Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 2 June 2019

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    FIRST VIEW 1: HORIZON

    Ocean Africa's Horizon arriving at Durban, by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Horizon.    Picture: Keith Betts

    A familiar name for a ship on the South African coast is Ocean Africa’s HORIZON (IMO 9242314) which since February 2016 has been in the Ocean Africa Container Lines fleet that does its trade along the southern African coast. The 17,187-dwt container ship was built in 2002 and is owned by German interests and managed by Tom Worden GmbH of Oldendorf, Germany. The 156-metre long, 25m wide ship sails under the flag of Antigua & Barbuda. This picture is by Keith Betts

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    TUNISIA JOINS THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT FORUM (ITF)

    News from the 2019 summit 22-24 May, Leipzig, Germany

    IOTF Forum meeting in Leipzig May 2019, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

    Tunisia has joined the International Transport Forum (ITF) as the organisation’s 60th member. This was reported shortly after Ministers of Transport from the 59 current member states agreed unanimously to admit the North African nation to the organisation at their Annual Summit in Leipzig, Germany, on 23 May.

    Tunisia is the organisation’s second member state on the African continent, Morocco was the first. See https://www.itf-oecd.org/member-countries

    The ITF is the only intergovernmental organisation with a global mandate for all transport modes. Housed by the OECD in Paris the ITF acts as a centre for policy studies into transport and organises a global summit of ministers of transport each year.

    "Tunisia’s accession is a proud day for the International Transport Forum," said ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim, pictured left with Tunisia’s Minister of Transport, Hichem Ben Ahmed (centre) and Republic of Korea’s Vice Minister Jeong Ryeol Kim, pictured right, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    “Tunisia’s accession is a proud day for the International Transport Forum,” said ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim, pictured left with Tunisia’s Minister of Transport, Hichem Ben Ahmed (centre) and Republic of Korea’s Vice Minister Jeong Ryeol Kim, pictured right

    From 21 to 24 May the ITF’s 2019 Summit took place in Leipzig with the participation of around 40 ministers with responsibility for transport and more than 1100 delegates.

    In the words of Hichem Ben Ahmed, Tunisia’s Minister of Transport: “Today, Tunisia marks a remarkable occasion – its accession to the International Transport Forum. The Forum provides the appropriate framework for dialogue and co-ordination between key transport stakeholders towards a common vision for better transport and logistics performance.

    “A strategic geographical position at…

    Session summaries and images gathered over the three day event are available: CLICK HERE

    Edited by Paul Ridgway
    London

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    DURBAN PORT WELFARE COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED

    Image courtesy ISWAN
    Image courtesy: ISWAN

    At an event organised in Durban this week, a Port Welfare Committee was established with the support of all the existing port chaplaincies and seafarer missions in the port, as well as other stakeholders from the port, city and provincial authorities.

    The aim of the committee is to develop a more collaborative and holistic approach when providing assistance and support to the tens of thousands of seafarers that visit Durban each year.

    The Port of Durban is already well-cared for by the ecumenical Durban Seafarers Mission, operating from the Durban Seafarers Centre at Bayhead near the container terminal. In addition this role is supported by organisations such as the Apostleship of the Sea, Biblia, Christian Seaman’s Organisation, German Seamens Mission, Sailors Society and Mission to Seafarers.

    Apart from ship visits by the chaplains and ship visitors, seafarers are provided with fellowship, practical and spiritual support, including hospital visits to seafarers who find themselves hospitalised in a strange city and environment and far from home. Other support comes by way of providing transport, shopping opportunities, access at the Seafarers Centre to the internet and communications with home, and spiritual support where requested.

    So why another organisation with some sort of overriding activity to all that is already available at the port of Durban, as well as several other South African ports?

    According to the Port Welfare Committee website CLICK HERE the ISWAN project (International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network) has as its main aim to work with representatives of appropriate international maritime organisations, governments, ship owners, maritime unions, port owners/authorities and voluntary organisations.

    The purpose is to establish and support Welfare Boards, in accordance with MLC, 2006 4.4,* in at least five different countries whilst simultaneously seeking support for a larger international Welfare Boards development programme.

    * The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 otherwise known as the ‘seafarers’ bill of rights’ builds on sixty eight existing maritime labour conventions and recommendations, as well as more general fundamental principles, to ensure decent working and living conditions for all seafarers. Some important conventions not included are those relating to seafarers’ identity documents (ILO 108 & 105) and pensions (ILO 71).

    The MLC is designed to sit alongside regulation such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) standards on ship safety, security and quality ship management (such as SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL.)

    Where they deal more with the vessel and its operation, the MLC deals more with seafarers’ rights. It should be remembered that MLC, 2006 sets out minimum requirements: many flag states that ratify the Convention may have higher standards. States may not reduce existing rights when they ratify a new convention. The International Labour Convention, Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC, 2006) came into force on 20th August 2013.

    Getting back to the Port Welfare Committee that gathered in Durban on Wednesday 29 May, this is part of a programme funded by the seafarers International Transport Workers’ Federation Seafarers’ Trust (ITFST), Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB), TK Foundation and Seafarers UK.

    It aims to encourage and support the establishment of welfare boards worldwide, in accordance with ILO MLC, 2006, hence the Durban meeting. Welfare Boards provide the forum for maritime organisations to regularly meet and support seafarers’ port welfare services/facilities in order to improve seafarers’ lives and services to shipping worldwide.

    The newly formed Durban Port Welfare Committee (DPWC – yet another acronym to remember) seeks to supplement and build on the excellent service already provided by the volunteer organisations already mentioned, and will establish a forum where the work of all marine organisations with a vested interest in seafarers’ welfare can be coordinated.

    image courtesy: ISWAN
    image courtesy: ISWAN

    The DPWC will therefore bring together key representatives from the port, maritime community, local and provincial government and non-profit organisations to support and improve seafarers’ welfare facilities and services both in Durban and Richards Bay and where possible become influential at the other ports.

    Strong assurances of support from the city of Durban came from the deputy mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Councillor Fawzia Peer, as well as those representing various organisations present. Included among these were representatives from the ports of Mombasa, Dar es Salaam and Walvis Bay.

    Key representative attending the event from the UK was the IPWP Project Manager and MNWB Deputy Chief Executive, Ms Sharon Coveney.

    “The men and women who live and work at sea are often away from their families and friends for many months, working long hours at demanding jobs, landing at foreign countries for only short periods of time,” she said.

    “We are delighted that Durban as a major Southern African port has participated in this programme. A content, fit and healthy seafarer is a safer and more productive seafarer.”

    Peter Cottrell, chairman of the Durban Seafarers Mission said that although there was much work being done for the welfare of seafarers in the port of Durban, “this initiative offers us a unique opportunity to formalise relationships and to establish a collaborative platform to better serve the 60,000 or so seafarers who visit our port each year.”

    The DPWC promises to be of great value to the port, the maritime industry and the country, and will complement the Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy of South Africa.

    As the first port in South Africa to form a Port Welfare Committee, Durban will be leading the way as part of this global initiative to improve the overall well-being of seafarers under the auspices of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, to which South Africa is a signatory.

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    THE PIANC YEARBOOK 2018 IS NOW AVAILABLE

    It has been reported that the PIANC Yearbook 2018 was released on 28 May. A copy may be downloaded at no charge here: https://www.pianc.org/pianc-yearbook

    PIANC Yearbook 2018 which is featued in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

    In this fine digital version readers will be able to appreciate the Contents here:

    * Message by the President

    * Report on the PIANC HQ Activities 2018 by Geert Van Cappellen, Secretary-General

    * Publications issued in 2018

    * News from National Sections and Members of PIANC

    * Technical articles from Japan, the host country of the Annual General Assembly

    * Details from PIANC’s Sister Associations viz, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH); the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA);the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA); the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA); the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC); the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports and the Associations of Marina Industries.

    The editor of the PIANC Yearbook 2018 is Geert Van Cappellen
    Secretary-General of PIANC at HQ: Boulevard du Roi Albert II 20
    B 3 1000 Brussels – Belgium

    The publication carries ISBN 978 2 87223 260 4
    European Article Number (EAN) 9782872232604

    PIANC Carbon Guide published 2019 and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

    About PIANC: The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure

    Established in 1885, PIANC continues to be the leading partner for government and private sector in the design, development and maintenance of ports, waterways and coastal areas. As a non-political and non-profit organisation, PIANC brings together the best international experts on technical, economic and environmental issues pertaining to waterborne transport infrastructure.

    PIANC is renowned for its outstanding and high-quality technical reports on ports and waterborne transport infrastructure.

    PIANC’s mission is to provide expert guidance, recommendations and technical advice, to keep the international waterborne transport community connected, and to support Young Professionals and Countries in Transition. Members include representatives of public authorities, corporations and interested individuals.

    Membership

    PIANC Membership is worldwide and open to everyone. PIANC has members in 65 countries, including 40 Qualifying Members, about 450 Corporate Members (consultants, contractors, manufacturing companies, port agencies, etc.) and about 2000 Individual Members.

    Twenty-seven National Sections are recognised and operate to facilitate contacts between PIANC HQ and the local membership. Moreover, eight Platinum Partners are giving strong support to PIANC (DEME, Jan De Nul, Port of Rotterdam, Van Oord, Trelleborg, Toa Corporation, Shibata Fender Team and Boskalis).

    In South Africa, a Qualifying Member as the First Delegate is Dorian Bilse of the National Ports Authority of South Africa (PO Box 32696, Braamfontein 2017; E-mail: dorian.bilse@transnet.net )

    Elsewhere in Africa PIANC is represented in Morocco by Agence National des Ports based in Casablanca.

    Edited by Paul Ridgway
    London

    Excerpt from a PIANC document on Carebon Management published in 2019 by PIANC and featuredin Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

     

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    NEW INHACA ISLAND FERRY ENTERS SERVICE AT MAPUTO

    New Inhaca Island ferry Kanyaka which has entered service between Maputo and Inhaca Island, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    New Inhaca Island ferry Kanyaka which has entered service between Maputo and Inhaca Island.   Picture:  Radio Mocambique

    Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has inaugurated a new ferry for the Maputo harbour – Inhaca Island service.

    The ferry will operate from the port to Inhaca Island, which lies opposite the city of Maputo at a distance of about 25 miles and which relies on boating services for a passenger and cargo service. If in a hurry one can fly from Maputo International Airport.

    The previous government ferry, Nyeleti which was slow and unreliable, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    The previous government ferry, Nyeleti which was slow and unreliable

    The previous government ferry was elderly and increasingly unreliable when in 2016 the government advised that another more modern vessel would be acquired. The earlier boat, a 1972-built vessel named NYELETI, took about four ours to make the journey to Inhaca and would frequently be not available.

    Another older ferry in service at Maputo and operating to Inhaca is a converted naval type landing craft.

    The new ferry, named KANYAKA after the kaNyaka municipal district, was delivered last week.

    The ferry which can carry passengers and some cargo, was acquired by the Mozambique government to solve the problem of travel between the city and the island by guaranteeing a maritime connection, will make daily trips in accordance with demand.

    Map of Inhaca Island location, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

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    PORTOF DURBAN CRUISE PROSPECTS PROMISING

    MSC Musica at Durban, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

    The Port of Durban’s 2018/19 cruise season figures paint a promising picture for the future of the local cruise sector, with passenger figures up by 29.4% over the previous year, according to data released by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

    TNPA processed 255,422 passenger embarkations and disembarkations at the port, up from the 197,382 recorded in 2017/18. During the cruise season, which typically runs from late October to late April, the port enjoyed 63 calls by 16 different cruise vessels.

    “Our growth is largely due to MSC Cruises, which uses the Port of Durban as a home port,” said Acting Port Manager, Nokuzola Nkowane. “MSC Cruises had the…

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    MOSSEL BAY GIRLS EXPLORE THE PORT

    Grade 9, 10 and 11 girls from Groot-Brakrivier Secondary School at the Port of Mossel Bay, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Grade 9, 10 and 11 girls from Groot-Brakrivier Secondary School at the Port of Mossel Bay

    Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA)’s Port of Mossel Bay hosted an early observation of Take a Girl Child to Work Day on Friday, 24 May 2019, welcoming 30 grade 9, 10 and 11 girls from Groot-Brakrivier Secondary School.

    The girls gained insight into the operations of the port and the wide range of career opportunities offered.

    Commenting on behalf of the school, principal Ms AF Muller said the girls were excited and stimulated by the exposure to the world of maritime opportunities. “The words of encouragement from department representatives really boosted our learners’ confidence and helped them re-evaluate their career prospects. We want to thank TNPA for the excellent organisation of the event.”

    This year the rest of the country will observe the Cell C ‘Take a Girl Child to Work Day’ on 30 May, 26 July and 30 August. TNPA has supported the Take a Girl Child to Work Initiative since inception and has seen the number of participants growing steadily over the past 15 years.

    Through various TNPA programmes aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s development, women are increasingly taking up key operational roles traditionally filled by men, such as dredge masters, tug masters and pilots, as well as senior leadership roles.

    Grade 9, 10 and 11 girls from Groot-Brakrivier Secondary School at the Port of Mossel Bay, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

    To participate in TNPA’s programme for the day girls must be in grades 9 to 12 and studying English, Pure Mathematics and Physical Science at high school level, as these are required for many of the mission critical roles in the maritime industry.

    However, to make the programme more inclusive and because it recognises that the Marine and working world requires a multi-disciplined workforce, the port exposes learners to various disciplines including Finance, Operations, Marine, Continuous Improvement, Corporate Communication, and Engineering related careers.

    After an overview of the port system, the learners spent the day “shadowing” senior staff as they went about their day and were exposed to various aspects of port operations.

    TNPA’s head office and seven other ports are preparing to host their ‘Take a Girl Child to Work Day’ programmes in the coming days and weeks.

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    ENI ACQUIRES RIGHTS IN THREE NEW EXPLORATION LICENSES IN MOZAMBIQUE

    Eni exploration blocks off Mozambique, map courtesy: Eni, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    map courtesy: Eni

    ItaIian oil major Eni, through its subsidiary Eni Mozambico, has acquired rights to explore and develop offshore blocks A5-B, Z5-C and Z5-D, located in the deep waters of Angoche and Zambezi Basins.

    Through a farm-in agreement, signed with ExxonMobil Moçambique Exploration & Production Limitada (ExxonMobil) and authorised by Mozambican institutions, Eni acquires a 10% stake in the three blocks.

    Block A5-B is located about 1,300 kilometres northeast of the capital Maputo, in a completely unexplored area off the town of Angoche. It has an area of 6,080 square kilometres, at a water depth of between 1,800 and 2,500 metres.

    Blocks Z5-C and Z5-D cover a total area of 10,205 square kilometres, at a water depth between 500 and 2,100 metres, in a scarcely explored area facing the delta of the Zambezi River, about 800 kilometres to the north-east of the capital Maputo.

    The three blocks, assigned under the…

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    GHANAIAN NAVY PREPARES TO BE HOST TO OVER 10 CHIEFS OF NAVY & 250 INTERNATIONAL GUESTS

    Sekondi Naval Base, Ghana, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Sekondi Naval Base, Ghana

    A 2018 report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), issued about piracy and armed robbery against ships revealed that total of 201 incidents were reported in 2018. The report stated some other alarming figures, as the violence against crew from January till December 2018 varied between 141 incidents of crew taken hostage, 83 kidnapped, 9 threatened, 8 injured, and 2 killed.

    As a consequence, the Ghanaian Navy will be hosting over 10 Chiefs of Navies from across Africa in addition to 250 international senior officials from Navies, Coast Guards and Marine Police at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEC).

    This is taking place on 24-25 July 2019 in Accra and will discuss and address how to secure the increasingly volatile marine and coastal waters in Africa as well as stabilising economic advancement and security in the crucial Gulf of Guinea.

    Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

    Ghana’s Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Seth Amoama will inaugurate the event.

    Commenting on organising IMDEC, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy, said: “The Ghana Navy celebrates the 60th Anniversary this year under the theme ‘Celebrating 60 years of Naval Excellence: Securing the Maritime Domain for National Development’. As part of activities to commemorate the occasion, we are in partnership with Great Minds Events Management to organise the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference in Accra Ghana from 23-25 July 2019.

    “I look forward to welcoming you to Accra as we are inviting all maritime stakeholders both local and international as well as chiefs of the navy’s sub- region and also from other international countries to come and discuss principle issues facing the maritime security of Africa and in particular the Gulf of Guinea.”

    Admiral Amoama said that the conference will explore modern technical innovations that will aid in curbing the illegal unregulated, unreported fishing dominating the maritime domain.

    “We look forward to a rich conversation on information sharing and capacity building. We will also talk about cyber and electronic warfare.

    “In addition, participants and attendees have the opportunity to visit the stands and exhibitions put in place by major defence and maritime industry to showcase modern and advanced technology in maritime severance defence command and control and a whole lot of technology to be displayed during this conference.”

    Ghanaian Naval ratings as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Ghanaian Naval ratings

    The latest report released by Ocean Beyond Piracy (OBP) showed that the economic cost of piracy to West Africa has been on the increase in the last three years, reaching over US$818.1 million in 2017, while about $213.7 million was spent to contract maritime security personnel protecting vessels in the region. It revealed that regional spending on law enforcement and naval patrols increased by $13.2 million in the year.

    On Tuesday, 23 July 2019 an exclusive site visit to Sekondi Naval Base is planned where delegates will be airlifted from Accra to Sekondi port by the Ghana Air Force for an exclusive site visit of the Takoradi Naval Base.

    The tour will consist of an in-depth walk through of the naval dockyard and base as well as a private sea tour to further display the advanced capabilities of Ghana’s Naval fleet.

    Further details of this event can be found at https://imdecafrica.com/ or email to register@gmevents.ae

    Among the VIPs who have confirmed their attendance are:

    Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
    Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa, Chief of the Defence Staff, Ghana
    Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy
    Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff, Nigeria Navy
    Major General Moundhey G Ali, Commander, Special Forces, Nigeria Army
    Rear Admiral Koi Alexis Maomou, Chief of Staff, Guinea Navy
    Rear Admiral Momar Diagne, Chief of Naval Staff, Senegal Navy
    Captain Kossi Mayo, Chief of Staff, Togo Navy
    Captain Albert Ezin Bado, Chief of Naval Staff, Benin Navy
    Hon Dominic Nitiwul, MP Minister of Defence, Ghana
    Major General William Ayamdo, Chief of Army Staff, Ghana
    Air Vice Marshall Frank Hanson, Chief of Air Staff, Ghana
    Admiral James Gordon Foggo III, Commander US Naval Forces, Europe and Africa

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    FRENCH NAVY SHIP LE CHAMPLAIN TO MAKE MAIDEN VISIT TO DURBAN

    FS Le Champlain, which is arriving in Durban on 3 June 2019. Picture: French Navy, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    FS Le Champlain, which is arriving in Durban on 3 June 2019. Picture: French Navy

    In what is described as a routine call, the French Navy ship LE CHAMPLAIN (A623) is arriving for a maiden visit in South Africa with a call scheduled at Durban on 3 June 2019.

    The multi-mission (B2M) sovereignty vessel which is designed to be deployed in French overseas territories, will be arriving from Madagascar.

    The ship of the D’Entrecasteaux type or class has been patrolling overseas maritime areas under French sovereignty and in international deep seas. For the crew of 23 sailors on board the visit means enjoying a four-day break in Durban.

    As with another French Navy ship MALIN, which called in Durban in February, Le Champlain is based in La Réunion (a French department in the Indian Ocean) and carries out several different tasks such as anti-piracy missions, the surveillance of maritime area with ability for recognition and localisation of illegal vessels in various weather conditions, the navigation and fishing police in Austral and Antarctic French economic areas as well as public service operations.

    The crew is composed of three officers, three petty officers and 17 crewmen.

    Another view from the side showing the B2M patrol ship Le Champlain. Picture: Wikipedia Commons as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Another view from the side showing the B2M patrol ship Le Champlain. Picture: Wikipedia Commons

    The first vessel of the D’Entrecasteaux class and of that name was commissioned in August 2016 and has been deployed to her home port of Noumea in New Caledonia in the Pacific.

    She was followed into service by the BOUGAINVILLE entered service in December 2016 and is based in Tahiti, also in the Pacific, which is also home base of the French Navy Pacific Fleet.

    Le Champlain entered service in July 2017 for stationing in La Réunion where the French Navy maintains a naval base. A fourth ship of this class, DUMONT d’URVILLE was commissioned in April this year and is to be based in the French West Indies.

    The B2M type, as the multi-mission patrol vessels are known, are 65-metres in length and displace 2,300 tons when fully loaded and are designed for conducting voyages of sovereignty protection by way of presence, monitoring and protection of French interests in its overseas exclusive economic zones including fishery patrols in addition to providing naval protection to the respective local populations.

    They are lightly armed with two 12.7mm machine guns and a LRAD 300-RE acoustic weapon.

    They have replaced an earlier class of P400 patrol ship and Batral-class landing craft type vessels.

    The B2M type ship has a speed of between 12 and 15 knots and is able to remain at sea for up to 30 days without replenishment. They have an eight-metre work boat and several RHIB boats,two 4×4 vehicles and in addition to the naval crew have accommodation for 20 gendarmerie or special forces.

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    THIRD WIND TURBINE INSTALLATION VESSEL FOR JAN DE NUL

    Artist's depiction of the new jack-up rig vessel for turbine installation to be built for the Jan de Nul Group. Picture: Jan de Nul / Knud E. Hansen, featued in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Artist’s depiction of the new jack-up rig vessel for turbine installation to be built for the Jan de Nul Group. Picture: Jan de Nul / Knud E. Hansen

    The Jan de Nul Group reported yesterday (Wednesday 29 May) that it has placed an order for its third offshore jack-up installation vessel.

    The contract for the new vessel, with a payload of approximately 14,000 tonnes and an unrivalled crane capacity of over 3,000 tonnes, has been awarded to COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry in China and will be the largest of its kind.

    The vessel was designed by Jan De Nul while Knud E. Hansen provided design review and…

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    UPDATE ON SATAWU STRIKE BY TNPA MARINE PERSONNEL

    Durban tug Inyalazi in operation. Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Durban tug Inyalazi in operation. Picture: Terry Hutson

    TNPA STRONGLY DENIES ALLEGATION THAT SALARY PACKAGES ARE DETERMINED BY RACE  – STRIKE HALTED BY COURT ACTION

    In a statement issued yesterday (Wednesday) Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said it is doing everything within its means to avert a potential strike by members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU).

    This follows the 48-hour notice issued by SATAWU confirming its intention for TNPA Marine Personnel to embark on a protected strike action from 17h30 on Wednesday. The strike action was to affect all eight ports under TNPA control.

    The potential strike action was the result of an unresolved dispute of mutual interest that exists between TNPA Marine Personnel who are members of SATAWU and TNPA. It was being anticipated that participants will include SATAWU-affiliated Marine Pilots, Tug Masters and Chief Marine Engineering Officers.

    In late breaking news last night (Wednesday) TNPA announced that it had successfully brought a court interdict against the union members from embarking on the strike.  TNPA said it remained commmitted to further engaging with SATAWU towards finding a resolution.

    The statement said that Transnet is an equal opportunity employer and it strongly refutes any allegation that its salary packages are determined by race.

    ‘TNPA respects the right of employees to embark on protected industrial action and remains committed to minimising the impact of such action on its clients. TNPA remains committed to working with our employees towards the normalisation of the situation,’ the statement read.

    “We have assessed the impact of the strike action and have activated contingency measures through our Business Continuity Plans. We will continuously update our customers and directly engage with them on shipping matters to ensure minimum disruption to port operations,” says Nozipho Mdawe, TNPA Acting Chief Executive.

    TNPA said the contingency measures will ensure minimum disruption to operations and that whilst this would be a protected strike, the principle of no work no pay will apply.

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    SOUTH AFRICA’S MARINE PROTECTION INCREASES

    Ocean Blue Economy highlighted as SA increases marine protected areas, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

    The gazetting of a network of 20 new representative Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has increased South Africa’s marine ecosystem area under protection in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

    The marine ecosystem area increased from the current 0.4% to 5.4%, to provide protection to 90% of habitat types, as well as contribute to global protection in line with South Africa’s international commitments.

    The Department of Environmental Affairs said that the new network strives to support multiple objectives for biodiversity in alignment with…

    South African coastline under focus as ocean economy highlighted in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

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    MILESTONE ACHIEVED AS 2000th TANKER VISITS MOSSEL BAY SPM

    FS Sincerity, the 2000th tanker on the Mossel Bay SPM.  Picture: courtesy AMSOL, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    FS Sincerity, the 2000th tanker on the Mossel Bay SPM.  Picture: courtesy AMSOL

    The 48,045 dwt FS SINCERITY became the 2000th tanker to be moored to the Single Point Mooring (SPM) at Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape on 24 May 2019, when she discharged 25,000 metric tonnes for PetroSA.

    This milestone celebrates the effective partnership between various role players that ensures the safe and environmentally friendly transfer of product – with PetroSA, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), AMSOL (Africa Marine Solutions), shipping agents, surveyors and other stakeholders collaborating proactively.

    Mossel Bay is the smallest commercial port in South Africa. The harbour is draft restricted hence the establishment of two offshore moorings; in 1992, the SPM, situated 1.5 nautical miles offshore of Voorbaai in a water depth of 20 metres and, in 1959, the Conventional Buoy Mooring (CBM), situated 1000 metres inshore of the SPM. The two Mossel Bay offshore moorings are managed and maintained by AMSOL on behalf of PetroSA.

    The SPM is used for the export of petroleum products (petrol, diesel and kerosene) to other South African ports, particularly Port Elizabeth and East London. It is also used for the import of diesel, condensate and reformate which is processed by PetroSA for local distribution and export.

    The petroleum products are pumped to and from the tank farm at Voorbaai via a subsea pipeline from tankers moored at the SPM and, from Voorbaai, overland to and from the PetroSA refinery.

    The SPM is known as a Catenary Anchor Leg Mooring or CALM type and was developed by Imodco and Shell. It is designed for use in shallow and relatively calm waters, although some have been installed in deeper water.

    The Mossel Bay SPM was last dry docked in October 2017 at the Port of Mossel Bay for a complete refurbishment which involved bringing a large heavy-duty crane to lift the 200-tonne plus buoy from the water. After completion of the refit, the buoy was returned to its mooring offshore.

    AMSOL provides each tanker calling at the SPM and CBM with a team consisting of a Loading Master and three divers, who stay on board the tanker until all cargo operations and documentation are completed. A close watch is kept on the sea and weather conditions throughout the loading and discharge operations, ensuring a safe operation with no impact on the environment.

    The Loading Master also assists the Master and TNPA pilot with mooring operations, with TNPA’s vessels ARCTIC TERN and SNIPE providing assistance for tankers mooring at the SPM and CBM. AMSOL’s buoy tender vessel SISONKE conducts static towing whilst the tanker is moored to the SPM. The vessel is also used for dive support during maintenance operations.

    PetroSA appoints Surveyors to conduct sampling, ullaging and confirm calculations of the products loaded and discharged, and Owners appoint shipping agents, most of whom are locally based, to facilitate the arrival and departure of the tankers scheduled to call at Mossel Bay.

    The coastal tanker BREEDE which had the honour of being the 1000th tanker at the SPM 9 years ago on 29 May 2010, narrowly missed being the 2000th and called at the SPM on 27th May to load product for East London. She was built in China for Unicorn Tankers and flies the Singapore flag. She has a predominantly South African crew and has been a regular caller at Mossel Bay since 2009.

    Unicorn Tankers' Breede, the 1000th tanker on the SPM. Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Unicorn Tankers’ Breede, the 1000th tanker on the SPM. Picture: Trevor Jones

     

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    DURBAN PORT CONTAMINATION, FISHING & DIVING BAN REMAINS IN PLACE

    Durban container terminals, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

    In an update issued yesterday (Tuesday 28 May 2019) Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) said the suspension of fishing and commercial diving in the Port of Durban remains in place.

    This results from the discharge of sewage into the port from the eThekwini Municipality’s sewer reticulation system, previously announced. The latest rounds of port-wide water quality monitoring, commissioned by TNPA and conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on 10, 20 and 24 May indicate that the magnitude of the faecal contamination in the port is decreasing.

    However, the water quality is still classified as poor and contamination levels still present a risk to human health.

    The Port of Durban says it is in regular engagements with the eThekwini Municipality regarding this matter.

    Another round of port-wide water quality monitoring will be conducted during week ending Friday, 31 May. If there is no further significant discharge of sewage into the port and the water quality improves, TNPA may be in a position to lift the suspension on diving and fishing.

    “The port landlord remains duty-bound to mitigate the threat of infection to port users and the public,” said Simphiwe Mazibuko, TNPA Port of Durban Environmental Manager.

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    SATAWU SAYS IT INTENDS SHUTTING DOWN ALL SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS WITH A STRIKE THIS THURSDAY

    Marine operations at all ports to be shut down on Thursday - Satawu, reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Marine operations at all ports to be shut down on Thursday – Satawu

    The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) said on Tuesday that its members at Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) are set to down tools at 6am on Thursday, 30 May, in a strike that will see a total shutdown of the country’s ports.

    SATAWU served the strike notice to TNPA on Monday morning after the Transnet Bargaining Council issued the certificate in April.

    At issue is the salary discrepancy between black and white mariners, with white mariners drawing higher salaries than their black counterparts even when they have less experience.

    Following the granting of the strike certificate, TNPA called on SATAWU to put off the industrial action, saying it wanted to negotiate. The parties held two robust meetings but could not reach a satisfactory agreement despite the company admitting to pay discrepancies across all divisions.

    SATAWU then requested that a neutral third party be commissioned to conduct an investigation and make recommendations on how the issue should be handled but management declined the request. On consulting affected members, SATAWU received a strong mandate to embark on strike.

    SATAWU members are set to go on strike at all of the country’s ports including Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Saldanha Bay, Mossel Bay and East London.

    Workers who will be striking include pilots who bring the ships from the ocean into the port and vice versa; tug masters who assist pilots move the ships and chief marine engineers who maintain the ships and operate the engines. The mariners skills set is such that its withdrawal will result in a total shutdown at all ports.

    On average the mariners move three ships per two-hour interval. These vessels ferry goods worth millions of rand bringing the potential loss due to the strike action to billions of rand.

    “Our members are convinced the employer does not care about them considering 25 years into democracy, TNPA is still implementing apartheid-style pay scales. If management does not come to the table meaningfully by 3 June, SATAWU will have no option but to elevate the action to a secondary level where all its members at TNPA will down tools.” – statement issued by SATAWU 28 May 2019

    TNPA response:

    In response TNPA acknowledged receiving a 48-hour notification for TNPA mariners to embark on a protected strike action which will, according to TNPA, commence from 17h30 on Wednesday (29 May). 

    TNPA said that this action is the result of an unresolved dispute of mutual interest that exists between TNPA Mariners who are members of SATAWU and TNPA.  

    It is anticipated that participants will included SATAWU-affiliated Marine Pilots, Tug Masters and Chief Marine Engineering Officers, said the port authority.

    “We have assessed the impact of the strike action and have activated contingency measures though our Business Continuity Plans.   We will continuously update our customers and directly engage with them on shipping matters to ensure minimum disruption to port operations,” says Nozipho Mdawe, TNPA Acting Chief Executive.

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    TRAGEDY IN THE DRC AS PASSENGER FERRY SINKS ON LAKE MAI-NDOMBE

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    Lake Mai-Ndombe in western DRC

    At least 30 people are confirmed to have died and between 150 and 200 remain missing after a passenger-carrying ferry capsized and sank in Lake Mai-Ndombe in the western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    Another 183 passengers were rescued but various reports say the boat was carrying anywhere between 350 and over 400 people on board. Apart from the 183 rescued and 30 whose bodies have been recovered, the other passengers remain missing and are presumed to have drowned.

    The accident occurred on Sunday as the passenger boat was crossing the lake which is to the north-east of the DRC capital Kinshasa.

    As is unfortunately common on many of Africa’s waterways, and in the DRC these form the main ‘highways’ for people to move from one place to another, overcrowding of passengers and overloading of cargo is common and not many boats carry lifejackets for passengers or crew.

    According to the Voice of America (VOA) the mayor of the town of Inongo said afterwards that a number of those travelling on the ferry were teachers who were on their way (or coming from) to collect their salaries.

    a Lake Mai-Ndombe ferry, as reported in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    a Lake Mai-Ndombe ferry, with evidence of the overloading that can occur

    The mayor, Mr Simon Mboo Wemba said that they had recovered the bodies of 12 women, 11 children and 7 men from the waters of the lake. He said the list of those missing and dead was still provisional, and many of those on board may have been what he called “illegal immigrants”.

    He said that among those rescued was the captain of the vessel who has been arrested by police.

    The vessel which has been described as “old” had departed the town of Inongo on Saturday late afternoon and sank about 18 miles on its journey to Boliangwa, its destination. The weather had deteriorated on Saturday afternoon and observers said the conditions were resulting in quite strong waves at the time. sources: KBC Channel TV, VOA.

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    MILESTONE FOR STAKEHOLDERS AS KENYA REVENUE AUTHORITY SIGNS TRANSSHIPMENT SOPs

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    Port of Mombasa

    The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) together with Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Shipping Agents Association, have signed a transshipment Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) charter with shipping stakeholders at the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

    The charter aims at enhancing cargo clearance efficiencies and boosting regional trade.

    This also forms part of a commitment to boost port operations at the port of Mombasa, the largest and busiest on the East African coast and second only to Durban…

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    SAMSA ALLAYS FEARS OF SOUTH AFRICA BEING DELISTED FROM IMO WHITE LIST

    SAMSA banner on Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has advised the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) that it will re-approach its listing process following discussions held in London between SAMSA, the IMO and other Member States.

    This allays some of the fears and concern that arose when it was revealed that South Africa along with about 80 other Member States were in danger of losing their ‘White List’ status.

    SAMSA’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Sobantu Tilayi said that discussions on the matter between the parties concerned came to a conclusion that the drawing up of the list of countries for delisting from the STCW Convention ‘White List’ earlier this year did not follow due process.

    “The IMO then agreed to withdraw the list of affected countries and to embark on a process that is fair and transparent over the next year or two. Therefore the list that was drawn up will no longer be presented to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee that is scheduled to sit in June.”

    He said that that therefore basically means that South Africa is no longer facing a threat of being delisted from the IMO STCW Convention White List.

    “That notwithstanding, as we indicated earlier, South Africa remains on course to complete its compliance work during the period that we understood to be required. In fact, we will have completed the work by the end of 2019, way ahead of schedule as we have now begun to speed up the process, with assistance we have sought from the IMO,” said Mr Tilayi.

    Sobantu Tilayi, acting CEO of SAMSA, who featuresin Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Sobantu Tilayi, acting CEO of SAMSA

    In a recorded message to SAMSA Stakeholders Mr Tilayi further expressed gratitude for the support the organisation received as well as input some stakeholders made.

    “We also faced harsh criticism which in some cases was truly misplaced as, at no time did we not do what was needed. We had areas of disagreement with the IMO in terms of our submissions and which are still being worked on. However, this by no means implied failure on our part to do what was required.

    “Many of our stakeholders stood by us and supported us. For this we are grateful and wish to assure them that SAMSA will ensure that South Africa remains on the IMO STCW Convention White List,” he said.

    The talks in London a week ago came after SAMSA publicly expressed deep concern about how the IMO approached the listing of countries, including South Africa, for possibly delisting.

    As many as 80 other countries were included in the list drawn up and circulated in February this year.

    SAMSA protested about how the issue was being handled.

    For our earlier reporting on this matter and Mr Tilayi’s statement and outline of the process SAMSA would follow in the wake of the IMO STCW Convention White List development, CLICK HERE

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    REHAB OF DURBAN DRY DOCK INNER CAISSON UNDERWAY, REPORTS TNPA

    The rehabilitation of the Prince Edward Graving Dock’s inner caisson includes major structural design improvements on re-built decks and compartments, which are being built in a controlled environment in an off-site engineering workshop, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    The rehabilitation of the Prince Edward Graving Dock’s inner caisson includes major structural design improvements on re-built decks and compartments, which are being built in a controlled environment in an off-site engineering workshop

    Transnet National Ports Authority, Port of Durban reports that the rehabilitation of the inner caisson, which divides the Port of Durban’s Prince Edward Graving Dock into two compartments, enabling two smaller vessels to be docked simultaneously, is in full swing.

    This is among 11 large-scale projects earmarked for the Durban Dry Dock complex, of which the R48 million refurbishment of the dry dock’s 35-metre-long, 900-ton outer caisson which closes off the dry dock from the rest of the harbour, was the first to be completed in 2016.

    “The R 61,500,700 project to repair the…

    Removal of the sealing faces on the Prince Edward Graving Dock’s inner caisson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Removal of the sealing faces on the Prince Edward Graving Dock’s inner caisson

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    ALMARIN JOINS THE FIRST WORLD MARINE AIDS TO NAVIGATION DAY

    An Almarin buoy, one of a hundred established as part of a requirement for the port of Buenaventura, Colombia, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    An Almarin buoy, one of a hundred established as part of a requirement for the port of Buenaventura, Colombia

    On 1 July this year will be held the first World Marine Aids to Navigation Day, after a decision taken at the IALA Conference in Incheon (Republic of Korea) in 2018.

    The main goal of the event is to make the public aware of the importance of the aids to navigation world by promoting safe navigation in coastal waters and waterways, as well as the preservation of the marine environment.

    It is the aim of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to improve society’s perception of aids to navigation as modern systems are seen alongside traditional lighthouses, taking advantage of the latest digital developments seen in all fields, including that of vessel traffic services (VTS).

    In October 2018, during the (IALA Engineering Committee) ENG8 session held in IALA HQ at St Germain-en-Laye, France, the concept of World Marine Aids to Navigation Day was nurtured.

    Images on display at IALA HQ in preparation for World Marine Aids to Navigation Day, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Images on display at IALA HQ in preparation for World Marine Aids to Navigation Day

    Introducing Almarin of Spain

    Almarin is a Spanish aids to navigation company specialising in the design and manufacture of navigation buoys and beacons to IALA standards. As a member of IALA since 2008, Almarin will be attending the celebrations due to take place on 1 July in Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands.

    Spain will host this event as the government agency, Puertos del Estado, chaired IALA for the four years to May 2018.

    The date of 1 July was selected in commemoration of the creation of IALA on 1 July 1957.

    The day’s programme for 1 July is set out CLICK HERE

    About Grupo Lindley

    Grupo Lindley, with more than 85 years’ experience in the supply and manufacture of equipment and infrastructure for harbour and industrial areas, is comprised by four privately owned companies established in 1930:

    * Ahlers Lindley: Marina and Harbour Infrastructure

    * Almovi: Lifting Systems and Cargo Handling Equipment

    * Salt Technologies: Analysis and Design of Marine Structures

    * Almarin: Marine Aids to Navigation

    Readers interested in learning more about the Group are invited visit the website: www.grupolindley.com

    Edited by Paul Ridgway
    London

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    IRANIAN NAVY SENDS 62ND NAVAL FLOTILLA TO THE GULF OF ADEN

    Iranian Navy frigate SABALAN, in former days ITS Rostam DE73. Picture: Wikipedia, fatured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Iranian Navy frigate SABALAN, in former days ITS Rostam DE73.     Picture: Wikipedia

    It has been reported that the Iranian Navy has dispatched ships of the 62nd flotilla to the Gulf of Aden where they are tasked with safeguarding Iranian merchant shipping in the zone.

    The 62nd flotilla consists of the patrol corvette BAYANDOR (81), the landing ship LAVAN (53) and logistics support oiler BOOSHEHR (422).

    The Gulf of Aden patrol has been conducted almost…

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    PORT OF MOSSEL BAY SECURITY DEPT STAGES COMPLIANCE SECURITY TRAINING

    The Port of Mossel Bay recently held a compliance security training session for port personnel, seen above, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    The Port of Mossel Bay recently held a compliance security training session for port personnel, seen above

    The Port of Mossel Bay Security Department last week held a compliance security training session in collaboration with the Norwegian Government.

    The training which was staged from 21 to 24 May falls in line with…

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    US COAST GUARD CUTTER THETIS RETURNS HOME FROM AFRICA

    US Coast Guard Cutter Thetis Photo: USCG ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    US Coast Guard Cutter Thetis Photo: USCG ©

    The ship’s company of the US Coast Guard Cutter THETIS (WMEC-910) returned to their homeport of Key West, Florida, on 23 May after a three-month US Africa Command patrol.

    Thetis’s ship’s company concluded their patrol in which they conducted multiple joint law enforcement exercises and operations with West African countries with US Africa Command* and US 6th Fleet** to maintain and strengthen international partnerships and maritime security.

    In the words of her CO, Commander Randall Chong: “By conducting joint maritime law enforcement operations, we were able to establish best practices providing the West African navies and coast guards with the tools to enforce their laws and secure their maritime borders. The US Coast Guard’s involvement in the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership*** has had…

    US Marine Corps General Thomas D Waldhauser, commander of US Africa Command (AFRICOM), took part in a group photo with the ship’s company of the US Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910), on 8 May during a visit to the cutter in Funchal, Madeira. US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally. Photo: USGC ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    US Marine Corps General Thomas D Waldhauser, commander of US Africa Command (AFRICOM), took part in a group photo with the ship’s company of the US Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910), on 8 May during a visit to the cutter in Funchal, Madeira. US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally. Photo: USGC ©

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    BAN ON COMMERCIAL DIVING & FISHING IN DURBAN HARBOUR STILL IN PLACE

    This is not sewage entering Durban Harbour but the unknown milky white substance coming from another city drain situated between Lavender Creek and the tug jetty, is entering into the bay right at the Maritime Museum right next to the museum tug JR MORE. Whatever it is it should not be happening but these illegal 'spills' have continued for years without anybody taking notice. Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    This is not sewage or a current spill entering Durban Harbour but the unknown milky white substance coming from another city drain situated between Lavender Creek and the tug jetty, is entering into the bay at the Maritime Museum right next to the museum tug JR MORE. Whatever the substance is it should not be happening but these illegal ‘spills’ have continued for years without anybody taking notice.     Picture: Terry Hutson

    Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) suspension of fishing and commercial diving in the Port of Durban remains in place due to the ongoing discharge of sewage into the port from several municipal stormwater outfalls.

    The ban was imposed after a malfunction of pumps at a sewage station belonging to the eThekwini Municipality (Durban) which resulted in tons of sewage and effluent flowing into the harbour through several city drains.

    One of the worst affected was the nicknamed ‘Lavender Creek’ which flows into the bay adjacent to the Durban yachting and boat marina, and the main buildings of the Point Yacht Club. The latter has had to shut down its popular cafe and restaurants owing to the strong smell coming from the creek, which is more correctly a large drain leading from the city.

    The city claimed to have completed repairs and on Saturday 26 May Lavender Creek was looking much cleaner to the casual eye and there was a lack of smell in the area, which suggested that the worst might be over.

    After making inquiries Africa PORTS & SHIPS was informed that on Monday afternoon, 20 May, TNPA commissioned further water sampling by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) near the Tug Jetty and Lavender Creek.  Results indicated that – while the volume of sewage discharge had decreased – contamination levels were still high and represented a risk to human health.

    We were further told that a port wide water quality survey will be undertaken on Friday 24 May – these results are not yet available.

    Siraj Paruk, Environmental Specialist at the Port of Durban responded to our queries with the statement: “Ban is still in place. Sewage still flowing in. CSIR tests on Monday (20 May) still confirmed high levels of contamination.”

    The statement added that as the port landlord, the TNPA remains duty-bound to mitigate the threat of infection to port users and the public.

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    PROFILE: FIRST FEMALE OPEN PILOT THRIVES AT PORT OF CAPE TOWN

    Sanette Robinson, first female open pilot at the port of Cape Town, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Sanette Robinson

    Meet Sanette Robinson, the first female marine pilot to obtain an open licence at the Port of Cape Town.

    Robinson is trained and certified to guide anything from the very smallest vessels to tankers (51,260 dwt) and container ships (12,000 TEU) into port. Vessel piloting is a responsibility that requires dedication, hard work and a strong work ethic, according to Robinson, whose impressive maritime career serves as proof of her tenacity.

    She began her career in 1995 in the South African Navy, where she served as a combat officer (watch keeping officer) on various ships. She then became the principal warfare officer on board the frigates before concluding her 12-year tenure in favour of joining the commercial industry.

    “I worked at CPUT* Survival Centre as a survival instructor and later became the head of programme. It was there that I met marine pilots doing the helicopter underwater escape training. I was immediately intrigued. I then applied for a training tug master position in the Port of Port Elizabeth,” she said.

    After qualifying as a tug master in PE, Robinson went on to serve on the tugs until she was selected for pilot training in 2009. She qualified in September 2010 and applied for a post at the Port of Cape Town, where she has been successfully piloting ever since. Her Open / Unrestricted Licence was achieved in September 2015.

    “Piloting is a dream come true. I love every aspect of the job and the challenges it presents but I am very encouraged by the support from TNPA in the pursuance of my dream,” she said.

    Gender diversity and female empowerment in the workplace are cornerstones in Transnet National Port Authority’s drive to transform the previously male dominated maritime industry and, with this strategy, more women are making their mark in various operational roles.

    Historically, the maritime industry was known to be predominantly male dominated but role players like TNPA are ensuring positive change. “TNPA strives towards bridging that gap between males and females by promoting and encouraging women to enter this industry,” said Cape Town Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana.

    The strategy for the Port of Cape Town centres on creating customer value, shared value and employee value. As part of creating employee value and ensuring talent management as well as succession planning in the port system, the port is aggressively empowering females to qualify as open licence pilots.

    * Cape Peninsular University of Technology

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    MARINE PILOTAGE SERVICE FOR PORT OF CAPE TOWN

    Action shot of the Richards Bay helicopter lowering a marine pilot onto a bulker outside port. Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Action shot of the Richards Bay helicopter lowering a marine pilot onto a bulker outside port.      Picture: Terry Hutson

    Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) intends introducing a helicopter service at its Port of Cape Town to transfer marine pilots onto and off visiting vessels.

    The decision announced on Friday will make the port one of three within the South African port landlord’s complementary port system that offer the service, the others being Durban and Richards Bay.

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    ‘JUMBO’ EXPORT FOR WALVIS BAY AS SIX ELEPHANTS SHIP OUT

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    Elephants loaded into special containers for their journey to a DRC port

    Six elephants have successfully and safely been exported to the DRC via the Port of Walvis Bay.

    Last week a family of six elephants comprising of two adults (bull and cow) and four calves were loaded at the Port of Walvis Bay on the EL NINO vessel destined for a tourism Game Park in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    This is the first time a consignment of such magnitude involving adult elephants is leaving Namibia and will definitely not be the last as this was a trial run to guarantee that future exportations are conducted smoothly.

    Talking to Dr Ulf Tubbesing from Wildlife Vets Namibia, on the safety of the animals during the transshipment, he said that, “a team of experts is involved during the entire process of the transportation of animals and also accompanies the consignment up to time of discharge to ensure that the elephants are well looked after.”

    The entire operation, which lasted over 20 hours, required approximately 50 personnel from various stakeholders being Namport, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Honesta Investment 32 cc, Blue Bush Investment trading as Wildlife Vets Namibia, KLD Ship Agency, Walvis Bay Stevedoring, Erindi Game Lodge, Mount Etjo Lodge, El Nino Crew members, Pronto Global Air and Ocean Freight and Camel Transport to ensure that the animals were safely loaded and transported to their destination.

    Late last year, a consignment of 205 animals was transported from Walvis Bay to the same tourism Game Park in Kinshasa.

    According to Dr Tubbesing the animals which were released into strictly non-hunting reserves, are faring very well and have reproduced significantly.

    Another consignment of elephants is expected to be shipped to DRC in the coming month of June.

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    GIBDOCK CONVERTS FERRY TO RUN ON LNG FUEL

    The converted Nápoles alongside at Gibdock before reentering service with Baleària. Photo: Gibdock ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    The converted Nápoles alongside at Gibdock before reentering service with Baleària.                    Picture: Gibdock ©

    Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed a major conversion project so that the Baleària ferry NAPOLES can operate using LNG as fuel.

    It is understood that the three-month project – possibly the most complex and demanding ever undertaken by the yard – consolidates Gibdock’s position as one of the leading refit facilities for environmentally-driven work in the Mediterranean. This was reported early in May,

    The 186m lOA Napoles, which has capacity for 1,600 passengers and 1,430 lane metres of cargo, is the first of five ships that Baleària plans to convert to dual fuel operations to comply with…

    Edited by Paul Ridgway
    London

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    PORT ELIZABETH BID TO HOST 2021-22 OCEAN RACE EDITION

    Preparing for the big race bid are in front, from the left Noxolo Nqwazi (Acting City Manager), Ashley Blake (Director, Sports Consultancy), Anna Goyne (Head of Logistics) and Phil Lawrence (Race Director) surrounded by the key stakeholders from TNPA, SAMSA, NMBM and Sailing Eastern Cape., featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Preparing for the big race bid are in front, from the left Noxolo Nqwazi (Acting City Manager), Ashley Blake (Director, Sports Consultancy), Anna Goyne (Head of Logistics) and Phil Lawrence (Race Director) surrounded by the key stakeholders from TNPA, SAMSA, NMBM and Sailing Eastern Cape

    On 21 and 22 May 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) hosted the Technical Task Team of the 2021-22 Ocean Race.

    This was after Port Elizabeth became one of two cities that have been shortlisted in South Africa in the bid to host the African leg of one of the international stop-overs of the prestigious yacht race, scheduled to take place late in 2021.

    Should the Nelson Mandela Bay be announced as the…

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    PORT OF PE BECOMES FIRST SA PORT TO ACHIEVE ISO 45001 CERTIFICATION

    Port of PE becomes first SA port to achieve ISO 45001 certification, as featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Port of PE becomes first SA port to achieve ISO 45001 certification

    The Port of PE has become the first port under Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to achieve the International Organisation for Standardisation’s 45001 certification.

    ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, with guidance for its use, to enable an organisation to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health.

    ISO 45001 is the new ISO standard for OH&S. It has become one of the most eagerly awaited standards in the world, and is set to drastically improve levels of workplace safety.

    “The port is proud to be the first port in the TNPA port system to be ISO 45001 certified,” said Rajesh Dana, Port Manager at the Port of PE.

    “The certification reiterates the principle that safety is all of our responsibility. I not only commend the milestone that our SHE department has achieved, but also the entire port community. ISO 45001 will allow us to control all factors that might result in illness, injury and in extreme cases death, by mitigating adverse effects on the physical, mental and cognitive condition of our employees, stakeholders and visitors, ensuring ZERO harm.”

    There are many differences between the previously required OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 however, the main change concentrates on the interaction between the organisation and its business environment as opposed to OH&S hazards and other internal issues.

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    ABB TO ENABLE WORLD’S FIRST HYDROGEN-POWERED RIVER VESSEL

    ABB’s concept illustration of a push boat powered by fuel cell system. Image credit: ABB ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    ABB’s concept illustration of a push boat powered by fuel cell system.    Image credit: ABB ©

    It was reported on 21 May that ABB will provide a power and propulsion system for a newbuild vessel operating along the Rhône river in France to run entirely on hydrogen fuel cells.

    ABB strengthens its position as a marine market leader on hydrogen fuel cell technology through its role in FLAGSHIPS, the EU-funded initiative to deploy commercially operated zero-emission vessels for inland and short sea operations.

    Under this initiative, ABB will provide a…

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    SVITZER BEGINS LANDMARK TRIAL OF NEW LINE HANDLING TECHNOLOGY

    Svitzer's new line handler prototype, featuredin report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news online
    Horned tug!  Svitzer’s new line handler prototype

    Remotely operated line catcher prototype could be a step-change innovation that improves safety standards for tug crews, reducing risk and increasing efficiencies for customers

    Leading global towage operator Svitzer announced yesterday (Thursday) that it has begun landmark sea trials of a new ‘industry-first’ remotely-operated line catching technology prototype.

    The new innovative mechanism is being trialled on the vessel SVITZER TRYM (illustrated) in the company’s Scandinavian fleet, and could significantly improve safety standards and reduce risks for crews during the process of…

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    NEW DAMEN CREW BOAT FOR ANGOLAN DIVING SERVICES COMPANY OCTOMAR

    Octostar, Damen-built fast crew supplier vessel for Angolan diving firm Octomar, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
    Octostar, Damen-built fast crew supplier vessel for Angolan diving firm Octomar

    The independently-owned Angolan diving services company OCTOMAR Serviços Marítimos Limitada has taken delivery of its first vessel from the Damen Shipyards Group, a Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2206.

    The vessel was selected for its ability to undertake a variety of roles, including supporting diving operations and deploying an observation class ROV operations to undertake subsea inspections and repair and maintenance work on offshore facilities.

    OCTOMAR’s FCS 2206 – named OCTOSTAR – will also be used to…


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    EU-POLARNET WHITE PAPERS RELEASED

    Images and video clip courtesy: EU-PolarNet

    It was reported in recent weeks that five white papers have been published by EU-PolarNet, within which the World Ocean Council (WOC) is a Working Partner.

    Issue of these documents is a conclusion to the 2018 Workshop: Working Towards an Integrated European Polar Research Programme.

    The EU-PolarNet White Paper Workshop brought together 50 international experts in La Cristalera, Spain, in September last year (2018), with the aim of drafting a set of policy documents that highlight issues in both the Arctic and Antarctic that urgently need to be addressed – and to which European polar research could make significant contributions.

    Images & video courtesy: EU-PolarNet

    It is understood that the workshop brought introduced natural scientists, social scientists, humanities researchers, representatives from indigenous peoples and the business domain.

    Jointly they developed five white papers outlining polar issues that draw on multiple disciplines and professions, worldviews, cultures and philosophies.

    The documents are:
    White Paper 1 : The coupled polar climate system.

    White Paper 2 : Footprints on changing polar ecosystems.

    White Paper 3 : Managing human impacts, resource use and conservation of the Polar Regions.

    White Paper 4 : The road to the desired states of socio-ecological systems in the Polar Regions.

    White Paper 5 : Advancing operational informatics for Polar Regions.

    To access the EU-PolarNet White Papers, readers are invited to: CLICK HERE

    About EU-PolarNet

    EU-PolarNet is the world’s largest consortium of expertise and infrastructure for polar research.

    Here 17 countries are represented by 22 of Europe’s internationally respected multi-disciplinary research institutions.

    Within the period 2015-2020 EU-PolarNet will develop and deliver a strategic framework and mechanisms to prioritise science, optimise the use of polar infrastructure, and broker new partnerships that will lead to the co-design of polar research projects that deliver tangible benefits for society.

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    London


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