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Entangled whale off Sea Point, Cape Town. Picture: SAWDN, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Entangled whale off Sea Point, Cape Town.   Picture: SAWDN

Juvenile Southern Right whale freed in a whale disentanglement operation off-shore of Sea Point

At 14h38, Friday, 29 March, the SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) volunteers were activated following reports from Francois Stapelberg, of African Eagle Marine Eco Tours, aboard their tourist boat Eagle 1, reporting to have come across a whale entangled in fishing rope, fishing gear and flotation buoys, 1.5 nautical miles off-shore of the Sea Point Pavilion.

A sea rescue craft conducting sea trials in the area diverted to investigate and it was confirmed to be an entangled 10 metre juvenile Southern Right whale and SAWDN were activated and the NSRI were requested to assist with sea rescue craft.

Francois had first alerted SAWDN to the same whale in February but despite an extensive search by SAWDN and NSRI no sign of the whale could be found.

On three further occasions in February and in March sightings of the same whale had been reported in Table Bay, Clifton and up the West Coast but every time SAWDN and NSRI responded all attempts to locate the whale were unsuccessful.

On two occasions a Girocopter was volunteered by Jean Tresfon to try to locate the whale but on both occasions no sign of the whale could be located.

On Friday, after finding the whale, Francois had taken his tourists back to the harbour before returning to seek out the whale which he was able to locate for a second time that day.

SAWDN also requested assistance from the Cape Town Boating Network and they had a member, who is also an NSRI spotter, locate the whale using a telescope from a residence high up of Sea Point, and a member who was launching his boat to go on a pleasure cruise also offered to assist in locating the whale.

Having confirmed sightings of the whale the NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue craft was launched accompanied by SAWDN volunteers and on arrival on the scene Francois was in attendance to point out the whale and it became evident why the animal had eluded previous search efforts for so long – due to a heavy clump of fishing gear wrapped around the whales tail in six entanglements forcing the tail to mostly lie under the water surface making it difficult to identify the whale as entangled.

NSRI Table Bay and NSRI Bakoven remained on alert to assist.

The whale was tired, said Mike Meyer of SAWDN, and two whales remained by the entangled whales side throughout the operation which always adds an element of emotion to these operations but the SAWDN crew were determined to free the whale having finally located it after so many previous unsuccessful efforts.

Kegging lines were attached to the entanglement and using the specialised cutting equipment the crew set about cutting the six ropes around the tail harbouring a clump of fishing gear and flotation buoys and another three around the fluke.

During the operation the whale dived under water a number of times and the close proximity of the other two whales made the operation challenging particularly because of the weight of the gear around the tail causing the tail to lie under water most of the time which made it difficult to determine which whale we were there to disentangle.

In an operation lasting about 20 minutes the SAWDN crew was able to cut free all entangled lines and all of the ropes and gear and buoys were recovered for disposal.

The disentangled whale, and its two companions went on their way leaving the crew confident of the affected whales survival following this ordeal and delighted with the successful operation.

SAWDN commend Francois Stapelberg for his involvement in locating this whale and all involved in the ongoing search for this whale and the operation.

About the SAWDN

The South African Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) was established in 2006 in order to manage entangled whales using specialised equipment and is comprised of trained volunteers from the – National Sea Rescue Institute, KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, Department of Environmental Affairs, Centre for Sustainable Oceans at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Nature, Mammal Research Institute, South African National Parks, South African Police Service, Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, Cape Nature, Bayworld, various Boat Based Whale Watching and Shark Cage Diving Operators, the Rock Lobster Industry and the Octopus Industry and fully supported by the Dolphin Action and Protection Group.

SAWDN covers the entire South African coastline. Whales assisted to date: 174


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As the situation in Beira and surrounding districts, and also in Malawi and Zimbabwe turns to recovery by the local populations, many of whom having lost everything in the floods and fury that accompanied Cyclone Idai earlier in March, so too is attention being given to dealing with the trauma that ordinary people suffered.

This unnamed experienced captain of a service vessel at Beira describes to one of the chaplains how he has faced many storms and cyclones in Mozambique waters but this one, he said, left him scared, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
This unnamed experienced captain of a service vessel at Beira describes to one of the chaplains how he has faced many storms and cyclones in Mozambique waters but this one, he said, left him scared.

For a large number the aftermath of the storm meant them clinging to trees or roof tops as flood waters rose around them, waiting in the uncertain hope that someone would come to rescue them.

For many that was a long wait but eventually rescuers did come.   Among the very…


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Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) this week welcomed a high-level delegation from the Miami-Dade County in the United States for a tour of South Africa’s second busiest port, the Port of Cape Town.

Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Commission, Commissioner Audrey M Edmonson, and Cape Town Harbour Master and Acting Port Manager, Captain Alex Miya, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Commission, Commissioner Audrey M Edmonson, and Cape Town Harbour Master and Acting Port Manager, Captain Alex Miya

The visit on Tuesday 26 March formed part of the Miami-Dade Business Development Mission to South Africa from March 24 to March 27, 2019.

The Miami-Dade delegation was led by Ms Audrey M Edmonson, Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Commission. She was joined by senior representatives of entities including Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Port Miami, Miami-Dade County’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and Miami Downtown Development Authority.

TNPA and the Miami-Dade County enjoy an ongoing relationship which included the signing of an MOU in 2014 to collaborate on vital skills and training, internships and exchanges between Miami and South African ports. There have also been several visits to the port over the years.

Outcomes of the MOU to date include collaboration on cruise business best practices, expanding trade routes to and from Miami Port and capitalising on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) opportunities from Cape Town.

The Port of Miami’s largest exports to South Africa include machinery, vehicles, electronics and textiles, while South Africa’s largest exports to Miami are metal, steel articles, textiles and live trees.

Miami is the closest US entry point into the key North American market. It is viewed as a world-class city, global gateway, logistics hub and cruise tourism capital of the world.

Meanwhile the Port of Cape Town – one of eight commercial and complementary ports along South Africa’s nearly 3000 kilometre coastline – handles a variety of cargo, including fresh produce and South Africa’s famous Cape wines for export. The port supports a vibrant fishing sector, a burgeoning off-shore oil and gas industry and provides ship repair services.

It is also one of two home ports serving the fast-growing cruise industry and attracting growing numbers of tourists. The V&A Waterfront was awarded a concession by TNPA for the development of the Cruise Terminal facility at E Berth, which is now at Phase three of its development.

TNPA’s Cape Town acting Port Manager, Captain Alex Miya said the South African port authority was committed to exploring various ways in which to grow the relationship between the Port of Miami and the Port of Cape Town.

Other engagements during the Miami-Dade delegation’s Cape Town visit included discussions with the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, the City’s International Relations Office, U.S. & South African Trade Officials, WESGRO and Business-to-Business matchmaking meetings with private sector participants.


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Trucks set alight on N-3 highway near Mooi River, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Trucks set alight on N-3 highway between Pietermaritzburg and Ladysmith near Mooi River

Further attacks of trucks travelling between the port city of Durban and Gauteng have taken place, with four trucks stopped by armed men on the N-3 near Mooi River before being set alight.

The latest attack is thought to be linked to xenophobic disruptions involving the destruction of trucks in and around the greater Durban area and on the main N-3 highway inland by armed men claiming to be protesting against the use of foreign truck drivers and crew by…


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Ghana's new container terminal at Tema as it will appear, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Ghana’s new container terminal at Tema as it will appear

Denmark and Ghana have cooperated on e-navigation resources, implementation of international regulations and training of tug masters since 2015.

It was reported by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) at the end of March that this strategic sector cooperation has been extended until 2021.

This cooperation between Denmark and Ghana is to support capacity building in the maritime sector to the benefit of both countries.

Denmark and Ghana have cooperated on e-navigation solutions, implementation of international regulations and training of tugboat captains since 2015. This week, the strategic sector cooperation was extended until 2021, from a report featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Denmark and Ghana have cooperated on e-navigation solutions, implementation of international regulations and training of tugboat captains since 2015. This week, the strategic sector cooperation was extended until 2021

Andreas Nordseth, Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, said during…

Edited by Paul Ridgway


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Pictured at the TNPA Port of East London exhibition stand at the Eastern Cape Export Symposium were (left to right) Sixolile Makaula - Business Strategy and Stakeholder Manager at TNPA Port of East London, Linda Lubengu, ECDC’s Export Relations Coordinator for the Buffalo City Export Helpdesk, and Dirk Botes, Customer Relationship Manager at the Port of East London. Featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pictured at the TNPA Port of East London exhibition stand at the Eastern Cape Export Symposium were (left to right) Sixolile Makaula – Business Strategy and Stakeholder Manager at TNPA Port of East London, Linda Lubengu, ECDC’s Export Relations Coordinator for the Buffalo City Export Helpdesk, and Dirk Botes, Customer Relationship Manager at the Port of East London

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has again voiced its commitment to using the ports of the Eastern Cape to drive economic growth and long-term sustainability.

This was made clear during the port landlord’s participation at the inaugural Eastern Cape Export Symposium held in East London on 27-28 March.

An initiative of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) in partnership with the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the symposium brought together industry experts, established exporters and export-ready small businesses with the aim of facilitating high value export deals and forming new trade collaborations between existing and export-ready businesses.

East London port Manager, Sharon Sijako, said TNPA saw the ports as natural partners to help create awareness of different import and export opportunities.

“If we can achieve a more export driven economy the benefits to South Africa would be tremendous,” she said. “By lending our support to platforms like this we want to make it easier for small businesses to leverage off foreign markets and grow the Eastern Cape’s export businesses and industries.”

TNPA also hosted a networking function at Latimers Landing (waterfront) in the Port of East London to give delegates a feel of the port’s offering.

In addition to participating in the symposium’s exhibition, representatives of TNPA were among the expert speakers at the event.

Nozipho Booi, New Business Manager at the Port of Ngqura, and Dirk Botes, Customer Relationship Manager at the Port of East London, spoke on the Eastern Cape Export Capacity panel.

The discussion looked at the Eastern Cape’s strategically and economically advanced offering including a geographical location that presents a huge opportunity for investment, and economy enhancing infrastructure including three ports, two airports and road and rail infrastructure.

Around 80% of the province’s exports are seaborne, 12% airborne and 8% traded by land border and inland port.

Sijako congratulated the ECDC, BCMM and NMBM on a successful event which she said would help expansion of export businesses into international markets.


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Cyclone Joaninha's likely track, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cyclone Joaninha’s likely track

Tropical Cyclone Joaninha (22S) was situated near 20.7S 67.2E at 03h00 on Thursday 28 March. The cyclone is tracking in a general South Easterly direction at about 3 knots and is gradually moving away from the Mascarene Islands.

Maximum wind intensity is currently recorded at 115 knots gusting to 140 knots in warm sea conditions of 28-29 degrees Celsius.

The Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS) has issued several warnings on…


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Repaired walkway at the PE tanker berth. Picture: TNPA, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Repaired walkway at the PE tanker berth. Picture: TNPA

Repairs to the Tanker Berth at the port of Port Elizabeth (PE) have been completed, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced on Wednesday (27 March 2019).

The repairs were completed ahead of schedule and the tanker berth successfully recertified…

Aerial view of PE harbour with blue ship at the tanker berth. Picture: TNPA, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Aerial view of PE harbour with blue ship at the tanker berth. Picture: TNPA



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Carol Holness, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Carol Holness


By Carol Holness
Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa

In an important judgment [Alize 1954 & Anor v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG & Ors (The CMA CGM Libra) [2019] EWHC 481 (Admlty) (8 March 2019)] for cargo owners and their marine insurers, the English courts have considered how a defective passage plan can result in a vessel being considered unseaworthy and when this may allow cargo interests to defend a shipowner’s claims for general average contributions.

Claims for general average

Following a major casualty such as a fire or grounding, it is common for shipowners to incur substantial expenses in order to preserve cargo and continue the voyage. Under the principle of general average, shipowners may try to claim back proportionate contributions from other parties to the voyage including charterers, hull and machinery underwriters and cargo owners. Most marine cargo insurance will cover the cargo owner’s liability for general average contributions; while uninsured cargo owners will have to pay such contributions themselves.

In the recent decision of the CMA CGM Libra, the Master of the vessel departed from the planned route reflected in the vessel’s passage plan and left the buoyed fairway while departing Xiamen Port. The vessel ran aground and the shipowner incurred salvage expenses of USD9.5m and general average expenses of USD13m. 92 percent of the cargo interests paid their share of the general average expenses while eight percent defended the claims for contributions.

The test for defending claims for general average

In order to successfully defend claims for general average contributions, cargo owners (or, in practice, their marine insurers) will have to show that the vessel was unseaworthy at the commencement of the voyage and that this caused the loss. The shipowner will then have to show that it exercised due diligence to make the vessel seaworthy in order to escape liability.

In the CMA CGM Libra, the Master and First Officer used paper charts when preparing the vessel’s passage plan for the vessel’s departure from Xiamen. The papers charts did not mark the shoal upon which the vessel grounded but a recent Notice to Mariners issued for Xiamen warned that there were numerous shallow areas which were less than the charted depths within the channel and in the approach to the port. In addition, the passage plan had not been marked with “no go” areas.

The cargo interests argued that the defective passage plan made the vessel unseaworthy, that the unseaworthiness caused the grounding, and that the shipowner failed to exercise due diligence to make the vessel seaworthy.

Negligence on the part of the crew

The court held that the Master’s decision to depart from the passage plan and to navigate outside the buoyed channel was negligent as it was not a decision a prudent mariner would have taken. Prudent passage planning required that the danger created by the presence of potentially shallower depths than those charted to be noted on the paper charts and on the passage plan. The omission of the warning rendered those documents defective.

However, negligence on the part of the crew is not sufficient for actionable fault on the part of the shipowner. The negligence must amount to unseaworthiness and the shipowner must have failed to exercise due diligence.

Unseaworthiness of the vessel

The court considered whether the defective passage plan rendered the vessel unseaworthy. The accepted test for unseaworthiness is whether a prudent shipowner would have required the relevant defect, had the shipowner known of it, to be made good before sending the ship to sea. The court considered the presence of an appropriate chart on board a vessel to not just constitute an aspect of the preparation for a safe navigation; it is also an aspect of seaworthiness.

The court rejected the shipowner’s assertions that a once-off defective passage plan did not amount to unseaworthiness, or that it was sufficient for a shipowner to have proper systems on board to ensure that the Master and First Officer were able to prepare an adequate passage plan before the beginning of the voyage.

A prudent shipowner would have insisted on the vessel having on board an adequate passage plan before the voyage had commenced. In this case, a defective passage plan resulted in the Master’s departure from the buoyed fairway and this caused the grounding.

Lack of due diligence by the shipowner

Having found that the vessel was unseaworthy and that this caused the loss, the onus was on the shipowner to show that the loss was not caused by a lack of due diligence on its part. The court confirmed previous decisions that the exercise of due diligence is an inescapable personal obligation on the part of the shipowner which cannot be delegated to someone else.

The shipowner had issued its own warning to its Masters and crew about the difficulty of navigating Xiamen waters and instructed them to do so with utmost care and diligent caution.

The court held that it is not sufficient for a shipowner to show that it itself exercised due diligence to make the ship seaworthy; the shipowner must show that the servants or agents that it has relied on to make the vessel seaworthy exercised due diligence.

In practice, a shipowner seldom has sight of the passage plans prepared by the crew. It is even less likely that a shipowner will override a passage plan prepared by the First Officer or Master. What the shipowner can do is to have an adequate system in place to warn navigators of any particular dangers of a port, to ensure that sufficient and up to date charts and warnings are on board the vessel and to train the crew adequately.

The court’s findings

The court held that the CMA CGM Libra was unseaworthy before and at the beginning of the voyage from Xiamen because of the defective passage plan and that this caused the grounding. The shipowner had failed to exercise due diligence to make the ship seaworthy because the Master and First Officer failed to exercise reasonable skill and care in preparing the passage plan. If a vessel’s charts are not up to date that is an “attribute” of the vessel which can render her unseaworthy. As a result, there was actionable fault on the part of the shipowner which allowed the cargo interests to successfully defend the shipowner’s claim for general average contributions.

The cargo interest’s success may not stand if the judgment is taken on appeal by the shipowner. The decision appears to blur the lines between an error in navigation on the part of the crew (for which the shipowner may escape liability) and actionable fault on the part of the shipowner (which allows cargo interests to defend claims for general average contributions).


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ABB's Azipod steerable propulsion system to be installed in new Chinese cruise ship, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
ABB’s Azipod steerable propulsion system to be installed in new Chinese cruise ship

ABB announced earlier today (Wednesday 27 March 2019) that it has been awarded a contract to supply an integrated package, including two Azipod steerable propulsion systems, for the construction of China’s first ever home-grown cruise ship.

“ABB has a long-standing history in delivering electric, digital and connected solutions to the cruise market globally, and with our strong local experience and proven solutions, we are committed to support China’s current and future cruise demands,” said Mr Gang Chen, General Manager of Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co, Ltd.

The 323-metre-long ship, due for delivery in 2023, can accommodate 5,000 passengers and is designed to suit the tastes of Chinese cruise travelers whose numbers are…


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Over 20 tons of aid flown in by the RAF, featured inAfrica PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Over 20 tons of aid was flown in on this RAF A400M Atlas aircraft

What happens to an entire population over a widespread area when all has been destroyed by natural or other events? Across the world the answer is the same – you stand up and begin rebuilding your lives.

For those in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, that task may require assistance – in fact it is almost always a necessity, and such is the challenge now facing millions of people uprooted from their homes and places of work after cyclone Idai burst upon them.

Current estimates suggest that around 130,000 people are already in makeshift camps in Mozambique – the government said 128,000 earlier this week but that figure is rising. The death toll remained at 447 on Monday but is also rising as more bodies are uncovered. The exact number may never be known but many aid workers and people experienced in disaster management think it will rise to several thousand.

Much the same challenges and problems exist in two of Mozambique’s neighbours, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In both cases bodies were washed away in the floods and may never be seen again.

People clinging to trees

Buildings across both countries lost their roofs, walls were washed away and lesser dwellings simply collapsed and disappeared in the following floodwaters. People were forced to take shelter from the rising waters on tops of surviving buildings and in trees, some accompanied by pets and even by snakes.

The human tragedy that unfolded may never be told in full, nor the stories of survivors and equally the rescuers who dropped everything in other parts of the respective countries and other states to rush to the area to provide emergency help. These volunteers were among the first responders to the crisis.

People crossing the flooded road to Buzi near Beira in Mozambique, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, Picture: UN OCHA/Sam Orr
People crossing the flooded road to Buzi near Beira in Mozambique. Picture: UN OCHA/Sam Orr

Indian Navy

Among others to come to the aid of Beira and district were three ships of the Indian Navy headed for a visit at Durban but which diverted immediately to render what aid they could. The three ships are INS Sujata, ICGS Sarathi and INS Shardul. The latter ship carries a helicopter which was quickly pressed into valuable service.

SA National Defence Force

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was already in Beira with helicopters, aircraft and medical services. The SAAF has a record of dramatic rescues in previous floods and cyclones in Mozambique and this one will be similarly written up in their official records.

Mozambique’s civil service was another to respond and by Friday, one week after the cyclones, water services were restored to both Beira and the narby town of Dondo. This is a vital service in the efforts to prevent diseases from profilerating.

Electricity supply is another matter as dozens of pylons are reported knocked down. Main roads leading to the port city and other town have also suffered largescale damage and road gangs have quickly been dispatched to undertake repairs and to reopen transport links to the area. The main road to Zimbabwe was cut in four major places and for a time Beira has been completely cut off by road.

Ocean Africa Container Line

Supplies have been brought in by sea, with South African shipping line Ocean Africa Container Line being the first to react by diverting the container ship BORDER to reach Beira within few days of the storm. Other supply ships have since followed.

In the capital of Maputo a solidarity movement sprang up within the first. Calling itself “United for Beira” it mobilised donations from individual and companies, and volunteers to pack the donated goods into the containers that were shipped to the ravaged port.


WFP (World Food Programme) stepped up food distributions in and around Beira including making airdrops of high-energy biscuits to isolated pockets of people stranded by the floodwaters and the delivery of easy-to-prepare fortified food to displaced families sheltering in schools and other public buildings in the town of Dondo, 45 kilometres north east of the port city.

The WFP MI-8 transport helicopter was also instrumental in helping airlift people to safety. Two other aircraft followed later.

The procurement and dispatch of large quantities of food for the Mozambique crisis continued elsewhere in southern Africa, including cereals, vegetable oil and fortified blends from South Africa and Zambia.

Fortunately Beira’s airport remained open once the storm had passed and airlifts have been allowed in, including the helicopters from the SAAF, WFP and other agencies.

Aid being offloaded from an RAF Airbus aircraft at Beira airport, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Aid being offloaded from an RAF A400M Atlas aircraft at Beira airport

The picture here and above shows an RAF A400M Atlas aircraft at Beira International Airport this week where RAF personnel and charity workers offloaded the aircraft quickly and effectively. Twenty tonnes of lifesaving UK Aid supplies were sent for those affected by the devastating cyclone that struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi earlier in the month.

Equipment delivered by the aircraft and a crew of ten RAF personnel included vital equipment such as water filters, solar lanterns, blankets and shelter kits from the (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) for survivors of cyclone Idai.

In late arriving news ITU has sent 30 satellite phones from Iridium Satellite Communications to Mozambique and is in the process of sending 20 satellite phones to Zimbabwe.

An earlier flight on 20 March by the DFID delivered over 7,500 emergency shelter kits and family tents for Maputo, which have since gone into use in Beira. Another UK Aid flight has delivered forklift trucks and other cargo handling equipment which will speed up the time it takes to unload aid from planes, ensuring it reaches the survivors of the cyclone more quickly. DFID experts are already on the ground coordinating the response. – Image and RAF news from Paul Ridgway in London.


In the United States the U.S. military said in a message from US AFRICOM that President Donald Trump has directed it to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the cyclone.

The U.S. Africa Command statement came three days after Mozambique’s government made a formal request through the international community for aid. According to the statement AFRICOM provides disaster relief “when it has unique capabilities that can be utilised in the U.S. government’s response.”

AFRICOM said that the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa will lead the U.S. military efforts and that its initial assessment has begun at the scene of the disaster.

China Emergency Management

China is another country to provide aid and assistance by deploying a foreign aid team to Mozambique, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The foreign aid squad, comprised of 65 team members with some 20 metric tons of emergency aid supplies, was dispatched by the ministry and took off from Beijing Capital International Airport on Sunday afternoon.

It was China’s first foreign aid team sent abroad by the Ministry of Emergency Management since the ministry was set up in late March last year.

The ministry said Chinese foreign aid personnel will offer help to local rescuers in terms of searching for victims, medical services and disease prevention efforts.

Years to recover

According to Beira municipal authorities, they have experienced ‘an authentic catastrophe’ from which the city will take years to recover.

José Manuel Moisés, a councillor on Beira Municipal Council, told VOA that “the municipality will not be able to do anything on its own”.

Much of the problem lies with Beira being among those Mozambican coastal cities built below sea level. A year ago the mayor of Beira, Daviz Simango, told VOA that the local municipality would need at least US$600 million in order to carry out comprehensive and effective coastal protection work – a figure that is now not only out of date but will have to account for all the additional damage.

Without such protection, warns councillor Moisés, if a new Idai appears, Beira “could be wiped off the map of Mozambique”.

sources: Paul Ridgway, AIM, AFRICOM, Xinhua, LUSA, WFP, Voa Portugues, AP&S
[2:01] Multi Media Live YouTube video Inside the Rescue Mission

[4:46] BBC YouTube video Mozambique Rebuilds


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A pioneering project to involve schoolchildren in the shipping industry has been praised by the UN as a good example of how to educate young people about ocean life.

Adopt A Ship, promoted by InterManager, the international trade association for ship managers, was highlighted during the closing remarks made at the UN’s recent capacity building event in New York, which brought together leaders of a wide range of UN programmes.

The project partners schools, colleges and orphanages/shelters with a working ship to enable pupils to learn more about the world of international shipping and life at sea. More than 14,000 children worldwide participated in 2018 and InterManager expects some 40,000 to take part in 2019.

Summing up the findings of the two-day UN event, the meeting’s co-chair, Juliette Babb-Riley, said: “Significant activities are already under way in many parts of the world to promote ocean literacy. Examples highlighted at the event are the programmes of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the work of InterManager with schools about shipping, and the initiatives of the European Union, particularly on marine debris. Such activities should be welcomed and extended, and new activities should be identified and encouraged.”

Waiting list

Adopt A Ship is based on the similar programme initiated in Cyprus by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber in 2006 with great success and has been widely supported by InterManager members, enabling the scheme to be extended to parts of Europe, the Far East, India and North America. It has been so successful that currently there is a waiting list of schools keen to link up with a ship.

The UN’s multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity-building partnership event was held from 24-25 January this year at UN Headquarters in New York and was attended by Vice President George Hoyt on behalf of InterManager. Over the course of two days, 23 presentations were held by representatives of States, global and regional intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, including academia. Capacity-building is one of the UN’s core objectives of the Regular Process. This event’s was aimed at providing an opportunity to build awareness and collaboration with respect to capacity-building.

Ocean literacy


Mr Hoyt commented: “This capacity building event was first time that InterManager has been highlighted by the United Nations as an example of implementing a solution they want others to consider for increasing ocean literacy. We are honoured to be recognised in this forum and appreciate the UN’s positive comments about the Cyprus Shipping Chamber’s innovative scheme which increases maritime awareness.”

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The UN meeting concluded: “There is a need to raise public awareness, in particular through ‘ocean literacy’. Enhanced ocean literacy across all parts of society is necessary to underpin the provision of funds and resources for capacity-building. In addition, improved ocean literacy among policy-makers and other significant decision-makers is particularly needed as a basis for developing measures to achieve SDG 14. Increasing ocean literacy at the national level is a foundational element to enable capacity – and capability – building in the national marine science sector. There is a need to step up ocean literacy particularly for children to ensure a better understanding and management in coastal communities.”

Schools are given a world map and pins to enable students to track their vessel’s progress across international waters. Pupils communicate via their teacher with the Master and crew over e-mail. They discuss a wide range of topics, depending on their age. Questions vary from discussions about the employment opportunities that exist in the shipping industry to curiosity about how seafarers live, what they eat and whether they have seen marine creatures such as sharks and whales.

For further information readers are invited to see the Adopt-A-Ship section on the InterManager website:

Edited by Paul Ridgway


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The Iconic Map of Africa Monument has been unveiled at the Southernmost tip of Africa in the Agulhas National Park in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape.

The map pays homage to the mighty African continent and boasts a circumference of 30 metres.

The Iconic Map of Africa Monument was commissioned and developed at the Agulhas National Park by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with South African National Parks (SANParks) to enhance visitor experience and boost the local tourism economy.

The Southernmost Tip of Africa personifies a quiet sense of calm. The monument design shows the direction of the compass and includes representation of several African landmarks, according to the Department of Tourism.

It also lends itself to quiet contemplation while visitors admire the confluence of the two mighty oceans – the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

“South Africa’s rich biodiversity and natural heritage found in our national parks are key tourism drawcards. We can only enhance these amazing tourism offerings by adding features like the Iconic Map of Africa Monument to deliver memorable experiences to our visitors and ensure many happy returns,” Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said in his address earlier today (Tuesday).

“The funding and supporting of infrastructure development projects is particularly important to us – it enables us to fulfil our mandate of creating inclusive economic opportunities for our people. Remember, through these initiatives, people get jobs and local SMMEs also generate income from the services they render.

“All South Africans should desire tourism growth as it translates into economic growth, jobs and opportunities for many,” said the Minister.

During the year-long construction of the R15 million project, employment was provided for 79 local community members and involved 7 small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).

The project also included the construction of a 1km road, re-alignment of the boardwalk and rehabilitation of the terrain. The construction presented training opportunities to beneficiaries in different skills programmes such as painting, plumbing, tiling and plastering demonstrating the broad benefits of tourism and community beneficiation.

“Tourism is an industry that can readily deliver the jobs and sustainable economic growth that our country so urgently needs. Through partnerships and collaboration of this nature, we are able to ensure the sustainability of the sector’s growth,” said Minister Hanekom.

Chief Executive Officer of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni, said the monument marks the geographical and spiritual significance of the southernmost tip of Africa to enhance the status of the area as a prime national and international tourist destination.

“We have earmarked this park in our tourism growth strategy as a necessary vehicle particularly in attracting visitors to this part of the world,” Mketeni said.

Phase two of the project, due to commence in April 2019, will be the development of the Lighthouse Precinct Project which will include construction of a conference facility, a restaurant, interpretive centre, paving and walkways. source:
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Picture courtesy:: SAPREC

The Port of Mossel Bay, which is operated and managed by Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) has contributed another R100,000 to support the conservation efforts of its strategic environmental partner, the Seabird and Penguin Rehabilitation Centre (SAPREC), which provides treatment and temporary care to injured, diseased, displaced or oiled indigenous marine birds.

Port Manager Shadrack Tshikalange said this was part of the port’s ongoing environmental responsibility towards the conservation and rehabilitation of marine life.

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Unique Group’s diagram of new vessel

The South African Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel being built at Southern African Shipyards in Durban under Project Hotel is to be equipped with integrated marine mapping software developed by Teledyne CARIS.

“We are pleased to deliver an integrated software solution to manage the hydrographic and charting information at the South African Navy. For us, this is an important new client on the African continent and we very much look forward to building a strong, long-term relationship,” said Charles de Jongh, Account Manager at Teledyne CARIS.

The solution, provided through Teledyne CARIS’ official distributor Unique Group, includes software that will be implemented as part of a larger project to be executed by Southern African Shipyards (SAS).

Three additional survey motor boats are also slated for manufacture, all of which will be equipped with HIPS and SIPS™ to process acquired hydrographic data.

During the project, the shore based South African Navy Hydrographic Office will be refurbished and Bathy DataBASE (BDB) and Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) will be implemented to manage hydrographic data and produce nautical products like paper charts, ENCs and other digital products.

According to Teledyne CARIS the implementation phase will commence shortly and will begin with the installation of the software and a number of training sessions.

Teledyne CARIS is part of the Teledyne Imaging group which for 40 years has been a leading developer of marine mapping software.


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map of Angola

Article by Adriano Rioja Ciprian
Associate Attorney, Centurion Law Group

Angola’s oil production has been decreasing since its peak of almost 1.9 million bopd in 2008 to reach 1.478 million bopd last year

In yet another landmark reform for its hydrocarbons sector, Angola released in February 2019 a new Presidential Decree detailing the country’s oil licensing strategy for the next six years.

Published in February 2019, Presidential Decree No. 52/19 is a continuation of the Lourenço administration’s efforts to incentivize investments into exploration and arrest declining output. Angola’s oil production has been decreasing since its peak of almost 1.9 million bopd in 2008 to reach 1.478 million bopd last year.

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The blockade of roads leading into and around Durban continued and particularly the port continued yesterday with truck’s being stopped and drivers questioned as to whether they are foreign nationals according to the paperwork they are able to produce.

If the drivers are shown to be from neighbouring countries even those within SADC they are forcibly removed from the trucks and of their own accord flee, leaving the heavies blocking the roads and highways.

Police said the protesters then cut the ignition wires further immobilising the vehicles.

As a result of this unlawful activity much of Durban’s road systems was locked down with stationary or slow-moving traffic for practically the entire day. The protest if it can be called that began early in the morning and continued throughout the day.

On Sunday it was the N-3 (Durban-Gauteng) highway that was blocked. Yesterday large sections of the N-2 (south-north) highway was subjected to delays and blockades throughout much of the day.

Truck drivers who fled their vehicles said they feared for their lives. Others complain about the xenophobia that affects South Africa when locals see foreign nationals employed either by others or gainfully self-employed.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has condemned the blockade of the Cliffdale part of the N3 highway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban by some truck drivers this past weekend.

The truck drivers blocked sections of the N3 on Sunday, causing traffic to back up for long distances and journeys delayed.

“It is disingenuous for some truck drivers to block the road or engage in any protest whilst there are current engagements between government and the foundations,” Nzimande said.

Since the resolution of the meeting the Minister held on 11 January 2019, the Department of Transport says it has held follow-up meetings with the leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation and the National Truck Drivers Foundation to discuss challenges facing South African truck drivers.

Subsequent to these meetings, an interdepartmental team comprising the Department of Home Affairs, Department of Labour and the Bargaining Council held its meetings to further process the issues as raised by the trucking foundations.

“The Department of Transport took the initiative to get the relevant stakeholders to resolve the matter as a labour dispute because this had unfairly impacted on the flow of transport on our highways,” the Minister said.

Based on Monday’s chaos on Durban streets the Department’s initiatives failed to achieve their objectives.

According to the Department of Transport the dispute between truck drivers and their employers is not a matter for the department, but is a collective bargaining matter that must be negotiated and resolved at the relevant Collective Bargaining Council.

The Department of Labour was tasked to conduct unannounced inspections to unscrupulous employers disregarding employment laws, and the law enforcement officers were tasked to identify routes with high volumes of cross border truck movement and conduct multi-disciplinary road block operations.

“We have also consistently impressed on the associations representing workers in a number of meetings we have held for them to take up their grievances to the appropriate bargaining chamber and not block our highways.

“Similarly, we have met and urged employers to work towards resolving the grievances of truck drivers speedily, whose major complaint is the employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry,” Nzimande said.

The Minister has called on law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who break the law and disrupt the flow of traffic are apprehended and for the trucks to be impounded.

He said by blocking the N3, these truck drivers not only block the traffic flow but also sabotage the economy of the country.

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World Water Day was on 22 March and here the focus was on the importance of freshwater.

Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations aim to achieve a better and more sustainable future. Goal number 6 focuses on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.

This image takes us over Lake Chad at the southern edge of the Sahara, where water supplies are dwindling.

A rapid decline of the lake’s waters has been reported in just 34 years.

Once one of Africa’s largest lakes, Lake Chad has shrunk by around 90% since the 1960s, it is understood. This receding water is down to a reduction of precipitation, induced by climate change, as well as development of modern irrigation systems for agriculture and the increasing human demand for freshwater.

Straddling the border of Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria, the lake is a major source of freshwater for millions of people in the area. It is also a source for irrigation, fishing and it was once rich in biodiversity.

As the lake continues to dry up, many farmers and herders move towards greener areas or move to cities to seek alternative work. Several attempts have been made to replenish these shrinking waters, however little progress has been achieved.

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map showing location of Lake Chad. Map: Wikipedia Commons

Borders of the lake’s body are only partly visible in the most-recent image shown here, as the majority of the shoreline is swamp and marsh. The Chari River, visible snaking its way towards Lake Chad at the bottom of the image, provides over 90% of the lake’s waters. It flows from the Central African Republic following the Cameroon border from N’Djamena, where it joins with its main tributary the Logone River.

Demand for water is growing inexorably. Access to water is vital – not only for drinking, but also for agriculture, energy and sanitation. By providing measurements of water quality and detecting changes, the EU’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission can support the sustainable management of water resources.

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French Atlantic Coast

The European Space Agency (ESA) published the image here captured on 19 March at 17h11 GMT (18h11 CET) by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission.

This image shows the oil spill from mv Grande America, an Italian Ro-Ro container ship, carrying 2200 tonnes of heavy fuel which caught fire and sank in the Atlantic, about 300 km off the French coast on 12 March.

Copernicus Sentinel-1 acquired this radar image of the oil slick, the large, dark patch visible in the centre of the image, stretching about 50 km. Vessels are identifiable as smaller white points, which could be those assisting in the clean-up process.

Oil is still emerging from the ship now lying at a depth of around 4500 metres and it is understood that the French authorities are attempting to reduce the impact of pollution along the coast.

Sentinel-1 is a two-satellite constellation built for the European Commission’s Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. Identical satellites each carry an advanced radar instrument that can pierce darkness and cloud.

Satellite radar is particularly useful for monitoring the progression of oil spills because the presence of oil on the sea surface dampens down wave motion. Since radar basically measures surface texture, oil slicks show up well – as black smears on a grey background.

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Exercise Obangame Express 2019, a U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) exercise in its ninth year, is currently underway to provide collaborative opportunities among African forces and international partners to address maritime security concerns.

“Obangame Express has grown in scope from a communications exercise to become what it is now — a comprehensive maritime security event that exercises the full spectrum of activities from command and control, to maritime force responses, and ultimately the handing and transfer of evidence to bring criminals to justice,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Heidi Berg.

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Arnold Slabbert (service provider from Wildline) releasing a sub adult Cape Clawless Otter, assisted by Hendrik Zeelie (TNPA Fire Officer) and Dr Paul Martin (Environmental Control Officer)

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura is the only port with a green status in the South African port system which is being maintained through a number of innovative measures.

“Ngqura is the only South African port that was subjected to environmental legislation during its entire development and will continue to be during its operation and future development,” said Mandilakhe Mdodana, Environmental Manager.

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Natural predators such as owls are deployed in strategic areas around the port for poison free rodent control

The port’s ‘green’ initiatives include among others a number of unique biodiversity conservation programmes, which were implemented since inception.

Poison-free rodent control

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Flood scene near Beira.    Picture: IFRC / Francesco Rocca

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Loyal Supporters

The complete devastation of Beira and the wider Sofala Province from cyclone Idai has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in Mozambique’s recent history.

The world’s largest humanitarian network is warning that the full extent of the catastrophe will take days to become clear and while there are many international humanitarian aid organisations on the ground and still more mobilising, we know that it simply will not be enough. We also understand that Beira and surrounds basically need to be re-built and that the aid relief will need to flow for many months.

This situation is very personal for us in that we have an office in Beira as well as many employees across all our branches who have family there.

Our staff in Beira have made contact and are thankfully all unharmed, and despite the trauma they have been through, have rallied together to get our office up and running as best they can, and have started reporting on the damage to the port and city and what progress is being made to get the port operational. Communications however remain very difficult.

LBH Mozambique dispatched its first humanitarian aid on Saturday 16 March by utilising its LBH Xpress 6×6 truck and managed to only reach Inchope a day later. As Beira is completely cut off by road, LBH are now arranging a rescue helicopter, landing craft and small vessel to move immediately to get aid to the city. We have secured this equipment subject to us raising enough funds.

We appealing to our colleagues, friends and loyal supporters to assist us in raising funds for the logistics to run these support vessels and helicopter into Beira. We are best placed to understand the logistic needs on the ground and highly competent to get the aid in by air and sea. There are many donors of goods and materials but it’s the effective logistics which will save lives. We know and understand Mozambique and have managed these situations.

A donor has funded the first 20 hours for the helicopter, which will provide immediate aid to the worsening and desperate situation but our target is to keep the unit on station for the following weeks with your support.

If you would like to support the LBH Help Beira Logistics & Aid Relief Fund, please deposit your donation into the account below. We thank our bankers Banco Unico for reacting so quickly in establishing these accounts for us.



Account Number: 00017985209

Currency: USD

NIB: 004300000001798520957

IBAN: MZ59004300000001798520957




Account Number: 00017985002

Currency: MZN

NIB: 004300000001798500296

IBAN: MZ59004300000001798500296


Please use your company name as the reference and email to notify our Beira support team of your donation. Please include your name and contact details on the email.

LBH will ensure every cent will go towards mobilising the helicopter and vessels and LBH will provide updates on our efforts to all supporters on a regular basis.

The Trustee for these accounts will be Mr Andrew Pike, Senior Partner of the renowned law firm Bowman’s who will sign off on all expenditure and for those interested will sign of the final report when normality returns.

On behalf of all our employees at LBH Mozambique, we sincerely thank you for your well wishes and support to our Logistics & Aid Relief initiative.

Athol Emerton
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Polarcus Asima

It had been forecast that following the successful discovery of gas and light oil off the South African coast near Mossel Bay, by the French company Total, further surveys and drilling would now follow. The respective parties involved with the recent strike also indicated further surveys and the drilling of more wells was now likely.

Africa Energy, the Canadian oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, which holds 49% of the shares in Main Street 1549 Proprietary Limited, which in turn has a 10% participating interest in Block 11B/12B, announced earlier this month the initiation of a new 3D marine seismic acquisition program over the…


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It seems likely that the UK will leave the EU within the next few weeks or months. At the moment the date is not clear and is dependent upon a vote or votes in the Westminster Parliament in the week ahead.

What has been said is that delivering a deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority.

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CBI and TUC call on PM to change Brexit approach

Ahead of the European Summit held on 21 March Trades Union Congress General Secretary Frances O’Grady and Confederation of British Industry Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn wrote a joint letter to the Prime Minister urging a change to her approach on Brexit and we are privileged to publish it here.

The joint letter called for a ‘Plan B’ to be found and warns of…

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Viking Sky during her naming ceremony in 2017

Several South Africans are reported to be passengers on board the stricken Norwegian cruise ship VIKING SKY which lost engine power while sailing in stormy weather along the Norwegian coast on Saturday (23 March 2019). Earlier the 47,800-ton ship had sailed from the northern port of Tromsø and was bound for Stavanger when three of her four engines failed at around lunchtime on Saturday.

With the ship tossing about on the wild seas plans were made for a mass rescue involving having to airlift 1,300 passengers and crew from the ship. The seas were considered too rough to attempt to launch the ship’s boats or for attending tugs to assist with the evacuation.

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Cyclone Joaninha. Image courtesy: Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC)

Cyclone Joaninha 22S has developed quite rapidly in the Indian Ocean and by 03h00 on Sunday 24 March the cyclone was in position near 17.1S 61.6E approximately 300 nautical miles northeast of Port Louis in Mauritius and tracking south-southwestward at 3 knots.

The cyclone was expected to be in the close vicinity of Rodriguez Island on Monday, 25 March 2019, which is to the east of Mauritius.

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Mascarene islands including Rodriguez

Wind speeds at the date and time shown above were 75 knots, gusting to 90 knots with the storm slowly consolidating amid favourable conditions. Wind speeds are forecast to reach 115 knots within 72 hours. Although tracking south-southwestward (toward Mauritius) Cyclone Joaninha is forecast to turn south-southeastward to southeastward after 72 hours as a near-equatorial ridge builds to the northeast and east although the tracking will be generally southeastward.

Maximum wave height at the time of the forecast (03h00 Sunday) was 25 feet. source: JTWC

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Rodriguez scene


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The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) this week (Wednesday 20 March) celebrated the country’s 29th birthday. This was in true Namport style by hosting its second ever Mr and Miss Namport beauty pageant on an erected sponsored runway.

The festivities were aimed at celebrating the various cultures at the entity as well as appreciating the peace and freedom of the country and were held under the theme, Our Port Our Future embracing the internal theme of being grateful.

The contestants walked away with great prizes generously sponsored by various Namport stakeholders. The Mr and Miss Namport winners won themselves a regional return flight ticket courtesy of Air Namibia, a weekend away with their partner at a boutique hotel, and stationary vouchers valued at N$1,500 each which the two winners will donate to a school of their choice as part of their social responsibility.

The two winners will also be kept physically fit by the Namport Wellness Gym for the period of their reign. Mr and Miss Personality will go shopping with their vouchers valued at N$800.00 each, while Mr and Miss Photogenic received an A1 canvas courtesy a local studio.

All six winners also won dinner vouchers from from a well-known restaurant. Even the sashes were provided for by a local stakeholder as were flowers for the winning ladies. China Harbour Engineering Company which is building the new container terminal sponsored all the winners with pens.

Speaking at the colourful event, CEO of Namport, Mr Bisey /Uirab called for all those in attendance to always remember the lives lost for the country’s freedom and never take any of it for granted. He further said that “the overwhelming response from the event sponsors is a great indicator of our working relationship and for that we thank you.”

The crowd was kept entertained by the Navy Brass Band of Walvis Bay.

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Namport Winners of the Day


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A scheme – or masterplan – is to create a modern visitor attraction that connects Liverpool’s historic waterfront with the city, the River Mersey and its architecture, each being features of Liverpool’s iconic identity.

The affected area, around the Canning Graving Docks, is at the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site, taking in the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool on one side and…

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Bourbon 508

Classification Society Bureau Veritas has successfully completed the first remote inspection and audit survey using Kongsberg’s DP Digital Survey solution on the offshore supply vessel (OSV) BOURBON 508 stationed off Angola.

MAC, a Bureau Veritas company, specialised in DP (dynamic positioning) systems, was deployed to help Bourbon and Kongsberg Maritime to help ensure the functionality, availability and reliability of the survey system, providing user-friendly insight for remotely located surveyors.

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Millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are struggling to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere’s worst storm: Cyclone Idai. This image is from Copernicus Sentinel-1 and shows the extent of flooding, depicted in red, around the port town of Beira in Mozambique on 19 March. It is understood that this mission is also supplying imagery through the Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service to aid relief efforts. Id 418453; Title Floods imaged by Copernicus Sentinel-1; Released 20/03/2019 1141 am; Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©, from a feature article in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are struggling to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere’s worst storm: Cyclone Idai. This image is from Copernicus Sentinel-1 and shows the extent of flooding, depicted in red, around the port town of Beira in Mozambique on 19 March. It is understood that this mission is also supplying imagery through the Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service to aid relief efforts. Id 418453; Title Floods imaged by Copernicus Sentinel-1; Released 20/03/2019 1141 am; Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©

Mozambique floods, Extent of inundation assessed
Emergency response under way

As millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggle to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere’s worst storm, Copernicus Sentinel-1 is one of the satellite missions being used to map flooded areas to assist with relief efforts.

Cyclone Idai swept through this part of southeast Africa over the last few days, leaving devastation in its wake. Thousands of people have died and houses, roads and croplands are under water.

According to news issued by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 20 March it is currently thought that well over two million people in the three countries have been affected, but the extent of the destruction is still unfolding.

Authorities and the military are working desperately to rescue people, but roads and other transport and communication links are cut off.

In order to plan and execute this kind of emergency response it is vital to understand exactly which areas have been affected – especially as accessing people cut off is extremely challenging.

Satellites orbiting Earth can provide indispensable up-to-date information to observe such events and, importantly, to map flooded areas for response teams facing these dire situations.

Emergency mapping need

The disaster triggered activations in both the Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service and the International Charter Space and Major Disasters.

Both services take advantage of observations from several satellites and provide on-demand mapping to help civil protection authorities and the international humanitarian community in the face of major emergencies.

Sentinel-1’s radar ability to perceive through cloud and rain, and in darkness, makes it particularly useful for monitoring floods.

Images acquired before and after flooding offer immediate information on the extent of inundation and support assessments of damage to property and to the environment.

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Freight forwarders remain ahead of the curve despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty

While the UK government keeps working, pushing and grinding on to try again to make the case for its Brexit compromise, and MPs carry on hunting, and arguing for alternatives that could take the place of that compromise if it ultimately fails, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) is advising its members to continue preparing for a no-deal departure on 29 March, until further clarity is obtained.

Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General said that…

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OACL’s Border seen in Durban in this 2015 picture by Ken Malcolm

Mozambique Relief Voyage for MV Border

In the wake of cyclone Idai, Grindrod South Africa, a subsidiary company of Grindrod Limited, has agreed to release the mv BORDER (IMO 9063988), a 14,357-ton deadweight container vessel, presently deployed within its Southern African sea-freight business Ocean Africa Container Lines, to perform a relief voyage from Maputo to Beira.

The vessel is expected to arrive in Maputo during the early hours of Thursday (21 March).

She will thereafter load the much-needed relief cargo that is presently being consolidated by local authorities and humanitarian aid organisations and sail to Beira.

The schedule for the relief voyage is as follows:

ETA Maputo Thursday 21 March 2019
ETD Maputo Friday 22 March 2019
ETA Beira Saturday 23rd March 2019

The vessel will thereafter sail to Durban to resume its normal service.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Mozambique. We pray for their safety and hope that you all come through this without any harm,” said Andrew Waller, CEO Grindrod Limited.


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Transnet Maritime School of Excellence hosts accreditation visit

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Ready to embark on a tour of Durban Bay

Transnet’s Maritime School of Excellence, Durban Campus this month hosted six officials from QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations).

The purpose of the visit was to give the…

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Relaxing on board the Port of Durban’s harbour launch Isiponono


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Aerial view of the Dube Trade Port precinct. Picture: DTP

The Dube Trade Port Special Economic Zone (DTP SEZ), which is situated adjacent to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, continues to experience an unprecedented wave of investments.

The port, which is one of two SEZs in the province, has already created thousands of jobs and contributed immensely to the provincial fiscus since opening its doors in 2010.

This trend that looks set to continue thanks to the R18 billion investment that is being unveiled today (Tuesday 19 March 2019), is part of the second phase expansion plan of the DTP SEZ.

This second phase will bring an additional 45 hectares of prime light industrial land within the port.

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The greenhouse exterior at Dube Trade Port. Picture: DTP

“The site will serve as the foundation of Dube Trade Port’s next phase of investment attraction, which is projected to total close to R20 billion over the next 5 years,” KZN Economic Development MEC Sihle Zikalala said.

Zikalala said this heralded more good news for the growth and prosperity of the province.

“If the massive success of the first phase of the DTP SEZ which we launched in 2010 is anything to go by, we are doubtless that the second phase will surpass all expectations,” he added.

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The Dube Cargo Terminal and Trade House. Picture: DTP


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Ascension Island. Image: Marine Development

UK Government backs plans by Ascension Island to designate over 150,000 square miles of its waters as a fully protected no-take Marine Protected Area

On 14 March 2019 it was reported jointly by the (UK) Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, that the Government has backed plans by Ascension Island to designate over 150,000 square miles of its waters as a fully protected no-take Marine Protected Area (MPA) – closing the off-shore area to any fishing activity and safeguarding important marine habitats for future generations.

It was further reported that more than…

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Just in case anyone is unsure where Ascension is.      Map: Wikipedia


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The gathering of young men at the Port of PE

Along with the annual ‘Take a girl child to work’ day which is observed at all South Africa’s ports, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is this week joining with the Department of Basic Education and corporate South Africa in observing the national ‘Tomorrow’s Man’ initiative.

The project is aimed at empowering and developing high school boys by exposing them to positive role models, career guidance and the working world. It was formerly known as ‘The Men in the Making’ programme.

The boys hosted by TNPA are a mix of employees’ sons as well as previously disadvantaged learners from TNPA’s adopted high schools across the country. TNPA’s Adopted Schools programme is designed to build the Authority’s capabilities within the ports by developing mission critical skills within its communities from the ground up.

The full-day programme includes career shadowing and practical exposure to business and port operations.

The boys gain insight into the port system and the wide range of career opportunities it offers. Volunteer mentors within TNPA have also been asked to offer continued guidance and inspiration for the Grade 10 to 12 boys for up to three months after TNPA’s Tomorrow’s Man participation.

The learners are encouraged to work hard at English, Pure Mathematics and Physical Science at high school level, which are required for many of the mission critical roles in the maritime industry.

Activities so far have included head office in Parktown, Johannesburg, the Port of PE, and the Port of Ngqura.

These will be followed up at the Ports of Durban and Mossel Bay later this month, and Port of Cape Town in early April.


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Small Scale Fisheries Sector is being launched today in KwaZulu-Natal in which 2,184 fishers in the province will be declared as small-scale fishers in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act.

Small scale fishers sector in KZN, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS

The launch, being performed by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana, is part of the national roll-out of the small-scale fisheries sector in South Africa’s coastal provinces in previously disadvantaged or marginalised fishing communities.

The department has been working with the coastal communities in setting up co-operatives, registering them with…


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    • Beira scene. Picture by Miguel Carreiro, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
      Beira scene. Picture by Miguel Carreiro
    • As thoughts in the city of Beira and surrounding areas begin to turn to recovery from last Thursday night’s cyclone Idai which swept ashore near the port city leaving havoc and devastation in its wake, there are warnings that the region’s problems are not yet over.

      Rescue workers are still trying to reach the thousands of survivors clinging to treetops and roofs of buildings and an overflight of the surrounding district in the path of the cyclone as it moved towards the Zimbabwe border, reveals the extent of the disaster.

      Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi who was on an overflight of Beira and the nearby region said he feared that casualties would be a thousand or more.

      More flooding danger

      The National Meteorology Institute (INAM) has warned that flooding is imminent in the Buzi and Pungue River basins in the central provinces due to persistent heavy rainfall upstream following cyclone Idai, which hit Sofala and Manica provinces.

      It said the rains may affect all the districts of Sofala and Manica plus much of the western province of Tete and parts of the southern provinces of Inhambane and Gaza.

      “INAM forecasts continued strong to very strong persistent rainfall (more than 150 millimetres in 24 hours), winds with strong gusts of up to 60 kilometres an hour and severe thunderstorms which may continue until next Thursday, 21 March,” INAM warned.

      The National Directorate of Water Resources is recommending the immediate withdrawal of people from flood-prone areas urging them to seek higher ground. They are also warned to avoid any attempt to cross rivers.

      The Directorate says that the heavy rains upstream may force the Chicamba dam on the Revue River to increase its discharges to 5,000 cubic metres of water a second in order to safeguard the integrity and security of the dam. This could worsen flooding downstream, in the Sofala districts of Buzi, Nhamatanda, Dondo, Muanza and Chibabava.

      Buzi and Pungue basins

      Interviewed by Radio Mocambique on the forecast for the next 72 hours, Agostinho Vilanculos, spokesperson for the Directorate, said: “The hydrological situation in the centre of the country, particularly in the Buzi and Pungue basins is extremely bad.”

      This is because of heavy rains not only in Mozambique but also in neighbouring Zimbabwe. In the space of 24 hours, about 600 millimetres of rain fell on eastern Zimbabwe which is what would normally be expected in three months. This water is now flowing into Mozambique.

      The latest official information on the death toll was that 68 people in Sofala had lost their lives, 55 in Beira and 13 in the neighbouring district of Dondo. There has been loss of life in neighbouring Malawi and in Zimbabwe as well.

      Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi said after an overflight of the flooded areas that Cyclone Idai may have killed 1,000 people in the country. He said that widespread flooding has “made whole villages disappear” and bodies are floating in the water.

      Real disaster of great proportions

      This was a “real disaster of great proportions” the president said.

      Jamies LeSeur who led a Red Cross/Red Crescent aerial assessment of Beira described the damage as “massive and horrifying”.

      “The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. Communication lines have been completely cut and roads have been destroyed. Some affected communities are not accessible.”

      No electricity 

      Mozambique’s publicly owned electricity company, EDM, says that it cannot restore electricity to the cyclone damaged city of Beira in the immediate future.

      That’s according to a statement carried by the independent news sheet Carta de Moçambique.

      The cyclone has knocked out the electricity and water supply systems and plunged the neighbouring province of Manica into darkness, although by Saturday morning EDM was able to restore power along the main highway from Zimbabwe through Manica and almost as far as Dondo, 54 kilometres from Beira.

      The main problem in restoring power to Beira itself is that a key substation in the Beira suburb of Munhava is under water and until the water level drops, it is impossible for EDM to repair the damage. To make matters worse, large numbers of medium and low voltage pylons were knocked down by the cyclone throughout the city.

      This will only add to the losses being experienced by Beira businesses and families alike. Not only is electricity not available but cell phone communications are down as well, after dozens of cell phone towers of all three mobile phone operators, Tmcel, Vodacom and Movitel, were knocked out in Beira and in the entire surrounding region.

      Shipping banned

      In the Mozambique Channel off the coast of Beira, all shipping remains banned. The cyclone severely damaged Beira port including two dredgers belonging to the Mozambican Dredging company EMODRAGA. One major fishing company had the foresight to move its boats from Beira to Inhambane, thus avoiding the cyclone.

      Two vessels are reported aground on the sandbanks near the harbour, though their identities have not so far been revealed. As reported yesterday the coal handling equipment is damaged and the tank farm has also taken damage.

      Conditions in the remaining terminals of the port are not known at this stage.

      Food & essential supplies shortage

      There is a shortage of food being reported and it is impossible for the bakeries to work. Shops and restaurants are closed. Many buildings lost their roofs, and in the poor neighbourhoods, homes built of flimsy material were destroyed by the cyclone. But there is still no preliminary estimate of the scale and cost of the damage. sources: Red Cross/Red Crescent IFRC Africa, INAM, EDM, Club of Mozambique, Carta de Moçambique

      Cyclone Idai: Path of destruction, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
      Cyclone Idai: Path of destruction    Image IFRC


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