Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 22 April 2019

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TODAY’S BULLETIN OF MARITIME NEWS

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FIRST VIEW 1: SANTA INES

Santa Ines arriving in Durban. Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS online
Santa Ines.    Picture: Trevor Jones

Hamburg Süd’s 92,910-dwt container ship SANTA INES (IMO 9444845) arrives in the port of Durban to work a cargo of containers at DCT. Built in 2012 the 7,850-TEU ship, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd in South Korea, is now owned and managed by Maersk Line, with the vessel registered in Copenhagen. Following the takeover of the former German shipping company Maersk has respected an agreement that the company and certain of the vessels would retain their former identities, even though various ships have been absorbed into regular Maersk Line services. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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SOME FINE SHIP MODELS COME TO AUCTION IN LONDON

Sudan tug El Hilal class, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Sudan tug El Hilal class

At Charles Miller Ltd, Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art to be sold by auction at 25 Blythe Road, London, W14 0PD on Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 11h00, precisely.

Lot 268; Estimate £1,500 – £2,500
El Hilal Class of push tug

A builder’s model for the El Hilal Class quarter-wheel push tugs built for the Sudanese Government Agency by Yarrow & Co Ltd, Glasgow, 1954.

The carved and painted hull with lined lower and painted upper decks, painted and lined upper superstructure with wood veneer below, painted stern paddles with twin rudders, deck rails with painted meshing, covered bridge with gold plated helm and telegraph, lamps over, companionways, blue-painted funnel and slatted deck bench and other details, mounted on four ebonised metal columns within original wooden glazed display case with ivorine builder’s plate and wooden feet (plate warped). Overall measurements: 24 x 43½ x 18¼in. (61 x 110.5 x 46.5cm.)

The name El Hilal does not appear in the Yarrow lists and so must be the name for a class of six identical pusher tugs built in 1954 for the Sudanese Government. These were then dis-assembled, shipped to Sudan and re-assembled in situ as was commonly done for this type of river steamer from the mid-19th century. With the end of Empire in sight, however, this must have been one of the last such orders ever dispatched. The six vessels represented by this model are: Hurriyah; Imatong; Lado; Marra; Tagoog; and Taka. However their fates are unknown at present.

Isipingo, Inchanga, Incomati Bank Line freighters model on auction featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Lot 280; Estimate £3,000 – £5,000

Isipingo, Inchanga and Incomati

A builder’s model for Isipingo, Inchanga and Incomati, built by Workman Clark of Belfast for the Bank Line in 1933-34. These three 7369gt sister ships were designed and built for the Africa – India route with connections to the Far East. Inchanga and Isipingo both served out their full careers and were both sold for breaking in 1964.

Incomati was less fortunate and was torpedoed and shelled by U-508 on 18 July 1943 while on passage between Takoradi, Walvis Bay, Durban and the Middle East, sinking with the loss of one life. There were 212 survivors saved by HMSs Boadicea and Bridgewater. U-508 was sunk in the Atlantic on 12 November 1943 by a USN Liberator which was destroyed with loss of her ten-man crew in an exchange of fire.

This model is 27½ x 66½ x 17in. (70 x 169 x 43cm.). The model has a laminated and carved hull with bilge keels, gilt brass propellers, lowered companionways, lined portholes and rudder, with lined boxwood decks with gilt and oxidised brass fittings as appropriate and including anchors with studded chain and winches, deck rails, bitts, ventilators, companionways, covered hatches, racked masts rigged with derricks and derrick winches, lined superstructure with bridge and overbridge with binnacle and wireless point, water tanks, fitted lifeboats in davits, stayed funnel with safety value, extension pipe and whistle, engine lights, slatted deck benches, passenger saloon with tables and chairs. The lower decks with ventilators and other details, mounted on four turned wood green columns secured raised baize lined display base with signed written details within original wood bound glazed case with solid top

There are more fine ship models in the Charles Miller catalogue to be found by CLICKING HERE

Bidding at Auction

There are a number of ways to bid at auction:
* In person, registration required
* Absentee bid, see form on page 126 of the catalogue to be found above
* By telephone, where available, must be booked by 12noon on Monday 29th April.
* Online, via third-party websites listed on page 2 of the catalogue

For further details readers are invited to contact:

Charles Miller Ltd., 6 Imperial Studios, 3/11 Imperial Road, London SW6 2AG
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 806 5530
Facsimile: +44 (0) 207 806 5531 Email:
e-mail: enquiries@charlesmillerltd.com
web: www.charlesmillerltd.com

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

Details and illustrations reproduced by kind permission of Charles Miller Ltd, London SW6 2AG ©

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AfDB APPROVAL FOR CENTRAL AFRICA STRATEGY

“Crucial for the economic integration of the region – building on the lessons learned from the implementation of previous regional development initiatives”

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The Board of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has approved the Central Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper 2019 – 2025, adopting the Bank’s multinational operations in Central Africa over the indicated period.

The Central Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP) for 2019 – 2025 builds on the lessons learned from the implementation of previous regional development initiatives. It also lists the Bank’s plans to accelerate intra-regional trade, inclusive economic growth and structural transformation of the Central African region.

It will guide the Bank’s regional operations in seven member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), namely Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the Central African Republic – a combined population of some 130 million people.

The cooperation, integration and economic development goals of the 2019 – 2025 Central Africa regional strategy will be achieved from…

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2018 WAS NOT THE BEST OF YEARS FOR DAMEN SHIPBUILDING

Damen Shipyards in Rotterdam, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS online
Damen Shiprepair at Rotterdam

Damen Shipyards Group has posted a net loss of 17 million euro for 2018. This is the first time in 15 years that the Dutch shipbuilder has announced losses.

Damen reports that its financial situation stems from a sustained period of difficulty in a number of maritime sectors and investments it has made in its future.

Notably, despite rising oil prices, the offshore hydrocarbon sectors continue to present tough trading conditions. The harbour towage sector, a key market for Damen, is also under-performing as competition in the marketplace exerts downward pressure on prices and tug operators seek to consolidate their operations. And, while project activity has…

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SAMSA LEADS MISSION TO MIAMI TO DRAW MORE CRUISE SHIPS TO SOUTH AFRICA

Port of Durban and cruise ships, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Port of Durban and cruise ships

A delegation led by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) visited Miami to take part in the annual Seatrade Cruise Global Conference being held in that city, the cruise capital of the world.

The annual event, held each year over three days at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is viewed as the world’s foremost cruise industry event.

The South African delegation consisted of 10 organisations and was accommodated in a 140m2 ‘South African Pavilion’ at Seatrade, where it showcased the offerings of the KZN Cruise Terminal, the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Cruise Terminal and Durban Tourism. The Eastern Cape Provincial Government and the Department of Trade and Industry also participated.

The general purpose of the delegation taking part in this annual event is to attract more cruise ships to South Africa.

Some years ago a similar event organised by the Seatrade organisers was held in South Africa on the North Coast outside Durban for the same purpose, and was attended by many of the leading cruise companies, and while it didn’t lead to any marked increase in the number of cruise companies or their ship visiting South Africa, there has been a steady increase in the visits.

One of the biggest

The South African stand at the Miami Show was descried as one of the biggest of the event and SAMSA said in a statement that it was confident the improved showing at this event would lead to more cruise tourism.

South Africa has exhibited or attended the Miami show on a number of occasions but never, according to SAMSA, on this large scale.

New Durban Cruise Terminal under development, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
New Durban Cruise Terminal under development

In its statement SAMSA said that South Africa’s share of the global cruise market is estimated at less than 1 per cent.

“The cruise tourism industry is the only growth area in the broader maritime shipping sector,” said SAMSA acting CEO, Mr Sobantu Tilayi. “It is envisaged to double in size over the next eight to 10 years with all the order books of the shipping yards full until 2027. But while the global cruise industry is growing exponentially, South Africa is not reaping its full share of the benefits.

Market Share

“Our share of the market is miniscule and this is mainly due to lack of infrastructure and lack of action. South Africa has rectified the infrastructure issue through the development of two world class terminals in Cape Town and Durban. Now SAMSA is tackling the issue by proactively marketing South Africa as a cruise destination.”

Cape Town's new cruise terminal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

According to Mr Tilayi, SAMSA had opted to take the lead and manage South Africa’s presence at Seatrade in order to fulfill its mandate to promote South Africa’s maritime interests.

In addition to lending a hand in attracting more global cruise liners onto South African shores, SAMSA launched a jobs focused initiative in 2016 called the Maritime Youth Development Programme, through which South African youth is recruited and placed on cruise vessels across the world.

Partnerships

Working in partnerships with interested parties as the Gauteng and Eastern Cape Premiers’ Offices, Harambee and others, SAMSA is continuing with the programme which is hoped will create no less than 1000 job opportunities on global cruise liners annually.

“There is a lot of opportunity to create jobs and to grow the maritime economy. Unfortunately, South Africa has not fully exploited these opportunities. SAMSA is determined to accelerate the process by, among other things, ensuring South Africa is prominent at all the necessary global gatherings, such as Seatrade, and by building on our Ships Register, which we have also been actively doing,” Tilayi says.

“South Africa has a world-class cruise offering, but we have not communicated that effectively in the past. We are rectifying that oversight with our presence at Seatrade. We are saying to the world, Come to South Africa; it really is a world in one country. And it is your loss if you never visit.”

WATCH THE VIDEOS

Below are two video interviews of South African youth, one with Miss Asisipho Nombityana who is now on her second year working on cruise ships, and another with Miss Aviwe Makhaba who was due to start work earlier in 2019.

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ARMED PIRATES OPEN FIRE AND BOARD TANKER IN BONNY RIVER ANCHORAGE

Nigerian armed pirates featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Four armed pirates in a speedboat approached an anchored products tanker in the Bonny River Inner Anchorage, position 04:28.1N 007:10.1E on Monday 15 April at 20h20 UTC.

As the boat approached the tanker the men on board opened fire aiming towards the accommodation area.

With the alarm raised and the crew of the tanker mustering in…

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FRENCH TAKE DELIVERY OF FOURTH B2M MULTI-MISSION NAVAL SHIP

FS Champlain A623, the third ship in the class which is based at Réunion. Picture: French Navy
FS Champlain A623, the third ship in the class which is based at Réunion.     Picture: French Navy

The French defense procurement agency has taken delivery of the fourth and final d’Entrecasteaux-class multi-mission ship from the Kership joint venture.

FS DUMONT D’URVILLE A624 was delivered to the French Navy in a ceremony on 5 April 2019.

Like its predecessors, the ship will sail from…

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US NAVY AND FRENCH NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER GROUPS JOINT EXERCISE IN RED SEA

RED SEA (15 April 2019) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), front left, the French Marine Nationale aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (F 91), front right, the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74), the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), the Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Niels Juel (F 363) and the French F70AA-class air defense destroyer FS Forbin (D 620) are underway in formation in the Red Sea, April 15, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua L. Leonard/Released), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
RED SEA (15 April 2019) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), front left, the French Marine Nationale aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (F 91), front right, the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74), the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), the Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Niels Juel (F 363) and the French F70AA-class air defense destroyer FS Forbin (D 620) are underway in formation in the Red Sea, April 15, 2019. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua L. Leonard/Released)

USS John C. Stennis and FS Charles de Gaulle conduct maritime exercise in Red Sea

Maritime forces from France’s Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group and the [US Navy] John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group participated in a naval passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Red Sea, 15 April.

The Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group, composed of France’s Marine Nationale aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91), F70AA-class air defense destroyer FS Forbin (D 620), and the Royal Danish Navy Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Niels Juel (F 363), along with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, composed of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74), conducted dissimilar aircraft training, a nighttime gun exercise (GUNEX), a liaison officer exchange program, and a photo exercise.

“French Rafale aircraft and American [F/A-18] Super Hornets conducted…

Report by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs, Story Number: NNS190416-05 Release Date: 4/16/2019

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LEADING MARITIME CAPITALS OF THE WORLD REPORT 2019

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The Leading Maritime Capitals report for 2019 is out, with fresh insight on which maritime metropolises provide the best support for companies in shipping and related services. Criteria include soft and hard infrastructure and access to world-class talent and services – all key components that maritime businesses need to thrive in their chosen locations.

Singapore maintained its top position at the head of the 15 leading maritime capitals.

Despite a somewhat weak trade cycle in traditional shipping and offshore oil and gas markets yet to recover, Singapore was able to retain its lead in three of the five pillars of the ranking: Shipping, Ports and Logistics as well as Attractiveness and Competitiveness.

In the two remaining pillars, London is number one in Maritime Finance & Law, while Oslo is number one in Maritime Technology.

Maritime Capitals of the World 2019 report, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Maritime Capitals of the World 2019

On the overall ranking, Hamburg remains in the number two spot, while Oslo drops from third to seventh.

Rotterdam and Hong Kong show the biggest improvement, climbing to third and fourth respectively, with London rounding out the top five, and Shanghai at number six.

“Maritime Singapore’s continuous effort to strengthen its attractiveness as an international maritime centre has been well received by the industry. The strong results on both the objective indicators and expert assessments indicate its relevance as a critical node within the maritime sector regionally and globally,” says Shahrin Osman, Regional Head of Maritime Advisory, DNV GL.

Previous editions of the report have grabbed the attention of not only the maritime industry, but the global community. The general public is becoming increasingly aware that the maritime industry is a cornerstone of global trade, and those cities and regions that attract maritime commerce are positioned to command leading roles in the economic future of the world.

For the 2019 report, some new and more comprehensive objective and subjective indicators as well as data sources have been used to ensure that the analysis is based on reliable and complete data for the various cities, which ultimately allow for a more refined benchmarking of the relative performance of each city.

“One of the new indicators this year is connected to the tremendous sustainability challenges of the oceans. According to the 200 maritime experts in the study, Oslo stands out as the main centre for ocean technologies and solutions, with a higher score than the combined value of the three next in the rank – Singapore, Copenhagen and Rotterdam,” says Erik W Jakobsen, partner in Menon Economics.

The subjective indicators reveal the perception and assessment of each capital as seen by selected business executives from all around the globe, primarily shipowners and managers. Of the 200 experts called upon to respond to the survey, around 40 per cent are based in Europe, 30 per cent in Asia, and the remaining 30 per cent in America, the Middle East and Africa.

Asked to look five years into the future, the experts foresee Singapore retaining its top position, but with stronger competition from Shanghai, and Dubai poised to climb into the top five overall by 2024. Hamburg, Rotterdam, London and Oslo are expected to stay strong in Europe.

The Leading Maritime Capitals 2019 report is made in cooperation between Menon Economics and DNV GL. The full report can be downloaded HERE

About Menon Economics

Menon Economics is an economic analysis and advisory firm, with 50 economists on master and Phd level. Menon has studied the maritime industry for 20 years and has published the biannual report The Leading Maritime Capitals of the World since 2012. For more information visit www.menon.no

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PREPARING FOR MAJOR INCIDENTS AT SEA

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A mass rescue operation – indeed, any incident beyond everyday capability – is a challenge for any State and any SAR organisation; but this is particularly so for small States and organisations, whose planning and response capabilities are naturally limited. A cruise ship accident in the Caribbean, for example, where many such ships trade, is a very rare event, but still a possible one. Rarity is part of the problem.

Thus the scene is set by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) – see: www.international-maritime-rescue.org

This then begs a question
How do you prepare for such huge, once-in-a-career challenges?

In the UK IMRF Member the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), an executive agency of the UK Government, takes this question very seriously.

The UK has a number of Overseas Territories* most of which are very small but all have responsibilities under international law to prepare for SAR response. [Several of these in the South Atlantic fall under the broader definition of Africa’]

On request of the Overseas Territories, the MCA is running the Overseas Territories Search and Rescue (OTSAR) Capability Project with the purpose of reviewing and improving existing search and rescue capabilities within and across the Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories, funded through the UK Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF).

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As a part of the project the MCA and their UK Overseas Territories partners have considered the necessary preparations to handle mass rescues.

In late January representatives of the Caribbean Territories – the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands took part in a workshop organised by the MCA in Miami to discuss mass rescue operations.

At IMRF’s the Mass Rescue Operations manager, David Jardine-Smith, was among the outside experts invited to address the meeting. He introduced participants to the IMRF’s online library of information on mass rescue operations, to be found at: www.imrfmro.org and invited them to use this information to help them learn from others’ experience of these very challenging events.

Among the OTSAR Capability Project’s overall objectives are the following – which the IMRF supports as important to SAR development anywhere in the world:

**Identify synergies to improve SAR coordination.

**Familiarise participants with the procedures for the establishment of an adequate and effective SAR service, including national SAR plans, coordinating committees, internal cooperation and the establishment of policies and standard operating procedures.

**Develop a SAR competency framework, training needs analysis, training and exercise programmes, and a qualification and certification framework.

**Know the key aspects of a basic SAR system, including concept, components, training and exercises, communications, system management, and the improvement of services.

**Promote debate on how to improve SAR capabilities and the cooperation between and across the Territories and in the region; and,

**Provide the opportunity to exchange experiences, best practices and lessons learnt.

The January mass rescue event in Miami was followed by another workshop in March at which the participants tested their planning in tabletop exercises. These were conducted with the assistance of United States Coast Guard and French experts from the region as well as the MCA team.

It is understood that the IMRF has invited the OTSAR Project’s Operational Lead, Philipp Bostock, and representatives of the Territories concerned to attend the World Maritime Rescue Congress in Vancouver in June and share their experiences of this valuable SAR development project.

Details of the Vancouver Congress are to be found here: www.wmrc2019.com

* The UK Overseas Territories participating in the project are: Anguilla; Bermuda; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Falkland Islands; Montserrat; Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; Turks and Caicos Islands.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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MOSSEL BAY AND GARDEN ROUTE LOOK AHEAD TO 2019 PORT FESTIVAL

Scenes from 2018 Mossel Bay Port Festival. Pictures: TNPA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Scenes from 2018 Port Festival. Pictures: TNPA

The Garden Route community of the Southern Cape can look forward to a weekend of spectacular harbour highlights in November, as Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) firms up 2 and 3 November as the dates for its new-look Port Festival in Mossel Bay.

There was some speculation that the restructured port festival could take place at the end of April, but this would not be the case.

Port of Mossel Bay Corporate Affairs Manager, Sithembiso Soyaya, said TNPA had been in engagement with the district and local municipalities, which led to an expanded view that the Port Festival should be developed into a regional event that will boost tourism and social cohesion not only in Mossel Bay, but in the entire Garden Route Region.

This means that the port landlord will continue to support the Mossel Bay Municipality’s annual Dias Festival in February with various waterside activities, but will now also stage a bigger port festival separately going forward.

Mossel Bay Port Festival scene 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

 

 

“The Port of Mossel Bay has not withdrawn its support of the Dias Festival,” said Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange. “As part of its long-term strategic port-city integration strategy, the port will continue to align itself with the Mossel Bay Municipality’s value proposition of positioning Mossel Bay as a festival and tourism city, by hosting waterside activities at the port during the event to expose the public to the maritime sector.”

Mossel Bay Port Festival scene 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

However, the regional approach to the upcoming standalone port festival will include the participation, partnership and collaboration of all port stakeholders, including the Garden Route District Municipality, the Mossel Bay Municipality and other public and private partners.

“The port looks forward to delivering a quality event in collaboration with its partners, that embraces transformation and provides business opportunities to previously disadvantaged communities within the Garden Route District,” said Tshikalange.

Showcasing portside fun for all ages, the two-day Port Festival in November aims to help TNPA to bring communities closer to the port, in line with its ‘People’s Port’ focus.

The public can look forward to an array of family-friendly entertainment including tours of ships, boat rides, a careers and business exhibition, a sailing regatta, sea rescue displays, a special kids’ zone, craft and food markets, live music and entertainment by crowd pullers and emerging artists, plus an array of other waterside and landside activities.

Further details will be revealed in due course.

Mossel Bay Port Festival scene 2018, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

 

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SOUTH AFRICAN AND SWAZI MINISTERS DISCUSS 24-HOUR BORDER POST FOR OSHOEK

Kingdom of Eswatini and the border crossings, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Kingdom of Eswatini and the border crossings

Discussions have been held between ministers from South Africa and Eswatini (Swaziland) with regards to operating the Oshoek Border Post on a 24-hours basis.

This follows a meeting that was held last week Friday by the Minister of Home Affairs Dr Siyabonga Cwele and his Eswatini counterpart, Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe Dlamini.

The Oshoek/Ngwenya Border Post is the busiest border post between the two countries and is…

The Ministers agreed to reinstate quarterly meetings of senior officials to keep track of commitments made and the implementation of areas of agreement.

Easter Period

The state of readiness of the port ahead of the Easter period was also discussed.

The Oshoek/Ngwenya Port of Entry will operate for 24 hours from 18-21 April 2019. The Ministers expressed satisfaction about the plans and the preparations for this busy period.

The meeting was also attended by the SA High Commissioner to Swaziland, Members of Eswatini Parliament, Councillors of the Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality, senior managers of both governments from the departments of Home Affairs, Police, Revenue Service as well as Agriculture. source: SAnews.gov.za

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CHEVRON TO ACQUIRE ANADARKO IN MULTI BILLION DOLLAR DEAL

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In a transaction that will affect the oil and gas exploration being undertaken in the Rovuma Basin of northern Mozambique, Chevron Corp has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in which Chevron will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Anadarko in a stock and cash transaction valued at $33 billion, or $65 per share.

Based on Chevron’s closing price on April 11, 2019 and under the terms of the agreement, Anadarko shareholders will receive…

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BOLLORÉ COMMITS TO A JOINT VENTURE LOGISTICS PROJECT IN ETHIOPIA

French Africa specialist Bolloré Transport & Logistics intends investing €15 million in a joint venture development with Ethiopian company CLS Logistics to create a 12,000 m2 logistics facility in Ethiopia in order to further consolidate its service in the Horn of Africa country.

This indicates…

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NGQURA’S UNIQUE PORT SAND BYPASS SYSTEM MIMICS NATURE SUCCESSFULLY

An aerial view of the port’s fixed jet pump sand bypass system at Port of Ngqura. Picture: TNPA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
An aerial view of the port’s fixed jet pump sand bypass system.     Picture: TNPA

The Eastern Cape Port of Ngqura, the first port in the world to have a fixed jet pump sand bypass system, is meeting its stringent dredging targets of 240,000 tonnes of sand per year, after successfully overcoming challenges.

“This is an achievement as we are complying with the Record of Decision (environmental legislation) which stipulated the strict conditions to be adhered to in the development of a port of this nature in an environmentally sensitive area,” said Mandilakhe Mdodana, Environmental Manager for the Port of Ngqura.

“The Port of Ngqura is the only port in South Africa to have a Record of Decision for its construction and operation. This means that it is the only port that was…

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NIMASA BLASTS HIGH LEVEL OF CAPITAL FLIGHT FROM NIGERIAN MARITIME SECTOR

Banner logo of NIMASA, featured on Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has denounced the high level of capital flight in Nigeria arising from inadequate participation of indigenous firms in the cargo freight value chain.

NIMASA’s Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside (pictured below), made this clear at last Friday’s Agency day at the on-going 30th Enugu International Trade Fair, organised by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA).

Speaking on the theme “Cargo Support Initiative and Transport Logistics for Non-Oil Export Trade”, the DG said that over the years, “Nigeria is known for exporting raw materials with little or no value addition at all.”

A familiar cry across much of Africa…..

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IMO 2020 – A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

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Text here is based upon a very helpful briefing from IMO HQ in London early in April.

Here the infogram shown is particularly important and shows clearly what we all in the shipping community are expected to know.

Heavy fuel oil is the main type of bunker oil for ships. This bunker commodity is derived as a residue from crude oil distillation. Crude oil contains sulphur which, following combustion in the engine, ends up in ship emissions. Sulphur oxides (SOx) are known to be harmful to human health, causing respiratory symptoms and lung disease. In the atmosphere, SOx can lead to acid rain, which can harm crops, forests, aquatic species and buildings.

It also contributes to the acidification of the oceans.

Limiting SOx emissions from ships will improve air quality and protects the environment.

From 1 January 2020, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used in ships operating outside designated emission control areas will be reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass). This will significantly reduce the amount of sulphur oxides emanating from ships and should have major health and environmental benefits for the world, particularly for populations living close to ports and coasts.

Limiting sulphur oxides’ emissions from ships reduces air pollution and results in a cleaner environment. Reducing SOx also reduces particulate matter, tiny harmful particles which form when fuel is burnt.

Emissions and premature deaths

A study on the human health impacts of SOx emissions from ships, submitted to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in 2016 by Finland, estimated that by not reducing the SOx limit for ships from 2020, the air pollution from ships would contribute to more than 570,000 additional premature deaths worldwide between 2020-2025.

So a reduction in the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships will have tangible health benefits, particularly for populations living close to ports and major shipping routes.

A more comprehensive briefing by IMO is to be found by CLICKING HERE

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NAMPORT BIDS FAREWELL TO CEO Mr BISEY /UIRAB

Bisey /Uirab, Namport CEO who is leaving the organisation, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Bisey /Uirab, Namport CEO who is leaving the organisation

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) last week hosted farewell functions at the ports of Lüderitz and Walvis Bay for its CEO who has been at the helm of the institution for the past decade.

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DENMARK TO USE DRONE FOR SULPHUR CHECKS

Danish drone used forsulphur emission chcking on ships, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritimem news online. Picture: DMA / EMSA ©
Picture: DMA / EMSA ©

In the coming months, a large drone will check emissions from ships in Danish waters to make sure they comply with the sulphur limit. It is understood that the drone is provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), and is to be used as a means of preventing ship pollution. This was reported in a news item issued by the Danish Maritime Administration on 12 April.

​The drone is fitted with a…

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THE VIKINGS HAVE LANDED – EAST LONDON’S GRAND CRUISE SEASON FINALE

Viking Sun, calling at South African ports for the first time this week, pictured in the Port of East London. Pictures: TNPA,as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Viking Sun, calling at South African ports for the first time this week, pictured in the Port of East London. Pictures: TNPA

The arrival of the state-of-the-art VIKING SUN cruise liner at the Port of East London yesterday (Monday) closed the port’s 2018-19 cruise season on a high note, with 830 passengers disembarking for excursions throughout the city – the highest ever, according to the port’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Terry Taylor.

East London Port Manager Sharon Sijako, said the port was delighted to welcome both the line and the vessel to East London waters as the latest in a growing list of cruise industry players who are endorsing the city’s tourism potential.

“Viking Sun is on her maiden South African voyage and this is also the very first time that her owner, Viking Ocean Cruises, has included the country on its global itinerary,”she said.

Sijako said the local game reserves, Mpongo Private Game Reserve and Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, enjoyed good spin offs from the nine calls by cruise liners to East London over the season.

Half-day tours in and around the city included a natural history tour, a visit to the Khaya La Bantu Xhosa Cultural Village in Chintsa, the Mercedes-Benz factory, an East London art tour and a kayak adventure. Passengers were also able to take in rounds of golf at the city’s two world-class golf courses which cradle the Port of East London on each side.

Flying the flag of Norway, Viking Sun first arrived in Durban from Maputo at around 15h00 on Friday, 12 April. After two full days in Durban she sailed for an overnight cruise to East London where she was welcomed by the port’s management team and Harbour Master, Kgadi Matlala, who presented a plaque to the ship’s master, Captain Olav Soevdsnes, the second of a number he will receive at local ports.

After East London she calls at Port Elizabeth today (16 April) and finally Cape Town on 18 April, also as the last cruise liner for the latter ports. She then ventures into the South Atlantic to explore Lüderitz and Walvis Bay, as well as several other ports along the West African coast.

Built in 2017, VIKING SUN has a length of 227 metres and a beam of 28.8 metres, with a guest capacity of 930.

The Port of East London’s management team and Harbour Master, Kgadi Matlala, presented a plaque to the ship’s master, Captain Olav Soevdsnes, flanked by representatives of Transnet National Ports Authority and Viking Ocean Cruises. Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
The Port of East London’s management team and Harbour Master, Kgadi Matlala, presented a plaque to the ship’s master, Captain Olav Soevdsnes, flanked by representatives of Transnet National Ports Authority and Viking Ocean Cruises

World’s Number 1 Cruise Line

Viking Ocean Cruises operates global ocean cruises with a fleet of six ocean ships and river cruises with a fleet of almost 60 Viking Longships. There are a number of other ocean ships currently on order, all very similar to Viking Sun.

The company announced back in September 2018 that it would be featuring South Africa heavily on its 128-day Viking Sun World Cruise from Miami to London, which includes 44 port calls in 21 countries on five continents.

As with all Viking itineraries, guests receive a complimentary shore excursion in each of the ports and free unlimited Wi-Fi.

In global travel magazine Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards – which is the publication’s annual list of all the best airlines, hotels, and cruises in the travel industry – Viking Cruises was named the number one ocean cruise line for ships carrying up to 2000 guests and was also awarded the World’s Best River Cruise line title.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) GM: Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Moshe Motlohi, said: “During 2018/19 we once again enjoyed year-on-year growth with more global operators using our ports, resulting in economic spinoffs for tour operators, hotels, game reserves, lodges and tourist attractions in our port cities,” he said.

“We’ve seen an increase in South Africans taking regular cruises, as well as increased numbers of international operators visiting South Africa. Confirmed cruises for the next few years are extremely promising and definitely something for us all to look forward to.”

A plaque was presented by East London Harbour Master, Kgadi Matlala, to the ship’s master, Captain Olav Soevdsnes, to commemorate the close of the port’s 2018-19 cruise season and the first visit to South Africa of VIKING SUN and its owner Viking Ocean Cruises.

The plaque presented to the Viking Sun during the visit of the ship to East London, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
The plaque presented to the Viking Sun during the visit of the ship to East London

 

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SOUTH AFRICAN PORT STATISTICS FOR MARCH 2019 ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Port statistics for the month of March 2019, covering the eight commercial ports under the administration of Transnet National Ports Authority, are now available.

The port with the highest turnover throughput in terms of tonnages handled in March is again Richards Bay followed by Durban and Saldanha Bay closely together.

Details of the port throughputs, ships berthed and containers numbers handled can be seen in the Tables below.

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NIGERIAN SHIPPERS COUNCIL WRAPS UP VISIT TO TRANSNET NATIONAL PORTS AUTHORITY

Representatives of TNPA and the Nigeria Shippers Council ahead of a visit on the Durban port launch, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Representatives of TNPA and the Nigeria Shippers Council ahead of a visit on the Durban port launch

Last week Transnet National Ports Authority welcomed delegates from the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on a knowledge sharing visit to the Ports of Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, hosted by Transnet International Holdings.

The NSC, which was recently mandated to take up a new role of Economic Regulator in Nigeria, will, among other functions, serve as an agent of economic development by promoting equity of access to opportunities within the transport industry.

The delegation of senior managers arrived in Durban on Monday, 8 April for a tour of the port before arriving at the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence, where they participated in a three-day workshop on the role of the Port Regulator.

This was followed by a visit to the Ports of Port Elizabeth and Ngqura on Thursday, 11 April, and Cape Town on Friday, 12 April, to gain first-hand experience of the ports in action and consolidate learnings from the workshop.

Included on the agenda were numerous presentations covering capacity, legislation and regulatory policies, port performance score card, private sector participation in ports, port market analysis, environmental performance and impacts of climate change, the Transnet of tomorrow, pricing strategy and tariffs.

Sujit Bhagattjee (TNPA New Business Development Manager – front left) and Olwethu Mdabula (TNPA Corporate Affairs Officer – front middle) took the Nigerian delegation on a guided tour through the Nelson Mandela Bay ports, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Sujit Bhagattjee (TNPA New Business Development Manager – front left) and Olwethu Mdabula (TNPA Corporate Affairs Officer – front middle) took the Nigerian delegation on a guided tour through the Nelson Mandela Bay ports

Other topics included development of international trade and the evolving role of ports, future trends in policy, technology and regulations, global port management structures and ownership models, as well as other legal and regulatory developments affecting ports.

“The visit reflects Nigeria’s confidence in South Africa and in TNPA as a leading ports authority on the continent. It also confirms both countries’ commitment to partnering in the interests of ensuring Africa takes her rightful place in the global economy,” said Moshe Motlohi, TNPA’s General Manager: External Relations and Corporate Affairs.

Rajesh Dana, Port Manager at the Port of Port Elizabeth, described the visit as providing the opportunity to build a strategic relationship with the NSC and offers TNPA the opportunity to identify areas within which the TNPA ports can partner and collaborate with the Nigerian Ports to grow trade in a safe, efficient, responsible and sustainable manner.

“This partnership will ensure that we utilise our world class ports as a catalyst for economic growth and thereby position Africa to take up her rightful place in the global economy,” he said.

The delegation ended their visit with a tour of the Port of Cape Town.

“Visits like this give us an opportunity to partner with other countries in Africa as together we strive to deliver world-class port services in order to attract growing volumes of international trade,” said Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana, Cape Town Port Manager. “We look forward to developing the relationship with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council further.”

Final stop for the Nigeria Shippers Council delegation was the Port of Cape Town, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Final stop for the Nigeria Shippers Council delegation was the Port of Cape Town

 

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ANGLERS GAIN ACCESS TO PORT OF EAST LONDON WEST BANK FORESHORE

A section of the Port of East London’s Foreshore on the West Bank has been opened to the fishing fraternity, featured in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
A section of the Port of East London’s Foreshore on the West Bank has been opened to the fishing fraternity

From 06h00 on Monday, 15 April 2019 (today), the angling community of East London can look forward to enjoying their favourite pastime from another prized location in the Port of East London, as Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) re-opens a section of the Foreshore for public fishing between the hours of 06h00 and 18h00.

This comes after ongoing engagements with the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) and the Buffalo City Association of Salt Water Anglers (BCASA).

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SILVER WHISPER BRINGS RICHARDS BAY’S CRUISE SEASON TO A CLOSE

Left to right: Adrian Lee and Thembelihle Gqwaru of vessel agent Rennies Ships Agency; Captain Iulian Albici, Staff Captain of MS Silver Whisper accepting a commemorative plaque from Richards Bay Port Manager, Thami Sithole; Senior Operations Manager Christina Reddy; Deputy Harbour Master Captain Nompumelelo Mkhize and Maxwell Dzanibe of Rennies Ships Agency, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Left to right: Adrian Lee and Thembelihle Gqwaru of vessel agent Rennies Ships Agency; Captain Iulian Albici, Staff Captain of MS Silver Whisper accepting a commemorative plaque from Richards Bay Port Manager, Thami Sithole; Senior Operations Manager Christina Reddy; Deputy Harbour Master Captain Nompumelelo Mkhize and Maxwell Dzanibe of Rennies Ships Agency

The arrival of the MS SILVER WHISPER luxury cruise liner at the Port of Richards Bay on Friday, 12 April brought the port’s 2018-19 cruise season to a fitting end.

The vessel is owned by the Monaco-based Silversea Cruises and is one of seven vessels to have visited Richards Bay this season.

Silver Whisper was welcomed by TNPA Port Manager, Thami Sithole, who presented a plaque to the ship’s Staff Captain Iulian Albici aboard the vessel. Representatives of Rennies Ships Agency, as the attending vessel agent, were also present at the ceremony.

The ship, which has been a frequent visitor to Richards Bay arrived with 317 passengers mainly from United States en route to Durban and Cape Town. From there she embarks on a 26-night voyage to Lisbon (Portugal), before further cruises that include a Northern Europe Wine Voyage, a Luxury Mediterranean Cruise and a Luxury Transoceanic Culinary Cruise.

Silver Whisper has a length of 186 metres and a guest capacity of 435.

Sithole said: “It is an honour that Silversea Cruises shows such confidence in this region and returns each year with its international guests. The operator also has its SILVER CLOUD vessel calling at Cape Town. Cruise ships this season made a total of 9 calls to Richards Bay [a couple were repeated calls], bringing thousands of international tourists to our city to enjoy some of the surrounding attractions such as tours to game reserves, historical sites and arts and culture destinations in the King Cetshwayo and Zululand Districts.”

Some of the attractions that the passengers took in during their stays were Shakaland, Thanda Game Reserve, The Town Ship Route, Sodwana Bay, St Lucia as well as a cycle around the city.

The passenger ships that called at the Port of Richards Bay this season were:

MS EUROPA (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises) on 09 November 2018
MV AMADEA (Phoenix Reisen) on 21 November 2018
SILVER DISCOVERER (Silversea Cruises) on 12 and 14 December 2018
NAUTICA (Oceania Cruises) on 31 December 2018, 8 and 26 January 2019
SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER (Regent Seven Seas Cruises) on 3 January 2019
LE LYRIAL (Ponant) on 30 March 2019
SILVER WHISPER (Silversea Cruises) on 12 April 2019.

Silver Whisper at Lyttelton, New Zealand.     Picture by Alan Calvert, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Silver Whisper.     Picture by Alan Calvert

 

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CAPE CRUISE SEASON ENDS WITH VIKING SUN’S MAIDEN VOYAGE TO SOUTH AFRICA

Viking Sun, calling at South African ports for the first time this week, is shown here arriving in Durban. Picture by Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Viking Sun, calling at South African ports for the first time this week, is shown here arriving in Durban.    Picture by Trevor Jones

The arrival of the state-of-the-art VIKING SUN cruise liner in South African waters last week marked the first visit to the country for Switzerland-based owner Viking Ocean Cruises.

The vessel’s maiden South African voyage also brings the Western and Eastern Cape’s 2018-19 cruise season to a splendid close.

Flying the flag of Norway, VIKING SUN arrived in Durban at around 15h00 on Friday, 12 April. After two full days in Durban Viking Sun set sail again and is…

Viking Sun departing from Durban on Sunday 14 April 2019. Picture by Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Viking Sun departing from Durban on Sunday 14 April 2019. Picture by Trevor Jones

 

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TRAFFIC IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

Id 419639. Released 12/04/2019 10:00 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016-18), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
Id 419639. Released 12/04/2019 10:00 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016-18), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©

The accompanying image was gathered on the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission over the busy maritime traffic passing through the English Channel. The European Space Agency (ESA) released the image on the forenoon of 12 April.

Two identical Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites carry radar instruments, which can see through clouds and rain, and the darkness, to image Earth’s surface below. Here, hundreds of radar images spanning 2016 to 2018 over the same area have been, compressed into a single image.

The sea surface reflects the radar signal away from the satellite, making water appear dark in the image. This contrasts metal objects, in this case ships, which appear as bright dots in the dark water. Vessels that passed the English Channel in 2016 appear in blue, those from 2017 appear in green, and those from 2018 appear in red.

Owing to its narrowness, as well as its strategic connection of the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, the Channel is very busy with east-west ship traffic. Because of the volume of vessels passing through daily, a two-lane traffic separation scheme is used, in order to avoid collisions. The two lanes can easily be detected in the image.

Many vessels crossing at the narrowest part of the English Channel can be seen in the far right of the image. Connecting Dover in England to Calais in northern France, the Strait of Dover is another major route, with over 400 vessels crossing every day. The shortest distance across the Channel is just 33 km (22nm), making it possible to see the opposite coastline on a clear day.

The cities of London and Paris, other towns and buildings and even wind turbines in the English Channel are visible in white owing to the strong reflection of the radar signal.

Radar reflections of wind farms are visible at the extreme NE entry to the Dover Strait.

This image is also featured on the Earth from Space video programme to be found by CLICKING HERE

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CSA 2020 WELCOMES SAMSA DECISION ON OPEN-LOOP EXHAUST GAS SCRUBBERS

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) says it welcomes the decision by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to accept all types of approved exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for use in its territorial waters.

exhaust emissions, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

In an IMO 2020 advisory notice (see Marine Notice No. 8 of 2019) issued in March to shipowners, operators, master mariners and bunker suppliers, SAMSA says the use of open-loop, closed-loop or hybrid systems are accepted until further notice “as an equivalent arrangement under Regulation 4 of MARPOL Annex VI for compliance with the sulphur limit [which] is currently based on the criteria stipulated in the 2015 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (resolution MEPC.259(68))”.

All ships fitted with EGCS can continue to burn high-sulphur bunker fuel

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RICHARDS BAY TNPA PROVIDES EMERGENCEY ASSISTANCE TO PIPE-TOWING TUG

The 500 metre long, 360 ton pipes – one of which broke loose during adverse weather conditions and had to be retrieved by Subtech with the aid of TNPA tugs and pilots. Picture: TNPA andfeatured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
The 500 metre long, 360 ton pipes – one of which broke loose during adverse weather conditions and had to be retrieved by Subtech, afterwards aided into port by TNPA tugs and pilots. Picture: TNPA

The marine operations team at the Port of Richards Bay recently went to the aid of a passing tug and tow, the MTS VANGUARD which had lost one of eight 500-metre long pipes that it was towing along the South Africa coast.

MTS Vanguard and tow were en route from Carolina in the United States to Kuwait in the Persian Gulf.

The pipes, each weighing 360 tons, were being towed using a specialised towing bridle, when one pipe broke loose…

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QUEEN CUNARD’S VICTORIA CALLS AT PORT ELIZABETH

Queen Victoria at her berth in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday 11 April 2019, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Queen Victoria at her berth in Port Elizabeth 

Cunard’s 90,049-gt cruise ship QUEEN VICTORIA called recently at Port Elizabeth, being the penultimate cruise ship visit to the port before the end of the 2018/19 cruise season.

The large and impressive-looking ship berthed at Berth 101 in the port at 04h00 – an earlier than expected arrival.

“The port always looks forward to welcoming the Cunard Line cruise ships, this time being the prestigious MS Queen Victoria,” said Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Harbour Master at PE, Captain Brynn Adamson.

“The cruise season continues to provide a big boost for Nelson Mandela Bay’s economy, allowing tourists on stopovers to access tourism, leisure and wildlife experiences in and around our Metro. We’re delighted that PE continues to receive its fair share of cruise ships as more cruise line companies show confidence in our city,” he said.

Also on hand to welcome the arrival of the ship was Councillor Queenie Pink, MMC for Economic Development and Tourism at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. “TNPA, jointly with the city and other stakeholders, continue ongoing engagements to ensure that we are collectively able to entice more and more cruise liners to visit our friendly city over the coming cruise seasons,” she said.

TNPA and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality representatives were welcomed on board the vessel for a ‘meet and greet’ and plaque handover with the vessel’s captain, Captain Tomas Connery and his crew.

The MS Queen Victoria’s cruise is a 107 night voyage over six continents including stops in San Francisco, Sydney and Hong Kong. Her next stop after departing from the Bay is Cape Town. Queen Victoria’s facilities include seven restaurants, thirteen bars, three swimming pools, a ballroom and a theatre.

The ship

Tonnage: 90,049 gt
Length: 294 m (965 ft)
Beam: 32.3 m (106 ft)
Draught: 8 m (26 ft)
Decks: 16 total
* 12 accessible to passengers
Installed power: 4 × MaK 12VM43C
2 × MaK 8M43C
64,000 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Two ABB Azipods (2 × 17.6 MW)
Three ABB bow thrusters (3 × 2,200 kW)
Speed: 23.7 knots (43.9 km/h; 27.3 mph)
Capacity: 2,092 passengers lower berths, 2,547 maximum and 900 crew

Captain Brynn Adamson (right) hands over a plaque to the captain of the vessel, Captain Tomas Connery
Captain Brynn Adamson (right), harbourmaster at PE hands over a plaque to the captain of the vessel Queen Victoria, Captain Tomas Connery, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

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NISSAN TO MAKE R3 BILLION INVESTMENT AT ITS ROSSLYN PLANT IN PRETORIA

At a function held at the Nissan automotive plant at Rosslyn outside Pretoria, South Africa yesterday (Wednesday 10 April), the Japanese manufacturer announced a R3 billion (US$ 215m) reinvestment in its existing plant.

The investment will see Nissan produce its new Navara pick-up van for the local as well as international market.

Nissan Navara, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nissan Navara

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Nissan, which has been in the country over the last 56 years, will add a further 1,200 full-time jobs across the value chain with the start of production of the new Navara in 2020.

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ISSA AND UNFAIR PORT ACCESS PRACTICES

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The International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) has taken the issue of unfair port access practices levied against its members to the international stage by delivering a verbal intervention on the issue at the IMO.

Addressing delegates attending IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL 43) at its London HQ this week, ISSA Secretary Sean Moloney said association members continue to experience unwarranted delay, obstruction and unfair charges when they wish to…

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GHANA DRASTICALLY REDUCES PORT COSTS

Port of Tema, Ghana, asfeatured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Tema, Ghana

Government has announced an immediate and drastic reduction in the benchmark values against which duties paid by importers at Ghana’s ports are calculated.

This measure took place as from Thursday, 4 April 2019, when the benchmark or delivery values of imports, with the exception of vehicles, were reduced by 50 percent, while that for vehicles will be reduced by 30%.

Announcing these and a raft of other measures to be implemented at Ghana’s ports, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said the measures were designed to…

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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