Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 4 March 2019

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FIRST VIEW 1: EASTERN LIGHT

Eastern Light in Durban, picture by Keith betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Eastern Light sailing from Durban, picture by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Eastern Light        Pictures: Keith Betts

The bulk carrier EASTERN LIGHT (IMO 9336828) called at Durban during January which was when these pictures were taken as the ship departed for Saldanha Bay. Flying the Norwegian flag and registered in Egersund, the 50,223-dwt ship is owned by German interests and managed by Sunship Schiffahrtskontor which is based in Emden-Ostfriesland in Germany. The ship was built in 2006 and has previously borne the names Stadt Solingen (twice, this being the owner’s preferred name) and Larch Arrow. In the latter guise she has been a previous visitor to Durban on several occasions. Eastern Light was built at the PAL Indonesia Perwakilan Yard in Surabaja, Indonesia. These pictures are by Keith Betts

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TEMA’S NEW CONTAINER TERMINAL MEANS LAYOFFS AT THE INLAND CONTAINER DEPOTS, SAYS GHANA PORTS AUTHORITY

What Tema's new container terminal will look like when completed, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
What Tema’s new container terminal will look like when completed

The director general of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority is reported to have confirmed that 1,200 freight handlers at Ghana’s inland container depots will be out of a job later this year.

This will follow the container terminal at the Port of Tema which is to be operated by Meridian Port Services becoming operational.

GPHA director general Michael Luguje is quoted in Ghana’s Daily Graphic as saying the workers at the inland depots will no longer be needed once the port terminal comes into service later this year.

The Inland Container Depots have been given notice to this effect, Mr Luguje said.

No licences beyond 2019

“We licensed them just for 2019 because past 2019, we wouldn’t need to transfer boxes to them,” said Mr Luguje.

The need for the inland depots became urgent when the port experienced severe congestion and were seen by the port authority as temporary measures until the concession awarded to Meridian Port Services came into effect and the terminal at the port becomes functional.

With the advent of the new terminal Tema is expected to become the largest cargo port in West Africa and one of the most efficient, with a container capacity of 3.5 million TEU per annum, according to a report issued by the port authority.

No need for inland depots

“With the coming into being of this new terminal which is going to have excess capacity to carry all space, inland containment depots will have no consignments,” said Mr Luguje.

Concerns about the job losses was at the fore at the resolution of the 63rd session of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Maritime and Dockworkers’ Union (MDU).

The Council suggested that a further 1,400 job losses was possible involving stevedores, the Ghana Dock Labour Company and other terminal operating companies.

Expansion underway for the new Tema container terminal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Expansion underway for the new Tema container terminal

Ship Owners & Agents Association’s positive outlook for 2019

In a related report, the Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana (SOAAG) say they anticipate a positive business outlook in the year 2019 as a result of the opening of the new Tema container terminal.

President of the association, Robert Oram, described the current macro-economic conditions in Ghana as looking positive with rising GDP and falling inflation.

“I think when we look at the macro-economic conditions here in Ghana they look positive, GDP is growing, inflation is coming down so it should be a positive year with a new port opening and that should all point to a positive development for the shipping industry in Ghana.”

Arrest the cedi-dollar slide

The government was called on to take measures of arresting the slide of the cedi against the US dollar.

“I’m sure the main policy everyone is interested in at the moment is how government will arrest the slide of the cedi, obviously it has a very big impact on particularly import business so I think that would be the key issue for many in the shipping industry; what will happen to the currency has a big impact on their business,” Oram said.

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CYCLONE HALEH THREATENS MID INDIAN OCEAN

image: JTWC, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
image: JTWC

Tropical Cyclone Haleh (TC17S) has developed in the mid-Indian Ocean region and although the storm is not currently threatening Mauritius or Madagascar, the islands in the mid ocean region south of Chagos (Diego Garcia) are in the wider area affected affected and the situation will need to be watched by shipping whose intended path crosses that of the storm.

The position on Sunday 3 March at 12h00 was given by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) as being 15.9S 73.6E which is…

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CAPESPAN’S THE LOGISTICS GROUP READY TO EXPAND FACILITIES TO THE FRESH FRUIT EXPORT SECTOR

Port of Maputo, which TLG is considering making greater use of for fresh fruit exports, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Port of Maputo, which TLG is considering making greater use of for fresh fruit exports

Capespan, the multinational fresh fruit producer and marketer, says that The Logistics Group (TLG) – its new logistics organisation announced earlier this month, is ready to expand facilities to the fresh fruit export sector.

Tonie Fuchs, Managing Director of Capespan Group, explained that Capespan’s global fruit production and marketing businesses remain the core focus within the Capespan Group, while its logistics businesses is being consolidated into TLG to ensure a focus-based approach to increased logistical service levels across a broader spectrum of product capabilities and capacity.

“The logistics business in TLG will continue to be managed by Capespan’s current logistics management team, led by retiring CEO Dawie Ferreira, who will be handing over to incumbent CEO Anton Potgieter over the next six months.

“Dawie Ferreira has been at the helm for many years and instrumental in the Division’s diversification drive. Anton Potgieter brings a fresh, hands-on perspective to this highly experienced management team. With the renewed management focus, customers of TLG can expect greater service delivery, across a much broader spectrum of services,” said Fuchs.

Greater use of Maputo

Among the options being explored is that of making greater use of the Port of Maputo, although shipments are likely to be in containers only.

“We are participating in discussions over greater use of the port in Maputo,” retiring chief executive, Dawie Ferreira is reported to have said.

According to Capespan exports are expected to rise from around 132 million cartons to more than 160 million cartons by 2025. A large percentage of this rise in exports is expected to flow from the northern and eastern production regions, affecting activities via the ports at Port Elizabeth and Durban.

Recent agreements with China will make provision for bulk reefer shipments, and this will involve facilities within the TLG Group.

Citrus fruit for export, featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Meanwhile, the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) has asked the South African government to play a more meaningful role in resolving infrastructure problems instead of pouring more money into loss making enterprises.

CGA’s Justin Chadwick wrote is his recent newsletter to growers that “….Durban port, which handles the bulk of southern African citrus, is creaking. The infrastructure is badly in need of an upgrade, and new equipment is sorely needed. In addition, the port operations lag international norms in terms of port efficiency. One of the points in our six-point plan is to improve efficiency of the port.”

Chadwick said other elements included making greater use of Maputo port, increasing the volume transported to Durban by rail, increasing capacity of coldstores in the Durban port precinct, as well as investment in hubs where cargo can be accumulated and railed into the port, and the use of IT to assist in improving efficiencies. sources: Fresh Plaza, Fruitnet, CGA

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NEW COMOROS COMMUNICATIONS UNDERSEA CABLE TO BECOME OPERATIONAL IN THIRD QUARTER

Leon Thevenin, the French cable layer stationed at Cape Town which operates on stand-by along the African coast. Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Leon Thevenin, the French cable layer stationed at Cape Town which operates on stand-by along the African coast.       Picture: Terry Hutson

Communications cable company Orange has advised that the Comoros – Mayotte 400 km FLY-LION3 undersea cable being installed between the Mozambique Channel islands of Comoros and Mayotte has been completed.

It is expected that the commissioning of the cable system will be performed in the third quart of 2019.

The project was unveiled in mid-2017 and then a 2018 delivery date was targeted.

The group’s subsidiary Orange Marine has been responsible for laying the cable between Grande Comore’s largest city Moroni and the village of Kaweni, near Mayotte’s capital Mamoudzou, where the cable has recently landed.

With a total capacity of 4 terabits per second, FLY-LION3 will help improve connectivity in the Indian Ocean, linking to existing cables LION2 and EASSy, which land on the east coast of Africa.

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JAPAN COMES OUT IN SUPPORT OF OPEN-LOOP SCRUBBERS, SAYS NO THREAT TO ENVIRONMENT

Japan's says open-loop scrubbers are no threat to environment, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

A report presented to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has come out in favour of permitting the use of open-loop scrubbers on ships.

The Ministry announced last week that Japan would not be joining recent talks on the implementation of a ban on open-loop scrubbers.

In its report to the IMO MLIT Japan said that it has come to a conclusion that…

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ANADARKO PETROLEUM TO INVEST US$176 MILLION IN MOZAMBIQUE IN FIRST HALF OF 2019

Mozambique Block (Area) 1 where Anadarko is investing, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Mozambique Block (Area) 1 where Anadarko is investing

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, which is involved in developing gas fields in northern Mozambique, will be investing up to US$176 million in the Rovuma basin’s natural gas exploration project in northern Mozambique in the first half of this year. That figure is before the project’s partners make a final investment decision.

According to Anadarko’s 2018 annual report on 2018, the figure of about $176 million constitutes the group’s share of costs related to site preparation for construction of an onshore plant.[/restrict]

The report said that deadlines are being met for the oil company to decide in the first half of the year whether it will definitively move ahead with the project, and investors have been warned to expect, “an adjustment of capital investment forecasts if the project is approved.”

Mozambique LNG1 Company Pte Ltd., the Rovuma Area 1 Area sales partner, in 2018 signed agreements for the sale of 7.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year, as well as an agreement of 2 million tonnes per year signed recently, leaving the group with all the information it needs to make a final investment decision.

The Mozambican government “approved the Development Plan for the two initial processing units operated by Anadarko in the Golfinho/Atum project,” known as Area 1, noting that, “the contracts for the selection of contractors for construction of onshore and offshore plants are being finalised,” in time for the final investment decision by June 2019.

The final investment decision in Area 1, through a public announcement, will confirm all investment in infrastructure (roads, buildings, aerodrome, among others) already in progress for over a year in the Afungi peninsula, district of Palma, in the province of Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique. source: Macauhub[/restrict]

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MODEC AWARDED FPSO CONTRACT FOR SNE FIELD OFFSHORE SENEGAL

FPSO Baobab Ivoirien which is currently deployed off Côte d'Ivoire.
FPSO Baobab Ivoirien which is currently deployed off Côte d’Ivoire.  Picture: MODEC

MODEC, Inc, the Japanese general contractor of floating production systems including Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units, says its subsidiary, MODEC International Inc, has been awarded a contract by Woodside Energy (Senegal) B.V., as operator of the SNE Field Development, for a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel for Senegalese waters.

Under the contract, MODEC will perform Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the FPSO and, subject to a final investment decision on the project in 2019, will be responsible for the supply, charter and operations of the FPSO.

The SNE deep-water oil field is expected to be Senegal’s first offshore oil development. The field is located within the Sangomar Deep Offshore permit area, approximately 100 kilometres south of Dakar, Senegal.

The FPSO will be designed to produce around 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day, with the first oil production targeted in 2022. The FPSO will be moored in water depth of approximately 800 metres.

In recent years, numerous offshore oil fields have been discovered in West Africa, and MODEC says it considers this as one of its most important core regions.

MODEC currently operates three FPSOs in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire and has supplied another seven floating production facilities, such as FPSO / FSO / Tension Leg Platform (TLP), that have been installed in Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Nigeria.

The SNE field is held by Woodside Energy (Senegal) B.V. (35%) as Operator, Cairn Energy Senegal (40%), FAR Limited (15%) and PETROSEN (10%) under a Production Sharing Contract (PSC).

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DIGITAL FACELIFT FOR MOMBASA TEA TRADE

Kenya tea plantations. Picture: EATTA, featured on Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Picture: EATTA

Mombasa’s tea auctioning process is about to undergo an overhaul by way of going the digital route.

This follows the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) having received Sh150.2 million to upgrade the Mombasa Auction, reports the Standard Digital.

As a result the the entire tea auctioning process at Mombasa will be…

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NEW UGANDA PORT FOR KAMPALA RECEIVES GO-AHEAD

Victoria, one of the best-known large ships including standard ferries in service with the respective countries sharing Lake Victoria, featuring in a report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Victoria, one of the best-known large ships including standard ferries in service with the respective countries sharing Lake Victoria

Approval has been granted for the construction of the New Kampala Port on Lake Victoria which will be at Busaka, in the town of Kira in Uganda’s Wakiso District. Kira is 14km to the east of Kampala.

The approval was granted this week by the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) despite concerns recorded by Ms Leilah Akello, a senior environment assessment officer at Nema on the grounds that building a new port in that location could lead to dredging.

“The total area and volume of sediments to be dredged is…

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UK DEFENCE SECRETARY ANNOUNCES £235 MILLION SYBMARINE NUCLEAR PROPULSION DEAL

Third Dreadnought boat named

UK Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson MP (right), visiting Rolls-Royce’s facility in Raynesway, Derby on 25 February. Seen here with Rolls-Royce’s Steve Dearden (left), President (Submarines). Defence Secretary Williamson awarded a £235m contract to support nuclear propulsion systems and revealed the name of the third Dreadnought submarine. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
UK Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson MP (right), visiting Rolls-Royce’s facility in Raynesway, Derby on 25 February. Seen here with Rolls-Royce’s Steve Dearden (left), President (Submarines). Defence Secretary Williamson awarded a £235m contract to support nuclear propulsion systems and revealed the name of the third Dreadnought submarine. Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

On 25 February Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson awarded a £235m contract to support nuclear propulsion systems and revealed the name of the third Dreadnought submarine.

The multi-million-pound deal, with Rolls-Royce Submarines Limited will provide the support, advice and material required to ensure the continued safety and availability of the systems on board the current fleet of Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarines until 2022. The contract will…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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TRANSPORT MINISTER IN DURBAN TODAY TO ADDRESS INAUGURAL MARITIME TRANSPORT SECTOR DIALOGUE

Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

South Africa’s Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, will host a two-day Maritime Transport Sector Dialogue from today (Thursday, 28 February) to tomorrow (1 March) at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban.

Maritime stakeholders from government and the private sector, organised labour, shipping industry, business community and academia are participating in the dialogue.

Minister Nzimande will be using the dialogue to promote strong relationships between government and private sector regarding developments, challenges, opportunities and transformation in the sector.

The two-day discussions will also take into consideration the Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy (CMTP) which outlines strategic guidance to transformation and gender parity in the maritime sector, job creation and stimulating the marine for economic development.

The following key topics will be discussed during the dialogue series amongst others:

· Government’s maritime Transport Strategic objectives;
· Safety of Navigation along South Africa coast: key challenges and opportunities;
· Unlocking maritime sector development through the delivery of strategic infrastructure in ports;
· Industry development and transformation;
· Maritime women empowerment in Africa;
· Opportunities and challenges for coastal shipping;
· Mining Charter and its link with the maritime sector.

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SUEZ CANAL REGISTERS HIGHEST DAILY TONNAGE IN 150 YEARS

Photos: Suez Canal Authority ©
Traffic in the Suez Canal

On 6 February the Suez Canal Authority Chairman announced the transit of 75 giant ships registering 5.8 million grt as passing through the Canal that day, the highest ever registered daily tonnage in 150 Years.

Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman and Managing Director of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and Chairman of the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, announced that navigation traffic witnessed, on that day the transit of 75 vessels from both directions registering 5.8 million gross tons, thus registering the highest daily tonnage since…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

Suez bulk carrier, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Suez bulk carrier

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THE EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA CONTAINER TRADES 2019

Dynamar's Eastern & Southern African Container Trades report for 2019, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

Dynamar has just published another well researched report on the worldwide container trades connecting with East & Southern Africa. Building upon earlier editions published biennially since 2011, the report is titled: East & Southern Africa Container Trades (2019)

The report describes this as a trade with contrasts, incorporating, as it does, Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

South Africa has struggled but 2017 suggested a return to growth. Dynamar suggests this should be the start of a trend extending for the next four to five years at least. Even better, whilst South(ern) Africa has been experiencing difficulties, for the most part, the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa, especially, have been posting healthy (GDP) growth figures.

The result of all these developments is a slow but steady change in the economic balance of power away from Southern Africa towards East Africa. Same has even filtered down to container carryings with East Africa/Indian Ocean Islands seeing 28% of the total in 2013, rising to 37% in 2017. Going forward, trade lane volumes are set to continue growing at a compound annual rate of 5% from 2017 to 2022.

These and many other developments are covered in the 2019 edition of the East & Southern Africa Container Trades. Topics covered include:

    • Five deepsea trades lanes: carriers, trade patterns and TEU carryings
    • Eighteen vessel operating carriers: Profiles, services and capacity deployed
    • Twenty-one deepsea services: frequencies, port rotations and trade capacity
    • Twenty-one African ports (deepsea): 5-year throughputs and developments
    • Twenty-three African countries: Population, GDP and key commodities
    • … plus much more

The reports price of PDF – EUR 1,025 | Printed/Bound – EUR 1,045 | Both – EUR 1,110 includes six monthly updates on fresh developments and any new trade statistics becoming available.The East & Southern Africa (worldwide) Container Trades study can be downloaded (requiring a password) at www.dynamar.com/publications/214

Alternatively, email Dynamar at: info@dynamar.com or Tel +31 (72) 514 7400

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UK ORDERED TO HAND BACK CHAGOS ISLANDS (AND DIEGO GARCIA) TO MAURITIUS

Mauritius and the Chagos archipelago. Mapwork: Wikipedia Commons, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Mauritius and the Chagos archipelago.     Mapwork: Wikipedia Commons

The British and US governments are left with an awkward decision of how to respond to the decision by the International Court of Justice that the Indian Ocean islands making up the Chagos Archipelago Group belong to Mauritius and not the UK, which must hand them back “as rapidly as possible”.

The Chagos island occupy roughly the middle of the vast Indian Ocean and are currently administered by the UK as the British Indian Ocean Territory, which has been disputed by Mauritius.

The problem lies in the fact that when the United States selected the main island of the group, Diego Garcia, to build a strategic military base to counter possible actions by India of siding with the Russia/China camp during the Cold War years, Britain offered to lease the island to the US for a period of 50 years and agreed to force the thousands of inhabitants to relocate to either Mauritius, or in some instances to the UK.

As a result the Chagos Islands became uninhabited, until the American military machine moved in to create a huge airfield and naval base on Diego Garcia where the airfield could house a large number of B-52 bombers and sundry other aircraft.

In subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the B-52 bombers have flown bombing missions over those countries while the island has been used as a forwarding staging base for US troops, naval ships and military equipment.

In 2016 the 50-year lease expired only for the UK to agree to continue leasing the island to the US for another 20 years based on an optional extension clause.

When the UK granted independence to Mauritius the UK formally acknowledged the Chagos islands to be a part of Mauritius but separated them from the other islands making up Mauritius as a precondition to the granting of independence to the former colony.

Meanwhile, the people of Chagos, who mostly speak a French Creole dialect, were forced to make new lives for themselves in a land where they were not particularly welcomed.

This Monday (25 February 2019) the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 14 judges ruled – with one dissenting judge (a US judge) – that: “The Court concludes that, as a result of the Chagos Archipelago’s unlawful detachment and its incorporation into a new colony… the process of decolonization of Mauritius was not lawfully completed when Mauritius acceded to independence in 1968.” The ICJ added that the UK “has an obligation to bring to an end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible.”

Among the documents cited by the ICJ is one that reveals that London told Washington that when military facilities were built on Diego Garcia “it would be free from local civilian inhabitants.”

Another document, believed to be one of the so–called Wikileaks states: “Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam [the then Mauritian prime minister] is coming to see you at 10:00 tomorrow morning. The object is to frighten him with hope: hope that he might get independence; Fright lest he might not unless he is sensible about the detachment of the Chagos Archipelago.”

By 1971 all the islanders had been deported from their homeland and forbidden to return.

In an appeal made to the UN General Assembly in 2018, Mauritius argued the separation violated UN Resolution 1514 from 1960, which prohibited breaking up colonies prior to giving them independence.

This Monday, on hearing of the Court’s decision Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth said: “This is a historic moment for Mauritius and all its people, including the Chagossians who were unconscionably removed from their homeland and prevented from returning for the last half century. Our territorial integrity will now be made complete, and when that occurs, the Chagossians and their descendants will finally be able to return home.”

He called the ruling “a historic moment in efforts to bring colonialism to an end.”

In the UK a Foreign Office spokesman made the exaggerated claim that the “defence facilities on the British Indian Ocean Territory [Chagos Islands] help to protect people here in Britain and around the world from terrorist threats, organised crime and piracy.” Referring to the ICJ he added: “This is an advisory opinion, not a judgment.”

Britain’s The Guardian had its own view, “…the unambiguous clarity of the judges’ pronouncement is a humiliating blow to Britain’s prestige on the world stage.”

The following YouTube videos have been assembled – all of them being made several years ago and each a few years before the latest court decision. Included is one that presents the aspect of environmental advantage to having a deserted group of islands – one of the pieces of propaganda used to justify the action of deporting the island inhabitants.

VIDEOS

Video-John Pilger, ‘Proven Conspiracy – Chagos Islanders expelled to Mauritius‘ [5:16]

Let us return – the story of the Chagos Islanders‘ [16:46]

Chagos the world’s largest coral atoll, the Chagos Archipelago‘ [9:08]

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NIGERIAN PORTS REOPEN AFTER ELECTION SHUT-DOWN

Port of Apapa scene, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Apapa scene

Nigerian ports have returned to normality following the shutdown during the national elections at the weekend.

By Federal Government decree all ports of entry to the country, which of necessity included all the nation’s seaports, were forced to close not only their borders but marine operations between 12h00 on Friday 22 February and 12h00 on Sunday 24 February 2019.

Port workers operate on time-specific shifts and it isn’t easy to arrange for crews to report for duty outside the normal hours of each shift. As a consequence by Sunday evening port workers were seen returning to take up their duties at the Lagos Port Complex Apapa and the Tin Can Island Port.

Similar responses were to be observed at the Onne and Port Harcourt ports with terminals having to clear away the backlogs that the short closure had caused.

By early this week it was being reported that working conditions had returned quickly to normal with ships’ cargo being handled and landside operations taking effect. source@ Ships and Ports

Video ‘Apapa the Port [11:21]

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CSA 2020 SAYS SCRUBBER WASHWATER COMPOSITION STUDY SHOWED POSITIVE RESULTS

CSA 2020 latest viewpoint on use of scrubbers, reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) took advantage of the 6th session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR6) held in London this week – and the presence of member state delegates from across the world – to hold its first technical conference and present a detailed study of the composition and quality of exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS, or “scrubber”) washwater.

CSA 2020 represents a group of leading companies from the commercial shipping and passenger ship industries that have been leaders in emission control efforts through significant investments in research and analysis, funding and committing resources to comply with 2020 fuel requirements through the development and use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS).

The three-year, Carnival-led study collected…

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SOUTH AFRICA’S ZACUBE-2 NANOSATELLITE TRANSMITS FIRST IMAGES FROM SPACE

South Africa's ZACUBE-2 satellite now orbiting the earth and transmitting back data regarding ships on the SA coastline, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
ZACUBE-2 satellite now orbiting the earth ad transmitting back data on the ships on the SA coastline

When Professor Robert van Zyl unveiled the first images transmitted by the ZACube-2 nanosatellite, he felt that all the hours that went into the project were well worth it.

The images showed the busy traffic flow of vessels along one of the continent’s most lucrative coastlines.

After unveiling the images, Van Zyl, the director of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) satellite programme, said he was…

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CLOUDY WATERS

Roman sediment plume at sea. Photo Credit: Id 417156 Title Sediment plume at sea. Released 25/02/2019 10:49am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Roman sediment plume at sea. Photo Credit: Id 417156 Title Sediment plume at sea. Released 25/02/2019 10:49am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO ©

By courtesy of ESA and the Copernicus mission
Space in images: A sediment plume at sea
The Sentinel family of earth observers

The Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite captured this true-colour image (above) on 5 February 2019, just three days after heavy rainfall in Rome and the surrounding area of Lazio, Italy. It shows sediment gushing into the Tyrrhenian Sea, part of the Mediterranean Sea. The downpour on 2 February led to flooded streets, the closing of the banks of the Tiber River and several roads.

The Tiber River can be seen snaking its way southwards in the image. The third longest river in Italy, it rises in the Apennine Mountains and flows around 400 km before flowing through the city of Rome and draining into the sea near the town of Ostia.

The Tiber River plays an important role in sediment transport, so coastal waters here are often discoloured. However, the recent rains resulted in a large amount of sediment pouring into the Tyrrhenian Sea, as this image shows. The sediment plume can be seen stretching 28 km from the coast, carried northwest by currents.

Copernicus Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission. Each satellite carries a high-resolution multispectral imager to monitor changes in vegetation. It also provides information on pollution in lakes and coastal waters.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

The Sentinel family: The Sentinel missions mark a new era in Earth observation focusing on delivering a wealth of operational data for decades to come. The six different missions carry a range of state-of-the-art technologies to supply a stream of complementary imagery and data tailored to the needs of Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme. Credit: Id 310095 Released 29/04/2014 10:23am Copyright ESA © as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
The Sentinel family: The Sentinel missions mark a new era in Earth observation focusing on delivering a wealth of operational data for decades to come. The six different missions carry a range of state-of-the-art technologies to supply a stream of complementary imagery and data tailored to the needs of Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme. Credit: Id 310095 Released 29/04/2014 10:23am Copyright ESA ©

 

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ATTEMPTED PIRATE ATTACK ON CONTAINER SHIP IN GULF OF GUINEA

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports an attempted pirate attack on a container ship underway in the Gulf of Guinea.

The attempt took place in position 02:59.5N – 005:56.6E, around 80 nautical miles South-West of Bayelsa, Nigeria, and was reported as having taken place on 21 February at 00h16 UTC.

According to the report given to the IMB around four to six armed pirates in a speed boat chased after the container ship which was underway and…

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MOZAMBIQUE DEPLOYS TROOPS TO THE NORTH TO PROTECT GAS EXPLORATION

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Mozambique troops to be deployed to the north of the country

Mozambique is to deploy troops and other security forces to Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique in response to recent terror attacks on oil and gas companies involved in gas exploration in the north of the country near the Tanzanian border.

There have been repeated attacks on civilians in the region with the signature of Jihadist terror groups – execution of innocent villagers including the beheading of people and burning of houses.

Matters escalated however when a person working for a Portuguese company contracted to the American Anadarko oil and gas exploration company was killed while…

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FIVE NEW DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES ARRIVE IN MAPUTO FOR CFM

New diesel-electric locomotives for CFM-Sul.  Picture: Domingo, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
New diesel-electric locomotives for CFM-Sul.  Picture: Domingo

Mozambique’s state-owned Ports and Railways (CFM-Sul) has invested US$ 37.5 million to purchase five new diesel-electric locomotives and 500 platform wagons to improve cargo handling capacity.

The purchase has been financed by Mozambique using its own funds, i.e. without a bank loan.

According to an anonymous source from CFM, quoted in the Sunday issue of the weekly ‘Domingo’, said that the locomotives, which have already arrived in Maputo, have the capacity to pull wagons carrying a cargo up to 2,700 tons, up from 1,800 tons of the equipment currently in use.

The new locomotives were imported from the United States, while the wagons were purchased in the neighbouring South Africa and are expected to arrive soon.

Over 20 years have passed since CFM purchased new wagons. Therefore, over the last few years it was forced to make constant and costly repairs of the existing rolling stock to fulfil its commitments with its clients.

To minimise the shortage of rolling stock, CFM has also rented wagons from neighbouring countries, especially in Zimbabwe, which is expected to stop after the arrival of the new wagons.

With this acquisition, the CFM will be able to better meet the needs of its customers, on both the Ressano Garcia (to South Africa) and Limpopo (to Zimbabwe) railway lines, which link the port of Maputo to the two countries respectively. source: AIM & Domingo

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STRIKE ACTION BY PORT WORKERS REJECTING CONCESSIONING AT PORT SUDAN

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Port Sudan Container Terminal.      Image: CHEC

Port workers are reported to be continuing their strike action at Port Sudan, where they are objecting to the signing of a concession agreement made between the Sudan port authority and the Philippine company, International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI).

When a presidential committee tried to visit the port last week the workers refused to meet with the committee on the grounds that…

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VIKING JUPITER DELIVERED WITH THORDON WATER LUBRICATED PROPULSION ARRANGEMENT

Viking Jupiter nearing completion at Fincantieir, Ancona, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Viking Jupiter nearing completion at Fincantieir, Ancona

VIKING JUPITER, the 47,800gt cruise ship built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy for Viking Cruises, has been delivered with a Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft system. It is the sixth Viking cruise ship to be fitted out with the COMPAC bearing arrangement.

Two 930 passenger-capacity sisterships, Viking Tellus and Viking Venus, currently undergoing construction at Fincantieri and slated for delivery in 2021, have also been specified with the pollution-free Thordon system. Further newbuilds of the same class have also been ordered for delivery between 2022 and 2027, though supply contracts have yet to be finalised.

Richard Goodwin, Vice President, Engineering, Viking River Cruises, said: “From the outset, when we first entered the cruise market four years ago with Viking Star, we opted for water lubricated propulsion as a cost-effective means of reducing the impact of our operations on the marine environment. The COMPAC system has proven itself both commercially and operationally and we look forward to working with Thordon on future projects.”

Thordon Bearings’ President and CEO, Terry McGowan, added: “We congratulate Viking Cruises and Fincantieri on the successful and timely delivery of the sixth vessel in this class, a series of ships that have proven immensely popular with passengers and crew. We are delighted that both owner and builder continue to support the use of COMPAC water lubricated propulsion.”

Viking’s fleet of modern passenger ships are each equipped with energy-efficient hybrid engines to minimise airborne pollution, while the COMPAC propeller shaft bearing system is lubricated by seawater and does not require an aft seal, reducing in-service maintenance costs. The vessels’ hull has also been optimised for fuel efficiency.

According to Alfredo Tosato, Managing Director at Pedrotec, Thordon Bearings authorised distributor in Italy, Fincantieri frequently specifies COMPAC for its newbuilding projects.

“When Viking started working with Fincantieri on these vessels, the shipbuilder recommended the Thordon solution at the design stage due to the excellent performance of the installations on the Disney Magic and Princess Cruise Lines’ Grand Princess. For every new project where a conventional propulsion arrangement is selected, we work with both builder and owner to design and engineer the optimum bearing solution.”

Pedrotec is currently negotiating the engineering and supply for the continuation of four Viking newbuilds.

The first of the series, Viking Star was delivered in 2015, followed in subsequent years by Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, and Viking Orion.

The delivery of Viking Jupiter places Viking in pole position as the world’s largest small ship ocean cruise line, only four years after launching its ocean business.

The first Viking cruise ship to visit South Africa, Viking Sun is due in April when she will call at a number of ports. source: Press Release

Thordon bearings for Viking Jupiter, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Thordon Bearings propeller shaft system for Viking Jupiter

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FRENCH SHIP CASSARD CONDUCTS 2ND DRUG SEIZURE OFF COAST OF OMAN

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Dhow with FS Cassard in the background. Picture: Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)

Last week it was the turn of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon, operating with Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to intercept a large amount of heroin being smuggled towards Africa on a stateless dhow.

Now it is the turn of the French naval ship FS CASSARD to register its second successful interception of illegal drugs also being smuggled in a stateless dhow.

FS Cassard (D614), a guided missile destroyer of the French Navy on assignment with CTF 150 seized and destroyed 2,031 kg of hashish in the northern Arabian Sea in international waters off the coast of Oman on 22nd February, 2019.

This marks the second successful boarding for FS Cassard while operating under the direction of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. On 31st January 2019, FS Cassard seized and…

FS Cassard with hashih being smuggled to Africa on board a dhow intercepted in the Arabian Sea, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

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ETHIOPIA SIGNS PIPELINE DEAL WITH DJIBOUTI

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     Ethiopia and the Ogaden Desert basin.    Map:  Wikipedia Commons

Earlier this month Ethiopia and Djibouti signed a deal that will result in the construction of a strategic 767-km pipeline from the Ogaden Basin where Ethiopia is extracting natural gas to the export terminal on the Gulf of Aden coast of Djibouti.

“It is the most expensive project ever…

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KEEL LAID TO MARK CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST OF THREE MULTI-MISSION INSHORE PATROL VESSELS FOR SA NAVY

South African economy to benefit from the building of new navy vessels

General appearance of the new patrol vessels for the SA Navy, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
General appearance of the new patrol vessels for the SA Navy

At a keel-laying ceremony held in Cape Town on Saturday 23 February, 2019, a start was made on constructing the first of three Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol vessels for the SA Navy.

The ceremony took place at the shipyards of Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT).

The inshore patrol vessels form part of the SA Navy’s Project Biro. The vessels will aid in protecting the country from threats such as trafficking, illegal fishing and piracy, as well as the supporting of job creation and enterprise development.

The keel laying ceremony is a maritime tradition that dates back to…

One of three Multi-mission inshore patrol vessel for the SA Navy, under construction at Damen Shipyards Cape Town

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RED FACES AS TWO MSC CRUISES’ SHIPS EMBARRASSINGLY COLLIDE


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An embarrassing collision took place between two cruise ships from the same company in Buenos Aires harbour last week.

The two ships involved are MSC ORCHESTRA, which is due to sail in South African waters during the 2019/20 summer season, and MSC POESIA. Both were berthed at the Puerto Madero Waterfront section of the Argentine port and when MSC Orchestra began to depart, bound for the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, everything went horribly wrong.

The 92,400-gt MSC Orchestra left her berth and in the company of tugs began to make her departure. It seems that the ship made a premature turn to starboard to sail around the quay on which MSC Poesia was berthed. Either that or she lost power and control for she crashed sideways onto the other ship.

After sideswiping the other ship, MSC Orchestra’s bow swung onto the quayside damaging a steel structure on the corner that fell into the water.

In the inevitable YouTube video of the incident onlookers (above), a woman can be heard screaming, “No, No” as the two ships came together with a loud screeching and grinding of metal.

Another video which was clearly taken from the bridge of the MSC Poesia shows the collision and sections of the bridgeworks breaking up from the smash.

An investigation into the accident was immediately set up by the Argentine Naval Prefecture. There didn’t appear to be serious damage to either ship other than to the reputation and blushes of those responsible, but MSC Orchestra was to undergo some repairs in Montevideo.

One can only imagine the next step, which was to explain to headquarters in Europe what had happened to not just one but two MSC Cruises’ ships!

The accident occurred a week after another cruise ship, Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Epic collided with two mooring points in San Juan, Puerto Rico, causing a connecting pedestrian bridge to collapse into the water.

MSC Orchestra is due to replace MSC Musica for the 2019/20 summer cruise season in South Africa. Musica will return to SA for the following summer.

MSC Orchestra (left) in collision with MSC Poesia, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

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FIFTH DRUG STRIKE FOR HMS DRAGON UNDER CTF 150 COMMAND

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The dhow that was intercepted and searched, seen from the destroyer

The Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS DRAGON D35 has carried out its fifth successful drug bust when the naval ship operating under the direction of Combined Task Force (CTF 150) intercepted and searched a dhow sailing in the Arabian Sea towards Africa.

During the ‘bust’ the naval ship seized and destroyed 49kg of heroin that was hidden in the dhow. The heroin had an estimated value of just over…

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Royal Navy and Royal Marines boarding party on RIB

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JIHADISTS ATTACK ANADARKO WORKERS NEAR PALMA AND EXECUTE ONE MAN – ANADARKO SEEKS ARMOURED VEHICLES

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Palma, northern Mozambique

Jihadists operating in northern Mozambique have for the first time (as far as is known) attacked personnel of the American oil company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. It was reported on Friday that one of the Anadarko men working on developing a new airport near the port town of Palma was killed by a group of the Islamist terrorists.

According to sources the man was beheaded, which is becoming a symbol of the Jihadists who have been roaming across the district and making their attacks for more than a year and with apparent freedom. Until now no one connected to any of the oil companies preparing to go into production offshore and on land in the Rovuma Basin and adjacent land area has been reported as having come under direct threat. This latest atrocity marks an escalation of the insurgency.

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NAMPORT AND PORT OF DUNKERQUE SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Representatives of the visiting French Port of Dunkerque and from the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) after the signing of a MoU at Walvis Bay on Thursday, reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Representatives of the visiting French Port of Dunkerque and from the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) after the signing of a MoU at Walvis Bay on Thursday

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its counterpart the Dunkerque Port in France.

The signing took place on Thursday 21 February in the Namport Executive Boardroom at the Port of Walvis Bay, attended by a visiting delegation from the Port of Dunkerque and senior representatives of Namport. The MoU is to foster a stronger relationship between the two ports.

France’s third-ranking port, Dunkerque or Dunkirk as it is more commonly recognised in English, is a well known heavy bulk cargo port catering for its numerous industrial installations. It has also built its reputation in other sectors such as cross-Channel Ro-Ro traffic to the UK, containers, fruit, etc.

Classified as the 7th port of the North Europe Range which extends from Le Havre to Hamburg, it is also France’s leading port for ore and coal imports; France’s leading port for containerised fruit imports; France’s leading port for copper imports; and France’s second-ranking port for trade with the UK.

The port extends along a frontage of 17 km and has two entries for shipping : the older, to the east, which is restricted to ships with draughts of 14,2 metres (Eastern Port), and the other to the west, which is more recent and can accommodate ships with draughts of up to 22 metres (Western Port).

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WILHELMSEN REPORTS STRONG RESULTS FOR FOURTH QUARTER 2018 – 5% INCREASE IN TOP LINE

Vehicle carrier Torrens at Fremantle. Picture: Wikiwand, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Vehicle carrier Torrens at Fremantle. Picture: Wikiwand

Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA, the shipping group which does extensive business in South African and other African ports with its vehicle carrying fleet, has recorded a 5% increase in top line earnings for the 4th quarter 2018.

Maritime services also noted a positive development in EBITDA, the announcement stated. The fourth quarter, however, ended at a net loss due to a substantial change in fair value evaluation of the group’s investments.

It said the market prospects for 2019 call for a…

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NEW STRATEGIC APPOINTMENTS STRENGTHEN SOUTHERN AFRICAN SHIPYARD’S TEAM

SA Navy frigate SAS Amatola under refit at SA Shipyards repair quay in Durban, Picture: Steve McCurrach, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
SA Navy frigate SAS Amatola under refit at SA Shipyards repair quay in Durban, section of the floating dock at far left (blue, with tug under repair) Picture: Steve McCurrach

Southern African Shipyard (SAS) ship repair division was strengthened when it recently welcomed a trio of experts with some 120 years of experience in the industry between them.

John Coetzee, SAS Sales Manager, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
John Coetzee, SAS Sales Manager

John Coetzee, the sales manager, has notched up a wealth of knowledge in various companies during his 47 years in shipping, while Louis Maujean, the project manager has 38 years behind him and Derek Kurten, the national sales manager for the division, has 35 years under his belt.

Coetzee’s long stint in the industry started out in Durban and his career also involved working as an independent in Johannesburg, before he returned to Durban to work for another company in Durban’s Bayhead area. As well as running contracts for the company, he was also involved in marketing.

Louis Marjean, project manager at SA Shipyards, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Louis Marjean, project manager at SA Shipyards

Maujean’s previous job involved looking after 13 ships and doing all the technical work and running the South African operation for a a German-based maritime carrier.

“I used to work for shipping owners; now I’m working for owners’ contractors, so I can see both sides of the story and that’s to my advantage,” he said.

 

Derek Kurten, national sales manager at SA Shipyards, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Derek Kurten, national sales manager at SA Shipyards

Kurten has experience in vessel operations, chartering and ship brokering and he previously worked for a ships agency and logistical services company.

“We are thrilled to have assembled such a talented team,” said Charles Maher, who heads up the division.

SA Shipyard is based at the Bayhead in the Port of Durban, where it operates its own floating dock and ship repair quay.

 

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CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES AT PORT OF NGQURA LIQUID BULK TERMINAL

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At a sod-turning ceremony held yesterday work officially commenced on the Port of Ngqura’s future liquid bulk terminal, which is being developed and will be operated by Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (Pty) Ltd (OTGC).

The Ngqura liquid bulk tank farm will replace the existing facilities at the nearby port of Port Elizabeth which will then be decommissioned.

The two ports are in close proximity a mere 22km apart in Nelson Mandela Bay (Algoa Bay).

According to a statement issued yesterday the Ngqura terminal will pave the way for Ngqura’s establishment as a new petroleum trading hub for Southern Africa.

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DURBAN-BUILT BARGE WILL BE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD

What the energy barge will look like, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
What the energy barge will look like

Southern African Shipyards (SAS) is gearing up to produce a unique state-of-the-art barge which will be the only one of its kind in the world.

The company, based at Bayhead in the Port of Durban, has been commissioned to build a R700-million energy barge for visionary entrepreneur Aldworth Mblati, the chief executive of DNG Energy, who is at the forefront of the Liquefied National Gas (LNG) revolution.

The first piece of steel was cut for the barge-to be called DNG Genesis- at the same ceremony at the end of last year when the first piece of steel was cut for SAS’s other mega contract, the SA Navy’s hydrographic survey ship.

Some 650 people will eventually be employed on both projects, while thousands of other indirect jobs will be created over the years.

Mblati has said that he could well have turned to China to have the barge built but that he wanted in built at SAS in Durban.

“I want it built in South Africa as it is important to create jobs. The money that is being kept in the country will allow South Africa to achieve a higher economic growth,” he said.

“Our success must be South Africa’s success,” he added.

Prasheen Maharaj, SAS’s chief executive, said the company was very grateful to DNG Energy and the patriotic leadership of its chief executive in entrusting SAS to build such a complex barge.

“The obligation upon us now as black industrialists is to ensure that local jobs are created and maintained and that smaller and emerging BEE enterprises benefit,” he said.

The barge, which is currently in the design stage at SAS, will be 143m-long and 34m-wide and will be 8,000 tons, which is predicted to be the largest vessel by weight ever to be built in Africa.

DNG Energy aims to invest more than R69-billion in creating a Pan African LNG supply network over the next five years.

It has a floating storage terminal and LNG will be stored at the terminal and then offloaded onto the SAS-built barge, which will act at a work horse, operating in Southern African waters and transporting energy to South African and SADC customers.

The exact location of the storage terminal will be revealed in March.

Mblati points out that liquefied natural gas is between 25 and 40% cheaper than other fuel and is also cleaner, and that his company aims to supply the country’s mining and trucking industry as well as industrial and commercial users.

It has the potential to become a prominent fuel in the petroleum industry with fuel stations of the future having natural gas at the pumps.

He says that LNG will dramatically improve the economy, reasoning that if the country stopped spending large amount of money importing refined gas, the rand will grow stronger and the country’s GDP will improve.

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INDIAN REGISTER OF SHIPPING (IRClass) TO FOCUS ON BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN GREECE

IRClass vessel

Since opening its Greek office in 2010, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has made inroads into the Greek shipping market. Based in Piraeus, the IRClass office has been actively engaged with Greek shipyards and owners to offer its full range of classification services.

It has recently certified three ro-ro vessels in Greece for the Theodoropoulos shipyard and has also…

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DJIBOUTI SAYS DORALEH IS NOW BETTER RUN THAN A YEAR AGO AND IS A WORLD-CLASS COMMERCIAL & LOGISTICS HUB

Doraleh Multipurpose Port, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Doraleh Multipurpose Port

A year ago, on 22 February 2018, the State of Djibouti prematurely terminated the concession for the Doraleh container port, awarded in 2006 to Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT), a company essentially controlled by DP World, a minority shareholder.

A year after the termination, motivated by the country’s development imperatives and the necessity to control its strategic infrastructure, the Doraleh container terminal has established itself as an efficient structure, operated by a wholly publicly owned Djiboutian company, SGTD, which works for the public interest, say the Djibouti authorities in a statement issued today (Thursday 21 February 2019).

According to the statement, this has happened despite the ‘fake news’ campaigns, the multiplication of legal proceedings, and other attempts by DP World to intimidate the Djibouti State and its strategic partners.

Located at the mouth of the Bab el Mandeb Strait, at the intersection of the world’s main trade routes, the port clearly has multiple vocations: to serve its region, and in particular its Ethiopian sister nation, while positioning itself as a major transshipment platform, in direct alignment with Asia.

In early February, before members of the US Senate Committee on Armed Forces, General Thomas Waldhauser, Commander-in-Chief of AFRICOM (United States Africa Command), pointed out that the Doraleh container port had provided better services since DP World’s departure.

He also stated that the Republic of Djibouti, through the logistical and strategic platforms that it provides American forces in the region and in Africa, was an important strategic partner of the United States.

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The US military base at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti

However, Djibouti’s ambitions extend beyond the port of Doraleh. The container terminal is one of the cornerstones of an ambitious national development project: to make Djibouti a major commercial and logistics hub between Asia, Africa and the rest of the world. In addition to Doraleh’s development, a new multi-purpose port was set up on the same site (DMP, May 2017) and the Goubet and Tadjourah ports were opened (June 2017).

Boosting this expansion even more is the new free zone, expected to be the largest in Africa (opened in July 2018), and the launch of the new rail link between Djibouti and Addis Ababa (January 2018).

More recently still, an agreement with global scope in the energy sector was concluded on 17 February between Ethiopia and Djibouti. It provides for the commissioning of a gas pipeline between the natural gas fields of the Ogaden Basin in Ethiopia and the Djibouti coast. This will be followed, in a second phase, by the construction and operation of a natural gas liquefaction plant and a gas terminal in the Damerjog area, all with total private financing of around US$4 billion from POLY-GCL Petroleum Group Holdings Limited (China), the developer of this mega project.

The Ethiopian economy is on a long-term upward trend. The links between the two nations – strategic, commercial and cultural – are deep and long-standing. The spectacular regional “detente” enhances opportunities for all. For its part, Djibouti has invested heavily over the years in the establishment of enabling infrastructure and a legal framework that is strongly favorable to the private sector and service companies. This increase was highlighted by its 55-position leap in the 2018 Doing Business ranking.

map of Djibouti, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
map of Djibouti

Djibouti’s development project is therefore clearly underway. The major investments and amounts committed reflect the confidence of international partners in Djibouti’s long-term vision.

The Republic of China has actively participated in this effort either in terms of direct investment or through the financing of Djibouti projects. And as part of the new Silk Roads and its African strategy, China has established itself as an essential partner.

This “great Djibouti ambition” is supported by a constant geostrategic balance. Located on a maritime route vital to world trade, Djibouti fully assumes its role in maintaining security in the Gulf of Aden and in the fight against terrorism. The country has also established itself as a key humanitarian hub, in particular to assist civilian populations affected by the conflict in Yemen.

“The Republic of Djibouti, mindful of its responsibilities and alliances, would like to assure its friends around the world of its commitment to openness and its willingness to defend the interests of all, while upholding Djibouti’s rights and ensuring equity.” source: Government of Djibouti

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TNPA HAS CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR PORT ELIZABETH TANKER BERTH OUTAGE

Port Elizabeth tank farm. There is a scheduled five-week shutdown of the tanker berth in the Port Elizabeth harbour from Monday, 18 February until Monday, 25 March 2019 to effect repairs, however the tank farm landside operations will still continue during the berth outage. Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
There is a scheduled five-week shutdown of the tanker berth in the Port Elizabeth harbour from Monday, 18 February until Monday, 25 March 2019 to effect repairs, however the tank farm landside operations will still continue during the berth outage

Transnet National Ports Authority says it gives its full assurance that contingency plans are in place to avoid disruptions to fuel supplies during a scheduled five-week shutdown of the tanker berth in the Port Elizabeth harbour. The shutdown commenced on Monday this week, 18 February and will continue until Monday, 25 March 2019.

The berth outage will enable repairs to be carried out on the corroded steel structures supporting the berth’s access walkway.

“TNPA made the decision to temporarily close the Port of PE’s tanker berth after extensive consultation with the oil companies, namely liquid bulk terminal operators operating out of the PE Tank Farm and the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA),” said PE Port Manager Rajesh Dana.

“In our engagements with the oil companies, TNPA both advised and encouraged them to ramp up on the stock holdings at the PE harbour ahead of this shutdown and they have assured us that they have mitigation measures in place to ensure uninterrupted fuel supply to Nelson Mandela Bay. TNPA will meet them weekly during the repair period to share progress and address any challenges.”

During the repair period, fuel trucks will be redirected to the Port of East London’s Liquid Bulk Terminals, where there is sufficient capacity to manage the temporary diversion.

The tank farm landside operations of supplying local fuel outlets will still continue during the berth outage. No negative impact is anticipated for the port’s other operations including marine operations, the fishing industry, bunkering and more.

According to Dana there is no need for panic. “Whilst we appreciate isolated concerns regarding the closure, we have been assured by the oil companies that they have mitigation measures in place to ensure uninterrupted fuel supply to Nelson Mandela Bay. This matter is receiving our priority attention and weekly meeting on progress of the works will be held to ensure the timely completion of the repair works.”

Aerial view of the Port Elizabeth harbour and tank farm as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Aerial view of the harbour and tank farm

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Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius.

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

 

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“If you make yourself hostage to a racist past, you can budget on a racist future.”

– Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert

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