures, strategies and programmes are adapted to align to the shifts in global trends,” he said. – SAnews.gov.za

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CYCLONE WARNING FOR INDIAN OCEAN WITH TWO STORMS THREATEN

Map courtesy Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Two tropical storms that are ‘brewing’ over the Indian Ocean are being watched and monitored in case they bring threats to Madagascar and the islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues and Reunion.

One of these storms has already been allocated the name of Tropical Cyclone number 12S ‘FUNANI’ and yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) was situated near position 15.8S 64.3E, approximately 490 nautical miles east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius.

According the the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) the storm has tracked southwestward at 9 knots with a wind intensity of 35 knots gusting to 45 knots. Funani is under the influence of a sub-tropical ridge located to the northeast which is expected to cause the storm to turn and begin tracking south-eastward as it intensifies, with wind speeds up to 105 knots. Wave height is currently 10 feet.

Provided Cyclone Funani continues as estimated it appears unlikely to directly impact the main Mascarene islands (Mauritius, Reunion, Rodrigues).

Tropical Storm 13S

A second storm currently designated 13S was yesterday situated at 12.9S 54.7E, approximately 470 n.miles north-northwest of Mauritius.

The report said that global models were in agreement that the system will track south-eastward over Wednesday and Thursday with steady intensification.

Maximum sustained surface winds are estimated at 20 – 25 knots and the minimum sea level pressure is estimated at near 1007 MB. “The potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is upgraded to Medium.

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MERIDIAN PORT SERVICES TAKES DELIVERY OF SECOND BATCH OF RTG & STS CRANES AT TEMA PORT

New harbour cranes for port of Tema, Ghana, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Port of Tema

Meridian Port Services has taken delivery of the second batch of rubber-tyre-gantry (RTG) and Ship-to-Shore gantry cranes ordered for the Tema port container terminal, where Meridian is the concession holder.

The cranes were manufactured by the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co (ZPMC), with the complete order being for seven STS cranes and 20 RTGs.

The super post-panamax STS cranes have an outreach of…

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THE WORKBOAT CODE   EDITION 2

The National Workboat Association (NWA), the trade, skills and safety standards association for the UK workboat industry, announced the launch of Edition 2 of The Workboat Code, a document that will redefine working practices and standards for vessel operators across numerous maritime sectors.

The UK MCA Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1892 (M) which introduces the Code is to be found CLICK HERE

To access the full revised Workboat Code, readers are invited to visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-workboat-code-edition-2

Image of Workboat Code © Crown Copyright 2018, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Image of Workboat Code © Crown Copyright 2018

This much-anticipated Code of Practice, published in December 2018 and introduced at the NWA’s AGM on 31 January, has been developed in direct collaboration with workboat operators to better reflect the realities of modern workboat operation.

Workboats – loosely defined as vessels under 200grt and less than 24m in length – represent a fast-growing segment of the UK (and international) maritime market, with over 600 boats now registered with the NWA and probably twice this number in operation. This rapid growth has been driven by the emergence of new industries such as offshore wind, alongside rising demand for a diverse range of logistical support applications in the wider maritime sector.

This growth has been accompanied by technical innovation, and the UK workboat fleet now comprises a wide variety of advanced, specialist tonnage, ranging from…

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VESCONITE APPOINTS FOUR ADDITIONAL ENGINEERS TO BOOST TECHINICAL ADVICE

Vesconite has appointed 4 new engineers to its team, shown here in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Vesconite Bearings has appointed four additional engineers as part of a drive to provide the best technical advice on the use of its products. Franco Swanepoel, Zané Easton, Monique Kooij and Conrad Penzhorn (above, left to right) will be building Vesconite Bearings’ global customer base
South African company Vesconite Bearings, the leader in high-performance bearing polymers, has appointed four additional engineers as part of a drive to provide the best technical advice on the use of its products.

Announcing this yesterday (5 February) Dr Jean-Patrick Leger, company CEO said the company intends to expand the range of applications in which its no-grease, hard-wearing, low-coefficient-of friction polymers can be used.

New appointees include chemical engineers Zané Easton and Monique Kooij who will be responsible for rail and marine applications, respectively.

In addition, mechanical engineers Conrad Penzhorn and Franco Swanepoel have been appointed who will be responsible for transport and pump applications, respectively.

The four new engineers will be building Vesconite Bearings’ global customer bases and adding applications in their particular portfolio areas, he CEO announced.

About Vesconite

Vesconite Bearings’ extensive, globally-renowned machining capacity allows for the manufacture of precision-machined custom wear parts made from various polymers, as well as finished moulded products.

With a factory floor space of 20,000m2, Vesconite Bearings houses polymer compounding, extrusion and moulding shops in addition to its extensive machine shop.

The company makes rods, machined plates and bushings as stock parts, as well as high-quality finished parts for the agriculture, railways, mining, pumps, heavy transport, hydro, renewable, earthmoving and marine industries.

Vesconite Bearings has customers in more than 100 countries, exports over half of its total sales, and dispatches large orders regularly to the US, China, South America and Australasia.

Vesconite Bearings can be contacted at vesconite@vesconite.com or go to the website www.vesconite.com

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THE EARTH’S NORTHERN MAGNETIC POLE IS MOVING AWAY FROM CANADA’S ARCTIC TOWARDS SIBERIA

World Magnetic Model Out-of-Cycle Release, Courtesy of NOAA NCEI, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
World Magnetic Model Out-of-Cycle Release, Courtesy of NOAA NCEI

Due to unplanned variations in the Arctic region, scientists have released a new model to more accurately represent the change of the magnetic field

Earth’s northern magnetic pole is moving quickly away from the Canadian Arctic toward Siberia. This movement has forced NCEI’s (National Centers for Environmental Information) scientists to update the World Magnetic Model (WMM) mid-cycle.

Typically, a new and updated version of the WMM is released every five years. With the last release in 2015, the next version is scheduled for release at the end of 2019. Due to unplanned variations in the Arctic region, scientists have released a new model to more accurately represent the change of the magnetic field between 2015 and now.

This out-of-cycle update before next year’s official release of WMM2020 will ensure safe navigation for military applications, commercial airlines, search and rescue operations, and others operating around the North Pole.

Uses of the WMM

Organisations, such as NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, US Forest Service, and many more use this technology. The military uses the WMM for undersea and aircraft navigation, parachute deployment, and more. Other governmental organisations, such as NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, US Forest Service, and many more use this technology for surveying and mapping, satellite/antenna tracking, and air traffic management.

Smartphone and consumer electronics companies also rely on the WMM to provide consumers with accurate compass apps, maps, and GPS services.

Airport runways are perhaps the most visible example of a navigation aid updated to match shifts in Earth’s magnetic field. Airports around the country use the data to give runways numerical names, which pilots refer to on the ground.

“The declination has changed just over 2.5 degrees over the past 22 years since Denver opened,” Heath Montgomery, the international airport’s former spokesperson, said after the last update.

World Magnetic Model 2019

This map shows the location of the north magnetic pole (white star) and the magnetic declination (contour interval 2 degrees) at the beginning of 2019. Courtesy of NOAA NCEI/CIRES., featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
This map shows the location of the north magnetic pole (white star) and the magnetic declination (contour interval 2 degrees) at the beginning of 2019. Courtesy of NOAA NCEI/CIRES

Compasses use declination (the difference between true north and where your compass points) to help correct navigation systems for a wide variety of uses. As Earth’s magnetic field evolves between the 5-year release schedule of the WMM, these predicted values can become off as the rate of change in Earth’s magnetic field evolves due to unpredictable flows in Earth’s core. The north polar region is experiencing one of these erratic changes.

For more information please visit:

* World Magnetic Model Out-of-Cycle Release https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag/WMM/
* Geomagnetism at NCEI https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag/geomag.shtml
* Tracking Changes in Earth’s Magnetic Poles https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/tracking-changes-earth-magnetic-poles

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AFRICAN ROAD SAFETY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME KICKS OFF IN ABIDJAN

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Algerian highway scene

The second Road Safety Leadership Program organised by the Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP, an international partnership hosted by the World Bank), in collaboration with the African Development Bank, kicked off at the Bank’s Headquarters in Abidjan this week on 4 February.

The program, which runs till 8th February, is intended to develop leadership capabilities in road safety planning, implementation, management, and operations; and ultimately help reduce the number of road crashes on the roads of Africa.

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TRANSNET CRACKS DOWN WITH INTENT TO SUSPEND ANOTHER EIGHT SENIOR EXECUTIVES

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Transnet has issued warnings of suspensions to a number of senior executives advising them that they are to be suspended from their positions within the transport parastatal.

One of those listed was the head of the property division, Thabo Lebelo who chose instead to resign.

Transnet had earlier issued a statement saying that eight senior executives have been issued with “letters of precautionary suspension resulting from past internal audit and forensic reports that were not implemented by management.”

The precautionary suspension letters provide those affected with 48 hours to give reasons why they should not be suspended. They were not named but range from general managers to executive managers.

According to Transnet spokesperson Molatwane Likhethe, it was decided to issue the precautionary suspensions after realising that forensic reports that are already several years old have not been acted on. He said this led to the impression that follow-ups only applied to selected employees.

An external support service has been contacted to finalise recommendations made in the original reports.

Whether the suspensions are in connection with the controversial locomotive order for 1064 new locomotive, in which it is alleged that illegal commissions were paid to third parties, or include other matters, is not immediately clear.

Transnet’s former chief executive, Siyabonga Gama is among the few senior personnel to be suspended and then dismissed while several other senior executives also received suspensions, but others implicated in reports and investigations have until now escaped sanction.

Transnet has meanwhile issued summons to recover some of the money that was allegedly lost in the locomotive procurement. A Chinese company has paid back some of what has been claimed.

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CAMEROON’S PORT OF DOUALA-BONABERI HAS RECORD CARGO AND SHIP THROUGHPUT

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Douala container terminal

Cameroon’s main port of Douala–Bonabéri (PAD) handled a record cargo throughput in 2018 totalling 11,616,035 tonnes.

This was made up of 8,530,122 tonnes of imports and 3,085,913 tonnes of exports.

The number of ships calling at the port amounted to 3,306 in 2018, of which…

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NIGERIAN SHIPPERS COUNCIL BEGINS REGISTRATION OF PORT SERVICE PROVIDERS

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Protecting local operators

The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has embarked on the registration of all port service providers.

The purpose is to regulate the activities of the service providers and aims to eliminate illegal and unwanted activities within the port structures.

The project was introduced at a one-day seminar ‘Registration of Port Service Providers: A panacea for an efficient Port system’ following which the registration of port service providers has commenced.

According to Samuel Vontau,director of Legal Services in the NSC, the…

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DP WORLD PUNTLAND MANAGER SHOT DEAD INSIDE BOSASO PORT

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Port of Bosaso, Puntland

Puntland police have confirmed reports that a DP World port manager has been shot dead inside the port precinct at Bosaso in Puntland.

Initial reports have linked the killing with the al-Shabaab Islamist militant group who quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

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TRANSAID’S LAND’S END TO JOHN O’GROATS CYCLE CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED

Transaid Cycle Challege, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

At the end of January Transaid announced new dates for the Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) cycle challenge, as it invited supporters to take part between 2 and 13 June 2020.

This event will take riders through many of the UK’s top scenery hotspots, from the picturesque lanes of Cornwall to the stunning hills and glens of the Scottish Highlands. Funds raised from the event will be help Transaid transform lives by improving commercial driving standards and ensuring better access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising at Transaid, LEJOG promises to be an unforgettable experience. She commented: “After a period of reflection following Cycle Zambia 2018, we are now firmly focused on a grand depart from Land’s End on 2nd June 2020.

“This is a truly iconic ride for any bike-it bucket list and we’ll be following the same 972-mile route taken by thousands of riders every year. Plus, we’re offering opportunities for both single riders and teams to get involved, enabling groups of friends and colleagues to share in both the pedalling and fundraising.”

Transaid is partnering with cycle tour specialist Classic Challenge to organise the event, with single riders able to sign-up for either the full 12-day adventure (travelling home on 14 June) or to any number of the four three-day legs. Relay teams can include up to four riders, each tackling one leg of the journey – and with companies invited to enter multiple teams.

Alan Hunt, Managing Director of trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull UK – and one of the first to sign up as a solo rider – is looking forward to the challenge. He said: “LEJOG is about the whole industry coming together to support Transaid. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the chance to do something truly amazing to help others; no doubt with some valuable networking included along the way.”

Individual cyclists signing up to do the challenge end-to-end will pay a £250 registration fee and raise a minimum sponsorship target of £2,750.

For a single stage of the challenge, there is a £150 registration fee and a commitment to raising at least £1,250 in sponsorship. Teams of four riders riding one stage each will pay a group registration fee of £400 and must raise at least £4,000 collectively.

The information pack is available CLICK HERE

For those ready to sign-up, there is more CLICK HERE

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities for this challenge readers are invited to e-mail Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising at Transaid: florence@transaid.org

About Transaid

Transaid ( www.transaid.org ) focuses on professional driver training, transport management systems, and rural access to transport, to solve two of the biggest transport challenges in economically developing countries.

The charity supports drivers, governments, and training institutions to improve road safety. In sub-Saharan Africa, road deaths are the third biggest killer following HIV/AIDS and Malaria (Source: The World Bank) and the problem will only rise with the growing population.

Drivers are at risk every time they sit behind the wheel due to a lack of legal enforcement and training, and badly maintained and overloaded vehicles.

Residents of rural areas of Africa often struggle to access vital services. Around 75% of maternal deaths can be avoided through timely access to vital childbirth-related care (Source: The World Bank).

Transaid’s work includes an Emergency Transport Scheme to transport pregnant mothers with complications. In addition the charity also helps community health workers reach the families who need them.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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MAPUTO REACHES RECORD THROUGHPUT FIGURES IN 2018

Two Liebherr mobile cranes destined for the port of Maputo on board the heavylift carrier INDUSTRIAL SKIPPER sailing from Durban harbour on Saturday 2 February. Picture by Trevor Jones, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Two Liebherr mobile cranes destined for the port of Maputo on board the heavylift carrier INDUSTRIAL SKIPPER sailing from Durban harbour on Saturday 2 February.      Picture by Trevor Jones

The port of Maputo, Mozambique’s main port, handled a record cargo throughput of 19.5 million tonnes in 2018, which is a 7% increase on what was achieved in 2017.

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NIGERIAN PIRATES RELEASE SEVEN RUSSIAN SEAFARERS KIDNAPPED FROM MSC MANDY

MSC Mandy. Picture: Wikipedia Commons, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
MSC Mandy. Picture: Wikipedia Commons

The seven Russian seafarers, who were taken hostage by pirates who boarded and seized control of the container ship MSC MANDY on 2 January, have been released.

Russia’s TASS news agency reported that the seafarers are all…

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OCEAN MARINE SOLUTIONS (OMS) NAMES ITS NEW PATROL BOAT OVIA

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One of the OMS fleet of patrol boats

Ocean Marine Services (OMS), a privately-owned Nigerian maritime security company, recently held a naming ceremony for its latest new patrol vessel now under construction at Jianlong Shipbuilding in China.

The new vessel, with a length of 38.8 metres and a beam of 7.2m, has been named OVIA.

The vessel is powered by three Mitsubishi 1,885kW engines that will…

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CUTTY SARK CELEBRATES HER 10th ANNIVERSARY WITH A YEAR OF CELEBRATION

The world’s only surviving tea-clipper; the Cutty Sark celebrates turning 150 this year.

A splendid restoration and a key tourist asset in SE London. Photo: © National Maritime Museum, London, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
A splendid restoration and a key tourist asset in SE London. Photo: © National Maritime Museum, London

The iconic, historic sailing ship and fastest of her time is now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich, SE London.

An announcement on 1 February marked the start of a year-long programme of events and celebrations that will be taking place in the Cutty Sark, starting from marking the anniversary of the signing of the contact to commence the build on 1 February to the launch on 22 November 1869 leading to the ship’s first official voyage which commenced on 16 February 1870. On that first voyage, Cutty Sark carried, according to a commentator at the time: “large amounts of wine, spirits and beer” and sailed from Shanghai loaded with 1.3 million pounds weight of tea.

 

A rich history

Cutty Sark is a survivor and has a rich history, full of stories and close quarter situations from the time she was laid down in Dumbarton to her arrival in the London riverside borough of Greenwich where she is preserved today. Cutty Sark survived storms during which she lost her rudder on two occasions. There was a dismasting in the First World War and a terrible fire in 2007. In the year before that fire, the majority of Cutty Sark’s original fabric had been removed. While devastating, the fire was nowhere near as destructive as it might have been. Over 90% of the ship’s hull structure that is seen today is original to 1869.

Visitors can walk beneath the vessel’s hull and appreciate her fine lines. Photo: © National Maritime Museum, London, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Visitors can walk beneath the vessel’s hull and appreciate her fine lines. Photo: © National Maritime Museum, London

As a consequence of the fire, the restoration project ended up taking 18 months longer than forecast, and cost £10 million more. However, results speak for themselves – Cutty Sark is now displayed in a way that gives access never before possible. She was reopened by HM The Queen in 2012.

The restoration

The preservation project has involved treating Cutty Sark’s ironwork and using special paint systems to prevent further decay. Additionally, there has been consolidation of her hull timbers and replacement of props and shores in order to support the hull evenly in her dry dock. Keel, main deck and sheathing were all replaced.

To further preserve her, a glass roof was built at the waterline so that everything below was protected from the weather.

Before this restoration Cutty Sark had offices and workshops on board, and in the 1950s a false deck in the hold and a stairway had been added. These were all removed and the dry berth was opened up to create an event space.

Another priority was improving access for wheelchair users. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to make every area accessible but in unavailable areas webcams have been installed.

A painting by JE Cooper from the National Maritime Museum’s collection. Illustration © National Maritime Museum, London, Featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
A painting by JE Cooper from the National Maritime Museum’s collection. Illustration © National Maritime Museum, London

Sustainability

Preserving Cutty Sark for future generations has not been about restoring her hull and timbers – the restoration project aims for Cutty Sark to be as sustainable as possible by making her more than just an historic attraction.

There is now a café on board, a studio theatre and a programme of workshops and family events. These all provide visitors a reason to return again and again, and bring new life to an old ship.

Royal Museums Greenwich of which Cutty Sark is part works hard to conserve and restore many aspects of this historic vessel. Recent work has included the preservation of the lifeboats and the gilding of the decorative gingerbread carving at bow and stern, along with other conservation work carried out by the shipkeeping team.

To celebrate 150 years of the Cutty Sark, there will be a number of special events throughout the year including concerts, theatre and poetry performances relating to her impressive career, her Victorian maritime past and historic connections to the rest of the world.

Cutty Sark is located in Cutty Sark Gardens a short walk away from Cutty Sark Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station and within walking distance of Royal Museums Greenwich’s other sites, the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House and Royal Observatory Greenwich.

For more information readers are invited to see: www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

The sailing clipper Cutty Sark built 1869, at Falmouth sometime between 1924 and 1938. Photo: © National Maritime Museum, London, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
The sailing clipper Cutty Sark built 1869, at Falmouth sometime between 1924 and 1938. Photo: © National Maritime Museum, London

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MANTASHE SAYS OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION OFF CAPE SOUTH COAST EXPECTED TO BOOST ECONOMY

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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 ANNOUNCES A CUT-BACK ON CADETS FROM SOUTH AFRICA AND THE UK

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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JIHADIST ATTACKS FORCE DUSK TO DAWN CURFEW IN NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE PORT TOWN

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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.

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Anchorage at Mocimboa da Praia

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MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY CADETS VISIT PORT OF DURBAN

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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.

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Safety briefing in one of the lifeboats at the port

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REGISTRATION BEGINS OF ALL UGANDAN BOATS ON LAKE VICTORIA

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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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ANGOLA’S STATE TIMBER WAREHOUSE GENERATES REVENUE, BUT AT WHAT EXPENSE?

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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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OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL SAS MAKHANDA TAKES UP FISHERY PATROL

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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